Happy Thursday! I hope you’re all having a great week so far. As I write this, I’m deep into the last few days of manuscript madness and scrambling to finish my next book. You might already know it’s one that’s really close to my heart, as within it, I share a lot of my history with candida and all the best tips and practices I’ve amassed over the years while on this diet. And of course, there will recipes–over 100 of them!
The End of an Era: So Long, Wellness Weekend
Another thing that’s close to my heart is this Wellness Weekend event, which has been ongoing since July, 2011. Well, dear readers, after much consideration (and a bit of a heavy heart), I’ve decided that it’s time to put Wellness Weekends to rest. In recent months, I’ve found that I just can’t keep up with everything any more, and as new projects begin, I needed to let some other things go in order to maintain the quality of my work. Given your feedback about what you’re most looking for from this blog (and me), I’ve decided to focus more on the different ways I can create content that’s most helpful and valuable to my readers in the long run. If only there were 36 hours in a day! I will most definitely miss the event (what will I write on Wednesday evenings??), but most of all will miss the regular interaction with each of you who come here and link up your posts. So please, continue to visit and leave comments! I love hearing from you!
Hello Hippocrates (and my “Dispatches from the Health Front”)
With the end of one era begins the start of another. . . when I first commenced this semi-hiatus to finish my book, I planned to return to blogging full-time in April. As it turns out, the universe (and my health) had other plans. I haven’t provided an update about my progress on the anti-candida diet recently, mostly because it’s now so ingrained in my life that nothing much there has changed. What has changed, though, are a few chronic health conditions that have intensified now that I’m into menopause (those darned hormonal roller coasters!!).
I’ve decided to take a major plunge and signed up for the Life Transformation Program at the Hippocrates Health Institute, starting next month. The program was founded by Ann Wigmore, a raw foods pioneer who wrote about her own healing journey and remains an inspiration to many in the raw foods movement.
While there, I’ll be poked, prodded, diagnosed, given a personal treatment plan and then spend three weeks detoxing on a totally raw-foods, vegan diet under some of the best supervision available. I’m hoping that this major detox will help to clear out any last vestiges of candida and other chronic illness I’ve had for far too long. The program also includes a host of daily alternative therapies, plus lectures from leaders in the alternative health field. To be honest, this sounds like bliss to me!
In the recent survey I asked blog readers to complete, two of the most-requested topics of interest (after more recipes) were “personal posts about Ricki’s own health journey” and “informational posts about health issues.” My sojourn at Hippocrates is the perfect opportunity for me to report on both of those topics. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to receive an acupuncture treatment (and does it work?), or if you’re curious about what goes on “behind the scenes” at a holistic health clinic, or if you always wished you could have a colonic but were wary (um, hello) about undergoing the procedure–well, I’m your gal! While I’m there, I’ll share the scoop about the institute itself (location, setting, rooms, etc), the foods, the treatments I receive, as well as what I learn during the program. So stay tuned for my “Dispatches from the Health Front” in April–interspersed with more yummy recipes from guest posters, of course!
As always, I am so grateful to all of you for being here, throughout my years with candida and the ups and downs the condition can entail. Thank you for visiting each week and for leaving your insights, responses, comments, and questions. I love hearing from you. I hope this next leg of the journey will be equally compelling for all of us!
I look forward to catching up soon–from Hippocrates!
And now, how about we make this Wellness Weekend finale a HUGE farewell party? Gimme what you’ve got!
PLEASE DO NOT ADD YOUR GIVEAWAYS OR CONTESTS TO THE LINKYS BELOW–THEY ARE FOR RECIPES ONLY.
This Week’s Picks: Transform beans into hummus or burgers. Check out these recipes…
Smokey Beet Burgers from Clean Wellness. I love me a good beet burger! This one sounds terrific.
Purple Bean Patties from Strength & Sunshine. Another creative burger recipe! Get those BBQs ready!
Fava Bean Hummus from In Fine Balance. I tried fava bean hummus a few years ago and adored it. This one sounds divine!
Looking for more bean recipes? Here are some from the blog:
- Cauliflower, Parsnip and Bean Mash
- Fava Bean Balls with Cranberry-Tomato Chutney
- Lupini Beans with Olive Oil, Garlic and Sage
- Oil-Free Black Bean Dip or Spread
- Black Bean Fudge
And this week’s Readers’ Choices:
Readers’ Choice, Savory
Homemade Coconut Yogurt from Find Your Balance Health. The minute I saw this recipe, I knew I had to try it. You will, too.
Readers’ Choice, Sweet:
Pineapple Clouds from Worth Cooking. This pretty dessert is so simple, you won’t believe it. Sounds delish!
Thanks for joining in and sharing all your healthy, sugar-free and vegan recipes. I love seeing what you whip up each week! And I hope you’ll also share on Facebook, Pinterest, twitter and Instagram, too! Wellness Weekend even has its own group Pinterest board so you can keep track of each week’s links. Check it out right here.
Here’s How to Participate:
- Simply link up a vegan recipe you made (and posted about) that contains health-supporting ingredients. This means any good-for-you whole foods, especially those with antioxidant properties or “functional foods” (ie, offering naturally medicinal or health-promoting qualities–such as garlic, coconut oil, all vegetables, fruits, herbs, etc.)–but any fresh, real food is welcome! No-no’s include white flour or sugar, highly processed foods, or animal products. Definite no-no’s include: cane sugar (evaporated or otherwise), sweeteners ending in -itol, margarines, or faux meat products. Items like vegan protein powder, grain or bean flours, or coconut milk are fine even though they are technically “processed,” since they either contain a single ingredient, or could technically be made at home. Also, please note that this is a vegan recipe event. A minor ingredient with a vegan option is fine, but if the main ingredient is intended to be meat or other animal product, your recipe likely belongs in a different link up event.
- This is a recipe event. Your blog post must contain a recipe.
- You may link up older posts from your archives as long as they contain a link to this post. Please do not link up any posts you have previously shared at an earlier Wellness Weekend event.
- Please link the post with your recipe, NOT your blog’s home page or another event page.
- You may submit up to three recipes, but please follow the guidelines for each one individually. ONLY ONE THUMBNAIL FROM EACH BLOG POST, PLEASE. If your post contains two suitable recipes, link up once and people will still see all your fabulous recipes when they click on the linky.
- Please mention this event and include a link back to this post so that others can find all the recipes posted!
- Feel free to use the blog badge, above (or see the left sidebar of this page–if you need the html code, let me know and I’ll send it to you). Many thanks to Adrienne of Whole New Mom for setting up the badge code for me!
PLEASE NOTE: In order to promote your posts and the event, I like to occasionally tweet, mention on Facebook, or pin your blog post(s). On occasion, I will repost your photos in the following week’s Wellness Weekend as well. If you prefer that I NOT use your photos or links, please let me know in the comments below, or send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks! I will reluctantly remove any links that don’t comply. I apologize, but I will no longer be able to leave a comment telling you that I’ve removed a non-compliant link. I hate to have to remove links! PLEASE READ THE GUIDELINES BEFORE POSTING! And now. . . what have you been cooking up lately? Please share!
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