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Celebrating The Holiday Spirit: A Year In Review

Wishing you all a happy, healthy, and positive New Year! May this holiday season make you brighter :-) Lot's of Love, Catherine The Holidays: Days spent with those we love, exchanging gifts, and eating lots of food. For me this time of year causes a lot of self-reflection, some anxiousness, but mostly it makes me want to slow down and enjoy the people I cherish most. Due to a series of some out of the ordinary events, I am no longer cantering at Church. In some ways my heart is sad because at the end of the day I truly enjoy it but with it has come some blessings in disguise. For the first time in years I went to bed before 2am on Christmas Eve and did not have to be up and out of the house by 7:00am. I went to mass with Anthony and just enjoyed the spiritual experience and was not on auto-pilot from being over-tired or it being my 3rd mass of the day. It was really nice to have a relaxing Christmas morning. We were even able to meet up with one of Anthony's high school fr

Put One Foot In Front of The Other: Inspiration To Keep Moving Forward

"Keep putting one foot in front of the other. Don’t allow anyone to knock you off from the goal that you see in your mind’s eye. This journey is yours and nobody has the right to change your destination." Jamie Flexman  (Click for his blog post on Tiny Buddha that inspired me.) Words never rang so true for me. With a busy work schedule and a few disappointing career related events over the last few weeks, I've lost track of my journey as of late. Old feelings of not being good enough and feeling unworthy of success have made me hold back from making phone calls or setting up appointments. A goal of mine is to be teaching classes for my dance company Aries In Flight in the upcoming year and lately I haven't been taking any steps towards this goal. When I read these words on Monday I suddenly began to feel in control and empowered once again. I've heard this phrase before but reading it this time resonated with me in a whole new way. Right now I can see the goa

A Week of Nourishing Gratitude

As I get older, I notice that there are many holiday traditions that I want to start sharing with my finance Anthony. After over a month of a crazy 7-day work schedule Thanksgiving week I had off Wednesday-Sunday; I haven't had a full day off in over a month and I was determined to make it fun week full of great food, the company of those I love and starting new traditions. Now as with all holiday weeks you probably think of over indulging in comfort food that's terrible for you. Being I had a very severe wheat exposure attack recently, I knew I wanted to stay strict on Body Ecology but still enjoy myself to the fullest. I made it a point to get in the kitchen this week and make some amazing meals that not only tasted great, but are actually good for you. Here are some of my favorite meals from this week: Shirataki Noodle with Shallots and garlic with a side of kale and roasted Brussels Sprouts. Rainbow Vegetable Soup with Egg Yolks (to set the yolks, heat up the sou

Miami Adventures: Traveling Gluten Free

Last week was full of adventures and meeting new people. I traveled to Miami for the 2013 National Dance Education Organization National Conference and presented a poster presentation entitled Interpreting Bob Fosse for Beginning Theater Dance Students. To prepare I knew I had to plan ahead with some of my food options and figure out how keep my body from stressing itself out. I know it sounds silly to most people but travel really takes a toll on my system. I don't sleep as well, my eating schedule is different, and I don't want to go into too much detail but my digestive system will get all confused. I'm not sure why I'm so sensitive to environment changes but I do know that I need to be as prepared as possible to ease the stress response my body loves to manifest. I started drinking Coconut Kefir on a regular basis back in July and the way it makes me feel can only be described as happy. When I started drinking the kefir I noticed my sleep habits improved, my stoma

It's OK, It's Gluten Free!

There has been a lot of activity on Twitter and in the circle of the gluten free community lately on the subject of the Gluten Free products and marketing. There has also been a lot of buzz about gluten-free being the new fad diet. I have mixed issues on both subjects but I've noticed that my wheat-alert ears are highly perked lately. Why you may ask? Here's what's been happening. A few twitter accounts that I follow have been on a campaign to spread the word that having a wheat allergy or having celiac's is not a fad diet and is not a choice for those of us who suffer. I am with them 100% on this point. In the past year since my diagnosis I have encountered people who say, "It can't be that bad," or "It's all in your head." I suffered for years with migraines, constant sickness, body aches, brain fog, and overwhelming tiredness that made me feel as if there was something really wrong with me and that I must be crazy. Last November I ac

Making Changes and Moving Up

This week has been a week full of inspiration, creativity, excitement and epiphanies. I have had some major clarifications arise for my dance company and will be unveiling a completely new branding in a few weeks. For the first time in my life my purpose feels so clear and I'm really excited! I can't wait to share all the details with you :-) I read a really great ebook this week called Finance Your Dance by Ashani Mfuko. If you are looking for any kind of help with your business plan, clarifying your goals, or learning how to maximize your profits, I highly recommend this book. Her ideals about the arts truly resonate with me. She believes that the dance world (I would say the arts in general) need to stop talking about how we're poor starving artists and do something about it. Just because we're artists does not mean we deserve to work for free nor that we should suffer from financial insecurity. I for one have felt this way my entire career and have been working to

Fall Into The Kitchen: A Week of Recipes (Gluten Free and Body Ecology)

This week I've been making my happy time in the kitchen. My schedule has been a little busy so I haven't been coming up with too many recipes lately but this week I did get a chance to make some yummy treats. Something has changed for me about cooking; its become therapeutic where as it used to intimidate me. I used to joke that my fiance always did all the cooking but now when people ask he shocks them by saying I cook a lot more now than I did before. Changing my lifestyle has opened up my mind to all the creative things you can do in the kitchen. It's a lot of fun trying out new ideas and perfecting them so they taste just right. Even after a long day, spending some time making a delicious meal in the kitchen relaxes me. I never thought I would say that. Nor would I ever think I would say cooking is fun. I guess what's changed is that the food in the kitchen isn't making me sick anymore. Here are a few recipes I've tried out this week. Smashed Potato

Sunday Fun-Day with a side of French Toast!

What a wonderful Sunday I had today! The weekend started off great as I can officially announce I am the new Musical Theater Workshop Instructor for the Harkness Dance Center at The 92nd Street Y. I'm so excited to be teaching an age group I prefer (12-18) and working at such a historically well known company. Getting ready to teach my first class! I started off this morning with a delicious new breakfast recipe I discovered. I really wanted French Toast (not BED) so I looked in the fridge to see what I had. The result was out of this world spectacular! What's even better is its egg free, gluten free, and can easily be made dairy free. Here's the recipe: Ingredients: 1 cup of millet soaked 3 cups of water sea salt Stevia Powder (I used Trader Joe's organic stevia powder) Cinnamon ghee* (to make dairy free/vegan use coconut oil) *Ghee is Casein and Lactose free as it is clarified butter with all the milk solids removed.  Putting It To

Trusting Your Instincts: Believing In Healing Yourself

What a great week it turned out to be last week! I made some huge headway towards where I want my career to go, finally got back in the kitchen, and am beginning to feel more centered since having my epiphany last week.  It's rewarding to know that I've come so far in the last year. Some yummy meals I made this past week :-) This month marks 1 year and 2 months since my wheat allergy diagnosis. I've never felt more grateful in my life for where I am health wise. Today I want to share with you my journey. As a young child (about 5 or 6) I began experiencing major headaches, always had an eczema rash, and had been dairy free since being diagnosed as a baby. I remember complaining to my teachers about headaches and they thought I was just shy and not wanting to participate. In truth I was really suffering. My parents began taking me to various doctors; the pediatrician, eye doctor, chiropractors, but no one could diagnose what was going on with me. They made som

Unlocking The Doorway to Happiness

When making a huge lifestyle change you begin to notice details about yourself you may never have before. The further along you go on your journey, the more unsettling or uncomfortable thoughts will come into focus. From my research on this topic, I see that this is a necessary part of the process, normal, and even healthy for you. This week I had a major eye-opening discovery about myself and it caught me completely off guard. I have never considered myself a judgemental person. In my book, you choose how you want to live your life and as long as its not hurting me, yourself, or anyone for that matter I say embrace your decisions. I will gladly support you in changing jobs, getting married, trying a new way of dressing because at my core I believe we are all individuals who are uniquely different with so many different ideas to share. That's what makes living everyday so much fun; if we were all the same life would be pretty boring. Well, I woke up a bit of a crank pot Tuesday

Celebrations and Quiet Reflections

I had such a wonderful weekend last week! I celebrated my 5 year anniversary with my fiance on Friday. Since we met I have been talking about getting a tattoo and he took me on Friday to bite the bullet. I was nervous, but felt like the timing was just right; I had been preparing for this weekend for a long time as we also had our engagement party last Saturday. Part of what spurred me on this lifestyle change was wanting to feel my best for all the upcoming events to celebrate my engagement and wedding. And after 4 1/2 months on Body Ecology, I can honestly say I've never felt better. The tattoo is a reminder of what inspires and moves me to be my best self. Here's what it looks like: I got a dancing fairy as it reminds me that I have wings that will take me anywhere I want to go, as long as I let them. The dancer, I believe is my true self and dance is what makes me happiest. She's my own personal reminder of Aries In Flight (my dance company) and together we will m

New Beginnings and Gluten Free/Body Ecology Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Can you believe it's September? I personally love the summer, its a great time to hit the reset button. September to me represents new beginnings and chances to start over. I'm excited for what's ahead this coming dance season; I'm ready to take the bull by the horns and have one of my most successful years creatively and career-wise. Something about the September air truly inspires my inner dreamer and I'm encouraged to believe anything is possible. It's so exciting! To continue my journey on the year of my best self, I'm beginning to delve into mind-body connection and it's relationship to health. I've started reading Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself by Lissa Rankin, MD. I'm about a third of the way into the book and I feel like I'm learning so much already. Constant stress, overexertion, self doubt, and negative thoughts set off flight or fight responses in your body which in turn causes your body to be in

Roller Coasters of Emotion: Taking a Time Out

Hello readers! It's been 2 weeks since I've last blogged. I've been taking both mental and physical vacations the last couple of weeks. This journey on The Body Ecology Diet is leading me to places I never thought I would go. The journey is not just about healing me physically; it's about healing me mentally too. Now that all the distractions I used to use as coping mechanisms are out of the picture, I'm dealing with some demons I've been holding onto for a long time.  Issues I thought I was over have resurfaced and I've realized that I never dealt with them, I've only pushed and shoved them down so deep I hid them temporarily. Change is a strange thing. You have some really high moments coupled with some really low ones. It's a crazy dance that has no "typical" rhythm or pattern. Each journey is unique and different. I'll admit these last couple of weeks have not been my highest points. In fact I've had more low moments than I ca