a warming vegan porridge

When last week, during the fierce winter storms in Texas,  all I wanted to do was to warm my children and give them comfort there was an ocean between us. And as often my go-to, when I am distressed, I look for relief in the kitchen. In search of  something warming but not grain-heavy like…

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In addition to your two states of survival, your nervous autonomic nervous system has one state for connection. That state is the ventral vagal state.  It is where you not only feel a connection with yourself but also desire connection with others.  In today’s third recap session you will hear more about this state and…

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Walnut lentil patties

These patties.  They are just the best. Plate them up with some roasted veg and a salad or pack them along as I did on your next hike.  Consider precooking the lentils and rice to cut down on the last minute prep or prepare the full mixture and allow to sit overnight in the fridge.…

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Your nervous system comes well equipped with two states of survival. One of those is the sympathetic state that provides you with the energy to fight or flee and the other state allows you to disconnect and is called the dorsal vagal state.  Knowing the terms is one thing but learning what they feel like…

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Spring Cabbage Rolls

The secret to easy cabbage rolls is, to begin with, a large loosely packed head of cabbage, the kind found at your local markets or organic coop. I so love the concept of cabbage rolls as they allow me to literally let my imagination run wild.  They are a fantastic end of the week dish…

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Catch this first of four review episodes in our months of polyvagal explorations.  Today we go back to basics and look at the terms hierarchy, neuroception, and co-regulation and what they have come to mean for us. In this organic series, Gemmotherapy expert and educator Lauren Hubele, Japanese Acupuncturist Maegan Lemp, and the Passionate Polyvagalist…

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Caramelized Shallot Pasta

While I’m trying to fit in before lunch hikes and face meetings until 10 pm I’m on the prowl for quick to the table meals. This recipe will surely find a place in my new menu rotation. We just had it for lunch and I could eat it again tomorrow it was so delish!  …

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winter salad

Doesn’t this winter salad make you smile?  Every bite of this crunchy dish is full of vitality and joy, exactly what is needed during the long months of winter. You truly don’t need a recipe to make it but I will share the ingredients I used and the process.  Please allow yourself permission to play…

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Lemony White Bean Soup

Bringing together simple, good quality ingredients makes for kitchen magic. This delicious Lemony White Bean Soup is a stand-out example of that principle.  INGREDIENTS 3 tablespoons olive oil 2 large carrots, diced 1 bunch sturdy greens, I used cabbage and  kale, finely sliced and stems chopped 1 can of chopped tomatoes 3 tablespoon tomato paste…

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Lablabi Tunisian Chickpea Soup

I must admit I was equally skeptical and intrigued by this recipe and danced around it for several days before giving it a go. Worried it would taste like a bowl of warm hummus I had Plan B on the ready, but it was never required. The real problem turned out to be not making…

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