Listing all posts from April of 2013. Show all posts.
  1. A brief reflection on the Easy Breezy Spring Cleanse

    The whole foods cleanse was truly a joyous and exhilarating experience. We had cleansers from the US, Canada, Belgium, France and Estonia. Questions and concerns could be posted on an online forum which I monitored daily providing information, solutions and encouragement. I just have to share a few testimonial quotes with you:
    “Now, I no longer have that need to eat sweets and I am going to continue in that direction. I learned how foods work in my system. I was so happy to lose 11 pounds and am eager to continue in that way.”              Lani
     “It was interesting to me, that I had no cravings when I managed to ground myself by taking more time, by really staying in the present moment with my activities and attention.”             Kristiina
    “This cleanse was a treat, a healthy treat that ignited my desire to live healthier and more vibrantly.”             Susan
    “I lost some weight, feel lighter, pure and beautiful; full of faith and hope. I also noticed that my mind stabilized itself. If something negative pops up I am able to let go of it and do not hold on to it anymore.”                         Kaja
    “I’m delighted to have lost a few pounds, putting me back at my mid 20’s weight. Sweet. I feel clearer, lighter, more energetic, and I think these things have boosted my self-image, lifted my spirits and general outlook on life.”                       Constance

    The beauty of eating natural foods

    The cleanse experience really validated some of my core beliefs regarding food:
    1. When you eat a balanced diet of natural whole foods it is easy to keep your blood sugar level balanced – and that leads to more energy, balanced moods and zero cravings.
    1. When you bring awareness and mindfulness to life, to food, you have loving control over your actions.
    1. The more natural whole foods you eat, the more your taste buds evolve. And you will be able to pick up all the subtle flavors found in natural foods. Your appreciation for those natural flavors will grow and you will find yourself no longer drawn to the overly sweet, overly salty processed and empty foods. You will be naturally drawn to more healthful choices, making it very easy to stay on track. You will be going from “I should eat healthier” to “I chose to eat healthy”.
  2. Lemony Red Lentil Soup with Lacinato Kale     serves 6 - 8

    2 cups red lentils, rinsed
    ¼ cup quinoa, rinsed
    9 cups water
    1 onion, chopped
    3 carrots, quartered lengthwise, sliced crosswise
    1 table spoon of olive oil
    4 cloves garlic, cut into thick slices
    1 teaspoon of olive oil
    ½ bunch lacinato kale, cut into ¼ “ strips
    salt, pepper to taste
    cayenne pepper to taste
    ½ lemon juice
    1. Boil the lentils and quinoa in the water for 15 min
    2. Sauté onion and carrots in olive oil for 10 min - add to soup
    3. Sauté garlic in olive oil until golden – add to soup
    4. Add kale to soup and let simmer for 5 more minutes
    5. Season with salt, pepper and cayenne pepper and lemon juice
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