Red Lentil Stew with Beets Recipe

ImageA few days ago I was looking for a recipe that would boost my energy level and in particular was searching for a recipe that had lentils. I’m not usually a fan of beets, but I decided to give it a try. I didn’t happen to have any beets on hand so I substituted them for beet powder and it turned out quite delicious! Here is a link to the site: http://www.greenster.com/magazine/red-lentil-stew-with-beets/

Hearty Red Lentil Stew with Beets:

1 C dried red lentils
½ C quinoa
½ medium beet root, shredded
1 inch piece of ginger, chopped
¼ C diced red onion
1 bay leaf
4 C water
1 Tbsp coconut oil
½ tsp cumin seeds
2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp turmeric powder
Fresh lime wedge, black pepper and rock salt as garnish

Place lentils, quinoa, shredded beet, ginger, onion, bay leaf and water in a pot.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes.  During the last 5-10 minutes, heat coconut oil in a small separate skillet.  Lightly saute cumin seeds, coriander and turmeric for 1-3 minutes on medium heat (making sure they don’t burn).  Add oil & spice mixture to the red lentil stew and mix.  I do a little taste test here and sometimes add more spices plus a little salt and pepper 😉

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Living With IBS

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I think most of us are so caught up in keeping busy, making a living and just not really listening to our bodies. Human beings are very complex, but at the same time so simple. If we just take a second and listen, our bodies will tell us exactly what we need. They tell us when we’re hungry, when we need sleep, when we’re in pain, when we’re happy, etc. Of course we already know all these things, but so many of us tend not to ignore the signs. I for one used to be one of those people. I was completely miserable and I didn’t even know it. (Everyone around me sure did though!). Our bodies can tell us in many different ways that we are distressed or that something is wrong. Most people just associate it with depression, but that is only one of the many ways our body tells us something is not quite right. I was one of those people. My body told me that something was wrong, but in a different way. When I was sixteen, I was diagnosed with IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome). If you look up the symptoms of IBS, you probably think, well that’s not so bad, I could live with that. Well let me tell you, it’s definitely not easy! And being diagnosed in my teens, dating wasn’t exactly a breeze! Everyone has different degrees of IBS and sometimes it varies. When I happen to be diagnosed, it was at one of those really bad points, but thankfully with the great doctors I had, things got better. I was doing pretty well with it for many years until about 10 months ago, it started to really act up again. Nowhere near where it was when I was first diagnosed, but was slowly starting to interfere with my life. I went to my gastroenterologist and was going to be put on a bunch of medication. I thought great, just what I need more meds to interfere with my body! I was not a happy camper, but then again by going to see him, what did I think he was going to do? Wave his magic wand and I would be all better! Of course not! Meds seemed to be the only way. Then I had a thought. I told him I wasn’t going to take the medication and that I wanted to try a different approach. At that point in my life, I had just started reading and researching about Ayurveda. I thought, why not give that a shot? It’s the more natural way to go isn’t it? That is what I decided to do and boy am I glad I did! I went to see an Ayurvedic Practitioner (and continue to see her). It’s incredible how my body has reacted and changed. Of course IBS is not curable, i’ll never be 100%, but i’ve never felt so good in my life! I’m the healthiest i’ve ever been and I can’t see myself going back. Ayurveda has not only helped with my IBS symptoms, but has changed the way I think about food. I used to have a huge sweet tooth. I would eat candy all the time and chocolate almost everyday. It’s amazing what your body craves once you change your diet. I don’t like to use the word diet, so i’m just going to call it a food plan. I can’t believe some of the things i’m eating and how much it is helping with my IBS. I didn’t just change my food plan I am also taking a few natural herbs to help with my symptoms and things seem to be going great. IBS can be a bit of an embarrassing thing to deal with and to talk about, but there are ways to manage and live with it. My suggestion would be to always try the most natural way first. Once again thanks for reading! Any questions or comments are much appreciated! 🙂

So What Can You Eat Then?

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So what can you eat then? This is a sentence I hear quite often. Between being gluten intolerant, lactose intolerant, and living with IBS; eating out is definitely not as simple as it should be. Thankfully I have a true passion for cooking, so I eat most of my meals at home, but do find it quite difficult when occasionally going out for dinner or lunch with friends. I’ve become quite good at navigating my way through a restaurant menu and asking my waiter a ton of questions, so it is not as difficult as it once was! I know so many of you out there struggle with this as well. I would love to hear what you do to make going out a little more enjoyable.

Comments much appreciated 🙂

First post! Introducing me

Let me start off by saying i’m a dreamer. I thought I should warn you before you continue to read my posts! I’ll talk a lot about goals I want to accomplish and visions that I have for my life. (And hopefully be posting about my success of some of those goals). I’ve always been one to have goals. And I think dreaming is a huge part of having goals. Sure, you might have completely audacious, unrealistic goals, but what’s the point of life if you can’t dream big and have a little fun! At the end of the day, if you tried your hardest to achieve a goal and it didn’t work out, I aways try and try again, until I achieve it. Of course sometimes it may be a little frustrating and can sometimes bring you a little down, but the point is you’re trying, and that’s all that really matters in the end. Ok enough about goals!!! (I can’t say I didn’t warn you! haha) Let me tell you a little bit about me.

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I recently decided to go back to school in September 2012 after taking some time off. During my time off I worked as a full time nanny to three incredible children. I loved every second of it! I can’t wait to one day start my own family. I am still in school studying Interior Design. My plan was to stop working once I started school and just focus on school full time, but that’s not what happened. For those of you who have kids, or have ever taken care of them, they’re not something you can just walk away from! I felt so at home taking care of those kids and in a way I felt like their older sister. I couldn’t just leave! In the end, it all worked out, as life normally does! I am going to school full time and still working for the family part-time. Just a few more facts about me. I’m a yogi. I took my first yoga class when I was 17 and never looked back. I can truly say that the practice has changed my life. It’s so amazing how one little decision in your life (like randomly deciding to take a yoga class last minute at your gym) can completely transform your life. I am currently looking towards getting my 200 hour certification to become a yoga teacher within the next coming year. With yoga also comes health and nutrition. I have become so fascinated with everything I have learnt and continually learning about the body, how it works, and how what you put in your body really truly does effect how you function. With this came the discovery of Ayurveda. If you don’t know what Ayurveda is, I highly suggest that you research it, it’s amazing how it works. I also love to cook so this has come in very handy when trying to eat well. I’m constantly coming up with new recipes and snacks that I think are pretty awesome! Who knows maybe i’ll write a cookbook one day! (That’s another goal to add to the list) With all that said i’m also looking into getting my certification to be an Ayurvedic Practitioner and on top of that I just had an interview today for the role of an educator at Lululemon. (I’ll let you know how that turns out!) I guess you can say I like to keep busy haha. Hopefully you enjoyed reading my first post and continue to come back and visit my blog! 🙂