Creamy Herbed Kale Salad; A New Recipe from the Livity Raw Food Cookbook by Mariah Grooms

My friend, spiritual guide, and favorite raw vegan chef (which I have stolen numerous recipes from and posted them on this website!) has written a new cookbook, Livity; Recipes of a Modern Living Foods Lifestyle.

A recipe from Mariah’s latest cookbook is below: Creamy Herbed Kale Salad.

Feel good and enjoy!

Her cookbook provides over 50 straightforward recipes for revitalizing juices, smoothies, nut milks, vegan cheeses and nut meats, nourishing entrees and decadent desserts that will tantalize your taste buds and sustain your body. Take charge of your health journey today by tuning into Mariah’s profound nutritional insights and harness the powerful energy of the Sun, captured in whole, living foods, to elevate your body, mind, and spirit towards brighter life energy.

Buy her cookbook by clicking here

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An Excerpt From My Latest Book

An excerpt from my latest book, Getting to Know Yourself Sexually; A Down and Dirty Guide

Dictionary
sex·u·al
ˈsekSH(o͞o)əl
adjective
Relating to the instincts, physiological processes, and activities connected with physical attraction or intimate physical contact between individuals.

Introduction
Why is knowing yourself sexually important to you? Are you craving connection? Pleasure? A shared experience? Whatever your reason, you’ll find this book supporting you in getting to know yourself and help to expand your current thinking about what sex is and the role it plays in your life.

This topic is important to me because of my firm belief in getting to you know all areas and aspects of yourself; thoughts, feelings, emotions, motivations, desires, and sensations. Doing this sexually adds another layer of richness to life with ourselves and our intimate partner(s). To do this we must experience and reflect on life utilizing our intimate and sexual relationships as a tool. In doing this we become more comfortable with ourselves, which we bring to our intimate relationships and the world.

There is a process for getting to know yourself sexually, which I myself have gone through. Firstly, I began in isolation as to better identify wants, desires, and motivations (Steps #1 and #2). Then, I shared my ideas, wants, and desires with a community of like minded individuals (explained further in Steps #3 and #4). And after developing comfort and understanding of myself, was able to share with an intimate, committed partner.

Bear in mind these steps are not linear and may not, at all times, be accessible or appropriate. As you begin to move through them you might have a new experience, leading you back to Step #1 of the process. That’s great! This is a lifelong learning process. Repeating each step with a different intention or motivation will only further your understanding of yourself.

No matter your age, taking care of and getting to know yourself sexually is as important as finding the right career, group of friends, lifestyle, or committed partner. I encourage you to keep an open mind while reading and working through this process. Who knows? You might just learn something about yourself.

…a few things to note before we begin…

Trauma
Sexual trauma can resurface five days, five months, five years, or 50 years after the event occurred. If you have had sexual trauma it is important to identify triggers which send the body and mind into a heightened,  reactive state of fight, flight, freeze. It is equally important to have a discussion with your sexual partner prior to a sexual encounter which  may re-traumatize.

Don’t wait until you are in the moment to have this conversation. Create a way to communicate about this topic before and during sex. Discuss it during a non-sexual, non-charged, safe activity (making dinner, driving, grocery shopping). My partner calls this Casual Conversations (more about this on Step #5). Practice this a few times, revisiting when/ if necessary. I have found once this has been identified and discussed, with a process created by which to communicate in the moment, re-traumatization is infrequent or null.

If sexual trauma is something you are beginning to uncover within yourself, research sexual trauma, get help with a therapist, and find out how you can heal. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) has worked wonders for me.

Shame
There is an abundance of shame surrounding sex.

“Sex is dirty – mouths, tongues, fluids, ewww!”
“You urinate from there, I’m not putting that in my mouth!”
“Sex is for the purpose of having babies only and is sinful to enjoy”
“If you enjoy sex you are slutty”
“You’ve had sex with HOW MANY PEOPLE?”
“Having sex before marriage is unacceptable, NOT OKAY!”
“Don’t have sex! You’ll get pregnant. And if you don’t get pregnant, here is the list of diseases you can get.”

Nothing is off limits. And don’t get me started on the shame surrounding genitalia shape, size, smell and taste!

“Too small”
“Too big”
“Smells like tuna”
“Tastes like soap”

When an initial judgement or feeling of shame comes into your mind as a thought, notice it before reacting and ask yourself the following:

Where is the judgement, or feeling of shame, coming from?
Whose judgement is this? Your own? Society? A past partner?
And most importantly, Is it true?

Remember: Sex is natural. Thoughts and judgments are natural. Reacting to thoughts and judgments surrounding sex is a choice. Only after full deliberation should one act. This takes time and effort. If you are dedicated to this practice of self-reflection, anything can be accomplished, including not shaming yourself or others based on sexuality.

Step #1. Self Reflection
No one knows you better than you know yourself. Having considered this, many of us do not know ourselves well when it comes to our sexuality. You may not have had the opportunity to explore these differing aspects because of the culture you grew up in, the relationships you’ve had, or the social group with which you interact. Using Self Reflection as a tool, one can become aware of beliefs and feelings toward sexuality. Ask yourself the following questions to uncover your beliefs:

-How do I define being sexual?
-What is my belief on the nature of sex? Its purpose?
-How do these beliefs impact my willingness to look at my sexuality?
-What taboos do I have towards my own sexuality or sex in general?
-What is my reaction when I think about sex? With myself? With others?
-What is the value of shared sexual experience?
Dictionary
ta·boo
/təˈbo͞o,taˈbo͞o/
noun
a social or religious custom prohibiting or forbidding discussion of a particular practice or forbidding association with a particular person, place, or thing.

If you would like to read steps #2-#7 order my book on Amazon by clicking here or go to her website www.Incorporate-Wellness.com/shop/

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Thank You & New eBook Available! Getting to Know Yourself Sexually

My eBook is Published!

Read Getting to Know Yourself Sexually: A Down and Dirty Guide 

Buy it on Amazon by clicking here
or @ www.Incorporate-Wellness.com/shop/

Over the last several months I have been working diligently on the project, Getting to Know Yourself Sexually; A Down and Dirty Guide. I hope you will join me on this journey of getting to know yourself, in all the varying aspects.

Below is an excerpt from the introduction:

Why is knowing yourself sexually important to you? Are you craving connection? Pleasure? A shared experience? Whatever your reason, you’ll find this book supporting you in getting to know yourself and help to expand your current thinking about what sex is and the role it plays in your life.

This topic is important to me because of my firm belief in getting to you know all areas and aspects of yourself; thoughts, feelings, emotions, motivations, desires, and sensations. Doing this sexually adds another layer of richness to life with ourselves and our intimate partner(s). To do this we must experience and reflect on life utilizing our intimate and sexual relationships as a tool. In doing this we become more comfortable with ourselves, which we bring to our intimate relationships and the world.

There is a process for getting to know yourself sexually, which I myself have gone through. Firstly, I began in isolation as to better identify wants, desires, and motivations (Steps #1 and #2). Then, I shared my ideas, wants, and desires with a community of like minded individuals (explained further in Steps #3 and #4). And after  developing comfort and understanding of myself, was able to share with an intimate, committed partner.


For purchase on Amazon: Click Here
Or on my website @ www.Incorporate-Wellness.com/shop/
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Thank You Wood River Valley!

A sincere thank you to all of you who have taught me, taken me in, and supported me over the last 12 years. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your time, efforts, and our conversations. Thank you!

Idaho has been a greatly healing place. It has allowed me to connect with my passion of helping others in their recovery. Because of this I am relocating to Flagstaff, Arizona (just arrived last night!) pursuing a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Northern Arizona University.

If you are ever in the area, please call me at 208-309-1948 (or call me anyways!!) or email me at Caitlin4Wellness@gmail.com

…with love and gratitude…
Caitlin Hegwood


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Sign Up! Yoga & Mindfulness Workshop Dec 8th + A Body Scan Meditation

Register Now!

Yoga and Mindfulness Workshop

Saturday Dec. 8th

11-2 PM @ Pure Body Bliss – $40

Register @ www.Incorporate-Wellness.com/workshops/

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The Body Scan Meditation with Caitlin

The body scan is an extremely powerful and healing form of meditation. It is the core of the lying down practices taught in Mindfulness Meditation (taught at my Yoga and Mindfulness Workshop, register here). It involves systematically sweeping through the body with the mind, bringing an affectionate, open hearted, interested attention to its various regions of the body.


Meditate With Me + Going Away Potluck Monday the 10th

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Join Cody Lee and I

ONLINE 4 WEEK RELATIONSHIP WORKSHOP

this January

Register @ www.Incorporate-Wellness.com/workshops/relationships/

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Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoying This Life: Article and Meditation

“…Human life is extremely short and precious. That is true for all of us regardless of our age. Time is always running out. Time escapes us and therefore life should be held sacred and precious. Knowing this, we sometimes get carried away by our desire to do something meaningful with our life. In the end, it’s often best to forget our grandiose ideas. It has been said that to practice true spirituality is to forget oneself. Once we know how to truly forget ourselves, what’s left is an extraordinary peace. That peace is all pervading, always present. In the ultimate sense, there is nothing to be done except to learn how to enjoy life.”

An excerpt from chapter five of The Magic of Awareness by Anam Thubten.

This chapter came to me the morning before I quit my job. I had been working 60-70 hour weeks for far too long, with a full-time corporate job as well as running my business. Hustling, as it were, to build a life worth living.

Teetering between enough and too much has always been a difficult balance for me. Driven, intelligent, and energetic with a dash of impatience means I get shit done and with decent quality. But this much work? And doing it for someone other than myself? Nope! Not anymore.

As I woke up on that not-so-distant Monday morning, I felt mentally exhausted, unengaged with my corporate job, and lack-luster about the prospect of continuing life without the time I craved to spend in nature, with friends or family, or (God forbid!) relaxing with my guitar or a book in hand. I knew what I needed, time. Time to reset and recenter by getting in touch with what is most important in life. The only person responsible for this necessary recentering: Me. No one was going to offer me this on a platinum platter. I was finally ready to take charge of myself and make a change.

Because of the work I do with clients and in the community, I am continually lending out books on the subject of mindfulness, spirituality, and healing. The Magic of Awareness by Anam Thubten was suggested to me from my first meditation teacher in 2012. At that time I had no knowledge of meditation, mindfulness, how to create space between thoughts, emotions, judgments or how to move from reaction to deliberate action. This book was foundational.

The universe working in my favor, the book had just been returned. It lay in my work bag, which, when you are working 70 hours a week, sits pretty close to the bed. I grabbed it out, flipping to a page I had read several years ago but had forgotten. I read aloud the above written excerpt and WOW! It hit me. Enjoying life? When is the last time I did that? I mean really enjoyed life? Enjoyed people? Enjoyed nature or reading or music? How long had it been since I relaxed? I didn’t know.

Since making this decision my entire demeanor has changed. I have been more relaxed, present, able to meet whatever arises (joys or suffering) with equanimity and compassion. I have been a better person to myself, my family, my partner, my friends, and my clients.

Who knew enjoying life could be this good?


Join me for a 3 hour Mindfulness and Yoga Workshop

December 8th at Pure Body Bliss register @

www.incorporate-wellness.com/workshops/

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Come Meditate and Celebrate!

My final Movement and Meditation class December 10th at The Flourish Foundation from 6-7 PM followed by a going-away (see more about this below) potluck from 7-8 PM.

Movement and Meditation@ Flourishdec102018Followed by a going away potluck


Keep your Peepers Peeled for my upcoming eBook entitled Getting to Know Yourself Sexually; Explore, Discuss, Experiment and Cody Lee and I’s Creating and Maintaining Healthy Relationships Workshop: 4 online workshops, each week a different theme. Join live to ask questions and be part of a community seeking to develop peak relationships in all facets of life. You can purchase the entire workshop, four 1.5 hour long classes for $75, or pick and choose by theme, $25 per session. If you can’t make it to the live event, the recording will be sent to your inbox. Register at https://incorporate-wellness.com/workshops/

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