Quarter One Update – Pt. 2

So this post is long overdue. I teased you all on my original post about how great things are happening  for me and how my journey is proving successful and then I left you hanging! Well, I’d like to finally formally announce my new path in life. They are two-fold and complement each other while at the same time honoring all of my passions! Isn’t it amazing how everything comes together?

First, I am currently in school to become a CERTIFIED HEALTH COACH. Secondly, I  am now a CERTIFIED WELLNESS & MEDICAL TRAVEL SPECIALIST.  In the about section of my blog, I talk about how “this blog will showcase my commitment to pursuing my passions and seeing what manifests over the course of a year. The topics on my blog are what I’m most passionate about — Travel (mind), Food & Nutrition (body), and Spirituality (soul).” Let me tackle each of these passionate areas to discuss how my faith journey is manifesting exactly what I requested.

Travel – I am already a Certified Travel Agent and have been for a few years. But, with my new certification I have a niche that will complement my health coaching business. The idea behind that is to plan wellness retreats for my health coaching business, help others plan spa and wellness vacations, and work with individuals interested in taking trips for medical purposes. This last part, medical travel, is becoming very popular and with the state of our health insurance in the USA, it is becoming a viable option in order to get medical procedures done at a reasonable cost. Major companies such as Walmart, Pepsico and Lowe’s already offer it to their employees as part of their health benefit.

Food & Nutrition – Food has been a passion of mine forever. I’ve always loved GOOD food. I can go into a Whole Foods or a specialty food gourmet store and linger for hours. I’m an avid ingredient reader and make sure that the majority of the food that I purchase and consume is healthy. Becoming a health coach would allow me to help others in their quest to be healthy. The program I am going through actually teaches Integrative Nutrition meaning it’s more than just the food you eat. To be completely healthy you’ll need to also look at other aspects of your life — your career, your physical activity level, your spiritual life, your relationships — to ensure that your whole self is well. It definitely takes a holistic approach to wellness. In case you are interested in learning more for yourself, see Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

Spirituality – Even though the health coaching’s focus is on wellness, spirituality plays a role in your well being so I would be helping others with that. But, this blog has always been a platform for me to help others in a spiritual sense. I’m not talking about any religion or certain rules that you should follow. I’m talking about looking within yourself and following your intuition and being the best “you” that you can be. I’m talking about taking charge of your life and having gratitude along the way. I’m talking about attracting more of what you want and distancing yourself from what you don’t. Realize your worth and what you have to offer to this world to make it a better place.

So, as you can see it is all starting to come together. When I started this blog on May 24, 2013 I didn’t know what my next career move would be. I just knew that the direction I was going in wasn’t it. I only knew what I loved and what I was passionate about so I immersed myself in those things and started actively doing those things. I spent more time doing and less time hoping. It is so awesome how the universe aligns and works to give you exactly what you want and need once you put your mind to it and take the initiative.

I can’t wait to share what may manifest at my six month update!

-CB

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Recipe: Vegan Stuffed Bell Peppers

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Vegan Stuffed Bell Pepper with side salad

Here is a healthy, vegan recipe for traditional Stuffed Bell Peppers normally made with ground beef. At the end of the recipe, I’ll tell you how to make the traditional version, a traditional version with a healthy remix and a vegetarian version. I apologize in advance because I don’t measure when I cook. I’ll have to remember to do that if I’m going to be posting recipes! The main thing for the seasonings is to just season to taste. Start small. Add what you think looks right and taste. Add more of what you think you may need, but be light with the salt!

Ingredients

  • Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP) – reconstituted – about 1/2 cup
    • [Alternate: the soy crumbles that look like ground beef]
  • Brown Rice, cooked – about 1/2 cup
  • 2 Bell Peppers
  • 1/4 Onion
  • Olive Oil – just enough to saute veggies, perhaps 1 Tablespoon.
  • 1 Can Tomato Sauce
  • Salt (I use kosher salt)
  • Black Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Oregano and Basil or an Italian mix (I didn’t have any so I used this new herb mix I just purchased called Herbs de Provence Spice Blend. It contained basil, oregano, thyme, tarragon, parsley, lavender, fennel seed, rosemary, marjoram and sage.)
TVP granules reconstituted in water

TVP granules reconstituted in water

Cooked Brown Rice

Cooked Brown Rice

Bell Peppers and Onion

Bell Peppers and Onion

Olive Oil and Tomato Sauce

Olive Oil and Tomato Sauce

Kosher Salt, Black Pepper, Garlic Powder, Herbs de Provence

Kosher Salt, Black Pepper, Garlic Powder, Herbs de Provence

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Put TVP granules in a bowl and add water to reconstitute. It will only take a few minutes.

TVP granules

TVP granules

TVP granules reconstituted in water

TVP granules reconstituted in water

3. Cut top of peppers off and clean out the inside of the pepper removing the membranes and seeds. Save tops of peppers. These will be used as part of the mixture.

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4. Wash the peppers and then place in a pot covered with water.

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5. Add a little salt and bring to a boil. Cover and let simmer for about 5 minutes. Turn off heat and let sit.
6. Chop up the tops of the bell peppers and the onions. Put olive oil in a pan and add peppers and onions to saute. Saute for about 5 minutes.

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7. Add 1/2 can of tomato sauce to pepper/onion mixture and add seasonings: salt, pepper, garlic powder and Italian seasonings to taste. Stir.

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8. Add reconstituted TVP and brown rice to tomato sauce mixture. Let simmer for about 5-10 minutes so all flavors can meld together.

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9. Spread some of the tomato sauce in the bottom of your baking dish to prevent sticking.

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10. Remove bell peppers from pot with tongs and put in baking dish. Stuff peppers with tomato mixture.

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11. Add remaining tomato sauce on top.

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12. Bake in 350 degree oven for 1 hour.

Vegan Stuffed Bell Pepper with simple side salad

Vegan Stuffed Bell Pepper with simple side salad

Vegetarian Stuffed Bell Pepper

Vegetarian Stuffed Bell Pepper

Notes

  • Vegetarian version: Add your choice of shredded cheese when finished.
  • Traditional version with healthy remix: Use ground turkey in place of TVP.
  • Traditional Meat version: Use ground beef in place of TVP. If you must, you can use white rice instead of brown.
  • What is TVP? I got this definition from about.com: “Texture vegetable protein, TVP for short, is a high-fiber, high-protein meat substitute made from soy flour and available in a variety of flavored and unflavored varieties, as well as different sizes, from large chunks to small flakes.”
  • TVP is a bland ingredient that takes on the flavors of whatever you are cooking. The texture is similar to ground beef, but not as chewy/tough.
  • I was a little leery about the Herbs de Provence Spice Blend since it contained fennel and lavender. I must say it was a pleasant surprise. The fennel and lavender actually brought out different flavors I wouldn’t have tasted had I not tried it. Go me!
  • Rating: 2 thumbs up from my meat eating hubby!

If you have any questions about the recipe or decide to try it, please comment.

-CB

Day 1

5/24/13

This is the start of my new life. I am taking steps to pursue my passion and follow my God-given day-1purpose here on Earth. A lot of people wonder what their true purpose is. I say to look at where your passions lie.

I’ve always wanted to be a teacher. As a child, I remember playing school and I was the teacher. Growing up, I had a knack for explaining things to people to make it easier for them to understand. As an adult on the job, I’ve trained others and received accolades. I really enjoy helping others in that way. I believe my teaching now lies in helping others on a spiritual level.

I’m not exactly where I want to be yet, but this blog will help me to get there. By sharing my goals to the world, I have more accountability to stay the course and by exhibiting and practicing faith, I’ll get there. Instead of watching so much TV, I’ll be doing more reading, writing, meditating, seminars, bonding and whatever else I need to do in order for me to connect with and meet the right people. I’ll be using myself as an experiment to show that when you have faith, anything and everything is possible.

Jumping out on faith is not easy. Our ego (mind) leads us to believe that things are harder than they need to be. It’s easy to say, “I have faith” or to tell others to “have faith”, but when you have to make those hard decisions and surrender, it gets complicated. Well, it’s not really complicated but we make it that way because we are scared of the unknown. We are so used to “seeing is believing” that it’s hard to reconcile that there is such a thing as “believing is manifesting”. I want to help others pursue their passions and purpose in life by simply having faith and taking the necessary steps to get there. I want to be that example.

I’ll usually start a goal gung-ho and then fall off. I know I’m not alone. What makes this different is that I’m announcing to the world what I’m doing. I have accountability now. That’s a big part. The other thing that is different is that my focus has shifted from random things to a clear life path on what I want to achieve. So, truly knowing what makes me happy and what I want makes a big difference. I have more of a reason to  push forward, unlike a random goal like “lose 20 lbs.” For me, losing weight was an end goal, but I wasn’t very fond of the route to get there and therefore wasn’t motivated to succeed. With my new focus, the journey is just as exciting and rewarding as the end goal so I’m more apt to complete it.

I’m excited to see where this journey will take me. I feel confident that this is the right direction. Immersing myself in prayer, meditation, affirmations, and exercise, I’m sure I’ll have more clarity as I move forward. I encourage you to follow me and also conduct your own experiment!

-CB

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