Transformation

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Finding joy in the fact that the last time I wrote in this space, I was pushed by the full moon. Here I am again, on the other side of it and more than a year later, no longer ignoring the little tug that pulls at my heart whenever I receive a ping of inspiration. My absence from writing was the result of throwing water on my own fire. This mechanism felt trite, not good enough or polished to my standards, too full of a past self. Now I recognize, encouraged by the transformative shove that is time of year, that moving forward with typos and ragged edges is how it gets done, and it’s the best medicine. You can always edit life along the way, and I believe society benefits as a whole when we express and reflect on one another.
It’s time to push beyond your notion of preparedness, and to demonstrate skills in action.
2017 has been a bitter tea, steeped too long in monumental events-political, environmental, societal, pulling threads left and right and I think we all feel a bit unraveled and raw. No doubt that I find it fascinating to see these times parallel the symbolic significance derived from astrological events.
Awareness of this and the rhetoric surrounding spiritual awareness, manifestation and personal growth is a double edged sword. In times of unrest it’s tempting and trending to create means to cope, often taking shape in commodities that promise change and transformation. In my corner of the internet, buried in holistic wellness media, I see this in widespread guarantees of a “this for that” mentality, a crystal to bring you clarity and calm, sage to clear your space, an herb to heal your heart etc. I love the direction of self empowerment that these types of external tools create, and participate with it all my self, but it is my hope to encourage individuals to release reliance on objects to call in what you need. At any moment, full or new moon or not, you have the power to cast your hopes for a plan of change, be it a shift in work or relationship or environment.
Tangible objects are enhancements, nice but not necessary. Spiritual materialism can make us feel like there’s more oomph to our penny thrown to the wishing well. It might feel like an austere approach, but I feel self reliance should be cultivated before anything else. Similar to building a strong, balanced body with body weight exercises before hitting the Olympic lifts.
Know your heart, start to feel where your intuition sits in your body. These are times where we can rest and settle into these experiences, but not to be passive. Nothing outside of you is needed to connect and have the universe receive your intention.

 

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Subtleties

Thinking this morning about the importance of discipline in the practice self care, and going back into old journals to reflect on my progression with it.

My body has been buzzing the past few days with a sense of overwhelm and the desire to do more ‘working in’ than out, i.e. gentle movement, writing, resting. I transformed this energy by going for an early walk, collecting some plants that appealed to me, breathing deeply and embracing the cool front that yesterday’s storms brought in. I feel infinitely more grounded when I am able to pause in the space of morning hours to be still, and take one task at a time. Drink water, get dressed, brew coffee. Eat slowly.

P.S. Happy full moon!
Subtleties of the human body. Influence of the less tangible. Do not discount the power of your proximity to water, exposure to sun or the night air. The aroma of green growth or closeness to those things and faces you love.

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Healing

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Healing is a hands on adventure.

It expands from an up and down tumultuous nature to a deep pulling of self, turning you inside out, a wave curling over the shore over, and over again. Always returning to its source.

Through our experiences and the people me meet, we are prompted to change, to shed our layers-over and over again.

In the specific realm of Connected Kitchen, speaking of body and food-to love one’s body, to hear its messages, you must embody your body. Allowing your breath to literally pull you back into your self. To experience the raw format of your experiences, emotions, without the man-made complexities.

To do this we can do many things: vocalize/sing/communicate with our speech via our tongues and vocal chords and teeth or with hands to write or type. Mastering something, moving things/our bodies/, creating and making or crafting. Working with plants, gardening, enjoying eating or preparing a meal. All of this is expressing the power of what it is to be in a human body, which means to be able to learn and apply and educate ourselves, constantly.

To reach the root of our healing, its helpful to detach from our mental chatter and the pelting messages of our reflections of self and who we think we are in relation to other people and how this and that looks and where we’ll be tomorrow in relation to what we did today-

It goes on and on and it exhausts us-if we sink into now, all the possibilities of the chance of the present  without all these attachments, much more opportunity to access our pure being exists. We can better listen to the messages of who we are individually and how we have been expressed into this world.

Nutrition and access to simple food is part of what heals us. Sometimes it can be the first step. A diet of food that is full of vitality and directly accessed from earth gets us there. Simple fruits and vegetables as they are picked oxygenate and move blood, our digestion, our lympathic system. We can clear the pathways for messages to be better received by our bodies-the main centers being heart, mind, and gut (intuition), in choosing this kind of food. This allows clearer thought, and greater capacity to give and receive.

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breakfast meditation

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“There are days when solitude is a heady wine that intoxicates you with freedom, others when it is a bitter tonic, and still others when it is a poison that makes you beat your head against the wall.”

– Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

 

This applies to all forms of nourishment, our connections to whoever and whatever. Your relationship with all your interpretations of your surroundings.

Our food or time alone, as given in this example, has the potential to translate in our bodies in a variety of ways- dependent on a state of being.

This meal filled me first most with reassurance that I am taking care of myself, allowing space and time to give attention to my needs and intentions.

Grateful for this black coffee, oats with banana and raisin and peanut butter that gave me all the good stuff. Energy and inspiration.

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Offerings


At the culmination of my time as a student of The Institute of Sustainable Nutrition program, I reflect on what a profound year of learning, sharing, and growth it has been. This education has given me the opportunity to expand my skillset in a variety of hands on applications-making kitchen medicine, practicing the art of eating, gaining full body awareness in morning mediation, putting my hands in the soil in growing our garden, and learning to identify plants using all the senses on forays. There has been time to put my feet bare on the ground, to laugh and smile and engage with others. This has been as much of a healing space as it has been educational. There has been time to learn in a traditional sense but to also think and be inspired to create, which I believe is where the most valuable personal development happens. Involvement in this program granted me freedom and encouragement to pursue what calls me. I have learned nutrition science in application to the body. Herbs and our communion with plants. Making choices that facilitate a mindset of sustainability, curiosity and empowerment. To have this information not to hold above anyone, but to lay the groundwork for others to step into with ease and excitement.There is so much to say about what I have acquired through this special experience. It is hard to articulate as I perceive it like a web, where the learning has happened between myself and the stunning human beings that are the TIOSN instructors but also the community of my class.Thoughtful connections amongst us have woven what I feel we are all here to perpetuate into the world-encouragement to ask questions and the willingness to provide answers and to help to one another. To build better and stronger as a whole because we are paying attention to our self healing and self knowledge. This is how we will contribute to society at large as well as expand the TIOSN community.

I have become a keen listener and observer. I am more in tune with the rhythms of nature and the seasons. I apply my knowledge of seasonality, soil health, biochemistry, and personal mindset in my understanding of nutrition and the bio availability of nutrients to the body.

With all of this, I extend myself as a healer, mentor, and guide. My platform is the kitchen- your space or mine, and together we will learn how nutrition is about forming a relationship with your body. Creating an individualized plan as to how I can assist you in the journey of becoming capable of making intuitive decisions about your health and choosing what makes you feel good.

Nutrition is beyond macronutrient ratios and food groups. It is beyond the strategies of  negotiating, rationalizing, restricting, and planning-these are the ways we have been taught to understand our food and it limits us. 

To me, nutrition is about choosing a diet of not only what foods will effectively nourish your cells to put you performing at your highest potential, but is also what you choose as dietary input for your mental, emotional and spiritual self. We will observe what words, relationships, and activities you feed yourself. Nutrition is body, mind and soul united. This is the holistic experience of working with someone like myself-learning how to prepare food that shows you how nourishment is  a state of abundance, self love and healing, mindfulness, connection, and beauty. These things will flood through you and your relationship with food and effortlessly into other areas of your life. All it takes is practice, and a choice to put your attention to this awakened place.

I am specifically attune to working with women’s issues but am open to all who resonate with my message. This expertise is sensitive to but not limited to difficulties with disordered eating and body image. My intention is to educate about self sufficiency and resourcefulness, and how this practice in the kitchen extends itself as a strength in and outside of your culinary adventures as well as in taking care of your physical body.

Professional Credentials:

  • Certification in Sustainable Health and Nutrition
  • BA in Psychology with a focus on health, motivation, development and behavior

Personal:

  • 2 years experience in conducting cooking curriculum for youth students, guiding culinary skills as well as knowledge and understanding of seasonality and connections to curricular studies. I utilize a positive youth development approach and encourage active participating, confidence and curiosity
  • 2 years experience working in the field for highly esteemed holistic health professionals. From this I exhibit a working knowledge of resources and fundamental information regarding homeopathy, herbs, and essential oils, all of which I have utilized for my personal healing and integrated into my lifestyle with great success and joy.

Services: Focused on integrated health, mindfulness, nutrient dense diets

  • Private or Group Cooking Workshops
    • Topics include: Traditional cooking methods, fermented foods, food sensitivity accommodations, nutrient dense cooking techniques to compensate for soil depletion
    • One on one education: knife skills & equipment tutorials; cooking techniques-i.e. gluten free baking, smoothies, salads, condiments
  • Mentorship & mindset coaching
    • for young women-guidance & body awareness
    • How to become the best version of yourself, motivation, finding your inspiration and positive psychology
  • Private Cooking
    • Example: weekly service of 10 meals (2 of your choice daily)
    • Hourly rate for specific meal preparation-done specifically to your dietary needs/goals

I believe in the power of play-I apply a lighthearted, sensitive approach to my work. Connection to your food and nourishment offers a well of empowerment and confidence to draw from-please reach out to me if any of my services click with your goals.

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