One of the hardest parts when changing our diet often is missing our favorite dishes!
Whether its going Raw or Plant Based… the world of pasta has changed for you….
Who doesnt love a bowl of savory noodles in marinara or garlic tomato sauce…. mmmmmm sooooo delicious
Look no further! Heres a health based tasty alternative for you…. ZUCCHINI 🎉
Zucchinis are one of the best foods for weight loss. They are extremely low in calories, easy to digest, can be cooked or eaten raw, super filling and also very hydrating
Zucchini aids in digestion, helping to keep us regular and things moving
Rich in potassium helping to lower blood pressure and help filter our kidneys as well
And of course, they help prevent cancer and are diabetic friendly!
If wanting to make zucchini noodles you can order a SPIRALIZER online or purchase one in store, they are usually under $10!
Totally worth the buy, the uses you will find make it an awesome kitchen accessory
Whether its Zucchini, Carrot, Cucumber, Radish, or another Veggie. There are so many ways to have fun with it!
Raw or Cooked Pasta Recipe (2 Versions in 1) ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Zucchini spiralized Marinate some Veggies such as Bell Peppers, Mushrooms, Onions, Garlic in Olive Oil with Herbs (Saute if desired)
or simply just chop and do them raw if you would like an Raw and Oil free dish
Sauce can be store bought or follow the recipe below
Raw Pasta Sauce ~~~~~~ 2 Tomatoes 1/3 cup Dried Tomates 2 or 3 Dried Apricots or a Date 3in Chunk Carrot Few Slices Bell Pepper 1/2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar OPTIONAL Slice Onion Garlic Clove Salt or Season to Taste Can also add some Olive oil to make it richer if desired!
For more Raw Recipes and Health Based Alternatives
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Its time to talk about what we choose to eat and how it can begin to shed some light on our emotional state of being and inner drives.
We are so often being driven by our subconscious that we fail to realize just how far it has driven us somewhere. We keep eating or fueling ourselves ignoring the facts we are actually tired, overwhelmed, or in another difficult state of being. Its no wonder weight problems and food difficulties have become an issue to much of society.
Its amazing what I learned about food and the body these past few years. Its no wonder a huge bowl of greens surrounded by color makes me smile inside and out.
When we decide to make the leap from a Standard Diet to Vegan and then Raw Vegan… it becomes very interesting how differently we begin to view food.
Our senses awakening and body becoming more aware of the increase in energy and vitality. It can be felt almost instantly mentally and physically. Meal by meal, growing more and more at each stage of our diet change. Especially if we reach the point where we are primarily consuming raw fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, and sprouts.
Who doesn’t spring forward from a smoothie bowl or cup of fresh fruits, salad, amazing mixed veggie platter or lettuce wrapped sandwich…?!? I believe we can almost all relate to this! Yet how often do we find ourselves still drawn to cooked, denser foods, or dishes we grew up with?
When eating cooked foods, a sauteed pan of veggies, burger, falafels, pasta, stir-fry or pizza all taste and sound absolutely amazing… butttttt….. and a big BUTTTTTT….
Have you ever looked back at the photos of your food? Ingredients become a bit undefined, if ya know what I mean. The vegetables colors are lost, a lack of luster and the entire dishes ingredients are often faded completely…. our veggies looked so much prettier before we cooked and killed them
What I mean is.. pizza is just straight comfort food…. you can receive so many more benefits from these vegetables and components when they are not cooked and withered away to some nostalgic memory and meal. We are literally cooking the life out of our foods and we can see it happening. The colors change as the nutrients become lost.
“Life comes from Life” not a Lifeless bowl of food… its no wonder we find ourselves tired after eating sometimes!
I heard a statement once, well two statements that got me thinking alot…..
First… If youre not hungry enough to eat an apple, youre not hungry 😉
Second… All cooked foods are comfort foods… hmmm right? 🤔
So I started to pay attention to my thoughts behind my cravings… and I noticed some things….
I cut out cooked foods…. but randomly I crave certain things. So in my head I always repeat those two statements followed by asking myself…. Am I feeding my body, or feeding an emotional need?
If the body, then I ask, what is it in this food that I am craving? Fats, protein, carbs? Breaking it down to try to understand what lies beneath this “fried rice” craving I’m experiencing… since our body just wants nutrients. NOT fried rice, a burrito, or that slice of pizza 🤪
Alot of times its for fatty foods but also sometimes for carbs…
When I am in tune with my body, eating raw foods has always targeted my craving I am having. Immediately the hunger passes and I am left satiated.
Although sometimes I have found myself eating and still my mind and body could not find satiation, my stomach felt like a bottomless pit. Who else has been here?!? 🙋♀️
It was in these moments where I was still hungry, knowing I just ate more than enough… I realized it was an emotional calling…
I begun taking conscious awareness of these times and working actively on the issue. Asking myself in these moments I was hit with cravings, why this food? What or when does it remind me of?
Food can be a source of comfort I began realizing. We grow up gathered around a kitchen table, enjoying food with loved ones, these cherished memories then become programmed into us. Our subsonscious minds often storing and associating the food with the emotional or joyous state of being.
We also all have a memory or two of coming home as a child hurt or upset to having our parent make us our favorite meal. Its no wonder how these two can become so quickly and closely related. Food and Pleasure. Comfort and Happiness.
When we’re having a bad day we are often seeking comfort or seeking a feeling of relief to our circumstances. And we all need to eat to live… hence how these two easily fall together hand in hand.
Our subconscious mind driving us, we may find that we are drawn to crave a particular dish. Your “favorite meal” growing up? The one your mom always cooked when you werent feeling well for example. We have so much attachment to food emotionally sometimes we do not even realize its affects or take this moment of conscious awareness. We just simply have this “craving” driving us.
The most important thing I think I learned eating as a Raw Vegan was learning to cope with emotional eating and most importantly understanding my connection to foods and my own cravings on a more deeper level.
At the end of the day… all cooked foods are basically just comfort foods. If we find ourselves starved and we have a banana yet dont want the banana.. look deeper at whats driving these thoughts. You might be surprised!
Instead enjoy those colorful fruits and veggies!! Its not only a way to balance ourselves emotionally, but physically as well. It can be seen within a few days just how much more energy we can have and clarity of thinking when we are filled with living foods versus cooked.
When we are committing ourselves to connecting to actual hunger we can truly help heal and eliminate emotional issues and help to balance our inner beings. While Im sure you can very well do this on any diet. The amount of clarity you can gain, vitality, and energy is unmatched in comparison to what we can receive from eating raw foods.
Again Life comes from Life… not a Lifeless bowl of food… keep rereading that 😉
Sometimes when things happen that are painful or hurt we often say we are in the wrong place at the wrong time…but really are we?!
Are we ever where we are not meant to be?
Sure its a lot easier to say “its by chance”… What we have just experienced, which may have been painful or uncomfortable, it simply being the wrong moment and time we found ourselves in…. Detaching from the event in order to often make peace with our pain or give us some emotional distance.
But what if we could rise up to look at things a bit differently?!
Take a new perspective 😋 Stay connected to these moments and not disassociate or try to make less of the circumstance. Choose to stop telling ourselves “our story line” we have chosen that helps us to quickly shift responsibility to the outside or others yet doesn’t really help us rise in our potential.
What if we choose to take this as an opportunity to EMPOWER ourselves? To take in these moments as blessings and lessons in disguise.. How much more magnificent would that make our life and this moment we find ourselves in?!
What if the things that we have labeled as painful, uncomfortable, cruel, hurtful, sad… are really put in place to illuminate, teach, protect, empower, ignite, inspire, and help elevate our soul…?!
What if the only reason they are felt as painful, uncomfortable, or some disharmonious emotion is because we are focusing on the wrong part of what is happening?!
There is nothing in life that happens that does not serve a purpose. It is all just a matter of how we look at it. Perspective is always the key in these things ⚡
Energy is never created nor destroyed. Meaning as this energy clears or moves from our life… new energy must come in. What an amazing blessing. New space for new creations, change, improvement and more!
However, if we are focused on the negative then we might miss all these positive gifts and unfoldings that have just come our way.
How many times has something happened that hurt or was painful, but as we make it through and things work out, we find ourselves in a better position, place, or sense of emotional standing?
Our thoughts create the “Law of Attraction” for what will come in and fill the space which is clearing. If we are believing its the wrong time and place, we will not be able to see any of the good that has just entered our way. We must remain open and receptive to the natural flow of life and things. We must remember to stay connected and not shut down or close ourselves off when we feel pain or discomfort.
Remembering always in this moments, that we must rise, we must empower ourselves, we must transform and transmute this energy to that which we wish to receive. Giving it purpose and giving it the energy we wish to bring into our life. Inspired in this moment and grateful for this chance to transcend our circumstances.
Taking back our power, taking back the control. Creating our own Universe.
We are always where we are meant to be… and if our mind still is struggling to accept this way of saying it…. then we can simply say ” we find and give purpose to where we are today and in these moments.”
We must rise up without hesitation, we must be fearless… we must trust in our journey and the path we are choosing. We must always seek and sense the “light” especially in our “darkest” moments. Always consciously remembering that with every thought we create our own reality and what will come to manifest. Remembering our power. Becoming one with ALCHEMY…
Believe in something greater and see the blessings
How many times have we had days we said “nothing ever goes right”, “this day is ruined”, “its terrible”, “theres nothing good in my life right now”, or something along these lines?
We often are so hung up on our own inner worries or crisis, we forget that we ALWAYS have something to be thankful for
Theres a famous quote that says…. “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” by Wayne Dyer
The best way to change the way we view the world is to change the way we think about it. Where we choose to focus our energy creates the reality we go onto experience
But where and how do we even begin…?
Changing our whole routine can be hard. I have always felt the best answers are found in simplicity.
Sometimes the deepest and longest lasting changes often happen through small adjustments that we persistently work towards
A few weeks ago, I had begun falling in love with starting my day writing 3 Things I Am Grateful for and I would love to share more about this practice, and how it has integrated and expanded even further into my life
Our thoughts are Powerful, Potent, and Influential to our lives. Its one of the strongest internal forces we have.
By working consciously to retrain the brain through simple mantras, we can begin to have more gratitude for life and our every day moments as well as make a more conscious effort to change our behaviors and way we think or interact with the world around us
A mantra is a series of words repeated to help bring them into conscious awareness/action or ignite a state of meditation
The beauty of this is when we begin to focus our energy in this way, we will find that there is never a day we can not find atleast 3 things we are grateful for
Although, until we actually just thought about it now, how many of us had ever put this in perspective and realized it?!
We are alive, we have a home, we have a friend or family, we have food, we slept well, we have a job. Anything really. These are things not everyone has and taking a moment of gratitude can really begin to change our perspective.
Instead of focusing on all we do not have, bring that energy back to all that we do 💚
While being grateful teaches gratitude. I also think that we all can spend a few minutes a day focused on the things we would like to change in our lives. The things that are blocking us or holding us back. To help create room for improvement and better alignment in our inner beings.
Recently I have begun also writing 3 Things I Am Releasing… 🙏
These can become such powerful words when used to light the fire of our intentions and initiate change 🔥
As I reflect on my day and moments in time, I focus on how I can fine tune myself. Things that may be blocking me from moving forward and being my best version of myself or seeing the blessing my life truly is
Often I find myself aspiring to release habits or thought patterns which inhibit my growth or do not align with my highest self and best individual I know I can be.
Sure, we already have things to we know we want to change and most of us have some conscious thought process when we make a mistake or choose to do something that may not be effective to our life or hurts another being
But our mind goes non-stop, we are always having some sort of inner dialogue. Much which we do not remember, in one ear and out the other as they sometimes say. Making it difficult to grasp and put into conscious effort
Take time one day and see for yourself. How often is your mind actually empty and not thinking of anything. Whether its the trees in the wind, something someone said, your to do list. The mind is always talking. Much of which gets mixed together, forgotten or doesnt sink any deeper into our lives.
Taking our thoughts out of the mind and into a visual representation ignites our senses while using our motor skills at the same time. A great way to move these words into our conscious awareness
When we write our mantras onto paper, it becomes a more concrete way to liberate our thoughts and words and move them into action
To be honest… when I started, I didnt think this new habit would have the impact it did. Especially the “I am Releasing…”
Its almost like a written contract between the soul/mind and the body being voiced and acknowledged, signed and dated…
Habits are hard to break and thought patterns literally create the frequency we live in and also that which surrounds us. What we think and believe about the world or our lives is exactly what or how we will perceive it to be and what will come to manifest. This is the law of Attraction 🌿
With all this background noise happening in our brains. It helps to have a simple daily practice that can be used to redirect the energy into a new direction.
Try it out for a week. See how you feel. They say it takes 21 days to build or break a habit and 90 days to really integrate into a permanent life change.
Using post it notes allows me to stick them on my wall next to my bed, where every morning I wake up I am reminded of all that I am grateful for
I am now on week 10, meaning that I officially have over 200 reasons to be grateful at any moment in my life
As for all that I am Releasing, I just made it to week 4 😊
As I stare at this section of post-its on my wall, I definitely feel its time to let of what I am Releasing on an even deeper level. I have begun to feel the urge to do something more with them. After all its what I want to let go of and cleanse from my life.
Maybe next to my bed and wall of gratitude isnt the most energetically correct place for them Im realizing 🤷♀️
They say that sometimes when we want to release something from our life, a way to really visualize it leaving us and clear the energy is through the power of fire and burning
Intuitively and innately my mind begins to think about how the Full Moon is coming
They say the New Moon is the time of new beginnings and planting seeds while the Full moon is the time of harvest, which we can focus on clearing, releasing and letting go.
While not everyone follows or thinks about the lunar calendar. I think its a beautiful touch 🙏
As we are illuminated on the brightest night of the month what better time to look around and release all that no longer serves us 🌕
Thank you as always fellow friends and readers for sharing your time and reading my article. Please feel free to comment or write below if it resonates with you! Or if you try it out, let me know how it goes! I always appreciate feedback and love hearing more ❤🥰
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If theres anything this time in my life is truly illuminating and showing me….
It is that all moments that really shake our inner being and challenge us are really to help us rise and an opportunity for growth
Sometimes in life we have situations that keep reoccurring and we are left wondering why it always ends up one way or another or why we are feel how we do
Looking outward wondering “whats wrong out there” we rarely ask ourselves “whats really going on in here”…. Inside of us…
Life is all a mirror…. we see whats inside of us in others. If it wasnt inside of us through experience or inner being then we would not know what to call or how to define it nor would it affect us in the way it does
How many times have you said something to many people but one person has a super strange reaction… this was a trigger for them. While all others can write it off easily…. they are left hung on every word
We are constantly being triggered by our mirrors in one another… the more blind we are to see it, the more frequently the same situation keeps occurring
We cannot change whats happening around us, but we can change whats happening inside of us…. the way we view it, what we think about it, and how we deal with it when it happens
Right now in my life I have come to realize that I myself have been a runner… when things become to painful and I am hurt… I run, I resign, I suffer silently… I go inward…
Yes its definitely great to get away from things that hurt us, but if we constantly shy away and never confront whats going on inside, all this turning inward will eventually leak outward….
Often unable to speak up and face whats going on… withdrawn, silenced… for some of us this turns to defensiveness and anger and lash out on the ones that hurt us… does this help… of course not
Its alot harder to face your emotions and be vulnerable and live in the heart than it is to put a wall up and just pretend like things are okay
But that never fixes anything. We learn to build walls and prisons within our own being further dividing us from one another and experiencing our highest essence… LOVE
The hardest thing to do sometimes is stand there wounded and afraid and KEEP IT REAL…
Its okay to say “man this hurts”… its okay to be vulnerable…
If someone still looks at you and continues to hurt you, showing your wounds and pain, this shows more about them and one day it may awaken to them
If we choose to put a mask on and pretend its okay. We only blind them even further from being able to see themselves and see us
When we continue to wear masks and never face one another, we can never move forward. We can never rise. We can never grow.
Be real. Be vulnerable. Trust in the greater good that lies in all our Souls… ✨❤
Finding forgiveness, finding compassion, finding understanding… for yourself and for others
Holding onto pain only hurts us.. it binds us up and doesnt allow energy to flow through our life
We will keep running into the same circumstances if we never learn how to be AUTHENTIC and show ourselves…
All things pass… even pain is temporary….. but the liberation, love, and relief you feel for staying true to your inner being, your heart, and your soul… that lasts a lifetime ❤✨
Sooooo amazingly delicious and perfect for keeping that waist trim!!
Honestly forever a go to if looking for a nice light, filling, yet energetic meal
Simple as… Buying Collard Greens and removing the center stem, cutting the leaf into two. Fill with whatever veggies you have a taste for
These are filled with Cucumber Tomato Carrot Beet Sprouts
You can even toss some hummus inside and pack it with some protein too!!!
Bell peppers, Onion, Spirulina, Radish, seasoning or whatever your heart desires can easily go inside
Place all veggies on one side similar to sushi and then just Roll them up 🥰
For the dipping sauce I used a little bit of fresh young coconut meat, 3 or 4 soaked dates, 2 Tablespoons of Tahini or feel free to use 3 to 4 Tablespoons of white Sesame Seeds instead, and a pinch of salt
If you dont have access to coconut, dont worry! It totally wont make or break the recipe 💗🙏
Anti-Fungal, Anti Viral, Anti Bacterial… NEED I SAY MORE?!?!
I sometimes live on grapes and many times its the only thing I seem to want to eat.
While I don’t dedicate a specific amount of time or set a routine to anything food related…
I do sometimes intuitively finding my body singling out a specific fruit.
GRAPES OFTEN FIND THEIR WAY TO THE TOP OF MY LIST ❤
Grapes are extremely rich in iron and are Natures finest natural tonic in the world.
Tonic?!? Whats that mean?
Because of their molecular properties, Grapes have an important and vital relationship to the protein base of the protoplasm of the cell….
Simply put… Our cells sometimes store waste
This happens since our bodies need to take care of the most important and vital pressing bodily function first in order to keep us running smoothly and a few tiny toxins isn’t enough to halt the whole system
Eventually these build ups are what leads to Disease and other health issues.
When we don’t recognize the signs, the body continues to try to get our attention, eventually draining our energy or becoming visibly sick, making it impossible to ignore
Grapes due to their molecular make up can easily access and clean toxins from our cells, buildups and poor/unhealthy cells which may have been damaged or replicated by our body
Because of this ability, Grapes stand alone among the foods of nature as a true builder and repairer!
The Greeks and Romans were on to something!!
And lets not forget to talk about RESVERATROL, a compound found in Grapes with LONG LENGTHY LIST OF BENEFITS!!!
Individuals with painful GOUT!! Look no further!!
This natural acidity of Grapes also works by removing inorganic deposits and buildups in our joints due! Hallelujah!!!
This also includes build ups in the Kidneys and Gallbladder as well!!! Making them a great natural Diuretic for those struggling with Kidney Health or Fluid Retention!
Want to know why Nature is so amazing? It Mirrors our own bodies… As above, So Below, or should I say Beside?!?
Having Problems breathing lately?!?!
Looking at Grapes and how they grow, we may find it almost resembles our LUNGS…
Each Grape like a pocket of bronchioles…
Well its no surprise that Grapes have a significant effect on the lungs and aiding in removing mucus and build up of toxins in our Bronchiole Tubes
Atherosclerosis is a type of heart disease resulting in the buildup in artery walls, especially those of the heart and brain of LDL or best known as…. cholesterol
This is what can cause and often leads to a heart attack or stroke
The polyphenols in grapes act as a VASODILATOR, which relaxes the blood vessels
This in combination with grapes natural acids can help to protect from heart disease by breaking down build ups and cleaning the artery walls all while relaxing the blood vessels allowing the waste to be transported through the system!!!
Successfully helping to reverse the process of atherosclerosis
Another amazing component are the Proanthocyanidins, found in grape seeds
These work as powerful antioxidants that can block the action of free radicals and reduce oxidative stress
They also contain QUERCETIN which is well known for its amazing anti-inflammatory effects! Did you know thats its a major component in St. Johns Wort and other Pain Killers!?!
So lets skip those chemicals and go straight to the source!!!
Want to know the most amazing thing about Grapes?!?!
Grapes purify the blood from all sorts of ailments and aid in reversing disease
Making them an EXCELLENT AND SUCCESSFUL CANCER FIGHTER!!!
While I can dive deep into this I think it’s best for those interested more in this topic…
Check out “the Grape Cure” by Johanna Brandt whom reversed and cured her cancer through GRAPE FASTING
The Grape Cure has since been studied and proved to be extremely beneficial to individuals battling serious health concerns
With all the health benefits mentioned above its no wonder it’s currently prescribed for those with Cancer, Diseases of the Liver, Kidney Disease or Filtration Issues, Early Stages of Tuberculosis, Lung Problems such as asthma, allergies or COPD, Gout, Anemia and the list goes on
How is it possible?!?!
Well lets check what these amazing things are made of?!
Grapes are a great source of phytonutrient and Polyphenols. Vitamins K, Vitamin A, Vitamin C as well as a long list of body healing and cellular functioning B VITAMINS
B1 – THIAMINE – helps prevent complications in the nervous system, brain, muscles, heart, stomach, and intestines by aiding in regulating the flow of electrolytes into and out of muscle and nerve cells
B2 – RIBOFLAVIN – crucial for breaking down food components, absorbing other nutrients, and maintaining tissues
B3 – NIACIN -maintaining proper blood circulation, boosting memory power, aids the digestive tract in absorbing minerals, regulates Cholesterol
B6 – PYRODOXINE – important for normal brain development and for keeping the nervous system and immune system healthy
B9 – FOLATE – synthesis and repair of DNA and RNA, aids in rapid cell division and growth making it extremely important for brain health
Grapes also contain important minerals such as Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Calcium, and Sodium
It should go without having to say, the high water content of grapes also make them amazing for hydration!!
And the best part… they just taste so delicious!!!! 💖💗💖
Sounds amazing right?!?
Give it a try 😜😊😁💗
How about a Grape Challenge?!
Giving the system a deep cleanse and break from your standard diet and eating nothing but grapes for a period of time
Even one day will surely reap benefits!!! Longer is always better of course!!!
Start small if needed and build your way up!!
The darker the color the higher the antioxidant properties!! And of course SEEDED!!!
Nature never intended fruit to not bare seeds and be able to reproduce….
Meaning anything not seeded is tampered with by human hands and we have all seen how that goes 😜😱😱