Awakening Internal

Personal growth through the eyes of love


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Do You Feel….YOU?????

I read something this week that really resonated with me,from the book Slow Sex by Nicole Daedone.  She is talking about how people, women specifically, have been trained to not feel sensation.  Nicole gives the following example: a mother is taking her little girl to her first day of kindergarten and the little girl states that she has butterflies in her stomach.  Her mother dismisses the feeling that is in her daughter’s belly by stating that she’s just nervous.  Now, in my opinion, the mother has 100% good intentions, but isn’t this the beginning of being taught to not being present with what’s going on inside of us? Is this resonating with you already? Does this training spill over into every other area of your life?    Does this mentality spill over into your sensual life..your sensual self? It did mine! Ever since I read this, I have been very intentional about “feeling” and being really in tune with WHAT I’m feeling specifically in my body..paying attention to my core.  Do you see how being intentional about “feeling” what’s going on inside of you could be so beneficial on SO many levels?
We are taught as women to “hide”our sensuality, so we are deemed as “good girls”, but our sensual selves is WHO WE ARE and it’s natural and normal, it doesn’t make us “bad girls”!
This weekend and week ahead, be very intentional about “feeling” what you have going on inside of you and embrace it..Good or unpleasant and see what kind of shift happens in you personally.  There is no right or wrong way to feel what you’re feeling.  Honor where you are, acknowledge where you are, be present and LOVE yourself for it!!

Through The Eyes of Love,
Michelle Dancy, CHHC, AADP
michelle.manning@awakening-internal.com


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What is a Holistic Health Coach?

I get the question all of the time….”What is it you do exactly??”

First things first, what in the heck does “Holistic” mean??  My little handy dandy dictionary app defines holistic as 1. “incorporating the concept of holism in theory or practice: holistic psychology” 2. “Medicine/Medical.  Identifying with principles of holism in a system of therapeutics, especially one considered outside the mainstream of scientific medicine, as naturopathy or chiropractic, and often involving nutritional measures: holistic medicine.”.  Synonyms (adjective: complete, whole) are listed as:  Aggregate, comprehensive, entire, full, integrated, total and universal.  Synonyms (adjective: of broad-ranging consciousness-raising movement) are listed as: Age of Aquarius, alternative, astrological, balanced, crystal healing, holistic, mystic, occult, planetary, spiritual, supernaturalist.  Synonyms (adjective: good for health) are listed as:  Healthy, holistic, salubrious, wholesome.  Antonyms:  unhealthy.  My definition in layman’s terms: holistic is working with a client/patient as a WHOLE person and at every level:  Physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.  Each of us are made up of 3 parts, the physical body, the spirit and our mind/emotions.  If one of our 3 parts is out of balance and/or sick, then it will affect the other 2 parts. Example:  Suzy Q can eat as clean and eat exactly what her body needs to be at optimum health BUT if Suzy Q has a stressful job, that she dreads going to and absolutely hates, then this WILL affect her physically, potentially raising blood pressure, causing belly fat and/or disrupting sleep.   Make sense???

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Who do I work with?

I work with clients that want to:  lose weight, eat healthier, manage stress, sleep well, heal their bodies naturally, have better relationships, want to live life to the fullest, enhance and grow their spiritual life, have success with weight loss surgery, learn to love themselves, have fulfilling sex lives, have a better quality of life, manage their time more efficiently, cook more.

Example:  I have a client that started with me when she was 38 and she has Graves Disease. Her Doctor’s RX was to do radiation on her thyroid, but of course, my client didn’t want to do this if it wasn’t necessary.  She came to me with hopes of learning some ways to tweak her diet and lifestyle in order to just regulate her thyroid levels; stress and diet impact the thyroid and was contributing to her levels being off.  By the end of her six month program with me, she went for a check up with her doctor and her levels were regulated, yay!!  Two months later, her levels were actually improved and her doctor has finally told her that she will leave her alone with regards to doing radiation on her thyroid…again, YAY!!!!  I am SO super proud of my client, because without her actually doing the “work”, nothing would’ve changed for her.

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What is my approach? 

Well, that depends on YOU!  Nutritionally, I take a bio individuality approach with each of my clients. What is bio individuality??  Bio individuality recognizes that everyone is a unique individual that has nutritional and physical activity requirements based on that uniqueness to reach optimum health.  In other words, food that is healthy and healing for me, could be poison for you.  Physical activity- same thing, everyone is different.  Example:  Your body may thrive on walking two miles a day, gentle yoga or a quick bike ride, whereas, my body NEEDS 90 minutes of KICK ASS, balls to the wall physical activity, 6 days a week, whether it’s Hot Yoga, running or an intense bike ride ALL uphill to be at optimum health.  Spirituality- I meet my clients where they “are”, through the eyes of love and support them through their journey to becoming fulfilled in their spiritual life, whatever that may look like for them.

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When do I work with my clients?

I typically work with my clients twice a month, either in my office face to face or through a phone or Skype appointment.  Through technology, I can literally work with anyone, anywhere in the world.  My clients have ongoing support from me between appointments through my private Facebook page (that is for my clients only) and through email, text or phone.  The first appointment is a Consultation Session, or as I like to call it, a Breakthrough Session.  During the Breakthrough Session, we cover concerns, goals and decide what the best approach is to help them reach their goals.

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My heart!

I DO LOVE each and every one of my clients SO much!  Each of them have impacted me in such a way, that I’m a better person for knowing them and for them making me apart of their lives.  I learn from each of my clients and feel my spirits lift each time I see them.  My heart is for each one to see themselves through the eyes of love and to see themselves as the perfection that they are! I thrive on the breakthroughs, the light bulb moments and the tears of healing…because I love the person in front of me and he or she deserves the absolute best that life has to offer them ♥

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How can you start YOUR process?

It’s actually very simple, just the way I like it!  Just visit my website by clicking here to get even more info.  From the landing page (home page),  click on the “Connect” tab and choose “health forms” from the drop down menu, then just submit your health form once you fill it out.  Once I receive it, I will contact you to set up your BREAKTHROUGH SESSION!  See….isn’t that easy!?

Feel free to share this article and if  you still have questions, or you have any comments, please feel free to drop a line below in the comments section….I love to hear from you!!

Through The Eyes of Love,

Michelle Dancy, CHHC, AADP

 


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Gluten Free Lasagna

This is another one of my favorite recipes from my mother, that I have taken and made gluten free.  I have also made a dairy free version, but I have to admit that it just wasn’t the same.  I think I need to try some different dairy free products and test it again.  When I do, I will definitely post an update.  I do use Romano cheese though, which helps reduce the amount of dairy.  Romano cheese is made from sheep’s milk, just check the label though, because sometimes cow’s milk is listed as an ingredient.  Also, use organic ingredients when you can.  Whole Foods has a great selection of organic spices.

Prep time:
90 minutes
Cooking time:
60 minutes
Yields:
8 people
Ingredients:

2 lbs hamburger (bison or organic, grass fed ground beef)
1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
3 -15 oz cans of diced tomatoes
1- 8 oz can of tomato sauce
1/2- 6 oz can of tomato paste
1 tsp salt
dash of black pepper
1 tablespoon oregano
1 pack of Stevia
1 tsp of minced onions
2 big bay leaves
gluten free lasagna noodles
Cottage Cheese
Mozzarella Cheese

Directions:
Brown 2 lbs of hamburger  w/ 1 ½ tsp minced garlic
Add 3 can of diced tomatoes (15 oz)
1 can tomato sauce (8oz)
½ can of tomato paste (6 oz)
1 tsp salt
Sprinkle black pepper
1 tbsp oregano
1 pack of Stevia
1 tsp minced onions
2 big bay leaves
Cook for 30 minutes
12 gluten free lasagna noodles, boil and run under cold water
1st layer- noodles
Cover w/ sauce
Cottage Cheese
Sauce to cover
Noodles
Mozzarella Cheese
Sauce to cover
Noodles
Remaining sauce
Romano cheese to cover
***Most important ingredient- LOTS of Vitamin “L” (LOVE)***
Bake at 300 for 30 minutes and let rest for at least 15 minutes…IF you can 


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Spanish Rice and Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients:

1 cup of prepared organic brown rice

1 Can of Organic Black Beans, drained

1 Can of Organic Diced Tomatoes

1 Can of Organic Tomato Sauce

1 green bell pepper

4 Bell Peppers (Red, Yellow and Orange)

1 small organic yellow onion

1 clove of garlic, minced

Himalayan Salt and Black Pepper to taste

Directions:

Sauté onions and bell peppers with one garlic clove minced
Once veggies are sautéed, add a can of diced tomatoes and a can of black beans
Add salt and pepper to season
Add brown rice (make a cup of rice ahead of time. 1 cup of rice and 2 cups of water, bring to boil, turn heat down to low and cover for approximately 40-45 minutes)
Add just enough tomato sauce so the rice isn’t “dry” but it shouldn’t be soupy.
Cut the tops off of red, yellow and orange bell peppers and boil them for 5 minutes and then stuff them with Spanish rice and pour a little bit of the tomato sauce over the top of stuffed peppers and bake on 350 for about 30 minutes (cover with tin foil if they start looking too done).

This is a delicious AND beautiful recipe …ENJOY!


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Roasted Portobello Mushroom

Look at this fab dinner! Lightly toasted Udi’s gluten free baguettes , roasted Portobello mushroom, topped with sauteed onions, peppers and basil and then i topped THAT with fresh baby arugula. All organic ingredients! YUMMMMM…. What’s your fave meal?

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Ingredients:

Portobello Mushroom

Olive Oil

Clove of Garlic, minced

1/4 Red Onion, Sliced

1/4 Bell Pepper (Red, Yellow or Orange)

Fresh Basil (chopped)

Handful of Arugula

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400

Wash mushroom, break stem off and brush with olive oil and top with 1/2 of your minced garlic, Himalayan salt and pepper to taste.  Put in preheated oven for 12 minutes.

Meantime, while mushroom is roasting, sauté you onions, peppers, chopped stem of mushroom, basil and garlic.  When tender, remove from heat.

Take mushroom out when time is up and top with sautéed veggies and fresh arugula

Did you enjoy this recipe?  Feel free to share with someone that you know would enjoy and comment in the comments section, I’d LOVE to hear from you!

 

 


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Banana Bread-Gluten and Dairy Free

Banana Bread

I have taken a favorite recipe of mine, from my mother and tweaked it so I can have a gluten and dairy free version of banana bread, being that I’m intolerant to both gluten and dairy.  A lot of the time, when I purchase gluten and dairy free breads, I find that they are dry and a little tough…but you will NOT find that with this recipe!!  This banana bread is moist and I mean MOIST and very soft…probably because we really didn’t even give them time to cool down before we started shoving them in our pie hole!!

INGREDIENTS:

Not quite ¾ cup of Grade B maple syrup (organic)

½ cup earth balance shortening

3 ripe bananas (organic)

2 eggs well beaten (local, organic)

1 1/3 Bob’s Red Mill Flour

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/3 cup chopped pecans (organic)

Directions:

Cream syrup and shortening together then add bananas and eggs. Put flour, salt and baking soda together separately and mix.  Blend wet and dry ingredients and pecans but don’t over mix.  Bake in a loaf pan for 50 minutes at 350 degrees or in a muffin pan for approximately 12-15 minutes.

When you try this recipe, please comment on this post and let me know just how DELISH you think it is too!!!


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Pumpkin Soup

 

Tis Punkin’ Season!!!

It’s amazing how my body craves foods that are in season. This is something that started about 3-4 years ago for me. Craving foods that are in season; this is how our bodies are designed to operate and if our digestion is working correctly and addictions aren’t driving our cravings, then our bodies will crave what our bodies need AND seasonal. Today I threw together a new creation that I wanted to share with you.

Pumpkin Soup
(It’s important to use organic ingredients every opportunity you can)

Put a spoonful of ghee, butter, earth balance (whatever you use for butter) in your pan to melt.
Puree a few carrots, quarter of a sweet onion, half of a clove of garlic and coconut milk. Add pureed mixture to melted butter and stir in one can of pumpkin. Add a pack of stevia, honey or maple syrup (whatever you prefer),a little vanilla, cinnamon, salt and pepper to taste. Add additional coconut milk if needed to reach desired consistency. Bring to a slow boil, slowly stirring the whole time and cut heat down to low for five minutes.

It’s ready to eat! I did grind a little salt and pepper on top once in my bowl and its delicious!

Let me know if you try it and I’d love to hear what you think about it!  Start to finish took me about 10-15 minutes total, super quick and super easy!

 

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