A Light Salad For Heavy Times
It feels harder than usual to write and cook lately. With the political and social unrest happening around us, and with our (My and Eric’s) families living in Dallas after the procession of shootings, I’ve been processing my emotions in a way that makes myself a stranger to myself at times–In the past handful of days, I’ve been withdrawing socially, struggling with unusual sleep patterns, but more interestingly,moving between eating heavier comfort foods and then eating lighter foods when my stomach feels too uneasy to digest those comfort foods. It’s so interesting how events in history can directly influence people’s diets.
I woke up with lots of pain in my shoulders and realized it was because I was storing a good amount of negative energy and stress there and not actively releasing it. I knew it was my heart chakra that was screaming out for balance. I know these times will get better, and all I can do is send loving thoughts to the world and those close to me, and keep trucking, and breathing and smiling and having faith in the concept that good will conquer evil. I feel so grateful for friends and family who are also positive and supportive.
As I mourned, I tried to pull away from social media.. Some social places and platforms, I don’t feel safe expressing myself, but here I always have, and for that, I’m so grateful too. 🙂
Now for to the FOOD:
This salad is LOADED with Potassium and Fiber. It boosts your endorphins to improve your mood and it’s amazing for the heart. . The Avocado delivers a wonderful source of Omega 3’s for good mood, and both the lentils and grapefruit work in tandem to help both your heart (with your generous supply of magnesium, potassium and other beneficial vitamins and minerals that help with blood circulation and other things) and digestion– Everything I needed!
I just recently fell in love with crispy lentils when I tasted them at a vegan restaurant here in Boston. I used uncooked lentils and then roasted them, but my all means if you want to cut out 30 minutes of your cooking time, you’re welcomed to use canned lentils, just make sure they’re unsalted so that you can control the amount of salt added during the roasting stage. You can also do this with chickpeas which are just as nutritious.
Here are some Yoga poses to help open or tune up The Heart Chakra and love a lot deeper.
Also: Excerpt from an article published in the Chopra Center called Open Yourself to Love With The Fourth Chakra- A fabulous breakdown of the Heart Chakra, and I’d encourage anyone to read this article if they’re having issues processing this heartache too. 🙂