I have not been feeling well at all. I have been sticking close to home, so the rest of my symptoms have been easier to deal with. I just had a GI appointment, and while waiting for my next colonoscopy I just kept thinking there is no way I have tried every thing, so I looked for some new books to read on the subject.
I don’t have Crohn’s, I have never been diagnosed with it. But since some of the symptoms are same ones I deal with, I thought it might have some things I could try in the book.
In Controlling Crohn’s Disease, Virgina Harper, suffering greatly one night calls up Michio Kushi, talks to his wife and gets a recipe for a healing tea, which he says will sooth her inflammation and help start healing her digestive system.
After reading about Virgina’s story I felt It was definitely worth a try.
First off – the ingredients may not be that easy to come by. I eat mostly vegan, so they didn’t seem too weird to me, and I knew exactly where to find them. If you have a natural foods store or a Whole Foods near, you will be able to find what you need. Other wise you can order from Amazon, I put the links in the recipe.
I started drinking the tea today, I will update you on my progress, but I wanted to get the recipe out in case any one wanted to try it along with me.
Directions Dissolve Kuzu in 3 tablespoons water. Pour mixture into saucepan with 1 cup water and Umbosi Plum. Bring mixture to a boil over high flames stirring constantly. Reduce flame to medium low and simmer until mixture becomes thickened and translucent. Remover from heat and add Shoyu, gently stir, drink while hot.
I will update soon with how its going, I would love to hear from you as well.
Slowing down in this busy world isn’t the easiest thing to do.
But if you want to be healthy, taking care of your self should be top of your list.
A few months ago I went on an amazing family vacation. Each morning, even though I tried to sleep in, I couldn’t do it. The first few days I sat out near the pool with my ipad. I checked for any new cool things on Pinterest, I looked at Instagram for pictures of my dogs at doggy day care, and I looked at what my friends were up to on Facebook. Then a few days in I stopped. I stopped, and looked around at the beautiful scenery, I just sat there. It was wonderful. Some thing about vacation makes it easier to slow down and just be.
At first It was easy at first to bring that home, to love up on my puppy and just watch her run around the yard, to listen to my son talk with out doing at least two other things, and then it was gone. It slowly crept back in, always multi tasking, always doing 2 or three things at a time, when I am making phone calls, I am also on the computer, waiting in line? I better look if any one has text me.
Now I am making a more conscious effort to just be in the moment, and a funny thing happened, I am actually getting more done! When I am returning calls, I am doing just that, returning calls. When I take a break to walk the best puppy in the world Olive, we try to break our goal and walk farther, throw few more balls. Just be there with her in the moment. Its a funny thing, some times you think you are way more productive when you are multi tasking, but I truly wasn’t.
Here is how I got started.
When I am answering emails, working on a project, I turn off the ringer on my phone. No interruptions helps me stay in the moment, and accomplish more when working
When I am walking my dog, or talking to my husband or my son, I don’t even have my phone with me or out.
I listened to music in my car instead of returning calls. I focused more on my driving and listening to some old and new favorites made me a happier person.
I set aside times to return call or answer emails. I work from home, so I did this 3 times per day, depending on how much follow up you have you might need to adjust this. I made a fresh cup of tea, got my note book and focused on the task at hand.
Making dinner, I used to have the TV on, and my phone on the counter. Now I turn on some music, pour a cup of tea and enjoy the process.
How will you try to slow down and me in the moment?
It’s no secret I love avocados. I start most mornings with toast, avocado and a little bit of lemon or lime. Yum! As a matter of fact if I am out to breakfast or traveling I have been known to go off menu and ask for that there too. Sometimes I will ask for a side of grilled tomato sometimes not, on this stage its avocado that is the star!
Yes they have fat – the good kind that does not end up around your waist. Avocados are high in monounsaturated fat, AKA the good kind. This type of fat is the same heart healthy kind found in Olive oil.
Here are some ways to add avocados to your diet today!
Avocado toast for breakfast – I like mine with a little lemon, or lime
Add some to your morning smoothie
Top off your salad
For that matter top off your veggie burger or sandwich
Guacamole – hello!
make an avocado based salad dressing by blending with water, olive oil, and any spices you like
Making some veggie chili this weekend? Some crackers and a few avocado slices go great with your spicy bowl
Whether you go to the gym or the yoga studio keeping a well stocked gym bag can be the key o keeping up your work out schedule.
Here are some items I cant live with out.
A reusable water bottle.
I LOVE S’well. I am too embarrassed to say how many I own, but I am obessed with this one right now, isn’t it the cutest! The best thing about this little baby is it keeps your water cold for 24 hours, and hot beverages warm for 12. I always have one in my bag, next to my bed, and in my car.
Josie Maran Bare Naked Wipes
If you read my post on travel necessities you know I love these great little wipes! Keeping them in my gym bag makes it easy to keep my face break out free and feel fresh after hitting the gym.
Earbuds and a well stocked ipod
I NEVER go to the gym with out this. Yoga class you can skip it, but if you are getting some cardio going this can really help keep you going. I keep my iPod full with different playlists for what ever work out I am doing. I have lists for running that starts slower, gets going to a full on party and slows down again for my cool down. I have a list full of just my newest most favorite songs I might be in the mood for, and songs that motivate me.
I actually have quiet a few of these rolling around my bag. I have learned from experience how unhappy I can be at the gym if I don’t have one and now, I will never forget. I like the little ribbon ones. They come in a ton of fun bright colors and they are easy on your hair.
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 Creamand 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?
There is nothing more I love then relaxing with a nice cup of tea and a good book.
I have been reading a lot of non fiction lately, but this weekend I decided to switch it up and escape into a fiction book. As you all know I am a huge fan of The Hunger Games, and the Divergent series, which is how I stumbled on Oasis. I was lucky enough to receive this book in advance for review. Oasis is set to be a series, and I can not wait for the next book.
Oasis The Last Humans Book 1 is a dystopian fantasy set in a post-apocalyptic world, which I thought I might be sick of at this point, I mean lets be real, there are a LOT of books with this description. But, I honestly really liked this book, I finished it in one weekend at home.
Throughout the book, the main character, Theo, talks to himself, or his imaginary friend, at least we think, Theo isn’t sure if he’s crazy or not, and neither was I, which is why I got hooked. Theo lives in a world where the planet has been destroyed, and all survivors are separated into groups by age. This Oasis that has survived because of a barrier which was set up to keep all the bad things away from the residents. Its an interesting future, and because Theo is classified as a “Youth” we get to experience him going to college, learning about history which will be very familiar to you.
Oasis started out slow, but really paid off with the amount of twists and turns and an ending I never saw coming. I loved the characters, and I can not wait to see what they do next!
Oasisis available on Amazon paper back or Kindle versions.
If you read my post on Fitness Trackers you know I love my Fitbit. Wearing a fitness tracker really lets you know how much you are NOT moving! I was pretty surprised to find some long periods of complete inactivity. Since then, I have really made an effort to increase how much I move every day. Its amazing how many calories you can burn during the day with out hitting a gym. Here are some simple ways to break up those sustained sitting periods at work and home:
Take phone calls standing up. If the phone rings, stand up! You will automatically find your self walking around.
Rather than email office colleagues, walk to their desks to communicate with them. On that note, don’t yell for your kids, walk to their rooms, or where ever they are to talk to them.
Create a standing workstation. My husband just changed over his work and home offices to this standing desk, it lowers so he can sit at it too, if needed, but its really amazing how many steps he has added not changing any thing about his routine.
Wear a pedometer or fitness tracker to encourage taking steps. I check on mine through out the day, reach for at least 10,000 steps.
Set a timer on your home computer or phone to alert you to get up every thirty to forty minutes and break up sitting with short bursts of activity, like running to the mailbox.
Have a dog? Try and increase you walks by 10 minutes, or take time to toss a ball in the yard, your puppy will love you for it!
Bonus tip – At home, stop multi tasking! Are you setting things on the stairs to bring up the next time you head that way? Stop, bring it up right then and there. I have found I doubled the amount of flights I climb each day just by doing that.
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.
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
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!
Yes, I love yoga, and try to practice every day. But, I am a sucker for a nice sweaty spin class. I have done classes at my local gym or YMCA, but I don’t really have a studio close by. When ever I travel to a city that has a SoulCycle I book my classes before I even leave for the airport. At $32 per class, plus shoe rental (if you do not own a pair) its pretty expensive! and not convenient at all. Whats a girl to do?
Enter Peloton. I spotted their add on Pintrest and clicked over. I fell in love. A spin class in my own home. I could not get my credit card out of my purse fast enough. But is it worth it? I have had my bike for just under a week, here is what I think…
First off if you have not heard of SoulCycle or Peloton this is the scoop, imagine if you where at church, an amazing church where the entire congregation was totally into the sermon, and that church was in the hottest club, amazing music, fantastic lighting and every one was moving in sync. That church club also got you into amazing shape and you were dying to become a member and wanted to worship there every day. That’s how a great spin class feels, and SoulCycle/Peloton has mastered it.
Most of these studios are in major cities, so if you live in suburb, or in a city hat was not blessed enough to be chosen you are pretty much out of luck. Peloton has created a spin bike, with a monitor attached where you can watch a library of classes, or the best part, join in live classes at their NYC location. You can stream the live classes as they happen or do a ride any time from their library which includes spin classes and long distance lance Armstrong kind of rides.
The only thing the video does not capture is the excitement of the rides, it can be really high energy and lots of fun! Below id some pros and cons.
I don’t have to drive forever to find a class. I can join my favorite teachers and classes live, or ride any time of day.
Bike cleats- you clip in, hard to get used to if you have never done it before, but once you have other bikes do not make sense.
Its fun! Whether you want a pop diva themed class or a chill ride, they have it. The music really is amazing and keeps me going!
Endless choices. The computer on the bike came pre loaded with tons classes, and they are releasing more all the time. if you add that with the streaming classes, you can rise a different class every day for over a year.
Your shipping fee includes set up! The bike was delivered via UPS freight and Peloton arranged to have it put together and set up, I literally could start a ride as soon as the delivery guys left.
Its expensive the bike is $1995, plus a monthly subscription ($39) for streaming. But for us, its lower then a gym membership, or paying for a spin class 3x per week. And I share with my hubby and my daughter, so per use it makes sense for me.
Cleats – you need to purchase spin shoes. Peloton gave me a 20% discount on any accessories, I took advantage of that, but you can buy them on amazon as well. If you have never bought bike shoes before try them on! Or read the sizing carefully, my normal size was way too tight.
Space – I am lucky enough to have a fitness centric family, so we all were happy to make our loft into a home gym, if you don’t have a designated room you are going to need space for the bike. You have to allow space to stand next to the bike as well, each session ends with stretching, in studios a lot of people leave at this point, don’t do it, its so rewarding after a long ride, and adds only about 5 minutes.
Wait time. It took over a week after I ordered it. I was told it would be 4 days. To be fair she said 4 day shipping, which to me was after I paid, but to them, the clock didn’t start ticking until the order was “processed” which meant from the day I ordered it to delivery was 13 days including weekend.
So far I am in love, and the bike is getting a lot of use. I will update and give you more details on riding at home, and pics soon!