For more than 30 years I have specialized in women’s health. Throughout the years the #1 issue my clients present is dissatisfaction (to put it mildly) with their weight. It’s a complex issue that affects us on all levels of our being: physical, emotional and spiritual, and to truly heal we must address all three levels. Read more »
Women today are juggling more and more as we raise families, pursue careers and maintain relationships with friends, family and our communities. A life filled with so many important priorities can be exhilarating and infinitely rewarding but it can also be demanding and stressful when we are not in touch our own inner source of nourishment. This deep well of vitality provides all that is necessary for growth, health and good condition, yet many of us are disconnected from this sacred reservoir of spirit. Sometimes we find ourselves struggling against the flow of our lives – for some of us this is a daily habit – and it results in feelings of irritability, impatience, frustration, fatigue, overwhelm etc. etc. etc… Read more »
“You are what you eat” can seem like a scary prospect in today’s world of GMO Monsanto processed McCraziness, but it also offers a chance to liberate yourself with every bite or sip you take. Imbibing foods with a high vibration can heal your cells, improve your mood and literally “sing the body electric.” But where to begin? The King of Hearts says, “Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop.” But I say, “Once you start you won’t ever want to stop!” Here a few tips to set you on your way:
1) Anything in its uncooked, minimally processed raw, sprouted and organic state maintains or amplifies its originally high life force.
2) Greens! (Because they grow UP towards the sun, and also because they alkalize your system, letting you move into a positively flowing space.)
3) Food and water infused with Reiki. Even if you only know Reiki Level 1, you can hold your hands above your food/water (or imagine doing so) in order to activate its enzymes and life force. A highly love-infused blessing will increase vibration, too.
4) Raw cacao, provided you treat it with reverence and love, and not just as “candy.” Consider raw cacao in the same category as tobacco or alcohol, both sacred substances, which can become addictive or vibration lowering if abused. Raw cacao in small, loving, deliberate doses can have the effect of opening and softening the heart, inviting bliss and increased awareness. If you don’t feel it, don’t worry. No one’s making you eat raw cacao! You will know if it resonates with you.
5) Spirulina and/or E3Live. These tiny, ancient organisms bring us closer to the original, watery love-vibe of Mother Earth.
6) Organic Goji Berries. A Tibetan wonder, perhaps the most studied “superfood,” goji berries visibly raise the vibration of people who regularly consume them. I can usually “pick out” the goji eaters or goji drinkers in a crowd.
And speaking of the King of Hearts, let’s not forget the tea! You can have a (medicinal) tea party any time of day or night with herbal wonders like pau d’arco, tulsi or licorice — all of which act as adaptogens and adrenal support. Less stress effect and better health=higher vibration. More please!
This excerpt was originally published 10/10/08 as part of a longer article on Laura Bruno’s Blog.
The trick to making any major change is to embrace the process and go gradually. Earlier this year I began to explore raw foods with an open-ended intention: to arrive at a way of eating that fully supported my mind, body and spirit and that left me feeling vibrant, balanced and aware. A few months in I added the intention to have a daily green smoothie. At first I would have one a few times a week, and now 7 months later I look forward to it each morning.
I love experimenting with all the beautiful superfoods out there and devour books and blogs and videos on raw foods daily. My latest favorite is something I’m calling Green Bliss. It’s the richest, loveliest emerald green and maybe it’s just my changing taste buds, but I sometimes think it’s too delicious to be a plant-powered healing potion.
This green smoothie is especially beneficial for women and is ultra-rich in key nutrients like iron, Omega fatty acids, calcium and protein, plus powerful phytonutrients that fight disease. These nutrients are also calming to the nervous system and tissues. I swear you can feel your body coming alive as you drink! Try one when stressed out, having PMS or to move past a craving. The deep level of nutrition will satisfy what your body is really asking for. You’ll find yourself alkalized and revitalized with a steady source of high-vibration energy coursing through your being. To make it simply combine all of the following ingredients in a blender and whip it up. Read more »
If you are on a spiritual path you have, or likely will, examine what, when, and how you eat and question whether or not it serves your highest intentions. Intuition, facts, experience and other information can be used to arrive at a way of eating that is both joyful and health-promoting.
Within minutes of eating something it is being broken down by your highly efficient digestive system and the various elements of the food are making their way through every cell of your body. It’s not just a simple in-one-end-and-out-the-other kind of process. What we eat becomes what we are, so why not eat the most vibrant and natural foods possible?
When we nourish ourselves in a way that directly connects us to nature we align our highest physical, mental and spiritual aspirations and are likely to find the sense of struggle around eating give way to ease.
More and more people are experiencing the uplifting, balancing and rejuvenating benefits of a high-raw plant-based diet. A plant-based diet not only provides us with abundant energy, vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats, amino acids and other essential nutrients, but it is easiest on our environment and is the only truly compassionate way to eat. We honor the sacredness of all beings – ourselves and the animals – when we choose to eat from the plant kingdom.
As I write I’m sipping my daily green superfood smoothie. Today it’s an invigorating and spicy-sweet blend of kale, ginger, orange juice, mango, banana, hemp seeds, maca and MSM. With each sip of this potent meal I can feel my cells activating, opening and welcoming all the healing and life-force giving nutrients. With gratitude I reflect upon how this meal all came together: picking the kale from a dear friend’s garden last weekend; riding my bike on a hot sunny day to the co-op for the hemp seeds and maca; and taking the time to lovingly peel, slice and freeze the bananas and mangoes in my bright, window-filled kitchen.
Three times each day we all eat. That’s three opportunities to choose food that promotes vibrance, compassion, and energy. Three opportunities to offer a prayer of gratitude for the simple perfection of nature. Make each meal a celebration of life itself and watch the very foundation of your own life begin to shift toward strength, vitality, ease and joy!
There’s something about a traditional monoculture lawn that seems really dead to me. I love the vibrance and delight to be found in landscaping that works with nature instead of against it. You never know what is going to pop up!
My husband and I let much our yard go wild and are rewarded with myriad herbs, salad greens, flowers and unique grasses of varying types. In the areas of our yard that have regular grass the wild herbs, flowers and native grasses have quickly asserted themselves and the result is a lovely emerald collage of varying textures and hues.
Despite its reputation as a troublesome weed, Dandelion has always been one of my favorite plants. I am cheered by its sunny blossoms and tenacious spirit and I respect its multiple medicinal properties. I love that “weeding” my vegetable, berry and flower beds means I can harvest a basket of dandelion greens for a salad, to blend into a smoothie or even lightly braise with garlic. Read more »
What could be better then living right off the earth!
Except for bananas, I can grow all the fruits and veggies I need to live on. Oh, and avocados. I love avocados and eat them without reserve. Why wouldn’t they do to my insides what they would do to my skin? Make everything luscious and moist and soft.
I wonder if Whole Foods will go bankrupt without my daily attendance? Probably not. I love to carry my wicker basket with the big handle out to my garden with a pair of garden scissors and gather a meal. I am unrelentingly always in awe! How did my life get this bountiful? There is a split that is beginning to soften between gathering veggies in my garden and having an intimate relationship with my computer for hours at a time. It’s nice.
This herb garden used to be a elevated spiral, except the spiral kept falling down. So, this is what I created instead. I love it. It feels ancient to me. Here are a few exquisite reasons to eat herbs. Read more »
If you would have told my ten-year-old self that I would one day snack on green smoothies I’d have said “yeah right”. But a few decades later and my taste for health and vitality holds as much decision making power as less noble appetites. In pursuit of a nutritious and balancing way of eating that is also delicious, I’ve fallen in love with green smoothies. Before you too wrinkle your nose and say “yeah right” just give it a try.
Green smoothies are an especially easy and delicious way for women to consume plenty of hormone balancing cruciferous veggies each day. A bunch of kale blended with frozen blueberries, bananas and cacao powder is a treat to sip throughout the morning and by lunch you’ve already had several servings of antioxidant-rich produce without having to chew through a big bowlfull of leaves. Not that salads aren’t a pleasure to eat – but it’s great to mix it up and keep things interesting, especially when a commitment to a new, healthy habit is still setting. Read more »
I realize that I keep writing about meditating, exercise and eating because they are a constant challenge for me – but then again, I love challenges.
My grandson Jacob asked me if I would please live to be 107 years old. I told him I would do my best and see no good reason why I can’t keep my promise. Anybody out there want to join in? I love to think of all the wonderful things to experience: finally becoming fluent in French, follow Andre Rieu all over the world sitting in quaint towns on summer evening swept away in beautiful music, tangoing all night in Paris, finally doing a 3 month silent retreat, getting my gardens to the point where I can just about completely live off my own grown food – and so much more. What would you do? Let’s gather all of our dreams into a big pot and stir it up!
For me meditating, eating and exercise are the foundation of spiritual, mental and physical well being. I’ll take eating first: I have fallen in love with raw food. Someone said, If you want to be close to God, eat God’s food the way it is served. My taste buds have changed so much since this raw food journey has begun. Nothing is as good as a bowl of fresh, organic veggies all cut up in an array of bright vibrant colors with just a touch a oil and vinegar.
For breakfast, I am addicted to the best smoothie ever. Here is my recipe:
Organic frozen blueberries
Aloe Vera Juice
Omega 3 and 6
Hemp Protein powder
A bunch of greens – especially love kale, parsley, chard
bit of maca, acai, msm, green powder or whatever little extra
So good! Everyone loves it and is so surprised that it can look so bad and taste so delicious.
I am filled with gratitude to be able to start every day so filled with energy and vitality and the blessings of this beautiful abundance of food.
Please join me cultivating these 3 pillars of foundation. Why not? We’re all in it together.
love and blessings,
In my last entry, I promised I would follow with some tips for mindful eating. There are numerous techniques one can integrate into their life that support mindful eating. It is a skill that must be learned and practiced. We possess the ability to be mindful in all areas of lives. Cultivating mindfulness in eating will help us to live a mindful life. Below are some tips for mindful eating. Some of these suggestions are from the book Mindful Eating by Jan Chozen Bays. If you want more information, I highly recommend her book and CD.
Step One: Slow Down
Americans tend to gobble their food. Eating on the go is the norm now–fast food, drive through, microwaves, etc.– is common place in our society. Did you know that the average meal last about 11 minutes? Read more »