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Every day is wonderful, but mornings are special. I used to love my little coffee cup every morning. It was a pure indulgence to sit in the silence of the morning and just be. This is a time when I feel very present and connected to source.Pure morning bliss. So yesterday I rediscovered a hot drink, that I have now in the cup where I used to drink coffee. It’s organic chicory root .I remember very well it’s beautiful flowers from my childhood in Bulgaria, where all of the summer days were spent outside in the sun. health benefits of chicory rootsNow I am having it’s roots in the morning.I like to see the connectivity in everything , sometimes I become a bit obsessed with explaining and analyzing things.

The main thing for me is that, the chicory has no caffeine and it’s perfect. Here are some health benefits of drinking chicory root.

1.Contains Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant

2.Chicory has been found to contain a substance called inulin, which is very beneficial in regulating the  blood sugar levels; it is also used as a plant based sweetener

3.It can also stimulate the immune system and alleviates intestinal diseases and harmful bacteria. Chicory acts in similar ways to the beneficial bacteria found in yogurt.

4.Historically, chicory root tea was used to treat liver problems, gout, skin infections, fevers, nausea

5.Chicory has an anti-inflammatory properties  that can help in treat joint issues, such as osteoarthritis. According to the July 2010 issue of “BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders,” chicory extract can be used to manage the pain of osteoarthritis.

The best part about chicory is the fact that makes a caffeine free substitude for coffee. I am willing to explore the other alternatives as well and will share my thoughts.

coffee substitude chicory

I love this cup.

Sending blessings and love
P.S This is day 39 of  Word press Challenge to make a post every day. There are 200 days left of 2012.

I got this uncomfortable pain in my shoulders and neck for days. I woke up with it on Thursday morning . I was in pain and it wasn’t showing sings , that will go away .For the next few days I tried everything to make myself feel better-massage, exercise, hot baths -nothing seemed to help. Then I started to look deep into it.It was time to face the dark side of me and become friends with it.

Everything happens for a reason. Your body is talking to you. Listen and stop  thinking-just be still and quiet and you will feel . So here it was. For years and years I have been stimulating my body with caffeine and sugar and refined wheat. I would get up in the morning and first drug I  would take would  be coffee and lots of it.I haven't had my coffeeThis would give me an instant boost , only for a few hours and then I would need another one. By then I would be hungry and eat something-I would normally say to myself-there is no calories in coffee, as I take it black it means I can eat a croissant . Very cosy, not ! But anyway. Only to discover , that I am still hungry so I have to find something else.The days will pass  from one thing to the other and I would be constantly keeping busy to make myself feel important…What a waste of energy. I can’t believe I did that.

The dark side of me feels insecure and want to control everybody and every thing around me. I want to tell people what to do and what they have done wrong and how smart I am. I want to hide when people do not like me, but I want even more attention when I am  feeling insecure. That is the time when I am hardly noticed and no matter what I ask people to do it wont’t be done. I am using the word”ask”, when the reality is that I was giving them a direct order. So the next phase of that madness was that I would start moaning how much I do and how much mess there is. So when I finish moaning I would start crying and feeling sorry for myself.  That would be a good excuse to make myself another coffee…. This whole scenario  used to happen on a very regular basis. It was fueled  by the ups and downs of the caffeine and sugar fixes.

The dark side of me is my friend now. When I am feeling unsecure or unworthy I just stop. What is it? It’s just a thought and it is not true. When you say to yourself “I am safe, I am worthy, I am loved ” is peace and pure bliss. You’ve got the power.beautiful woman

Changing the way I eat is only an expression of the healing and detoxifying , that is happening with me and it has helped a lot.Clean water, pure food and superfoods are doing amazing things to my body. Changing what I eat and drink has changed my life and it can only get better.

I still have an arrogant  super woman living with me, but we are friends now. I am powerful and feminine  and I am giving  love and care. I feel so much inspiration and I love sharing  an abundance of gratitude. I can understand , I trust my intuition and I love learning. I am increasingly filled with Love, Passion , Gratitude and Fun.  

 

 

Every morning I feel “reborn”. I open my eyes and I see the colour of the sky.This morning is bright blue with a few white clouds.I hear the birds singing. I love my morning rituals if they can be called like this. Stretch, then go downstairs and make myself my morning hot drink .It used to be coffee and lots of it.I have been caffeine free since 10 th of March and counting. Now I am having tea-at the moment I am taking Pukka “morning time”-organic rooibos, honeybush and red ginseng. The tea is the same but tastes different every morning.Its a way to say hello to my body. Then I would open the door to hear the birds and smell the air. I love the feeling of being here.morning view
Every morning I am so happy to get up out of bed well rested and happy to meet the day. I feel like a new person every morning. Its like I am overcoming something every morning.Some people say that the sleep is a mini death, may be it is. I do not know. All I know is that I love the morning.Its energy lifts me up. It is very important how you start your day.This is also a time when I feel creative and very inspired.
Sometimes one of the boys will come downstairs while I am having “my” morning time and will say “Mummy what can I eat”. My answer is “You can eat whatever you can find or you can wait until I finish my work”. It works, they will get a banana or an orange or sometimes a left over dinner from last night.
Most mornings I would wake up to a pile of dishes from last night,too. There was a time in my life when things like that used to cause me a great distress, but now I couldn’t care less.Dirty dishes means abundance of food in the house, we should be grateful. In an hour or two when I am ready and my helpers are up I will have the kitchen transformed in no tome. and most importantly I will do it with love. Yes this is the trick-when you do something with love you are flowing. Even doing house chores can be enjoyed. When you are flowing everything works and you have a magical touch. Regardless what you are doing you can at least enjoy it.If you are not enjoying it, the least you can do is accept it.
Mornings are filled with the energy of the refreshed mind and purified soul. Every day is a new beginning. You can feel whatever way you want and choose love.
If you have gone to bed with some unsolved issues they will eat you inside and suck up your energy.Your subconscious mind always works, even when you sleep.Recently I have become aware of how important are your dreams.This is one of the things , that I would like to do-next time when I remnember my dream I will write it down and see how it goes.
Do your best to sleep well. It is a vital component of feeling well and revitalized every morning.
Every morning you can start fresh, feel good and face your challenges with love and understanding, that life is a gift that you unwrap every day.
pukka incredible organic herbs
P.S You can get some free samples of Pukka Tea, made from incredible organic herbs from their website. Just go to http://www.pukkaherbs.com/apukkalife/freesamples

Have you ever tasted something   and thought” I used to have this as a child and my mum used to make it and it used to be absolutely tasty”. May be it was the taste of an simple dish , but when your mama made it you felt at home. There is a certain magic when a family eats together.That sense of togetherness brings calmness and reassurance, that all is well and you are loved and cared for.
This is it. The feelings , that you associate with food or a drink can keep you craving forever and ever and never get satisfied.
I am coming out of caffeine addiction. I used to love my coffee cup every morning.It used to be the first drink I will make myself as soon as I get up. Immediately after I drink it I would make another. Then an hour or two after I would have another. Then another one for lunch.And one after lunch….Sometimes this would be the only liquid I would take for the whole day…..Today is day 11 of my caffeine free life. The first few days I was suffering with the worst headache imaginable and slept through most of them.My mood also seemed to jump a lot up and down for a while and ever since I am not having coffee I sleep amazingly well.I also feel so refreshed and soon I hope rejuvenated.I have been on a healthy living journey since august 2010.I stay away from dairy products, meat and have reduced the sugar drastically.It feels like I am coming back to myself.I was lost and the journey home feels like I am already there.
Every morning my coffee cup” took” me where only my heart knows.It “took” me home with my mother.She is still living there in Bulgaria, I am here in Ireland-we talk , but it is never the same.I used to drink a lot of coffee with her before I left, even it was 10 years ago it seems, that time have made our relationship stronger and me more vunerable. Now being a mother is a gift, that takes a lifetime to enjoy.
Every lunch my coffee “took” me where only my soul knows. It took me to my friends.My very close  and treasured Bulgarian friends.The coffee cup “took” me where the afternoons are so sunny and hot and lazy, that all you wanna do is sit in a shadow and relax with your friends.Having a friends is also a gift, it takes a lifetime to be with somebody without actually seeing them.

Only because I stopped drinking it I got the realize why my addiction to caffeine was so strong. I do not crave coffee anymore. I carry the feeling of home and lovingness with me always.All I have to do is be present and happy for what there is. Life is a miracle gift.