Research has shown that 80-90% of all diseases have a stress related component to them. Knowing this, we have looked for a way to support others to live with less stress in their lives and be healthier for it.
A couple of years ago we came across an understanding that takes a lot of the stressful aspects of circumstances out of our lives, and, boy, what a difference it’s made.
A key to this is understanding more about how life really works. For example, when something happens like we lose our job, the concern, anxiety or even depression (stress) we feel seems to be caused by losing the job. But, I’ve known people who have lost their job and they felt relieved. So, how can that happen?
Because the feelings we have come right on the heals of the circumstance, it looks like life happens from the outside-in. That a circumstance like losing my job creates the feelings I experience. It seems that what happens on the outside creates what I experience on the inside. But what seems to be a deeper truth is that life happens from the inside-out.
What if the feelings I have when I lose a job are completely related to the way I am thinking about losing my job? That could explain how it is that I could feel depressed or relieved by that same circumstance. What if it’s what I’m thinking, what I’m making it out to mean that’s creating my experience?
We’ve started asking ourselves this and it’s been a wonderful and very insightful exploration. We invite you to join us in the video to learn more:
It’s so amazing to begin to see that it’s our moment to moment thinking, not circumstances that determines our experience. And as we see this more, we find we aren’t trying to change and manage everything in our lives so much in order to feel better. That’s a big relief… and a lot less stress!
Today’s recipe is mushroom gravy. We use it on sweet potatoes or red skin potatoes and it creates a delicious main course. We always add a big salad or steamed dark leafy greens and veggies to complete our meal.
Give it a try and enjoy it’s deep, rich flavors.
To Your Amazing Health,
Connie and Bill
12 mushrooms (crimini is our favourite), sliced or diced
1 onion, diced
4-5 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon avocado oil
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
3 tablespoons tamari (add more before serving if needed)
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
5 cups water
3 tablespoons kuzu*
Optional: 1 teaspoon sage or Mrs. Dash Extra Spicy
Add oil, salt, mushrooms, onion and garlic to a large frying pan. Cook on medium heat until onions are transparent.
Add tamari, black pepper and water and bring to a slow boil.
When boiling, add kuzu to a small bowl or measure cup with 3 tablespoons of water and mix well to dissolve completely.
Slowly pour the kuzu mixture into the boiling liquid, stirring as you pour. Keep stirring until the liquid is clear and thickened. 3-5 minutes.
Taste and adjust the saltiness with more tamari if needed.
* kuzu, also known as kudzu, is a thickener commonly used in Japanese and Macrobiotic cooking. It is from the root of the kuzu plant. It has many healthy benefits including being a digestive aid. It can be found in most health food stores. You can also use arrowroot or even corn starch as a substitute.