stress reduction

5 Simple Wintertime Immune-Boosting Tips

5 Simple Wintertime Immune-Boosting Tips

The kids in my 2nd-grade class are dropping like flies, there is a chorus of coughing and sneezing around circle time, and I know a few people who’ve had a nasty flu. No thank you. Even if you don’t work in a petry dish of germs like I do, here are 5 simple and effective strategies to boost your immune system. Prevention is always the best bet!

Super Foods Adaptogenic Hot Chocolate

Super Foods Adaptogenic Hot Chocolate

In the cold months, this is one of my go-to night time desserts. I used raw cacao, considered a super-food for it's high nutritient and antioxidant profile. Cacao also contains high levels of magnesium, the "calm mineral," so it's great for anyone dealing with stress or anxiety and good for night time. (If you're super sensitive to caffeine, you might not want this before bed however.)  I've also added ashwagandha, an ayurvedic and adaptogenic herb that nourishes your adrenal glands, helps your body deal with stress and fatigue, is good for memory and focus,  and stabilizes blood sugar.  You can also add maca powder, another adaptogen, to really up the adrenal-boosting properties, and collagen for a nourishing protein boost. Like all my recipes, it's naturally low-glycemic and is paleo-friendly.   The best part though is it whips up in the time it takes to heat up a cup of your milk on the stove, and is rich, chocolately, and just goooood.  I've been making it every night, and will continue to do so until I get tired of it. 

Stress Relieving Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Stress Relieving Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Hi friend. Put down the caffeine-infused chemical cocktail that is a pumpkin spice latte, and drink this delicious pumpkin spice smoothie instead.  It will give you a good hit of all those yummy pumpkin spice flavors, plus healthy carbs, healthy fats, protein, and also some extra veggies snuck in there, so you feel satisfied and energized, not anxious, stressed, or fatigued from blood sugar and caffeine crashes. 

Do THIS One Thing to Eat Healthy

Do THIS One Thing to Eat Healthy

Hey friend! One of the first things I did when I shifted my eating habits a few years ago was to incorporate more vegetables, especially greens. On a good day, I eat some sort of greens at every meal! In this week's video, I give you some easy tips on exactly how to add in more greens.  So go ahead - throw some greens on it! 

Resisting Quiet: Why Meditation Can Be Scary

Resisting Quiet: Why Meditation Can Be Scary

DO YOU EVER FIND YOURSELF RESISTING QUIET? FINDING ALL THE WAYS TO FILL THE SPACE?

I MEDITATE. DAILY. AND YET, I STILL SOMETIMES RESIST THE OPEN, THE QUIET, THE UNSTRUCTURED. ESPECIALLY WHEN THERE'S SOMETHING THERE THAT NEEDS MY ATTENTION. BECAUSE THAT'S WHEN IT'S SCARY

Get What You Want By Letting Go of What Doesn't Serve You

Get What You Want By Letting Go of What Doesn't Serve You

Letting go of who and what doesn't serve you makes space in your life for what does...When you know who you are, it becomes easy to recognize who and what supports and uplifts you, and the things that don't. The more you get to know yourself, the harder it becomes to accept and allow things in your life that don't serve you.

 

A Surefire Strategy for Dealing with Stress

A Surefire Strategy for Dealing with Stress

Feeling stressed? I was feeling a little blah and uninspired the other day, but also really needed to do some creative brainstorming; not good match. And then I felt stressed about not getting my work done! So here's what I did - are you ready? 

I went for a walk in the woods. 

Mindfulness in Schools

Mindfulness in Schools

Mindfulness, meditation, being in the present moment - whatever name you give it, what was once reserved for the Buddhists, yogis, or new-agey folks is finally catching on as a legitimate practice in mainstream Western culture. And for good reason. Beyond just anecdotal evidence, Harvard has now scientifically proven the benefits of meditation on the brain. In the Harvard study, a group of participants spent an average of 27 minutes engaged in daily mindfulness exercises for eight weeks. Pre and post magnetic resonance images of the mindfulness participants found "increased gray-matter density in the hippocampus, known to be important for learning and memory, and in structures associated with self-awareness, compassion, and introspection." So meditation not only makes you smarter, it also makes you a kinder, more thoughtful person.