Dairy Free Carrot Raisin Salad
"Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet."
Being, staying and remaining grounded is of most importance in this Digital age. As someone who gets stuck or lost in her head quit frequently, I've learned to master the art of being grounded. Whether its an epsom salt bath, meditation or just a short nature walk, there are many spiritual and physical ways to ground oneself.
Too often in the west we are concerned about diet from a caloric lens. We don't want to eat anything with too much salt, sugar, fat or carbohydrates. In the east, or other cultures, they are primarily concerned about food from a nutritional or medicinal lens. In some countries, like Eastern Europe, vegetables are only available during the summer season and live off pickled vegetables during the winter months.
Carrots, a root vegetable aides in the grounding process of our existence.
Carrot salad is a common side dish in many European cultures. All have their own version, and I recreated a form of carrot salad with Daiya's vegan plain Greek yogurt since they sent me a product sample. They did not pay me for this post.
Food is medicine, and even during the winter months we crave a mix of raw and cooked produce. With something simple and something sweet, this is a "four-seasons" salad for everyone to enjoy. If you desire a sweeter flavor, either add more sugar or try the vanilla yogurt, but it will alter the flavor.
From me to you, have a Happy Thanksgiving and I hope you find whatever to be thankful for in life, God and in this world.
Dairy Free Carrot Raisin Salad
Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
Soaking Time: 30+ minutes
1 cup raisins, soaked in 1 cup of apple juice
7 large carrots, grated
1 5.3 ounce Daiya Plain Yogurt
1 tbsp lemon juice
1.5 tsp sugar
In a bowl, soak the raisins in apple juice. Shred the carrots and mix all of the ingredients into a large bowl. Serve immediately or chilled after the refrigerator.
Check out my other side dish recipes. Enjoy!
Life is one long, crazy journey. Some of us work to live, where others live to evolve their soul and spirit on this planet. As we go, and grow, through life we encounter moments of highs, lows, loneliness, fulfillment and (dis)satisfaction.
It is common to fluctuate through moments of empowerment and dis-empowerment. Through my work, I've encountered many people from all walks of life who have various mindsets, life experiences and traumas. And as I've reflected events in my life, and pinged ideas off like-minds, personal empowerment is so important in the modern world. Everyone has the capability of gaining power, and what we've seen for thousands of years is the abuse of power and corruption of the heart.
Something is not working in the modern world. With the increase of infidelity, lust, drug use and open relationships, many people are craving depth, solidarity, monogamy, giving back and a healthy life.
The body, nature and society operates best in balance. The more unbalanced we become, the more-tsunami like our ripple effect will be to the world and the more we leave a trace of our carbon footprint on human emotions.
Personal empowerment breaks the chains of abusive power, constraint and compromising standards.
em·pow·er·ment - the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one's life and claiming one's rights.
Empowerment is walking away from what no longer serves you.
Empowerment is being true to your life mission and walking away from the things that hold you back or put you done.
Empowerment is knowing yourself in and out and what works, what doesn't and what brings out the best in you. It is being the investigator in your life, and understanding the depths of your mind, body and soul. To some extent, I believe personal empowerment comes from God and doing the inner work. It is to know your worth and value, but you cannot be a hypocrite in the process.
Dis-empowerment is the low-ego or low confidence mindset that believes you are NOT worthy, capable of receiving healthy love, or continuously compromising your standards. This is the ungrounded energy that is grasping or grappling for any sort of confidence booster, which usually comes from external substances. Dis-empowerment is NOT respecting yourself. To some extent, darkness or demonic energy wants you to feel HORRIBLE about yourself.
What is empowerment vs. dis-empowerment?
It takes time and life experience to feel or to get empowered, and sometimes we need to experience moments of being dis-empowered to become empowered. It is important to not be stuck in the mud, but continue to heal and move through the inner fear to become an empowered lotus flower. Lotus flowers, in order to bloom, must grow through mud and dirty water.
Everyone has the ability to gain power, but it depends on how we utilize that power. For good or not. Life is like the ocean, it ebbs and flows. We may bounce in and out stages of (dis)empowerment, but once empowered, it is difficult to walk backwards.
“The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.” – Mulan
What are ways you empower yourself?
In the world of anatomy, the brain is considered the body's most vital organ. Some professors claim that it is also the body's most delicate organ because the brain is about 75% water and has about 60% fat. It has the consistency of butter.
The brain indeed is soft and fragile and gives the body commands. Genius minds have advanced human life to the world that we know today.
However, on energetic and emotional level, the heart is what drives humans to do the most amazing and the most atrocious things. Some people have a heart that is white as snow where others have a heart that is black as coal, and linking that emotion to their mind and ego makes or breaks people, communities and the planet.
So yes, maybe the brain is the most vital organ; however, there are people who still live and are "brain dead" or in a coma. They are still a living and breathing organism although unable to perform cognitive and motor function. Life support is necessary.
Is it possible that the human heart is the most vital
True colors is symbolic to the authenticity of one's soul. Humans are flawed creatures, so one's authentic self may not be of the light, but somehow during this season it is easy to discover who people are.
Like a beautiful peacock, let your soul, your talent, your skill shine in the light during this transition where darkness overtakes the light. How does one do this? Take the time to disconnect from the artificial light and walk into the natural light to let that creative energy bubble from within. And when it's time that energy will channel itself out to the real world. Be authentic. And never be afraid of taking new paths and directions in life.
As always, inspired by the sun,
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Elizabeth Rae Kovar M.A. is Author of her memoir, Finding Om and is a Fitness Trainer, Yogi, Reiki Master, Presenter and Lover of Life. To view her portfolio please visit www.elizabethkovar.com
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