“Sister, that’s very beautiful that you want to sing, but no instruments or ritual are allowed at the temple ruins in Chinchen‘itza.”
My breath stopped for a moment after Adrian spoke these words.
“I can’t bring my singing bowl to the temple?”
“No sister, they won’t permit you to enter the ruins with an instrument,” he said again, matter of fact.
I stood there trying to digest what I just heard, with my towel wrapped around my body, my skin moist with coconut oil after just receiving a massage from this Mexican healer.
My mind recalled all the recent moments I had brought my golden chalice singing bowl to sacred sites in nature while back home in Kauai, where I sat down and prayed with it, made offerings and sang to the waters. Then my mind flashed to last week when I recently traveled to a Cenote, an underwater turquoise cave about an hour from Tulum, and there was security down in the...
Do you have food cravings before your Moontime?
These truffles are low in sugar, and abundance in healthy fats plus cacao- which gives a dopamine boost. This recipe will help you ease through your PMS phase.
FYI, our PMS occurs during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle, (Days 15-28). This is also known as our your inner empress- or QUEEN phase as it’s a great time to create boundaries and clear out/recycle what no longer is serving your highest growth.
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First, stir main ingredients in a bowl.
Next, you will need raw cacao paste.
To make the chocolate, use a double boiler to melt cacao with coconut oil.
Freeze into chocolate molds.
Serves: about 16 truffles
Paleo & Raw Vegan
4 Tablespoons cacao butter
4 Tablespoons hemp seeds
1 Tablespoon coconut flour
1 Tablespoon cacao nibs
1 Tablespoon coconut nectar
½ teaspoon vanilla
The Autumn Equinox, also known by our pagan ancestors as Mabon, is when there are equal parts light and dark, as the day and night are nearly the same in length.
Therefore, Mabon is a time of BALANCE: where there is both still the high expanded energy from summer and an internal shifting occurring to begin the contraction of energy into the home and hearth as we shift towards winter.
GATHER: This is a time for both celebration with gratitude and taking stock of harvests. Create a Mabon potluck feast to celebrate with friends and family. Invite everyone to bring abundance from their gardens, farmers markets and home-cooked dishes to share the abundance of produce together. (As Covid is present this Mabon, please take precautions for social distancing during gatherings or have your feast via Zoom/online video call).
CEREMONY: While feasting, go around the circle at the table and:
Packed with omega-3 fatty acids and good fats, these paleo Cacao Hempress Truffles are everything your inner empress needs!
The empress (queen) archetype comes out in the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle (days 15-28) as well as in the peri-menopause phase of the cycles of womanhood. We experience a “queen” energy because these are phases where energetically, it’s a powerful time for creating boundaries.
As hormones biologically shift, estrogen and progesterone levels can cause PMS and pre-menopause symptoms such as night sweats, irritability, food cravings, abdominal cramping and pain, and migraines. Eating a diet consistently filled with healthy fats, clean protein, and an abundance of low carbohydrate vegetables will support hormone balance, to alleviate physical symptoms.
However, spiritually these physical symptoms bring strong intuitive messages- helping a woman know where to place her energy and where to cut cords by saying “no” to...
I’m a smoothie girl when it comes to breakfast in the summer months, but during the colder seasons, a warm savory breakfast hits the spot. My Luteal Phase Breakfast Bowl with Chanterelle Mushrooms can help boost energy during a cold morning with the energizing B-vitamins from the mushrooms and kale and filling fiber from the butternut squash. Plus, chanterelle mushrooms are a source of the thyroid supporting vitamin D, which is found in very little foods, making this an excellent hormone balancing meal, as vitamin D can be more challenging to get from the sun during the colder cloudy months.
It’s an ideal breakfast choice for the autumn season outside and the inner autumn, a.k.a the luteal phase of your menstrual cycle. I love eating with the seasons both externally and internally. I cook meals with cold weather roots such as butternut or acorn squash or locally harvested autumn mushrooms such as golden chanterelles, lobster mushrooms or maitake during the...
My Lemon Tahini Dressing is rich in flavor, which makes it a favorite dressing at the retreats I chef for. Plus it has probiotics from the chickpea miso, creating beneficial gut flora to support healthy digestion.
A good dressing can make eating fresh salad a desired part of your daily diet if it isn’t already. And, I’m a big advocate for getting your greens in- it’s part of my hormone balance protocol. Greens are rich in magnesium, iron, and folate- minerals and vitamins your body needs to reduce cramping, prevent anemia, and build energy.
It also works an amazing sauce for dipping sweet potato fries or adding on top of roasted vegetables like my Oven Roasted Roots & Shrimp.
I use freshly squeezed lemon, ginger and garlic in the dressing, which adds to the potency of flavor.
Lastly, sesame seeds in tahini are an excellent source of plant estrogens, also known as phytoestrogens. These phytoestrogens can bind to estrogen receptors, and help prevent...
Warm, hearty, and savory. My Roasted Roots and Shrimp is an excellent Paleo dish for your luteal phase of the menstrual cycle, especially at the turn of the season where we are now experiencing the colder weather of Autumn.
Roasted roots are one of my favorite meals to eat during lunch, dinner or even breakfast during luteal phase of my menstrual cycle. Why? The luteal phase occurs right before menstruation and can often include symptoms of PMS: bloating, irritability, and cravings.
One way to reduce cravings and irritability is to eat more foods that are considered complex carbohydrates at this time of our cycle to support healthy blood sugar responses. The roasted roots in this recipe: sweet potato, radish, fennel and Brussel sprouts are great forms of complex carbohydrates.
Blood sugar levels are meant to rise and fall, but if insulin is rising and falling drastically throughout the day due to stress or overconsumption of sweets, this will lead to additional...
For Goddesses-on-the-go, who may not have a whole lotta extra time in the kitchen, this one is for you.
My 10-Min Sexy Chocolate is quick and simple to make, with just 5 ingredients blended together. And it gives you the good kind of fat- coconut oil, which your liver loves to burn, helping boost your metabolism while you stay focused on making your dreams happen. Once you have melted the coconut oil and gently blended the ingredients together, you can pop it in the freezer and serve within 10 minutes!
Also, this is a perfect pre-moontime treat during your luteal or menstrual phase of your menstrual cycle, as cacao powder stimulates euphoric feel-good neurotransmitters. As progesterone and estrogen levels shift before menstruation comes, it can often cause moodiness or irritability. Cacao can help alleviate this PMS symptom because it contains dopamine precursors.
The maple syrup gives this chocolate bar it’s sweetness, but you could also use liquid stevia drops...
This glammed up trail mix is for the modern goddess on the go! My Aphrodite’s Trail Mix is loaded with libido boosting minerals and vitamins, that naturally enhance energy and mood, aid fertility, and reduce period cramping.
I have been munching on this delicious mix throughout my time in Bali, that I made right before leaving for my trip. While traveling, often it can get tricky and expensive to find healthful foods. I love making a big batch of this delicious Aphrodite’s Trail Mix before I hit the road or travel through the airport. It’s easy to carry and easy to eat, loaded with b-Vitamins and foods considered aphrodisiacs that enhance brain love chemicals.
Aphrodite is the Greek goddess who is associated with beauty, love, pleasure, and fertility, which is why this mix is named after her.
Here’s why the ingredients in this mix aid your feminine vitality, helping you embody your inner Aphrodite.
Pistachios: bring more pleasure into...
Don’t let low energy, moodiness and cramping steer you away from loving this sacred time of your moonthly moonstrual cycle. When hormones are balanced and our body has the right nutrients and minerals, we wont feel pain or exhaustion when our moontime comes. My wish is for you to enjoy this phase of your cycle, as your bleeding phase can be a powerful time for tuning into your intuition and receiving messages for where to place your energy the month ahead.
Here are four powerful foods to eat to replenish your Body-Temple during your bleed to keep you energized, free of extreme cramping, bloating and heavy bleeding, and to brighten your mood!
I am currently in Bali, and exploring all the exquisite restaurants and warungs while eating for my hormones in the four seasons of my menstrual cycle. Here’s what I have been eating:
Nori is rich in: calcium (10x more than milk!), iron, potassium, selenium, zinc, and iodine, making this a superfood to...
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