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ex·pe·ri·ence

noun \ik-ˈspir-ē-ən(t)s\

: the process of doing and seeing things and of having things happen to you

: skill or knowledge that you get by doing something

2ex·pe·ri·ence

transitive verb \ik-ˈspir-ē-ən(t)s\

: to do or see (something) or have (something) happen to you : to feel or be affected by (something)

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This is lunch for our kids…REALLY?

I just can’t quite believe that this is going on. This is the age of childhood obesity, Michelle Obama on the front lines fighting to get kids healthy, local PTAs taking over their school cafeterias in order to bring local food into their schools…I could go on and on.  So where is the disconnect?

Read it, you won’t believe it!

 

http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/07/school-lunch-conference-cheetos

 

 

 

Yay for You! Lessons for self-acceptance

I love the message of this article and thought I’d pass it along.  Especially important for us moms to help our daughters learn to love themselves, hopefully by our example.

 

According to my yoga teacher, “Whatever you practice, you get good at. If your habit is to compare, judge, and criticize yourself, then you’ll get better and better at it. You will strengthen your habit.”
What are you practicing? What are the messages you repeat to yourself over and over again? Are they helpful – or hurtful?
We are bombarded with messages telling us we are not thin enough, young enough, rich enough, or good enough. But striving to achieve some external measure of “success” cultivates temporary pride in something that is ultimately unsatisfying.
Buying in to society’s messages leads to distorted, irrational, unrealistic, and painful beliefs and feelings about your body and yourself. Repeating these messages to yourself strengthens them, leading to lowered self-esteem, guilt, shame, and feeling that you are undeserving of the things you deeply desire.
Most important, postponing your life until you reach some arbitrary weight goal or outward definition of beauty consumes your precious time, energy, and focus. It dismisses your intrinsic self-worth. And though you may fear that if you accept yourself the way you are right now, you won’t make changes, I’ve found that the opposite is true. You care for the things you care about.
Here are seven ways to practice self-acceptance.
1. Become aware. Our habits depend on our mindlessness. When you notice yourself comparing, judging, or criticizing, gently bring yourself back to self-acceptance.
2. Practice. Repeat step one over and over again, no matter how many times it takes, until that is your habit.
3. Let go of judgment. Remind yourself that all bodies are beautiful, including yours.
4. Be your own friend. When your little voice begins to say unkind things, ask, “Would I say these things to a friend?” If you wouldn’t, don’t say them to yourself either. Let me take that one step further. Catch yourself judging other people for their size, shape, age, etc. and practice acceptance and compassion toward them.
5. Stand-up to weight stigma. Everyone deserves to be fully seen and heard without judgment about their body size. Bias and prejudice are cruel and destructive, not helpful. Don’t participate in the conversation, or better yet, challenge it!
6. Get connected. Your body is giving you a constant stream of information about what it needs. Pause to listen.
7. Live the big, vibrant life you crave today! Wear clothes that make you feel great, do things that make you feel brave, and make choices that bring you joy.
Remember, what you practice, you get better at. When you chose to practice self-acceptance, compassion, and kindness toward yourself and others, you’ll cultivate peace, courage, and joy. That’s a habit worth getting good at!

Michelle May, M.D. is the founder of the Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Programs and Training that help individuals break free from mindless and emotional eating. She is the author of the Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat book series for yo-yo dieting, diabetes, bariatric surgery, and binge eating.

Corn and Shrimp Chowder

CORN AND SHRIMP CHOWDER

Still doesn’t feel very Spring-like around here and all I can think about is hot soup!  Inspired by a delicious bowl of corn and potato chowder that Andrea made, I came home to see what I had in the pantry that could be turned into something similar for dinner.  This soup was a big hit in my house and was pretty easy to prepare.  One thing I love about soup is this; SOUP IS NOT A SCIENCE!  Be creative, throw in what you have on hand that you think may work together.  Taste-test throughout in order to adjust seasonings as you go.

 

2 T olive oil

2 T butter

1 large vidalia onion, diced

2 stalks celery, diced

3 carrots, diced

4 large yukon gold potatoes, diced

1 can navy beans, drained and rinsed

8 oz frozen shrimp, peeled, thawed, and chopped in half

4 c chicken broth

1 c milk

1/4 to 1/2 c half and half

1 T dried thyme

salt to taste

 

Heat olive oil and butter over medium heat in large soup pot.  Add onion and saute a minute or two.  Add celery, carrot, and potato and continue to saute until slightly soft.  Add the broth, milk, navy beans, salt and thyme.  Cover and bring to a simmer. Lower heat, keep covered, and cook for 30 minutes or so until potatoes and carrots are cooked through. ( I used an immersion blender at this point to mash it up a little, not too much, but this gives it a creamier consistency)  Stir in the half and half and shrimp and continue to cook until shrimp is heated through.  Enjoy!  (Great day one, AMAZING day 2!

 

Peace and greens,

Melissa