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Sad. Sad. Oh so Sad.

I lost my kitten today.

Snatched off the deck while I was inside reading,

I believe she became Granddaddy Bobcat’s breakfast.

Sweet. Joyful. Lover of acorns and dancing in the oak leaves.

Long luxurious naps and belly rubs.

Angelic spirit.

You were loved by all.

I miss you.

RIP Olivia the Kitten.

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Unplanned Media Diet: In my wondrous new home I have no television, no newspaper, no internet, casual phone service and I’m located almost thirty miles from “town”. Suffice to say I feel slightly disconnected. At first it was anxiety producing. Now it is lovely!  My blog has suffered. I am thriving!!!

What would it be like to give up your phone for day?

How long could you go without accessing the internet?

How many days a week or a month do you completely check out?

Absolute Beauty: Radiant Skin and Inner Harmony through the Ancient Secrets of Ayurveda

by Pratima Raichur with Marian Cohn

LOVE this book!!!

I read alot, am entirely enamored with our local library network, and come across literary inspiration regularly. However, I have found myself particularly taken with Pratima Raichur’s book Absolute Beauty. In addition to interesting information about how to cultivate beauty through internal nourishment and external treatments, she also dedicates a whole section of the book to the concept of inner harmony and beauty that blossoms from a healthy soul. This is a neglected topic in our superficial, consumer driven culture. What if standard operating procedure was to cultivate joy instead of taking out a loan for breast implants? What if  it were normal to consider balance, flexibility and purpose qualities that contribute to one’s loveliness? What would America be like and what would it be like to be a woman of the 21st century if we were taught from early on healthy, wholesome ways to nurture our image. What if we ate whole foods knowing that they would give us a glow no makeup ever will? What if we made rest and rejuvenation a part of our regular routine aware that it would boost our attractiveness? Can you imagine if we spent the same amount of money that we spend on cosmetics on wholesome foods and regular massage therapy?! Ayurveda can be described as the science of life. Raichur has outlined a science for natural beauty. Definitely a wonderful and inspiring read!!!  

Would you like to Glow From Within? Would you like to have more energy? Have you ever heard of Anne-Louis Gittleman’s Fat Flush? Gittleman has a great program that incorporates three phases of whole food eating to lose pounds and increase vitality. I’m supporting a handful of friends and family with great results. More than 50 cumulative pounds have been shed to date… Interested? Check it out!!!

How do you care for yourself?

“Self-care is essential to survival, it is essential as the basis for healthy, authentic relationships, it is essential if we honestly want to nurture the people we care about. Self-care is not selfish or self-indulgent. We cannot nuture others from a dry well. We need to take care of our own needs first, then we can give from our surplus, our abundance. When we nurture others from a place of fullness, we feel renewed instead of taken advantage of. And they feel renewed too, instead of guilty. We have something precious to give others when we have been conforting and caring for ourselves and building up self-love.”

- Jennifer Louden The Women’s Comfort Book

I’m attending a dear friend’s baby shower tomorrow. I wanted to bring something special to contribute and I thought it would be fun to use some edgy and inspiring ingredients, ingredients that might stretch people’s minds… and possibly inspire new relationships with food.

I chose two recipes. The first I came across in Body & Soul Magazine. I followed a Fudge Brownie recipe but modified it a few steps further… I substituted coconut oil for butter and brown rice syrup for sugar. It already included whole wheat flour and sweet potato puree. I topped it with shredded coconut and pecans. They turned out decadent and delicious!!!

The second recipe was from my favorite foodie site – 101Cookbooks.com. Carrot/Oatmeal Cookies also included whole wheat flour as a base, coconut oil and maple syrup. I added raisins, shredded coconut and lemon zest. Definitely a healthy hit!!!

Are you a recipe follower or do you like to experiment in the kitchen? Have you modified a favorite recipe to amplify its goodness? Do you use whole wheat flour? Would you consider a recipe for brownies that included beets or black beans or sweet potatoes?

There are so many fun ways to boost the nutritional profile of your favorite treats… I’d love to hear your successes!!!

Spring is here and the world is glorious – green and soft!!!

What do you love most about this time of year?

One, among many, many reasons I love this time of year, is that I find it far easier to eat vegetables in Spring and Summer. Mother Earth is thrusting greenery at us from every direction. It is fresh and luscious – draped across mountainsides, piling out of carts at the Farmer’s Market and filling our crispers at home.

This afternoon with not much available on my refrigerator shelves, I steamed up a head of broccoli. I mixed together a little flax oil and hummus and drizzled it around. I added a sprinkle of gomasio (sesame seeds, sea salt and sea weed).

How easy is that?! Fun! Fresh! And delicious!!!

Head of Broccoli

Flax Oil and Hummus to taste

Sprinkle of Gomasio (Can be found at Whole Foods or most health food stores)

Tell me again how you don’t have time or it’s too expensive to eat well?

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