As the winter months soldier on, we can get lost in the trenches. Tis the season for colds, flus, chilly weather and short days. Take these darker months as a time to rebalance, rest and recover. Eat foods that nurture and support your health and wellness, participate in movement and exercise that feels good and productive, enjoy the longer nights as it may mean longer sleeps...guilt free (it is part of our body's natural rhythm). Tune into your body, your mind, your spirit and treat yourself with loving kindness. The happier we are, the healthier we will be, the mind sets the tone for the body: DIS-EASE creates DISEASE.
It always take me a few weeks to get into the groove of a new year. To be honest I usually set a quick no holds barred goal for the first of January. One year I went 365 days without eating potato chips, one year it was 365 days of drinking 500ml first thing in the morning (both of these things have become permanent changes!). This year I committed to 365 days of getting onto the mat or floor for at least 10min of yoga. I am on day 18 and my body feels better already and it really eases me into my goal from last year (daily meditation). I do admit that this goal may be more challenging then the chips or water because it actually takes time. But I love this chill time for myself and my body. I am committed.
2018 was about trust. It was about feeling, freeing up space and time, letting things naturally evolve, setting boundaries. Choosing myself, choosing my children, choosing my husband, choosing freedom over outward accomplishments and accolades. Choosing what felt right and trusting my intuition.
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Happy December beautiful people,
Have you ever heard of "chronic stress"? It is not the kind of stress that hits us hard and then just goes away, it nudges us with small consistent doses that pile up over time. It is the missed meeting, the rushed car ride, the unsettling comment made by your partner or friend. It’s the missed lunch, the physically stressful HIIT workout and the coming home to top it off with an insulin spike (aka a sugary glass of wine), but the grand finale is the worst...a demoralizing hit of playing the comparison game as you scroll instagram and watch super model moms make homemade almond milk in a pristine kitchen in Hawaii. No wonder we feel stressed!
I am so glad that we are in a time where talking about being grateful or #blessed is a trendy part of our culture, just like yoga or sustainable food sourcing. Anytime there is a trend towards happiness, self discovery, love and appreciation, I am in. These trendy practices have been around forever of course, but I feel today people are seeking more then ever before. We are in challenging times and with the abundance of social and news media, we are no longer in a bubble where ignorance is bliss. We need to focus on what is good in the world just to keep the faith. If you and your family are lucky enough to be safe and well fed on this planet then you have every reason to be grateful. It feels like we should be in a constant state of "how the heck did I get so lucky" and what can I do to help others find safety and health care. But sometimes we get caught in the day to day and even if logically we have the perspective, we may not always feel gratitude in our hearts.
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To be honest I don't really like the term "cheat meal", you don't need to cheat, you can just choose. It's not cheating when you are the boss of your own body and you have the ability to make your own rules and your own choices. But lets face it, some foods taste soooo good, they just sadly don't make us feel that great.
Well guess what? This snack taste like a delicious plate of nachos...yet it is a delicious plate of whole foods...no dairy, no gluten, no CHIPS. YESSSSSSS!
Truth be told I totally stole this recipe from a client and friend (Deanna gave me the go ahead to share). She took the ingredients from my 21 Day Body RESET Mexican sweet potato and rearranged them into nacho format. Truly genius. I have posted the recipes for both the Mexican sweet potato and the no-cheat nachos below! Give them a try and let me know what you think. xo Anna
Has this ever happened to you? You are feeling good on a particular plan or regime. You can tell things are changing and shifting, you are feeling accomplished. Yet all of a sudden you get an urge... you want to sabotage, cheat or reward yourself in a way that is not productive. WHY?!!!
Don't worry this is normal.
If this has happened to you, you are not alone. It is the natural cycle of change and human behaviour. This is precisely why so many start projects or journeys and do not finish them. Because change is not always comfortable. Change takes push and perseverance. The ability to pick yourself up, brush yourself off and keep going. Remember, things happen it is not a picture perfect journey, but if is something you really wanton desire, power though.
It is ok to be uncomfortable!
Challenge creates change (in other words: NO Challenge, NO Change). We cannot level up if do not challenge ourself to push to that next level. Challenge is uncomfortable...that is why it is a challenge. Don't be afraid to get into the nitty gritty, dig deep and feel uncomfortable. You got this!
“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”- Muhammed Ali
For the Smoothie Bowl
If you are like me, you may find it more challenging to stay on track in the summer. I always stay true to what I preach, I do fuel my body with healthy food, I try to listen to my body and eat when I am hungry and stop when I am full. That being said summer is a lot more adventurous and a lot less regimented then winter for me (does anyone else feel more disciplined and fit in the winter then the summer?). One of the best ways to eat healthy on the go and in social situations in to prepare a big, beautiful and sharable meal.
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