Freeing Stress With Our Wisdom

After doing a three and a half day juice fast, brought on by Bill’s checking in and listening to his body last week, Bill shares how his listening and wisdom has changed some other ways he’s eating. Have a look:

So when we notice we’re having stressful thoughts, we can relax, slow down and check in. Our wisdom is always clear and simple. There’s no debate going on in our head telling us “This would be good, but what about that?” There’s an easeful “knowing”, nudging us to what’s our next best. We’re designed this way, that our knowing and wisdom is always available. It just takes a quiet mind to hear it. What an awesome Holiday gift to see that we all function this way!

And, what about the pulp from the juicing we did last week? Well this week we are loving crackers made from the pulp by adding seeds and flax. So delicious, really. We also make a thick cracker we call “bread.”  We use the bread for open face sandwiches with avocado, tomato and onion. Add a lettuce leaf on top and you hold it like a sandwich. Also hummus is great to dip the crackers in or use to make an open face sandwich with tomato and a lettuce leaf on top.

Baked Crackers Ready To Break Into Pieces

We love that by making crackers and bread from the pulp, our “cost of juicing” is less. And most important is that the fiber in the pulp and the flax and seeds feeds our microbiome. With a healthy microbiome, we absorb more nutrients from all of our food. And all that fiber helps with weight loss. Yeah!

Have a fabulous Holiday season. And we’ll see you again next week.

To Your Amazing Health,

Connie and Bill

Cracker Recipe

Bread Just Out Of The Oven

3 cups of Pulp from juicing
1 cup ground flax seed
1/2 cup pumpkin or sunflower seeds
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes or 1 1/2 teaspoons Mrs. Dash Extra Spicy
3/4 cup purified water (add more if too dry)
2 tablespoons white vinegar* (gives sourdough taste)
Ground black pepper to taste
2 teaspoons caraway seed

*Note: You can use Apple Cider Vinegar instead of White Vinegar. Apple Cider Vinegar will give the crackers a sweeter taste.

Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Let stand 10 minutes for flax to absorb moisture and batter to stiffen. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Turn oven on to lowest temperature 150º to 170º F.

On a large piece of parchment paper, press dough out to desired thickness. (Thin, about 1/8″, for crackers and thick, about 1/4″, for bread.) You can roll it out with a rolling pin by placing a second piece of parchment paper on top.

You can score the dough with the back of a knife or spatula so they have a uniform shape and size, and break easily after they’re cooked and cooled.

Place parchment with crackers or bread on an oven rack.
Place a chopstick in the top of oven door to keep open a crack so moisture can escape.
Bake 3 to 4 hours until desired crispness is achieved.
When cooked, let cool, and then break into crackers or bread along the scores.

Put in a Ziplock bag in the cupboard. You can leave the bag open so the crackers or bread continue to stay dry.

Unhooking Stress In Our Lives

We’re toasting you with a yummy green juice today. Bill’s been on a juice fast and I’ve joined in for some of it. Juice is such a super way to cleanse and nourish the body.

The newest books How Not To Diet by Michale Greger, M.D. and UnDo It! by Dean Ornish, M.D. point to stress as a major contributor to poor health and obesity in North America. So how do we unhook all the stress we feel in our lives? Check out our video for more:

Yes, our thinking, moment to moment, is how we amp up stress and also how we can unhook from it. Next week we’ll explain that even more for you. So tune in then.

Juice Ingredients

The juice recipe we made this morning is below. When you make juice, just trust your instinct for what ingredients to use. Today we used green cabbage, kale, and Romaine lettuce for the green part as well as many other veggies.And we added turmeric for its anti-inflammatory properties and cayenne pepper to add warmth. It’s always so delicious.

Dr. Greger in his How Not To Die Cookbook, has a juice recipe with raw onion. We’ll try that and let you know what we learned.

If you feel you’d love to cleanse your body, try a juice cleanse. It’s so easy and very satisfying. The release of toxins in my body feels so good. And in the “Past Blogs” tab above, scroll down to the Juice Cleanse blog and you’ll find many, many other recipes.

To Your Amazing Health,

Connie

Green Juice Recipe (Serves 2)

Juicing Is Happening

1/2 English cucumber
1 medium beet
5 to 6 carrots
4 Romaine lettuce leaves
2 stalks of black kale
1/4 green cabbage
2 inch piece of ginger
4 celery stalks
2 apples
1/2 lemon (cut half of the peel off but leave some)
pinch of cayenne pepper (stir into juice before serving)
1/4 teaspoon turmeric (stir into juice before serving)

A Holiday Gift For You

A new way to have great health and lose weight naturally, without any struggle. That is the Holiday gift we want to give to you. This video explains it more:

If you’re interested in the free six week program, just send us a note in the “Comment” section below and we’ll get back to you with more details. It all begins January 9th, 2020. We’re excited and would truly love to have you join us.

The recipe is very simple today. It’s Delicata squash, sweet potato and yams, quick to cook and full of sweetness. So easy to make as the main course of a meal.

Delicata Squash, Sweet Potato and Yams

Also, the salad has left over greens and broccoli from lunch. And I added some sun-dried Moroccan olives to give a flavor burst. All simple and delicious.

Dinner Salad With Moroccan Olives

 

To Your Amazing Health,

Connie

Steamed Delicata Squash, Sweet Potato and Yams

1 Delicata squash seeded and cut in half rounds
2 small yams cut in pieces
2 sweet potatoes cut in pieces
1/4 cup purified water

In a medium size pan add 1/4 cup purified water and the above ingredients. Bring to a boil, cover and turn heat to low. Cook until all are tender (approximately20 to 30 minutes).

Enjoy.

The Missing Link

This time of year we often overindulge and then regret it. It leads to unnecessary weight gain, unnecessary health challenges… in short, unnecessary distress. In fact losing and gaining, losing and gaining weight is a cause of frustration and anxiety for so many people. I’ve seen this cycle all through my 10 year career opening weight loss salons in the US and Australia and the 15 years Bill and I helped people lose weight naturally with High Nutrient Dense whole foods. So I’ve been searching a long time for the missing link that will give people long term success with weight loss.

And I found it. Miracle of miracles. I was listening to a series on weight loss with Dr. Amy Johnson and there was something different about her approach. It was about helping people change their habits without will power and determination. And what causes the proverbial Yo-Yo effect of dieting, but old habits?

So, Bill and I have become coaches to support people to break their old food and lifestyle habits that hijack our best intentions for better health and weight loss. Our video tells the story:

If you experience difficulties around weight or health, please write us with questions or comments in the “Comment” section below. We love hearing from you and learning together.

Simple Garbanzo Bean Dinner

The recipe is so simple and so delicious. I cooked Garbanzo beans this morning, came home after work and heated them up. Adding avocado oil, sea salt, ground black pepper and red pepper flakes made a delicious dinner. We served it with a big salad of lettuce, tomato, cucumber and avocado. Try this quick, easy recipe. It’s great.

Simple Salad

To Your Amazing Health,

Connie

Simple Garbanzo Beans

2 cups garbanzo beans, soaked overnight then drained and cooked in purified water to cover beans by 1 inch
Sea Salt to taste
Ground Black Pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
2 tablespoons Avocado oil or Coconut oil

Cook beans 1 1/2 hours or until soft. Add sea salt, black pepper, oil and red pepper flakes. Cook an additional five minutes for seasonings to infuse the beans. Serve and enjoy.