Pump up these Jams – Workout playlists

Workout Playlist

 

Good music makes every thing better! Nothing beats the feeling you get when your favorite song comes on. You get a burst of energy and the feeling like you are on top of the world. I love making new playlists for my workouts, long trips, and time by the pool. When I was still teaching I remember I made a play list for free time and when Ice Ice Baby came on, yes, I still love this song, the whole room started singing and dancing, clearly every one likes it as much as me. Some of my favorite memories are connected to specific songs, I love the thought of the endless hours my best friend Tracy and I used to spend making up dances in middle school.

Whether you are getting ready for a night out, cleaning your house, or jogging around the block a great soundtrack can get you motivated. Here are some of my faves, sure to get you moving!

“Let’s go Crazy” Prince

“Sugar” Maroon 5

“One More Time” Daft Punk

“Rebel Yell” Billy Idol

“American Boy” Estelle Ft. Kanye West

“Sweet Child Of Mine” Guns and Roses

“Baby I’m a Star” Prince

“Let’s Stay Together” Al Green

“4 minutes” Madonna

“Kiss” Prince

“Love on Top” Beyonce

“Brick House” Commodores

“Sexy Back” Justin Timberlake

“Super Freak” Rick James

“Locked out of Heaven” Bruno Mars

Under Pressure Queen and David Bowie

“Naught Girl” Beyonce

And any thing on The Pitch Perfect sound track, especially “Please don’t stop the Music” by the Treblemakers.

I think I could keep this list going forever! What are your favorites to listen to to get your work out going?

 

 

 

 

 

Happy, Healthy Dogs

Happy Healthy Dogs

If your reading The Ahimsa Life, odds are you are either thinking of adding healthy changes to your lifestyle, or you are actively living a healthy, happy life. But don’t forget about your furry friends!

Any one who knows me, knows how much I love my Little Jack Russel, Olive. I am pretty sure she is the best dog in the world, and I would do just about any thing to make sure she is healthy, happy and safe. Olive makes sure I get up, get my 10,000 steps per day, and stay active. I want to make sure I keep her healthy too so we can be healthy together for a long time to come.

 

  • I make sure Olive gets enough activity. For a 1 year old JRT that’s A LOT of walks, and tossing the ball around the yard. Different breeds and sizes require different activity levels, check with your Vet on how much your dog needs. For Olive her twice daily walks are the highlight of her day. She loves meeting new dogs, and saying hi to all our neighbors. Which brings me to my next point.

 

  • Mental activity. More then just walks around the neighborhood or time in the yard, make sure your dog is keeping his/her mind sharp. Problem solving toys, learning new tricks, training, and visiting new places all keep your dog curious.

 

  • Healthy Foods. Do you know whats in your dogs food? You need to read the label for them just like you do for your self. Make sure they are getting the best meals, and treats. Try and make your own, Olive loves these pumpkin treats, they are quick and easy to make and save well.

 

  • Healthy Skin and fur – Olive is active, very active. One of her favorite things to do is dig up my garden. She loves mud and dirt. She loves to bury those treats I just hand made for her. She gets a bath pretty much every week, so, I consider myself an expert on dog shampoos. My favorite is Burt’s Bee’s Oatmeal Shampoo. Olive is pretty scruffy, so I always use a conditioner as well. Its natural, organic, and makes her fur soft and smell great.

 

  • After a bath its time for a brushing! I love this  Dog Grooming Brush. It gets through all of Olive’s thick fur, cuts through any knots in a snap, and helps a lot with the shedding!
  • Regular check ups. Olive never misses a appointment with her doctor. She loves getting in the car and visiting every one so that helps a ton. We go at least twice a year (Vets recommend at least once) just to check in and make sure shes as great as I think she is!

 

  • Keep those chompers clean! Dental health is so important for your dog. Get regular cleanings, and make sure they have safe things to chew on.

What do you do to make sure you and your dog stay healthy?

♥Pamela

 

 

 

My Peloton Bike has arrived!

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Repost from 2015 when I got my Peloton bike. 2017 update – I still love it! They update constantly and its a great work out!

 

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.

Pros –

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.

Cons –

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!

♥Pamela

Easy ways to burn more calories every day

EASY WAYS TO

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.

How do you add more activity in your day?

♥Pamela

Olive’s Favorite Pumpkin Treats

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Olive is my Jack Russel Terrier, she is arguably the sweetest dog in the world. Any one who knows me or follows me on Social Media knows that my dog Olive is my life!

Just like I strive to live a healthy balanced life, I try to get her lots of activity and feed her natural healthy foods too. Which includes making her healthy nutritious foods. If you have a dog, take a peak at any label for the treats you have in the house, make sure you are not filling those precious bellies with chemicals and preservatives. When I have a long lazy weekend I like to make her some home made treats, they are much healthier for her, clean ingredients, and they save great.

Olive’s favorite Pumpkin Treats

1/2 cup Natural Peanut Butter
1 cup 100% Pure Pumpkin Puree, canned (Do NOT use pie filling)
1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

2. Stir together peanut butter and pumpkin. Add the flour 1/4 cup at a time just until dough is no longer sticky.

3. Roll the dough out between two sheets of parchment paper to 1/4″ thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out the dough, then place on the prepared pan.

4. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

Let cool completely.

Store in an airtight container or freeze for up to 3 months.

♥Pamela

 

Why you should be working with a Health Coach

Why you should be working with a

 

Is working with a Health Coach for you?

If you have ever thought of joining one of my group cleanses, or signing up for individual Health Coaching but still had questions this article is for you! Here are some reasons why working with a Health Coach like me can help you!

Accountability – Did you make a promise to yourself to hit the gym more, loose those extra 10 pounds, or maybe revamp your entire diet? Working with a Health Coach can help keep you on track to achieving your goals.  By setting Specific, measurable, attainable, time bound goals, and giving you with the tools you need to make your goals a reality.

You don’t know where to start – GMO’s, organic, Paleo, confused as to what is the best diet for you and your family? let me help you. By assessing your goals and lifestyle I can help you transition to a healthier life! As a Health Coach, I can give you a customized plan to help you meet your goals, one simple step at a time. Whether you want to loose weight fast, cook healthier food for your family, or get ready  to run your first marathon I can help!

Retrain the way you think: Taking a holistic approach, Health Coaches understand the emotional, physical, behavioral, nutritional and lifestyle factors that are needed to make a lifestyle change.   Let me help you diffuse anxieties and identify misconceptions that may be standing in the way of you reaching your goals.
Become self-reliant: While this may seem counter intuitive, the ultimate goal of a health coach is to help you to become self-reliant to increase your motivation to adopt healthy habits. From helping you create or maintain an environment that fosters success to finding and implementing a support system, as a  health coach, I am  committed to arming you with the tools you need to succeed in reaching your goals.
Make it a lifestyle: Health coaches enable individuals to see the value in reaching their health-related goals. By building a true connection between exercise, nutrition and  and all of the  normal daily activities you need to get done, you will learn to take ownership of your experience and create positive, lasting lifestyle changes that enhance everyday life.

Have more questions? Want to join a Guided Cleanse or sign up for individual Coaching? Leave a comment, or contact me at pamela@theahimsalife.com

♥Pamela

 

Kale Chips, Nice and Spicy!

Kale Chips

Every one love Kale chips! They have been a favorite in our house for a while. Normally, my go to recipe is to just add a little Olive Oil and some Himalayan Pink Salt, bake and yum!

Of course I have seen many recipes online. I make sure I save them and swear I will give them a try. But when it comes to making a batch, I always think, if its not broken, don’t fix it and make my old stand by recipe.  That was until now.

A few weeks ago I dragged my hubby to Las Vegas to see Elton John. (He was AH-MAZ-ING!) I seem to be in Vegas all the time work, and since its a quick flight, the hubby goes with a lot. Las Vegas is unbelievably easy to eat Vegan in. We have become pros on the best places at eat and drink in Sin City. This trip we went to the Canyon Ranch Spa in The Palazzo. The spa is the best, and they also have a small restaurant and bar offering some amazing healthy options. We had just stopped by for a quick bite, and chose the Spicy Kale chips to tide us over till dinner. Which is what inspired this recipe.

The Canyon Ranch chips, were dehydrated,  my normal go to chips are baked, but I loved how crunchy they were, with out all the extra oil. They added a chili powder mix of seasonings which gave it a great kick! It came with a ranch dip, which I avoided. Once home I set out to re create these spicy little numbers, and dug out my dehydrator. Here is my home version, I like it spicy, so I added a little extra heat, use less seasoning if you don’t!


 

Nice and Spicy kale Chips

1 bunch Kale ( I prefer curly for chips, all those nooks and crannies really hold on to the seasoning) I have used dinosaur kale before and it turned out well.

2 Tbsp Saint Lucifer seasoning (Thank you Hubby for introducing this to me!)

2 Tbsp  Olive oil ( I love Calivirgin. It is simply my favorite EVOO. It’s local to me, but they have a great Olive oil club you can join even if you live far away)

That’s it!!

I am using a dehydrator for this recipe,- if you don’t have a dehydrator, bake at 400 degrees for 10-20 minutes until crispy, and add a little more oil.  Check on it from time to time since oven temps vary.

1)Rip apart and wash kale very well! Leaving out the hard stalks and veins. Its really important that you take the time to wash thoroughly! I use a fruit and veg wash to make sure I get every thing off and always buy organic.

2) Dry kale, if you want it crispy this is a MUST. I use a salad spinner, if you do not have one just pat between paper towels until dry.

3) In a large bowl add kale, and oil and use hands to mix it through, making sure oil is evenly disbursed.

4) if using a dehydrator, lay out kale on trays evenly, not letting ends touch. you do not  have to leave that much room, they will shrink. I am currently using a round dehydrator, and  I use about 5 trays for 1 bunch.

If you are baking lay out your kale evenly with out touching on a cookie sheet. When baking not letting the sides touch is even more important for crispy chips.

5) Sprinkle with Lucifer seasoning, using more or less based on how hot you like it!

6) Sit back and let your dehydrator do its thing! Although you can eat them any time, and I do, as I check them, I like mine to be as crispy as possible, which equals about 4 hours in the dehydrator.

Enjoy!

♥Pamela

 

Travel beauty tips from a road warrior!

Travel Beauty tips from a road warrior

Not too long ago, I traveled extensively for work, flying to different states a few times a month. Since I worked in the beauty industry I was expected to show up looking just like I walked out of the pages of a fashion magazine, which can be difficult when you are on 5 hour flight from California to New York, or only got 4 hours of sleep on your uncomfortable hotel bed.

I have developed a few great tips over my years of traveling, on how to not look so jet lagged and take care of your self in flight.

Tip #1 – Do not travel in make up. Yes, I know. But its important. Your just going to read your kindle or watch a movie any way, no need to have a full face of make up on. The air in the plane tends to make your skin dry and dehydrated, adding layers of foundation and powders will only make that worse. I pack a little bag of Josie Maran Bear Naked cleansing wipes to make sure I have a clean face on the flight. You can also use them to freshen up mid flight, which is super important on long overseas travel.

Bonus Tip! Use those cleansing wipes to wash down the arm rests and tray prior to use. Believe me it helps get rid of all those germs, so you don’t get sick.

Tip #2- Moisturize! – Makes sense after tip #1 right? I take it to the next level by using my night cream no matter what time of day it is, instead of a daily moisturizer. The air is so dry, you will need the added little extras and thickness of a night cream.

Tip #3 –Buy a water before you get on the plane and ask for another when the beverage service starts. You can not get enough water on the flight, make sure you drink at least 8 oz before you land.

Tip #4 -Speaking of drinking NO alcohol! It dehydrates you, so all the tips above would be for nothing is you ask for that Chardonnay. Remember dehydrated skin = wrinkles.

Tip #5 – After you land break out one of your wipes, or get the hotel asap, what ever you do, wash your face as soon as you can. That plane was full of germs and recirculated air, lets get all of the above off your skin as soon as humanly possible.

Tip #6 – First night at the hotel – I always apply a moisture mask. You can do it as you unpack, or as you are relaxing or prepping for the next day. Trust me this one will make a difference.

Have you developed and great Travel Beauty tips?

P

 

 

4 Ways to Stay on Top of Everything

4 ways to stay on top of everything

 

4 Ways to stay on top if Everything!
By far, the number one complaint I hear from my readers and clients is that they do not have enough time. They can’t even think of making a home cooked meal or of starting a yoga practice with all they things they have on their to do lists. Organizing your day is a great way of detoxing your life, Cutting out some stresses, and making time for the things you love.
Here are some of my suggestions on how you can take charge of your day! Try them! I did, and it works!

1) Use a planner! You can use paper, (there are some really cute FREE printable ones on Pinterest) . You can use an app, for your phone or ipad, or the calendar in your computer. The point is USE it! I use my planner for every thing, making grocery lists, scheduling in call, emailing, cleaning and scheduling in exercise time. Using a planner will help you see where you are using your time now, and where your biggest time wasters are.
Homework – open up Pintrest and search for free daily (or weekly or monthly) planners. You will be amazed and inspired at all the cute selections there are. You tube a video on how to make the most of your computers calendar app. There are things you never knew it could do!

2) Now that you are using your planner, and see where you are squandering your precious moments (I am talking to you Internet!) You can now re organize your day to fit in those things you have been convinced you do not have time for. Make sure you add in exercise! Other things you might want to add in, starting a mediation practice, organizing your closet, cooking healthy meals instead of the frozen microwave stuff your body hates you for.
Homework – Find your wasted time, and switch it out for something you have been neglecting, or always wanted to do.

3) Don’t be a martyr. Look at the things you do on a regular basis, and out source them! Are you still doing your teen-aged sons laundry? (Guilty!) Maybe its time he learned to do it himself. Make every one take care of their own dishes, can you get your groceries delivered? There are a lot of things you do not have to be doing all by yourself, ask for help!
Homework – spend the next few days watching how much you do for your family. Pick a few things they can easily take over.

4) Wake up 1 hour early. Even a half hour makes a big difference. Whether you are using it to start meditating, having a peaceful cup of tea, or starting on your to do list, that little extra time can make you more productive during the day. Homework- set your alarm for 1 hour earlier then you normally wake up.

Stay with it! Small changes every day will go a long way to adding more time, and keeping you organized.

Water- if you don’t get a filter, you are going to become a filter

Water if you don't get a fliteryou are going to become a filter

I was doing some reading this week and come crossed this great quote from one of my favorite teachers David Wolfe.

“If you don’t get a filter you are going to become a filter”

He’s talking about water, and it got me thinking about all the water I drink. What is in our water? Do we really need a filter?

Here at The Ahimsa Life water is every thing! The best thing you can do to keep your body healthy is drink enough water.  But whats in the water coming out of our tap?

First thing you need to do is become educated. Visit the National Water database. On this site you can input your zip code and your water company and get the latest test results about the water in your area. I just did mine, and I am glad I am using a filter. My water has over 138 contaminates in it, including radiated soil and Tetrachlorethylene, a common solvent used in dry cleaning, automotive, and metal work! Commonly called “dry cleaning Fluid”, the health effects of drinking water contaminated with Tetrachlorethylene are liver problems and increased cancer risk.

For me, personally that was enough to make me do some thing about the water my family uses. I glanced at some of the others, and saw words like radiation particles, radioactive, and decided I did not even need to look in to the 137 more toxins.

My next question was is the filter I am using good enough? Whats the best way to remove these toxins?

There are six types of filters you can get, pitcher/large-dispenser, faucet mounted, faucet integrated, on-counter, under-sink, and whole house.

With in Those six you have a few types of systems for removing water toxins, the most common are

 

  • Carbon filters (pitcher, tap-mounted or large dispenser) are affordable and can reduce many common water contaminants, like lead and byproducts of treatment processes.
  • Reverse osmosis filters remove contaminants that carbon filters can’t eliminate, like arsenic and perchlorate (rocket fuel), but can be costly.

I suggest you make the choice on which one is right for you by looking at your budget, and reading up on what best removes the toxins you have in your water. The EWG web site also has a list on what filters work best for your specific toxins.

The best filter for toxins in my area is a filter containing GAC (granular activated carbon). With a quick search, I found some on Amazon, they were between $89-$100 for counter top versions that can connect directly to my faucet. Since I do not like to buy plastic water bottles, and drink a ton of water, I think this sounds like a pretty good deal to me.

Did you go to the National Water Database and check out the water in your area?

P