Wednesday, February 12, 2020

What's Up Wednesday #77 - Holding my Inner Child



Medical Medium  has said that Compassion is the understanding of suffering. I feel that so deeply in my soul.

It's okay to feel the grief of not getting our needs met as children. It's okay to take time to process that pain. It's okay to feel anger, sadness, rage, grief, deep hurt, and any other emotion that comes up about it.


We don't need to prove anything to anyone. We don't need our healing to look a certain way. All we need to do is honor our own journey. To take all the time we need to slow down, to process, to create our routines to best support ourselves and our healing.

Who we are matters in this world. The proof of that is that we are still here. We are the light. Our healing matters. Self-care matters. Self-compassion matters.

It's okay to take whatever time is needed to be slow and deliberate and to heal. In whatever way best works for us. We have nothing to prove. It's not a race.

Our healing IS for us but it's also for the world that we take this time. Because as we let our light shine, as we give ourselves that compassion, we give others permission to do the same. And so we are all igniting compassion in the world.

And what this world needs to heal is compassion.

Give yourself love in the way that you would a small child. I like to put my hand on my heart and say, "I love you," slowly over and over, thinking of the child inside who needed a kind of love and compassion she never received. I can give it to her now. I'm here for her now.

Sometimes the emotions coming up are the child that needs love and compassion. The response is the same : Hand on my heart, "I love you," slowly over and over until I feel the release. The release that comes from being witnessed, acknowledged and loved.

Where can you offer your inner child love and compassion? What is coming up that needs to be seen, heard and acknowledged? Can you sit with yourself, breathe and send love?

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

#victorycheck Seasonal Affective Disorder [Medical Medium Healing]


 
I love doing these #victorycheck videos to mark just how far I have come in my healing journey since finding the Medical Medium information. This one was, like so many things that have healed along the way, a delightful surprise to say the least.

Usually by February I am in the darkness in my mind - cooped up all winter, uncomfortable, such a lack of sunlight, it really gets to me. I have been affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) for as long as I can remember really. Not just a little bit but for many years, by February I was ready to exit this planet. Even as recently as last year I was down in the dumps by February and Spring couldn't come soon enough. I'd be hanging by a thread most of the time, white-knuckling it until the green began to return and I'd start feeling human again.

But all of a sudden, this year was different. I'd just been through so much stress and turmoil, my adrenaline running for months, which put a bit of a slowdown on my healing as my liver again had to kick into overdrive sopping up the mess. But I did use the tools I have learned from the Medical Medium books, I did use all of the healing foods, supplements, herbs, meditations, angels, and support I had to get through that time. You'd think that by winter because we'd already been cooped up for so long that would have added to the usual SAD symptoms.

But there were none. This year, I feel calm, centered, content, and most of all, grateful. This year it doesn't matter what my circumstances are, I just feel happy to be here right now, with my family, in my body, going through my daily routines. Yes, I am definitely looking forward to spring for sure - to finally finding our house and being able to move in - but right now, I am just content where I am. If you have ever suffered with SAD, you know how incredible it is for me to be saying that IN FEBRUARY. And if you are someone who still suffers with SAD, I am here to tell you that there is hope, and you CAN heal - using the Medical Medium information in my life is the gift that just keeps on giving. If you are not already on this train, hop on, there is plenty of room, and we got you!
 
Thank you yet again Medical Medium for continuing to just work and work to put all of the information out there that we need to truly heal. You are a gift and a blessing. 

Has anyone else healed SAD using Medical Medium information? I'd love to know your story in the comments. 

Monday, February 10, 2020

Echota's Baked Pakora Three Ways (Recipe)


 

(This recipe is has a fat-free option, is oil-free, gluten-free, corn-free, soy-free, dairy-free, vegan, nut-free)

I get pretty bored of reading people's life stories with every recipe I'm trying to look up so I will leave you with only this: every member of my family loved this recipe, including my cat, who you see here trying to get some. (It has onions so he cannot have any though.) The sauce is delicious as written or fat-free. Everyone has different taste buds so you decide if ours match, but my family loved this, it is an absolute hit.

Echota's Baked Pakora Three Ways 

(Printable Recipe Here)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups garbanzo flour OR 1 steamed sweet potato + 5 steamed cooked potatoes + 1/2 cup arrowroot flour or cassava flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp garam masala or curry powder
  • 1.5 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp crushed red pepper
  • ½ tsp garlic powder or 2 cloves fresh, crushed garlic (I used fresh because I always use fresh whenever possible)
  • 1 head small cauliflower, chopped into small bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 steamed sweet potato
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup peas (fresh/frozen)
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 1 potato, grated
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 500F. Line a large baking with parchment paper (recipe makes about 3 large sheets of 12 per sheet)
  2. In a large bowl, mix together dry ingredients. Option 1: If using garbanzo flour, stir in enough water to create a batter, almost pancake-batter consistency, but a little thicker. It took me about 1 3/4 cups of water. Don't add extra water! Add the steamed mashed sweet potato and combine. Option 2: If using the steamed sweet potato/potato/arrowroot mixture, mash to combine and add seasonings and crushed garlic.
  3. Prepare veggies and then dump them all into the batter, mixing well to coat. I did the grated veggies first, then the finely diced onion, and the cauliflower and peas last.
  4. Using a tablespoon, take scoops of battered veggies and drop onto the well oiled baking sheet. I also more tightly formed them with my fingers and patted them down a bit to slightly flatten make make easier to flip when it's time.
  5. Bake for 8-9 minutes, then flip and bake another 10 minutes, until golden brown.
  6. Serve hot with Echota's Pakora Sauce (recipe below).

A third option if not eating baked veggies is to steam everything. Sweet potatoes/potatoes/onion first, mashed together with seasonings including crushed garlic. Then lightly steam the cauliflower and carrot and add, along with frozen peas. Top with the sauce and some chopped cilantro and mint and serve.

Echota's Pakora Sauce
  • 2 Tbs tomato paste
  • 2 Tbs water
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 pinky tip of fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp of maple syrup
  • 2 medjool dates
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon of mint sauce or 2-3 fresh mint leaves (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon red chilli powder, or omit if you want your sauce to be cool
  • 3 Tbs coconut milk or coconut yogurt (optional, omit for FF)
  • handful fresh cilantro, chopped
Blend all ingredients together. If you want to make this ahead to allow the flavors to combine longer, leave in the refrigerator for several hours, or overnight, to cool. I tend to make everything at once and it's still delicious to me and my family. Enjoy! Let me know if you make it, tag me on Instagram or leave a comment here, whichever works!





Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Corn-Free Tacos with Instant Pot Refried Beans and Pico de Gallo (Recipe) (Fat-free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Corn-Free, Vegan)

Taco weekend! For dinner this weekend I made my family a new favorite meal.

Because of corn allergies from way back, my son had never had tacos before - not in a crispy shell anyway.

But then Siete Foods made these taco shells. With zero corn. And the ingredients, while some of them aren't the best, they are okay as a sometimes food.

So I whip up some of my Instant Pot Refried Black Beans (recipe below), we pile on lettuce or spinach, homemade Pico do Gallo, and Miyokos Creamery plant-based cheese and voĆ­la! Tacos! And my son loves them!

I based my recipe on Foods in my Kitchen Refried Black Beans recipe, but I wouldn't be me if I didn't adapt it to my family's tastes (and the limitations of cooking in the RV). Although I must say that most of her recipes are already perfectly suited to my family's tastes, we LOVE her recipes in this house! So if you haven't gotten her ebook,  I highly recommend it! 

Instant Pot Refried Black Beans 
(Printable Recipe Here)
Ingredients (to start)
• 1 lb dry black beans, soaked in filtered water overnight
• sm handful Atlantic dulse
• 2 lg onions, chopped
• 8-12 garlic cloves, pressed

Instructions
1. Soak beans overnight, or at least 8 hrs.
2. Rinse soaked beans and add to Instant Pot, along with 1/2 the onions, 1/2 the garlic and enough filtered water  to about 2" above the beans. 
3. Add Atlantic dulse, select 'Steam' on Instant pot and turn the time up to 15 minutes. 
4. When that time is up, you can do fast escape on the steam. Then drain most of the cook water , but not all. Leave some in for the next round of cooking, maybe to the top of the beans. 
5. Add in the rest of the garlic and onions, and about 1/4 cup taco seasoning. If you don't have taco seasoning, add: 
Himalayan salt or sea salt to taste
6. Select 'Steam' on Instant pot and turn the time up to 15 minutes. This time, let steam escape naturally for 20 minutes once it beeps (let it switch to lo). 
  1. Use immersion blender to partially blend beans into refried consistency. Leave some whole for texture. Stir all together and they're ready for tacos, burritos, or beans and cheese! 
    Pico de Gallo
    (Printable Recipe Here)
Ingredients
1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes
1/2 sm red onion, small diced
sm handful cilantro, finely diced
juice of 1/2 lime
3/4 tsp cumin
3/4 tsp powdered coriander
1 Tbs honey
(optional) 1 clove garlic, pressed
(optional) finely diced red jalapeno to taste (1 tsp for me)

Combine all in bowl. If you can, let sit 20 minutes or so for the flavors to combine. 
For the tacos, start with the Refried Black beans, add chopped lettuce or spinach , Pico de Gallo, and Miyokos cheese. This would also be amazing with Medical Medium's recipe for Queso Dip and/or Medical Medium Raw Sriracha or Ash Foster Surfrider Sauce. And maybe some sprouts on top!

Monday, July 29, 2019

Money Saving Tips for the Medical Medium Lifestyle



I've been asked to do a video about how to save money on this lifestyle, more times than I can count. I finally managed to make the video! I hope it's useful. Did I forget anything?

I did! Holiday shopping - stocking up on supplements and tinctures during the holidays when these companies have sales!  Same for the kitchen items as well! 

Buying produce in bulk from the Farmers' Markets! Ask your local farmer if you can buy in bulk! A case of cucumbers directly from the farmer can be really cheap!

What are some of your best money-saving tips for this lifestyle?