Radiant Chia Pudding :: a Radiant Goddess Recipe To Make You Feel Amazing!!!

Hola gorgeous souls!

I wanted to share with you a SNEAK PEEK of one of the deeeeeeelish, divine, nutritious recipes from the Radiant Goddess program.

This particular one is one part breakfast – one part dessert – one part any-time sweet treat that’s ridunkuslously healthy for you.

When to eat Radiant Chia Pudding

  • Breakfast – makes the perfect porridge replacement (especially in summer!)
  • Afternoon snack
  • Instead of dessert
  • Any dang time you have the urge!

Ingredients

  • Shredded coconut
  • Bananas
  • Berries
  • Chia seeds (I use the black and white combo)
  • Carob powder (or cacao powder if you prefer)
  • Honey or agave nectar to sweeten

 

How To Make

  1. Blend half a banana with a cup of water (this makes banana milk… you can also use almond milk instead)
  2. Combine with a tablespoon of carob powder and 1/3 cup of chia seeds
  3. Set aside for 15 minutes or so. The banana milk + chia will combine to make a gel – kinda like tapioca pudding. You can also make it up the night beforehand and pop in the fridge for breakfast.
  4. Stir in coconut. Chop up rest of banana and place banana slices + berries on top. Drizzle agave nectar over top to sweeten.

Why it’s so incredible

  1. Holy guacamole it’s flipping delicious!!!
  2. It’s an instant-energy-pick-me-up.
  3. Chia seeds are amazing little seeds, packed with nutrients, high in omega 3 fatty acids, rich in fiber, and they helps to slow the release of carbs/sugar into the bloodstream (so YAY! no sugar spike! Just wholesome old-fashioned body-nurturing!)

Enjoy the scrumptiousness, dear soul!

May health + radiance be yours!

love,

 

P.S. A reminder: the Radiant Goddess program begins in six days!

Notes From The In Between

photos by the magical trish mcneill photography

 

I feel like I am going through a massive change right now.

I feel like I am being called to LET GO. Let go of my old self, my old hair, how I used to look, who I used to be, how I saw the world, how I saw my family, where I thought I would live for the rest of my life.

I am being called into my Power. Into a highly attuned, in-tune way of living.

I am making big, hard decisions and choices.

I am changing who I am so quickly that I often need to just sit and breathe and stare at a wall.

My face is changing every single day. Who I was once, I no longer am. I wonder who I will be, what I will look like tomorrow.

My body has changed too.

Everything is shifting. SO fast. SO deeply.

And I know it’s the thing we all need to do right now.

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It’s not just me who this is happening to.

It’s all around me. In every conversation I have with.

So many people are feeling it too.

*

Today, my daughter and I went to play at a friend’s shop.

And while Ostara played in their teepee, we curled up together to try out quilts and talk about how our buttons are being pressed.

And that no matter how this all plays out, it’s all bringing us to where we need to be.

*

I’ve taken deep breaths, and paid a small fortune for a new coach to help grow my business + soul purpose.

I’ve woken up at 5am to wade out into the pre-dawn darkness, to sit in our backyard, to do group calls with my coach and my assistant. I’ve hyperventilated in the dark, gasped for breath at the changes I need to make.

I’ve wondered why I need to change, to grow.

The only answer I know is:

Because. Because you are called to it. Because this is what needs to happen now.

*

My whole life,

I’ve always firmly known

my destiny is to help over a million people heal.

I feel like all of this is training ground

for me to be able to do just that.

*

This is the big work.

*

I let go of who I was

in order to become who I am.

*

I’m still swimming in the Land of Not Knowing.

Dancing in the Great Mystery.

I always knew EXACTLY who I was and what I wanted to create next.

And right now I don’t know.

It can be terrifying to not know.

And yet, I cannot stay the same.

My old shell, my old skin has already peeled away.

And don’t get me wrong –

I LOVED my old shell. I have LOVED so deeply who I knew I was.

And yet I no longer fit in it.

The last two years of my life have shifted and transformed and smoothed my rough edges like nothing else.

I gave birth and immersed myself in the tending to of a very sensitive little soul. I lost my old way of life. We suffered tremendous hardship. I moved to my hometown to watch my parent’s marriage disintegrate and my family of origin implode. I went deep into the belly of Post Natal Depression. I’ve met the very edges of my energy and what I’m able to do. I faced every single one of my old patterns. I hit up against every hard edge of my illusions.

And it has sucked, and it has hurt like hell.

And yet, and yet.

It has been the greatest medicine I have ever known.

I am who I am for all that has gone before me.

I am more powerful, and clearer, and stronger for what has happened.

The worst thing in the world can be the best thing.

I’m less of a maiden, and more of a mother.

I’m less of a dreamer, less of a perfectionist.

I’m less swamped by my ideals, and more interested in what I’m Truly Able To Do.

I’m no longer a superhero, and I am very okay with that.

I used to think the world came in only two colours: black and white. People were either Good or Bad, Right or Wrong.

Now I’m much more comfortable with being uncomfortable. With the inbetween. With the not knowing.

I’m less hung on on judging whether someone is Good or Bad, Right or Wrong.

I can only discern instead from:

Is this the right thing for me right now?

There are a thousand hues between black and white.

I’m much better at tending to myself. Giving myself what I need.

Saying no when I mean no. Saying yes when I mean yes.

Taking myself out of places, situations, relationships that aren’t the right thing for me right now.

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I’m giving myself the space to explore this great white mysterious eagle inside me.

The me I am becoming.

*

There is something new underneath my old skins.

I am still seeing what it is, what it means.

I know it is bright and it is very, very shiny.

I know it is clearer + truer than ever before.

*

I know it is where I am being called to.

*

So I take a deep breath.

And I move onwards.

A twinkle of light ahead of me, singing my name.

I’m in the in between,

on the path of change,

a gypsy to the mystery.

I am glad I am here.

 

Always love,

 

“This photo,” Trish says.

“I look at this one, and this is where I see how you have changed, just in the year I have known you.

There is something happening here.”

13 Reasons To Give Up Gluten + Dairy & More Deep Thoughts On Nutrition, Self Love, Body Image + Health

 

Hola gorgeous souls,

There have been SO many questions about gluten, dairy, nutrition + the Radiant Goddess program, so I’m here to spread some clarity! Weeee!

In this post you’ll find:

  • 13 Reasons To Give Up Gluten + Dairy
  • an email from a woman who cured Graves Disease with this style of eating
  • the Most Important Things for you to remember when considering a lifestyle/diet change
  • And why the Radiant Goddess program is not a weight loss fad or program in self-loathing (infact, it’s quite ze opposite… it’s a program laden with self love, compassion + utter self-acceptance!)

 

13 Reasons To Give Up Gluten + Dairy

A gorgeous soul asked how this program of gluten free, dairy free, nutritious whole foods could help heal so many things.

Here’s some really interesting articles about what this kind of diet can do:

  1. 6 Reasons You Should Avoid Dairy At All Costs (by Dr Mark Hyman)
  2. How to keep faces out of your blood stream
  3. 10 Reasons To Avoid Grains and Go Gluten Free (from a fertility expert)
  4. Dr Oz recommends Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Raw Food Diets
  5. Gluten is poison + how it affects everyone (especially those with autoimmune diseases) (by Sarah Wilson, Australian TV presenter)
  6. Can A Gluten Free Diet Improve Fertility?
  7. Gluten free diets and fertility
  8. Gluten Contributes to Irritable Bowel Syndrome Even in Non-Celiacs
  9. Gluten Allergy + Pregnancy
  10. IBS + Gluten Free
  11. Reviews of gluten free diets from IBS sufferers
  12. IBS and Dairy
  13. Gluten Intolerance and Depression, Anxiety and Other Psychological Problems

“The point is that people with gluten sensitivities may experience symptoms that are easily passed off as normal aging or worse, a psychological condition. They may experience fatigue, IBS, chronic depression, ADD, ADHD, learning disabilities, anxiety, aches and pains, weight fluxuation/gain, bloating, constipation or diarrhea.”

Did you know that more and more research is showing how gluten can cause excess weight, anxiety, stomach cramps and autoimmune diseases? Did you know that up to 85% of women with fertility issues are ALLERGIC to GLUTEN – and that eating gluten free is the #1 thing to do to become more fertile?

Gluten can even cause you to become sick + overweight because it damages the lining of the stomach + allows poo to enter your bloodstream. (Wacky, right?) I firmly believe our bodies are NOT built to cope with gluten – it’s a relatively new dietary inclusion that’s over processed, over chemicalised and has no nutritional value.

Dairy is acidic and extremely mucoid forming – it can plug up your intestines, and is one of the leading causes of IBS – even if you’re not lactose intolerant! It can even increase the risk of cancer!

The Radiant Goddess program will gently transition you into a SUSTAINABLE lifestyle of incredibly delicious, nutritious raw, gluten free and low-sugar foods… foods that will light you up from the inside, heal you… and leave you looking and feeling more amazing than ever!

There are SO many more conditions that this kind of diet can help and heal… I got this lovely email from a woman who has suffered Graves Disease:

I went GF a few years ago and my life was transformed in ways that I still can not comprehend!  I was diagnosed with Graves disease and was in pretty bad shape.  I wanted to fight the Graves naturally instead of surgically or with medication.  In trying to analyze how and when I got sick in the first place I found the gluten factor!  My life, health, mental well being, and most disturbingly, my spirit were out of control.  I bite the gluten free bullet, so to speak, and I am now in remission.  No meds, thyroid intact.  My doctor didn’t believe I could do it.  I believe strongly in listening to your body and spirit.  But the hardest part in this society is putting that knowledge into action.

Hats off to you guys for creating an action plan with the Radiant Goddess program!  I get asked about my new life all the time and I try to guide people to choosing health and spiritual well being over instinct gratification food and lifestyle.  Gluten Free can be fabulous if you embrace it with love, enthusiasm and a desire for a better life.  You can bet I will send people your way to get transformed!

Have a colorful day,
Patsy Perry

The Most Important Things To Remember:

  • Do your own research.
  • Trust your intuition and your gut.
  • See what works for you.
  • If it doesn’t work for you, try something new.

It’s like everything in life, really. Go where your spirit calls you!

 

More things I want to mention:

Even if you don’t have Celiac Disease, you can still be gluten intolerant. I had no idea about that. Until I did.

*

Three years ago, my love and I felt the call to bring through a baby into the world.
And so we tried, and I thought we were pregnant, but then my periods came.
And I’d always had this feeling that something bigger was up with my fertility – I’d always had very irregular periods.

Here’s the thing that changed me:

I started seeing this vision that my uterus was being coated with a mucus from gluten that was making it difficult for me to fall and stay pregnant.

The vision was SO clear and SO strong, I could feel it in my body. I knew without a doubt that it was true for me.

So I gave up gluten pretty much instantly.

And instantly, so many lingering health problems stopped for me – especially the one where I went to sleep with a bellyache every night. And I just felt SO much better. It was totally revolutionary. I kept saying to my love

“This is what it’s like to be normal!!! This is what it’s like to not feel awful!”

And other things just SHIFTED. My face started shifting. I wasn’t as sore or bloated or felt puffy anymore.
And then I got pregnant, and in the time that’s followed, excess weight just kinda fell of me like an old skin off a snake.
And I thought

“WELL… holy duck. THAT was easy. All that weight was just gluten stuck to me!”

*

Earlier this year I visited a naturopath, and she asked WHY I became gluten free.

So I trot out the usual story…

“Well… you know I’m a hippy… and I was wanting to get pregnant… and I saw this vision that my uterus was getting coated by mucus from gluten and it would make it difficult to get pregnant… so I did… and then felt WAY better from it.”

And her eyes got really big and wide and she said

“Ummm. Wow. Okay, well, you were right… that’s exactly what it does. And giving up gluten is the #1 thing we do with all our clients on fertility programs.”

Imanotgonnalie. I felt pretty dang chuffed at my level of intuition on that front.

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I’m not a doctor, or a naturopath. Obviously.

And by presenting a program on nutrition, or talking about things that can be healed with nutrition, I’m not trying to be either.

What I’m dearly wanting to do here is present a gentle, supported, loving way for women to heal their relationships with nutrition. And have that nutrition heal their bodies and spirits too.

And most of all, I wanted to create a program that wasn’t one sided on food.

It encompasses nutritious, healing gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, high-raw whole foods with movement + meditation. It gives encouraging, gentle, supportive, inspiring ways to make exercise doable + enjoyable + FUN. And the program includes nourishing the spirit as well… through relaxation exercises, meditations + creative projects.

The Radiant Goddess program was born to nourish the body-mind-soul on every single level… help it heal and bloom just the way it was born to.

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All of this is not just about losing weight. It is total restoration of the body, mind and spirit.

What’s more,

it’s absoloooodely not about body-hate.
I know women can be triggered from two little words… “weight loss”
So let’s get really real here. I am absoloodely NOT saying “thin = happy” nor am I buying into any other weird diet or self esteem myth.

Because that’s just ridunkulous.

It’s not how I see things, or live my life.

*

You see, at every single stage of my body, I’ve loved it. Ridunkulously loved it. Thought “phwwwwoar yeah, I’m a hooootttttttttttttaaaaaay”.
I have no idea where this self esteem comes from – I wonder if it is a Scorpio thang? It’s just this deep, dear, empowering self love that is alight and has never been extinguished.
I’ve just never been ashamed or afraid of numbers that were on the scales (infact, I never know what I weigh outside of doctor visits… I’m not a scales-owner). I’ve never really cared what number was on my dress.

I’ve always thought:

“well, that’s just the number my body was born to be right now! woot!”

I’ve one of those chicks who strolls through the house stark nekkid (in front of my husbo + bebe). Or forgets to bring swimmers to the beach, so goes in in her jocks + bra instead. On a busy beach. Hey! There were black! They looked kinda like swimmers!

*

I remember hanging out with some beautiful friends.
I shared a story about my body.
And one of them said:

“I look at you and think “now here is a woman who loves her body.””

*

And it’s true.
No matter what size I’m at.

*

I’m not saying I’ve ever been immune to body issues of course.
The thang I most worried about was the fact I had Uneven Boobs (™) – one larger and droopier than the other.
But I “came out” about my Big Dark Secret of Uneven Boobs (™) to some dear friends when I was 21, and they were all “Yeah, so what? So do we!”
And suddenly I didn’t realise I was alone in the world. Or that it ever really mattered in the first place.
Plus, then I breastfed (and continue) for two years which pommels the boobies into whole new shapes that become these amazing things that can stretch like a foot from your chest. Ones that a baby harvested from and grew from teeny tiny to a big little person. And all of a sudden my Uneven Boobs (™) became architectural, biological masterpieces with magic and mystery that I couldn’t even conceive.

*

But anyway.
What was I saying?
Ahhh yes, body stuff.

*

We can make changes without judging or hating up on ourselves.

It can be different.

It can be joyful.

It can be loving.

It can be good.

*

There are six billion paths up the mountain to God… there are six million truths as well.

If what I’m sharing doesn’t resonate or sing to you, that’s all good, my love. I’m not attempting to convert you. I’m just sharing about something that has deeply deeply changed my life and restored my body. I am so grateful to the women who shared about their experiences of going gluten free, or dairy free, or sugar free with me… they all helped fill up my wisdom well of what was possible.

If this isn’t information that is calling you or is helpful to you right now, it’s ALL good.

*

I believe so deeply that research and knowledge can be truly powerful.

I believe that nutrition can heal us.

And again, a reminder:

Trust your intuition and your gut. See what works for you. If it doesn’t sing to your spirit, find something that does. Go where your spirit calls you!

SO much love, wellness, radiance + goodness to you dear soul… may you always be happy, may you always be blessed,

love,

The Top 10 Books I Think Every Mama Should Read

Hola gorgeous hearts!

SO!

10 books that I totally and wholeheartedly recommend to every mama or mama-to-be.

These are the ones that changed me. Deeply affected me. Have helped me in parenting. Have made me sob big, beautiful tears.

1. Momma Zen by Karen Maizen Miller

I remember reading this book when Ostara was nursing in my arms. I cried on average every 12 pages. I WEPT over this book, again and again.

“Finally,” I thought.

“Someone who absolutely understands me. A mother who is human.”

I even got to tell Karen in this interview how much her books were dear friends to me.

This is the book I send to every expecting mama friend.

 

2. Good Mother Welcome by Ingrid Goff Maidoff

Ingrid sent this to me when Ostara was still a wee babe.

It was another one I sobbed over, creased up, and clutched to my heart.

It’s a love letter from the world to mothers.

Tremendously reassuring, loving, kind and soft.

Just what we need.

I can see why this book gets bought in the dozens to be sent as gifts to new mamas. It is truly remarkable.

3. And it’s not a book, but it dang well should be: Ask Moxie was 100% my saving grace when Ostara was a newborn.

Incredibly honest. Down to earth. Ridunkulously compassionate. Understanding.

She’s the best friend that goes “Yep, it’s really, really hard mate. I know. I know. I know. Also, here’s some really smart ways that might make things better.”

She’s not a hippy, and I ding dang love her.

4. Radical Unschooling by Dayna Martin

I’ve met Dayna, and she is the real deal. A very human earth angel who teaches real compassion.

This book is less about homeschooling and more about revolutionising the way we think of parenting… and helping open the possibilities of just amazing things can be WITH our kids.

Love, love, LOVE her!

5. The Attachment Parenting Book by Sears

So so SO important for mamas to read this book. SO important.

I 100% believe that following the principles in this book has deeply affected our parenting, and how Ostara is now.

She’s a very secure, calm, content toddler… and I wholeheartedly believe it’s because of attachment parenting.

6. Raising Our Children, Raising Ourselves by Naomi Aldort

Another gamechanger of a book.

I am SO SO SO grateful to all the incredible books around now that are helping us to TOTALLY change parenthood, and create deeply respectful, kind, joyful partnerships with our kids!!!

7. Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin

This was the book that set me on my path of parenting and birth, long before I ever had Ostara.

I picked it up one day at the library because I thought it was about spirituality… and what I found instead was a deep education on womanhood and birth.

It completely blew my brain away with just how amazing birth could be – I had NO IDEA up to that point what birth was truly like, outside of TV and the pain jokes I had heard.

It shares stories from 1970s birthing hippies, and they utterly transformed the way I saw birth and parenting. Wow. Wow, wow, wow.

Spiritual Midwifery is a classic.

8. Nature’s Children by Juliette de Bairacli Levy

Another hippy-tastic book from a gypsy healer woman. I just flipping LOVE this book on optimal health, herbal healing + diet.

Whenever I need resetting, I open up this book. Simple, sage guidance on an ancient way of being!

9. 73 Lessons Every Goddess Must Know

And I wrote all the big, deep lessons I’ve learned from parenting into a huge “Mama Goddess” chapter in 73 Lessons Every Goddess Must Know…

10. Hypnobirthing / Hypnobabies / Calmbirth

And peeps, if you haven’t given birth yet, do whatever you can to get a book, homestudy course, or in-person course of any of the above.

I absolutely believe it will make the WORLD of difference for you when it comes to birth!
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Hurrah!

Happy reading, my loves!

I so dearly hope these books bring you wisdom, transformation + joy in your parenting.

big mama booby squishy hugs,
Leonie