Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Thriving with Change

hi everyone,

as i welcome my new little boy into this world i can't help but think about the many changes that i have experienced over the past few years. being able to adapt and thrive with change is one key to living well. we all experience change- some good some bad. the key is being able to look at change as an opportunity to better yourself and your life.

owen william bradley was born on february 10th at 6:28am. we are both doing well. he is a healthy glowing baby and i'm a glowing mother. i look at this time in my life as not only a great opportunity to bond with owen and continue to bond with mason but to rejuvenate myself in mind, body and spirit. it is a time to reassess and create new daily rituals that fit my life and goals now.

today was my first day back to the gym since having owen. it felt fabulous!!!! i felt a renewed sense of energy and enthusiasm. i love focusing on the mind/body connection any time i'm doing movement. it helps me connect with each and every part of my body. i look forward to getting back to my yoga classes this weekend too. i feel like i'm back in action. i want to be a strong vibrant woman for myself, my kids and family. taking care of myself helps me take care of my family the best i can.

in regards to food i'm nourishing myself and owen with the healthiest food in the world. a sample day includes:
water with raw whole food supplements: pre/post natal, b-complex, probiotic
2 shots of E-3 live
1 shot herbal iron
green juice: celery, cucumber, apple, kale, romaine, spinach, chard, lemon
romaine wrap and raw veggies: carrots, red pepper, celery, sprouts, cucumbers
raw fermented sauerkraut and lydia's organic dehydrated crackers (nuts, seeds, veggies)
energy soup: red pepper, tomato, zucchini, cilantro, garlic, nori, kelp, sprouts, seasonings, avocado and more
coconut water (with green powder)
oranges, pear or papaya (when i get hungry late at night during an owen feeding)

my website designer and i are in the process of completing my new and improved website. i predict it will be done in 4 weeks. we are working on the store part of the site now. i love the creative process that goes into developing a website. check in at www.bradleywellness.com in a few weeks to see the new site. i've been working on many new and exciting workshops and classes to share with everyone in 2009.

try this simple, delicious and nutritious recipe:

Cream of Spinach Soup


1½ cup Spinach
2 cup Water
½ A Small Zucchini, Peeled
½ A Tomato
¼ cup Hemp Seeds
¼ cup Sunflower Seeds
1 tablespoon Nutritional Yeast, optional and not raw
½ teaspoon Garlic, or more if desired, Diced
½ teaspoon Salt
1 dash Black Pepper
1 teaspoon Onion, Diced


Throw spinach in the blender with water, sunflower seeds and hemp seeds. Blend until smooth. Then add the remaining ingredients and blend for a long time until very smooth and slightly warm. If you want to warm it more you can place it in a pot on the stove and lightly heat (do not heat over 118 degrees).

Nutrition Information:

This soup is a nutritional powerhouse. Spinach is high in calcium but it is also contains oxalates (oxalic acid) which block the calcium from being absorbed. Cooking spinach actually reduces its oxalate content. Before adding the spinach to this recipe you can boil or steam the spinach. If you want to eat spinach for the calcium benefits but want it raw choose baby spinach which has a lower oxalate content compared to mature spinach. Spinach is also an excellent plant-based source of iron that in comparison to meat sources is low in calories and virtually fat-free. Spinach is also a rich source of phytonutrients. Hemp seeds have an excellent fatty acid profile and protein content including all the essential amino acids. Hemp seed’s fatty acid ratio is 3:1 (omega 6’s : omega 3’s). This exceeds the target ratio which is 4:1 (omega 6’s : omega 3’s). Most western diets have a fatty acid profile of 10:1 which is far too rich in omega 6’s and deficient in omega 3’s. This imbalance is a co-factor in a wide-range of common illnesses including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis, mood and skin disorders and more.