How do you walk?

Recently I joined a women’s workshop that holds the intention of helping females tap into their divine feminine energy. This past Wednesday was the first meeting. There were several exercises we did to ground ourselves in the moment, one of which involved walking very slowly.

By slow, I mean slowwwww.

Taking several seconds to take a single step, and feeling each part of your foot as it meets the floor. We were told to have no destination in mind. Simply walk.

During this exercise, the teacher guided us in turning inwards to bring awareness to our bodies. This is when she asked a question that particularly struck me: “What are you leading with?”

As I stumbled about, trying to keep balance while walking the pace of a turtle, I began to take notice of my posture.

As I naturally moved through the room I noticed my head was pushed forward. In fact, my whole upper body seemed to be leaning forward as if it were trying to tell my feet “hurry up!”

Recently as I have been experiencing each day I noticed I am always preparing myself for the next moment. It has always been difficult for me to finish one thing to the fullest before moving to the next. I rarely finish books, I’m up and moving before I swallow the last bite of food, I trail off on another though in conversations before I finished the first.

This simple walking meditation allowed my awareness to be fully saturated in this particular habit o have been carrying. It allowed me to see how it was affecting me, and preventing me from remaining stable in the present moment.

After this realization came upon me, I was able to adjust. I gently pulled my head and shoulders back, and with the next step allowed my heart to lead the way. It now felt as if I was being guided by a force unseen. I became stable in my slow walk. I even had, dare I say, pep in my step. I was able to gracefully glide through the room, change direction, and do 360 turns without faltering.

I share this with you now because this moment was very impactful, and I feel it could offer great benefit to you.

Next time you are walking, bring awareness to your body. What is it you are leading with? How stable are your steps?

When I first began walking, I was leading with my mind. I was allowing the thoughts about the action to guide me. After the adjustment, my heart took the lead and I no longer had to question where I was stepping or how the nature of that step should look. It happened organically.

By bringing awareness to simple things like how you walk, you gain insight into deeper things, such as how you walk through life itself.

I encourage you to try this next time you have a spare moment, and feel free to share your experience in the comments.

I look forward to hearing from you.

4 Ways to Welcome the New Year

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

As we rolled into 2018, a few intuitions came to me about what is to come and how to prepare.

First: This year is going to be… amazing. We have been through so much craziness, we deserve a break, don’t you think? This year will deliver just that… sort of. It will be a break from all of the lower energies that have been swirling around, but we have a lot of work ahead of us! *rolls up sleeves*

This year we are being called back into ourselves and being thrown into action. It is time to stop ignoring the skeletons in the closet, and bring them out to be dusted off and danced with. We had better hurry though, because if that closet isn’t cleaned out in time, then all of the goodness coming our way will not be ready to be received.

It is also time to set action steps to help us reach the goals that have been swirling around in our minds. You may have already been doing a lot of hard work this past year, and that is great! The fruits of your labors will be delivered ripe and juicy soon enough.

If you put in the work now to release the old and start moving towards the new, you will see your dreams manifested in what seems like no time. Don’t get me wrong, it will be hard. It is work after all. However, once it is all said and you get the ball rolling, you will quickly adapt to this new positive lifestyle change and watch it snowball.

What can you do now to prepare for this new amazing life headed your way? Let’s get started:

 

Clean House

What better way to start off a new year than to make room for the new to appear? This is the perfect time to declutter, donate, dust and vacuum, reorganize, and anything else that needs to be done to make your space a sanctuary. Try burning some sage to clear out the negative vibrations and opening the windows for awhile, to allow the old stagnant air to get replaced with fresh air.

You can also take this opportunity to pamper yourself with a long shower, face mask, abhyanga (self-massage using warm oil), and any other practice you enjoy to feel the self-love!

As it is also after the holidays, this is a great time to start a gentle detox. Drink a lot of water (with lemon, preferably!), eat copious amounts of fresh fruits and veggies, and limit the consumptions of heavy foods such as meats and dairy. Make a commitment to yourself to cut out the refined grains and sugars, and anything heavily processed or fried in oil. Remember: eating healthy is a part of self care! By eating clean, you are cleaning yourself from the inside! Remember the saying “you are what you eat”? Your body utilizes what you put in it to create itself. Would you rather be made of fresh produce taken straight from nature, or heavily processed and genetically modified “food?”

 

Journaling

I can not imagine where I would be today without my journal. It has helped me the most out of any introspection practice I have tried. It is the perfect environment to release fears and start digging deep into what it is the soul has to say. Try out this guided introspection questionnaire [Found Here] to let go of the past and  set a foundation for the year to come:

  • Am I who I want to be?
  • Have I released the anger at my parents, my ex, myself?*
  • Do I worry too much what other people think?
  • Am I where I want to live?
  • What do I really want to do with my life?
  • What am I avoiding or afraid to look at?
  • Am I prioritizing my health?
  • How do I want to be remembered?
  • What’s something I have always wanted to do, but haven’t given myself permission to?

*Note: The new year is a perfect time to tie up loose ends. What words were left unsaid? What has been weighing on your tongue, but you never could get the words out? Consider writing letters to people or calling them to release any pent up emotions.

Invest in a planner

A planner is a valuable tool to keep the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life mapped out and manageable. Without a planner, I would lose control! Having one of these- and using it! – takes off a load of stress. It can also help to keep you accountable to yourself and your goals.

 

Consider a Health and Accountability Partner

How many times have you set a goal and fallen short? Are you passionate about your resolution this year, but can’t seem to find the motivation to follow through? This is something we all experience. It is not always an easy task to start new habits or projects. This is where a Health and Accountability partner could come into play. By partnering up with a certified coach, the mountain of to-dos seem less, and the life you want may be seen over the horizon. As a Health coach, I am trained to help people set reasonable goals to achieve their dreams. We also have the chance to dive deep into what could be holding you back from personally moving forward. Through looking into these fine details, you will have a clearer picture of where you are now and the ability to transform into who you are meant to be! More info here.

 

Good luck!

Cosmic Dance of the Wild Nature

I do come off as pushy.

I realize this.

I seem egotistical and selfish,

As if I think I know what is best.

Hear me now:

I do not know what is best for anyone.

I do not claim to know anything.

However,

That will not stop me from speaking my truth.

Go ahead, prove me “wrong.”

The darkness is meant to be explored 

 And I wish to dive deep.

 Until one is enlightened, 

 There is always self work to be done.

 I refuse to settle.

 I will kick up dirt in an eternal dance through the cosmic Inferno.

 The fire of life and death, 

creation and destruction, 

 And every other contradiction living in harmony.

I will rage like a lunatic 

in order to find peace.

I will scream in the name of divinity 

 To the very heavens, 

 Regardless if people care to listen.

 Shed your light 

 Shed your light 

 Shed your light 

 This Inferno is inside my heart 

Shed your light

Shed your light

Shed your light

 I am a spark 

 Growing in depth and magnitude 

 Shed your light 

 Shed your light 

 Shed your light

Ever-expansive;

Burning to be known at the core

Shed your light

Shed your light

Shed your light

The larger it grows,

The further away

The rest becomes.

Renounce

Renounce

Renounce

Strip it all away

To the very bones;

Dance on the ashes.

Renounce

Renounce

Renounce

Burn the ego with its

Fear, hate, and desires;

Dance on the ashes.

Renounce

Renounce

Renounce

Clarity reveals itself.

Freedom follows.

Self Care 101: Mind

 

“The challenges of the sixth chakra are opening the mind, developing an impersonal mind, retrieving one’s power from artificial and “false truths”; learning to act on internal direction; and discriminating between thoughts motivated by strength and those by fear and illusion.”

‘Anatomy of the Soul,’ Dr. Caroline Myss

 

It’s easy to get caught up in day to day life. Everything seems so important at the time. Hills look like mountains and slowly every little thing starts to pile up until you can’t think straight anymore.

It’s not your fault. It’s natural. Today’s world is fast paced and full of distractions. Even the people you surround yourself with have influence on how you think and act.

Today I strive to show you that it doesn’t have to be that way. You have the power to take back your own mind from all of these external influences and detach yourself from what is seemingly holding you down.

 

What… is it/does it do?

Difference between BRAIN and MIND:

->Brain commands the BODY.

It turns Thought into action

->Mind commands the ENERGY BODY.

It turns Perception into creation

 

What is it?

  • Central hub for information to flow through from our environment and perceptions. It’s where new thoughts and ideas form.
  • The mind is the command center for energy to be created into matter. Be aware of your thoughts, where they are going, and what they are manifesting. Thought precedes Form.

What does it do?

  • The mind processes all of this information, creates beliefs, and shapes the reality we live in. It can also determine how we react to each moment (think before you act).
  • Powerful manifestation tool. What you think and believe is what you are presented with.

 

Who… is the master of the mind?

Ego V. Self

When we allow the ego to take control, we become consumed by expectations, assumptions, and judgements towards others and ourselves. When we allow our self to take control, we are more easily able to take a step back and allow things to happen instead working towards a desired outcome.

Ego: What we think we are/ ideas of who we should be.

Self: What we know we are in our heart.

 

Where… do most of our mind sufferings stem from?

Fear, control, expectation

  • Fear stems from feelings of vulnerability. To become strong we must first allow ourselves to feel vulnerable. Dive into the dark places and release what it is that’s keeping you weighed down. Take that risk you KNOW you should do, that your heart ACHES for you to do, and trust the universe is supporting you and it’s all a part of the divine plan. We are all afraid of failure, of not living our best lives, of dying before we make a positive impact. All of this is keeping us from doing what it is we are meant to do.
  • Control stems from having preconceived notions of what should be. It is a false sense of power to feel in control in a situation. The truth is, we do not have control. What happens is meant to happen. The tree will grow, the sun will eventually die out, the planets will turn. It is as it is. What we can do is live to our personal fullest potential in each moment. Live compassionately and with an understanding for the wildness of the unknown workings that truly shape this reality.
  • Expectation same with trying to have control. You get an idea of what you want, but the universe will only ever give you what you need.

 

Why is it vital to calm the mind?

The mind is powerful. Our beliefs shape our reality. When we have a calm, open mind we are able to function better in our environment and work well with changes that are happening. Most relate a calm mind to a calm environment, thus having an aversion to change. This is not the case. A calm mind is one that can stand in the middle of all the chaos, trusting that what happens is meant to happen. It is a mind that allows all of this information to flow through without attachment to any one thing or one belief. It remains open, accepting, and free of pattern.

 

How… can I learn to work with it?
  • Meditation, trust in universal plans and intuitive abilities, release attachment  (to outcome and false and/or negative beliefs)
  • To work with the mind one must release fears, desires, need to control, expectations, and judgements. Release all that you think you know to be true and accept that everything changes. Everything has a natural flow and we must flow with it.
  • To release judgements, notice when they arise. See them in yourself. Know that what you are judging in others has stemmed from your Self. Release all judgements you have about yourself. Know you are a divine loving light being.
  • Release Fears. Trust the universe has a plan for you and all that happens is meant to happen. Everything that comes into our life is a lesson sent to help bring us closer to the self. Take risks and know that you are protected.
  • Release desire by not expecting a certain outcome. Release desire by cultivating integrity and hold dear only that which is fundamental to your growth. Get to the root of why you desire certain things.
  • Release expectation by being fully present in the moment. When we shape our future based on our past or have an idea of what we want to happen, it limits the possibilities to what could happen. There is no “should.” All that happens will happen. You happened and are here now. We all happen to be here now doing this for the reasons we decided to be here now, so we may as well get the most out of it and be here now. If we are not fully present, it will be harder to detect the subtleties of divine happenings and signs given to us in our daily life.

 

Summary

 

Do not fear to look within. Do not rely on external counsel. This will only create more power for the ego to feed off of. What is true for YOU? Be open to what the universe has in store for you.

 

No one choice is better than another. All choices are the right choices. Do not get to hung up on the decisions you make. Simply, make these decisions in line with your purpose.

 

Refrain from living in the past or worrying about the future. You are not there. You are Here. Doing so will only muddy right Now. Do the best you can here and now to improve the quality of moments to come.

 

You are all capable of improving the lives of others and your own lives by improving the quality of person you become.

 

Seek ONLY the TRUTH. Discriminate between truth and illusions.

 

Detach from preconceived notions. See only the truth in situations (often the middle ground. look at both sides).

 

DETACHMENT DOES NOT MEAN CEASING TO CARE

Once you have stilled the fear-driven voices and reached an internal posture of detachment, then all external influences will have no authority over you.

 

Less attachment and narrow-mindedness leads to openness and clarity of mind.

Would you rather drive through fog or on a day with clear sunny skies?

 

“Consciousness is the ability to release the old and embrace the new with the awareness that all things end at the appropriate time and that all things begun at the appropriate time.”

Everything is subject to change. Release the expectations and accept that what happens happens, and what has happened is in the past.

 

We have influence, but not control.

 

Your life is a continuous journey. It doesn’t matter where you start, so long as you have started.

 

Discussion Questions

 

What is your relationship with your mind?

What false beliefs do you often find yourself thinking?

Is there anything that helps you quiet and organize it?

What can you do to improve your relationship with your mind?

God is Alive on a Cold Winter Day

The kingdom of heaven opens
During a long cold winter.
The light
Has never been brighter
As it reflects off a sea of white.
From ground to sky,
All I see
White.
May the angels be heard
In the chirps of birds
Who didn’t fly south for the season.
May God be known
In the green shown
Through the cotton candy covered trees,
And as the sun sets its warm pastel palette across the Earth;
Playing on the canvas presented…
In morning And night
God is Alive!
And on this cold winter day
I follow your tracks through the snow.

The Way We Give

I made it.
I have it all.
The perfect body,
The perfect house,
The perfect vehicle,
The perfect wardrobe,
The perfect career,
The perfect spouse,
The perfect family,
The perfect friend group,
The perfect material life.
Everything is as I imagined.
Everything is exactly as I want it.
Now what?

 

Now that we’re entering holiday season, things can start to get crazy. This is a time when people are encouraged to focus on love and giving. Loving friends, family, strangers, taking extra time for self care. Giving back to the community and those in need, along with giving to those we cherish in our own lives.

In today’s age, much of this perspective has been skewed and tainted. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the rush to buy buy buy more more more to be able to please others is constantly on our minds.

I wrote this short light-heart poem to bring attention to this mindset and hopefully bring awareness to this dis-ease that currently occurs in the world.

It all comes down to our perception of love. People often see love through the eyes of a consumerist society. It is often related to giving material gifts, giving our own bodies (a talk for another time), or even just saying “I love you,” along with other terms of endearment. Though there is a time and place for these things, it is only looking at a miniscule, finite fraction of the equation.

Growing up, I have received many gifts I had been grateful for the day I received them, but it took little time for them to be erased from my memory. I wouldn’t be able to tell you have of the things I had received growing up. It’s not that I was unappreciative. Simply, the gift itself was insignificant compared to the gesture itself.

The act of giving is an act of love. It’s not about how much we give, rather it’s why. Many will say “I want so-and-so to be happy, so I’ll give them what they want.” What we should be asking is “What can I provide to help the greatest good?”

And “What can I do to raise this person to their highest self?” This is where the love can make itself known to the highest degree.

It’s not the gift itself so much as the intention behind it. As I said, it’s the “why” we are giving.

This time of year has emphasis on “holiday spirit” for a reason. It is a time to nourish the SPIRIT. The soul as individuals and a collective. The intention behind giving, the “why,” should be that which nourishes the soul. Instead of stressing over the debt you’ll be in if you try to make everyone happy with things that will cause a moment of fleeting happiness… maybe it’s time to consider how you can bring, as the song goes, “Joy to the World.”

Below are three lists that could inspire thoughtful acts of giving.

 

Projects For The Season:

  • Baking cookies and sharing them with the community
  • Hosting a bake sale and giving them money to charity
  • Donate old toys and clothes to local shelters (animal shelters are in need too!)
  • Visit nursing homes brighten up their day with board games and song
  • Volunteer at a soup kitchen and/or donate to food banks
  • Can food drives

 

For Day-To-Day Life:

 

  • Pay for the person’s coffee in the line behind you
  • Packing care kits for the homeless and keeping them in your car (think water, warm hats and gloves, trail mix, etc)
  • Leave kind notes on people’s windshields
  • Smile at strangers
  • Hold doors open for people
  • Tell someone the compliment you thought upon seeing them
  • Write letters to people who have positively impacted your life
  • Write letters of forgiveness and make amends to loose ends in your life
  • Bake treats to share with coworkers
  • About to complain on Facebook? Post something positive and inspiring instead

 

For Loved Ones:

  • A painting
  • A trip to a favorite place
  • Plants (the gifts that give 😉 )
  • A date
  • Cooking and sharing a homemade meal
  • Something knitted or crocheted
  • Anything crafted. Check Pinterest for thousands of DIYs
  • Giving a massage
  • Writing a loving letter showing appreciation for their presence in your life and reading it to them
  • Poetry
  • A mix tape

 

Use your imagination. Think about what is most needed in your community, the lives of those around you, and the world at large. Team up with others or make it a family event to give back this year. There is a lot that can be accomplished if we all take the time to focus on spending our energy on providing what the world needs, rather than spending money on unneeded material possessions.

I’m not saying material possessions are bad, per say. They can be highly beneficial! I.e. I’m asking for a planner this year with inspirational daily bible quotes in it. It all boils down to what the impact of the gift will have on the individual. How it could affect their lives and stir the soul inside of them.

If they need a new pair of socks, great. Get that. I just encourage you to put extra thought into what you give this year, and consider those who do not have access to that new pair of socks.

 

Do you have any ideas on how to give back or experiences worth sharing? Leave them in the comments below!

What Holds You Back?

What holds you back from doing what you love?

Stress?

Opinions of others?

Money?

Being trapped in a given situation?

 

What does it feel like? This feeling of being unable to move forward? Where is it located in your body?

Breath into it. Don’t try to cover it up. Feel what it is trying to tell you.

 

Now breath into your heart space. Feel the feeling of love and protection. Trust you are safe.

 

How would you describe the first feeling you felt? Anxious? Or better yet, maybe fear?

How long did it last once you started to cultivate love into your heart? It may have taken a bit of work, or it may have fallen away with ease.

Either way, the fearful feeling is now gone and there is no reason to worry. In fact, worry is fruitless. All it does is produce more nonconstructive feelings. The fearful feeling, however, can be used in a meaningful way.

When you are about to embark on something that makes you feel fearful of what the results may be, take a step back. Analyze the feeling. Feel where it is coming from and what exactly caused it. The answers you come up with may surprise you.

We have been conditioned to believe we are unable to do the things we love. We have to work all day, clean up after others, spend money we do not have to fill a void, then binge eat, drink and smoke to forget the pain. We have been pushed into a fog that shrouds our mind with preconceived ways of thinking. We are conditioned to live in fear. Fear of what the future holds, if we will make enough money to pay rent, fear our lives may never truly start before they are over.

Fear is not forever. You experienced this just now. If you feel fear, you may also feel security and love. You have the power to transform your emotions. Once you know what is causing you to feel afraid of taking a step towards your dreams, ponder if it is truly keeping you trapped. Sure, you can’t always be exactly where you dream of being overnight, but there are always smaller steps you can take in the right direction.

It is time to step into that transformative power you hold inside. You are capable of getting to where you wish to be in all aspects in life. If you can push through the fog and illusions, then you will find the deeper meaning that is true to you. Once this inspiration is sparked you will find the motivation to make miracles happen because deep down… you know you deserve it.

This is the essence of soul coaching. Through the training I’ve received I have created a program that may be tailored to each individual and their needs. Together, we may uncover what it is your heart truly yearns for and discover the deeper meaning behind what it feels is stopping you.

You are not alone in this.

Schedule a consultation with me today

Zero Waste Self Care

This month I am doing a challenge- No Waste November!

In an attempt to lessen my carbon footprint and reduce the amount of trash I produce, I have been making the most of my resources, buying from bulk bins, and making my own… everything.

This post is all about recipes to replace the chemical ridden body care products with clean, easy to make alternatives.

To make these recipes zero waste, you can find local stores, co-ops, or farmers markets that sell bulk goods and buy a majority of the ingredients there in reusable containers. IF there is anything you can not find in bulk, another option would be to buy items in glass containers.

 

You are what you eat, but what about what your skin eats? Everything you put onto your body is absorbed by your body. You even absorb things that are in the air and environment! (That’s a talk for another time.)

We should all know by now that we should not be ingesting things that we can not pronounce, or that have a looong list of ingredients. When is the last time you flipped over your body care products and looked at the ingredients list? How long is it? How many things on that bottle can you pronounce?

A lot of common self care products are linked to a host of health issues, such as skin conditions, infant mortality, cancer, infertility, thyroid disorders, erectile dysfunction, and hormone dysruptions.

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By making your own products from whole ingredients found in nature, you can reduce or completely eliminate the risk of these harmful side-effects.

It is just as vital to put things found in nature on your skin as it is in your body.

Side note: Isolates of things found in nature can be equally as harmful! Just because something is extracted from a plant or whole food item, etc, does not mean it is good for you. Your body can no longer identify the isolated chemical if it does not have the rest with it. Would you rather drink water, or straight hydrogen? Which will quench your thirst? I’ll take the H2O.

 

Edible Skincare Recipes

Shampoo and Body Wash

You can find bath bars without packaging at most health food stores and farmers market. At most they may have a small barcode sticker or paper wrapping around it. Popular places to check would be Whole Foods and Lush.

You could find a recipe online, but I have found sticking with the bars works best. Another option would be Castile Soap, however you would have to recycle the bottle after.

 

Conditioner

Conditioner, in my opinion, is completely useless! It can easily be replaced with a nourishing vitamin-rich oil before or after a shower. If my hair needs extra love, I will apply oil to it from the tips to the roots and wrap it up before bed. In the morning it can be washed out with shampoo and a little apple cider vinegar. More times than not, I can get away with applying a little bit of oil after my showers and throughout the week as needed.

Another option for those with extra dry hair would be a hot oil treatment. You simply heat up an oil, apply it to your hair and wrap it up with a shower cap and hot towel. Wait 30 minutes to 2 hours and wash it out. Voila! Lushes Locks.

 

Face Wash and Scrub

This is by far my favorite thing I have discovered to replace my face care routine. It is balancing to all skin types, hydrating, and firming! It also can help reduce redness and acne. What more could I ask for?

Face Wash

  • 1 tbsp Honey (or lightweight oil for vegan option)
  • 1 tbsp Aloe
  • Optional: 1-2 drops Tea Tree Oil (for acne)

 

Face Scrub

  • 1 tbsp Honey or Oil
  • 1 tbsp Sugar

 

Deodorant

Below are two deodorant recipes based on preference. The spray utilizes himalayan salt which is a naturally occurring mineral that absorbs toxins and odors. It is a lightweight recipe that is good for on the go, as it may not last all day if you are more active. The cream is a heavier option that lasts all day and is better than any natural deodorant you can find.

Spray

  • 3 oz distilled water
  • 2 tsp himalayan salt
  • 1 oz witch hazel
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 10 drops essential oil (scent of your choice)

Cream

  • 2-3 tablespoons arrowroot powder
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • Essential oil (scent of your choice)

 

Makeup

Blush

blushes

SOURCE: https://thrivingonpaleo.com/diy-natural-blush/

 

Eyeliner and Mascara

  • 1 Tablespoon Activated Charcoal
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Shea Butter
  • 1 Teaspoon of Bentonite Clay
  • 2-3 Drops of Essential Oil

To use, buy a reusable mascara brush and a line brush for use as eyeliner.

 

Makeup Remover

Oil of choice (I like coconut oil)

 

Other Essentials:

 

Reusable Cotton Rounds [LINK]

Or

Hemp Rounds [LINK]

 

Organic Wash Cloths [LINK]

Bottles and Jars to store recipes and ingredients (easily found at thrift stores i.e. salvation army)

 

Living Waste-Free is the way of the future. It is fun to experiment with and adapt to your own lifestyle! It does not have to be difficult or full of complicated recipes. In fact, it simplifies things- for everyone and everything. If you want to start on this path, don’t be intimidated if it doesn’t happen over night. Slowly replacing items in your house as they run out with zero waste ones is still a step in the right direction. Have fun! Experiment! We are learning together ❤

The Path of Compassion

Switching over to a plant-based diet is by far one of the greatest decisions I have ever made. Not only did I lose weight, gain energy, and a newfound love of living…

It also opened my heart and mind to the path of compassion. I originally chose to become vegan because of my deep love for animals and this beautiful planet, mother earth. Nowhere in my mind was I considering my own health.

I decided to start eating vegan after watching a documentary called “Vegucated.” If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend watching it (available on Netflix). I could not believe how much I had been living in the dark before seeing this film. It highlighted everything from health benefits, to the impact on the earth, to the treatment of the animals in the food industry. If you don’t want to sit for a documentary and are still unaware of the impact eating animals has, here’s a short clip to sum it up for you:

At the time I made the switch, I was severely depressed and suicidal. I felt my life was worthless, but I knew now I could still make a difference for others. I now had the motivation and information I needed to start making the world a better place for animals, nature, and those around me simply by changing the way I cook my meals.

It was hard at first. At the time, I disliked most fruit and vegetables. It took me 4 months after I decided to finally cut cheese from my diet (eventually just losing the taste for it). I became what most call a “junk food vegan,” eating mainly prepackaged “chik’n” nuggets and boca patties. I began experimenting slowly with new foods as I went along, and soon started to develop a desire to become healthier in this lifestyle.

Through a lot of trial and error in the kitchen and several Pinterest boards, I learned how to work with nature’s gifts and create meals I could enjoy and share with others. The weight started to come off, and a lot of love for myself and the world around me took its place. The lifestyle of veganism has allowed me to overcome depression, heal my self image, relate to others on a deeper level, and be conscious of and improving my impact on the world around me.

Veganism opened my heart on a very deep level. It taught me to treat others the way I wished to be treated, and to treat myself the way I felt I deserved to be treated. It allowed me to think past diet in ways of lessening my carbon footprint. It developed a lasting and growing capacity for love of this beautiful planet and all of its inhabitants. I have also been blessed with growing intuitive abilities as I navigate my way through life. Never before have I felt so blessed, guided, and full of love. Before veganism, I was at rock bottom. Now, I am always growing and expanding upwards.

I share this with you because this month is World Vegan Month. When you sit at the table to eat your meals, be aware of what is on your plate. How much plant food is there? Everyone should strive to make plants at least 80% of their diet. Even try eating a fully vegan meal every day (or go a day to a week fully vegan!) Doing something this simple could make a tremendous positive impact on the planet, making it a better environment for all of us and generations to come. If you’re feeling very adventurous, I challenge you to go this whole month eating plant-based meals. I promise, it is much easier than you think. If you need advice, you can contact me!

If veganism is not something you feel you could commit to, I understand. Not everyone is ready for it. Please just be aware of where you are sourcing animals and their byproducts from. Get in touch with local farmers. Go hunting yourself and thank the animals for the sacrifice of their lives for yours. In the mean time, check out this list of documentaries on how effective plant based diets are:

https://nutriciously.com/best-vegan-documentaries/

and this website created by Dr. Michael Greger, M.D. FACLM, who with his team, scours the latest science and medical journals to answer the question haunting today’s society, “What is the healthiest diet?”

https://nutritionfacts.org/

and before you even ask about protein:

Natural Deo for your B.O.

As more and more people of the world are becoming conscious of what they are putting into their bodies, so are they becoming aware of what is going on the body. I was recently sent this wonderful article by Review on natural deodorants, and it made me realize how important it is this information get out to the public. We are constantly taking in toxins from out environment, possibly food we eat, the air we breath, and if you aren’t careful and conscious: what you are putting on your body! (Note: I was not paid to do this. It was just brought to my attention and I found it to be vital information that needs to be shared!)

Everyone knows by now that you are what you eat, but what if your skin has the ability to eat too? What you put on your body gets absorbed into the skin and begins circulating in the system (prime example: nicotine patches). It is just as vital to be aware of what is going on as it is what is going in.

I will be sure to cover other areas of the natural product world (shampoos, body washes and lotions, facial care products, etc), but today we are going to focus on one that gets attention on the daily: your armpits.

You may have dipped your pits in the world of natural deodorants already and had mixed results (or no luck at all). I was in the same boat when I started. From Thai crystals that are activated by water to Tom’s deodorant, nothing seemed to work quite the way I needed it to. Some things seemed to work great in the beginning then slowly lost potency over time with extended use. This was very discouraging at the start of my natural body care journey and I quickly switched back to my beloved Secret Deodorant until something good came along.

Why is switching to a natural deodorant so important in the first place?

There are several toxins lurking in your average store-bought deodorant. This includes chemicals such as aluminum, parabens, TEA (not the drink) and DEA, and artificial colors. These compounds are known for acting as estrogen within the body and have carcinogenic properties. For more information see this lovely article.

Now for the good stuff!

A few years past and I began working at a health food store where I had access to many more lovely options. I tried several and still was having tough luck… until!

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Photo Cred: schmidtsnatural.com

Schmidt’s Deodorant. By far my FAVORITE deodorant I have ever tried. I own both Rose + Vanilla and Lavender + Sage and found them to be phenomenal. They last for hours, don’t leave clumps, and even act as a perfume if I forget to spray some in the morning. They are free of aluminum, artificial fragrance, and common irritants.

There are still many other options out there besides Schmidt’s that work just as well, or even better! There are 5 more well-tested options highlighted in this article you may feel free to check out and start experimenting with.

Have you tried natural body care products before? What was your experience? Do you have any favorites? Let’s talk about it in the comments!

 

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