Lessons in Trusting the Universe Pt. II

Last month I left New York on a journey to become a yoga teacher. I studied in a country I had never been to, with people I had never met, learning some more lessons and trusting the universe.

My long hiatus from blogging was spent soul searching for understanding, acceptance and balance. Something we can all always use a little teaspoon more of. Although I had signed up to become a yoga teacher in June 2015, by the time the class arrived, teaching was not my priority and that was fine. There were other things to figure out.

What I find to be amazing is that no matter how crazy your life can feel, the universe has a quick tendency to humble you and in doing so, reminding you that you’re here for a very specific yet mysterious reason.

This blog seems short considering I’ve been MIA for about two months but that’s life.

Wishing the best for all of you.

Talk soon.

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My Makeup Remover Comes from Coconuts

Coconut oil has a ridiculously long list of uses. I mean the list is like Ted’s narration in “How I Met Your Mother.” I could make this quick and easy by telling you that I use coconut oil for everything, I mean, ev-ery-thing. No joke, but, I prefer making this into 9 seasons.

1. Buy coconut oil. You can find it in nearly any food store. You can spend anything between $5-25. It’s whatever you prefer.

2. Bring it home.

3. Have makeup on your face. Waterproof, thick or tough to take off? No problem. Coconut oil breaks up and releases makeup from your skin from and lashes.

4. Rub some coconut oil between your hands to melt it a little before putting it on your face.

5. SOFT SKIN. Yes, now you’re getting it. Not only is this an affordable but it’s a great moisturizer for your face and especially for the delicate skin beneath your eyes.

6. Use a cotton ball to wipe off your makeup.

7. Be amazed.

8. Give yourself a high five.

9. Leave a comment about how much you love coconut oil and your favorite way to use it.

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There is a Time and Place for Carbs

Carbohydrates are fuel for the fit. They give the body essential nutrients that provide the body with energy for daily activities.

The myth that carbs add fat to your body derives from eating those macro-nutrients at the wrong time.

Believe it or not there is a time and place for carbs!

1. Eat your carbs early in the day. A bowl of oatmeal is a great wake up call.

2. Eat your carbs after your workout while your body is recovering. Your body will eat those macro-nutrients right up! This is especially important for those of you hoping to gain muscle or lose weight.

3. Avoid eating carbs late at night or any other hour that you may spend resting like before going to an office job and sitting in a chair all day.

Thank you Obi Obadike for these awesome tips!

Why Does my Yoga Practice Hurt?

I recently met someone who just began their yoga journey. The goal he set for himself was to cure his back pain, something that so many of us deal with on an all too often basis.

When I began a few years ago, I did so for the similar reasons. I suffered from stress related back pains that caused knots and sharp pains. Often, I could hunch my shoulders forward just an inch or two and my back would crack itself. It was embarrassing being a college student with the spine of a senior citizen. I also had anxiety issues and fitness goals I wanted to work on and so, started my yoga journey.

Long story short, this friend of mine watched a YouTube video and felt he strained his back even more.

But yoga can heal anything and anyone! WHAT HAPPENED?

YouTube is great, you can learn everything from tying your shoes to cooking dinner on there. But yoga, not always so great on there.

Why? You’re too distracted. You’re not connected with your body on a deep level because you’re too worried that the volume isn’t loud enough or that you’re not watching enough.

I saw him do a downward dog that tightened his neck because he was looking in every direction. Hips were off and so on and so forth. It’s not about perfection. Yoga is freedom and connection.

Yoga is based on meditation, flowing through a vinyasa flow without straining your body or mind. The goal is nirvana. I highly suggest attending a class for beginners. Your computer can teach you poses to take you there but, truthfully, only you can take yourself there. Relax. Breath. Flow.

Read it or study it but don’t bring your laptop to your mat. In fact close your laptop, let your mind wander. Explore. Inhale. Exhale. Enjoy.

Namaste
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Post Workout Kale Challenge

  
I am making progress in liking kale. About a third of this smoothie is kale and I drank it all! Sorry, puppies can’t have any. 😋

I used my favorite protein shake, EAS AdvantagEdge, chocolate fudge.

  

  • Add one EAS drink.
  • One large scoop of Cabot Greek Vanilla Bean yogurt.
  • Two handfuls of Italian Mix Kale.
  • A handful of blueberries.
  • Some ice cubes.
  • Blend it up & serve!

This smoothie has a nice balance of sweetness and a touch of tartness. It’s a great pick-me-up because of those two tastes. 

I love EAS because their drinks are delicious, nutritious and don’t make me feel bloated. I highly recommend them.
Have a good day everyone!

A Kale Salad for People Who Hate Kale

Kale, to me, often tastes like dead grass.

Thankfully, we’re allowed to smother kale in other healthy ingredients and so that’s what this girl (who hates kale) tried to do.


Mixed Kale

Strawberries

Avocado

Sliced Almonds

cherry Tomatoes (sliced in halves)

Diced Green, Red and Yellow Peppers

Diced Red Onion

Lemon Juice

Balsamic Vinnaigrette

If you like kale, summer fruits and sweet veggies, you will LOVE IT. It’s a colorful balance of sweet and tart.

But, since I am not so keen on kale, its like tripping right out of the starting line. Its a start though!

Back to Health & Sanity (Sort of)

I’m finally feeling back to normal after two weeks of being sicker than a dog. Nose running, coughing like a beast (in summer, gross!) and all the while moving back to Saratoga, job hunting, working on writing related projects (planning events for my children’s book this summer!) and traveling between Saratoga and Long Island once a week.

So, with nothing to do for 3 days, I’m working on learning to like kale.


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Yes, I said it. Give me all the rabbit food. I’ll give you some recipes and update you on the food challenge and hopefully, you have some suggestions or recipe ideas to add to my diet!

Also, since I am no longer congested, I can get back to exercising like an animal rather than the expressive form of one.

This morning, I walked down to the lake and went kayaking.

kayaking

Then I did an ab workout, which means, I’m feeling PRETTY GOOD

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and also that I will be back to writing about those good vibe lifestyle trends shortly.

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