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There are so many times when we are so focused on what we have to do or where we need to be. One of the best ways to catch ourselves from being too “narrow minded” is to look ahead and then open up your peripheral vision. Look at all the space around you! What happens when your vision widens? It’s a good practice to remember. And, in the least, it brings you to the present moment enough to rest a beat and notice where you are. 🙂
~ Sonia

On this very blog! Check it out:

https://soniamcsweeney.wordpress.com/vegan-recipes/

We are now going to look at how you can be sensitive to the energy of strangers. In some respects, this is the easiest one. I had read people’s energy, of course, as we all do – noticing facial expressions, stance and how they dress, etc. It’s something a lot of us do without thinking – but not everyone. I think it has to do with looking beyond ourselves. Some people just read people as a means to their own end. They think people are reacting to themselves and that’s all they care about so they don’t notice how other people are feeling, of course.

So – for starters, you have to look beyond your own nose! You have to SEE people, even those you don’t know. Everyone has something worth seeing. That person is actually not responding to you. If you really approach a person with the intent to see them they will give you a glimpse of their true selves – even if it’s just a vibration or a feeling.

I think it has been a bit of self-preservation for me. I moved all of my life, switching schools nearly every year. When I was meeting new people, I was usually in a hurry to make friends and, so, I’d look for them. I’d look for kindness, funniness and I’d get a read in just a few days on who I’d like to be friends with. Sure, there were other obvious things like choosing people who were friendly enough to approach me and/or offer to show me around. But, still – it was clear who was genuine and who was not.

I organize several trade shows a year where I work. This past year I started to realize that I had some very clear feelings about people that I didn’t know. I think it actually began with a man who approached the booth and said nothing, actually. He was uptight to be sure but the anger eminating from him made me actually step back A LOT – like to the back of the booth. I thought that was pretty interesting so I decided to try and “read” people. Perfect venue, right? Here are actual strangers approaching me without me even having to go scouting around.

Sure enough, there were a few – not everyone – that had such powerful and distinct energy. There was one woman who smiled and had friendly eyes but her sadness was so strong I had the urge to stop her and ask what was wrong.

As I said, not everyone can read the energies of others and not everyone is “clear” enough to have their energy “readable”. Here’s how to try to see if you can! First step that I mentioned before is that you have to completely put yourself on the back burner. If you are at all concerned about how you look or what you want for lunch you aren’t going to be able to do it. Try to look past what the other person is wearing and doing. Try to look in their eyes. Then, you yourself put out a silent message of “I’m here – it’s ok to be yourself.”

From my experience… bingo. That’s all you need. Be sensitive to very slight feelings. Just keep practicing and have fun with it!!

“Most people assume that they make about 15 food-related choices a day. In reality, that number is more like 227. It’s not just a matter of choosing the soup or the salad; it’s Do I add croutons? Do I finish the whole bowl? Do I go back for seconds? Since we’re not always conscious of these decisions, we’re easily swayed by cues in teh environment – and the environment almost always nudges us to eat more than we really need to. The good news is that once we become aware of these cues, we can nudge them to work for us rather than against us.”

Quote from: Brian Wansink, PhD and author of Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think

 

I have to venture off the vegan path just far enough to enjoy my favorite dessert in the whole wide world… Key Lime Pie

Crust

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
6 Tbls melted butter
process together the crumbs and the butter and press flat into a pie dish

Filling:

1 (14 oz.) can of sweetened condensed milk
4 egg yolks
1/2 cup lime juice (about 6 limes)

Stir filling ingredients together with a hand blender

Put graham cracker crust in pie plate into the oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes

Remove, cool, and add filling

Place pie in oven for 20 min. (this step is only to make the eggs safe to eat)

Remove and chill for 6 hrs or overnight – you can tell when the pie has set and is somewhat firm

Enjoy with whipped cream – made yourself from whipping cream is the best!

Redefining “Satisfied”

I can only look to my Italian side of the family to see us all reclined at the table after my Aunt June’s five-course dinner plus wine. Leaning back with a big sigh, “Oh, I am so full – that meal was amazing, you are an unbelievable cook…” And, she is. I would feel beyond “satisfied” entering an uncomfortable, coma-like state. Like many of us, going out to eat is a pleasurable, social event – all the better with amazing food and drinks. Often, the barometer of “good” is feeling satisfied. Well, let’s look at that. When most of your diet is raw food, you feel light, clear, in tune with yourself, full of positive energy and feeling good about what you are eating. Now, that’s a way to really feel “satisfied”.

Feeling too full from overindulging is a great sign that you need to return to the positive, raw food way of eating. You just need to tell yourself a new story – redefine satisfied. Notice how your eating habits have changed as a result of adopting a raw food diet. And, congratulate yourself – look how far you have come!

Eating vegan cuisine can definitely decrease your waist size. It will also increase your awareness of life and your grand purpose in life. Even the chain reaction of your actions increases the greenery and life-giving gift to animals. In fact, it’s the only diet that will make you loose and gain at the same time! Keep up the good work!!

We aren’t dancin’ in the streets of spring just yet… How about a hearty, delicious soup?
Vegetable Barley Soup
1 cup hulled barley
1/2 yellow squash chopped
3 cloves garlic minced
1 small onion chopped
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped celery
2 Tablespoons olive oil
Roughly 8 cups of vegetable broth

Add olive oil to a soup pot and saute carrots, onion, garlic and celery until they just start to become soft – the onions will be partially translucent. Add broth, barley, squash and spinach. Boil for at least 20 minutes. You can judge if you need to add more broth. For vegetable broth, I use containers or a veggie bullion cube mixed with water.
Enjoy!! Then, curl up with a warm blanket and watch a good movie. Oh, and light a fire if you have a fireplace!! Ahhhh….

This list of 5 Heart Healthy foods is taken from Dr. Weil – notice that ALL of them are not only vegetarian/vegan but they are also raw vegan… Here’s to our health!

  1. Nuts, especially almonds, walnuts and cashews, contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. Eat a moderate portion every day.
  2. Whole soy protein. If you substitute whole soy protein, such as edamame or tofu, for animal protein each day, you can lower levels of homocysteine, a toxic amino acid linked to increased risk of heart disease.
  3. Fresh garlic. This medicinal herb may help lower cholesterol levels. Use one or two raw or lightly cooked cloves a day.
  4. Green tea. It provides EGCG, a polyphenol than may help to moderate inflammation and lower cholesterol. Substitute a cup of heart-healthy green tea for your morning coffee or afternoon soda.
  5. Soluble fiber. It has a powerful cholesterol-lowering effect. Beans, legumes and whole grains are good sources to add to your diet – aim for one or two servings per day.

For Reference:

http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/TIP03975/Heart-Health-Best-Foods-for-Your-Heart.html

I’m starting a 21-Day cleanse today and as part of the program… I have to give up coffee. WHAT!?!?! I love everything about coffee. I love the way it tastes. I love having something hot when I wake up. I love the smell and I love the kick I get from it to start the day. But, I have 3 or 4 cups a day. I have to also admit that it’s become a drug of sorts for me. No one can talk to me before I’ve had my first cup.

So – I’ll admit that today I couldn’t do a cold turkey stop. I had one cup and I had it with soy creamer and stevia and it was really incredible. Tomorrow, I’m going to give it up completely.

You know what? Already I feel like my body is removing toxins. Drinking all that coffee made my system very dry – dry eyes, dry throat – I don’t feel any of that today. OK – maybe I’m speaking too soon. I’ll keep you posted!

~ Sonia

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