counseling at Wellspring

For the next several weeks we will be featuring the skilled and qualified practitioners who work out of Wellspring Holistic Center.

Heidi Minich is the newest practitioner at Wellspring Holistic Center. She is a certified professional counselor with a background in providing solution-focused, strength-based, client-lead therapy. She is also a student at the Pennsylvania Gestalt Center and feels such passion and excitement about this experimental and experiential approach to well-being.

 

What do you offer your clients?

Trustworthiness, a judgement- free relationship, compassion, support and a deep desire to help them grow and experience more joy and fulfillment in their lives. I believe it is an absolute honor to tenderly hold people’s stories and experiences and to provide them with a safe place to grow. I also believe that every person is the expert on themselves. You know what has worked or not worked for you before and it’s not at all my approach to tell you what I think you should do or what issues you should be working on. You have an amazing knowing about yourself and it’s my job to help you tap into your inner wisdom.

 

What fills you up with happiness?

Being immersed in nature. Dancing. Connecting with others. Sharing deeply. Loving.

 

Do you have a morning ritual?

My morning ritual actually starts the night before when I gift my “next day self” with preparing the coffee maker and tidying the kitchen and living room.

 

What soothes your soul?

Knowing that I’m not alone in this life…that there is divinity behind the scenes, loving me and guiding me and responding to my desires.

 

What do you do for yourself?

I work at loving myself more and more and becoming more aware of my amazingness as well as the parts of me that are afraid of my amazingness. I regularly attend Monday night dance classes. And I seek experiences and connections that draw me closer to my joy.

 

How do you keep yourself centered?

I tune into my body and my heart and do my best hear and honor that wisdom. I trust my heart to always lead me in a wonderful direction and am gradually becoming more courageous about following its desires.

 

For more information about Heidi Minich, MS, NCC please visit her website at www.livinglifemore fully.com or feel free to contact her directly at livinglifemorefully@verizon.net or 814-566-2462.

Never Give Up

flower

“Anyone can give up, it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength.”

~ Unknown

Check out this flower.  Do you see the leaf underneath? Nature is truly amazing.  This flower had a will and a purpose and nothing was getting in it’s way.  It grew up right through the leaf.  That is what I call tenacity.  I could use a little of that some days and this will be my inspiration.

Kitchen Experiments – Almond Flour Pancakes

Breakfast has never been my favorite meal.  As a teenager into my early adulthood I always skipped breakfast.  I always thought it was a good way to control my weight and I was never hungry anyway.  Since then I have learned how wrong I was on both of these counts. Breakfast or break fast is when we kick our metabolism back into gear after a night of rest.  If you do not eat something first thing in the morning you are wasting valuable time when you should be burning calories.  And yes, I have heard all of the excuses of why you don’t eat breakfast, and I am still going to tell you, EAT SOMETHING!  If you are not hungry in the morning, that is just another sign that your metabolism is not working.  If you don’t eat breakfast because then “the rest of the day I am hungry”, please, stop that self talk and listen up.  You WANT to be hungry.  When your body signals that you are hungry it means that your metabolism is working and that you are burning up the calories that you have eaten.  This is perfect.  This is how you maintain your weight without gaining or how you actually lose the unwanted weight that has been hanging around all these years that you have been skipping meals.

Breakfast for you does not have to be what the media tells us – it does not have to mean cereal, eggs, bacon, oatmeal, or toast.  It can be whatever you want it to be.  I often eat soup for breakfast because it is satisfying and warm and delicious.  I think that because I never liked the normal breakfast foods, I avoided eating it all together.  Now I eat whatever I feel like eating that day.   Leftovers from dinner, rice cakes with almond butter, a wrap with lettuce and turkey, eggs, and then sometimes on a Sunday I just feel like pancakes.

My husband likes pancakes and waffles on the weekends when we can have a slow morning and a relaxed meal together.  I enjoy that as well.  So several Saturdays ago he asked if we could have pancakes in the morning.  I was happy to oblige, but I am not eating many grains and carbohydrates at the moment, so I went searching for something different. I love the internet because no matter what you are looking for, you almost always find something.  I found this almond flour pancake recipe that seemed to incredibly easy to make, so I had to try it.  These are so delicious.  The next weekend I went to my parents and I made them for again because I just thought they were great.  Enjoy!

pancakes

Almond Flour Pancakes

~ So you might be starting to notice something about me and cooking.  Even if I have never tried a recipe before, I almost always make some kind of change to it, well, just because.  In this recipe, you can use water instead of milk and add any fruit you like, or none at all.  The first time I made it I did not add the baking soda but the third time I did.  I think it helped to lighten them up just a bit, but that is optional as well.  The first time I made it I did not have enough almond flour so I used some coconut flour as well. The batter is very thick and the pancakes take a little longer to cook than normal flour pancakes.

1 c. Almond flour

1/4 c. Unsweetened Almond milk (or milk of your choice)

2 Eggs

1 Tbs. Maple Syrup or sweetener of your choice

1/4 tsp. Salt

1/2 tsp. Baking soda

1/4 c. Blueberries

Spray or oil for pan or griddle

1. Heat a pan or griddle over medium heat.  Just before cooking the pancakes spray or place a teaspoon of oil in the pan and coat evenly.

2. Whisk all ingredients, except blueberries, together in a bowl until batter is smooth. Stir in the blueberries.

3. When the pan is hot, drop batter onto the grill with a large spoon and cook until bubbles form and the edges are dry, about 3-5 minutes. Flip and cook until browned on the other side, about3-5 minutes more. Repeat with remaining batter.

4. Add the toppings of your choice and Enjoy!