Tarot by the Mouthful Theresa Reed and Kyle Cherek

Kyle is a foodie who loves Tarot. Theresa is a Tarot reader who loves food. 

Together, we host Tarot by the Mouthful: a mouthwatering, multi-media culinary tour through the world of Tarot. 

Sublime recipes. Soulful stories. Essays, videos, interviews and delicious surprises. 

Join us every Sunday for a new installment — and get ready to sip, slurp, crunch and savor your way through the entire Tarot deck! 

This week: The Star

tarot by the mouthful the star

The Star:  Hope and optimism.  Wishes fulfilled. This gorgeous card symbolizes healing – the coming back together after the fall of the Tower.  Now we have the opportunity to pick up the pieces and enter a peaceful, loving phase.  The energy of this card is calm, reflective, and optimistic.  No matter what has transpired, positivity returns and we begin once again moving towards enlightenment.  All is well.  A higher vibration. Hope floats.

This week, Kyle is preparing for his upcoming nuptials – so it’s all me!


Theresa – The Healing After the Indulgence

The Star is the card of hope and healing – the kind that comes after we’ve spent way too much time in the realm of the Devil’s indulgence or the Tower’s erratic, unpredictable energy.  To continue on those paths long term is the path to destruction.  And in the realm of eating, every day indulging eventually catches up with you.

Whether it’s that extra ten pounds from a nightly glass of wine or feeling unwell and bloated after one-too-many rich meals, a body needs to be cleansed from time to time in order to heal and balance. At some point, we must say: enough!  And then change our ways or suffer the consequences.

Which is not easy for a gourmand like myself, who prefers fatty meats, rich desserts and copious amounts of pinot noir.

Don’t get me wrong…I sure do enjoy a salad and a good bowl of soup.  But most of my meals consist of something that is probably bad for me in some way (isn’t everything bad for you these days?).

While I scoff at diets, from time to time, I need to reset my digestive system.  I need to bring it back into balance.

I need a detox.

This is especially true after the holidays or my summer traveling.  It’s time to reboot this body and give my digestion a break.  (Yes, rich meals, sugary treats and booze are HARD on the ole system…especially the older I get.  Sigh.)

Here’s how I do a detox:

Give up all the crap for three days.

Drink plenty of fresh water green tea and “green lemonade” (recipe below).

Get a little Ayurvedic: eat kitchari for a day and nothing else (recipe below).  This ALWAYS resets my digestion by the way. It’s really good to take when your stomach is not operating right.

Give my body easy to digest meals so it’s not working so hard.  Veggie soups are preferable.

Plenty of yoga.

Introduce my naughty foods slowly (or, hopefully, take ‘em off the menu and leave ‘em off for a rare occasion).


Green lemonade: 

2-3 stalks of celery

5 stalks of kale

1 cucumber

1 lemon

1 small piece of ginger (about two inches, peeled)

2 granny smith apples

Put the fruits and veggies through a juicer.  BAM!  Healing in a glass!



1 cup basmati rice

1 cup yellow mung dal

1 -2 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced

1 1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped

1 T. unsweetened, shredded coconut

1 handful fresh cilantro leaves, chopped

3 T. ghee

1/2 tsp. tumeric

1/4 tsp. salt

2 pinches of cinnamon

1 T. garam masala

6 c. water



Soak the mung dal overnight or for a few hours.  Wash the dal and rice.

Heat the ghee on medium in a large saucepan.  Add the garam masala and stir for a minute.  Next, add ginger, coconut, tumeric, cinnamon and salt. Stir well. Add rice, dal, carrots and water.

Bring to a boil.  Boil the mixture uncovered for 5 minutes and then reduce heat to simmer.  Cover and simmer for about 30 minutes.

Serve with lime, ghee and fresh cilantro.  You may want to add a bit more salt for taste.

Note: After a few days of eating clean, I usually rebel and go looking for the most decadent thing I can find.  That’s balance, right?  Ahem.


Good books on healing diets:

Clean Slate: A Cookbook and Guide: Reset Your Health, Detox Your Body, and Feel Your Best from the editors of Martha Stewart Living.  Very good book with amazing recipes!

Your Best Body Now: Look and Feel Fabulous at Any Age the Eat-Clean Way from Tosca Reno (I LOVE her work.)

Ayurveda: A Life of Balance: The Complete Guide to Ayurvedic Nutrition & Body Types with Recipes by Maya Tiwari.  This is a rock solid intro to Ayurveda.  HIGHLY recommended.

High Energy Living: Oriental Vegetarian Cooking for Health by Kim Le. Out of print but really great, healthy recipes.

The Hip Chick’s Guide to Macrobiotics: A Philosophy for achieving a Radiant Mind and a Fabulous Body by Jessica Porter. When I’ve really gone off the eating deep-end, I go macrobiotic for a while. This is my absolute FAVORITE book on macrobiotics.

Cooking the Whole Foods Way: Your Complete, Everyday Guide to Healthy, Delicious Eating with 500 VeganRecipes , Menus, Techniques, Meal Planning, Buying Tips, Wit, and Wisdom by Christina Pirello.  I loved her PBS show and found her to be very inspirational. I have a few of her cookbooks and although I’ll never be vegan, her books are reliable for anyone who needs to reclaim their Star after too much gluttony.

Bon appetit!

Theresa and Kyle

@ Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2015

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