(Me shoving face as per usual in Italy)
Although I am not one who believes in diets, with summer around the corner (thank god) I have been more conscious on what is going in my mouth replacing most of my snacks or desserts with healthier options that still satisfy my sweet tooth. I do this so that I CAN eat whatever I want on date nights, fun occasions and weekends. I never want the gilt of not going for ice cream….life is too short for that. BUT if I did it every night I would blow up like a blow fish. So…how does one have best of both worlds? It’s called balance. Below are a few of my favorite healthier snack options that I can’t get enough of.
1. Fresh cut strawberries or pineapple with a little drizzle of chocolate sauce, maybe pair it with half a kit Kat.
2. Banana with one tablespoon of almond butter. This is the most filling.
3. Apple with cinnamon. Cinnamon is a game changer in life in general.
4. Toasted coconut vanilla yogurt with strawberries. Make sure the yogurt you pick though is not loaded with sugar.
5. Frozen blueberries.
I am beyond excited to kick this series off this weekend! What to expect? Detox the body, feel more energized, healthy, flexible and less stressed. Sign up for my 6 week Yin series- a holistic approach for proper organ function. You can sign up for one or all the classes. In each class we will be working on 2 of the 12 meridian channels. I incorporate the use of oils and mediation and will give you the tools you need to start or strengthen your meditation practice….how to calm the mind, leaving the to do lists at the door, focusing on yourself and only yourself. Remember when we feel great others around us will feel your vibes. The series begins on Saturday January 7th at 9:30 am at Breathe Life Sangha in Toms River NJ. Hope to see you on the mat! http://www.breathelifesangha.com/
- Honor your body: This is one that I am most proud of. Our society seems to be obsessed with achieving the perfect body….But what is the perfect body? It is a personal preference and everyone is entitled to their opinion. I’ll tell you what my idea of a perfect body is…a healthy and happy one. I have stretch marks on my hips, a little bit of cellulite, a mini roll (that I’m saving for later…get it)? when I sit and scars all over my body from my invasive Melanoma which left me scared not only physically but mentally as well. No, I do not have a six pack, perfectly perfect skin or huge boobs……BUT I can tell you what I do have.
- Two eyes that have seen some of the most amazing sunrises and sunsets all over the world
- Two arms that are able to wrap around all my loved ones giving them the biggest cuddles
- Two legs that have taken me to some of the most amazing places all over the world and walked out of fears path
- Wrinkles forming around my eyes showing off all the laughing, smiling and sunshine I have gotten over the years
- Oh and a nice booty that is nice and full to support my sitting in a lounge chair eating and sipping cocktails in the summer all day habit 😉
So what if I don’t have abs? I enjoy food WAY to much to ever say “I can’t have that”. My hearty appetite has led me to eat all different kinds of food all around the world which plays a huge part in experiencing other cultures and have gained friends from all around the world because of it. So what I have scars? They show your strength and add character. So what if I have a dimple here or there…I embrace my curves. I do not see these things as imperfections. This is real. This is me. If you don’t like don’t look. At the end of the day my point is this, I want to live in a healthy body and have happiness pouring out from my roll (insert crying laughing emoji) How we feel about our bodies is an inside job. Yes, it helps that a special someone has come into my life and reminds me every single day that I am the most beautiful sexy person ever but I felt confident and secure before him. People can come and go in your life but how you view yourself is all that matters. No one can take that from you. Use your body to its fullest potential and stop focusing on what it looks like.
2. Let go of things that no longer serve you: It’s just as simple as that. It’s not easy to let go, but it is much more painful to try and hold on to something that wants to pass. I accepted that I no longer was meant to be a fashion publicist. The change and adjustment was hard but I honor the moments I was in it and look forward to the future. This also goes for our relationships. Sometimes we are not meant to be friends with every person that has touched our lives forever and for always. Embrace the good moments you have had and lightly let them go. No need to be mead when doing so. At the end of the day, do what makes you happy and never dwell on the past. Trust the universe. Everything happens for a reason. I know this for a FACT!
3. Breathe: Before you respond to anger, hurt, sadness….breathe. Is it really what you want to say? How do you really feel? Our words have a way of staying with people so never try and say something just to hurt someones feelings just because we are hurting inside. When you are facing fear in the face….breathe. All will be ok in the end. When your stressed and having a bad day….breathe, someone else is having a worse day then you. When you get a delicious meal….breathe….for you know in a few moments when you devour it you will have to open your button on your jeans….or is that just me? Our breath is very important. It helps calm the mind and keep us sane.
4. Be present…and ok with it: Sometimes in life, we can get so caught up in it that we forget what we have in front of us. Never dwell on the past, it is what it is and you can only learn from it and move on. Every experience we have good and bad is meant to teach us something. No one is perfect…NO ONE. (except for boo boo ba ba head…my niece) Don’t worry too much about the future, it is not here yet so you don’t know what your cards will be. Focus on now. How you feel, how you love and what your grateful for, because things can change at a drop of a dime.
5. You can achieve more than you think: This is another big one. In the last 4 years I have overcome so many fears its kind of insane. Yes I am known to hop on a flight at any given moment and am a world traveler. Yessss. BUT I was super afraid of planes and still am!! Like super super! When I was sick I looked back and said to myself, what have you done with your life? What have you achieved? A ton of designer things didn’t count….Didn’t make me feel good. I promised myself then and there that if I can overcome this I WILL 100% live life 100% of the time. Money, time, a person or FEAR will not hold me back. I want to see places people read about but never visit. And the glorious thing is I have and then some! Experience is far more valuable then money ever will be. Another fear….bugs. All my Bali peeps can attest to this. But I managed to sleep and live with bugs the size of house pets and came out of it just fine….kinda. What I am trying to say is we can do whatever we really want to do. Just breathe and move through it one step at a time. What’s the worst thats going to happen? Like I say to my students every class…”I am powerful, I am strong and I am loved”.