6.30.2016

Tarot Reading on Eating Disorders | Astrology Time

If you follow me on Instagram (shameless plug: @prettyzesty), then you may already know that I am very much into Astrology and card reading. If you don't, then welcome to my Astrology post. I'll try and post more about this here on the blog too.

Anyway... A little back story. I have struggled with eating disorders, body dysmorphia, binge eating, orthorexia, etc etc the list goes on, all my life! Well, since the age of 12 to be exact. 2 decades - you can do the math. I was never diagnosed with anything but I was one of those teens where everything went unnoticed. I never dropped to an obviously dangerous weight nor did any of my studies suffer. I know I'm not alone. Many of us struggle with these diseases/disorders because of something specific that happened in our lives, upbringing/environment, abuse, the media, and the list really goes on and on. And like me, I know many of us are fighting a disease that no one knows we have. It's so easy to hide because you can be any size, shape, color, etc and still suffer from these things.

I'm not sure if this post will help you, but I wanted to do a PAST - PRESENT - FUTURE reading today with my regular Tarot deck to dig deep on some insight. Some insight into my body/food issues. And just to be clear, card reading is not, to me, something psychic. It's digging deep in something that is already there inside our hearts, souls, and minds. The cards just help guide your thoughts to you. Makes you think! So I'm hoping this post inspires you to do the same.

So here were the cards I pulled and I will explain what I think they mean down below. The meanings of the cards are universal (check biddytarot.com) but your interpretation is unique to YOU.



PAST - SIX OF WANDS REVERSED

The Six of Wands reversed means you might be doubting your abilities and potential for success. It might also suggest that you had a fall from grace, received negative feedback, and now confidence has taken a huge hit. BINGO. That was my past with eating disorders. At the age of 12, I was in a situation where I was treated poorly regarding things being said about my weight... and I was not defended by anyone or myself for that matter. Too young to understand the severity of the situation. If it happened to me today, at almost 33, I would have let this person have it big time. Instead I ran, cried, and hid myself from everyone.. and skipped my first meal of MANY. I was alone and vulnerable.

PRESENT - TWO OF WANDS

The Two of Wands represents planning and progress. Stepping outside comfort zones to explore new worlds and discover new experiences. One begins to consider long term goals, further education, and setting up for success. BINGO. About a year ago I went Vegan and stopped the yo yo diets. No more low-carb bullshit (ie lose 20 pounds - gain 30 back), calorie counting, starving myself, or excessive exercise. I do not follow a strict plan. However, binging and total lack of exercise are still an issue. I've gotten over many hurdles and these are the last two.

FUTURE - REVERSED KNIGHT OF PENTACLES

The Knight of Pentacles reversed is all about feeling stuck in a routine and repetitive patterns of behavior. Life is becoming mundane and boring, and one must free themselves from repetition in order to achieve what ever it is they are seeking. Aim for spontaneity. BINGO and honestly, I've already been feeling this and talking with people about it. It's one of the very reasons I financed an iPad, got back into graphic design, and started filming/editing my own cooking videos. In fear of my perfectionist behavior getting in the way, I'm just going with the flow. The graphics don't need to be perfect, the videos don't have to be perfect, I DO NOT HAVE TO BE PERFECT! I just need to loosen up, and also remember that other people are not perfect either. No sense in getting frustrated ALL the time. Sometimes you can if you are really dealing with a spaz, let's be honest.

So the take away for me is to focus on what I love and open doors to opportunity as much as I can. There will be days where I'm not feeling it and I want to hide and that's ok. I know hermit tendencies are in my nature - for real.

Did this help anyone? Talking yourself through these things, or even better to someone unbiased, can really help get you closer. Trust me.





 

6.29.2016

Spicy Mushroom Noodle Soup | Vegan

I know it's hot out now, but, when we go from very hot outdoor weather to super cold air conditioned weather, we can get the sniffles and still want something warm. So, this soup is perfect for any time of year if you are feeling a chill and a cold coming on because you can add a lot of fresh garnishes that liven it up.


Saute the following in a large soup pot in a little water (in this order):
2 white onions, sliced thin
2 pints portabello mushrooms, sliced
2 inch nub minced fresh ginger
3 large garlic cloves, minced

Mix altogether and cook until everything starts to soften and get fragrant.

Add 1/4 cup low sodium tamari sauce (or soy sauce)
3 tbs shiitake mushroom powder (I get it from here:
http://bit.ly/2944S2Q )
2 tbs any veggie broth powder  (I use: http://amzn.to/295gVvQ)

Mix all together until incorporated and powders melt in.

Then add 5 cups water.

Let soup simmer (medium - low heat) for about 15 minutes. The longer, the more flavorful though.

In a separate pot make some Udon noodles... or rice noodles!

When noodles are cooked, add to bowls and pour soup on top. This will make a lot of soup so if you are not serving all the noodles right away, you may have to re "wet" them if you save them. NO big deal.

Garnish the soup with the following flavors. This is the fun part. Get creative!

Lime wedges
Sesame Seeds
Cilantro
Scallions
Sriracha


You can also add jalapenos, mung bean sprouts, basil, and anything else you want really. Go to town!

6.28.2016

SUMMER SMOOTHIE BOWL RECIPE | Vegan

So simple, does it even need a video? Well... why not! Vegan=SIMPLE!




In a high speed blender, blend the following:
1 frozen banana
1 cup frozen mango chunks
1 ripe fresh peach (white or yellow) splash of vanilla extract

Add just a little water to get it going but you want this to be THICK. Remember, we are eating this out of a bowl with a spoon, not sipping through a straw. Once blended place the smoothie in a bowl, and add your toppings. I used blueberries, chia seeds and walnuts. You can change it up with other fresh fruits, granola, hemp seeds, goji berries, oats, etc! Have fun with it. Enjoy!

6.27.2016

Almond Ricotta Spread | Vegan

Here is great ricotta cheese substitute made out of almonds!
You will need a high speed blender for this.




Soak 2 cups ORGANIC almonds overnight (must be organic if you are going to do the next step!)

Rinse the almonds, and peel the skin off. This is so you have a white ricotta looking spread. If you keep the skins on, it will look different. TOTALLY fine, just saying.

Add the peeled almonds to a high speed blender. Add juice 1/2 lemon (or whole if you like the taste) Add spices: 2 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp truffle salt (or sea salt) to taste, fresh cracked pepper to taste, 1 tsp italian spices, 1/2 cup water... blend until as smooth as you can get it to ricotta consistency. It will take a bit. Make sure you turn off blender and push the mixture down and around to help it. Once all blended and in a bowl you can taste test for any needed spices/salt, etc.

Enjoy on toast, lasagne, ravioli's OR on my Tomato Tarts!


6.26.2016

TOMATO TARTS WITH CAULIFLOWER CRUST | VEGAN RECIPE

WARNING: This one takes a long time to cook but the prep is easy and the result is tasty! You could also leave these in a dehydrator for... maybe 14 hours at 110 deg F with a flip in the middle of dehydrating.




PUT THE FOLLOWING IN A HIGH SPEED BLENDER:
1 small head cauliflower, chopped
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tbs dried italian spices
1 tbs miso paste
1 tbs dried paprika
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/4 cup water (if batter is not wet enough)
(blend)

ADD TO BOWL, STIR IN:
1/4 cup almond meal (or a 1/2 if batter is too wet)
1/4 cup flax meal (or a 1/2 if batter is too wet)

Grate 1 zucchini and mix into cauliflower batter. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Preheat oven to 250 F.

Form patties on non-stick pan  - I used a silicon mat.
Cook for about 3 hours or until you can flip the patties easily. Watch for burning on the sides! Lower heat and cook longer if so.

Once flipped, top tarts with tomato slices, salt, pepper, and Italian spices.

Cook for another 3 hours on the low heat until the tarts become crispy along the edges and surface, but still chewy on the inside. Once again, watch for burning.

Enjoy with a creamy topping like almond cheese - recipe coming!

6.25.2016

BASIL PEACH SALAD | Vegan


Enjoy this super simple summer salad. BASIL PEACH!






Ingredients:
3 chopped white peaches
1 cup chopped cherry tomatoes
2 small chopped shallots
1 handful chopped basil
1 lime juiced
salt and pepper to taste
1 tbs olive oil (if desired)

Mix and enjoy!

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