.:Meditation:.

More often than not we all get caught up in our worries about the future–whether it’s about our children, finances, or upcoming projects due in the office.  And I think too, we get lost in our regrets of the past– things we didn’t do, forgot to do, or simply things we did wrong. 

That’s why meditation is such a critical component to life.  The reflective parts of our life– is very similar to prayer. It really facilitates awareness in the “here and now” moments.  Enabling us to feel free and relaxed.  And actually (just a side note) meditation is probably more important in this day and age, because of our exposure to technology.  We are multi-tasking now more than ever before and it’s hindering our brains from fully processing and focusing.  Basically our attention spans are down right shitty.  Don’t you think? Mine sure is. 

 

There are numerous values I want McKinley and Cora to learn, but the truth is– I need to practice and refresh my own meditative state on many of these values in order to teach them properly.  So, I’m going to dedicate each day for the next 6 weeks to a particular value or moral idea and meditate about them. I will be writing about my process and reflective states– if you would like to join along please do!  And make sure to comment below on your own journey.

And, If you haven’t already, please check out my mediation cards (made to order) in my etsy shop for your own personal deck of meditation cards by clicking here ThingsByG 

   

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Collard Green & Potato Hash Wraps

Whether you are starting the New Year with weight loss goals or healthier meal choices  this is the recipe for you and your family. These wraps are a healthy kid friendly meal! The hash is adapted from Nourishing Meals and the black bean salsa from my sister-in-law! Together they make for a powerful palette 🙂

*Gluten Free & Dairy Free *

Servings: 10

Ingredients:

Hash:

  • 3 cups Yukon gold or little yellow Potatoes (anything will work) diced into small chunks
  • 2 cans black beans (drain well and cook separate to begin)
  • 1 head a collard greens (peel off and cut off ends)
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 3 tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 1-2 teaspoons of Chipotle chilli powder
  • 1-2 teaspoons of oregano
  • 1/2 dozen eggs (cooked separate – scrambled eggs)
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • Salt & Pepper

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  •  1 avocado
  • Pico de gallo
  • 1/4 red onion diced
  • 1 lime (squeeze the juices!)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of mayo

Black bean Salsa: 

  • 1 can black beans
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 2 stalks of green onions
  • 1 lime squeezed
  • 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of Agave

Directions:

1. An hour before you are ready to cook dinner, put all the black bean salsa ingredients into a bowl and mix together.  Then let it sit in the fridge.   (When cutting up cilantro for salsa chop up extra ahead of time for the hash and leave aside)

2. Heat up onions for the Hash in a sauce pan and sautee for 5 minutes. Add in potatoes, oregano, and chipotle chilli powder. Cook on medium heat for 10-15 minutes.

3. Heat up 2 cans of black beans in a separate pot. Once cooked, place them in with the potatoes.20140107-003103.jpg

4. Meanwhile, put all the guacamole ingredients into a bowl and mix together.

5. Heat up eggs in a skillet and scramble them.

6. Once everything is cooked, take a Wet a paper towel and place it on a microwave safe plate. Place big pieces of collard greens (4 at a time) on plate. Then top them with another wet paper towel.  Microwave for 1 minute.

7. Put ingredients into the collard green: Potato Hash, Scrambled egg, guacamole, and salsa- then wrap up!

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Tips to Stay Sane

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Health tip: I know I’ve said this before, but when consuming any fruits make sure you eat a protein with it, like nuts or eggs. If you are looking for sneaky ways to not gain 1,000 pounds during the holidays–eat snacks throughout the day (one of them consisting of a fruit and protein tied together). In doing this you keep your metabolism working and lower the sugar content of the fruit.

Laundry tip: Not only should you make sure all zippers are zipped before throwing anything in the wash or dryer, but hook together those bra straps too! Also, don’t put bras in the dryer, instead hang them up! Otherwise you risk damaging the underwire and shrinking them.

Parenting tip: We all know this one, but sometimes need reminding. Mean what you say and say what you mean. It’s crucial to be consistent! The holidays are a hectic time for schedules, so be patient and plan some extra activities or projects to keep the kiddos engaged.

Mental tip: Practice mindfulness for 10 minutes of your day. Concentrate on your breathing by inhaling slowly counting to 7 and exhaling slowly counting to 7. Repeat and Repeat, and If a thought trickles in bring yourself back to your breath.

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Buckle Down: Days 4-7

I just realized I had all these detox draft posts and they never actually posted.  I’m still trying to understand the updated app version on my smart phone. So, I am combining days 4-9 in one post. (Whoops my bad y’all).

Detox Day 4: Day 4 is the same as day three except you add more scoops of the nutritional beverage. So bottoms up!

Days 5-7: You can do it! At this point, I’m feeling awesome. I have no headaches and a lot more energy. Rolling out of bed is a piece of cake.  However, for these three days you can only eat: cruciferous vegetables, apples, pears, and spices. So..it’s hard.  Again, you have to plan for it.

Also, you now are drinking the nutritional beverage to 2 scoops 4 X a day. Yum. I actually look forward to the shakes.  The best shake to make is: Apple juice (100%) and nothing added with 1 whole pear the scoops of shake and cinnamon.  Takes like you’re drinking apple pie.

Snack idea: Kale Chips (really easy to make…and really addicting).

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Day 8: You’ve pretty much done the detox! Add back in rice, fruits, and veggies. Reduce shake to 2 scoops 3X today.

Day 9: Slowly add.  2 scoops 2X today, slowly adding food choices back in..

Yay! I’m 5 pounds lighter and feeling healthy and great!  Once you are done doing a detox you want to have a plan in place for a healthier lifestyle and depending on symptoms, maybe stay clear of some of the foods you have already eliminated.

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Snacking? Healthy Combos:

On Snacking

Youngsters eat 3 meals and 2 snacks a day. Some where along the way adults were told to eat 3 big meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. What happened to snacking? Folks, having light snacks throughout the day actually helps keep your metabolism working hard. I’m not saying graze all day AND have your 3 big meals. More like have 5 mini meals.

Nut & Fruit Combo. I was always told, when you eat fruits to combined them with a protein (i.e. nuts, or eggs). Simply put: fruits are high in sugar, so when we combine them with a protein it lowers the sugar content.

It’s simple to make one of your mini meals, or snacks everyday a fruit and a nut combo. There are numerous fruit & nut combos you can do.

Hard-boiled eggs & fruit. Hard-boiled eggs are easy to make. Boil in water for 10 minutes. Wha-la!

A Special trick my mother taught me: when cooking hard-boiled eggs take one of the prongs on a fork and poke a tiny hole at the base of the egg. This allows for the water to cook around the egg and make peeling the shell A LOT easier!

 

An Advocate for Change | The chance for growth is infinite

Georgia, MSW, LSW