Your body wants to talk with you.
Ever notice that a head, stomach or back ache forms for no apparent reason? You weren't doing anything strenuous or bumped into anything. Where do these physical ailments come from? One clue that researchers have found is our emotions and thoughts trigger a reaction in our nervous system. This message telegraphs it's way through the body, settling in areas that have had past injury or is prone to imbalance.
When your body is talking... start a conversation.
The questions I ask myself; "What am I thinking?" and "What am I feeling?" Almost always my answers will describe what my body is telling me. "Head hurts," thinking way too much. "I'm frustrated," can't calm down and sit still. Think of your brain as a computer's operating system. It sends code i.e. thoughts and emotions through our nervous system and the body reacts to what is being sent down these neural pathways.
Cardiologist Sandeep Jauhar's Ted talk beautifully explains this mind-body connection with his research on how the shape of the heart changes when strong emotions are present.
Answer the body by listening to your thoughts and emotions.
Having awareness of your thoughts and emotions will help you manage discomfort in your body. In my guided meditations we create ways to reframe these thoughts and emotions. Being present and listening while your body responds to a thought or emotion is a powerful tool in which to find the source and change what our Body's are telling us. Even if you have an imbalance, ailment or physical issue, you can help your body by thinking and feeling positively.
Chat with your body. It never lies. I've been astonished many times in it's infinite wisdom and how fast I can get rid of that headache.
To learn more read the work of Lynne McTaggart; "The Field" and "The Intention Project". In these books she brings together physics, our body and mind to describe the mechanics of this connection.
Cranky? Craving Sweets? Tired? Try these herbal infused and high protein cookies to calm and sweeten your outlook.
One of my ingredients in these delicious and nutritious cookies is Maca; Lepidium meyenii, an indigenous Andean vegetable that has been grown and cultivated as a root crop for at least 2,000 years. Used both nutritionally and medicinally, Maca grows wild in Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Argentina, but has primarily been cultivated in the highlands of the Peruvian Andes. As a caffeine-free, plant-based, adaptogenic, superfood Maca it contributes to overall well-being and reduces stress.
When the seasons start to change my go to herb is thyme.
Here in California we are moving into Fall where there is less light, cooler nights and our bodies are adjusting to this change. Colds, stomach upset and upper respiratory coughs are some of the complaints I and my clients experience. Thyme is a brilliant herb in fending off these seasonal ailments and boosting our immune system because of it's active ingredient thymol. This monoterpenoid phenol is a strong antiseptic. I infused the coconut oil in this recipe overnight with fresh thyme. These cookies have a spoonful of medicine to help you stay strong during autumn. You can also take a tablespoon in your mouth for a gargle if you feel a scratchy throat coming on.
The other power ingredient in these yummy bites is protein rich nut based flour.
My favorite is a mixture of almond and coconut flour by Bob's Red Mill. Using this flour will add 4 grams of protein and for those who can not digest grain flours this one is gluten free.
Nut Flour Cookies
1/4 cup herbal infused coconut oil or ghee, melted / Infuse overnight thyme, rosemary or lavender
1 t vanilla
1/2 t almond extract
1/3 cup maple syrup or honey
1 - 1/2 cups coarse ground almond flour Bob's Red Hill Paleo Baking Flour
2 T herbal root powder of your choice such as maca, ginseng or ashwagandha
1/4 t salt
1/2 t baking powder
1/2 cup chopped nuts, sesame seeds or poppy seeds
Decorate with dried fruit or nuts to decorate
In a medium bowl, combine the melted herbal infused coconut oil or ghee with the vanilla, almond extract, maple syrup or honey.
In a separate bowl, stir together the nut flour and herbal root powder, salt, baking powder and nuts. Add the oil mixture and stir until smooth. Refrigerate the dough for about 20 minutes to make it workable.
Preheat oven to 350°.
Roll the dough into 1" balls and set 1 1/2" apart on an ungreased baking sheet.
Press nuts, dried fruit onto the the tops of each cookie. I used apricots.
Bake in the oven for 12 minutes or until the cookies are just turning light brown. Cool and store in an airtight container.