Archive for June, 2016

How To Shake The Salt Habit

June 22, 2016

Here are 7 fabulous ways to bring extraordinary flavor to your meals without using salt.

5 Fabulous Ways to get Plant Based Protein

June 15, 2016

Whenever people hear that I eat a plant based diet, the first questions they always ask is, “How do you get your protein?” In this video I count 5 fabulous and delicious way to get plant based protein, with a sweet surprise at the end of the video.

Please let me know how you get your plant based protein in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you!

The 5 Habits for Extreme Happiness

June 8, 2016


5 Habits For Extreme Happiness

 

Have you ever wondered what you could do to bring about a higher level of contentment, dare I say, happiness, to your life? So have I.  I was in a deep funk 2 years ago and decided to do something about it. Permanently. This is what I discovered.

  1. Gratitude

When you are consistently, extremely grateful, I mean practicing gratitude like it’s an Olympic, extreme sport, going all out, you have no choice but to experience happiness. When you are walking anywhere, in the house, on the street in your office, take a moment to realize that you are walking above the ground, not buried below it. I started to do this after I turned 50 when I became more aware of my mortality, realizing for the first time that this life will not last forever, I am so, so grateful I am still here. I get to still do what I want to do and make a difference in some small way every day. That makes me feel really grateful.

 

  1. Challenge

Try to do something you’ve never done before, get really frustrated because it’s new and then figure it out. Gratitude beyond your wildest dreams. Last week I was implementing a new marketing system for my business with a platform I had never used before. It was not intuitive at all and I was emailing customer support every five minutes. I was frustrated, crying, ready to give up, lamenting at how stupid I am, and then after 2 days. Bam. After my thousandth email to customer support and a Facebook support group keeping me from taking my own life, I figured the damn thing out. I can’t tell you what a sense of gratitude I felt. Relief, gratitude, an exhilaration that I can only compare to what it might feel like to win the lottery. It was a real high and it lasted many days. That sense of accomplishment and gratitude for figuring out something that seemed impossible.

 

  1. Random Act of Kindness

I’ve noticed that when I give a gift to someone for no special reason that they don’t expect, it brings me so much joy. Much more than if I were the recipient of the gift. That’s why Oprah used to give away cars and other small items on her show. Because she said she felt so happy making other people so happy. It works. And even if the person you give something to doesn’t express appreciation, you will still feel a sense of contentment knowing that you did something kind for someone with no expectation for something in return. Even a thank you.

 

  1. Meditate

I used to not be able to meditate. Could not sit there for even five minutes just breathing. It was torture. Then someone introduced me to Deepak Chopra and Oprah 21—day meditations. This changed my life. I sear to God. The way these two guide you through a meditation makes it so easy. And what they say blows you away. It turned around a decades old mild depression for me into a long lasting uplifting of spirit that I did not think was possible for me.

 

  1. Exercise

By this I don’t mean going to the gym and running on the treadmill for 2 hours, although if that makes you happy by all means. I mean do something with movement that exhilarates you. For me, that is ballroom dancing. I denied myself this pleasure for so long because it is an expensive hobby to do on a regular basis. But when I realized I was denying myself something that was part of me. I said “What am I waiting for? Until I can’t do it and then regret not doing it?” So I signed up at a place near my house and it’s the highlight of my week. So what does that for you? Yoga? Playing tennis? Taking a hike? Whatever it is, and you know what it is for you, do it. It totally rewires your brain to new circuitry of happiness.

 

So if you want to incorporate these habits into your daily routine over a span of 21 days in a row, they will become easier to do and you will automatically experience a heighted and happier way of being.

 

And please remember to live insatiably, forgive lavishly and love ferociously…especially yourself.

 

 

 

Roasted Carrot and Sweet Potato Hummus

June 1, 2016

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Since my son has a severe sesame allergy, conventional or store-bought hummus is not an option for me. So I figured out a way to make the most flavorful and spiced up hummus I could muster, and believe me it cuts the mustard big time. So here’s the recipe, and I encourage you to experiment with your own spices and vegetables that will make it even more unique and that would make any pita proud.

ROASTED CARROT AND SWEET POTATO HUMMUS
By Debbie Adler

Serves 4 – 6

Must Have
1 pound carrots, chopped into 1-inch chunks
1 sweet potato, chopped into 1-inch chunks
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas
3 tablespoons sunflower seed butter
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne

Must Do
Preheat the oven to 400°F.
Toss the chopped carrots and sweet potato and spread evenly on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
Roast in the oven until the carrots are tender and lightly browned, 18 to 20 minutes.
In the bowl of a food processor, combine the roasted carrots, sweet potato, garlic, chickpeas, sunflower seed butter, lemon juice, water and all of the spices.
With the motor running drizzle in the remaining 3 tablespoons of grapeseed oil.
Serve immediately with pita chips, tortilla chips or on a sandwich.