“Every moment, nature is serving fresh dishes with items of happiness. It is our choice to recognize and taste it.” - Unknown
As we move along with week two of the "Surviving Mercury Retrograde" series, you can check out week one here, Mercury continues to influence all the feels. The hectic wave of holidays, travel, and family gatherings are upon us. Meanwhile, all you can think about doing is stuffing your face with Ben and Jerry’s, watching your favorite Netflix show, and in general, "vegging out," but with chips and chocolate, of course. While we all have our moments of weakness (pumpkin spiced chocolate chip cookies for breakfast please)! Eating consciously not only aids in digestion; it also lends a meditative moment to reconnect and show gratitude. With so many shifts occurring in the cosmos, tapping into a meditative moment — even briefly — can be liberating for your well being. A wise person once said, “let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food." What does that really mean in a world of fast food and multitasking? Below are some great ways you can slow down and have a more conscious experience with your food.
Eat Nutritionally Dense Foods
These next two months are comfort food heaven. Between office snacks, pies on sale at the store, and family gatherings — processed sugars and carbs will have the majority chugging green juice by January 1st. Health is about 90% of what you eat and 10% staying active. Make it a habit to have one nutritionally dense meal each day. Purchase glass storage containers and keep prepped fruits and veggies on hand.
In the age of binge-watching and multi-tasking, we've all fallen victim to inhaling food whilst doing laundry, watching YouTube videos, and checking emails. When you make it a point to focus on just eating, it encourages easier digestion and overall high vibes. Eating with a view or even enjoying your meal outside at a park (if it’s not too cold) can take your soup & salad to a whole new level. Trust me, that email can wait.
Make It a Date
Instead of scrolling Insta solo while you scarf down an entire bag of chips, consider making plans with friends or family to sit down and enjoy a meal or light snack. It can be as simple as meeting a friend for lunch or having brunch at your place every Sunday. Eating with the people you love creates an atmosphere where you can relax and be more intentional.Yummy Receipe
Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes -- Feeds 3
3-4 yams or sweet potatoes
Unrefined Coconut Oil
Lots of Cinnamon Spice!
Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Cut and wash sweet potatoes into slices. Place cut sweet potatoes into a large, glass pyrex baking dish, preferred, and coat generously with coconut oil. Dust cinnamon spice all over the potatoes, more of less depending on your preference. Place potatoes in the oven and cook for 30-45 mins. While potatoes cook, occasionally remove from oven and move the potatoes around to evenly distribute ingredients and cooking. Add more oil as needed, this will impact it’s softness — less oil = dryer, more oil = a softer, cake-like texture. Bake for 30-40 min depending on oven. When finished, allow to cool before diving in! In our home, this dish doesn’t last long. It can be consumed as a snack, side or dessert.
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