Over the next few weeks I will be teaming up with BenBella Books to bring you some of today’s HOTTEST plant based cookbooks and featuring recipes from them, too! You all know that I promote plant based eating and I am always looking to share the best recipes and cookbooks with all of you.
The first cookbook that I am excited to share with you is called Plant Powered Families by Dreena Burton. Dreena blogs over at Plant Powered Kitchen and is ALWAYS sharing her AMAZING vegan recipes. Seriously… they are all simply amazing! Her cookbook has everything from breakfast to dinner to snacks and everything in between! If you are looking for simple recipes that will knock your plant taste buds off then look no further! PS – they are kid tested and approved, too!
This is the number 1 question I receive when I start working with people: I need to start living a healthier life but I don’t know how or where to start!
This is a loaded question because living a healthier life isn’t always and shouldn’t be centered around your weight or what you eat. It should encompass everything you do – from self-love, your relationships, your habits, your career, your happiness, along with your health, diet and relationship with food. Your body, mind and soul all need to be synched together for optimal radiance!
There is nothing better than a huge plant based lunch! I was craving kale today so I made my favorite kale salad and a huge pot of veggie soup. It was simple, quick and delicious!
I was talking to a friend the other day and the topic of balance came up. If you are an adult, chances are you are struggling with balance in your life. :raises hand: I know I have been!
Whether you are a wife, a husband, a mother, a father, a full time student, working a full time job, balance is always a topic that is being discussed and evaluated.
What do you think of when you first hear the word “balance”? Maybe you are trying to find that happy balance to work full time while being with your family. Or maybe you are a stay at home parent looking to get back into your running or workout routine. Whatever you are finding unbalanced in your life, I have some tips that will help ease your mind and take some stress away from enjoying your beautiful life.
- The first step is to write down who you are and what your mandatory responsibilities are. Wife, mother, your career, school work, caretaker to a family member. Write the things down that you MUST do every day.
- The second step is to acknowledge where you might be lacking balance and neglecting the areas that are important in your life. Your health, fitness, alone time, meditation, journaling, etc.
- The third step is make a map of your ideal life. I want you to be very specific. Maybe you want to incorporate more running in your schedule, or more time with your children. Make a schedule of your ideal self with NO hesitations.
- The fourth step is to start setting goals. Examine your ideal day and start setting goals to achieve it. Maybe you find your commute to work is too long and is eating up a large chunk of your time that could be spent with your children or working out. Your goals might be to ask your company if you could telecommute from home, move closer to work or to possible look for a new career that allows you to have more time in your day.
- The fifth step is to make a very detailed plan for your goals and work towards them every day/week/month. If you are married be sure to include your spouse in your plan and brainstorm ideas as you might have to make some changes as a family.
It is also very important to create a life that embraces who YOU are and what your own passions are. I am a very free spirited person that loves creating art and being in nature. For years I was putting myself in environments that drained my inner creativity. I spent years feeling very lost and out of balance. I am who I am and I started realizing that I need to be in a certain kind of environment to feel free and balanced.
Balance needs to be practiced every single day. No one masters balance as balance is continually growing in life. Nurture balance, accept balance and find your inner peace.
Ok you guys… this is it. Time to let the cat out the bag and come clean!
I am a Beach Body Coach! Woot woot!!!
This has taken me a very long time to announce and to come out with because I wanted to make sure this is REALLY where my heart was taking me. And after some serious talks with myself, dreams, signs, my true passion and calling, this new path cannot be held back any longer! I actually signed up to be a coach last September because I wanted to get the coaches discount. I fell in love with the fitness programs and with the nutrition supplement (Shakeology) and knew I needed that discount to help my new healthy habit. But coaching wasn’t something that I was ready to dive into – I tried and the timing felt off. Plus I was working on my own coaching at the time.
And honestly I have been very hesitant to even announce this today – this post has taken me days to write. Why? Because I wanted to make sure that this is a positive move for not only me, but my family, friends, current clients, readers, subscribers and followers.
But when you know, YOU KNOW!
So why have I decided to be a Beach Body coach? There were many deciding factors but two main reasons really stand out.
~ Will today be the day you decide once and for all to make claiming, “This is who I am. This is what my life is about. And this is what I’s going to do. Nothing will stop me from achieving my destiny. I will not be denied!” ~ Tony Robbins
So let’s be real… YOU ARE FREAKING AWESOME!
No really… you are! Even if you don’t think so, even if you are having a crappy day, even if you have eaten more chocolate than veggies or have not gotten out of bed and it’s noon… YOU are still FREAKING AWESOME!
I have been reading Tony Robbins Awaken the Giant Within and I forgot how much this book rocks! I can only read a few pages at a time because there are so many golden nuggets on each page that I love jotting down key words or phrases and really let them sink in.
The quote above is one of my favorites from this book. It’s a constant reminder that whatever you have in life, or whatever you want in life, you are worthy of everything!
Ok – now onto the second part of this post. The 3 Day Refresh!
Butter Beans are my new favorite bean. They are large and in charge! Butter Beans are sweet, creamy and hold up perfect in soups! This is my new favorite soup… at least for this month. I have made this soup a few times now and it never disappoints. It has a nice heat from the chili flakes and a fresh from-the-garden taste from the basil. And the butter beans are sooooo amazing! You could sub with white beans but if you can find butter beans please try them – you will LOVE them!