Monthly Archives: January 2012

Morning Routines

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It’s always been difficult for me to wake up in the morning on week days, really difficult even!

Since eliminating my limiting belief that waking up in the morning is awful, I’ve changed my outlook from asking myself questions in the morning like “why do I have to get up?” or “Why does this always happen to me?” to questions now that will support me when I wake up. A few of my new morning favorites are “Why am I so blessed?” and “What great things can I accomplish today”

See, every communication you have with yourself, whether you realize it or not, is a form of a question and answer. Think about that and see why it’s true for you too!

Now if you have questions like the ones I used to have, you are asking questions and the answers can only be negative. Ask the questions I’m asking now, and you will instantly be filled with all the thoughts of how great life!

Think about the first question, and typical responses:

-Why do I have to get up

responses:

-I have a terrible job that requires me to get up

-I have to do this because I have no control over what time I wake up because of life events and rituals.

-School requires me to get up so early

-I have to get up because I went to bed so late and i’m still tired

-life stinks

-life is rough

Not a great way to start off the morning, although I used to!

Now look at this:

-Why am I so blessed this morning upon waking?

response:

-I GET to wake up and experience I new day of life

-I’m still here, and breathing!

-I get to go to school and better my future

-I get to see my friends and enjoy myself

-I get to eat breakfast and fill my stomach

-I get to have a good day if I really think of all my blessings

See a shift… The key words are “HAVE TO” and “GET TO”

You don’t “have to” do anything… You choose to, and get to.

Make that distinction clear in your mind!

Now try these new empowering morning questions in place of your old, and tell me how you feel after doing these a week!

This always creates such a great mood for me and life is so much more rewarding when you carry this attitude around!

Also another great way to get happy in the morning:

-Chia seed kefir water with juice and the perfect breakfast bowl of yogurt, strawberries, cashews, avocado, and love!

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This also helps wake me up and make me happy! I usually ask the question and listen after!

 

Victory Tea- A wonderful reward

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Thursday night:

Exhausted, still over 3 hours to go on this biology thesis

Relax, take a bath, back to reality of the computer calling me

A little inspirational music to keep the time ticking quickly and get the words down quick

and then, a miracle…

I stare over my finalized 7 page deal, there- I exclaim.

It’s 12pm, I’m exhausted but I really want to reward myself for all this hard work, after all this paper kicked my butt!

I run downstairs, reach for my favorite tea: Tazo Passion

And pour water into my mustard colored tea-kettle, the whistle wakes me up a little, and I pour the water, and steep my tea.

Then, I go back upstairs, and drink slow sips of my tea sweetned with Amber Agave, and think about my life goals some,

Finally I doze of to sleep and wake up all over again with my morning incantation!

Remember for any goal: It’s 80% why you want to achieve it, and 20% how you’re going to achieve it!

Vegan & Healthy: Peanut Butter cookies

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These yummies are super sweet and chewy!

No-one will ever dislike vegan cookies again…

Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies: (recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie)

-1/2 cup Organic peanut butter

-3/4 teaspoon Baking soda

-3 tablespoons Whole wheat flour (it’s three tablespoons, you won’t be able to tell the difference relax!)

-1/4 cup sugar

-2 tablespoons applesauce

Bake at 350 for 8 minutes, when you take them out they won’t look quite done, that’s normal, let them sit on the cookie sheet until cooled, and they will be perfect!

Enjoy your vegan cookies! And hopefully this success will lead you to many more success with vegan cookies!

Daily Apple Cider Vinegar tricks!

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Everyday, when I first wake up, and right after my morning incantation, I drink my alkalyzing beverage: Apple cider vinegar in water.

Here are a few other ways to keep Apple cider vinegar close during the day:

-Drop a few drops in your water bottle to take to work and stay 3 times more hydrates than just regular water

-Make your own salad dressing: juice of one orange, teaspoon apple cider vinegar, teaspoon Grapeseed oil, salt & pepper.

-drip apple cider vinegar on a washcloth and wash your hands using it as an anti-bateria soap.

-mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar to 1/4 cup dried clay to make a face mask-Amazing results

 

Sounds like you need to go to the store and buy a gallon bottle!

Remember it’s important for these purposes for your apple cider vinegar to be: raw, unfiltered, and “with the mother” or “living strands”.

 

Stay alkalized!

 

Raw Chia Blueberry Jam

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Oh boy, is this quick and delicious!

Perfect for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, yum.

Raw Chia Blueberry Jam: Recipe  adapted from Instructables

1/2 cup berries (This time I used blueberries), crushed.

1/4 cup Chia seeds

1/2 cup water

3 tablespoons raw agave nectar

3 tablespoons lemon juice

Eating Vegetarian in Kansas City- The TRUE story

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By now, many of you may have read the article in the New York times of today, and online about eating vegetarian in Kansas city.

You can read it here if you would like.

This article is poorly researched, flawed, and clearly does not reflect the views of all the vegans, vegetarians, raw foodies, and local eaters of the Kansas City area.

The article claims that the writer was served lard in her re-fried beans, and has spent the last three days eating iceberg lettuce. The interesting thing about the article is that she has spent no time researching where to eat here, and what the natural foods community here has to offer.

The writer chose to eat at a gressy fast food joint, a Greek meat Gyros spot, and at a the chinese food market- Places where vegeterian food is not served ANYWHERE, not just in kansas city. We all know, no matter where we live, that the gressy burger place will not serve us organic lettuce, or that the Gyro meat shop won’t serve us chickpea patties… That’s why vegeterians avoid these places, not only in Kansas City.

 

So where do vegeterians eat in kansas city?

Well how about checking out these places…

Fud: an all natural, vegan, mostly raw, and local restaurant

Eden Alley: on the plaza, an all vegetarian restaurant bursting with charm

Cafee gratitude: opens soon!

One more cup: the cutest coffee shop with organic milk, and cold brewed coffee.

Trader Joes: Our all new super-store for all the natural foods you could ever need, and great prices on cheese!

Whole Foods: Great organic food, nice community, and also a wonderful salad bar any vegan would love!

Hy-vee, Sunfresh: Both of these stores have great health marts, no need to even drive far away!

Green Acres: A local green-powerhouse of a food store located in briarcliff!

Conveniently natural Cafe and store: Carries loads of natural brands, including local veggies.

Badseed Market: Celebrating local foods, culture and community!

 

Vegans, raw foodies, and others may also want to join the wonderful Kansas City Raw food union on facebook- A great commnuty of veggie friends. Raw vegan potlucks are organized twice a month!

 

Does this sound like greasy re-fried beans to you? Don’t blindly trust news articles!

Happy eating!

 

 

Homemade Artisana Cacao Bliss

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Oh cacao bliss, I have only ever dreamed of you when walking by the store. With your fancy label, and expensive price tag.. But wait! You can make your own!

Oh joy to the world!

Homemade Artisana Cacao Bliss: (recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie)

-4 tablespoons Organic Coconut oil

-1/2 cup Raw cacao powder/ or dutch processed cocoa

-1/4 cup Honey

Mix, and stir stir stir untill it thickens!

This is perfect just like this to ice a cake, taste it, try it, it’s just like icing, but healthy! ahh!

Toasted Sesame Carrot Salad

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Toasted Sesame Carrot Salad

-3 carrots shreaded

-1 teaspoon Toasted Sesame oil

-1/4 cup mixed Raisins and Cranberries

-1/4 cup Pecans

-1/4 cup Walnuts

-1/4 cup fresh Shreaded coconut

-1 teaspoon Raw Apple cider vinegar (please choose organic because of the apples)

-1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard

Mix, mix, mix and enjoy!

Day 4: Work up to something!

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Over the next few months, I will be very busy with great things!

This is my last semester before my Baccaleurate, and it promises tons of work and studying ahead. Oh my!

I am also working on a personal power program from Tony Robbins, and implimenting new goals, and a new work out!

So to make all this happen, I’m already planning a trip to celebrate! My senior trip! So excited.

The plan is: One car, me and my love, enough snacks to last 2 weeks, a tent, some books, and the Rocky mountains!

Here are some pictures of the exact campground we will be staying at- Moraine Valley.

Day 3: Nice breakfast + Dance!

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Here’s  a great way to start the day…

After your morning incantation of course!

Breakfast:

-Berries

-Nut and Protein

-Calcium

-Fiber

Fill this equation in a bowl how-ever you please, having a forth of each.

Today I tried: Strawberries, Cashews, Greek yogurt, and Dates!

And how about this for a fun workout, She does it effortlessly, but I couldn’t keep from laughing at myself. Oh boy, this workout still needs a few more tries! It’s super easy and fun though, and very differant from others I’ve tried!

awesome workout!