June 21, 2018

Like many indigenous cultures, my ancestors, the Southern Italians, considered plants to have a sentience and consciousness. 
Likewise, many earth based spiritual traditions consider plants to be our ancestors, which is both actual science and animist rooted belief. 

Our nourishment comes from our ancestors. 

With the creeping dawn of Summer Solstice, this morning, I think back through this most recent solstice cycle, where I was at on the Winter Solstice (both physically and in spirit) and what are the lessons of this cycle— both personal and transpersonal. 

I was part way down the Baja peninsula, camped under one of my favorite ancestors, this massive, mighty Grandmother Cardon cactus. 
In this 6 month cycle of the return of the light, a certain quiet has enveloped me. I have spent (by choice) much of my time in the company of plants and dogs and less with humans. 

There is a sincere and deep listening that can occur in this space. 
There is an education dispensed that is recorded in b...

June 8, 2018

Watermelon juice next level. 
Watermelon, like tomatoes, contain lycopene, the phytonutrient that gives it its red pigment. 
Phytonutrients are the plants defense system it makes in the form of bright colors. What protects the plant is also what can protect us. 
This is why it’s important to “eat the rainbow.” 🌈🌿🍓🍋
Lycopene has antioxidant, anti-cancer and restorative neurological benefits. 
Because it is delivered easier and better absorbed with fat, I added MCT oil to this juice. 
In addition, I added in whole lime chunks with skin (that’s where the concentrated anti-cancer flavonoids are) turmeric (anti-inflammatory) cardamom (digestive) and some fresh clary sage flowers for their aromatic and subtle flavor. 
In aromatherapy, clary sage benefits the hypothalamus by relieving anxiety and fear. 



watermelon chunks, whole lime chunks, whole cardamom pods, MCT oil, turmeric and fresh clary sage flowers. 
So refreshing as the days are heating up!!


June 3, 2018

Do y’all remember this Halloween prank idea gone viral? 
Chocolate covered brussels sprouts. I laughed so hard when I first saw it. 
It popped up in my brain the other day and I started laughing again thinking about it in terms of actually being a functional food....because, well, it is. 

Chocolate and cruciferous veggies (kale, cauliflower, broccoli etc.) actually have some great things in common and the common ground of this is they are superfoods for heart health. 

And who couldn’t use a little more heart health these days?

Both contain high amounts of polyphenols which act as dietary antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory effects. And it is coming to light more and more that inflammation affects every aspect of our health. 
Inflammation contributes to heart disease. 

See where I’m going with this? 

It has been shown that those who eat more cruciferous veggies have less carotid artery wall thickness. 
As well, dark chocolate and cacao have shown vasodilation and cardioprotective effec...

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