I have always believed that women are the strength and backbone of us. Every human life form comes through our bodies which means girls are magic! There’s a power in us that can be used for good or bad and we’re using it all the time without even thinking about it. So the question is, what are we sending out? What are we giving people? In order for it to be our best, it’s imperative that we be physically, mentally, and spiritually healthy in order to give everything we do without becoming depleted.
By shape and architectural design we [women] are naturally sexy beings. The sensuality comes when we feed all parts of us – nurturing our interests, feeding our minds with constant learning, staying curious, keeping our physical bodies healthy, and feeding the soul by spending time alone with God.
By ’embracing the sensuality of our strength’ it means we have an awareness of ourselves and we take pleasure in our abilities. It means we’re not afraid of getting a little dirty or to be a sweaty mess. It means we understand that it’s all about us using our gifts to create a life of abundance, which then gives us the ability to do even more.
Continue reading my interview with the editor of Nos Sumus Magazine, Steven B. Williams as we talk about The Art Of Simplicity
#NosSumus #simplicity #lifestyle #strength #womenshealth
_I had the opportunity to speak with Jason Benavides of Octane Athletic Performance about the importance of organics and keeping things simple. (Link to the podcast below)
As someone who grew up surrounded by farms , I know the realities of real food vs. GMO products. I know that real food heals. I now that real food keeps me young and vibrant and energetic. I know that real food is less expensive than convenience in the sense that I won't need medical attention later in my life because of all the 'convenience'.
I know that real food spoils and DOES NOT come in a box so I will always take the time to treat myself well and put in as much good as possible in every doable way.
#fountainofyouth #letfoodbethymedicine #realfoodheals
One of the best things that ever happened to me was hanging out in the kitchen with my mom. I was first in line for the mixing bowl and spoons that were covered in cake batter, and my mom made a lot of cakes. It's also the place where she seemed happiest and it showed in the dishes that hit the table.
I believe this is where the whole process of enjoying my time in the kitchen was ingrained in me. I love everything about food - shopping for it, preparing it and presenting it but I also know that most people don't feel the same which is why I believe in creating rituals. I have two sisters but I'm the only one who hung out in the kitchen and the only one who approaches food the way I do.
I've spent a lot of time with my niece Briana. We do everything from going to farmer's markets, to trying new foods together, and even having a simple lunch together at our favorite restaurant. I told our server recently that he's gone from bringing her crayons to serving her mimosas!
The point I'm making is that it's important to spend real time with the people you love, that you have your own special somethings, teaching and learning with each other because it creates a connection that is unbreakable. It doesn't matter what that something is, mine just happens to be creativity involving food.
I can never forget being in the kitchen with my mom - it's actually a point of pride for me now as a Private Chef, nor do I think Briana will ever forget our moments. As a college student with her own errand service, Ask Busy Bri (www.askbusybri.com), she doesn't cook every night but when she does, she loves it and is quite good at it. I'd like to think I played a part in that.
Take care of yourself first.
Selfish? No. Necessary? YES! There's a reason they say to put your oxygen mask on first. How can you help someone else if you can't breathe?
Love is born from within you and self love is important because it molds us into better versions of ourselves. Can you see why it's imperative to start here first? As women, we are natural care givers, teachers, and nurturers. We have to be mentally, physically, and spiritually healthy in order to give all that we do without becoming depleted. Because we are multi-dimensional, we have to feed ourselves in different ways.
I'm a huge fan of doing things that bring me joy because they feed us on every level. We become more aware, more creative, stronger, and have a greater sense of well-being... all this simply by doing what we love. How is that?
It's because we find joy in numerous things which stimulate us in every way imaginable. My tagline is always 'put in as much good as possible in every doable way' just for this reason. Joy is intoxicating and sexy, and everyone wants it. But most are wanting in a way as if it's something beyond their reach not realizing that going within is always the answer.
During this Winter Solstice, which symbolically represents coming out of the darkness into light, shed those thoughts that things outside of you deserve more of your attention than your own well-being. You are your first love and not the one that got away.
Treat you like you love you.
What advice would I give someone who wants to cook but convinced they don't know how...
I grew up in the kitchen with my mom, mainly because I was first in line for the bowl & spoons with the leftover cake batter. But I really didn't start cooking until I was living in California - far, far away from my Georgia home - and it came out of pure necessity.
With limited funds but a bowl full of tomatoes, some pasta in my pantry, and fresh potted herbs on my counter. there was no better time to learn how to make tomato sauce. A few Google clicks later and I've never looked back.
I totally agree with Marian about the importance of taking it one lesson at a time and learning to cook something that you love. Practice. Practice. Practice. Some things turn out absolutely delicious, some things just ok, and some end up feeding the outdoor critters. Either way, you learn. So start cooking and keep cooking.
#food52 #cookbooks #forksoverknives #foodmatters #farmtotable #farmersmarket #cookingisloveexpressed
Stop for a second and notice your breathing. Is it from your chest or is it from deep within your belly? You'll likely discover you are taking shallow breaths from your chest. What's the big deal you ask? Read this amazing article to discover how to strengthen your body by breathing from your belly... http://halloftheblackdragon.com/reel/to-breathe-is-to-live-heres-how/
A great article on Prevention.com to help you see that burning calories and kicking your metabolism into high gear is done in and out of the gym!
A study in the Journal of Nutrition found that when people ate a rich three-course meal prepared with about 2 tablespoons of spices, their triglyceride levels were 30% lower than when they noshed the same meal without spices.
As the mercury continues to drop everywhere except Miami, what better way to add warmth than by spicing up your favorite cold-weather foods. Apple pie wouldn't be the same without cinnamon; spicy ginger punches up soups; zippy black pepper jazzes up roasts; and aromatic vanilla adds extra oomph to baked goods. Spices do more than just add flavor, they also serve up unique health benefits!
Fresh is always best and you can find a spice market in every major city. Don't know what to do once you get inside? Here are 2 of my favorite books that can help.
Your amazing instincts...
Since the Ice Age, vast numbers of your ancestors have been smart enough, fast enough, strong enough and courageous enough to survive several thousand years of famine, plague, predators and the worst natural disasters. Though you may think of yourself as merely "average", you are actually the latest in a long line of human success stories... and the hidden strengths you've inherited are no doubt trying their best to emerge. Let them out!
The human mind is the fastest-working, coolest-running, most compact and efficient computer ever produced in large quantities."-Bob Moawad
Your amazing mind...
The average human brain weighs about 2 1/2 to 3 pounds. It is made up of about 30 billion cells called neurons. Each neuron is capable of handling approximately one million bits of information. The total number is so large, in fact, that if you sat down and wrote a number one, you would have to follow it with 6.5 million miles of zeros, a number that would stretch from the Earth to the moon and back more than 13 times.
Your amazing body...
Your body has approximately 62,000 miles of capillaries; millions of electrical warning signals, railroad and conveyer systems; a fabulous built-in telephone system; and a highly sophisticated audio-visual system.
"You are a fantastic animal! A man can run a hundred yards in nine seconds. He can run for hours without stopping. He can leap almost 30 feet. He can climb a tree. He can swim--swiftly and far. The animals made for running
can outrun us, the animals made for climbing may out-climb us, but there is no
animal in the world that can do all of these as well as we can." -James Dillet
Your amazing lifespan...
Just 200 years ago the average American died by age 35. Today, we've more than doubled that number. Your chances of a longer, healthier life will continue to increase well into this century. What you are going to do with your longer, healthier life is an answer only you can give.
If I had to eat this stuff everyday I'd be a chunky monkey because, well... I'm just not gonna do it! Not only does sameness bore me but if my food doesn't evoke a slight head drop followed by Mmm...., I’ll probably never eat it again no matter how healthy it is.
Most people still hold on to the idea that healthy food is bland. Well, it is if it's prepared that way – no color, no flavor, no kick. To solve this problem, first buy better-quality foods, the fresher the better, which is what you’ll get when shopping at farmer's markets or signing up with a CSA (community supported agriculture – a local farm delivers a fresh box of goodies to your door). Then, spice up your dish with your favorite flavors. Besides salt and pepper, consider other meal enhancers like sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, chili sauce, cinnamon, olives, curry, peppers, and so on. Not only are you adding great flavor and color but you’re also creating a healthier dish. It also helps if you fully breathe in the dish which can help you taste all the nuances.
Now... forget what your mom said and play with your food!
Still don't know how to cook?! Remove the angst by getting some help. These are a few of my favorite cookbooks...
The Flavor Bible by Karen Page & Andrew Dornenburg
The Sprouted Kitchen by Sara Forte
Fast, Fresh, Simple by Donna Hay
Real Food Fast by Donna Hay
Cooking Light Fresh Food Fast: Weeknight Meals
So Easy: Luscious Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Week by Ellie Krieger
For daily Inspiration in your inbox (beautiful pictures, recipes and
videos). Some of my favorite blogs...
The Sprouted Kitchen
The Daily Meal
Break Out Of Your Food Rut and Discover A Leaner, Sexier You!
I am passionate about...
helping women embrace their complete lives to become