OBSTACLES: HOLDING ON TO THAT WHICH NO LONGER SERVES US, ANXIETY, WORRY, STRESS, TENSION TASTE: INTENTIONAL, INTUITIVE EATING

We can raise our consciousness through the foods we consume. Here you will find recommendations and suggestions to begin your journey toward eating more consciously.

As part of the Slow Beauty practice, we increase the foods in our diet that make us feel more lively and alive and remove those that no longer serve us. This may sound daunting, but it’s not. You will find that as your consciousness raises and you feel better, you will continue to shed layer after layer.

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The idea is to choose foods that make us feel energetic and that have a calming or uplifting influence. When we eat foods that make us feel heavy and lethargic, then we feel heavy and lethargic. This feeling has a tendency to leak into our thoughts as well. Food affects our mood and our behaviors. Oftentimes, the “comfort” foods we seek out in moments of stress and anxiety do us more harm than good. Sure, there might be a momentary sensation of comfort but, in the long run, there are the side effects. These “comfort” foods are actually “numbing” foods. They may temporarily relieve whatever emotional symptoms we are experiencing, but they are ultimately distracting us from getting to the root of our problems and ridding ourself of them once and for all.

Instead of using food to numb ourself and combat our emotions, let’s start using it as a gentle way to nourish our body so that it doesn’t have to work overtime. In doing this, we will give our body a break from the taxing digestive process that comes with foods that don’t agree with us, that are inflammatory, that have no nutritious benefit, or that are not actually food.

Utilize the recipes in this chapter when you feel your body needs a little break. Each of these recipes is light and nourishing in its own way, both for your body and for your soul. They are simple,

delicious, uncomplicated, classic, and whole. They are Slow Beauty in action, working for us on the deepest level, from the inside out, purifying, removing toxins, and elevating our consciousness.

Together, we’ll get back to basics with simple foods and recipes that offer nutritional and medicinal benefits and are pleasurable to taste. That’s right: these two things don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Life contains so many health risks, and eating well helps us to minimize these risks. When we have an understanding of the key benefits of pomelo, turmeric, or carrot, we can begin to shift our mind-set from one of simply sustaining ourself to one of truly nourishing ourself. There is a bit of a learning curve in the beginning of this process, but once we understand how various foods benefit us, we can move from mindful eating to intuitive eating. The objective is to get to the point where our body speaks to us and we intuitively know that we need more potassium. Each of the ingredients in these recipes has a specific purpose and intention.

The number of benefits packed into natural foods is mind-bending. As we move through these recipes, I will list as many of the benefits as possible, but will nonetheless surely miss some, if not many. The idea here is to zero in on and familiarize yourself with some of a given ingredient’s key benefits.

I have tried to find a balance between using accessible ingredients and introducing some that you may not be as familiar with so you can reap their benefits as well! The point here, though, is not to send you on a wild goose chase. None of the ingredients listed in this section should be so obscure that they’re not available at Whole Foods or a similar market in your area, or online retailers.

With all of that in mind, I’m so excited to share some of my favorite nourishing recipes that are timeless, rather than trendy. They are meant to nourish from the inside and make us look good on the

outside. Each of them contains a combination of ingredients meant to appropriately moderate energy levels for the particular season or phase you are in at any given point in time and to have a balancing effect on the central nervous system.

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