Sproutin’ Green Smoothie

¼ cup coconut milk
1/8 cup raw almonds
2 cups distilled or purified water
1 Rainbow Chard leaf
½ cup sunflower sprouts
1 ½ cups strawberries
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 banana
1 tsp flax

Blend until smooth. This smoothie is light green in color. For my own son, I put this smoothie in a travel coffee cup so he can’t see it!

Tammi Hoerner, CHHC, AADP, MH

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Self-Forgiveness (Burnt Eggs)

When we make mistakes, there is a part of us that wants to believe that 1. We cause our own struggles by making mistakes 2. Because of this there is something fundamentally wrong with us and, finally, 3. We should pay for these mistakes with emotional suffering. It is embedded into the Western worldview to see ourselves as conditionally lovable and worthy of dignity and respect. In this view, we must always guard ourselves from our underlying nature, which is conflicted, flawed, and even dangerous. From the Buddhist tradition, this is part of our ego’s game of appropriating every difficulty—and victory for that matter—to demonstrate that there is a solid and enduring self that we can rely on. In ego’s logic, it is better to be fundamentally “bad” than to not exist at all. For those of us who are prone to spells of self-aggression this worldview—and the actions that come from it–cause seemingly endless heartache and depression. However, I would like to offer a couple of remedies to the blues we get when we’ve made mistakes. The first is to take a step back in our lives and to recognize that as humans we will always make mistakes. We can also realize that everyone else is making–and continues to make–their own version of those mistakes. From there, we can reorient our minds towards the connections and commonalities we have with other people. And ultimately realize that our mistakes are generally not so big and definitely not worth the aggression we give ourselves having made them.

For example, you burnt the scrambled eggs this morning. This might seem trivial, but if you watch your mind, often times you will notice how something so simple can lead to a general state of frustration, anger and anxiety pretty quickly. So the eggs are burnt, you’re angry and frustrated. Start by taking a deep breath and relaxing, even for a moment. Rather than making a colossal trip out of this mistake you might realize that countless other people have made the same mistake on the same day and throughout history. People are breaking eggs from Bangladesh to Bangor, Maine! You can empathize with them and realize how much frustration and anguish they went through in that moment. You might even offer them a kind attitude in your mind, like “it’s not such a big deal, they’re just eggs!”. Offering this attitude towards others can be the beginning of offering it to one’s self.

Often times, there are bigger emotional difficulties we experience throughout our day and we can apply the same attitude of sympathy with others, connection to the struggles we all have, even humor when those situations arise. So when we overdraft our checking account and pay penalties, we can remind ourselves that countless others are going through the same situation that day and multitudes of others have done so over time, including people we care for deeply. Ultimately, it is the attitude of sympathy and forgiveness that liberates our mind and our energy to be present for life’s situations. This attitude can be difficult to cultivate and our minds often will try to make self-forgiveness into a huge hassle, but even then we can think of how many people struggle with self-forgiveness. When you notice you’re feeling bummed about something you’ve done, try connecting with others in your mind and offering yourself the gift of self-forgiveness. See what happens!

Nikolas H. Maslow, M.A., LPC, CGP
Founder Acumen, LLC
nikolasmaslow.webs.com
Therapist at New Beginnings Health & Wellness
newbeginningshealthwellness.com

Relationship Enrichment

As the season is changing we are blessed here in Colorado with long days and warm nights and a number of outdoor activities that allow for creative and fun activities to enrich your relationships, provide more quality time with your family and connect with your community.

Here are just a few:

1) Invite your partner to go on a walk  3-4 times per week. This will not only allow you to enjoy the weather and each other but will also get your muscles moving and provide a daily dose of vitamin D.  Take advantage of the beautiful sunshine!

2) Plan a picnic or outdoor BBQ. This is a great way to break out of your evening routine and include the whole family in preparing a fun and healthy meal. Bring along a few games, a deck of cards, or art supplies to continue building relationships and create lasting memories.

3) Plant an outdoor or indoor herb/vegetable garden. Creating a small herb garden or a planter for fresh vegetables is much easier than one may think. A few fresh organic herb sprouts can be as little as $5.00 at your local natural foods market or hardware store and a packet of seeds for planting range from $0.40- $2.00. This is a hands-on way to educate your children on sustainable living and impart taking responsibility and caring for the environment.

 

For the singles!

 

1) Designate a few evenings a week to visit your local dog park or the park closest to your community. This is a great way to meet new people and enjoy some time outdoors.

2) Take up a new sport or hobby. Sign up to walk or jog in a local 5k, challenge a friend to a tennis game or join your nearest Rec Center. There is a great sense of accomplishment when you set goals or learn something new.

3) Throw a summer themed dinner party! There are a number of fresh and easy summer recipes to be found online that take no time at all. Turn it into a pot luck or have everyone join you in the kitchen to prepare the meal! This will not only enrich your current friendships but may even spark some new ones!

 

 

 

Enriching your relationships and your life is up to you! There are a number of fun and easy ways to move forward and there is no better time than right now!

 

Blessing!

Cydney Morgan, Counselor and Wellness Practitioner

Blueberry Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Tammi’s Ice Cream Fix!

5 cups organic frozen blueberries

3 – 4 cups vanilla coconut milk

 Use the kind of coconut milk  you can find in a carton similar to soy, almond and hemp milk. Stay away from the canned coconut milk. You can also find it in the refrigerator section

2 T organic honey

Blend until smooth and creamy. May need to scrape off the sides depending on what type of blender you have. Serve immediately or store in freezer for up to two days.

Tammi Hoerner is a Certified Holistic Health Coach who specializes in supporting busy professional moms in finding their best health.

To schedule a Free (value $79.00) Breakthrough session with Tammi, call 303-304-7460.

Mmmmm Cabbage Rolls!

Melissa’s Healthy Cabbage Rolls

1 can whole pealed tomatoes
1 can tomato paste
1 good-sized head of cabbage or 2 small heads (I used a small green and a small purple)
     *reserve the best 12 leaves from the outside of the cabbage trying not to tear or damage them they will be wrapped around the rolls
1lbs ground turkey
1 egg (beaten)
1 small white onion chopped
2 cloves of garlic chopped
1 ½ tsp ground white pepper
1-2 Tbsp ground chilli powder
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 ½ C cooked rice (I prefer Lundberg Mahogany Blend, it adds a great nutty flavor and is a raw food)
Salt & Pepper to taste

Preheat Oven to 375

Cook the rice as directed on package. While the rice is cooking boil the reserved leaves of cabbage until soft, remove from water and let drain. Place the tomatoes, tomato paste, chilli powder, and nutmeg in blender and blend till smooth. Chop the remaining cabbage and blend with the chopped onion, chopped garlic, white pepper and salt to taste. Mix together by hand the beaten egg and ground turkey and add the seasoned veggie mix and rice to the meat and egg. Form the meat mixture into balls that are a bit smaller than a baseball. Wrap the meat balls with the 2 cabbage leaves place in greased pan. Once all of the meat is used pour over the tomato sauce from the blender.

Bake 45mins @ 375

I hope that everyone enjoys this as much as my family did. This recipe works great if you need to prep it the day before you want to bake it.

Written By: Melissa Klapperich L.M.T.                http://www.amtamembers.com/melissaklapperich

Self-Image and Loving-Kindness

Traditional therapy approaches to self-image often center around a person’s personality and family of origin issues. Others view self-image through the lens of “self-improvement” and within that view challenges are addressed with lifestyle choices (such as exercise habits, positive self-talk, addressing distorted perceptions, and so forth). I think that these ways of helping a person with her self-image—among others–are both beneficial tools. But I would also like to offer another idea, gleaned from the Buddhist tradition. The concept is known as maitri. The term means loving-kindness and in a sense is a radical departure from Western views of self-perception and behavior, which often ultimately lead us to believe that our love for ourselves needs to be conditional. That is, “if I do A and B very well and follow up about C then I have the right to feel satisfied and happy”. On the other hand if A, B, and C weren’t up to par or worse weren’t done at all, then all is lost and we should feel saddened and depressed by our failures. This is what we have been trained to believe about ourselves. Crazy but true right?! With maitri the person is asked to mindfully examine herself with compassionate awareness and to treat herself and her life with equal compassion and respect. Most of us already practice elements of maitri on a regular, sometimes daily, basis. Whether it is taking a hot shower in the morning, making and eating a tasty and healthy meal, napping if we’ve had a long week, walking the dog in a pretty park, or just making a cup of tea for oneself and a friend, all of these “practices” develop our sense of kindness towards ourselves and give us the experience of self-respect, dignity, and gentleness. These practices in turn, lead us to feel more emotionally spacious and grounded, which in turn creates greater contentment, satisfaction, and self-acceptance. In making maitri practice a mindful everyday experience we become more appreciative of ourselves and our lives. And the amazing news is that these practices are always accessible, in one form or another, to all of us! So, for this week, why not find two or three things to do each day to consciously take care of ourselves and our world and do so in a mindful and gentle way?

 Good luck! Nik

Nikolas H. Maslow, M.A., LPC, CGP                                                                                                                                                                                                             My background is in Contemplative Psychotherapy, having received my master’s degree from Naropa University in the spring of ’05. I have worked with several different populations and age groups, including adolescents , people in retirement and everyone between. I specialize in individual work, groups, and family therapy for young adults and their families. I am passionate about my work and dedicated to offering a warm and engaging environment to my clients that is safe for exploring their lives in my presence.

Meal Planning 101

     
 
Working together, we identify many foods that work well in your body and for your busy life. Some of these foods may be new, some you’ve been eating for along time. This new knowledge may feel overwhelming when you sit down to begin shifting your meals. I have created this tip sheet to help you create your own meal plan based on the foods that we find do the best in your body. How to pull these foods into meals, where to find great meal ideas, and how to create a plan to put this new knowledge into action.
 
Collect recipes – I give lots and many recipes over the course of time we will work together, but I am not your only resource. You may look online, buy cookbooks, or visit your E-Group site on Ning. (You will have received an invitation to join this group from me, as part of my service to you)
Choose Meals – Using a blank sheet of paper, choose a set of meals for each day. Consider days you may be working and days you have off. Take time to consider special occasions or days you plan on being “out”, as well as any events you may need to take food to. Be sure to include breakfast, lunch and dinner. Keep in mind the foods we have discussed and any suggestions you have received from me during y our program so far.
Write your list – Once you have chosen meals for each day between shopping trips, use this to create your shopping list. Watch for items duplicated and simplify your list.

 

Keep in mind, you may simplify further by creating dishes with common ingredients, such as rice, or quinoa. Make this the base of your dish and see how many ways you can make it.
 
I suggest doing this meal planning every week or bi-monthly as often as you shop. Adjust it accordingly as you find new foods, recipes, and what meals work best for you.
 
To save additional time, create a binder where you keep your favorite recipes. This will narrow your search for meals and save time. Over time, you will have foods you fall back on, identify staples such as rice and almonds that you want to keep around as a frequent food you consume.
 
For more tips, be sure to keep in touch, get my newsletter, be on the Ning network, and frequent any available workshops or classes we are offering.

By:Tammi Hoerner

http://www.thenourishedlife.net/

Healthy Veggie Dip

 

Melissa’s Yogurt Dip

1 32oz container of Plain Yougurt (I like organic greek style)
1Tbsp chopped organic parsley
1Tbsp chia seeds
Salt & Pepper to Taste

With a Cheese Grater or Micro Plane Finley Grate Organic Veggies
¼ small Red Onion
½ Carrot
¼ Bell Pepper (any color is great)
1 clove of Garlic (add more if you like the spicy garlic flavor)
¼ Cucumber

Mix all ingredients together. You can eat this dip right away however it is best when you let it sit for a day.

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