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How I Overcame Anxiety By Upgrading My Nervous System

How I Overcame Anxiety By Upgrading My Nervous System

If you’ve ever felt like your world emotionally flipped upside down, like everyday there was another helpless panic attack and that no one could possibly understand you, then this post is especially dedicated to you. I know there are many people who have experienced and endured worse than me, and I feel for them, and I know what it feels like to hit emotional rock bottom.

This is just my story with the intention of acknowledging you and inspiring you to make adversity your calling to greatness.

How it all began

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    I woke up in my uncle’s house feeling the buzzing of my cellphone at 6:36 a.m. It’s Tim – my friend from Hamburg. He invited me with his group to come down to Munich and enjoy the Oktoberfest celebrations. I begin to remember moments of last night, drinking great beer with my fellow Germans and I began laughing out loud (yes, by myself) at the funny memories we enjoyed.

    I looked down and realize that I’m still wearing my Lederhosen and that there are a bunch of Tigers Milk protein bar wrappers all over the floor. Probably my forgotten late night snacks. I walked over to the bathroom to brush my teeth and that’s when shit hit the fan.

    I looked in the mirror at my pale skin and weak body and I felt so confused. I tried hard to remember what happened yesterday, especially last night, and I kept remembering up until one point where my memory just blacked out.

    When I checked my pockets, I realized my wallet was missing. Did I get mugged, drugged, beaten, assaulted, molested, injected with something? These were the thoughts that were going through my mind with a new, unfamiliar and terrified feeling sinking in my body. I closely examined my body for any bruises, cuts and damage. I didn’t find anything, however my body was shaking and I still felt terrified…and I couldn’t find out why.

    My uncle called me to go eat breakfast and I hardly had the strength to lift the fork without jittering. I started to feel an uncomfortable sensation of heat rise in my stomach like I’ve never felt before, a lump of constriction in my throat, numbness and tingling across different areas of my body, nerve twitches in my right foot and my left eye, and a feeling like I wanted to puke and couldn’t (a different sensation than wanting to puke from drinking too much alcohol).

    Ultimately, I felt like something was very, very wrong and like there was no way out and like I had no idea what it was. And in that, I felt completely helpless.

    I told my uncle what was going on and he escorted me to a nearby hospital. The first wasn’t helpful and didn’t have a diagnosis for any of the symptoms I was experiencing. This started to freak me out even more. I went to another hospital and they wanted to charge me more than 1,000 Euros to run basic tests on me with a consultation.

    I gave up on the hospitals and went home. I went to the bathroom and looked in the mirror and that’s when it really hit me – I felt like I lost my sense of self, like what psychologists call an identity crisis, and that freaked me out.

    I was hoping this uncanny feeling of fear would go away after that day, and that I could continue on with the Oktoberfest festivities joyfully and continue on with my round the world journey. Unfortunately, I found myself living the next 15 months of my life living in a state of constant anxiety.

    For the first three months, I was in a state of anxiety almost 24/7. I’d feel anxious and afraid for no real reason and I felt stuck that way, like there was no way out and like there was danger always around. Danger to what? I didn’t even know.

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    What I tried

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      I tried so many different tools, strategies, books, programs – you name it – to fix this problem that I seemingly could never get to the root of. I went to a psychologist for a few visits, which I literally had to be dragged into going to because I didn’t think their form of therapy was effective nor did I think anyone would be able to relate to me.

      The psychologist ended up being a good man, but the visit still didn’t help fix my problems. I went onto searching the web for the symptoms I was experiencing and the results I came up with led to having an anxiety disorder, OCD, and an identity crisis.

      Great, how do I fix this? That question kept me in a never-ending loop of pain and frustration. Focusing on trying to fix anxiety and OCD is like a dog trying to catch his tail: it’s pointless, and you’ll never fix it because focusing on trying to fix it is only feeding your emotional pattern to continue to exist, grow and have a stronger grip on your life.

      I soon learned that avoiding and managing the pain only creates more pain in your life.

      How it didn’t work

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        So my self-experimentation of trying to fix it didn’t work off the knowledge I got from the internet, ebooks and forums. I started to think that maybe I had inherited some gene that my mom and grandma had because they worry so often, and that because of that I had to look beyond the ordinary western health care culture to find some extraordinary treatment.

        I then learned about eastern philosophy, practices, meditation and the chakras and thought it sounded so far off funky and kind of cool…it had to be my solution out of this emotional shithole. I even did a 10 day Vipassana silent meditation retreat, which was really a unique experience. Meditating helped me feel more calm, however it mainly only did so while I was in the state of meditation. Not when I was out actually living my life.

        Chakras…well, I felt like I always had to balance my chakras, things which I never really knew what the Hell they were, and that this was a never ending game of balancing them. Although the concept of chakras seemed cool, practicing the chakra meditations were unsuccessful for me in really making transformative progress.

        I then started watching intervention videos of Tony Robbins and grew extremely fascinated with his ability to effectively communicate and influence rapid and powerful transformation for people. I saw a video where Tony helped a man discover the root cause of his stuttering pattern of over 30 years. He helped him turn it around to speak confidently, clearly and effectively in a shorter amount of time, and Rechaud ended up speaking to an audience of more than 5,000 people.

        I thought this was the jackpot and that Tony was the man who could certainly help me, and that by watching and learning from his videos and programs I could help myself move beyond any obstacles in my life and thrive and I could also help everyone around me however they wanted and needed help. I learned swoosh patterns, neuro associative conditioning and his philosophy on the six human needs.

        They are all great things, and I love the six human needs and regularly relate to them in my life, however these tools I used by myself only helped me feel a little less anxious regularly and little more comfortable with anxiety. Then I saw an ad for his coaching program. I thought the next best thing to having an intervention with Tony is to work with one of his top trainers.

        And so I did. And although that helped me grasp more inner power and direction in my life, I still felt underlying anxiety pop up throughout my day. Not as much as before it seemed, but maybe that’s also because a year had gone by already and I had grown more comfortable experiencing the feeling.

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        How I discovered an extraordinary solution

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          A few months into working with my coach, I attended Tony’s most popular event: Date with Destiny. One day, Tony shared a story about how he was looking for a solution for his wife’s motion sickness. He mentioned how he went on a quest and tried about everything and that nothing worked really, and that he was willing to try anything at this point help his wife.

          A friend told him about a man named Donny Epstein, a healer who has trained thousands of chiropractors worldwide to help people heal from pain, tension and trauma, sometimes without any physical contact. Donny was introduced to us in the crowd and his website was shown up on the projector screen, and I just happened to jot down the link.

          Fast forward three days after Date With Destiny and I’m bedridden sick in a dark room with the most sever bronchitis I’d ever had in my life. I’m in pain physically and emotionally, feeling intense back pain, muscle spasms, and that feeling of fear and anxiety is creeping up. At the time I had been working with an upper cervical chiropractor who helped me experience greater range of motion in my neck, comfort in my body, and the only issue was I was in a different city at this point when I was sick.

          I checked on my phone to see if there were any upper cervical chiropractors nearby and I couldn’t find anybody who was available. In my hopelessness and misery, I turned open my DWD notebook and I just happened to flip on the page with the website address to find practitioners Donny has trained. I almost desperately started making calls to see who was available. Only one answered, and she invited me to her workshop that same night.

          I drove there and arrived early, waiting eagerly to experience this phenomenal care that Tony Robbins spoke so highly about. As I entered the office and met the other and “practice members” as they are called, I experienced an energized educational presentation about how our spine and nervous system influence the quality of our lives and why we need to upgrade our nervous system to live an extraordinary, healthy life.

          During the majority of this presentation, I was slouching in my seat feeling sick, drained on energy and feeling skeptical. Then the fun began, as two practice members came up to show us a demonstration of the NSA care session. I was blown away. The practitioner hardly touched one woman’s spine and it just started wiggling and oscillating. It was a movement that didn’t look like it could just be made up – it was like magic.

          Then she made another contact and said, “Emotional intelligence,” and the other woman on the table let out a big yell. I alertly perked my head up with fascination and confusion.

          “Soul,” she said, and a woman expanded her chest out with her arms wide as she started singing with an angelic high pitched tone. Another woman began crying with the next contact. At the end of it, both women got off the table looking more energized and happy.

          How that solution helped me transform

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            I was so confused, excited, nervous and in awe. She smiled at me and said that it was my turn. Before I got up, I had one thought flash through my mind that terrified me. If that’s what’s coming out of them, then what the hell is going to come out of me? I went on the table and next thing I know, I feel this sensation, like a little spark, and my body began to expand when I breathed in.

            As I exhaled, I felt tension unwind with a rush of heat that flowed through my body. A few more contacts, and then I was done. I sat up and she asked me if I could think about my problems. I couldn’t. In fact, my mind felt clear, I felt peaceful and I had more energy too. After the first entrainment, I felt like I woke up from a nightmare.

            I signed up to receive entrainments regularly and was introduced to another healing protocol Donny developed that I could do by myself: SRI (somato-respiratory integration). Using SRI techniques, I was able to connect to parts of my body where I felt disconnected and tense before, only to open up to more peace, flexibility and energy as I’d feel the blood and breath flow smoothly throughout my body.

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            The anxiety I’d experienced began to have less of a grip on me, and after my third entrainment, my practitioner informed me that when people are stuck in a posture of defense and trauma, they will loop through and perceive life as danger if they are still in this defensive mode like they’re stuck in the same perspective experiencing the same traumatic experience. I felt the emotion of anxiety loosen its grip on my life as I began to acknowledge and accept the feeling, without trying to change it.

            I continued on receiving care at the office, went to a program called the Transformational Gate, and soon afterward moved on to a new office where I met Eli, a wise and seasoned practitioner that just clicked with me. After a while of consistently receiving care, I became aware of more unexpected benefits.

            The recurring knee tension that prevented me from playing collegiate soccer dissipated. I grew over an inch taller, I discovered a wider range of emotions that I could experience and utilize as fuel for my life, my thought patterns were more healthy and I’ve had more moments of pure presence with the absence of mental chatter, and most importantly, I started to find a gift in my pain.

            As my nervous system upgraded, my consciousness upgraded as well. What I mean by that is, my self-awareness has expanded and continues to expand. I’m more aware of what supports me to feel more energized and fueled for growth, contribution, joy, love and fulfillment in life.

            I’m more aware of the decisions I make and my “inner voice” on which decisions I feel are the best to make. For more than a year, I had no idea how and why I ended up in the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual pitfall that I did. Now, I feel it was a perfect divine intervention I needed at the time because it has guided me to learn and adapt amazing life strategies that have greatly improved my life and others with whom I’ve shared them with as well.

            It was the perfect thing I needed at the time to shape and mold me to become who I am and who I’m growing to become.

            How this wasn’t a quick fix my problems, and how it was an extraordinary solution for my life

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              I must say, network spinal analysis and SRI aren’t magical pills to solve all of your problems and challenges. However, NSA and SRI are outstanding tools to help you reboot and upgrade your nervous system to a higher functioning order so you instantaneously becoming a greater version of yourself.

              Throughout receiving care and living my life, it wasn’t always happy and upbeat. I had days where I spontaneously broke down in tears as I would remember an emotionally traumatic event from years ago. I’ve remembered events that I seemingly forgot about, where I felt so enraged. I’ve felt the deep pain of feeling like I wasn’t giving my gifts to the world.

              The key difference of these experiences in comparison to what my struggle to eliminate anxiety was like is this: I consciously felt and experienced these spontaneous memories. Through feeling and doing so, I felt a great sense of relief, lightness and energy flow throughout my body. I felt like I healed a lot more than what I originally was expecting.

              Since then, I’ve experienced how, when I would seek to avoid and get rid of feelings that I didn’t like by throwing it in the back of my mind, it would show up in my spine. And I knew it would show up in my spine because the network practitioners I’ve worked with always seemed to know the theme of what was going on in my life.

              Why? Our central nervous system is located along our spines. We process information through our nervous system and whatever information, feelings, thoughts and parts of us that we neglect, avoid, alienate will show up as interferences in our nervous system along our spinal cord.

              Overall, I became much more self-aware and through that awareness I was able to acknowledge and accept whatever it was I avoided feeling. I then came to perceive my previous “wound” as a “gift”. And that’s how I overcame anxiety.

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              Where I once lived in anxiety, I now feel gratitude. Where I once felt like I lost my identity, I realized I’ve expanded my identity, and that who I am expands beyond my sense of self, and that we are all interconnected in the bond of humanity, like the cells of planet Earth.

              Where I once felt immense physical and emotional pain in my body, I now feel flexible and energized. Where I once dreaded symptoms, I realize the wonderful interruptions they are to bring my attention to an area of life that’s calling my attention.

              Everyone and everything along the journey has served a purpose, each providing value in their own ways. And although I have learned and adapted many great tools for life, I feel that the strategies I’ve implemented from NSA care and SRI along with the wonderful practitioners I’ve worked with have played the most significant role in how I overcame anxiety. And, more importantly, how I claimed my health, personal power and life.

              Why you need to upgrade your nervous system now, whether you experience anxiety or not

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                As of now, it’s been 15 months since I began receiving network care. Since then I’ve introduced it to my family, girlfriend and friends. Each of them has mentioned to me that they feel upgrades in their overall health and that they each feel peaceful, energized and alive.

                The funny thing is we get updates for our phones, computers and technology regularly…yet how often do we as a species get an update on our “internal computer”, our nervous system? That being said, this is what I have to conclude with…

                If you are reading this and have felt stuck in your patterns of anxiety, I encourage you to receive care from a network chiropractor and enjoy the long-term benefits that come naturally right now.

                If you are reading this and know someone who’s suffered greatly in their emotional pattern of anxiety or depression, I encourage you to show them this article and help them connect with a network practitioner now.

                If you are reading this article and want to know how to evolve and grow greater than you thought imaginable by upgrading your nervous system, I encourage you to work with a network practitioner and experience the benefits that will super charge your life and those around you now.

                If you are really determined to experience something so out of the ordinary and powerfully healing, then I recommend you experience care from Donny Epstein himself. The man is like the Harry Potter for your spine. You can work with him by signing up for one of his premiere programs.

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                Last Updated on May 25, 2019

                20 Spaghetti Squash Recipes For Anyone Who Is Looking For Delicious, Healthy Comfort Food

                20 Spaghetti Squash Recipes For Anyone Who Is Looking For Delicious, Healthy Comfort Food

                Spaghetti squash is similar to cucumber. It has a shell which is difficult to pierce and this hard flesh surrounds a hollow cavity filled with seeds. When you cook this vegetable, the squash flesh falls away from the inner cavity and only the reminiscent of spaghetti remains. You can get surprised and delighted to see how this vegetable transforms with cooking.

                It can act as a great substitute to pasta. It tastes as delicious as the traditional pasta and is equally satisfying but healthier. It is gluten free and contains many nutrients like vitamin A, potassium and folic acid.

                This incredible vegetable can be boiled, baked or steamed. And, a lot of recipes can be prepared with spaghetti squash as the chief ingredient. I’m sure the following recipes will make your mouth water.

                Breakfast

                1. Spiced Coconut Squash Breakfast Porridge

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                  This unconventional porridge, prepared for breakfast, is a perfect dish to start your day. The ingredients include spaghetti squash, organic coconut milk, ginger, coconut flour, maple syrup, cinnamon, sea salt and vanilla extract. It has a comforting and creamy texture and is best served with fresh fruit topping. (Click here for recipe)

                  2. Egg and Avocado Spaghetti Squash Boats

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                    If you’re looking for a light, healthy, gluten free, vegetarian breakfast then avocado spaghetti squash boats is the best option. Besides chopping the squash, breaking the egg and slicing the avocado, this recipe doesn’t require much effort in its preparation. It tastes amazing with egg yolk and salsa and has a rich decadent texture. (Click here for recipe)

                    3. Spaghetti Squash Frittata for One

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                      This frittata, if prepared perfectly, can be an excellent choice for a healthy meal. It is a combination of lots of spaghetti squash, a few white eggs, some red pepper for color and texture, few onions and garlic for flavor, and some fresh herbs for brightness. This dish is usually served large in size and tastes great with tomato sauce and bean balls. (Click here for recipe)

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                      4. Ingredient Spaghetti Squash Brunch

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                        It’s a fast and easy breakfast that contains a poached egg and feta on a pre-roasted pile of spaghetti squash bed. The yolk from the egg floods through the scraps of squash underneath. It almost tastes like an Italian pasta and the light crumble of feta adds more calcium and protein. (Click here for recipe)

                        5. Spaghetti Squash Hash Browns

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                          A very healthy take on hash browns in which spaghetti squash is used in place of potatoes and coconut oil in place of butter. This reduces stress, inflammation and starch, making it healthier than traditional hash browns. It helps lose water weight as well which is helpful for weight loss. The final product is fluffy on the inside but crispy on the outside. It is best served alongside some dippy eggs. (Click here for recipe and image source)

                          Lunch

                          6. Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein

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                            Spaghetti squash can not only replace Italian pasta but it can also replace the Chinese noodles. They are a delicious, satisfying dish, prepared by stirring and frying spaghetti squash with a rainbow of other vegetables along with a sweet smelling mixture of fish sauce, rice vinegar and soy. They are gluten free and grease free which makes them healthier. (Click here for recipe)

                            7. Parmesan Zucchini and Spaghetti Squash with Pine Nuts

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                              This dish is a marvelous combination of garlic, spaghetti squash, parmesan, toasted pine and zucchini nuts. It’s super healthy, gluten free, full of vegetables and delicious. Tossed with olive oil, this dish meets all the dietary needs and is perfect for light lunch. You can also add some chicken to increase protein.  (Click here for recipe)

                               8. Spaghetti Squash with Mushrooms Parmesan

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                                Though spaghetti squash provides low calories, you can add meaty mushroom and a good amount of parmesan cheese to increase the amount of calories. It’s a healthy, full of flavor, vegetarian dish, and has cheap and easy ingredients which you can find in market. The final product is yummy and satisfying and can make your lunch, perfect.  (Click here for recipe)

                                 9. Spaghetti Squash with Vegan Fire-Roasted Tomato Cream Sauce

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                                  A pile of roasted squash is flavored with a sauce made from five ingredients. The vegan fire-roasted tomato cream sauce is made from the mixture of tomatoes, cashews, basil, salt and water. This spicy sauce makes it more delicious and some small amount of basil adds fresh green color and flavor. (Click here for recipe)

                                   10. Thai Peanut Spaghetti Squash

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                                    Most of the dishes listed here are either Mexican or Italian. This recipe however will give you a fresh Asian feeling. To prepare this, all you need are spaghetti squash and peanut sauce, then by adding some ginger, lime and vinegar you’ll get one of the most delicious recipes. The texture of this dish reminds you of heavenly beaches in Thailand. (Click here for the recipe)

                                    Dinner

                                    11. Spaghetti Squash Comfort Bowl

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                                      This is the perfect kind of bowl that you want to have on a cold evening, sitting on a couch and watching TV. You’ll enjoy its lightly steamed veggies, allspice beans, and the strands of squash as well. It feels creamy but doesn’t seem too heavy. It’s a great dish with intense indulgence, with our best spaghetti squash, the warm beans, and the comforting steamed veggies. (Click here for the recipe)

                                      12. Spaghetti Squash Crust Pizza

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                                        As you already know, spaghetti squash is a great substitute for pasta, but this dish here shows how these chewy shreds can make a great stand-in for pizza. You can add anything like meat or veggies to the base which is bound with egg whites and flour. The end product is a great gluten free dish. (Click here for the recipe)

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                                        13. Spaghetti Squash Fried Rice

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                                          Spaghetti squash works as a good substitute to the cauliflower as the base of a fried rice. This recipe includes almost all of the usual ingredients of a fried rice. With green onions, eggs, peanut oil, and some garlic, this dish gives a unique texture that you can never find in your local restaurants. (Click here for the recipe)

                                           14. Roasted Garlic Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Boats

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                                            If you’re looking for something delicious for the winter evenings, you’ll get fond of these cheesy spaghetti squash boats. To lighten it up, it is filled with tomato sauce, cheese, chicken sausage, parmesan and ricotta. You can easily complete its arrangement ahead of time and bake it before dinner. (Click here for the recipe)

                                            15. Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

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                                              This Mexican inspired dish has spaghetti squash as a serving bowl and inside it goes enchilada sauce, chicken, cheese, black beans and other veggies wrapped inside a corn tortilla blanket. You can also use spinach in place of the corn and black beans. Topped with sauce galore, this dish can be served as a family fun meal.  (Click here for the recipe)

                                              Dessert

                                              16. Sweet Spaghetti Squash Kugel with Apples and Raisins

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                                                If you can afford spaghetti squash, coconut sugar, some eggs and few other ingredients, then this dish must be your cheapest choice. This noodle is a delight in all seasons. The addition of some apples and raisins results in its fruity freshness. (Click here for the recipe)

                                                17. Spaghetti Squash Coconut Custard Pie

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                                                  With the fine sweetness from vanilla extract and coconut, this dessert can be a great hit among guests. The spaghetti squash drowns in an egg batter to make it lighter than a cream pie. You can play and experiment with the ingredients and see surprising results.  (Click here for the recipe)

                                                   18. Spaghetti Squash Cake With Cream Cheese Glaze

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                                                    This desert will be a delicious treat to those who are a fan of carrot cake. Spaghetti squash is a vegetable with pleasant taste, lending fiber, potassium and vitamins. So, if you drape it in cream cheese frosting, you will end with this mouth- watering cake. This dessert has so many health benefits and is also great for a Thanksgiving dinner. (Click here for the recipe)

                                                     19. Spaghetti Squash Kheer

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                                                      Kheer is a rice pudding made by boiling rice with cow milk and sugar. But this type of kheer replaces boiling rice with noodles swapped out of spaghetti squash and cow milk with coconut milk. By pouring some ghee, you can add necessary richness in it. It is healthier than traditional kheer and can act as a great dessert for your evenings. (Click here for the recipe)

                                                       20. Cinnamon Spice Spaghetti Squash Cake

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                                                        By now, you must be surprised by the versatility of spaghetti squash. But your best surprise will probably come after you finish preparing this cake. This cake is a game changer. You’ll have the taste of lots of veggies like cinnamon, allspice maple syrup and ginger, all inside a single cake.  It’s a perfect treat for picky eaters. (Click here for the recipe)

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