What’s My Healthy?

Meditating before the hectic day begins

Begin each day with a grateful heart

Waking up my body with warm lemon water, a cup of tea, and a cleansing green juice.

Allow for at least 30 minutes a day to MOVE.

This may include cardio, yoga, or resistance training. Get that heart rate up!

Fueling with color

Super Simple Ground Chicken Gumbo!

1 lb. Lean ground chicken
1 package of frozen stir fry veggies
1 can diced tomatoes, with juice
Cook and place on top of spaghetti squash or brown rice!

Green Smoothies!

Spinach, kale, frozen berries, maca powder, spirulina, ground flaxseed, brown rice protein, cinnamon, water and ice.

Greens massaged with avocado, ground pepper and fresh lemon juice

Reading instead of watching.

My current book of choice…

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Family time

Getting enough sleep!

Having a new puppy has definitely led to many interrupted nights, but Madi’s bladder has gotten stronger with every passing week Smile

Thank God

Getting out of my own way.

#quollectiveyou paint the picture that is your life. - May Cause Miracles

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What is YOUR healthy?

My Life {Today}

I’m very into Organic Granny Smith apples right now…

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Alone, or in Green Smoothies

1 cup Kale
1 cup spinach
1 chopped granny smith
1/2 cucumber
2 stalks celery
1 tsp Maca
chunk of ginger
enough water to get it all moving

I am officially two months off of coffee!

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And doing tons of Yoga to help heal my tweaked lower back, hips and knee.

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Acknowledging the angels that leave “hello’s” on my window.

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Cooking with vibrant colors

And playing with our new puppy, a yellow lab named Madilyn aka “Madi”

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The joys of training a puppy…It’s like having a newborn.

A lovable little miracle.

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Set INTENTIONS, not a RESOLUTION

I loved my Yoga Teacher’s message this morning regarding New Year’s resolutions;

“Instead of making one resolution for the next 365 days, which almost always ends up failing, choose a new intention for everyday of the year, just as you do each time you settle onto your Yoga mat.

As the days pass, remember what each intention was and try to carry it with you for the rest of the year”

How beautiful is that?

This is the way it should be. Not stressful or complicated, but inspiring and manageable.

Maybe one day you choose to be kinder to people, no matter how rude they are to you. Another day you may choose to drink more water, call you mom more, quit sugar, or make it to that fitness class that you keep talking yourself out of.

Whatever you choose, hold it close to your heart.

As you complete each day, you will feel so motivated and strong, and you will have 365 days worth of goals that you’ve tackled in 2014.

You can make your list now, or simply choose your intention when you wake up in the morning. Take time to sit with yourself before reaching for your cell phone, or jumping out of bed. The thought will come to you, and it’s okay to repeat your intentions. This just means you need to work a little more on this one matter.

Once you chosen your intention for the day, write it down on a piece of paper (or in your cell phone), and re-read it every hour as a reminder to yourself. Keep your list of intentions by your bed, and before you go to sleep, read it over to remind yourself of why you chose these intentions in the first place.

January first is the start of a new journey for you, and the best part is that you have 364 days to do it all again.

Who’s with me?

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Letting Go in the New Year

We meet an infinite amount of people in this world, some only for a brief moment, and some who come into our lives to stay.

Friendship

These are the people who surround us, who affect our emotions, actions, and overall views of the world. We absorb their energy, feel their soul, which is why it is so important to choose these people wisely.

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As human beings, we are constantly changing and evolving. This often affects our relationships with others, and letting go of certain people in our life is sometimes part of that process.

Realizing who to hold on to and who to let go of can be one of the hardest decisions to make. How do you actually let go of someone who has been in your life for so long? Why do you want to let them go in the first place?

The most important question you should ask yourself is this..

”How does this person make me feel?”

If you answered “This person makes me feel good”, then you know that they are worth keeping. This person is capable of lifting your spirits, inspiring you, and making you feel important. It is easy to spend time with them, the connection is genuine, and even if you have a small disagreement, the overall feeling of the relationship is effortless and free.

These are the people that you hold onto. These are the people who you should never take for granted.

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If you answered “This person makes me feel bad, insignificant, worthless, sad etc..”, it’s time to let them go.

These are the people who steal your energy and bring you down. Maybe they always think in the negative, constantly complain, gossip, or judge others (including you) in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable. These people are ego-minded and find pleasure in other’s problems. They also tend to want their own “judgment posse” to take part in their ego minded tendency’s.

Never allow anyone to make you feel less than what you are worth, or cause you to stoop to their level of negativity. Take a moment to reflect on the people in your life and realize how you feel after spending time with them. During that process, the answer will be clear.

It is also important to check in with your own heart. If you find yourself surrounded by people who make you feel bad, ask yourself…

“Why am I attracting these types of people into my life? Am I loving myself, or am I making myself a victim?”

There may be something that you are subconsciously, or consciously, telling yourself that attracts this type of person to you. A bad energy vibe, if you will.  It is important to understand that your soul needs to be taken care of in all ways, and this includes knowing that you deserve to have good, positive people in your life. Constantly remind yourself that no one can bring you down unless you allow them to, and figure out why you may be giving these toxic people any attention at all. What may be lacking in you?

What we feel is reflected out and back, like a mirror.

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If someone feels small, they want to make others feel small. If they hate their hair, they will judge someone with awesome hair. If they don’t make enough money, or mad that their spouse won’t commit, they will gossip about those who drive nice cars with their husband/wives.

Realize that these negative people do have love inside of them, and people don’t tend to consciously put others down unless they are suffering somehow within themselves. This is the ego’s way of coping, and until a person can fix themselves, it is not worth your own suffering on their behalf.

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The best way to go about a situation such as this, is to forgive and walk away. Do not allow your own ego take control, causing you to spew hurtful and unnecessary comments. You do not have to inflict pain onto others to get your point across.

Walk away

Some relationships don’t need a grand finale. They simply have served their purpose, and when the time is right, can quietly slip out the door.

As the year comes to an end, make an effort to surround yourself with people who make you feel good in every way possible.

And for those who you find put out your fire..simply set them free.

Breathe In Gratitude

With Thanksgiving only a few days away, I wanted to talk about the importance of gratitude within ourselves, for ourselves.

I am someone who tends hold in my emotions. Be it anger, sadness, anxiousness, or excitement, I allow my feelings to build up so high, that any small issue can suddenly set me off into a tizzy.

My mother always yells at me, in her North End Boston accent, “Your gonna give yourself an ulcer!”

But let’s be honest, we’ve all been there.

Racing mind, stomach cramps, irritability.. and I’m confident that you can agree on the heavy weight it places not only on our shoulders, but on our minds and hearts as well.

Meditation is the medication

All you need is to take that first step in order to start a journey to where you are meant to be.

I’ve always been into yoga, more for the fitness benefits than spiritual. However, I’ve recently felt a shift within myself that wanted to tackle any uncomfortable thoughts or feelings that I had been buried deep inside. I wanted to control my breath, silence my mind, feel every intuition. Have a clear head.

And that is exactly what I have been doing.

When I had read Gabrielle Bernstein’s “ Add More ~ing To Your Life” and “Spirit Junkie”, I knew that I had found what I was looking for in terms of guidance. She is completely down to earth, realistic and personable. She tells it like it is through her own experiences, and answers every question before you have a chance to ask it.

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Spirit Junkie ~ Gabrielle Bernstein 

I am currently in the middle of her 40 day course from “May Cause Miracles”, and my meditation, yoga, and prayer practices have never been better.

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Yoga is no longer just a way to stretch. It is now also a way to listen to my body, hear my thoughts, and reconnect with myself in a beautiful way through breath. Starting and ending each day in my meditation space has become something that I look forward to, and I find myself praying for guidance and answers much more frequently than I have in the past. The answers now are so much clearer.

This is my “me” time. A time where I can go to a quiet place and sit  without any interruption. A time to just…be.

We all live such hectic, rushed lives, and we do not take the time to breathe. We focus so much on the negative and miss out on all of the other amazing miracles that surround us each and every day. We choose not to see, or be aware of these miracles, and it leaves us in a tense state of mind with only stress flowing through our veins

It’s time to stop and reconnect. “Choose love instead of fear”. Listen to what your body and mind are telling you.

Be kind to yourself. Be thankful for your blessings. Breathe life in.

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Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!