Winter Self-Care Series
Today I'm hungry for...by Persephone Brown

This is the fourth in a series of guest posts created to help us brave the cold, dark days of winter together.
Sending love and warmth across the miles... xo Carrie

Our relationship to food is complex and layered. Memory, emotion, season, stress, hormones, sleep, and hydration all play roles in how and what we choose to eat. Daily these variables change, and so our relationship with food is ever changing.

image.1.jpg

It is easy to fall into habits of grab and go, or eating whatever is available, since food always seems to be available.

Checking in with our bodies and feeling into our hunger, before we make decisions on what to eat can be a powerful guide.

With hands on your belly and eyes closed:

In this moment, I am hungry for…
Just see what comes up.

204f0255-0d8c-4550-a9ed-4de96aa000f1.jpg

Often times I will do this practice, and my answer will be brownies, or cookies, or chocolate bars.

The pause allows me to make note, I am craving sweetness.

And sometimes I have the chocolate or the cookie, and often times I will have a glass of water and check in again.

You may get an answer like…
warm
crunchy
juicy
salty

With no judgement, honor those requests.

Whatever your hungers are telling you, listen. Make it pretty, sit to eat, taste each bite, feel your belly as it fills.

This is a practice to return to again and again.

306f8437-cf9f-4151-8eda-08550f2a0993.jpg

This recipe is one of my favorite soul warming soups for winter. Often when I check in, I will find that what I am craving is comfort. This soup is like wrapping myself in a warm blanket, with a slow smooth stroke to the forehead, like mom used to do.

1 lb fish (cod, mahi mahi) (if vegetarian,
sub portabello mushrooms, sliced thick)

4 leafs kale (chopped or torn small)
1 sweet potato diced
1 carrot diced
1 onion diced
1 cup sweet corn
3 cloves garlic
2 stalks celery diced
1 Tbl thyme
1 Tbl capers minced
3 Tbl miso
5 cups water or vegetable stock
1 can of lite coconut milk

Add all ingredients except kale, miso, and milk to pot. Bring to a boil. Turn down to simmer. Simmer till vegetables are soft. Add kale, milk, and miso at end.


Persephone Brown is a Certified Health Coach. She studied nutrition at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, and has certifications from IIN, the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, and the Teacher's College of Columbia University. Persephone believes that you are what you eat & so much is food and yet, it is SO not about the food. She can be found here looking at all of it. Or on Instagram @PersephoneBrown, where she shares stories of island living with 2 small children and food, always food.

Persephone Brown Health Coaching
www.PersephoneBrown.com


GIVEAWAY:: Winter Renewal Cleanse

Persephone and I are pairing up to offer you a spot in her upcoming Winter Renewal Cleanse!

Winter, and the start of a new year, gives us opportunity. As we retreat inside, and find our footing back in the home, we are able to move forward slowly and with more intention. Colder weather and shorter days call us to nourish and care for ourselves in ways we often rush past.

This cleanse is not about deprivation, it is about nourishing ourselves in a way that we have not done before. We focus on eliminating toxicity, cleansing the liver, and rejuvenating your spirit through daily prompts and musings. The cleanse lifts us up, the intention grounds us in the experience. Fall in love with your food, while you learn to nourish all your senses.

The deadline to enter the drawing will be Friday, January 9, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. PST. A winner will be chosen and announced on Saturday, January 10th. Good luck! 

Update: Congratulations to Bethany H., the winner of the Winter Renewal Cleanse Giveaway! Thank you to all who participated. I'll be giving away more goodies before the winter is through!