Understanding The Karma Concept

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The Karma Concept was born out the pursuit to create a healthier lifestyle; to set you up to discover your true self, your own powers of healing, and how to create a more profitable future through self awareness.

Karma is defined in the dictionary as “action; seen as bringing upon oneself inevitable results, good or bad, either in this life or in a reincarnation.”

Setting aside the commonly spoken about definition regarding circumstances and events, this philosophy & definition can more positively be translated into your own self, and the reactions you experience throughout your body, mind, and spirit.  Physical, mental, and emotional symptoms & imbalances can all be traced back to an initial point that started the resonating process.  Whether it is healthy food vs. junk food, supportive relationships vs. negative relationships, or positive thoughts vs. self-sabotaging thoughts, our current presence and holistic self are the outcomes of past experiences and choices. Understanding where they came from can lead you towards a path of self-healing.

The wonderful thing is that we can change our future by changing our present.  In terms of karma, begin focusing on the here & now to create a healthier future.  We can no longer do anything about the past, so accepting where we are in the current moment is the best we are ever able to do.  Support a positive present to reap a healthy future.

Ignorance is NOT Biss

I spent many days feeding my body food that weren’t right for it, only to have many negative symptoms of disease, depleted hormones and no gut function.  I was not being totally conscious of my food choices or noticing how these foods were directly affecting my energy and body as a whole.  My mind was cluttered with negative external remarks and self-hatred, living in the flesh rather than my own soul.  Talk about an ongoing bad dose of karma… By eating the wrong foods and thinking the wrong thoughts, I was only slowly poisoning my body and mind.

My actions were developing constant negative results, and I was clueless.  I’d see doctor after doctor prescribing medications that only covered up the problems temporarily.  I decided I needed to take things into my own hands and begin research on my own.  I ended up diagnosing myself before my naturopath could, and am grateful I could develop the self awareness needed to pay attention and look in the right places.  It didn’t come easy, and I contribute my 10+ years of yoga and yoga teacher training to the development of these tools.  Most people can’t tap into this realm of awareness as easily, and there are more health problems now than ever before.

Through The Karma Concept, learn to identify what is triggering your mind/body/spirit symptoms before they really get out of hand.  Your health is completely controlled by you, and you are your own best healer.

 

3 Simple Easy Ways To Start

Food Log:

Keeping track of what you eat, how often you eat, and how these foods make you feel is the first step in identifying key issues.  You can either keep a hand written journal with you, or easily download an app on your phone.  I personally use My Fitness Pal.  It even tracks your exercise and weight loss goals.

Meditation:

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, if you have not started a daily meditation practice, DO SO NOW!  This can create the most awareness in your body.  Focus on tuning in to your organs and brain, to see how well you are digesting and resting.  Meditation Oasis is my favorite, and there is definitely something for everyone.  Starting with just a couple minutes a day, can make a huge impact on how you feel and react to the world.

Journaling:

Writing down your thoughts, moods, and gratitudes is a simple way to get things off your chest and heal your mind.  Challenge yourself to write down 10 things you are thankful for each day.  Check out Tiny Buddha’s 10 Journaling Tips.

 

Believe in Your Future Self

Becoming aware of your internal body & mind definitely takes time, but hey, you’ve got a lifetime to be in the body you have!  Make the most of it and charge it up to it’s fullest potential.

Live the life you desire.

 

Namaste,
Leah

Homemade: Kettle Corn

Popcorn used to be my favorite snack as a kid, definitely being eaten daily after school, and sometimes willingly being subbed out for meals. Did anyone else have such an obsession with the kettle corn microwavable packs? Seriously, I love popcorn.

I was heartbroken after reading Food Babe’s article on Why Microwave Popcorn Is An Absolute Health Nightmare, so I quickly made the switch to air popping my own.  It took some time to get used (i.e. burning a lot of batches), but have finally been able to reproduce microwavable kettle corn on a healthier, tastier level.

Popcorn is a great low calorie snack, quick to make, and easy to take on the go or smuggle into movie theaters.  Make sure the kernels you purchase are Non GMO & Organic. Genetically modified corn is a horrendous ingredient and should really be avoided altogether. If you haven’t seen & rented the documentary Genetic Roulette, it’s a must watch.
What a great excuse to eat some popcorn, ay?

Homemade: Kettle Corn Popcorn

Not to mention the kettle corn sold at the fair…. So good, yet I can’t help but think of how sugary each bite of that stuff is. Really, who needs to eat a bag of popcorn 1/3 of their body height anyway?

Using coconut crystals keeps the sugar content low on this kettle corn, with only 4 grams per tablespoon.  Feel free to use more or less, depending on your own body’s response to sugar.
We purchased 3 lbs. for $12, so it’s a pretty inexpensive switch to make in your own kitchen.

Homemade Kettle Corn 

Ingredients:

+  1/3 c. non-gmo popcorn kernels

+  2 tbs. coconut oil  (use more as drizzle after popped, if desired)

+  3-4 tbs. coconut sugar crystals

+  salt, if desired

+ large saucepan & lid

 

1.  Heat coconut oil in pan w/ lid on.

2.  Pour kernels in oil when it starts bubbling.

3.  Wearing oven mitts, hold pan and gently shake the kernels,
making sure they don’t burn.

4.  Continue shaking as they pop.

5.  Turn off heat before the last kernel pops
& drizzle in melted coconut oil or grass fed butter.

6.  Sprinkle coconut crystals and a dash of salt.

7.  Shake some more.

 

Be sure to also try Food Babe’s Superfood Popcorn and let me know what other combinations to try.
Happy Snacking!

Go-To Veggie Dish

Simple Stir-Fry w/ Hemp Seeds & Turmeric

I recently went through an extensive candida cleanse, which pretty much included eating only vegetables for a good number of weeks.  I literally had no cooking experience at this point, and this dish became my go-to for nourishment and kicking the candida.  This dish is one of my favorites, and far too quick & simple to make.  Not only is it jam packed with crazy amounts of preventative medicine, but also tastes quite unlike any vegetable stir-fry I’ve tried before.

Simple Stir-Fry w/ Hemp Seeds & Turmeric

1. Gather & chop your favorite mixture of veggies. I use (lots) of organic broccoli, carrots, onions, mushrooms and green peppers.

2. Heat 2 tbs. coconut oil in a medium plan. Once melted, add turmeric and let sit in oil as it heats.  (This maximizes the health benefits)

3. Add carrots, cook 2 minutes.

4. Add onions & peppers, cook 2 minutes.

5. Add broccoli, mushrooms, & chopped garlic, cook 2 minutes.

6. Turn heat off & sprinkle with hemp hearts, if desired.

 

I also like to season this dish with the season salt from The Real Salt Co, pictured in the first photo above.  This company sells unrefined, all natural sea salts, as well as addicting seasonings. Real Salt makes sure you get trace minerals back in your body, which are critical for heart and brain function, and are always missing from traditional table salt. I buy mine locally from my hometown in Southern Nevada @ Wellness 2000 Int’l, my go-to health store.

Hemp Hearts are my favorite source of magnesium, and I’ve been sprinkling them on everything lately (to help my sleep).

If you’re looking for ingredients to help fight your candida, look no further than coconut oil, garlic, and onions. Coconut oil contains caprylic acid, which is a powerful anti-fungal and actually kills the cell walls of candida.  Garlic is also a great anti-fungal, but really helps with stimulating the liver & colon in detoxification and boosting good gut bacteria.  Onions are anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, AND anti-parasitic, making them beneficial on many levels.

Feel free to mix & match different vegetables, spices, and toppings for the benefits you’re looking for in your own health.  Be sure to share what mixtures are your favorites!

Veggie Blend Pizza Crust

Gluten Free Pizza. Cauliflower, Almond Flour, & Kale Crust. { thekarmaconcept }

Going on a heavy veggie lifestyle change has created a need for creative carb alternative food.  In my previous posts, I explained how much I loved bread products, and with this recipe, you can hardly tell its free from wheat & gluten!  It’s also a wonderful way to hide extra veggies in your kids’ and husbands’ food. 😉  My boyfriend can’t stand the taste of kale, and its the only way I’ve found to get him to eat this superfood.

 I’d experimented with many cauliflower crust recipes, and while they all tasted great, they could never stand up to the “hold test”, no matter how long I cooked it for.  My toppings were always falling off and I never had the same satisfaction eating pizza with a fork… This recipe blends 3 ingredients in the crust, resulting in a pizza you can grab with one hand without the toppings falling off.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of cauliflower crumbles (about one medium cauliflower head)
  • 1/4 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 3-5 garlic cloves, chopped
  • handful of kale, finely chopped

Oven @ 450 degrees F

Gluten Free Pizza. Cauliflower, Almond Flour, & Kale Crust. { thekarmaconcept }

Directions:

(To make cauliflower crumbles, slowly add small pieces of cauliflower into food processor or blender on chop mode.)

1. Microwave cauliflower for 5 minutes. Let cool. Strain using cheesecloth or thin dish towel.  The more water you can release, the better.

2. Mix all ingredients together, until well blended. (If it seems a little too wet, add a bit of almond flour. This depends on how much water you were able to strain from cauliflower.)

3. Roll mixture into a ball and place on parchment paper lined baking sheet.

4. Lightly wet your hands and begin to spread dough into pizza shape, 1/4″ thick. ( I find you have to keep pressing in the sides so there are no cracks in the dough.)

5. Brush olive oil on perimeter area, if desired.

6. Bake dough for 15-20 minutes @ 450 degrees F.

7. Add desired toppings & bake for 10-15 more minutes.  This just depends on toppings used, and how well done you like your veggies and crust.

The toppings on this pizza include (more) kale, asparagus, tomatoes, onions, and mushrooms.

8. Let cool & enjoy!

* I love using pesto instead of pizza sauce because there is no sugar and I find that it somehow has the taste of cheese.  I opt to not include cheese on my pizzas at all, to keep the recipe dairy free.

* I also recommend always using organic, non-GMO ingredients whenever possible.

Let me know what you think and what toppings you like to include on your pizzas!

-Leah

My Go-To Green Juice

I’ve been feeling a cold coming on lately, so have been loading up on more veggies to try and fight it. Being sick is the worst, and my weak immune system does nothing for me when fighting off infections, so I end up being sick for 3X longer than the normal person.  This year I’m determined to avoid that.

My favorite immune boosting snack comes straight from my juicer.  It makes it so easy to take in a mass amount of nutrients that you normally couldn’t eat in a whole sitting, and it’s easy on the stomach.  Below is my go-to recipe…it’s simple, quick, and cuts to the point; great for your daily routine or when you’re feeling down.

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1 Cucumber (peeled if not organic)

3-4 stalks of Celery

1 Carrot (peeled if not organic)

Juice of 1/2 Lemon

Turmeric

2 Ice Cubes

 

1).  Prepare your glass with a dash of Turmeric, 2 Ice Cubes, and a squeeze of Lemon

2).  Juice 1/2 of Cucumber….Celery…Carrot…and 1/2 Cucumber…(In that order!)

3.) Pour the blend over the ice and enjoy with a straw.

*You can always add more Lemon Juice and/or Turmeric if needed/wanted.

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Tumeric is not a usual ingredient in green juices, but I have come to love the spice it gives. It’s also one of the best things to boost the immune system, among a LONG list of other great benefits. It’s pretty much the go-to fix-it herb. Read about it here.

Enjoy!

-Leah

 

Linked Up

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If you haven’t listened to Trish Blackwell, you are seriously missing out!  This powerful lady will boost your confidence and direct you towards a life of abundance.  She speaks as if she were a close friend, and I credit her to getting my goals on track for this year. You can listen/download from her website or in the iTunes app.

Lauren @ The Holy Kale is one of my favorites in the online health world.   I love her article on Keeping Your Produce Fresh.  This is very important for maximizing the food you spend so much time and money on!  I use it every time I get back from the farmers market.

Check out this link to see how sugar is really affecting your brain.  I love TED videos, and this one keeps it short and sweet. (Literally!) I’ve been trying to stay away from any sugars, even keeping high glycemic fruits out of the house. I know I was/still am highly addicted, and this video explains exactly why sugar can overtake your mental control.

-Leah

Upgraded Energy

With a new year ahead, everyone creates these specific goals and outlooks for themselves, planning to accomplish them plus more with the clean slate of New Years. Last year I remember telling myself…”I’m going to get so much done…create new experiences…better my life through accomplishing my goals.” I would say that, Yes, I did do a great number of things last year, but found my health declining from all the energy I was expelling. I ended up living off caffeine, and eventually my body no longer processed that into energy. I would end up feeling super groggy, and spending way too much on Starbucks.

Can you relate?

Heavy into research, I stumbled upon a man who seemed to have reinvented the coffee spectrum.  Introducing Dave Asprey, the creator of the new Bulletproof Coffee.  His website seemed intriguing, and the testimonials gave me hope that I had found something that would satisfy my coffee cravings AND give me the sustained focus I had been looking for.  He not only promises sustained, feel good energy, but also a curb in sugar cravings.

Could it be real?  Would I get to enjoy day-long efficiency as well as ending my sweets addiction?!

His coffee concoction includes his upgraded, mold-free beans, grass-fed butter, and MCT oil.  I know, I know…butter for breakfast?  Just like all food products, some are produced better than others; and with the mess of health terms like organic, non-GMO, and natural, it’s hard to know what is what. Read about healthly butter here.

My boyfriend completely surprised me this past Christmas with the Bulletproof Coffee Kit.  The first day I tried it, I was beyond excited at how GREAT I felt.  I’d been used to taking breaks every so often throughout the day, even having to quit my job due to lack of energy and focus.  My morning beverage really opened my eyes to how intuitive the human body actually is, and how the correct diet can completely impact your daily routine.

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To make use of other natural energy conductors (without caffeine), check out Primal Docs.