Sweet and Spicy Almond Broccoli

Carin Fredette

Is is so beautiful here in Vermont right now!!
The leaves are just starting to change into the most stunning, and beautifully rich shades of gold, red and orange. Father Time is gently reminding us that soon, it will be time to cozy in for the winter and concentrate on keeping warm and well fed.

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This time of year I like to start adding warming foods and spices to my diet, creating internal heat, and promoting healthy circulation as well as boosting my immune system.

One of my favorite meals to accomplish this is Sweet and Spicy Broccoli with almonds. You can make it quickly with only a few ingredients on hand.

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What you will need:
5 broccoli crowns cut roughly into bite size pieces.
1/2 cup of raw almond butter
1/2 cup of raw agave nectar
1T. Of hot chili flakes
Pinch of sea salt
1 cup of warm…

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You’re Not Getting Enough Sugar

You’re made up of cells; your eyes, bones, organs… all made up of cells. The food of cells is glucose. Foods that contain this are all types of fruit. Eat your fruit.

But the media keeps telling me that sugar is bad for me.
The media are right, but they are also very lazy. All unnatural and refined sugar is bad for you. Lazy journalists then throw fruit into these stories either intentionally or because they don’t know themselves and then everybody gets confused. Fruit or 100% natural fruit juices are not part of this “danger”. Here is a good, short article that clearly states:

“(One note: we’re talking about added sugar, not the naturally occurring sugars found in dairy and fruit.)”

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20809521,00.html

Yes but I have diabetes, I need to avoid sugar.
You need to avoid added and refined sugar, not fruit. If you have diabetes you must, at all costs, avoid refined flour as that spikes your blood sugar like nothing else. Really, nobody should be eating any type of grains. Just remember, grains are fed to cattle to fatten them up quickly, you think it has a different effect on humans? If you can’t eat a food in its raw and natural state, ask yourself why you’re even eating it to begin with.

Here is a fantastic short video that talks about sugar in fruit and how it even protects your body from sugar spikes.

Doesn’t fruit give you diarrhea?
If you don’t eat much fruit and you have a lot, you may get loose poop. But it isn’t the fruit that causes it, it’s your level of toxicity. If you continue on a high fruit diet and a big salad in the evening, your pooping will firm up very quickly every time so this proves fruit did not cause the issue, it was your body.

Fruit digests very quickly so remember to always eat it before any other type of food, not afterwards otherwise you’ll have fermentation.

Eat your fruit and when you’ve finished, eat more of it.

Don’t Choke on Your Newspaper

The media is not there to help or inform us in any way.

On one hand, this may seem obvious, yet on the other hand its very existence appears to represent the opposite, that the news outlets and newspapers are there to keep us up-to-date with current events, latest health discoveries etc.

All media outlets have one purpose and one purpose only and that is to make money. They have to? Yes, they do in order to survive, but it’s the primary goal. This is why we consistently see stories and articles that are often adverts. These are disguised news stories such as when, say, people refer to branded goods rather than using generic terms. This is not to mention how governments use the media to create and change opinions.journalism

I think I have mentioned before but the one piece of advice I give you is, read a headline, then before you get drawn into the story, ask yourself why this story is even being told. What goal will be achieved by its publication? The moment you allow yourself to be drawn into the drama itself, it’s virtually impossible to be as objective about why it’s being told.

Journalists, in my opinion, have a responsibility to ask questions. Yet as time passes in my life I see this less and less and now I hardly see it at all. The media seems to just regurgitate whatever story the highest bidder wants told. How many times do we hear and read contradicting stories such as a certain food is good for you, then it seems the following week it is bad for you? The obvious answer to that question is that the media are merely reporting what so-called experts are saying. No, this needs to stop. When a source contradicts itself a responsible journalist should ask, on our behalf, what is going on.

This isn’t a rant, it’s a reminder to firstly switch off the television as much as possible and do something more enjoyable, and secondly, when you do watch it, be aware of what they are feeding you.

Thank You

I never intended to use this blog for what I’m about to say. But I thought, heck, it’s my blog, I can write what I like!

We just received this amazing basket of organic fruit, organic medjool dates, a card and a crystal today from a dear soul that I counsel. 

I just want to say one thing to you and that is, thank you. ❤

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Your Name is Frank, and You’re a Girl

What’s the difference between believing something, and knowing it? Is there a difference?

Most of us have our lives run by beliefs, some people believe they need meat, or dairy. Some people believe the opposite. How are these set and how can we distinguish between believing something from knowing?

In my opinion, belief is replacing knowingness in much of our society. Individuals and sources of perceived authority feed us information that, because of the nature of that source, we believe it to be true. I’m not just referring to the mainstream media, or medical Doctors, I’m also including education. We believe that everything in our textbooks to be true. It must be? Right?books

Well if you want to work in an industry the degree or qualification you will study is designed so, with that qualification, you will be useful in that field. I argue whether the information is true or not, really is irrelevant. Not to mention that in just about every area of life fashions in how we do things change so however we do them today, will change over time.

I try and instil a knowingness in the people I help. I don’t want them to believe what I say, I try to awaken the truth that I feel is deep in every one of us. Because with that truth, once you discover it, you are no longer weak, nor confused. You have such an unwavering strength so strong that it will seep in every area in your life. If you merely believe in something, that belief can be questioned or replaced. This is not the same with knowing.

If someone knocked on your door, told you your name was Frank and that you’re a girl, (unless you are a girl named Frank!) how are you going to react? Are you going to argue with them and find your Birth Certificate to prove them wrong? No, you don’t even engage in the notion, it’s so absurd to you it naturally is not worth even discussing. You may even wonder about the person’s state of mental health. That is knowing! You aren’t stressed, you certainly aren’t worried, your core in unshakable.

Think about what you know, discover more of it. Remember that despite needing some beliefs in life, try to convert  them to knowingness. Most of the time, we only really know through experience. Don’t be afraid. Try something new rather than reading about it.

What is Detoxification?

We recently went to the International School of Detoxification Level 2 class in Florida. An incredible experience, especially meeting so many wonderful people.

Matt was one of those people. Here he explains brilliantly what detoxification is:

Make sure you follow his YouTube channel! Thanks Matt!

I Can’t Look Forward to Things

Before I write anything I need to apologise to those that subscribe to this blog. Last night we were working on the site and sent out a post which was not supposed to be published. As you saw, it was a very rough draft, full of typos and just some ideas for a future blog post. So my apologies if you thought… huh? 🙂

Recently I was having a conversation with somebody about Mindfulness, staying in the present moment, the now etc. They said that this misses the point of life because it essentially means that you cannot look forward to things. This response is quite common when people first look at this particular approach.

Another point that was made was that to be human you have to go through ‘ups and downs’. So if you’re stuck in traffic it’s only natural that you get annoyed or frustrated.

Both of these points are linked. Of course, nobody is suggesting that we can’t look forward to anything. We can and we should! The real issue arises when we use something in the future to miss out on the now. It’s like hating Monday mornings and looking forward to the weekend. If that’s how you live your life then you’re wasting five days out of seven.

You may not be aware of it but we’re stuck in a perpetual cycle in the time we’re living in right now. Consumerism seems to be ever increasing. We are all affected by advertising. Good advertising creates anxiety. It tells you that your life is not complete without this product. And the only way to relieve that anxiety is to buy the product! How often do you see people wanting the latest phone, or shoes, or something? On the surface the immediate response is, ‘why not?’ If it makes you happy and you can afford it, go for it. True? Well, again partly. The issue becomes that when you get this product nothing has changed in your life and whatever makes you feel down or takes your energy is still there. So what do you do? You then want something else. And so the cycle continues of endless buying and chasing and all that happens is that nothing is changing for you except you’re spending money.

The second issue is regarding feeling down. It certainly is part of life and something we should all experience. There’s nothing wrong with it because it’s natural. I do get annoyed when I hear “gurus” say that happiness is a choice and they fail to really explain themselves.

If you are stuck in traffic and you’re frustrated then you certainly do choose to feel that. The frustration is in between your ears, nowhere else. All you need is a shift in perspective. How fortunate enough are you to be in a vehicle and even be alive. Are there people better off than you? Most certainly, but there are others much worse off than you.

In my teens I was fortunate enough to meet a great bunch of people. Some had disabilities. During that time a number of them died due to complications arising from their physical issues. I’ll never forget them because the world is full of people that died far too young. What they would have given to be stuck in traffic 30 years later. This is what I think of when I am facing a “problem”. That is the choice you make and which determines whether you are happy or sad. It isn’t the traffic, it’s how you react to being stuck in it. Or sometimes I ask myself how relevant will this moment be in a year’s time? In this regard, the gurus are right, if you want to be angry and frustrated, then the only person suffering is you.

If a loved one dies then of course you’re going to be sad! That does not feel good to say the least but it’s a process we all go through. Sure we can also apply how we choose to react to the loss. We can remember how lucky we are that we knew them and all sorts of things like that. But do not fear feeling sad and distraught about it. You’re supposed to because that is what these feelings are for.

This all ties together when you realise that life can be looked at in a linear fashion. It begins at one end and finishes at the other. Like a piece of string (or a box a chocolates as Forest Gump once said). Every millimetre on that piece of string is a moment, a day in your life. Life is not about what you accumulate for ‘the end’ or the weekends, life is about right now. We have probably all known somebody that was looking forward to retirement filled with plans, then they died shortly after finishing work.

Don’t chase your tail, look forward to the weekend and your next big trip. But don’t forget today. The weekend will be over and sooner rather than later you’ll be back from your holiday. Use every day and try different perspectives. You can choose to be miserable if you like, but the only person who’ll be suffering is you. Be happy, there are plenty of reasons to be.