The new moon, a new season, a new chapter, or a new year; there are plenty of opportunities in life to set intentions and develop new habits. I love when January rolls around everyone talks about “New Year’s Resolutions,” as though this is the only time suitable to make a change. In my opinion, this time presents itself many times over a year and an undefinable amount over a lifetime.
Having said all that, I invite you to set a new intention during this time prime for change. Especially with our surroundings lately - new snow laying a foundation on the earth, a glowing silvery light emerging, it feels like a fresh new start. In just a few months the snow will have melted and the blooms may just begin again to pop out from the ear...
1) Start with hot water and lemon. We love coffee; A cup of Joe is comfort at your fingertips. It does the job of waking up our bodies and minds (caffeine stimulates the adrenal glands to produce adrenaline!)to excel in our day. But did you know that coffee is highly acidic? Yes – in fact most of the foods that we crave are highly acidic: coffee, sugar, animal protein. I’m not saying avoid these things, but moderation is the key. Start your day alkalinizing your body. A simple cup of hot water and lemon squeeze will do this effortlessly, in addition to balancing your blood sugar, stimulating digestive enzymes to aid digestion and assimilation of nutrients, and can help stimulate the bowels.
The world is very busy and so are our lives. We are pulled in a hundred different directions each and every day - our friends, children, work, romantic relationships, and hobbies demand our full and undivided attention. Eventually we find ourselves at the end of the day, week or even year, wondering where the time has gone. Wondering how we haven't had time for yoga, a solo weekend away, or really developing any sort of sustainable self-care routine. We avoid the reason, but it's clear: we aren't treating ourselves like a priority. We are putting everyone else ahead of us. We are letting the hurricane of life pick us up and toss us around, like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz.
Don't get caught up in this habit. Make yourself a priori...
Just like everyone else - we are not immune to the winter cold and flu season. Though as yogis and nutritionists we have the perfect tools at our fingertips to keep sickness at bay! Try incorporating some of these (or all) for fighting the winter blues & stay healthy all season long.
1) EMERGENC: whenever we're feeling a cold creeping in or an immune system breakdown, we always grab an EmergenC. They are little packets of electrolytes and vitamins to give you that boost of energy and spark the immune response. More information can be found here
2) Peppermint Halo (from our friends at Saje): Saje products are plant based and really emphasis the healing power of plants! With changes in the air pressure, travel or general exhaustion,...
I spent some time in Hawaii while completing my yoga teacher certification. Here are a few insights I discovered.
Now don’t be mistaken, these aren’t tips aren’t for falling in love with a boy, though sometimes that’s bound to happen. (When a strapping surfer sweeps you up after you step on a sea urchin, or a cute blonde with shaggy hair offers to fly you, for example.)
But no, these are tips with falling in love with Hawaii and more importantly in love with yourself. You are all you have. You are the one consistent and cherished thing in your life. If you’ve fallen out of love with yourself, now’s the time to relive the honeymoon. Do the things that feed your soul and give yourself the love you require.
As a nutritionist, I can't deny that I have a sweet tooth. It is a family trait, stemming back to my Norwegian grandma who I've seen tear apart a chocolate cake with her bare hands. That is why I have found a trick - how to made completely guilt-free desserts that are jam packed with nutrients. See below for some of my favourites.
1) Chickpea Peanut Butter Cookies
These bad boys are loaded with chickpeas, peanut butter and sweetened with only maple syrup. Great for those cookies dough lovers and even better for those cookies addicts! Recipe below;
1 1/4 cup chickpeas rinsed and dried
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp natural peanut butter, almond butter or nut free butter like sunflower
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tsp vanilla ext...