Ever since I lived in NYC, Cinco de Mayo has been one of my favourite holidays. First of all I love Mexican food and I don’t mind a little bit of tequila here and there, but I also somehow have always had the feeling that the holiday really kicks off the summer festive season. With that said, we all know that guac and chips can add up in calories really quick and totally bust your pre summer health grove, so here are five ways to cut calories this Cinco de Mayo… and for celebrations all summer long!
Smoothies have always been a key part of my day. My routine that I often share on social media consists of waking up, hitting the gym and having my morning smoothie. Whether that’s before or after my work out always changes, but the one thing that doesn’t change is my consistency in Taking 10, a term referring to 10 minutes of ME TIME! The importance of taking this time lies in our ability to tune into how we feel, so no matter what time of day that is, finding something you love in your routine that allows you to ground yourself and connect back to YOU is what Taking 10 is all about. You can try Taking 10 too with one of my new favourite smoothie recipes below.
What is said (and it’s hella true) is that unless you’re ready and willing to enter a new earth, a new state of being, willing to accept meditation and your inner awakening, it will never serve you fully.
You probably opened this article because you want to find a way to help you cope with your stress and anxiety, be it at work, home, in relationships or just the typical road rage. Meditation has changed my life and I’ve shared it with so many people around me. It took me a while to get the hang of it and a lot of yo-yo commitment before it actually stuck. Now, I’ve learned that meditation is a muscle that isn’t just about doing it when you feel stressed, its an everyday lifestyle change kinda of practice. We can’t just eat well for a day and hope to be cured of our internal inflammation, so think of it like that. Our nervous system is inflamed and by taking time everyday we can slowly create a hospitable environment for thoughts to pass calmly, but when we stop the inflammation will come back. Thats what I’m learning. Not from one day off or even two, but a practice is a long term commitment and thats why it’s a lifestyle change.
I wrote an article almost two years back about female vulnerability. I reference it from time to time because it was at a period in my life where I was beginning a relationship with someone and I was a questioning how to let them in. I was not able to be raw on any level. They were resistant to the fact that I was always busy, always planned, organized and running my own life. There was no room for them. It made me think some two or so years ago, how as women we are told to be these strong, independent powerhouses, yet that seems to not be what attracts men. We are told to put on our armour and walk with the men, in business, in the gym, walk as equals. However, with years of sexual inequality genetically programmed into our existence, we naturally cary a fear of being called or seen as weak.
I’ve struggled to keep my energy levels up in the shorter days of winter my entire life and it’s impacted my routine, working out, staying motivated and keeping up with the craziness that is Christmas, New Years and everything in-between. And just when you think you’ll be receiving some downtime to recuperate after the holidays, you will be facing the shortest and coldest days of the year head on.
In addition to putting more focus on my health and wellness routine, I decided to take an additional small step towards supporting my health when this holiday season kicked off. It seems really simple, but so many people forget this daily… and sadly, myself included - VITAMINS! Taking a daily multivitamin can help support and maintain your health and complement your healthy routine.
Sometimes it feels like everyone is really to kick that New Years butt all while you’re just trying to get out of bed... I get it. And I’ve felt that way and you’re not alone!!! Between being sick & then catching a mean case of the winter blues the past week... I know first hand it can totally kill your motivation to get up and hit the new year running.... or do pretty much anything! After some of my own experiences and research, I put together a list of some of my fave natural ways to fight those winter blues, depression and feels of anxiety you may be facing. Some of my tips here ⬇️ but feel free to share your own....