Take a 5 minute break to sit + twist + center.
I used to eat Greek yogurt, the 2% or fat free kind. Since I have been in Greece I have been enjoying Greek yogurt again, but this time – the full fat kind.
A few years ago (before Integrative Nutrition) my friend Ashley got a full fat Greek yogurt by mistake, but she ate it anyway. I was horrified – that was so much fat! I was under the impression that fat made you fat, so clearly fat free was the healthier choice.
I’ve learned a lot since then, and I’m not scared of the good fat anymore. Ashley was on to something. Our bodies need fat, and if we don’t give it the good kind we are going to seriously crave the bad processed kind. Plus, full fat Greek yogurt tastes like an absolute dream.
There are so many diets, theories, and guidelines out there, but the most important thing you can do is listen to what your body wants. The more you listen to it, the more it tells you and the better you will feel.
For more on fat: http://www.foodrenegade.com/fat-is-where-its-at/
I am finished chasing the perfect day. The one where I wake up rested and step into a continues flow that lasts for the entire day. Consciously spending each moment. Present with the tasks at hand.
Instead, I will find the magical moments tucked inside an imperfect day. The days where I wake up tired, waste time, and still have a list of things to do. Instead of second guessing myself on how I am spending my time, and seeing how I can be more efficient. I will remind myself whatever I am doing in the moment is perfect.
I am done chasing this perfect day because I realize I will be running forever.
I do yoga, meditate, chant, make vision boards, have an altar, wear a mini mala, and journal to stay connected to myself. Some of them are ‘weird’ others are ‘normal’ but they all ground me when I feel scattered, frustrated, or discouraged. I am loving this new practice I learned from Gabrielle Bernstein,.
Connecting to your guides through writing can be so powerful. I tried this one morning when I was feeling particularly down and it lifted me right up. I go back to it now whenever I need extra guidance. I talk with my grandma and she always shares gems of wisdom with me. This may be categorized in the ‘weird’ section. But it’s so worth it.
What do you do to bring yourself back home to you?
We are in Greece right now, and this simplified way of living on the beach has got me thinking am I doing too much in my regular life?
I am a wife and a mom and even though I decided not to continue teaching, I still write blog posts, film yoga videos, and make mini-malas which all take time and energy. You can call it work even though sometimes it feels like play.
Would life be easier and more enjoyable if I simply tended to the many tasks that being a mom and a wife require and let go of my work? It’s tempting for a moment, but my work is an outlet I value. I am learning first hand that being a mom is the world’s best job, but being creative and expressing myself is also so important.
Life might be easier if I only focused on dinner and baby Luca but I wouldn’t be as satisfied.
So my wish for you is that you make whatever it is your heart wants you to make: a dance, a poem, a picture, a book… because even though you might have to juggle more to get it done, it is almost always worth it in the end. And the world needs it.