Love Means Letting Go

Love Means Letting Go.

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I use to believe that love meant holding on. Grasping tight. Stinging, wrenching, painful. Holding that fear. Holding uncertainty. Holding hurt. Holding intensity. Holding an image, an illusion, a facade, beauty, perfection. Holding it all together. It required a whole lot of glue, all that holding. It could break apart and crumble at any time, under all that intense pressure.

 

In my journey of discovering love, I learned that love actually requires a whole bunch of letting go…

 

Letting go of fear.

Letting go of expectations from the other person.

Letting go of needing, wanting, and trying so hard.

Letting go of preconceived ideas about how it should be.

Letting go of vanity, appearances, and facades.

Letting go of jealousy, anger, and resentment.

Letting go of illusions.

Letting go of cultural expectations.

Letting go of perfection.

Letting go of grand thoughts and idealizations.

Letting go of doing, and just being.

Letting go of the past.

 

 

Love requires a whole bunch of letting go, so a whole bunch of authentic and raw love can flow in. So you may fly freely together!

 

Let go, and love. 

 

Girl Scout Cookie Remakes…The Real Food Way!

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It’s Girl Scout cookies time! I was a girl scout myself for many years. I remember going from door to door with the little slip! Oh the excitement!  Now you get mass e-mails, phone calls, and even facebook pages devoted to selling them.

 

This is me circa 1983:

 

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It’s too bad these delicious tasting cookies contain so many harmful ingredients such as: GMO corn and soy products, food dyes, artificial food dyes, artificial flavors, and worst of all hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils. The shortbread cookies do not even contain any butter!

The 2 most popular kinds that I myself enjoyed most were samoas and thin mints…so…

 

I wanted to share with you some links to recipes that real food bloggers did to re-make healthier versions of these classic cookies!

 

Make sure you drop by their blog-sites and show them some love!

The first ones are samoas that come from Rising Moon Nutrition!

 

“These are sweetened only with dates, and there is a super awesome secret ingredient: sweet potatoes! They add a wonderful texture and flavor to the cookies, and also contribute some sweetness.  The almond butter and dates create the caramel effect and flavor, and the chocolate drizzle is pure, unsweetened dark chocolate. The bitterness of the cocoa is a nice balance to the sweetness of the rest of the cookie..I, of course, enjoyed mine with a nice cup of black coffee…like any good dessert should be!”

 

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The next recipe is from my friend over at Life Made Full!

“If you haven’t heard, Girl Scout cookies have GMOs (genetically modified organisms). These grain-free, dairy-free  Thin Mint Copycats don’t. And they’re flippin’ awesome! Seriously, it was just like biting into one of THESE grasshopper cookies, but without any of THESE nasty ingredients!”

 

 

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The next are thin mints that come from Orleatha Smith over at Level Health and Nutrition!

“Be it for yourself or for someone else, these cookies are sure to satisfy even the most loyal thin mint fan — I threw in lemon balls (which I would likely flatten next time) and shortbread. Be careful, these are all highly addictive! Enjoy!”

 

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and Finally Raw Vegan Paleo Samoas from BettyRawker.com!

 

“I used to wear my little Brownie uniform and sash full of badges with so much pride (pictured below)! I remember slinging those not so good for you cookies with my troop in front of supermarkets too. I also remember learning how to make raw style “no-bake” cookies, but oh, looking back, they had the worst ingredients! I recall crunchy peanut butter, non fat milk powder, refined sugar…ick!”

 

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Thanks to my friend over at Just Eat Real Food for links to the recipes 🙂