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QUOTE FOR THE WEEK
“What you choose to focus on becomes your reality.” ~Jen Sincero
TRUTH OR DARE
Each week we will present you with a truth or dare. It’s your job to tackle it with gusto and make it happen. Often, by just focusing on one change…just one, it’s much more palpable and achievable and becomes the jump start you need. This week is a dare (or maybe a truth – you decide).
Dare: Choose Kind
We recently watched the movie Wonder. If you have not seen it, it is worth every second. The theme of the movie is “Choose Kind”. We all know this time of the year is full of anxiety, stress and tested patience. How apropos to reverse all of that negativity and focus on kindness.
There are scientifically proven benefits of being kind. Kindness produces oxytocin (“love hormone”) which helps lower blood pressure and increases self-esteem and optimism, it promotes energy and happiness, “giving help to others protects overall health twice as much as aspirin protects against heart disease” (Christine Carter, “Raising Happiness; In Pursuit of Joyful Kids and Happier Parents”), it lights up your pleasure center in your brain giving you a type of “high” and stimulates the production of serotonin.
Kindness can also help alleviate pain, stress, anxiety, depression and blood pressure.
There’s no pill to take or long-term treatment. All it takes is being kind to another. During this holiday season, appreciate that everyone has their own story/struggles/issues – just reaching out with kindness can tremendously benefit them…and you.
The dare – make a conscious effort to be kind from now until the end of the year. Give up your parking spot, buy the person in front of you their cup of coffee, give someone a compliment, write a rave review about a store employee, tell the ones you love in your life you love them…then sit back and appreciate the incredible chain reaction it will have for everyone around you.
source: RAK Foundation
ASK THE EXPERTS
We don’t claim to know everything – so sometimes we have to ask the experts. This week, Veronica Naughter, Yoga guru, talks about the benefits of yoga, why Baptiste yoga is different and her insight into how practicing yoga/meditation can change your perspective.
What are the benefits of yoga?
In addition to the incredible benefits yoga provides for your physical body and your mental health, it has been found to improve flexibility, create muscle strength, improve focus, create space in your body and quiet your mind. Yoga has become increasingly more popular because of it’s benefits and the fact that it is accessible to everybody and every body, regardless of age or ability.
Why Baptiste Yoga?
Baptiste Yoga incorporates physical practice, meditation and inquiry to empower you to achieve consistent results in all areas of your life. Let’s dive into each…
- The physical practice of poses is designed to energize, strengthen and create space within your body.
Baptiste Yoga gives me a physical practice that is constantly challenging me while empowering me to show up more committed to something bigger on and off my mat. This practice allows me to get present in my body, drop anything that is not needed (like stress, worry or drama) and create focused on my goals while making my day to day life easier.
2. Meditation offers the opportunity to pause, be in the present moment and connect to the peace and power within yourself.
Meditation, whether for 5 minutes or 25 minutes, can offer the gift of silence. As a mom, that is something that I value more than anything! By simply sitting in a comfortable seat, closing my eyes and being present to that moment, I am instantly more connected to my true self, the best version of me that is within. I can connect with the inner calm and quiet the thoughts and all the noise that would otherwise take me from sane to cray-cray in 0-60 seconds.
3. Inquiry is an opportunity to bring awareness to the things that may be holding you back and to discover what is possible to live your best life.
My biggest and most surprising growth has been through inquiry. This is the practice questioning areas in your life where you feel stuck — anything starting with “I can’t…” “I don’t want to…” “I’m scared to…” can fall into this area. Taking a deeper look to see what’s beneath these feelings and doing the work that’s needed, allows you to create more space and freedom in your way of being. Through inquiry, I have been able to improve many relationships, change my perspective on situations and realize when to accept things as they are and as they are not. It’s like cleaning house to create space for something new…spring cleaning of your self!
Veronica Naughter is a Certified Baptiste Teacher and currently enrolled in the FIT to Lead Program with the Baptiste Institute. She is part of the instructor team at Lyons Den Power Yoga in Manhattan and POE in Short Hills. Her classes provide students with the tools of alignment, balance and breath. Veronica’s intention is to offer students the opportunity to shed what is necessary on their mats and become empowered to live their best life off their mats. To contact Veronica: email@example.com or Instagram @vnaughter
B-A-N-A-n-As! (Can’t you just hear Gwen sing it? Watch her bust it out)
Bananas have received a bum wrap. “High in sugar”, “high carbs”, blah blah blah.
Bananas are LOADED with good stuff. And, they are an incredibly effective prebiotic (prebiotics help probiotics flourish and thrive).
Bananas have a multitude of essential vitamins and minerals including high levels of potassium (hello, super-fruit), calcium, vitamin C, copper, manganese, magnesium, iron, folate, niacin, riboflavin, and B6. They also contain fiber (3.1 grams!) and several antioxidants. Net carbs in a medium-sized banana are only 24 grams (these are the good kinda carbs) and only 105 calories (although calories really don’t matter when you are eating whole foods).
Ideas on how to eat bananas are endless! Slice them into your yogurt with a honey drizzle, freeze & blend them in the blender with coconut milk for banana ice cream, bake them into banana bread, slice them in half and make a banana sundae with nut butter, raisins and a dollop of yogurt…let your imagination run wild.
WHAT WE ARE OBSESSED WITH
Sometimes, you just gotta have it…
You Are A Badass
There are not many books that really resonate with us and leave us nodding our head, “yes, yes, yes!” THIS book…this book is a game changer. It’s a psychologist in a paperback. It will get you up and moving, snap you out of a rut and leave you ready to conquer the world. The title says it all. It’s snarky, fun and will make you face the #truth. Still time to get it before Christmas.
Ugg makes a blanket just like this for $300. This one is not, but it’s exactly the same. It’s like walking around inside an Ugg boot. Hello, comfort blanket. We just stocked our office with one. It’s ok if you buy it for yourself. We won’t tell.
We stumbled upon these gems in NYC and then found them online. Little snack packs of olives in a multitude of flavors. They are SCD/Paleo compliant – so even more fun. It’s a great, quick, filling & healthy snack with beneficial fats, and low in calories, that is incredibly good for you. Now they’re a staple.
Keeping with the theme of quick & tasty snacks – these delicious organic packs are a hit with kids and adults. They are way better than any fruit snack out there with only 1 ingredient – Mango! The best past is it takes a while to eat (they are in little circles on strips of parchment), especially if you suck on them like candy. Mangos have an abundance of vitamins and minerals, antioxidants and enzymes that soothe the stomach. These powerful antioxidants have the power to neutralize free radicals (which damage cells) to protect your body from heart diseases, premature aging, cancer, stomach conditions and other diseases.
Note from previous post – the Bug Off seat covers are also available in black – we inadvertently gave the link to white. Black is much less conspicuous.
THE DISH ON DELISH
All of our recipes will always be quick, healthy, easy, gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free, mostly dairy-free, SCD legal and Paleo friendly. And yes, all sorts of deliciousness.
Healthy peppermint bark may sound like an oxymoron – but this recipe puts all other peppermint barks to shame. Shame, shame, shame. Not to mention all of the ridiculous health benefits from the ingredients. Can you tell we have a sweet tooth?
1/2 cup coconut butter (there’s our Coconut Manna again)
1 cup coconut oil (go for organic, well sourced)
4 Tablespoons of honey
1 1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract (Whole Foods sells a great one)
We also added a 1/2 cup of organic cacao butter
1/4 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut (Trader Joe’s sells an organic one)
Melt the coconut butter, coconut oil, honey and peppermint extract in a double boiler over medium heat until smooth, stirring occasionally. Should take 5 to 8 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in the shredded coconut.
Pour into a 6×9 inch dish lined with parchment paper and place in freezer for 60 minutes or until hardened.
Remove from freezer and cut into squares.
Best to double the recipe.
source: A Life of Happenstance
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Heels To Laces will be taking a hiatus over the holidays and will return with vigor and abundance in the New Year with some very big announcements! We wish everyone a healthy, bountiful and happy holiday.