5 Reasons Why the Continuum Concept is Misunderstood

Before Dr Sears and Attachment Parenting, there was The Continuum Concept. In the 70s, Jean Liedloff stayed with an Amazonian tribe for reasons completely unrelated to parenting. This fateful trip changed her life… And the life of many women around the globe who believed in a gentler way to parent.

What did Jean Liedloff discover? She discovered that, quite simply, you can be in tune with your baby, take care of him, love him, and not let him cry, and (it’s a big and!) you could absolutely be happy while doing so. Happier, in fact, than pretty much any Western parent around.

Today, many of us try to regain our lost Continuum, and yet… I see a lot of unhappiness in moms who go against the grain, and try to apply concepts from the Yequana tribe to their daily life. Here are the top 5 reasons why the Continuum Concept was misunderstood, and what we can do about it.

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Equinox Spice Latte (Vegan, Paleo, Raw Option)

equinox_latteLast week, my friend Kristen Suzanne of KristensRaw.com posted a picture of her daughter with a nice cup of “Equinox Latte.” I immediately decided to create one myself. I’m sure it’s different from hers, as I didn’t have all the spices, but it was a winner with my son Franklin and husband Matthew, so I’m sharing the recipe with you.

Equinox Spice Latte (Vegan, Paleo, Raw Option)*


- 1 cup milk of choice (almond, etc.) + 1/2 cup water
- 1 t rooibos tea
- 1 T coconut oil
- 1-2 T honey or coconut nectar
- 1/4 t cinnamon
- 1/8 t each ginger, clove, star anise
- 1/2 t chaga powder
- 1/2 t Immunity Mushroom Blend from EssentialLivingFoods.com


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[A Reader Asks] I stopped getting a period on the raw food diet. Why?

A reader asks:

I was on a raw vegan diet, and lost my period. It came back after I started eating a Paleo type diet. What do you think happened?

When I first started studying the raw food diet, I was amazed that some people thought getting a period was a sign of toxicity. The belief was that if you are toxic, your body detoxes through bleeding monthly, and a clean, pure body does not bleed at all. The uterine lining simply gets reabsorbed internally with no external shedding.

To me, this theory does not make any sense. If it were true, toxic animals would also get a period, and clean animals in the wild would not bleed (especially animals that are very similar to us like chimpanzees — yet they do get a period). But in reality, some animals bleed, and some don’t, and it has nothing to do with diet. Female dogs will apparently bleed on any diet, and female cats will not bleed even if they are fed the most perfect feline diet of muscle, organs and bones.
So, what happened on the raw vegan diet? I don’t know what you ate exactly, but I assume that your fat intake and/or your caloric intake was very low. Women need more fat than men, and they need high quality fats which can be hard to get if you don’t know what you are doing (which really is not your fault, there are so many raw food theories out there that things can get very confusing).

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[Recipe] Immunity No-Pumpkin Spice Shake

pumpkin_spice_shakeI posted this picture on Facebook last week, asking who wanted the recipe. You guys were enthusiastic about it, so here it is!

This shake gets its immunity boosting powers from the organic Immunity Blend Mushroom Powder from Essential Living Foods. Back when I was running an online raw food store, I ordered a lot from them. Their Brazil nuts were the best!

Onto the recipe. This shake has no pumpkin, but it does have Fall spices, like cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. It gets its orange color from… carrots! This adds beta carotene and vitamins, and absorption is facilitated thanks to the addition of healthy fats from coconut and cashews. You’ll get the smoothest texture from straining the carrot juice if you’re making it fresh with a slow juicer. A centrifuge juicer will be just fine, however.

Immunity No-Pumpkin Spike Shake
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[Book Review] Soul to Soul Parenting – A Guide to Raising a Spiritually Conscious Family

I love my job. Have I mentioned that before? I totally do. I get to meet the most amazing people ever, and spend my working time doing what I enjoy the most — trying to become a better, healthier person.

When Annie Burnside sent me her book, Soul to Soul Parenting: A Guide to Raising a Spiritually Conscious Family, I thought I would have the review up pretty quickly. Little did I know I would enjoy the book so much that it would take me months, yes, months, to write this. I didn’t want to do it in a hurry, because her book deserved so much more.

In Soul to Soul Parenting: A Guide to Raising a Spiritually Conscious Family, Annie Burnside (“the Eckhart Tolle” of parenting) inspires us by sharing her own journey to create a spiritually conscious family, while giving advice that is open-ended enough for us to create our own separate, unique path. I was very inspired by the Family Rituals section, as I believe that children thrive on routines and rituals, finding them comforting and reassuring. I would love for us to say grace for example — and even though I thought my husband would never be on board, he actually really likes the idea too!

As I wrote the review, I realized that there was no better testament to the wonderfulness of this book than Annie’s writings. I will be sharing a few passages that I particularly enjoyed, and hope you will grab yourself a copy of this book for you to find your own gems!

For instance, Annie discusses the fact that opening our hearts to what is positive really does chase away negativity. She writes:
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[Recipe] Creamy Jerusalem Artichoke & Garlic Soup

Fall calls for root vegetables, but in addition to growing the usual ones (turnips, carrots, potatoes, etc.), my husband also grows more obscure ones, like Jerusalem artichokes.

They are so easy to grow — we picked some up at the store, cut it up so that each piece has a tuber/eye, and planted each piece. They grew into tall, beautiful plants with bright yellow flowers. Gorgeous!

According to Wikipedia, “The artichoke contains about 10% protein, no oil, and a surprising lack of starch. However, it is rich in the carbohydrate inulin (76%), which is a polymer of the monosaccharide fructose. Tubers stored for any length of time will convert their inulin into its component fructose. Jerusalem artichokes have an underlying sweet taste because of the fructose, which is about one and a half times sweeter than sucrose.[5]

Jerusalem artichokes have also been promoted as a healthy choice for type 2 diabetics, because fructose is better tolerated by people who are type 2 diabetic. It has also been reported as a folk remedy for diabetes.[5] Temperature variances have been shown to affect the amount of inulin the Jerusalem artichoke can produce. When not in tropical regions, it has been shown to make less inulin than when it is in a warmer region”.

We ended up with about 5 lbs of Jerusalem artichoke. The first recipe I created to use them was a tasty, garlic scented soup. It’s very easy to make, and goes very well with a raw blue cheese like Roquefort.


Creamy Jerusalem Artichoke & Garlic Soup 

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The Natural Birth Story of Nicholas John – A Healing Experience After a First Traumatic Labor

Almost 4 years ago, I gave birth to my first son, Franklin. I had read all the Ina May Gaskin books, had read other books like Orgasmic Birth, ate really well, did yoga almost daily, walked daily, and was in great shape. I imagined labor to be an experience that can be either enjoyable or painful, depending on your state of mind, how you were raised (if people told you horror stories, for example), how well fed you are, etc. With the second pregnancy, there was no yoga, no exercise, just running after my son and not sleeping for more than 3 hours straight for over 3 years!

At the time, I lived in Iowa, and looked high and low for a homebirth midwife to assist me. I found no one. I heard an interview with a homebirth midwife (Cosette Boone) on NPR, and called her up… Her staff said she wouldn’t help me. I had to go to a birth center over an hour away (I was due in winter, when snow in Iowa can be intense). So, I ended up going to the hospital near my house (Mary Greeley Medical Center), assisted by midwives as opposed to an OB, and generally still feeling pretty confident about the whole thing.

Long story short, my waters broke at 2 am, but I hadn’t progressed past 4 centimeters 18 hours later, and was given Pitocin to speed things up. I still wanted a natural birth, but after a whole day with many hours spent in excruciating pain (Pitocin causes unbearable contractions), I got the epidural and slept for 6 hours. I then pushed for 4 hours with a botched epidural that had penetrated my spinal fluid, and was left incapacitated and in immense pain for 2 weeks after the birth. The anesthesiologist made jokes in bad taste, and the pediatrician fed Franklin formula. It was a horror story.

3 years later, I got pregnant again… And swore I’d never go to a hospital. By then, I was living in Portland OR and visited a birth center, but wasn’t impressed for many reasons. Plus, it was going to be super expensive. I then checked out the nearby hospital, OHSU, and was blown away. They  had amazing natural birth stories on their websites, and did vaginal deliveries of breech babies. Breech babies! I thought no hospital in the country would do that! I looked into them a little more, and found out that their team of midwives was amazing — one of them, Linda Glenn, does homebirths and works at a homebirth clinic, and was quoted on an online forum saying that she doesn’t deliver babies, she just catches them.

Well then! I decided to go there. My insurance covered the birth, and I felt confident it was a good choice. For good measure though, I made raspberry leaf tinctures to ripen my cervix, drank nettle and raspberry leaf infusions, and took liposomal vitamin C to strengthen my bag of waters and avoid it breaking early like it did the first time.


Less than a week before the birth, 39 weeks

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21 Days of Raw Vegan Meal Plans and Recipes – A Complete Raw Vegan Menu Plan with Recipes Designed to Give You the Glow

Tired of Wondering “What’s For Dinner?”
Would Ready-Made Menu Planners Make Your Life Easier?
With FULL Recipes? Including Breakfast, Lunch, Snack, & Dinner?

Our new eBook has you covered! Over 20 experienced chefs have contributed time-tested, nutritious recipes you’ll find yourself making over and over again!



21 Days of Raw Vegan Menu Planners – A Collection of Full Raw Food Menus with Recipes Designed to Give You the Glow – was created just for you, the busy bee who is juggling many responsibilities and doesn’t need food to be an added source of stress!

This eBook contains 3 full weeks of delicious, nutritious menu plans with complete recipes. It was designed to give you plenty of ideas and inspiration so you never have to wander in your kitchen, opening the fridge a dozen times, waiting for a recipe to manifest itself.

With contributors ranging from published authors, popular bloggers, TV personalities, raw food entrepreneurs, and much more, you are sure to find several menu plans that fit your mood! Including…

Breakfast & Drinks




Main Meals

Collard Wrap w_ Juice


joanna unaged cheese process


Sweet Treats & Snacks


JS chocolate brownies



… And much more!

Meet Our Team of Expert Recipe Contributors:

Cornbleet_Headshot-3Jennifer Cornbleet is a nationally recognized raw-food chef and instructor and the author of the bestselling book Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 People. She lectures and holds classes in the Bay Area and nationwide.

Her website, learnrawfood.com, is a comprehensive resource for online training and raw-food recipes. For more information about Jennifer Cornbleet, visit: www.learnrawfood.com.

 “Jennifer Cornbleet has a way of giving people exactly what they want and need: no-fuss, everyday recipes that are simple to make using ingredients that are easy to find. Whether you hate to cook and are all thumbs in the kitchen or you are an accomplished home chef, you can have fun making and eating these delicious health-promoting recipes again and again.” ~ Cherie Soria, founder and director of The Living Light Culinary Institute and author of The Raw Food Revolution Diet

Jennifer M.S. Robertson is a trained raw food chef and educator currently living in Bangkok, Thailand. In addition to blogging at JenniferMSRobertson.com, she teaches modern raw food preparation classes in Bangkok and is the author of a dairy and gluten-free raw ice cream ebook. Jennifer’s mission is to educate women, particularly mothers, on how to create and sustain a healthy lifestyle, with a passionate focus on raw, vegan, and gluten-free natural foods.


LindaJLindaJoy Rose, Ph.D, is the author of 8 books including “Your Mind: The Owner’s Manual” and “Raw Fusion Living: Recipes for Healthy Eating, Natural Weight Loss and Anti-Aging”). She is the pioneer of the raw fusion movement, marrying raw foods with a healthy mainstream lifestyle and founder of the Natural Wellness Academy, which offers training Holistic Health, Life Coaching and Clinical Hypnotherapy. She has appeared in over 100 educational eHow videos and television segments.


Robyn_J_LawRobyn Law is Australia’s leading raw chef, a happy, healthy mama, an experienced speaker, writer and coach, and the author of several best-selling books and programs on the raw food diet, including the popular Traveling in the Raw.

Based in Saudi Arabia, but travelling the world, Robyn can be found on her website www.robynjlaw.com, her Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/girlonraw, Twitter, and more.

 Robyn Law makes living and eating well with kids seem like a piece of (raw) cake. Relatable, authentic and loving: Robyn the global go-to for healthy parenting expertise.~ Yvette Luciano, Director Earth Events & Earth HQ

Joanna_Franklin2Joanna Steven is a coach and author who focuses on real, whole foods diets using ancient wisdom from cultures who thrived without pharmaceuticals and multi-vitamins, as well as modern scientific studies.

She is the author of many books on the raw food diet, the creator of the Remineralize Your Body Now program, a complete course covering nourishing, remineralizing ways to reach vibrant health, and the founder of the Nourished Village, a nurturing community designed to inspire moms and their families everywhere, with complete meal plans, daily support and more (http://www.joannasteven.com/nourished-village/).


_MG_4067 (1)Globally renowned raw foods expert Kate Magic has over two decades of experience of the raw lifestyle, and is raising her three sons on a raw vegan diet. She is the Creative Director of RawLiving.eu, Europe’s leading resource for raw foods and superfoods online, for which she has created over 20 unique products, and has a busy international schedule giving talks and workshops on raw foods which showcase her unique blend of fun, down-to-earth practicality and spiritual wisdom.

Kate is the author of ‘Eat Smart, Eat Raw’, the UK’s best selling raw food recipe book, and ‘Raw Living’, a recipe book and guide to the raw lifestyle, both published by Grub Street. Her third book, ‘Raw Magic’, is a ground-breaking book of superfood recipes, published by Process Media in 2012.

Kate Magic is a totally inspiring, visionary mover-shaker of epic proportions, packed into a tiny little smiley package and decorated with pretty tattoos. Author, speaker, chef, mother, artist, DJ…her creativity is manifold and manifests with such beauty… My raw food lifestyle moved to a whole different level when I met Ms. Magic back in 2005 and she always continues to inspire and uplift, with her innovations and joy for life. Kate is a raw food legend with such a wealth of experience and knowledge to share – I LOVE what she offers the world and hope you will too.” ~ Angela Stokes-Monarch

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEveryone wants their children to be super healthy, and Karen Ranzi has the recipe. She is an award-winning author, speaker, speech therapist, raw food coach certified raw food chef and owner of SuperHealthyChildren.com, and was presented with the “Peer-to-Peer Award for Service to Children’s Health” and the “Top Professional Simple Raw Food Chef” in the Best of Raw Awards.

Karen has authored and published her groundbreaking book, Creating Healthy Children: Through Attachment Parenting and Raw Foods in 2010.Karen writes about raising healthy families for Get Fresh Magazine, Vegan Health & Fitness Magazine, VegWorld Magazine, Vibrance Magazine, Eternity Watch Magazine, and Super Raw Life Magazine, and is seen on 14 cable networks on The Living Healthy Show.

“Dear Karen – This is Fatun. I am feeling a lot better than the day I spoke to you, and I have been following what you told me to eat. We got your books, my mom and brother were basically screaming with joy. My mom said blessing has come to my house, and these books will make my life so much easier. On Friday my mom, baby sister and I made a little indoor garden with kale, cherry tomatoes and lettuce and today the lettuce came out, we are so excited! Thank you so much for helping me. It feels like my heart has been fixed.”

Lauren-NastasiLauren Nastasi is a mother and wife who is working towards healing and detoxing her mind, body and soul after years of meds and sickness due to IBD.

She has a passion for living healthy and making sure her family eats the best quality food. You can follow her blog at NaturallyLauren.com or on Facebook: facebook.com/naturallylauren


Rebecca Kane - Shine On RawRebecca Kane, is known as the Raw Food Alchemist… Because transforming everyday raw food ingredients into amazing, satisfying and tasty recipes is what she does best! Her recipes are super quick and are made with ingredients you find in your local supermarket and with equipment that is probably already in your kitchen!

She makes real food recipes, for real people. People who are busy. Rebecca’s recipes will make your life easier. Take away the guess work of what to eat, what to feed your family and take away the confusion of healthy food! Discover more at www.ShineOnRaw.com


Sheree dress3-retouchedAn inspiring author, television show host, health coach, motivator and raw vegan chef, Sheree Clark has written and presented on topics ranging from creative direct mail design to raw food 101 to overcoming career burnout.

Currently she hosts Fork in the Road with Sheree Clark, a weekly TV show, while continuing to carry a full load of private practice health and nutrition clients. Learn more about Sheree at www.fork-road.com.

 “After years of living on sugar, fast food and caffeine, I was suddenly bed-ridden with migraine headaches. Sheree came to my rescue, taught me to eat more consciously and transformed my health – plus I’m 40 pounds lighter! If I can do this, anyone can. Sheree was always there when I needed her with advice, support and samples of her delicious food!” ~ Wendy L.

newDSC_4763A health and natural enthusiast for over 15 years, and a health and well-being coach, Cristina Cavalieri D’Oro is especially passionate about wellness to empower families.

As a mother of two girls, Cristina leads her household through mindful parenting, healthy nutrition and loves to find creative ways to incorporate greens into meals and desserts while keeping it tasty and nourishing. She can be found at For The Love of Greens and on her Facebook page.


Carrieann1Three years ago, CarrieAnn‘s son became very ill with SVT, leaky gut syndrome and symptoms of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. After endless doctors’ appointments, countless procedures and harmful medication that didn’t work, she decided to take matters into her own hands. She was introduced to detoxing and the Raw Vegan Lifestyle, and decided to transition her household. Through her raw lifestyle, she witnessed significant and astounding improvement in her family’s health.

She is now extremely passionate about the education of raw foods and the benefits, transitional guidance to the raw food vegan lifestyle, simple daily/weekly meal plans and recipes, easy step by step meal preparation and most importantly, emotional support.


DebbieDebbie Pierce has been creating and consuming nutritious and delicious raw and vegan meals since 2005. Her passion for health and beauty has propelled her into greater and greater heights of joy, knowledge, and self-discovery every day! You can learn more about Debbie and her enthusiasm for wild health, natural parenting, and blissful living at http://www.rosegoddessbliss.com

You can also find her organic clothing designs for the fashionable forager at http://www.foragersapparel.com


marie_claire_EnergyCoachPicMarie-Claire Hermans is the living proof of what raw food can do when you take charge of your health. She outsmarted doctors who said she would never heal from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia by breaking the code with pure, plant-based food and well-strategized self-management.

She founded Ravishingraw.com as the place to be for busy professionals who are exploring a raw food lifestyle to elevate their low energy levels and who value tasteful beauty on their plate. She developed an exquisite signature style to make raw food attractive and accessible for everyone, even the skeptics, empowering and inspiring the world with her bold mission statement: “Every Body Healthy!”

“I have been a client of Marie Claire and Ravishing Raw for over 4 years. It has been a life changing experience. I came from being pre-diabetic, constantly tired and stressed to vibrant health and being a high performer in my everyday life!

My blood work is consistently great thanks to Marie Claire’s guidance and inspiration. I highly recommend Marie-Claire and I do to all my friends who now want to now how my life and health has changed so much!” ~ Douglas Purviance, Grammy winning producer, author and musician.

joanna bio picKelly McKusick-Gillett / Certified in raw nutrition, Kelly is the mother of four young children, and the owner and founder of NATURAWL / raw organic plant-based lifestyle products, available in stores and online at www.naturawlbeing.com. .  

Her articles and recipes have been published in several books and magazines, including World Yoga Magazine, Super Raw Life and, most recently, the Raw for Beauty recipe book. Kelly has appeared on the CBS talk show Better Connecticut and is a currently working towards her certification in eco-psychology.


photoIn 2005, Kristen Suzanne walked away from her corporate career in executive level operations to focus on her true passion: food. She turned her attention to raw vegan cuisine, initially teaching classes and providing personal chef services, but as her online audience grew, she ultimately shifted to full-time blogging, recipe development, and publishing recipe books.

By 2012, she had authored twelve books on the raw vegan diet available at http://KristensRaw.com/blog

 “My husband looks healthier after a month of being raw! And here’s some great news — he told me that he doesn’t want to go back to cooked. He is loving how he feels when he lives a raw lifestyle, due largely to your fabulous recipes. THANK YOU so much!~Kelsey, Norfolk, VA

Marie_Pavillard_BioPhotoMarie Pavillard is a certified and highly experienced Natural Foods Chef, Raw Food Chef, and Eating Psychology & Holistic Health/Nutrition Coach. She offers mind-body nutrition coaching (specializing in emotional eating, body image, and weight management), personal Chef services, one-on-one intensive training, creative culinary classes, and more.

Her passion is to enrich your health and wellbeing, positively impact your life, inspire you to live in a way that fulfill your soul and nourish your body, and see you become your fullest, healthiest, happiest self, as what else could matter more! You can visit her website: www.healthysexyeats.com and contact her at marie@healthysexyeats.com


courtney clayCourtney Clay is an ecstatic woman, a truth finder, nature lover, adoring mama, wild food forager, fermented food fan, raw chocolatier, and superfood & superherb elixir alchemist.

Through the past 12 years, her communion with nature’s wildness and fresh raw food has awakened her natural state of ecstasy, aliveness, passion, and intuition. She loves adventuring in wild places, ecstatic dancing, playing music, and permaculture gardening. She is blessed to live in wild, beautiful nature with her vibrant 5-year-young son Cedar and her beloved Isaac. They run an online superfood store at Laughing Earth Superfoods (http://LaughingEarth.me). She is also a co-creator of a new wild food foraging t-shirt line called Foragers Apparel, who make funny and clever organic fashions for foraging enthusiasts, available at http://ForagersApparel.com!


Nina_KleinNina Klein was born and raised in Germany. She became vegan at age 18 for ethical reasons, but ate a lot of processed vegan food which were not always healthy. She struggled with a few extra pounds, a negative self image, and an eating disorder.

After moving to the US in 2013, she became a personal trainer, and found out about the raw and the raw til 4 lifestyle. She changed her already vegan diet to a high carb low fat vegan diet and had immediate amazing results. She effortlessly lost the few extra pounds she was unable to lose, overcame her eating disorder, and became stronger than ever before. Her passion is to educate and help her clients with the plant based whole foods advice to experience the same amazing results!


Victoria Leith, aka The LittleGuru, is mother to two daughters, author of five books, singer/songwriter, qualified teacher and founder of Caramelia Cakery – The Raw Un-Bakery! She loves walking with her family by the sea where she lives in Whitstable, UK.

You can visit Victoria on Facebook to keep up-to-date with her cakes and music. She is soon to launch a very special album of lullabies for babies and young children called Maya and the Willow Tree.

 “Victoria’s passion for life comes across in every aspect of her work, from her raw food creations, to her love and dedication to music. Anything that she produces is laced with love and care and you can tell she is truly passionate about all that she believes, promotes and recommends. A true visionary of what the world should be, and glad she is giving back so much to so many people” ~ Kris Talikowski – Photographer/Marketing Guru for The Juicemaster

Yoko_InoueYoko Inoue is the founder of Melbourne based organic raw food and living food cafe, Shokuiku. The desire to feed her newborn daughter and herself healing natural food lead Yoko to discovering the importance of the relationship between good health, diet and lifestyle choices.

Yoko studied the Macrobiotic lifestyle at the Kushi Institute in Japan and trained as a holistic nutritionist. With the knowledge gained over the years, her meals are nurturing and kind to the body and soul and of course your taste buds. Visit www.shokuikuaustralia.com for more information about Yoko’s cafe and services.


Carly_M_GrossCarly Morgan Gross is a soul-driven mind-body nutrition coach, living food alchemist, and passionate blogger raising the love vibration through magical eating, living, healing, and awakening.

Through guided mindbodysoul cleanses, personalized liquid nutrition, and one-on-one coaching, Carly aims to reach women and men who want to awaken to their highest potential in all areas of themselves. You can find her blogging inspirational posts on self-love, embodiment, holistic health, and living food recipes on her blog, Culinary Karma.

“Carly is a true healer. Not only does she heal from an intuitive place, but she has knowledge in the area of digestive wellness, detox and other modalities of healing that really makes her a full circle healer. Carly embraces every sense of the word - a dedicated nutrition coach because when she works with somebody, it is as if she is working with herself; she cares that much about the person she is working with.” ~ Rachel Feldman, Detox specialist + Wellness coach

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Putting the Joy Back Into Parenting – Exhaustion & Depletion Aren’t Par for the Mothering Course

Remember when you used to play solitaire? Would you see a bad line up of cards, and play anyway? If you are like me, you probably reshuffled the cards, gave yourself a new deal, and only played if it was good enough this time around.

Joy is similar. If you are OK with a difficult situation, or even worse, if you feel that you don’t deserve anything better, finding joy will be so much harder. It’s true that our happiness level depends a lot on our state of mind (being satisfied with what we have), but human beings have needs and limitations, and believe it or not, mothers are human beings too.

The 2 Sides of Modern Parenting

It is not unusual for a mother to run around non stop to keep her family clean, fed, happy, entertained, etc. It’s also not unusual for said mom to be tired, depleted, morally broken down — and to assume that it’s all par for the course.

Articles on mothering written by mothers often have 2 themes running. We have the:
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Chia Seeds Recipe: Chocolate Mousse Chia Pudding Recipe (Raw, Vegan, Paleo)

I have a deep love for chia seeds. These nutritionally miraculous little seeds are chock-full of omega 3 fatty acids, in which I believe the general population to be deficient. Add to this the fact that many people don’t eat fish, or don’t eat the right kinds of fish, and it’s easy to see how many of us may not get enough of this vital nutrient, which can lead to anxiety, depression, and more.

A 2004 Canadian study (among many other studies) reported that:

“Omega-3 fatty acids play a critical role in the development and function of the central nervous system. Emerging research is establishing an association between omega-3 fatty acids (alpha-linolenic, eicosapentaenoic, docosahexaenoic) and major depressive disorder.”

To ensure I get enough DHA (the type of Omega 3 the body needs and does not manufacture), I take 2 capsules of O-mega-zen 3 daily, and often eat chia seeds in the form of puddings and stirred into drinks. Lately, I have taken things further by also adding chia oil to my puddings as well as non-GM soy lecithin powder, and was rewarded by a wonderful, mousse like texture (from the oil/lecithin blend). Just in case you think I’m kidding, know that my husband remarked on it himself without me saying anything!

Chocolate Mousse Chia Pudding

The lecithin and oils emulsify to give this chia pudding a chocolate mousse consistency!

Ingredients (serves 4)

- 1/2 cup chia seeds
- ½ cup raw cacao powder
- 1/3 cup Coconut Secret coconut nectar, raw honey, or your favorite sweetener
- 1 cup raw hazelnuts, or use toasted
- 1 inch vanilla bean or a little vanilla bean powder
- 1 T coconut oil
- 1 T non-GM lecithin powder,
- 1 T chia seed oil
- 2 drops Medicine Flower coffee extract (optional)
- Celtic sea salt, pinch


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