JUST START

I gave birth to my son six months ago. We’ve spent most of these last months (blessedly) together. It’s amazing! I’ve never felt love like this, he’s my heart embodied, I could stare at him all day, his every move delights me, etc. But sometime after the beginning of the new year, I realized I was sitting on the couch, watching TV, eating Snickers, trolling Facebook and mom-bitching to anyone who would listen. And, it was 10:00 am. And it was Everyday.

At first, I settled on, yup, welcome to motherhood. Might as well resign yourself to a low-level, constant feeling of annoyed resentment at wiping (and wearing) spit-up, folding tiny pants, endlessly loading and unloading the dishwasher, struggling to get wildly kicking feet out of poop and into socks, and dressing like a homeless yoga teacher.

Oh, not to mention isolation, marital tension and the constant drone of ‘you’re not doing this right/you’re screwing it up/something’s probably fundamentally wrong with you if you don’t feel fulfilled by this Mom business.’

This is what you wanted Girl. This is what you asked for. So suck it up. Because if you don’t, if you start questioning the greatest blessing of your life (but how can I quantify the blessings in my life…my man, my son, my health, my family, friends, my spiritual revelation so far, dance, sunlight, Spring blossoms, deep sleep, warm clothes, etc.) you’re a bad woman – a bad mamma.

Hold up! Wake up Girl! Look at this Boy’s eyes. Check out his delight in EVERYTHING around him. Check out the World’s delight in him. Astound in his energy, development and enthusiasm.  He is a tiny manifestation of Universal Love. AND he’s watching how you shine the same way you watch him. So…how are you shining?

How can I teach this little guy to dream big, act from love and joy and get after his birthright of deep fulfillment if I’m not dreaming big, acting from love and joy and GETTING AFTER MY BIRTHRIGHT of deep fulfillment!?

You know change is coming when not shining your light becomes more painful than the fear of letting it loose. So, time to get moving.

My mind is a brainstorm: wholeness, teaching, coaching, writing, business-building, Mamma-ness, food (as usual), healing, Woman, seeking light, dancing, connecting, Priestess, having fun, creating sacred space, JOY, shedding what is old, boring, stale, painful, annoying and dusty, inside and outside of me. Who cares who cares. It is time to act.

BREAK DOWN:

 ~the why nots~

i care what you think

If you don’t like me, don’t agree with me, don’t love me, talk about me, leave me, I feel shaken up, insecure, worried. I scramble to shore up your perception of Me with self-centered, un-authentic acts of manipulation, usually sweet and minor, sometimes rude and bold, never elegant. I don’t do what I am called to do, I play small, apologize and laugh nervously. You probably still don’t like me. And neither do I.

it’s all been done before

But not the way I’m going to do it.

someone else is better at it

But I’m starting. So I’m going to learn. How cool to be at the top of your game. How lonely to have no one to look up to. I’m rooting for all of us.

it might be awkward down the line
Probably the same way these throw back Hammer pants I’ve been rocking all month will. So what. They feel current, stylish and fun right now.

i don’t know what i’m doing

Neither does my infant son. That sure doesn’t stop him.

~the why HELL YESs~

G*D doesn’t F up

i have been packaged perfectly and inside of me [and you and you and you!] are gifts that need giving. IT IS TRAGIC/A WASTE/SELFISH to keep treasures locked up for a lifetime. Certainly someone will delight in them. Did I mention the packaging is perfect?

i want to…it FEELS GOOD

Writing this was fun, and when I saw my man afterwards, he was all ‘Baby, you look so good right now.’ Coincidence? Let’s just say, I am vibrating at a much higher level than I was last week on the couch alone with my Snickers.

it’ll just keep nagging…it’s a tug from the Divine

Looking my last post from over a year ago, just before I found out I was pregnant, I basically said the exact same thing. The same lessons will just keep coming until they’re learned (and I believe, if I don’t open myself up to learning them, they’ll end up making me sick).

 

Action is a must…maybe just something tiny that I do (or don’t do) today to allow myself to be pulled forward, to be stretched. For me, currently, this means:

  • Let LOVE set the tone
  • BREATHE all the time
  • Seek out women who inspire me
  • Pay attention to my INNER desires/loves/turn-ons
  • Speak with clarity and care
  • Ask for help with business building
  • WRITE content
  • Nourish and move my body
  • SHED and DITCH: everything that isn’t super functional, a true treasure or treat, doesn’t make me feel proud, sexy and ready to go

I’m not sure what I’m creating or what’s coming, but be on lookout (or don’t), because (much) more is coming from me.

What’s in the way of your light beam? Why not clear it right away? As always, I’m here to help. xox

The Traditional Wisdom of Bone Broth

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Bone broth has wonderful health benefits and is simple and inexpensive to make. It provides holistic nourishment, using parts of an animal that otherwise might go to waste. Internationally used in traditional culture as a healing elixir, brewing broth warms the home, heart and tummy.

When properly prepared, bone broth is super nourishing. Soaking in vinegar and a long, slow simmer draws out the minerals from bone, cartilage, marrow and vegetables, bubbling into liquid gold that’s high in bio-available calcium, magnesium and potassium. A tremendous source of gelatin, broth is a great digestive aid, electrolyte replacement and helps assimilate protein. An important part of many healing protocols, broth is especially soothing to leaky gut syndrome.

Here’s the recipe we use, adapted from Sally Fallon’s NourishingTraditions. Variations can be made using bones of fish, duck, turkey, lamb and beef. We make a big batch and freeze the extra quarts to have on hand. Usually, we each drink at least a cup a day. When I got a little bit sick last month, I kicked the bug right away drinking bone broth every couple of hours. Experiment with different types of bones and veggies and whenever possible, use organic, pasture-raised ingredients.

Gather Your Bones

  • The bones from organic, pasture-raised animals are best. Organic bones are second best. The life force we draw from our food is only as powerful the life force used to raise, grow and feed what we eat. It is advisable to always avoid non-organic and factory farmed meat, which is full of hormones, chemicals, antibiotics, fear and sadness (which by the way, all inflame the digestive tract, which may be just what you need to heal!)
  • To find organic, pasture-raised food, shop at your local farmers’ market or through a community supported agriculture (CSA) farm program.
  • US Wellness Meats ships pasture-raised meat.
  • Save the carcass of the animals you roast in the freezer to have on hand for broth.
  • You can find great deals at the farmers’ market on chicken heads, feet, necks, backs and gizzards, all great for broth!

Gather Your Veggies

  • Remember to use organic whenever possible! Conventional produce may be covered in chemical pesticides and may be genetically modified.
  • We like lots of veggies for great flavor!
  • Get creative! Use what you have, experiment with new things to add depth of flavor.
  • Save the tops and bottoms of carrots and celery from weekly cooking and use those to bulk up the veggie load in your brew.

Gather Your Water

  • Filtered please! Tap water is full of chemicals and chlorine that irritate the gut.

Vinegar Bath

  • It’s important to soak the whole pot of bones and veggies in vinegar for 30-60 minutes before turning on the heat. The acidity draws out minerals from the bones and veggies to make your broth rich and nourishing.

2-4 lbs organic, pasture raised bones and parts*

3 chicken heads (optional)

3-6 chicken feet (optional)

3 chicken gizzards (optional)

4 quarts cold, filtered water

2 tablespoons vinegar

2 onions, chopped

4 carrots, chopped (no need to peel since it’s organic!)

6 celery stalks, chopped

1 fennel bulb, chopped (optional)

Salt, pepper and herbs to taste

1 clove of garlic, chopped

1 bunch parsley

5 gallon pot with strainer

*If you’re using raw beef bones, roasting them makes for dynamite flavor. Roast them in a pan at 350º for 25-30 minutes before beginning your broth.

Add all bones, parts and vegetables (except parsley and garlic) to your pot.

Fill pot with filtered water

Add salt, pepper and herbs

Add vinegar

Let sit for 30-60 minutes with no heat

Turn on heat and bring to boil

Remove scum that floats to the surface using a slotted spoon

Turn heat down and let simmer for 12-24 hours**

In the last 30 minutes of cooking add parsley and garlic

Strain veggies and bones from broth

Put broth in refrigerator until cool

Remove layer of fat that congeals at the top of the pot, save for cooking

Store extra broth in the freezer in Mason jars (keep the lid loose and don’t fill to the brim to avoid cracking)

**Simmer beef broth for 24-48 hours

 Benefits of Broth

Non-dairy source of bio-available calcium and magnesium

Digestive aid

Gelatin helps anemia

Supports bone health and connective tissue

Wonderful protein source and great if you don’t have the funds or appetite for meat

Healing, warming drink used as remedy all over the world

Thyroid support

A delicious snack

Mamas love it during labor

A great electrolyte supporter before or after yoga or workouts

Highly nutritious and delicious base for cooking

The next time you’re

in the market for broth, read the labels carefully. You’re probably going to find most broths available are made with sugar, natural flavors and other additives. 

A simple way to connect with your food

Enjoy!