Frontera Guacamole Salad
Seventeen days into the Cleanse and I’ve been thinking a lot about the importance of boundaries. There have been times in the last couple years when I’ve decided I was sick of all the “rules”, sick of being “good”, sick of standing out like an oddball with my mason jar full of green juice. I didn’t want to do yoga, or eat what was “good for me”. I just wanted to do…well…whatever I wanted! I wanted to rebel against what I was “supposed” to do. Stay up late and wake myself up with coffee, have ice cream in the middle of the day, eat anything and everything I craved. Sounds decadent, right? So I did. Sometimes I had a veggie juice, most of the time I had an Americano. If I was craving bacon wrapped, goat cheese stuffed dates, I went for it! Mmmmm and I savored it. I reasoned I was “listening to my body” and just doing it all “in moderation”….but I was tired. And foggy. And when I wasn’t hyped up on sugar and coffee, just kind of sad and hopeless. I ached for my green juice high and my well-combined, fresh, crispy, hydrating salads. I’ve had to learn to look at this way of living differently. To feel like a sort of “rebel” because I don’t fall for the standard way of living. And it’s so, so worth it. I know exactly how to care for myself and don’t slip off into the whim of every craving or every moment that I want to hide from a situation by eating emotionally. Jumping into this cleanse, even though it’s how I’ve lived off-and-on for a little while now, has reminded me of why I’m such a veggie nut and insist on plenty of “cleansing” assistance to take it to the next level. I love feeling light. I love feeling clear. I love feeling like my body is a good place to live. I’ll leave this rant with a quote from Natalia, written for last weeks Rose Cleanse newsletter.
To protect our inner power energetically and physically, we need to set healthy boundaries around ourselves and have a good warrior at the gate. Your inner power and alkaline reserve are essential to your vitality and the quality of life that you live; certainly well worth protecting with a gentle ferociousness! You are getting stronger and stronger every day and as you feel this power surge, use that momentum to make decisions in favor of more inner power, more joy, and more peace. Sometimes the need to enforce boundaries can bring about tough decisions but standing up for what is truly important for your health and well-being will always pay off in the long run – for all parties involved!
The bit about using a “gentle ferociousness” has really stuck with me.
I’ve been enjoying a lot of simple recipes lately and today was no exception. Using up leftovers, going out to eat, and trying to please both me and the lady have led to a lack of anything crazy-kitchen-interesting happening around here. I’m feeling inspired by the beautiful foodie experiences going on here and here and am brainstorming a few creative ideas to try out during the cleanse. Stay tuned!
Note: Simple does not mean lacking in deliciousness! Find out for yourself with the recipe below.
1 packet Frontera Guacamole Mix
2 ripe avocados
a handful of cilantro
3 green onions
pinch of cayenne
1-2 cloves garlic
5 oz baby spring mix
2 ears fresh corn (or frozen if you can’t find organic this time of year)
1/2 cup of your favorite salsa (Frontera also has some great ones)
Mash avocados with a fork and stir in Guacamole Mix. Chop cilantro, green onions and garlic, adding to dish. Throw in a pinch of cayenne. Mix with remaining ingredients.
I’ve been craving my Salted Sweet Potato Chocolate Cake so I threw one together tonight with the addition of black pepper! Ohhhh my it was wonderful.