Friday, May 24, 2013

Sweet Veggie Drink - Why You Need It (vegan, vegetarian, macrobiotic, gluten free recipe)

The Pancreas is one important organ.  It's doesn't get quite as much attention as the liver, intestines, and heart - but it should.  It needs your love too.  With a little care, you can stop your sweet cravings, relax easier, and generally feel happier and more alive, all from nourishing this particular organ.

A great tonic for your pancreas is sweet veggie drink.  Its simple to make and will last in the fridge for several days.  Drink it once or twice a day, between meals, warm or room temperature.  It's especially great around 3 or 4pm when those snack attacks often creep up. 

What you need:  equal amounts of sweet vegetables

Chop up       carrots
                    cabbage (green)
                    winter squash or daikon radish

Add 3 times the amount of water to vegetables in a pot. 
If you have one cup of each of the four vegetables, you will need about 12 cups of water.  Exact amounts are not necessary.  Simmer all for 20 minutes without a lid.  Strain the vegetables and drink the broth.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Change Your Mind - Change Your Weight

When you look at this image of a salad that I was eating, what comes to your mind?  Do you focus on the ingredients to see what I made?  Do you notice the wooden fork, the way the carrots are peeking out, or wonder just how much avocado could be hidden that we don't see? (A lot, it somehow got buried beneath the greens.)  Can you even allow yourself to notice what you notice?

Often - I'll say people to include everyone, but it does seem an especially women oriented epidemic, will focus on the part of their bodies they don't like.  They'll keep telling themselves they need to lose weight in a specific area.  Thighs, belly, upper arms, etc. get the brunt of their attention.  Some make themselves depressed over those areas, keep watching to make sure the ugly fatty bits still need to be covered up and hidden, and then eat to soothe and pacify the emotional part that feels so blasted unfairly distant from the beautiful bodies they see all the time on TV and in magazines, or even just down the street.

Covering, hiding, feeling badly and carrying on, do nothing for your beautiful body.  All shapes and sizes truly are beautiful, but if you are wishing yours was different and you just can't get to as much exercise as you know would make you feel better or perhaps you have read these blogs, heard me say cut down just a little at a time, and just can not seem to make yourself do that - what's going on?

What are you telling yourself and how is it that you keep your resistance going, instead of doing something different?

Notice your resistance.  Notice when you absolutely know the choice you are making to eat the entire dessert, or even bowl of rice that is more than what you really need to feel light, satiated and fully alive.  Notice and push yourself to begin practicing something else.  Practice eating lighter.  Practice letting go of a dessert.  Allow yourself to start experimenting and feeling good about your choices and notice when you backslide and have to begin again.  Let go of good/bad, right/wrong and allow yourself to learn to crawl, then walk, then run.

You do have the power to create your life and body to be what you want it to be.  Let yourself do that and see what unfolds.  It's time you had a body you liked, and a larger quality of life.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

True Hunger Games - Winning With Your Health and Weight

Imagine yourself foraging a strange kitchen for food. 
What are you hungry for? 
What are you hoping to find, or hoping you won't find?
What is inside the fantasy kitchen of your mind?

I had a client the other week, who told me she couldn't control her hunger.  She thinks she has no will power.  She does have a little low blood sugar.  Nothing to be concerned about but probably effects her cravings.  We talked about that.  Then we talked about the different sorts of hunger.

Real physical hunger
Phantom hunger
Parasitical hunger
Thirst confused as hunger
Procrastination hunger
Frustration hunger

You might have more on your list....

In our conversation about each one, she realized she rarely felt true physical hunger.  In fact we did some experiments where she waited to eat until she finally understood what that felt like.  It was a revelation for her.  She now understood that it was pleasant and not something to avoid.  The hunger meant her body was ready for some delicious fuel. 

She had avoided being hunger for fears of not having enough.  There were ideas that she made up when she was little.  Her big brother ate faster and more than she did and if she didn't jump in, whatever there was would get eaten up.  She also vaguely knew when she was interpreting frustration or escaping tasks she didn't want to do with a "I'll just eat a snack first," type of thinking.  She just didn't want to admit that it wasn't real hunger, or that the snack wasn't as supportive as she was making it out to be.  I have had similar clients in the past, but this time it seemed so easy to help this woman make the switch.  For her, the realizations were enough.  She is having fun recognizing what is true and letting go of the old behavior.  It's a game, I frequently say.  It's all a game.  How do you want to play?

Monday, May 13, 2013

Easy Gourmet - Rice and Bean Salad - vegan, vegetarian, macrobiotic, gluten free

Easy Gourmet Rice and Bean salad

1/2 C. Short grain brown rice
1/2 C. Millet
1/2 C. Brown lentils
1” strip Kombu sea vegetable
3 Cups water (a little more might be needed depending on your pot)
2-4 ribs celery, chopped
1/2 C. chopped parsley or herb of your choice
Your favorite dressing or:

1/4 Cup olive oil
juice of 1 lemon
1 heaping spoonful of prepared mustard
pinch of sea salt
pepper to taste

Sort and rinse the rice and beans.  Place with the kombu into a pressure cooker or pot and bring to a boil.  Skim off any foam.  Place the lid on the pot and bring to pressure, then turn the heat to low and simmer for 45 minutes.  Add the celery and herbs while still hot and then put the lid back on and let sit for 15 minutes or more.  Stir in the dressing and serve room temperature or cool.