H’angry Heart (and Sick n’ H’angry Soup)

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Are you feeding your soul? It’s so easy to get caught up in the busy and to forget to check in with yourself to see if your heart is feeling fulfilled. We can be in our routines and doing our thing only to realize that we feel exhausted–the trouble then becomes that we feel too tired to do the things that bring us joy. Instead, we settle for brain-sedating activities like watching television or surfing the internet that are possibly accompanied by food or alcohol to further numb us. Everything else feels like too much effort!

The irony about this is that both activities that energize us and those that deplete us set us up for more of the same. The more we do the things that bring us joy, the more energy we have to do those very things. Same goes for late nights spent watching TV. The more tired we get from all those late nights, the less we actually want to do anything that involves getting up or using our bodies or brains. Our so-called “down time” actually brings us down! Not only that, but even our range of perceived possible activities can shrink. We had that experience the other week when we made it out to the mountains the other day. We caught ourselves saying, “why aren’t we doing this every week!?” We were too caught in our so-called busy routine to see the forest through the trees….LITERALLY! If you are caught in the second vicious cycle, there are ways to break free!

Go to the tried and true. Most of us have a pretty good idea of the things that feed our souls. Revisit your list. Sometimes we need to check in with our inner self to see if those things are still the things that bring us joy or if we have stopped doing them because we no longer enjoy them. Once you’ve updated your list with things that represent you now, make a commitment to do one thing off of that list in the next week and do it!

Try something new! This can be an opportunity to step outside your comfort zone. Go to a drumming circle, a dance class, or a poetry reading. Or do what we did and go for a drive to some place new in nature. Inject fresh energy into your sphere of being.

Recall joy. This means thinking of a time when you felt completely at peace with yourself and at one with the world, a moment in time when you experienced complete and utter bliss. Journal about that time. What were you doing? What was special about that time? What would you need to re-create that feeling again? Reflecting on this can produce good clues about the things that are important to you–the things you need when your soul gets hungry.

Check in. Where are you at with this? Is there room for a little more soul food in your life? Don’t make your soul or heart h’angry–h’angry is no fun for anyone!

Speaking of no fun, I was recently sick with a very bad cold and I could do nothing more than dream about soup. And so I made some! It didn’t quite turn out the way I’d envisioned (I was going for more of a potato leek kind of deal) but it was soul satisfying beyond my expectations! Now what exactly did I put in there again….

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Sick N’ H’angry Soup

  • 2 leeks
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 small yam (about the size of a russet potato)
  • 1 parsnip
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 cup of broccoli
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp molasses
  • 5 cups veggie stock
  • can of white navy beans
  • salt and pepper to taste

Saute leeks and garlic with some olive oil over med-low heat in a heavy pot, about 5 minutes. Add the rest of the veggies and cook for 2-3 minutes more. Add the rest of the ingredients and let simmer for 10-30 minutes. Puree soup in batches (go slow by pulsing. Soup will be hot and has been known to explore in blenders! Always let a little air out as you blend). Garnish with a sprinkle of smoked paprika and parsley if you have it. I didn’t. Clearly.

My Shadow & Me (and OSG Cinnamon Chocolate Cupcakes with Chai Icing)

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How do we work with all the parts of ourselves? Carl Jung discussed at length the concept of the shadow; we can use this concept as a base for working with our darker natures—the parts in all of us that … Continue reading

Time of the Month and CCK’s Homemade Oreos

Life is slowly returning to normal as a newly married “Mrs” — or at least a new, better normal and I’m starting to find space to get my blog on again! It started with a few more evenings and mornings in the kitchen over the last few weeks, and was finally jump-started when a co-worker’s excitement over her new blog got me all fired up about what it is that I love about blogging!

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I’ve been thinking about food a lot–and I’m wondering where food is at for all of you! One thing that has become very apparent to me over the last 4-5 months is the role that, for women, our menstrual cycles play in our eating behaviours AND the way we feel about ourselves. If your tapped into your natural cycle, you probably know what that looks like for you. Perhaps about a week before your cycle you are super emotional. Maybe a few days before your cycle you want to eat everything that’s not nailed down. And then you do. And then enter emotions and the insecurities that underlie them and the tears that follow. Our bellies get bloated, our breasts get swollen. And then….it comes! We feel relief and normal for a few weeks until…ah, there it goes again. Sounds like a lot of crazy-making if you ask me. But that’s mama nature’s call, not mine!

How do you deal with that sometimes challenging pre-period time of the month? I have been determined to do my best to lessen the blow on both the food front and on the self-berating front. I’ve done a lot of research into what’s happening in our bodies at this time, and our urges to eat have a lot to do with the fact that we actually burn about up to 300 more calories a day in the week leading up to our periods. With this in mind, try and go easy on yourself if you are eating more than usual or you notice yourself craving particular things. Other self care things might be helpful too–the kinder you can be to yourself, the better! Drink women’s tea, use essential oils, use hot pads and take warm baths. If you’re feeling emotional, watch a sad movie to get some tears out. Use this is a time to pamper yourself and take extra care to tend to your needs. Who says that PMS has to be a drag? While there are things I still don’t enjoy about it (i.e., being bloated, feeling insecure) I’m trying very hard to ease myself through this time every month and separate my body’s biological rhythms from what my reality actually is. How else do you take care of yourself during this time? Please share!

We have been doing some wonderful cooking and baking–one of our favourites was Chocolate Covered Katie’s homemade Oreos! The best part about this recipe is that I didn’t make them! That’s right — one of the joys of married life. THANK YOU honey!!! I was there, however, to photograph the process and to eat them when they were ready of course. One word: YUM!

Hope over to CCK’s website to get the recipe. For now, enjoy the photos!

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