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{New Recipie} Healthy Raw Food Pad Thai

Posted on Apr 29, 2016 in blog, Recipes | 0 comments

While I’ve been living in Australia, I’ve been “cooking” more and experimenting in the kitchen with new dishes that I’m excited to share with you. I eat mostly raw food because I feel most energetic and vibrant when I do, but I also know that it’s so good to get all of those nutrients in for my digestion and overall health.

One of my favorite foods when I lived in Thailand was Pad Thai, but unfortunately it can be one of the most unhealthy dishes when they use white noodles, msg, lots of sugar and other additives. I was excited to perfect a Pad Thai recipe that is not only raw, but filled with nutritious ingredients. Plus, it’s so easy to make!

Even my partner, Peter, said if all raw food was like this, he would go raw, too!

Raw + Healthy Pad Thai

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Serves 4-6
Prep Time 20-30 min

Noodles
2 large zucchinis
2 large carrots
1 bag of Raw Kelp Noodles (Sea Tangle or
Gold Mine are two great companies)
1/2 red pepper, cut into very thin strips
10 snow peas, cut into very thin strips
handful of sesame seeds
1/4 cup cashew nuts
10 fresh mint leaves, finely chopped

Dressing

4 tablespoons olive oil (I like Udo’s 3-6-9 Blend)
15 springs of fresh coriander (cilantro)
3 TBL raw almond butter
2 TBL raw tahini
1 TBL maple syrup
juice of 1 lemon
1-2 small hot/chile peppers (depending if you like a little or more spice)
1/4 tsp himalayan salt (8 good twists of a salt shaker)

Tip:

If you like things a little saltier (I don’t) you can add 1-2 tsp of Tamari sauce. Or simply add the Himalayan Salt Shaker to the table :)

Preparation:

1. Chop cashew nuts and fresh mint leaves and place to the side.
2. Rinse Kelp Noodles thoroughly and place to the side to fully drain.
3. Use a vegetable peeler to peel the flesh of the zucchini into strips around the core. Discard the seedy centers. Repeat for the carrots.
4. Meanwhile, make the dressing. Strip coriander / cilantro stocks of their leaves and then place the leaves and the rest of the dressing ingredients into a blender or food processor with 4.5 tablespoons of water and blend until smooth.
5. Place noodles, carrots, zucchini, pepper and/or snowpeas, sesame seeds and cashews in a large bowl. Mix with your hands. Pour the dressing over the mixture and toss/mix with forks. Sprinkle the mint on top.

Voila! Super yummy lunch or dinner that will also keep for 1-2 days in the fridge.

Looking for more recipes + tips?

We teach you more about finding a balance that works for you and share lots of healthy recipes in the SexyFit™ Nutrition Challenge (click here to join our May Challenge)

Give it a try and let me know what you think in the comments below!

Carmen Marshall

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Create Your Day With Me

Posted on Apr 16, 2016 in blog, Business Advice, Manifesting, Personal Development | 5 comments

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Do you intentionally create your day? Do you use a day planner? Or – are you stuck with how to do this effectively and so it’s enjoyable?

Putting attention to what you want in life is so important, but we need to do it daily. Planning takes a little bit of time, but it can be FUN. Especially when your plans unfold into reality.

How We Spend Our Days, Is How We Spend Our Lives

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This week’s blog includes a video walk-through and free planner handout so you can go through the exact process that I use for Creating My Day + My Life.

Create Your Day With MeHow We Spend Our Days

Do this with me as I walk you through exactly how to effectively create your day and your life!

1. Download + print this free handout straight from my Create A Life You Love Retreat Manual and a sneak peak at what the Create A Life You Love Day Planner will include.

2. Click HERE to Watch This Video.

More Resources For Planning From The Video:

> Create A Life You Love Planner (coming soon!)
> Attitude Orange Day Planner
> Deluxe Moon App – Dates for Full and New Moons
> Easy Evernote Tips
> Simple am + pm ritual

Over to you — Let me know if this was helpful to you in the comments below. Did you follow along with me? Do you feel more excited about where you’re headed after intentionally writing it all down?

Lots of Love,
Carmen Marshall

 

PS – I’m SO excited to head to Tulum, MX next month to do some retreat planning where our 2017 Create A Life You Love Retreat will be held! Hop on the list here to be notified when registration opens — we dive much deeper into all of this on my 8 day retreat.

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Relax! And Let Your Best Ideas Come To You

Posted on Apr 1, 2016 in blog, Business Advice, Exercise & Fitness, Health & Nutrition, Manifesting, Personal Development, Stress Reduction | 2 comments

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Do you ever wonder how some people seem to came up with amazing ideas, businesses or products? “How did he/she think of that idea, and then implement it?  Why didn’t I think of that (and DO it)?”

And, at the same time, have you ever noticed that when you really need to come up with an idea or solution, you just can’t? When you desperately need an answer, when you’re trying oh-so-hard to figure out something – a blog title, the perfect product to sell, a solution to a problem – your brain won’t act on demand?

Why is that?

 
Well, for all of the above, it’s the same reason. It’s why we can’t find an outfit we like for a party this weekend or tailored black pants for a presentation tomorrow, and yet can find 5 outfits and 5 pairs of black pants we love any other time, when we don’t really need them.

It’s why goals and dream boards don’t work if we continually fixate on them, rather than giving them room to breathe.

It’s why it’s hard to find a solution in an argument if we continually keep talking in circles, rather than taking a break for a few hours.

When the pressure is on and we’re tense, solutions can’t flow to us – we’re too wound up and impenetrable for an idea to come through.  It’s as if we have a force field around us – keeping out good ideas.  In contrast, when we’re relaxed, doing or thinking about something else, when we don’t need that cocktail dress or black pants and when we’re not fixated on the problem or desire, the solution simply “pops” into our mind.

I have found that love and being in a relaxed, non-resistant state (see my video) is the answer for almost everything – from extremes such as major life challenges, to minor things like the title of a blog (which I’m stuck on right now :)  And this same concept of non-resistance and putting the body into a relaxed state, is also how the best ideas can come in.

3 Ways Get Revolutionary Ideas To Magically Flow to You

 
Here are my favorite ways to get my creative juices flowing.  All 3 things “shut down” the thinking brain and involve a repetitive motion that quietens the conscious mind.  We think we need our thinking brain/conscious mind to find a solution, when in fact, it’s the exact opposite. We need to turn it off…and relax.

1.  Go For a Run or Jog

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…or any exercise that doesn’t require thinking and allows you to “space out”.  Interesting, team sports, a tennis game or even a dance class don’t work as well for this exercise, because your brain is actively involved during each of those.

So why does running/ jogging work?  Firstly, you usually start to feel really good about 10-15 min into the run when the endorphins start kicking in.  When you feel good (why I’m such a believer in doing what makes us happy as it quickly raises our vibration), you’re naturally in a relaxed / non-resistant state and everything flows better, including incoming ideas.

Secondly, the repetitive motion of running shuts down the thinking mind and allows the subconscious mind to start providing answers. It’s as if the conscious mind has to be sent to the back of the room so the subconscious mind can have room to dance freely at the front of the room.

At least 50% of my best ideas have come in while I’m running – ideas for my business, new products, programs, solutions to challenges, team building / leadership ideas.  So…of course I make sure I run at least once a week :))  It helps keeps me fit, healthy (part of my 3:2:1:1 exercise philosophy – 3 cardio, 2 weights, 1 mind-body-spirit, 1 day off), and feeling mentally and emotionally clear – which of course helps in all aspects of life as well.

Important:  You don’t have to run very fast – I only run between 30-40 min, 1-2 times per week, with music, and have a steady, but not super fast pace. Start with only 20 min if you’re new or just restarting exercise.

Action Steps:

  • Schedule a 30-40 min run or walk this week, in your calendar.  Block it out right now in your calendar and commit to trying it for 3 weeks in a row – especially if you’ve never done this before.
  • Run, jog (or walk) quickly enough to get the endorphins going and notice what magical ideas come in.  And how great you feel after, and how well your day – business and life.

Tip:  Yoga also works.  The poses help quieten our mind, we RELAX (non-resistant state) and then ideas can come in.

2.  Wash the Dishes or Take a Shower

Something we all do everyday – at least the shower part, if not dishes 😃  Again, it’s the repetitive motion (washing dishes or ourselves), but also the repetitive SOUND and feeling of water that quiets the mind and puts us almost into a slightly trance/hypnotic state (you can wash dishes and get in and out of a shower on auto-pilot and have everything done without even “thinking” about it).

This is again when the best ideas can come in b/c we’re doing something that doesn’t require thinking or effort-ing.  With less effort-ing (important concept for life), our brain literally relaxes, we relax and ideas can flow in more easily.

Less Effort-ing + More Relaxing = Magical Ideas

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Action Steps:

  • Don’t overthink this one.  Just shower or hand wash dishes as normal.
  • Let your mind wander as it wants, without forcing any ideas.
  • Simply notice what ideas come in and be curious. That’s all that is needed. Wait, Watch. Wonder.

3. Lay Down

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Ahhh…my other favorite 😃  I’ve found this especially valuable for women b/c it relaxes our pelvis + womb – our center of power, creation and life-force.  I image this would work just as well for men though too – as it’s also your center of power, creation and life-force.

I use this not only for ideas, but for anytime I’m feeling stuck, stressed or upset…tired, frustrated…really for everything :)   It is one of the quickest ways to relax the body (putting us into a non-resistant state) – I can feel the tension drain from my body in 30 seconds.  It’s extremely effective and one of the easiest things we can do in any given day – both for health AND ideas.

Action Steps:

  • Try laying down on your bed, or floor, for 2-5 min (that’s all it takes) at least once a day – to get used to this habit.  Again, notice, be curious.  Wait, Watch, Wonder.
  • Use this super easy practice anytime you feel any negative emotion – stress, tiredness, overwhelm, stickiness…don’t let it’s simplicity fool you – it’s one of the most powerful exercises I’ve come across. Interestingly, the most simple things are usually the most effective.

Now What?

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When the idea comes in, you MUST ACT on it right away.  This is the most important thing. Most people never act on it – they wait a couple of days and then the energy is gone, they over think it and find all the potential challenges, they tell someone else, who shoots their idea down…and of course they then never do it.

When inspiration comes in, especially anything that makes you feel excited, expansive and energized, you HAVE to act on it right away. You must take at least one tiny little step towards it, that day.  It’s divine inspiration – and if you don’t act on it, the universe will find someone one else to flow the beautiful idea to and through.

Regard any hunch, intuition, or idea that gets your blood pumping as being absolutely precious.  Tony Robbins says, “Never leave the scene of an idea without taking action” which gives a practical twist to a spiritual concept.

Action Steps:

  • Write down any ideas that have come to you this week.
  • Notice especially the ones that make you feel energized, buzzy, excited and expansive.
  • For those, take an action step towards them that same day, and at least 5 days a week until you bring it into reality.

What about you?  How do your best ideas come in? Do you have any questions on the tips above? What do you do to make sure you take at least 1 action step towards them so that your great idea becomes a reality?

Comment here – I love to hear and anything you share or ask will help our whole community!

Eek – our Dance, Life Design + Breathwork Retreat in Thailand, June 2016 is only 2.5 months away! Read about all the details here.

Create A Life You Love Retreat 2017 – we’re pretty sure we’ll be having in Tulum, Mexico!  Get on the list here to be the first to know of our NEW destination and first dibs on registering.  This one will sell out quick!

Til our next blog…

Lots of love,

Carmen Marshall
 

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