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Making-Healthy-Choices e-Zine #028 - A Beautiful Way to Start the New Year
January 03, 2014
In this month's e-Zine...
Set the Stage for the Year to Come
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! We at Making-Healthy-Choices.com wish you a year full of health, joy, love, laughter, prosperity and beautiful connections with yourself and others.
This year began on a new moon; a time of new starts, new beginnings, freshness, a clean slate… How wonderfully magical!
How We Brought in the New Year
In years past it was about parties, cocktails and being around lots of people. In the more recent years I find myself being more peaceful and solitary as the clock strikes midnight … many years recently I am sweetly tucked away in dreamland as one year turns into the next - and this year was no different.
Since I knew that I would most likely be asleep at midnight, I presented a unique idea. John and I brought in the new year on Dec 31st at 8:13pm. Another way of writing 8:13pm is 20:13. So, as 20:13 (or 2013) turned to 20:14 (or 2014) we sat together in silent meditation and welcomed the new year with gratitude and love. I really liked the feeling of this and feel that we have just started a new tradition!
These first days of 2014 as the new moon waxes into becoming full, is the perfect time to listen to your inner voice and truly re-discover what is important for you this year. Take the time to really look within, take responsibility for your life - your actions, your words, your thoughts, your relationships, your job, etc.
It takes courage to do this honestly and authentically … and there is no greater reward for doing so. You are so worth it!
So, from now until the next full moon (Jan 15) spend some time with yourself. Make the first resolution of 2014 be to give yourself this gift. Lots of quiet time so that you can hear the messages coming from within and then on the full moon sit and see where you are. You may be amazingly surprised at the shift that occurs and the revelations that are revealed to you. They may seem small or big and they will definitely set the stage as you continue to move forward on your path.
During this time you may want to do a juice fast or detox cleanse for a day or two, or longer. Fasting is a great way to help to still the mind and re-connect with yourself and it allows an environment where it is much easier for you to hear and interpret messages that are coming to you.
Also during this time I would recommend getting a journal and writing your thoughts in it often and every day setting aside some time to be quiet and still.
Enjoy the process. If it feels challenging or challenging things come up, see those as gifts that are pointing you in a direction to clear those things and create more joy in your life.
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Recipe - Super Yummy Green Smoothie
Have you ever made a smoothie? A smoothie is a blended drink made by putting vegetables and fruits along with other nutritious goodies into a high powered blender.
Smoothies are a great way to sneak a lot of highly nutrient dense foods into your body in an easy to digest form.
For the last few weeks, here in Japan, we have been making smoothies every morning.
Here is our favourite one so far:
This makes enough for 2-3 people.
My measurements aren’t exact because I do everything by feel. Use the above as a guideline and be free to add in or take away what feels right for you.
A general guideline is to fill up half of the blender with dark green leafy vegetables, add in everything else and then add enough water to cover the greens at the bottom.
Other things I love adding to the above mix are ginger, cacao and chia seeds.
Really anything goes - the possibilities are only limited by your own imagination and creativity. Each time you make a smoothie use different greens, try adding berries, mango, avocado. A touch of sea salt is really nice to bring all the flavors together and to add in some more trace minerals. Speaking of trace minerals, try adding in some seaweed (dulse is my favourite). Like spicy? Try adding some cayenne pepper or a fresh chili pepper (be careful!). Any other spices you love can be tasty too - cinnamon, basil, nutmeg etc. How about garlic?
You can make your smoothies sweet, savory, spicy or tart. Mix it up, try different combinations and have a different smoothie each time you make one.
Got a combination that you love? I would love to hear it, please reply to this email and share.
Once again, HAPPY NEW YEAR from our hearts to yours!
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Nadia Harper RHN
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