Thursday, November 21, 2013

Meet Faith

Let me introduce you to Faith ~

Sorry, she’s not the tall, sweet blonde with blue eyes who lives on the other side of the floor. 

No, Faith is the beautiful belief that dwells within you.

Faith is one of those “F” words which has been pushed aside by Frustration and Fear.
In Mark 12, verse 22 ~ 24, Jesus says

“Have Faith in God…What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye shall have them.”
 
One associates Faith with God; but Faith can be belief/trust in yourself ~ you are a reflection of your Creator.

When there is Faith, there is no place for fear, the two can’t be roommates! A total no-no! Life has become a fight between Foe and Friend, Fear and Faith.

Why is it that we waste so much of our energy on FEAR? Unnecessarily, we provide it rent-free space in our minds! From where did this sudden generosity occur?

Fear, My Dear, as you might have heard, is basically:

FALSE EVIDENCE APPEARING REAL”

A little simple math:

FAITH – fear = FREEDOM

Don’t stop yourself in your tracks, Sweetie. You weren’t meant to stay comfy in your pj’s slumped on a couch with your attached ‘limb,’ the remote control or Iphone. You are here to share your gift with passion to the world. So put on your Jimmy Choo’s and start living life to the fullest!

You, My Dear, have a bigger game to play ~ Your Creator has plans for you!

Be a Faith Fairy, wave your magic wand and watch miracles perform in your life.
Earlier this month, my Guru was to give his farewell sermon in New Jersey before he departed back to India. The service was to be held at 7:30 p.m., 12 miles from my home. When I reached work, I found out that there was a hurricane alert for our area until 5 p.m. “Well by 5 it should be fine,” I keep assuring myself. At lunch time leaves were blowing everywhere in the City, it started getting dark and even sprinkled. I watched my mind playing a battle between fear and Faith. It was in vivid colors, sharper than the Ipad. Fear, like little goblins in Pac-Man, was chewing up my Faith, my poor Pac-Man!

I kept checking the weather. The forecast had changed. Oh Dear! Thunderstorms were expected up to 7 p.m.! Deep breaths. I called a friend who lived near the Center and she said it was nice and the storm must have gone away. It wasn’t even raining there. I searched on the Internet for buses to the Center as a backup, but it would take me 2+ hours to get home after the service! Fear was playing games, I remembered the last time I went to the Center, there were thunderstorms and heavy rain and my wipers weren’t working well! I was terrified driving home in the dark late at night. When we don’t have faith in ourselves, we open the door for negative thoughts and fear to fly in.

Then all of sudden, Pac-Man (Faith) swallowed up the little goblins (fear)! Yay!

I said, “Yes, I am going to do it – I am so worried about something that might not even happen. I will put on my oils, chant my mantras and drive!”

As soon as I got home, I grabbed my car key and left. I wanted to get half way to the Center before it got dark or the thundershowers started. I reached safely. Praise to the Lord! Yes! I did it!! High Five!!! FAITH! FAITH! FAITH!

When the service was over, I could see the leaves starting to rustle and didn’t bother to chat with anyone, but rushed home. The roads were perfectly clear, people were at home because of the expected inclement weather. I made it in record time ~ no crazy drivers with high beams, no thunderstorms ~ MIRACLE!

As soon as I entered my building, I noticed a few drops on my windshield and exclaimed, “Thank you, Lord!” He had protected me and brought me home safely! As soon as I got out of the car, the dark sky opened, and let the rain out with a roar of thunder! I was dancing with joy! I made it ~ Me and My Faith made it!
 
“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve; the fear of failure.”
~ Paul Coelho
 
Believe and Achieve!
 
This guest blog,which I had submitted earlier last month, was published on the day I was sitting by my father's hospital bed.  http://embraceurdestiny.com/meet-faith/   It was a gentle reminder from the Universe at the time I needed it most.

Let us keep the flame of faith strong and forever kindled.



Sunday, October 6, 2013

Creamy Crunchies

Have friends coming over and want to make a quick snack?  Whether you are gluten-free, dairy-free or not, these Creamy Crunchies are a crispy, savoury treat! 

Daiya has just released into the market a line of different dairy-free cream cheeses!  Whohoo for all of us who are allergic to dairy or are vegan!  I stumbled on to these new products at the health food store in Tenafly, Healthway Natural Foods

As soon as I got home, I spread some of the Chive and Onion Cream Cheese, which I whipped a little, on a couple of gluten free Mary's Gone Crackers; but that didn't hit the spot.  So I chopped up some sun dried tomatoes which I had picked up from Trader Joe's earlier, and voila!  Instant gratification!  Yumm! X-Crunchy, creamy and yet a little "tarty" and definitely tasty.



Creamy Crunchies 

6 Mary Gone Crackers
3 TB Cream Cheese 
1TB Chopped Sun Dried Tomatoes 

Easy snack for any time and perfect for the holidays!  You can always change the topping or the flavor of the cheese with different herbs and put chopped figs or cranberries on top.

Btw, confession, I didn't wait to get home to try out the cheese.  I had a spoonful  as soon as I got into the car!

Cheers to Healthy Bites!

Jyoti





Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Best of New York City Potluck

Shauna and Daniel Ahern, of Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef, were our gracious hosts of the Best of New York City Potluck recently. 


What a spread by food bloggers!  All of a sudden, gluten free doesn't look so bad - as a matter of fact, pretty darn tasty!






 



 
Being gluten free requires discipline - but with food like this  - it's sweet punishment!
 
Interested in learning more about how 'sweet' gluten-free can be, contact me
 
 
Cheers to a Healthy You!
Jyoti

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Exotic, sweet yet hot....



What can it be?  Raw Mango Salad, of course!

This recipe has been adapted from  Michael Natkin's cookbook Herbivoracious














Now that mangoes are in season, this is the perfect recipe for those of us who can't wait for the mangoes to ripen!
1 Raw Mango
1/2 Red Onion
1 Lime
Fresh Dill or Mint
Sea Salt to taste
1 tsp Hot Sesame Oil or Toasted Sesame Oil
1 tsp Coconut Sugar (to your taste)
1/2 jalapeno or chili pepper - optional
2 inch ginger grated



Love using my Kyocera mandoline slicer - one of the best kitchen toys ever!  After peeling the mango, slice the mango with the mandoline or very finely with a sharp knife. Do the same with the onion. Watch those nails and knuckles!  You can play with the blade settings of the mandoline to create the visual effect you are seeking. 

Squeeze approx 1/3 cup fresh lime juice and mix well with the coconut sugar or other natural sweetener, salt, ginger and sesame oil. Adjust salt and sugar according to taste and sweetness of mango. Since I ran out of the toasted sesame oil and jalapeno, I sub'd with the hot sesame oil, which also gave it a nice kick. Pour dressing over the sliced mango and onion, mix well, garnish with chopped fresh herbs and serve. Natkin suggests chopped cilantro or mint. Salivating over the cookbook and intoxicated by the aroma of the mangoes, I couldn't wait to go to the store to get all the ingredients. Determined and drooling, I prepared the above salad with whatever ingredients I had right there and then and dug in.  Thank you Natkin for the wonderful recipe.


Michael Natkin and Yours Truly


Bon app├ętit!
Cheers to your vibrant health!
Jyoti
P.S. So off you go to pick up some mangoes and herbs and please do share how it turns out! 

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Driving with Daddy

Daddy aka Mr. Mohan
Happy Father's Day Everyone!  Hope you had an enjoyable day with your loved ones!  Here's Cool Daddy!  Yes, even though I have crossed the half-century mark, I still lovingly call him "Daddy" or "Papi!"  Perhaps, we don't want to grow up and still love that term of endearment which resonates with our special bond with that soul?

I can never forget driving lessons with Daddy on Kapiolani Boulevard and near Diamond Hill! "Oh! don't forget to pull the hand brake."  "Did you turn the tires?"  "Ahyaa! (Chinese exclamation) you have to go closer to the curb, not so far!  LOL!  At 16 "Driving with Daddy" in his prized, green-colored Mustang with manual steering, was quite an adventure!  Poor Papi, I can only now imagine what his cortisol level must have been!

I am ever so grateful I got to spend my college days with him, the ambitious entrepreneur, who was always travelling from one country to another.  Recently, my sister, her family and I visited Daddy, who was over excited and full of joy upon seeing us and wanted to do everything to ensure we were comfortable just as he did when we were younger.  His heightened happiness erased the pain and suffering of his deteriorated health. The days flew while were there, the airport farewell was the saddest of all.  My father, who doesn't walk too far nowadays, insisted on leaving me to the check-in counter.  Even at 80+ he wanted to make sure his baby was going to make it safely on the flight.  While I was waiting to check in, I watched my father walk slowly towards the exit.  My heart was sinking - I was overcome with grief.  I left my luggage and immediately called after him, "Daddy, Daddy!"  He couldn't hear me as he had misplaced one of his hearing aids.  I ran as fast as I could and gave him the tightest squeeze ever!  A real big hug --  and said loudly, "I love you Daddy!"  After a little kiss on his cheek - I quickly turned away so that he wouldn't see the gush of my tears and nor I his.

It's so true that as we get older, our values and thoughts change and we embrace each moment we get to spend with a loved one - cherishing it, and praying it isn't our last.

Enjoy every moment of this special day and please tell your father and/or grandfather you love them not only today but for the rest of the days of your blessed life.

Cheers to Your Loving Relationships!

Jyoti