How do you expect to age?
It is so common to hear comments about age or aging associated with our state of health that most of us don’t even think twice about it. But here’s why you should, and why and how it can improve your health if you do.
Do you have beliefs about what it means to be 40, or 50, etcetera? Not just for you to be that age, but anyone? Are your beliefs about aging the same as those around you or do you find yourself thinking differently than most?
We have entrenched cultural beliefs around what it means to get older. And while we know that good nutrition and movement are essential to aging well, these cultural beliefs play an extremely significant role, too.
Considering that for most of human history life expectancy was in the early to mid-forties, where do these beliefs about aging in our 50’s ,60’s, 70’s, and beyond come from and how have they shaped our current experiences?
I am reposting this recipe from a couple of January's ago. These make a nice addition to a Christmas goodies tray, balancing out the traditional chocolate based options (not that there is anything wrong with high vibe chocolate) with a different flavour, and providing a super hit of nutrition.
Try these easy healthy, mostly raw, treats that not only taste good but have nutrients that will support your immune system.
Vitamin C from the lemons, zinc from the pumpkin seeds, Vitamin E from the sunflower seeds, and Omega 3's from the hemp hearts combine with fiber, iron, and magnesium rich dates to have your immune system and taste buds singing!
What's Halloween without peanut butter cups?! But Officer Reese has nothing on these. Satisfy your craving with a higher vibration version that doesn't have the toxic chemicals and neurotoxins that hurt your little globlins' health.
· 3/4 cup natural organic crunchy peanut butter
· 1/4 cup organic maple syrup
· ¼ -1/2 cup coconut flour
· pinch of sea salt
Chocolate Cups ~
· Approx. 200 grams organic dairy free chocolate (Camino Brand is Excellent), melted
· 1 teaspoon coconut oil
1. In a medium bowl, mix together the peanut butter, maple syrup and sea salt.
2. Add in the coconut flour gradually-- starting first with a 1/4 cup, then adding it in a tablespoon at a time until a “dough" forms.
3. Place in fridge.
4. Melt chocolate in a double boiler/ glass bowl over simmering water, stirring often. (You are going to all this trouble, don’t use a microwave and radiate your amazing high grade chocolate. Just say-‘in)
5. Remove from heat and stir in coconut oil.
6. Place liners in a muffin pan, or any candy mould will do. You may want to use 2 liners per well if your liners are thin.
7. Drizzle melted chocolate into bottom 1/3 of each liner.
8. Place a ½ teaspoon of mixture in centre of each liner, on top of the chocolate. TIP - roll into a ball and flatten to keep your final cups level.
9. Cover each with more chocolate.
10. Place in fridge until set.
11. Store in air tight container.
The calendar and the weather are in total agreement this week that Fall has arrived. Have you felt a difference in your body, mind, or emotions? Perhaps more tired, more quiet, more serious, more reflective, or more focused on a new endeavour? Maybe a scratchy throat, or headache?
We are linked with nature, and an outer shift in the seasons ignites changes within us.
Transitioning from season to season is often when we are susceptible to illness. Fall in particular is associated with cold and flu season, and often blamed on the extra or re-exposure to germs with the kids back in school and maybe our own return to indoor routines such as work or the gym. However we co-exist with millions of different bacteria and viruses on a daily basis, all year long. Is getting sick, really just all about germs?
Craving all things pumpkin now that Fall is here? Do you know what’s in that pumpkin latte from “you know where”? Well, there is a bit of processed pumpkin puree with the colourings, flavourings, preservatives, carrageenan, sulfating agents, and 50 grams (almost 3 tablespoons) of sugar (grande). Ugh, why not take 20 minutes and try this quick recipe instead? Then pair it with a good old fashion cup of tea. Ginger, or Chai maybe?
Imagine pumpkin pie filling circled in organic dark chocolate. That’s what these taste like!
Pie pumpkins are everywhere right now, and so easy to roast. Simply cut in half, scoop out the seeds and place each half face down on a cookie sheet. I line mine with some parchment paper. You can use a bit of avocado or olive oil along the rim of cut pumpkin flesh on each half if you like. Or use a shallow dish with a bit of water in it instead of the cookie sheet.
Roast for about 45 -60 minutes at 350 degrees, until soft. Once cool, scoop out the flesh. I freeze in one cup portions for easy baking whenever the mood strives over the colder months.
Organic canned pumpkin can be substituted.
If you have read other recipes from me, you know this is where I say, “Choose organic ingredients as much as possible”. So many chemicals are used in even the spices! It’s the only way to ensure you are getting the purest source of each ingredient you can. Don’t fall for marketing words such “Natural”. Read your labels. Why expose yourself to unnecessary toxins, carcinogenic, and inflammatory substances? Not to mention organic tastes better!