What Creates Cravings?

Do you ever have cravings for something that you know isn’t healthy, but you want it anyway? Interesting, isn’t it, how we can know what’s good for us and yet want, almost desperately sometimes, what we know isn’t good? Why does that happen, do you think?

Well, it seems pretty universal. We have yet to meet someone who hasn’t experienced this. So, we’ve seen that our job, if we want to help people get healthy and lose weight naturally, is more than just teaching what food and lifestyle choices support our bodies to restore health.

We’ve seen that there’s often a mental and emotional component involved in our food choices that can override what we know. That’s fascinating, and we’ve been leaning how to support people in becoming free of their cravings without will-power through a simple understanding.

This is an important part of the 6-week, online guided course we’re starting again on March 29th. Watch the video below to learn more about how cravings are created and what the new course includes:

Everyone who participated in the last 6 Week Course really loved it. One client shared this, “The most valuable thing for me was being introduced to this world of food I didn’t know existed and I didn’t know I liked. So good to have these recipes and know what to do. I really appreciate the personal coaching from Bill and Connie. And the way everything was presented was an invitation rather than a ‘have to.’ This made a huge difference for me.”

To learn more about the course, click on the “Classes” tab above and watch the video there. If you’re interested, contact us and we’ll answer any questions and support you to decide from your own knowing if the course is right for you. If you enroll before March 21st, you save $50.

The recipe this week is a Creamy Casserole creamed with homemade almond milk. Delicious.

To Your Amazing Health,

Connie and Bill

Wild Rice, Broccoli and Creamy Mushroom Casserole

Wild Rice, Broccoli Casserole with Cashew Parmesan Cheese

2 cups cooked wild and long grain rice blend
1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
2 tablespoons avocado oil
1 small onion, finely diced
8 ounce Cremini mushrooms, diced
1 large broccoli head, cut in small pieces
1 medium carrot, finely diced
2 stalks celery, finely diced
2 tablespoons arrowroot thickener
1 cup almond milk (Made using 1/3 cup almonds and 2/3 cup water. Add to high speed blender and blend until smooth.)
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

Precook the wild rice blend and set aside.
Preheat oven to 350º F.
In a large sauté pan, add oil, onion, mushroom, broccoli, carrot and celery and cook until tender.
Sprinkle the arrowroot into the vegetables and stir to incorporate it. Cook for another minute or two.
Add the vegetable broth and bring to a boil.
Add the cooked rice and almond milk, stirring to combine.
Continue cooking until it thickens and season with sea salt and pepper.
Fill an 8 inch X 8 inch casserole dish and bake for 20 minutes.
Remove from oven and top with Cashew Parmesan Cheese (recipe here) and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
The casserole is even better the next day and reheats well.

Your Well of Awesomeness

Have you ever noticed that when you’re really settled, there’s a kind of clarity and ease about what’s next to do? We have. Anything from what to eat to whether to take a trip overseas. It just comes through crystal clear. And you know it’s right. No need to analyze and evaluate. You just know.

Have you experienced that? Where do you think this comes from? We sometimes refer to this inner knowing as coming from a well of awesomeness.

This well of awesomeness is who we are, and we have direct access to it when we’re relaxed and settled. It’s our source of wisdom that can lead us to innate health and well-being. Get curious about your well of awesomeness and experience this great gift that is always giving. Join us to learn more:

So relax, let your mind settle and let your well of awesomeness nudge you to eat the foods that allow your body to thrive, and to let your life be led by deeper wisdom.

The recipe today was inspired by our friend Wendi. It’s all about beans, brown rice and peppers. The peppers give the beans a sweet, deep flavor. Yummy, yes!

Beans, Rice, Cilantro And Peppers Ready To Cook

To Your Amazing Health,

Connie and Bill

White Beans And Peppers Recipe

Cooked Beans, Rice And Peppers

1 14 ounce can white beans, drained
1 cup cooked brown rice
2 jalapeño peppers, sliced in diagonals
1 red pepper, cut in triangles
1 yellow pepper, cut in triangles
1 green pepper, cut in triangles
1 bunch cilantro, leaves and upper stems chopped
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Ground black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon avocado oil

Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add all the other ingredients and stir.Cook until peppers are soft. Serve and enjoy.

Circumstances Are Neutral

The more we understand the nature of the mind, and that we are always experiencing our moment to moment thinking, we see that circumstances are neutral. What gives circumstances life and flavor is the meaning we give to them.

Think of a debate, a political debate or a “family feud”. Two very different points of view about the same topic or incident. So, what if circumstances and topics are inherently neutral and it’s our thinking about them that gives them the meaning and importance they hold in our lives?

What kind of impact could this understanding have on our health? Take a few minutes to watch this week’s vlog to explore it more.

The recipe today is baked chickpeas with a Za’atar seasoning. We love having baked chickpeas around for a snack or to add to salads. Today’s recipe uses a Za’atar flavor base, which is a traditional Middle Eastern seasoning and gives a very herbal taste. It’s yummy. I always love variety and this flavor would be wonderful to top salads or dark leafy greens. Enjoy!

Baked Chickpeas with Za’atar

To Your Amazing Health,

Connie and Bill

Za’atar Flavored Baked Chickpeas

1 28 ounce can chickpeas, drained
1 tablespoon avocado oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 1/2 tablespoon za’atar seasoning

Add the oil with the spices to a large bowl and mix thoroughly. It makes a stiff paste.

Add the drained chickpeas and mix well so all the beans are evenly coated.

Lay parchment paper over a large baking pan and spread out the chickpeas.

Roast the chickpeas for 30 minutes stirring or shaking the pan every 10 minutes. A few chickpeas may pop. This is normal. The chickpeas are done when golden and crispy on the outside.

To make your own Za’atar:
1 tablespoon roasted sesame seeds
1/4 cup sumac (found at a Middle Eastern food store)
2 tablespoons dried thyme
2 tablespoons dried marjoram
2 tablespoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon group black pepper

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend to combine. Store in a glass jar or plastic bag.

Life Is Inside Out Not Outside In

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.

Mushroom Gravy

Give it a try and enjoy it’s deep, rich flavors.

To Your Amazing Health,

Connie and Bill

Mushroom Gravy

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.