Lately I ‘ve been reflecting on various things in my life, almost as if I’m finally realizing everything that’s been going on over the past half year. That could also be because the calendar year is ending. Either way, I’ll be going to Florida this week for a bit (but not disappearing) and I’m taking it as time to work on balancing myself as I decided to go off the pill again, and to spend the holidays with my family of course! This time, however, I’m going to incorporate holistic medicine into my life. After all, I am studying to be a holistic health coach! Last time I went off the pill I just went off without doing anything about my hormone levels. I think even just getting them tested would help guide me towards how I should approach my health. So far I’ve been incorporating gentle hatha yoga into my nightly routine to help lower my stress. Since I stopped the pill I’ve been feeling physical anxiety. I remember that happening last time, so I’m trying to manage that and think positive. Think positive.
The other night when I was meditating… laying on the hardwood floor with my eyes closed, emptying my mind, being in that exact moment… and when I disconnected from all the light-speed thoughts that go through my mind, my heart started to open up. I connected with a sense of freedom, potential, breathing out anything holding me back–the unforgiving thoughts that frequent my mind too often.
I came up with a simple pesto recipe awhile ago and it’s a refreshing one… much like my outlook on life right now. Being refreshed is empowering to me. It reminds me that I have the ability to change. With that here’s the recipe:
This particular pesto has parsley, which I’m learning to appreciate. I also used plenty of cracked black pepper and lemon zest.
Parsley, Lemon & Walnuts Pesto
- 2 cups fresh Italian parsley (the flat-leaf kind)
- 1 small garlic clove, chopped
- 1/2 cup black-pepper walnuts, toasted
- 2-3 tbl nutritional yeast
- Grated zest of 1 lemon, plus 1-2 tbl fresh lemon juice
- 1/4-1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
- Pulse parsley, garlic, walnuts, nutritional yeast, zest and lemon juice in a food processor until coarsely chopped.
- Drizzle remaining olive oil and process until combined. Season with salt and pepper.
To be enjoyed with most things.
Along the lines of personal wellness, I think it’d be great to share this giveaway with you guys!
Robin McGraw, two-time #1 New York Times best-selling author, television personality, wellness enthusiast and wife of talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw, has joined OpenSky.com as their newest Insider. Robin, a powerful advocate for healthy-living for women of all ages, is passionate about living a healthy balanced life full of family, friends, and new adventures.
And the timing to host this giveaway couldn’t be better.
Robin recently launched her healthy living shop on OpenSky offering new tools for health, wellness and beauty to help you live a radiant, meaningful life filled with the things you love and the necessary tools to take care of yourself. Some of her must-haves include the Rescue Remedy Stress Relief by Bach and the Big Boss Juicer.
Now what’s the giveaway I’m talking about? OpenSky is offering one of my readers a $25 OpenSky credit to shop Robin’s collections. Here’s a little info about OpenSky if you haven’t heard of it yet.
It is a social shopping site that helps people discover, buy and share unique goods that match their individual taste. Users can connect to friends and industry insiders in Food, Style, Beauty, Healthy Living, Electronics and Home Décor for exclusive information, advice and insider product recommendations. Insiders include Robin McGraw, Bobby Flay, Molly Sims, Tracy Anderson and Bethenny Frankel.
So they cater to all sorts of interests! Wondering how can you enter?
- Well first off, join OpenSky! This is so they can place a credit into the selected winner’s account + the curated shop concept is neat!
- Check out Robin’s shop and tell me something you’d like to get (don’t worry you’re not jinxing your chances!).
Also, there is another way to get more than one chance in the drawing hat!
Bonus: tweet “Check out @opensky healthy living giveaway on @BehindFoods blog http://wp.me/p2lrwA-1Tn“, and be sure to share it on here so it gets counted by the random selector.
The contest ends Monday Dec. 17, 2012 so make sure to enter before then.
Best of luck!I’m excited to be sharing this giveaway!