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Spring Cleaning and Key Lime Pie!



It's been quite a while since I've had a moment to sit down and blog. I'm happy to say it's all good things keeping me busy. My dance company Aries In Flight has had 3 performances in the last month and I'm busy making connections and working on a coaching program for dancers as well. I will say at the end of the day I love having this space to share my thoughts, recipes, and stories with you all so thank you for your constant feedback and support.

I've had a lot to contemplate and think about both health-wise and professionally speaking this winter. I rearranged my work schedule in January and began really pushing full force with my dance company. In so many ways this all so thrilling, exciting, and wonderful; in others ways it is utterly frightening. What I mean is that taking your dream and really making it a reality brings up some crazy thoughts. Will people like me? Am I crazy for thinking this way? Am I making the biggest mistake of my life? I've had a few really dark moments in this process and I am ready for some spring cleaning.

It's been pretty rainy the last few days and I feel it is so appropriate for this time of year. We get to wash out the darkness of the cold, dry winter and welcome in the re-birth of nature. For me it feels like New Year's Day all over again and I've seen myself pass through so many struggles in the last 12 months. Here are some triumphs I'm celebrating today:

1. My skin had been officially rash free and healed for about a month. When I look at my right hand and arm it looks like I grew a new limb! I have not seen my skin so clear in over a year and it's so reassuring to see that I'm healing inside and out.
2. I am finally comfortable with my doctors. After being told for so long that there was nothing wrong with me and that pill popping and prescription medication were the only way to survive this lifetime I am happy to report I have doctors who want to heal my body with diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes and truly get to the root of my issues so they can help my body heal itself. I have been prescription free for about a year and a half now and feel so much better for it.
3. I have had a regular period 3 months in a row! While I also feel like I'm going through puberty again, I'm happy to to be in a place where I can understand how my body works and have actual signs that it's functioning properly.
4. Food. I am at a place where I accept what I have and make it work. I do not apologize for my allergies and non-celiac gluten intolerance anymore. If people want to say something, let them. At that point its about them, not me.

On the topic of food, I came up with an AMAZING key lime pie recipe for Easter and just have to share. It's Body Ecology compliant, Gluten free, Grain Free and Sugar free! Take some time to celebrate you today. Spring is here to celebrate the renewal of YOU so bask in its warmth, support, and love.

Key Lime Pie

(Adapted from both Elena's Pantry and Ricki Heller)

Crust Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups soaked, sprouted and dehydrated almonds
1/4 teaspoon celtic sea salt or himalayan salt
2 tablespoons coconut oil (organic, unrefined)
1 tablespoon Alcohol Free Vanilla
2 dropper fulls Alcohol Free Liquid Stevia (I use NuNaturals)

Filling Ingredients:
4 small avocados
Juice of 4 limes
Lime Zest (optional)
2-3 dropper fulls Alcohol Free Liquid Stevia
4 teaspoons Chia seeds (NOTE: Ricki Heller's recipe called for ground chia. You can definitely try this out as it will still thicken the mixture without the seed being visible.)

Directions:
1. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with liners. Set aside.

2. In a food processor, pulse the almonds till a fine meal is formed. Add the remaining crust ingredients and blend till is forms a dough. (It will look like wet sand). Press the crust into the bottom of the lined muffin tins. Place in fridge and prepare the filling.

3. Place all filling ingredients in a food processor. Blend, scraping the sides several times. Once the mixture is smooth, spoon into the crust filled muffin tin. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 30 minutes before serving. 

A delightfully, refreshing treat!


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