Monday, December 21st, 2015
Feeling gratitude for my husband, Greg.
It’s been a couple of years now that I’ve had a focus in my life on meditation so that I could calm my mind, body, and soul.
In fact, two years ago it was the only goal I set for 2014 because it was THAT important.
I even felt it was probably more important than my healthy eating habits or exercise, because stress wreaks havoc on a body.
I figured if I could reduce stress and just go with the flow more and chill the f#*k out, that I would probably increase my longevity … more than all the best eating or exercising I could ever do.
That said, I knew a combo of:
- Healthy eating
- Living a calm life …
THAT would be the ultimate.
Well, I pretty much dialed in the healthy eating bit, eh? And exercise and moving? Heck, we got rid of our dining table and couch -> embracing the “furniture free” movement. Check!
Next, I needed to focus on calming my sh*t down.
I’m proud to say that I’ve come a loooong way and I’ve learned a lot the past few years including this post detailing how and why my family meditates, including our daughter (she’s 5 now).
Meditation has changed my life for sure. It’s helped me react less to stressful times. But, I found ways to cope when those stressful times still reared their ugly heads.
That’s what this post is about! I came up with nine ways to instantly chill out. Seriously, they work.
Oh.. And. This past year I found Taoism – WHOA – but that’s for another post.
In the rush of the *sometimes stressful* holidays, these are extra important. Warning: my mouth runs a bit foul in this post.
Here are my top 9 ways to immediately hack your stress and get calm.
The next time your feathers get ruffled, try one of these ideas and see how it instantly calms you. Over time, the more you do this, the more natural it becomes and the more calm you feel ongoing.
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Monday, December 14th, 2015
Pumpkin Spice Creamy Buttered Latte – GOOD!
Tis the season to enjoy some fabulous holiday drinks and food. :) Mmmmmm yummmm.
I started my season a bit early … before Thanksgiving because I like it to last as long as possible. (We also had our tree up the week before Thanksgiving.) So, when I saw pumpkin pie pumpkins at Whole Foods early in the season I had to buy.
I’ve been making pumpkin by cooking it myself now that I’m a pro at using a slow cooker (you all know I have them coming out the wazoo). I used homemade pumpkin in my pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving and I’m using it again here in my Pumpkin Spice Creamy Buttered Latte.
It’s really easy to do.
Basically, you pierce the pumpkin a few times, put it in the slow cooker, cook on High for up to 6 hours depending on the size of the pumpkin, scoop out the flesh and do something else with the seeds (if desired), and voila… pumpkin puree!
Or, scoop it out of a can or box. I’ve done both but there’s something about making it myself that makes it taste better to me.
Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Creamy Buttered Latte
Yield 1 to 2 servings (let’s be honest, I make this as one serving)
- 2 cups freshly brewed hot coffee
- 2 tablespoons grass-fed unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup canned or freshly cooked pumpkin puree
- 1/2 teaspoon ground pumpkin spice powder
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric powder
- 2 raw pasture-raised egg yolks
- Pinch freshly ground black pepper
- 3 to 5 drops liquid vanilla stevia (or sweetener of choice)
Blend everything together until creamy. Enjoy.
Monday, December 7th, 2015
Prevent or fight the flu with this crazy drink. Vitamin C for the win!
I have been drawn to vitamin c a lot over the past couple of years for fighting pretty much any and all viruses. The sh*t is good and effective. Load up on it for great health.
So it’s no surprise that I concocted a weird mix of ingredients to make a powerfully protective drink to guzzle through the flu season. I find myself drinking this at least once a day, and if I don’t get all fancy with the recipe below, at a minimum I use spring water, lemon juice, cayenne, and vitamin c powders.
And, I’m ridiculously infatuated with everything Dr. Schulze – his products are truly thoughtful and of the highest quality. I love his videos and blog and his seriously high standards for products. I imagine harps are being played while he creates them, they’re that special. (I’ll do another post later on all of the stuff I use of his.)
BEAUTY BONUS: my skin looks extra amazing lately –
either from all of this vitamin c or from the Living Libations products I drench my skin in – most likely BOTH!
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Monday, November 30th, 2015
Stunning “Yoga Design Lab” hot yoga mat.
I’ve been dabbling in yoga over the past year.
I say dabble because although there are times I practice twice a week or more, there are times where I go weeks without it. Sigh.
I love it though.
The times I don’t get to practice are because life gets in the way, which isn’t a good excuse, except for me –> I like to practice my yoga in a class instead of alone at home. And getting to a class can be difficult sometimes. (Though I’m open to trying yoga at home in the future so I can take my mat on the road with me when we travel.)
As of a couple of months ago, I consider myself still a bit of a newbie at yoga, but since I knew most of the moves, I decided to try adding heated yoga into my practice. I went to Village Health Club and Spa, where we belong (and LOVE), and had my first heated class a few months ago. They have the best classes and teachers for all their other classes so I felt confident trying my hand at a heated yoga class in spite of feeling intimidated by the class.
Kamea at Village Health Club (Scottsdale, DC location)
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Monday, November 23rd, 2015
Turmeric Almond Milk – Anti-inflammatory goodness
I recently shared a popular almond milk I made using lavender and rose. Check it out.
I was inspired to take my raw almond milk in another direction…
Turmeric Almond Milk.
Turmeric has some amazing health benefits from being anti-inflammatory to boosting your overall health. (My husband has an injured shoulder and I’ve been giving him a decently high dosage of curcumin (in supplement form), plus all the turmeric I douse our food with… and it’s helping immensely.)
Turmeric Almond Milk is easy to make and delicious. I like to drink it by the glass usually, but I also use it in soups, smoothies, and chia pudding (see picture below for that recipe).
And, let’s be real… I make fresh homemade almond milk because it doesn’t have any of the risky preservatives or emulsifiers. (<– yuck.) So, remember, natural almond milk will separate and you need to simply give it a shake before using.
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Monday, November 16th, 2015
Thank goodness Dave Asprey finally has a great cookbook coming out because I need some inspiration in the kitchen.
Who, me? Yes, me.
Enter: Bulletproof, The Cookbook. Yeah, baby.
As I type this, I’m eating a non-bulletproof rice cracker dipped in dark chocolate with cream cheese, pecan butter, and spicy raw honey dripping from it (and my chin – ouch, did I mention spicy?).
It was one of those weeks. No mood and no inspiration. I need some help and I’m looking forward to Bulletproof: The Cookbook to fill my mind (and body) with delicious healthy recipes that will make me bulletproof through the holidays (and all year long).
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Wednesday, November 11th, 2015
Lavender Rose Almond Milk
I was inspired to make this beautiful floral almond milk.
It was so simple… I had some almonds soaking to make a raw vegan almond milk. I grabbed my jars of organic dried lavender and rose petals. (I bought the lavender and rose from Mountain Rose Herbs.)
It was really easy.
I soaked the raw organic almonds overnight, and then let them sprout a bit the next day.
A lovely, calming almond milk.
I put them in my Vita-Mix high-speed blender with a bunch of my favorite spring water, Castle Rock Water. It was my first time using spring water in my nut milk. I also added a pinch of sea salt.
At this point I added a couple hefty 3-finger pinches of the lavender and then of the rose petals.
I blended this beautiful concoction for about a minute.
I strained out the milk.
Now… I’m enjoying it.
Where’s my coffee and gluten free granola?
Monday, November 9th, 2015
Salt pipe, Bulletproof coffee, essential oils. What more could you want? #Travel
When I was little I used to love riding in airplanes.
Not so much anymore. Either it’s because I’m getting bigger or the planes are getting smaller… or it’s just an age thing.
The days of getting excited for airplane travel are behind me. So, I try to make it as enjoyable as possible and bring a few comforts from home.
Obviously, there’s a smart phone or device of some sort for reading kindle books.
Obviously, there are healthy snacks like dark chocolate, avocado, sea salt, my favorite collagen bars, and anything else that I fancy like an organic apple, flax crackers, red bell pepper (just eat it like an apple), and… Bulletproof Coffee.
Wait, how do I drink Bulletproof Coffee when I’m on a plane?
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Thursday, November 5th, 2015
My traveling oral care pack.
I use a pretty extensive oral protocol to support having the best oral health ever.
I follow Nadine Artemis’ Living Libations 8-step routine (plus oil pulling many days a week). When I went to the dentist recently, I had “an awesome plaque score” according to the dentist.
Sweet. It’s working. My effort is paying off.
You can read more about the 8-steps in her great book and on her Living Libations website. (<– it’s under the tab “Beauty Care Articles”)
But, when I travel, I don’t take everything with me. That’s why you see just a handful of things in the picture. I have a small bottle of salt water solution (or sole) and I spray it in my mouth or on my tooth brush. I like the Wild Child drops because I share them with my daughter. Of course there is a tongue scaper and floss. Finally, I have a little bottle of oil I mixed together for oil pulling and a spoon to go with it.
For the tooth brushing part, something I use a dry, plain toothbrush. Other times I use the Wild Child drops. Sometimes I brush with the oil pulling oil. Just depends on my mood… I like changing it up.
This stuff works. I’m living proof. I have been using Living Libations tooth serums for a few years now, but ramped up my protocol to include her multi-step approach this past year. It creates a meditative and zen experience for me. The oils and products taste great and just feel so good on my teeth and gums.
I feel empowered knowing that I’m taking excellent care of my mouth… which means great care for my body since they’re connected. (It’s not all brushing and flossing though… I eat a LOT of fat soluble, vitamin-rich food. Ummm grass-fed butter, anyone? And, I don’t eat a lot of sugar.)
Yeah… I’m a big fan of Living Libations.
Living Libations for Beautiful Skin, Hair, and Teeth. #Habit
Monday, November 2nd, 2015
Na Pali Coast Kauai. Breathtaking.
We went to Kauai this year for an amazing vacation. I can still remember the fish tacos from Al Pastor Taco Truck… oh and the cold-pressed green juice… oh and the Art Cafe Hemingway breakfast I had almost daily, and so much more. The lush verdant island is haunting me to go back.
Best fish tacos in the world. Al Pastor. Kauai.
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