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Finding Your “Zen Moment” Every Day

Life is stressful. Period. It’s easy to get caught up in running around, getting to meetings, rushing to pick up the kids, sitting in rush hour traffic, killing yourself to meet deadlines…the list can feel endless. But the good news is that there IS time for you to have your daily moment of Zen, I promise. So let’s get started.

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First, define for yourself what you want your Zen moment to look like. Do you want to commit to meditating ten minutes a day? Have you wanted to start taking walks at lunchtime? Are you happiest when you take a time out with your favorite latte? Whatever it is, identify an activity you can do every day that’s for yourself and will make you happy. If that feels like a lot—start small.

Okay, now you know what you want to do, but you’re wondering how you’re ever going to find the time. You’re running around from the second the alarm goes off to the second your head hits the pillow. Easy. Schedule time with yourself. No matter what the activity (hopefully you’ve chosen something healthy!), put it on your calendar and commit to it. Treat it like any other obligation. No, that doesn’t sound very Zen-like, but if that’s what it takes to get you to be good to yourself, so be it.

It takes 28 days to form a habit. Stick to it and before you know it, your Zen moment will be a part of your everyday life. And you’ll notice that you’ll start looking forward to it. It won’t be something you’re forcing yourself to do because it’s on your calendar. It willfeel good to commit to yourself, to have some quiet time, time to just breathe and be with yourself. Plus, it’s so good for you.

Daily Zen moments will allow you to focus better, manage stress better and be an all around happier person. And who doesn’t want that!?

Why Diets Don’t Work

If you walk into a bookstore on any given day, chances are you’ll see a section designated specifically to diet books. The newest trend diet that promises you that you’ll drop fifteen pounds in two days or that you’ll have rock hard abs in less than 24 hours. Only cabbage soup? Microwaveable meals that are chock-full of processed chemicals and preservatives? If you’ve been in the ring for a while, knocking yourself out with one diet trend after another, you’re probably beginning to realize that a book claiming to zap your pounds away is not the answer.

Unfortunately we are conditioned to believe that we must be a size zero or look a certain way and apparently the media does a marvelous job at marketing these tactics to us via diet trends, social media, celebrity figures, etc. It’s no wonder that we’ve lost touch with our wild, human and might I add, feminine nature. How is it that no other species, but us, relies on a diet book or doctor to tell them what to eat? If you go outside right now, you will be surrounded by wildlife. Wildlife that is functioning in perfect alignment with what is truly innate to it. Frolicking in the sun. Eating what is provided by nature. Moving the body and taking appropriate amounts of time for restoration.

I’m going to share a not-so-secret secret with you: diets don’t work!

Why Diets Don’t Work

1. Diets are created simply to attract us to these ideas. The more extreme, the more likely it is to have a following just for that reason. The truth is they are not sustainable over long periods of time. Our bodies are incredibly resilient, but they can only take so much negligence. Eventually your body will begin attacking itself and a number of horrible things can transpire. Weight gain, lackluster or acne-prone skin, or even worse–autoimmune deficiencies, disease or even cancer can result from not taking care of our precious bodies.

2. The key to unlocking good health relies simply on dropping the idea that you can lose weight, improve your skin, or whatever it may be, through the newest diet. The answer is to listen to your body and make a lifestyle change! This may sound strange to you, but imagine battling your cravings by actually understanding what you are craving, why you are craving, and how you can emotionally, physically or spiritually release that craving. Typically when a person craves sugar, for example, we don’t even think about the fact that we are even craving it other than the mere seconds it takes for us to swallow a candy bar whole. By making a lifestyle change you begin to realize what your trigger cravings are, what nutrients may be lacking or over-abundant and what foods or activities it will take to heal that craving.

3. If you are craving sugar, it is entirely possible that your craving has nothing to do with wanting sugar, but wanting something to give you instant energy. The downside to consuming sugar is the immediate spike in blood sugar, which ultimately leads to a quick crash, thus perpetuating the cycle of needing even more sugar. Perhaps what you really need is extra or better quality sleep at night to lessen your chances of being energetically deprived during the day. Or maybe you simply need foods that will nourish your body with vitamins and minerals that will actually give you sustained energy without the painstaking crash later on.

4. Eating food should be about pleasure, nourishment and of course fueling ourselves with nutrients, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It should not be about deprivation, starvation, skipping meals, or loading up on processed, chemical-laden “low-fat” or “sugar-free” foods. Taking a more mindful approach to healing your body will help you release your fear of making a lifestyle change–which is not just about what you eat, but how you live your life. A lifestyle change requires an open mind and heart, a positive attitude and a willingness to experiment with new ideas.

5. Keep in mind that each person on this planet is unique in what is needed to heal on a body-mind-soul level. The foods that nourish one may sicken another. Get familiar with eating only fresh, organic whole foods. These are foods that are provided to us in their natural form, straight from Mama Gaia herself! Whether you choose to nutrify yourself with animals products or not is up to you. I encourage you to experiment with all whole foods and find what makes you glow and what doesn’t quite sit right in your body. Keep a food journal each day and write down what you ate, how it was prepared and how you feel minutes and hours after consuming it. This will help you find out which foods trigger allergic reactions or sensitivities.

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Lifestyle Changes

As mentioned before, a lifestyle change is not just about nutrition. It’s about your life as a whole. Take some quiet time each day to check in with yourself. A few moments of deep breathing, meditation, or reflection on a daily basis will help you relax and find inner peace. We often forget how to simply be. We focus too much of our time on being perfect and getting copious amounts of work done. We all have the same 24 hours in a day, but it is completely necessary to have time to just be as well as time to devote solely to yourself! Practice some yoga, journal or snuggle up with a good book and a green smoothie.

Moving your body daily is just as important as eating delicious whole foods. Skip the judgment and do something you love! Did you have a blast hula hooping as a kid? Order a dance or fitness hoop online and release your inner goddess! Perhaps you enjoy swimming? Hit the beach and frolic in the waves or dive into a pool at your local gym! The possibilities for movement and play are truly endless. Just focus on having fun, working up a sweat and releasing the glow from within!

Another crucial factor of a lifestyle change is getting ample amounts of high-quality sleep. High-quality sleep is delicious! This kind of sleep can be described as deep, uninterrupted, soul restoring, clutter releasing, nourishing and energizing. Once you have this kind of sleep you’ll never want to go back to late night caffeine binges, midnight snacks or hours of mind-numbing television. In order to have better, more restful sleep you should skip eating late, drinking little to no caffeine or having small amounts early in the day, and turning all technological devices off a few hours before bedtime. Having nighttime rituals like yoga, deep breathing, hot tea or a warm bath might help you sink into deep, enticing sleep.

Want to know another easy tip to long-lasting health? Drink more water! Yes, water is ultra healing if you didn’t already know that! Our bodies are comprised of mostly water, which we lose through bodily functions like sweat and urination, so it only makes sense to hydrate with more water in order to replenish those lost minerals. If you find drinking water to be difficult, try adding some berries, cucumber, lemon or lime slices to a mason jar and top with water and ice. You can start a challenge with your friends or colleagues to see who can drink the most water, or you can carry a water bottle around with you as a reminder.

Changing your lifestyle habits doesn’t have to be hard, but it does take patience, lots of love and kindness towards yourself. This is a journey and we are all in this together. If we continue to listen to our bodies and take action to heal, then we will always be in alignment with nature and the cycle of life.

 

Free Clean Eating Plan

I can’t hardly believe that it is the holiday season again already. It seems to catch up to me faster each year. I just love all the festivities and time with friends.

We have so many new and exciting things coming out soon at Sunstone Health & Wellness, but I will tell you more about those later. Right now, I want to share my spirit of gifting and giving back. I want to do something fun and healthy for this holiday. The holidays are pretty rough on most of our willpowers.  There is temptation everywhere! Holiday parties, family, friends, and FOOD!

To help you keep a focus on health this season, I have decided to give away our Seasonal Clean Eating Plan.Clean Eating Wellness Plan

This Free Clean Eating Plan is a flawless fit for anyone who wants to:

  • Ditch the afternoon crash and burn (you can make it through the workday without coffee or sugary snacks. Promise!)
  • Feel better, physically and mentally
  • Lose weight in a healthy, sustainable way
  • Reduce your toxic chemical load
  • Boost your metabolism

As I said, I am offering the entire program to anyone who wants it, free of any charges. What I do ask is that at the end of the program, you pay me what you think the program is worth. I know you probably think I am crazy, and I don’t expect everyone to follow through with this portion, but I want to try this in the spirit of gifting this season.

So to you, here is the gift of health from us:

Free Seasonal Clean Eating Plan

Just go to the page, register, and you will receive access to the entire program starting on December 11, 2014. It is an 11-day program that will help you renew and refresh after Thanksgiving and stay on track through Christmas.

Remember you can share this information with your friends and have them join with you. The program is easy to follow, and we offer daily support.

Here’s to a healthy holiday season!

4 Wellness Tips to Satisfy Belly, Mind & Spirit at Every Meal

4 Wellness Tips to Satisfy Belly, Mind & Spirit at Every Meal

While it’s commendable to buy beautiful, organic, non-GMO foods, ingredients don’t guarantee an all-around nourishing meal. Equally important is the attitude with which these foods are prepared and eaten. Food first and foremost feeds the body, but it also has an often overlooked effect on both the mind and spirit– positive or negative. For that reason, make sure you’re ingesting good vibes with every meal by following these four guidelines.

Health and Wellness1. When you can, eat at home. The only way to control the bad stuff in your food is to cook it yourself. This bad stuff isn’t limited to unwholesome ingredients, but includes bad vibes. Home cooked meals are the healthiest from both a nutritional and an emotional standpoint.

The goal of most restaurants is to make money; not to wholesomely feed your body and soul. While there are some exceptions, the atmosphere of restaurant kitchens is one of stress and hurriedness; the faster they cook, the more money they make. It’s also impossible to know the chef’s mood. Perhaps he’s unhappy at his job or having a bad day. The food the kitchen cooks subtly absorbs any negative energy, and it’s then passed on to you when you eat.

To make sure you ingest nothing but goodness, cook your own meals as often as possible. And when you do dine out, choose restaurants with a peaceful atmosphere where food is made with care.

2. Cook your food with love. Vegetables, fruits, herbs, and all foods are sensitive to the energy and vibrations around them, much as humans are. Be mindful of the energy you’re putting into your food when you cook. Enjoy the motion of cutting vegetables, the sound of spices sizzling in oil, the smells wafting out of the oven. Make cooking a sacred time so that your good vibes will be absorbed into your meal. That being said, never cook when you’re angry or upset or your food will absorb your negativity– as will those you’re feeding.

3. Eat in a calm atmosphere. Make your kitchen and dining table a sacred space; clean and uncluttered. You can enhance the space with fresh flowers or a soothing crystal placed in the center of the table. A calm and peaceful atmosphere carries good vibrations inward along with your food.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, eating in an agitated atmosphere carries negativity deep into your system and can cause imbalances. For that reason, don’t watch TV while you eat. Imagine what happens in the digestive tract when your mind is distressed watching a horrifically violent film, or even depressing evening news! Never eat when you’re upset or angry to ensure you’re not swallowing your own bad feelings.

4. Give thanks. Before you eat, take a moment to give gratitude. It could be directed toward the god that resonates with you, or simply toward nature and those who helped bring the meal to your table; the sun, the earth, the farmers, the market. Giving reverence to the meal as a blessing endows the food with positive and loving energy, and helps to enhance its nourishing attributes.

Sunstone Health & Wellness would also suggest a seasonal detox every so often to help rid your body of toxins that can build up due to our daily lives.

Cooking your food with love at home, eating in a calm atmosphere, and giving thanks at every meal will satisfy your belly, mind, and spirit.