Top 3 beliefs about Weight Loss that are False

I’ve lost 130 pounds in my life. I see the same commercials you do, even tried some of the plans that sell you on the dreams of floating through life eating what you want, magically being able to use moderation and eat that chocolate cake (there is a reason why you can’t), and never being hungry only to find when you wake up in the morning you are 50 pounds thinner!

If you believe that, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I want to sell you. No really, it’s in the back, let me show you.

To cut to the chase, these plans are selling you on dreams. They are marketing ploys. They have listened to the common complaints and questions and are trying to sell you. Tried some of them, they don’t work. Here is what did work that helped me lose 130 pounds. Here is what my top 3 untruths that diet plans try to sell people.

1. That you’ll never be hungry. “Just eat more fat, don’t be hungry, and you’ll lose fat!” False. In every plan that I’ve used I was hungry at some point. Increasing fat never worked for me yet and may be why keto didn’t (although I do use Keto or low glycemic recipes to help me with my macros). You’ll be hungry, not all the time, but on occasion. Being hungry is a way for your body to signal to you it is using its fat reserves to function and to go find more. You want the body to use that fat instead of eating more food. You learn to be ok with with feeling a little hungry, you adapt and it no longer bothers you. You redirect your attention to something else. To be able to lose weight and never be hungry is a marketing ploy. Don’t expect to glide through weight loss without hunger and you’ll get past hurdles in your journey.

2. You don’t have to count calories. False. None of the plans worked when I didn’t count them. The plans that worked, I always counted them. If you’ve memorized them so you don’t have to count them and consistently eat the same things, that works. That works because you’ve counted them at some point and you know you are creating a caloric deficit. Some skinny girls can count the calories in their mind. Studies have shown that overweight people have the ability to forget what they’ve eaten in a day or be completely oblivious to how much they’ve eaten.(1) That is how weight gain starts, so a habit needs to be changed. You need to be more aware of what is going in your mouth.

3. Once I lose the weight I don’t have to diet again. If I do have to diet again, I’ve failed. False. Even skinny girls diet or detox. My Dad has always maintained his weight but I will hear from him that he “feels it” when he’s gained 2 or more pounds and will cut down on some foods for a short period of time. What I have found is they catch the weight gain within 2 to 5 pounds and nip it in the butt good before it is out of control. Overweight people let it slide for a lot longer or feel like a failure if they aren’t able to maintain magically for all time. Expect you’ll have to watch it after you lose all the weight and make adjustments. Be more in tune with you and your body, continue to get on the scale after you lose it, continue to measure and be mindful of the calories. Its how you lose it, its how you keep it off.

You think I gave you all you need to know? Kind of. I did clear the clutter of false advertising. You could take that and run with it and be successful, in theory.

However you also may run into psychological problems such as binge eating, hopelessness and spiritual problems such as being ungrounded, energies and entities that set you up to fail.

Been there and done much of that, even better I have access to spirit guides that can help you through whatever unique or similar situation you are going through. I have accountability sessions as well as informational sessions, one on one with your guides. I haven’t met a nutritionist that can do all of that yet.

All of my weight loss packets, recipes and sessions are here, follow the link or scroll up and click “Holistic weight loss”.

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Best of luck and let’s get fit!

Reference

Kessler, M.D., David. (2009) The End of Overeating. Taking control of the insatiable American appetite. New York, NY: Rodale.

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How do you Lose Weight?

I lost 130 lbs, and I’m going to keep the first part of this very simple, as people often get confused with all the advertising. If you want more detailed information I have a weight loss packet long with accountability sessions and other informational sessions on my website. Click on the link to go to my packet.

These are the three ways I’ve been able to lose fat and reshape my figure.

  1. Watch my calories and keep them to the recommended limit using an app such as Lose it. In this method I did not pay attention to macros in other words I did not try to stay low carb. This is probably one of the slowest methods that I’ve gone through but it still works, creating a caloric deficit and thereby the body uses your stored fat. Its also the simplest method.
  2. Going super low carb, less than 50g a day, high protein and a lot of spinach, and low fat too (not “Keto”). Spinach is it good appetite suppressant and diuretic meaning helps you lose water weight. I did not exercise in this plan. This is the fastest method I have used, but not for the faint of heart. Expect moodiness and use supplements such as MCT oil and others to help with moods and energy swings.
  3. Watching my calories as well as exercising. I would exercise in the morning before I had eaten anything, taking my BCAAs and pre-workout supplement, I would do 30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of weight training. I felt awesome after my workouts, I could feel my body changing quickly and I had way more energy and positive attitude. Other than food, exercise can uplift your mood as well and it’s probably one of the healthier ways of doing that. I would still watch macros, about 50g of whole wheat, which is a 1/2 cup. Best way to have this was my flat bread, recipe here. No extreme mood swings, if anything I was happier.

To be honest keto never worked for me longer than a week. I’ve tried it twice now, I didn’t have long-lasting results, a lot of mood swings. Maybe was just my body type, I don’t know because I’ve seen other people have success or say that they do. What I found is keto give you a false sense that in order lose weight you will never be hungry because you just load up on fats, so you have the expectation going into it that you’re not going to be hungry. I think that’s false. I don’t think I ever lost weight on any plan that did not make me hungry at some point. I think you have to be hungry, because that’s your body singling to you “hey I’m using up your fat preserves, I don’t like this I wish to survive, eat more food!” So going in with an expectation of never being hungry I think is not good, and loading up on more fats has not done positive things for me. I did keto while watching my calories, still didn’t get the results I was looking for. The other 3 above were more effective. When I watched carbs I was also low fat.

Keto may not be the right fit for you. Low carb, yes that helped me, but with low fat as well. I was hungry at some point in all of these plans, got used to it, and liked the slimmer figure as a result. I would say if you really want to lose weight, expect to get hungry every once and a while. Work on your fear of being hungry. Hunger is not something to cure, you have plenty of food, you can eat “later”. You’ll be ok with a little hunger.

Now what I do is use some of those keto recipes to supplement sometimes like for dessert, so I can feel like I’m having a dessert without spiking my sugar, thereby releasing insulin, which causes the body to store fat. Just count those calories, and macros if you are using that route.

Also, ditch the idea that you can lose weight without counting calories. Won’t work. Just like losing weight without getting hungry every once and a while. Won’t work. Your body wants to keep you alive, it will signal to you to eat and even store fat sometimes. So your feelings on eating and just going solely based on those won’t cut it. Never worked for me. That’s just commercials trying to sell you the dream.

You think I gave you all you need to know?  Kind of.  I did clear the clutter of false advertising.  You could take that and run with it and be successful, in theory.

However you also may run into psychological problems such as binge eating, hopelessness and spiritual problems such as being ungrounded, energies and entities that set you up to fail.

There is way more to tell you but that is the advice of the day. My packet gives the other components such as psycholoigcal tricks and spiritual tips to help you succeed long term. Keto may not work for many of you because of the mood swings, the expectation that you will never be hungry which is not logical, and having too much fat in a diet may not be the best way to lose fat.

I have other weight loss and fitness advice in my blog, feel free to go through my blogs which are ad-free. Also I have a weight loss packet you can try and do on your own or add in some accountability and coaching sessions if you want.

Let’s get fit!

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Almond Chocolate Nut Clusters Recipe – Keto, low glycemic

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Lily’s dark chocolate chips (keto friendly)
  • 3 almonds, salted

Notes

I keep these dessert recipes small, often cutting out a lot of extra ingredients so that you only make it when you really want to dessert, you don’t have a whole batch of these laying around the house that’s constantly tempting you. So when you just absolutely have to have chocolate you can have it in a keto friendly way and you can make it in about less than 5 minutes. Another good example would be my chocolate chip cookie dough keto friendly recipe that you can make again and probably less than 10 minutes and enjoy. I make them in small batches so that I don’t overeat and you can keep moderation and count the calories small while still enjoying dessert, you don’t have to binge and feel bad or guilty about it afterwards, it can be incorporated in your daily calories.

Directions

Put 1/4 of a cup of Lily’s dark chocolate chips into a microwavable bowl and microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir and microwave for another 30 seconds. They should be pretty well melted if some of the chocolate chips aren’t that’s okay you’re going to refreeze freeze them anyway so that you can eat the chocolate treats. Poor or scoop the melted chocolate over three almonds that are laying on wax paper. Put the wax paper with your chocolate almonds cluster into the freezer for about 15 minutes. Take out and enjoy!

Tastes like the real thing, so glad I found this and my chocolate chip cookie dough recipe.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough – Keto, Low glycemic, tastes like the real thing!

INGREDIENTS

2 tbsps butter, softened

1 1/3 tbsp Keto friendly sugar (such as Monk Fruit or Swerve)

1/8 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1/8 tsp. kosher salt

1/2 c. almond flour

2 tbsps Keto friendly dark chocolate chips (such as Lily’s)

DIRECTIONS

In a large bowl using a hand mixer, beat butter until light and fluffy. Add sugar, vanilla and salt and beat until combined. 

Slowly beat in almond flour until no dry spots remain, then fold in chocolate chips. Using a small cookie scoop or your hands scoop dough into small balls about 1 inch in diameter. Makes about 3 balls of cookie dough.

Store in the refrigerator if planning to eat within the week, or in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Notes

I keep these recipes small so that you don’t have a whole batch of these sitting around the house tempting you. You can fulfill your dessert or chocolate need and then move about you day. Saves you from binging and feeling bad afterwards. So rich, you will feel done after one. Low glycemic means no cravings and no sugar spikes. Yay!

What if I have failed every weight loss plan I’ve been on?

By Andrea Knight, mediumandreaknight.com

Listening to my weight loss clients and listening to their questions, I thought I might address this one first. Other blogs to come on my weight loss plan so stay tuned to this blog and click the “follow” button.

First, I watch the same commercials that talk about weight loss that you do. Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Slim Fast and the like. I’ve even spoken to my own physician on their advice concerning weight loss. When I went to my doctor I’d have to say I was very disappointed after the session. She offered very little detailed advice when it came to how someone should go about weight loss other than to create a caloric deficit and maybe watch the quality of the calories you put in. I think it takes a lot more than that. As you well know, and if you’re reading this blog, you’ve probably been through a few plans yourself, there’s a psychological component that is very important. There’s also a spiritual component that I haven’t seen any of these plans with commercials on TV address. Honestly many of the plans that say that they are “holistic” truly aren’t as they are not including the spiritual. That’s what makes my weight loss plan different, I give you solutions to the spiritual as well as give you summaries on the psychological articles and books that I’ve read. Being successful myself with 130 pounds lost, I can walk you through some of the pitfalls and some of the problems you may encounter so that you can be successful. You can find my weight loss plan here.

Second I’m going to refer to some psychological advice that I overheard once. I think it’s a great illustration of what a lot of people go through. They said that if you keep repeating a pattern then you must be benefiting from it in some way. In other words if you continue to choose chocolate cake, you’re probably benefiting from it in some way. Mood, escape, a break from work. In this case let’s say it could be the short-term pleasure and the boost to your mood caused by dopamine and/or serotonin from the sugar. My plan does give you some psychological advice as well as some supplements to help you through things like that. They said in order to break the habit you no longer want, you have to realize what you’ve been benefiting from it in some way and realize that you have to give up whatever that benefit is. Are you ready to get rid of the short-term pleasure in order to achieve the long-term results you would desire?

Next I’m going to tell you something that no one else will. I feel like it’s something that you should consider instead of suffering for the rest of your life over this. Maybe you’re not willing to compromise the short-term pleasure for the long-term benefits. You keep making that choice, maybe that is just it.

Maybe it’s not a thin body alone you are really trying to achieve, maybe it’s a relationship you desire. Relationships are full of hard work, intimacy issues, sickness, not to mention rejection, death, separation and loss. There’s a lot of negatives to relationships that I deal with when doing readings on a day-to-day basis, but there’s a lot of pleasurable effects as well, which I’m sure you are aware of. Subconsciously, you may remember the negative aspects of being in a relationship. That its not all dandy all the time. My parents have been married 55 years and I can’t say that they were 100% happy all the time, relationships are filled with ups and downs. So if you’re trying to lose weight for the reason of having the relationship you desire, there may be some other subconscious beliefs that are holding you back, some fears of being in a relationship or even intimacy fears. So a relationship would be even more work after you’ve lost all that weight. After you’ve lost all that weight, you will have to find other coping mechanisms other than alcohol and food to deal with those additional emotional relationship problems that are now in your life. Sometimes being single can be easier, and we’re fortunate enough these days that we don’t need a partner in order to live, own property, or to put food on the table. You may be choosing to be single. Doesn’t mean that you don’t want the “ideal relationship” in Hallmark movies but subonsciously you may not want all the negatives. So that snickers bar looks far more tasty to you mentally, physically, and spiritually right now than all the work that a relationship would be in the future. You’re making a choice. You’re making the choice of short-term pleasure now versus long-term work and some occasional up and down happiness. That happiness in the relationship may not be continuous and on some level you know that. If you’ve come to this conclusion, and you’ve admitted to yourself that this is truly what you want, good for you. You’re way ahead of so many people struggling and purchasing so many weight loss plans. If you’re willing to give it another try, and think you just need some more spiritual advice along with the psychological and the physical plan, take a look at my weight loss page and we can start the journey together.

Lastly I really want to emphasize the grief cycle here. When we perceive a loss whether that is loss of being able to eat chocolate cake whenever we want, cheese and crackers, or mashed potatoes with gravy, we can go through the grief cycle. A lot of people experience depression when they first start a weight-loss plan along with the detoxification effects that their body is going through. I should also note that if you went through the previous paragraph and you’ve decided, “you know what, I think I’m going to give myself a break and accept that maybe I don’t want to go through what I have to go through the rest of my life to be and stay so thin”, good for you, note that there may be a loss of Hope in some way, which can lead to you going through the grief cycle. If you start to feel depressed after realizing any of this, I asked God in a prayer or meditation to help you get to the end of the grief cycle which they call that stage “acceptance.” This will help you get over the hump a lot quicker and prevent you from falling back into the habits and patterns of depression, sadness, anger, or bargaining.

Need help working with some of your fears and beliefs? I recommend the Snow Leopard package on my energy healing page here. Want to try my weight-loss packet, follow the link and if you want to get a psychic reading on this or another subject goes my psychic readings page. Talk to you soon!

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Is He Leaving “The Wife?”

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By Andrea Knight, mediumandreaknight.com

Happy New Year!

The New Year can be something magical for most of us. As many people say, “A new year, a new life!”

However I noticed over the years some patterns stay the same.

The holidays can be a busy time for psychics. Today was no exception. I get on instant chat, bam, one call right after another, after 2 hours I was almost finished with my daily financial goal and I hadn’t eaten yet.

You say to yourself, well of course, everyone wants to know how the new year will turnout. Some of it is that, but mostly I get the same thing evey year.

Katie met Mitch on the beach in her state of Florida in June. He said he was separated and was getting a divorce. So they proceeded to get together and have a passionate, romantic whirlwind of a vacation together. Unfortunately he lives in New Hampshire so he leaves and goes back home. Months roll by, they talk, get closer. End of the year, she is stuck at home on Christmas Eve by herself. Christmas Day rolls by. Nothing, haven’t heard from him, not a peep. 6:30 am the day after Christmas she gets a text, not a call, not a FaceTime, a text, “Hey, baby”.

How would you feel?

Well she’s pissed. She’s spent the whole holiday waiting for him to call and nothing for two days.

If you love someone you reach out on the holiday, one day or both.

He says he had to spend the holidays with family. That the rest of the family doesn’t know they are separated. He has obligations and an image to keep up.

I give her what spirit says because they always know the right thing to say. They are sympathetic to all sides. Well, this isn’t a reading, this is a blog. So what I say to you is…

Yeah, so?

So he couldn’t go to the bathroom Christmas Eve or Day, close the door, text her in less than 5 seconds “Hey baby”, delete the message and then go back to family?

I get these calls every year. Every year. Not always the same person. If you haven’t been in the situation, it can be tough on my clients. They aren’t idiots. They are educated, sometimes even masters degrees. Some are middle class, some are rich, all status levels here. They know they are the “other woman” here, they never call themselves the mistress, but they have feelings. Its hard to separate emotionally even when all the signs says, “Girl, he’s never leaving the wife”.

When you love someone, you will make the time to reach out to them regardless of whatever sticky situation you may find yourself in. If he thought he was truly getting a divorce then he should maintain the relationship he thinks he will be in the future. That would be a wise investment.

As far as the clients that come to me every year asking me the usual question, “Is he going to leave the wife”, what I have to say to you is watch out for the signs. Yes go to God and your guides and ask them is this the best path for both of you but I would also put a timestamp on it. Not that love has a timestamp but for practicality purposes and for your own sanity not to mention for your own pocketbook depending on how much you go to psychics asking this question ($5 a minute can add up quickly, especially when you are feeling emotional and need to talk). After two years of him not leaving the wife, maybe take it as a Hint. It may be time to let go, get to acceptance at the end of the grief cycle and to move on.

Do some husbands get a divorce? Yes. Usually within 2 years of making that decision. Do some husbands chicken out and drag along the “lady on the side”, intentionally or not? Yes. It happens. Sometimes for years. Longest I’ve heard was 9 years so far from what I can recall. That is why I say, given a situation where he really does have good intentions and really is planning to leave his wife, give it 2 years. After that, in my experience, he has chickened out and the fear is stopping him from moving forward, or he never intended to go through it and was lying to be blunt.

What I would say to you is it doesn’t mean that the soulmate connection or the twin flame connection does not exist, it may exist, you can feel it, he may even feel it, but there’s more grounded things going on here. You have to look at what’s going on on the physical level, is he too afraid to leave the wife for financial considerations, afraid of how other people will judge him, or is he really just not that serious about marrying you, and you really are truly “the lady on the side.”

Example of a real reading 01/01/2021, identities hidden for client protection. This reading popped up after I wrote this article, illustrating how holidays do strongly bring this issue up for clients

So that’s my advice to you after doing this for years. This happens to me every year, of course I feel sympathy for these ladies. However, after I’ve delivered the messages from those crossed over, which is always wise as they’re sympathetic to everyone involved and always have the best thing to say in these kinds of situations, afterwards I just want to scream and tell all these ladies like you would tell your girlfriend, “GIRL, he’s never leaving the wife!”

The thing is this, it’s more complicated for a psychic medium sometimes because we do see that there’s a soul connection here that draws the woman back in. It can also get complicated when it comes to Attachment Theory and other psychological problems that both sides may be dealing with. She may really not want commitment for long term with him, and all the obligation that comes with that. She may really not want a husband but maybe she hasn’t admitted that to herself on a conscious level so she finds herself in these situations of always being with a married man, just enough distance so that she doesn’t have to deal with him 100% and take on that obligation.

However I would say to simplify things I would love to give you an equation or recipe here. Yes acknowledge that there’s a soul connection, yes you maybe know each other on the other side and the unconditional love feeling can be intense, however if he has not left the wife in 2 years those fears have clearly taken a control over any motivation he may have to leave her. The love he has is not able to overcome those obstacles.

Time to leave, girl. Time to leave his ass and find someone else.

In the meantime review if you really want a full-time relationship with someone. Review the reasons you may continue to pick people that are unavailable, because every year I do get readings from those that are single. Single people that are good people. There’s nothing horribly wrong with them but they don’t have a partner so there are people out there that you could be with that are unattached. Widows, career driven people that haven’t gotten to it yet, shy people sometimes, but good people. Review why you’ve chosen this person, yes it may be a soulmate connection, know that we have multiple soulmates and you can find that deep connection again with someone else, hopefully someone even better. It’s just in this life, the physical criteria have not quite matched up to your expectations, in other words he’s not available and he’s not spending time with you during the holidays and he may never.

Call me if you want advice on how to split from a soulmate connection. I’ve done it, I’ve found someone better, I can help you through it. You also need to get through the grief cycle so you don’t get depressed and go back to him, I have some examples and how to do that as well. You can reach me through any of my psychic readings sessions or energy healing sessions if you would like to review those reasons why you find yourself in this pattern. Sincerely I hope everyone has a great New Year’s, be happy, whole and fulfilled with what you have and own today.

May the best of your past be the worst of your future!~Irish Proverb

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“Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Kiyosaki Summary

Photo Source: Andrea Knight, picture of Book, “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Kiyosaki

I’m sure most of you have heard of the book called Rich Dad, Poor Dad (Kiyosaki, 1998). This has been on my list for a while as it was usually recommended while searching for finance books. I like to read non-fiction more than fiction, and I do like to read a lot on finances, entrepreneurship, and stocks. I do have a background in Finance and Accounting for over 10 years and the book does have a few tips such as the difference between an asset and liability on a very high level to help the common consumer. The overall object of the book seems to be to think about work in your career in a different way, essentially he starts off telling the difference between the rich dad who had no college education and the Poor Dad, who was his biological father, that had a masters degree and worked for the government. The Rich Dad owned a number of his own businesses and he taught his son and the author of this book when they were very young that in order to be rich it would be better not to work for someone else. Here are a few highlights of the book that I found interesting and useful:

  • Buy assets not liabilities
  • Make your money work for you, not work for the money
  • Assets would be stocks, bonds, real estate, rentals, IOU’s, intellectual property, royalties
  • Liabilities are credit cards and a mortgage
  • Don’t buy luxuries unless your assets are to the point of bringing in enough money to cover it, that includes cars, homes, etc
  • Work to build enough assets that produce a consistent income so you are independent of working for others and not working for money
  • Those that work for someone else pay taxes first and then can use the money left over to pay for expenses
  • Those that own their own business can use the pre-tax money to pay expenses, and after they subtract their business expenses including rent, utilities, meals, travel, car expenses then they pay taxes
  • The rich protect their money from lawsuits through trusts and incorporating
  • Work on your fear of rejection and failure
  • The current school system doesn’t teach enough about the basics of finances and money
  • Use your mind and creativity to find and build opportunities
  • Let money work for you through buying assets that give you a return or having a business where others do the work
  • Those that work for someone else usually are too fearful to go out on their own, they look for security under someone else, and may never become rich as they will pay more in taxes and not invest in assets that generate an income, instead they plunge money into money pits such as mortgages and credit cards. They buy their luxuries before their assets are paying for them.
  • Continue to learn and develop your knowledge, take courses even after college
  • Keep a good network of intelligent people that know more than you do, lawyers, CPAs and other intellectuals
  • He makes other points as well but hopefully that is a good reminder to those that already read the book and a glimpse for those that may be interested in reading it

I should also note from a large picture perspective, and he does mention this in the book, that if you are a fearful, highly fiscially conservative person that is not willing to put in the work to get over rejection and fears of failure then working for yourself is not for you. Being successful in my own business over the past 7 years I wouldn’t say that I’m taking the large amount of risks that he is implying in some of these examples, but I’m open to continuing to work on myself and better myself over the years, and who knows, we’ll see how far that takes me. He talks about the advantages of working for yourself versus working for someone else and while he worked for someone else for a while to build his initial money he ended up launching on his own and he talks about the benefits of that. If you do end up continuing to work for someone else for a living I would say what you can get from this book is to continue to invest your money into assets such as stocks, bonds, and other income generating assets listed below so that you can build up a foundation that will give you returns rather than more expenses that will throw money out the door. I think if you take anything from this book he certainly tries to drive that information home, however much of the book is to try to convince you that working for yourself has many more advantages than being the person working hard to make your boss rich.

Interested in a reading about money, career or even love? My readings are here. Energy healing can remove blocks of abundance coming to you, you can find my energy healing page here.

References

Kiyosaki, R. T., & Lechter, S. L. (1998). Rich dad, poor dad: What the rich teach their kids about money that the poor and middle class do not!. Paradise Valley, Ariz: TechPress.

Plants and the Five Love Languages

Image source: “Garden” Jennifer C., https://flic.kr/p/e4vn5D

Did you know you can apply the 5 love languages to your plants at home?

I figured this out through experience, without really trying to apply the five love languages I noticed as I spent more time with my plants doing activities other than just watering them, they would grow better, faster and would survive longer. Before I started applying these methods I would lose more plants or they would wilt quicker.

At first, I was taking the advice of someone else and trying to use positive energy to help my plants with the re-potting process so they would survive longer (before this they often died shortly after the process). I found, like good feng shui, the positive energy uplifted the feeling of my home but also found it helps the plants grow faster and greener leaving you with a beautiful garden! There was a statistical difference in how many plants survived between when I applied these methods versus before when I just would water them.

Many of you have read the book The Five Love Languages by Dr. Gary Chapman. If you haven’t, its a very good book and describes the 5 possible ways you can send and receive love, usually written in the context of a person. Not everyone has the same primary way to send or receive love, they can differ and this is why you can have couples sending love to their partner but their partner doesn’t feel loved. For instance, one client’s way of sending love was working hard to provide for home and family, but their partner may want quality time, so at times there was resentment from the lack of personal time spent.

The 5 Love Languages

  • Affirmations – Tell your plant it is doing well, that is is growing well, that it is pretty or handsome, thank it for being there. Tell it to get along with other plants particularly the little ones that are new. Just like a puppy, use a nice tone. This has an energetic effect and raises the vibration around you. I used to say “yay!” with dogs (not necessarily with cats) and they would become instantly happy. I find it uplifts your energy and the energy around you as well. I feel a big difference with the plants for hours after I give affirmations to a group of plants. You may feel odd, but if you want positive energy in your home and you are willing, try it while the husband or wife is away.
  • Quality time – I don’t think plants need a ton of time but the act of you paying attention, talking to them, watering them is all quality time. After you’ve raised the positive energy then you may want to sit in that energy and enjoy the benefits. Think of plants as little sponges of energy, make sure you make it positive and you can enjoy it for some time later. Someone recommended playing music for them, I’ve found plant healing frequency music on YouTube or you can choose something you intuitively think is best for the mood you want to feel around your home.
  • Physical touch – I was doing this without really thinking about it. One of my cypress trees had a branch that extends like an hand to greet me and I would shake it and say something encouraging. That particular plant was dying at first but I was able to bring it back to life. You can see the areas on the branches were they turned brown and then the outer edges of the branches turn green as the new needles came in. After I realized the power of the 5 love languages on my plants, eventually I would touch every plant and use positive affirmations. I wouldn’t over do it, not all plants need a hug or really want too much touching (I don’t hug my plants, I promise).
  • Gifts – This is easy, your offerings of water and plant food, new soil at times or even a bigger pot can all be gifts they like. Use positive speaking when doing pot transfers, I used to lose plants while doing this.  They call it plant shock.  Ever since using the 5 love languages all of my plants have survived pot and soil replacements. You can even ask God to send elementals, kings, queens or nature spirits to help the plant with the transition that is best and highest for both of you so it doesn’t cause plant shock and rapid plant death.
  • Acts of Service – Overlapping with gifts, transferring to bigger pots, changing the soil, watering them, trimming them and other plant maintenance can go onto this category.

Now when I buy plants, I talk to them on our way home, even listen to them to get to know them better. Start by talking to them, ask their name or you can name them. Put little labels on them, put pride into selecting their little pots and encourage them when transferring them anywhere. Tell them they will be ok when moving between area or pots. Just as with your pets you think they don’t speak the language but they can get a lot from your tone of voice. Your voice is also determining the energy around you and your plants which puts everyone at ease.  Not to mention the spirits who maintain the plants and their energies can understand your meaning.  Sincerity is best.

Need a reading?  I offer same day and scheduled readings (at a discount if scheduled).  Talk to you soon!

References

Chapman, Gary D. The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate. Chicago: Northfield Pub, 1995. Print.

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Top Tips for Being a Better Medium

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I’ve learned much, if not all, of the below mediumship improving methods through practice, mediations and being told by spirit. I was inspired to pass some of these down today to my readers as some of you are budding mediums yourselves. I’ve had clients come back and tell me that I was “spot on”, “hit the nail on the head”, had given them accurate validation and that they felt I had really connected with their loved one. Hopefully these tips can help you advance your connection as well, safely and comfortably.

  • Learn to listen, when a client asks you a question stop and discern what are your thoughts versus what is coming from those crossed over. When the question is asked, it helps for me to quiet the mind, look at those crossed over that are giving the answers, and wait for them to speak. Learning to listen will separate out your thoughts and opinions from those that you want to relay.
  • Heal your healers, guides, protectors along with yourself and ask God to heal those crossed over before your reading. So much more clarity!
  • Heal your sides for better clairaudience. Think of your ears being at the side of your body. Often times we will concentrate on the chakras and meridians on the front and the back but the sides get ignored for the most part unless you are clairvoyantly instructed to pay attention to that. I found this out as I was continuing to work on and heal my clairaudience. During your meditations put lapis lazuli or blue aventurine at your ears and rest on a pillow so that they stay there, ask your healers to heal your sides from the top of your crown down to your heel. They should heal your inside areas of your legs as well. This will help you with grounding and the cycle of energy when you do your readings.
  • Be polite, and thank those crossed over, angels, healers etc that helped you doing your reading.
  • Visualize before you’re reading your client excited and happy about their reading, you feeling good about your reading and jumping up and down, and an audience around you like what you would see in a baseball stadium clapping and cheering for you. Everyone is happy because the reading was such a success. After the reading imagine the same baseball stadium and audience clapping for all of those that helps you out, angels, guides, elementals, nature spirits, healers, God and crossed over, making them feel special, appreciated, excited and happy that they had helped you.
  • Ask God to give blessings to those that have helped you with your reading. This is a great way to ask for what you want as well. If you want money or love, ask God to help others in that area too.
  • Watch for patterns and thoughts that come up during a reading that make you feel weak, doubt or sabotage you. These may be your beliefs and fears, or something else. Ask they be healed in your meditations.
  • Use affirmations out loud such as “I am an awesome Medium” repeated 3 times
  • Ask God, Archangels Azrael, Michael and Mary to remove entities that do not serve your readings before during and after your readings.
  • I don’t have to tell you to cleanse your environment, right?
  • Use energetic protection through visualization and ask that your guides, protectors and healers do the same.
  • Continue to work on your clairoyance (third eye), crown and star chakra in meditation
  • Go higher in your vibration by visualizing going as high as you can in the universe or heaven, whatever you picture.
  • Build your relationships with those crossedover by talking to your own, talk to God, ask how their day went, learn to listen. By doing it in your “off time” this may have a positive law of attraction effect as well as building relationships.
  • Good grounding often helps when my clairvoyance “screen” becomes too white and I can’t see as much detail, be sure to ask for good grounding, visualize it as you are also going up vibrations.
  • Do a thorough cleansing of your last client’s energies and entities before moving on to the next one. After my reading it can take me a minute to 10 minutes depending on what is going on to remove all the energetic connections, the energies and entities from the reading. That can be those crossed over, any of the guides or anyone else attached to the clients. It also means that I’m returning my energy back to me so for a really good method on how to do this energy exchange you can find in my article “Finding peace“. If you’re Clairvoyant enough you can ask your guides or God to show you the best cleansing for you to do after reading.

Need a reading? Follow the link to my readings pages. I offer same day readings as well. Energy healing such as the Snow Leopard package may help improve your reading abilities as well, as my clients have come back and noted a marked improvement in their metaphysical abilities.

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Beauty and Attractiveness

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By Andrea Knight

“We “think” we know this lesson, but the media’s influence can be pernicious.  It affects even those most intelligent and book smart, so it is good to review again.”

Most of my readings are on love, relationships, and soulmates. Right now I can only think of writing this very long subject into bullet points for simplicity.

  • 98%+/- of my clients are heterosexual women
  • We judge beauty on outside perfection (thank you, Hollywood, media), and it causes issues for those not on the life path to create “outside” physical attractiveness in this life.
  • Outside beauty is a “Type” of perfection, not the only type of perfection or the only way to attract a person. You can perfect yourself in personality, kindness, unconditional love, intelligence, skills, career or in other ways.
  • Your or his path may be to perfect something else, business, spiritual, or other, we all have a place to make things go around this world.
  • He is perfecting something, you see it, you are attracted, loyal, but he is not perfect, “Hollywood perfect”, on the outside, you feel attracted or love him anyway, he doesn’t accept it fully and in his effort to perfect, he ignores you as he is compartmentalizing (focusing on something else in his life)
  • Women in these types of relationships where you are loving those on the inside, and are not anxious because of your insecurities and the lack of communiction, may last the longest in the relationship. Anxious, insecure partners have many issues due to lack of consistent validation and reassurance. Those that are secure, know to leave him alone but stay loyal to perfect what is “his” skills, work or otherwise.
  • Sometimes those more beautiful than us, physical in this case, see something else in you, may be your unconditional love, long term stability, emotional stability, loyalty, humor or something else still. Those not “beautiful” on the outside don’t always receive love when it is given, so they may search to make themselves “better” in some way. The advice to them is to accept and believe it when love is given. Work on your beliefs or “seeing” that you are attractive.
  • Clients come to me telling me their love interest isn’t receiving their love, not believing that they will really stay. It causes issues and bottom line it is beliefs to heal.
  • If you don’t have someone, you may know deep down your value, even if that is not on the outside, you wait it out, to be loyal to someone special. You keep yourself back because you see the value in yourself even if society or community does not on your face or body shape. This is the struggle, you know it, but others may not see it without getting to know you.
  • Attractiveness and perfection is not always on the outside. Even the most beautiful may see you as attractive. List out what makes you great, there is something there, they see it. Rise above the societal judgement, you are perfecting or improving something in your life, it just may not be outside of yourself ready to see upon first meeting you. Learn to receive the love when given.
  • Advice is to heal it, heal your beliefs, acknowledge what is happening within and rise above it. Ask God or archangels to help where you feel you can’t.

I know you KNOW this, but have you looked at your patterns lately? Even though these themes are repeated in literature and other places, it can still affect us even when at the surface we know better.

If you are attractive and are attracted to those struggling with proving themselves to you (working late hours, concentrating on work, perfection in some other way, attraction theory), then ask God to help them realize and accept that you love them deeper than they think you do. Hollywood, commercials and magazines do us a great disservice in this area, not all attractiveness is on the outside. We “think” we know this lesson, but the media’s influence can be pernicious. It affects even those most intelligent and book smart, so it is good to review again.

I have many solutions to transform these feelings. I have been able to look in the mirror and see the attractive person underneath. Want more advice tailored specifically to you from your guides? Look at my psychic readings page or energy healing pages. Talk to you soon!

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Protection from EMF, Static Electricity and Radiation

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Absorbing or mimicking too much EMF, static electricity and radiation can cause you to feel brain fog, out of sorts, disrupt sleep or any of the other ungrounding side effects.

There are a number of methods to protect yourself from absorbing or mimicking this energy. 1. Most effective I’ve used over the years was having a bowl with usually about a quarter of cup of sea salt next to my computer. I put my finger in the sea salt and I ask the sea salt to absorb EMF, static electricity, and radiation for a period of time, it could be 8 hours or 5 hours, however long you feel like you’re going to be in the area of a computer.

2. Imagine and ask your energy field to not come in contact with the energy field of the computer. After I visualize an energy field around the computer and then imagine my energy field, I draw a red X with my mind between the two fields seeing them separate and not touching or overlapping. Again assign a period time, 8 hours, 5 hours or something along those lines.

3. Shungite is a great stone to ask to protect you from EMF as well as you can use quartz. You can ask the crystals in the palm of your hand to absorb EMF, static electricity, radiation as long as it’s in your pocket or it’s in your possession. Then keep it in your pocket for your day and put it out in the sun and moonlight cleanse and recharge.

4. Lastly you can ask Mother Earth to ground the energies from your computer or device for a time. Imagine a protective bubble around your computer, draining the EMF, radiation and static down into the earth until it reaches the core of the earth. Notice this cord that connects your computer and the earth core sustaining itself as long as you need, 8 to 12 hours. End with please and thank you for intention.

If you store the energy in your lower chakras, or they disrupt the normal energy flow, that can cause some other issues like eating more food than you need or alcohol consumption in an attempt to ground. I’ve noticed they can disrupt your inner feeling of peace, almost giving you a distorted hyper feeling or feeling of fear. Too much EMF can also feel like a disruption in your psychic abilities, so it is good to ask God to remove it, protect yourself from it or ground it whenever possible.

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Cinnamon Pumpkin Pancakes Recipe

Photo Source: Andrea Knight, mediumandreaknight.com

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup creamer
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil or EVOO
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tbsp greek yogurt, non fat
  • 1 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Makes 6 pancakes about 3 inches in diameter.

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Grease a sautee pan with EVOO spray (or butter) and heat pan to medium. Pour mixture into pan, 3 inches in diameter. Cook until browned on underside then flip. Cook again until brown again. This mixture doesn’t create the characteristic bubbles when ready to flip so look at the bottom of the pancake every couple minutes. Every stove top varies in temperatures. Enjoy with the topping, or no topping, of your choice.

Top 3 “Facts” About Empaths That Are False

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By Andrea Knight

Much of what we have learned from empaths or clairsentient people comes from other gurus and teachers. Here are a few misunderstood beliefs around what it means to be an empath that I have found independently in my experiences with some solutions to help you feel better now.

1. We absorb other people’s energy. I learned that this was not always true when doing my Dominion article, instead it may be more rare than you think. Instead, like an actor taking on a role, you may be a mimicking the energies of others, and all you have to say is “reverse”, visualizing all your energies, protectors and guides turning around in a circle to reverse out of this feeling. Ask them instead to “mimic” peace and feeling safe. I will also visualize an arrow going back in time to a point I was feeling at peace, like after a good meditation. In a few seconds I will be restored to that feeling. Much faster than meditations, energy healing sessions, saging and sweetgrass…you get the point. Can be done in seconds while you are anywhere. This solves the problem for me in most instances where I feel icky, off, not safe or brain fogged.

2. That it is actually only our spirit absorbing or mimicking others. Not always true and less often than you think. Instead what I have found is I am feeling my guides, angels and other spiritual helpers mimicking or absorbing the energies and entities. They are doing their part in protecting me and I am feeling what they are protecting me from. What I recommend here is in my “heal the healers” article, imagine your spiritual guides, healers, and other spiritual helpers getting cleansed when you heal yourself. You can just visualize this with all their chakras being cleared, aligned and their energies restored to brilliant colors. You may feel better faster than only working on yourself. Also this is another awesome way to elevate your psychic abilities to the next level as they help facilitate the psychic, mediumship and energy healing process. This method is helpful especially when you’ve done everything you possibly can on yourself but not feeling enough of a change to the positive. “Heal your healers.”

3. That everything we feel, mimic or absorb is from people. Nope. Sometimes you are feeling the environment, the rocks, trees, plants, air, as well as what people, animals and spirits have left behind energetically. You are potentially reading what is, what was and what may be in the future if you have that ability. Mentally note it, and then ask your spiritual entourage to “reverse” like in #1.

This concept of “reversing” out of feeling like others, the environment or spirits is a result of independent research and experience. Please do not copy without proper reference to author and links to this site.

It is possible to go to the grocery store, even Walmart with great psychic or energy healing abilities and feel at peace with no brain fog. Watch out for that article in the future but some of that advice is contained in the recommendations above.

Need a reading? I have same day readings as well as scheduled readings. Follow the links for more information. Energy healing options are also here including shamanic, Reiki and Theta.

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Cherubims, the Motivators, a conversation with “Thorn”

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By Andrea Knight

He told me his name was “Thorn”. Cherubims have been appearing to me the past couple years as tall angels holding puppies. I didn’t know why until I did this reading and now it makes perfect sense. This is one of several on the angel rank series, links to the others are at the end of this article.

In a reading state I asked to connect to a Cherubim level angel that could speak to me clearly. They showed me a tall angel holding a puppy and told me his name was Thorn. He then showed me a picture of a baby, and we discussed a little bit that previous references to Cherubims were associated with cherubs or babies with wings. I asked if they liked this reference and imagery connected to their presence in events and he said they did.

Then I asked what he would like to tell us as advice first and he started with a visualization.

Thorn’s Advice

Thorn showed me a lot of people in the world, waiting or walking in lines. Crowds of people bumping into each other, getting irritated or angry with so many people around them. It reminded me of news stories I had seen of crowded Asian cities like Tokyo or Hong Kong.

The advice given to me is to find calm, to find your inner peace. He then showed me a remote place in the woods, his eyes lighting up, like this was a great place to be. Then I saw small colorful spiritual beings in between the tall pines, and he noted that some of these are in the light (morally good) and some are not. I saw Peter Pan, he’s playing soccer, and Thorn says to me to play, that play is good, Peter Pan here representing something I’ve been taught before. The lesson was that in order to bring joy in your life again, it helps to go back to those things that made you happy in childhood. When we are children we act more on feeling, intution and instinct, doing things we want to do as we are free of much of the restrictions and expectations brought in later in life. Things like free play and creativity that are suppressed as we age and our focus turns to being more “professional.”

I see the cabin surrounded by cedar and pines again next to a calm lake. “Peace and tranquility”, he says, “do you know why?” I see energy waves in the air, disrupting peoples thoughts, thought bubbles coming from peoples’ minds and being caught by someone else’s energy field. I experience brainfog when this is shown, then he says “too much in the ear”, almost like we are picking up on too many radio stations, connected to too many people around each other and its like too much thought energy affecting others when in close quarters. I have an article on how to find peace here if you can’t get away from people for a time, however the message here connects with what clairsentient people experience, to cleanse other’s energies when you can and protect yourself from them, be aware of the phenomenon, when you cannot get away. To know what to ask from the divine to make you feel better.

We have spiritual filters but angels can get overwhelmed, some of the thoughts are negative and make them vibrate or mimic in a certain way (sometimes angels can act as chameleons, vibrating to the environment or energy received), I saw hips and legs vibrating here. See my Dominion article here to counteract this. The “filtering” angel that protects us from this can get distracted and grow tired. I noticed this after some shopping trips or after a long day outside the home. I asked what do angels need when tired? I received the answer “to rest and to do nothing”. I also saw to visualize happy faces going to your surrounding angels and spiritual helpers. Include sending visuals of happiness, joy and rest energy (“Zzzz”) being sent to them from the divine. Go to my healing the healers article here for more on this subject. The other visualization I will do is similar to trading players on the soccer field, exchange the angels that are tired with ones that are “ready to go” and have energy.

What are some things that Cherubims can do?

I saw Thorn pick up a box, move it, and put it down. I saw him pick up another box, and do the same until he has a row of boxes in a semi-circle in front of him. They put children on them, and started waving his hands like a conductor in front of the children. The children didn’t do anything, sometimes paying attention and sometimes distracted by something else. I asked what he wanted the children to do and he told me he wanted them to sing. Someone else comes in with a puppet show behind the children and start playing with the puppets. The children are bored and he is trying to get them to sing, but they won’t sing, but they seem more interested in the puppet show being played then to do what Thorn wants. Thorn now picks up and uses a reindeer puppet and starts waving it in front of the kids. The kids get really happy and start singing! Thorn then explains they didn’t want to do what he wanted them to do, but they did want to watch the puppet show, so he integrated what they wanted to do with what he wanted them to do.

Cherubims are excellent motivators. Motivation may be a hard thing, he points to himself and he says “I know how to do it”, and now the children are singing with him using the puppets. The message here being he knows what the children (us) want and can combine that with what the divine wants us to do to motivate or even excite in some cases. He shows me a visual of him putting fire underneath someone’s bottom, to get them moving. Everyone on the Cherubim level knows how to do this. We can call them if we need help with motivation, both positive and fear based motivation, and they know which one to use.

Free Will

I’ve been doing readings for years, and know some of the questions my clients have asked is not always in line with another’s free will. So I asked what exceptions there may be, everyone has their own motivations and may contradict your own, if it is against someone’s free will do they help? Thorn told me that they know when it is selfish or self motivated, they know “the line” when it is too much against their free will. They will filter out what is not ok for someone else as they know what is alright or not. So if you are asking for something that affects another and don’t know if it is alright, go through Cherubims as they can make that assessment and protect both sides from negative consequences.

Other summarized points about Cherubim level angels:

  • They are excellent and clear at relaying guidance from your guides on multiple levels
  • They are healers as well
  • They are not really the best future tellers, get future predictions from another source
  • They like Christmas (I kept seeing Christmas themes throughout the reading). The reason being that people pray more, people talk to God more, they give to others more, more love in the air, more pretty things to look at which can uplift mood, feelings, thoughts and therefore vibrations. Overall better energy around he told me this is a good environment where they can step in more as people ask for what they want in such uplifting, warm, giving, loving energy.

I suspect Cherubims can do much more than this, however this reading took a couple hours to relay to my readers, so there is more to discover in time. Since this reading and while composing this blog, I have noticed at least 2 events where men were holding puppies, one going into Target while shopping, the other around my home. This was unusual and therefore statistically significant, a sign. Angels will send you messages to validate what you are receiving; ask, be open, and thank them when received to receive more.

Personal aside…

If you were wondering why they chose puppies, I am have a B.S. in Zoology, so when I am stressed or need a mental break I will watch YouTube videos of baby animals to lift me up. Spirit will often bring me animals such as cats, dogs, birds, feathers as messages and validation. I will feel like going outside for some reason, and will run across an angelic message like feathers, cats, dogs, rainbows, unicorns (see thrones article), or coins along the way. While they come to me as tall angels with puppies they may come to you in a different way, be open to how they want to represent themselves to you.

Other Angel blogs

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Pumpkin Spice Greek Yogurt Recipe

Photo source: Andrea Knight
Photo source: Andrea Knight

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
  • dash allspice
  • dash nutmeg
  • dash ground cloves
  • 2 tsp monk fruit sweetener or 1 packet of splenda

Optional add ins and toppings

  • Cranberries
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Flax seeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Psyllium husk

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and serve. I love some crunch or contrasting texture, so I highly recommend sunflower seeds and cranberries. Also a great way to get in your superfood ingredients such as chia or flax seeds. No heating required.

Ginger Pumpkin Muffins or Pumpkin Loaf Recipe

Pumpkin Muffin, photo source Andrea Knight
Pumpkin Muffin, photo source Andrea Knight

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs and 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsps cinnamon
  • 2 tsps nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp greek yogurt
  • 1 and 1/3 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/4 cup enriched white flour
  • 2/3 can pumpkin puree (15oz can)

1. Preheat oven 350 degrees F.

2. In a large bowl, beat together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, apple juice, yogurt, vanilla and sugar until well blended. In a separate bowl, mix together the flours, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Add the flour and spice mixture and beat into the pumpkin mixture until smooth.

3. Grease your pans, either 2 loaf pans or 4 muffin pans of 6 muffins each (I did one loaf and two muffin pans) with cooking oil (vegetable, olive or coconut) and flour. I usually put both flour and oil into the pans and use a napkin to cover the inside areas so the breads come out perfectly. Pour the mix into the greased pans, halfway up in muffin tins and halfway in the loaf pan.

4. Cook muffins for 20-25 minutes and the loaf for 50 minutes, or until a knife in the middle comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before cutting or serving.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes Recipe

Photo Source: Andrea Knight, mediumandreaknight.com

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups flour, I used half whole wheat half all purpose
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 1/8 tsp salt

First time making these, they just popped up in my head to make one night. Love sweet and salty together and love peanut butter and chocolate together. So I looked up multiple recipes and combined them. Here it is! You can taste the peanut butter, so good.

Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a bowl with a mixer cream the sugar and softened butter. Add the eggs, vanilla and then milk. Combine until smooth.

In a separate bowl combine all the dry ingredients except the peanut butter, sifting in the flour. Mix in the wet ingredients with the dry until combined. Melt the peanut butter in the microwave for 20-40 minutes. Pour into mix and stir until all combined. Place in cupcake wrappers placed in cupcake pans (fill halfway in each cup) and bake for 14-17 minutes or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out mostly clean. Top with any icing you prefer.

Note: I didn’t add icing, these are sweet enough, but there are many icing recipes you could use to pair with these including peanut butter, chocolate, coffee and vanilla.

Andrea K’s Meatloaf Recipe

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  • 1 lb ground sirloin
  • 1/2 pound ground chuck (80/20)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 cup onion
  • 1 tsp sage
  • 1 poblano pepper minced (optional)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsps parsley
  • 1 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp black pepper (or to taste)
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp yellow mustard

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a big bowl combine all ingredients other than ketchup, mustard, olive oil and brown sugar. After ingredients are combined grease a loaf pan with 1 tbsp olive oil or butter. Place combined loaf ingredients into the greased pan. In a separate small bowl combine ketchup, mustard and brown sugar. Cover the top of the meatloaf with the ketchup mixture.

Bake for 1 hr and a half. Remove from oven and let it settle for 15 minutes. Slice and serve with your favorite sides.

Cinnamon Muffins Recipe

Photo Source: Andrea Knight, mediumandreaknight.com

Decided to make these on a whim, added some ingredients and voila! Cinnamon muffins. I used a split of whole wheat and white flour so that I had “healthy” with “tasty” in one, but you can go all white flour or all wheat if you’d like. I added vanilla and cinnamon as well. If going whole what maybe experiment adding yogurt to help make it more moist.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup enriched white flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 cup almond milk, warmed for a minute in the microwave
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Place all ingredients in a bowl. Stir until mixed. Place in paper muffin cups in muffin pans about halfway in the paper wrapper. Cook for 15 minutes or until the knife or toothpick comes out clean in the middle of a muffin. Makes about 12 muffins.

Andrea K’s Super Healthy Hunger Busting Smoothie Recipe, High Fiber

Well, here it is! The green juice that tastes good that accomplishes many things at once. When I have twice a day I feel more full and want to eat less. Great for balanced diets and those looking to eat clean.

  • Has both soluble and insoluble fiber
  • Feel full!
  • Healthier GI tract without feeling sick like some cleanses
  • Good dose of superfoods!
  • Enzymes contained in the superfoods to help breakdown the fats and carbs for more efficient energy
  • Chia seeds have high potassium
  • Fruits and veggies in one smoothie
  • Helps to feel healthy, less brain fog
  • Feel good about getting your nutrients in easily
  • Faster and easier to make than a fancy complex salad that has all of these benefits

Recipe

  • 1.5 cups baby spinach and kale leaves
  • 1 tbsp psyllium husk
  • 1 scoop “Green Superfood”, by Amazing Grass*
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup orange juice, 100% juice
  • 1/2 cup apple juice, 100% juice
  • 1/2 cup water

*I was not paid or persuaded to promote any product, this is really what I use and my experiences with this recipe only