A Beautiful Me

Being an optimistic individual, I love hearing the buzz of people setting healthy goals or resolutions for themselves in the New Year. People often start a cleanse in January to eliminate all the holiday treats that are hanging around their waistlines or thighs. They may grab a work out buddy and start a new gym or health program. But, what about the non-physical bodies that we carry around? In addition to improving the physical body, it is important to shed the previous year’s emotional junk or mental baggage.  This will allow you to truly set the positive intentions and program your thinking for a healthier you. Last week, I cleansed a group of individuals in recovery with North American white sage of the past and filled them full of love, light and blessings. You could feel the pleasant release and uplifting hope surrounding them.

It was just beautiful!

Last year, I launched the New Year, New You program and my clients reached their personal goals and started healthier lifestyles. This year, I wanted to start by modeling what to do instead of just guiding. I personally learn best when shown how to do something first. In nursing school, I remember a physician saying, “You watch one, you do one, you teach one and you know one.” I am here to empower you to know health the way I do and feel the best you can feel. There are so many little secrets that you can help you live and thrive in this stressful world and help you see the beauty of life.

I feel the best when I feel beautiful. So I thought, let’s put the focus and the emphasis on ME and I believe the shift will help you OWN your new You. I remember a weight management coach teaching that many times overweight individuals have a hard time feeling themselves in their new healthy bodies. So they feel more comfortable reverting back to their old selves and in turn putting themselves at a health risk once again. I want you to feel yourself through every step of the way. The real YOU. The perfect you IS the real you! The slumps, the accomplishments, the plateaus, the discoveries and the joys of breathing easier with clear skin and a happy aura. It’s all yours! The beauty is yours!

What makes you feel beautiful? Is it a new hairstyle or a compliment from a certain admirer? Different experiences and circumstances make me feel beautiful. Currently, I feel the most beautiful when I feel full of love. I also feel beautiful when my clothes fit correctly and I have the energy I need to keep up with my little ones. I feel really beautiful when I’m able to help a friend, family member and/or client with a health concern or something they need. When I can help another feel beautiful and loved, that is the moment when I feel the most beautiful.

Now, it’s your turn. Write a list of what makes you feel beautiful. It may solely be appearance related at this time in your life and that is okay. Or maybe you think your outer beauty is fading but you know the light within you doesn’t have to. When you shine your light, your whole self glows with beauty. Some of the most beautiful people in the world are not the most symmetrically aesthetic but the most kind and compassionate beings.

Join me on this journey of beautifying yourself from the inside out or the outside in. Post pics and/or write your tips, questions or concerns on my Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts. Let’s ride the waves of life together. Things are usually easier when you have a support system so let’s support each other. Feeling great is contagious so you may pick up a few interested people along the way. Invite them to join us and lets’s make America Beautiful and Healthy Again in 2017! 😉

Love and light,

Pura Vida Mama

A New Year, A New You

As I glance out of my window, I notice a tiny beautiful hummingbird quickly flying from flower to flower but hovering in the present moment to enjoy the sweetness. I usually have a few different ones visit this tree every winter but this particular one keeps catching my eye at all times of the day. It’s as if she’s gently reminding me to “stop and smell the roses” while pursuing my passion at high speeds. It’s great to have the drive and the motivation to achieve great things but it’s also important to stop in the midst of it all and really breathe it in. The fresh air, the beauty all around you and the feeling inside of pure balance at that precious moment of stillness. That feeling, …that connection,

That’s where the magic unfolds! 

Are you ready for YOUR magic? Your personal passion unfolding for 2016?

Would you like

  • more energy?
  • less fat?
  • clear skin?
  • less pain?
  • emotional balance?
  • to manage stress more effectively?

I have new packages and new training that can help you achieve your magic. After a wonderful year with the new addition to our family, I am back and taking on new clients again. Just pop over to my Contact page (http://thevelvetlotus.com/contact/) and let me know what your goals are this year regarding health. I’ll send you a personalized response on how we can achieve them together!

But, first, let’s take it one step at a time. Repeat after me…

“Today, I am going to ….

make healthy food choices.”

smile more.”

laugh out loud.”

be conscious of my posture.”

exercise.”

That’s right! Just start with today and focus on nothing else. You can achieve great things.

One. Day. At. A. Time.

Love & Blessings,

Pura Vida Mama

 

Spiritualists International Magazine

I have really enjoyed working with Spiritualists International Magazine and I wanted to share my work on here.

My first article was back in June 2014 about my shift into holistic nursing. https://www.lightbodytravelers.com/spiritualists-international-magazine.html?view=entry&id=3

The next one was about Healing From Mother Nature: https://www.lightbodytravelers.com/spiritualists-international-magazine/healing-from-mother-nature.html

Here is one honoring Valentine’s Day for Moms: http://www.lightbodytravelers.com/spiritualists-international-magazine.html?view=entry&id=39

This was a special video presentation with Will May and Dr. Joseph Kenneth: http://www.lightbodytravelers.com/spiritualists-international-magazine/looking-at-modern-health-like-never-before.html or you can watch it on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F775qvY7IoA

My latest about success: http://www.lightbodytravelers.com/spiritualists-international-magazine/the-recipe-for-success.html

Thank you for your support! I absolutely LOVE doing what I do and could not do it without my clients, friends and family.

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To Snack or Not to Snack?

Before my daughter was born, I was given the book, “Bringing Up Bebe” and really connected with many of the ways the French raised their children. I really agreed with their “minimal snacking” philosophy. They had three balanced meals and a small afternoon snack. Their kids ate their meals and did not snack all day like their American counterparts. Everywhere I turned, kids were snacking on goldfish, cheerios and other processed foods and I overheard many moms complaining how their kids barely ate their meals or were picky eaters. Hmmm, I thought…I think I’m going to implement the French practice in my home so my little one will eat her entire meals like a proper child should. I love that saying, “We plan and God laughs.” After all, we are actually our children’s students, aren’t we?

Then, Izzy was born. I found myself feeding her three meals in the beginning and hiding in the kitchen to shove down some snacks alone. Once she was on the move, it was much harder to hide and I began to question my original thought pattern. Why was I following one idea instead of what I was taught in nutrition classes? I actually did a research project in nursing school on changing the hospital system to five smaller meals a day versus the standard three. Half of my family is diabetic and I knew that a large portion of society was insulin resistant from our unhealthy habits of skipping meals and creating constant sugar spikes in our younger years with sweetened drinks and desserts. After going to Dr. Sears’s lecture one day and listening to the importance of grazing, I finally accepted that this was okay. She would not turn into a malnourished kid who hated veggies, because I was going to make healthy snacks that sustained her high energy. This way, if she didn’t eat an entire portion at dinner, I could feel at ease that she consumed enough of the right nutrients throughout the day. After all, my husband and I are big snackers and we still eat our meals.

So, as she was getting older and able to enjoy times at the parks where other kids were always snacking, I gave into the idea and brought fruits and veggies. Over time, she became interested in the other kids’s packaged items and would often try to snag some of them. I remember as a child so badly wanting what the other kids had, as my mom only allowed healthy treats without sugar. So, I gave in a little when something was offered to her, but never purchased the empty calorie junk items for her. I did, however, go on a quest to find packaged items that were minimally processed, organic when possible and definitely GMO free. I began cutting out my own unhealthy bites, which luckily were few at this point in my life, but still tempting to her. Many moms noticed their kids were attracted to our healthy choices and being a health educator that was trained to read labels, I was happy to give suggestions.

  • Always look for the non-GMO verified label or USDA organic label.
  • If neither one is on the bag or box, avoid items made with the dirty dozen produce or top GMO foods, such as apples, berries, corn, canola oil, soy, milk, sugar, spinach, potatoes and grapes (see the lists for more http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/ and http://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/curiosity/topics/10-genetically-modified-food-products.htm)
  • Be aware of how the item is prepared and avoid items that have been fried (this is usually at dangerously high temperatures that produce toxins and with toxic oils).
  • Avoid artificial colors, sweeteners, preservatives, additives and other unnecessary chemicals. These can cause behavioral issues, headaches, stomach issues and many more unwanted symptoms.

So far, here is my approved list (I am always open to new suggestions if you have any):

  • Go Raw snack bars and cookies (we find them on vitacost.com)
  • Eden Organic Pumpkin Seeds
  • Brad’s Raw Chips or Crunchy Kale
  • Kale and Chia chips by Supereats
  • Organic brown rice crackers or cakes
  • Non-GMO Cruncha ma me (we limit the soy intake in our house, as it is not easily digestible, so this is an occasional snack)
  • Crispy crunchy chickpeas by The Good Bean (The chocolate ones are a yummy treat)
  • Mama Chia seed pouches
  • Non-GMO popcorn (Boom Chicka Pop makes individual bags)
  • Organic applesauce
  • Organic Peter Rabbit veggie pouches
  • Organic rice crackers (contains flour which is not great, but an occasional treat with sliced goat cheese)
  • Non-GMO Veggie sticks by The Daily Crave (contains flour again, but way better than those other popular veggie straws cooked in canola oil)

*many of these we actually make at home, but sometimes when you are on the go or traveling, I’ll admit that it is easier to grab a package.

The important idea here is to limit the packaged items, but to give a few options as special treats so that your healthy child does not feel left out. This will just cause them to binge on junk when you’re not around. Also, they pay close attention to what you are doing, not saying, so if you are scarfing down a bag of Doritos and preaching to them that they need to eat their carrots and hummus, you will most likely not get a positive overall outcome with their future healthy choices when they are on their own. Remember, prevention is way easier than treatment in terms of health and the food in our stores are not marketed to us to make us healthier, just to make the manufacturers more money. Many chemicals are not even listed or fall under categories, such as “natural flavoring” so be aware of what goes in your family’s bodies.

Blessings,

Pura Vida Mama

Izzy’s SuperFood Cookies

Izzy’s SuperFood Cookies

Mix together in a small bowl:

2 Tbsp. Activated Barley (http://thevelvetlotus.com/product/activated-barley-280-g/)

2 Tbsp. Coconut Oil (http://thevelvetlotus.com/product/organic-tropic-oil/)

Blend mixture with:

3 bananas

1 cup of raisins or pitted dates

1 tsp. vanilla

2 tsp. cinnamon

Once thoroughly mixed, add:

2 cups raw oats

1/2 cup chopped nuts

1/2 cup Hemp Hearts

Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.

 

Just Be

I am often guided to teach my clients to “Just Be” after a healing session as part of their growth work. Many of my clients, however, are single and/or retired so the practice is most likely attainable for them. But, what about people with families? Moms and dads who work and think of “Just Be” as “Just Be Quiet for a Second!” or “Just Be Still for a Second!” when they are trying to “Just Be” within the hustle of family sounds and chaos. I must say that after a Mom’s Night Out, a refreshing outing that definitely needs to happen more often, it was much easier to “Just Be” the next day. I was beginning to get so frustrated with her 2 year old behaviorisms and the long bedtime routine that we found ourselves locked into (I won’t get into how that happened, as there once was a time that my daughter would put herself to sleep easily). However, that night after reading her favorite bedtime story a few times and saying our prayers of gratitude, I began to silently meditate as I inched away from her bed. I felt so peaceful as I left her room and was rejuvenated for the next day.
I realized that I have tried to squeeze in this precious time into our busy lives instead of doing what I recommend to my clients: scheduling this time daily as a practice or routine so it is part of life. What a great example to lead for your children! Stress is the #1 cause of dis-ease and aging. Why not set them up for a life of ease amongst all the outside chaos? Just as exercise and eating meals are part of your daily routine, set aside five minutes to start where you just sit in silence. I’ve noticed if I just sit and do it, she will follow. Sometimes she will climb all over me while I’m “Just Be”ing, but with practice you can focus on your breath and visualize a peaceful scene. If you feel thoughts arising, see them float by on a river and tell yourself that you can address them later. This works better than trying to block them out. Children, especially, feel the energy around us all and when you relax, they will follow. She loves when I describe a beautiful tree grounded into the Earth, collecting the energy and feeling the warmth of the sun on its branches. You can get as detailed as you want. It is her top requested story at the moment.
If you truly cannot do it with your children for whatever reason, schedule a time when your spouse, a friend, or loved one can watch them for just a half an hour and find a peaceful place outside. Worst case scenario is you have to hide out in your closet. Whichever way works for you, take the time to do it. You and your family will reap the benefits for years to come.