Eat With Intention is a gorgeous healthy living cookbook that combines daily meditation with plant-based recipes. It’s a manual for making peace with your food, loving your whole self and taking your power back in your life (and diet) by tapping into your body’s natural wisdom. You will not have to do a cleanse, eat kale every day, or eliminate an entire food group. Instead, you will learn the step-by-step process for eating with intention and being in loving relationship with your body, mind, and soul so that you can put a stop to the never-ending cycle of fad diets, constant exhaustion, and general unhappiness with your body and yourself. Meditation and wellness teacher Cassandra Bodzak struggled for years with unhealthy dieting, stomach pains, and food allergies. It was only when she began to listen to her body, connect deeper with her intuition and ultimately, both eat and live with the intention that she transformed her life. In this book, she shares her wisdom to help you discover:
- How to make peace with your body so that it can transform and reach its highest potential.
- How to uncover the foods that are causing discomfort and decode what your cravings are really trying to tell you.
- How to nourish the body from a place of self-love.
- How to tap into the built-in intuitive guidance system we all have.
- How to incorporate a daily meditation practice and self-care rituals into everyday life to experience more clarity and joy.
- How to prepare over 75 plant-based recipes, each accompanied by a mantra and meditation for eating with purpose and fueling your body, mind, and soul.
So if you want to learn how to quiet your mind, start listening to your body, and love your whole self, then you are ready for this blueprint to a life that lights you up from the inside out. You are ready to live your best life with a clear head, open heart, and boundless energy.
Roald Dahl famously said: “If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” I couldn’t agree more. Beauty starts from within and permeates outward. Thinking thoughts that nourish your soul and eating foods that nourish your body are more effective than the most luxurious makeup money can buy. You can’t fake true radiance. This juice is packed with nutrients that will get you glowing from the inside out! Pineapple juice promotes healthy skin and helps prevent acne; watercress is also great for your overall health with its high levels of vitamin C, and cucumber has cooling and moisturizing properties.
RADIANT HEART MEDITATION
In this exercise, we are going to pull energy into our heart center and allow it to saturate every cell of our being, filling us with light and allowing our inner radiance to pour outward as it overflows. Begin by sitting in easy pose and breathing long and deep. Close your eyes and focus on your heart center while using your hands to slowly and steadily pull the energy surrounding you into your heart. Your hands should stay at heart height and move from the sides of your body inward as if you are catching a ball and bringing it into your heart. Feel the light in your heart expand and grow brighter with each motion. Continue for at least 3 minutes, gradually building up to 11 minutes. Take a deep breath in and bring your hands into your heart, right palm on top of left. Feel the energy pulsing through your heart center and allow it to distribute throughout your entire being. Imagine it filling up each cell with its loving light energy. Exhale.
Yield: 1 serving
- ½ cup (17 g) watercress
- 2 cucumbers, peeled
- 2 limes, peeled
- 1 cup (166 g) pineapple chunks
Starting with the watercress, juice all the ingredients into a large glass. Lightly stir and serve immediately.
“My beauty radiates from within.”
Distractions are everywhere these days, especially with smartphones and social media vying for our attention throughout the day. My daily focusing weapon is always my meditation and reciting what I’m here to do. What’s your mission statement? I’ll give you a hint: For all of us, at its core, it is being a living example of love incarnate. When we adjust our focus to our divine purpose, we have a lot more power when it comes to steering clear of mindless distractions. This potion is a bit of a secret weapon of mine for days when shiny objects are getting the better of me. The sweet combination of grapes with the alkalizing punch of kale and celery perks you up while magical rosemary focuses all that good energy in the area you need it!
DIVINE PURPOSE VISUALIZATION
Sit in easy pose with your eyes closed and focused on your third-eye point (the space between your eyebrows). Take long, deep breaths in through your nose and out your mouth. Feel your body come into a calm balance. Now, bring what your purpose on this planet is to the top of your mind. If you are unclear about what your purpose is, use “I am here to be love,” because that is all of our main purposes. Allow it to be your mantra for a few moments, letting it roll around your head, down your spine, and through your breath flow. Now bring to mind what this would look like to you. How do you behave? How do people around you feel and act? What’s the ripple effect in the world? Allow these images to flood your mind for the next 3 to 5 minutes before bringing yourself back to your original purpose statement, taking a deep breath in, holding it, and releasing it.
Yield: 1 serving
- 3 celery stalks
- 2 cups (134 g) baby kale
- 1 cup (150 g) grapes
- 3 drops rosemary essential oil
- 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, to garnish
Put celery, kale, and grapes into a juicer and juice into a large glass. Stir in the rosemary oil, garnish with sprigs of rosemary, and serve immediately.