Luxuriate in wellness! Live every day like a Goddess of health, beauty, confidence, and abundance. End the cycle of corny affirmations, jank fitness plans, unrealistic goals, unsustainable results, guilt, frustration and feeling like a hot mess. Instead, incorporate fun movement, sensuous nutrition, joy and simplicity into your own juicy wellness plan. Here you’ll discover new ways to manage stress, be gorgeous, boost your body image, get fit on your own terms, and most importantly, savor the good life. I’m LifeBliss Lisa, and this lifestyle blog is about my favorite things:Bellydance • Tantra/Sensual Spirituality • Food • Beauty • Fitness • Fun
Today is mother’s day. I’m not going to tell you the typical mother’s day corniness about how this is the hardest but happiest job on earth, bla bla bla. Or buy you one of those tacky plastic flowers and balloons ole’ Snaggletooth is selling down on the corner. Instead I’ll just share some thoughts that might be useful to someone out there.
My most important lessons learned about parenting are these:
Everybody wants to be heard. When your toddler is acting a damn fool in the grocery store, they want you to hear what they have to say. You can’t do that while talking on the phone or picking out some laundry detergent, and they know this. All you have to do is take 15 seconds to stop what you’re doing and get down to their eye level and pay attention to their plight. Even if you can’t give them exactly what they want at the moment, half of the solution is listening to them and sincerely acknowledging their feelings and the other is communicating to them what you can realistically do and when, and giving them an age-appropriate way to measure the time until that event. This also works for teenagers.
From a very early age, don’t just tell your babies what to do because you said so. Make it clear in their terms what you want for them and why, and be specific. For example, [Read more...]
This is my daring attempt at taking a topic that should be studied for months or years and should be an entire book and condensing it into a nice little introduction of the importance of balancing feminine and masculine energies.
We all have both masculine and feminine energy in our subtle bodies. You may be familiar with yin and yang. Similarly, in tantra, feminine and masculine energies are represented by Shakti and Shiva or Ida and Pingala are the energy channels called nadis. The feminine energy, or Shakti, like Yin, is characterized by cool, lunar, passive, intuitive, negative polarity and flows through Ida. Shiva, like Yang, is hot, solar, active, logical, positive polarity and flows through Pingala. The energetic body is a microcosm of the universe.
When the feminine and masculine energies are out of balance the result can be a real problem. Too much masculine energy manifests in greedy and aggressive behavior. When feminine energy dominates the result is depression and stagnation. These energies do not necessarily coincide with male and female roles in our society, but imbalance makes healthy relationships very difficult to maintain.
A Quick and Dirty Global Historical Context
In ancient times, the initial concept of a higher being was feminine. Most societies worshiped the Goddess, the Great Mother, creator, provider, and sustainer. Civilization was matriarchal, however, there is little archaeological evidence that the female members of these societies held themselves superior over their male counterparts. Humankind was in harmony with nature. The women had the common sense not to become drunk with power and abusive. Generally Goddess worship had been balanced with the honoring of both the male and the female. [Read more...]
If you know me, you know why I love this clip, and I don’t even drink whiskey:
We all need to carry a little bit of this with us.
I hear a lot of badmouthing about pizza by health and weight loss gurus. Pizza is only “bad” (I don’t agree with overly simplistic “good” and “bad” food labels) for you if it contains janky ingredients you don’t want to eat like preservatives, too much sugar, too much salt, and not enough fiber. But whenever I make homemade pizza I make a crispy whole grain crust, homemade sauce, fresh mozzarella and Parmesan, and fresh vegetables. If were were watching your fat intake, you could reduce the amount of cheese on top but the dish would still be completely bursting with awesome fresh flavor!
So pizza can be a part of a nutrilicious lifestyle, but easy? Yes, and I’ll prove it. This video is longer than I wanted it to be, but I had originally planned to do separate videos of the dough and the sauce, instead I just combined the two. I usually keep some pizza sauce in the fridge but I’ve been known to make the dough when I get home from work on a weekday for the evening meal. Here are a few healthful tips: always serve the pizza with a fresh salad. Use fresh mozzarella and shred it yourself. It allows for more uniform coverage and you can use much less than if you slice it and still get that overly-cheezified effect. If you have finicky eaters put the vegetables under the cheese. Note: I added this image of this veggalicous pizza-gasm a month later, because the pizza in the video was bum rushed by my hungry friends.
Here’s the recipe:
Everybody who knows me knows I hate bandwagons. What’s trending…flashmobs…the latest diet craze… It’s all like a bunch of lemmings jumping off a cliff, one after another. Btw, I found out that lemmings don’t actually do that, but it provides a telling image of what people do. The “healthy lifestyle” weight loss bandwagon is just that, just a bunch of the blind leading the blind, a special club of one-upping one another in the areas of guilt and self loathing. Don’t believe me? If you reach your weight goal or otherwise become satisfied with your body and eating habits, overt resentment will occur. I know, because I’ve been there and done that.
You began the year on the new year’s resolution bandwagon but now, in March, things are different. See, whaa-haa-haapened-wuz…isn’t that how it always starts? It’s stressful at work. There are no good fruits and vegetables in season this late in winter/early in spring. You got snowed in–no, wait! That’s a lie, not a bit of snow in Washington this winter. But anyway, the point is some of us are not eating right and getting the amount of exercise you want.
Face it, this is really about individual health and happiness, not other people’s stupid bandwagons. We may not have intended it to be so, but sometimes wellness moves in cycles. I generally don’t eat as well during the mid-winter as I do in spring through fall. It’s just the reality of the holidays with my personal preferences of in-season produce. Things are not going to change anytime soon. I’m sure I’m not the only one subject to these ups and downs. So what to do? [Read more...]
Let’s have some fun. It’s Friday of a 3-day weekend and I’m not feeling being all serious today.
I was sitting down just daydreaming about Goddess stuff, you know, the divine feminine spirit in all of us, and how unique and individual each on of them can be. Every woman is the Goddess of something. By this I am NOT talking about “claim to fame” which is my phrase that represents the personal untruths we display and relive for others. Claims to fame are complete bullshit. They have a singular purpose: masquerading to get attention from others. They may have been true at one point in life, but rather than letting them fade, like life phases do, sometimes they get held on to and dragged on and on and on. Some claims to fame were never true at all, just invented out of thin air.
Goddesses don’t need to try so hard to be unique and special. We just are. But failing to recognize this just makes a mess of things. I had a friend whose claim was not knowing how to cook. “Goddess of Can’t Even Boil Water”? Whaaaah da Haaaaay-ou!? (<—I got that from my teenage daughter Goddess of translating Ghetto-Fab Phrases LOL) So this meant my friend couldn’t ever learn to cook, no matter how much she loves to eat homemade food because doing so would cause her to drop the mask and abandon her claim to fame. [Read more...]
Chili is one of those dishes that is hard for to get wrong. You can do whatever you want with it and usually it will turn out okay. Besides, even though I can be a foodie purist, in this case I don’t really believe that there is such a thing as authentic chili. Chili is whatever you want with it and I don’t care what the Texans say.
So, I decided to make my chili today with more nutrition, more fiber, and no meat better quality meat. (The fam wasn’t feeling the vegan thing today) I usually use ground turkey in the chili. But generally (whole) meat is better than ground meat because ground meat poses all kinds of food safety problems because one package can contain product from multiple animals, perhaps from multiple countries, and the meat is very easily contaminated. Not to mention, the ground turkey is not free range or organic so who knows what’s in it. I used organic chicken breasts that I cooked in a pressure cooker with a little (organic) chicken broth. I use organic to avoid the antibiotics that factory farms inject or feed to animals to ward off disease–disease that is caused by living crowded together in squalid little coops and for artificial growth enhancement.
Organic chickens don’t need antibiotics because they don’t live in such tight quarters. U.S. Department of Agriculture organic standards prohibit the use of any medical treatment for animals unless they are sick, including antibiotics and synthetic parasiticides. Read more about organic vs. conventional chicken
Now back to the vegetable part. Note- I hate the word veggies, so other than this sentence you won’t see it here. I added carrots, corn, and cauliflower to the usual beans, tomatoes, peppers and onions. The carrots and cauliflower take on the flavor of the chili in
I don’t know nothin’ about Korean food. Or any east Asian food for that matter. All I know is that I went to this Korean supermarket (next door to Spa World, the Korean bath house) known for its legendary produce section for the first time and just got silly. My daughter and I like to peruse international markets and get interesting things to try.
I bought super firm tofu and some crazified clear noodles. I don’t know what this is.
It does bother me that it’s sweet potato starch but it doesn’t look anything like sweet potato. It’s probably some highly processed food and more frightening it was imported from China.
But because I’m a fearless foodie, I improvised a dish of these transparent grey noodles from China with Korean writing, fresh cabbage, garlic, [Read more...]
After my Sunday afternoon flu shot odyssey I whipped up this joint for the fam. The green craziness is green pea and leek puree. It’s an alternative for mashed potatoes and it’s great with salmon. I got the recipe from my new cookbook, Vegan Soul Kitchen, by Bryant Terry. (I’m not an affiliate and have absolutely no stake in his business.) I am very happy with this book because I found that when looking for new and nutritious recipes, the wrong place to go is to dietitians and health nuts. Go with the chefs. They know how to make things taste good. And with Mr. Terry, the added bonus is that his vegan dishes are not fake-ass versions of unhealthy food. No phony cheese and none of that highly-processed jank posing as healthy imitations of childhood comfort food. [Read more...]
My kid and husband brought that contraband into this house! I’m (close to) eliminating refined sugar for a while but I just can’t see donuts, a special treat usually reserved for road trips, and not eat them. Actually, I don’t eat a whole donut, usually. My family gets irritated because I like to break off a piece and leave the rest. But there are at least 3-4 good ones in a half dozen box so to keep them from going stale I break off several pieces. I know I have issues. Just don’t call the authorities on me.
Now, I don’t stress myself out about this kind of thing. I just do my dirt and keep it movin’. So, let’s move forward, shall we? Today I’m making some good stuff: Sri Lankan okra and potato curry (without the okra, green beans instead). This recipe comes from The Spice Routes: Recipes and Lore. This is one of my favorite cookbooks because it contains some very exotic dishes.
Sri Lankan Okra (or green bean) and Potato Curry: [Read more...]