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Yoga of Food Blog, Eating Good Feels Good, by Sorrel Weiss

(Note of Exec Editor TC: below are some reposts of Sorrel’s wisdom she graciously shares on her blog)

Everything is Medicine

May 11, 2013
Eating good feels so good!
“Yoga of Food” Blog for Shanti Generation

As a kid my Baba always said, “You are what you eat!” I giggle now, remembering how I used to wonder if I really looked like the food I ate? As I grew up and began to better understand the digestion process I realized just what he meant by that statement…Through the process of digestion and absorption what you ingest becomes you, as it is broken down and absorbed into your body. Your body is always working toward balance or optimum health, it wants to be to healthy and whole. It wants to feel good. And all you need to do is cooperate with your body.To me, this knowledge is powerful and helps me see more clearly how truly important our food choices are for our overall health; encouraging me to make better real-time food choices in support of feeling good.

Here’s to feeling good! My Springtime favorite recipe for Sweet Beet Dip, loved by all!

sweet beet dip Yoga of Food Blog, Eating Good Feels Good, by Sorrel Weiss

Beets are an amazing Springtime gift from Nature. They are high in vitamins and minerals. They are cleansing for the liver and purifying for the blood. They offer a high source of slow-release energy. They are good for mental health, as they help relax the mind. And they have been known to help bring on that loving feeling. So, please enjoy with friends and family! And remember to always choose Organic and close to home first.

4 medium size beets
1/2 cup yogurt (to make vegan, use vegenaise & omit oil)
1 lemon, juice and a little zest
1/4 – 1/2 cup oil
sea salt, to taste

Place beets in a pot with water to cover and boil until knife tender. Drain off water, remove skins with your hands under cool running water. Let cool. Cut in to large pieces. Place all beets, yogurt, lemon juice and a little zest, and sea salt in blender or food processor and blend until creamy. Slowly blend in oil to desired constancy. Serve with fresh greens, chips, crackers or veggies of the season. Great on salad too.

Yummy love,

May 2, 2013

Welcome to the brighter half of the year!

I have been traveling since the beginning of this year looking for a new place to settle down for this next phase of my life. Right now I am taking a little pause from traveling, spending some time in the garden and with loved ones to fill up while I am here in San Diego. Today I awoke to May, to the birds chirping with delight and to the beginning of the brighter half of the year. This is a very fertile time here in the garden and in our lives. I definitely feel good energy stirring in me with all the seeds I have been planting. Perfect timing, as this is the time of year when the seeds we have been planting are most capable of growing and developing. And for these seeds to be all they can be requires us to focus positive energy on them and give them tender, loving care. I wonder, how are you nurturing your seeds?

May 1, 2013
Delicious Vegan Coleslaw
We grew this beautiful, organic cabbage in our garden…

sorrel and organic cabbage Yoga of Food Blog, Eating Good Feels Good, by Sorrel Weiss

and it was the inspiration and main ingredient for this amazingly delicious Coleslaw.

The Best Coleslaw Ever!
a head of cabbage
a bunch of dark leafy greens
a handful of carrots
a handful of fresh herbs
sprinkle of fresh calendula petals
1/2 – 3/4 cup vegenaise
1/4 – 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
real sea salt
fresh ground pepper
*if you want to give this Coleslaw a kick, add some wasabi powder or ground horseradish to the vegenaise/cider mixture.




To prepare ~ Chop with love cabbage, dark leafy greens, carrots and fresh herbs and toss together. In a bowl mix vegenaise with apple cider vinegar, creating enough to thoroughly coat chopped mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste and sprinkle with calendula petals. Yummm

sorrel coleslaw Yoga of Food Blog, Eating Good Feels Good, by Sorrel Weiss
Apr 30, 2013
Creating a Peaceful, Loving Kitchen
Create a kitchen environment that warms your heart. Surround yourself with inspiration, like a fresh coat of paint, pictures of fruits & veggies, positive quotes, plants, fresh flowers & herbs, an altar or anything that will bring you joy and light-heartedness when in the kitchen. Your mood matters, as whatever energy you emit goes in to whatever you create. Remember that your hands are an extension of your heart with the power to infuse a healthy dose of love in to everything you make.

Choose Ingredients Wisely

Think of food as an offering to yourself and your loved ones and you all deserve the very best! Your ingredient choices not only affect you, they affect the planet and the ones nearest & dearest to you. For this reason shop close to home first, grow/buy organic, and flow with the seasons.

Keep your kitchen stocked with only good-for-you ingredients. If you surround yourself with healthy ingredients you will be less tempted to create and eat unhealthy food. Keeping unhealthy snacks around only promotes eating unhealthy snacks.

Choose organic whenever possible. Organic is a lifestyle. It is living in support and promotion of nature. It is living mindfully and making careful, loving choices that support healthy growth of mother earth and all her inhabitants. It is about taking it slow and keeping it simple. Listening and Loving. Giving back to the earth as opposed to stripping it of nutrients and using harmful chemicals.

*nature = the world of which we live within, all natural forces

Shop local. Local means as close to home as possible. Grow your own garden or get to know local farmers /ranchers/artisans by shopping at farmers’ markets in your community. By choosing local you choose to support your local community and economy, while also supporting the environment. Buying local saves E because sourcing closer to home uses less E for transportation. It also promotes eating seasonally and fresh, because you buy what’s available and picked fresh at that time. It helps take the guesswork out of what’s in season.

Eat seasonally. Eating with the season helps you connect more deeply with the rhythms of nature around and within you. You are micro of the macro. And just as the earth experiences seasons and changes, so does your body…and you need to adapt to maintain balance and be healthy.

Choose whole, fresh ingredients. The least refined and unaltered the better. This is food in its closest to natural state. It is said that pure and fresh foods clear the mind and cleanse the body. They are also easier for you and your body to identify and utilize for nutrition. Plus, they have all the necessary components in them to help you digest and assimilate them properly.

Essential Ingredients
Healthy Plant Oils – EVOO (low heat), Sunflower Oil, Sesame Oil, Coconut Oil, Grapeseed
Natural Sweeteners – Raw Honey, Raw Agave, Natural Maple Syrup, Natural Sugar
Whole Fresh Spices
Whole Nuts & Seeds
Whole Grains & Beans
Fresh, Seasonal Produce
Fresh Herbs
Clean Water

My Favorite Kitchen Gadgets
Vitamix/Food Processor/Rice Cooker/Dehydrator/Immersion Blender/Citrus Squeezer/Zester/Sharp & Easy to Hold Knives – 1 chef’s, 1 pairing, 1 serrated from high-carbon stainless steel or ceramic/Pepper Grinder

Healthier Cooking Techniques
Raw/Blanching/Poaching/Steaming/Light Saute/Slow Cooking/Pickling/Sprouting (makes full nutritional potential available)/Homemade Dressings/Sauces

Apr 18, 2013
Kitchen Quotes to Support and Encourage Good Eating Habits
I love uplifting quotes and keeping reminders around the house to help support positive habits. Here are a few for the kitchen…

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”-Virginia Woolf

“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are.” -Brillat-Savarin

“Let food be thy medicine, thy medicine shall be thy food.”- Hippocrates

“The more you eat, the less flavor; the less you eat, the more flavor.” -Chinese Proverb

“I am eating what is right for me, right now.” –Sorrel Weiss

“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating” -Luciano Pavarotti

Apr 18, 2013
Knowing When to Eat
Pay attention to your natural urges of hunger and thirst. Natural urges are your body’s natural signals that you must attend to to help maintain balance. When feeling hungry or thirsty pause for three full breaths and ask yourself what it is you need, listen and then eat and drink if you truly feel hungry and thirsty.

Use nature as your guide to create an eating routine. You are micro of the macro; a small version of this great big world you live in. Just like the sun is fire for the earth you have a fire in your belly. This is your digestive fire (Agni). The sun is at its peak around midday, and so is your digestive fire in your belly. Eating your largest, heaviest meal at this time of day will help it to digest more easily. Eating lighter when the sun is not as strong is also helpful.

Apr 17, 2013
Heal your Relationship with Food and become a Better Cook!
I am asked all the time by the people I work with how they can become better cooks. I tell them the most important focus is healing your relationship with food…

Why is a healthy relationship with food so important? Your relationship with food is your foundation for cooking. A healthy relationship with food provides a strong foundation; a sense of ease in the kitchen. The knowing to create with confidence healthy food that nourishes your body, mind and soul. This is because healthier relationships provide clarity, support and promote you making healthier choices.
Apr 17, 2013
Nutrition Basics
Nutrition is the process of identifying in real-time what your body needs for nourishment from food, then procuring and providing yourself this food. Nourishing to flourish. Finding what you need for nourishment takes a bit of work at first. The easiest way to begin is to refrain from any foods that make you feel tired, emotional, sluggish or heavy, snappy, sharp, spacey or otherwise aggravate your symptoms. Once you have cleared these foods out, you’ll be moving toward being able to notice which foods make you feel good. With these other foods out of your way…You’ll find your tongue craving healthy foods more reliably, making the process quicker. Your needs do change with the season, so you’ll have to repeat this process several times for the first year until you get a rhythm. Once you realize which foods make you feel good in each season, return to them.

Your body is always working toward optimum health. Your body wants to be healthy and whole. You just need to cooperate with your body!

Carbohydrates, Protein, Fats, Fiber, Vitamins, Minerals, Water, Sun, fresh Air and Rest are all necessary for proper body function. However, the combination of these components we need at any given time is unique to each of us and dependent on time and place. Getting to know how each component serves you and what other influences come in to play can help you to make better real-time food choices.

Carbohydrates are your main source of energy and are also used to create your energy reserve. The best sources of Carbs are found in whole plant foods; such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts and dairy.

Proteins help build and maintain muscles, organs, skin and blood, and assist in energy metabolism and cell processes. The best sources of protein are found in nuts, seeds, legumes, grains, greens, dairy and tofu.

Fats are an energy source. Fat provides energy and are essential components of cell membranes. It helps insulate and protect bones and organs. Unsaturated fats can decrease risk of heart disease and Omega 3 fatty acids assist in growth, development, and brain function. The best sources of unsaturated fats are found in vegetable oils, avocados, ground flax seeds, nuts, and seeds. Saturated fats are found in animal fat.

Fiber is needed to help maintain a healthy GI system. It is found in vegetables, fruits, legumes and whole grains.

Vitamins are organic compounds produced by living plants or animals that are obtained in the diet and needed for normal growth, development and healthy maintenance of cells, tissues and organs. They also assist enzymes that release energy from carbs, protein and fats. A wide range of vitamins are found in all whole foods.

Minerals are inorganic elements that act as catalysts for many biological reactions within the body. They assist in the utilization of nutrients in food by maintaining digestive juices and fluids in and around cells. They are needed for growth and maintenance of body structures. They originate in the Earth (soil and water).

Water makes up at least ¾ of your body. Hydration is necessary for every cell of your body. It is needed to assist enzymes involved in digestion, absorption, transport, and metabolism. It is required for excretion of metabolic waste by the kidneys.

Sun is very necessary. Exposing your body to sun helps synthesize Vit D in the skin. Vit D is essential for healthy bones and teeth. It helps the body absorb and use Calcium. It also helps promote a positive attitude.

Breathe deeply fresh Air. You cannot live without breath.

Rest is needed to help you regenerate, rebuild and repair.

Consider Time and Place. What time of day or year is it, and where are you mentally, physically & emotionally?

Apr 16, 2013
I love this quote!
“The most profound way we connect with our environment is by eating it.” J Immel

Food plays such a big role in our lives. Many ancient belief systems consider it medicine. In our busy, daily lives we seem to forget just how important our food choices truly are and how if we only took the time to get to know our food and where it comes from, we can tap in to its wealth of healing potential. Mmmhhh…hmmm

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