Raise your vibration with rose petal juice

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Did you know that, at a rate of 320Hz, roses vibrate at the highest frequency of all known plants? I believe this is why they are so nice to be around. They are commonly revered as the “alpha flower” much the same way that lions are regarded as the king of the jungle. When someone gives you roses, you know they are trying to convey a message of deep significance. I am one lucky gal because my boyfriend gives me roses all the time. I’ve seen rose petals in gourmet salads, but until this morning, had never eaten any myself.

Here is a good explanation of how Prana, or life force energy, is expressed as an electromagnetic vibrational frequency. The frequency of a healthy body ranges anywhere from 62 to 68Hz with a frequency lower than 50Hz increasing your risk for cancer. So, it makes sense that we would want to do all that we can to keep our vibration rate high. I do this primarily by meditation, keeping my my thoughts positive, and of course by consuming  Prana-rich foods.

After Valentine’s Day, many ladies or couples will probably have leftover roses and rose petals.  Why not consider including them in your green juice or smoothie? Remember to bless them and thank them for their life-giving energy!

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Smiles and good vibes,

Mercedi

“If you think you feel bad…take your love and stick it up your heart”

…these are wise words from Wille Nelson. Who knew he was such a sage? I just finished reading his book Roll me up and smoke me when I die and I was profoundly impressed by his knowledge on all things esoteric.

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Here, he talks about how the words God and Love are the two most powerful words and how they are interchangeable. In yoga, we are taught that chanting God’s name as a mantra can free us of worry and negativity. Willie didn’t mention anything about chanting God’s name, but he did say it makes you feel good, and he does recommend spinning around 50 times before bed to reset your chakras so I’ll be he does it (chant)!

I read somewhere that saying the word “love” outloud emits a special frequency and directs our energy toward the positive. Every morning when I wake up, I silently say thank you for the day and then outloud I name two things that I love, like “I love my mom or I love my apartment.” This makes me feel great and starts my thoughts rolling in the best direction possible. It really sets the tone for my day.

So thanks to Willie Nelson, I was inspired to give you these tools you can use to speak your way into a higher vibration and begin feeling better. And, if you love books as much as I do, you might just be inspired to go read his book. He is one fascinating dude, definitely an old soul and far more than meets the eye.

-Mercedi

“Thoughts become things…so choose the good ones!”

The title above is a quote from one of my favorite authors, Mike Dooley.  He was featured in the movie The Secret and has probably inspired me the most with his “Notes from the Universe” emails that I get every single day.

Lately I have really been trying to simplify my life.  To close 2014, I went through all of my possessions and got rid of every single thing that I no longer used. Just as there is a Law of Attraction, there is also a Law of Use. I believe we must clear out the things that are merely taking up space in our lives to make room for abundance, space for new things that we will use and love.

I haven’t written much on my blog because I haven’t felt inspired.  Somehow, in all my simplifying, sitting down to add a bunch of words to a page seemed like digital clutter and counter-intuitive to what I’ve been trying to accomplish. So, as I gently get back to my writing, I wanted to keep it simple and share something with you that I have been enjoying lately:

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You can check out this audio book and all the other inspirational goodies on his website. I don’t agree with everything he says (for instance, he says our angels and spirit guides can’t help us but I know they most certainly can!) but he’s one of my favorite teachers and his work provides a good launch pad for those who are just becoming interested in the Law of Attraction.

For 2015, I am choosing the best thoughts…of work that feels like play and of financial abundance!  Happy New Year everyone! Here’s to the choosing the very best thoughts all year long!

xoxo,

Mercedi

Need a change of perspective? Try a headstand!

Headstands change our perspective, not only physically but also mentally.

Headstands change our perspective, not only physically but also mentally.

Dr. Wayne Dyer says that when we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change. One of my favorite ways to change my mental perspective is to physically get upside down.  Headstand pose, or Sirsasana, greatly increases blood flow to the brain. This provides a tremendous amount of oxygen which improves concentration and clarity of thought. I like to do this just to experience being inverted, but it is especially effective if you are troubled with an issue you just can’t seem to work out.

I like to stay in this pose for 3-5 long deep breaths.  I allow my gaze to soften, shifting from directly “looking” or focusing on single objects and letting my eyes “see” and take in all that is around me from this new vantage point.  When you do this, you’ll notice that your furniture looks different as upside down shapes instead of a thing we have labeled “bed” or “dresser.” Similarly, I often gain new insights to problems that I may not have been able to find a solution to while going about my day. I often find that if I don’t think of something new to try, I at least find that I am less worried and able to release anxiety as the blood flow has rejuvenated my mind.

Please use caution when practicing this or any other yoga pose.  Headstands are not for everyone, especially those with neck, eye or ear issues. Know your limits and please do not try anything you are not accustomed to doing in your own practice.

Happy inverting!

Mercedi 😉

Everything you need for two weeks of gluten-free and dairy-free deliciousness

You may know that many people suffer from inflammation in their intestines and that gluten is often the main culprit.  It takes about 2-3 weeks for our intestines to heal and for our digestion to become stronger. Then we can begin to re-introduce the offending food in smaller amounts, to determine if we can tolerate it. I decided to do a two week experiment on myself and had some great results!

When I first set out to do this, I was intimidated and thought it would be hard but it was not hard at all! The main thing is to have a good plan for what you are going to eat for everyday of the week (in other words: write it down!) and the rest takes care of itself. I have a marker board on my refrigerator where I spell out the weekly plan for myself in no uncertain terms: breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner, dessert. I also go to the grocery store or farmer’s market frequently — about every 3 days.  This ensures I have a fridge stocked with fresh fruits and veggies so I can whip up a green juice or a quick salad on the fly and not be tempted to eat a something packaged or processed. I wanted to share an example of exactly what I ate for two weeks because I know how helpful it is to have a solid plan in front of you to go by, and I’ve included links for the foods I made that require a recipe.

Breakfast:

A fresh veggie juice makes the perfect snack or light meal

A fresh veggie juice makes the perfect snack or light meal

*Paleo muffins with honey butter
*Almond porridge
*Teff pancakes
*Fresh veggie juice (add chia seeds to keep you full for longer)
*Egg cooked in coconut oil with dash of cayenne

 

Snacks:

*Celery with sunflower seed butter
*1/2 Avocado with lime and black pepper
*Sliced tomato with basil leaves and balsamic vinegar or sprinkled with sea salt and topped with hemp seeds

 

Lunches:

*Dinner Leftovers or…
*Rotel and brown rice
*Can of Amy’s chunky tomato bisque – I added hemp seeds and fresh lime juice
*Salad with your choice of veggies and homemade dijon vinagrette (see below)

 

Dinners:

*Broiled Salmon (I added lemon juice, salt and pepper) with sauteed spinach or steamed green beans
*broccoli, carrot and potato soup
*Tamale pie  For this recipe, I used teff flour (instead of oat or rice flour) and a can of gluten-free chili
*Refried bean “tacos” on corn tortillas with picante sauce and fresh cilantro
*Baked sweet potato with butter and cinnamon
*A big bowl of roasted veggies, My favs are broccoli, carrot, zucchini and garlic cloves roasted in coconut oil. Top with or dip in miso tahini sauce (see below)

Adding dragon fruit makes frozen banana ice cream extra pretty!

Adding dragon fruit makes frozen banana ice cream extra pretty!

 

Dessert:

*bananas and raisins drizzled with honey or agave/date/maple syrup
*Coconut date balls
*Frozen banana ice cream
*Golden milk
*hot herbal tea

 

 

Sauces and dressings:

Having a sauce for your veggies really helps keep them from being so boring.  I like to get creative and mix any of the following together in roughly equal parts to jazz things up:

These staples add flavor and protein to bland veggie dishes.

These staples add flavor and protein to bland veggie dishes.

fresh minced garlic
ginger paste
sesame tahini
mellow (light) miso
gluten free tamari (this is just soy sauce, only gluten free!)
almond butter or even peanut butter
rice vinegar

Examples of two of my favorite combos:
miso/soy/ginger
peanut/garlic/soy/ with a splash of rice vinegar

 

 

Making your own salad dressing is a good thing to do so that you know what’s in them. It really only takes a few seconds!  Sometimes I just use olive oil and either a splash of balsamic vinegar, or  a squeeze of fresh lemon/lime juice but if you want more flavor you can make one of these:

Homemade Dijon vinaigrette:

1tsp Dijon mustard
1.5 tbsp red wine or apple cider vinegar
1.5 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp of agave nectar or brown rice syrup (optional, to add some sweetness)

Creamy almond dressing:

Take about a tbsp of almond butter and stir in some olive oil until it becomes thin enough to pour. That’s it! May sound weird, but it’s sooo yummy and makes a salad keep you full all afternoon.

 

Notes:

*When adding chia seeds to juice, allow at least 10 minutes for them to “gel” before drinking.

*It is best to eat fresh fruit on an empty stomach.  Most foods take about 2-4 hours to digest but fruit passes through the digestive system very quickly, in about 30 minutes.  You don’t want it to sit on top your your last meal and have a chance to ferment in there, so try to wait a couple hours after a meal if you plan to eat fresh fruit for dessert.

* When buying store-bought items such as picante sauce, always check the labels to make sure there’s nothing weird in there. Look for items that have only two or three ingredients (ex: tomatoes, garlic, salt.)  Also, your local health food store and international market are your friends when it comes to finding more pure items as well as things like teff flour, miso, tahini, hemp seeds, etc.

*If you don’t have much time and find yourself having a less-than-exciting meal (say a quick bowl of lettuce, carrots and tomato with olive oil and lemon juice for lunch) then make sure your next meal is a tasty one or else you’ll fall off the wagon quickly.  The body wants foods that are flavorful and that look pretty so if we cut too many corners for speed or frequently eat something that looks like mush, the body thinks this is no fun and as a result we’re less likely to stick to the plan.

 

Lastly…

* I’ll admit it –  I LOVE COFFEE!! If you are like me and feel you just can’t do without creamer in your morning coffee — do yourself a favor and try blending your coffee in the blender with 1-2 tbsp coconut oil and some stevia, then sit back and watch as your brain says “Yum!” on repeat.  The blender emulsifies it like a latte, with a frothy top layer and everything.  As you may know, coconut oil is a medium chain triglyceride (MCT) oil.  MCTs burn up as fuel in the body very quickly so they don’t have time to be stored as fat, AND they help speed up metabolism and flush out other fats.  It’s a win-win! This coffee is a real treat and since I’ve started doing this, I truly don’t want it any other way! Pro-tip: Pour some hot water into your blender (I do my mug too) while the coffee brews to pre-heat them so that the blending process doesn’t steal the heat from your brew.

 

After doing this for two weeks, all the puffiness that normally surrounds my midsection was gone.  My hips also slimmed down. I wish I had taken a “before” shot but here is the after:

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If you’ve been flirting with the idea of going gluten-free, I hope this post inspires you to get creative in the kitchen and encourages you to see just how easy it can be!

Expansion

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I’m overhearing myself say
I’m ready for this plunge.

If I’m honest I fear
every little decision
will be the wrong one.
But I know the heart only leads us
to open spaces.

What is expansion?
Is it taking risks
when the water seems too high,
the valleys too low,
and making the jump anyway?

How does the Universe do it?
Does it say,
“You know, this vessel is just too small? I must break out,break apart…make any number of infinite ‘me’s’ and possibilities?”
I suppose it does.

What infinite version of me
do I manifest next?

In time, in it’s infinite, relative wisdom
must I trust.