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Another Favorite (Gluten Free) Thanksgiving Recipe

It’s that time again! I love food all the time, but Thanksgiving food is like omgyum.

Here’s a recipe for gluten free stuffing from bodyecology.com that I have been using for many years and plan on making again tomorrow!

Here is the direct link.

I-CAN’T-BELIEVE-IT’S-GOOD-FOR-ME-STUFFING BY ELIZABETH GOOD

Here is a Body Ecology way to enjoy Thanksgiving stuffing! Toasted buckwheat replicates stuffing very well, and the “hidden” sea vegetables contribute alkalizing mega-nutrition without giving a fishy taste.

  • ¼ cup hijiki or arame
  • 1 cup toasted buckwheat
  • 3 cups vegetable, chicken, or turkey broth
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, or other tolerated oil
  • 1 scallion
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 leek, diced
  • 1 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • ¼ teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Real Salt, Celtic sea salt, or Herbamare
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • ¼ cup soaked, ground almonds
  • 3 tablespoons sunflower seeds
  1. Soak the hijiki or arame in ½ cup purified water a few minutes before you begin to cook or while gathering your ingredients. (You will be saving this water when you drain it off in a few minutes as a VERY nutritious base for soups, to drink, or to use to cook other vegetables in.)
  2. Put 2 cups of broth in a pot to boil while rinsing buckwheat in a strainer.
  3. Once broth is boiling, turn heat to low and add buckwheat, covering. Let cook for about 15-20 minutes, checking to see when water is absorbed. If during cooking all water is absorbed but kasha grains are still hard, add 1/2 cup more broth and keep cooking until the grains are edible. (Repeat if necessary.)
  4. While buckwheat is cooking, melt coconut oil in a separate pan.
  5. Drain water from the hijiki or arame and add it to the pan along with scallion, onion, celery, leek, herbs, and salt.
  6. When the mixture is well cooked, add the ghee, garlic, almonds, and sunflower seeds, cooking until ingredients are all slightly browned.
  7. Stir until well cooked.
  8. When kasha is cooked, add all ingredients together and mix well.

Enjoy! For the recipe I posted last year go here.

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Favorite Thanksgiving Recipe (Raw, Gluten Free + Vegan)

favorite thanksgiving recipe

In a previous post, I talked about some of my dietary guidelines and choices as it is a critical piece of what has helped my body heal.

That being said, I want to start sharing more of that with you!

Today’s recipe is one I received while working at the raw food restaurant referenced in this post. It’s a great vegan alternative to mashed potatoes. I hope you enjoy my favorite thanksgiving recipe!

Happy Turkey Day!

raw "mashed potatoes" recipeHere’s a pdf version too, if you’d like. 

Let me know how it goes! Oh and by the way, to make the cashew + macadamia nut milk, just blend 1/4 cup cashews, 1/4 cup macadamia nuts and 1 cup of water together. 🙂

YUM!

*UPDATE: It should say 1/2 CUP macadamia nuts. Oops!*

What not to say to someone who self-injures.
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How to REALLY Help Someone Who Struggles with Self-Harm

Recently, I’ve had a lot of people (therapists, counselors, support group facilitators, parents, etc.) ask me about how to help someone who self-harms.

So, here are some things you should know.

  • Most cutters are highly intelligent and extremely sensitive.
  • Many don’t do it in an effort to end their life, but rather, to end their pain.
  • There are, unfortunately, people and websites that are pro self-harm (this is NOT one of those websites and I am NOT one of those people).
  • Self-mutilation is an addiction, and should be treated as such.

And here are some materials to use. Starting with, the top 5 things to never say to someone who self-injures:

What not to say to someone who self-injures.

Next, 5 things you should say instead:

What to say to someone who self-injures.

Take time to know and understand what the person who is cutting is going through.

And listen.

See this person as whole and send your love and compassion. I promise, he or she will be able to feel it.

If you are the one who is self-mutilating, I made this for you to print out (therapists and support group facilitators you can print these out to use in your sessions):

Self-harm worksheet

It’s okay to ask for help. In fact, please do so. Don’t keep it to yourself. I know you feel like no one understands you, but they never will if you’re not willing to let them. Believe it or not, the people around you are just as scared as you are.

Here’s mine as an example:

Tell me you love me.

Here’s another one for you to print out and use:

Things to do instead of cutting

It’s important to know what to do when you feel the urge to cut. When you’re in that state you’re not always rational so having something physical to have on you or in a place where you can see it will remind you that you have other options available.

Here’s mine (feel free to steal some ideas from it):

My list of things to do instead of cutting.

That’s it for now. I hope this is useful!

As always I welcome your comments and suggestions.