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Attraction Action and effortless ease

Attraction Action isn’t about doing. It’s about being. It’s about focusing on joy, on happiness, on things that make us feel alive. All this talk of the Law of Attraction seems kind of silly in that we all inherently KNOW what makes us happy is what is supposed to be good. And if we find things that bring joy – that sense of vibrancy, we are called to pursue them. The Attraction Action is about inaction. Or inattention. For if we simply focus on what feels healthy and good and makes us smile then we are already focused on the Law of Attraction. Yes?

Attraction Action

Attraction Action: Effortless Ease can be real

Is not the Law of Attraction really about mind management? In my NLP training we focus on reprogramming the brain. We learned techniques to rewire the brain as if it was the great communications center that programs our being. Reframing beliefs means resetting. I’ve overcome much by doing just that. But the money thing? Somehow, it didn’t fall into the Laws. Why?

Other people told me things that I failed to recognize as ‘their blocks’ but that they weren’t mine. I took it on. When a job that I hated went away, instead of feeling excited about all the new opportunities, I heard the shaming and felt bad. That feeling bad led to FUD. Instead of using the Attraction Action plan, I used the FUD plan. I blocked my energy field with my own inner fight against believing their fears. Their fears became my own.

Focus on things that feel good and leave the rest out of the equation!!!!

I know when that stopped for me. So how does one block out the family patterns of negativity and return to what feels good?

They return to thoughts of happiness flowing such as dancing. Such as being. Such as just living life in ways that are filled with joy. It matters not that things aren’t what you want today. What matters is how you stay focused on the truth. The truth of who you are. The truth of what you want. The truth!

Things stop working for me when I let other people’s stinking thinking, negative “you can’ts, you aren’t good enoughs, or you aren’t qualifieds, or you just aren’t enoughs” or worse — ” you just aren’t welcome here” into my thoughts. And if one thought like that leads to blockage and then I hear over and over other people saying same things…I block up the flow.

If I understand the Law of Attraction correctly, it does not matter what has happened in the past. What matters is that I continue to focus on joy now. I continue to feed and nurture myself with thoughts of abundance now. I nurture the notion that there is gold dust everywhere for me and I am open to receive.

That’s the Attraction Action.
It does not mean inaction. It’s actually a lot of work. And the more I work on this, the better I feel The more you work on this the better you feel. The better you feel, the better life gets.
It does not mean do nothing and expect the world to be handed to you. It means do what you feel called to do and do it with mindfulness of spirit. Mindfulness of seeking, seeing, and receiving opportunities.

The Attraction Action is not just stupidly walking around being happy. It’s not empty words of encouragement to others. It’s finding that point of attraction magic where you are warm and you share your warmth with others. That is the Attraction Action — the warm light of hope, the warm light of happy confidence where you dance with life and feel vibrant and empowered. It does not come from hot air like over confidence. It comes from nurturing yourself into truly believing with unshakable love for yourself that you can, you will, you are!

Yes, we are in a transitory place. The economy is the economy. Our age is our age. We can’t fight that. What we can do is practice the Attraction Action.
And you know what? It’s not really about money at all.  It’s about true wealth.

A friend introduced me to an author and in the first few pages, I was glued. This work made the whole Law of Attraction both clear and unnecessary. I love listening to the work, but in Ms. Ponder’s writing came a different kind of clarity.

Good Vibrations – Attraction Good

Raising Your Vibe. Good Vibrations.

5 Great Ways to Raise Your Good Vibration

It’s not a new concept. Way back in the dark ages of the 70’s, my attorney cousin from LA talked about Vibes! Ellen was the happiest, kindest, and least likely to fall into the darkness of anyone I’ve ever met. She was just that happy lady who wanted to help people. She’s the first person whom I heard this from decades ago. I thought it was an LA thing.

The positivity movement has resurged. When people talk about Raising Your Vibration they are simply saying get those Good Vibrations humming along. It’s not just pollyanna positive, and not just a law of attraction theory. It’s the way to build happiness and attract good – lots of good. Some people masterfully raise their vibrations.. others use it to do harm and don’t even know it.

We all want to feel vibrant, happy, healthy, and positive.  Right? We know unconsciously that the way to do that is to combine several techniques.
I’m going to share the good, the bad, and the iffy. And I’m going to post links to some of the books that make a difference. There is a lot of whack out there. And I’ll reinforce the good and help you avoid the whack.

How do we ensure we are amping up our vibrations? How is easy. Why is the question? And when you learn these simple tricks, you can master your good vibrations.
Why do we even care?

you can change everything good vibrations to attract good

Energetic Boundaries by Cyndi Dale

Well, we care because we want to protect ourselves from negative energy. Failing to do so ultimately harms our internal boundaries – the ones that we don’t consciously think about. These are the ones that snag on little entrails of other people’s emotional claws. In the book Energetic Boundaries, the concept becomes clear. We must heal our energy boundaries in order to become free of the entanglements and unwanted hooks others put upon us — things that we accepted at some point are no longer working.

INVISIBLE POWER POSITIONS
We do this in 5  key ways. We make conscious what previously was an unconscious action. We learn to listen to our inner stillness. We come to know. We ask ourselves and listen for the answers. We know intuitively what to do if we turn in.

1: Foods – Eating for what you want – a high vibration, means eating foods that lighten and uplift you. Not diet foods, but foods that reach for the sky. Superfoods. Nutrient Dense, Colorful, high fiber, lower carb, and no sugar, no fake foods.  Sure we want to indulge, but when you do the 9010 program of eating, you naturally raise your body to a higher vibration. Eating better attracts all kinds of good. You know this. You know that when you clean up your diet, cut out the low fiber, no nutrient white foods, you feel lighter. You know that by simply cutting out heavy fatty foods you suddenly feel more energized. And you know that when you get rid of the sugary stuff, you have a steadier energy flow all day long.

A powerful book I picked up while in nutrition school crystallized my belief that food energy is not just the nutrients but how the food source was nurtured, raised, and processed. Steve Gagner goes into it deeply in his book, Food Energetics.

2: Activities – This one is simple. The more you move, the more energy you have. The more energy you feel, the more you do. This is step one in raising your vibrations. Good vibrations hum about you and other people feel it. You feel better. They feel good about you. That’s good vibrations.  And balancing this with calm is so important. I know. I can be absolutely energized to the point I walk in a room and heads turn. I’m not doing anything but feeling good and happy. What they feel is an energetic pull. It frightens some.  I eventually learned to find a balance. In part, seeking your tribe of movers helps with this one. It’s hard to maintain that high activity vibe when your friends want to sit and smoke and feast on crap food. So seek out your tribal dancers and get up offa that thang.  yeah, James Brown had it going on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_uNMy20qAI

3: Powerful Choices – Ok this is tricky. Choices make the difference. Do you feel down some days? Feel hopeless, unworthy, unloved? Do you dwell on the past? Do you find yourself remorseful? I wasted far too much time grieving for what was never to be. I wanted what I couldn’t have and it was out of my control. But I loved them so much, I kept trying to figure out what I did that was so wrong — and there was nothing! CHOICES — POWERFUL CHOICES are the turning points. And when you CHOOSE POWERFULLY — you infuse yourself with a higher vibrational tuning.

4: Attentions – what you resist persists. Please give yourself a break. If you are constantly fighting something that keeps showing up in your conscience, address it. Don’t hide.There is a message there. But don’t obsess either. What you pour your attention on is what you bring to you. For example, when you focus on what you want – a job, a man, a new car — everything you see is filtered by that want. So when you focus on what you don’t want, that also becomes what you see.  I’m all for attending to stuff, and not ignoring the stinking thinking. It comes from somewhere, so it’s good to root it out. If you kill the top flower of a week, the root keeps growing. So while tending the garden of you, you have to keep an eye on the results you want and be willing to get rid of what you don’t. When you pull out the roots, they no longer grow. That’s freedom!

5: Intentions – Be clear here. What you intend must be aligned with you. You must find the way to hold your intentions in your heart-center, and know that while some things take time, all things are available when we are aligned with our intentions. My intention right now is to reset, to restart, to find the answer to How Can I Retire and Make a LOT of Money with much less effort? That’s where I am. I’m intending to find solutions. The Intention Experiment is a juicy look into setting your intentions clearly. And many thanks to my friend, Mark Andersen for sending this to me. Such a nice gift from a good friend.

This morning, as I again revised a resume to pitch to another employer how great I think I am, I ran into an audio on Monster.com.  It’s not just another how to make money book pitch. It’s a lady who shares how she constantly struggled and then ultimately reclaimed her right to win and be bold.
Right there on Monster was a talk and an idea: Believe in your self. Be a Bad Ass. You are a Badass. So be one with it. And quickly, I picked up two books:

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Why is any of this important? Why can’t we just go through life, living it on life’s terms? Why does intentionally raising our vibration even matter? Well, it matters because if you become the one people dump their story on when they are down but they run away when you are down, you are somehow letting them steal your energy. It became essential to me to re-establish and heal energetic boundaries. And then I had to reclaim my intentions. If you are a sensitive, an empath, a healer or even a caregiver, you know some of this. You just do. Turn inward, tap in, and see if it resonates.

It’s not that I want to start completely over. If I did, I’d be throwing away what I hold near and dear. ME. The ME I worked so hard to cultivate. The ME that had to accept what is in order to create what would be the new me. Failure wasn’t the issue. Rejection by loved ones was. I had to fight back from nothing into something and that included restoring the real me. The challenge is to maintain good vibrations while I swim through the challenging upstream of relaunching. The hard part is the rocks and boulders I encounter, and the easy part is to keep focusing on raising my good vibrations so that I bump up against but don’t bruise me.

That’s why I know. I know how hard it can be. I know that when CS called me and said: “You just aren’t happy enough for me. I’m letting you go” It wasn’t about me. And it still hurt. I hadn’t hired her. I said something she took wrong. And she judged me.  Fine enough. For I know this was the same woman who cried rivers on my shoulder about her crappy family stuff. I knew too that there was some truth to it for life was giving me a lesson and I’d not found the solutions yet. Beware the trolls! They sneak up on you, say something, and you have to be strong enough to take what you like and leave the rest.  Or leave it all. 🙂

The IFFY STUFF:
And that’s where the iffy stuff comes in. You can raise your good vibrations on your own. You don’t need a guru. You can get those Good Vibrations in so many ways. There is so much on this planet for us. But we must watch out for self-proclaimed guru’s who take our money while building their dreams of false lies and misperceptions. It’s sometimes cult like attractions.
I just tested this out. I have a lot of knowledge and experience. But someone offered a cheap online coaching thing that sounded fun. Lady offered dirt cheap coaching in a group. I may have been seeking synergy and friends, but after 45 days of so called online coaching, I knew they were not of my tribe. The pattern was clear. On day 40 she stopped doing her daily stuff and was promoting gently her next class – which of course was 3 x the price. The promise is an intangible feel good storyline and the offer is I can help you blah blah blah. If you accept, you pay to play, she tells you what she thinks, and you either get what you came for or you don’t. The results don’t last long so the coach hopes you go back for more.

“I hurt – they say they have answers – I feel better for a minute – then they are asking for more and more money – I’m not so sure anymore – one more class — then another – then wtf am I doing here!@”

Yeah — be your own guru. And if you want some help learning to do that, of course, I can help you. I’m not a guru. I’m not a saint. And a lot of self-proclaimed guru’s get really angry at me when I dare to share what I know. I’m not a threat to them, but they feel something challenging about me. It must be because I teach my clients and myself to tap into their own inner wisdom.

 

Light Easy Summer Meals – call for a end of summer special coaching session

Light Easy Summer Meals?   Oh yeah, you can. Ban the donuts. Toss out that cereal. Skip the Oatmeal. I never thought to question the typical American breakfast until I was on a tour in Isreal. Every breakfast was cucumber, tomato, and cheese with maybe a little bread.  And why not? During these hot summer days, a fresh and flavorful breakfast needs to be cold, light and refreshing.

Have you ever thought about how to make breakfast light, refreshing, and colorful? It’s been pretty hot here in the Pacific Northwest. So hot that I’m more likely to skip breakfast if there’s nothing refreshing. Oatmeal on a hot day just does not appeal.

Chopped Mediterranean Salad is filled with color, texture, and a light crunch.There’s just something about eating a bowlful of color and texture with a light snap on those hot days.
Add some crunch or add some protein, and you have a great start to a hot, sizzling day. And if like me, you make enough extra that you get to enjoy it for dinner too.

I showed one on my facebook page: @ramblinlambwellness
Here’s the original: http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/food/1.698731

My twist on this Mediterranean Salad:
Chop up in similar sized bite-sized chunks:
Cucumber
Tomato
Red Pepper
Red onion
Some Parsley
Basil
Add Feta Crumbles
sliced or chopped Calamata Olives
Options:
Chopped Avocado
Gabanzo or Pinto Bean
Can use Black Olives instead of Calamatas

Dress with
Lemon Juice
Olive Oil
Salt
Pepper

It’s so good. And the colorful bowl makes for a happy, high vibration day.

Want more? There is so much to play with to create light easy summer meals. Thinking out of the box is great. Consider eating for fuel. Think about light easy ways to adopt your favorite meals. Save time by cooking once and cooking enough to create several meals. Roast a chicken or two, and prepackage some light combinations of vegetables. You’ll have a nice selection of homemade and prepackaged light easy meals at the ready.  It’s how we roll at the BeWellBistro. Keeping a stock of light easy meals starts with a bit of forethought. Check out our health coaching programs.  http://www.ramblinlambwellness.com

Have you ever just eaten something that made you smile? Felt a bit of a buzz? I mean the good kind of buzz when you just have a happy vibe and feel a bit of pep?
Have you ever noticed the colors and textures in your foods?
I was in a coaching circle where the coach claimed that her program would help people raise their vibration. The only thing that was not purely wish craft was the simplicity of cleaning up your diet. But she gave no tips, offered no real nutritional thought other than Clean Your Diet and do my meditations.

It’s so funny how easy it is. One simple little thing can tip your balance to a better food profile. For me, it’s often starting with plenty of fresh produce in the morning.
I don’t even mean a juice or smoothie anymore. I mean eat a bowl of vegetables or fruit. No one said you have to eat bread or cereal for breakfast. Pancakes? Haven’t had them in years. It’s a total misnomer.
Breakfast can be anything.

We no longer live in a world where we have to carb load for a full day’s energy like the hunters and farmers did. It is rare that anyone needs to eat like they are burning off thousands of calories before lunch.

 

The Circle Can Guide

This Circle of Life is a guide to balancing your life. A renewed you starts with a glance at what is before moving towards what will be.  Call for coaching sessions. I make it a fun exploration into possibilities. It starts with a simple conversation that can change your life. Coach Nancy 425-246-8685

 

Change takes time – call today for a personalized program that’s all about you

Change takes time!
So you want to lose that weight? And you want to regain your strength? Or get flexible? Or maybe you are just tired of hurting all the time, aching, feeling stuffed? Maybe you just want to feel lighter and enjoy moving. Or you want to start looking great again.

Look: It took you a while to get where you are. So stop expecting overnight change.  Stop thinking you can lose 20 pounds a day! Stop torturing yourself with crazy expectations that just because you went off sugar for a week you will turn it all around. And please, stop beating yourself up because on day 8 you succumbed to the call of a cookie.

My new hair stylist tells me her hubby goes to a weight loss program. It’s expensive she says, but for $3000 he gets help losing weight, learning how to cook, learning how to live healthfully. While he is happily preparing whole clean foods, she can’t have her sweet treats in the house. She can’t even eat with him.

Guess what?
With the BeWellBistro plan, you get to make change fun! You get to have fun, lose weight and feel great as you make change matter.

breakfast isn’t boring anymore

You don’t need to spend $3000 for 10 months of food talks. You don’t do weekly meetings weighing in and scrutinizing your daily menu. If you buy packaged foods, it won’t be forced on you as the only way to do this. I might recommend some things, like my Univera Products or my favorite Bone Broth. but I’m just as happy sharing amazing recipes and teaching you to cook like a chef.  No boxed meals, baby.

All you need to do is decide right now that you really want to feel better. Not just lighter, but vibrant, happy, and positive. Yes, I can teach you to manage your moods, change your attitudes, and elevate your happiness. If that’s sounding good, just call me.

Change takes time. Diets don’t work. Spend more or your money on good food and education. Spend less on gimmicks and get rich quick schemes. You don’t need gimmicks — you need to find your true pathway to health. Retraining your brain to like healthy foods is only part of the solution. You don’t have to do it alone and you don’t need to blow the vacation budget either.

As your Integrative Health Coach, my goal is to help you recreate yourself for lasting health and high vibrational living. It’s not just food. It’s a balance. And it’s essentially the same concept that they taught at the Mayo’s Integrative Wellness consultation. Yep — it’s not even rocket science. But it takes time and commitment. The best way is to make one change at a time – but be committed to it 100%.  And that’s where my personalized coaching comes to be your most valued trick in the book.

Why do you need a health mentor? Your doctors will tell you what you need to do. Your spouse might just tell to lose weight. Your buddies will razz you until you succumb and drink that ‘one more’ beer or indulge in that cheesecake.  While they are doing their ‘job’, what you really need is that extra conscience. That voice in your head isn’t enough sometimes — you need a friend you can count on. That friend is your bridge to help you cross over to the healthy side of life.

Like the first little bloom — fighting our way through the cold and dark ..

Seriously, it’s become a big thing in our daily lives to have mentors for everything. When I grew up, it was ‘figure it out kid’, not here let me guide you.
With me on your team, you get that guiding spark that leads you down your path. What’s different about a health mentor?  We work on your personal life circle, spoke by spoke. We craft out a new you, together. You talk. I ask leading questions. We investigate, explore, and move you forward. And when the shit hits the fan, as it always does, I’m right there to get you back on track.

I invite you to change. I invite you to indulge in an individualized program based on YOU. From my school, we call it BioIndividuality — every human being is slightly different. No one program works for everyone.  So — Call today to start on yours!  It’s all about you.  425-246-8685

That’s why I’m still alive, folks. There are many points when it could have been a different ending.

My turning points:
I’ve been there. I’ve been heavy at 149 and I’ve been 98 pounds skinny. I grew up getting chastised for gaining even 3 pounds.  I’ve done lot’s of drugs and I’ve smoked 2 packs a day. And I’ve been an outdoor enthusiast who loves to move all my life.  I would run 8 miles and then light up. I’d drink at night and get up early to sweat it out. I’ve lost jobs, lost loves, lost friends and family… I’ve had good years, I’ve had horrible decades. Navigating life is about knowing yourself and having a strategy for long lasting health.

It wasn’t until I realized how much I can help you that I started pulling it together. My path started making sense. See – my life has far too many twists and turns to make into a pretty story. I had much pain to hide from and all the compulsive behavior was about a lifelong battle with self-esteem issues.  We all do weird stuff as we learn to love ourselves. And then it happens.

The minute we start to believe we are more important, have more value, have more worth — and that there is a reason we are who we are — from that moment, life starts changing. Sure we must have something to move forward to — but when one is dedicated, magic happens.

There are many twists and turns.  Extreme stress requires extreme self-care. Maybe just daily living requires constant extreme self-care.

Change comes by accepting what is

Inviting you to change

I haven’t always been a health nut. Even when I started out, I wasn’t perfect.
At 18, I made a choice… I didn’t want to wait until retirement to be healthy. I gave up bad habits. I chose to eat good foods and limit junk. I built an exercise program from scratch without the help of a trainer or even a gym. I changed what, when, and how I ate. And for years, I still lit up a cigarette far too many times a day.

Then someone died. Then another and another. Within 3 years, 7 people close to me died, 6 from cancer. Three of these dear ones were under 50!!~!
Precious loved ones were dying around me and I kept smoking…until Jerry S. had a return of cancer. That was it. I’ll never forget. I was at his memorial, and I just decided. That was a rough year. But losing Jerry turned a key.
It wasn’t easy to change at that age. It never is… but I really didn’t remember a time in my adult life without a cigarette handy. That was over 25 years of cigarettes as a fake and dangerous friend.

Yes, You CAN! If I can, you can! And I will teach you all my tricks!

Do you really want to stop smoking? Are you ready?

Do you really want to lose weight – or do you want to accomplish some other health goal?

I realize now that what I’d done was create the cornerstone of my practice by quitting smoking. There is much internal work to do to get you from thinking you are ready to really being ready. And if you give me 45 days, you can kick start your new life. And of course, you can sign on for ongoing coaching. But let’s get this show moving forward first. What I can teach you in 45 days can become your cornerstone to a new life.

It’s the same thing with any bad habit. In particular, the food problem.  You’ve got to get to the root reason that you continue to eat what you know you shouldn’t and find the pay off. There is always one – and in our work together, you learn all about hidden hook. for continuing on the road you follow before you will cross over a bridge to happier, healthier living. I’ve watched a man drop 60 pounds, be so thrilled and happy. I’ve witnessed a family lose 110 pounds. And another woman went from 350 to 120 and is a monster at cross fit. If they can, you can shed some excess weight. Why WAIT?

We work together through your ultimate transition and beyond. We keep you on track for a lifetime of lasting change.  And the truth is, I am your guide but YOU are the reason you are doing this. Because YOU are worth it. No quick fix, and no sudden change — but a lifetime of living well.

There are many roads to cross. Some of those roads have locked gates keeping you stuck. The key is within your reach.  That plan won’t be to eat clean 100% — that’s a set up for failure.

Listen to me: I tried that. I went overboard, actually. I was 25 and recovering from a lost job. I found a new one, but I felt amiss. As I mastered my work, I obsessed about every calorie. And not just what I ate. I obsessed about what I burned. Nothing entered my mouth that was not counted. I could tell you exactly how many calories it took to burn off everything I ate. Yeah, I looked great for a while. Then I was down to 98 pounds, I wore a size 0, my skin was taught, I looked like I was starving … and I still counted calories.  Only my uncle had the grace to mention it. No one should do that! Ever!

Once again, I made a new commitment. Reasonable was not obsessive. It was ok to not be a skinny me. I wanted to feel great and have fun, live life fully, and embrace the authentic me. Starvation was not on that menu.

You see many who just keep doing the same thing until literally scared to death. Something major happens. For me, I’ve had many awakenings over my lifetime. True Health begins with a desire to be your best. To get there, you have to learn to love yourself.

For most of my clients, it’s about retraining the brain. That’s why I integrate several modalities to help you arm yourself with all that you need.
You get support. You get knowledge. You get tools. And you get to learn to relax and reprogram your thinking.

These are things I help people work through. In our private coaching, what you get is a chance to really learn about you. I’ve worked with clients using a variety of tools: Visualization, Writing, Meditation, Light Trance (NLP) and rock solid dietary advice coming from studies in hundreds of dietary theory. I use my education in nutrition, adult learning, yoga, recreation, and writing to help you craft your personalized life plan for healthy living.

Don’t pay those guys with the cute logo and fun advertising. Just because the radio announcer is screaming about how he lost weight, it doesn’t mean it’s a plan for YOU in your life. How many other times did that same radio head scream about other weight loss programs? They sell you. You buy. You lose 10 – 20 – 30 pounds, and then you get off the path, fall into old ways, and wonder why you paid them. But you also blame yourself.

Let’s just stop this nonsense.

Call me! I’ll help.
call today for a personalized program that’s all about you
425-246-8685

Oh — here’s more on my health coaching website too: RamblinLambWellness – Nancy’s Coaching Programs

Disclaimer: Nothing is free. If only I had trees of money. But hey, my rates are determined based on quality education, knowledge, professional resources, and a lifetime of work. Not gonna say it’s free, but it’s your life and YOU are worth it.

Roasted Beet, Garlic Scape, and Kale Salad

Asian Rice Mix

Asian 8 Grain Rice

Raw Carrot and Beets cubed, drizzled with EVO and tossed in Lemon Juice

Carrot and Beet Raw Salad with Lemon and EVO

Kale, Roasted Beets, Feta. and Sunflower shoots

Freshly Done

Anasazi Beans

Beans Beans Beans

What else to do with Kale and Roasted Beets

Kale, Beet, Feta and Sunflower Shoots

Roasted Beet, Garlic Scape and

Beans are Anti Inflammatory

Bean, Avocado, Garlic Scape Salad

Kale Salad — an all-new recipe that looks delish!

 In order to make this Roasted Beet, Garlic Scapes and Kale Salad, I had some ‘mis-en-plac’ to do. Cook once, eat twice is what they teach in school.  I take that a bit farther. I’ll make the basics in larger quantities and that leaves me with a lot of ways to use the same things. My challenge is making the right amount and getting a flavor filled variety. No one wants to get bored.

I love salads but I’m not always eager to put one together at the last minute. It’s summer. And that means farmer’s markets are bountiful.   We’ve experimented a lot of late – it beats paying restaurant prices and as a decent home chef, I can make it work.

Beans?  Man, I’ve never liked them.  But I’ve got to make some changes. Beans are high fiber, higher protein, cleansing, and economical. I’ve got to try. Again.

I got up this morning to a freshly soaked pot of beans.  I don’t have a clue why people love them, but once again, I am going to try.

First up was to cook my Anasazi Beans on a slow simmer.

But while at it, I  made not 1 but 3 salads. In 35 minutes!

I happen to love raw beets and carrots with a drizzle of EVO and lemon juice.  (Extra Virgin Olive Oil). I got busy peeling and chopping.  Three Salads in the time it takes to cook beans: 35 minutes exactly

Cook the beans in a large pot covered with 3 x the water as beans. Peel and chop your beets and carrots while this starts simmering. Set oven to roast at 400, spread beets on a cooking pan and drizzle with a little EVO and salt. Roast for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through. While this cooks:

  1. Raw Beet and Carrot Salad: Chopped Beets and sliced carrots tossed in a bit of lemon juice and EVO, sprinkled with salt and pepper, add some pine nuts, add some of whatever you want. Or savor this and add to other green salads
  2. Then I rinsed my cooked beans and tossed a cup into a salad bowl along with several delightfully fresh chopped ingredients: Tomato, Avocado, Scapes and more lemon juice and EVO.  I added some 9-grain rice.   And there it is. A bland yet healthy light salad with just enough flavor that it’s more exciting than boring.  And you can add whatever other texture or flavor, color or texture you want.
  3.  The Main Event: An inspired salad of Roasted Beets, Garlic Scapes, and Kale.  I made some 9-grain rice to add. Tossed in some Feta for flavor. Made a quick dressing of lemon juice, olive oil, balsamic, garlic, and salt.  I’ll put the dressing on the salad just before we eat it.

That, friends, is how I created 3 great salads in 35 minutes including cooking the beans and the rice, roasting the beets, and enjoying a savory breakfast right afterward.  It’s taken the rest of the day to get the photos, do some research, print some Anti-Inflammation documents, and get my photo printer to cooperate.

Why is that important?
I get to play with menus on Thursday. I might do some photos and videos, but we’ll spend the morning creating new things and finding fun ways to incorporate this Anti-Inflammation plan into already healthy recipes. I’m spending time with my friend Teri, and we are going to have fun in the kitchen.  And I’m bringing her a packet of information that I compiled for this Anti-Inflammation madness.

Hearts Line

Hearts Line – Telling friends what was going on meant laying our hearts on the line. Living with the unknown, knowing a chronic illness was sucking the life out of us both — it was too much to bear. Hearts Line is about loving  the line of life with a chronic illness. Hearts Line. It’s what carries us forward. 

2 years ago – Crowd Funding – Honesty and Fear
We became transparent. We told the truth. Chronic Illness was killing us. We had few options. 

Was it worth it? I often wonder. 

Like the first little bloom -- fighting our way through the cold and dark ..

Like the first little bloom — fighting our way through the cold and dark ..

After 13 years of chronic illness, some years better than others, but a constant chasing the dragon, I know it was worth it. Knowing the dragon by name, calming it’s flames, and constantly seeking ways to survive with its crazy constant surprises .. it means we live with a dragon. Better the beast you know, right?  We’d chased doctors for 13 years. From the day after my Dad died until today, Rick’s fought this demon and it’s invisible, unkind, unpredictable, and constantly changing and challenging.

12 Step Principles applied to daily life with a chronic illness such as CFS / ME 

This CFS / ME is worse than dealing with an addiction. There is no beverage or substance to blame.
And yet, without the tools of the program, there is no surviving this.  The first principle I had to repeat daily was that I didn’t cause it, I can’t control it, and I can’t cure it.  It’s so important. Remembering this meant sanity. It meant I was not in charge of his recovery, I could help, I could guide, but ultimately, it’s not in our control. 
The 3s:
The three c’s are as important in chronic illness as they are in accepting an addiction.  So are the three A’s — Awareness, Acceptance and then Action. Until these are grasped, there is no serenity, no mindful awareness, no appropriate and timely action. Rushing into solutions can often cause more problems.

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Great Ways to Get Healthy

Great Ways to Get Healthy
It’s not a magic trick. It’s mind management.

Great Ways to Get Healthy also means Great Ways to save time and be cost efficient.  When you make one meal, make two or three for later.
It’s about advance preparation with mindful planning. think about it. Fast foods became ever more popular because we were suddenly 2 income families. What I propose is you can still enjoy fast foods — but you are about to make your own food faster, like it better, and feel better afterwards.

Chop the scallions and store. Cut the broccoli and cauliflower florets and store. Slice those cucumbers. Prepare in advance whatever you can. It’s planning and staging things so that when you want it you can have it. For years, I’d pre-pack little baggies of fruits and vegetables to bring to work. I know a working Mom who is happy to do so for her children, but she relies on Costco prepackaged hard boiled eggs for herself.  What the? Why not just boil the eggs and prepackage them yourself? 11 minutes in a pot of boiling water. Save money, save time, be healthy. You have no idea what Costco adds to those eggs to make them stay fresh longer.

One evening, I found myself chopping up salad ingredients and decided the heck with it. I cleaned all the produce we’d just purchased, chopped everything up and put it in small sealed containers. Suddenly, a salad was going to take 5 minutes instead of 30. Adding vegetables to other dishes was a breeze. Omelette with vegetables? Rice Bowl with a little-spiced chicken and veggies? Done in no time.  Mise en Place makes for a high efficient kitchen. Especially if you’ve got a needy loved one or if you are injured yourself. Save yourself the time and stress. Get it done in advance.

So many have openly wondered how I do it or how they can better do this caregiving thing. We are all fast reaching that the point where someone we love is going to need help. And with my tips, you can make it both cost effective and easier. You’ll love the results because you’ll enjoy better health, more energy, and maybe more patience. Trust me, patience is essential. And to maintain that, you need to nurture yourself as much as you need to nurture your loved one.

I want to share my favorite tips for making this journey easier.

First up is food preparation:
It’s always easier to prepare your produce in advance.

When you have all the foods prechopped and ready to go, you have extra time to get creative. So do your shopping for 3 – 5 days, clean it, chop it, and store it so you can just toss it into a salad, a tuna casserole, or whatever.  Yes, you lose a little bit of nutrient when you clean and chop your carrots first, but that is vastly better than not eating your fruits and vegetables. The best way to ensure you eat your fruit and vegies is have them as readily available as the cookies. If it is there and ready, you are far more apt to enjoy the healthy side of life.

Screen Shot 2015-12-28 at 2.50.13 PMIt even works with a roasted chicken.  Roast your own! Don’t just buy one. Buy and roast two chickens.  Enjoy one with your first meal.  Carve some slices for sandwiches, cut some chops for salads, enchiladas, or add-ins for chicken soup.  And don’t throw out the bone, drippings or neck. Throw all of that in a pot, cover with water, add carrot, onion, and celery, add seasonings. Bring that pot to a boil, and then simmer for hours.  It’s a good idea to skim the top of all that bubbly stuff before the fat renders to the top. That is usually a little dirt and your soup tastes much better without it. Cook it down until all the ingredients are falling apart, then strain it off. Now you have a lovely broth that you can cook down to a stock or enjoy as a rich broth. Folks – that is about 5  and maybe 6 meals with 2 chickens and only one roasted chicken mess to clean up.  Not bad!

I don’t make a big production of it. I just take the time to clean it all while I am preparing one meal. That way I don’t make Sunday a cooking day. You can. I know people who spend every Sunday prepping and cooking and packaging portion sized meals. You’ll have to figure it out. But get it done.

Next up: Get Blending
It’s really fun, simple, and fast. The best smoothies and soups are made with market fresh ingredients and whole foods. If you are like me, sometimes breakfast is a bit tough and I won’t do raw eggs in my smoothy any more. I found a great soy free, dairy free protein based on rice protein. It’s called RAW Garden of Life. I’ve checked with the vendors. This is a great product.

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I admit it. I am affiliated with BlendTec. They approached me, asked me to try out their blender, and you know what? It does a great job at nearly everything. I’ve posted a couple links on my page because I can get you a nice deal. It looks like even the refurbished models which are already a great price, provide you another $100 off if you click my link from the page bottom.
But the real deal is this: Buy the best you can afford, store it in a convenient place, and USE IT. I’ve included the Blend Tec recipe book for you to kick off your crazy happy blending.

Know Thy Foods

Know Thy Foods

Know thy Fats
Learn What’s in It

What is really in that delish avocado and bacon recipe you just saw on your Facebook page? When you know thy foods, you gain power and control. When you let others tell you something is healthy and you do no research, you give your power away. Simple: Know thy foods.
While you salivate over an imagined tasty delight, you might want to slow down and think a little. Know what you put in your awesome body. The more you give to you, the better you get.

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Peace – The Greatest Gift of All

Peace! The Greatest Gift of ALL

Peace. Seek Peace. Be the stillness. Be at Peace. Calm the waters of your mind. Find peace and then visualize.

Years back when my soul journey began in earnest, there was a popular song titled The Greatest Love of All.  I challenge you now — to revise that old line to The Greatest Gift of All — for it is in Peace that we find everything we need. EVERYTHING. I’ve asked myself for years now: What is really in the way of getting results. Whether it is finding a job, lining up enough clients, monetizing my website, getting help for my hubby, selling, buying, staying sane, having fun, keeping any momentum on anything….the ONE KEY to it all is PEACE.

Peace on Mt. Erie - a magical morning

Peace brings a calm clarity leading to effective action.  This is a magical Sunrise at Mt. Erie, WA

It is obvious to me that the last 9 years of caregiving have made Peace rather elusive and results even less stellar.  So many big things. You know that list of high stressors? That list of the biggest stressors in life? When you have nearly all of them on your plate and the world seems to be saying “Let’s just see how much you can take, little lady”, all you can do is keep going and keep juggling. Until instead of dropping a ball, you just sit down and bawl. Still, there must be a solution… Read More→

Chicken in Milk – a Jamie Oliver sensation

Chicken in Milk – who would do such a thing?

I never thought chicken would go with milk.

Chicken Roasted In Milk and Lemon Zest

Chicken in Milk

Chicken in Milk – an odd recipe or so I thought. When I first heard about chicken in milk, I couldn’t imagine it tasting good. What a strange idea, I thought.  My husband was so excited about it. I’m lactose intolerant. I don’t like milk. It sounded nuts to me.  He begged, I caved, and we ended up enjoying a fabulously tasty chicken dinner.

Chicken in Milk is that dish that you can wow friends and family with. You can create several variations — vary the milk, the lemon, the seasonings.. but the best I’ve done yet was made with farm fresh, whole fat, organic buttermilk. I happened to have buttermilk. I bought it for a different holiday recipe. My hubby begged me to make this with the buttermilk. I added a whole lemon plus the zest. Try it! Seriously – you’d think we were eating at  fine dining establishment. Your friends will think you are the best chef ever.

To brown the chicken you need the bottom of the pan covered with olive oil. I figured it out almost out of laziness. I usually scrimp on oil to save against excess calories from fat. I finally made sure there was a good layer of oil on the bottom of my pan. The chicken browned beautifully and easily. With enough oil, it doesn’t take long either.

I didn’t have whole sage, but I had a nice seasoning rub. So.. I varied the recipe ever so slightly. Instead of salt and pepper, I used the rub. Instead of whole milk, I used buttermilk. Instead of half a cinnamon stick, I used the whole thing. And the finale: Instead of only using the lemon peel, I quartered one of the lemons and tossed that in the pot. 90 minutes later, the hubby was groaning with happiness.

This recipe is my adaptation of the Jamie Oliver original Jamie Oliver’s Version recipe. Go with the buttermilk. It’s fantastic.

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Ingredients

3-3/12 lb pasture raised quality chicken

sea salt

freshly ground black pepper

olive oil

1 stick cinnamon

1 good handful fresh sage , leaves picked

2 lemons , zest of

10 cloves garlic, skin left on

2 1/4 cup milk or buttermilk

"while Jamie calls for milk, we tried it with buttermilk and it was the best ever."

Read more at http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/chicken-recipes/chicken-in-milk/#s5F1ImOlaG5hBTtu.99

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F

Find a snug-fitting pot for the chicken. Season it generously all over, and fry it in a little olive oil, turning the chicken to get an even color all over, until golden.

Remove from the heat, put the chicken on a plate, and throw away the oil left in the pot. This will leave you with tasty sticky goodness at the bottom of the pan which will give you a lovely caramel flavor later on.

Put your chicken back in the pot with the rest of the ingredients, and cook in the preheated oven for 1½ hours. Baste with the cooking juice when you remember. The lemon zest will sort of split the milk, making a sauce which is absolutely fantastic.

To serve, pull the meat off the bones and divide it onto your plates. Spoon over plenty of juice and the little curds. Serve with wilted spinach or greens and some mashed potato or rice.

Read more at http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/chicken-recipes/chicken-in-milk/#s5F1ImOlaG5hBTtu.99

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