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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These yummy pancakes have been my go to in a pinch low-oxalate any time meal. If you need a little more heft to your meal fry up some gluten-free maple and chicken apple sausage on the side. Applegate Farms makes a nice patty.
If you are like me and exploring a low oxalate diet you really miss nut butter. Since nut butter was the foundation of so many of my recipes in the past I had to come up with something to replace my almond, cashew, peanut butter and tahini. Enter Pumpkin Seed Butter! Here is one of my takes on an old classic.
Gentle Reminder: Even though pumpkin seeds are low in oxalates it is easy to overdo. A little dab will do ya’!
Many years ago, on an Easter Sunday at the Saint Paul Cathedral, I had my first past life memory. I was watching the priest and his altar boys coming down the aisle swinging an incense burner from side to side. In the moment that the scent of the incense reached me everything changed. I was no longer seeing the church or the people sitting around me.
I saw row after row of grapes growing on vines in the Italian Countryside. The day was warm without a cloud to be seen and, the sun was low in the sky. I saw all this as if I was in a theater watching a movie.
In the next scene, I was a big, round and very fat monk who was checking on the grapes to see if they were ready for harvest. I could tell that I was happy in my life as a monk and a master winemaker. I sensed that I indulged a great deal in the wine I made. I was neither old nor young, but my hair was still brown and was cut in a tonsure as the monks wore in the Middle Ages.
All of this information came in just a flash of knowing. It couldn’t have lasted more than a few seconds. This memory happened over 25 years ago, and I still remember it as clearly as if it was today. This experience made me a believer in the theory of past lives. Since that time I have had many other “memories” come to me in many different ways. We will be exploring some of the ways to retrieve memories in the April past lives playshop. I hope you can join me.
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Folding laundry is my least favorite domestic chore. I usually call a friend while I fold and put everything away or listen to a podcast — anything to distract me from the task at hand.
Today I took a different approach. I decided to be present for the experience. As I lifted each item of laundry out of the basket, I felt the texture and the heat of each piece. I was aware of how jeans hold heat more intensely than a sock. I noticed how washcloths are rough, and napkins are smooth. And the smell of fresh laundry is a delight.
Instead of being a “chore” it was a joy-filled experience. Now, to take that presence into other areas of my life.
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I am continuously looking to make wholesome meals in the quickest way possible. And I especially like it if I can make everything in one pan. This is an easy one-pan meal that only takes a few minutes to prepare. You can swap out the sweet potato for frozen hashbrowns to make this even simpler.
I have been adding riced cauliflower to my hashbrowns for awhile now to cut down on the carb load. I have seen other brands now make different flavored riced cauliflower mixes in the freezer section of your favorite grocer.
- 1/2 shredded sweet potato
- 1/2 cup trader joes cauliflower stir fry
- Small red onion, sliced
- 1 tbs of Tuscan herb olive oil
- Season salt
Sautee red onion in olive oil. Add sweet potatoes and cauliflower stirfry. When vegetables are soft and slightly crispy make a well in the middle of the hashbrowns and add an egg. Cover the pan and steam the egg until it is to the desired doneness. Enjoy!
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I have been struggling with finding the right and perfect diet for my body. This is not a new struggle. I’ve been exploring this most of my adult life. If there is a diet out there, I have tried it. .. and failed.
I get a new book on the latest fad diet and inhale the information. I go down the youtube rabbit hole and ultimately feel frustrated by all the conflicting information.
When tuning into Guidance this morning, I got that knowledge leads us to intuition but it is not the end result.
Being armed with knowledge can actually get in the way of hearing our intuition. So my answer this morning regarding my diet is to eat more veggies. That is the one thing all of these diets I’ve been researching have in common.
Disclaimer: I am not looking for a weight loss supplement so no solicitations please. My journey is to find the best way to eat for my body for optimal health.
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in the womb I dwell
quietly reflecting on
that which passes by