Sun Butter Maple Fudge

IMG_3313Ingredients:

1/2 c. organic coconut oil
1/2 c. sunflower seed butter (I used Trader Joe’s)
1 tsp. maple flavoring
2 tbs. Lakanto Maple Flavored Syrup

Directions:

Place ingredients in a saucepan and heat until all ingredients are melted together.  Then, pour the liquid into cute little molds and place them in the freezer for 30 minutes to harden.  Once taken out of the molds I put them into a covered storage container and place back in the freezer.  These need to stay cold as they will melt at room temperature.

Servings:  18

Notes:  This is a low carb (1 per serving), low oxalate, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free little slice of yumminess!

Vanilla Body Butter

Vanilla Body ButterI don’t like store-bought lotions and potions because you never really know what is in them. So, out of necessity, I came up with this little gem of a body butter. It is so simple to make and goes on smooth and creamy.

Recipe:

1/2 cup organic coconut oil

1/2 cup organic raw shea butter

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract.

place all ingredients in a sauce pan and melt on low.  Stir.  When the ingredients are melted put in glass jar.  I placed mine in the freezer for a few minutes to solidify it.  Once you take it out it stays nice and creamy.  It melts into the skin and you feel soft throughout the day.  Enjoy!

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What Your Dreams May Be Telling You

dream-interpretation-certificateDreams can be a helpful tool to help us find insights into the hidden parts of ourselves. Not every dream has an important message. Some dreams are garbage dreams. Our unconscious mind may simply be processing and releasing the events of the day.  Some dreams are prophetic. These dreams feel different than ordinary dreams. They tell us about something that is happening on the astral plane, which may manifest on the physical plane soon. Some dreams are visitations from loved ones who have crossed over. These ones are reminders that even though a loved one has departed, they are still with us.  Whatever kind of dream you may be having, they can be a useful means for understanding ourselves more completely.
Recently I had a dream I was working for a company, and as a gift for my service, they bought me a pink pair of hiking boots. For some reason, people were moving out, and they accidentally picked up my boots and put them into their moving truck. I was frantic to get them back.   When I asked to get the boots back they were buried so deeply in the moving truck they couldn’t get to them. Eventually, I did get the boots back, but someone had planted flowers in them. I remember feeling upset by this, and then I woke up.
308aa7f6dc3709ea785cd526abdd1fb4This dream stood out because the hiking boots were pink, and they played such a significant role in the dream. Pink to me stands for unconditional love and self-acceptance. We wear boots on our feet, and they help us walk comfortably on the Earth. You could say that in this dream, the boots symbolize my connection to the Earth and my relationship to myself. For awhile in the dream, I lost the boots. Was the dream telling me that I have lost my connection to the Earth and therefore myself? Later in the dream, the boots are returned to me, but there are flowers planted in them. I clearly didn’t understand that the flowers were another gift. Flowers can represent many things. For example, it could mean new growth. Or, they could be telling me to stop and smell the roses. My interpretation of the flowers planted in the boots is this. I am slowly beginning to love and accept myself more every day (being gifted the pink boots). I’m just not always able to appreciate myself as much as I could (not understanding the gift of the flower). So the dream is telling me I am making progress in the self-love department, but I don’t always see it.
Do you have a dream you could use some insight into? Send me your dream, and I will happily interpret it for you.
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Intentions

Most of us have heard of intentions these days. We have certain behaviors we want to change or goals we want to achieve, so we make a list or have an action plan in place to achieve our objectives. It can be a potent exercise.

Did you also know that in medical terms intention means the healing process of a wound?

Learning that changed how I looked at setting intentions. The word has become overused and was beginning to lose its power for me. Once I started seeing it at an in-depth healing process, the word became meaningful again.

What does setting intentions mean for you?

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Soul Loss & Recovery

imagesMy Guidance was pretty clear that I was to offer a discount on Soul Retrieval this month.  I knew I needed to do some research so that I could speak about it articulary to my people.  The more I studied how soul loss affects us emotionally, spiritually, mentally, and physically, the more I realized that I was the one who needed a soul retrieval.

I had been through a lot in the last three years.  Between a break up with a man I really cared about and two different health issues, I was struggling to get back to wellness.

Lately, I had been having a tough time staying present.  I have been unfocused and acting very much like I had ADD.  I would sit down to do a project and have to get up 10 times because I was distracted by other things.  I didn’t realize until I delved into the research that having a hard time staying present is a symptom of soul loss.

Once I had my aha moment, I allowed myself to get very quiet and put myself in a slight trance.  I started to call missing parts of my soul back into my body.  I knew these pieces of self left so that I could do what needed to be done to navigate the traumas I had been through without being mired down by the emotions that go along with it.  Unfortunately, these lost soul parts stayed gone until I remembered to call them back.

I felt better after my soul retrieval.  I felt truly in my body.  I was able to focus again.  The constant brain fog that I had been experiencing disappeared.  What an enourmous shift in my energy!

Here is an excerpt of a lovely article that I found on the International Spiritual Experience website about Soul Retrieval.

When one experiences soul loss, it is not that you have entirely lost your soul but it can be that a piece of yourself that you were born with is now missing. This can happen due to a trauma of some type. Sometimes the trauma is even blocked from one’s memory because it was too hard to deal with at the time, but remains unresolved in the persons emotional, spiritual and physical bodies and causes problems in several ways over time. You may notice the symptoms of this when you do not feel “all together” or “all here” and that is actually true. You have lost a piece of yourself. During a soul retrieval healing, these pieces can be retrieved and reintegrated for you.

Symptoms of soul loss include:

 

* Having a hard time staying present in your body
* Feeling numb, that you do not care about life or anything else
* Feeling consistently depressed
* You may have problems with your immune system and have trouble resisting illness
* You may have gaps in your memory of your life from a certain period of time.
* You may have a number off addictions to, for example, alcohol, drugs, food sex, technology.

Using my skills as a Master in Transpersonal Hypnotherapy, I can help you retrieve those parts of self that may be missing.  For June, I am offering a $50 discount on Soul Retrieval sessions with me.  You can go to my website for more information about me or reach out to me via email at della@innerpeacemovementstudio.com.

Meditation Monday: Mudra for Protection

Today’s meditation will help you ward off negative energy from your environment.  It helps strengthen the auric field.  It strengthens the endocrine and immune system.  Helps cultivate healthy boundaries.  It also centers us in the present moment.

 

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Wild Blueberry Smoothie

One of the things that got me into trouble with oxalates in the past was my morning smoothie.  I would make it with nut butter or hemp protein powder, toss in a couple of very large handfuls of spinach and blend it all together with almond milk.  That would be about 1,000 mg of oxalates per smoothie.  Considering I’m down to 50 mg a day that is an enormous amount of oxalates to be pumping into my body.

Since beginning a low oxalate lifestyle (LOL), I thought I would have to give my morning smoothie up.  I simply needed to be more thoughtful in how I put it together.  Switching my spinach for romaine lettuce was key.  Romaine is very low in oxalates.  I stopped using almond milk and switched to flax and coconut milk.  I actually like these two options better.  Blueberries are some of the lowest fruits for oxalate content.  Bananas are also low, which I use here to sweeten this smoothie.  Enjoy!

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Meditation Monday’s: Heart Beat Meditation

Welcome to Meditation Monday’s!  Each Monday I will create a new video for you to meditate with.  I draw from many different meditation technologies to bring you a variety of breath, mudra, guided and kundalini yoga meditations.   This first in the series is adapted from the Kundalini Yoga tradition.  Enjoy!

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Spinach Was Making Me Sick

A young girl makes a face at a plate of spinach.I’ve been hesitating to talk about this because, quite frankly, it sounds crazy and is just a bit controversial.  I’ve known for quite a while that something was off in my diet, but I wasn’t sure what it was.  I wasn’t sick, but I had some pain that didn’t make sense to me.

About six years ago I started eating a low carb paleo diet due to blood sugar issues.  I immediately felt better and my blood sugar stabilized.  I’d gradually tapered off eating meat and leaned heavy on nuts and seeds for my daily protein.

In the past year, I had developed pain in my right side (and in my heart) and thought it was because I didn’t have a gallbladder.  It had been removed years before.  I went to an allopathic doctor and even had an ultrasound, a gazillion blood tests and everything turned out normal.

The doctor said my heart beat was a little off, but didn’t see it as a cause for concern.  I honestly thought the heart pain was due to the loss of a relationship years before and I just needed time to heal emotionally.

I finally went to see my naturopathic doctor, and he was able to diagnose the right side pain as a weakness in my kidneys.  He recommended some dietary changes and put me on hydrangea tincture to dissolve stones and help support the kidneys.

Being me, I took to Dr. Google and started researching how kidney stones are formed in the body.  It is mostly diet related, specifically foods high in oxalates.  All of the foods I had been living on for years are the biggest offenders.  Nut, seeds, beans, spinach, kale and my beloved chocolate are all high in oxalates.  Most people can pee the excess oxalates right out of the body.  I was eating these offenders in excess, and my body couldn’t get rid of them fast enough.  So, it stored them in my tissues, joints, organs, bones, and skin.  Yes, everywhere.

My morning smoothie would consist of one or two tablespoons of nut butter, or a hemp protein powder, super green powder, two big handfuls of spinach and almond milk to mix it all together.  That is about 1,000g of oxalate right there.  And, that was only breakfast.  Don’t even get me started on all of the recipes I’ve posted over the years.  Most of them are high oxalate offenders.

I DID IT ALL WRONG!

It was suggested in the research to find out if oxalates are an issue simply reduce the amount you are eating.  If your body has a reaction, then you are fucked.  I mean you probably have an issue.  What I didn’t hear was to do this slowly.  If you are eating 3,000g a day of oxalates, reduce it incrementally over several weeks until you average 50g per day.  Well, I didn’t do that.  I went all in and reduced all of the high oxalates from my diet.  I went down to 50g a day right away.

The first few days were fine.  No symptoms.  I felt fantastic.  Then. . . dumping began.  Dumping is a term for when the body begins to release the excess oxalates from the body.  You feel like you’ve been beaten to within an inch of your life.  Every. Part. Of. Your. Body. H.U.R.T.S.  And, not just for a few days.  I’m a month into this now, and I still hurt.   But I am better.

I’m not going to explain the science behind all of this here.  There are smarter people than I who have been doing so for quite awhile now.  I will give you links to their info below.

WHAT THIS HAS TAUGHT ME

  • Listen To Your Intuition –  My intuition had been telling me for quite awhile that nuts were becoming an issue.  I didn’t listen because on some level I didn’t want to have to change.  Don’t wait until you have no choice.
  • Slow Down – I am one of those people who is always going a hundred miles an hour.  Nothing has slowed me down like this has.  It has helped me to see that doing one thing at a time or simply doing the next thing in front of me is enough.
  • Think Outside The Box – I’ve really had to completely change how I eat which has inspired me to create new recipes.  I see creating a low oxalate cookbook in my future.
  • Addictions Keep You Stuck – I had developed some unhealthy addictions around food and technology.  Instead of watching hours of Netflix a day I have been reading instead.  I am not sure how this correlates, but I know it does.

IN CONCLUSION

At the beginning of my oxalate dump, I could barely move my body.  I was spending my days either in bed or on the couch.  Exercise was out of the question.  Here I had been eating what I thought was a healthy diet for so long only to find out I wasn’t eating healthy for me.  That made me cry.

Now that I am past the grief I am hopeful.  My body is getting better every day.  I know there is a way to go yet, but I am positive that in the long term my body will thank me for the pain I am causing it now.  This crazy experience has changed so many things for me in such a positive way that I am incredibly grateful it happened.

RESOURCES:

This really is the best oxalate talk yo will ever see.  Once you get past the moderator (on the left) you get to hear Elliot Overton talk everything oxalate.

 

Sally Norton is a Health Coach who has a very informative website about oxalate poisoning.  You can find her here.

One of the best resources I have had is the TLO (Trying Low Oxalate) Facebook group.  It is helpful to know you are not alone on this journey.