Advice from a tree

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Today is a Gift – a Short Video about Gratitude

gratitude-excerpt

https://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?feature=player_embedded&v=nj2ofrX7jAk

My friend Susie sent this beautiful video clip to me. I am very grateful she is in my life even far away I know she is there. Susie sends me interesting articles such as this one. I hope you enjoy this too and perhaps it makes your day.

The full clip is on http://www.ted.com if you want to see the entire clip with introduction by Louis Schwartzberg.

60 Must-Read Health and Fitness Blogs for 2012

http://greatist.com/health/must-read-health-fitness-blogs/#

Sixty 60-Second Tips to a Healthier You

Sixty 60-Second Tips to a Healthier You

http://www.livebetteramerica.com/Home/healthy-living/health/well-being/articles/sixty-60-second-tips-to-a-healthier-you

Sixty 60-Second Tips to a Healthier You

A minute goes by like that (finger snap), but it’s more than enough time to do something that will help you feel good.
On any given day, we might not have an hour to go to the gym, 30 minutes to prepare a home-cooked meal, or 15 minutes to read. But who can’t find a minute here or there?

There are many things we can do that are good for us that take 60 seconds or less. Don’t believe it? Take a minute to read our list of 60, all practically guaranteed to make you feel good almost instantly. Ready. Set. GO!

  1. Drink a glass of water.
  2. Take 10 deep breaths.
  3. Think of something you’re grateful for.
  4. Scratch your dog’s belly.
  5. Pet your cat.
  6. Eat an apple.
  7. Swivel your hips.
  8. Shimmy your shoulders.
  9. Write a thank-you note.
  10. Call your parents.
  11. Do a yoga pose and hold it.
  12. Sprinkle a spoonful of flaxseed in something you’re about to eat.
  13. Hug someone you love.
  14. Hug someone you kinda, sorta like.
  15. Hug someone you don’t care for one bit.
  16. Sign up for an art class.
  17. Balance on one foot for 60 seconds.
  18. Balance on the other foot for 60 seconds.
  19. Floss your teeth.
  20. Schedule a complete physical.
  21. Eat a handful of almonds.
  22. Tell a joke.
  23. Do 60 jumping jacks.
  24. Close your eyes and think of nothing.
  25. Listen to one good song.
  26. Sing along to one good song.
  27. Dance to one good song.
  28. Eat a tomato like it’s an apple.
  29. Give someone a minute’s worth of your undivided attention.
  30. Make a cup of tea.
  31. Pay someone a compliment.
  32. Pay yourself a compliment.
  33. Jump rope.
  34. Do 10 push-ups, on your knees if you have to.
  35. Do 10 sit-ups, crunches if you have to.
  36. Make a list of your five favorite songs.
  37. Meditate.
  38. Try a vegetable you think you don’t like.
  39. Stretch and yawn, even if you’re not sleepy.
  40. Read a poem.
  41. Lie on the floor with your legs up a wall.
  42. Call your congressman about an issue that’s important to you.
  43. Spin a hula hoop around your waist, neck, or each arm.
  44. Read the first page of a new book.
  45. Make a list of your five favorite movies.
  46. Strike up a conversation with someone you don’t know.
  47. Make a paper plane and launch it.
  48. Take a multi-vitamin.
  49. Do 10 squats.
  50. Give yourself a temple massage.
  51. Bend forward at the waist and hang.
  52. Yodel.
  53. Gargle.
  54. Try to balance standing on your tippy toes.
  55. Eat a handful of berries.
  56. Open a window and take a breath of fresh air. Even if it’s January.
  57. Take off your shoes and walk barefoot. Even if it’s January.
  58. Look up into the branches of a tree.
  59. Send a check to a good cause.
  60. Wash your hands.

Raw Pumpkin Pie Recipe

I saw this article on Linked In today from Michael Edwards CEO Organic Lifestyle Magazine “For those of you who are raw foodies or are trying to incorporate more raw foods into your lives, Thanksgiving can be a tough holiday to endure. ”
Posted on November 20th, 2012, by ameliawood in Blog, Recipes.

Raw Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Raw Pumpkin Pie Recipe

In my ten years of eating raw, I can tell you from firsthand experience that desserts are the most difficult raw dishes to prepare. Through a miserable number of trials and errors over the years, I’ve got many raw desserts like cheesecake, brownies, cherry sorbet, and coconut macaroons down to an artful science. Pumpkin pie, on the other hand, was always a challenge for me. In the times I attempted to prepare this gourd pie, it always came out tasting bland, dry, and unappealing. It wasn’t until my close friend, who is also a raw foodie, recommended I try her recipe that I finally made some headway with my homemade raw pumpkin pie.

One of the common misconceptions about raw desserts is that they don’t taste good. On the contrary, cooking raw is delicious. All you have to do is use high-quality ingredients, stick to the accurate measurements, and taste as you go. If something doesn’t taste quite right, trust your gut and tweak it. If you think your dessert needs an additional ingredient, go ahead and add it! Like an artist’s painting, raw food desserts are supposed to be unique to each artisan.

For those of you who are raw foodies or are trying to incorporate more raw foods into your lives, Thanksgiving can be a tough holiday to endure. Everything from the savory turkey, warm yeast rolls, and sweet pecan pie can derail all your efforts to eat raw. With this delicious raw pumpkin pie recipe, however, you’ll be all set for your Thanksgiving dessert. Not only is it filling, it’s insanely delish! Try this pumpkin pie out during the holiday or any ol’ time you have a craving for this classic dessert.

Raw Pie Crust
2 ½ cups pecan flour
¾ cup coconut oil, cold
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar

Okay let’s start with the crust! Start by placing the flour, salt, and sugar in an electric mixer bowl and mix on high for 30 seconds. Next, add the coconut oil and mix until the crust forms a solid, cohesive mixture. Don’t worry if you see a few crumbles though. If necessary, add a little more oil or water to solidify the crust.

Dust a clean surface with a pinch of flour and place the crust on the dusted surface. Using your hands, knead the crust into two flat ball shapes, (keep in mind: this pie makes enough for two crusts) wrap in plastic wrap, and place them freezer until you’ll ready to use them. When you’re putting your pie together, pull out one of the crusts, and using a rolling pin, flatten it out into the shape of a large circle (aka pie crust). Have flour on hand to prevent the crust from sticking to the surface. Gently lift the crust and place it in the pie pan. Press the crust until it adheres to the pan.

Pumpkin Pie Filling
3 cups shredded pumpkin
1 cup cashews, soaked for four hours, drained, and then mashed
¼ cup almond milk
½ cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon tapioca starch
2 tablespoons molasses
3 teaspoons vanilla bean extract
1 teaspoon coconut oil
2 teaspoons cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
pinch cloves

Combine all the ingredients in an electric mixing bowl. Mix for 3 minutes on high speed. Spread into one of the prepared pie crusts. Refrigerate for at least three hours. Eat and enjoy!

Eating raw is not easy during the holidays, but the health benefits of doing so are definitely worthwhile.