The Great Pumpkin

As a kid, one of the few foods I didn’t like, was pumpkin pie…and other than carving one, I didn’t know there was much else to do with this gourd.  Boy did I have a lot to learn!

Once we had the boys, I loved roasting the seeds and they loved eating them.  But there is so much more purpose for that great pumpkin.  Canned pumpkin is a fabulous substitute for the fats and liquids (butter and milk) in baking cakes, pancakes, brownies and so much more.  This makes it a perfect substitute for those on a plant-based diet as well as those that are looking to reduce calories.  You can use it in place of bananas to turn a banana bread into a pumpkin bread.  Rachel Ray suggests you add some roasted salted pumpkin seeds to give it more texture and taste.  You can also use it to thicken up smoothies and of course you can roast it just like any other gourd.  With only 30 calories in a whole cup,  and no fat, it provides 197% of your daily vitamin A requirement and helps balance our sacral chakras (which, for the record, is associated with, amongst other things, creativity and…!)

So whether you carve it, cook it, bake it, just pumpkin.  Two of my favorite pumpkins found their perfect one and sent me a great pic last night which inspired this post but…I can’t seem to reduce the size and get it on here.  Must be the ghost of Halloween messing with me……………….Maybe it will appear….and maybe it won’t….kind of like trick or treat………

Yes, You Can…..

Who Am I (to Judge) ? the Seven Spiritual Laws of  Success by Deepak Chopra, the first is the Law of Pure Potentiality.  He suggests that one way to access our pure potentiality is by practicing NON-JUDGEMENT.  He goes on to say that “Judgement is the constant evaluation of things as right or wrong, good or bad.  When you are constantly evaluating, classifying, labeling, analyzing, you create a lot of turbulence in your internal dialogue.”

This really struck a chord with me (and I believe most of us, if we stopped to pay attention to ourselves, would agree we spend a lot of time in judgement…not just of others, but of ourselves as well) so I am working hard on step 3 of putting the law into action, which says “Today, I shall judge nothing that occurs.”   I will remind myself often and be aware of the times that I am about to make a judgement.

I challenge you to become aware of how often you find yourself making judgements.  Awareness, I have come to understand, is the first step towards improvement.  Goes for just about EVERY aspect of life…..Let me know what you become aware of as you set this challenge in motion.

The Great Wheel of Color…..

No coincidence that our chakras are these colors and that eating foods associated with the color of each chakra can help balance them.  This chart will be super helpful when putting together your own chakra salad!  Using these colors/foods as a guide will not only be great for your body, heart and soul, but also will end up making a really pretty presentation!