Superfood ~ Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Preheat oven 200 degrees Fahrenheit ( use convection setting if available)

Line baking pans with parchment paper

Ingredients ~

14 oz. or approximately 2 cups of Golden Flax Meal

1 Tablespoon dry ground psyllium powder

2 Tbsp chia seed

1 tsp baking soda

Mix dry ingredients above

Add 2 1/2 cups water

stir and set aside one hour

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In a separate bowl combine

2 mashed bananas

1 cup raw honey

1 cup creamy peanut butter

1tsp vanilla

Mix until creamy.

Combine both mixtures

Add 2 cups instant oatmeal

Mix with oiled hands

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add

63% CACAO CHOCOLATE CHIPS

1 CUP CHOPPED WALNUTS

form into patties or cookie shape

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SLOW BAKE IN OVEN, FLIPPING AFTER 30 – 60 MINUTES  cook until desired tenderness  the beauty of this, is that you can’t burn them!

PLEASE NOTE;  THESE COOKIES ARE DEHYDRATED IN A SLOW OVEN TO PRESERVE THE LIVING FOOD.

THE BODY NATURALLY KNOWS WHEN TO STOP EATING THESE COOKIES!  TRY IT FOR YOURSELF.

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Taking the bitter with the sweet…

Today’s my last day in Hawaii.  I’m already missing this place that has nurtured my soul for the past 4 months.  I came here to help my daughter empty her storage unit, sell off some furniture, and remodel a photo studio, but in the long run, I’ve received much more than I could ever give.

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Is it just another day in paradise?  Or is it something more? 

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Each day, no matter where we are, we have the opportunity to connect…

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to create…..

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to color an otherwise white world….

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with aspects of our soul….

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to bring more beauty into every day, ordinary experiences….

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to find beauty in the simple, the ordinary, the priceless things that appear in our lives.

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Away from the distractions we will find ourselves looking back at ourselves, asking for

healing,

attention,

and love.

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It’s important that we listen to these promptings…

Honor our soul’s calling…

Feel into the love that is there for us, just on the other side of the veil (our ego) and keep our connection with Source (God) alive.

 

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Hawaiian Sunset

 

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photo from Kikki K planner

 

 

 

Life Goes On~ Make the Most of Yours

I love the message in this video. Thankyou Sue Dreamwalker.

Dreamwalker's Sanctuary

  I will let the poem on this video speak my thoughts today, as I head out into my garden as I put on my wellies after several days of none stop rain the Sun is now drying up the allotments, and I have some declutting  of weeds to do, along with some declutting of thoughts.. 

Have a wonderful Weekend all of you 

Enjoy the moment of Now 

Love and Blessings

Sue 

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Creamy Broccoli Soup made from scratch

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Making your own soups from scratch is easier than you may think.  Not as easy as opening a can, but much more nutritious and you made it yourself!

Ingredients:

1 head broccoli

2 cups water

1/4 sliced red onion

1 garlic clove minced

1/2 cube real butter

2 tbsp. olive oil

1/2 can evaporated milk ( can also use almond or coconut milks)

2 handfuls grated cheese

salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients

Let liquid cook down on simmer to evaporate and thicken to creamy consistency

Blend in Vita mix or blender

Garnish with grated cheese or parsley

Serve

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A great way to eat more “green” .  I hope you like it.  Please let me know in the comments section any thoughts or innovations you may have tried.

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Lion’s Gate Meditation and how to prepare

 

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Mini altar

Cottage Mavens, I was astounded and amazed when I saw that people from 16 countries had read my blog yesterday. (46 countries year- to- date )

At that moment, I was glad that the “translator” was on.

Finally, hitting the 3 year mark, I don’t think I started writing on the blog right away.

And once I did, I started out gingerly, tip-toeing in to the blog world, not sure what I would be writing about.

Things started to shift and evolve within me.

Thinking that I would write about decorating and all things related, my spirituality started showing up in a big way.

There were messages coming through that I needed to share with the world.

When I started to share these things, my heart began to fill up.

Even though I have just over 200 followers, I continue to blog.  I’m not only inspiring myself, but hopefully others. 😉

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pepper grinder used for incense holder

Even if you don’t know what the Lion’s Gate portal is on 8-8-17 (8), the full moon eclipse, the global shift, etc. etc. etc. , you can prepare for this worldwide event by preparing your altar.

The full moon in Aquarius, the friendly sign, will most likely be bringing people together, and with the sun in Leo, there may be large gatherings, parties, and get- togethers done on a larger scale – or you may choose to spend the time with those closest to your heart.

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Elements of an altar

Whichever way it plays out for you, there are several things you can do to prepare.

Create an Altar ~ this can be temporary or permanent.

Here are some suggestions for you to try…

Your altar can be simple or extravagant, it is entirely up to you.

  1. create a central focal point, like in any good design!
  2. You can start with a table, place a cloth on the table if desired.
  3. add pictures of the Christed ones such as Jesus, Paramahansa Yogananda, Babaji, Lord Buddha, Amachi, your own personal guru, your ancestors, or a symbol that denotes peace, love, and world unity.

You can also use a large rock or crystal

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Large Selenite Crystal with Quartz Point on top

Add something from each of the elements, ie. fire, earth, wood, air, water, using natural living things found in your environment.

Fire ~ Candles, Incense, Sage wand

Earth ~ Crystals, rocks, lava, dirt

Water~ a bowl of water, a mirror,

Wood ~ Herbs, Flowers, leaves – here I’m using leaves, Rosemary for longevity, faithfulness, and spiritual strength.  Sage for clarity and guidance.

Air ~ feathers, bird nests

Written affirmations

Look for things close to your home, or take a walk and see what finds you!

The idea is not to go out and buy a bunch of stuff or spend a lot of money on your altar.

Find things from Nature, the elements, or your kitchen!

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As I’m sitting here with this altar, sacred space, with all of it’s beauty, softness, and grace, I feel deep emotion, blessings, and so much love in my heart.

The energy of the herbs, flowers, crystals, send forth their love, fragrance, and gratitude, making our job easier. 

Our job of sending this love and gratitude worldwide.

Why wait until the full moon?

Get the family involved in this vigil, this ceremony.

Spend time meditating near your altar infusing it with your peace.

Then, on the full moon, collect the energy of your altar, rolling your hands over it and collecting it up into a great ball of light.

Give your energy ball a blessing and send it out into the Universe.

Every Sunday, in August there will be worldwide global unity prayer circles.

Keep your altar refreshed.

Create a group of your own .

Keep the Ball rolling!

Feel the peace in your heart and become a “smile millionaire”* giving your smiles away to all you come into contact with. ( smile millionaire first coined by Paramahansa Yogananda)

Eat more super foods and Raw foods to increase your own Life Force energy. You can find my recipes here.

With much love,  Lorna

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How to get unstuck from Emotions that may be holding you back.

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First of all, if you are feeling stuck emotions, depression, a sense of helplessness, it’s important to honor those feelings, spend time with them, feel them through and you may find yourself coming out of the tunnel on the other side with some new insights, refreshed energy levels, and some inspiration of what to do next.

Find out what’s blocking you.  Dive deep into your feelings to see if you can “see” what’s holding you back.  Do you need to let go of something, forgive yourself or someone else, speak your feeling to someone?  Or are you just trying to control something that is not yours to control? Practice Self-Reflection. Step out of yourself, and take a serious look at yourself from an objective point-of-view.  What do you see? 

Sometimes the only thing that will help at the moment is to just take a nap.

Sleep as much as you need to.

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Start a journal ~ If you can write every day before you even get out of bed or while you have your morning coffee, just dump all of your thoughts and feelings onto the pages.

I like to do a ‘stream of consciousness” writing where I write down every thing that I am hearing ( like the fan), feeling in my body, any thoughts that come up , random things that I think about.  This can give you some insight into what it is that’s bothering you.

It’s also a way of getting in touch with your intuition.

After journaling each day, just say a simple prayer ” Heavenly Father, Divine Mother, Friend, Beloved God, Angels and guides, I surrender these feelings and thoughts to you.  show me what I need most today on my journey to self-healing.  guide me by your loving hand to make the right choices for my life.  If I cannot handle my feelings today, send me an angel to lift me out of despair.  Help me to recognize that I am not alone in this life.  show me a way to rise above my sorrow and reach out to others.  I put my trust in you.  Wrap me in your loving arms as I go about my day.  Help me to have a deeper understanding of myself and others so that I can feel your Divine presence in every thing.  Om _ Peace _ Amen.

 

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my sacred space/altar

Create a Sacred Space in your home where you can just be.

Whether it’s a corner of a room or ideally a whole room, decorate it, paint it your favorite color.  add uplifting words and pictures, or things from Nature.

Bring in some soothing music or even music that you enjoyed at your happiest times.

Make this your go-to place of retreat where you can work through your feelings and pour your heart out to God or your chosen source of comfort.

Wear your favorite colors.  What colors are you drawn to? think about this for a minute.  There’s a reason you are drawn to certain colors.  They can help heal you!  Honor the impulse.  buy some new underwear.  Go shopping and try on some clothes that are totally out-of-the-box from you usual.  Your fantasy self.  You may discover that you like some aspects and incorporate them into your wardrobe. 

Try wearing natural gemstone jewelry. 

Visit a crystal shop and discover which ones you are drawn to.  Keep your favorite crystal next to your bed. or on your mini-altar.

Citrine for Joy!

Amethyst for peace.

Rose Quartz for love and connecting to your heart center.

Walk through your home. 

Is there any clutter?

Dead plants?

Images that don’t uplift?

Old tired or broken furniture?

Dust bunnies?

If so, they are depleting your energy every time you pass by them.

If you can’t muster up the energy to do it yourself, then call someone to come and help you.

a cheerful house cleaner could be just what you need.

Sit down and draw a picture of your home.

Or start with one room.

Put your drawing in a chair and sit across from it.

Have a conversation with this room or with your house drawing.

Ask it what it needs.

Write down what ever comes up.

You may be surprised.

Be sure to take action on whatever it tells you.

This is a fun exercise.

I hope you try it.

 

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Herb garden, parsley and sage

 

Try planting a garden.

Working with plants can be very uplifting.

Bring some fresh greenery indoors. Or a big fresh bouquet of flowers!

Plan an herb garden in your kitchen window.

Open the windows and let the fresh air come in.  Bring more light in.

Is there enough lighting in each room?  Add some lamps for ambient lighting.

Clean the windows so the natural light can fill your space.  This will help you “see” what’s blocking you.

 

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Try a clay pot tray for your smudge wand

 

Aromatherapy

Have you smudged yourself lately?

Sage wand – dispels negative energy and clears the air of heavy dross.  It also carries your prayers on the smoke!

Sweet Grass – Brings in the beautiful, positive energies.

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Nag Champa insense is used in temples.  I always burn this after cleaning a room.  It brings a calming influence, and my family loves it!

Palo Santo is my new favorite insense!  It brings in a soft intimate feel to the room, enhances intuition, and opens your mind to see more clearly.

Eucalyptus Room Spray – energizes, clears stagnant energy, freshens, and discourages dust mites.

Lavender – is a loving, peaceful, and comforting sent.

rose – is very beautiful, romantic, and soft, helps you feel from your heart.

Orange Blossom – uplifting, happy.

( see how I make my own smudge spray here.)

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Spend time in Nature!

 

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Dancing Plumeria trees

This is where I feel most connected to Source.  Spend some time hanging out with trees.  They are known as the “tall ones standing, praying” in the Native American culture.

They will help you on your journey and lift some of your burdens.

Do you have a pet?

Animals are very prescient of what’s going on with us.

They have been some of my greatest healers.

I used to cry to my cat, Monkey.  He would stay with me , purring, comforting me.

I also had the opportunity to care for a boston terrier named Lucy.  She would come into my room every morning and get me out for a walk.  We would hang out at the park and commune with the trees.  I received so much healing during that time.

Hobbies – Do you have a hobby?  Now’s the time to dive right in to that hobby.  It will help you shift your mind to something creative.  Try something new.  And remember all art is perfect! and so are you, just the way you are!

Try this prayer, or wish wall hanging made from old magazines, a tree branch, wooden clothespins,  some bakers twine, and your positive intentions or affirmations!

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You can learn how here.

Try to eat some raw, living food at least once a day – Organic fruits and vegetables.

Drink lots of pure water.

Exercise

Get a massage

Clean your colon.  A lot of trapped emotions could be sitting in your colon, causing mental and emotional pain

Find a professional colon therapist with five or more years of experience, who uses the “closed” method.  Go in for at least three treatments over a three week period.

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Dearest Cottage Mavens,

All of these things will work to help you get in touch with your emotions and start the chi or energy flowing in your life again.

But you must take action.  One day at a time, and with much gentleness as you go about your journey to wellness.

With much love, Cottage Necessities

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If you build it they will come …

 

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Found bird nest

The physical Universe vibrates at a slower pace than the mental one does.

Trust in Divine order and give things more time. ~ Sonia Choquette, The answer is simple #21 Be Patient

Today, I got a little off-track.  I was planning to explore all of the TJMaxx stores on the island in search of a couple of office chairs for my daughter’s office.

But then, early this morning a job offer came in.

Now, I’ve been pursuing this job since last year, as some of you may know if you’ve been following my blog.

I was in the midst of the 27 day Feng shui challenge when a former co-worker texted me saying that her company was hiring.

At the time I was planning to return to Hawaii for my daughter’s wedding, plus Hannukuh and Christmas holidays. I really wanted the time off for these special occasions.

I figured surely I could sell enough walnut shells, and miscellaneous vintage items on Ebay and my Etsy shops in order to get by hoping this would get me through the holidays.

After the New Year, my friend was still urging me to apply ~ I went in, interviewed three times with the owner, n February.  He seemed interested, but no offer.

We must have had one of the worst rainy seasons in Sacramento.  Even Folsom lake was beginning to fill up again.

There were threats that the Oroville Dam was at a breaking point, and a lot of homes to the north had been flooded to the point of evacuation.

This was March and the rains came down relentlessly breaking a water pipe in the store where I was hoping to work, and flooding half the store.

The owner called me to apologize that there had been a delay in plans and still no offer of employment.

I was having some success by selling off some items from my storage unit, plus a few items that I had “picked” at thrift stores.

I was already in to the 30 days of Gratitude challenge when I was requested in Hawaii again.

I only promised to stay for April so that I could return if a job offer came up.

By the time May rolled around, I had committed to stay in Hawaii through August, and let the company know that I would come in to see them in August.

 

Here we are in July, and I get a message inquiring about my availability.

So, now I need to know if there is an offer on the table.

One week later, I get the offer.

I am so thrilled !!! and filled with Gratitude for this day.

Just as the hidden roots of a plant are grounded and fed by Mother Earth long before the flower buds and opens into bloom, so too is your Divine creation in the process of becoming a reality. ~ Sonia Choquette, The Answer is simple #21 Be Patient.

Why the Birdsnest? I found this one on the ground with one cracked egg in it.

The birds who built this nest worked long and hard.

I suppose they had set their intention and started to work on it long before the eggs came along.

It’s a work of art in itself and teaches us a valuable lesson ~ Life is continually changing and evolving ~ Why not start building what you want right now?

 

 

 

Watermelon Zinger! Got Juice?

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When Auntie Deelee comes to town ~ it’s never a dull moment! You can read about her beach cottage tour here.

Not only is she a fantastic cook, engaging conversationalist, and all around positive person, she’s into a lot of the same things that I’m into, like healthy food, meditation, always learning about  new things, and viewing life as an on-going adventure.  ( I’m trying to talk her into starting her own blog!)

Auntie Deelee’s sage advice :

The practice of yoga postures takes you closer to meditation.

What is life without meditation?

In other words, if you are having trouble getting into meditation, get started with a yoga practice.

Then you will naturally move with ease into meditation, by stilling the body, the breath, and the mental chatter first.

Meditation is the key to happiness no matter where you are in your life’s journey ~ Cottage Necessities

Don’t wait!  Start Now.

Now here’s the delicious Summer juice that she made one day ~ I got so excited just by the beautiful coral color that I immediately staged a photo shoot.

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Watermelon Zinger ~

In a juicer combine the following

1 watermelon ~ no rind

1 pineapple ~ peeled

1 large ( the size of your hand) piece of fresh ginger root, peeled

Fresh juice brings happiness to the soul.

Try it and see!

 

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Watermelon Zinger with Ginger Goji Berry Cookies

 

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Ginger Goji Berry Cookies ~ Superfood!

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Here’s that recipe that I promised.  I hope you like them as much as we did!

These cookies are dehydrated in a 200 degree Fahrenheit oven for several hours.

It can be considered to be in the raw or living food category for maximum nutrition and life force.

I made this recipe based on the traditional recipe for ginger snaps, while using whole foods that can be dehydrated and superfoods that can all be consumed in raw form.  ( So, it’s okay to eat the raw cookie dough!)

I hope that you will give this recipe a try and let me know how you like it.

there is a small amount of raw cane sugar used in this recipe which carmelizes during the heating process and adds a nice finishing glaze.

These cookies will aid in your digestion, promote healthy elimination, while leaving a sweet aftertaste of ginger.

Enjoy!

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Ginger Goji Berry Cookies ~ Preheat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit ( use convection oven if available)  Line baking pan with parchment paper

1 cup goji berries soaked in filtered water ~ then strained and set aside

Dry Ingredients ~

2 1/2 cups flax seed meal

1/2 c. whole raw flax seeds

4 Tbsp. chia seeds

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

2 Tbsp. Psyllium fiber ~ dry processed in blender

1 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground cloves

2 1/2 cups of filtered water

Mix dry ingredients then add the water , stir and set aside for one hour or more.

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Prepare ~

2 mashed bananas

3Tbsp coconut butter

1 c. honey

1/2 c. molasses

1 c. almond butter

1/4 c. fresh grated ginger

Mix together all of the ingredients by hand using oiled hands.  I like to use real butter, ghee, or coconut oil

Roll into balls in raw cane sugar

flatten with a spoon and bake

You can also form into round cookie shapes by hand

After one hour, turn the cookies over

Continue baking to desired consistency.  Can take several hours.  for crispier cookies, bake longer.

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I hope you will give this recipe a try.  I made mine without the clove, as I didn’t have it on hand at the time.

Get the kids involved.  This is a great time to teach them about measuring, patience, and the joy of cooking!

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Superfoods, The Ascension Diet, and you.

When you bring superfoods into your body, your energy changes, and as a result your focus of attention will shift as well…it becomes easier to live in a state of appreciation, ( or gratitude). David Wolfe

I had a dream the other night, half in and out of sleep.

I’ve heard about getting “down loads” from the Universe.

As I was seeing clips of superfoods scroll across my mind, I realized the next morning, that I was getting what I thought must have been a download.

With only a general knowledge of “superfoods”, I started to notice more of them.

I was being urged or guided to eat more of them

…and to find ways to incorporate them into my diet.

 

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chia, chlorella, hemp seed, goji berry, flax see, sunflower seeds

 

 

I had already discovered the benefits of eating a more raw diet of living, whole foods, such as organic fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.

I had also been weaning myself away from breads, flour, grains, and dairy, and was noticing a difference in my body like ~

More energy

less bloating and inflammation

a feeling of inner stability

a brighter outlook

mental clarity

deeper sleep patterns

my skin is getting smoother, silkier

I was also noticing that I no longer had cravings for candy or chips, or anything unnatural like foods with preservatives.

And the best thing, was that my body knew when it had had enough and when to stop.

Rather than eating a whole bag of chips, a few flax crackers would satisfy me.

Ice cream tasted good at first, but then I noticed I felt heavy afterward and it made a pain in my back flair up.

Whereas, yogurt was half the calories ad made me feel calm and nurtured.

I was gently being guided through food to choose the higher vibration foods and my body was responding and I was able to hear what my body was saying to me.

So, I started listening.

The Life Force in the food had started bringing me home.

It may have cost a little more to buy organic fresh foods, but the dividends were paying off by the way that I felt.

I realized that this is what our Creator had intended for us, and how far we had gotten away from our true nourishment, and been seduced by advertising, beautiful packaging, and false labels of promises that weren’t being met, like non-fat, sugar free, natural, and cage free.

Why had I felt depressed after eating a steak, or sensed an ammonia after taste in the store bought eggs or noticed bruises on the chicken legs?  Was I picking up on their distress?

I was beginning to think so…..

The big looming question in your mind at this point is probably….

How do I eat this stuff?

 

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Gogi berries

 

Where do I start?

I sincerely hope you will join me on this journey as I create new Superfood recipes to share with you.

Here are some facts about superfoods.

What is so special about a superfood?

Superfoods have over a dozen or more special properties in them like, more vitamins, minerals, enzymes, detoxifiers, and life force.

Think:  Foods as medicine ` they increase your body’s immune system from the inside out.  It’s like building your cells from the inside, to fight and protect you from illness and disease. *

“Get more nutrition with less eating”, superfoods are both a food and a medicine ~ David Wolfe

Here are a few examples:

deep red goji berries ~ ( moist berries) increase eye health and are considered the “Fountain of Youth“.

cacao ~ chocolate,” the food of the gods “, highest anti-oxidant, magnesium

Maca root ~ fertility, strength, stamina

Honey ~ Bee pollen

Coconuts ~ the tree that supplies all that is needed to live.

Just to name a few…..

Superfoods have the ability to tremendously increase the vital force and energy of one’s body, and are the optimal choice for improving overall health, boosting the immune system, elevating serotonin production, enhancing sexuality, and cleansing and alkalizing the body.  ~ David Wolfe

Well, who wouldn’t want that????

Consuming superfoods makes it dramatically easier to achieve your ideal weight, diet, and food habits.” ~David Wolfe

This just keeps getting better all the time!!!!

Superfoods will ease you into detoxification and the transition to more healthy foods ~ all without willpower! ~ David Wolfe

And I’m a living example!

You can check out some of my recipes here:

Green Smoothie

Flax seed crackers  just scroll down to the bottom for the recipe, and be prepared to be wowed!

Chia pudding

Chopped salad

Pan roasted vegetables

Making soup from scratch

Butternut squash soup ( try using other vegetables)

The best salad dressing ever!

Waldorf Salad Wraps

These will get you started!

I call this The Ascension Diet.  You can read about the 7 essential steps on the Ascension Ladder.

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Have a Happy, Healthful day!                                                                                                                                                                                * I do not intend to offer any medical advise.  I am only making suggestions from my own personal experience.*  Please consult your doctor when starting a new regimen.

Mahalo