How will you finish this year?

It’s hard to believe that 2017 is in its final weeks.

It has been a year of upheaval around the globe to within the sphere of our individual lives.

It has been a year where so much has been brought to the surface, a time to shed what no longer serves, and the willingness to go towards the change we seek.

I can personally share it has been a roller coaster of emotions and experiences that will set the stage for what’s to arrive next year. I sit in a space of openness and excitement for what that may be.

The question is; how will you finish this year?

What will it look like for YOU?

I know it’s super easy to jump on the holiday express and with a blink be ringing in the New Year. It’s so easy to put our lives on hold and tell ourselves, “I’ll start in the New Year…” “I’m just too busy right now…”

I’m inviting you to experience these final weeks differently.

Instead of waiting until the New Year to make those resolutions, to say that you’ll commit when things slow down, I invite you to take a leap now.

Don’t wait until everything is perfect.

All your ducks will never be in a row.

Just get them huddled in a group and take that leap.

There will always be another holiday, another event, another job project, another relationship challenge, another reason to put off acting on your dreams.

Life doesn’t go on hold.

For any change to last, it will need to endure obstacles, challenges, and scheduling inconveniences.

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So go ahead and pick one thing. One thing you wish to change in your life.

One thing you wish to manifest.

Perhaps it’s getting your health or weight under control. Perhaps you are ready to explore a new place of employment. Perhaps it’s about creating new relationships or nurturing an existing one.

Perhaps it’s time to make you a priority.

Whatever it may be; pick something and BEGIN TODAY.

Take action every day; no matter how big or small.

Make those actions outside your comfort wheel.

Again, no matter how small the action may seem, do it.

Just go in the direction of what you seek.

If you are not sure where to begin, use your relationship with food to guide you.

Begin by getting in the kitchen.

The kitchen can become the place where you begin to demonstrate self-love, find inner peace, and boost your confidence so you can take action in your life.

What can you do?

  • Cook for yourself; an amazing gesture of self-love. Not a quick warm up in the microwave. A spectacular meal. Show yourself you are worth the time and energy.
  • Use the kitchen as your meditation studio. As you make your morning tea or cook that spectacular meal, do so with no distraction. Put away your phone. Shut off the television. Be completely present to what is in front of you. (life is about being present)
  • Explore a new food or recipe. Pick something completely outside your box of food choices. Expand your palate. This small act will shift your self-confidence and openness to new experiences.

Through conscious effort and practice, these actions will ripple into every other aspect of your life.

If you wish for more guidance, consider exploring food as a healer, way of life, and pathway for personal growth.

  • Sign up for an Online Course. Expand your perspective on food by learning what it takes to nourish all of you; body, mind and soul.
  • Schedule a Holistic Nutrition Consultation and we will create a personalized nutrition plan to get you started on the next chapter of your journey.
  • Dive in with a month long Holistic Living Coaching experience that goes beyond food to creating your very own personalized lifestyle practices.

Whatever you do, do not wait.

Take the leap today.

Finish this year going towards what you seek. 

You are worth it.

Namaste.

Tis the season to eat

Whether you are ready for it or not, the holiday season has arrived!

The calendar is starting to fill with family gatherings, work parties, and festivities with friends.

Ultimately, it is a season to eat!

Here come those candied yams with marshmallows. How about that odd green bean casserole that’s been showing up on the table for decades? Or the freshly baked snickerdoodles and the good old butter cookie.

We are eating more than the calories or pound of lard in grandma’s secret butter cookie recipe. We are being transported back to experiences that brought us connection and comfort.

Think about that one dish that makes you smile at your core.

Our relationship with food and the emotion it elicits is a direct reflection of our state of being.

I know a much deeper conversation than the holiday survival list that will be popping through your feed in the upcoming weeks.  “Don’t show up to the party hungry”. “Bring a healthy dish with you”. “Don’t sit next to the chips and dip”. “Allow yourself a little cheat, you deserve it”.

Keep in mind; all of those suggestions have merit!

I’m just inviting you to go a little deeper.

I’m inviting you to show up to this holiday season differently.

As I have shared in past blogs, our beliefs and words are incredibly powerful.  (what are your 2000 bits and what are your thoughts saying)

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How you feel about the holidays, whether it is a time of gratitude, playfulness, or grief and guilt will directly impact the entire experience you have; all the way to the digestion and assimilation of your food.

The environment and state of being you eat in is actually more important than the chemical composition of the food.

I’m going to share one suggestion that can change your entire holiday season.

Here goes…

Be fully present where you are.

When you are present, a sense of calm and peace will come over you.

When you are present, you are not forcing anything. You’ll find yourself more adaptable to what’s happening right in front of you.

When you are present, you will eat more mindfully and the desire to eat in excess will dissipate.

When you are present, you can give just that, your presence. Engage with those you are with. Everyone, even the grumpy uncle or the awkward cousin has something to share.

When you are present, you have the opportunity to be playful and you’ll stop taking yourself so seriously!

When you are present, worries melt away and you will have a more flexible nature.

Being mindful, engaged, playful, and flexible are all essential to the nourishment you will receive from your meals.

It’s never just about the food!

Go deeper and use these opportunities to expand who you are.

The first step to doing so is being fully present where you are.

I wish you the most spectacular holiday season.

Namaste.

Teri

From nutrition to nourishment

As I keep opening new doors, expanding what holistic truly means, I am continually reminded of one important understanding.

We are doing the best we can with the knowledge that we have at this moment in time.

Everything in life is designed to evolve; including our own personal development, to how we perceive the world, to yes, what we understand about food and nutrition.

With that, it’s time to go past the calorie and nutrient counting.

A food’s estimated caloric or nutrient content is a static laboratory representation of a food. It does not take into account the origin of the food, its preparation, and most importantly, the specific person who is eating.

Did you know that how your body metabolizes nutrients, detoxifies, regulates blood sugar levels, secretes hormones, manages stress, maintains your state of mind along with immune status all impact and influence your ability to digest food?

Our relationship with food surpasses the world of calorie counting, protein content or blaming the carbohydrate for all our health woes.

Food and the art of eating are so much more than that.

We, as the dynamic beings that we are, are so much more than that.

This is what we do know.

  • Food nourishes all of us; body, mind and soul.
  • Food interacts with our DNA expression on the physical level, along with our energetic being and soul through its vibration.
  • No part of us goes untouched by an eating experience.
  • Any form of healing or long term change will require attending to all that we are; body, mind and soul.

So how do we begin to do that?

How do we begin to use our relationship with food to nourish ourselves completely?

Here are four suggestions…

  1. Eat mindfully. It’s time to fully show up to the table. For the best assimilation of nutrients and the nourishment to the soul level, we need to be fully present when we eat. Put down the phone. Close the laptop. Shut off the television. Be completely present to the meal in front of you.
  2. Shift your words about the meal in front of you. Our thoughts and words are powerful. If you say, “this meal is so bad for me; I’m going to gain weight after this”. Guess what? You will!
  3. Choose an eating environment that elevates the absorption of the meal. Whether you eat in a relaxed atmosphere in the company of those you love or a stressful space with someone you are bickering with will alter the assimilation of nutrients and nourishment all the way to the soul level.
  4. Eat in gratitude. What is your state of mind? Where is your energetic vibration? Remember it’s never just about the food itself. It is our interaction with it. Food is assimilated differently from being in a state of gratitude to one of shame or guilt.

How we eat is a personal reflection of who we are and how we are living. Begin to observe how you relate to food and eating. Are you putting your amazing self in a nutrient calculated excel spreadsheet or are you in tune with what it takes to nourish your entire being?

This is an invitation and space to learn more about who you are. Your relationship with food is actually a pathway to becoming the best version of yourself.

This time of year, the autumn season, is where we get to shed all the distractions and go within. Nature does a fabulous job at demonstrating how beautiful this process is.

The question is, are you ready to begin?

Watch this video as I explain what the full holistic journey through food is all about.

I look forward to seeing you on the inside.

Namaste

Teri

Warm pears and honey

Behind every season, there is an energetic essence which we are intricately a part of.

This time of year is about letting go; letting go of what we no longer need. Letting go of what no longer serves us. This act can be felt all the way to our physical body. Yes everything is that connected. During this time, the health of our throat, lungs, and large intestines will take front stage.

Here is a simple recipe that brings warmth, a moistening effect, and an immunity boost; perfect to remain aligned with this season.

Enjoy!

Warm Pears and Honey

By Teri Mosey

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2 Bartlett pears, cut in half, seeds scooped out

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom

1/16 teaspoon cayenne (optional)

Drizzle of Manuka honey

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Lightly coat pears with coconut oil.
  3. Mix spices together and lightly sprinkle onto the skinless side of the pears.
  4. Place pears on baking sheet, into oven, baking until soft, not mushy; about 20 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and drizzle with honey right before serving.

 

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Star Anise Citrus Tea

As Nature continues to transition into Autumn, let’s continue to do the same.

Keep in mind, everything that is happening in the Universe is also happening within you.

You are a miniature universe.

Let’s find ways to keep those respiratory illnesses at bay while attending to our digestive system, the home of our immunity.

My answer is teas, broth, and soups. They are nurturers of our overall health.

Here I share with you a healing tea that is especially helpful at this time.

Star Anise is known as the “flu fighter” with its anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. Star anise helps to clear mucous from the respiratory tract while soothing the digestive system from bloating, indigestion, and constipation.

Cloves are an anti-inflammatory, whose pungency helps to get everything moving; blood, energy, and emotions. Cloves help in clearing congestion, healing sinus infections along with stimulating gastric secretions for effective digestion.

Cinnamon is an immune boosting, blood sugar regulating, digestive healer. Cinnamon is loaded with healing qualities and great tasting!

Orange Peels are not to be wasted! The peel has its own array of health promoting phytonutrients with qualities that help maintain the health of your cardio-respiratory system, an important objective at this time of year.

Consider adding this tea to your Autumn mornings. Enjoy!

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Star Anise Citrus Tea

By Teri Mosey

Yields: 2 cups

 

4 star anise, broken into pieces

½ teaspoon whole cloves, crushed not ground

1 cinnamon stick

Peel of 1 orange

2 cups filtered water

Splash of coconut milk (optional)

½ teaspoon Manuka honey (optional)

  1. Gently crush the whole cloves with a mortar and pestle. Break the star anise into smaller pieces. Place crushed spices in tea ball infuser.
  2. Bring water in teapot to boil, turn off heat, and steep the crushed spices, cinnamon stick, and orange peel for 20 minutes. Keep top on teapot.
  3. Strain into cup. Taste. Add a splash of coconut milk, honey or squeeze of the orange to your liking.

 

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De-stressing is a gutsy move!

Stress. We all have it. It comes in different forms, intensities, and lengths of time.

Perhaps you overwork, are butting heads with your partner, are challenged with an illness or find that the concept of time eludes you.

Perhaps there is an underlying anxiety that kicks in on smaller life experiences; from road traffic, clearing your email inbox, preparing meals to deeper struggles of feeling pressured or stuck in a life you would rather not be living.

Stress has its purpose. It’s part of our internal safety mechanisms.stress meter

It’s when that stress seems to linger for long periods of time that trouble arises. We say we can handle it and this state of being becomes our new normal.

The concern is that there is so much happening within us as we keep these stress cycles in the body continuously activated.

Chronic stress keeps us in a state of emergency.

Overtime, it will use up the body’s resources, compromise our immunity and contribute to elevated blood sugar levels, onset of allergies, high cholesterol, weight struggles, heart disease, anxiety and depression, along with diminished cognitive abilities.

Stress interferes with our life force energy, making us restrictive and constrictive in life.

We become less flexible and adaptable.

Life becomes more about surviving than living.

One pathway we can take, to begin de-stressing is by nurturing our gut.

Our gut is more than the mechanical digestive machine we studied back in grammar school. Our gut, often referred to as our second brain, is home to the majority of our immune defenses, and loaded with brain cells and hormones!

Did you know that the gut has over 100 million neurons, and produces neurotransmitters, including serotonin, dopamine, and acetylcholine?

95% of our serotonin is in our gut! This is our “feel good” calming hormone.

Our mood is largely determined by our gut health!

So what can we do to begin managing stress?

Begin by nourishing your gut with these 5 EATING STRATEGIES.

  1. Eat FERMENTED foods. Feed your body’s microbiome! Add raw unpasteurized sauerkraut, kimchi, apple cider vinegar and tempeh. Just a little a day. Don’t go overboard!
  2. Go PLANT BASED. Plants are loaded with prebiotics to feed the gut’s friendly bacteria along with health promoting compounds called phytonutrients and blood sugar regulating fiber.
  3. Add the SOUR flavor to your diet. Think lemons, grapefruit, apple cider vinegar, blackberries, and mangos.
  4. Load up on the LEAFY GREENS. Move the spinach to the side and go for the watercress, arugula, dandelion, and mustard greens.
  5. Eat MINDFULLY. How often do you use the chomp-swallow method when eating? Slow down. Don’t get all intellectual and count your chews. Just slow down. Be fully present when you are eating.

Everything about the body’s functioning to addressing our overall well-being is part of a holistic design. A design where EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED.

How amazing that our relationship with food can have such an impact on ALL that we are!

Namaste.

 

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Here comes Autumn!

Are you feeling Nature’s shift?

The weather is shifting. The days are getting shorter. The nights are cooler.

You may even notice some shifting within.

  • Is your digestion a touch more sensitive?
  • Are your seasonal allergies kicking in?
  • How about those headaches and sinus infections?
  • How is your patience threshold?
  • Are you feeling less grounded and perhaps “off your center”?
  • Do you want to pass on socializing and relax at home?

You are directly impacted by season transitions. This is because everything that is happening in the Universe is also happening within you.

You are a miniature universe.

As Nature prepares for the upcoming season, it’s time for us to do the same.

A great way to align with Nature during this season transition from summer to autumn is through our food choices.

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Here are FIVE TIPS that you can incorporate into your eating to help keep you aligned with Nature.

  1. Eat all your meals COOKED. Skip the raw salads and smoothies at this time. Best food for season changes is soup. Yes soup. Eat soups daily. This is all about keeping your immunity strong.
  2. Feed your friendly BACTERIA. Think raw, unpasteurized, unheated sauerkraut. Two to four hearty forkfuls daily. A tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar. Some kimchi. Fermented beets or carrots. Your digestive health is super sensitive in times of change and is the home to the majority of your immunity as well as your state of mind.
  3. Add a touch of PUNGENT into your meals. We want to keep our energy, blood, and emotions moving as the seasons change. Add some garlic, scallions, ginger, horseradish, basil,and rosemary to your dishes.
  4. Eat BITTER greens! Think arugula, watercress, collards, mustard greens, dandelion, and lacinato kale. Keep them cooked. A quick sauté will do!
  5. Add SPICES to support digestion. Add fennel, cumin, and ginger to your cooking or make a warm tea.

Keep these eating tips at the forefront during the upcoming weeks. They will help you align with the new energies of Autumn while keeping your immunity strong.

Namaste.

 

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