By Josslyn Streett, Reiki Master/Teacher for Rain Shadow Reiki in Sequim, WA
I absolutely LOVE the fall! I love the colors, the flavors and even the weather here in the Pacific North West, which lately has been a lot of rain. Not typical for Sunny Sequim.
Being with spiritual friends recently sharing a condo and cooking together at a healing retreat, I made this dish for them and they all wanted the recipe. I decided it would be easier to share it with everyone, and then I realized I already had on a blog two years ago when I was doing a cleanse. But, decided to post it again by itself because it’s so good, it deserves its own blog. This recipe is a great reminder that healthy food can be delicious and easy to prepare too. Pray you enjoy this as much as my family does.
“I wondered, “Why have I been chasing happiness my whole life when bliss was here the entire time?” – Elizabeth Gilbert from “Eat, Pray, Love”
I got this recipe from www.jointhereboot.com two years ago when I was participating in a 15 day juice cleanse with Joe Cross from the movie “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.” (The movie is well worth watching) Most of the food on the pre-cleanse was truly wonderful, but this is my favorite recipe from the whole cleanse, along with the juices we made. Yum! It’s healthy and easy to make. I hope you enjoy it as much as my friends and I do, it would be a great Thanksgiving add-on for sure.
Don’t forget to run your Reiki when you cook, adding Divine Love and Light to every dish you prepare. Reiki in your food helps to cleans out any toxins and boosts the nutrients to the vibrational level of your body so your body gets the best out of your food. It’s a win/win!
Blessings to all my Reiki friends,
“No one who cooks, cooks alone. Even at her most solitary, a cook in the kitchen is surrounded by generations of cooks past, the advice and menus of cooks present, the wisdom of cookbook writers.”
Roasted Acorn Squash
Serves 4 as a main dish
2 med Acorn Squash
3/4 t. Sea Salt plus 1/4 t. Sea Salt
1/2 t. Black Pepper
6 T Olive Oil
2 Cloves Garlic, minced
1 Large Portobello Mushroom (I use 2 because I like them and they cook down)
1 Large White or Yellow Onion, chopped
3t Fresh sage, finely chopped
(You can add a little red pepper too if you like a little more spice. My family doesn’t so I’ve omitted that ingredient.)
Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees.
Trim ends of each squash.
Stand the squash upright and half lengthwise.
Scoop the pulp and the seeds out and discard.
Brush each squash half with olive oil.
Sprinkle each squash half with 3/4 sea salt and pepper
Arrange acorn, large cut sides down on the baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
roast the squash until the flesh is tender and the edges are golden brown, 25 – 35 minutes.
Remove from over, flip squash over and set aside.
While the squash roasts: Heat olive oil in medium sauce pan over medium high heat.
Add onions and garlic and saute for 2 minutes until onion is clear.
Add mushroom, sage, 1/4 salt and saute 5 minutes.
Fill the squash with mixture and bake upright for 10 more minutes together.
Twelfth in a series of blogs written by Josslyn Streett of Rain Shadow Reiki for her series on nutritional healing and juicing.
My Top 10 Juice Recipes
My favorite part about doing a juice cleanse is, you got it, the JUICE! Most of the juice is delicious. The juice is especially delicious right after you juiced it. Mmmmmmm! The blends you can make are endless. I tailor my juices to what my body needs, loves and craves. I also tailor it to what I have on hand in the fridge. I have grown to love the fresh juice so much my body craves it daily. If I miss a day I know it and can feel it in my body. I don’t miss very often. In fact, in three months of juicing I’ve missed three days total. Not bad. I throughly enjoy the process of making the juice and consistently repeat in my head positive affirmations while preparing my fruits and veggies, such as, “I’m doing this for my health. I’m doing this for my beautiful body.”
So, I thought it was time to share my ten favorite juice recipes from the juice cleanse I did for detoxifying my body. To read the other blogs about the juice cleanse click on the underlined words throughout the blog.
Biggest Question I Get
The number one question I get is “How do you find your juice recipes?” Easy, the internet. When I started I just typed in some of my favorite foods with juice, such as “pineapple juice recipe” and the internet did the work for me. If you have a specific health issue you are working with, such as, stomach ulcers then you want to type in “Juice recipes for stomach ulcers.” If I’m sick I type in “Immune system boosting juice recipes,” and so on. Whatever you need for juice, you’ll be able to find a recipe that you like for the supplies you have. It’s been quite easy. That is how I found my first recipes. I write them all down and keep them for later. If you are a ‘friend’ on my Facebook page I also share a lot of juicing recipes on my page. (Right hand margin of the page to join my Facebook family.) I also got a whole batch of recipes with the ten-day cleanse that I did through Reboot Your Life website. If you join their emailing list you can print a 5 day, 10 day or 15 day full menu fruit and vegetable cleanse from their nutritionist for free. I got many wonderful recipes for juice, smoothies, salads, dressings and vegetarian dishes. They were a wonderful resource for me.
Top Ten Juice Recipes
With no further ado, my top ten juice recipes, in order by the websites I got them from. It was not easy to do. I have so many I like it was actually hard to get them down to only ten. So try them and let me know how you like them. Add or delete items as you wish. If you delete a dark green vegetable because you ran out or don’t like it, them make sure you replace it with another dark green. Same with any color of fruit of veggie, replace with a fruit or veggie of the same color group. Mix and match your juice to get a full rainbow of colors, nutrients and flavors.
Unfortunately I didn’t write down the website I got this from because I was in a hurry when making it. And, when I went to look back again, couldn’t find it. I’ll keep looking and add it later for you. I had a whole bunch of huge zucchini’s from a neighbor with a backyard garden and wanted a way to make use of them. I found a delectable way.
2 Lg Zucchini
1 C Spinach
2 C Parsley
Zucchini is great for juicing because it has lots of health benefits and a lot more actual juice than most dark green veggies. Zucchini is a great source of vitamin B, potassium, fiber and some vitamin c and iron. It is low in sugar and carbs. Perfect!
Mean Green Juice
If you have seen the documentary “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” then you have heard of the Mean Green Juice. This is the juice they talk about drinking daily during their 60 day juice detox. (I did ten days. That’s enough for now.) This is also the same people who run the “Reboot Your Life” website with the detox diet I did. The Mean Green Juice is not only delicious, it’s packed with nutritious, as well. (Yes, I did that on purpose.)
6 Kale leaves
4 Celery stalks
2 Green Apples
1 in. piece Ginger
I put ginger is many of my juices for the awesome health benefits. Ginger helps nausea, inflammation, boosts immune system function, is an antibacterial and antiviral, increases blood flow and helps with detoxification. For more health benefits of ginger and a history, click this link.
Minty Fresh Berry Juice
Want to try a delicious fruit juice that the whole family will love?! Here it is. From Join the Reboot.
2 C Blueberries
2 C Mint Leaves
1/4 Pineapple (optional, I added that)
I LOVE pineapple and use it in my juice as often as possible. I’m a blood type A and follow the “Eat Right for your Blood Type” way of eating healthy and pineapple is great for type A’s. Pineapple is an anti-inflammatory, it has lots of vitamins and minerals like C, B, potassium, thiamine, manganese and magnesium and works for your body as a natural electrolyte. For more information about the health benefits of pineapple click on this link.
Fennel Pear Juice
Fennel is one of my newest and most favorite go to light green vegetables. It looks like a root but smells like black licorice. But the actual taste is much more subtle than black licorice. It goes perfectly with a pear. Yum yum! Also from Join the Reboot.
2 Med. Fennel bulbs
Pear and fennel is so refreshing. Fennel actually has a lot of health benefits too. Fennel offers relief from anemia, indigestion, flatulence, constipation, colic, diarrhea, respiratory disorders, menstrual disorders and bad breath. It has a very subtle taste and so can easily be added to salads and other foods without taking over the taste. Give it a try!
Mexican Style Jugo
If you like spice, you’ll love this juice. Pablano peppers are high in dietary fibers and low in calories making them ideal for weight loss. They also help to boost the metabolism of the body and can be used as a replacement of salt in low-sodium diets. And, they make this juice just slightly spicy!! Another great recipe from Join the Reboot.
2 Lg. Cucumbers
4 C Cilantro
1 Pablano Pepper (ribs and seeds removed)
1 Golden Delicious Apple
I have renamed this juice from Lemon Lime Juice to Limeade because it tastes like Limeade and I LOVE IT!! I have to say, I crave many of the juices but particularly this one and the Mexican Jugo. Can’t get enough of them. Must be something in them I really need, THE LIME!! Another great juice from Join the Reboot!
2 Carrots (med to lg)
1 Piece Ginger (thumb sized, I like lots, my husband likes less. Tailor it to your taste)
Another wonderful green juice. My goal was to get more fruits and vegetables into my diet and all the wonderful nutrients that go along with them. My body needs and craves dark green leafy vegetables. Therefore, I make a dark green leafy juice at least five days out of seven. Two days a week I take a break and make one of the other juices for variety and fun.
1/4 head Cabbage
3 Celery stalks
1 Cucumber (med to lg)
1 C Spinach
2 Green Apples
1/2 inch Ginger piece
Once again, I LOVE spice so I use more ginger. Ginger is a great liver cleanser as are dark green leafy’s so use what tastes good to you and enjoy.
Eleventh in a series of blogs written by Josslyn Streett of Rain Shadow Reiki for her series on nutritional healing and juicing.
Review of the Ten-Day Cleanse
If you have been following my blog series you know that I have made great changes to my eating habits for chronic health reasons. If you have not been following then I’ll provide links throughout so you can read the other posts if you’d like to. I’m writing these blogs in hopes that my healing journey will help or motivate others on their healing journey.
Over the years my body gives me messages that it no longer will tolerate certain foods. First was beef and pork almost twenty years ago. Then wheat, sugar, soy and so on. I realized early on I have a sensitive system. This summer my body wanted me to rid myself of dairy and start a more raw food diet with a whole lot more vegetables. Granted I have been getting this feeling for about a year but was not completely ready until this summer. Usually this process takes time. I have found I am more successful if my mental state is that I WANT to do this, I CHOOSE to do this and I am READY to do this. I started doing this process with juicing and a ten-day fruit and vegetable cleanse through Reboot Your Life with their nutritionist and the help of my Naturopathic Doctor. I started July 20th with the pre-clenase and have been going strong since. (Today being the first of September, 2012)
Results of the Cleanse
So the results of the cleanse are (three weeks after & continuing):
I have more energy on most days
Many of my natural supplements that I take for the chronic conditions, were cut down right away. We continue to check dosage as my body changes with more and more greens.
I have a renewed desire to find healthy vegetarian recipes and actually make them for me and my family. We are all benefiting from this one.
I have left behind forever some weight and when the six month detox is over I know my body will respond with leaving behind even more.
Spiritually I have gotten much-needed insight into the deeper issue to the chronic illness’ and how to work through them.
I am reconnecting to my physical body and learning once again to listen to my body and give it what it needs to thrive.
My chakras and energy bodies are cleaner, brighter and feeling much lighter.
I am releasing massive amounts of energy that I no longer need on all four levels; physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally all at the same time and very quickly.
I am finding it easier to ground myself in the morning and stay grounded though out the day.
Just the Facts
If you’ve read my blogs on the juice cleanse this far you are either a dear friend, a very lovely client or you may have a chronic illness of your own that you haven’t been able to get help for. Good for you. Don’t give up, ever. Keep reading, keep researching, keep searching for a cure. Here are some facts that I find astounding. The way I see it, feel it and have experienced it, nutrition is our only hope to finding a cure for what ails us. Although, with our nutrition being meddled with the way it is in modern life, with pesticides, genetically altered seeds and pollution in our soils and waterways, it gets harder and harder to eat in a healthy manner. Other support therapies are necessary to support the healthy eating lifestyle as well. Therapies, such as: Reiki, Acupuncture, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), IEH (Intuitive Energy Healing), NAET (allergy elimination), NET (Neuro-emotional Technique) and more can help us build up our immune systems and help us rid our bodies of the toxins that modern life helps to put there. Each time we are able to work with one of these therapies we are raising our vibration and teaching our psychical body as well as our emotional body to LET GO of what does not serve us. With this process we are teaching our bodies to become immune to these modern changes. With this process, we are evolving to be more adaptable. The only way to survive on this planet is to evolve and adapt.
Back to the Veggies
But, overall, heal yourself with fruits and vegetables and a diet tailored to YOUR mind, body and spirit. Keep searching for the puzzle to YOUR healing journey. Each puzzle piece you find gets you a little closer to feeling great. Nutrition for most is the problem, the answer and the solution. Are you ready to REBOOT YOUR LIFE!?
Here are some very important facts that may help motivate you to Reboot your diet:
7 out of 10 deaths of every American is from chronic disease
95% of all chronic disease is caused by food choice, toxic food ingredients, nutritional deficiencies, and lack of physical exercise.
1 out of every 2 adults in America in 2005 had at least one chronic illness (HALF OF ALL ADULTS! WOW!)
1 in 5 people suffer from Autoimmune disease (Women are 75% of this number. 30 million women!)
90% of all chronic diseases are due to an infection of the gut, according to the Royal Society of Medicine
If you are trying to heal yourself, might be good to start with your diet. Juicing is an easy and delicious way to get a whole lot more veggies into your diet every single day. For maintenance I am supplementing my ‘normal’ diet of fruit and veggies for breakfast, usually in a smoothie, salads for lunch with beans and steamed or sautéed veggies at dinner with one or two juices a day. One juice a day is quite doable, two takes a little more commitment and planning. The great thing about a fruit and veggie diet is they have so few calories, you are rarely hungry. You can eat as much vegetables as you want!! Eat up and enjoy!
Loving questions and comments are always welcome. Let me know how YOU are doing on your healing journey.
Ninth in a series of blogs written by Josslyn Streett of Rain Shadow Reiki for her series on nutritional healing and juicing.
To catch up start with blog 1, A Sensitive System or search categories under Nutritional Healing.
The Crying Games
Okay, so you’d think I would know what was coming. You’d think since I’ve done this many times over, in different ways, but many cleanses, you think I’d know that this part would be here soon. NOT. (Yes, I still use that term to my friends chagrin) There must be a part of me that goes into denial or forgets, like the pain of having a baby. You have to forget or you’d never do it again, right!? That’s how it is with the emotional cleanse part. You have to forget that it happens and how bad it can get or you’d never do a cleanse again. Day 6 and 7 provided for me the much-needed MASSIVE emotional cleansing. It probably looks different for everybody. In fact I know it does.
Easy Sailing vs. Typhoon
My husband sails through a cleanse like nothing was ever changed. No crying, no emotional roller coaster, no questioning ones whole life path, you get the picture. We both went through the same cleanse after having our mercury out of our teeth with the same doctor, same supplements, similar amount of fillings removed. With him he went right back to work with little or no side effects. Me, I was an emotional basket case for a whole two weeks after, angry, crying anywhere and everywhere, laughing at inappropriate times, the whole deal. It’s obvious, we are totally different beings, he and I. And, that is why we balance each other out so well. That is also why I call him my rock. I need him for his stability of emotion and he needs me for my spirituality and empathy. It works great for us, most of the time.
A Whole Lot of S*#t
So, here I am, pretty much sailing through this cleanse through day 5, only complaining a little bit (YES, JUST A LITTLE BIT!) about the amount of chopping, cooking and what not. Day 6 hits like a Tsunami. I was completely blindsided. I was tired and a little low, but when it hit, it hit. I never saw it coming. All I needed was the right trigger. What better trigger than your youngest son and some massive attitude in public. That’s all it took. I cried for two hours straight and then for another day and a half, off and on quite regularly. I cried when I ran out of
tissues, I cried when my ‘rock’ told me he wouldn’t be coming home from work again that night to stay and work on a project for the third night in a row, I cried when my cat wouldn’t cuddle with me but chose the dog instead and I cried when the U.S would lose a medal in the Olympic Games. Lets just say, as my beautiful soul sister Stephanie put it, “You’re letting go of a whole lot of s*#t!” Thank God she always magically calls me when I’m at my deepest darkest hour and can make me laugh and see things from a new perspective. Yes, I agreed with her, yes I am, literally and figuratively, letting go of a lot of crap.
Trickle vs Flood
When you do a cleanse as a spiritual ritual as I am, you are not only cleansing your body, but your thoughts, emotions and spiritual energy as well. Like with Reiki you are working on all levels at once, physical, mental, spiritual AND emotional. ALL at the same time. We sometimes forget this. We may want to believe this will not happen but truly deep down we WANT it to happen. There may not be another way to release this much emotion in such a short period of time. Of course, it’s easy to say this NOW that I’ve come out the other side of the Typhoon and are in calm seas again. Easy for me to say. But, believe me, I wasn’t so happy about it while I was in the heart of the storm. Some of this stuff has been with me my whole life, many lives. My dreams lately tell this story too, dreams of my childhood, dreams that combine different time frames that I’ve been working on these very deep dark issues. Believe me, someone who has lived with depression most of their lives, they have STUFF to release.
Although we think we’d like these issues to trickle out at a nice slow tolerable pace a little at a time, sometimes, what is truly best may be a complete flood and be done with it. It is more uncomfortable in the mean time but it is over and done more quickly. I used to be the one who desired the trickle. But, lately, I have so much I want to let go of so quickly, so much I want to leave behind, that I’m welcoming the Typhoon. Bring it on. Let the cleansing games begin. I’m going for the gold!
East vs West
It has long been believed in Chinese Medicine that emotions are connected to the organs in the body. This is in my opinion where Western Medicine lacks greatly in comparison. NOT treating the emotional body, spiritual body and mental body along with the physical body is leaving out 3/4’s of the source of the problem. HUGE mistake and in my opinion, quite daft. And, the reason that millions of American’s are very chronically ill. 133 million Americans from a 2005 census, that is 1 out of every 2 adults ill with chronic illness. If you are not shocked, you should be.
Truly Heal Yourself
When you cleanse your body with a fast, supplements, meditation, Reiki, acupuncture or any other cleansing method you choose (find a list below), you are cleansing not only your body but your emotions, mental and spiritual beliefs as well. It makes sense that we would have symptoms of crying, negative thought loops, anxiety, fear and anger surfacing during the cleanse. By allowing it to surface, not ignoring it, dealing with it, thanking it for teaching you what you needed to learn and releasing it, you are truly cleansing all four of your bodies as is needed for true ability to raise your vibration to the next level. YOU ARE TRULY HEALING YOURSELF! YOU ARE EVOLVING!
You Ask, HOW?
There are many ways in which to cleanse and heal yourself. Here is a list off of the top of my head. Find what works best for YOU. The important thing is to DO something and NEVER GIVE UP:
Any YOU can think of? Any I’ve missed? I’d love to hear from YOU as to what has worked best for your cleanses. Please comment if you have any. Please email me or comment here if you want to try something new but don’t know what. I can help.
Love and Light to you all,
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Some good blogs about emotions and our body’s organs and how they relate
I walk the face of earth once more,
a mindless puppet, my strings are torn.
the creaky bones, the bad eyesight,
yet the chance to turn wrong to right.
wars-a-waging, old mans guilt,
the worlds now on more than just a tilt.
parents weeping, children slain,
bloody thoughts, fear will reign.
I look in the shadows, a creature did lurk,
he whispered to me, hiding a smirk.
“Thou shalt be killed if thee can’t find,
the demon lurking in thou mind.”
So off I ventured, to quench my thirst,
of corpses piled with hearts-a-burst.
And on that quest what did I see?
Eighth in a series of blogs written by Josslyn Streett of Rain Shadow Reiki for her series on nutritional healing and juicing.
To catch up start with blog 1, A Sensitive System or search categories under Nutritional Healing.
Day 5 was my first day of only juice for breakfast and lunch and then fasting by drinking only coconut water all afternoon and evening. On this day I also drove an hour to my Naturopath for my second colonic. I was tired after the two hours of driving and the hour of the colonic but did well and handled it all with no major issues. I juiced my veggies and put them in a thermos before I went so I’d have it for when I got out of the doctor’s office. (When having a colonic you do not eat for 2 1/2 to 3 hours before hand or drink any liquids for an hour before.)
Juicing and fasting on the run. That’s how it’s done.
UGH, The Horror
I do have to say the coconut milk, which is supposed to help you re-hydrate and give your body much-needed electrolytes and vitamins, tastes to me, HORRIBLE! Now, I will eat almost anything in the name of good health. I have taught myself to like many foods I didn’t like before, all in the name of good health. If I think my body needs it and wants it I will learn to like it, BUT NOT THIS. I felt like a little kid again, plugging my nose while drinking it just so I could get it down. Wining, scrunching my face, wincing, practically crying because it was so bad and I knew I had to drink it.
O.K. That’s Pretty Bad
My kids found this hilarious since it’s their mom, the one who always says “you can try anything once”, or “You can learn to like anything that is good for you.” They both acted like “Hey, this is no big deal. I bet it’s not so bad at all, we’ll prove her wrong.” Well, they tried it, with these confident cocky looks on their faces and they attempted to pretend it didn’t taste bad, but they couldn’t do it either. Because I had made such a big deal out of the bad taste, they of course, had to play it down a lot and NOT make a big deal about it. But their faces told the whole story. Finally my older son says “O.k. you’re right, that’s pretty bad.” Maybe it’s the brand, I don’t know. This coconut water thing is all new to me. There MUST be a better way. UGH. Here is an article about coconut water by Dr. Mercola. Read if you want to know all the great health benefits about coconut water. It helps me to get it down to know a bit about how it is good for you, but I’m still plugging my nose the whole time.
Everyone Is Unique
I also am not one to believe that everything that is supposedly good for you is good for everyone. I believe we are all different and all need a unique diet. I like the healthy eating plan by Dr. D’Adamo from the book, “Eat Right For Your Blood Type” because they seem to work for me and many of the people I know AND it is unique for each person. No diet is ever the same for any one person. That makes more sense to me. I have not muscle tested strong for coconut products in the past so I’m not totally sure about this water. I’m drinking it for the cleanse because I’m doing my best to stay as close to the recommended diet as possible, but I’ll have myself tested for it again before I decide if I’ll continue with it after the fast. Just because hundreds of people do well with coconut oil, or coconut water, or brussel sprouts, does not mean that I do well with it. Just because chicken is healthier for some people does not mean it’s healthy for everyone. Seriously. I listen to my body to determine that. I encourage YOU to do that too. Listen to your body. Get yourself muscle tested for items you are not sure about or if you are not at a place where you trust your intuition enough. When you get tested, you’ll be surprised at how spot on your intuition usually is. Trust, it’s one of the toughest parts of intuitive abilities. Empower yourself one day at a time by trusting your intuition a little more each and every day. What have you got to lose? Probably not much at all. Give it a try.
Seventh in a series of blogs written by Josslyn Streett of Rain Shadow Reiki for her series on nutritional healing and juicing.
To catch up start with blog 1, A Sensitive System or search categories under Nutritional Healing.
Sleeping Walking Through Day 4
I made it though Day 3 pretty easily other than the many visits to the potty room that you may have read about in blog #6, ‘My First Colonic and Day 3’. Day 3 is famed to be the most difficult day from what I’ve heard and read. Although, I looked ahead in the dietary plan today and so far they’ve been pushing so many vegetables on the collective ‘us’ that we can’t eat them all. On Day 6 I get to have juice for breakfast, late breakfast, lunch and after that only coconut water. Hmmmm, we’ll see how that goes.
Sleep or Lack There Off
Sleeping is one of the issues other Rebooters have brought up as being difficult during the reboot, last night I hit that milestone. I was so tired yesterday that I feel asleep while meditating and slept for two hours from 4pm to 6pm. Not only did that mean I was extremely late in preparing the vegetables for dinner but I didn’t sleep most of the night other than some dozing here and there. Late afternoon naps are the kiss of death for my sleep cycle. I never do them, on purpose, that is. So, the extreme fatigue set in today on a day when I had to go back to the grocery with my two boys and prepare many large new vegetable dishes.
Reiki – LOVE, Cooking -Not So Much
Now, I’m pretty good at knowing my strengths and weaknesses, and I know that I’m an intuitive and caring Reiki Master, love what I do and work consistently at it. I’m an excellent healer because I don’t give up on myself or others. I have learned so much though my own process that I am now are able to help others. I’m a slightly above average but hard-working writer, very to the point and able to explain difficult non-tangible situations in a very easy to understand tangible way. I’m not highly creative in my writing or filled with poetry, but, if you are an ADD, spiritualist, clairsentient, light-worker – I’m your blogger. As a cook, well, that is where my confidence wanes. Being ADD (Indigo is more my definition), I do not read cook books well or instructions of any kind. So, I’ve never been a very good cook. I’m better when someone shows me and does it with me. I cook what I know, what tastes good, usually what’s quick and easy and what my family likes. Usually when I cook new stuff my boys complain that I’m giving them too much variety. That’s boys for you.
The Motivation Black Hole
So, where has my motivation been to cook more and different until now? In the void, as my son says, the black hole.
Currently, I’m motivated by a much healthier body and life. I’m doing it for me and I’m doing it all myself. So, tonight, when the extreme tired kicked in and I had three veggie dishes to prepare, some of the old self-confidence issues raised their ugly heads for me to look at. Look at it I did. While chopping, I have lots of time to look in the proverbial mirror and see what I want to change. I decided to stop listening to the old records that said I couldn’t do this without help, or that I couldn’t figure it our correctly on my own, and I just did it. However long it took, however much I may mess it up, I pushed on through. I put on some motivating music, for me this could be anything from hip hop to country to reggae. Tonight, it took long enough it was a bit of all of them. I got lost in the chopping, the music and the beautiful scene of the Strait of Juan de Fuca out my kitchen window. I can watch the summer cruise ships pass by me and the San Juan Islands as I chop and it’s lovely. And, you know what, the dishes, although a little late, turned out great! Even my boys liked them and they were 99% made of vegetables!
Ratings for this dish: Joss’ rating 9 out of 10, Robby (age 12) 8 out of 10, Sawyer (age 9) 7 out of 10, Robert 10 out of 10
Baked Zucchini with Tomatoes and Herbs
(Thank you to my wonderful neighbors for all the zucchini you gave us. It went to good use.)
I am putting this recipe in exactly as it is on Joe’s website. Although I encourage you to add or take away items as it pleases your family. I personally would put one more tomato and more sea salt.
3 large zucchini or 5 small
4 Scallions, sliced, white and green parts separated
1 small onion, shipped
2 Plum Tomatoes, coarsely chopped
2 Tbsp. Celery Leaves (from the inner stalks, chopped
4 Tbsp. Basil Leaves, shipped, plus extra for garnish
1/4 cup Olive Oil
1 tsp. Sea Salt
1/2 tsp. fresh ground Black Pepper
Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. Slice the zucchini in half crosswise. Cut each half again lengthwise, and slice each of the halves into 4 equal, 1/2 inch pieces. They should look like sticks.
In a bowl, mix together the zucchini sticks with the white parts of the scallions, onion, tomatoes, celery leaves and basil. Mix in the olive oil, salt and pepper and toss to combine.
Pour into a 3 quart baking dish and bake for 20 minutes (mine took 30 min.). Garnish with the sliced green tops of the scallions and the extra chipped basil.
Makes 4 servings (makes way more than 4 servings, more like 6 to 7)
Per serving: 153 calories, 1.5 g protein, 1.5 g fiber
Sweet Potato and Carrot “Fries”
Once again these wonderful recipes can be found under the PLAN section on the ten-day plan on Join the Reboot dot-com.
Family ratings: Joss 10 of 10 (this is like dessert for me!), Robert 9 of 10, Sawyer 9 of 10 (a bit sweet for him he said and this is my candy lover kid)
2 medium Sweet Potatoes
2 large Carrots
2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1 tsp. ground Cumin (or cinnamon, nutmeg, cayenne, rosemary or other spices you like can be in place of the cumin)
1/4 tsp. Pepper
1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. Peel the sweet potatoes and carrots. Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise, and slice each half into 4 equal wedges. for the carrots, cut in half crosswise into two chunks. Slice each chunk lengthwise into 2 pieces, and cut each piece into 2 or 3 wedges, making them roughly the same size as the potatoes.
Put the potato and carrot wedges into a bowl and toss with the oil, cumin, pepper and salt. Arrange on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 30 minutes or until the flesh is tender and the outside is lightly browned and the edges slightly crisp.
They say it makes 2 servings but the four of us didn’t finish them all.
So, day 2 went much smoother although just as busy. I added a slightly bit more protein, black beans on my salad, and didn’t stress so much about preparing and eating EVERYTHING on their list, and it went well. I’ve been having some slight cold symptoms, runny nose and sore throat, but it feels more like detox symptoms than an actual cold coming on. I’ve had it before when I was detoxifing from having the mercury out of my teeth, so I’m just watching it and doing some preventative stuff just in case. I had a slight headache last night but they say that is normal too. Other than that I’m feeling pretty darn good and my attitude is very positive.
Today I wanted to share two of the recipes from day 2 because they were so outstanding that I felt they were worth a shout out. If you like vegetables and salads then you will do great on this cleanse.
I have to say I do LOVE salad. When people ask my favorite food, I say “salad!” and have said that since I was in college. My mom always made fresh salad for dinners and I grew to love them and it stayed with me. However, with the business of having kids, working on healing myself, moving, now working part-time and blogging, I think I’ve gotten in a bit of a busy rut with my salads. I tend to do the same thing over and over again. I still love them because the most important ingredient to a salad is really fresh (locally grown if you’ve got them) vegetables and we have plenty of that here in Sequim, Washington. So, I am thrilled to be doing this 10 day reboot of my life from ‘Join the Reboot’ with great new salad recipes to try. And, day 2 has this wonderful carrot-dill salad that I truly enjoyed. Enough that I wanted to share it here with you.
3 cups greens (spinach, arugula, romaine, red leaf, etc.)
Shredded carrot, fennel, radish, cabbage, celery (don’t be afraid to try fennel, it’s quite subtle. I will put more next time. It tastes a bit like black licorice which I don’t care for, but like fennel anyway.)
chopped fresh dill
I also added some jicama and cucumber I had leftover from another salad, and black beans for added protein.
(The recipe calls for a honey soy dressing but since I’m allergic to soy I used this recipe from Day 1.)
Homemade Mustard Vinaigrette
1/3 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1 1/2 T Grain Mustard
2/3 cups Cold Pressed Olive Oil
Sea salt and pepper to taste
Salad and 2 Tbsp. Dressing: 278 calories, 3.5 g protein, 9 g fiber (stays fresh in the refrigerator for one week in a glass jar)
Squash? You Want Me to Cook Squash?
Yes, I’ve never been much of a squash eater and therefore, neither is my family. I don’t know why but I’ve been a bit afraid of preparing it. The unknown I guess. Or maybe just didn’t care for it before. So, here goes, squash on the day 2 recipes. I decided to tackle it instead of being intimidated by it. And, I’m so glad I did. It was delectable. My husband agreed (without the red pepper) that we would eat this over and over again. Here is the recipe with the red pepper but if you do not like spice then take it out. It was actually quite simple to prepare also.
Roasted Acorn Squash Stuffed with Portobello Mushroom and Sage
Joss’ rating, 10 out of 10. Robert’s rating 9 out of 10 due to the red pepper.
1 medium Acorn Squash (I used two for four servings)
3/4 tsp. plus 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
1/2 tsp. fresh ground Black Pepper
6 Tbsp. Olive Oil, plus extra for brushing on the squash
2 Garlic cloves, minced
1 large Portobello Mushroom, chopped
1 small Onion, chopped
2 tsp. Fresh Sage, finely chopped (I’d add a bit more sage next time. Not quite enough)
Pinch Red Pepper Flakes, optional
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Trim off each end of the squash. Stand the squash upright and halve lengthwise. Scoop out the pulp and the seeds and discard. Brush each squash half with olive oil, and then sprinkle with 3/4 tsp. sea salt and black pepper. Arrange cut sides down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Roast the squash until the flesh is tender and the edges are golden brown, approximately 25 – 35 minutes. Remove from the oven, flip the squash halves over and set aside.
While the squash roasts, heat the live oil in a medium saucepan over medium high heat. Add the onions and garlic and saute 2 minutes, or until the onions begin to turn translucent. Add the mushrooms, sage, 1/4 tsp. sea salt and the red pepper flakes if using, and saute until the mushrooms begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Fill the roasted squash halves with the mushroom mixture and bake again for another 10 minutes. Devour.
Makes 4 servings
Per serving: 254 calories, 2 g protein, 2.5 g fiber
I hope some of you try these recipes even if you don’t do the full Reboot. It is fun to try new things and get more variety in your life, even if the process is sometimes slightly anxiety ridden. Smiling. Enjoy.
And don’t forget to do Reiki on your food, or pray at your meals to help your food’s vibration be raised up to meet yours. Another blog on that later.
Fourth in a series of blogs written by Josslyn Streett of Rain Shadow Reiki for her series on nutritional healing and juicing.
A TON of Vegetables!
I made it through the first day of the most fruits and vegetables I have ever eaten in my whole life. If you have not read my first three blogs on this topic you can catch up here.
I am doing a ten day fruit and vegetable fast cutting our all dairy, grains, packaged foods and animal protein to help my body heal. You can read my goals for the fast here on blog #2.
I am following the ten day menu from a nutritionist for the ‘Join the Reboot’ team. I am getting weekly colonics to help my digestive system get back to it’s original healthy ‘just like a new born baby’ form, or close to that. That’s the plan anyway, but we know how plans go. I want my body to be able to digest it’s food and for me to get all the healthy nutrients from the healthier foods I’ll be eating.
Menu, Plan Ahead
So far the menu is very healthy and delicious. However, if you are planning to start this program, know that it is a whole lot of vegetables and a lot different ones. For instance, they have you use a tiny bit of jicama the first day but not again in the first few days. I never buy hicama and haven’t had it since I was a child. Good to try it again and I do like the crunch it adds to salads. But, I didn’t look at the menus soon enough before starting the cleanse to know this or to alter them so I could buy less veggies. Plus, the goal is to eat a variety. So, I am using the ‘extra’ vegetables in salads along the way and just modifying the diet a bit here and there. But, you will have to buy a ton of vegetables so plan on that expense ahead of time. Lucky for me I have neighbors and students with farms and gardens helping me out. Thank you to my wonderful clients and neighbors helping me out. You know who you are. Having your own garden would really help with this project.
Modify the Plan for YOUR Body
My doctor has me adding small amounts of healthy protein in the morning and lunch meals for my blood sugar issue. I think because I’m an overachiever and wanted to do the cleanest diet possible, closest to the actual one on the program, I didn’t eat enough protein. I added one egg in the morning and one scoop of the Isagenix vanilla whey protein powder in my mid day juice. Not enough. By about 5pm I was hitting a wall. For me, hitting a wall, usually means emotionally. I get irritated, frustrated and start going on and on about things I’m angry about. This is not a pretty seen and my family usually heads to their respective corners to ignore my tirades and read their books.
First Day Frustrations
I was most frustrated by the amounts of food preparation that goes into the meals. I guess I thought it would be a lot more juice, not salads, soups, steamed veggies, baked fruit, etc. The juices are not too bad for prep, but the rest take a great deal of washing, chopping and time. I’m a mom, a wife, a house keeper, and a Reiki Master/Psychic, life is busy. I also tend to be a lazy cook because I don’t like cooking that much. I’m not sure how people who work full time would be able to do all this AND work AND take care of their families. Plan for that too. It is time consuming changing old habits into new ones. I guess people who work would prepare a lot at night to be ready for the next day. I’m usually too tired at night to do this and so I do my prep in the morning. However, by the time I’m done with my prep for a morning fruit menu item ANd a late morning snack, it’s almost lunch time. (Consider they have six meals on the menu plus some snacks.)
Eat All the Veggies You Want
It’s a whole lot of food. They want you to eat almost all your calories in vegetables and feel full the whole time. That part is good, but I ALWAYS FEEL FULL. Most people don’t complain about that when doing a diet but with this one you will. Also, lot of these menu items I have never made before so it’s all new to me. New to me causes anxiety to me. But, I push though and do my best. I have literally spent the entire two days preparing vegetables. I’m not sure what I thought was going to happen, but this is what it is.
Now I know as I get used to the diet it will be easier and I’ll figure out short cuts like I do for salad. I make a huge salad on the weekend and what we do not eat I bag up with paper towels in the bag to keep it fresh and soak up the excess moisture. This way, the salad will last up to four days or so. Sometimes I’ll have to re-wash it before hand, but, easy way to have salad ready to go for the work week. These are the kind of tricks I’m learning and will put into place for the next time I do this cleanse. I felt much better emotionally after I had a nice salad for dinner with avocado and sea salt. Yes, I’ve been craving salt. There was actually so much food on the menu, don’t tell, but I skipped the soup and steamed vegetables. I was DONE with vegetables by then and just couldn’t eat another bite. I ended the day with my herbal tea and went to bed.
Suggestions if You Are Starting Your Reboot
Other than the five o’ clock tirade, I did very well. My impression is, with this healthy veggie fast, the healthier your diet is going into the plan, the easier it will be on you physically, mentally and emotionally during. I have already spent years cutting out packaged foods, animal protein, simple carbs, sugar and such. I eat at least one large salad every day and lots of other fruits and veggies. If you are starting this Reboot plan for the first time from a place of eating McDonalds regularly then you will probably have a much harder time. Don’t give up, just alter it a bit. I might recommend a modified plan that you can work with your doctor or nutritionist with. Start slow and work towards one of these full on fruit and veggie plans for later. Just a suggestion. The goal is to be healthier and help your body, not to hurt it. If you take on too much too soon, you may be setting yourself up for failure. It’s more important to DO it for long term success than it is to take on more than you can chew, literally.
Please feel free to ask me questions or to lovingly comment if you have suggestions yourself. Love to hear from you!
Third in a series of blogs written by Josslyn Streett of Rain Shadow Reiki for her series on nutritional healing and juicing.
To read the first and second blog in the series to get caught up click on the link. (Blog 1 or blog 2)
I have been doing a pre-cleanse to get ready for the full 10 day fruit and veggie cleanse. I got a lot of my pre–cleanse recipes from My Juice Cleanse. It is a great site with free recipes and helpful articles. They helped me with a lot of my early research too. It is recommended to do a pre-cleanse to get the most results from your cleanse that the week before you start the cleanse to do certain things to prepare. Here is what they recommend from the Reboot Your Life website:
Say goodbye to: processed junk foods, white flours, sugar/desserts, fried food, fast food, processed meats, alcohol and begin to wean yourself off caffeine.
Say hello to: salads, soups, smoothies with a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, natural nut butters, beans and legumes.
Transitioning off animal proteins: choose wild-caught fish, organic eggs and gradually decrease poultry during the week and choose only organic varieties when you eat them. By last day of the week, your protein should come solely from plant sources such as beans, nuts, and legumes (for example, black beans, hummis, chick-peas, lentils).
Transitioning off dairy: choose only low or non-fat organic dairy with little to no added sugars. If you choose soy, rice or almond milk, have unflavored/plain to limit the sugar content. Choose organic cheese, and transition from cow’s milk cheese to goat cheese by the middle of the week. By the end of the week (day 5) all dairy should be out of your diet to prepare for the Reboot.
This cleanse is fruits and veggies with no dairy, meats, breads or cereals. This Pre-Cleanse gets you ready for the full cleanse and makes the cleanse easier on you emotionally and physically. I feel it working.
My Results of the Pre-Cleanse
I started the full cleanse today. While talking to a friend on the phone about how I’m feeling today, starting the full cleanse, I realized how much progress I’ve made already. Just by doing the pre-cleanse I have altered thought processes that are critical to my success. I’ve started being much more discerning about what I eat FOR MY BODY, not my emotions. When I’m wanting to grab something fast and easy like a cheese stick, I automatically stop, and I start thinking “hmm, if I eat this, I’ll then have to spend time and energy making sure it gets released completely from my body system. (The colonic helped with this too. More on that later.) Do I want this badly enough to do that extra work and to make my body work that hard.” WOW, this is a huge difference from “I’m hungry, I need to eat something quick and easy now.” Or from my typical emotional response, “I need some cheese, or I need some chips and salsa. Nothing else will satisfy me.” Just by doing the pre-cleanse WITH INTENTIONS and GOALS I have started shifting my energy system enough to create major change in my mental thought processes and belief systems. This is huge for me. I’m more concerned about the health of my body than I am making my inner child happy with food.
Energy to Do What I Need to Do
I also noticed yesterday, for the first time in years, I had a full and busy day with a lot of driving to get to my doctor for my colonic and then the kids to their doctors in a whole other city, literally 3 to 4 hours of driving. Usually driving wears me out for the whole day and I’m resting up from it rather than being productive. Yesterday I did all the driving, a colonic for the first time, doctors appointments for my kids, shopping for my cleanse and dinner for my family and I still was going at the end of the day. WOW, for me, chronic fatigue for seventeen years, this was a massive change. THIS gave me a great deal of hope and confidence that this cleanse is truly going to change my life.
The pre-work is different from the pre-cleanse. I’ve been doing the pre-work for months now, probably years. I’ve been meditating, doing Reiki, working with Naturopaths and healers to help me get to this point. I’ve worked with hypnotherapists and most recently an MFCC who does Energy Psychology (a mix of Donna Eden’s energy work and Emotional Freedom Technique) to rewrite the beliefs in my subconscious mind. ALL of this has helped me to get ready for TODAY. All of this has helped me to be ready, really ready to give up the belief systems, the dairy and the old eating patterns to the point where I KNOW deep down that I will be successful, for a lifetime.
Real Life Example
For example. With the energy psychology this week we worked on belief patterns that I didn’t believe I could be successful with the cleanse AND be healthy too. This went along with another belief that I had, I believed I needed lots of food and lots of dairy or animal protein in particular in order to stay alive. These were not rational thoughts because my rational mind (10%) does not agree with these thoughts. However, my subconscious mind (90%) does believe them and therefore that is what I follow, knowing it or not. Now I know it, and have worked on it and released it. I did this by tapping on my meridian systems with the EFT process.
It turns out as I was tapping on these beliefs I was able to watch and see the past lives that these beliefs came from. I had five past lives where I was starving to death but only actually died in one of them. The other lives I just got very ill and was not able to care for my family. My soul held on to the belief that I got sick from not having enough to eat, enough protein. That is how our minds work sometimes. I had to hold on to those beliefs until I could understand them, learn from them and then release them. Now that I have done that, I can truly change. I am changing my eating habits permanently. And that is what it takes to truly reboot your life. It feels good and it feels good to share this with my friends, clients, students and internet readers. I pray this helps to motivate some of you to reboot your life too.
Got to Be Ready
Don’t rush into it, however. Do the pre-work. Do the research. Do the mind work. DO until you are truly ready to do this for life. These are big changes and I believe people need to be truly ready. I also believe in order to be successful you need to do one major dietary change at a time. If you do more you’ll most likely get overwhelmed and not stick with it for the long haul. These are lifelong changes in eating, not temporary. You have to be ready. But, have no fear. The energy is so strong for change this year that for those waking up, change is happening automatically and faster than usual. THIS is a great time to make major changes like this with Divine Source along with you to help and guide.
I also recommend working with someone like me, or another spiritual support person to guide you and help you along the way with mental thought patterns, emotional addictions, issues of letting go, energy work, etc. I’m not doing this alone, I don’t expect anyone to do it alone. Gather your support team and do the FIRST dietary change YOU feel is more important for you. That is how I have done it and that is how I’ve been able to be successful with each step, including this one. I’m thinking ahead on that one.
Love and Light to you all,
Good Luck on YOUR personal challenges this month. I’m here with you.
This is the second is a series by Josslyn Streett of Rain Shadow Reiki on nutritional healing and juicing.
I am going to reboot my life and my health!
My husband and I watched a movie last month called “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.” It is a documentary about a man in Australia named Joe Cross who was sick with immune system dysfunction and on all sorts of medication including lots of steroids that caused him to gain a lot of weight. By the end of the 60 day juice cleanse he’d lost all the weight and had gotten off of all the medicine he was on. My husband and I looked at each other and both said “I need to do this!”
Just Do It
I’ve told you in other posts that I’m a doer. I am. I don’t mess around. If I say I’m going to do something, I do it. I sat my kids down and told them the plan and they support me and even said they’d try some juice. My husband and I have been studying, researching, purchasing and now I’m ready. We’ve bought a juicer and have been practicing for a few days. Next week, I will start the fruit and vegetable juice cleanse. I’ll blog about it as I go in case this situation can help anyone out there who may be reading or may someday read it. Hopefully each time one of us does this, it makes it a little easier for the next people. I know all the information I’ve found from others on websites has helped me a great deal.
Do No Harm
I am working with my Naturopath, Dr. Ruth Urand, my Energy Psychologist Therapist, Melody Williams Romeo and my medical intuitive, Candia Sanders to help me do this cleanse the way my body wants and make sure I don’t harm myself instead of help myself. I’m doing it this way because I too have many medical issues that I have talked about in my first blog on this topic and I have to keep in check. And because it is safer when doing this type of major dietary change. Therefore we are going slow for my particular body.
I’ll be following Joe Cross’ Reboot program for people starting out. I’m planning on the 10 day reboot plan that has recipes for each and every day. On their website they have daily plans that you can print and follow for a 5 day, 10 day, 15 day and other options as well. I am hoping that if I’m doing well my doctor will let me go beyond the 7 days to the full 10 days. I’m doing a week of practice and prep before, a 7 day modified juice cleanse (sorry, not 60 days for me) with juice but also small amounts of healthy protein in the morning to give my body a good base so hopefully I won’t have blood sugar issues. And my doctor also recommended I have colonics, which I was terribly not happy about. I’ve never had one and had never intended to get one. But, she muscle tested me, Candia seconded it and my body wants it. So, I will help my body along with the detoxification process by doing one colonic a week for five weeks. Yuck.
If you decide to juice, you want to do your research first. There are many great websites to help you out. I will not do the educational part here but will give you some resources along the way if you want to read up. We decided on a mastification juicer that crushes the fruits and veggies because these are supposed to be better at juicing greens, like kale. With a detox juicing plan I’ll be drinking a lot of greens so this is a must. We went with the Omega 8004 because it had great ratings on Amazon, a great price, 15 year warranty and it is very easy to put together and clean. If it’s not easy to clean I won’t use it every day. I’ve been using it for a whole week and so far LOVE it! So easy, even the kids have been juicing.
That’s where I’m at, I’ll be blogging more about this for the next few weeks to let you know how it’s going and what it’s like. Maybe you will decide that juicing can help you with your medical issues as well and give it a try.
Here are my goals for the cleanse:
Get a lot more fruits and veggies into my system daily to create new eating habits.
Detox my bowels and liver to help my body heal itself.
Give up dairy once and for all.
Cleanse and let go of old belief systems about food, such as, I need animal protein to survive.
Let go of the belief that I need extra weight in order to be healthy and safe (past life stuff).
Be healthy OFF of most or all of the natural medications I’m currently on.
Raise my vibration to the next highest level I’m ready for.
Create a spiritual and loving space within which to complete these goals.
Bringing Reiki Along
I will of course be making this a spiritual journey since Reiki is such a strong part of my life. Reiki will be right along with me the whole time. I have already started by cleansing and blessing my juicer and the food I’m using for the prep. Sometimes I bless it right there in the check out line at the market or health food store and sometimes I wait until I get home. I will be meditating each day as often as possible to hold my intentions for the cleanse strong and with intention. I’m still a full-time mom with kids home for the summer, talk about challenges. So, I’ll be preparing food for them while making juice and salads for myself. I’ll need meditation and Reiki to help me with my willpower and staying true to my goals. And, I’ll be blogging here as often as possible to let you know how the experience is going.
I pray that some day, someone will be interested in juicing, find this blog and it will help them to do it too, or to stay motivated though their adventure. I have a lot of support and I’m grateful for that. Thank you to all of my friends, clients and family members who are supporting me through this process daily in whatever way they can. Loving comments are always welcome and I do my best to comment back to everyone so check back.
Love and Light to all,
Josslyn Streett, Reiki Master/Teacher/Reader
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