Archive for May, 2015

5 Good Eats to Help Relax the Mind

May 28th, 2015

Keeping a calm and relaxed mindset is a tough task for most to maintain in this hectic world. Here are a few simple easy-to-prepare foods that can help ease anxiousness and maintain a zen-like frame of mind.

 

 

 

1. Cantaloupe

Benefits: The potassium in cantaloupes can help normalize the heartbeat and give a consistent flow of oxygen to the brain, allowing a person to relax and feel more focused, as bluehost opposed to overwhelmed. Studies have found that cantaloupes can calm the nerves and relieve anxiety or anxiousness, which can help to gain a better night’s sleep.

How to eat it: Slice it up and enjoy or add the rind to your favorite juice.

2. Avocado

Benefits: They’re rich in stress-relieving b vitamins. They also contain a large amount of monounsaturated fat and potassium, which may help to lower blood pressure.

How to eat it: Slice and enjoy any way you desire… adding a drizzle of lemon juice, olive oil and a dash of salt & pepper is a super yummy way to prepare avocado.

3. Asparagus

Benefits: This veggie is loaded with b vitamins that can help to ease stress. They’re also known to have antidepressant properties, along with increasing the production and secretion of estrogen, resulting in a rejuvenating and calming effect on the nervous system.

How to eat it: Sauté with fresh minced garlic, lemon, salt and pepper… so simple, yet so delicious!

4. Blueberries

Benefits: These berries are packed with antioxidants and vitamin c, which can assist in repairing and protecting cells during periods of stress to help you keep your cool.

How to eat it: Add a handful of these yummy berries to your favorite yogurt, smoothie or eat alone.

5. Walnuts

Benefits: Theses nuts are an excellent source of brain food, their omega-3 fats help to lower blood pressure when you’re feeling stressed out.

How to eat it: Throw a handful of unsalted walnuts in yogurt, salads, oatmeal or just eat alone.

5 Yoga Poses that Promote Calm & Relaxation

May 26th, 2015

In today’s busy world, it’s hard to find time or ways to relax and recharge. Incorporating yoga into your daily routine is a great way to find your inner zen and recharge the body.

 

Here are a few simple poses that may help you release any bad juju and calm the mind:

 

 

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1. Child’s Pose (Balasana) is known as a restorative pose that reduces stress and anxiety. This is a beginner pose that should be held for about 5-10 breaths. Remember to relax any tension in your jaw and face muscles and create space between your shoulder blades as you breath.

 

 

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2.  Extended Puppy Pose (Uttana Shishosana) is a resting posture that stretches the shoulders and arms like Downward-Facing Dog. This pose allows you to lengthen the spine and shoulders, while incorporating the calming qualities of Child’s Pose. Hold this pose for 1-5 breaths and remember to keep your neck and shoulders relaxed.

 

 

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3.  Seated Forward Bend (Paschimottanasana) is a meditative posture that helps to reduce stress and calm the mind. This is an easy beginner’s pose that you can hold for 5-10 breaths.

Modification: Use a strap, place around the balls of your feet and pull instead of reaching for your feet.

 

 

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4. Reclining Twist (Jathara Parivrrti) is a great pose for yogis at any level. This pose is excellent for relaxing the body and mind before going into corpse pose. It’s recommended to hold for about 1-5 breaths.

 

 

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5. Corpse Pose (Savasana) is about total surrender of body and mind, where you must lay flat on your back and free all your muscles of any tension. It is recommended to hold this pose for 3-10 minutes in order to encourage deep relaxation. Savasana calms the body and mind, dereases phentermine depression and helps to minimize anxiety/insomnia/headaches. If you feel any discomfort in your lower back, place a rolled up blanket underneath your knees for support. To maximize your relaxation experience, many people cover their eyes with a towel or eye cover.

Super Yummy Vegan Burger Recipe!

May 21st, 2015

Memorial Day weekend is almost here, which means it’s time to break out the grill and cook up some delicious food. For those who would like to partake in the eating festivities without veering from the healthy lifestyle you’ve worked so hard to maintain, you’re in luck! We have the perfect vegan burger recipe, that’s absolutely scrumptious.

 

 

Ingredients: 

1/2 head cauliflower, steamed

1 small head of broccoli, steamed

1 sweet potato, cooked

1/4 cup black rice, cooked

2 tbsp coconut flour

2 tsp coconut oil

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/8 tsp cayenne

1/2 tsp Italian seasoning

1/4-1/2 tsp sea salt

1 tbsp nutritional yeast

Directions: 

Chop the steamed cauliflower and broccoli and place in a large mixing bowl. Smash the cooked sweet potato in separate mixing bowl and then mix into the cauliflower and broccoli. Add seasoning powders, then black rice and coconut flour and 1 tsp coconut oil. Mix and knead until it’s ready to form phentermine into patties. In a large skillet, on medium heat, add 1 tsp coconut oil until melted thin, next add your formed patties. Keep on the heated skillet for up to 5 minutes per side. Eat as is, or place in refrigerator to solidify and form. Place between your favorite bun, collard greens, or eat on top of a salad!

 

 

 

The Oil of Tranquility: Vetiver

May 19th, 2015

Known as the “Oil of Tranquility,” Vetiver has been used in India for its perfume qualities for thousands of years. It has also been used in traditional medicine in Asia and West Africa because of its therapeutic properties. This oil has an earthy and slightly smokey aroma that is widely used for its deeply calming and relaxing properties.

 

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What it does:

– Vetiver increases your ability to handle high levels of stress, which can lead to illness. Therefore, it is a wonderful oil to use when the body is overloaded and feeling weakened.

– It helps settle anxiety and is great for relieving insomnia or depression.

– This oil is extremely grounding, which makes it appropriate to use during physical or emotional trauma.

Applications: 

– Add 3-5 drops of Vetiver to your bath, it’s amazingly relaxing and settling.

– Use a dab neat on your neck and behind your ears when feeling anxious before flying or traveling.

 

Whether you’ve had a stressful day or suffer from anxiety, Vetiver essential oil can help lift your spirits and calm a worried mind.

 

For a quick easy solution try our Calm Blend, and if you have any additional questions on how to use Vetiver essential oil, ask our founder.

3 Calming Properties of Sweet Orange Essential Oil

May 7th, 2015

Citrus Sinensis, more commonly known as Sweet Orange, is a bright and uplifting essential oil. This EO is most commonly recognized for its ability to help treat digestive issues, but it’s also a great tool for calming the mind and promoting a sense of serenity.

 

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Here are 3 calming properties of Sweet Orange essential oil: 

1.  It helps to calm and settle many digestive issues, such as stomach pains, nausea, constipation and gas.

2. Sweet Orange relaxes the mind, while alleviating fear and frustration.

3. This essential oil helps prevent and ease symptoms of depression by soothing the mind.

 

 

Whether you’re trying to calm emotional or physical agitation, Sweet Orange is a great natural way to bring peace to the body!

 

For a quick, easy way to relax with Sweet Orange essential oil, try our Calm Blend, and if you have any additional questions on how to use this essential oil, ask our founder.

Kale Margarita Recipe

May 5th, 2015

Did you know that on Cinco de Mayo Margaritas account for about 50% of all cocktail sales in the United States? Margaritas are refreshing and delicious, but not always the healthiest option. We’ve got you covered with a yummy Kale Margarita recipe from our friend Jason Mendenhall of The Wayland in NYC.

 

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Ingredients: 

2 ounces of your favorite blanco tequila

1 ounce of lime juice

1 ounce of agave nectar

3/4 ounce of ginger and kale mix

Smoked or regular salt for garnish

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Directions: 

Salt half the rim of an empty glass with smoked or regular salt (a little lime juice will help the salt stick). Fill the empty glass with fresh ice. In a separate shaker combine ice, tequila, lime juice, agave nectar and ginger & kale mix. Cover and shake well, then strain into your salted cocktail glass. Enjoy!


Credit: Jason Mendenhall at The Wayland— 700 East 9th Street, New York, New York