The Best Lil’ Spring Cleanse With Blue Majik Superfood.

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Spring is the perfect time to cleanse pretty much anything—closets, beliefs we no longer jive with and of course, our bodies.

It’s a natural tendency to want to shed. With the coming of longer days, the body craves lighter foods and more activity.

The brain is stimulated into action by light, we exit hibernation mode, and refocus from inner, more contemplative work to outward manifestation of winter dreams.

We are, after all, part of nature, and respond to the same impulse as trees and all living things to gather the energy stored during the colder season into something new and expressive.

I’m a believer in periodic cleansing, and have participated in many types of regimens, but as the years roll by, I see more and more the wisdom of a daily cleanse rather than an intensive week or month long endeavor. It is so much easier on the system and follows the daily rhythm of 12 hours of fasting out of the 24. Of course, the longer ones are also good, depending on the person and their needs.

If you feel the call to clearing and making room for healthier cells, or even allowing for your emotions to filter through as you awaken the body, this is a way to gently, yet powerfully forward the process.

The Basics:

I start each day with water, lemon and honey—usually a hot drink. This assists my liver in a daily detox. I add to this a pinch of cayenne when I need a little more help to clear sinuses or boost my metabolism. And who doesn’t need to boost their metabolism, especially after months of winter eating?

It is wise to follow the seasons with eating patterns, so I don’t worry about the heavier meals that keep me warm between November and February.

Long before I “break fast” in the morning with a meal, I wake up my kidneys, gallbladder, liver and intestines with this simple drink. Once you begin this daily cleanse habit, you will reap the rewards in spades.

Other benefits of a detox practice include flushing of glands, flushing crystalized salts in the joints, reducing inflammation and muscle pain.

My partner, who suffered for years from Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia, swears to the power of daily detox. It is a mindful way to support one’s health.

My little ritual began a few years ago when I did the Master Cleanse. It’s the more intense cousin of what we’re talking about here, usually focused on rapid weight loss and shedding of toxins. I loved the results but also prepared well in advance by eating lighter meals before and after, exercising to eliminate what was being dumped into the bloodstream, and being careful to not stress the body by returning to old habits once I had done the cleanse.

More…https://www.elephantjournal.com/2017/03/the-best-lil-spring-cleanse-with-blue-majik-super-food/

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Green Goddess Soup for Winter Immunity. {Vegan}

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“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”  ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

There’s a quaint little health food store in Tofino, British Columbia.

It’s one of those places that feels comfortable right away, with the incredible aroma that health food stores have…but with a twist.

The store, Green Soul Organics, also hosts Earth Mama Love—a vegan kitchen that serves up delicious meals and snacks, and keeps the town-folk and all manner of tourists healthy.

A co-operative, Earth Mama Love is a genuine connection with the best of what organic, vegan food has to offer. As it happens, my first-born is one of the happy kitchen creatives, and recently she shared this recipe for Green Goddess Soup.

It may be the most delicious soup I have ever tasted. I am a lover of soup, being Eastern European and raised on a variety of nourishing recipes, and this one is addictive.

Easy to prepare, high in immune-boosting ingredients and wildly fragrant, Green Goddess Soup will soon become a favorite recipe to warm up on during winter months.

The recipe herehttp://www.elephantjournal.com/2017/01/green-goddess-soup-a-vegan-immunity-booster-for-the-new-year/

Dear Vegan, I Hear You…sometimes. Maybe.

“We don’t set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people’s hearts.”  ~ Pema Chodron

The thing I love about vegans is their absolute compassion for all creatures.

Okay, maybe not mosquitoes—but that’s understandable.

I was vegan for years, for reasons like the environment, ethical concerns and health concerns combined.

Now I’m not, for those same reasons, and because I once did a homesteading sustainability project in Canada where it’s frozen tundra for half the year, and I was practicing the 100-Mile Diet and End of Peak Oil thing.

Sustainable meant what I grew or my neighbors grew. That was an eye-opener, let me tell you!

One might think there are no environmental, sustainability or health reasons for considering abandoning veganism, but there are—but I’m not going to get into that here, because it’s a whole other kettle of fish…err, carrots.

Dear Vegan: I love you.

I love that you take a stand about something worthwhile and necessary. I love that your heart beats for the voiceless and that you care enough to make noise. You educate and innovate—soy dogs, soy burgers, soy bacon.

What you give to the world is awareness—and again, compassion. We need veganism, and we need your passion—your point of view. Being vegan made me aware. Awareness is the first step toward change.

More here… http://www.elephantjournal.com/2016/12/dear-vegan-i-hear-you-sometimes-maybe/

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Ayurvedic Golden Milk for Cold Winter Days. {Vegan Recipe}

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“The preparation of food also serves the soul in a number of ways. In a general sense, it gives us a valuable, ordinary opportunity to meditate quietly, as we peel and cut vegetables, stir pots, measure out proportions, and watch for boiling and roasting. We can become absorbed in the sensual contemplation of colors, textures and tastes as, the alchemists of the kitchen, we mix and stir just the right proportions. The colors and the smells can take us out of ‘real’ time, which can be so deadening, and lift us into another time and space altogether, the time of myth created by cooking. The kitchen is one of the most soulful rooms in a house, often the center of family life.” ~ Thomas Moore, from The Re-enchantment of Everyday Life

I love the above quote because it links food with soul.

Eating should be soulful and nourishing, not only for our physical bodies, but also for our spiritual, etheric and emotional bodies as well.

Incorporating Ayurveda into my lifestyle has been a journey into mindful eating. It is said that Ayurveda is the oldest system of healing, originating in India centuries ago.

Ayurveda is really a science, where the needs of the physical body are kept in balance. We are not only flesh, so as we care for our bodies, we also care for our spiritual health.

Our food comes from living, breathing entities, whether we are omnivorous or vegan—what we put in our mouth for sustenance was once alive, enjoying its incarnation, and as such, it imparts the whole of its vibration to the meals we prepare. Because of this, we are blessed with the soul of the entity we partake of. Ayurveda recognizes, with great reverence, what a gift each food is.

Right now, as I write down this recipe to share with you, I am drinking a cup of warm, golden milk….

more herehttp://www.elephantjournal.com/2016/12/ayurvedic-golden-milk-for-cold-winter-days-vegan-recipe/

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