Learn What Wellness Means for You

This section of the website is a hodge podge of information that can give you ideas about things to try to help you discover what foods and activities are LOVED by both you and your body and get you on the path to wellness.  My personal journey has led me to a plan that most closely resembles the Paleo philosophy, so you can find a lot of paleo recipes here.  It is also lovely to experiment with essential oils and other things that are very close to nature and therefore close to life source, from which all wellness comes.  Students in the Be Happy And Grow Thin VIP program receive more focused wellness information and nutritional and lifestyle guidance.  So have fun poking around and see what you can learn.  Remember, your own level of wellness is a direct reflection of your level of awareness.  Pay attention to what you’re paying attention to.

Zucchini Patties

Zucchini Patties
Ingredients
4 large zucchini
2 eggs
½ cup almond flour
1 TBS salt
¼ tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
1-2 TBS ghee
1-2 TBS coconut oil

Directions.
Grate or shred the zucchini into a large bowl. I used a box grater but a food processor would work too. Sprinkle the salt over the grated zucchini and mix well. Walk away and let this sit for at least 10 minutes. The salt is leaching the moisture from the zucchini. After 10 minutes or more, drain the zucchini, wrap up in cheesecloth or thin dish towel and squeeze as much of the liquid out as you can. (Sorry for the fuzzy photos.) If you have time, you can hang it to drain, or just really keep squeezing. The drier you get the zucchini, the easier the patties are to make.

While the zucchini is in the cloth, add the eggs, garlic powder and cayenne to the bowl and beat the eggs well.

When you have the zucchini as dry as you can get it, add it back to the bowl and mix everything together well.

After everything is combined, add the almond flour and mix well until you have a dense dough-like mixture.

Add about 1TBS ghee and 1 TBS coconut oil to your pan over medium-low heat. Carefully mold about ¼ cup of the dough into a patty, gently place in pan and leave it for 3-4 minutes until it holds together easily and can be flipped. I could fit about 4 at a time in my pan. Remove to a paper towel to drain for just a moment. Enjoy!
I continued to remove water from the batter with paper towels, moving the batter up the sides of the bowl as shown in the photos.

Accidental Art – having fun being beautiful

9604254A couple of years ago I got interested in essential oils, herbs, making my own bath products and teas. Due to a sale on bulk herbs I found myself with a lot of left over herbs that were just getting older. I decided to grind a bunch of them up and make my own facial mask/scrub and this lovely artful jar was the accidental result. What you see is not sand art, but layers of lovely herbs and other ingredients. Chamomile, rose buds, lavender flowers, oatmeal and french green clay. The result was a lovely smelling and very scrubby mask. Not perfect, not the greatest texture, but that’s the beauty! I took an idea, ran with it, let my creative side play and had a ball! Now, I can learn from this start and make changes and play and play and play! That’s what it’s all about. Learning that your “stuff” the health, wealth, love, beauty and happiness you crave are right there waiting for you, along the path of joy. Finding the joy in this very moment is the key to making sure your next moment is also full of joy. And your next and your next and your next. This site is a place to share the things I find that work for and resonate with me, but mostly it is to teach you how to find YOUR joy; what makes YOUR body glow and YOUR heart sing?

 

Adventures in Essential Oils

7577262My newest fun times with essential oils! This little diffuser was very inexpensive and it’s such fun to play with. Last night, we all felt a little frenetic and a little anxious, so I used Lavender and Orange oil. And we had a great night!

This morning, I wanted energy and mental clarity, so I used 5-6 drops each of Rosemary, Clary Sage and Grapefruit. Seems to be working; I’ve had a very productive morning! 🙂 AND it smells just wonderful!

In this area, like cooking, gardening and everything else, I like to gather some information and get a little guidance and then just start playing and experimenting. I get a lot of joy from this. I make all of my bath products, except for shampoo. Haven’t mastered that one yet. 🙂

Any resources to share or comments to make? I would LOVE to hear them. Have a great smelling day!

UPDATE! If you like the warmth of a diffuser with a tea light, how great would it be if one tea light would last all day! At least all of the work day. 😉 These candles last 6-8 hours. Must have!
Richland Tealight Candles Extended Burn 7 Hour White Unscented Set of 100.

The Primal Lifestyle! Real food. Real life. Real Happy!

601687Super Breakfast!
2 oz. grass-fed rib-eye, 2 eggs fried in red palm oil and buttery crepe; served on a bed of baby spinach with sliced Cherry Tomatoes! Delicious, nutritious, easy. REAL food for real bodies!

Red Palm oil is magical! Read why here.
Buy here.

 

 

Primal low carb Crepe Recipe

879757Ingredients
6 free range eggs
1 cup coconut milk*
1 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar.
2 TBS Butter or ghee melted (plus extra for pan)
1/4 cup coconut flour (or almond flour)
1 TBS arrowroot powder
1/2 tsp salt

*The thick kind of coconut milk that comes in a can. You can also use heavy whipping cream or half and half.

Mix eggs, coconut milk and apple cider vinegar together in a medium to large bowl. Just use a whisk! It’s not a thick batter, you’ll get a little movement and have easier clean up. Of course you can use a mixer if you like. Stir in melted butter.

Sift coconut flour, salt and arrowroot powder into the mixture and stir well. Let this sit for 5-10 minutes to let the coconut (or almond) flour absorb all the liquid it can.
In a small saute or crepe pan**, melt a small amount of butter. I like to use a pastry brush to coat the pan, as you will have to re-coat after each crepe.

When your pan is heated, low to medium low heat, pour 1/8 cup of batter in the pan, swirling it so the batter reaches all edges. When the edges start to brown, (about 2 minutes) gently flip with a large, buttered spatula. If it sticks or folds, give it just a little more time. It might take you a couple of tries to get the temperature and time right, but don’t throw out any broken or torn pieces. They’re delicious! Cook second side 1-2 minutes, then slide onto a plate. Add butter to pan with pastry/basting brush and repeat until all the batter is gone.

Makes 20-25 crepes, around 1/2 carb for each one. If you know what you’re using the crepes for, feel free to add some stevia and spices or garlic powder……. whatever will go with your plans for them. I keep these in the fridge to use for quick meals, and they make a great “noodle” for lasagna. Just slice into strips. Or for primal enchiladas. I fill them with scrambled eggs, or hamburger ingredients, or just butter, honey and toasted almonds for a sweet treat. For a low carb snack, mix stevia with softened cream cheese, (or my blueberry cream filling) spread on a warmed crepe, sprinkle with toasted slivered almonds, roll and enjoy! Saute fruit in butter, top with full fat Greek yogurt…… the possibilities are endless.

I use a green ceramic pan, but any non-stick pan will do. The crepes will stick to stainless steel. This is the one I want, as soon as I save up! Avoid Teflon at all costs.

Magic Mate Latte”

3015843This hot tea is so satisfying and tasty and good for me! I like to have a cup or two before lunch. You can find all of these ingredients at great prices at Thrive Market! The links in the ingredients are where to buy. The links below the recipe are for information and research.

INGREDIENTS (For each cup)
Yerba Mate tea
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground turmeric.
1/2 package SweetLeaf Stevia (more or less to taste)
2 TBS coconut milk

Brew Yerba Mate according to package instructions. I like to use the loose leaf tea and make it in a French Press, but I also have the tea bags for traveling, picnicking and being lazy. (I tried the traditional gourd method and I was way too clumsy.) Stir the ginger, cinnamon, turmeric and stevia into the hot tea, then add coconut milk. Enjoy! This would probably be even better with fresh ginger and cinnamon sticks. If I figure out how to do that I’ll let you know.

Here are the reasons why this is such a healthy drink. I believe Yerba Mate has an appetite suppressing effect and I KNOW that it gives me a little boost of gentle energy, with no caffeine-like jitters or let down. Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory, as well as having a long list of other health benefits. I add it to lots of things and even sometimes take it in capsule form to make sure I’m getting plenty. Cinnamon is a powerful antioxidant and tastes wonderful. Ginger aids in digestion, among other great benefits. And coconut milk, well it’s just plain awesome; a fabulous substitute for milk or cream and my body really loves it.

Taking the time to brew up a cup of this before lunch gives me time to reflect on what to have for lunch and makes it a smaller meal.

What’s your tradition? Namaste’

Easy Cheese Chips – Low-carb snacking!

8080059I have tried a lot of recipes for cheese chips and they all call for grated cheese. Well I don’t like to buy my cheese already grated, and I often have tendencies towards laziness and don’t feel like grating my own. One day, I really wanted chips to have with salsa and avocados and sour cream. I don’t eat or buy tortilla chips, so I set out to make some cheese chips. I had left-over little squares of cheese from a party the night before, and I decided to try just using them like that. And Voila’! A new and easy recipe was born. Today I used parmesan, but you can use any cheese you like. The wetter or softer the cheese, the more they will spread out, so leave extra room. All of the white, harder cheeses, like Parmesan, Asiago, Romano and Fontinella work great. I have also used aged cheddar, muenster…. any cheese you choose.

 

parmesanPARMESAN GARLIC CHEESE CHIPS
INGREDIENTS
Parmesan cheese
Garlic powder
(optional)
Cut small, thin slices of cheese. The size doesn’t matter, just make sure to leave enough room between them for expansion. And don’t make them too thick or they will be too soft and gooey. Larger slices will make larger chips. Place them on parchment paper on a cookie sheet. If you choose, sprinkle them with garlic powder or any other seasoning you like, or just leave them plain. They’re cheese!!! They’re delicious all by themselves! I made these in a toaster oven for a snack. 8 minutes at 400 degrees. If you’re making a lot and using the oven, preheat to 400, then bake for 5-9 minutes, watching closely. When the edges start to brown and get crispy, they’re done. Yellow cheeses turn browner than white cheeses

I shot this video with my iPhone and I’m clearly no videographer, but it does the job. Two jobs actually. My friend believes that I do something making mayonnaise that isn’t in my instructions, so she wanted me to video tape it to see. Fedex was finally able to get at least as far as my mailbox to deliver Avocado oil, I wanted to make mayonnaise, I needed to do a video progress report, so here they all are. This mayonnaise is delicious and doesn’t have the icky oils and preservatives that jarred mayonnaise does. It’s great on sandwiches or as a base for salad dressing, or in chicken salad…… any way you would use regular mayonnaise and more, because it’s just that tasty. Filming the “body” part, showing evidence of the 15 lbs banished is my LEAST favorite part, but I do it for you, so you’re welcome!

Love your body, love yourself and have a wonderful weekend! Namaste’.