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Hi, There has been complete silence on this blog.  Don’t let that fool you.  We at Nourishing Freedom are hard at play coming up with something awesome.  It’ll be a couple months.  It’ll be worth it.  We love your patience.  You can keep up with some of Jenny’s shenanigans on facebook.com/NourishingFreedom or Instagram.com/NourishingFreedom.  

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Movement Challenge?

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I recently just did the whole30.  During that time, I made the conscious decision to cease extra movement.  Other than the 15-20 minute morning walk with the dog, I did nothing else. I did a lot of sitting around.  

I did this because I wanted to remind myself of how profoundly eating authentically will take me.  And, it takes me far.  

Now, I have the energy to want to move.  That’s how eating authentically works.  Eat well first.  Desire to move next.  

So, I’m giving myself the 30 Day Movement challenge.  For the next 30 days, I will move intentionally each day.  Today, for example, I went for the routine walk and then came back and did a Tabata.  I am going to move for a 5 minute minimum as an intentional, focused thing.  I will also try to just move more throughout the day.  I’ve got my stand-up desk.  I will just incorporate more ways to move throughout the day and keep a nice variety going.  

I’d love for you to join me.  

Comment below about the different ways you move with focus.  Let’s have fun with this!  Make it fit your lifestyle and your preferences.  If it’s not fun, why bother, right?

You body will be happy!

On Instagram, I’ll be chronicling this at #30daymove.  

New Page!

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Just a quick post to let you know that we have a new page up to notify you about our upcoming events.  The first one of the year is an amazing, information-packed, super-practical 2 part workshop on how to nourish our children.  Would LOVE to see you all there!

Recipe: Preserved Lemons

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This is the most highly anticipated recipe that you didn’t even realize that you couldn’t live without.  You only thought that your kitchen was well stocked and that all your other recipes were doing just fine.  This little addition is kitchen gold, I tell you, gold!

 

Preserved Lemons a.k.a. Sunshine in a Jar of Yumminess

What you’ll need:

A very clean glass jar with lid

A tamper downer (and yes, that is the correct technical terminology)  (not really)

Lemons

Sea salt

A sharp knife

Time

The return on this investment is unreal by the way.  I’m not sure how much more I can gush over these, really.  I buy the lemons when they go on sale.  They’re usually on sale because they’re about to be over ripe.  In other words, you’re going to take the lemons that life hands you, add salt and preserve them to make something even better than lemonade.

Okey dokey (there’s a lot of preamble because the recipe is overly simple).

1. Cut your lemons into quarters or eighths.

2. Put lemons in jar.  (I do this every two lemons because the rhythm seems right.)

3. Put a pinch of sea salt in the jar.  

4.  Tamp down releasing all the juices.

5.  Repeat this process until your jar is full.

6.  Close jar.

7. Wait.

I wait anywhere from 3-14 days.  The longer this sits, the better it gets.

The one thing you want to watch is that at the top of the jar, the lemons are completely immersed in their juices to keep air from getting to the flesh.  

These are good chopped into just about anything.  They are unbelievable with merguez and green salads.  The juice can be used just like you’d use fresh.  Just adjust for the salt.

Enjoy!  Nourish yourself into Freedom.

Power vs Authority

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TThere has been a lot going on in the Nourishing Freedom world.  A lot of things that I’m getting more and more excited about.  (Excited and terrified often feel similar in the body, by the way, so I’m choosing to label it excitement.  Is anything scarier than having dreams become reality?)

One of those things has been doing some interviews, very casually right now as practice for the formal “real” ones that are coming quickly my way.  Listening back to them, I have noticed that I use the word authority like Madonna used to use trashy lace in the 80s.  I don’t use the word power.

I was born and raised under a dictatorship.  I grew up in that same dictatorship until I was 13 years old. (It’s no coincidence to me that we use the word regime to describe a dictatorship and it is the french word for diet.) After that, the country’s leadership changed as frequently as the aforementioned Diva.  Power is easily gained through manipulation, intimidation, bullying, money changing hands, bulk, strength, and so many other avenues.  I am sensitive to using power as a decent health model.

I am a post-wellness coach.  Wellness and the current health model is all about power.  Power over the body.  Trick it.  Hack it.  Bully it.  Buy it out.  Intimidate it.  Make it do what you want it to do through whatever means necessary.  Impose standards of perfection upon it that it can’t meet and then punish it when it can’t (and it can’t) meet those standards.  Purify it.  Clean it out.  Cleanse it.  Cleanse it.  Cleanse it.  It becomes a microcosm of the atrocities of ethnic cleansing.  Exert the power of an idealized, impossible purity onto the body and cleanse it of all hints of filth.

In short, we are living in an age where “health” is something of a totalitarian regime inflicted onto the body.  Health is a power that we try to control that winds up controlling us.

Authority, however, has always rung a little different to my ears.  I have known many, many people with very little power but with great authority.  I grant someone authority because they have earned my respect.  I acknowledge someone’s authority on a subject because they’ve done the work.  Authority is grounded in knowledge and in admiration.

When someone speaks from a position of authority, I listen and learn.  When someone speaks from their power, I listen but don’t trust a word.  With authority comes a knowing, deep and steady, that recognizes humility as valuable.  With power also comes a knowing: that power is fragile and can disappear in an instant and must be gripped through any means necessary.

There is a shift that happens when you start nourishing yourself, start nourishing your body.  It is a recognition of fragility.  It is the acceptance that our minds change, our thoughts flitter, that ideas are malleable.  These are the playthings of power.

The shift from power over the body to the recognition of the authority OF the body is one of the most radical paradigm shifts that one can undertake in their lifetime.  You will not have authority OVER the body.  This is difficult for us to accept, this humility before the body.  It is not comfortable to know that when my body says something loud and clear, it KNOWS.  It has the knowledge.  Your thoughts and perceptions about your body have been used to exert power over you by getting you to impose that power over it yourself.  The transformation that can be experienced by rebelling against this power structure and returning the authority to your body is something I could write pages and pages about but unless you go through it, it’s nearly impossible to get you to understand the depth, height, width of it.

In practical terms, health is sleeping when your body is tired.  It is eating in the way your body needs.  It is moving when your muscles beg for it and being still when you need to rest.  But, this is not on a schedule that someone decides on molding you to, it is by learning to respect the authority of your body.  What this means is that each of us will have a life that is unique to us but also just the same as everyone else that has a human body.  The details will glitter.  The particulars will dance in a one of a kind light but we will share all the joy and abundance that it really means to be a human animal.

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