Well, summer is coming to a close and I'm absolutely blown away by the results of the Summer Mind-Body Cleanse. So many of you have emailed me, sharing your progress and success stories. You've made some really positive changes to your diet and lifestyle this summer and I'm unbelievably proud of you. My goal, in doing this cleanse, was to help you shine a light on your diet and lifestyle habits and take a few steps (big or small) on your healthy journey. I was "cleansing" right along with you all summer. Congratulations to all of us for making a commitment to ourselves and for moving a bit further along the path toward health, wellness and vitality!
As I reflect on this process, I realize that I had a lot of fun and learned some important lessons. Here are some of this summer's highlights:
- I was lucky enough to see Gabrielle Bernstein speak twice this summer and I think I finally internalized the idea that, when we fully engage in something that we're passionate about, the Universe gets behind it and helps move us forward. I've heard my girl Gabby B. say it many times in her books and lectures, but I witnessed it, first hand, this summer. Once I finally committed to writing my book (SiciLean: Find True Sustenance, Get Lean and Live Long), all sorts of things began to fall into place: I met some incredibly helpful people, was directed to the exact book/guide/workshop that I needed to get started, and some cool new opportunities presented themselves. Suddenly, it feels as though I'm being nudged along and supported in this process that has overwhelmed me for so long. I'm thoroughly juiced about writing this book and getting it out into the world!
- I attended a workshop out in Montauk and fell in love three times. No joke. Not only did I rekindle a love affair with the town of Montauk itself (I hadn't been there in a really long time and I'd forgotten how gorgeous it is), but I was introduced to, and fell in love with, Kundalini yoga. And, as if that wasn't enough, the second part of the workshop was a workout called IntenSati, which TOTALLY turned me on. I'm completely hooked (I'll share more about Patricia Moreno and this amazing workout soon...)
- I worked hard on my meditation practice, which involved redefining what meditation is and fiinding ways to bring mindfullness into my day (many thanks to Rebekah Borucki!). It's made a HUGE difference in my stress level, my clarity and creativity, my relationships, and the amount of joy that I experience every day. The change has been so dramatic that even my eleven year old daughter noticed and said, "Maybe I'll try meditating with you one day." 'Nuff said.
- I decided to give my website a facelift (new design coming soon!) and was lucky enough to have some gorgeous photos taken by my friend, Elanit's extremely talented husband, Ray Rodriguez (to show you just how talented he is, I've included his photo of the Cold Cucumber-Dill Soup, above - how beautiful is that??). Elanit and Ray came to my home and our visit turned into an awesome cooking demonstration/photo shoot/lunch date. There was a lot of laughter and goofiness, but Ray managed to take some beautiful shots. Can't wait to unveil the new site and Ray's photos soon!
- I was inspired to eat more raw fruits and veggies and came up with several new raw recipes. I'm loving the way I feel - light and energized - and the fact that people keep commenting on how good my skin looks. Even my dermatologist remarked that my (almost 45 year old) skin looks like the skin of someone in their twenties. She said, "Your diet must be really good because products, alone, can't do that." I seriously wanted to kiss her. You can bet I'll continue to eat a diet heavy in raw fruits and vegetables. FOREVER!! And I'll be sure to keep passing along my favorite raw dishes to all of you.
In fact, I'm sending some of that raw food love to you in this week's recipe. It's a Cold Cucumber-Dill Soup that can be made in minutes and is sure to make the end of summer a bit more palatable ;)
And please share some of the highlights of your summer in the Comments below. I'd love to hear about the things that got you excited and the ways in which you learned, stretched yourself and grew this summer...
Cold Cucumber-Dill Soup
2 cucumbers, seeded and chopped into 1 inch pieces
2 cloves of garlic
1 quart of buttermilk
1/3 cup fresh dill, rough chopped (plus a few additional sprigs for garnish)
salt and pepper, to taste
Put cucumber, garlic, buttermilk and dill into the blender and blend until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish each bowl with a sprig of dill.
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