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 ❤

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!

 

Featured Image Cred: https://www.reviews.com/natural-deodorant/

Self Care 101: Love and Balance Your Mind, Body, and Soul

Hello Sister Goddess!

First I want to say thank you for your interest in learning more about this program, what it has to offer, and how it will help you transform into your absolute best and highest self. This program has been a work in progress for several months now and is created for you!

I know what it is like to feel detached and empty. I use to constantly search for meaning and purpose in external things, whether it be a job, others, material objects, media, you name it. I use to constantly search and never feel full no matter what I did. When I made the decision to be happy two years ago I also made a commitment to discover “who am I?” At the time I didn’t know what that entailed. As I have grown closer to my Self with each passing day, I feel ready to share with you how I have overcome an endless search in the void to find the inner light. The light that is true being and fulfillment.

This may all sound heavy and complicated, but I promise it does not have to be! I am here now to make it very simple for you and support you along this mystical and worthwhile journey.

“Self Care 101: Love and Balance the Mind, Body, and Soul” is a 6-Month program designed awaken the energetic blueprint of your Being. It is a program that will focus on each divine aspect (the mind, body and soul) and teach you how to build a harmonious foundation upon them. Through love and understanding of your own life you will be able to take the tools presented to you and start experimenting to find what resonates with you, so that you too may begin living a life in line with your divine purpose.

“What should I be expecting for this first meeting?” I’m glad you asked.

We will open the meeting with introductions and allow everyone to get to know each other a bit better. I also have a Facebook group for you all to connect before the meeting. I will give an overview of who I am, my intentions for this group, and what the lesson outline looks like. I will leave space for any questions or comments afterwards and then we will all connect more over delicious high-vibrational meals (keep it plant-based!).

There are 5 more sessions planned after the initial meeting around the new moons each month. Each meeting will start at 6 PM and run for an estimated 2 hours.

 

This all sounds amazing, but how do I sign up? Contact me via Facebook or by email (spoonfulofgratitude@gmail.com) and tell me your name, email, phone number, and if you plan on bringing friends or a dish for the potluck.

I do ask a $10 donation which will go towards the curation of coming group sessions.

In summary, I have planned this program for you because I felt a call to action. There is a major shift happening in the world and we need to be ready for it. This group has been designed to bring together like-minded women to release the burdens that have been holding them down and make room for positive growth. You will be surrounded by open hearts, valuable tools to implement desired changes, and the support you need to crush your goals. In this first meeting, we will each have time to share our stories and things we wish to cultivate more of in our lives. We will set goals, hold each other accountable, then check in on and evolve those goals as we grow throughout the program!

Are you ready to grow into your best self? RSVP today and share with your fellow goddesses!

Soul Coaching: What it is & What it can do for you

If you have ever taken a glimpse into the world of health and wellness you would know it is a bit crazy. There are countless theories of what is right to eat and every person has the science to back it up. There are countless supplements and powders that you’re told to take on a daily basis. Everyone is so fit doing calisthenics, zumba, p90x, cycling, barre… what even is this stuff?! Most days it seems hard to even get a walk in aside from the one from the car to work!

You may have even tried some of these things or certain fad diets and detoxes, but just could not get it to stick. You keep ending up right where you started. It’s stressful and tiring. Why can’t I just live how I want without worry?!

Well, you can. There is something that has been missing from your endeavors. Maybe you’ve even figured it out but have had trouble committing to it. That thing is yourself.

It’s easy to get caught up in the noise of life and other people’s needs, and put yourself on the backburner. “I’ll just do it tomorrow,” “where’s the coffee,” “I already at 5, what’s one more?” and “when’s the last time I had a me day?” all become repetitive phrases in your mind. With a Soul Coach, you would be able to break the cycle of stress and self destructive tendencies, and shift your focus back onto your own needs.

For some people this may seem daunting. You may have the impression that it’s selfish to take care of yourself and put yourself first. I promise you, it’s not. I’m sure you have heard this before: you’re no help to anyone if you can’t first help yourself. If you can learn to love and care for yourself, you will naturally be able to radiate that love and care into your environment and those who surround you.

So what exactly is a Soul Coach? This is someone who helps you reach vibrant health and wellness by connecting you to yourself on a soul level. It is an intuitive guide and empath that can relate to you, understand and accept you, and lead you back to your inner knowing. A Soul Coach is an open heart and mind that you can freely speak with and release all of your fears and worries. Once you uncover all of the dirt, underneath you will find what it is you are truly passionate about and want for yourself.

With a Soul Coach you will learn to pave your own path. We are all in a different place and need different things, despite what all the health articles and dietary theories may say. Once you find what it is you desire, a soul coach can help you craft the goals to get you to where you would like to be.

It’s an accountability partner. Creating the goals is a great first step, but sometimes we need an extra push to keep the train moving. By partnering with a Soul Coach, you will be held accountable to your goals and encouraged to follow them, so that you can turn you life into your dreams.

If you are interested in learning more, you may check out my coaching page, or jump right in and schedule a Health Consultation with me. This first session helps you to lay out all it is that has been troubling you and figure out what it may be that you would like to start working towards.

By working with me you will learn valuable self-care techniques, gather skills to release stress, and be able to bring diet and lifestyle into balance simply by focusing on you!

What are you waiting for? Get to loving yourself!

20+ Quick Plant-Based Milk Recipes

This is a master post of Plant-Based “Mylks”; From cashew to banana, and everything in between. I promise, it is way easier (and tastier!) than you think.

Whether you are vegan, sensitive to dairy, or looking to try something new, these plant-based nut milks (mylks) were designed just for you!

Some of you may be thinking: “I don’t have time to make my own milk. I can go to a store and buy it, why should I bother?”

Well, I’m not going to go into the ethics or gorey details of why you should limit dairy consumption. Google it and look at any of the 39,700,000 results. I will, however, tell you why you should aim to make your own plant-based milks over buying ones on the shelf.

Store-bought plant-based milks are often filled with preservatives, thickening agents, gums, isolates and lecithins, and unless you buy unsweetened: roughly 14-24 teaspoons of sugar. It isn’t just plant-based milks, though. Standard cow’s milk could contain anywhere from 22-28 teaspoons of sugar. All of these “natural” ingredients in store bought milk could lead to inflammation, insulin spikes, leaky gut, digestive discomfort, bloating and excessive gas.

There is also the simple truth of the matter: it just tastes better. When you take the time to make it yourself, put love into it, and use fresh ingredients that have not been processed, it is hard to go back to the store-bought stuff!


DIY Plant-Based “Mylks”

 

Banana

Naturally Sweet and Creamy!

Serves: 1

8 oz Water

1 Banana

1-2 Dates

Put ingredients in a blender and blend. Enjoy immediately.


Coconut (Lazy Version)

Easy-Breezy and Smooth Going Down

Serves: 1

8 oz Water

2 Tbsp Coconut Manna or Butter

1-2 Dates

Blend and Enjoy!


Coconut (Lazy Artisan Version)

One of my favorite methods. The result is Rich, Indulgent, and Full-Bodied.

Serves: 4-6

4 Cups Water

2 Cups Coconut Shreds

2-4 Dates

Heat up the water to the point of steaming. Pour in a bowl with the Coconut Shreds and let stand to soften (can skip if you have a high quality blender).

Put all of the ingredients in a blender and blend from low to high until smooth. Pour through several layers of cheesecloth or a nut milk bag.

Store in the fridge for 4-5 days.


Coconut (Artisan Version)

I recommend investing in a CoCo Jack for this one….

Serves: 4-6

4 Cups Water

Flesh of 2 Coconuts

Crack open the coconut and scoop out its flesh. Remove as much of the shell fragments as possible.

Place ingredients in a blender and blend until creamy. Strain through a few layers of cheesecloth or a nut milk bag. Store up to 5 days in fridge.


Nut or Seed of Choice (Lazy Version)

I like doing this in my Coffee for an Easy and Satisfying Latte.

Serves: 1

8 oz Water

2 Tbsp of Unsweetened Seed or Nut Butter

1-2 dates

Blend and Enjoy!


Nut or Seed of Choice (Artisan Version)

Pro-Tip: Always soak the nuts in a bowl of water overnight, at least 8 hours. For seeds, soak at least 2 hours. Remove the ones that float to the top. This gets rid of the bad ones and makes them easier to blend.

Serves: 4-6

4 Cups Water

1 Cup Raw Nuts: Almond, Cashew, Pecan (add extra ¼ cup), Pistachio, Macadamia, Hazelnut, Brazil

OR

1 Cup Raw Seeds: Sesame, Sunflower, Pumpkin, Hemp or Chia (no need to soak)

2-4 Dates

Pinch of Sea Salt

Place ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour ingredients through several layers of cheesecloth or a nut milk bag. Store in fridge up to 5 days.


Hemp (Lazy Version)

This one gets a special feature because of how easy it is to make. It is one of my go-tos as it is super frothy and great for homemade lattes!

Serves: 1

8 oz Water

2 Tbsp Hemp Seeds

1-2 Dates

Blend and Enjoy!


Oat

You don’t know creamy until you have tried oat mylk.

Serves: 3-5

3 Cup Water

2 Cups Oats

1-2 Dates

Pinch of Sea Salt

Strain through several layers of cheesecloth and store in the fridge for 4-5 days.


Quinoa or Rice

Slightly nutty in taste. Not bad at all.

Serves: 4-6

3-4 Cups Water

2 Cups Cooked Quinoa or Rice

1-3 Dates

Pinch of Sea Salt

Optional: 1 tsp Vanilla

Add ingredients to a blender and blend until well combined. Pour through several layers of cheesecloth or a nut milk bag. Store in the fridge for 4-5 days.


Notes and Tips:

  • Use filtered water for all of the recipes.
  • Experiment with different flavors! You can add cocoa or cacao powders, vanilla, different fruits… It doesn’t have to be plain!
  • I use dates in my recipes to sweeten, as they are a whole food and won’t spike your blood sugar like refined sugars do. Adding them is optional, as these all still taste wonderful without. If you choose to use the dates and they’re a bit on the harder side, soak them prior to using (approx. 30 minutes). You may also swap them for your preferred sweetener.
  • Always use an airtight container to store these in to prevent spoilage. I personally use 64 oz mason jars for the stored batches.

 

What is your favorite milk alternative? Are there any unique flavors you can think of and would like to try? Let’s get creative and start a conversation in the comments below!

10 Easy Ways to Survive the Summer Heat

Here in Michigan, Summer came creeping up from behind quickly, and with a story to tell. We were all feeling it as the sun blazed down and the sweat started to form a sticky layer that seemed to become a part of the skin. I had to learn quickly how to adapt to this heat wave, just to be comfortable in my own home. Now I would like to share a few tips and tricks with you on how to survive these coming summer months. After all, this is only the beginning….

First, we will start with some of the obvious:

  1. Loose-Fitting, Cotton Clothing

It’s breathable and will increase airflow around your body.

      2. Drink Plenty of Water

You are roughly 60-70% water. It is vital for regulating body temperature and keeping you cool, especially as these hot summer months can suck the moisture right out of you! (Gotta love that sticky humidity) Be sure to stay extra hydrated, I aim for at least 3 Litres of water a day, if not more. Listen to your body to find what works for you. If you’re one of those people who don’t like the taste of water, try adding fresh fruits and herbs! Experiment with different flavor combos. Here are a few to try out:

  • Cucumber + Lemon (Alkalizing and contains Electrolytes!)
  • Blueberry + Lavender (High in Antioxidants and Relaxing)
  • Watermelon + Mint (Summer in a Cup)
  • Strawberry + Lime + Mint (Refreshing Detoxifier)
  • Green Tea + Lemon + Ginger (Metabolism Booster)

      3. Turn Off and Unplug

Pretty straightforward. Electricity emits heat. Keep the lights off and unplug electronics at night.

      4. Hang a Wet Sheet

This might be a new one! Hang a wet sheet in a doorway or on the windows. The air blowing in will pick up moisture from the cloth and quickly cool down the room.

      5. Avoid the Stove and Oven

Have you ever cooked something in the oven during a hot summer day and dreaded going into the kitchen after? I would too, having a large appliance emitting waves of 400 degree heat.
Opt for eating more fresh and raw foods, especially ones with high water content to cool down and regulate body temperature (Easy Summer Recipes coming soon!) Some good choices include fruits (Berries, Watermelon, Peaches, Apples…), celery, cucumber, leafy greens, peppermint, and tomatoes.

      6. Sleep Outside

I’ve taken a liking to sleeping outside on my porch. It’s much cooler at night, but sometimes the house is left still humid and hot from the day time. Go rustic and set up a tent in your backyard for the night. If camping was never really your style, try glamping! You could even invite some friends over and make a little party out of it.

     7. Put your Sheets in the Freezer

Place your sheets in a reusable bag and store in the freezer for a few minutes before you go to sleep. It won’t last all night, but can at least keep you cool while you’re drifting off to sleep.

      8. If You’re Sweating, Up your Salt Intake

Salt is a vital mineral for regulating body temperature and has a cooling effect. As you sweat, you lose salt through your pores. If you’re a coffee drinker, you may need salt even more, as it leeches it from your body! Take a small pinch of high quality sea salt (I like Celtic Sea Salt) and add it to your food or water throughout the day.

      9. Go Cold Brewed

You could brew coffee or tea traditionally and pour it over ice, but boiling the water could add excess heat to the air.
For Iced Tea, I like to add around 8-10 tea bags to a half gallon container and store it in the fridge overnight.
For Cold-Brew Coffee, add 1 + 1/3 Cup of ground coffee to a jar with 4 cups of water and let sit in the fridge overnight (at least 8 hours). When ready, pour through a fine mesh strainer and serve! It will turn out quite concentrated, so I recommend diluting it to your liking.

      10. Exercise… your Green Thumb

You thought I was going to tell you to actually exercise didn’t you?

Did you know there are plants that can help keep your house cool? Most of them are the same ones that remove pollutants and toxins from the air! Bonus!
Just to name a few:

  • Snake Plant
  • Ferns (especially good for humidity)
  • Areca Palm Tree (removes benzene and formaldehyde)
  • Ficus Tree
  • Aloe Vera (will also come in handy for the sunburn you’ll be getting!)

Have you tried any of these methods, or have tips and tricks of your own? Leave a comment below! I would love to hear from you!