Happy New Years!

Happy New Years!

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The Pier

As I sit and write this on the last day of 2015, I’m thinking back over the past year and what an incredible year it’s been. I have so much to be thankful for and if you are reading this that includes you as without you I wouldn’t have a blog!

I was able to leave my job I had for a short time in film as I created a residual income, did two amazing 6 week road trips down through the southern states getting my fill of sun, beach and warm weather with an incredible man, (and many photos taken), Plus many little side trips in between, I started picking up my camera more and now know that 2016 will have much more camera action going on. I have made many new incredible friends, ate amazing food, got my health back, started meditating, had more gratitude for things and people, got excited more at the little things in life, began deprogramming myself on many levels of programs that weren’t even mine (still going on of course lol), watched and captured many amazing sunsets, got to see whales, dolphins, bears and a few others in the wild, had many picnics, created art, got to walk my dog in the rainforest, made love often and turned 50………….

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Big Sur

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Sunset

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California

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Joshua Tree

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San Diego

I share that with you not to brag but to show what is possible. for me I had to step away from the norm and what was expected of me. Plus my kids turned 20 & 21 and are off doing their thing now – so it’s become more me focused and not in an ego type way!

I gave up making New Years Resolutions many years ago and now create intentions and get in touch with the truth of who I really am – or keep trying to – I am human!

Most New Year Resolutions are the same as last years, the year before and so on.

The most common ones are

– lose weight

– get into better shape

– get healthier

– make more money

– get out of debt

– quit smoking

– spend more time with family

– quit drinking

– more travelling

They are also the the most commonly broken!

What about being happy? What makes you sing, get you excited, make your juices flow. What about creating a life YOU love? Without comparing it to anyone else or what they have or are doing?

So I ask you – how will it be different this year? How will you do things differently?

What changes could you make, even if they were tiny things yet done daily, that could become more permanent in your way of living taking you closer to how you want to live and feel? So that at the end of 2016 you can look back and love what happened!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for stopping by and taking time to read this and share.

My wish of you is that 2016 is full of many amazing moments, tons of love, laughter, great health, abundance in all areas and anything else that makes your heart sing!

Create a Life YOU Love!

Jodi

xo

What’s a post without a least one food photo! 🙂

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Raw Foods

Ditch the Dieting

Ditch the Dieting

Forever!

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Just look at the word ‘die t’

Doesn’t that say a lot on it’s own?

How about healthy eating? What about feeding the body? Nourishing the body? Providing the body with the right nutrients so that it thrives, you thrive as through that you will feel and look fabulous.

There is a BIG difference between eating and feeding the body.

Nourishing foods, depleting foods or chemical concoctions labelled as foods.

We are part of a group Transformation starting next week (or the week after if one chooses) to nourish our bodies, feed our bodies and cells, detox from a little over indulgence during the holidays – yes even I did I will admit!! It was fun, tasty and oh so part of the holidays yet I am also learning that it’s not a big part of my life any more – for me it’s so not worth feeling crappy. The little bit I did do I can feel the difference in my body – I guess I am way more sensitive since I am so much cleaner in my way of living.

Here are some questions maybe to ponder as there is always room for more people who want to take their health and eating to a higher level AND Ditch the Dieting bs thing

Are you eating to live or living to eat?

Do you have any food addictions? ( coffee, caffeine type drinks, sugar, white starchy things, junk foods etc)

Do you eat / snack in the evenings?

Do you have any extra weighty would like to release?

Are you feeling tired, sluggish – or just not your best?

Is your eyes or skin kind of blah (in other words not vibrant)?

Do you have mental fog, can’t make decisions type of thinking?

Just kind of feel blah, heavy like or a little blue?

Have any aches or pains in the body for no apparent reason?

These are signs from the body saying ‘hey wake up, I need a little attention. detoxing or some changes”.

I am not a fan of diets or New Years Resolutions – what I am a fan of is making a fresh start, creating health and eating real foods – as close to nature as possible and eating consciously. No you don’t have to become vegan or raw but how often are you eating meat and do you know where it’s coming form or how the animals were treated? Things like that.

I am also a firm believer in eating healthy does not have to be boring, confusing or difficult.

One of the reason’s I share Superfoods and the Purium 10 Day Transformation as they are foods, real foods (also live, organic and non-gmo), people do get good – great results as they are feeding the body at a deep (cellular level) and it’s fun waking people up!!

People are still learning what real foods are and once you experience it – it’s hard to go back!!

If interested please contact me for more information.

We are starting a group cleanse Jan 4 (yet you can start any time) and we are joining in with Purium so many of us will be doing it at the same time – love the support AND David Sandoval himself will be doing daily support calls – the founder of the Transformation and Purium – now how cool is that?

You also have my support via text and phone / Skype – as much as I love the health benefit and feeling and looking the best I can – without comparison to anyone else or today’s so called models, I also love helping people break free from addictive food eating, processed food eating and emotional eating.

When we nourish our bodies with real, healthy foods and superfoods, it’s one of the most powerful ways of saying I love you (me / my body) – not from ego just self love. Self love is part and a big part of overcoming emotional eating.

I’ve been there, I know – reach out – I am here!

2016 is going to be a fantastic year – as I am choosing to make each moment, hour, day, week and month count.

Are you?

Eat Healthy

Live Well

Create a Life YOU Love

Jodi

xo

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

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Christmas time is such a beautiful and a busy time of the year.

Just wanted to take a moment to say Merry Christmas!!

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This is my first Christmas without my kids.  My daughter is far away in Australia and my son is spending it with his father – allowing me to travel and spend time with my beloved, keep it simple and out of my norm so I won’t miss them too much!

It’s also the first time in many years that I am with snow at Christmas and oh boy does it keep snowing!!!   If you know me, you know I love wearing my flip flops………but there is beauty in snow especially at this time of the year and I have tried to capture some of it.

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I wish that this Christmas is truly one filled with much love, laughter, good food and company.  Don’t let the little things get to you, take time to enjoy the moments and Christmas night is a full moon – it could be interesting!!

Here’s a little gift of health to you – I found this recipe on the internet and had to try it and boy if you don’t want to get sick this winter this is a great remedy.  I made mine, have some every day and it packs a punch!!

Enjoy and Merry Christmas

Jodi

xo

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Health Tonic

–  24 oz RAW Apple Cider Vinegar (Braggs is a good one)

–  1/4 cup finely chopped Organic Garlic

–  1/4 cup finely chopped Organic Onion

–  2 fresh hot Peppers (as hot as possible)

–  1/4 cup fresh grated Ginger (Organic if possible)

–  2 tbsp grated fresh Horseradish (Organic if possible)

–  2 tbsp grated or finely chopped fresh Tumeric (Organic if possible)

Combine all together and put into jar.  Adding vinegar. Close with lid and give a good little shake or stir.

Keep in a cool dry place for 2 weeks.

Shake or stir several times a day.

At 2 weeks, strain the juice, use the mixture for cooking i.e.  add to a soup or a stir fry or…..).

Keep the juice in the fridge and take a tbsp or two a day, you may want to start with 1 tsp as it may be a bit much at first.  Adding Raw Honey is an option if you find it too hot.  Raw Honey is great for you but make sure it’s Raw, so much store shelf Honey is made with corn syrup these days.

This is very anti fungal and anti bacterial – the vinegar being in the raw state is fermented which is great for your system and it has many health benefits. Read more here

It’s cleansing for your system, increases blood and lymph circulation, and is said to help not get colds and flus – yay!!!

Chia Cereal

Chia Cereal

Raw Vegan Style

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Chia Cereal

 

 

When I was a kid we got to choose our cereal that we ate in the mornings – little was known about real health back then and I am embarrassed to say my favourite was Count Chocola – seriously eh? My brother’s was Frankenberry – I know beyond a shadow of a doubt my kids never got that crap from me and I doubt my brother’s kids do either.  Some of us have come a long way and yet it saddens me when I walk down the isles of the grocery stores and I see the crap for kids these days, and how advertising targets them.

There are other choices.  I promise in the very near future I will write a post on some of the properties of some of the Superfoods I choose to add into my way of eating.  When you know this information, it’s hard to go back to nutrient void, chemically processed, man made empty, carbon like cereals or foods.  We eat to live not live to eat, and it really does not have to be hard, boring or expensive.

One of the best things I can share with you about eating real foods, healthy foods and superfoods is it feeds the body.  When it feeds the body you actually require less or eat less food as the body is satisfied.  If we are over eating its usually one of three things, we are nutritionally starved, we are emotionally eating or we are so distracted we aren’t paying attention (i.e. watching tv while eating) and are disconnected not only to our food and ourselves but also our bodies.

Conscious eating is eating – enjoying and tasting the food,(no the, computer or cell phones around) having great conversation (anything negative should be spoken later on), slowly chewing each mouthful so you taste the food, digest it properly and are present.

This Chia Cereal is easy to make and one can get quite creative with it – you’re only limited by your imagination!

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–  1/4 cup Chia seeds

–  1 cup Nut Mylk

Put the Chia seeds in the nut Mylk and let sit for at least an hour.  You can also put it in the refrigerator over night.  You may want to add a little more nut Mylk to get the desired thickness or consistency.

It’s at the point when I add in the rest – in this recipe I added in

–  Hemp Seeds

–  Fruit (Pomegranates)

–  Pumpkin Seeds

–  Almonds

–  Rice Bran Solubles (Purium)

Vanilla, Cinnamon and a pinch of Himalayan Sea Salt

But you can add in  some fun spices like Cardamon, Maple etc  You can add in shredded Coconut, other nuts, Goji Berries, Raw Cacao, or you could even make it with a Chocolate nut Mylk (kids might like it or think you went a little nuts 🙂

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I choose Pomegranates to stick with the color red for the festive season but you could add any kind of fruit.

Not only is this a tasty healthy cereal, it has a fair amount of nutrition in it, so for kids its awesome and will stick with them for awhile.

Eat, Enjoy and please feel free to share!

 

Eat Healthy

Live Well

Create a Life YOU Love

Jodi

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Why Superfoods??

Why Superfoods??

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Superfoods

Why settle for anything less??

I would like to use the analogy of comparing foods – eating junk foods or highly processed foods is like hanging out in the slums or the ghetto compared to eating superfoods and hanging out in the woods or on top of a mountain.

What do I mean by that exactly?

I may get some slack for that but what I am trying to convey is eating Superfoods is not only healthy and clean for the body, it’s needed. When you connect with nature, it is calming, grounding, you can breath easier, there’s no judgment, it’s fresh, natural and real.

Why would I compare a Superfood to nature. Good question!

Superfoods that are real superfoods and by that I mean clean (no holds, gmo’s, pesticides etc) are quite nutrient dense, loaded with vitamins and minerals and feed the body at a cellular level. By that I mean it truly gets in a such a deep degree in the body, the cells get nourished properly and they wake up become more alive (hence more energy for you). When cells are properly fed – you radiant more health – your skin, nails and hair all grow better and shine more. You are not carrying around excess weight. Less time in the kitchen preparing foods (yup). You have more energy – why? Because when eating Superfoods that are live and nutrient dense they bring a life force into you and your body – which if you are breathing and walking around you are alive – live foods for a live body – kind of makes sense!

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Spirulina & Chlorella

With Superfoods like Spirulina, Chlorella (the deep dark green ones) they are loaded with chlorophyll, it has come from a plant that was alive that got nourished by the sun – and we now get to eat it. Just look at the deep colors, the vibrancy. It’s real – nothing added there!!

In our modern day society we spend so much time on food, thinking about, shopping for it, preparing for it, eating it, yet we really don’t spend much time in what is truly feeding the body compared to eating. Are you living to eat, or eating to live??

Sometimes I hear people say to me that eating healthy is so expensive. I ask compared to what?

We pay for our health in one way or another – either through the foods we eat or the drugs or medical care we need later on – it all catches up one way or another. Even with supplements, its a multi billion dollar industry – what is so great about real superfoods is they are real foods – the body knows what to do with them and utilizes them easily and effortlessly and not taxing the body. They are not (or should not have) fillers, binders, artificial sweeteners or any other chemical added to it.

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Tumeric – Fresh & Dried

That is why I am so excited at creating recipes now with more Superfoods added in, to share how easy, tasty and nutritious it can be.

Remember packaged foods come from companies that are there for profit not health. When you feed your body at a cellular level more nutrient dense Superfoods – you may actually eat less foods. Now some might be saying but I love food!! So do I, but I also love feeling great. I also love the extra time I have freed up!

One of my greatest mentors and a wealth of information is David Sandoval – who has written The Green Foods Bible – I highly recommend for learning about more Greens and Superfoods (I don’t need to repeat it all here – I’m just the recipe creator with great foods). Mike Adams, another person who is a wealth of information on real health has a great free e-book on Superfoods – Spirulina and Chlorella.

You may also be wondering why I keep saying the word ‘real’ in front of Superfoods. When I google the word Superfoods – so much comes up that is not a Superfood in anyway, in my eyes at least with what I know and now I understand why people are confused as I certainly would be if I was just starting out trying to really eat healthy!!

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Activated Barley

So please keep checking back or sign up for the updates as we dive deeper into recipes with real Superfoods.

In the photos above there is Spirulina, Chlorella, Tumeric, Hemp, Chia, Activated Barley, Bee Pollen just to name a few!

Eat Healthy,

Live Well,

Create a Life YOU Love

Jodi