I don’t know about you, but my mind is in two places right now.
Focused on warm, soul-comforting flavors (it’s been about a solid month of freezing temps here in Michigan so far!)
Devising my tropical escape.
This salad combo was born out of my fantasy today, so I thought I’d share with you guys because it was deciduous! Wherever you are, I hope you enjoy. Be sure to make this in a very big salad bowl— it creates a massive meal for 1– or share with a friend!
1 small cucumber
1-2 cups spring salad mix
6 small sweet peppers
1/2 cup of chopped pineapple
1/2 cup chopped baby bella mushrooms
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
sea salt (to taste)
red pepper (to taste)
chipolte power (to taste)
4 tsp maple syrup
4 tsp lime juice
2 tsp fresh orange juice
1. Heat a ceramic pan on low heat and add celery, peppers, mushrooms, sea salt, and chipotle powder. Simmer using water (as an oil-free option) for 20 minutes.
2. Add chopped pineapple to the pan and continue simmering for 5 minutes.
3. While waiting to finish cooking, spiralize your cucumber noodles (I used the ribbon setting) and chop up your salad.
4. When done simmering and cooked to your liking, add warm veggies and pineapple to top your salad.
5. Sprinkle with red pepper, fresh apples and add dressing.
There you have it! If you are near a beach, be sure to enjoy this there for me, k?
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Although I am continuing to eat a low-fat diet this fall, I am becoming more mindful of my own inner callings for comfort and security during this seasonal shift.
Our increased cravings for fats are one way that our body stimulates us to create balance within dryer, cooler seasons.
Without many fats in my diet at the moment, I am feeling drawn to incorporate more self-care measures that involve oils, which will absorb from the surface of our skin into deeper layers of tissues. Using oil in this way nourishes the entire body as it creates a layer of warmth and protection from the dominating elements.
The concept of using specific oils during seasonal shifts stems from ancient Auryvedic practices. For the fall transition, sesame oil is preferred to balance the excess element of Vata (air).
I tend to use what I have on hand, which right now is some almond oil!
Over the next few weeks I will be bringing in my favorite essential oil from doTerra that is created with warm tones of cinnamon, clove, thyme, and rosemary.
For dry, tight facial skin my very favorite remedy is the Medical Medium recommended Lagoon Essentials Pomegranate Seed Oil (if you have acne, go slow with the oils to experiment if they work ok for you!)
And of course a moisturizing, trusty lip balm is always key. My favorites are the ones I pick up at my local farmers market from the beekeepers. ♡
How are you nurturing your body through this seasonal shift?
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