Mother Nature Knows Best

So the weather is changing, and here in Arizona we are very excited because that means no more triple digit weather. Like I have said in some of my previous posts, my diet always changes to the weather and location that I am in. I encourage you all to try it. Eat what’s in season. You see mother nature is never wrong. Our bodies need what she gives us during certain times of the year. For instance, as winter comes we get a great abundance of citrus. Guess what citrus do? they alkalize and have tons of vitamin C which as we all know boosts our immune system, therefore helps us prevent things like the flu and the colds . Oh geeze, what a coincidence! isn’t that the same time that as flu and cold season? Another great example is watermelon in the summer and spring. Notice how hydrating watermelon is, goes well with the summer heat doesn’t it? Mother nature knows best.

So, with that said. I now ask why most of us are eating pineapple or mangoes in the middle of the winter? specifically those living in the desert? …exactly.

I personally find that when I eat more seasonal and listen to my body I feel better overall. When I go Mexico, in the summer I tend to eat nothing but mangoes, coconuts (water and all ), salads, and strawberries. Yup, lots and lots of fruits, water, and raw fresh foods. What’s the best part? I actually lose weight from all those mangoes that I eat . As fall approaches I start to get very off balanced, my energy is weird, I even gain weight , that’s when I know it’s time to switch it up. I go back and reread some of my macrobiotic books. I start introducing some “heavier” whole grains to my body again like brown rice or millet. I start lightly sautéing local veggies, eating more fermented foods  and drinking more tea. Guess what? I feel a lot more balanced already!

Made my first batch of  pickles! Local cucumbers, umeboshi plum vinegar, cayenne, &water. (recipe from The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone)

 Quinoa, mushrooms,  local zuchinni, purslane, & mexican sauce made from peppers&tomatoes.

I encourage you all to try to listen to your body as the weather changes. Don’t force all that water that you drink during the triple digits if it’s cooler out and you are less thirsty. Craving a warm soup, tea , or organic coffee? go for it. I am not asking to stop eating all the raw food either,a gain listen to your body! Balance is the key. I still have my big salad, or green smoothie when I feel I need it. Remember to still eat your greens whether it’s in a smoothie, salad, in miso soup, or healthy burritos.  Greens are year-long you will just find that there will be more of a certain type depending on the season and location.

To find out what’s seasonal near you check out this website http://www.fieldtoplate.com/guide.php .

Lot’s of love, & like always, Blossom into Health & Happiness,

Ana

PS: Don’t forget to chew well! Especially if you are going to eat whole grains!

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Creamy Tahini Dressing

YUM. I just loved this dressing so much I had to share ( you know me I love to share what I love ). I am playing around with a lot of macrobiotics , something about it always calls me back! I was reading through one of my first vegan/Macrobiotic books : “The Kind Life “ by Alicia Silverstone. Yes I know she feeds her kid chewed food but I still love her! Her book is such a gentle and awesome approach to veganism , it helped me a lot through my transition. She points out the eco part of the diet, new veggies that still most vegans don’t eat (like fermented foods, sea veggies and real grains). I found a basic tahini dressing recipe in her book but I thought it needed a kick so eventually I made this . Very nutrient dense, contains a lot of calcium, enzymes, minerals, helps detox, alkalize , & energize. Like always enjoy!<3

Ingredients :

  • 1/3 cup of tahini (raw is best )
  • 1 tbs of ume plum vinegar
  • Juice of a lemon
  • 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar (or a bit more)
  • 1 tbs of nutritional yeast
  • dash of cayenne or chipotle powder
  • pinch of pepper
  • 1 tsp of coconut nectar (optional)
  • 1 tbs of gomashio ( I make my own but when in a rush I just use this plus it has sea veggies in it!) ALSO you can either add it on here OR top your salad with it , I personally topped it.
  • about 1/2 cup of water , depends on how thick you want the dressing or on your blender.

Directions : Add all ingredients to a blender and blend away! My salad was dandelion greens, spinach, grape tomatoes, cucumber, and raw pepitas. I topped it with gomashio instead of adding the gomashio to the dressing.

Inner goddess: 1 – Ego: 0, take that Manniquin!

So I took a beach trip last weekend. I was so excited and ready to go when all of a sudden I realized ..Oh God, I haven’t gone bathing suit shopping in two years. That meant having to figure out what size I am now. Two years of working on my health, trying new foods and working out in different ways. I was scared. Scared that even tho I loved my relaxed yoga workouts, light weighs every other day , green smoothies and vegan burgers they were not working for me . I went into the store and saw nothing but skinny, well toned mannequins. sigh. I managed to find some cute suits and went into the fitting room…DUN DUN DUN. (dramatic music ).  I tried on the first one, EEK my boobs are too small for this and my skin color is too dark for the color. Next bathing suit, the bottom part didn’t even make it half way up my thighs.argggh! stretch marks on my butt and thighs. NEXT!. “I have NO waist!” . I stopped before even trying on the next one. The music in there was annoying me (Rihanna party music), the lights in the fitting room were waaay to bright. sigh. Inhale, looked in the mirror without looking at my body, I looked into my eyes, I am beautiful, there was the truth. My body is beautiful I have never been this strong, this glowing, in my eyes I saw that inner goddess, I saw the love that I have found over the two years. It was such a long journey that took me so much to get there, I will never let anyone ever take that from me why would I do that to myself?” took another inhale, and exhale. I worked two years, discovering myself, healing, learning, transformed my health . If anything I feel better than ever and LOVE my body! Why I am I going to let a stupid bathing suit that’s meant to fit fake plastic people take all that away from me?? I start laughing and feel silly for judging myself. I go out there to take a second look, when I come back to the fitting room I try on a couple more and found a good one that I loved ( the colors and shape!) . Perfect.

It’s amazing what a change in attitude and awareness can do but more amazing how fast we can let our true self go over materialistic stuff. Next time ( IF you have a freak out moment like me) think: is this really worth it? Is this worth putting myself down and finding flaws in me? the answer should be NO! NOTHING is worth losing yourself, nothing is worth putting yourself down, and letting go of that love that took you a journey to get to. Love yourself stretch marks and all. Malls and stores can be a pretty scary place to be at when you have all these things and people to compare yourself to. IGNORE it. When I was on my trip I didn’t care who was looking at me, how well the suit fit me, all I was focused on was how good that sand felt between my toes, how amazing the sun and the breeze felt on my skin. I was grateful for it all and grateful that my inner goddess is always there to pull me up whenever my ego takes over ❤

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