💔My heart is heavy. I thought it was just me being a lazy piece of garbage. But I realized something while on my Peloton (#massiveblessing) not only do I never talk to myself in such harsh words (so why was I right now?) but I have been feeling the weight of everything happening in this world, it's not just me being lazy.⁣

I normally find the positive in even the worst situations, even if the positive is ‘the sky is blue’ or ‘I own some nice clothing’ whatever it might be, but the end of this week just proved too much for my positivity to shine through. ⁣

I didn’t workout for two days, I didn’t sit at my desk (my desk for the last two days was my couch in a laying down position), and I didn't work on my business. I ate vegetables but not in any real intentional way. I couldn’t climb out of my hole. Now I know MANY people have it so much worse, hello look at what is going on right now and has been for so long, but I just couldn’t climb out. ⁣

So I wanted to share in case some others were feeling it too. If others couldn’t climb out of their holes even though we "should" be able to, we have so much to be grateful for and yet sometimes it still is hard. Normally diving into meditation, movement and cooking yummy nourishing meals brings me out, but that didn’t do it this week. I needed to sit still. So I laid down and let myself feel it all. ⁣

But today is a new day and so I got on that bike 🚴‍♀️ and I’m still fighting through the feelings, but I’m here and you can be too. What’s your one small thing today that you can do to help pull yourself out or something you did when you were feelin' all the feels?⁣

🎇Hint: could be something like drink extra water, watch 9 episodes instead of 10 of that show you’ve been binge watching for the 15th time (oops 🤷🏻‍♀️), eat an extra vegetable-anything that starts your road back to feeling just a little bitter better💖

Magnificent Monday

Magnificent Monday
A beautiful state. Today I was blessed with a beautiful Tony Robbins training. I was very grateful I had gotten this invite but I was also thinking, 'oh it's a Monday that's going to be difficult, but okay fine, it's Tony, I'll do it.'

And boy am I glad I did.

Beautiful state. I didn't quite understand what this was, but it's living in a beautiful state of being, no matter what is going on. Tony brought in many people who had had immeasurable pain, from the oldest holocaust survivor who experiences joy everyday and did throughout her time in a concentration camp, to a 17 year old who had a disease that was supposed to kill him at 12, but didn't and the doctors' only explanation was his mindset. Suffering is a choice. Not necessarily what happens to you, as we can't always control that, but suffering through it, is our choice. Pain and suffering are two different things, pain could be something you're going through and suffering is if you stay in those negative emotions. When you start to feel an emotion, feel that emotion, and if it's a negative one or a worry or deep sadness, it's not that you don't feel it, but re-direct don't sit in it, find a positive emotion.

Has there been a time you've re-directed your thoughts to bring yourself out of suffering?

Monday Monster

Monday Monster
On Saturday during a business call one of my friend's pointed out that I used to do my Monday Monster posts every Monday and it had been awhile. Honestly, I let graduate work take over and haven't done one since. I was slightly annoyed at myself that I hadn't been showing up for people and sharing these Monday thoughts. 
For a lot of us Monday can be a rough day, whether or not you like your job or have your own business and love it, there is often something about this day that can bring us down a bit.

Well today, I'm not letting that happen! (this will be the reoccurring theme for now with my Monday posts) I'm thinking the positive thoughts, meditating, journaling and focusing on hope. Hope for a better world, hope for this week to bring in positives and hope for people to find what they can control in their lives that brings them joy.

What's something that's bringing you joy or you feel as if you have control over this week? 😇

Thai Coconut Noodle Bowl

Thai Coconut Noodle Bowl
Thai Coconut Noodle Bowl ⁣

Last week Tim made this delicious noodle bowl for us with some great edits! This dish was flavorful, filling and pretty easy too! We've been blessed to not have too many shortages in terms of food at our Chicago Whole Foods so cooking more plant meals has been fun and exciting 🙂⁣

Recipe: ⁣
Serves 1 (so Tim tripled it for his appetite level😉)⁣

1 tsp coconut oil⁣
2 tbsp red chopped red onion⁣
1/3 cup full-fat canned coconut milk⁣
1 tsp Thai red curry paste (Tim created a version of a red curry paste that included cayenne pepper, crushed red pepper and bunches of turmeric) ⁣
1 tsp ginger (this called for fresh grated ginger but honestly we find if we buy this not only does it cost more $ but it often goes bad and is a pain to grate compared to just using Ginger vitality essential oil)⁣
1 tsp tamari ⁣
1 cup of zucchini noodles⁣
1 bag of stir fry veggies frozen⁣
1 cup of vegetable broth⁣
Basil (again we used Basil vitality essential oil because without fail every time I buy basil it goes bad and I really don't like food waste!) ⁣
Lime juice (and for the third time, we used Lime vitality essential oil because often you have to buy a bag of limes and they end of going bad too! plus the ease of tipping a bottle into a pot vs having to juice a lime I'll take any day)⁣

Chop onion, add in coconut oil and frozen veggies to saute in the pot. Then add in zucchini noodles, veggie broth, coconut milk, curry paste, Tamari, essential oils and spices.⁣


World Vitamin C Day

World Vitamin C Day
Yesterday was World Vitamin C day. The timing of this couldn't be more perfect to share about vitamin C with what is currently going on in the world. Vitamin C can do a lot for your body! Here is a list of some foods with high vitamin C levels: 

👉PS I get the most of my vitamin C from oz of NingXia Red since I'm fiscally and calorically responsible-1oz has the antioxident power of 8 oranges 🍊

Parsley: (I LOVE parsley so much!) contains 10mg of vitamin C per 2tbs serving which is about 11% of the recommended daily value. This herb is a significant source of plant-based, non-heme iron (vitamin C increases the absorption of non-heme iron.) 

Kale: Cruciferous vegetable, 80 mg of vitamin C, high quantities of vitamin K and the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin.

Kiwis: One medium kiwi has 71 mg of vitamin C, or 79% of the daily value and studies have shown that kiwifruit may help reduce oxidative stress, lower cholesterol and improve immunity. 

Broccoli: Another cruciferous vegetable! 1/2 a cup of cooked broccoli provides 51 mg of vitamin C, (57% of the daily value) many observational studies have shown an association between eating plenty of vitamin-C-rich cruciferous vegetables and lowered oxidative stress, improved immunity and a decreased risk of cancer and heart disease

Brussels Sprouts: One-half cup of cooked Brussels sprouts provides 49 mg, or 54% of the daily value for vitamin C, Brussels sprouts are also high in fiber, vitamin K, folate, vitamin A, manganese and potassium.(Both vitamins C and K are important for your bone health-vitamin C aids the formation of collagen, which is the fibrous part your bones)

Lemons:  One whole raw lemon, including its peel, provides 83 mg of vitamin C, or 92% of the daily value. The vitamin C in lemon juice also acts as an antioxidant.

Strawberries: One cup of strawberry halves (152 grams) provides 89 mg of vitamin C (99% of the daily value). These yummies contain a mix of vitamin C, manganese, flavonoids, folate and other antioxidants. Some studies have shown that strawberries may help prevent cancer, vascular disease, dementia and diabetes.

Oranges: One medium-sized orange provides 70 mg of vitamin C (78% of the daily value.)

Cauliflower: 47 mg (77% of the daily value) of vitamin C per cup of cauliflower (100 g). It is also a source of vitamins C & K, the B vitamins, potassium and magnesium.

Thyme: 1oz (28 grams) of fresh thyme has 45mg of vitamin C (50% of the daily value). I learned that gram for gram fresh thyme has 3x more vitamin C than oranges! Adding 1-2tbsp of Thyme into your meal adds 3.5-7mg of vitamin C which has been shown to strengthen your immunity and help fight infections. 

Sweet Yellow Peppers: 1/2 cup (75 grams) of yellow peppers have 137mg of vitamin C (152% of the daily value) which is actually double the amount in green peppers! Vitamin C is important for your eye health as well. 

What are some of the vitamin C foods that you're lovin' these days?
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