This year one of my “blogging goals” is to truly be a resource by providing action-able and practical tips and tools that will help you Rock Your Reality this year. That said, I asked several women in my circle what their greatest challenge around wellness was. Of course the responses varied, but the question of “how to be consistent” kept coming up.
The women shared how they really want to find balance with self-care AND the other areas of their life. They shared how they want to be able to prioritize family, friends, and work/biz, but also themselves.
The crazy thing is as I was listening to them speak, it took me back to when I used to feel the same way. I remember when I used to feel all over the place, ran down, exhausted, and mentally, physically, and spiritually depleted. I knew I needed to give more time to myself but I just didn’t know how.
What really helped me get a hold on was two things:
1. Having a plan.
I realized I am so much better when I can see my goals and plans on paper. So I literally mapped out my daily steps and then implemented various practices daily.
2. Operating from flow v.s. force.
The reality is no two days are alike and while on some days I am an amazing wellness queen, on other days – not so much. I learned long ago that beating myself up does nothing but make me more stressed out. I actually listened to series of Abraham Hicks talks on inspired action and it really helped me to shift from a mindset of force to a mindset of flow. And the more I practiced flow over force, I realized that though having a plan provides direction and guides activity, inspired action is more way more sustainable than trying to follow rules/plans.
Even still, I wanted to give you recipes and a simple plan to follow this year to get you started with eating a bit healthier. If you fall off track I want to let you know it’s okay. You can simply get back on when you feel ready.
STRAWBERRY, BANANA PROTEIN SMOOTHIE
Makes about 16 oz.
1/2 banana, frozen (peel banana cut into chunks, and
2 to 3 tbsp raw almond butter
2 tsp hemp seeds
2 tbsp bee pollen
1 cup frozen strawberries
1-2 cups almond milk
1 handful fresh spinach or other leafy green vegetable
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
VERY BERRY GRAIN BOWL
1 cup Millet or Quinoa
2 cups water
1 small handful fresh strawberries, chopped
1 small handful fresh blueberries, chopped
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon organic, unrefined extra-virgin olive
Bring water to boil. Add grain (millet or quinoa), reduce temperature and cover. Cook until the grain is fluffy (about 25 minutes). Strain grains if there is left-over water. In medium bowl mix grain, sea salt and olive oil. Add berries. Serve warm or room temperature.
*Berries can be substituted for your favorite fruit. Apples, pears, bananas go great as well.
LUNCH & DINNER RECIPES
CREAMY KALE SALAD
1 head Kale, shredded (or about 4 cups/ 3-4
1 cup red bell pepper, diced
1 cup avocado, chopped
2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil or flax oil
1 1/2 tablespoons of lemon juice
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
Toss ingredients in large mixing bowl; squeeze the kale and cream the avocado while mixing.
SMOTHERED BLACK BEAN SWEET POTATO
2 medium sweet potatoes
1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed
1 medium tomato, diced
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon Real (this is the brand) sea salt or Celtic
2 tablespoons Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Prick sweet potatoes with a fork in several places. Place in a baking dish and bake at 425 F until tender
all the way to the centre, about 1 hour. Meanwhile, combine beans, tomato, oil, and sea salt in a medium bowl. Cut each sweet potato lengthwise, press open to make a well in the centre and spoon the bean mixture into the well. Top each with a dollop of Greek yogurt and a sprinkle of parsley.
SIMPLE WELLNESS PLAN
- Hydrate with water
- Meditate (Sit still for 5 – 10 minutes)
- Ask self simple question – What do I need to do – more or less of – to be happy today?
- Drink filtered warm water with lemon
- Have simple smoothie
- Have simple healthy lunch
- Have simple healthy dinner. One pot meals like soups, salads, and stews are perfect low stress meals.
- Meditate on simple statement –
- I am healthy, I am happy, I am free of fear.
- I am thriving as my authentic self
- I’m unafraid to close the door to those not compatible with my values, interests, and personality
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