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
Sometimes we focus so much on one aspect of something. We forget the bigger picture ❤
Its crazy how many things can be wrapped in our memories and how differently we can feel in a blink of an eye as we time travel back in our minds to a moment in time
Its always the painful things we seem to remember the most. The things that really hurt and changed us
But when we glance through old photos. How often do we actually connect to that side of things…. the painful part of that memory?
Well give it a try and see… flip through your phone and a section of memories… and see how you feel
When I look at this photo below all I think about is beautiful memories of this day and how quickly it transports me back to this space in time. The wonder. The excitement. The happiness I felt. Quickly all other thoughts or frequencies fade. I am lost completely in this blissful moment in time.
It becomes a beautiful moment in my current time and space where Im filled with nothing but love and warmth and happiness inside my soul, reliving the energy of this day
We live in a generation blessed and cursed by technology. What a blessing to be able to revisit the past with a swipe of your finger tip on your phone. But also what a curse when we are swiping carelessly through mind exhausting nonsense and meaningless things
In this moment today I have gratitude… for the ability to look back at times and see things through a different lens with full admiration and blissful emotions inspired by these beautiful moments in space and time
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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I tend to eat 90-95% Fruit based and ya wanna wanna know why?!?!
On a fruit based diet, youre basically eating so perfectly it begins to heal everything
Fruit is the most easily and quickly absorbed form of food we can eat
Rich in water similar to the content of our own bodies, it quickly integrates into our systems
Our brain and body thrives on glycogen, which is the energy form fruit breaks down to
My journey of fruits is actually super interesting and almost accidental
I had been a raw foodist for several years and had reversed my own cancer yet had a few smaller issues still to cure
Digestive and hair loss, absorption of vitamins to name a few
As i began to cut out certain food groups that may be triggers, I all of a sudden found myself left with just a list of fruits as options 😯🤪
So I went for it and continued to commit myself
Cutting out nightshades, root veggies, sprouts, nuts…
Focusing mostly on sweet fruits like mangos bananas kiwis oranges… and non sweet fruits zucchini, avocados, cucumber, etc
A few months later, my hair had started growing back in thick, I no longer have digestive issues, zero brain fog, I had lymph nodes that stayed swollen for years which finally went away, insane energy increase
Its also been an amazing journey with the purity in how i view life even began changing
I dont think we realize how much what we eat impacts our mood and emotions…even our ability to connect from the heart with compassion
Eating heavy oil foods will literally make you feel heavy… eating junk foods and sugars will literally cause havoc on your adrenal system
All this changes the way you feel and react to others and share your energy
Any time we have digestive issues or stagnation in the body. The best thing we can do is go back to fruits and greens
Fruits help hydrate and keep our lymphatic system which is over 90% fluid moving. Allowing the body to catch up on repairs
For more info about fruit and raw foods…
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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 💗🙏