I have spent a lot of time in my life trying to understand emotions. How and why I, and people around me, process emotions. Why can one situation seem like no big deal to one person, but completely send another person off the edge, plummeting into feelings of sadness, anger, or guilt?
My instinct most of my life has been to suppress emotions – I never had enough time, constantly moving and not stopping to pause. I could deal with these disruptive feelings later. I’ll just keep my head down and keep moving forward…I have been making a conscious effort to address my emotions as they come up the last few years, to sit with them, slow down, understand, and process. We can ask ourselves and reflect on why we have a particular emotional reaction. How are our emotions affecting those around us? Each one of us has our own story that shapes us and our emotional reactions.
I’ve been hearing over and over again, in yoga classes and from people I deeply respect, this concept of being less reactive. While I was mediating on this idea of sitting with my emotions, it clicked for me what being “less reactive” means, at least my interpretation–Slow down, reflect, dive deeply into your emotions, and you will likely be more peaceful and empathetic to yourself and others. We are so quick with everything we do in this day and age, including with rash reactions, not taking time to see and process the whole story and have compassion for the other people and their stories involved in a situation. Our world is full of hardship and hate, we could use a whole lot more compassion.
About a year ago, someone told me “stress is a choice”. At the time, I remember thinking at the time WHAT are you talking about? Why would I choose to feel like that? But I get it now, or I think I do. It is our choice to let things get under our skin and stress us out. It is within our power to not have that reaction. Obviously much easier said than done, coming from my own experience of being highly stressed out more often than not. But again, emotions are our reactions to situations. We can notice and change that reaction if we want to. No one can make us feel a certain way.
Our body manifests our emotional reactions physically. The constant tightness in my shoulders and neck are a result of years and years of holding onto my emotions and not really letting myself feel them. Observe and feel how particular emotions manifest in your body. This whole idea came back to me this morning while I was running. I noticed I was feeling anxiety from not sleeping well for nights on end (so says the data from my FitBit). I sat (AKA ran) with this anxiety. Running is my moving meditation. 🙂 I suddenly felt so exhausted, having to slow down and walk, letting the anxiety reverberate through my body. Why was knowing I was lacking in sleep causing me anxiety? At that moment, I chose to not let it. If I wasn’t feeling completely exhausted all the time, why did this number my Fitbit was spitting out really matter?
I invite you to sit with your emotions. When you get in an argument with someone in your life, take a step back, breathe, and analyze your emotions. Ask yourself, why am I reacting this way? Am I being highly reactive because of some trigger from my past? How is my reaction affecting other involved? How does it feel in my body? Your emotions are always completely justified, but it is definitely an interesting exercise to practice to go within and reflect on them.
May you have a life overflowing with positive emotions 🙂 Namaste
If you follow my Instagram (@Peace_love_wholefood), you know I LOVE trying new restaurants. I like to say I’m not a picky eater…but realistically I kind of am, because of the dietary restrictions I choose to have to allow myself to optimize my physical and mental self. I also don’t like restricting myself. When I am restricted from something, I want it more…so with that comes the non-restriction of my, oh so intense, sweet tooth and my love for pizza.
I got a chance to try a new concept restaurant in Columbus, PizzaRev. PizzaRev follows a similar model as Chipotle, a concept I love – quick, healthy, easy meals on the go! I got the rare chance to leave the office for lunch one day this week with a few friends to try the PizzaRev. PizzaRev currently has locations in 5 or 6 states, and is set to open two more in Columbus in the next few months.
When we walked in we were welcomed by a clean, brightly lit, inviting restaurant that smelled heavenly. PizzaRev caters to all dietary needs, including gluten-free and vegan, so you can bring all your yogi, tree-hugging, organic, crunchy friends (AKA me…)! Everyone who worked there greeted us with friendly smiles.
The menu offers a thick crust and thin crust, as well as a gluten-free crust. Patrons also have the option to do a big make your own salad. The ingredients were all super fresh! Once you’ve chosen your pizza toppings, the stone pizza oven only takes about 2-3 minutes to fire up your pizza into a beautiful crispy on the outside, slightly doughy on the inside, work of art!
We each ordered the side salad and made our own thin crust pizzas. I pilled mine high with fresh veggies – tomato sauce, natural Italian cheese, a little ricotta, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, spinach, olives, garlic, and half with vegan sausage. I’m usually not big into substitute “feats” (AKA fake meats 🙂 ), because they are generally pretty processed and the texture of meat grosses me out, but the vegan sausage was surprisingly tasty! Tasty enough that I would get it again when I go back!
The thin crust pizza was substantial enough I was satiated, but thin enough I didn’t feel like I was dragging the rest of the day at work. With the side salad, we each had a few pieces of our pizzas leftover. I had my leftovers tonight for dinner, and a day later, the pizza was still flavorful! I will absolutely be going back for more pizza and am looking forward to the locations opening up even closer to my office!
This is a sponsored review written on behalf of PizzaRev. The material and opinions are solely mine. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Peace, Love, Wholefood possible!
Since I learned too much dairy irritates my stomach, I’ve switched to this fabulously easy Coconut Whipped Cream. It is prepared the same as regular whipped cream is, except instead of using heavy whipping cream, it uses coconut cream!
Coconut cream is found at the bottom of chilled full fat coconut milk cans, or can be purchased by itself at Trader Joe’s. I haven’t been able to find just straight coconut cream anywhere else…although Google is telling me Thai Kitchen has also started selling coconut cream. I have tried several types of full fat coconut milks to make this whipped cream, but always come back to the Trader Joe’s Coconut Cream. It gets the most fluffy!
Chill the can of coconut cream (or whole fat coconut milk) in the refrigerator for at least a few hours. I always keep a can or two in my refrigerator so I have them at the ready. Flipping the can upside down will cause all the coconut cream to settle at the bottom of the upside can (AKA the top of the can if it’s right side up)….does that make sense?? Hope so! 🙂
Scoop out the cream into a chilled stainless steel or glass bowl. Even the Trader Joe’s Coconut Cream will have a little bit of coconut water at the bottom, you want to avoid getting any of the water into your bowl. The water makes the whipped cream watery…not great. Fun hint, save the coconut water for smoothies or just to drink! It has more potassium than bananas!
Add a dash of vanilla extract and a little bit of sweetener. I use about a tablespoon of maple syrup. Whip the three ingredients with a hand mixer or Kitchen Aide mixer on a relatively high-speed until the cream becomes light and fluffy. Another fun hint, sometimes I add in a capsule of probiotic powder for a little extra healthy kick!
Use the Coconut Whipped cream as you would regular whipped cream. A fan favorite is on top of my healthy blackberry cobbler! So so good! If you don’t use it all in one sitting, keep it cool in an airtight container, and you can re-whip it later more if necessary!
Vegan Coconut Whipped Cream
Author: Teresa E
Recipe type: Dessert
- 14 oz can Coconut Cream (or Full Fat Coconut Milk)
- 1 tbsp Sweetener (I use pure maple syrup)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Chilled Glass or Stainless Steel Bowl
- Kitchen Aide Mixer or Hand Mixer
- Refrigerate Coconut Cream or Full Fat Coconut Milk upside down for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight, so that the cream sinks to the bottom of the upside can (AKA the top).
- Scoop out ONLY the cream, being careful not to spoon in any of the coconut water in the can, into a chilled bowl.
- Add sweetener of choice and vanilla extract to bowl.
- Whip until fluffy!*
- Enjoy as you would regular whipped cream!
*It likely won't get AS fluffy as dairy whipped cream, but if you're lucky and it's refrigerated long enough, it might. 🙂
The sweetener and vanilla extract are optional. The whipped coconut cream is delicious on it's own too! And/or add a dash of probiotic powder for added nutritional benefits!
We’ve always been told…
“Treat others like you want to be treated”
AKA Luke 6:31, “Do to others as you would have them do to you” AND Matthew 7:42, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”…it goes back to the biblical ages…Although I completely agree with the concept, I’ve been thinking about it a lot recently, and in this day and age, it seems slightly backward. So many of us are so harsh on ourselves, but kind to others. We’re hearing more and more this word, “self-care,” and I LOVE that it is getting attention. Should the “Golden Rule” be turned on its head to be “Treat yourself as you treat others”?
Like many, I have struggled a long time with complete and utter unconditional self-love. I have been told by close friends I am one of the most genuinely kind and nonjudgmental people they’ve met, but why then is it so difficult to be as genuinely kind and nonjudgmental to my own mind and body? I can say it an infinite number of times and maybe with each I believe it a little more, I am worth it. I would never speak the negative phrases that sometimes pass through my mind to anyone else I care about.
The “Golden Rule” goes both ways. Treat others with love and kindness, but also treat yourself with as much (if not more) love and kindness. Can we be genuinely loving and kind if we cannot even treat ourselves in such a manner? I think the way we treat others is often a reflection of either how we feel about ourselves (ex. very harsh and judgmental), OR how we wish we felt about or treated ourselves (ex. encouraging coworkers to take vacation because they need a break…I do this all the time).
My goal, and invite to you, on this first day of spring and for the next month is to consciously practice self-care and self-love. Treat yourself as you treat those around you. Talk to yourself as you would to the people you love most. Do things you love and that make you appreciate your life. If negative self-talk pops into your head, don’t try to simply push it away, but recognize it and think about why it came up. Notice what or who inspires you, and do that or be around them. Maybe it is getting outside more to hear the birds’ song. Maybe it is laying in a field all day and watching the clouds with someone you love. Maybe it is doing yoga. Maybe it is laughing until you cry with your best friend. Or maybe it is getting weekly messages. Whatever it is, go out and do it! You are worth it! In this, and every moment, you are infinite. ∞
HAPPY SPRING EQUINOX!
P.S. I know I haven’t posted a recipe in QUITE some time, so keep your eyes peeled for a super simple vegan whipped cream shortly!