Addiction vs Comfort

Is there a difference between having an addiction to certain foods or using them as a comfort??

Let me give you a story.  For a long time I didn’t want to give up my morning Americano, only 1 cup.  Ok, kind of big (6oz), with a nice bit of foam on it, a little cream (organic of course!!)  Now, I could give it up,….really….. I went days with out one, with no side effects (but I did notice I felt better without it).  I knew all the reasons why I should give it up, but something kept me coming back.

Honestly, I wasn’t even enjoying the taste any more, so why did I not just stop??  I asked myself that too and explored it a bit.

For me I realized that it was a comfort, can’t call it a comfort food because it’s not a food, and I didn’t really have one of those.  I realize that it gave me a little comfort, it was my story that was attached to it.  What I mean by that is, when I just sat and let go and asked myself why I didn’t want to ( not couldn’t ) give it up right now, I realized it was a comfortable thing in my life when it had been pretty chaotic in some ways.  Let’s see, in 18 months I made 3 major moves (across the country) lost 2 cats, lost 2 grandparents, had some financial difficulties, stopped talking with my dad and made a career move……….and all I was doing was still enjoying that morning Americano.

Hmmmmm

I decided right then and there to let go of the guilt and judgement, that can do more damage sometimes.  I knew when the time was right it would happen and it did…… I stopped.  I didn’t need it anymore.  Now I’m not talking 4 or 5 or 6 a day of Americanos or way more than that on anything.  I think that is addiction, or when you really can’t give up something. What I am talking about here is that little something……..

We eat for health and sometimes (actually many times) we eat for emotional reasons, as long as you are clear about it then you can make changes.

Remember, go easy on yourself, don’t compare. Some people can stop immediately. Some people, even though they know it’s not the best for them still aren’t ready to let go of a food or beverage or way of being .  There is no right or wrong and no judgement, so don’t beat yourself up if you have a story as well.

The day will come when you are ready to write a  new story.

Until then, love yourself, that should be foremost.

Would love to hear your thoughts or your story!!

JB

Real Raw Chocolate…….Yum!!!

All chocolate is made from the cacao bean (or cocoa bean).

Cacao is chocolate.

Since I have been on a bit of a raw cheesecake exploratory lately, and my family and friends are loving it!!!  I have been using cacao is some form or another in them and they have been tasty, but it is also good to know that real raw cacao has many health benefits as well.

So, here is some info on cacao.  It is the seed or nut of the fruit from the tree it grows on.  They are always in season and like to grow in  temperatures above 60 degrees F with little fluctuations of high humidity.

Way back when, the Cacao beans were used instead of Gold for money by the Mayans and Aztecs.

1879 was when the first milk chocolate bar was produced.

But, that is probably the start of when things changed. Cacao has a high mineral content but it is destroyed when cooked, heated, refined and processed.

Cacao contains the highest concentration of antioxidants of any food in the world, more than (by weight) red wine, (shucks), blue berries, acai, pomegrantes and goji berries combined.

Cacao is the #1 source of magnesium, which is the most deficient major mineral on the SAD (Standard American Diet).

Cacao also contains iron, chromium, manganese, zinc, copper, Vitamin C, Omega 6, Phenylethylamine (PEA), which is not present in processed or cooked, that is the chemicals we produce in our bodies when we fall in love!! Also, anandamide, tryptophan, serotonin, fiber just to name a few.

Most of this is lost when we process, heat and cook cacao.

Because of the nutritional density, it is considered a Superfood by some.

From cacao beans you can get cacao nibs, powder, butter and paste that can go into bars, cheesecakes, beverages, trail mixes, drinks and smoothies.

So, if it’s raw cacao……..it is good for you, but like anything, remember in moderation.  You will find the taste slightly bitter at first if you eat a nib on it’s own, but after awhile, if you try one of your old favorite chocolate bars……..taste like junk, fake, yuck!

That last  cheesecake I made was a banana chocolate one and boy was it good!!!

Finally, some chocolate that is good for us!!  David Wolfe thinks so………

Enjoy!!

JB

Food

“Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food”.  Greek physician Hippocrates (460-377 BC), the founding father of natural medicine.

If we are in a time when obesity, heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol and so on are at an all time high and we are beginning to understand or believe that it’s what we eat, then isn’t it time to really look at what we eat??

If what we eat gets us to one of those points, would it not make sense to start with what we eat as well?  But what does that mean to someone who’s life time has been consuming man made, processed, packaged ‘food’?

It doesn’t happen over night and I truly believe in flow and ease but with continual improvement and using the KISS method for starting out.

Which means asking yourself or being honest with yourself about where you are now and where do you want to be or feel?

What changes can you make or are willing to make?

Do you need a buddy or a coach or a program to help you get started or stay on track?

Can you start by cutting back on something or things or making shifts with some?

For instance, how much coffee are you consuming in a day? If it is more than 2 cups, can you reduce that down or go for decaf?

Is there cream and sugar in the coffee? If so, could you start cutting that out?

Instead of missing breakfast or grabbing whatever when you run out the door or at the drive thru, could you take an extra 5 minutes and make a green smoothie to sip on through the morning.

Instead of going out for lunch or the food court and getting usually fast food, could you bring your own lunch?  Now that is a huge win win as you will eat and feel better, do more for the environment (no take out containers) and save yourself money!!!

Could you start adding a salad to your evenings dinner? Or more veggies?  Or put out a veggie tray to snack on while preparing dinner?

Can you give up the snacks at night in front of the tv?  Can you let go of some of the tv watching?

If you were to start something today and build on it, think where you could be in a years time!!

Don’t have time to do this is what I hear often, and my response always is, when it comes to your health and well being, if you don’t make the time who will??

Food is to nourish our bodies.

Your deserve the best, believe it and go for it!!!

Here’s to YOUR health.

Have an awesome day!!!

JB

Raw Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake

OMG!! This is sooooo good, you won’t believe it’s raw!!!!

Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake

Crust

1 cup almonds (dry)

3/4 cups pecans (dry)

6 dates

1 – 2 tsp vanilla

pinch sea salt

Put all together in a food processor and blend till still chunky yet will stick together. Put into a spring form pan or glass oblong dish.  Spread out evenly and press down, I used the back of a spatula.  Press firm but not too hard.

Filling

3 cups raw cashews (soaked at least approx 4 hours if you are using whole, if pieces you can soak less time)

squeeze 1/2 lemon

3/4 cup honey

2 tbsp lecithin

2 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup cacao butter melted down

Put all together in a Vitamix or blender.  I recommend if using a blender to put all ingredients together in a bowl, mix up then put 1/3 of the mixture in the blender at a time and blend till smooth (if you use all of it at once it may be too much on a blender).  When the mixture is smooth pour on top of crust.

Now with the last 1/3 of the mixture, add 3 – 4 tbsp of cacao powder and blend up until smooth, then pour on top of the white mixture in the middle. With a chopstick or something similar , insert it in the mixture and begin to move it around to make a swirl.   It is important to know when to stop, but practice will get you better at it.

Put into freezer for a couple of hours and then it can hold in fridge if you prefer.  I found that it was better in the freezer as it was almost tasted like an ice cream cake and in the fridge it was a bit soft.  If you would like to keep it in the fridge instead that is fine but it will be softer, you can also increase the cacao butter to 1/2 cup and the coconut oil decrease to 1/4 cup and then it will hold in the fridge better.  Either way, it is yummy!!!

Enjoy!

JB

Macadamia Beet Dip

Macadamia Beet Dip

Easy, Healthy and Good!!

1-2 Beets chopped up (big chunks)

1/4 cup macadamia nuts

juice of 1 lemon

1 garlic clove

celtic sea salt to taste

Put everything in the blender or Vitamix and blend up till smooth.

Adjust to taste (maybe a little pinch more of salt or garlic).

Great for dipping endive leaves into, or flax cracker or carrots or whatever you choose!!

Enjoy!

JB

Diet vs Lifestyle

To me, lifestyle means a way of life, a way of living.

Diet, well, lets look at the first 3 letters DIE, need I say more??

I wonder why there are so many ‘diets’ out there? I wonder why each year new ones pop up, The South Beach Diet, The Atkins Diet, The 3 Apple a Day Diet, The 3 Hour Diet, The Beverly Hills Diet, The Cheater’s Diet, and I could go on. There is a list of about a gazillion names, well ok, maybe not that many but more than a few hundred and I’m not making the list up either!!

Eating healthy, for me, is about choices, choices I can make every day. It’s not about restriction, it’s about eating for optimal nutrition, it’s about feeling good, it’s about what works for me, it’s about listening to my body – what it wants and yes sometimes even just for fun.
Too often we are busy running around, grabbing anything on the go, we don’t even know if we really are hungry let alone what for. Lots of times, that is when the weight piles on. So, we then put ourselves on a ‘diet’.

Eating well or healthy should be a lifestyle, not I have to go on a ‘diet’ or Monday to Thursday. I starve myself those days and eat these things that I don’t even like so I can eat whatever and lots of it all weekend long. By Monday it’s like having a hangover sometimes and then only to have to go through it again next week.

Can you imagine if that pressure was taken off of you, how it would feel? Take a big, deep breath in right now and let go. Let go of the restrictions, the guilt, the pressure, the stress of the world of ‘dieting’. Take another deep breath in and let go and just sit for a minute, just a minute.

Doesn’t that feel better??

We already have enough on our plates (no pun intended!!) to have more pressure on ourselves. It shouldn’t be stressful or hard and certainly not any fun!

I leave you with 2 questions to ask yourself……….

Would you rather have a lifestyle way of eating (compared to a diet)?

and

If you fed your spirit, your soul, would you have a better relationship with food?

I know for me, it has made a huge difference in my life……..I threw away my scales a long time ago for starters!!!

Love to hear your thoughts!

Here’s to Your Health

Jodi

Healthy and Raw

Healthy and Raw……

What does that mean to you?

Do you think of eating just carrots sticks and salads all the time?

Giving up everything you like to eat?

Being hungry a lot?

Some people even ask  ‘meat too’?

I wanted to share with you what I think that healthy and raw mean to me and why I choose those words.

Healthy – to feel good, no great, to look good, have that sparkle in the eye, to have a presence that is confident, calming, energetic, grateful, peaceful, inviting, inspiring, motivating and happy.

Raw – for me that is real food, simple, easy, alive, BUT also me…..(ok maybe not simple) but alive, real and authentic.

Yes this is about eating raw foods, because I believe that what we put into our bodies, our food choices, does affect our thoughts, our emotions, our moods.  So, when we clean up our diet ( and what works best for you may be different than me) and make that more of a lifestyle, we can become clearer.  We feed our bodies, and clean our bodies.  With a clean body we have a cleaner mind and we can become more real, more raw, more authentic.

To me being raw means being real.  I had to go through a lot of dark nights to learn that.  My food choices over the years has played a huge role for me.

When one decides to bring in more real, live,  raw foods into their life, they have more time…….really.

How much time do you read labels looking for carbs, fats, calories, proteins etc?  How much time do you waste weighing yourself and fretting over the numbers on the scales?  Looking through magazines for the latest ‘diet’ or pill or whatever else is new?  How often are you tired and just don’t have the energy?

I could go on.

Is that the real you?

Healthy and Raw – alive, energy, sparkle, beautiful, confident, happy, real

Love to hear your thoughts!!

Here is to your health and being real!!

JB

Marinated Veggies Unpasta

Marinated Veggie Unpasta

It’s unpasta as you know we can use vegetables even for that!!

Marinade

1/4 cup Expeller Pressed Toasted Sesame Oil (probably not raw but nice flavor)

juice 1/2 lemon

minced garlic 1 -2 cloves

some chopped parsley or cilantro (optional)

pinch sea salt

Chop up a mixture of veggies, I used

1 red pepper

approx 1 cup spinach

1 – 2 tomatoes (depending on size)

a portabello mushroom

Toss all together and add marinade

Depending on the amount of people eating, adjust the amounts of veggies and marinade.

Let sit for 2 – 3 hours.

Using a Spiroli, make pasta noodles out of zucchini.

Put the marinades veggies on zucchin and garnish if you desire with chopped green onions.

Enjoy!!

Rejuvelac

What the heck is Rejuvelac??

Rejuvelac is fermented, energy rich drink. It’s a great aid for digestion and elimination due to the fermentation process.
It is a great source for Vitamins B, C & E, amino acids, enzymes and helps improve bowel flora.

Rejuvelac helps to replace the enzymes that cooked food destroys. That is why you can either have a few drinks of it each day or incorporate it into raw soups etc. It is easily digestible and very healthy. I have only been adding it for a couple of weeks, but have noticed a big difference.
You can either use wheat berries or cabbage. I much prefer the cabbage, I don’t know why but it seems that is what my body wants right now, so I am following it!

Rejuvelac

-31/2 cups pure water
-6 cups coarsely chopped cabbage

Add water and cabbage to blender ( you will have to do this in 2 – 3 amounts as it won’t all fit in). Blend at low speed for 30 seconds then high speed for another 30 seconds. Pour into a clean mason jar even sterile is good as you don’t want any bad bacteria, as you can see here, I used a BIG jar. Lightly cover with a cloth and let stand at room temperature for three days.

Strain off the cabbage and pour into a container and put into the fridge. You can either then compost the cabbage or p our more water on it and cover and let stand at room temperature and it should be ready in one day instead of three.
This time discard or compost the cabbage.
It will keep for one week in the fridge.
You can drink 1/2 cup before meals or replace water in raw recipes with the rejuvelac.
You will feel the difference.

Cleansing Green Soup

I have been playing around with the basis of this soup with different vegetables, but the other night I made an amazing one, too bad I didn’t record the actual measurements.  I usually don’t measure, I just throw things in the blender!  But here is basically what I added, play a little with the quantities to your liking, but this soup is so good and full of lots of nutrients, enzymes and vitamins.

– big handful of spinach

-1/2 cup sprouts

-1 – 2 cloves of garlic

-juice of 1/2 lime

-pinch sea salt

-some dulse

-1/2 avocado

-approx 3/4 cup water (or Rejuvelac which is what I used and will be going into that next post)

some cilantro (or parsley or whatever else you would prefer)

Blend all up until a smooth consistency and garnish with chopped green onion or what you would like.

I found this soup to be very cleansing and energizing.  (After a long day at the mall with the girls!! lol)

Enjoy!!