Why is every one so crazy about Coconut Oil?

Why is every one so crazy about coconut oil?

It seems like every one is talking about Coconut oil, here are my reasons why its great for you, and what you should do with it!

Using Coconut Oil in your cooking can give you added energy! Coconut Oil has medium chain triglycerides – unlike their long chain relatives found in meat and dairy, these MCT’s are not stored in your body, they high tail it to your liver where the get to work converting into energy. 2 tablespoons of Coconut Oil per day increases energy levels by 5%!

It’s a anti-microbial, It kills viruses, bacteria, protozoa, and fungi by dissolving their cellular walls. Adding a daily serving to to your diet can increase your body’s resistance to illness, improve digestive health, and even help to heal ulcers of the stomach lining.

Coconut oil Reduces Belly fat! Isn’t that reason enough to add it to your grocery list? It regulates your appetite and improves digestion, making it much easier to reduce your daily intake of calories  and lose weight at a healthy rate.

It is a natural mood enhancer. Coconut oil helps you to feel more motivated and energetic which can also assist with weight loss. Coconut oil aids in balancing hormones that reduce stress and anxiety – two of the leading causes of weight gain.

Its great for your hair and skin too! Full of vitamin E, coconut oil is a great moisturizer that helps to heal damaged skin, and reduces signs of aging. Coconut oil offers natural protection from harmful UV rays for both skin and hair.

Whether you use it for hair, skin, or both, it smells fantastic!!

Now that you know why you should love it, here is what to do with it!

  • Add a few tablespoons to your smoothies, sandwiches, or salads. Any where you would use butter or oil. Its amazing for a stir fry!
  • It makes a great deep conditioner for your hair! A little goes a long way on this one, 1 tablespoon is plenty for most.
  • Use it as a butter replacement for baking.
  • Its a natural lotion. Rub it into your skin for head to toe moisture.
  • Use it instead of shave cream, for a nice close shave that doesn’t dry you out!
  • Tame your frizzy hair!
  • Try it to remove your eye make up.
  • Season your cast iron skillet.
  • Calms skin after sun burn.
  • It reduces the itch of mosquito bites!
  • On cuticles to help nails grow.

 

Have you tried Coconut Oil?

 

 

Cozy up to a good book! Summer Reading List – Health and Wellness

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Summer reading list

Summer has arrived! There is nothing I love more then a lazy sun filled summer weekend spent cuddling up on the couch with my puppy Olive, a warm cup of tea and an amazing book.  Below are some of my favorite health and wellness books.

 

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Do Your Om Thing Bending Yoga Tradition to fit your own life

by Rebecca Pacheco

I loved this book. A little bit humor, a little bit yoga philosophy, Even if you do not have a yoga practice I guarantee you will get a lot out of the amazing lessons the author weaves through out this book. So inspiring! As soon as I finished, I started to think about reading it again.


 

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Success through Stillness: Mediation made Simple

By Russel Simmons

Buy this book right now. It will change your life. I simply can not recommend it more. I watched Russel Simmons on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday. He talked about Mediation and this book, before the show was over I was already downloading it. I read it on vacation in one sitting. Russel Simmons breaks meditation down into easy bite size morsels, stripping away any misconceptions, he makes it so simple to work into your daily routine. But the book is way more then a “how to”.  Russel Simmons talks about his life, his success, and you even get a little yoga info too. Buy it, you will be glad you did.


 

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The Kind Diet A Simple guide to Feeling Great Loosing Weight and Saving the Planet

by Alicia Silverstone

I read this book a while ago, and still take time to flip through it again and again. It just never gets old. The Kind Diet is filled with stories, tips, tricks, recipes, and reasons why you should make a change to live cleaner and greener. I have made about half of the recipes and they were all delicious!


 

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Yoga Girl by Rachel Brathen

First off this book is gorgeous! The pictures are mesmerizing. Yoga girl is part coffee table book, biography, yoga guide and has a few delicious recipes to boot! I just just started reading this book, and I can already tell I will be keeping it handy for a quick inspiration.

What are your favorite books on Health and Wellness?

♥Pamela

 

 

 

Why you should sign your kids up for a Yoga class today

Why you should sign your kids up for yoga class today

Kids + Yoga = Calm centered children.

Sounds great right?

Are you constantly giving your child things to keep them busy at the doctors office? in the check out line? in the car, or basically waiting for any thing?

Do you download games on your phone, or buy them portable video games so every thing goes smoothly? Well Mom and Dad you need Yoga in your child’s life, like immediately.

I bring my children to Yoga with me as much as I can. Mine are older, but now that I see the benefits Yoga has on their lives I wish I had started them earlier.

I on own journey through (and to) Yoga I originally thought of it as just that, My journey. I went off on my own to do my home practice, or to a near by studio by myself, for a little me time. The benefits of practicing Yoga for me, are life altering. Through my practice, I kept on seeing ways it could help my children in their life as well.

Breath – When your child is stressed they yell and scream, they throw spaghetti a crossed the room , jk, Their breathing is stressed too. They breath quicker and more shallow. Pranyayama teaches us to slow down, breath deeper through our nose, and calm down. Yoga has also been found to help kids deal better with anxiety.

Strength –  Practicing Asanas help make them more aware of their bodies, how to move with intention. These postures make them more flexible and strong, which helps prevent them from future injuries.

Quiet the mind – In yoga we learn how to practice Stillness. This helps them listen, and make good decisions.  Poses like Savasana will teach them how to take a mental break. Calm down and get centered, and learn patience.

Take care of your self – Yoga teaches us to take care of our selves, your bodies our mind, and our spirit. Its for everybody and every body. No matter what size or shape you are, Yoga will help build your child’s self esteem.

Sleep –We see it all the time in magazines, books, and TV, No one is getting enough sleep, even our kids. Yoga can help shift the mind from lifes daily stresses, doing a few night time poses can help your child relax, unwind, and get more zzz’s

Focus –  Moving through each Asana, one at a time, paying attention to their bodies, listening for instructions, all of this focuses the mind, and helps children focus off the mat as well.

 

How should you get your child  started?

There are tons of videos and books that specialize in teaching Children, and can help you  start a home practice for your child. All of the studios I frequent either have a children, or family class as well. Just visit or call up your local studio and ask!

Have you tried Yoga with your children? Let me know in the comments!

Yoga – creating a home practice

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Busy work schedule, kids, dinner, laundry. All of these things can keep you from the gym or yoga studio. Starting a home practice might just be the answer you have been looking for to keep your practice going. Here are my tips on how to start a home practice.

  • Pick a place you will not be disturbed. This may be a extra room, maybe the living room before every one wakes up, or when they all go about their business after dinner. Believe it or not, I know one person who has a large master bathroom and unrolls her yoga mat there.
  • Stick with it. Trying to fit your yoga practice in where ever you can is good, but making a time and sticking with it is better. Even if you only have time for child’s pose, trust me, it helps.
  • Start your session with a plan. If you are an experienced Yogi you might have a series of asanas memorized or you can do poses from memory that your body craves. If you are a beginner, bring you iPad or get a DVD to help. There are also tons of books, and free yoga classes on line, even decks of cards with asanas to make it easier for you.
  • Turn your phone off! This is your time, take it for your self.

Most importantly, Have fun. Starting a home practice does not have to be intimidating, have fun with it!

-P

 

 

Juice of the Week – The Best Green Juice Ever!

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Green Juice, we love it!

In A perfect world you would be drinking at least 1 homemade green juice a day.

This recipe makes it easy to keep that promise, and its delicious too!

Kick Start Your Morning Green Juice

1 cucumber

3 celery stalks

2 green apples

5 Kale leaves

1/2 lemon

1 thumb size piece of ginger

Wash all ingredients thoroughly, making sure they are super clean, I always use a produce spray for this, and please buy organic!

Toss all ingredients in blender.

Blend till smooth, if you like it colder, add in some ice.

Drink and enjoy all the healthy deliciousness!

 

♥Pamela

 

Taking Care of your dry skin this winter

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With winter comes wonderful family get together, cozy sweaters, crock pot meals and unfortunately dry parched skin.

Here are some of my tips on keeping your skin hydrated and healthy this holiday season,

Drink more water! The more the better. Toss in a few cups of herbal peppermint tea to keep it festive!

Exfoliate! I like to use my Clairisonic at least once a day, its water proof, so I keep mine in the shower to save time.

Moisturize the heck out of your skin I like Valentia Even Glow Serum. Its loaded with vitamin C, which brightens up your skin, and feels amazing. It is a little thick, which is great for winter dryness. My skin feels so smooth and amazing! And it smells delicious!!

Speaking of moisturizing, don’t forget the fragile skin around your eyes, Since I am obsessed with Vitamin C skin creams I tried Valentia True Glow Eye Cream and I was just as tickled with it as with my serum. It has that same yummy smell and just disappears into my skin, leaving my eyes feeling refreshed and bright.

Use a humidifier at night. This helps with both moisture AND anti aging. I use mine year round.

How do you change your skin care routine for the winter?

♥ – p

 

 

Peloton Bike Update

As promised, here is an update on my experience owning a Peloton Bike.

I have had the bike now for about a month, and I am still in love with it as ever! It has been amazing having it here in my house being able to join a live class or stream from the library when ever I want to. The only hiccup I had was the shoes, I ordered a pair from Peloton using their size recommendations, and they were way too small, the pair ended up fitting my daughter, so she kept them and I ordered another pair off amazon following their sizing chart, they arrived, too small again! I was so frustrated. In the end, I headed to a local bike shop to get a pair i could try on, but in the process I bought 3 pairs of shoes!

Now that I am all set with my gear, I tend to ride pretty much every day. What is great about the streaming classes is even if I don’t have a lot of time there is usually a class I can fit in, from 15 minute beginner classes, up to 45 minutes theme rides they have it.

My husband likes the metric rides the best, he feels like the hills and weights give him the best work outs, I like the music themed classes. The Justin Timberlake vs NSync ride with Cody is my favorite so far! He’s amazing and motivating and the music keeps me into it. I did make some adjustments to our home gym area. It helped me to install some room darkening curtains, that way I did not get any glare and it felt more like a ride at one of the studios. It made a big difference for me as far as really focusing on the class.

If you remember from my original post, I love me some SoulCycle, I was a little worried that Peloton would not live up to my experiences in a SoulCycle studio, but it has! I just love being able to get a spin class of this quality in my home! Totally recommend getting your own bike.

♥P

High Fiber foods you need in your Diet

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Fiber, are you tired of hearing about it yet? No? Great you shouldn’t be because fiber has been shown to lower cholesterol, it regulates your blood sugar, improves gut health, and makes you feel full longer. With all that goodness can you believe the average American only eats half of the recommended amount of fiber daily? You should shot for at least 30 mg per day.  Below is a list of some plant based fiber goodness foods you should add to your diet.

Legumes

Beans, peas and lentils not only have a serious amount of fiber but they also contain protein. That combo is amazing for keeping you feeling full for longer periods of time, which is great if you are trying to shed some pounds.

Canned beans are an especially affordable and convenient way to add some fiber. Try subbing pinto beans for meat in your next batch of chili, add black beans to your burritos or canned beans to your salads. One of my favorite ways to add beans to my diet is by making a simple rice bowl, brown rice, veggies, and beans with a little sauce, perfection!

If you’re concerned about sodium, rinse the beans under running water first.

Berries

Fruits and vegetables both contain fiber, but fruit generally has more fiber per serving. One cup of berries contains 4 to 10 grams of fiber. Blackberries and raspberries have 8 grams fiber per cup, while elderberries top the chart with whopping 10 grams per 1-cup serving!

Add berries to your morning oatmeal, or top your salad with a bunch. I like to snack on berries through out the day.

Pears

When it comes to fiber, pears are the superstars. Pears on average contain two to three times the amount of fiber. A large pear has 7 grams of fiber, while a large Asian pear contains 10 grams. Stick with fresh pears, and stay away from the canned pears swimming in sweetener.

Flax seed

Flax seed is a Fiber powerhouse containing BOTH soluble and insoluble fiber. Add it to your morning smoothie or to your baking.

Chia

1 oz of chia seed has 11 grams of fiber, that’s 1/3 the recommended intake for an average adult! I add chia to my morning smoothie along with flax, but its great sprinkled on a salad or made into a pudding.

Are you making sure you are getting your fiber?

 

 

Movies I love: Vegan Documentaries on Netflix

The Best Documentaries you can watch right now from home

My favorite way to spend a lazy afternoon is to make some great snacks and sit down to watch a movie. Struggling to find something to watch? Check out a few of my favorite health related Documentaries.

Vegucated-

I can’t say enough about this movie! Watch it, watch it now! Vegetated is the story of 3 regular New Yorkers who take on the challenge of going Vegan for 6 weeks to learn what it is all about. Its a fun and honest look at what it takes to be Vegan and why you should.

FREE on Amazon Prime! and available for steaming on Netflix

Forks Over Knives –

I took my hubby to this movie when it came out in theaters.  I was Veg and we was not. Between this movie and going to a talk by Dr Neal Barnard we are now a Veg couple. This movie is hands down the best, especially for Veg curious people who are craving some scientific and practical information on changing their diet.

Netflix Instant and Amazon rental

Food Inc. –

This movie is loaded with great info, though not a fully Vegan centric movie, the first time I watched it I confirmed this is the right lifestyle for me. Food inc gives you a ton of info o n how your food is made and who is profiting by it.

Netflix instant and Amazon rental

 

BlackFish –

I missed this movie in theaters, but have streamed it a few times. This is a very important movie. Every one needs to see it, and think about the way animals are treated for our entertainment.

Netflix Instant and Amazon rental

Enjoy the movies and let me know what you thought!

♥Pamela

 

Why you should do a Cleanse or Detox

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I am a big believer in doing a seasonal cleanse or Detox. Re stetting your body, stopping cravings, and getting rid of those last pesky pounds. There lots of reasons to do a cleanse, whether you are juicing or only eating whole foods. Here are some more reasons why doing a Seasonal Cleanse is always a good idea.

  • Cleansing, or detoxing off of processed foods helps boost your energy. By focusing on eating whole foods and upping your water intake your mood and energy will soar.
  • It helps release any excess waste and toxins you have been carrying around. Most cleanses signal your bodies urge to purge. Cleanses boost liver, kidney and colon function. Helping your body feel lighter and cleaner.
  • You will loose weight. By only eating whole foods, and adding in  more water the you will feel lighter. Weight loss is also supported by releasing excess waste and toxins.
  • Improved skin.  With water, whole foods, and no dairy, your skin will glow!
  • Cleanses help break you of cravings and bad habits. Its hard to break a bad habit, if yours is sugar or salt a detox is exactly what you need. It puts some distance from you and those foods, when you feel how great your body works on a cleanse it will be easier for you not to go back to those foods.
  • Reduced symptoms of intestinal issues like IBS, GURD, or leaky gut. Processed foods irritate these conditions.

 

Interested in joining a guided cleanse? Join one the The Ahimsa Life Guided Seasonal Cleanses.

The Ahimsa Life Guided cleanse may be 7 days, but you will be given over 3 weeks of recipes to choose from. Mix and match,  pick the ones that look the most interesting to you. As a bonus I will be supplementing with extra recipes tips and tricks on our  Cleanse private Facebook group, where you will also get to meet and talk to the there participants, for support and to share ideas. You will get step by step guides, schedules and shopping lists along with the recipes.

The best part? You will be actually eating. Although I love a good juice! This cleanse consists of real whole healthy foods. Don’t worry all you smoothly lovers, I have plenty of those recipes for you as well.

Get Support and encouragement through daily emails from me, group calls, and our closed Facebook group. And I am always just a phone call or email away!

So kiss all those diets good bye! We will be working together to a new healthy life style. When you learn how to prepare nutritious delicious foods, you will automatically loose weight and get back that energy!

Click here for more information, don’t wait to wait for the group? email me at pamela@theahimsalife.com for information on a customized cleanse, or check our the Services tab.

♥Pamela