The Saturday Snippet – Perfection

Nobody’s perfect!

I remember hearing this throughout my life and I always thought to myself, “What a great way to get out of having to try!” I wasn’t aware then (or now) of what the definition of perfect was. I had never witnessed it.

No one ever sat me down and said to me that I had to try to be perfect in every way – it was something I thought we all just did. We learn this very young when we see our parents frantically rushing around before a dinner party getting everything  just right. Perfect.

We get the picture even more as we grow up. Our school athletics department ensures we practice drills until we can’t take anymore, our mothers spit shined our faces so strangers didn’t think we were slobs and generally, you didn’t speak to anyone for fear you would embarrass your parents (I always tried very hard to accomplish this one).

Why do we try to be perfect anyway? Isn’t this a lot to live up to, especially when the end result is always disappointment (nobody is perfect). I can’t count the number of times I told myself to try even harder when there really was no possible way I could have accomplished what I had set out to do.

Will your kid’s big grade four hopscotch win make a huge difference in her later career? No, but it’s funny how cheerleading will. It is how we look at things – putting far too much emphasis on beauty and material things than true talent or behavior.

I speak to women every day who complain about how they are feeling and how they look. I give out compliments freely and I mean every single one of them. When I do, I see ladies wilt  and a look of disbelief crosses their faces. No one takes in what I am saying, nor do they believe it. The opinion we have of ourselves is always negative – why? I aim to change this, ladies!

Perfection won’t happen – ever. Get over it. Our goal is to be the best us we can be. The simplicity does not lack intellect. Think about it. We will not look like Drew Barrymore because we are not Drew Barrymore! She is gorgeous, funny and talented but she isn’t perfect either (Drew, feel free to call me, we need to hang out!).

I have met so many genuine people who share their stories with me – and I am so grateful to them for that. Through them, I learn so much while sharing my story at the same time. I know that when I am open and honest about who I am, others feel safe to be that way with me too.

We must always be bettering ourselves. Learning is the most important aspect of this, in my humble opinion. Progress is the key to life! Sure, we are all on the same conveyor belt headed out-of-town – but let’s enjoy being perfectly imperfect, shall we? Who knows – maybe we’ll have a few good laughs along the way!

Love, Me

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Dress It Up!

I recently purchased Kimberly Snyder’s book, “The Beauty Book Solution.” So far it is everything I expected! The beauty tips are excellent and she uses real experiences to explain how food works to make us well and beautiful. I really enjoyed reading it!

There are recipes tucked in the back and I must admit I fell for more than one of the dressing recipes.  Ohhhh, I must share one! Enjoy!

Dreamy Creamy Avocado Dressing

Avocado contains water and its own enzymes so it is much less dense than oil – and that makes it a better fat source! Deliciousness!

Ingredients:

1 avocado                   1 small garlic clove                      1/4 c. filtered water

1 tbsp fresh dill         3 drops liquid Stevia                   1/2 tsp celtic sea salt

2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

Directions:

  • Cut the avocado in half, peel it and chop the avocado flesh into pieces and put it in the blender.
  • Add remaining ingredients and blend until creamy and smooth.

Use this dressing as a dip for fresh-cut veggies or tossed with greens for a fantastic salad. Thanks, Kimberly!

This recipe was phenomenal – I shall be partaking again….and again…..and again……you must try it for yourself and let me know what you think! Until next time….

Love, Me

 

 


Putting It Into Perspective

I am going to keep today’s blog post very, very simple. It is simple only in the sense that actual words will be fewer….but the importance of the words themselves could be life changing. They changed my life. Are you ready?

“Place an acorn into the ground. That acorn will struggle to break through the earth again and grow into a mighty oak. Now place a sheep in the ground – all it will do is decompose.”

Think about that. Yuck! (You’re welcome).

Love, Me


Goodness, Gracious, Great Balls of Energy!

This recipe definitely provides energy! I found it also lifted my mood, helped in balancing my hormones (something all women struggle with) and cleared brain fog. I simply felt so much better when my meals included things like the Energy Balls instead of fast, packaged foods.

 

Change isn’t as scary as you think.

Healthy Energy Balls Recipe

(from Dr. Ben Kim.com)

Ingredients:

Ten dates
One cup of raw pecans
Heaping teaspoon of cocoa powder
Dried coconut shreds (optional)
Raw cashews (optional)
Goji berries (optional)

Directions:

1. Soak the dates in water. If you think to do this an hour or more in advance, it’s fine to use room temperature water. If you’re pressed for time and only have a few minutes for soaking, use hot water. The idea is to soften the dates so that they are easily blended into a soft paste.

2. Measure out a cup of raw pecans and put them in a food processor. A strong blender might also work, but for this recipe, a food processor works best.

If you have trouble digesting nuts, soak them in water overnight, strain, and dry with a towel before proceeding.

3. Process pecans on low or using a pulse setting until they’re nicely ground. You don’t want to make pecan butter here – you’re looking for nicely ground pecans.

4. Add a heaping teaspoon of quality cocoa powder. If you don’t enjoy chocolate, it’s fine to skip this step.

5. Blend or pulse for another few seconds to bring ground nuts and cocoa powder together.

6. Add six soaked and mildly crushed dates to the mix. It’s best to add a little water to this recipe to create proper texture.

A good way to add just enough, but not too much water is to lightly shake the dates as you get them out of their bowl of water, give them a gentle mush with your fingers, and add them slightly wet to the ground pecans.

7. Process on low or use the pulse setting until the dates and pecans become together into one mass.

You want the texture to be such that you can pinch off teaspoon-size chunks and roll them up with your palms into bite-size balls. If need be, add another mushed up date or two, but always be conservative in adding extra dates, as once the mixture gets too moist, it’s very difficult to fix by adding more nuts.

8. For some variety, roll balls in dried coconut, cocoa powder, and consider adding raw nuts and dried berries on top before serving.

If you’d like to view the recipe step by step with photos, click here. We love that you can make individual bite sized morsels! Enjoy your wicked, wicked Wednesday!

Love Me


Speaking Lemonese

Apologies for the past few missing blog posts! Things appear to be fixed now…..

So – lemons. Sour and unforgiving, the flavor attacks the taste buds and overwhelms the melancholy of the tongue to awaken the senses – all of em. Whether you like it or not. That sour cheek blast is going to get you…….but there’s an upside!

Lemons are beyond excellent for skin, hair and all your internal wonderfulness. I always squeeze fresh lemon juice into my water as it super charges things and allows my body to work the way it should. It is also an excellent way to keep the liver clean and running smoothly.

Health benefits of lemon include treatment of throat infections, indigestion, constipation, dental problems, fever, hair care, skin care, internal bleeding, rheumatism, burns, overweight, respiratory disorders, cholera and high blood pressure. Known for its therapeutic property since generations, lemon helps to strengthen your immunity system and cleanses your stomach. It is not only a blood purifier but also enables the body to fight diseases. Lemon juice, especially, has several health benefits associated with it. Useful for treating kidney stones, curing heart strokes and reducing the body temperature, lemonade helps you to stay calm and cool. Read More….

My biggest issue with lemons? Keeping them fresh long enough to use them! I remember being able to keep a lemon around the kitchen for weeks before they would start to feel a little soft. nowadays, i see green mold all over the underside of my lemons within 3-5 days. It is unacceptable! Who do you contact? Someone fill me in…..

Someone gave me this incredible suggestion about storing lemons. It is so simple – and it keeps as many lemons fresh as you need – long term!

All you do is take your lemons and slice them up. I love the look of a perfectly round  lemon slice. They also affix to the edge of a summertime drink wonderfully too!

So you slice them all up. Grab yourself a 4L ice cream pail that has been cleaned and dried and layer the slices in the pail. be sure to place a layer of saran wrap, wax paper or freezer paper between each layer of lemons. It prevents them from globbing together.

So your pail of lemon now looks like this. Lovingly slap a lid on this and store it in the freezer!

I always have lemon in my water, so all I have to do is grab the pail – they’re already sliced up for me!

Pitchers of lemonade just became that much easier!

The best part of the entire thing? No more moldy, wasted lemons. I’m about to save a lot of money by saving lemons. Where I live, I often pay up to fifty cents per lemon. I recall one visit to the grocery store and they were a dollar each.

Remember: It’s not what it costs – it’s what it is worth to you.

Take that…..

Love, Me


Using Nature As Nature Intended

I imagine that there is a man – and he paves paradise and puts up a parking lot – everywhere. Now, here we are. Thanks, man.

I was never one to notice nature. I feigned appreciation of it when my tree hugging buddies would voice opinions on it. I never bothered to really pay attention, I had things to do and people to see! I did dislike the city though – the hot, smelly pavement in the summer reeked of crushed out cigarette butts and melted gum. Cement was everywhere.

Nowadays, I think very differently and I am so grateful for that. I received a rare opportunity – the chance to stay home and not only heal myself in a physical sense, but figure a whole bunch of things out in general too! Using nature the way she is meant to be ‘utilized’ is an incredible feeling, and I barely do it justice. I have a garden and a greenhouse filled with seedlings – and the kale – wow! The rest involves a deep appreciation for everything – and I mean everything. OK – maybe not mosquitos!

Since I have moved to this home, I have learned about the hazelnuts and wild strawberries that grow near my yard! I also have a wild raspberry patch that has gone unattended for years. I’ve added a watermelon patch, so raspberries would be terrific!

There are so many things we are discovering. For example, the other day we wandering down the driveway to the school bus. It had rained and we noticed the driveway was littered with little snails. It was really fun to watch my daughter gingerly pick them up, examine them and explain to me what she saw. Through the eyes of a child!

We all need to take time for ourselves – it is crucial. Stress kills people. Exhaustion, worry – fear, it all plays games with our minds and bodies. Get enough rest and eat right – you’ll feel great! We need to spend time with our children instead of saying we should – we need to simply do the things we say we always want to do!

Dandelion tea (or wine!), stinging nettle tea, rosehip tea – we drink them all, and all are picked and dried from areas surrounding our home. It makes me feel cozy all over! These remedies (teas) are not gimmicks, they are medicinally proven cures to various ailments. For example, lemon tea can settle a stomach ache. So can ginger tea. I used to drink garlic tea until a friend mentioned that I should probably slow down on the clove consumption for a while. What can I say? I love garlic! 

One crushed clove of garlic is equal to 10,000 units of antibiotics…..something like that. Got yourself a cold? Crush 2-3 cloves of garlic and swallow whole. If you can stand to chew it – knock yourself out!

Nature is an intricate system – more detailed and finite than anything else. We can upset the balance quite easily and we do.

All it takes is a quick internet search to find all of the information you need on harvesting things in nature. My neighbor planted the idea in my head and I’m so glad she did! I’m learning a lot and really having a good time! We added honey suckle to our salad too. Delicious!

So get out there and eat the edible stuff, leave the cacti and such alone and you’ll be just fine.

Never eat something from nature if you don’t know what it is or what it does. That would be like eating a donut and thinking everything was going to be alright. We know better!

Love Me


Believe It!

If you (for whatever reason) have a hang up about yourself, it is time to say enough is enough!

Why is it that we constantly find little things to pick at about ourselves? We don’t like our hair, our nose is too big, our love handles too prominent and our attention span too short. Has anyone else noticed this? We whine, bitch and complain – and then we go and eat something and hate ourselves. We play the biggest mind games with ourselves to get what we want.

I compliment people all the time and I’ve realized most people dislike compliments! Really? I hope not – I make an extra effort every single day to say positive things that I mean. It’s not difficult. I have so many wonderful people in my life supporting me in the same way, I can’t help but continue to pass it on. Thus is the cycle of energy. I give out positive and I get back positive.

Let’s go back a few short years and allow me to explain who I really was…..

At 266 pounds I hated myself. I never said it out loud, was always positive anyway but I lacked a certain something. People used to tell me, “Stay positive” when the issue of weight would arise. They knew I wasn’t mentally in a place to consider weight loss – I was addicted to junk food, sodas, every bad food on the planet……..and cake. No one was going to pry that cake from me. No one.I drank like the popular Boozefish and smoked as though life itself could be sucked through that filter. 

I eventually wanted to change – I just had no information. When it became overwhelming, I would stop trying. Deluded ideas about fad diets had me spending a lot of money on things that made me fatter.

I stopped. I ate. I stayed positive! I told myself that if this was my ‘lot in life’ then let’s eat. Little did I realize getting so ill was also an option. I lost all my energy and shut down. We believe my organs may have been in the process of shutting down, but we can’t be certain. If they were, they aren’t now!

When we think negatively- we stay negative. Set in our ways. Stubborn. It reminds me of crochety old folks (yes, they exist). They are adorably set in their ways and no one can tell them anything that will change their mind. I’m sure some of them still believe saving bacon grease in a container and using it to cook with was a great idea way back when. It is interesting to ponder how this type of mentality is created, but I think I get it.

The point is that without an open mind to consider the valuable information that is out there, we set ourselves up to fail or stand still before we even try. Standing still means you don’t progress – and that’s not the way life is meant to be lived! When we stand still, we lose interest in ourselves and we stop. When we stop…….you know what can happen next.

You must believe you are important – because you are! Your time in this world is now. We aren’t promised tomorrow, and if you are ill and have dis-ease, life can be that much harder.

I was at the point where my health was so bad – at 35 years old I could not lift my head off of my pillow. At 39 years old I am a vibrant, energetic, nature and veggie loving fool who refuses to give up or let others tell her the way to wellness lies in a doctors office. I know it doesn’t.

If I didn’t believe, I wouldn’t be talking to you now. Believe it!

Love, Me