Starting March 11th, I’ll be accepting a challenge to meditate for 21 days in a row. Oprah and Deepak Chopra will also be there guiding me through the 3 weeks of reflection and mindful moments. A friend of mine made me aware of this awesome opportunity to get myself back into the meditation habit. The thing is, her brother told her about. Then a colleague from school brought it up. Then another friend said she was participating. And then another, and another, and another. At this point, it’s become clear to me that you should participate as well!
Meditation is a technique used to reduce stress, anxiety, manage depression and find motivation. Studies have shown that with regular meditation practice we can decrease our blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels, use oxygen more efficiently and increase the anti-aging hormone DHEA. Personally, I have benefited from meditation with more restful sleep, increased energy, and ability to manage stressful situations. Perfect Health is the theme of this aptly named introduction to meditation.
Beginning to meditate can seem like a difficult task. Most people don’t know where to start or how to stop and be still. Guided meditations are a great introduction to this transformational practice.
It will be even easier to commit knowing my friends (including Oprah) will be right there with me.
Okay, lets go back to the beginning. After a particularly awesome sale on organic avocados at whole foods, I purchased a few too many of my favorite source of healthy fat. Fearing they would turn from vibrant, rich, and buttery green to slimy and mushy brown I took a leap of faith and froze my avocados. I quartered one avocado, peeled it and sealed it in a freezer safe bag. The second avocado was mashed with a squeeze of lemon before it met its frosty fate.
This winter has been a particularly busy season for my freezer. Storing abundant soups, curries, tomato sauces, and recipe elements has kept the cooler half of my fridge occupied. Freezing prepared foods as well as abundant ingredients helps save you money, prevent produce waist, and makes a home cooked meal a flash in the pan.
This Saturday my sweetheart and I took a field trip to explore some healthy eats in our neighborhood. We wanted a delicious afternoon meal that wasn’t just breakfast or lunch, but wasn’t the typical heavy brunch fare. Normally I make Saturday Soup, but this week we were feeling curious about Sun In Bloom – a well designed, dare I say chic! vegan cafe. One part restaurant + One part coffee shop + One part prepared foods to go, all parts delicious. All parts accommodating to your unique dietary needs.
Recently my favorite wellness studio Sapere had a fabulous party complete with group accupuncture, vinho verde and delicious snacks. As their resident health coach, I felt this would be a fun opportunity to wow people with my winning combo of delicious + nutritious + easy.
I have been making baked sweet potato chips recently and wanted to venture into raw vegetable snacks. The recipe is as simple as “cut vegetables thin, really thin.” Easy, right? If you have a mandolin, even easier. I opted for carrots this time around – using the thicker end to make a perfect little “chip.” The secret to having a fancy raw vegetable snack is in the cut.
This morning before my workout, I decided to add a protein boost to my Green Smoothie. I love Sunwarrior because it is a raw, vegan source of easily absorbed protein (bonus: it doesn’t have a weird powder taste or consistency). The warrior blend has a complete amino acid profile and 17 grams of protein per scoop! I add it to my smoothies when I want to feel energized for a work-out, or have a more sustained feeling of fullness. I also like to add some powerful omega-3s to my smoothies with a scoop of ground flax seeds. Rich in lignan fiber, and essential fatty acids, flax seeds promote healthy digestion and fight inflammation!
Blend, Drink, and Feel POWERFUL!
1 scoop Sunwarrior Warrior Blend
1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
1 giant handful organic baby spinach
3/4 cup frozen organic mixed berries
1 dash cinnamon
1 cup filtered water (you can use more or less depending on your desired consistency)
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with nutrition. Growing up in a vegetarian household gave me the platform to explore different nutrition theories. I’m curious by nature so I ate information up faster than a bag of kale chips. In the past couple years, I’ve taken it a step further and become a health counselor. Health counseling has given me the knowledge and experience to help YOU take the guess work out of living a nourished life.
Nutrition and healthy living are my passion. Today, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with our busy lifestyle, the day-to-day hustle. I’m not only a health counselor, I’m a photographer, a writer, a comedienne, a fitness-lover, a traveler, a friend, a laundry-doer, you get the gist! My schedule is full and I like it that way. Unfortunately, a full schedule can make it tough at times to make the best choices for my health…or so I thought.
What I hope to accomplish with this blog is to share the very best information on how to live a clean, energized, glowing life with YOU. Soon, you will discover how easy it is to eat well, use natural products, and find the time to nourish yourself.
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