10 Life Lessons From Albert Einstein!

As you may have noticed, I have been taking a break from this blog for the past few weeks…mostly because it has been sooo damn nice out and I have NOT wanted to sit in front of a computer for anymore time than I need to!!  During this time, I have started another 100 Day Challenge and have been wrapping up a 12 week Nutrition, Fitness and Wellness program called Eat, Play, Live Life. Amongst these things and the rest of life, I have been intentionally and unintentionally trying to practice the following lessons from one of my favorite guys! Paulo Coelho posted these on his blog and I just came across them on another blog I follow and decided to re-post as many seem to be doing…because he really did have it going on and it all is still so relevant!!

So before I get back to nutrition posting…. read through, enjoy and live the great words of good ol’ Albert Einstein!!

1. Follow Your Curiosity: “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”
2. Perseverance is Priceless: “It’s not that I’m so smart; it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”
3. Focus on the Present: “Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.”
4. Imagination is Powerful: “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions. Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
5. Make Mistakes: “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”
6. Live in the Moment: “I never think of the future – it comes soon enough.”
7. Create Value: “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”
8. Don’t Be Repetitive: “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
9. Knowledge Comes From Experience: “Information is not knowledge. The only source of knowledge is experience.”
10. Learn the Rules and Then Play Better: “You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”

 

10 Foods for a Healthier You!!

There are so many incredibly nutritious and delicious REAL foods out there for us to enjoy!  The following are a few that I think are very worthwhile to add into your Daily Practice!

Avocados:

This fruit’s healthy fats help with bone mass, increase absorption of calcium and vitamin A antioxidants, and are powerful anti-inflammatory agents.  The monounsaturated fats in avocados also have been shown to help lower cholesterol.

Almonds:

Almonds are loaded with lots of essential nutrients.  They are a natural fat burning food and are high in fiber which helps regulate digestion and gives a boost to energy levels.  They are also a good source of protein.

Blueberries:

Blueberries contain a ridiculously high level of antioxidants, of which the benefits are too mumerous to list, and they also boast a high level of vitamin C, manganese and fiber.

Coconut Oil:

Although it gets a bad rap in some circles for its high saturated fat content, we know that such fats can offer many health benefits.  The healthy saturated fat in coconut oil (otherwise hard to get…think breast milk!) can help balance the thyroid, aid in metabolism and help the body with energy production.  These healthy fats also promote heart health, help stabilize blood sugar and are an excellent energy soure, providing quick burning fuel.

Eggs:

Eggs contain quality protein, fat and important vitamins and minerals…most of the nutrition coming from the yolk, esp the uncooked yolk.  Don’t worry about cholesterol and eggs and some of the myths you hear surrounding that (over easy are better than a hard or scramble yolk if oyu are concerned about cholesterol).

Fish: (wild caught is best!)

Rich in important omega-3’s, helping to provide the proper balance of omega -6 to omega-3 fatty acids in our diets.

Leafy Greens:

From spinach to kale to swiss chard and broccoli, leafy greens offer a powerhouse of nutrients and fiber.  They also offer anti-inflammatory and cholesterol lowering properties and contain certain compounds that make them one of the best detoxifiers around.

Sea Veggies:

Sea vegetables are, pound for pound, the most nutrient dense food in existence.  They provide each of the 56 minerals required by the body for optimum physiological function and are one of the only known non-meat sources of vitamin B12.  Chow down on nori, kelp, arame, dulse, sea lettuce…

Fire Cider….Not Just a Winter tonic!

Recently I have had a lot of people ask me for my fire Cider recipe…which I am more than happy to share!  I posted about it on my old blog a few years back and then again this fall before the brewing began and it’s time to bring it back around!  Over the years, Skye and I have ‘made’ many people try it and more often than not, after the look of complete shock (cuz we often don’t tell them what it is) with their first sip….they come around and start asking all about it!

If you want a sweet and spicy tonic to fire you up, boost your immune system, keep you warm on the inside and just straight up charge you…here ya go!

Fall always begins with a batch of Fire Cider brewing and the brewing continues until the first sign of spring, though of course there’s really no need to stop brewing no matter what time of year. Fire Cider… other names include Cyclone Cider, Dragon Water, etc., is a sweet, spicy, and sour blend of zesty herbs. Traditionally the recipe included ginger, horseradish, garlic, onion and cayenne in a base of apple cider vinegar. Nowadays I like to add turmeric as well. It has been attributed to many herbalists over many years and now you see it listed as a must in any kitchen, apothecary, outdoor adventurist’s pack, hardy winter working hands, skier, snowboarder and anyone else who wants to shred all winter and keep warm or anyone you wants to keep their immune system charged anytime of year! I first fell in love with it living in California where I would devour it by the bottle and only until I noticed there was 1 or 2 gulps left, did I actually slow down and gingerly sip it.. until I knew the next batch would be ready. Upon moving back to the east coast and true winters…I learned of it’s true prowess.

     Fire Cider does just that! Fires you up! It gets the circulation pumping from the core out to your fingers and toes, it activates the mind and body so you are alive and ready for whatever comes your way! What’s the point of living in Vermont if you can’t continue to enjoy the outdoors through each and every season! It also keep you immune system in action and ready for what my come your way. Since when did a winter cold and flu become the norm?! Our bodies can be kept strong and ready so as not to succumb to the bugs out there…keep moving, get outside and breathe fresh air, sleep well, smile and drink fire cider for your health! The herbs I use today, mirror the traditional herbs utilized, though occasionally I will add a variation. Ginger, for too many reasons to mention, is one of my favorite herbs and I will say I do go a bit heavy here. The beneficial properties of Fire Cider are well rounded and varied. As I mentioned above, most of the herbs have some degree of antibacterial properties and circulatory stimulating effects…it is an excellent tonic to see you through the winter months, helping you to ward off colds and flus and also keeping your blood warm. I will only scratch the surface here of their benefits…

Ginger helps to stimulate peripheral circulation, keeping your hands and feet warm and your brain active. It also provides added warmth to your second chakra center, (ah that’s the loins by the way…!) which is always of benefit in these cool winter months! Ginger also aids in stomach issues including nausea and vomiting and sluggish digestion.

Horseradish, yet another favorite, has excellent antibacterial properties and is of much benefit in respiratory tract and urinary tract infections. It is also effective for promoting stomach secretions and is often used as a digestive agent. Turmeric…you’ve heard my rants about how everyone should be consuming turmeric, enough said! Garlic, ahhhhh garlic, what more need I say!

On to cayenne, which offers a more intense stimulating effect on the circulatory system than say ginger and is very useful to promote the movement of mucous from the body as well as acting as an anti-inflammatory, which often our whole body needs, both inside and out. So, all of this in a base of apple cider vinegar and bam! What you are left with, after a few weeks of patience and tempered desires to just open the damn jar, is a stimulating, fire inducing, antimicrobial, immune stimulating kick to the blood flow which will keep you warm, help remove wastes from the body and fight infection at the same time.

A Basic Recipe:

  • 1/4 -1/2 cup fresh horseradish root (depending on your horseradish taste buds)
  • 1/2 cup fresh ginger root
  • 1/4 cup of onion
  • 1/8 -1/4 cup of garlic (depending on how much you like garlic)
  • 1/8-1/4 cup fresh turmeric root

  • 1/2 -1 fresh cayenne pepper or 1 tsp cayenne powder
  • 32 oz Apple cider Vinegar (with the mother in it….Bragg’s is a great brand)

Place all of the above herbs in a glass quart jar and cover with apple cider vinegar. To avoid the metal rusting on your metal mason jar lid separate the lid from the jar with a piece of unbleached parchment paper…or don’t use a metal lid! Allow this yummy concoction to seep for at least 2 weeks or up to 3 months. My favorite results come after 6-8 weeks of seeping when the layers of ginger and horseradish have been allowed to fully unfold. The flavor will change as you go. Of course dive in at any point if you must.

When you have decided it’s time to dig in…strain the goods from the vinegar into another glass jar. May be kept out of the fridge as vinegar is a natural preservative. If your blend is to spicy or you like it sweet…add some honey.

How to Use Fire Cider:

My favorite way is to gulp, though since I know that’s not the best way…I advise you to sip! 1-2 tblsp/day is a great dose as a tonic. It can be taken up to 3x/day with the first signs of a cold or upper respiratory tract infection. Another way to get your daily dose in is to use it as a base for a salad dressing or to flavor steamed veggies. Fire Cider can be used externally as a compress for sore muscles or to aid peripheral circulation. So, gather your roots together and spice up your life!

New Snack Page for Healthy Snack Recipes….

Hey all!

There’s a new page to the site…Snacks!  I just posted a few to get it started and will continue to add more so keep your eyes peeled….click on the word “Snacks” above to check em out!

Today we got:

Sunny Robyn’s Sunnie Dip (awesome Onion Dip alternative from an awesome chica!)

Primal Energy Bars (a Mark Sisson Recipe)

Nutty Energy Snack (a Mike Geary Recipe)

Kale Chips (great way to get Kale in for the non Kale enthusiasts)

Guacamole  (our favorite over here)

Cucumber-Yogurt Tzaziki

Apple- Pear Sauce (healthier applesauce)

Go to the SNACK page NOW!