Monday, June 22, 2009

Althea's Back!

Where have I been? I haven’t posted since June 1, and I’m sure everyone was wondering where I was.

I took an Internet break for a week. The barrage of information coming at me was a bit much. No social networks, no blogging, nothing except checking my email occasionally. (BTW: What did we do with our time before social networking became all the rage? I think we watched television. What did people do before televisions were in every home?) Then I started posting the Mocha Angel messages again, (which I put on the right column of my blog everyday). Then the blogging break kept going and going like a Duracell battery. Yesterday, I said, “It’s time to come back.”

I’d taken a mental health break. I stood back to get a perspective on my life. My professional life is great. I love teaching yoga and doing readings for people. But at home, things were not great. I'm referring to the stress of being a caretaker. Me and my husband are fine. I am grateful for him and our sons. But the in-laws have been a whole 'nother story.
My frustration with the dichotomy between my professional life and personal life was becoming bigger. I do believe we are all co-creating our lives. So I used a book that had helped me in the past, but I hadn’t, in all honesty, read the book from cover to cover.

I’m reading and watching:
You Can Heal Your Life: the book
You Can Heal Your Life: the audiobook
You Can Heal Your Life: the DVD

Hearing Louise Hay read her book is a big help. Listening to her conviction drives all of her points home. What I am seeing, hearing, watching, and now understanding is that changing one’s life requires a complete change in consciousness. The way a person thinks, speaks, and behaves all creates her future. I like when she said, “Think of your thoughts as a plates at a buffet. Pick the best ones that will create a great future for you.”

What You Can Heal Your Life does is move you from a victim mentality to an empowerment mentality. I have felt sorry for myself with all that I have to do each and every day for my family. It can be too much. That’s real. What’s also real is that we really can shift our outer circumstances by shifting our inner belief system. I’m taking my life back, on every level, to create one that’s even better than it was before the bottom fell out. This also supports what I get from my Angels, but gives me a road map to healing so that my personal and professional lives are a match.

With the raw food, I decided to focus on my favorite raw snacks, entrees, drinks, and desserts. For now, rather than focus on new creations, outside of dishes from Matthew Kenney’s Everyday Raw that look crazy scrumptious, I’ll focus on foods that I love. I wrote out a list and put it on my refrigerator.

Apple-kale-lemon juice
Water w/ lemon
Mint tea
Carrot-apple juice
Watermelon juice
Tahini-banana shake
Vanilla “milk”shake
Apple-banana smoothie with greens
Pina colada

Spinach soup
Creamy cheese
Veggie crab cakes and dill sauce
Thai salad and dressing
Potato salad and dressing
Eggplant bacon
Bok choy
Sesame-ginger sauce and veggies
Sensuous candy (avo-mango-banana)
Avocado-tomato-lettuce-cilantro nori roll
Cashew nori roll
Cauliflower nori roll
Baked mac and “cheese”
Spinach asian salad
Kale salad
Carrot tuna

Apple crisp w/ sauce
Apple pie
Key lime pie
Apple cookies
Warm fudge brownie
Strawberry crepes
Cashew gelato
Heavenly chocolate

Those are all my favorites! I won’t be bored and wondering “what am I going to eat today?” I also write down what I want to make for the week, so I have a guideline to follow. Now my focus on using the raw food to transform me, and my life. Thanks for coming on this journey with me!




Mandy said...

I have been looking for some new reading material, will have to check this out! What a great idea to put a list of easy "go to" foods on the fridge. I sometimes need help/inspiration, I think we all do!

silverpen said...

Good to see you back, Althea. I like your idea of having a repertoire of your favorite raw foods. So often I spread myself too thin, buying and trying out so many different foods and ending up with ingredients I don't use again and wind up throwing out. By keeping it simple with a few recipes that I like and are easy to make, I can stay on track better.

SONIA said...

Hi Althea!!!,
Sonia here-we met at your raw foods class in April. I am soooooo thankful that i went and am awaiting your vegetarian class you said you were going to have soon. Please Please Please think about it- your breakfast/lunch/dinner items are what i'm doing religiously. I have a question though-i've been on numerous raw sites and i keep hearing about combining certain raw foods that are not good for your digestive system?? do you know anythign about this?? FYi::: the kale salad has been a 'HIT' everytime i make it!!! WooHoo!!! As is the strawberry cheesecake, but it's too heavy for everyday. Love it to pieces!!
Hope to see you soon

Althea said...

Hi Sonia:

You just made my day. Thank you SO MUCH for writing me. I'm glad the recipes are working for you!


As far as the food combining goes, you are going to get a lot of opinions about this. I am of the "intuitive eating" philosophy. Pay attention to what and how you combine things. If it upsets your digestion, don't do it again. If it doesn't, you're good. That's my take on it.



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