This week, I am sharing the things I do to practice loving myself so I can be the purest expression of me: here is where it started.
Thought #1: Self-Care
Self-care is one of the many subtle ways we can show ourselves we care, we matter, and we totally rock. Self-care can look like many different things, like the typical brushing your teeth, flossing, & showering, which are common practices. I have been using my morning routine as a base to sprinkle little rituals that leave me feeling sparkling, clean, and nourished. Here are four Ayurveda practices that you can try on and see how it fits:
Scrape: Scrape your tongue. Your what? Your tongue! You can do it with a metal spoon, or get yourself a tongue scraper – scrape from the back of your tongue to the front (about 5-7 times) to remove all the gunk that surfaces throughout the night. That film is your body detoxing, and if you don’t scrape it off you end up ingesting it back into your body as you drink water/coffee. ick.
Pull: I hop in the shower with some coconut oil in my mouth and swish it all around. Swishing this oil arounds pulls all the toxins and mucus out of your system and into the oil – so when you spit it out all the stuff you don’t want or need in your body leaves with the oil. Make sure to spit it out in the trash – it will clog up the sink otherwise.
Brush: Dry brushing. Before I get in to the shower I brush my body moving in circular motions from limbs towards my heart. This increases circulation, gets rid of dead skin, stimulates lymphatic system (which gets rid of toxins) and leaves the skin glowing.
Rub: Lather up my body (well mostly just my legs) with almond oil or even coconut oil. This hydrates the skin in a beautiful, clean, and toxic free way.
Now, there are some days where this all just doesn’t happen. But I aim to make it a routine so it occurs more often than not. Try one, two, three, or all four on for size! Let me know how it goes, or what other practices you do to get yourself ready for the day.Post a comment
Self LOVE! I know, I know, I know.. Really?
It is so powerful to nourish yourself, by finding ways to fill yourself up so you can then give fully and completely to others. So useful. I am discovering & exploring different practices that feed my body, mind, and soul and I am now coming into a deep appreciation for everything I am – belly and all.
It is such an art to love our entire being. It is a practice. Some days are of course better than others. Everyone has something they wish they didn’t have: flabby arms, short temper, sticky past, wrinkles – I mean let’s be honest… this list can go on and on. But when we spend this time and energy resenting these things about ourselves, we clench, hold, tighten, and become more of what we aren’t loving. What we resist persists. Embrace it all.
So…what can we do to honor all parts of ourselves? How can we ’embrace it all?’ Doing small things. Small acts of love. You will soon realize how taking small steps lead can lead to a big change.
Join me this week as I share some of things I do to love my whole kit and caboodle. They are quick and easy. Most take less than 5 minutes and have a lasting impact.Post a comment
May you experience whatever you would like in your days ahead.
I am planning to create: clarity, connection, and freedom – while feeling supported, nourished, & creative.Post a comment
“Thoughts aren’t personal. They just appear, like raindrops – would you argue with a raindrop? Bryon Katie
The depths of February really had a hold on me! I have been feeling stuck, stagnate, and low these past few weeks. Being really hard on myself, moving from a place of total lack, feeling completely overwhelmed & helpless. Unable to shift. As days turned into weeks I became more and more frustrated with myself about my state of being. Which just added to the whole heavy feeling.
Then I came across a thought I wrote in my journal that Gabrielle Bernstein shared:
Forgive your thoughts
Epic – I was reminded that I can forgive the thoughts I experience, and let them go without judging them, and wishing / wanting to make them different from what they are. Once I started practicing this, it freed me up.
Now when the unpleasantness creeps in – I am practicing acceptance, awareness, and then breathing into what comes next. Obviously it works sometimes better than others, but just that presence to my reaction is really powerful. Plus, it I can feel spring around the corner – and that light at the end of the tunnel is just what my being needs.Post a comment
I can’t lie. I live for dessert. As a kid I used to eat my dinner just so I could have dessert. For my school lunch – I would have a bite of my sandwich and then buy and devour a packaged, processed, fudgy brownie. My sweet tooth can be all consuming at times. I have trouble having just one little piece of chocolate. So after a while, (especially if it is a stressful day, or if I am lonely) the bar of chocolate has disappeared, almost like magic. I don’t compute that I actually devoured the entire bar. I am just ready for more. It is a devilish cycle that can have such an intense hold on me.
Through my studies at Institute for Integrative Nutrition I am getting to the root of why, and now have the power to make empowered choices. This rich information I have learned is like my superpower I can use to combat these strong cravings that appear. And of course, like anything – it is a practice. A continuous one. There are awesome days -where I feel so proud and in control, and then there are days where I am appalled and disgusted by the amount of sugar I consumed in various forms.
I am excited to be taking my relationship with sugar to the next level and hope you will join me. I’m tired feeling like a slave to chocolate & sweets. I will be leading a free ‘Sugar Blues’ tele-class that will uncover and recover your relationship to sugar. You will become empowered and informed about the effects of sugar & you will leave with tools to use when your next sugar craving creeps up. You will learn, sugar is not the problem – it is the solution.
Wednesday, February 13th – 8:00pm – 8:45pm EST
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot and get the details about how to join the call.Post a comment
What are your guidelines for a happy & full life?
This is something I asked myself after a pretty unbalanced week. As I am starting to grow my health & wellness business, A Well Fed Body, I found myself impatiently pouring energy into my ventures. Things fell by the wayside. Self-care was last on the list. I didn’t cook a home cooked meal until Friday night. (!)
Feeling out of whack is frustrating & uncomfortable, because I know what I could be feeling and experiencing instead. But it also a blessing, as it gave me a jolt to stop and identify what I need to feel fulfilled.
So I journaled.
- Cook! Eat home mostly, dine out occasionally
- Make juice
- Use one afternoon to stay at work and plan
- Plan for my lessons & classes at least 1 day in advance
- Move my body at least 3 times a week
- Take at least 1 yoga / dance class
- Screens off at 10:00 pm
- Read for 15 minutes a day
- Have one Facebook free day per week
- Be creative – Create
Now these are guidelines – meaning they are something I will work towards. They are pretty ideal & yet somewhat realistic. But just like any other guidelines – they are not do or die. I will be kind to myself if I don’t get to check them all off at the end of the week. At least I have something to steer me, and check back with as I move through this week.
Wondering what keeps you grounded and comfortable in your days?
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There are many women who inspire me to be vibrantly healthy & radiantly happy. I follow them on Facebook, read their blogs, watch their youtube videos, and eat up their newsletters. These women keep me grounded & motivated while challenging me to take on the next right thing for my optimal health. But there is one woman who doesn’t have a blog or a website, but has inspired me for 20 + years – my grandma.
At 85 years old, she radiates. After raising 7 kids and being married for 60 years, she still has long hair with only a few grays and a handful of wrinkles. She is vibrant. She is active. She sprinkles her days with laughter.
My grandma grew up in Germany eating kasha, porridge, & cod liver oil. When Oma had kids she served them porridge, pea soup, and brewers yeast. She always read and continues to learn about health. She read books by Adelle Davis, a health food guru, in the 1950s, she has Dr. Weil’s food pyramid posted on her wall, and has a subscription to Prevention Magazine. She stays constantly informed.
She eats fruits, veggies, beans & nuts, she doesn’t eat of meat, and never fries anything at home. She does little things, like choosing brown rice over white, whole wheat bread over white, and has a collection of vitamins and supplements. She believes that the food is too refined now, so she compliments her diet with turmeric, grape-seed oil, Vitamin A, B, C, D, E, F, & probiotics just to name a few.
Her beauty and her energy inspires me. Her wise yet simple insight guides me. I am so grateful to have both her and my grandpa in my life in a very big way – as healthy & happy as they are.Post a comment
Used to be a regular utterance. It hasn’t gotten much use since I shifted to a mostly whole food, plant based diet… but this phrase has been creeping up in my vocabulary recently. It is winter. It is cold. I am bundled under bulky sweaters rather than slinky bikinis – but yet I find myself judging my body as if it should fit in a bikini. Why?
I am learning to eat with the seasons, with what the earth provides. I am learning to listen to my body & what it wants. I didn’t run during this insanely frigid week in New York. This morning I ate Ezekial Cinnamon Raisin Bread with melted dark chocolate topped with olive oil & a side of banana and peanut butter, it was incredibly delicious.
Winter is a time where fat is necessary. I need it, and I have gained it. Not much – but I feel it. What can you do – but continue to take the next right steps for a glowing, radiant existence.
I am ending my day with a Tumeric Tea and enjoying this next right step.Post a comment
How you do anything is how you do everything.
After a weekend on the slopes I realized many of the things I was learning as a snowboarder could be transferred to life. These little points I will keep close to me whether I am in my snow pants or in my jeans.
2. Commit – fully, to whatever is present in the moment.
3. Breath – makes everything complete.
4. Take breaks – know when enough is enough and when a rest is in order. Honor your efforts with what you need to recover. Celebrate the quiet, so you can be ready for what is to come next.
5. Pep talks are welcome and encouraged – flood your thoughts with: I am a confident beast, an outrageous & courageous being – ready to commit to & trust in anything that comes my way.
6. When you fall get back up – Get up! As easy as it is to stay down and call it quits. Cry if you need to, but you get to have the last say. Then, let it go so you are able to fully be in the present rather than lingering in the past.Post a comment
In your week ahead carve out some slivers or even slabs of time to dote and take care of yourself. Often, we give, give, give to everyone around us and we forget about ourselves, what we need in order to stay in balance. We then loose steam, get sick, and have no other choice but to slow down and nurture ourselves.
So be proactive. Go inward. Schedule a massage, take a hot bath, drink a cup of tea in silence, cuddle up on the couch with a book that has been on your list, make yourself a delicious and nutritious breakfast, write in your journal, try out acupuncture, go on a walk, a run, dress up one day, take a movement class, have a dance party in your kitchen, you get to choose. Choose something that makes you feel glorious & rejuvenated so that energy can seep into your days and your life.
Have a beautiful week ahead.Post a comment