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Wellness with Janina Church
January 5th, 2014 by Janina

Sunday Quote

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Wishing you a happy Sunday full of new beginnings~

Janina

December 18th, 2013 by Janina

Homemade Electrolyte Drink

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Yuk. Stomach flu.

Boo. Food poisoning.

Here is a natural Ayurvedic alternative to those bright colored electrolyte drinks

that are loaded with who knows what.

It tastes yummy, is more appealing to children than that pedialyte stuff

and made with love.

1 1/2 cups water

Juice of 1/2 lime or lemon

1 Tablespoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 pinch of Cardamom

4-5 threads of saffron

1/2 teaspoon rose water

Mix all ingredients in a cup and sip as needed.

*Rose water and saffron are cooling and help soothe the digestion. Cardamom also aids digestion.

Wishing you happy tummies~

Janina

December 14th, 2013 by Janina

Sacred Space Saturday

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Byodo-In Temple 

Oahu, Hawaii

If your ever visit the island of Oahu in Hawaii, this sacred place is a must see.

This gorgeous temple sits in a lush green valley amidst a stunning backdrop of misty topped pinnacle mountains that look like something out of a Jurassic Park movie.

Happy Saturday!

December 8th, 2013 by Janina

Sunday Quote

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“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom,

I knew that if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.”

-Nelson Mandela

December 7th, 2013 by Janina

Sacred Space Saturday

Nourishing our senses is a huge part of maintaining health and wellness.

The environment that surrounds us, the activities we engage in and the company we keep, all have an effect on our wellbeing. Many of us have a space, place or activity in our lives that makes us feel deeply connected to our soul. If you don’t, then it’s time to find or create one. Whether it’s being in nature, meditation or prayer, moving our bodies, being creative, or snuggling up with your loved ones, it’s important to indulge in this healing regularly. Feeding our senses positive and uplifting sights, sounds, smells, tastes and  vibrations help keep us connected to our true and divine natures.

Here is one of my Sacred Spaces

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Of all the eight benches at Land of Medicine Buddha, this is my favorite. It is tucked up on a small knoll between a fat redwood and an oak tree (at least I think it’s an oak). When ever I am hiking up at LMB, I make it a point to sit here and soak it all in. It is also a great place for a picnic with my children.

I actually have A BUNCH of sacred spaces in my world, as I am on a mission to create my life as one BIG sacred space…LOL!

Happy Saturday~

Janina

December 4th, 2013 by Janina

Baked Pears

Tis the season for sweet treats!
This is one of my favorite desserts. They are ridiculously easy to make.
Sweet~Delicious~Healthy~Easy
Give it a try!
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Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Place washed pears (I like to use Bosc Pears) in a glass baking dish.

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until squishy soft.

Let cool for about 10 minutes and enjoy!

Try topping with nuts, yogurt or a bit of cinnamon.

Wishing you a sweet day~

Janina

December 1st, 2013 by Janina

Sunday Quote

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“Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things, they are transformed.”

-Thich Nhat Hanh

November 27th, 2013 by Janina

Ginger Shots

This Thanksgiving, give your digestion a boost with this quick ayurvedic remedy.

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About 15 minutes before sitting down to eat your meal, place a sliver of fresh ginger on a lemon wedge, add a dash of salt, chew and swallow all but the lemon rind.

Ginger, salt and lemon stimulate digestive enzymes. Stoking your digestive fire before eating, makes it easier for your body to digest meals-especially heavy ones like Thanksgiving feasts. If your hosting dinner this year, consider offering a Ginger Shot Platter as an appetizer. Your guests tummies will thank you for it!

 

In loving gratitude~

Janina

November 24th, 2013 by Janina

Sunday Quote

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“Gratitude is the doorway to abundance.”

-Deepak Chopra

November 22nd, 2013 by Janina

Vegan Gluten Free Thanksgiving Dinner

~Yummy~Nourishing~Healthy~
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This is what Thanksgiving dinner looks like at our place…

 Baked butternut squash topped with quinoa, tahini dressing, walnuts and cranberries, with a side of roasted roots and maybe a green salad or some sautéed  green beans or brussel sprouts.

Squash and root veggies are plentiful this time of year, so we eat this meal throughout the fall and winter season, not just for Thanksgiving. We are not necessarily vegans nor do we avoid gluten. It just so happens our annual Thanksgiving dinner, minus the pumpkin pie, is vegan and gluten free.

Baked Butternut Squash

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice a large organic butternut squash in half. Using a spoon scoop out and compost the seeds. Place the halved squash skin side up in a large baking dish. Pour enough water into the baking dish so that water is about 1 inch deep. Bake uncovered for 30-40 minutes or until squash is soft. Slice and serve warm with a scoop of cooked quinoa. Drizzle with tahini dressing and sprinkle a handful of walnuts and cranberries on top.

In gratitude~

Janina