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Love Actually

This Valentine’s Day I want to share my journey of love and relationships.

I just watched an old movie called Love Actually with Hugh Grant.

I love him, he is just the most pleasant self-deprecating adorable man.

Note to self – Future husband 🙂 tee hee

And I found myself getting very emotionally caught up in the love stories. They were tender and real, and serendipitous.

It reminded me of how I met my man – like I didn’t have a choice, it was all aligned perfectly for me.

The Law of Attraction is so real, it’s scary.
You know the saying, be careful what you wish for.

I tell this story often, and I want to share with you, how magical the Universe is and how we literally can manifest what we want in moments by just asking for it.

When I was married with children, I remember this feeling of being trapped- like I couldn’t expand, and I was bursting at the seams.

I needed and wanted to spread my wings but in the confounds of my situation, I was unable too.

I asked the Universe for FREEDOM.

Which to my dismay turned into divorce and a whole new life

If you think this story is about happily ever after- it is- but you have to wait until the end.

When I was going through my divorce and in severe emotional turmoil- feeling empty and lost.

I asked the Universe for “MEANING”

And I met a man who thought I was the goose that laid the golden egg.

He treated me like the sun rose and set on me and for me and that I was the smartest woman in the world.

During that uplifting time, I created The Retreat Costa Rica and The Truth Bar

I realized at this time of my internal healing, that I had neglected to spend sufficient time with my youngest son and wanted his last year in High School to be the best.

I asked the Universe for “GROUNDING”.

And an old crush from my high school years appeared and provided a friendship for me and my son.

Football on Sundays, Little League games, hikes, and cozy dinners.

And then I was an empty nester.

I was torn between Costa Rica and the US and going back and forth was wearing on me physically and mentally.
I knew I needed to spend more time in Costa Rica to spread my magic all over my Retreat venture.

I asked the Universe for “PARTNERSHIP and DOMESTIC BLISS”

And, instead, I received LOVE- Actually.

So, the truth is we don’t know how our story is going to end- we just keep asking for what we want and it appears.

Is this Happily Ever After?

Or is it Happy until our growth leads us elsewhere?

Life is complicated and real and its just better if we all surrender to it because the more we try and control our “Happily Ever After” the crazier it becomes.

In Health and Love,

Diana

L.O.V.E

It’s all about Love.

And, don’t let anybody tell you otherwise.

I am often asked how I develop new ideas, why I help people get better health, and what drives me to keep doing new things.

It’s simple.

It’s Love.

Or at least, it is my expression of Love. I think we all have a different meaning to this word-LOVE. Some think love is dedication or responsibility, others feel Love is taking care of others, or hopefully even themselves. Love is adoration or desire, love is even compassion. Love expresses itself in unique and magical ways, and for me, it’s in Creativity.

Ever since I was a little girl, I made wonderful and yummy things, from Mud Pies as a toddler, to fresh fruit tartlets that I baked and sold in high school. I then began my work as a chocolatier and made chocolate truffle sculptures, and then as a professional baker, creating artistic and amazing cakes that had hand painted murals dusted with sugar crystals. I even started a giant cookie business at one point, with flavors so daring and expansive, I couldn’t keep up with my orders.

You see, I love the creation- not the business.

Sounds familiar I bet. So many people have talents and just want to play. That was me.

When I became too sick to eat ‘regular’ foods, like the rest of the world, did, you know the so-called SAD (Standard American Diet) diet. All my creative energy went towards healing myself. And I did. It was unbelievable how I trained my mind to think differently.

I began looking at yummy things as healthy yummy things. I learned I grew, and I could see the food functionality in everyone’s bodies.

Kind of like a doctor, but without the medical part. I studied anatomy, the blood systems, endocrine, digestion, hormone, and how nutrition affected each part of us. I was always a bit of a scientist, so, putting my head down into the human form and how to make it work better, was just another form of art for me.

So, here I was, a food lover, and a health lover. How do I make this work? Because no matter how many pills you ask me to take, or how many yucky foods you force me to eat to get healthy- I won’t continue to care for myself if I don’t enjoy life. For people to truly get better and feel fantastic, the foods we eat must taste good.

Well, that’s my specialty, making healthy taste good. I write recipes that mimic comfort foods, the stuff that makes you feel loved. The foods that get into your belly and say “yes!!!” that feels good.

The Truth Bar is a pinnacle moment in my life, a culmination of all that I do and love. It is a creation that has the lifeline of longevity. When I made the bar, I remember saying to my partners, no matter how many bars are out in the marketplace, the one that will get eaten the most, is the one that tastes like a candy bar. I also wanted to make a bar imbued with functional ingredients that promote health, something I have become so passionate about. So, that’s what I made- the healthiest candy bar on the planet.

It’s my way of sharing my love through what I do best. When we say that Truth Bars are ‘Made With Love’, this is my pure expression of it.

The One Missing Ingredient to True Love

It was imperative that I address ‘True Love’ this month, as it isn’t only Valentines Month, but it is Heart Health Month as well.
And I began to think about how we love and what love means to us.
As a collective, we look at love as a feeling in ways outside of ourselves.

I love you.
I love this movie.
I love burritos
I love driving long distance
I love fashion and chocolates.

And it is seldom, as a collective, that we really look at Love as a universal truth, a way of being in the world, a way of feeling each day.
How can we feel the universal truth, when we are so caught up in our ways of thinking?

I am busy
I have so much to do today
I am exhausted
I don’t have a boyfriend
I need a drink

And in the way that we all think and live is our way to survive. We know and understand..what we know and understand.
And the far-reaching truth is there are some things we just can’t wrap our heads around.

And that is Acceptance.

Acceptance of what is…..

Now, I can hear your ‘ monkey mind’ saying, well that’s just lazy to settle for “what is” that is not proactive and productive.
How does “acceptance” pay the bills, and give me the life I want?
“Acceptance is a failure to move forward, and how can I accept that my car won’t run, or my cat is sick, or I hate my job”?

And herein lies the work.
Acceptance is not “being ok” with what is.
Acceptance is seeing life for what it is and changing your perspective on the story.

“It may be time for me to get a new car, or look into getting it fixed.”
“My cat is getting older and she has had such a good life and brought time so much joy, it may be her time to go to the heavens”
“I am opening myself up for a job that allows me to thrive and grow- and then I can buy a new car”

The One missing ingredient to true love is Acceptance of What is…..Acceptance of Yourself.

True love is loving yourself when:

You are fat
You are skinny
You are beautiful
You look a little ragged
You are annoying
You are tired
You are funny
You are rich
You are poor
You are having a bad day
Your car is broken and you are kvetching about life

On this Heart Healthy Month, this White and Red themed Heart-centered Valentines, sweetheart and Love ladened month, take a moment if you will and look at your life through Acceptance.
And there you will find True Love.

Written by Diana Stobo

Life transformation and Spirit Coach
Health and Wellness Expert

8 Simple Ways to Detox Your Body

Detoxing your body doesn’t have to be difficult. Make these 8 simple changes and start noticing the difference right away!

1. Replace one meal a day with a detoxifying smoothie/juice

This is an easy, non extreme way to detox your body. I suggest switching our breakfast for a morning smoothie. It helps to kickstart your metabolism and digestive system.

Try this recipe

Ingredients:

2 large bananas
2 cups spinach
½ an apple chopped
1 tbsp Flaxseed
½ cup fresh almond milk (For Instructions Click HERE)
1 cup sliced strawberries

Directions:

Blend all the ingredients together and enjoy.

2.  Drink more water

The importance of drinking water can never be overstated.  This is by far the easiest and most effective way to clean your body. Water naturally flushes toxins, helping your organs to function properly and giving you clearer skin.  Eight glasses of water a day should be a minimum amount, try to keep the intake up!

3. Replace coffee with green tea.

Green tea still contains caffeine and will give you the boost you need in the morning. Green tea offers so many antioxidants and health benefits that you don’t want to miss out on. It also helps us lose weight in the long-term.

4. Sweat it out.

Do something everyday that makes you sweat. Sweating allows your body to release toxins. Up your exercise routine and make yourself move everyday. Or sit in a steam room/sauna. Maybe take a hot, epsom salt bath. Just make sure you are sweating!

5. Get more sleep.

While we are sleeping our bodies are repairing themselves from the days activities. Our brains and processing all that we saw, learned, experienced. Our bodies are recovering from any harmful toxins it came in contact with. We need sleep to be healthy.

6. Cut out simple carbohydrates.

This is easy. There are so many alternatives to white bread, rice, pasta etc. Try quinoa or brown rice, ezekiel bread, sprouted bread. All of these alternatives will help your digestion, help your blood sugar, help you in so many ways.

We all love the starchy comfort of white bread and pasta, but its time to make the change!

7. Listen to your body.

It is amazing how far listening to your body can take you. When you eat something, see how your body reacts. Your body will react. It can either be positive or negative. If you eat fruits and veggies and feel energized then eat more. If you eat bread and pasta and feel tired, bloated, sluggish then cut it out of your diet. Your body is unique and only you can tell what it really needs.

8. Eat more fiber in its natural form

Fiber not only leaves you feeling more full and satisfied but it helps your digestion system release any built up toxins. Our digestive tract is responsible for moving everything that comes in to our body out of our body. This process is difficult and a lot of times our digestive tract gets stuck with left over food etc that it never really cleans out. Getting enough fiber and “going to the bathroom” everyday is very important for your health.

If you have a lot of issues with this, try a digestive supplement like Digestive Bitters. They are full of nutrients that will naturally help you release any toxins stored in your body.

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Peanut Butter & Jam Grain-Free Thumb Print Cookies

I upgraded this classic recipe and even went a step beyond gluten-free, there is no absolutely no grains. And who doesn’t love peanut butter and jam?

These are a pretty addition to any Holiday dessert spread made with ingredients everyone has in their pantry.

 

1 cup Peanut Butter

3/4 cup coconut sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon baking soda

pinch of sea salt

½ cup of your favorite jam

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

 

Blend ingredients until well incorporated. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop dough into 1 inch scoops, place 2-3 inches apart. Make a little divot in each cookie with your thumb. Gently scoop a little jam in each cookie.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 Minutes.

Place on mesh rack to cool, about 5 minutes.

Peppermint Chocolate Avocado Mousse

 


And did you know Avocados and Dark Chocolate are two of the most perfect foods? Avocados are packed with the good kind of fat that helps lower cholesterol. Dark chocolate is packed with antioxidants. Plus peppermint has been known to smooth the tummy and aid in digestion. Combine all three and you have a decadent powerhouse of a dessert.

Ingredients
1 ripe Avocados, peeled, cored and cut into chunks

1 cup semi sweet chocolate

1/2  cup almond milk
1/4 cup coconut oil

1/3 cup agave nectar

1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract

Pinch of salt

Directions
1. Melt dark chocolate in a double broiler. Bring about an inch of water to a simmer in your saucepan. Set the heatproof bowl in the mouth of the pot, making sure the water doesn’t touch the bottom of the bowl. Stir chocolate occasionally as it softens. When you have just a few small un-melted chunks, remove bowl from heat (residual heat will melt the rest).

2. Place the remaining ingredients in a food processor and pulse on high for 15-20 seconds. Add the melted dark chocolate and pulse for another 10-15 seconds. Spoon into 4 serving cups and chill for an hour before serving.

Vanilla Bean Cauliflower Creme Brûlée

Crème Brûlée is one of my favorite desserts.

The crunchy sugar topping, the beyond decadent cream.

It is my go to after a fancy meal at most restaurants.
It is a special occasion treat, an Anniversary dessert..
Well, I wanted to create my “Naked” Version, so it didn’t have to be a once in a while kinda thing.

It could be a whenever you want kinda thing.

And you’ll never guess the start ingredient…. Cauliflower.
That’s right, I created Cauliflower Crème Brûlée and it is perfection.
I hope you enjoy these as much as I do.

Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee

CremeBrulee

Ingredients
2 cups steamed cauliflower
1 cup coconut milk
¼ cup maple syrup
3 Tablespoons unflavored gelatin
1 Tablespoon vanilla bean paste
½ Teaspoon salt

½ cup coconut sugar for topping

Directions
Steam cauliflower for about 15 minutes until soft.

Drain and put in a high speed bender or food processor.

Add coconut milk, maple syrup, vanilla bean paste and salt.

Blend until smooth and creamy.

Pour mixture into a small pot and heat on medium heat, stirring frequently until hot.  Add the unflavored gelatin and stir until smooth.

Pour mixture into ramekins and refrigerate for 4 hours. When is ready, put a little bit of coconut sugar on top and melt with a torch making a crust. Or you can place the ramekins in the oven on highest rack and turn on the broiler to high. Broil for five to 10 minutes, watching very carefully and rotating them frequently so that they broil evenly. Serve immediately.

 

Grain Free Tahini Gingersnap Cookies

Grain Free Tahini Gingersnaps

The perfect recipe for the Holidays, that replaces the “naughty” ingredients for healthy substitutes. A completely grain free sweet treat.

I bet you’ve never heard of a tahini base for cookies, but these are pure perfection.  Would you believe this cookie is actually an immune system booster?

Tahini is high in protein and loaded with vitamins and minerals. It’s a great way to obtain B vitamins like thiamine, along with minerals, including magnesium, copper, phosphorus, manganese, iron and zinc.

And don’t get me started about ginger. Ginger is a powerful little root that aids in digestion and inflammation.

Plus we then sweeten with Black Strap Molasses, which is high in trace minerals (iron, potassium, calcium and magnesium) making it more nutritious than most other sweeteners. It’s strong flavor adds a richness to these cookies.

1 small (10.5 oz) jar of Tahini

½ cup coconut sugar

½ cup black strap molasses

2 teaspoons ground ginger

½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

½ teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 egg

1 teaspoon baking soda

pinch of sea salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Blend ingredients until well incorporated. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop or roll dough into 1 inch scoops, place 2-3 inches apart.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 Minutes.

Place on mesh rack to cool, about 5 minutes.

Store in airtight container.

 

Sweet Potato Macaroni and Cheese with Lentil Pasta

If you are familiar with my original Naked Macaroni and Cheese  (my daughter affectionately named “Mac-a-faux-ni”) you really love this updated version.  I’I’m currently obsessed with red lentil pasta, it cooks ups nicely and really holds it shape, I find most gluten-free pastas get mushy. It also is loaded with protein, so a small serving is very fulfilling.  I know the recipe calls for Ghee, which is not vegan but has all the milk solids removed. That’s why I love using it, it has the buttery flavor without the inflammatory dairy reactions. Please feel free to use coconut oil for a completely vegan version.

Ingredients

2 heaping cups sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes

1 tomato cubed

11⁄2 tablespoons ghee or coconut oil for a 100% vegan/dairy-free version

11⁄2 teaspoons sea salt

1 cup almond milk (freshly made of course!)

1⁄4 cup nutritional yeast

3 tablespoons soaked and drained cashews

1 tablespoon lemon juice

12-ounce package lentil penne pasta

Directions

In a 4-quart pot, prepare pasta according to package directions. Cook al dente (test by chewing), strain, and run under cold water immediately to stop the cooking process. Pour cooled pasta back into pot.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt
ghee or coconut oil and gently sweat
the sweet potatoes and tomato, do not brown.
Add sea salt and almond milk (for recipe please watch this VIDEO)  and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes.
Carefully pour hot sweet potatoes into blender and add
drained cashews, nutritional yeast, and
lemon juice. Blend on low with the center cap on lid
removed to release the heat while blending. Slowly increase speed until mixture is smooth and creamy. Pour over pasta and stir.

Cozy Vegan Chili

 

COZY VEGAN CHILI

I love making a huge pot of this and snacking on it all day long. It makes the whole house smell amazing. And it really is a simple meal to prep. Feel free to double the recipe and freeze portions for quick and healthy meal prep.

1 cup cooked brown rice

4 garlic cloves (finely chopped)

4 tablespoons chili powder

2 tablespoons ground cumin

2 (28 oz can) crushed tomatoes

1 (15 oz can) red kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1 (15 oz can) white beans, rinsed and drained

1 (15 oz can) black beans, rinsed and drained

2 sweet onions chopped

1/2 cup canned diced chilies

4 tablespoons tomato paste

Mix everything (except the brown rice) in a slow cooker or slow cooker pan. Cover and cook on high until the flavors are blended. Lower heat to low, cover  and cook for up to 2 hours.

Add the rice in for the last hour of cooking!

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