Thursday, May 28, 2015

Lazy Girl's Approach to Better Health

In the last few years I have gotten into some lazy habits. Cooking, for example. I used to cook healthy food almost every day. But I got out of the habit when I hooked up with someone who loves to go to cafes, and hates kale and other things I used to eat. We moved multiple times and I had my whole way of life disrupted. Eating out in new places is a lot of fun but we've lived in Chico three years or more so I can't really use that for an excuse. What's for supper? I don't know, I didn't plan ahead so we don't have the right ingredients, nothing interesting is already prepared, cheap Chinese food is just down the street and, despite the vegetables, that's not as healthy as you might think. Then menopause set in and changed my metabolism, the leeway I might have had in my youth is gone, and now none of my clothes fit.


This week I went clothes shopping, had the horrifying experience of standing in front of full-length mirrors with awful glaring lighting. . . and saw the awful glaring truth. Yikes!

I know, I know, love my body no matter what size but, still, there are health effects to be expected from this. Let's get real. It's time to re-incorporate some healthier habits into my life!

Big sighs. What are the "easiest" things I could do to generate the most healthful impact?

Thinking way back in time, I remember always planning a week's worth of meals in advance. I'd make sure I got all the ingredients for those meals instead of randomly filling my basket with whatever looked good. And I cooked every night and rarely went out to eat. Cooking from scratch every night, however, is no longer appealing so the current choice is to add in delicious home-cooked meals that will be delightful to eat a second or third time. Or prepared choices that I can mix and match the whole week through.

The first thing I made was a big bowl of salad with the ingredients that make salads start to look sad as time goes on--cut up tomatoes, avocados, etc.--prepared and kept in separate bowls. And a delicious marinated artichoke frittata--just mix the ingredients up, heat on the stove in a cast iron pan for a bit while you waste time on Facebook, add cheese and put under the broiler for a little bit more when the timer you set rings, and now you have a main dish for 3-5 meals, depending on who's eating. Then I felt inspired so I added a pot of rice, made up a nice fruit salad, and opened up a ready-made bag of already cooked seasoned lentils (from Trader Joe's -- yum, highly recommend) and put it in a container so I can just spoon some out whenever I want some.  This doesn't sound like a "lazy" approach but trust me, one night of cooking and ingredient prep led to super easy breakfasts, lunches and dinners for several days after. Paul and I added some microwaved Indian dinners one night and fish with asparagus another but the more time-consuming items were already done. 15 minute dinners that make you feel like you're eating like kings is pretty awesome.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Call of the Heyoka - New Art Print on Etsy

I've been doing a number of experimental artworks in the classes I've been taking lately. Three of my pieces from last year were accepted into the juried Butte College student show this week. This is one of them. I call it "Call of the Heyoka" but it could be called "Marc Chagall Goes to New Mexico" because I was under the influence of a book I read by him at the time. But it's really about a couple of Heyoka (sacred clowns in the Native American tradition) who ride their horse backwards across the New Mexico skies to remind us to pay attention to who we really are, what we really want, what we are doing, and where we're going.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Flower Essences and Aromatherapy for Pain and Stress Reduction

Every time I use my "Releasing Worry and Fear" Reiki-infused flower essence aromatherapy oil I think, "Holy crap! This stuff is amazing!"

It's been awhile since I've tried it. But last night my feet hurt and lower back hurt and I KNOW I've been under some emotional stress. I've been worrying about decisions I have to make that might have significant consequences, and my back has been freaking out. I rubbed Some 'Releasing Worry and Fear" on the soles of my feet -- where it hurt -- up and down my legs, butt and lower back. Wow! In seconds I felt the tension ease away, my feet and back felt better, and I thought, "Oh yeah, that's why I made this stuff." I'd still be making it for me if I wasn't making it for all of you.   Find it in my Etsy shop!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Buy Three Flower Essence Aromatherapy Formulas, Get One Free!

I don't advertise my specials enough! The one ounce size of my Reiki-infused organic flower essence aromatherapy formulas has become a popular choice for people. One ounce lasts a long time -- unless you pour it in your bath which is also a great use for it. I like to use it as a nicely scented body oil when I get out of the shower or dab a little on again later in the day when I get home and just want to relax.

Find this special offer in my Etsy shop!

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Monday, March 09, 2015

Herbal Tea for International Women's Day

How come we don't get a month?!!! And how come we don't have equal rights? And why is this even an issue that we have to fight for anymore in the United States, never mind in other places around the world? And, and, and. . . 

I'm having hot flashes! And sudden cravings for this tea. I've been drinking this every day this week. I love it! It's a lovely mix of Red Raspberry leaf, Red Clover, Rose petals, Rosehips, Chicory, Hibiscus and Cinnamon. Sooooo good! And good for you! A great women's blend.

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Everyday Discounts on Flower Essence Aromatherapy Products

Interested in trying my Reiki-infused Mama Love flower essence aromatherapy products or some of my unscented ones? Need a little help in making up your mind?

Maybe a nice discount will help! You'll find several options in this section of my Etsy shop. Try three for a nice price break. Buy three at full price and get one free (even better). Buy 5 and save even more. Or buy 12 and get my wholesale price!

And if you sign up for my less than monthly email newsletter you'll get an additional 10% off!