Skip to main content

A Soul Searching Kind of Week

This past week was a busy one; NY Dance Parade, recital meetings, and a little soul searching. With this new diet I've become hyper aware of my moods and how my body is talking to me and I realized a few things needed a little refinement. Physically and mentally I've been feeling great but I felt like I was missing or forgetting something. On my commute Tuesday I started scrolling though my iBooks and saw an e-book that I received about 4 months ago. It was from Kiner Enterprises, a dance coaching company that helps dancers market and brand themselves. The owner Ashani Mfuko is constantly posting inspirational messages on Facebook that I believe apply to everyone not just dancers. Anyway, back to her e-book. I took some time to read it through and it really helped me refocus my energy on what I want to be doing. I know that I want to be teaching more master classes, choreographing more, and not just settle teaching in dance studio for kids (which I don't mind, most days I truly enjoy this, but I'm looking to work with young adults more often). It also was a nice reminder to take a minute to slow down and spend some time working towards what I want and not what I feel like I'm supposed to do.

Tonight I had my mom Joan Marie (click for her yummy gluten free treats!) over to make our first batch of cultured vegetables. Now I know what you're thinking, what the heck are cultured vegetables?! They are vegetables mixed with shredded cabbage and fermented to grow natural probiotics (which are extremely healthy for digestive tract). Everyone is looking to better their health and this is a cost effective way to get probiotics in your system naturally. Plus it was an easy process and a sort of calming activity. Here's what they look like now:


They take about 4-7 days to ferment so I'll keep you posted on how they taste. I do love the bright colors they are! To me it looks like sunshine in a bottle :-)

Have you ever tried something that sounds a little crazy for a diet? Did it work? 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

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 a…

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:




What on Earth is there for you to eat? A Recipe Roundup

As I mentioned in my last post, I've recently discovered I have more food allergies. So now in addition to being gluten free and dairy free, I am also egg free, fennel free, and coconut free (however coconut oil tested fine with no reaction whatsoever). I also had a reaction to powdered stevia; the liquid one was fine and I will be reworking all my baked goods recipes using just liquid stevia (a future blog post). The reaction I get when friends and family find out is, "What do you eat? It must be so terrible!" If I were in their shoes and had no personal experience with food allergies and sensitivities I might have the same reaction. However, I actually feel calmer and less stressed. Honestly there's so much good food I can eat safely.  I feel so relieved to know what has been making me feel sick and covered in itchy eczema lately. It's no fun dealing with digestive system issues, headaches, and feeling self conscious about your skin.

So what exactly do I eat? L…