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I did my first FB LIVE

I did my first FB LIVE

Okay, technically it was my second but it was the first Facebook Live that went on my page since the others were in my private groups. Today is the Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year. The energy of summer is vibrant, light, social and playful. In this video I share a short ritual to help ease into this season.Hop over to my FB page to watch and make sure to share in the comments your celebrations. I’m super stoked to be connecting with you again and in this way....

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Chocolate Medjool Mini Popsicles

The week I was due our A/C went out! There is nothing like being nine months preggers in August in Atlanta. Thankfully there was air in our bedroom;) What types of foods do you crave in the summer months? The seasonal produce favors a variety of leafy greens, fruits and summer vegetables like bell peppers, zucchini, and yellow squash. Raw foods can help to keep your body temperature cool. And then there’s ice cream. I’m all about treats in moderation and come from a family that LOVES ice cream. Since ice cream no longer sits well with my stomach, I’ve got creative getting my fix. These Chocolate Mini Popsicles were born when I was experimenting with including Medjool dates into my meals preparing for labor. Sometimes you just want a bite of something sweet after dinner, right? Chocolate Medjool Mini Popsicles 1 can full fat, unsweetened coconut milk ¼ cup Medjool dates (make sure they are hydrated. You can soak them in water for 10 minutes if not) 1 teaspoon vanilla ¼ cup cacao powder (or cocoa powder) Pinch of sea salt Almond milk to thin if needed Using a food processor or blender, blend all ingredients until smooth. Pour into an ice cube trays and freeze overnight. I pull mine out with a fork. Amazon also sells cute popsicle molds if you want to get fancy....

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How Reset With the Solar Eclipse

How Reset With the Solar Eclipse

Are you excited about the solar eclipse on August 21?! My sister started talking about it months ago since she’s convinced I’ll go into labor that day. It’s the first total solar eclipse in 99 years and will stretch across a 70-mile band from Oregon to South Carolina. Even if you’re not in the 70-mile stretch, you’ll still be able to see a partial eclipse. The eclipse will last about 3 hours here in Atlanta with the sun being blocked by the moon around 2:36 pm making it dark mid-day. As you know from past posts, I love the moon. I wear a necklace with the moon and sun and have given you tools to hop on the moon’s energy when you’re desiring change in your life. Even if following the moon’s energy is too woo-woo for you, the 28-day cycle provides the container for a start and end date. You get to reflect on what you want to let go of and what you want to manifest during this period so you can take action. Monday, you’ve got a free ticket to unplug and take in the beauty and awe our universe has to offer. And an opportunity to accelerate growth in your life with the energy of this new moon eclipse. It’s a massive reset button. A new moon can help you tap into your intuition (your body’s wisdom). Get quiet and listen. Avoid overthinking (super hard since that’s how most of us are programmed). Start with movement – walking, yoga or dancing to bring you back into your body and out of your head. Then decide what area of your life you want to reset – your eating habits, physical health, well-being, thought patterns, environment, relationships, projects, or even career. From there you can focus time and energy on improving that area this month. You must get clear on what you want. Generalities won’t work. I often hear clients say; “I want to eat healthier.” Okay, what does that mean for you? And if you’re having trouble pinpointing what you want, start with what you don’t want. But you must flip the don’t want around into a positive statement. Before: “I don’t want to feel tired all the time.” After: “I want to have the energy to play with my kids.” From there you can explore what is zapping your energy – the foods you’re eating, lack of movement, overextending yourself, worry, perfectionism, or weak boundaries. Finally, pick ONE way to increase your energy and test it out until the next new moon. Working with the energy example: This month I’m going to be more aware of when I’m worrying and will stop the cycle by moving my body with 2-5 minutes to get out my head and repeat the mantra, “I am surrounded by everything I need.” So much juiciness in this post. If you’ve never worked with mantras or keep relying on willpower, just TRY out this alternative way of approaching change and let me know how it goes. The best way to connect with me is on Facebook. Ask to join our free, Embrace Wellbeing community page to connect with...

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Snickerdoodle Green Smoothie

Snickerdoodle Green Smoothie

How many times per week are you drinking a green smoothie? Once, a few times, or NEVER. If you’ve never tried a green smoothie you might be thinking – gross. Or maybe you just feel off the green smoothie wagon. Starting the day with a vitamin packed smoothie is life-changing. It remains the number one favorite habit of my Happy Body students. (**Last chance to get the Happy Body Program! It’s coming off the market on August 26. Get more details on this self-guided program HERE.**) To rekindle, solidify or initiate your love affair with green smoothies this week’s Snickerdoodle Green Smoothie recipe made with Medjool dates. Medjool dates grow on trees that look like a palm tree in a desert-like climate, so pesticides are not needed. They are a fresh fruit (I always thought they were dried!), found in the produce section and contain 20% water so that’s why they can dry out. They are sweet, are low/medium glycemic, contain fiber, 50% more potassium by weight than a banana, magnesium, B6, calcium, and iron. My midwife recommended I eat six Medjool dates per day starting at week 36. According to this study the magic six is said to cut labor time and the changes of having to be induced. Now that’s something I can wrap my head around. But just because you know something is highly recommended for your health, ease, and well-being, making it a habit isn’t always easy. You might just have to get creative. Right? My pregnant tummy is rather picky these days, so I had to get creative and that’s where the Snickerdoodle Green Smoothie was born. Snickerdoodle Green Smoothie – Serves 1 1 cup unsweetened almond milk 1-2 c spinach 1 tablespoon cashew or almond butter 2-3 Medjool dates* Few sprinkles of cinnamon ½ teaspoon vanilla Layer ingredients – almond milk, spinach, almond butter, dates, cinnamon and vanilla – and blend until smooth. Add ice if you want it chilled. *If your dates are dry you can soak them in water for 10 minutes. A high power blender works...

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The Power of Moderation in Action

The Power of Moderation in Action

Do you fall into the ‘all or nothing’ mentality when it comes to habit change? You swear you’re going to… …go to yoga class 3 times per week… …start reading more… …meal plan… …stop drinking two glass of wine per night… …wake up at 5:30 am… …de-clutter your closet. You set goals with the best intentions of following through, BUT when you slip up, you give up. And not only do you give up, you go down a shame cycle of not having enough willpower or discipline. Then the cycle repeats. Time for something different. Moderation. Being too hard on yourself doesn’t produce lasting results. Counter-intuitive but true. You have plenty of evidence of this. Choosing too many goals, expecting yourself to change overnight, or never to slip up is setting yourself up for failure. For the past seven months, I’ve been in a mentorship program with Elizabeth Dialto, exploring topics like life design, boundaries, pleasure, self-sabotaging behavior, thinking outside the box, balancing masculine and feminine energies and awareness. I choose to work with Elizabeth after doing her Wild Soul Movement program (which was amazing – and open for enrollment until August 4) because she embodied how I wanted to live my life. The mentorship is extraordinary, and I can’t wait to share what I’ve learned with you. In the program’s private Facebook group, one of the ladies posted the chain reaction that happened when she implemented moderation that might inspire you to do the same. Check it out.  “Have been thinking a lot about moderation and how I can incorporate more of it into my life. I’m an avid reader but want to spend whole days reading, so I wasn’t reading due to lack of time. But since I’ve instituted a habit of reading just 20 short minutes each day, I’ve read more books in the last year than I did the previous four put together. So what does that look like? I could go to yoga once a week for now until time permits me to go as often as I want and at least I’ll be going once and not never. I could pick one really nice bottle of wine each week or month and have a single glass each night while I make dinner instead of two glasses of something cheap that I only mildly like. I could bring in my housekeeper only once a month instead of every week or never to help with the stuff I just can’t get to. I could make one trip down to my beach each week and then go from there rather than expecting myself to be down there every single day, which is overwhelming, so I don’t go at all. ETA: I could buy the expensive Ethiopian coffee I adore and just drink one cup/day instead of half a pot of coffee I only mildly like. I may add to this list as I think of others way I can move towards my goals in increments instead of expecting all or nothing from myself because I’ve got this down in some ways, but obviously not in others.” I LOVE this! She emphasized bite-sized versions of larger desires and witnessed it working with the book example. Now, your turn! Choose just ONE thing you want to shift. Brainstorm how you can be more moderate or bite-sized...

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