Thursday, October 16, 2014

Life & Forgiveness

Sometimes I find comfort in reading about other people's lives. Realizing that there are others that go through the same everyday struggles as me. Realizing that they aren't picture perfect and super talented. It's humbling. I'm not near perfect, who is? What is perfect anyways? There are so many things I would love to learn, and things I am working on as well. I'm working on this blog, trying to make it better every day, with upgrades and more posts. Obviously, this is the first post I will call a 'ramble post'. Usually I post informational content, but I am trying something new. I'm going to post actual blog content so my awesome readers can follow along with me and hopefully connect in some sort of way. I am also trying to work on my writing skills because I am attempting to write a book. Yes, a book. I can't disclose what yet, but if your on this blog, you'll love it! More details to come.

So here's whats new with me.
I started a new job. Mostly to save up money so I can travel.
Started writing a book, and am serious about it.
Began the process of making my own soap from wood ash and rain water.
Forgave myself for recent regrets.
Lost 20 pounds by cutting out processed foods and gluten.
Tried to join the Peace Corps, but was disappointed to find out you are dis-qualified if you are gluten-free.
Started juicing, loving it!
Clearly, some pretty cool things have been happening! I've also really been feeling the shift lately. This year has been such a strong year, spiritually, emotionally, mentally & physically. I feel it in waves, sometimes it's stronger and I am very conscious of what is happening. Other times I feel like I'm just skimming by reluctant to see whats going on. I like it when I am aware and awake. I find myself very introverted though, which I suppose is fine, and normal. During these times I reflect a lot on past experiences. I seem to understand them better and regret less. I also forgive, not just 'yes i forgive you', but truly, deeply forgive. I just posted this on Facebook, but I think it's a great quote "We don't forgive people because they deserve it. We forgive them because they need it--because we need it. We all need it." -Janis Joplin
I'm going to let that sink in for now, and see what kind of response this blogging gets. If it gets good response, i'll keep posting like this as well as my informational posts. Thanks for reading. Namaste.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Beets & Updates

So, I wanted to get a new post up proving I am still alive. It is not like me to take such a long break from blogging. I have been super busy with a new job and making plans for updates to my blog. I apologize. One main reason I haven't posted anything is because I am getting a new fancy camera and I want to post awesome pictures for y'all. I am also in the process of making some easy navigation upgrades to the blog and adding some great material. For this post I want to share some very cool information about a vegetable. BEETS! Not the Dr.Dre ones, but the reddish purple ones that no one likes!

I have read all about why beets are great for you, but never put them into action in my kitchen. Still too afraid to make the commitment, I found myself at my local health food store buying beet root powder. It's smell is earthy/dirty as well as its mild taste. Most use it in cakes or smoothies for coloring. Let's discuss some benefits of Beet Root!

Benefits of Beets: 

  • Rich in Nitrate, compounds that can improve blood flow and lower blood pressure.
  • Full of antioxidants, dietary fiber, magnesium, folic acid, calcium, iron, potassium, vitamins A, B, & C, Folate, Manganese & many many more.
  • Lowers Blood Pressure
  • Increase brain blood flow
  • Improve exercise endurance
  • Cleanse the body
  • Great tonic for the liver
  • A Purifier for the blood
  • Prevents various types of cancer
  • Helps your mental health
  • Contains Betaine: The same substance used to treat depression
  • Contains Trytophan: Relaxes the mind and creates a sense of well being

Ok so, lots of good benefits! Another thing I want to add is how it helps with stomach acid. So basically, if you eat beets and you pee and your pee is still its natural color then you have high stomach acid. If you pee and its pinkish, then you have low stomach acid. Cool right? Right. Well how about a little history on beets. They were used as far back as the Romans to ensure a long and healthy life. Hippocrates also used beets to heal wounds. The italians used them as an aphrodisiac! and India used them for infections and coughs. Are you going to buy some beets yet?

I finally used my beet powder in my smoothie, it was pretty earthy tasting. BUT I also used a TBS when I should have used a TSP! Big difference! 1 tsp = 1 beet. Keep that in mind! Happy juicing (if thats the road you choose to take). namaste!