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Brene Brown interviewed by Oprah in a two-part episode of “Super Soul Sunday”

There is no joy without gratitude.

TED Blog

On Sunday, Oprah Winfrey revealed that she and TED speaker Brené Brown are “soul mates.”

[ted_talkteaser id=1042]As the pair sat down for an in-depth discussion on Super Soul Sunday — part one of which aired last Sunday, with part two to air next Sunday — they excitedly talked about many of the concepts which Brown raised in her classic TED Talk, “The power of vulnerability.” One interesting moment came when Brown shared a counterintuitive thought on what scares us the most.

“As someone who studies shame and scarcity and fear, if you asked me, ‘What is the most terrifying, difficult emotion we experience as humans?,’ I would say joy,” says Brown. “When we lose our tolerance for vulnerability, joy becomes foreboding. [ted_talkteaser id=1391]So what we do in moments of joyfulness is we try to beat vulnerability to the punch … We try to dress-rehearse tragedy.”

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Simple Sweet Smoothie

Spring is just around the corner (I think – its still snowing here in Montana).
This is a great time of year to cleanse your liver. A congested liver can affect hormone production and create imbalances in the body including unwanted weight gain. If you are not feeling well, have allergies, fatigue, anxiety, depression, menstrual irregularities, joint pain, rashes/acne, constipation, irregular bowels, frequent colds, palpitations or insomnia, cleansing your liver may be the ticket towards better health.
A great way to cleanse your liver is to participate in a juice cleanse. Or you can do a three day raw food cleanse.
beet smoothie
Here is a great energy boosting smoothie for a great way to start your liver cleanse as well as a great smoothie for pre-work out nourishment.

Simply Sweet Smoothie

  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 thai coconut
  • 1 cup beet juice or (1/2 beet blended)
  • 2 Tablespoons Pure Synergy or Vitamineral Green
  • 1 teaspoon bee pollen
Put all ingredients in a blender and voila! Superb!
Simple Sweet Smoothie
Beets are a blood tonic and are good for anemia, the heart and circulation. They purify the blood, alleviate constipation, aid the liver, and promote menstruation. Beets reduce vata and kapha.
A starchy vegetable, beet roots are high in natural sugar. The greens have notable amounts of calcium, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus; they also contain vitamins A, B-complex, and C.

Health Benefits of Beets:

  • Boosts Energy
  • Rich in nutrients
  • Blood purifier
  • Immune system booster
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Stimulates liver function
  • Natural colon cleanser
  • Supports capillaries
  • Prevents macular degeneration
  • Prevents cataracts
  • Natures viagra
  • Creates a sense of well being
  • Used as a stomach acid tester
  • Contains pectin polysaccharides for digestive tract health
  • Lessens tumor cell growth & contains betacyanins which counteract cancer
  • Source of anthycyanins, carotenoids & lutein/zeazanthin which helps prevent or even cure macular degeneration and other eye related issues.
  • Reduces cholesterol & triglycerides

Beets are natures viagra? Seriously? Yes, seriously! Beets were used by both the ancient Greeks and Romans both medicinally as an aphrodisiac and as a culinary herb. Medicinally, beets contain high amounts of boron, which is directly related to the production of human sex hormones. In addition the natural nitrates that would improve overall performance.

Go ahead! Give this beet smoothie a try! For great info on energizing beet juice, click here!

Why is it that one day eating a beet turns your urine pink, whereas another day and another beet produce magenta stool? According to nutritionist Jeffrey Bland, PhD., pink urine may indicate an iron deficiency while magenta stool indicates adequate iron. What color is your poop?
Inspiration has unlimited power,
Michelle
The beet is the most intense of vegetables. The radish, admittedly, is more feverish, but the fire of the radish is a cold fire, the fire of discontent, not of passion. Tomatoes are lusty enough, yet there runs through tomatoes an undercurrent of frivolity. Beets are deadly serious.
~Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume
Cleansing & Detoxification, Household Cleaning

Pineapple Bleach

Today, I am at home, cleaning house and taking care of loose ends, getting ready for my group Juice Cleanse that starts March 23 and raw food classes that I will be hosting starting April 3. The days are starting to get longer with it staying light later. I love it. Im thinking tropical oasis at my house!
Between the cleaning and longing for the warm sun I must be in a tropical mood because today’s post is about the wonderful pineapple! I have been meaning to make this post since June! I think that pineaple just might be my favorite fruit! I love to eat it fresh, make ice cream in my VitaMix, and dehydrate it for a scrumptious snack. The girls love dehydrated pineapple in their school lunches!

Fresh pineapples are wonderful, but what do we do with the rind?!?!?
Well, you could compost it but before you do that you could…
Make bleach, the best all natural kind!

To Make Bleach:

Take pineapple rind and put it in a jar.
Fill jar with water.
Leave jar out on counter for 24 hours to ferment (don’t tighten lid too tight, you don’t want it to explode).
After 24 hours, use fermented pineapple juice to whiten whites or even clean your bathroom!
To whiten whites just soak in fermented pineapple water for a couple of hours and voila!
What’s better than a gentle bleach that is safe for us and the environment?
After your done making your bleach, don’t forget to compost!

The delicious pineapple originated in Brazil, it takes 18 months to grow, and contains a proteolytic enzyme bromelain, which breaks down protein. Pineapples are a cooling food, wonderful for people with intestinal disorders, as it aids in digestion of starches and protein; as well as destroying intestinal parasites. Pineapple juice relieves chronic bronchitis and has a soothing effect on a sore throat, possibly because it contains the anti-inflammatory enzyme bromelain which literally digests foreign microbes or diseased cells in the bronchial tissues.
A person with hemophilia or those with kidney or liver disease may choose to avoid raw pineapple as it may reduce the time taken to coagulate a persons blood.
Pineapples are a symbol of hospitality and often appear in household art motifs. Have you ever noticed pineapples on brass door knockers or light fixtures?
That’s all for now!
Think warm thoughts!
Love,
Michelle
Gluten Free, Recipes

Stuffed Avocados

This is a post I wrote a long time ago for another website, I hope you enjoy it!
Stuffed avocados are fast and simple to make as well as easy to take to work to enjoy for lunch or a healthy snack!
Historically avocados had a long-standing stigma as a sexual stimulant, and were known by the Aztecs as “the fertility fruit”.
Avocados are also known as palta or aguacate in Spanish, the butter pear or alligator pear, is a tree native to the Caribbean, Mexico, South America and Central America, it is classified in the flowering plant family along with cinnamon, camphor and bay laurel. The name “avocado” also refers to the fruit, which is technically a very large berry! (I love berries!)
About 75% of the avocado’s calories comes from fat, most of which is monounsaturated fat.
Avocados also have 60% more potassium than bananas. They are rich in B vitamins, as well as vitamin E and vitamin K. They have the highest fiber content of any fruit. Wow!
The avocado is very popular in vegetarian cuisine, making it an excellent substitute for meats in sandwiches and salads because of its high fat content.
Nutritious and delicious!
This is a HUGE plate! There is no way I could eat all of this it was too filling!

Kind Refried “Beans” (without the musical side effects):
  • 17 whole sun-dried tomatoes, (soak and reserve water)
  • 2 cups sunflower seeds, soaked and drained
  • 1/2 jalapeno
  • 2 whole green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped and packed
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
In the bowl of the food processor fitted with the “S” blade, puree the drained seeds, tomatoes, and chipotle to a chunky “bean like” texture. (If you choose, save 1/4 cup of the sunflower seeds to mix at the end for an even chunkier texture.) Now place the rest of the ingredients in the bowl of the food processor, and continue to pulse until you reach your desired texture. It will be necessary to add a little of the reserved tomato water, and if you like it spicy use the chipotle water. Be careful not to use too much water, as you are looking for a consistency like refried beans or even ground hamburger.
Finally, taste your “beans” and adjust the flavor if necessary. When you are satisfied with the flavor, fold in the remaining sunflower seeds!
Just thinking about it makes me hungry!
Cashew Sour Cream:
  • 1 cup cashews, (soaked a couple of hours and drained)
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • if desired: 2 tablespoons chives
Blend cashews, lemon juice, salt, and just enough water to blend into a smooth kream.
Put sour kream in a bowl and stir in chopped chives.
Will keep in fridge for 4 days.
Use salsa recipe of your choice, have at least three avocados on hand.
Cut avocados in half, remove seed, you may choose to score the avocados for easier scooping. Then stuff with “beans”, add sour kream and salsa. I also like to add cilantro. Yummm!
Enjoy!
xoxoxo
Michelle
Healthy Mind, Inspiring Quotes

Painless, Not Numbness

Who am I? What am I doing? This is what most people struggle with. They have so much noise and distraction and soul pain in their life that they cannot experience the exquisite beauty of the inner experience of peace. The common tendency is that if you have a little bit of pain in your soul, turn the music louder, eat more food, take some drugs and alcohol…so you can go numb. Painlessness or numbness is not happiness, because painlessness and numbness do not provide us with meaning. We have a deep longing within us for connection with God…the more we live in alignment with love and the divine will, the more the divine alchemical process of spiritual transformation takes place so that we can be in full surrender to the Divine and awaken.
~Rabbi Gabriel Cousens, M.D.
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