Z is for Zucchini (Benefits and Recipe)

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Mother Earth Astrology’s A to Z to Wellness – Z is for Zucchini

Z’s for Zucchini,

A raw pasta treat,

So easy to make,

Even easier to eat 😋

 

Benefits of Zucchini:

A great all-rounder, Zucchini is packed full of nutrition; the highest being Copper and Manganese. It also contains high amounts of Vitamin C, Magnesium, Fibre, Phosphorous and Potassium making it an excellent fruit (yes, it’s a fruit) for:

  • The Skin,
  • Bones/Tissue,
  • Constipation-relief
  • Cholesterol Control
  • Energy Production
  • Inflammation and Blood Sugar Control
  • Nervous System Support
  • Men’s Health (Penis and Prostrate).
  • High Copper (Great for Skin, Bones/Tissue, Cholesterol Control and Energy Production),
  • High Manganese (Great for Skin and Blood Sugar Control)

 

To make vegan Zucchini pasta simply:

  1. Peel 2 to 4 Zucchinis
  2. Push each Zucchini through a spiraliser or use a potato peeler to slice long ribbons from the Zucchini.
  3. Drizzle with a little Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  4. Add a Pinch of Salt
  5. Toss through with fingers
  6. Add favourite topping and Stir through until combined
  7. Enjoy

Topping Ideas:

  1. Home Made Basil Pesto with quartered cherry tomatoes and pine nuts
  2. Cashew Cream Cheese (I use Kehoe’s Kitchen) with torn Basil Leaves and a drizzle of Garlic Oil (crush 1 Garlic Clove and stir into Extra Virgin Olive Oil with a Pinch of Salt) and Black Pepper

 

Further Detail and References:

For more detailed information on the nutritional facts of the Zucchini please visit my reference site for this Blog Post:

The World’s Healthiest Foods – http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=62.

 

Mother Earth Astrology’s A to Z to Wellness – Y is for Youthful (and The History of Botox)

Tuesday Tip Off – Mother Earth Astrology’s A to Z to Wellness – Y is for Youthful.

I’m sure You’ve heard the saying:

You are what You eat

I’ve come to learn during the last few years just how true this saying is.

In fact, for five words, it carries a heap of wisdom.

I’m sure that you know that if you overeat on the wrong types of food, you’re likely to gain a few pounds, but did you also know that the markings of our faces are a barometer for our overall health?

By understanding what the face is telling us, we can not only potentially heal health issues, but in doing so, can smooth and clear our facial lines and blemishes.

If you’ve ever tried Fasting you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.

When we Fast our bodies redirect the energy that is usually used in digesting our food into healing and repairing.

A period of Fasting (when done correctly) can show up externally as a more glowing complexion, clearer eyes, pinker tongue and clearer/smoother skin.

Not only does Fasting work physically, but it also cleanses us emotionally; releasing stuck emotions and eventually gifting us greater physical, mental and emotional well-being.

The truth is that what we choose to, or (just as importantly) not to, put into our bodies is vitally important when it comes to how we feel, our energy levels and ultimately how we look.

Choosing a more healthful lifestyle not only increases vitality and longevity, but it can actually give us a more Youthful appearance.

For example, dark shadows under the eyes can relate to the kidneys and the lines that run from our noses to the mouth can represent the colon.

Botox has become huge these last few years and is used by many as a temporary fix to help them to look Young, but did you know that Botox; despite it’s glamorous persona, actually started it’s life termed “sausage poison”?

Yes,  it really did and No, it doesn’t sound quite so glamourous when you look at it like that now does it?

Botox was discovered after people died from eating sausages through a poison that paralysed their bodies and eventually the heart and the word “Botox” is actually short for “botulinum toxin”, which was the name given to this poison at the time.

So, it appears in our modern Era filled with all the wonders of modern ‘quick fixes’ people are actually injecting themselves with botulism to simply suppress an amazing health barometer (the face).

How about we make a deal right now?

How about you go to a mirror and look at your face. Not as a way to put yourself down nor to berate all of the things that you dislike, but instead thank your face.

Thank your face for its wisdom.

We all have a choice when it comes to our health.

We can look for ‘quick fixes’ or we can honour our bodily wisdom and do the work.

This isn’t about looking twenty when we’re in our forties, but it is about reaching our later years in the best shape that we can be in and when our face gives us a sign; cherishing it and working with it.

Of course, Youthfulness isn’t just about looks.

What would you LOVE to do with your life right now? Are you actually doing it?

If you answered “No” to the latter question You may want to ask Yourself why?

Doing what we love keeps us feeling Young and vibrant. Holding back through fear can restrict our World, make life seem less than awesome and it can actually age us.

So in a quiet moment have a go at re-connecting with what Your heart is Yearning for. You can meditate on it, write about it, draw it or go for a walk and think about it.

But, don’t suppress it.

Is there a step that you can do to begin to actualise this desire into your life?

This weekend we have the New Moon in Taurus. Perhaps in the lead up to Saturday you can spend some time contemplating what you’d like to begin under the beams of this New Moon.

 

Mother Earth Astrology’s A to Z to Wellness – X is for ‘Crossed Wires’

Hi and welcome to ‘Tip Off Tuesday’

X-Tra, X-Tra, Read All About It.

This is Mother Earth Astrology’s A to Z to Wellness.

Today with have X and X is for ‘Crossed Wires’.

You know how it goes. Someone says or does something and another person feels that it’s aimed at them and takes it personally.

However, rather than talk it over, the offended person chooses to sit with it and to get themselves all in a stew.

After stewing for X amount of time, the offended person may even go on to share the event of the day with others; completely from their own viewpoint and by now they are often feeling quite cross.

Often, however, the person who said or did the thing wasn’t at all intending to offend anyone. They were just dealing with their own stuff and have no idea that they have now caused an issue with the other person.

Nor that there are now additional people, who are in on the story and who are likely feeling that this person is a big old meany.

When this type of scenario occurs it generates a heap of negative energy.

Those sensitive to energy can actually feel it and anyone with an ounce of intuition will be able to zone in on this negativity the next time that these two people get together.

Sometimes it really is better to just be direct and to clear the air as soon as possible, but that can be a little scary to do at times, because it often means that we have to allow ourselves to be vulnerable.

Life is all about perceptions and sometimes when we’re knee deep in our own dramas we really can get the wrong end of the stick.

We can also manifest our fears into reality by simply expecting to be treated or received in a certain way.

For example, let’s pretend that it’s Monday morning and you’re running late. You have an important meeting that you were meant to be in 15 minutes ago.

You’re in a bit of a panic, as your boss’s boss will be running the meeting and you’re hoping that she’s going to consider you for a promotion that you’ve been after. You’re panicking that she’ll think you’re not responsible for the job if you arrive late.

You’ve just spent the weekend fretting that your colleagues will act differently towards you if you do receive the promotion. You really hope that this wont be the case, as you’ve developed some great friendships and would love to keep them as well as to move into a more challenging role.

You rush into the office, grab your notebook and pen, place your bag down and rush off to the meeting room.

On your way to the meeting room you pass Susie from Accounts.

Susie’s had a rotten weekend and got up really early, as she hasn’t slept a wink all night. She’s been waiting for you to arrive, as she really needs a friend to talk to and she’s been enjoying your morning coffee’s together of late.

As you pass her she asks if you want to join her for coffee. You look at her a little fuzzy and wild-eyed “Sorry, Susie. Not today” you say a little brashly.

As you rush off down the corridor, Susie’s eyes fill with tears. She feels that she is all alone in the World and the deep sensitivity that she is feeling causes her to  take the interaction personally.

She goes for coffee alone and as she waits for her order she starts to feel a little angry that you were so curt with her. She really didn’t deserve it. Especially not after the weekend she’s had! She’s had it with people thinking that she’s a push over. Just there for them all the time and when she needs them they’re nowhere in site!

Meanwhile, you’ve arrived at your meeting and found that you weren’t the only one who is late today. You start to relax a little and as the tension melts away you realise that you were perhaps a little rash with Susie.

You make a note to go and see her when the meeting ends.

After leaving the coffee shop, Susie bumps into Keith from HR. Keith notices that she isn’t her usual bubbly self and they get talking. Keith informs Susie that you are in line for a promotion and that you may be distancing yourself from some of the people in the office ready for when you move up the ranks.

Susie is horrified. She would have been very supportive of you in your new role and sees no reason why a promotion should interfere with your friendship. She is saddened that you would behave this way and, because she has been hurt by friendships in the past, a defence mechanism is triggered within her. She decides there and then that she will now just treat you as a colleague. Perhaps she was being silly to think that you both had such a great connection. It was obviously all one-sided.

After the meeting, you wander past Susie’s desk and say Hi and that you’re sorry you were in such a rush earlier. You explain that you were late and that you really missed your coffee today.

Susie smiles and says that it’s all good. She didn’t even notice your rush and she tells you that she had a lovely coffee with Keith from HR.

You tell her that you will make sure that you are on time in the morning, but sadly, Susie has other plans and cannot make coffee the following day.

You walk back to your desk and cannot shake the feeling that something is wrong. Has Susie heard about your imminent promotion? It wouldn’t surprise you knowing what a gossip Keith can be. You were going to tell her soon as well. Now you’re glad you didn’t. If that’s the way she wants to behave then you’d rather tell someone supportive who values your friendship and doesn’t see you as competition.

This is just a simple example of how the issue of crossed wires can occur. There are plenty of scenarios for how this can play out of course.

Now just imagine for a second what would happen if either of these women chose to be emotionally honest with the other. Both seem like decent people and both seem to have a connection with the other and to really value their friendship.

Perhaps through opening up and allowing themselves to be vulnerable it would move their friendship to a whole new level.

If they continue as they are, however, they stand to lose a valued friendship thus self-perpetuating their own personal fears.

In keeping with the crossed-wires theme, Mercury (planet of communication) will be turning retrograde later this week.

That means that for the next 3 weeks there is the potential for communication problems, delays and potential confusion.

Mercury will turn retrograde at 23 degrees and 36 seconds of Taurus so those of you with my free Ebook ‘Introductory Tips for Astrological Self Awareness’ may want to check where this falls within your natal chart to see the area of life most likely affected.

If you don’t have your copy of the Ebook yet, you can obtain it here.

I’ll be back with a more in depth blog post on Thursday around what this Mercury Retrograde period may mean for you.

Until then keep that communication clear and heartfelt,

Toria xo

 

 

Mother Earth Astrology’s A to Z to Wellness. W is for Wisdom

Wisdom.

What exactly is it?

Wisdom to me is something that comes from within.

Sometimes, others appear on our path that help lead us to our own wisdom, but wisdom to me is always internal.

That doesn’t mean that we can’t perceive wisdom in others.

There are many wise souls walking this Earth, who are brimming with the stuff, but they cannot give it to us. Wisdom is found only by our own personal quest.

It is an unshakable inner knowing.

Following our inner wisdom is often the path to freedom and awakening.

I’d love to hear your wisdom stories.

How did an event in your life lead you to your inner guru?

Hit the comments below,

Toria xo

 

 

Mother Earth Astrology’s A to Z to Wellness V is for Victim

Mother Earth Astrology’s Tuesday Tip Off

– V is for Victim

How empowered are you within your life?

Do you choose to take responsibility for what is occurring around you or do you find yourself blaming others when things don’t go to plan?

Being empowered means that we own what is happening to us; that we understand that we have the power to change our circumstances.Having an attack of _the grumps__

That doesn’t mean it’s always easy to do so, but it does stop us from wallowing in a negative ‘woe be me’ frame of mind and strutting around in our grumpy pants.

For example:

If a man sets off for work for an early morning shift, drives into the garage, fills up with petrol and then realises that his bank account is empty and he has no credit in his phone to top it up. Who’s fault is it?

Is it really anyone’s fault? Perhaps it is a nudge from the Universe that he may need to be more organised or perhaps it’s a little more than that?

Perhaps the man uses the phone at the garage in an attempt to get his wife to transfer him some money.

If his wife is sleeping (maybe she’s been up most of the night attending to their baby) she may have her own phone on silent and she may not answer his call. Again, is this anyone’s fault?

Simple answer is no-one (in my opinion) is to blame for any of these circumstances, but we do have a choice as to how we handle them.

If we experienced a strict parent or teacher in our childhood we could be more susceptible to blaming. As a child this may have been a protection mechanism. The question in the current circumstance is: “Is this reaction still appropriate now”?

We may also find that we berate ourselves in such conditions. “I’m so stupid, how could I let that happen!”

Well, let me tell you that you’re really not stupid. These situations happen to all of us at some point (well, except for some Sagittarians who are especially renowned for their luck ;))

If we’re really clever about it we’ll choose to see a lesson in our circumstances whilst also being kind to ourselves – everyday is a school day after all 😉

So what lessons could the man take from his trip to the garage?

  • He could become more efficient by either
    • Filling up with petrol the day before; perhaps ensuring the car is always topped up rather than letting it run low
    •  Always ensuring that his mobile phone has enough credit or maybe transfer to a mobile phone contract.
    • Checking his bank account more regularly
    • Installing a home phone that is used for emergencies or perhaps ensuring that his wife always has her phone on, but turns it low in the night.

Bonus: All of the top three points are, incidentally, increasing the man’s Feng shui credits in the area of abundance so extra awesome there 😉

The other valuable lesson, of course, is in how we react to such circumstances. How did the man treat the petrol station attendant? How did he talk to his wife (when he eventually got home)? How did his self talk respond?

If he responded negatively,  did he then choose to carry the tone of the morning right the way through his day; into his working environment, into his journey home, into his family life?

With Saturn currently retrograde and Mars set to follow him into ‘seemingly backwards’ motion over the weekend we may all be about to get a few lessons in patience and tolerance.

Those of us who may be feeling frustrated, blocked and thwarted are likely to find this a more difficult course to navigate.

So here’s a heads up and some advice that we may all need to follow over the next few weeks:

  • Slow Down
  • Meditate
  • Tune into your natural rhythm
  • Listen to what the Universe is whispering to you – what is trying to get your attention?
  • Note any feelings of resentment or anger that are bubbling up inside of you – what is the real reason? Where does something need to change? Do you need to be honest with someone? Do you need to be in your truth?
  • The sign of Sagittarius is boundless so make sure that if you’re about to let loose at someone that they truly deserve it. Is the current situation really deserved of such an enormous response or have they (or the circumstance) triggered a past pain point?
  • Is someone really deserved of our judgement or do we need to own our own stuff?
  • Sagittarius is also a sign of freedom so with Saturn (sign of restriction) and Mars (sign of action; until he’s retrograde) both in this sign we may need to be aware that there is huge potential for donning the grumpy pants in the coming weeks.

I’ll be sending out my Mars retrograde post later in the week.

I’ll be sharing some tips on how to up your ‘self-empowerment barometer’ in this week’s newsletter. You can subscribe here.

Stay Tuned,

Toria xo

 

 

 

 

 

T is for Trinity

Mother Earth Astrology’s A to Z to Wellness

T is for Trinity

The word ‘Trinity’ is derived from Two Terms – Tri meaning Three and unity meaning one.

It is a Term used to portray how Three elements can make up a whole.

Those who follow religion use it to explain God in The sense of The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit.

In Astrology, we use the Term Trinity To define the placement of a person’s Sun, Moon and Ascendant (Rising Sign).

These Three elements describe a great deal about a person and can give a
strong understanding of That person’s unique blueprint.

Most of
us will already know our Sun sign, as it is The sign in which the Sun
fell on our birth date.  It is also what popular Astrology uses. Your
Sun sign is essentially what is used in Newspapers and on coffee mugs to
denote information about you.

The Sun is our essence. It Tells
us where we shine in life and it gives information as to the Type of
fathering that we received.
We develop the qualities of our Sun sign
as we grow. The more we develop and become our Sun the more fulfilled
we feel and the greater light we are able to shine out at The World.

The Moon is our emotional nature. It Tells us what our basic needs are,
how we can nurture ourselves and gives information as to the Type of
mothering That we received.

The Ascendant is our rising sign;
The sign that was appearing over the horizon as we entered The Earth.
The Ascendant denotes how we embrace new situations and how we present
ourselves To The World.

It is said That Through developing The
characteristics of The Ascendant we find The path To our essence;
ultimately attaining fulfillment.