Raw Beet Summer Salad

Organic Whole Beets

Raw beets, huh? Those messy red root vegetables don’t really ring your chimes?

Well, read on.  I’m here to convince you to eat them, and eat them raw.  Come on into the world of really red food.  It’s beautiful in here. Granted, my motivation for eating raw beets came from a place of “needing to eat them.”  Apparently, consuming raw beets helps keep the digestive bile thin and moving in the body.  We produce a quart of bile  — per day — for digestion.  For those of us focusing on the cleaning out and renewal of the liver and gall bladder, this can be an important reason to eat beets.  So I am eating beets.  I had to find a way to eat them regularly and happily.  Here goes. You need three ingredients.

Barleans Flax Oil

  1. Beets, organic if you can find them or grow them.  If they are organic, you can scrub them and use the skin and all.  Buying loose beets, without the tops is just fine.
  2. FRESH flax oil, Barleans is best.  Always check for the date it was pressed.  Buy it if it was pressed within the last month, and buy a size that you can consume in about 2 months.  On the bottle, it will also give you the “use by” date.  If acquiring Omega-3 rich flax oil will deter you from making this simple salad, you can substitute really good olive oil.  It works just fine.
  3. Fresh lemons.
  4. A hand grater.
Now you’re ready for the fun part. I may be exaggerating a bit about calling it fun.  Pretend you’re about 5 years old when you make this salad and you’ll be fine….

Raw Beet Salad

RAW BEET SALAD

Ingredients:
Beets, scrubbed clean, enough to make two cups of grated beets.
2-3 T. Flax Oil.  If you don’t have Flax Oil you can substitute cold pressed Olive Oil.
1 juicy lemon
 
Trim off the thinnest layer possible of the roughest skin on the top of the beet.  Also cut off the bottom root. Grate two cups of beets by hand, skin and all.   Here’s the weird thing.  If you grate the beets by hand, rather than with a machine (Cuisinart or other mechanized grater), THE SALAD IS SWEETER. Go figure. 
 
I’m here to tell you that the mess is worth the difference in taste.  I don’t know why it is so different, but it is.
 
 
 
To the grated beets, add Flax Oil and the juice of one lemon.  Stir and eat.  You could also add salt and fresh ground pepper, but I find it needs absolutely nothing.

Raw Beet Salad with Chives

 
How easy is that?  Messy, but easy.
 
Note:  Yes, your hands will be red from the beet juice.  This is the part where you have to pretend you’re five years old.  It’s messy work.  Wear an apron.  Smile a lot.  Recall your finger-painting days.  I always manage to splat red beet juice somewhere that it shouldn’t be…. but, I digress.  To get the red off your hands, wet your hands, sprinkle baking soda on them and rub together.  Rinse. Repeat if necessary.
 
This salad is crunchy, sweet and heavenly.  Surprisingly so.  You can also add grated carrots, daikon radish or other grated vegetables for more variety.   Or fresh chives, basil, thyme, parsley or any fresh herb you like.
 

Enjoy this raw beet salad!  Your liver and gall bladder will thank you.

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Rise Up by Andra Day

What a great set of words for these oncoming days.

Rise Up

 
You’re broken down and tired
Of living life on a merry go round
And you can’t find the fighter
But I see it in you so we gonna walk it out
And move mountains
We gonna walk it out
And move mountains
And I’ll rise up
I’ll rise like the day
I’ll rise up
I’ll rise unafraid
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
And I’ll rise up
High like the waves
I’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
When the silence isn’t quiet
And it feels like it’s getting hard to breathe
And I know you feel like dying
But I promise we’ll take the world to its feet
And move mountains
Bring it to its feet
And move mountains
And I’ll rise up
I’ll rise like the day
I’ll rise up
I’ll rise unafraid
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
All we need, all we need is hope
And for that we have each other
And for that we have each other
And we will rise
We will rise
We’ll rise, oh, oh
We’ll rise
I’ll rise up
Rise like the day
I’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
I will rise a thousand times again
And we’ll rise up
High like the waves
We’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
We’ll rise up
And we’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
Ah, ah, ah, ah
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Cassandra Monique Batie / Jennifer Decilveo
Rise Up lyrics © BMG Rights Management

Terri’s book of photography combined with poetry is here! 100 Words: Small Servings of Whimsy and Wisdom to Calm the Mind and Nourish the Heart.

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Rippling Abs, Anyone?

Rippling Abs, Anyone?

During this strange time in history, I noticed y’all were tackling all sorts of interesting projects. I decided I needed one, too—something positive to remember the pandemic of 2020 by.
 
I decided to pay attention to something I had abandoned…
 
Nope, I’m not cleaning my garage. I am not organizing one single thing. I’m not planting a garden or cleaning up my yard.
 
Instead, I decided to take care of myself better. This, folks, has made all the difference for me.
 
With relatively little time and effort on my part, I feel so much better than I did a month ago.
 
On March 30, I got on the exercise bike and the yoga mat for the first time in a long time, and did 30 minutes each. I liked it so much that I decided to do it every day. But I fell short of that, and changed my commitment to every other day, which felt more manageable, reasonable, and doable.
 
I also get off the bike after every song, take a couple of sips of water, shake out my legs and arms for a few seconds, and get back on. This makes the bike project a reasonable proposition, too.
 
Daily walks of any length—by myself, or with my little guy, Jackson—are a fresh air bonus.
 
My recumbent exercise bike has pulleys to work my upper body while I pedal, which gets my heart rate up fast, and also helps my whole-body strength. It feels good to get up from writing, or doing a consulting session with a client, to do something physically challenging while listening to good music.
 
After only a month, I feel a sheet of muscles on the front of me I haven’t felt for a very, very long time. Goodness gracious. Who knew they were there. I’ll be posting rippling ab photos soon, I’m sure.
 
I have no idea what the scales have to say about my bike/yoga project—I don’t care. Paying attention to scales tends to send me sideways, and therefore, I’m ignoring them completely.
 
But—I LOVE the way I feel! Hang in there, everyone.
 

Terri’s book of photography combined with poetry is here! 100 Words: Small Servings of Whimsy and Wisdom to Calm the Mind and Nourish the Heart.

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Check Out This Troublemaker in Relationships

Check Out This Troublemaker in Relationships

Sometimes we ask intimate partners to do for us what is actually ours to do.

We ask our partner to give us the reassurance, love or appreciation we feel is missing in ourselves, with the hope that they will give us what we’re asking for—and then we’ll feel better. They’ll take care of our problem.

But when they do give us what we’re asking for, it can never be enough, because we have insufficient context for what they’ve given. We haven’t build the inner foundation to receive it, hear it, welcome it, believe it. They try to help, but their love for us falls into our void, our black hole, our love bucket with no bottom.

As always, there’s hope. Check out the video below.

Terri Crosby. http://www.incareofrelationships.com/.

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