Tonight, I teach a 2 hour Food as Medicine class at The Wellness Kitchen on Candida. We're demoing/serving quinoa stuffed bell peppers and Pau d'Arco tea and discussing the nutritional components to creating and maintaining an Anti-Candida diet. You can still join by calling
805-434-1800 or visit www.TheWKRC.com.
I work with Divination cards for my own inner guidance and one of my favorite online decks is Osho's Zen Tarot which you can TRY HERE - look to the right of the HOME page to find it. Today, I pulled a highly inspiration card which I'd like to share with you here:
There are two types of creators in the world. One type of creator works with objects - a poet, a painter, they work with objects, they create things. The other type of creator, the mystic, creates himself. He doesn't work with objects, he works with the subject; he works on himself, his own being. And he is the real creator, the real poet, because he makes himself into a masterpiece.
You are carrying a masterpiece hidden within you, but you are standing in the way. Just move aside, then the masterpiece will be revealed. Everyone is a masterpiece, because God never gives birth to anything less than that. Everyone carries that masterpiece hidden for many lives, not knowing who they are and just trying on the surface to become someone.
Drop the idea of becoming someone, because you are already a masterpiece. You cannot be improved. You have only to come to it, to know it, to realize it. God himself has created you; you cannot be improved.
Osho Ah, This! Chapter 1
The Zen master in this card has harnessed the energy of fire and is able to use it for creation rather than destruction. He invites us to recognize and participate with him in the understanding that belongs to those who have mastered the fires of passion, without repressing them or allowing them to get destructive and out of balance. He is so integrated that there is no longer any difference between who he is inside and who he is in the world outside. He offers this gift of understanding and integration to all those who come to him, the gift of creative light that comes from the center of his being.
The King of Fire tells us that anything that we undertake now, with the understanding that comes from maturity, will bring enrichment to our own lives and to the lives of others. Using whatever skills you have, whatever you have learned from your own life experience, it is time to express yourself.
Completely delicious. Black beans, butternut squash ‘rice’, spicy seed pate, assorted sprouts, nori and loads of love. Superbowl Sunday included an assortment of delicious and nutritious foods:
Raw Spinach Artichoke dip made w/o dairy, cashews & Nutritional Yeast instead- Quinoa crackers for dipping- Chickpea salad – homemade Miang Kum w/spinach, coconut, lime, ginger, onions, etc – Fennel, Avo, Grapefruit salad tossed in Lime – Fresh made Turmeric/Ginger tea and Strawberries w/ Cashew Cream for dessert.
Chef Mom and I created an assortment of amazing foods that everybody loved. Now I get to love the leftovers!
This morning, The Wellness Kitchen and Resource Center’s Executive Director reposted The Cancer Fighting Kitchen’s Facebook post:
"Who Knew: chopping cauliflower releases enzymes that increase the bioavailability of its nutrients. Delaying cooking for 5-10 minutes after cutting helps insure that heat won’t destroy these enzymes’ effectiveness. Also, the enzymes need Vitamin C to activate, which can be accomplished with a hit of lemon or lime juice."
which activated my brain (without chopping, mind you) to elaborate upon this statement since there is so much more to consider.
How is this possible?
It’s the phytochemicals! Breaking the cells (chewing, cutting) in cabbage (other cruciferous family foods too) actually releases myrosinase, an enzyme that breaks down glucosinolates into cancer fighters and increases them by like 400%! Researchers suggest it’s the plant’s defense mechanism. Same thing with onions, we cry due to the enzyme released by the veggie once cut into. It is the glucosinolates that make the brassica family so cancer fighting. The Brassica and Allium family foods are the leaders in cancer fighting foods.
Bummer fact most people don’t consider is that heat greatly alters the structure and reduces the quantity of bioavailable phytonutrients. So the level of glucosinolates in the brassica family vary greatly depending on the method of cooking, time and temperature, veggie to water ratio and so much more. There are researchers in the UK studying how long a veggie has to sit, chopped and enzyme activity increasing, to have enough enzymes remain in tact after heating. That’s why I want to see a book which lists EACH food and the affect heat plays on it specifically; at which temperatures, by what processing, for what duration, etc. Haven’t seen one yet though so I’m left up to generalities like – Eat your veggies raw or lightly blanched!
This blog is on the many avenues that interest Coach Stephanie. Subjects are a vast array of hobbies, career, desires, coaching and lifestyle.
"I am here for support, guidance, education and as an example of what works for ME. What works for me may work for you or at least provide you with a starting point from which to explore. I am discovering what works for me at every moment. I don’t have it all figured out, but I do feel I have a teaching and healing nature with which I am here to share. In this blog, I offer you a view into my practice of being that which makes my experience - MINE."
Certified Holistic Health and Nutrition Practitioner, Stephanie Austin, was guided into holistic living in 2002 when she was diagnosed with Dermatomyositis, an uncommon autoimmune disease affecting the skin and muscle.
Opting for education rather than medication, Austin enrolled in a Holistic Health Practitioner program in 2004 after realizing she'd been gifted with disease so that she may learn to heal herself and later teach others to do the same.
Since her education, Austin has released over 60 pounds and conquered years of junk food addiction through holistic healing and nutrition techniques that she now passes onto others through her business, Wellness by Mother Nature.
Austin has been the Director of Education and Board Member for the nonprofit organization, The Wellness Kitchen. She is the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Graduate Award from www.ACHS.edu.
Austin is an author, coach and speaker who empowers people on the healing value of nutrition and the innate self-healing abilities of a body in balance.
She has helped hundreds of people achieve balance through methods such as meditation, herbs, movement, supplements, aromatherapy, homeopathy, nutrition, mind-body connection, energy healing and by closely listening to the needs of her clients.
It is awareness that brings change, not your effort. Why does it happen through awareness? - because the awareness changes you. And when you are different, the world is different. It is not a question of creating a different world, it is only a question of creating a different you. You are your world; so if you change, the world changes.
My Other Blogs
I've used several websites over the years to journal my juice cleanses. Since there are many years worth of journals, I am slowly moving them all to this one. Meanwhile, you can view my First Juice Fast blog here and a few others here and here.
If you're looking for program specific blogs (ie. Juice Cleanse or Gluten Free) visit the Classes and Programs here for their respective blogs, which are password assessable to clients only.
The Traveling Homesteader has an entirely separate blog here.
Otherwise, I write everything else here at www.StephanieAustin.com.