Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Cookies

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip CookiesSo this year’s Thanks & Giving was all about the pumpkin! We had pumpkin soup (per request), pumpkin cookies, and homemade pumpkin pie with fresh ginger whipped cream. I have to say, the cookies might have been the biggest hit with this year’s crowd. The only way I can really describe them is that they’re pillowy. They are the perfect blend between pumpkin bread and pumpkin pie. And perfected with chocolate, because I can never say no to chocolate.

As I began my marathon pumpkin roasting, I decided to look up a few nutritional nuggets about the glorious orange squash.

Here is what I learned:

According to the University of Illinois, Pumpkin is loaded with Beta-carotene! Beta-carotene is one of the plant carotenoids converted to vitamin A in the body.

Current research indicates that a diet rich in foods containing beta-carotene may reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer and offers protect against heart disease. Whoot! Whoot! And it seems that Beta-carotene also offers protection against other diseases and some degenerative aspects of aging.

Nutrient Goodness
(1 cup cooked, without salt)
Calories 49

Protein 2 grams
Carbohydrate 12 grams
Dietary Fiber 3 grams
Calcium 37 mg
Iron 1.4 mg
Magnesium 22 mg
Potassium 564 mg

Zinc 1 mg
Selenium .50 mg
Vitamin C 12 mg
Niacin 1 mg
Folate 21 mcg
Vitamin A 2650 IU
Vitamin E 3 mg

You can get their complete nutritional analysis here >>

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Flexors and Extensors

Finding Center

Everyone knows what it feels like to be a little off center—mentally or physically. When life pulls you in so many directions that overwhelm sets in and you feel like the slightest nudge will push you over the edge. Just as we know when we are off center, we also know what it is like to be centered. But often we over compensate to find that sense of balance or centeredness.

Feldenkrais Tweet  “Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.” —Hermann Hesse

We know that there are certain activities can help us to feel as though we are more connected, more grounded, and more centered. I am here to say that the Coordinating Flexors & Extensors Feldenkrais Lesson is one of those activities—literally. The purpose of this lesson is to enhance the coordination of the front muscles of your body, your flexors, with the muscles of your back, your extensors. With the larger muscle groups balanced, you are left with a sense of length, groundedness and power.

So I invite you to give it a go, and let me know what you notice in the way you feel before and after (physically, emotionally and mentally)

Coordinating Flexors & Extensors Free Audio Lesson:

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Ricki's Birth Video

{Birth Video} Riki’s Labor and Birth

Feldenkrais Tweet We must understand that childbirth is fundamentally a spiritual, as well as a physical, achievement. -Dr. Grantly Dick-Read

 

It is not only that we want to bring about an easy labor, without risking injury to the mother or the child; we must go further. We must understand that childbirth is fundamentally a spiritual, as well as a physical, achievement. The birth of a child is the ultimate perfection of human love. -Dr. Grantly Dick-Read

 

I love that both mom and dad took some tender time to enjoy Skin-to-Skin the baby! Not to mention all the young and beautiful support for the family. Pure Love!

EmbodyingSpace Sq

A Meditation On Embodying Space

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You know how good it feels to do things that nourish your Self! Even if you’ve never sat your bum on a cushion for a moment in your life, you’ve probably discovered that there are certain activities that give you a feeling of being whole and well.

I am guessing that you have had a time or two in your life where you have felt just how unpleasant it can get when you are missing that sense of nourishment and well-being. When our well-being suffers, our whole life suffers. So meditation, mindfulness based movement, and other nourishing practices are more than mere pastimes–they have the power to make life better in the most profound ways!

In this Meditation On Embodying Space, you are invited to explore the uninterrupted space that permeates you and everything else around you. To create space to breathe, space to feel, and most importantly space to love. To love the space you take up in the world. To embrace the space that you embody.

Meditation On Embodying Space

Space is defined in many ways, but one of them is as “an empty area between things.” It’s just there. We can’t see it. We can’t touch it. We can’t say how far it extends. We can’t even say what, if anything, it’s made of. So how to find this elusive empty space inside ourselves? How do we create a sense of greater spaciousness?

em·bod·y  /əmˈbädē/ verb
1. be an expression of or give a tangible or visible form to (an idea, quality, or feeling).

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Do you have hip joint confusion

Do You Have Hip Joint Confusion?

Hip Joints!   Hip Joints!   Roly Poly Hip Joints!

So what’s with all the hoopla about the hip joints?

hoop·la   \ˈhü- plä\
: talk or writing that is designed to get people excited about and interested in something

Well, recently I have been a little obsessed and bewildered by how many people really don’t know where their hip joints are. Now I get it. The hip joints don’t take up a ton of real estate in the ol’ sensory motor cortex. They don’t require fine motor skills or other subtle interactions with the world. Heck they don’t even fully form until years after we are born.

But hear me when say, what you think of yourself will impact how you move! So let’s take a closer look at these ball and socket wonders and see if we can clarify things a bit.

Musings on Figure & Form

The hip joints are the second largest weight bearing joints in ye ol’  body. Anatomically, the hip joint is formed by the ball on the upper end of the thighbone (femur) rolling in the socket of the pelvis known as the acetabulum (as″ĕ-tab´u-lum).

Now perhaps it is because the hip joint is so large, or maybe it is due to the fact that it is capable of a broad range of motion, then again maybe it is the combination of the two that cause the availability of movement to take more than a year to unfurl and many years beyond that for the shape itself to fully take form. Our personal Hip History (a.k.a. development) is a complex process that involves genetic unfolding, an intimate interaction with gravity and our environment, and our unique movement experience.

How freaking cool is that?! Think about it, our early experiences help to lay the structural foundation for the rest of our lives—the way that we literally take form is directly impacted by the way we move through our lives.

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