"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!
Fall is harvest season, and spiritually symbolic to grounding oneself. It's the time of year when hibernation mode initiates and people find themselves nestled between the warmth of their blankets in home. In the past, or in ancient times, humans used food and nature as their source of medicine.
Before modern or westernized medicine, humans were connected more to nature.
During my recent hiking trip to Estes Park, I spoke with an intuitive woman from the Stanley Hotel. She sensed my energy was off, and said I need to ground myself. From her words, "I am here to get you back into gear. You need to ground yourself and start eating right again. I can feel your protein levels are off."
She was worried that since I don't eat meat, I would need to be real "strict" on food combinations to ground myself. The energy everywhere is different and in Colorado I sensed the connection to the earth plane, especially with its Native American roots.
A while back I made this recipe while craving something Mediterranean in the late summer. The Italians and Spanish use tomatoes frequently in cooking. One of the best side dishes I ever ate was a tomato potato concoction from Southern France.
I found these beautiful vintage French porcelain dishes from an estate sale, and voila! Inspiration struck to create something inspired by my Mediterranean travels.
Everything in life grows and harvests itself for a reason and a season. There is a reason why we crave watery fruits in the summer and hearty starches in the winter. We ground ourselves during the cooler months with produce that comes directly from the earth, which are vegetables with roots.
Symbolically these vegetables help us grow our roots on this earth plane. We can further ground ourselves before eating by taking five deep breaths. This activates our parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes digestion. Eating while in fight or flight is not ideal as the blood flow is in our working muscles and not to our visceral organs.
Inspired by the Southern Europeans, this meal combines a mixture of root vegetables alongside with fresh herbs to ignite a Mediterranean flavor. It also integrates a balance of protein, produce, water and herbs/spices for a well-rounded approach to healing.
Many people forget that we consume water through our food. Meat eaters also get water from meat, and vegetarians and vegans obtain water in their diet from plants and produce.
When living by the motto, "a lifestyle inspired by nature," it is of the upmost importance to consume food closet to nature as the majority of the diet, while balancing out the sweets and random processed food in lesser amounts.
“Flying starts from the ground. The more grounded you are, the higher you fly.”
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