Saturday, March 22, 2014

Ground Beef Pineapple Cashew No Oil Stir Fry


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Ground Beef Pineapple Cashew No Oil Stirry

Ingredients:

1/2 lb. ground 'pastured' grass-fed beef (95% lean)
1 inch ginger peeled and finely chopped
1 clove garlic chopped
1/2 c red bell pepper
1/3 c shallots chopped
1 tsp Braggs Liquid Aminos (optional - you can use salt)
1/2 c pineapple chunks
2 pcs. green onions

Procedure In Pictures:

Prepare the Ingredients.


Cut the pineapple into chunks.
How To Cut Pineapples Into Chunks



Get the ground 
'pastured' grass-fed beef out of the container


Open the stove.
Heat the pan on top of the stove.
Add the ground beef and stir until it is halfway done and you can see the oil coming out.


Add the chopped garlic.


Add the chopped onions.


Add the tomatoes and the red bell pepper.


 Add the pineapple 


Add the green onions.


Stir to mix


Add the cashews and the Braggs liquid aminos (or soy sauce).
Stir to mix.
Done.


The Finished Dish
Enjoy









Thursday, March 20, 2014

How To Cut A Pineapple Into Chunks

Mango, Kiwi, Strawberries and Pineapple
Fruit Plate


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Procedure:

Cut the top of the pineapple.


Cut a slice.


 Cut the peel off including the 'eyes'.


Cut it in half.


Cut into quarters and then cut the core.

 

 This is how it will look like when you cut the core.


Cut each slice into half.
This is the pineapple cut into chunks:


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Chai Carob Drink




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Chai Carob Drink

Ingredients:

1 & 1/2 c water
2 tsp carob powder
1 tsp Roma grain drink
1 T unrefined coconut crystals
1/2 tsp honey 
2 green cardamom pods
1 inch cinnamon bark
2 cloves
1/2 inch ginger peeled and sliced
1/3 c milk

Procedure:
Boil the water.
Put the water in a cup.
Add the other ingredients.
Mix well.
Heat to desired temperature and stir.
Steep.
Strain the spices.
Serve and enjoy.

Pictures:

water with cardamom, cinnamon bark and cloves



Unrefined Coconut Crystals


The ingredients in the cup


Carob powder in a measuring spoon

Carob powder in its container

Raw honey direct from the farm

Roma grain powder 
(made of roasted Rye, Chicory and Barley)


Roma grain drink in its container (brought from Wholefoods)




Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Chia Coconut Jackfruit Pudding



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Chia Coconut Jackfruit Pudding

Ingredients:
1 T plus 1 tsp white chia seeds
1/2 c coconut milk ('So good' brand, canned or fresh)
1 T unrefined coconut palm crystals/sugar

Topping:
1 ripe jackfruit sliced (if canned, wash it in water, then slice into thin strips)
1 pitted medjool date (or if using smaller ones use 2) sliced 

Procedure:
Put the chia seeds in the coconut milk with the coconut palm crystals/sugar.
Mix with a wire whisk.
Leave for 2 hour or more until it's gel like in consistency.
Add the topping.
Enjoy.

Pictures:

Putting the chia seeds in


Chia seeds in the coconut milk with the coconut palm crystals/sugar



Mixing with a wire whisk


Leave for 2 hours or more until it's gel like


 Topping: 
sliced jackfruit 


The finished dish









Monday, March 17, 2014

Weight Loss: Self-forgiveness for Mental Health: Hiding Weight Gain


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What is Self-forgiveness?
It is the process by which an individual forgives oneself for accepting and allowing oneself to separate oneself from objective reality, releasing positive and negative value judgments such as good or bad, right or wrong, positive or negative - as interpretations of reality regarding something or someone, to rather accept and allow oneself to have an objective look at reality - as what it is, with an increased ability to be stable as breath. 

Self-forgiveness Statements for Mental Health: Weight Loss

                                         Failure Through Gaining Weight and Hiding It:

=== Self-forgiveness for Mental Health: Weight Loss Click here to subscribe to my mailing list === I forgive myself that i have accepted and allowed myself to fear failure believing i should hide my weight gain because people will judge me as a failure if they know about it and wear clothes that are biggies so they will not notice my weight gain.

I forgive myself for accepting and allowing myself to connect this to a memory in the past, thereby living the past in the present, rather than being here, present, in every moment.

The stress that i am subjecting my body to, when i have internal conversations like this conversation below, for example, is not helping because the mind will feed on this and it will resource the body for energy, like a laptop plugged on the wall, (electricity flowing to the computer through the cable, from the socket on the wall).

Note: this is a memory

Me in My Mind:
'Can they notice that i gained weight? I know they will not, because this loose top hides it perfectly. I have to hold my breath to hide my stomach so they will not notice'.
Friend: Are you pregnant?
Me in My Mind:
'Boy, she is rude!' (fear reaction)
Me talking (reacting, but allowing myself to breathe freely, thankful, that i do not have to hide it anymore, because it is now out in the open):
'No, but i know i have to lose some weight' (fear reaction: embarrassment)

The fear reaction can lead to a physical reaction which leads to stress

When i am stressed, my muscles tense, my heart rate goes up and my thoughts race.

I know that if i release my value judgments through self-forgiveness, i will be more stable because i will remain here, present in this moment, as breath, and will not be reminiscing about the past and worrying about the future.

I realized that weight loss is about me finding out about the what food to eat and how much of it i should take
to achieve the weight where my body can have optimum movement.

This involves an objective look at data i gathered from my weight loss, weight gain and weight maintenance logs for example, to pin point what i ate when i lose, maintain or gain weight, rather than a belief driving me about what weight loss is and what it isn't.

I commit to stop and breathe and release the judgments i have about my body size and weight by doing a quick self-forgiveness when and as i see myself having internal conversation about being 'fat and ugly' in my mind within personal bias.

I forgive myself that i have accepted and allowed myself to desire to lose weight from a starting point of looking good and feeling good, so people will like me and so people will admire my new look, to stand out from the crowd,

Instead of realizing that i am creating a value judgment based on beliefs and it is for me to realize that this desire to be liked and to be admired is stimulated by my 'negative self-talk' within my mind that' i look ugly when i am fat' and is a polarity crutch that i hold on to, to be able to feel okay about myself .

This is an opportunity for me to look at why i do not feel okay about myself.


What do i feel inferior about?
Looking ugly, because i judged myself as inferior having seen the stars on tv and how slim they all are, comparing myself to them.

What will happen to me if people don't like me?
Nothing really. I will still be myself. I can use this though, to accept and embrace all parts of me and learn how to be self-intimate with me.

I realized that,  instead of having internal conversation within my mind about how i look when i am fat, i can look at 'fat' objectively and see that it's function is to protect the body's vital organs and instead of judging myself as ugly when i see myself gaining weight/ fat, i can release the positive and negative judgments through self-forgiveness, and correct myself by eating the amount of food that will give me the right amount of fat based from my own impartial investigation that will help the body to function/move optimally.

I commit myself to stop and breathe when i see that i am judging my body and instead of having internal conversation within my mind through negative or positive 'self-talk', i can correct myself by looking at reality objectively, see what the definition of the word 'fat' is - see it as what it is, as per its definition and how i can effectively support myself using that definition in changing my subjective view of reality.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Fruit Salad with Raspberry Citrus Chia Seed Sauce


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Fruit Salad with Raspberry Citrus Chia Seed Sauce

Raspberry Chia Seed Sauce
Ingredients:

1 c water 
2 T White Chia seeds 
(black chia seeds can also be used, and both kinds can be found online)
3 raspberries
juice of 1/2 small lime
juice of 1/2 small lemon
juice of 1/2 big orange
1/4 tsp fine sea salt 
(or to taste)
1 T agave nectar
(or your sweetener of choice)

Procedure:
Juice the lemon, lime and orange.
Add the citrus juices to the water.
Mix the chia seeds in the water and soak overnight.
Add the salt and the sweetener to the citrus mixture.
Add the raspberries.
Blend 
Drizzle 4 Tablespoons (or more) on your fruits

Fruits:
1/2 Asian pear
1 small fuyu persimmon
1 kiwi fruit
1/2 mango
3 blackberries

Pictures:

The white chia seeds in the citrus juice mixture


Getting ready to blend the mixture the next day 

 After blending all ingredients including the raspberries

The blended raspberry citrus chia seed sauce

Note: I will  refrigerate the sauce and use the rest of it as dressing.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Weight Loss: Self-forgiveness for Mental Health: Food


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What is Mental Health?

According to Wikipedia,
Mental health 
From the perspective of 'positive psychology' or 'holism', mental health may include an individual's ability to enjoy life, and create a balance between life activities and efforts to achieve psychological resilience.

My Expanded Definition of Mental Health
describes a level of psychological equilibrium which includes an individual's ability to enjoy life, and create a balance between life activities and efforts to achieve psychological resilience based on stability as breath, within a collective state of life where what is best for all is considered.


What is Forgiveness?

Wikipedia
Forgiveness
Forgiveness is the intentional and voluntary process by which a victim undergoes a change in feelings and attitude regarding an offense, lets go of negative emotions such as revenge, with an increased ability to wish the offender well
My Expanded Definition of Forgiveness
Forgiveness is the intentional and voluntary process by which an individual undergoes a release of positive and negative value judgments such as good or bad, right or wrong, positive or negative - as thoughts, feelings, emotions, reactions, back-talks and behavior regarding something or someone within an objective consideration of reality with an increased ability to be stable as breath.

Word Web
Self
Your consciousness of your own identity 
                                                                 
My Expanded Definition of Self:
Your realization that your identity is that you are a part of the whole, that is all life and that standing for what is best for all is what is best for all beings sharing this one life, and the realization that taking this stand is essentially what is best for you.

What is Self-forgiveness?
It is the process by which an individual forgives oneself for accepting and allowing oneself to separate oneself from objective reality, releasing positive and negative value judgments such as good or bad, right or wrong, positive or negative - as interpretations of reality regarding something or someone accepting and allowing oneself to have an objective look at reality - as what it is, with an increased ability to be stable as breath. 

Self-forgiveness Statements:

I forgive myself that i have accepted and allowed myself to be directed by the collective idea of weight, size, etc. that is impulsed through words by the media, the family, the society and the entire civilization - believing that i have to fit in their idea of what weight i should be and how i should look to be liked by all - to be happy

Instead of realizing that this is a partiality that prevents an objective consideration of what weight loss is about, where weight loss is being distorted within bias

I forgive myself that i have accepted and allowed myself to create a consequence outflow in the food industry where animals and plants are being judged as food items that is either good or bad that will either make me look good and feel good or will make me look bad and feel bad.

Rather than an objective consideration of what the size of the body is in relation to the optimum mobility of the body to perform its functions and the amount of nutrition needed for optimum survival, my decision to lose weight is about my own individual survival as myself being part of a particular group - my family, my culture etc. rather than my decision as an individual as part of the group where all belong, where i consider the well-being of all (humans, plants, animals , the body etc.) in my decision to lose weight.

Instead of considering my standing as a human that is part of life and the consequence outflow to all concerned - where the systems of civilized living becomes a system of mind patterns of beliefs, ideas, judgments etc. that i participate within It becomes a matter of my self-interest rather than a matter of collective interest.

Within my subjective assessment of what food can make me lose weight or gain weight based from my own beliefs about how i can feel good and look good the choice of what to eat becomes distorted with personal bias

I compare animals and plants and then judge them according to which one can make me feel good and look good rather than an objective assessment of plant and animal nutrition and how much of it the body needs to survive optimally..

The stress that we subject our body to, through subjective food choices becomes unimportant, because the emphasis is on how we feel and how we look. 

Stress being the body's reaction to a mind reaction to fear of eating so-called 'bad' food, the body undergoes chemical changes that requires readjusting to achieve homeostasis.

As this is going on, the mind is also busy using energy for its survival, as we think, 'I should not eat this food, but i have been craving for this food - should i eat it or not?'.

The energy that we get from food that is given for the body to use in performing its physical functions is becoming resourced to supply the mind with energy because of the conflict we create within our mind in choosing so-called 'good' food which is stimulated by our fear of so-called 'bad' food. 

'Good' food completes 'bad' food just like 'love' completes 'hate'. One cannot exist without the other.

Plants and animals are judged as good or bad and blamed as the cause of weight gain within a subjective consideration of  reality within our mind.

When i live driven by the community's idea of who i should be or what my weight should be or how i should look and feel, I am directed and is participating in an external  collective mind design that i accept and allow and therefore become a participant in the collective consequence outflow that can either be contributing to the general well-being of all - humans, plants, animals etc. or the collective degradation of all life on earth through subjective value judgment.

Is it possible to choose what food will give our body nourishment without 'stress'?

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