Your daily mini vacation awaits. The easy way to get more time for you

 

Hello friends!

I just got back from a wonderful birthday vacation and I’m feeling extra refreshed and rejuvenated!

Getting away from the hustle and bustle for a few days was peaceful and centering. It’s so easy to get caught up in the rush of life and forget to check in and truly see how we’re doing.

Self-care is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves. But, it can also be one of the hardest things to find time for in the day. It very easily gets pushed to the back-burner or never even crosses our minds until we're so run down and exhausted that we can't move! We think that if we just keep pushing through, eventually we'll get the relax time we deserve. But in reality, its the relax time that we need to be able to keep going. That’s the kicker! If we go, go, go until there's nothing left, we will be burnt out and it will be so much harder to feel rejuvenated.

But don't worry, I have a super easy, quick way to get that reset you deserve, each and every day! You won't need to travel to Mexico to feel calmer and happier, and if you do go on vacation, you'll be even more prepped for relaxation while you're there!

Grab your cell phone and trust me on this one, technology is your friend this time...

Go to your Calendar, or Reminders or Alarm setting, whatever you feel most comfortable using, and set yourself a notification that will alert you each day to take some time for yourself. If this sounds scary or not do-able to you, start taking just a 5 minute time out. If you’re like, YES, let's do this!, then try 15, 30, whatever feels right for you! The key is to put it in your phone. Set the reminder NOW, and then follow through with it when the time comes. Make it a doable amount of time. It's better to get in 5 minutes than to shoot for 20 and consistently hit snooze and never get around to it. Make sure to set the reminder for a time when you will be able to actually do it to prevent the “I'll get to it later, I'm too busy right now” excuse. Do it right then and there. Stop what you’re doing, walk away, take some deep breaths, take a step outside, stretch, journal, meditate, do something that feels nourishing for you and your mind.

After the first few times you’ll start looking forward to your “you time” and then you can up the amount! Maybe eventually you won’t even need the reminders! We all need a littler reminder now and then though, so just keep plugging those alarms into your phone regularly and enjoy your daily mini vacation from the grind and your well deserved time to yourself.  

With warmth and smiles,

Christine XO

Mustard crusted salmon with grapefruit & avocado salad and sauteed bok choy

This happens to me all the time.  I look in the fridge and think to myself, 'Oh man, I REALLY need to go grocery shopping, but I don't have time to tonight, and I'm too HUNGRY!"  The produce is starting to run out, and it seems like  there's nothing in the fridge...how on earth do I make myself a dinner?? But instead of resorting to eating out or making a frozen meal, I get creative.

mustard crusted salmon with grapefruit and avocado salad and sauteed bok choy

This dinner was 100% made up of "fridge stragglers".  The piece of salmon was literally all I had left for protein.  The bok choy was leftover from the Thai peanut dish the other night, and the half of an avocado was in my fridge from the other day.  I saw the other half of my breakfast grapefruit in there too and thought, citrus goes well with salmon, and decided to give it a try!

I wanted to stray from anything too similar to the earlier night's Thai-style dish so I went with bold, zippy flavors instead. Everything was simple, quick and tasted great together.

For the salmon, I smeared about a tablespoon of whole grain mustard on it and then baked for 15 minutes at 350F, broiling for the last minute or so to get a nice crust to form.  The bok choy I kept easy by sauteing it in EVOO with garlic, and the star of the dish was 1/2 an avocado and the segments from 1/4 of a grapefruit.  That's it!  Separate, these items don't look like much, but together it made for a delicious meal.  The slightly sweet tang of the grapefruit worked well with the creamy avocado and together it balanced out the punch of the mustard.  With the earthy crunch of the bok choy on the side, the dish was complete.

Of course there's a "don't forget" in here somewhere, and it's not that you have to learn to think outside of the box (though, that is a good tip).  My don't forget for tonight is, if you buy healthy food, you'll eat healthy food! Keep yourself stocked with fruits and vegetables and healthy fats and proteins and you'll use it! Re-think what you're putting into your shopping cart each week and be more mindful of your choices and you will be less likely to go for the preservative and sodium packed frozen box, because you won't have it in your freezer in the first place!

5 Steps to Journaling with Ease

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I have recently decided to start getting back into journaling.  Journaling is a great way to let go of negative thoughts or anxieties, and to have a place to write down all of your positive thoughts and manifestations.  I find that it creates a clearer mind and helps me better understand myself, giving me a way to explore all the directions life has to offer.  Overall, journaling is a very good practice to have and I am excited to bring it back into my routine.

Some like to journal in the evening before bed.  This can be a great practice for releasing your day.  Another effective way of journaling is doing morning pages.  Morning pages are the brain child of Julia Cameron, International best seller of The Artist’s Way.  Morning pages are done right when you wake up, in that time before you are fully awake.  She suggests writing 3 pages of unfiltered, free writing, every morning.

In my opinion, there is no right or wrong time to journal, and don’t necessarily feel pressured to write a certain amount.  Figure out what works best for you.  I find that for me, waking up first thing in the morning, grabbing a pen and writing freely about anything that comes to mind for as long as I feel I need that day, is gratifying and centering.

Here’s where to start:

Get yourself a journal.  Something that you love, and will love opening up and scribbling in, every day.  I have a few half-empty journals from over the years that I could have used, but I kept procrastinating on starting to write again because they just didn't feel right.  It wasn't until I walked into the art store one day and saw the most perfectly simple, yellow, Moleskin journal that it clicked.  That journal begged to be written in.

Keep it on your nightstand, with a pen.  You want to be ready to grab it and start writing.  You don’t want to have to search the whole house to find a pen, just to end up too frustrated or time crunched to start writing once you find one.  Also, if it’s in a place where you will always see it, either when you first wake up or right before bed, then you will be more likely to pick it up regularly.

Write out your mind wanderings.  You may not remember a dream every morning.  You may not remember your day dreams throughout the day. But if you do find insight into these subconscious thoughts, write them down.  Just put pen to paper and let the thoughts come out, whatever you remember, even if it doesn't make sense.  By becoming more aware of these thoughts, it can help us become more aware of ourselves and our true nature.  Eventually, you will find that the more you write, the more you remember, and the more often you do this, the better you will become at getting in touch with your subconscious.

Write out 10 things you are grateful for.  This is a great way to reflect on your day and set you in a positive mindset for the next one.  When we focus on the things we are grateful for, and send gratitude and appreciation into the world, then positivity will be your new natural tendency.  It’s so easy to emphasize everything that is not going right in our lives.  Shift that view, and you will start to see just how much IS going right.  This, in turn, will open you up to even more good things to come.

Let the thoughts flow.  Finish off by writing down whatever comes to your mind. Don’t worry about what it sounds like.  Use your unique voice and just write. Don’t over think it.  As individuals, we experience many things in life which others also experience, but what makes these events unique is YOU.  Love that, accept that, and express yourself as the incomparable person that you are.  No one will have your story except you.  Don’t be afraid to tell it, even if no one, even yourself, ever reads it.

How Big is Your Brave?

jump smile As someone who does CrossFit and yoga regularly, two types of exercise that people are often afraid to try, you might think that I would be up for anything. I definitely have my own set of, at times, irrational fears of fitness though. So when my friend Melanie asked me if I wanted to try out a fitness class at a trampoline park I replied yes, but really meant oh my god absolutely not. Heights, jumping... No thank you.  It was literally only two weeks ago that I was finally able to do 20" box jumps in a CrossFit workout, and I've been Crossfitting for a year and a half! I don't like jumping on things, I don't like jumping off of things, I don't like heights... a trampoline park sounds like nothing I would want to do.  But I knew I had to give it a shot. I had a blast! fun jump I don't know if it will be something I will do regularly but I am more than glad that I gave it a try. Fitness should be fun! If you don't enjoy yourself you won't want to continue working out. You have to try lots of things and find out what works for you. Even if it seems scary, intimidating, or like you won't be able to keep up, give it a shot you'll probably surprise yourself. Here are some tips for finding your brave with fitness. 1) Go with a friend. Having someone else there can definitely ease some of the awkwardness and fear that you might experience when trying something new. Especially if that person is new to it as well. You'll be able to support each other and you won't be the only newbie there. 2) Try a beginner class first. In almost all forms of fitness classes there are different levels you can take.  Most yoga studios offer beginer series' and different level classes; CrossFit has an "on ramp" series that teaches you all the basics; and even the trampoline class had a timeslot for beginners. 3) Don't go in with expectations... except to have fun! When trying something new you can't expect to be a pro at it from the start.  Just go in ready to have a good time, be open to learning and having fun, and you might end up finding your new favorite way to get in some healthy movement.

FREE cleanse recipe!

 
 

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In my last newsletter I sent out my list for The 3 Best Foods for Cleansing and Detoxing. If you didn't get it, or want another look, you can check it out HERE! Make sure you're signed up and have added my email to your address book so you don't miss out!

These 3 foods are definitely powerhouses.  So I wasn't surprised when I got a lot of feedback wondering, what are some great recipes so I can actually use them?  

I decided to share a recipe that's featured in my Spring Glow Cleanse! See the bottom for more details!! 

Give this recipe a try and see just how easy these detox superstar ingredients are to use, and how absolutely delicious they taste!
Roasted Beet & Broccoli Salad with Lemon-Ginger Dressing and Toasted Sunflower Seeds
4 small to medium beets
2 broccoli crowns (about 2 cups chopped)
2 TBS sunflower seeds
1 TBS extra virgin olive oil
 
Dressing
2 TBS cider vinegar
3 TBS extra virgin olive oil
Zest of ½ lemon
1 tsp finely grated ginger
 
Pre-heat oven to 400F
Wash and cut the ends off of the beets (no need to peel yet)
Place beets in a large piece of foil; fold and crimp to make a loose pouch. Roast 50-60 mins
Chop broccoli into small pieces, about the size of your thumbnail.
Place on baking dish, drizzle with olive oil, salt to taste, and toss to coat.
Roast the broccoli for the last 20 minutes that the beets are roasting. 
Meanwhile, toast the sunflower seeds in a dry pan on medium heat, tossing constantly, until slightly browned and fragrant. 
Whisk together dressing ingredients in a small bowl, set aside.
When beets are done, let cool slightly, then rub skin off with a paper towel.
Chop beets into 1 inch pieces.
Combine broccoli and beets in a large bowl, drizzle with dressing and toss. Top with sunflower seeds.