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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Divine Passion!

BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF. WHAT IS YOUR HEART'S TRUE DESIRE?

Dance to the rhythm of your life! Be true to yourself! Find what you are passionate about! Live through your passions! Go for it! Listen to and follow your heart! Don't ignore the voice within you! Embrace your dreams! Give yourself the respect you give others! Don't be afraid to follow your passions! Let go! Jump in! Don't look back! Get er' done!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Perfection Comes in ALL Forms...







Life Moves Pretty Fast...If You Don't Stop and Look Around Once in a While, It will Pass You By!

Holy smokes! I cannot believe it's already April! Well, almost...The past few months have just flown by. I was thinking today that I will be in my thirties before you know it! I feel like doing something crazy to say ta-ta to my twenties...like going on an exotic trip or something, we'll see.
ANyways, I have been super busy lately. I've been babysitting Ella the dog and staying at their fabulous house for the past few days, sleeping like a baby I might add:), I did a demo yesterday at a Whole Foods and met probably one of the coolest chicks ever! You know when you meet those ppl and you swear you know them, like when you don't have to say really anything or explain your dry sense of humor, there is just an underlying "knowing-ness"...I love that! Kindred spirits I guess. Hopefully I will see her again! We really bonded over our passion for holistic health and wellness...
It was absolutely beautiful today, I believe it was a record breaker, 78 degrees in the MIle High City! I was all worried that I wouldn't be able to enjoy it, but the sun really came out just in time when I was done with all my classes. SO I celebrated and went for a long walk and just took it all in. I swear, I think everyone in Denver proper was outside gettin in on the action. That is def one of my fave things about Colorado and Denver specifically, we love to be outside enjoying our beautiful surroundings!
As I was walking around I was noticing all the diff types of ppl, and just how many forms of PERFECTION there really are. Yeah, I go back and forth with my concept of "perfection" but at this moment I do believe in it but more that everything is perfect in it's own unique way, there is no cookie cutter design of perfection. SO with that, I was just thinking about how different the world would be if we would just see ourselves as a perfect being who is beautiful just the way we are...there would be no comparing, no criticizing, no negativity...yeah, maybe I am an idealist, but Im also a realist. I just saw so many beautiful faces, bodies, arms, legs, butts, smiles, and souls. I guess I have been really shifting my paradigms lately and thus I am seeing more beauty vs not.
I felt really alive on this walk, shoot maybe it was all in my head, but really even if it was, it's all good. To feel content in your own heart, in your own shoes is seriously the best feeling ever. I had a moment where I was like,"Wow, I feel really comfortable right now, in this moment, a single woman, doing my thang." You know, we are always looking for something or someone to fill a void, to make us feel better, to solve all our problems, to "complete me". Well, actually I feel truly complete right now...but at the same time I feel like this is the perfect place to be, and if something or someone was to come along I would be open, however it would not be me needing to fill a hole or anything like that, it would be icing in the cake....
I don't know, life is a pretty cool thing when you really think about it...I have no clue as to what is coming my way, but I am so open to it whatever it is and I know it will be just perfect!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Living Large and in Charge

Sunday Funday!

Yep, it's Sunday! And I ended up sleeping in til 10 am which for me is unheard of! I think my body is def regenerating itself after this long haul. I also got my results back from the proficiency test and Im very pleased with them. I actually stayed in last night and missed dancing:( but I was so beat and listening to my body seems like the wisest choice for me. And there will be plenty more times to go dance!
So with summer right around the corner there will be farmer's markets galore popping up and all the FRESH LOCAL produce will be upon us! I love it!
To me it really makes sense to eat what is in season and try your best to eat what is locally grown, good for your body and good for the planet as a whole!
So why eat ORGANIC???????
Yes, it has become quite trendy in recent years.
But beyond that there are many other benefits to eating organic. And I also believe it's unnecessary to go crazy and become obsessed with it, some things are ok if it is not organic.
One of the main types of food that you really should pay attn to being organic or not is your produce. WHy? Well, I dont know about you, but ingesting pesticides doesnt sound too appetizing! There are some fruits and vege's that are way more susceptible to absorbing pesticides while others do not. One good rule of thumb is to look at the peel or skin on the fruit or vege. If it has a thick skin or peel it does not become as contaminated. ALso, diff types of produce are grown and harvested differently so this affects it's pesticide level as well.
Here is a list of fruits and vege's that you should TRY your best to eat organic if possible-
peaches
apples
bell peppers
celery
nectarines
strawberries
cherries
kale
lettuce
grapes
carrots
pears

ANd here is a list of things that are "cleaner" as far as pesticide contamination goes-
onions
avocados
pineapple
asparagus
sweet peas
cabbage
eggplant
papaya
watermelon
broccoli
tomatoes
sweet potatoes
And to tell you the truth, I think most fruits and vege's taste better organic, and when I eat I really like having good quality food rather than mediocre, don't you?

Saturday, March 27, 2010

The Buddha

ONE MOMENT CAN CHANGE A DAY
ONE DAY CAN CHANGE A LIFE
ONE LIFE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD

Ahh, how true this is. Bottom line is that we have the power to change. What an amazing gift. Life is such an interesting, painful, intriguing, beautiful and amazing thing. SOmetimes I just can't even wrp my head around it. I guess that's a good thing though right?
Well, it's Saturday, I went to clinic forum for the beginning of the day and observed some very layered cases which I always seem to enjoy. This weekend and next week Im dog and house sitting. They moved into their new house and it is unbelievable! There is this lime green wall which Im totally diggin! Tonight is DANCING! Im super stoked as I have not been out dancing in quite a while. I guess I put a lot of my passions on hold with the prep for that test...well, Im back now! Dancing is definitely a form of self-expression for me, you have to totally lose yourself in the moment to achieve all of its benefits! What an amazing thing, no rules, no procedures, no judgement, just pure free flowin fun! I really have no idea as to the event Im going to but my friend is puttin it on so Im sure it will be a blast. Honestly I can be happy dancing anywhere and to anything! I dont even need shoes:)

Mate and spice and everything nice...

Starting the day with this awesome tea! I havent had it in a long time and forgot how much I love it. It's mate green and has such amazing flavors. It's also a great pick-me-up but so diff than coffee, Im officially off of coffee! I know I said that a couple weeks ago, but now that proficiencies are over and done with the cleansing will pursue! Mate actually has 2800 ORAC antioxidant value compared to broccoli whish has about 800! This company PIXIE also hails from Boulder and Im all about supporting local businesses!

This is my lunch from yesterday, delicious beautiful colorful salad! Ive been all about salads lately, must be spring! So my new secret weapon with salads and anything really is TUMERIC! Can we say phenomenal! Im a big believer in utilizing spices for not only amazing flavor but also for their therapeutic properties. Tumeric contains circumin which is awesome for many reasons, there is current research to support it's antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory properties. And it makes everything taste like a million bucks! Be adventurous with spices, the possibilities are endless

Friday, March 26, 2010

Seaweed and Dancing

Apparently Lady Gaga is coming to Denver this summer...I bet that would be an amazing show! Anyways, with the monster test behind me, Im left with all this freedom! It's great...I still have to finish out this trimester with my current classes but I no longer have to study like I was. I came across a new snack tonight at whole foods! I was looking for kelp noodle but found this product called SEA'S GIFT! How cute huh? It is basically just seaweed which I love, but you can eat it plain, put it in salads, or tonight I just added it on top of my eggs and veggies, so good! WHy are sea vegetables like nori, seaweed and kelp important??? Well, let me tell you-
They contain iodine among other nutrients which happen to be very great for thyroid function. I'm sure you have heard about the goiter outbreaks in history right? Well, it usually cropped up in the middle of the U.S. due to there being limited access to seafood being so far away from the ocean. If you have ever wondered why a lot of salt is iodized, that is why. The FDA began iodizing salt in an attempt to stop and prevent goiter. Obviously it is no longer an issue thanks to unlimited access to food from all over the world and yes, iodizing salt did help back then, but there are other ways of obtaining these beneficial nutrients than dousing your food in salt...alas seaweed, nori, kelp, and yes this means SUSHI!!!
What really is more relevant for us today is the fact that many American's do have some sort of suppressed thyroid function. This can wreck havoc on so many other aspects of your health and well-being; energy levels, hormones, sleep cycles, weight fluctuations, and so many others. Apparently in Colorado we have an alarming high incidence of hypothyroidism, which is a low functioning thyroid. This came as a surprise to me as the health of Coloradans is usually in the top 5 of the country, so I will have to do some more investigating as to why this is. Anyways, instead of taking thyroid enhancing drugs which your body becomes addicted to why not add in thyroid friendly foods such as sea vegetables! They are inexpensive, versatile, and fun! This is only one thing you can do to naturally improve the health of your thyroid, I will feature other ideas in the future. Til then, eat your sushi!:)

FOOD REVOLUTION!!!!!!!

OMG!

I fell in love with Jamie Oliver's show tonight, FOOD REVOLUTION! I have no idea if it is new or what, but I loved it. Keep in mind, Im not really your average T.V. watcher and there is rarely anything on that truly captures my attn long enough, but I really did enjoy his show and his lively spirit! At any rate, I was so thrilled that someone like him who is in a position of capturing the attention of the public was doing something like this. I really love him as a person too! Besides being an absolute hoot, he just seems like a very caring, compassionate, and honest man. Those are definitely 3 of the most enduring traits one can possess in my humble opinion. I just saw a huge heart in him...
I definitely have my own thoughts and opinions regarding the obesity epidemic in this country and undoubtedly the child population as well. A while back in my nutrition undergrad years I was taking all sorts of classes as part of the program one of which included childhood nutrition and community nutrition. I remember being so alarmed at the way kids ate at school and in their homes. I was very lucky to grow up with a mom who was very healthy and really instilled wholesome food choices in me and my sisters, we never even had sugar in the house, ever! Most of my friends thought I was weird for the way I ate and no one ever wanted to go trick or treating at my house because my mom was the lady who gave out toothbrushes and carrots! Ha....
Seriously, we are the ones to teach children how to nurture themselves and eat healthy food...what has happened? It just makes me really upset at times. These habits that we pass along can set them up for a life full of disease and un-fulfillment. I'm not saying that overweight people are doomed or always unhappy but who is truly living a happy, joyous and free life when they are insulin resistant, at risk for having a stroke, dependent on numerous medications and can't run around with their friends? I know I am not a parent and perhaps one day I will be, til then I will just teach by example. It is really almost like the blind leading the blind, many parents don't even know what to eat themselves, how are they supposed to teach their children healthy habits? Obviously this is a multi-faceted issue, but I am convinced the ignorance must stop. People are dying as a result of these choices, it doesnt have to be this way...
Im off my soapbox for now, but let's try to be a little more conscious about the patterns, habits and cycles we pass along to the children who look to us as teachers.

this song makes me melt...

All veils and misty
Streets of blue
Almond looks
That chill divine
Some silken moment
Goes on forever
And we're leaving broken hearts behind

Mystify
Mystify me
Mystify
Mystify me

I need perfection
Some twisted selection
That tangles me
To keep me alive

In all that exists
None have your beauty
I see your face
I will survive

Eternally wild with the power
To make every moment come alive
All those stars that shine upon you
Will kiss you every night

All veils and misty
Streets of blue
Almond looks
That chill divine
Some silken moment
Goes on forever
And we're leaving
Yeah we're leaving broken hearts behind

You're eternally wild with the power
To make every moment come alive
All those stars that shine upon you
And they'll kiss you every night

Thursday, March 25, 2010

INFINITE SUPPLY

You are Supplied for Today and All of Your Tomorrows...
THIS IS AN ABUNDANT UNIVERSE, FILLED WITH MORE THAN ENOUGH FOR EVERYONE. YET, THE ENERGY FORMAT OF THIS PLANET IS ABOUT POLARITIES. IN THIS INSTANCE, IT'S ABOUT GIVING AND RECEIVING. THE KEY IS TO BALANCE THE TWO. IF YOU ONLY GIVE, YOU'LL FEEL DRAINED, RESENTFUL AND EXPERIENCE LACK. IF YOU ONLY RECEIVE, YOU WON'T ENJOY WHAT YOU HAVE. BALANCE COMES FROM FEARLESSLY GIVING AS YOU'RE GUIDED, AND THEN RECEIVING WITH JOY AND GRATITUDE. IT'S EXACTLY LIKE BREATHING: BOTH THE INHALE AND THE EXHALE ARE IDENTICALLY IMPORTANT. PRACTICE GIVING AND RECEIVING DAILY, AND YOU'LL NEVER WANT FOR ANYTHING.

This was my Goddess card today, I pulled it in the morning before I went and took my test and then later I decided to pull another one and this one came up again! Well, I can honestly say this is so appropriate for today and how I felt. I did the test, and felt so incredible awesome after I was done...I actually left with a smile on my face, last year when I took the 1st proficiency test, I left panic stricken and full of fear. So, regardless of what my results are, Im cool with it. That is where this amazing feeling is truly stemming from, I believe:) You see when I detach myself from the result, the end-product, the "destination"...I allow myself to be free from expectation, judgement, and so on. This does not mean in anyway that I don't care about how I did, because believe me, I do! But it is so much deeper than what score I get. It is the attitude that no matter what, no matter what the number is, what the paper says, what other people scored, I accept myself and know that this does not define me as a person. I know in my heart I did my best and that is all I can do. It is so refreshing to walk away from something knowing you gave it your best and you leave it there, you don't pick it apart in your head, you don't try to 2nd guess yourself...you accept it and move on. I had an unbelievable day today, I seriously felt like I climbed to the top of Mt Everest! Actually one day I would love to do that...
This whole process of preparing months for the test really reminded me of training for this pretty large bike event I did about 5 yrs ago. I used to be somewhat of a cycling addict and decided to do a 120 mile ride going over 3 mtn passes, incl the continental divide, and I believe it had a total altitude gain of about 15,000 ft or something nuts like that. Anyways...talk about nerves! I was so incredibly nervous leading up to it, but the day before the race and the morning of I was overtaken by an immense sense of calm, the feeling that it's really too late to start worrying, you know? So I trained like a machine for that, I was riding about 6 days a week in the foothills and doing a ton of flat speed work, blah blah blah, I was so determined to have an incredible ride, meaning no bonking or running into someone else on their bike (this was my "real" fear, totally irrational i know. There was about 3,500 other riders that day and it just frightened the living daylights outta me...Well, that day turned out to be one of the best days of my life, I even cried hauling ass down the last mtn pass, it was so surreal.
You see, in life we really can accomplish anything we want. I genuinely believe that. You will never find out what you are capable of until you give it a try. Seriously, what do you really have to lose???? Nothing. We are far more powerful than we give ourselves credit for.
For the past year or so I have really tapped into the power of E.F.T. I practice this all the time, and a ton for all the tests that I take week after week, and this one that I took today. It is amazing the power that our thoughts has over us, but they dont have to dictate you. All it takes is an awareness of them and the desire to want to change them. And by remaining consistent with the positive affirmations, you begin to create new thinking patterns and thus new attitudes and perceptions. It really is so cool.
What I have learned through some of my experiences through life is that these things we do, a test, a race, a project, a speech, a painting, a trip across the country, a new relationship, a job, moving to a new place, learning a new language, they all are opportunities for us to dig really deep within ourselves, because you see it's not necessarily the test or the race that truly signifies the growth that occurs, it is the courage to step out of the box, to really live, to believe in yourself and really develop a relationship with yourself that is unshakable. By developing a solid relationship with ourselves, life really starts to have more profound meaning and substance to it. To live a day where you aren't constantly comparing yourself to others, to embrace yourself as you are, to love yourself unconditionally...that is really the ultimate feeling. If we are always trying to be somebody we are not or be better than the next person or changing who we are to fit someone else's mold of what it should look like or even what we think it should look like, we really waste the opportunity to really be who we are.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

After the Storm.....

The sun comes out!

ANd everything melts!


Well, I went to the gym tonite and let out a TON of steam...I have so much anticipation about getting this test done tomorrow, it felt good to just get all the energy out! I've taken a break from my regimented workout program this week only because I needed some flexibility. Im always amazed at the power of exercise, it seriously is medicine for me and sometimes it's one of the major things that really get's me through situations a lot smoother:)

The Madness is almost over!!!

Some grub from the other night- chicken, tomato, beans, kobocha squash, hummus...

This lil guy would not leave me alone at the park the other day, eventually he realized I didnt have any snacks for him so he moved on his way

Studying is a lot more enjoyable while basking in the sun.

SOme essentials of mine, backpack, sneaks, and H2o

No wonder my eye won't stop twitching, way too many herbal formulas!

I'm tired!

Yes, that's right folks, I will be done with this proficiency test tomorrow! I have def reached maximum capacity as far as fitting all this information in my brain! This week has been pretty chill compared to the past few weeks as far as studying goes, this last weekend I totally hit a wall and realized quick that overdoing it like that is not going to help me in anyway, so i took my foot off the gas pedal a bit and came back down to Earth. It feels good to be back! Anyways, it will feel awesome to be done with it, I may have to re-take some sections but seriously that is the worst thing that can happen, and if it does, no biggie!
SO last night we got seriously dumped on! It was a miracle I got home ok. The snow came in with a huge vengeance and was super wet and heavy! I had a massage last nite, which was awesome btw, but I came out to get in my car and Mother Nature had done her thang. It was most definitely a wild ride home. My car seriously kicks some butt, never let's me down:) Tomorrow is going to be back in the 50's so everything will be nice and green!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Balance Balance Balance

Yes, I can honestly say that balance is and has been something I have been trying to attain for well, pretty much my whole life. When I was about 10 yrs old my mom bought me a hematite bracelet and she said "This is supposed to bring about balance Kyla." Yep, it was even apparent at the ripe age of ten that I lived to extremes! When I like something, I really like it and tend to just go for it! ANd when I don't care for something, well I simply don't even bother. I guess this is good in the way that I am pretty solid in what i do and i don't like but it's so much deeper than just that. WHy do we feel the need to overdo, overindulge, go crazy, restrict, hold back from "things" in life...I believe it to be an outward expression of an internal incongruency or imbalance. No worries, we can always harmonize these imbalances, nothing is written in stone or permanent. But you see the "challenge" is acknowledging the root of this outward manifestation. It is so easy for me to just point the finger at something other than myself, "it's because of that!" "He made me do it!" "It was Tuesday!"....well, as we all know, we really have no control on anything outside of ourselves, so take that energy and put in inward and see what is really in an imbalance, and thus why we feel the "need" or "urge" to go to such extremes in our lives. Honestly though, I think even extremeness can be alright in moderation:) I see it as passion and zest, but I also know myself, and I can easily overdo it on well, you name it! Lately it has been studying. I definitely feel as though I have been burning the candle (my candle:) at both ends. Am I a perfectionist? Do I have O.C.D.? Am I crazy? well...I don't really know, I have self-diagnosed myself with pretty much everything over my life, and at this moment in time, it really doesnt matter. Diagnosis or not, I am a human being! These are the events and cycles that I personally learn from. Thankfully it does get easier to recognize these when they are going on. Once I recognize the imbalance, I can then take action and change it. SOmetimes it takes longer and sometimes not. Because in all truthfulness, I find comfort in some of my extreme tendencies, that is a whole other subject we can delve into another time:) BUt the bottom line is, am I willing to give it up, let it go, release that which is no longer working for me? It sounds so simple and really it is! However, we do such a great job of making everything so flippin complicated. SO breaking it down in to little blocks is what really works for me. I then only bite off as much as I can handle at that moment instead of trying to take on the world. An old friend of mine always used to tell me, "Kyla, you don't have to take on the world all by yourself." And you know what, we don't! So for today, yes I am going to study but I'm going to implement some balance into the mix! Im also going to see my energy worker Ariel which I am stoked for! It's been about 3 months since I've seen her so she will have a lot to work on:)
SO just like riding a bike, it's possible and quite likely, we will fall off and scrape our knees, but brush yourself off, get back on that bike and keep pedaling, you will find the balance, and then will probably lose it a few times, as long as we keep moving forward on the bike, we will be ok:)
Peace and Love!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Weekend Recap

Walkin through the park...

Fresh snow up in the mountains

Only the shadow knows...

Rigby! My new friend I met today

All the snow we got the other day has melted away!

How you doin?


Yes...I am a tea addict.





Lunch yesterday-chick, broc, turnips

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Ch-Ch-Ch-CHANGE

I feel like change is love/hate relationship...we either want things to change because we are not happy the way they are...we are too afraid to change for fear of being uncomfortable...we resist the urge to change and settle for anything...we feel like "what's the use anyways?"...or maybe we don't believe we have the power to change...or we don't deserve to be happy...or hell maybe we are just so lazy, we don't want to put in any effort to invoke any change.
Whatever it may be, those are all just illusions that we create. You see the mind has a sneaky way of fooling us, at least mine does. SO learn to decipher what is real and what is not, what is imagined and what is really possible.
To make change, it does take some work on our part, but isn't something that brings about strength, happiness, wellness, etc. worth it?
SOmetimes breaking it down helps ease you into the process, baby steps, as long as you stay consistent, believe in yourself and do your best, that's really all it takes.
-IDENTIFY THE CHANGE: become aware of what it is that you want to change, be very specific here, I've found that to be very helpful.
-BE THE CHANGE: get your mind in the game, start changing negative thought patterns into positive, self-enhancing ones. Identify your motivations, passions, goals, etc. One thing I like to do is create vision boards. My whole refrigerator is a huge "vision" board...it doesnt necessarily have to be a board though, all that matters is your intention and what it means to you.
-DEMONSTRATE THE CHANGE: Everyday take at least one step in the direction of your goal, every little effort counts. Get rid of black and white thinking and strive for a more balanced approach. Dismiss the notion that this has to be done to perfection, that will never happen. Trust the process be patient and give it all you have. I believe that passion and love can take you to new heights in life and allow you to achieve your wildest dreams.
-LIVE THE CHANGE: this is all about walking the talk, it's easy to talk the talk but to actually live it and be it is entirely different. Action is where it all comes to life. I can read self help books all day long but until I am ready to act accordingly with the principles, it really doesnt mean anything.
A life lived with PASSION and PURPOSE is really so amazing...I truly can't imagine it any other way.
Have a great day!

Past, Present and Future...

These Goddess cards are so awesome! As you can see, Im really into cards and stuff of this nature. It's just a way for me to dig deeper into myself and the world around me, it is in no way a basis for my well-being or a tool to which I depend on, it's just simply something fun that I take little bits from and leave the rest.
So today I did another 3-card pull
1st card- Past Life
2nd card- Endings and Beginnings
3rd card- Blossoming
I have pulled the endings and beginnings card a few times in the past. This pull is so accurate for me at this moment though.
I think as human beings we are always making peace with something from the past or letting something go, I know I am. Sometimes I find that as I progress on my path more is revealed maybe in regards to past experiences so it is at this moment that I am able to see something that maybe once was not apparent or maybe I just didnt see it at all? It is alright to visit the past and heal certain situations and learn from them but I dont find solace in living in the past. If I am living in the past there is no way I can be present right now...
As far as endings and new beginnings go, yes I thin this is always going on, whether we allow it or fight against it is another topic. Im a big believer that although something may seem to "end" it always gives rise to something new, a door opens, a flower grows, a baby is born....
Blossoming...how appropriate for the 1st day of Spring. I do indeed feel as though I have shed some layers recently and thus have been blossoming. I feel like for most of my life I have always followed the beat of my own drum. When i have an idea I usually try to create it or pursue it. Sometimes I tend to even just jump into the deep end of the pool before getting my feet wet. I get so excited to do something I feel as though I have to do it right there and then. Well, through a lot of trial and error, Ive learned that going with the flow is a much better route. I'm approaching the end of my schooling and while this is an awesome time, Im feeling like I need to know exactly what I will be doing when Im finally done. Well, this sets me up for a lot of anxiety really. I realize it's better to just stay open and let life lead me to where I need to go. Sure, I definitely have places I want to go, certain clinic situations that would be ideal, the types of people I would like to be surrounded by, etc. but for me to try and figure all of it out is just a waste of my energy. It takes me out the present moment and disables me from really enjoying where I am at in my journey right now. SO I guess for now, Im going to just keep it chill and relax and take it easy. More importantly I truly believe that it is all going to work out beautifully and really it is all in perfectly working order. DO you ever stop and think, maybe it is all perfect the way it is?

Friday, March 19, 2010

Baby Fluff and I

Her real name is Keiko but Baby Fluff suits her so well, we will soon be gettin her back on her exercise regime:)

LuLu aka Lucia being the queen she thinks she is

Me rockin the homemade mask last night, that thing was a beast!

My beautiful salad I had today after training...food is art to me!

A new protein I tried the other day. It is a vegan product developed by a triathlete named Brendan Brazier, he even wrote a book called THRIVE, while am def not a vegan, this protein packs a huge nutritional punch! I was just curious to try it, and the packaging really appealed to me as well.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

What would I do without Seinfeld???

Seriously, this show never gets old!

Anyways, today turned out to be pretty productive, although my motivation to study for my BIG tests on Thurs is slowly dwindling, but Im not giving in just yet! Im just breaking it up into bits, a couple or so hours a day as opposed to 8 hour study sessions, no bueno!

I got a workout in today, did a lot of cleaning, grocery shopping, studying, talkin on the phone with some women, cooked a lot of food, went outside to enjoy the sun before the snow storm we're getting (apparently?)comes, today was about 70 degrees, so go figure!

Tonight I even got into the spa spirit and made a face treatment for myself! All this studying really does have a way of well, jacking up my complexion:( Honestly it just happens on my chin which is ironically the Kidney region is T.C.M., and is associated with the adrenals and hormones...a patient of mine in the clinic actually gave me the idea of the treatment, I got a little offended at 1st but realized she was just trying to help me.

SO here is the recipe-
-steam face
-mix Aztec bentonite clay with apple cider vinegar
-apply to face and any other affected areas
-let dry then wash off with warm H20
-use lemon juice as a toner

Honestly, this thing is taking forever to dry! But I feel more beautiful and radiant already!

Im really into home made beauty products, I also make my own body scrub using olive oil, epsom salt, and various essential oils, it is so cheap and works way better than store bought brands. A few years back I even took a class with this herbalist woman and we made lip balm, hand cream, a masque...it was really a ton of fun!

Another one of my "cleansing" rituals currently is to read a part of "You Can Heal Your Life" by Louise Hay each day. In the past year, I have read this whole book about 4 times. It is that good! I highly recommend that you check it out, it applies to pretty much anyone if they are open to it. Each time I read it, I gain something new and see it with different eyes. It;s an easy read too! Give it a go-

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

I felt Lucky today...







To have a renewed body you must be willing to have new perceptions that give rise to new solutions...Deepak Chopra


COCONUT OIL!!!

Alternative sources of CALCIUM

If you are low on energy, your adrenals may be tired:( Let me know if you're interested in supplementing with natural hormones, they help a ton!

Some of my favorite things, flax oil, coconut oil, and stevia!

My lunch today, salad with romaine, sprouts, salmon, tomato, red pepper, peas, mushrooms,hummus...holy cow, this thing blew me away, I spent an hour eating it!

One thing you must supplement with! Krill oil! This stuff is the best!

In the words of Lance Armstrong...

"If you worried about falling off the bike, you'd never get on."

Monday, March 15, 2010

Monday, Monday...

Remember the Mama's and Papa's song? I was obsessed with them when I was about 12, wearing Birkenstocks, making tie-dye t-shirts, piercing all my friends ears, wearing way too much jewelry for my own good and listening to all that music my parents listened to. Ahhh, the innocent years...well, I odnt know how innocent they really were:)
Well, it's off to Sprouts today up in Greeley to do a demo with my girl T-bomb. Im feeling a little bit better, I kinda woke up with that feeling, you know the one, your throat feels kinda sore and swollen, and you just feel like you can't get your head outta the fog? Yep, that was me. I dosed myself with some yin qiao and went outside and got some blood flowin. Feeling much much betta!
Goddess Card for today- BE STRONG
-You are stronger than you think you are, and your strength assures a happy outcome."

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Unwind


This is moi after a day of chillaxin, training and probably studying a little too much:) I'm lookin a rather pasty, I think it's definitely time for a beach getaway soon!

I saw this picture of a woman's sillouette tonite as i was walkin to my car in the rain, I thought it was stunning. I used to take nude figure drawing classes. The lines just seem to flow elegantly and effortlessly. How often do we appreciate the lines of our bodies? It's a shame we have moved away from what I real woman's figure really looks like. I have finally reached a place where I love to have some shape and actually I love my booty. Why not! If we dont love what we have then how could we be happy with more of something or something different. I love learning about cultures around the world, it really does show that the definition and concept of beauty is very much shaped by social and cultural ideals and values. Why not just LOVE yourself as you are unconditionally, when you achieve this, the ideas and opinions of others seem to fade away....
Well, what happened to our sunny spring weather!? Today was rather wet and gloomy in contrast to yesterday...i guess that's the way the cookie crumbles esp here in Colorado. Anyways...today was pretty chill.
I went to the gym and got a metabolic circuit in, the same one Ive been doing for a couple weeks now, I have 2 more weeks then I'll be switchin it up again. It felt great, at the end I had to lay down and gather myself:) I thought my heart was gonna explode. I decided that at the end I was gonna do 30 burpees in a row...and I did! There was a time when I could barely do 10. This was at the end of my whole workout so I was definitely hurtin. I think my heart rate peaked at 180 which isnt too shabby.
After that I headed to the Whole Foods on Colo Blvd to get into some anatomy and physiology. Man, I thought I was gonna pass out! Luckily I started getting into it and pepped up a bit. I seriously havent reviewed A&P for about a year! I wasn't really lookin forward to it but realized I know and remember so much more than I thought! I think we usu shortchange ourselves. The knowledge is in there! We just need to learn how to access it. At least that's what I tell myself:) ANyways, I really enjoy A&P. This was by far one of my weakest areas of the program Im in, who knows why, but that alone pushed me even harder to improve. I just find the human body so fascinating and now that i actually know the muscles and bones, etc it just makes it even more intriguing! I used to have to go over all the parts of the body over and over and over again just to get it in my brain, so much route memorization, but now it's pretty much 2nd nature, thank goodness:) I also love it because u can just look at your body and study pretty much, the same with acupuncture points, its very accessible!
Well, tomorrow Im headin up to Greeley, which Ive actually never been to btw, to do a demo. It will be a nice break so I dont study too much. Lately I have had to tell myself to chill out when it comes to studying for these upcoming tests. Kinda funny actually.

Transformation...


You are experiencing enormous change and growth right now, which brings great blessings.
-As you go through this period of change, it's natural for you to wonder if your future is safe. Im here to assure you that you're part of nature's cycles of birth, death, and rebirth. To bring in your desired newness, you must first allow old parts of your life to fall away. These changes are to be celebrated, not feared. Give thanks for this shedding of the old. Embrace all of the lessons it brought, and then let it go!
Breakfast- quinoa, a splash of almond milk, cinnamon, stevia, apple, peanut buttah, and some chia sprinkled on!

I was feelin a lil hip hop yesterday so I made a wrap! Chicken, Falafel King red pepper hummus, red pepper, romaine, cucumber, ezekiel tortilla. Totally hit the spot!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Spring is in da Air!

Yes, that's right folks, spring time has arrived. The birds are singing, the sun is shining, and the little flowers outside my window are poppin up! Also, remember to turn your clocks forward tomorrow! Earlier at school I was teaching an instructor of mine, Dr. Cao about the "spring forward" and "fall back" concept...he said "You so smart!"
So today I pulled the same Goddess card not 1 but 2 x! At first I was a little freaked out by it, but saw beyond my 1st impressions of what I thought it meant.
FERTILITY- it is time for you to start new projects, access new ideas, and give birth to new conditions."
-Spring time is any time when the light increases within your mind and entire system. If you feel dark, heavy or depressed, then you can lighten up by fueling yourself with positive intentions, nutritious foods, and anything that sparks your feelings of love. Surround yourself with beautiful flowers, brighten the colors in your wardrobe and home, and draw back the curtains to let in natural light. You can paint a sunnier outlook within yourself, which will give rise to all sorts of new opportunities, since like attracts like. Feel more energized and powerful as you spruce up your inner and outer worlds. Then capitalize on this increased vigor by starting a new project that really makes your heart sing with excitement.
Well, I don't know about you, but whenever I hear about giving birth or fertility I think of one thing. And one day I welcome that! Just not at this moment in time:)
Anyways, this card is awesome, I swear these things are so right on it's scary sometimes. Spring is a time for re-birth, growth, change, metamorphosis...
And at this present moment I am actually harnessing and tapping into an abundant supply of fertile soil for new ideas, innovations, creations, passions, pursuits, and endeavors! I've been thinking a lot about this year and things I want to pursue and goals I really want to achieve. Yes, Im all for living in the moment but I am also for setting attainable goals and getting out there and really living!
In terms of T.C.M. Spring time in Five-Element Theory is associated with the Liver which is the Wood Element. In the Yin/Yang phase it is Yang Rising. Yang is energy, hot, bright, light, masculine, loud, fast, etc. It corresponds with morning time and the color Green. It represents evolution and adaptation, movement and growth. It houses the Ethereal Soul which is said to influence our capacity of planning our life and finding a sense of direction in life. It is the source of life dreams, vision, aims, projects, creativity and ideas.
Today was a nice low key day, I promised myself I wouldn't do any work, and I really didnt, minus being in forum this morning. It's important for us to schedule at least one day a week where we dont do any work and just take it easy. At least it is for me! I got a workout in and it was awesome, it was the same one I did on Monday, and boy do I love doing pull-ups! They really have a way of empowering you. It's totally a mental thing. Part of me get's up there and starts thinking "I can't do this" "What if I fall?" "Everyone will see me and laugh" "You arent strong enough to do these." hen I just kick that little voice to the curb and get into the zone as I like to call it:) This is where the power of your thoughts and attitudes can have a profound effect on your performance in a variety of things in life. Anyways, they are killer and I highly recommend that you at least give em a chance. Not to mention, I feel really cool after doing them and all the dudes at the gym are standing around waiting for their next set of bicep curls:) I cant wait to stay at the Simpson's house again, they have a pull up bar in their home gym so it's a perfect place to practice.
Also I found a site for really affordable chia seeds! They are expensive lil puppies! I've been looking all over and havent been able to find anything under $15 for a small bag! Alas...I discovered this site chiaseedsdirect.com, totally awesome! They are my new nutritional powerhouse, who would of thought those annpying commercials really had something of substance!? Ch-ch-ch-chia!

Why is Coconut Oil So Beneficial?!

Well, I personally have been in love with anything coconut my whole life, I just simply love it. It reminds me of the beach, the sun, sun tan lotion, etc. etc. My Mom said I had to have everything be coconut as I was growing up, chapstick, lotion, shampoo, you name it. It drove her nuts and she hated the smell of coconut:( That is til I got her on the coconut oil bandwagon!
So why is coconut oil so great? I thought it was "BAD" for you, I thought that it was all saturated fat, my doctor told me not to eat it or any saturated fats...you may be asking these ?'s and possibly more...
Well, did it ever occur to you that our bodies need and want saturated fat? Even our hormones and parts of our brains are composed of saturated fat. ANd have you looked around lately? Ever since we have have been decontructing our natural foods and started eating out of boxes and eating fat free this and fat free that, the rates of obesity, diabetes, depression, and the like have increased substantially. So, why do we continue to take perfectly good food and rip it apart of all of it's vital nutrients. In a way it's like we're trying to play God. Do you really think that God, the Universe, Allah, Buddha, would put food on this Earth if it was meant to harm us? I don't think so...
SO what makes coconut oil so special?
-contains Lauric acid, capric acid and monolaurin which are antimicrobial agents which have been shown to help the stop or prevent the growth of many dangerous viruses and bacteria, this is great as many viruses/infections are becoming hard to treat due to antibiotic resistance.
-Coconut oil has been shown to decrease total cholesterol, triglycerides(fats), phospholipids, and low density lipoproteins (LDL), the "bad" cholesterol
-It has also been shown to increase high-density lipoprotein (HDL), which is the "GOOD" cholesterol
-Coconut oil also has the ability to prevent oxidation of LDL, oxidation is a process which will eventually lead to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries which can lead to heart attacks, heart disease, etc.)
-Improves nutrient absorption which can help prevent osteoporosis, malnutrition, etc. It increases the absorption of minerals (calcium, magnesium, etc.), B-vitamins, fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K), Beta Carotene, and some amino acids.
-Used topically or internally to treat skin disorders such as eczema, hives, shingles, dry skin, fungal infections-athlete's foot, ring worm, yeast infections, etc.
-ALso helps the healing of cuts, burns, etc. It has been traditionally used on the islands as a sunscreen!

But what really sets it apart from other oils???
They contain MEDIUM-CHAIN TRIGLYCERIDES!!!
Most oils contain long-chained trig
-Medium-Chained Triglycerides are broken down differently in the body, they are used for energy production rather than being stored as body fat or deposited in arteries.
-They produce energy vs. fat
-MCT are digested quickly in the body eliminating the need for pancreatic enzymes to break them down, this sends them straight to the liver to be used for fuel whereas most other fats have to be broken down and end up circulating the bloodstream which can lead to increased blood cholesterol, heart disease, etc.
-Because of this efficient-energy producing process, it makes it more thermic in the body which is great for people who want to lose weight.

For me, I love the taste, flavor and texture! It makes my skin feel great, stabilizes my blood sugar and simply just makes me feel great. I've been using it for about 6 years or so on a regular basis and have seen dramatic improvements in many areas of my health.

You can also experiment with other coconut products such as coconut flour and coconut milk. Coconut flour is high in fiber, low in carbs, and bakes up awesome! In addition, coconut water is great for a past workout refreshment, it is known as nature's gatorade! Very delicious and thirst quenching too.

I like to get quality products,but also like to save $$$. Organic really is better with coconut oil, the taste and texture is much better and also it ensures the oil is pure and has not been tampered with. WHole FOods has a 365 brand that I really like, it's located in the oil section of the store, super cheap too. I also like Nature's Way, I just like the consistency and flavor a lot. There are many other brands out there as well, in stores and online. But I dont think you have to sell your car in order to get a good quality coconut oil:)

Ideas for Coconut OIl

At the request of my friend Cara, here are some ways you can incorporate more coconut oil into your life!
-add it into a protein shake
-use it in baking in place of other oils
-spread it on a piece of toast
-add it in your hot cereal such as oatmeal, quinoa, cream of wheat, etc.
-sautee your vege's in it
-cook your meat in a little bit
-add it to a grain such as brown rice, couscous, pasta,etc
-put it in your tea or coffee
-moisturize your skin: apply directly or add in a bath
-use on hair
-can be used as a personal lubricant
As you can see, the ideas are endless! Be brave and just use it! You can also just eat it off the spoon if you're feeling really crazy!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Classes, Meditation, and Train

Well it's Friday! Another week down for the count...where does the time go!? I can't believe we are already turning back the clocks this weekend! I am happy about it though, Im such a sun worshiper and absolutely love the long days of summer. Anyways, today I went to gynecology for a few hours. I walked into my class this morning and i was the only one that showed up, it was quite funny actually, all the teachers' attn was on me, no texting or fooling around! Ha. ELizabeth, one of my school mates ended up comin in late, so it was no longer a solo effort.
I was going to go to the gym and do a metabolic circuit but couldn't get my butt in gear for that due to the beautiful weather today...so, I headed over to the park and did a kyla circuit just using my body and a park bench, it lasted around 30 min and felt great.
I did a combo of moves such as-
jumping jacks
step ups
jump lunges
push ups
lateral lunges
burpees
knee tucks
mtn clibers
prisoner squats
static lunges
I just did an exercise for about 30 sec until moving onto the next, it wasnt too organized, i just kept moving. It def get's a lot of looks from passer-bys! HA!

After that i walked home and stopped at a nice little bench to have some meditation time. Yeah, I admit, life sure gets busy! However, I know for myself when I take just a moment each day to devote to some sort of meditation, prayer, etc. I am definitely a happier, more peaceful, and calmer version of myself...the cool thing about this is that there is NO wrong way to do it. You can read a book, meditate, pray, draw a picture, write a letter, look up at the sky, dance in front of a mirror. Each one of us has a totally different way to tap into the world that resides within us, so start exploring what it is to you.

And of course I spent an hour and a half or so studying once again. Man I have to say, im not sure if any of it is sticking anymore! :) It will all be a memory soon enough...im up early tomorrow for my forum class then i will just see what the day brings me, I think it's going to be beautiful outside all weekend so maybe a hike or something?
Movin some Qi, treating a shoulder injury in clinic
Snack in class- greek yogurt, chia seeds, a lil fruit
Sunshine at the park!