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The Heart Chakra

 

When your heart chakra is balanced, you're calm, able to communicate easily with others and you have the wonderful ability to forgive, let go and be present.

 

Is this you?

 

Would you like it to be you?

 

If everyone of us had balanced heart chakra's, what a wonderful world this would be, don't you think!

 

When blocked and not in balance, you may be experiencing feelings of isolation, anxiety and tension.  Be critical, controlling, withdrawn and defensive.

 

I don't know about you, but these are all feelings I DO NOT want in my life, now and definitely not in my future, so I've found some super simple (and free) everyday practices to help keep this little heart chakra of ours balanced, including:

  • Taking deep cleansing breaths
  • Chest opening stretches and exercises (think yoga, pilates and swimming)
  • Long, slow walks in nature
  • Eating supportive heart chakra balancing foods:
    • vibrant green nutrient-rich and water based fruits and vegetables (like limes, leafy greens, green apples, zucchinis, green beans and celery)
    • lots of filtered water; and
    • healthy fats, including raw nuts and avocados

 

(for more on chakra's, see here)

 

 

My Heart Chakra Celery, Avocado & Lime Soup

(serves 2)

 

3-4 celery stems, roughly chopped | 1 tbsp coconut oil | 2 ripe avocados | zest and juice of a lime | 1 tin (440ml) full fat organic coconut milk | seasoning

 

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In a medium sized pot over low-medium heat, melt the coconut oil and add the celery.  Saute for a few minutes until the celery starts to soften.  Add the lime zest and coconut milk and simmer gently for approximately 15 minutes, until the celery has soften.  Turn off the heat.

Add the avocado, lime juice and seasoning.  Place in a blender (or using a stick blender), blitz until completely smooth.  Check for seasoning.

Pop into an air-tight container in the fridge to completely cool before serving chilled.

 

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Remember to always be patient, loving and kind to yourself.  

 

 

IN SEASON: Cauliflower

IN SEASON:  Cauliflower

Cauliflower.  Oh so rich in antioxidants and immune-strengthening nutrients, this humble white (and often overlooked) should never be underestimated.  Chock full of Vitamins C, K and folate as well as protein, magnesium and potassium, this veggie can actually help prevent various kinds of infections in our body as well as strengthen our defense mechanisms. 

 

Such a smart little veggie to be in at its peak and in season just when we need it the most…during the cold and flu months of Winter. 

 

One of my personal goals when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s was to try and sooth all the symptoms I was experiencing as naturally as possible through using whole organic foods.  If this is something you’re also wanting to try, then perhaps cauliflower could be your first step?  It’s such a brilliant source of dietary fiber (helping aid our digestion and our bodies to eliminate toxins), and as it protects the lining of our stomach, this miracle veggie has been shown to prevent the risk of various tummy disorders, from indigestion, hypertension and stomach ulcers right through to colon cancer. 

When I'm not hungry . .

When I'm not hungry . .

When I’m not hungry, I know there is something wrong.  

It’s a crystal clear sign as normally you’ll find me with napkin and cutlery in place, ready for my next meal before it has even been prepared.

It seems my body has decided to act like a stubborn Taurean and do its own thing, no matter my efforts or good intentions. Basically, my metabolism has taken a hike and extra kilos have decided to pay me a little visit.

Oh joy.