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Health is our most precious and valuable asset that we have while we’re here on this planet.

To live a purposeful life and really be of service in the world, then we need to be people who take amazing care of ourselves.
That means that we can model that for our friends, family, children and future generations.
This is why I am so passionate about this work because I know that when our mind, body and spirit are in alignment with health, it makes us unstoppable out in the world.

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5 Ways To Travel Healthy

Last week I went out of town to the doTERRA convention in Utah and had so much fun learning about the new scientific discoveries with essential oils from the medical panel there, among other things. When I travel I like to stay as healthy as possible so I can enjoy my journey. Here are some healthy travel hacks I use to stay on point.

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Pack healthy food – Airport and airplane food can be not so great in the health and taste department. I always pack at least one meal in a travel container, along with snacks. I do this with trips abroad too, so no trip is too big for this strategy. Foods I like to pack are ones that can hold up for several hours on their own, like salads (lentil, quinoa or farro), Veggie-full sandwich (with toasted bread), fruit, washed and cut up veggies with hummus or cashew cheese and healthy bars.

Get hydrated, big time – Drink extra water before you leave. This will put you in the plus on hydration so you don’t have to play catch up when you’re on the go. If you can drink coconut water, even better. It will get you super hydrated and nourished so you have less jet laggy feelings. On the plane, skip the sodas, coffee and tea. Those will dehydrate you even more than the cabin air. Opt for water instead.

Elevate – When you get to your hotel, elevate your feet by lying on the bed like you’re sitting on the wall with your feet up towards the ceiling. Keep them up there for 10 minutes or however long feels good. It will reduce swelling in the legs and feet and also calm and balance adrenal function naturally.

Bring essential oils – Use oils to feel grounded even when up in a plane. Oils like Spruce, White Fir and Frankincense will bring a sense of calm and centeredness. Oils like Eucalyptus and peppermint can help with sinus issues from stuffy cabin air. Ginger and Peppermint can help with digestive issues. I always bring a travel diffuser with me so I can set the mood in my hotel room. Diffusing oils for sleep, relaxation, feeling cozy or to clean the air is always a nice little luxury to have when away from home.

Go to the grocery store – A lot of hotel rooms have a fridge that you can fill up with healthy food for breakfast, snacks and tea so you don’t have to be forced to eat what the nearby restaurants are serving. Restaurants are fun for sure but if you can get in some whole, healthy foods along with that, you’ll have a leg up on staying well. I like getting things like trail mix, veggies (snap peas are great snacks), fruits, real oatmeal, and dips like hummus and almond butter.

Do you have any healthy travel tips? If so, leave them in the comments below.

Cauliflower Alfredo Pasta

IMG_1708We’ve been eating too much Vegenaise around here since the potato salad from 4th of July (they only had the grape seed oil one in large size!) and I’m not trying to get a Body By Vegenaise, so I wanted to make something light, healthy and lowfat for dinner. I whipped up this plate of deliciousness:

Brown rice pasta with a fresh bunch of spinach, split peas, a cauliflower Alfredo sauce and topped with fresh tomatoes from the garden.

This was so good! Light and satisfying.

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Start with dried split peas (they take the longest). Rinse and gently boil with a teaspoon of salt for about 25 minutes until soft. Strain and rinse.

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While peas are cooking you can make everything else.

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Cook 4 cups of fresh or frozen cauliflower with half a finely chopped onion in lightly salted water until soft.

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Strain the cauliflower out to dry but keep the water. Let it cool a bit then blend it with about 1/2 a cup of the cooking water. Add 1 clove of raw garlic to the blend.

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Add about a 1/2 to 1 Tablespoon of nutritional yeast to give it more cheesy flavor. Add more salt and ground pepper if you like too.

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Cook pasta in a pot of water with 1 tsp salt and chop 3 handfuls of spinach. Right before pasta is done, throw the spinach in for about 1 minute. Strain it all.

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Mix it all together (you might have extra sauce so add it to your taste) top with tomatoes and eat it up!

(You can top with a little bit of raw olive oil if you want it a bit richer).

How To Get What You Really Want

The other day I was on a conference call and I decided to go outside and prune my roses so I could get 2 things done at once. I was holding the dead leaves I cut off and all of a sudden I felt a sharp pain in my hand. I thought a little thorn had stuck me but I looked and it was actually a bee stinger with the bee just a few inches over next to it.

I haven’t been stung by a bee in a long time and I forgot, it really freakin’ hurts! I dropped the phone on the ground (with the conference still going) and ran inside to put a lavender and chamomile oil compress on it.

As I was sitting there with a burning, throbbing hand I realized that bee was giving me a message: I shouldn’t be multi-tasking. If I was just pruning the roses, I would’ve noticed the bee was sitting in my hand.

When we divide our attention, we divide our intelligence and the tasks at “hand” suffer. It also creates more stress because we’re “beeing” (ok sorry, last one) split in several directions.

This happens to coincide with a book I’m reading called Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. It’s about figuring out what’s really important and cutting out all the non-essential stuff that takes our time and energy away from what we actually want. Creating a life by design instead of a life by default.
It’s like this, Non-essentialists say: “I have to”, “it’s all important” and “I can do both”. 

Essentialists say: “I choose to”, “only a few things matter” and “I can do anything but not everything”. 

When we cut out the non-essential stuff, we have more time to do what we want, play (an activity that helps with creativity, clarity, productivity, stress reduction and keeps us healthy) and spend time with people we enjoy, while getting more of what really matters accomplished.

“When we forfeit our right to choose, someone else will choose for us.” -Greg McKeown

Your life is going to happen no matter what, so be mindful of your desires and say no to what you don’t want.

By taking a little bit of time to ask yourself what you want to create with your energy, it will open up a whole lot of space for joy, fun and fulfillment. 
So I challenge you to write down: What’s really important to you, what do you want to create with your time and what do you want to get rid of? Where can you fit in more fun and connection, less distractions and obligations.

Give yourself 5 minutes right now to do it. You’re worth it!

 

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