Soup Diaries: Mushroom Noodle

Soup Season is here! In honor of the start of fall, I launched a plant-based soup series showcasing all my favorite healthy, comfort soups to nourish you through the colder weather and beyond.

The second soup of the series, Mushroom Noodle, is a plant-based update to a childhood classic. Mushrooms, ginger and turmeric provide crazy anti-inflammatory & immune boosting benefits, while onion, basil, thyme and garlic give the soup the classic chicken noodle flavors.

Check out the full printable recipe below:

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Soup Diaries: Creamy Broccoli Soup

Soup Season is here! In honor of the start of fall, I am launching a plant-based soup series showcasing all my favorite healthy, comfort soups to nourish you through the colder weather and beyond.

The first soup of the series, Creamy Broccoli, is a staple in my home. In fact, if you attended A Day of Namaste this past winter, you got a chance to try it! So creamy it will have you questioning that it is really dairy-free, this soup will be a favorite among even the pickiest eaters. Packed with fiber and protein, it will help you naturally detox and fight inflammation with superfoods like broccoli, celery, apple cider vinegar and dill.

Check out the full printable recipe below:

If you make the recipe at home, make sure to tag me on socials and let me know what you think!

5 Secrets for Long Lasting Marriage 

This month I will celebrate my marriage anniversary. 💗🥂💍

We are often asked about our relationship and what has kept us together since we first met in 1988. From my experience, it takes two people to create a great relationship. One can’t bring it without the other.  Both people have to do the things required to make it work successfully. My husband and I live unusual lives and have very high standards for our relationship. We enjoy a different lifestyle, and live in what we consider a better way for each other and our family. We WANT to live different, to live better, to see how wonderful, exciting and great we can make our lives together.

Here are some guidelines that have worked well for our relationship:

Take Exceptional Care of Yourself

Most Americans gain a pound a year over their adult lives, but not us. We still weigh what we weighed in our early 20’s. Taking care of yourself and wanting to remain healthy for each other is something we prioritize.

Stay Connected

Many couples, especially couples that have been married as long as us, don’t spend intimate time together. We have rituals in place, like taking an evening walk around our garden and 3-4 times a year taking a trip alone together. Traveling, especially to exotic places keeps a sense of excitement and adventure in our relationship. If health conditions around the world are precarious, we revisit our favorite places in our home state of California.

Teach Your Children Well

Some parents are obsessed with and paranoid about their children and pour their lives into their kids in an excessive, unhealthy way.  We are not “helicopter parents”. It is not good for the kids and takes a huge toll on a marriage. We parent around our lives together – not the other way around. We want our kids to see our relationship as the strong and stable nucleus of our home. We let them know that they are not the only people on the planet.

Many parents had difficult relationships with their teenage kids, but not us. We had honest, open, loving relationships with our wonderful kids. We are their “go-to people” for any challenge. We live in a three generational home, which can be challenging for many couples. Our children witness our caregiving of their grandparents and benefit from their daily interaction with them.

Inspired Living Space

We also appreciate having our own space and interests. We have a spacious home, and each of us has a place to call our own within it. We appreciate giving each other space, and just because we want to spend time away from each other doesn’t mean we love or cherish each other any less.

Being married to someone for over three decades creates a braid of love, steel, and trust that just gets stronger until its unbreakable. Love requires action. Deeply care about each other, have empathy, kindness, support, compassion and be reliable and honest. How truly fortunate I am to have a deep devotion, respect and admiration for someone who makes me a better me.

And for those of you still looking for love, remember to chose wisely and then treat kindly.

Love ❤️

Stacy

Yoga On The Go

Yoga On The Go…

Easy tips to help you stay committed, consistent, and at home in your yoga practice when you’re abroad


The yoga sutras teach us that the level of achievement we will receive from our practice depends on the intensity with which we bring ourselves forth. Sutra 1:22 says The time necessary for success depends on whether the practice is mild, medium or intense. The Sutras also tell us that we must practice earnestly and consistently (Sutra 1.12). (The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Sri Swami Satchidananda).

In other words, these practices only work when we do! Yoga requires us to sometimes put the practice first, to catch ourselves when we’re making excuses not to get on our mats, and to cultivate consistency and follow through amidst our busy lives. In the throws of weekly schedules, this task is already a challenge for some.

So, when things are really shaken up (like when there is family in town, and you just can’t get to class— or when you’re literally across the globe), how do you remain steadfast in your yoga ritual?

As a traveling yogi I have found a few helpful solutions to this conundrum… Throughout my career I have spent weeks at a time in hotel rooms in foreign countries, have woken up early for 5am flights, and have been sleep deprived and jet lagged before teaching 4 hours of workshops. The title may sound luxurious, but sometimes it takes all the gusto I’ve got just to keep going on with a smile. And the amazing thing is this: I could never do this without my practice. The act of coming to my mat, and into my heart by way of the breath…. there is no cup of coffee (even in Italy) that can do the same thing.

Here are my best tips to keep you consistent when you’re on the go. You can use these practices in your everyday life at home, when daily life is shaken up, or when you’re traveling short or long term.

  • Invest in a light weight yoga mat – Make sure you pack a mat in your bag! There are many travel mats that are under 1lb, and super easy to pack in a carry on. Make this item as necessary as your tooth brush. When you arrive in your hotel room, lay it out in a welcoming place as you are putting away your clothing and toiletries. When you wake up the next morning, step on your mat and commit to staying put for at least 15 minutes.

 

  • Keep your practice simple – Not sure what to do when you’re practicing on your own? Find familiar patterns of movement, and make those your ritual. Sun Salutations, Gentle Core Work, Supine Twists… Just begin moving, and see where your body takes you. If you are not confident creating your own flow, there are literally thousands of online and digital classes to follow along with! (I have a few here)!

 

  • It’s all about the breath – Whether you’re sitting still or scurrying through train depots, your breath is always, always, always available as an object for your awareness to settle upon. A simple breath technique to use on the go is the Box Breath. To perform this breath, inhale on a slow count of four, hold for a count of four, exhale for a count of four, and hold out for a count of four. Repeat up to 12 times. To help your mind remain centered on your breath, you can internally say to yourself, “Breathing In, Breathing Out,” with your in and out breaths respectively.

 

  • Ideal times to practice – Before you let your mind jump into planning mode, remind yourself to settle down and tune in! Practice first thing, only after using the bathroom and drinking some water. It can be challenging to get back to your mat once you allow yourself to carry on with the day. To avoid bypassing practice, make it your first and last activity of the day. The mind and body usually experience a bit of stress while traveling, making deep sleep more challenging and less satisfying. Restorative yoga before bed will combat the wear and tear of travel, and will help you to rest well.

 

  • Keep a journal handy – Svadhyaya (self study) is an integral part of the yoga practice. Journaling while you travel is a fabulous way to document novel experiences, and to keep track of your inner experience. When we travel we are faced with so much new information, thoughts, and ways of being all at once. Keeping a journal will help you to sort through and make sense of these impressions.

 

  • If nothing else, Meditate – If you have time for none of the above, take (at very minimum) five minutes in the morning and in the evening to practice sitting meditation. Set your timer, and commit to sitting with ease for just five minutes. Tune in, listen deeply, release the tension of the body, and feel your aliveness. Your body, your breath, and your awareness are beautiful miracles that deserve your attention (no matter how busy you are). If you need assistance in meditation, there are a number of apps and podcasts that are available free of charge.

 

….et Voila! You are all set to roam the globe without leaving your yoga practice at home. Your body, mind, heart, and yoga teachers will all be glad you remained consistent 🙂

And Remember: The outer and inner journeys are yours to explore, learn and grow from. Wherever your path takes you, enjoy the ride.

 

Namaste,

XO,

Stacy

Cleanse with Food – Why I cleanse seasonally with Beaming Cafe

Cleanse with Food

Why I Cleanse Seasonally – The Beaming Way


I was recently at a vegan restaurant and noticed that they were promoting a Cleanse with Food campaign. Seeing this got me excited, so I asked what it was all about… I was disappointed to find out that their “cleanse” program was just food from their regular menu and some added juices. And while there was some healthy food to choose from- it certainly wasn’t cleansing with foods like cashew cheese, chips, and starchy fillers included. I give them kudos for going in the right direction! But, the experience has also made me want to share a little about what makes foods not just healthier alternatives, but truly cleansing- and why Beaming stands up to the test.

Beaming was actually the first cafe to offer the “Cleanse with Food” concept. This was big!Before their 1, 7 and 21 day Superfoods Cleanses, there were only “juice cleanse” programs that left the body feeling famished and under-nourished. When Beaming came onto the market saying, “Hey! You can cleanse and EAT!” it took people (and me!) by surprise at first. But now, after years of cleansing the Beaming way, I couldn’t imagine another alternative.

You may already be aboard the Beaming boat- but if you’re not, I recommend you hop on. Cleansing regularly not only makes me feel good — it makes my body more vital, my energy more consistent, my brain function more fluidly, my skin glow, my digestion better functioning, and my cravings nearly disappear. I didn’t feel nearly this good when I was just eating foods labeled as “healthy”, or when I was “cleansing” with juice only!

 

Let’s take a look at why cleansing the Beaming way is actually better, more effective, longer lasting, and even healthier than the other “cleanse” alternatives:

 

Every Ingredient is Cleansing: Cleansing Foods are designed (by nature!) to detoxify the body, boost the digestive fire, kick metabolism in gear, and assist in overcoming addictions to sugar, dairy, caffeine, and clogging foods. At Beaming, every ingredient used has special cleansing properties, so you never have to worry about the quality of your meal, snack or smoothie.

Raw, Vegan Superfoods: Beaming foods are packed with the highest quality raw, vegan superfoods available. Superfoods are the most powerfully nutrient dense plant foods on the planet. Raw foods are living foods- vital, fresh, hydrating, and closer to their source. When you order a cleanse from Beaming, not one ingredient is cooked. Everything is carefully processed to keep its cells (and yours!) in their most vital state. These nourishing foods support glowing skin, lustrous hair, strong nails, your immune system, your organs, your brain, and many help to bring your body into its natural balance.

Sprouted Nuts: Many vegans rely on nuts for their source of fats and proteins- but not all nuts are equal. At Beaming, nuts like cashews and almonds undergo a natural process which literally brings the seeds to life! Sprouting is nature’s natural process of bringing a seed to life! When a nut or seed falls from a tree it contains enzyme inhibitors called phytates.  These enzyme inhibitors are present in raw nuts and seeds to preserve them in the ground until the rain comes allowing them to germinate and sprout. Sprouting unlocks vital nutrients and activates enzymes that ease digestion and increase vitality! So, the next time you add a dollop of peanut butter onto your overnight oats, consider the quality! Is it the healthiest quality available? Is it cleansing?

Not Just Juice: A Beaming cleanse is also unique in that we focus on slowly detoxing the body through juice therapy, and immediately rejuvenate and purify through raw and living foods. Because we provide you with more than liquid, you have ample whole food, nutrient dense nourishment to go about your everyday life, which in turn offers you the amazing experiencing and benefits that accompany detoxing without deprivation or stimulant herbs.

 

There are so many more reasons why Beaming is better. But what I think truly matters most is how it makes you feel. When I cleanse on regular basis it helps me keep my unhealthy cravings in check (my weakness is chocolate chip cookies!), restores my energy levels, brightens up my mental functions and gives me the power to GIVE MORE.

I try to eat cleansing foods as a regular part of my diet, and reserve a week every 3 months to do a full-on cleanse. This is about how long it takes me to fall off the wagon- so the consistency of the ritual every 3 months is important for me to stay committed to my health.

As a way to help others (and, to be real, myself) stay on a cleansing track, I’ve developed a seasonal day retreat called A Day of Namaste that includes a one day Superfoods Cleanse from Beaming (Lifestyle Cleanse).

Cleansing is the first step to healing the body and correcting imbalances. As you begin to purify and rid the body of toxic debris (the stuff that makes your fat cells fatter) you’ll feel rejuvenated, wipe out your bad habits, and create a foundation from which you can build a healthy lifestyle. So whether you are on a healing path, have digestive disorders, eat out every night, have a fast paced lifestyle, need to look good for an upcoming occasion, are a junk food junkie, or just have indulged a little too much lately, a cleanse is the perfect place to start back on track. It’s like hitting the reset button for your body, mind and life force.

If you’re curious to learn more about cleansing, please join me for this Fall’s A Day of Namaste on Sunday, September 23, 2018. Take a day for yourself, cleanse with friends, practice yoga and steep yourself in the habits you want to carry with you through the tempting Fall and Winter months.

 

Healing the Heart through the Practice of Forgiveness

Happy National Forgiveness Day and National Friendship Day!

Healing the Heart through the Practice of Forgiveness


How appropriate that National Friendship Day and National Forgiveness Day fall on the same calendar date! Forgiveness is often an integral part of honest friendship, as mistakes are bound to be made by perfectly imperfect people. 

Friendships can fly high and fall low. Through these cycles it is how we rise together that determines the longevity and quality of our relationships. And it’s no easy feat. Rising up can take all of our will, a heavy dose of hope, and bold determination to let go of what doesn’t serve you as an individual and a partner (in friendship and beyond).

But the struggle, like the glorious climb up a mountain, is always worthwhile. Like a climber uses certain tools to make his ascent, there are tools we can use as conscious, loving humans to make the trek up the mountain to our Best Self. 

Forgiveness is an invaluable tool up this mountain. For some the practice of forgiving may come easily, but for others it may take years to truly forgive… Whether you are aiming to forgive yourself for a mistake made, forgive your parents for a childhood of hardship, or a friend for making a petty comment that is weighing on your heart, the practice of forgiveness will not be done in vain… No matter how hard, do the work.

Forgive for Yourself:

Resentment, the opposite of forgiveness, is a poison that kills you slowly. While it may seem harmless, eventually you will notice that you have been stuck on the same point of your journey for days, months, years- your Best Self and your Best Friendship left waiting for you to rise. Learning to forgive, you will find, is absolutely mandatory if you are to move forward. Forgive whoever hurt you, betrayed you, abandoned or abused you. Lighten your load, and climb. The view from the mountain top is spectacular. 

Forgiveness does not mean to condone or justify harmful actions, or to deny that something wrong as happened. Forgiveness is not passive acceptance. It is the action of letting go of the hold a person or situation has on you- releasing the karma of the past, letting your heart be free, your mind be at ease, and your body be relieved from the burden of resentment. For these reasons forgiveness is one of the greatest gifts of a spiritual life, and an integral part of friendship.

The Practice of Forgiveness:

Buddhist Forgiveness Prayer:

This forgiveness prayer similar to the Metta Practice in that involves repeating 3 phrases. Repeat each phrase three times. Begin by breathing softly into the heart… and repeat to your self. Let the words, images and feelings grow deeper as you repeat them.

1. For whatever harm I have caused others, may they forgive me.

2. For whatever harm others have caused me, may I forgive them.

3. For whatever harm I have caused myself, I forgive myself.

 

Ho’oponopono:

The Hawaiian Hoʻoponopono (ho-o-pono-pono) practice is one of reconciliation and forgiveness. Ho’oponopono literally translates into correction. This practice is particularly potent when you are working to forgive yourself, or are seeking forgiveness from someone you have harmed intentionally or unintentionally. Hold the person who’s forgiveness you are seeking in your mind’s eye as you repeat these four phrases three times.

I’m Sorry

Please Forgive Me

I Love You

Thank You

 

Loving Kindness Meditation:

The Loving Kindness (Metta) Meditation is not specifically an act of forgiveness, yet it is. In this meditation you are working to invite in a sense of peace, love, acceptance and compassion for yourself, someone else in particular, and all beings. Similar to the first two practices, repeat the Loving Kindness Meditation three times. In your second recitation of these phrases, replace “I” with the name or the image of someone you are seeking to forgive. On your third recitation, replace “I” with “we” (representing all sentient beings). 

May I be filled with Loving Kindness

May I be well

May I be peaceful and at ease

May I be happy

You can find my Loving Kindness Meditation Video on Youtube HERE.

 

May all of your hearts be free of pain, your minds be at ease, and your smiles glowing. May your friendships blossom and grow. May you stand at the top of the mountain of your Best Self, and continue to Forgive and let go of what is no longer serving you. 

 

All my best,

Namaste,

Stacy

 

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