3 Ways to Reuse Your Coffee Grounds
Are you still throwing away your coffee grounds? Here are three useful, practical and convenient ways to reuse those leftovers.
Are you still throwing away your coffee grounds? Here are three useful, practical and convenient ways to reuse those leftovers.
A short Mother's Day poem for all the fierce, fiery Mothers I am blessed to know.Read Article
A short Mother's Day poem for all the fierce, fiery Mothers I am blessed to know.
I’ll shout it from the rooftops—”I am Mother, hear me roar!”
Have you heard my fiery cry—my warning call?
Stand back—leave me be!
You can not—you will not—rip this sacred task from me.
Chanting your false-truths to intimidate;
Hoping I’ll writhe and take the bait.
How foolish of you—do you not see?
You will never take these reins from me.
Try as you might to devour me whole,
I listen to only the whispers of my soul—
To the voices of my ancestors; the Mother’s before.
We are physiologically designed to thrive in the sunlight so why do we hide from it?Read Article
We are physiologically designed to thrive in the sunlight so why do we hide from it?
We’ve been programed from an early age to fear the sun.
While it’s never a good idea to sit in the scorching mid-day sunlight until you’re overheated, dehydrated, burned-up and lobster-red, we are creatures of the sun. We need the sun in order to function optimally as humans beings, hormonally, metabolically, and cellularly/enzymatically. Truthfully, I would argue that we should be spending more quality time in the sunshine as a society than we actually do. Spending more time in the sunshine usually means you’re outside, and if your outside, you’re usually moving—gardening, hiking, swimming, playing—and we need to be doing more of this anyway.
42% of American’s are vitamin D deficient. Over 19 million nationwide suffer from some form of depression. And over 34 million suffer from type-2 diabetes, a metabolic disorder. So what does sunlight have to do with this? A lot, actually.
For starters, vitamin D isn’t readily available in many foods so sunlight exposure is critical in maintaining sufficient levels of this vital, bone-healthy vitamin. In my opinion, no supplement on the market can take the place of natural sunlight. Secondly, nitric oxide, a potent vasodilator, is produced when sunlight hits the skin. Nitric oxide increases blood flow in the vessels, reduces depression and anxiety, and helps to clear viral infections. Sunlight is an integral component of our evolutionary physiological rhythms. For example, the presence of early morning sunlight triggers the release of cortisol and we begin to feel energized and ready for the day, while in the the absence of light, our body releases melatonin and we begin to feel tired and sleepy. Metabolically speaking, sunlight is a required component of efficient mitochondrial function. Food provides 1/3 of the electrons needed for ATP production, while sunlight provides the rest. Our primal desire to be in the sunlight is rooted in biology; it’s instinct.
Sunlight is essential and, yes, there are ways to “practice safe sun”. If you do tend to burn easily, get outside early in the morning sunlight. If you’re spending all day in the summer sun, don’t use sunblocks, especially those that contain benzene, a known carcinogen, but instead, cover up with clothing, hats and sunglasses as you feel yourself beginning to burn, and/or find some shade. Be sure to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. And if you live in colder climates where the sun doesn’t shine much in the Winter months, look into red-light therapies or purchase your own red-light therapy tent.
Do not fear that which sustains all life. Sunlight is not the enemy in America’s increasing prevalence of illness and disease and dysfunction; it might just be the cure.
A mindful approach to living in our tech-saturated world.
While yoga is a layered practice with myriad benefits, perhaps the greatest and most obvious benefit of all, is the roominess it creates in the body.Read Article
While yoga is a layered practice with myriad benefits, perhaps the greatest and most obvious benefit of all, is the roominess it creates in the body.
Yoga is a layered practice with myriad benefits, but perhaps the greatest and most obvious benefit of incorporating yoga into your daily movement routine is the literal room it creates in the body. Tight muscles a.) impact our joints and our range of motion, b.) have a harder time eliminating lactic acid, and c.) keep prana, or life-force energy, from flowing freely throughout the body.
Here are my top five picks for yoga poses that everyone should incorporate into their daily movement routine (modify if necessary) and what muscles they strengthen and stretch.
Child’s Pose: The ultimate grounding posture, Child’s Pose gently opens the hips and stretches the thighs and tops of the feet while simultaneously lengthening the spinal column and inviting the heart to meet the Earth. It’s time to leave the outer world behind and take some time to turn your focus and attention inward.
How To: From Table-Top Position (all fours), bring your big toes to touch and draw the sits bones toward the heels as you outstretch your arms toward the top of your mat, lengthening your spine. Walk the knees as far apart as is comfortable and allow the torso to ‘snuggle down’ between the legs, with the heart falling toward the Earth. If possible, rest the forehead, or third-eye, on the mat. Now begin to inhale slowly and exhale slowly, noticing the spine elongating with every inhalation and the body softening with every exhalation. Take this time to check-in with yourself today, not just physically, but mentally and emotionally, too.
Crescent Moon Pose: You can work this juicy, standing side-stretch into your day anytime, anywhere. Crescent Moon Pose stretches the entire side-body, from the outside hip, to the obliques, to the intercostal muscles between the ribs.
How To: Standing with your feet either hips-width distance apart or completely together, inhale as your draw the arms upward in an Upward Facing Salute to lengthen the spine. Bring the palms to touch as you interlace all the fingers except for the index fingers, which come together in Kali Mudra. Once again, reach upwards as you inhale, creating as much space as possible before exhaling and leaning over to the right side. Stay here breathing mindfully for as long as needed before repeating on the left side.
Reclined Twist Pose: One of the most satisfying stretches, Reclined Twist Pose stretches the low back, the glutes, and the outer hip. I could stay here all day!
How To: Lay on your back and take a full-body stretch before you begin. Now, draw the knees into the chest and wrap your arms around your legs in a ‘hug’. Gently allow the knees to fall to the right side on an exhalation, doing your best to keep the hips as stacked as possible, and both shoulder blades firmly on the mat. Outstretch your arms and shift your gaze over your left shoulder and close the eyes. Notice your body softening into the posture with every exhalation.
Downward Facing Dog Pose: This well-known posture does it all. It lengthens the spine while stretching the lats, the abdomen, the calves, and the hamstrings, and strengthens the arms and shoulders, too. If you ever only have time for one thing, let it be Downward Facing Dog.
How To: From Table-Top Position (all fours), walk your hands forward and step your feet back as you draw your hips toward the ceiling on an exhalation. Keep the knees bent to start, and take some time to ‘feel into‘ the pose, or to ‘walk it out’, as you adjust your hands and feet into a comfortable and correctly aligned Downward Facing Dog. The fingers should be spread wide, with your weight evenly distributed into all ten fingers. The shoulders should be externally rotated, so that the insides of your elbow creases face each other and your back is open and wide. The feet should be positioned about hips-width distance apart, and slightly pigeon-toed (toes in, heels out) and the knees may remain bent, or may slowly straighten as you warm up, and the heels driving toward the mat (even though they may not touch it). Activate your core muscles by drawing the navel in toward the spine. The neck should remain neutral with a soft, steady gaze back between your upper thighs. Stay here and breath slowly and deeply, matching your inhalations with your exhalations. When finished, return to Table-Top Position, and then Child’s Pose.
Seated Forward Fold Pose: A cooling, calming posture, Seated Forward Fold is an ideal finish to your movement sequence. This posture lengthens the spine and the hamstrings, while allowing you to reflect inward once again.
How To: From a seated position, extend your legs in front of you, keeping the knees slightly bent to start. Now, inch your sits bones back, allowing the legs to straighten a bit more (if you like, you can even place a rolled up blanket or pillow beneath your knees for added support). Inhale the arms upward, and exhale as your hinge forward at the hips, drawing the navel toward the spine, your heart toward your thighs, and your hands toward your feet. Rest the hands wherever they landed (feet or shins), and stay here for as long as possible, allowing each exhale to linger a bit longer than the inhale. This is a challenging posture but the longer you can stay here, the softer you become.
If you think a smoothie is just a bunch of blended fruit, you're doing it wrong.Read Article
If you think a smoothie is just a bunch of blended fruit, you're doing it wrong.
Fruit? Sure—throw it in! My personal favorite right now is a chocolate-banana smoothie I make. But how do I turn that into something genuinely balanced and satiating? Pretty easily, actually.
The key to elevating your smoothie is finding balance. I love fruit and I eat it all day long; in other words, I don’t hide from the natural sugars found in fruits. But I do make sure I eat my fruit with healthy fats, proteins and fiber when I can to keep things blood sugar-friendly and me feeling satisfied and satiated.
You’d be surprised what you can throw in to the blender to create a well-balanced, delicious tasting smoothie. Some of my favorite things to add are: greens, nut butters, seeds, dates, riced cauliflower, and zucchini. I’m always changing it up depending on what I have on hand and the kids and I are always pleasantly surprised. Another thing: I never add frozen fruit or vegetables to my smoothies in the Winter time (cold foods in the Winter can extinguish your agni—it’s an Ayurvedic thing).
Here’s my the recipe to my current favorite.
Chocolate-Banana Smoothie (for one):
1 medium-sized banana
1 generous handful of spinach
1 scoop of Vital Proteins Original Collagen Peptides
1 heaping spoonful of almond butter
1 tablespoon Amazing Grass Organic Adaptogens Powder
1 tablespoon of chia seeds
1 tablespoon Navitas Organic Cacao Powder
1/2 cup water
Blend and enjoy!
A grain-free twist on an old-time favorite.
Ward off adrenal fatigue by implementing adrenal-supporting habits into your daily routine.Read Article
Ward off adrenal fatigue by implementing adrenal-supporting habits into your daily routine.
The rigors of daily life coupled with poor lifestyle choices can lead to, or exasperate, a number of chronic conditions and ailments, and adrenal fatigue may be one of the first noticeable symptoms of prolonged stress and bad habits. The adrenal glands, a part of the endocrine system, produce and regulate hormones in the body and chronic stress, a lackluster diet, or poor sleep habits can send this delicate system into a frenzy, resulting in either too much or too little cortisol in the bloodstream. The result? Adrenal fatigue: tiredness and low-energy, brain fog, irritability and moodiness, decreased sex-drive, insulin resistance, hair, skin and nail changes, sleep issues, and hormone imbalances.
So how do we keep our cortisol levels in check and avoid adrenal fatigue? Reducing stress and developing healthy, adrenal-supportive habits are essential. Here are some helpful tips on how to reduce stress and support your adrenal glands:
Avoid foods that can over-work the adrenal glands. This includes caffeine, refined sugars, processed foods, and an excessive intake of carbohydrates.
Include foods that support the adrenal glands. This includes nuts and seeds, pasture-raised lean meats, wild-caught salmon, fruits and vegetables (especially cruciferous), fermented foods, and avocados.
Prioritize rest. Rest when you feel the need to rest. Prioritize sleep by putting away the blue-light emitting smart phones and laptops well before bed-time and enjoy a book and a cup of chamomile tea instead. Aim to be in bed by 10PM and get 8-10 hours of sleep each night. Check out our article, Seven Steps to Better Sleep, here.
Move your body daily. Be sure to exercise or move your body daily even if it’s only for 20 minutes. Tackle some yard work or go for a brisk walk around the neighborhood or office building. Yoga in particular is a wonderful, stress-reducing practice.
Supplement with adaptogenic botanicals. Adaptogens like ashwaganda, astragalus, ginseng, rhodiola, maca and cordyceps have been used for centuries to help the body cope with stress and to support the adrenals.
Practice self-care. Do things that make you happy. Laugh daily. Slow down. Relax. Tell yourself “I love you. You are enough.” and believe it—often. Self-love and self-care is at the root of healing. Check out our article, Human in the Mirror, here.
Looking for a soothing, calming evening treat? Try this simple recipe from Ayurvedic practitioner, Ashley Rarick.Read Article
Looking for a soothing, calming evening treat? Try this simple recipe from Ayurvedic practitioner, Ashley Rarick.
Ashley Rarick of Ayurvedic Vitality shares this calming evening tea recipe that helps sooth both the mind and body.
“Rose has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years, and is regarded for it’s healing benefits and it’s ability to calm the emotions as well as the skin.” she says. “It’s balancing for both Vata and Pitta body types. Kapha body types can add honey for sweetener and have in moderation as a treat.” she adds.
1 bag Chamomile Tea
1 tsp Edible Rose Water
1-2 tsp of Herbal Sweetener or Maple Syrup
1 1/2 cups of Hot Water
Optional: Milk or Favorite Milk Alternative
We can over-complicate it, but let's not.
Your body is detoxing all the time—how are you helping?Read Article
Your body is detoxing all the time—how are you helping?
Detox has become such a buzzword, hasn’t it? One might imagine that detoxing requires expensive and extreme diets or protocols but that isn’t always the case. Your body is designed to detox; it’s constantly purging and detoxing from harmful substances and toxins all the time. While there may be a time and a place for more immersive or extreme detoxes, I do believe that we can help our body in its everyday detoxing efforts. It’s important to note that multiple organs play a critical role in the detoxification process; from the skin, to the lungs, to the liver.
Let’s take a look at some of your body’s key detox players and explore ways to support these systems as they work to keep you thriving and healthy:
THE SKIN. The skin is the body’s largest organ, and one that’s constantly in contact with the external environment, so it’s no surprise that the skin plays a massive role in keeping toxins, pathogens, and other contaminants out of the body. Your skin also expels toxins via sweat. We can support this system in a number of ways. First of all, keep your skin clean. Your skin is in constant contact with environmental pollutants, toxins, and pathogens, especially the face and hands, so it’s important to shower or bathe regularly using natural, mild soaps (Dr. Bronner is a favorite in our home).
Allowing the skin to “breathe” and sweat efficiently is important, too, and often times heavy lotions, anti-perspirants, make-up, and even sunscreen block the pores and keep the skin from functioning adequately. Keep your skin (and the vital role it plays in the detoxification process) in mind when selecting washing detergents, cleaning solutions, make-up, soaps, shampoos, and even clothing. For added support, consider regular sauna or infrared sauna use which help the body expel stored chemicals, including heavy metals, through sweating.
THE LUNGS. The lungs pull waste, or carbon dioxide, from the blood, which is what you expel when you exhale. When you inhale, the lungs supply fresh oxygen to the blood, which then travels throughout the body—and to all the other essential detoxification organs. We don’t think about breathing much thanks to our autonomic nervous system but when you actually do pause to think about it, you’d recognize that taking longer, fuller inhales would supply the blood with more oxygen per breath, and that longer, deeper exhales would expel more waste than a shallow exhale. This is why breathwork or the practice of diaphragmatic breathing is gaining traction in the West. This type of mindful, rhythmic breathing not only supports the body’s gas exchange, but it also stimulates the body’s parasympathetic nervous system (that’s you, rest and digest). As the diaphragm expands and contracts, it massages the body’s lymphatic system—another essential component in the detoxification process. TRY THIS: Take 5-minutes a day to practice mindful, rhythmic breathing. Inhale through the nose until you feel your belly fill up with air. Hold here for 3-seconds. Exhale through the mouth, slowly and completely.
We can also support our lungs by being mindful of the air we breath. Clean air is a fundamental human right. Unfortunately, we can’t eliminate all the pollutants and toxins from our air. It’s important to treat your home like the sanctuary that it should be. Swap out the harsh, traditional, and toxic cleaners for the something more natural (our go-to, easy-to-find natural cleaning products are Seventh Generation). Invest in an air purifier to help eliminate airborne allergens like pollen, pet dander, mold spores, microbes, dust, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from cooking and smoke. We love our Winix Air Purifier with an advanced 3-stage filtration and PlasmaWave® Technology. Diffusing essential oils naturally and effectively purifies the air in your home or office, too. We use tea tree and peppermint often.
THE LYMPHATIC SYSTEM. The lymphatic system plays a crucial role in detoxification and immune response. The lymphatic system is most simply described as a comprehensive drainage and fluid-balancing network consisting of the lymphatic fluid (which transports infection-fighting white blood cells), the lymph nodes (there are about 600!), lymphatic vessels, the thoracic duct, the thymus, the spleen, bone marrow, the tonsils and adenoids (the first lines of defense against foreign invaders), and the appendix (good for something, eh?). A sluggish lymphatic system is no good and can cause extreme fatigue, swelling or weight gain, frequent colds or sinus infections, brain fog, and depression to name a few. So what causes a sluggish lymphatic system? Over-exposure to toxic chemicals, a sedentary lifestyle, a poor diet and dehydration are often to blame.
Nurture your lymphatic system by moving your body daily, drinking plenty of fluids, especially water, and eating a clean, minimally processed diet. Other things to try: trampolining, dry brushing, lymphatic massage, and herbs like red clover, echinacea, and astragalus. For an individually tailored Ayurvedic approach to lymphatic health, you may want to consider a session with Ayurvedic practitioner, Ashley Rarick, of Ayurvedic Vitality.
THE LIVER. Talk about a powerhouse! The liver is responsible for over 500 vital functions in the body, from the production of bile, which helps break down fats in the small intestine, to the conversion of excess glucose into glycogen for storage, to purifying the blood from harmful drugs and other substances, including bacteria. Once these harmful substances are broken down by the liver, the by-products are excreted in the bile (which enters the intestine and are excreted as feces) or blood (which gets filtered by the kidneys and is excreted as urine). Clearly, the liver is a crucially involved in the detoxification process. Support your liver with a clean, minimally processed diet. Remove hydrogenated oils, refined sugars, and conventional lunch meats from your diet, as these create inflammation in the body. Amp up the potassium-rich foods (like beans, bananas, spinach, and tomatoes) and be mindful of your alcohol and over-the-counter drug consumption.
THE KIDNEYS. These two fist-sized, bean-shaped organs are well-known as the blood’s filtration system, but they also help balance the body’s fluid levels as well as regulate electrolytes as well as release hormones that help regulate blood pressure. They filter and recirculate 200 quarts of fluid in one day! In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the kidneys are known as the root of our life-force and the foundation of health, vitality, and longevity.
Help support the optimal function of your kidneys by understanding your risk. Has anyone in your family suffered from kidney failure? Are you on medications that may damage the kidneys when taken long-term (prescription or non-prescription)? Are you diabetic, overweight, or at-risk for cardiovascular disease?
Show your kidneys a little love by staying hydrated, frequently stimulating blood flow to the area through gentle kidney massage or yoga postures like spinal twists, back bends, and forward folds that you hold for longer periods of time (Yin Yoga), and foods like bone broth, miso, seaweed, beans (black and kidney), and fish.
OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT YOUR BODY IN DETOXIFICATION:
Scrape your tongue first thing in the morning. Have you heard of a tongue scraper? This nifty, easy-to-sanitize device is designed specifically to clean your tongue, unlike a toothbrush. A tongue scraper is essential in maintaining optimum oral health and hygiene. A tongue scraper effortlessly scrapes away the toxic build-up on your tongue that your body has worked to purge and push out overnight. It’s essential to brush your teeth and scrape your tongue before consuming any food or drink which can carry those toxins right back in. If you need to brush, rinse or floss again after eating breakfast, then by all means, do. Our family uses Dr. Tung’s Stainless Steel Tongue Cleaner.
Get your sleep. Not only is sleep essential for clearing toxins from the visceral body, but sleep also helps clear toxins from the brain! The space between your brain cells increases as you sleep, allowing fluid to flush through and clear out anything that doesn’t belong. Our body needs sleep, and far too many struggle with it. For more tips on getting better sleep, read Seven Steps to Better Sleep.
Give your body less to detox. For all that we can’t control, there is so much that we can. For example, we can’t usually control what pollutants we come into contact with as we walk down a busy city street, but we can consciously choose to eat a healthier diet by eliminating packaged and overly-processed foods (and eating organic when possible), just as we can make the choice to switch to more natural-based cleaning and personal care products in support of our health.
Boy, are you in for a treat with these decadent and wildly satisfying vegan brownies! Not only are they vegan, but they're grain-free and refined-sugar-free, making them a much more favorable alternative to the traditional sweet treat.Read Article
Boy, are you in for a treat with these decadent and wildly satisfying vegan brownies! Not only are they vegan, but they're grain-free and refined-sugar-free, making them a much more favorable alternative to the traditional sweet treat.
Honestly, these vegan, grain-free, no-bake fudge brownies are to die for. They’re much healthier and lighter than traditional brownies and take no time to make. You only need five wholesome ingredients! They’re definitely a favorite in our household. I hope you give them a try (and let me know what you think!).
1 cup raw walnuts
1 1/2 cup pitted dates
1/2 raw almond butter
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
crushed pecans to sprinkle on top
Blend up the walnuts and dates in a food processor. Add in the almond butter—blend until smooth. Add in the cocoa powder. Blend well. Scoop out the batter into a parchment-paper lined 8×8 baking pan and press in firmly. Sprinkle with pecans and let set in the refrigerator for at least an hour before cutting and serving. ENJOY!
Spark joy this February with Tricia Rose Stone's 28 Acts of Kindness.
We must remember that our single greatest power as free and sovereign beings, is the ability to create our own reality; a reality that deeply resonates with us and truly feeds our soul and purpose here on Earth. We get to choose freedom over enslavement, peace over war, individuality over conformity.Read Article
We must remember that our single greatest power as free and sovereign beings, is the ability to create our own reality; a reality that deeply resonates with us and truly feeds our soul and purpose here on Earth. We get to choose freedom over enslavement, peace over war, individuality over conformity.
Saturday, January 16, 2021: sunny and nearly 75-degrees in the dead of a California winter. My husband and I decided it was a good day to take to the trails at the sprawling Jack London State Park with our boys for a little nature therapy. The historic park, former ranch and residence of the acclaimed author nestled against the serene Sonoma Mountains, is quite the sight to behold with it’s peaceful knolls shrouded in oaks, meticulously terraced vineyards, mossy stone ruins, and majestic redwoods. I can never anticipate what a day in nature may conjure-up for me but I trust that it’s exactly what I need in that moment; a profound realization, perhaps, or a happy memory, or just a quiet space to reflect, to cry, to observe.
We left the house right after breakfast and arrived before most. As the morning drew on, the park grew busier but even then, we rarely crossed paths with anyone else, or did so from ample distance. You see, the sheer grandeur of the terrain with it’s many routes and trails naturally separates one group from the next. As I encouraged my boys to take deep, purposeful breaths of fresh, bio-rich air as the sun kissed our skin and our hands caressed the trunks of the giant redwood trees, everyone else hid behind a face-covering. This was perplexing to me; after all, an integral part of venturing out into nature, is breathing it in. I had hoped that any sensibly-thinking adult would deem a face-covering in this instance not only unnecessary but flat-out counter-intuitive.
While we found it rather peculiar behavior, we shrugged it off; to each his own, we thought, and continued on our way walking, laughing, talking, observing, listening. Then out of the silence a panicked father some distance behind us screamed, “They’re not wearing masks so we’re not going to go anywhere near them!” It appeared that his young daughter, in all her innocent enthusiasm and curiosity, dared to jet ahead of her group. At that very moment, an indescribable feeling of confusion and sadness came over me.
Confusion because the young girl came nowhere near us; confusion because even if she did, there would be nothing to worry about—we weren’t ill nor in a enclosed space together where illness may be more transmissible; confusion because surely her father was over-reacting—wasn’t he? Sadness because I felt sorry for that little girl; sadness because of how genuinely frightened her father was; sadness over the disillusionment and mental anguish so many are clearly suffering. I thought for a moment, am I living in an alternate reality? Surely I must be for how is it possible to feel so comfortable and safe and at peace here under the redwood trees while clearly so many do not?
This feeling of confusion and sadness lingered for only short time before I came to my senses and remembered, of course I’m living in an alternate reality—my own reality, just as the panicked father is living in his own reality, too (a reality alternate from mine). These realities are in constant evolution, and are shaped by many, many things. Neither is right nor wrong, good nor bad, although, if you’re not assertive or discerning enough, you do run the risk of what I like to call a ‘hijacked-reality’ in which your perceived reality actually isn’t yours at all but rather a reality created for you by others. This isn’t inherently a bad thing, but it’s a forfeit of your power nonetheless, and that’s never a good thing. We must remember that our single greatest power as free and sovereign beings, is the ability to create our own reality; a reality that deeply resonates with us and truly feeds our soul and purpose here on Earth. We get to choose freedom over enslavement, peace over war, individuality over conformity.
Unfortunately, as I’ve come to realize over the past year, far too many are willing—almost eager, it seems—to relinquish that power at the mere flip of a switch, casting themselves full-throttle into the chaos without so much as a second thought. Is this poor, frantic father a victim of a ‘hijacked-reality’? I don’t know. Am I? I suppose it’s possible. But if I had to choose between living in his reality or living in mine, I’d choose mine over and over and over again.
To each his own.
Mindset is key in manifesting an epic year ahead, no matter what comes your way in 2021.Read Article
Mindset is key in manifesting an epic year ahead, no matter what comes your way in 2021.
Here we are, once again, on the brim of a new year—one we are all anxiously awaiting—our focus teeter-tottering between reflections on the past and resolutions for the future. But will 2021 be any different? While that may be debatable, one thing is certain: your mindset changes everything.
So how do we shift out of the funky, threw-us-for-a-loop energy of 2020 and into a high-vibin’ 2021? I say we start by setting aside the tired and often surface-level new year resolutions and taking a more feelings-based approach to intention-setting, and my friend and mindset coach, Shaina Gadow, agrees. Here are her helpful mindset tips to manifesting a happy and bright New Year, no matter what comes your way in 2021:
To learn more about Shaina Gadow and her offerings, please visit her website: shainagadow.com
I don’t want to believe that it took a pandemic of global proportions to prove to us that this sub-life is unsustainable. But I guess it did. The subliminal signs weren’t enough to slow down our lives on our own accord. It’s remarkable, in a dark, strange way, just how much stress the body can take before complete and utter exhaustion, and how the mind continues to justify it.
It's hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is just around the corner! As a Holistic Nutritionist and clean-eating advocate, I have a few tips to share with you about enjoying the upcoming Holiday—guilt free.Read Article
It's hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is just around the corner! As a Holistic Nutritionist and clean-eating advocate, I have a few tips to share with you about enjoying the upcoming Holiday—guilt free.
With Thanksgiving ringing in our Holiday season next week, I thought I would offer up a bit of advice on enjoying the Holiday season without the guilt that often accompanies large Holidays.
First of all, let’s be clear: there is a difference between eating mindfully and eating obsessively. One allows you to deviate from your usual healthy, well-rounded diet here and there without harboring any guilt or shame, while the other is so restrictive that you’re almost setting yourself up for disappointment.
It’s imperative to approach your general diet mindfully so as to diminish the possibility of developing an obsessive and unhealthy relationship to food and eating. Eating mindfully means that while you may eat a healthy, well-balanced diet most of the time, you’ve granted yourself the permission to indulge and enjoy food and drink outside of your usually well-balanced diet when the mood strikes and knowing that you won’t feel guilty about it—knowing that you’ll get back to your usual diet soon—knowing it’s not a big deal and that you didn’t “fall off the wagon”.
As we approach the Thanksgiving Holiday, it’s helpful to focus on what we can add to our plates as opposed to what we should leave off or restrict ourselves from (remember, mindful over obsessive). Don’t skimp on the nutritious and filling good stuff like greens and veggies. Drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially between alcoholic beverages and all-day grazing, to keep yourself hydrated and less-likely to overeat (thirst can be mistaken for hunger, you know). Offer to make a favorite side-dish to share to keep your options vast. And lastly, don’t be afraid to indulge and stray from the usual. This is what it means to be a mindful eater, so let’s eat drink, and be merry! Happy Thanksgiving.
Peel back the layers and discover your Divine Feminine.Read Article
Peel back the layers and discover your Divine Feminine.
Yesterday was Friday the 13th, the Day of the Goddess. I was born on a Friday the 13th, and with the exception of a few “surely, I must have been cursed” moments throughout my teenage years especially (didn’t we all have those?), I’ve always believed that it was rather special.
Years ago, when I delved into Numerology, I discovered that number 13 has always been associated with the Goddess and the Divine Feminine. According to Stargazer Astrology founder, Chirone Shakti, it’s in part because “there are 13 lunar months in the year, as opposed to 12 solar months.” Thirteen also marks the half-way point from full moon to full moon, as each lunar cycle is 28 days, which of course, also harmonizes with most women’s menstrual cycles. And Friday is known as the day of Venus, the planet of love and creativity, and “the sensuous feminine aspect of the Goddess”, Shakti explains. So when you combine a Friday with the number 13, it’s doubly divine.
So speaking of Divine Goddesses, how can the modern woman harness this potent, powerful, and ancient feminine energy and apply it to any and all aspects of her life? Easy: she has to think like a Goddess.
A Goddess is passionate and dedicated to her purpose. She is deeply connected to herself, her intuition, and her femininity. She is a loyal companion and a fierce protector of those she loves. She is in harmony with Mother Earth, and she seeks wisdom in silence, prayer, and meditation.
For clarity’s sake, ask yourself—Do my passions align with my purpose? Do I listen carefully to what my Inner Guide has to say? Do I foster meaningful relationships? Am I at peace with my surroundings? Do I stand proud in my Truth?
You see, being a Divine Goddess has nothing to do with what you look like or what you wear (although, it does have something to do with how you carry yourself), and absolutely everything to do with your ability to ask—and answer—these often sobering questions. When you lay it all out on the table so to speak, you’re able to step back and take a better look at the bigger picture. From this space, you can edit, add to, rearrange, realign, and ultimately, discover who you truly are at your core and begin to live from a place of authenticity, just like a Goddess.
Outsourcing our deep inner work doesn't shift anything—it leaves us running in circles. We must be accountable.
More emphasis must be placed on educating the masses on other ways to “slow the spread”—more like “slow the spread of the many chronic diseases plaguing Americans and leaving them susceptible to complications from COVID-19 or any other cold or flu."Read Article
More emphasis must be placed on educating the masses on other ways to “slow the spread”—more like “slow the spread of the many chronic diseases plaguing Americans and leaving them susceptible to complications from COVID-19 or any other cold or flu."
I don’t know about you, but I believe that more emphasis must be placed on educating the masses on other ways to “slow the spread”—more like “slow the spread of the many chronic diseases plaguing Americans and leaving them susceptible to complications from COVID-19 or any other cold or flu”. No one is immune from catching COVID-19 but let’s be honest—Americans have never been sicker, more obese, more depressed, or more unhappy, and to me, this is the biggest concern of all. Is COVID-19 the straw that will brake the camel’s back? I hate to say it but masks and a pantry stocked to the brim with shelf-stable foods isn’t going to save us from the twisted, dysfunctional food system that’s been wrecking havoc on American health long before COVID-19.
There is so much that we can’t control—like the viruses and bacteria living among (and within) us at any given moment in time—so why not shift the focus to what we actually have a decent shot at?
To my discerning and ever-curious young men: I hope you continue to ask the difficult questions even when—actually, especially when—it's unpopular to do so.Read Article
To my discerning and ever-curious young men: I hope you continue to ask the difficult questions even when—actually, especially when—it's unpopular to do so.
To my discerning and ever-curious young men: I hope you continue to ask the difficult questions even when—actually, especially when—it’s unpopular to do so.
I hope you continue to see and know yourselves and others as unique and sovereign individuals with valuable perspectives and bright ideas to share with the world.
I hope you continue to stand proud and tall in your convictions, and encourage others to do the same, even when it means you stand apart from the crowd.
I hope the desire to honor your truth and trust your intuition continues to ring louder than the noise of that which surrounds you.
I hope you continue to think outside of the box and passionately imagine all of the endless possibilities that exist at any given moment in time.
I hope you continue to push the boundaries and refuse to settle for the ordinary just because it’s easier.
I hope you continue to bravely hold yourself accountable and responsible for your missteps and shortcomings instead of passing the blame.
I hope you continue to treat others with kindness and respect while embracing your differences with open hearts and minds.
I hope you continue to value your space and solitude as a time to dream, relax, recharge, and realign.
I hope you continue to nourish your bodies with real, wholesome foods, movement, good sleep, fresh air and sunshine.
To my boys in 2020—you have continued to inspire me with your sheer resilience and optimism. The universe has spoken to me loud and clear and it has confirmed what I have known to be true all along; that I am exactly where I am meant to be, right here with you by my side.
Our high-tech world is affecting our eyes in a massive way, and the current shelter-in-place isn't helping.
Navigating our ever-changing world can seem like the first day of a summer circus gig on repeat; the second you get the hang of one trick, they go and change things up on you.Read Article
Navigating our ever-changing world can seem like the first day of a summer circus gig on repeat; the second you get the hang of one trick, they go and change things up on you.
Navigating our ever-changing world can seem like the first day of a summer circus gig on repeat; the second you get the hang of one trick, they go and change things up on you. So when it feels like you’re barely holding your head high enough above the water, remember that things don’t have to be so complicated, and that you’re in control of a lot more than you might think.
When the going gets tough, remember to:
focus on the positive
love your neighbor
eat the rainbow
reduce your carbon footprint
connect with others
be the change
Have you looked at your reflection in the mirror and told yourself “I Love You” yet today? The thought itself might make you uncomfortable—it’s silly, or pompous, or even a little crazy, you might say. But why?Read Article
Have you looked at your reflection in the mirror and told yourself “I Love You” yet today? The thought itself might make you uncomfortable—it’s silly, or pompous, or even a little crazy, you might say. But why?
Let’s talk about MIRROR WORK and SELF LOVE. Have you looked at your reflection in the mirror and told yourself “I Love You” yet today? The thought itself might make you uncomfortable—it’s silly, or pompous, or even a little crazy, you might say. But why?
According to Mindset and Empowerment Coach, Shaina Gadow (@shainagadow), Self-Love is a major component of your vibrational energy and therefore, in your ability to attract into your life what it is you desire. Shaina suggests working some simple yet powerful Self-Love affirmations and mirror work into your morning routine to amp up your mood and your energy. It can go something like this:
Step in front of the mirror. Place your hand on your heart and just allow the process. Let it be uncomfortable. Let your emotions surface. To start, it may be easier to say: “I’m choosing to believe” or “I’m in the process of believing” and then your Self-Love affirmations. For example, “I’m in the process of believing I am worthy. I’m in the process of believing I’m beautiful. I am choosing to love myself. I love you, I love you, I love you.”
So tell us, do you practice Self-Love affirmations and mirror work as part of your Self-Care routine?
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Verdure Studio is a boutique yoga and fitness studio in Sonoma, California that brings the magic of movement to the comfort of your home or vacation rental. Verdure Studio believes in the simplicity of movement; that is, that we can accomplish a lot using only our body and our breath. We can increase flexibility, balance, and range of motion, build strength and tone muscles, improve circulation and support our lymphatic system, boost immune function, and perhaps most importantly, create space in the body to allow prana, or life-force energy, to flow freely throughout.
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Hi, I’m Divina, founder of Verdure Studio, a boutique yoga and fitness studio in Sonoma, California that brings the magic of movement to the comfort of your home. I believe in the simplicity of movement; that is, I believe that we can accomplish a lot using only our body and our breath. We can increase flexibility and range of motion, build strength and tone muscles, improve circulation and support our lymphatic system, boost immune function, and perhaps most importantly, create space in the body to allow prana, or life-force energy, to flow freely throughout.
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