My wonderful Sheng Zhen Wuji Yuan Gong teacher Master Li Junfeng shown here with a young Jet Li.
A special treat for a cold winter’s night from Sheree Clark’s That’s Forkin’ Amazing – Fork in the Road eNewsletter. Enjoy!
Yield: 1 serving
Forget dairy hot chocolate, here’s a winter treat that’s rich in potassium, flavonoids and flavor!
1 cup hot water
2 teaspoons organic chocolate powder
1 ripe banana
small pinch grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons honey
Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender and serve immediately.
© 2011 Sheree Clark | Fork in the Road | www.fork-road.com
Sheree Clark is a holistic health and nutrition counselor. Through her private practice called Fork in the Road, Sheree helps empower individuals, families and corporate groups to get the most out of life by improving their health. She offers lectures, classes, hands-on workshops, coaching and consultations in Iowa and nationwide. She is a graduate of Living Light Culinary Institute and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. An inspiring author, presenter, teacher, motivator and raw vegan chef, Sheree has written and presented on topics ranging from raw food 101 to overcoming career burnout.
It’s Day 5 of my 21 Day Purification Program and I am happy to report things are going well! My biggest challenge so far was kicking the coffee habit. I suspected this in advance so I spent the three days before my Purification reducing my caffeine intake. Here’s what I did:
3 days prior to Purification: 1/2 cup of coffee
2 days prior to Purification: 1 cup of black tea
1 day prior to Purification: ZERO caffeine.
In hindsight, I should have stepped down more gradually and avoided the dreaded caffeine withdrawal headache that hit Thursday night, but overall it was tolerable. I drank lots of water and went to bed early. On Day 1 of the Purification, I drank two cups of green tea but found I haven’t needed it since.
Curious if this program would not only change the way I feel but change a quantifiable value on lab work, I decided to have some comparative blood work drawn before and after my 21 Day Purification. My pre-Purification numbers looked pretty good. No major red flags in the blood sugar or cholesterol arena but I did show two slightly high values in other areas that may suggest I am not drinking enough water. Time to hydrate! I’ll share more specific details when I get the values from my post-Purification blood work.
I’ve continued to listen to my Circle + Bloom guided imagery program to support my new healthy choices and I’ve incorporated a few additional detox/purification elements. One of my favorites is the inclusion of essential oils in my bath gel. I started with a fragrance free base (Young Living has a great Bath & Shower Gel Base) and added a few drops of their Citrus Fresh essential oil blend. It’s a wonderful blend of orange, tangerine, mandarin, grapefruit, lemon, and spearmint. I opted for this blend because citrus is rich in d-limonene (an antioxidant), supports the immune system, and brings about a sense of well-being and joy. If I’m skipping coffee, I at least want a little pick-me-up fragrance in the shower to start my day!
And now it’s time for my reward at the end of a long day – a great big tasty colorful salad!
Until the next update – wishing you health & happiness,
I am ready to change. Whatever has been holding me back physically, mentally, emotionally, I now release so that I may embrace my full potential.
2012 is not business as usual.
First, I should admit I love making resolutions and the start of a new year. I’m an organizer, a planner, and a list maker. But this year feels different. My plans and resolutions are clearer and more enticing. In fact, I’ve thought of little else as the new year approached.
It also occurred to me during my resolution making frenzy that I have learned a lot about natural health (beyond acupuncture and Oriental medicine) and experimented with quite a few healing modalities in the past twenty years and I want to share what I have learned with you.
My first resolution focuses on purifying my body. To accomplish this goal, I have chosen Standard Process’s 21-day Purification Program. And just so you don’t feel hoodwinked later on, I should make it clear – I do carry Standard Process in my practice. However, I am NOT a Standard Process sales representative or distributor.* What I am sharing here is my first hand experience with the program and how I have chosen to navigate the 21 days.
The idea of detox, cleanse, or purification often brings up a lot of questions. “Why would you do that to yourself?” I hear this question a lot. Or “aren’t you already pretty healthy?” Compared to whom? I’m shooting for my own personal best here. And that goal, I certainly have not achieved. More specifically, I would love to have more energy and to have fewer headaches. Both symptoms, I suspect are diet and lifestyle related. Purification is not about deprivation. I’m not counting calories here. I’m reintroducing myself to a variety of whole foods with all of their wonderful colors, textures, and tastes. Purification is about nourishing the body and living a fuller, healthier life.
During the program, I’ll eat whole, organic, unprocessed foods, take whole food supplements, and drink 64 ounces of spring water per day. Things I’ll be avoiding include: alcohol, caffeine, tobacco, nuts, seeds, dairy, grains (except wild/brown rice), and processed or refined foods. Don’t worry, some of these foods will be reintroduced at the conclusion of the 21 days. I won’t be saying goodbye to dairy, nuts & seeds forever.
My purification program officially starts Friday, January 6th. I’m in full on preparation mode. This week will likely be a flurry of blog posts as I fill you in on what I’ve done so far to get ready (both mentally & physically). I hope you will follow along with me over the next 3+ weeks as I prepare for and move through my very own resolution revolution to be happier and healthier in 2012.
Welcoming your comments, questions and support!
*While we carry Standard Process products, neither HealthFocus Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine nor any third party associated with, related to, or linked to HealthFocus Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine’s business or website is in any way affiliated with Standard Process Inc.® Standard Process expressly disclaims any responsibility for, and makes no representations or warranties regarding, any statement, information, materials, or content found on or included in HealthFocus Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine’s marketing materials/website, or any third party marketing materials/websites related to, associated with or linked to HealthFocus Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine’s business or website. Standard Process products are dietary supplements and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
An excerpt from Marci Shimoff’s holiday newsletter that I hope you enjoy! ~ Diane
I was deeply touched by the following story that was told to me by a young father, one of my “Happy 100″ who I interviewed for Happy for No Reason:
When my oldest daughter, Victoria, was almost three, we read Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas every night to her before the holiday.
She’d curl up beside me as I’d read: “Every Who down in Who-ville liked Christmas a lot. But the Grinch, who lived just north of Who-ville, Did NOT!”
Victoria followed along as the Grinch unveils his plans to ruin the Christmas of the Whos. Disguising himself as Santa and his dog as a reindeer, the Grinch steals into the Whos’ homes and takes everything, leaving only the hooks and wires on the bare walls. But to his surprise, the Whos remain happy despite the loss of the presents and trees and trimmings and trappings.
He hadn’t stopped Christmas from coming; “it came just the same.”
On that Christmas morning, we woke just ahead of Victoria so that we could watch her three-year-old enthusiasm as she saw the presents under the tree. She first ran to the kitchen table where she had left a snack for Santa and his reindeer. She looked at the evidence of Santa’s visit: the cookie crumbs on the plate and the empty milk glass and the missing carrots. My wife, pregnant with our second child, and I beamed seeing our daughter so wide-eyed and excited at the thought that Santa himself had been in our home. Next, she ran into the living room and saw the presents under the tree.
We expected her to dive into them — but she didn’t. She held up her little hand and she said, “Stop. Let’s pretend. Let’s pretend the Grinch has been here and took everything and left just hooks and wires and we’d still be happy.”
So we stopped, and were happy. And like the Grinch, my heart grew three sizes that day.
I wish you great love this holiday season and every day — may you let the love in fully and allow it to grow your heart three sizes.
With love for no reason and every reason,
Marci Shimoff is a celebrated transformational leader and #1 New York Times best-selling author. To learn more of her powerful techniques for establishing deep and authentic happiness and well-being, visit www.HappyForNoReason.com