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Trust your inner guidance.

CYH Lauren 2013 I'm late on the first newsletter of 2014, but hopefully you'll understand after I explain why. My fiance and I bought a new home and moved in mid-December. Very exciting/busy/stressful! Also, our wedding is only 4 months away which means it's time to crack down on all of the endless details that go into making that day special. Both very happy things, but both very energy-consuming to say the least!

Needless to say, from early December through mid-January I took a serious fall off of the health wagon. It hasn't been until the past few weeks that I've finally started to feel back to my normal self. Dang, does it feel good to be back!

Sometimes many of us need to hit rock bottom with our health to realize it's up to us to make the changes to revive it. I was binging on sugar each day, skipping workouts along with my yoga and spiritual practice, running myself down into the ground, and not eating healthy home cooked meals. I didn't even feel like myself and certainly wasn't acting myself. After looking at my pale, drawn face with dark sunken eyes in the mirror one morning, I said, "That's it!"

I sat down for a few moments and drafted a few things I needed to do starting that very day:

1. Roll out yoga mat wherever I can find a patch of free space in this house to stretch, pray and let go of tension.
2. Drink hot water with lemon and turmeric every morning before I eat/drink anything else.
3. Keep the fridge stocked with organic veggies and healthy foods so that I'm forced to eat only them!
4. Quit being so negative! Life isn't that serious. Laugh more and remember to not have all or nothing thinking.
5. Take baths at least a few times a week or soak feet before bed to help promote a regular sleep pattern.

Just setting that intention helped inspire me back onto my journey of health...and here I am a few weeks later feeling great! I encourage you to ponder the things that you know you need to do to better your health. Trust that inner guidance and know that it's always there for you when you need it. Have a healthy 2014!


Lauren Forney, HHC, RYT  *   Holistic Health Coach  *  Registered Yoga Teacher
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Vibrant Green Alfredo


2 nice handfuls of organic spinach
1/4 onion
1/2 cup raw cashews
1 cup full fat coconut milk (save the rest from the BPA-free can for shakes!)
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon chili powder
sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste 

1 nice broccoli floret, chopped
3-4 shiitake mushrooms, sliced thin

your choice of noodles, but you know I'm going to encourage brown rice pasta or rice noodles so it's gluten free!


Prepare your pasta or noodles as directed. While they are cooking, place about an inch of water at the bottom of a medium-sized pot and bring to boil. Place steamer at bottom of pot and throw broccoli florets in to steam. Throw in mushrooms for the last 2 minutes or so of steaming. Blend all other ingredients in a high speed blender (I of course use my NutriBullet for this!). It should be nice and creamy.  Once pasta or noodles are done, rinse and drain well. Stir all ingredients together and serve. Add seasonings to your liking after your first bite. Enjoy the vibrant green color this dish brings. It was such a pleasure for my eyes, and my belly! I hope you enjoy.  

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The photo to the right is what I've been doing on my down time (soaking my dawgs) to help warm myself up, nurture my body and tired feet, all while giving myself the peace and tranquility of a few minutes to sit and breathe deep!

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