making way for miracles.

making way for miracles.
Bring yourself.
And all the love you can muster.
Lose your expectations, while losing yourselves.
Every minute is magic.
Birthing a miracle.
That they may make their way into this world.

Love, jodi renée
Thanks Marie and Jack! ...congrats and blessings to your new bundle of magic.

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98.5% sugar free.

spring 13
98.5% sugar free.
Sipping on my no-coffee-allowed with no-cream allowed.
What's the point if you can't fall off the wagon once in awhile?? Or at least hang one leg off the wagon for a little part of the trek! exactly.
I snuck in some brownie samples too while buying my bushels of kale at the health food store.
Not just one or two brownie pieces. Like 5 maybe. Just to make a whole somewhat brownie.
(you know you do that too)
The thing is...
The slip ups don't really matter.
The commitment will supersede giving you flexibility to still enjoy life.
Did you notice I said BUSHELS of kale.
That's commitment, and as daunting as that uber green salad above looks. Dig IN, kale is so jacked with nutrients it kinda reigns as king for the Green World.
I made some changes to the recipe (not adding the sprouts, using lime because I had no lemon) and you can find the recipe HERE or in Kimberly Snyder's book The Beauty Detox Solution.

I remember doing yoga year's ago, when an instructor said the following that stuck with me...
"If if it doesn't feel good, then why are you doing it?"
Someone else reminded me of that the other day...
The point being? Not everything is going to work the same for everyone. And life's too short to be committing to so much without leaving little pockets for life's awesomeness to come and fill.
You still want to ENJOY what you're doing. Even if it's a cleanse.
When things don't feel good, change!
Implement what works for you. Listen to your body and let go of the rest.
There is an awful LOT of mixed and contradicting information out there - especially when it comes to health. Do what works for you...
The biggest part of success is:
being happy along the way!
jodi renée

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spring 6

Just when you thought steel cut oats were great! (they're still a touch processed) along comes groats! Meet hulled buckwheat groats. About as close to nature as this grain gets! Half a cup in a bowl of water is pretty mandate for any grain. Sometimes 12-24 hours is recommended. Nuts and grains come protected with inhibitors that UNLESS you soak them and revive them, we'll...let's just say, it's preeeety hard on your digestive system. What you're not digesting, you're NOT absorbing. So if we want all the nifty nutrients from this feed...SOAK!
Probably in the last 6-8 months these 3 books were recommended to me. Awesome and easy reads. Necessary I believe too, especially for you women! We are so hard on our bodies and when it comes to taking care of ourselves...most often...we don't. Put YOU and your body first. Sure, get your sweet ass to the gym BUTT...inner beauty is an 'inside/outside' thing...and not the other way around. Often what ails us on the outside is actually coming from within. There is no beauty remedy or weight routine that is going to have you radiating like TRUE INNER HEALTH. Trust me...kinda why I took the hint with all these books and jumped on the cleanse wagon. ...I just wish the wagon could drive by a Crackbucks!

Notice how I blurred the massive congestion on my desk! Time for an environmental cleanse of the office. Funny how everything needs a little cleaning up?? Not so ironic. Our outer world reflects our inner world. Sometimes all we need is I really need loads more space. Maybe even a galaxy's worth...
To market to market...again. Cuz I just love it there. I just don't love the produce from Mexico. Nothing against Mexico or Mexican fruits...I'm just a fan of the LOCAL produce at the LOCAL market. And speaking of Mexico! ...ahhh vacay...or how about a workation!?! ariba! (insert sombrero, guac and laptop poolside HERE.) or here...or here.
My new (old) best friends. New cuz...well there's a lot of them in the fridge now, every day...what seems like ALL THE TIME. They've always been a staple in my food frenzy though. Eating as close to nature as possible.
Prep makes everything easier, I swear! So these vivacious vegetables are all washed and ready (almost) to go!
Just chop chop!
Probably the best organic turkey chili I have ever made...or eaten. And I'm totally biased. And I'm still telling you the truth. Now for ethical reasons, I try not to consume a lot of 'animal'...and on this diet, well...consuming enough calories is pretty tough. There is also some debate on 'Eating Animals' - I try to educate myself as much as possible. I bought this at a local farm from the market, hormone + antibiotic free. Really just brown some onions and garlic in olive oil...toss in all the market veg, add turkey, then add spices (cumin, cayenne, paprika, chili, oregano and salt and pepper) tomato paste and stewed tomatoes. Fresh coriander and if you feel up to it, kidney beans.

yep...all of this into the ol juicer. Kale, cucumber, celery and ginger. ALL GREEN. I'm not allowed any sugar and this even means no fruit. Feel sorry for me please actually didn't get bad until yesterday when I almost made a scene at the grocery store. I'm sure at some point I was salivating, looking like a crazy person. Willpower entered gracefully as I reached for baby carrots and pumpkin seed nut butter to: dip. them. in.
(insert stone face because that's about as exciting as...carrots dipped in pumpkin seed nut butter.)...

Seriously what's the deal with green juice? alright...we wake up after a long night of fasting. And the only time your body gets to 'clean up' is when it's not doing any work - aka digesting. So often in the morning we slam our systems with yep, foods that slow down the system! Coffee included (whilst stimulating to start)...think of the cereals and big breakfasts society sacks down and wonders why they need a pick-me-up by noon! Not to mention this is all ACID forming foods (along with dairy, processed foods, sugar, caffeine, alcohol...) To ensure radiant beauty and longevity we might wanna try incorporating ALKALINE forming foods first (and as much as possible) into our morning routines. Nature, ironically enough, makes everything preeeety damn perfect. Giving us EVERYTHING we need.
So I mix things up sometimes having the barn feed (groats) first or sometimes doing the green thang...
green is better jus sayin.

I hear it all the time. Which adds to my own frustration.
I'm the healthiest person you know! that I know...
I make a real conscious effort of taking care of my health, my body and myself because...well.
What else is there?
Health is the only real ticket.
And yet...I've suffered from pesky 'ailments' for YEARS, and years and years.
So my passion stems from (at one point 'fixing' myself) to now just bringing myself into 'wholeness'...
Nourishment, I've realized over the last year especially, comes from what you're truly doing to feed YOU. On every level. And if it's toxic...
Even if it's fun for a while.
A quick fix, or relationship.
A burger or a bad work environment.
It all adds up.

We clean our homes, our cars...everything requires a really good cleaning every so often. So why would the body be any different. IN FACT. We actually clean that stuff MORE than our bodies, which is well...kinda gross.
With all the stuff we consume, we'd hope that MOST of it comes out...and does. Yet your intestinal walls are tissues.
I hate to break it to ya...but not EVERYTHING comes out.
And often the worst stuff...stays in.
So think of a garbage can, never taking the lid off and just a compiling a lot of shit...literally.
Grossed out?
I could get nittier and grittier here but I'll leave it for now.

...alot more I wanted to write and well, I battle with falling asleep at the keyboard here. I think I've had one good day out of 6 and today wouldn't be it.
Impatience is trying to get the best of me (as usual) AND I will not seek to rush this process.
I'm committed, honouring where I'm at and what my body is going through.
If I can shed a bit of info or inspiration along the way then...
That's kinda why I'm here :)

It's so irritating how much I want coffee.
I even sniffed the bag of fresh grounds for waaaay too long.
...if I can do this, so can you!
going to try to squeeze in some late night yoga...goodnight
jodi renée

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happy dogs. happy days.

happy dogs.
happy days.
hope you're enjoying your long weekend...
jodi renée ...simon + hurley

a sacred garment, and 3 ways I give back to my temple AKA my body.

The body is a sacred garment.
- Martha Graham 

Sacred. AKA worship.
As you stand in awe at the brilliance and magnificence that's before you.
It's not an overnight thing.
Sacred requires work. A commitment and a practice
What went into the garment is surely why we admire it so much? ...or sadly do not.
Like a monumental temple, it takes time. There is no 'quick' and/or 'fix'.
We expect so much and yet, often...we give nothing.
Time wasted on complaining, wishing and demanding, skinny, beautiful.
And we wonder why it's a constant battle?
At what point do we just cease to celebrate, offering the simplest of prayer.
Thank you.
jodi renée

The top 3 ways I give thanks to my body
{the fruits of these thanks is a million fold. Trust me.}
  1. NOURISH - This comes in the form of food, relationships to others and more importantly the relationship to myself. I choose a variety of foods that GIVE to my body NOT take away. Over processed, over cooked foods (if you can call it that) stresses the system. It actually robs you = hungry much? eat more. Vicious cycle. I eat exceptionally well 90% of the time. The margin for indulgence is there and it's important to NOT feel guilty when I do land myself in the bucket of ice-cream. Enjoy and move on...which is part of nourishing yourself. Often times the junk is more mind than what we're actually consuming. Be mindful of the self dialogue around food, and also in general. As far as nourishing relationships go. Pretty self explanatory. Nourish yourself with people who nourish YOU! ...make you feel good, help you grow and push you towards your dreams. There are plenty of people in this Uni and we get to CHOOSE who we spend our time with. Scrap the relationships that show up like junk food. Which you can find anywhere, is a filler for the real stuff and ultimately is not healthy.
  2. MOVE - Free your mind by freeing your body. My commitment to health turned into a habit so without even thinking about it now, it's just something I DO. For at least an hour, about 5 times a week I'm either walking, running, going to the gym or doing yoga at home. On a cellular level everything is constantly moving and changing. It's necessary to function. And so is physical movement. Use it or lose it.
  3. BREATHE - we're all breathing so what am I talking about??? We breathe yes. Thank God that means we're alive. I'm talking about breathing 'awareness'...and slowing things down. We often take this lifeline for granted because our body just does it. Without our being aware of it. It's kinda like forgetting how awesome your wife or hubby is because that's just who they are...and then 'thank you's' get a little foreign and next thing you know expectations creep in...
    This is where ANY relationship becomes doomed. Even to ourselves. It's important to slow down enough to be aware of your breath. And interchange the word breath with anything that is sacred to you, perhaps goes unnoticed and perhaps even, you've taken for granted...
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