End of year clean up = Making room for greater things

End of year clean up = Making room for greater things

Are you waiting for greater things to come in 2017?

If your answer is hell yes!!! let’s make some room for them because shit just won’t happen on their own.

So I had a couple extra days off for Christmas and what do I do? I conduct a major clean up at home. I started with the kitchen, donated and tossed food I didn’t need or wasn’t good anymore. Rearranged cabinets and drawers. Man! you get to accumulate so much. Continued with the rest of the house and ended with my bedroom which is still an ongoing process.

Forget about spring cleaning, it is winter/end of year cleaning. The end of a year is perfect to clean up and get rid of what is not needed, physically and spiritually. Get rid of what doesn’t serve a purpose anymore and make room for the new. Even if you don’t believe in all things woo-woo, it actually makes total sense, right? every so often we need to clean out and declutter what is not needed and is taking space.

But let’s back up a little….

In the past, I was the kind of person who would be conformist, would be happy to just get by and didn’t like to get uncomfortable out of my comfort zone. I also clung to things that brought me memories (even if they were sad and I wanted to forget). It was all good (for me) until I learned about my gifts as a person and as a teacher/coach that allowed me to discover my passions. This of course included learning and embracing my health challenges (yes, I accept them and see what positive they brought into my life). That’s when my coaching business was born.

What does it have to do with ending 2016 strong? That with getting out of my comfort zone and challenging myself to start something completely new (and with the possibility of switching careers), I learned to pay attention to what is important to ME now. This includes all things related with my health, personal life, business, my community, and the space around me, thus cleaning my house like crazy. I had to learn to let go…

Now, it is about bringing that awareness every day (or at least I try to) where nothing is taken for granted. The years won’t just go by unnoticed, new goals won’t just get lost as wishful thinking, and the lessons learned (or avoided) will have a special place because they somehow played an important role in my personal development.

This my friend¬†is living with purpose, bringing awareness and enjoying what I have and getting myself ready for what’s to come. Because after all, anything is possible and you should always aim for greater things.

In order to get healthier and adopt some healthier habits, some mind work is needed. It is not just drinking green juices and slaving yourself at the gym hoping for a miracle. It is about learning and preparing yourself for it.

Here are some helpful tips to end the year strong and preparing you for an awesome 2017:

  1. Recap for 2016. Make a list of lessons learned, what was good about the year, achievements, what made you happy. What are you proud of? Anything you want to acknowledge yourself for, brag about it. This is your time to give yourself a pat on the back and shine, because maybe other people were too busy to notice. It is important to celebrate what gave us bliss and happiness, even if it was something small. If 2016 wasn’t so good of a year, that’s ok, also acknowledge it. Tell yourself it is all done and gone and now you are ready to move on.
  2. Clean out things from home that don’t serve you anymore. You can use the method from Marie Kondo. In her book, you’ll find an useful trick where you ask yourself if the item in question brings you joy. That way you identify the things that bring you happiness. Aww, that’s a good one, make sure you surround yourself with things that bring joy to your life ūüôā
  3. Create a vision board (or vision book) Something about having a visual map of what you want helps focus your attention. But it is not just about having a big poster of what you want in life, some action needs to take place, and for that we need…
  4. Goal setting. it is not as intimidating as it sounds. it can be as simple as maybe cleaning out your diet, getting more exercise into the schedule, drinking more water, drinking less soda, sleeping better. Now, the trick is getting into action, but that’s ok, setting those intentions are the first (and huge) step towards your goal. Most importantly, and this is what helps me, is that I ask myself HOW I WANT TO FELL ONCE I ACHIEVE MY GOAL. When you bring your feelings forward, you are coming from a place of authenticity, being true to yourself. And your true self always wants you to shine. But don’t worry, if you need the tools and support, I am here to help you along the way.
  5. Clean out your email account(s). I must confess, I have 4 different emails and in all, I have at least 1000 UNREAD emails except my business email. With that saying, a goal for me will be to not subscribe to anything unless necessary.
  6. Challenge yourself with something you’ve been on the fence of doing. It could be a hobbie you’ve been wanting to do; learning a new language; get in the kitchen if that is scary for you; start a business if your heart calls for it. Be adventurous and discovery how much more you can do when you let loose a little. For this new year I am committing to be more creative and do some painting.
  7. Be grateful. Take into account all the things and people to be grateful for, and even the challenges to. They can have life changing lessons if we look at the closer.

I wish you a wonderful end of 2016, and much success and happiness in the new year!!!

Healthy Holiday Eggnog

Healthy Holiday Eggnog

 

I had to try making this holiday drink but with a little twist. So here it goes… Regular eggnog has milk and/or heavy cream, so if your tummy is not happy with dairy, this is the go-to option ūüôā Not just that, but also making your own eggnog guarantees you are using real ingredients without additives or preservatives, yuk to that! And my secret ingredient in all this, for added protein, nutrients and a boost in energy is MACA! yup, not so secret ingredient for me, as I put this pretty much in all my smoothies, but at this time of the year is when we might need a little extra kick.

Blending it at the end with coconut oil is what makes the froth and thickens it up so deliciously that makes me wanna go back for more, and the best part is with no guilt. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/3 cup honey (or maple syrup) I actually used less¬†
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp maca powder
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil¬†

 

Put all ingredients in the blender except the coconut oil.

Do not boil, just simmer stirring constantly so the egg whites don’t scramble.

Once it is warm enough, bring back to the blender and add the coconut oil and blend. This is so that it makes that delicious froth right on top.

Sprinkle with cinnamon or nutmeg, and serve! **Of course you can add your favorite liquor like bourbon. What is eggnog without the alcohol, right! I made enough to have some later but I will add a splash of Pisco (Peruvian liquor made from grapes) 

Holiday Gift Ideas

Holiday Gift Ideas

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Hey you guys!!
 
It is almost¬†Christmas I know your time is pretty busy these days. So I will go straight to the point: what to gift people for Christmas? ¬†If you are like me, probably you are scratching¬†your¬†head trying¬†to figure something out. But every since becoming a health and wellness advocate and enthusiast about self-care, spreading more of that is what calls my heart ūüėÉ. For the¬†health enthusiast or not, these gifts sure say how much you care for them. Note: I am not affiliated to the links posted here; however, if you are interested in the journals (picture above #1) or the essential oils, contact me here.¬†
 
So here are some of¬†my favorite things to gift (or what I¬†would like to have, hint, hint ūüėȬ† and it is not too late to get these:
 
  • Journals¬†– you probably know this one is one of my favorites and I usually call it the cheapest therapy to clear the mind. Writing is the best way of expression that doesn‚Äôt necessarily have to involve someone else but only¬†you. Along with this, comes art journaling, simply put, journaling in a way of drawing or painting is also a great way to relax the mind. You can get them at any stationary store, but if looking for something different and special, these journals are¬†made from plantain leaves from the jungle in¬†Peru. I use them for special notes and mantras to read throughout the day or to draw and paint since the paper doesn‚Äôt wrinkle out.
  • Planner – this makes total sense and is super helpful for those who juggle with their schedule, own their business. I’ve tried a few planners in the past and the one I am enjoying the most is the Passion Planner. Not only it is a daily planner, with goals for different time frames, but there are tips about how to make it more personal.
  • Coloring books – for some time now, adult coloring books have become the new trend when it comes to combining art,¬†relaxation and stress reduction. They are not just for kids, and here is a fun blog to read where you can find pretty much a coloring book for any personality¬†ūüėČ. My favorites are the mandalas or the ones with nature and animals. But I must confess, I started with coloring books but lately I’ve been playing around with painting and watercolors, check here.¬†
  • Home made facial masks, lotions, oils (see recipe here) –¬†¬†who doesn‚Äôt like to be pampered with a SPA treatment‚Ķ at home! Hand-made creams, lotions and scrubs are so personable and good choices to care for the body with natural products and without any chemicals. Here are some DIY ideas to gift away, or for yourself: lavender bath salt, bath¬†fizzles, facial scrubs.
  • Essential oils – are more than just a nice smell, these pure plant extracts (of course when coming from a reputable source) can deliver great benefits for our health, balance, at home remedies (specially as alternatives to harsh chemical products) and overall wellbeing. I use them pretty much all the time: have a drop or two of lemon, frankincense or peppermint oil in a glass of water first thing in the morning. I also use them when I make my own beauty concoctions (see above). If interested in learning more about oils or would like to order some, ask me.¬†
  • Tea set –¬† This is a set from David’s Tea I was gifted some time ago and I love i! and for the tea aficionado, also check these awesome gift ideas¬†from Teavana, can’t go wrong with any of them.
  • Spiralizer – makes cooking veggies much more fun. You’ve heard of zoodles (zucchini made into strings that look like noodles) and you can do the same with pretty much any veggie to get the noodle or ribbon type. This one is a cool gadget to have. There are many types, some bulky and with attachments, others are hand held and take little space in the kitchen. Check this out for ideas.
  • Cast iron skillet/cast iron¬†dutch oven – all things¬†cast iron have become my new favorites in the kitchen. Three things I like about cast iron: 1)¬†delivers heat more evenly, 2) last forever, 3) adds iron to our food. Every since I got a small 8 inch, I use it all the time for my breakfast frittata (recipe here) because it is personal size and easy to handle.¬†Here is a 12 inch cast iron skillet¬†so useful for bigger meals and it¬†can also go in the oven. ¬†One thing to remember is to care for it, including¬†seasoning and clean up. Check out this site for more tips.¬†
  • Glassware food storage containers –¬†glass containers are¬†always a better choice for food,¬†specially for left overs for lunch the next. You can store, freeze and even heat in them without the harmful chemicals found in plastic. This is a great investment for your kitchen. You can find good deals at¬†Macy‚Äôs¬†and also at Bed, Bath & Beyond.¬†
  • Portion-control plates – I‚Äôve had a few people ask me that it is¬†difficult¬†for them to measure serving sizes or that they don‚Äôt want to have to pull out the scale or measuring cup (although I must confess I don‚Äôt do this either, I just eye-ball it). But these plates are not just cute, but also¬†great with the measurements already on them.¬†The flowers are designed to mimic the right amount of grains, veggies, and protein, so you can more easily eat a sensible amount of food.¬†
 
There you have it, I hope this can help a little. Let me know what you’ve been thinking of gifting your loved ones, I’d like to know. Hit reply, I am always available through here. Happy shopping!
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Lavender Bath Salt

Lavender Bath Salt

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Lavender Bath Salt

Who doesn’t like to end the day with a soothing bath and sip some warm tea for the cold weather? (or some wine if you’d like). Baths are exactly what is needed to wind down from a busy day or to detox the body. Yup, the key ingredient is Epson salts which is basically magnesium citrate and can easily be absorbed through the skin while in a bath.

Some benefits from Epson salt baths:

  • Reduce inflammation
  • Relieve join and muscle pain and tension
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Helps flush out toxins and heavy metals from the body (this is my go-to after I take a flight or a test scan)
  • Boost of Magnesium (and most of us are deficient on this)
  • Improves digestion
  • Softer skin (from the baking soda)

 

Here is the simple recipe: 

  • 1 cup Epson Salts
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 10 drops lavender essential oils

Mix the ingredients in a glass container. Can be also made right at the moment of taking the bad, just add them straight to the running water. 

Add 1 cup of Epson salt to the bath. Soak for 15 minutes but not more thank 20 min because your body can reabsorb the toxins from the water. 

 

Tips:

  • For an¬†extra silky skin, add a some oil to the warm bath, like olive oil, almond, jojoba oil.
  • Adding a few pieces of ginger to raise your heat levels so you can sweat out more toxins. ¬†
  • If taking a whole bath is not possible (saving water, no bath-tub at home, no time) no problem! You can also do a foot soak¬†in a small container, you will be getting the same benefits.
DIY Bath Fizzing Bombs

DIY Bath Fizzing Bombs

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Bath Fizzies 

  • 1/4 cup cocoa butter
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup citric acid
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup fine-grained salt
  • Essential oil (I use either lavender, a serenity blend, grapefruit, etc – if want to find out more about oils ask ME ūüėȬ†
  • Dried rose petals, optional
  • dried lavender buds, optional
  • witch hazel
  • Sieve, wooden spoons, bowls, measuring cups, gloves,
  • face masks and small silicone tray

Start a double boiler on medium heat. Once it reaches a boil, reduce heat to simmer. Place cocoa butter in the top of the double boiler and cover. Simmer until melted, stirring occasionally. To preserve the beneficial benefit of the essential oils do not over heat.

Put on mask and gloves; Carefully put the dry ingredients into a sifter and sift into a mix bowl. Gently stir the dry ingredients and then add the melted cocoa butter a little at a time. Add essential oil. If you want to add flowers, place them directly into the bottom of the container.