Sunday, December 30, 2012

All you need is Love

Have you ever read The Secret?  If not, go to right now any buy it!  It is such an inspiring book that explain the secret of life.  For a few dollars  and a couple hours of your time, you can learn how to feel so good about who you are and where you want to be in life by simply using the secret.

This past Christmas. Andrew and I found The Power.  This book is all about how to apply the secret (law of attraction) into your life.  One paragraph in the book reads, "Tell the law of attraction what you love every day by singling out the things you love and feeling them.  Just think about how much love you can give in one day by feeling the things you love..."  This seems so easy, and it is, but it is even more amazing as to how good and loving you feel after just a few of these affirmations.  Part of living healthy is being loving and kind to yourself and those around you in order to bring balance to our chaotic world.

During this first part of the new year, when everyone is working on their resolutions, try to incorporate the secret and the power into your everyday life.  But more importantly, don't give up on it in February when many other resolutions start to fade away.  Keep pushing on and you will be amazed to see how your life will change for the better, even if you don't think it can't get any better.

Question for the day:  Have you assessed your 5 domains of health lately?  If you would like help with this, leave me a comment with your email and I will help get you started.

Luana ola!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Plant Roots

I am so sorry for taking so long to write up another post.  I promise to do better in the future...

Right now, I have so many books that I am reading/skimming through, but there is one that I picked up from the library that I just have to tell you all about!  It is called Plant Roots and is written by Rex Bowlby.

This quote from the book really stuck out to me:
"The bathtub is overflowing and the medical profession is there to bail water from the tub to the sink, soak up the floor with towels, and build up the sides of the tub. Certainly, those measures will help, but they will have no where near the impact of simply turning the water off"

It makes complete sense when you really think about it in terms of degenerative and infectious diseases.  Before I get into that, let me break down these two terms.  Infectious diseases are those that come on fast by a bacteria or virus and more than likely need to be treated with medication in order to be taken care of.  Degenerative diseases, on the other hand, are slow-moving diseases that deteriorate different parts of the body.  These diseases are mainly caused by nutritional deficiencies and/or an overabundance of unnecessary nutrients like fat, animal protein, and refined sugar.

That being said, the quote above makes sense because as a species, humans have created many helpful medications to take care of and even completely diminish, which makes infectious diseases less deadly for us.  Now that we don't have to worry about infectious diseases as much and are living longer, degenerative diseases are increasing drastically.  Since medication worked in the past, we have come to believe that medication can solve our problems in the present.  Well, we seem to be seeing that this is just not the case.  By taking medications for degenerative diseases like diabetes, certain cancers, MS, and many others, we are just masking the problem (or mopping the puddles if you will).  In order to simply turn off the faucet, we need to start eating what comes from Nature and is what our bodies should naturally consume:  plants of all forms.

Question of the day:
If you could live a longer and healthier life by simply replacing animal products with plant products (i.e. cow's milk vs almond milk, animal cheese vs soy cheese, meat vs beans) would you?

Luana ola!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Roasted Root Veggies

I am practically done with this vegan challenge!  I can't believe I have made it this far.  With a few slip-ups under my belt, I feel more confident and comfortable in this new way of life.  In these next few months, I probably won't be so strict, but I do believe that I will keep up this wonderfully healthy lifestyle.  I can honestly say that I have more energy and feel better about the nourishment I am feeding myself and Andrew.

Last night, I made a wonderful mixture of roasted beets and sweet potatoes with a side of pureed vegetable soup that was topped with steamed Brussels sprouts.  It was so good!

First, peel the sweet potato and beets.  Be careful because the beets will stain EVERYTHING!  If you want, you can wear rubber gloves to protect your hands from turning pink.  Next, slice in half and cut into thin rounds.  Once that is done, slice each of the rounds into match-stick sized pieces.  Put everything into a large bowl and drizzle with a bit of olive oil, thyme, oregano, and sea salt.  Toss to coat and put it into a preheated 375 degree F oven for 20-25 minutes, or until soft.

I had a bunch of cabbage soup leftover, so I blended that up and added a boiled sweet potato to add some thickness.  I heated that over the stove and added the Brussels sprouts.  To my surprise, the chunks of Brussels were really good with the creamy soup.  It was a dinner in vegan heaven!

Besides being tasty, I was so happy to eat a bunch of the food because I know it is good for me.  I felt healthy and happy after eating this meal, as I do with all vegan meals.  There is no weighing you down with heavy meats or dairy products.  I hope you try my recipe and see how much you can love vegan food as well!

Luana ola!