Inspiration


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!!!  

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?

Let the beauty you love be what you do.

~ Rumi

I’ve just returned from an amazing first weekend with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City!!! I’ve joined 1500 other like-minded people from around the world committed to improving the health and happiness of Americans which therefore radiates around the world.

Being healthy is NOT complicated!!!

IIN respects bio-individuality.

IIN remains neutral –  Different foods work for different people.

IIN promotes primary foods as well as edible foods.

Primary foods include the myriad ways we nourish ourselves – for example – relationships, work, intimacy, sexuality, love, spirituality, family, hobbies, etc…

IIN practices deconstructing cravings:

What is the underlying imbalance?

What is going on for me?

How is my body trying to recreate balance?

IIN values healthy, wholesome, fresh, preferrably organic foods.

Simple is best.

Cooking is an art form.

Food is for sharing.

How can your food nourish you and your relationships?

Treat everything like it matters.

Everything is an opportunity.

IIN offers excellent tools to provide wellness services for clients to recognize how food and lifestyle affect health, happiness and quality of life.

As a wellness coach I am excited to support you to identify and achieve your health and personal goals.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions…

Thank you!!!

What have you committed to for 2009? Have you created a structure such that you will be held accountable for doing what you said you want to do?

It’s common for people to begin a New Year with health resolutions and to set goals for themselves. It’s just as common for people to fall off the wagon and not follow through…

I have committed to two major and exciting goals for the beginning of 2009.

First and foremost I am thrilling to be a part of another life transforming training. By the end of July 2009 I will be a Health Counselor certified through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Have you ever heard of it? They train hundreds of people every year in health, nutrition and lifestyle management. It entails 7 months of study and ten weekend visits to New York City. I see it as a personal and professional adventure.  I intend to UP my sophistication factor, learn how to travel with ease and confidence, visit and stay with a multitude of people in New York, improve my health habits, and continue to design a lifestyle based upon my dreams.

My second goal that I just spontaneously committed to is to run my second marathon. I ran the Big Sur Marathon in 2001. On May 31st, 2009 I will run San Diego’s Rock N’ Roll marathon. Already this has been one of those BIG commitments that feels SO good. I feel energized and excited to plan and work toward such a positive and motivating event.

What is one big goal you could commit to this year?  What excites and inspires your passion and makes you feel alive? How can you make this the best year of your life?

May I be happy.

May I be well.

May I be safe.

May I be peaceful and at ease.


May you be happy.

May you be safe.

May you be well.

May you be peaceful and at ease.

Moments of Choice

Debbie Ford, author, motivational speaker, life coach and founder of Integrative Life Coaching promotes the power and impact of choice. Everyday we make infinite small and numerous larger choices. She suggests that the quality of our choices dictates our future and that our future is determined by the choices we are making right now.

How do you make choices? Do you operate on autopilot or do you exercise conscious choice? Do you choose by not choosing? Or let others choose for you?

These ten questions come from Ford’s book The Right Questions: Ten Essential Questions to Guide you to an Extraordinary Life. They offer support and structure for conscious decision making.

The Right Questions

1. Will This Choice Propel Me Toward an Inspiring Future or Will it Keep Me Stuck in the Past?

2. Will This Choice Bring Me Long-Term Fulfillment or Will it Bring Me Short-Term Gratification?

3. Am I Standing in My Power or Am I Trying to Please Another?

4. Am I Looking for What is Right or Am I Looking for What is Wrong?

5. Will This Choice Add to My Life Force or Will it Rob Me of My Energy?

6. Will I Use This Situation as a Catalyst to Grow and Evolve or Will I Use It to Beat Myself Up?

7. Does This Choice Empower Me or Does it Disempower Me?

8. Is This an Act of Self-Love or Is it an Act of Self-Sabotage?

9. Is This an Act of Faith or is it an Act of Fear?

10. Am I Choosing from My Divinity or Am I Choosing From my Humanity?

What might be available to you if you were to utilize these questions in your life?

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