And not just time to detox our bodies, but detox our minds and our lives as well. Living life to the fullest for me is all about accepting change, creating joy and getting rid of anything that doesn’t serve my highest purpose. That doesn’t mean that change is easy for me! There are still times I resist. But when I let go of the resistance, I find peace.
Welcome to my site and a peek into a big part my life… wellness! The above picture I am with my friend, mentor, and health practitioner Cyndi. I find that success along my path of wellness requires a support team of kindred sprits and balance. Balance between the physical, emotional, and spiritual. Physical balance of being kind to myself yet setting achievable health goals. Physical balance is also between the food I put into my mouth and being active. Emotional Balance of setting boundaries and exploring my feelings. Spiritual Balance of being of service to others and making time for my relationship with God and filling up my own cup.
When people have asked me what I did to loose my weight they want to know what I Physically did to achieve my goal. But my goal was achieved through more than the Continue reading “My Food Plan”→
So I tried the master cleanser maybe 6 or 8 years ago. I have tried many different detoxes over the years and it wasn’t my favorite. I felt like I need more nutrients in my body during a detox. Especially more greens. Not just some some spicy lemonade and teas. But recently a friend shared that she learned it was safe to play around a little more in a detox. I believe there is no right detox for everyone. Our bodies and our experiences are all different. So my friend Nicole who swears by the master cleanser and will try nothing else wanted me to do the master cleanser with her. I agreed. I feel like march is a great time for the master cleanser because of citrus being in season. We are able to find pink and meyer lemons at the store.
So we are off! Day one of the detox. Nicole even convinced me to take measurements and pictures. That isn’t something I have ever done on a detox before. My main goal isn’t weight loss. Maybe in the back of my mind it is, but I also know that depending on what I do after the detox is going to decide if it stays off or not. So what are my goals? My goal is to lose 10 pounds of lymphatic bloat in my gut! My lymphatic system is usually a little stagnant. That’s probably why I learn manual lymphatic Drainage massage. To learn how to heal myself. As a massage therapist, I find I subconsciously learn the techniques I need.
In my expirence, during a detox it is important to not just detox the body, but also the emotional and spiritual aspects of our lives.To help my body physically detox I will be drinking the spicy lemonade, my shaman shack tea, herbal teas, yoga, skin brushing, and coffee enemas. To support my emotional detox I will be continuing my warrior goddess training, journaling, and seek out community/ sharing circles. For my spiritual balance I will be doing walking dog meditation, kundalini yoga, and prayer.
Nicole: This is my 4th master cleanse and I’m excited to be doing it with Elizabeth this time. My main goal is to fit into this gorgeous Vera Wang dress for a black tie wedding in a few weeks. I am also looking forward to the benefits I have received in previous cleanses such as: heightened senses, less bloating, clearer and brighter skin, thicker hair, stronger nails, and more toned body. And of course to remove any food addictions/cravings and to feel better overall. I will be following the general master cleanse plan which you can find here:themastercleanse.org/
Part of my healthy lifestyle includes exploring my emotions and creating rituals for self care. It’s not just the food I make and the physical activity I enjoy. It took me awhile to learn this. I spent 10 years trying to achieve wellness & vitality through the physical plane while also trying to numb out my emotional & spiritual pain. And I’ve only spent the last 2 years healing my deeper wounds. I’m still learning and growing. I think I will be still learning and growing forever…
I love holiday traditions. And I love starting my own traditions. Like making lasagna and cannolis on Christmas eve. This year I received some help in the kitchen from my 2 year old niece while I was making the cannolis. She definitely stole the show!
How I make my cannolis is first I make pizelles, then while they are warm or form them into a tube. You can form them with your hand, or inside a glass, or a cannoli form. As soon as they cool they hold their form. You will need a Pizelle machine. Traditionally cannoli shells are fried. The benefit of that is the shells don’t get soggy when fried. So I wait until it is time to serve them before I fill them.
Then I made my coconut whipped cream for the filling and placed it in a bag. After it firmed up in the freezer, I cut off a corner of the bag and pipe the filling into the shell on both side. I don’t try getting in to the center, I feel like that is way too much filling! Then i dip both ends into the chopped pistachios. And to finish them off I dust them with powdered (maple) sugar.
The Pizzelle recipe I use in the Video is below but you can also try a vegan version.
So although there may be no music playing during my video… imagine me dancing around the kitchen to Dominick the Donkey and I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas as I make these cookies! There recipe below is for one batch. I made 2 batches in the video and a total of 4 batches to give away this year!
For 1 batch of cookies, you need to start by making almond milk with 1.5 cups of almonds to 4 cups of water. Blend and strain the milk and then dehydrate the almond meal overnight. Use almond milk to drink hot cacao while making cookies!
1/2 cup oats
1 cup of dehydrated almond meal (or brazil or hazelnut)
pinch of salt
3 Tablespoons of maple syrup
1 Tablespoon of almond extract
powdered maple sugar
First put the oats in the bottom of the blender and add almond meal and salt (you don’t need salt if you used it when making almond milk) on top. Then blend until a fine flour, but not so much it starts to create a paste. Then in a bowl add the maple syrup and extract. stir and massage to combine. Form into crescents ( or balls- who am i to judge 😉
Put on a dehydrator screen and dehydrate at 100 degrees for 6 to 8 hours. Blend maple SUGAR into a powder and dust on top of cookies.
One batch makes 8 cookies.
Although you can double and triple your batches in the bowl. Only make one batch of flour in the blender at a time.
Or any dessert really! I use these two recipes so often!!! (I have to re-make the video this weekend because it stopped recording at only 2 minutes. But I wanted to post the recipe today. )
There are three things I dislike about thanksgiving, but i want to write about what I enjoy about it instead. I see thanksgiving as a day to give thanks for my many blessings. November was originally a time of harvest and thanksgiving was a time to enjoy the (hopeful) abundance with neighbors and family. I am grateful that I have healthy food to eat. I am grateful that my loved ones are healthy. I am grateful I have a warm home to sleep in. I am also grateful that I will be spending my thanksgiving with my vegetarian friends.
I am very grateful that my mom instilled some healthy thanksgiving traditions in me. Not so much the running around like a chicken without a head trying to get everything done. But that she would make a healthy meal that included lots of veggie and didn’t involve us over-indulging ourselves. I remember one year I asked if I could make green bean casserole instead of her traditional green beans with slivered almonds after hearing other people talk about their thanksgiving traditions. I didn’t like it and I have never made since! (And I think marshmallows on sweet potato sounds disgusting.) Continue reading “Raw Pumpkin Pie”→