practice

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“Healing is really just practicing. Each day of your life you have an opportunity to practice letting go of what keeps you from moving forward and closer to yourself. When it seems like it’s working, keep practicing. When it seems like it’s not, keep practicing.”

AMY B. SCHER

Art: Rocío Montoya (via @thebeautychef)

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cooked

I am fully on board with the four-part docuseries, Cooked, from Michael Pollan on Netflix.

In my own experience, taking control of the food I make is empowering–not only for my health but overall wellbeing. As Pollan eloquently shows, cooking has a hand in so many parts of life. I feel it in everything from my mood, to my creativity, generosity and even financial health.

Awhile back I went to hear a talk given by Mark Bittman. The state of our country’s food system/politics/policy is deeply disturbing/infuriating/depressing. His advice? Create your own personal food policy. What is food to you? And do your best to eat whatever that is with the resources you have.

 

+ RECIPES I’M LOVING RIGHT NOW:

Spaghetti with tuna and caper sauce | super easy weeknight meal, also great with zucchini noodles

GP’s favorite chicken salad | yummy snack or light dinner with my favorite crackers

Raw almond pulp fudge | good way to use leftover nut pulp from making milk; instead of pressing it into brownies, I just roll them into balls and freeze for easier eating.

Coconut water kefir | I’m experimenting with homemade kefir, using this starter, Waiola coconut water, raspberry puree and lemon juice–so good.

More recipes here.

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take it easy

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“Life is not a tension anywhere except in the minds of humanity.
To take life with ease, without any tension, without any hurry—
that is not laziness, that is easiness.”

OSHO

Photo: @saltywings

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drink up

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AM | Nettle Infusion
I was initially interested in nettle to help my slow-growing hair pick up the pace a little. However, I’ve started to crave a liter of this infusion first thing every morning. It has a nice, clean green tea flavor and gives me a little energy boost without the caffeine. I add 4 cups of boiling water to a glass jar with two tablespoons of loose nettle, steep overnight and strain in the morning. Also refeshing with ice (for muggy island mornings).

PM | Beauty Elixir
I’m obsessed with all things Cap Beauty, including their signature warm elixir with homemade non-dairy milk, tocos, adaptogenic herbs and the best coconut butter around. This is also a good base recipe to experiment with other ingredients, such as pearl powder or cacao. I was recently gifted Zapoteca Mesomerican Chocolate Elixir from New Mexico. Adding just a tablespoon of this blend of chocolate, coconut sugar and cacao nibs makes for a rich, soothing night cap.

Photo: Cap Beauty

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let go

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“We have to let go of the suspicion and doubt, which hurt us more than what they are supposed to defend us against.”

SOGYAL RINPOCHE

 
Photo: @apieceapart

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let’s be honest

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Let’s be honest: I don’t wear mascara on a regular basis anymore. It’s great for special occasions but I hate taking it off and I hate waking up with it under my eyes for an extra-haggard start to the day.

But I do want to look more awake (without lash extensions), so it’s beauty balm to the rescue. After a tip from my makeup artist friend, I just curl and apply some balm to the lashes with my finger. It holds the curl and the lashes look defined and healthy with a slight natural sheen.

Honest Beauty Magic Balm works great for this, as would any other light natural balm.

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better than before

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Gretchen Rubin’s book, Better Than Before, about making and breaking habits based on your personality tendencies, was a true game-changer for me. Inspired by Rubin’s “Twelve Personal Commandments,” I identified the four pillars of my “daily feel-good foundation.” As someone who easily leans towards depressed mood (often without even noticing), I’ve found these four healthy habits make day-to-day life a lot easier and more enjoyable. I tweak and adjust little things all the time, but these are the basics:

1. SLEEP. Perhaps the most significant habit I broke is my lifelong snooze button abuse. I’ve had trouble waking up for as long as I can remember. Until this year, during the work week, I had to set my alarm a full hour before I planned on getting up just to accomodate repeated snoozing. Now I use a progressive alarm clock app that dings with increasing frequency over 10 minutes (you can adjust the time window) and I leave my phone in the bathroom so I have to get up to turn it off. Making the bed immediately after helps stop me from going back to sleep, too. As much of a night person I am through and through, I also have been forcing myself to go to sleep early and at the same time every night. I am never thrilled about going to sleep at 10pm!, but I recognize that prioritizing eight hours of sleep makes it easier to keep up the other habits.

2. EAT. Dr. Frank Lipman’s Be Well Cleanse is a full dietary reset I do every year. Three shakes and two healthy meals a day makes cleansing almost effortless with no feeling of deprivation. Once I hit the “cleanse flow” I feel like I could do it forever. Even with a vicious sweet tooth like mine, this program kicks all sugar cravings completely. The mood improvement is motivation enough to maintain the healthy eating. As an abstainer, not moderator, I know refined sugars have no place in my everyday life. I also cook the majority of my meals so I know exactly what I’m eating and drink 3-4 liters of water a day with this.

3. MOVE. Physical activity is non-negotiable for my mood. I don’t care if “I feel like it,” which I almost never do at the start, I need it. Five days a week of Tracy Anderson streaming is a gift from above and so is my weekly one-on-one boxing session where I get to hit shit for an hour. Kundalini yoga, I am learning to like you.

4. BE MINDFUL. Phrases like these often trigger inner eye roll, but it’s just as important as the first three. After joining a 3 min/day x 40 days meditation challenge I saw subtle but incredibly significant shifts. I know I can’t honestly say I don’t have three minutes a day to spare. I do, so I use this guided “Ego Eradictor” meditation every day right now. Lastly, I love the Gratitude Journal app. It’s simple and sends me a reminder asking “What are you grateful for?” every night. I tend to focus solely on the negatives and miss the positives, so this keeps things in perspective. Once I get going, I have a lot to be thankful for, whether it’s nice things I did for myself that day, the willingness to keep up healthy habits or basics like food and running water. I piggyback this with setting my alarm every night.

Photos: Outdoor Voices, of which I want everything. As Rubin says, the best reward for a habit like exercise is something that keeps you exercising (enter good-looking workout clothes).

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