Sometimes a retreat is the best way to love ourselves. With so many things going on constantly in our busy lives, we often don't make the time to cook dinner, let alone take 5 minutes to breathe in and exhale . Lately, we at The Living Kitchen have been running and expanding and constantly on the move. It has been incredible and inspiring to work with so many beautiful people and we are loving every moment of it. But, sometimes we get overwhelmed.
When you get overwhelmed, how do you react and respond? When things get to be too much, we respond in many different ways. We, at the Living Kitchen, tend to get tired. When things get challenging, we want to withdraw and sleep...because it's just "too much." The trick is noticing when this starts to happen and catching ourselves before we shut down and hide from everything. By being conscious about why we are feeling tired, we can take a look at ourselves and see what this is teaching us.
Maybe sometimes we really are tired and our bodies need to rest. But, sometimes our tiredness could be a sign that we are avoiding something and just don't feel like dealing with it. It is a powerful skill to be able to notice why we repeatedly fall into behavioral patterns- i.e- We get tired when we don't want to deal with something.
The First Step
Once we start to gain awareness of why we become tired, we can intercept this pattern and begin to alter and shift. When that pattern of behavior begins to come up- notice it! And then take a few moments to breathe. Ask yourself, why am I tired? Or, why am I stressed? Or, why am I _________?
Once we know, we can do something about it. Taking a retreat is one of the best ways to intercept these patterns of behavior. It doesn't have to be an overnight retreat...it could just be a 5 minute retreat to a quiet space. Go to the washroom and take a few minutes to breathe. Or take a few moments to go on a walk. Or take 30 minutes to make a delicious, yummy meal for yourself. We just made food for an amazing retreat in Muskoka with a group of beautiful women. Here is one of the scrumptious, divine, lush meals that we enjoyed, overlooking the lake....
Basil Pesto Quiche (gluten free)
4 eggs 1/2 cup almond or rice milk handful fresh herbs (parsley, rosemary, basil) 1/2 cup red peppers, chopped 1/2 cup white onion, chopped 1 cup spinach, chopped
1 cup chickpea flour 1/2 cup oats 3 Tbsp sesame seeds 3 Tbsp olive oil 1/4 tsp sea salt 1/4 cup water
1 cup fresh basil 1 small clove of garlic 1/4 tsp sea salt 2 Tbsp olive oil 1/3 cup walnuts of sunflower seeds water to thin out, if needed
Blend everything together in food processor until creamy.
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Prepare the crust, spread out in a pie dish. Bake for 5 minutes and then remove from oven.
- Mix together the eggs, milk, and all of the vegetables.
- Fill the crust. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until firm.
- Top with the fresh pesto, place back in oven for 5 minutes to warm pesto.