Get Happy!

Get Happy!

OMG, I am loving all things Christmas right now! The lights, the cheesy movies, the cookies and the music!

This past weekend my husband and I went to the annual Holiday on Cape Symphony Concert and it had me grinning from ear to ear! It’s so fun that we’re creating these traditions together, as this was our second time attending.

It’s the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit, and I noticed 2 things that gave me so much joy that I wanted to share with you.

Have you jumped on the Celery Juice Train yet?

Have you jumped on the Celery Juice Train yet?

I am fascinated by this miraculous superfood healing protocol!

All of a sudden, I started seeing lots of instagramers posting about their celery juice drinking rituals and I was like, “well, I guess it’s time to try it!”

My friend Rhia, who is a yoga teacher and health consultant here on Cape Cod first started telling me about her celery juice drinking, fruit forward lifestyle about 4 years ago. She’s been following the Medical Medium, Anthony William’s protocol for over 9 years now, and actually works for him too so she’s got the full scoop!

I’m Grateful For This

I’m Grateful For This

I didn’t realize the importance of this until recently.

One thing I’ve loved about living anywhere, whether it was L.A., Boston, or now the Cape, is being connected to the yoga community.

This community could be a number of different things for you - the gym, music/art classes, running club, walking/hiking club, different meetup groups, etc.

The Simplest Daily Ritual for Optimal Health

The Simplest Daily Ritual for Optimal Health

One of my first posts ever was about the amazing magical healing properties of lemons.

Hot water with lemon has been a part of my life for the past 8 years now, and I honestly don’t think I’ve missed more than 3 days without it.

It is a daily reset, a cleansing act that creates optimum digestion and gut health.

Part of my morning ritual entails waking up, tongue scraping, brushing my teeth, neti pot nasal rinse and then hot water with lemon before breakfast - until now.

Feel fully recharged

Feel fully recharged

I can't believe what one month away in a different country can do for the soul! Talk about feeling recharged!

It's one thing to take a 2 or 3 week vacation, but it's another when you're setting up your new home in a different world for a full month! It takes awhile to de-program your natural ways of being, and soften into the sweet spot of feeling fully recharged. 

I'm so grateful to have had that experience, and want to share with you the main reasons why.

My top 10 self care tips

My top 10 self care tips

I dieted for years.

I was always trying the latest and greatest diets throughout my college years - Atkins, South Beach, The Zone to name a few to try and keep my overindulgences in check.

I learned a lot with those diets, but it wasn't until I started to learn about eating clean and organic that things started to really shift.

Do you want to FEEL and look your best?

Do you want to FEEL and look your best?

As a hairstylist, it's my job to keep my clients looking and feeling their best. When I see a client for the first time, often we have a lengthy consultation talking about the likes and dislikes of her hair.

That first appointment doesn't always lead to addressing all the things she desires. It's just a starting point. From there, the hair and our relationship evolves. I get to know what does and doesn't work, and how she feels about what she thinks she wants, etc.

5 ways to 'lighten up' in winter

5 ways to 'lighten up' in winter

I don't know about you, but when winter comes down on us, everything just feels so....stagnant. Stagnant air. Stagnant days. Stagnant lifestyle. You get the picture.

So, let's un-stagnant these winter woes, shall we?! Here are 5 things you can do each day to get out from under winter's heaviness.

3 ways to simplify your wellbeing

3 ways to simplify your wellbeing

I didn't even realize it, but for the last 6 months or so, I've been practicing simplifying my life even more than I could have possibly been before! I'm a big believer that routines and rituals support your wellbeing, because without self care there is no self love, and then we have nothing to give!

These practices are fool proof and simple, so there's no excuse not to take care of yourself!

My Response to New Year's Diet Resolutions + What Tom Brady Eats

My Response to New Year's Diet Resolutions + What Tom Brady Eats

How's your New Year going? Have you made big resolutions to improve your diet? If so, how's that been working out for you?

I've had many talks with clients, coworkers, friends and family over the course of this last week in regards to diet, which were mainly brought about from the recent article, 'What Tom Brady Eats".

Why we are fascinated with what Tom Brady eats, is another story all together, but this article brought up some very strong feelings I have on the subject that I'd like to share with you.

Healthy Habits: A Simple Approach to Keeping a Balanced Diet

Healthy Habits: A Simple Approach to Keeping a Balanced Diet

Just in time for the week of christmas celebrations, you might want to keep this thought in mind each day:

A long time ago, I read the book that Bethany Frankel wrote called, “Naturally Thin”. That was when I was ‘obsessed’ with being skinny.

Since then, I have developed a healthy relationship with food, and in turn, my body and soul, through practical dietary and lifestyle modifications that I offer in my Diet Design Program.

But back then, I wanted to know all the secrets about being thin, rather than embracing my own true essence, which is actually naturally on the thin side, but healthy looking – not malnourished!

Menu Planning {+ Recipe}: A Nourishing and Tasty Lunch Idea

Menu Planning {+ Recipe}: A Nourishing and Tasty Lunch Idea

As most of you probably know already, I have practiced the art of cooking and eating through Macrobiotics, and Ayurveda, to heal myself with food.

Ayurveda literally translates to mean, "the study of life", and is derived from the Indian / Yogic culture, while Macrobiotics translates to mean, "The Big Picture of Life", which is derived from Chinese Medicine, and actually initially derived from Ayurveda.

Ayurveda came first, as did Yoga, when the first inhabitants of the world were learning how to take care of themselves, but once the sages expanded outward towards Asia, new methods of preventing disease were discovered.

Healthy Habits: Thanksgiving Day Inspiration

Healthy Habits: Thanksgiving Day Inspiration

Happy Thanksgiving week everyone!! Since I'm just getting back from a two week road trip down the east coast (which I'll share with you soon), I haven't even attempted to go shopping or plan for what I'll be making tomorrow, so I wanted to share with you my inspiration source for all things healthy, simple and festive!

I have a friend here on Cape Cod who is an amazing dietician, nutritionist, and food enthusiast, doing mind blowing things to inspire, educate and mentor people along their way to health! Her name is Nicole Cormier, of Delicious Living Nutrition. You should DEF check out her site and start following her on instagram for her inspiring dishes she intuitively whips up!

Because I follow her, she turned me on to her friend from Oregon who is running a serious food operation on her fantastic blog called, Minimalist Baker...

Healthy Habits: Why I Eat What I Want and Don't Gain Weight {within reason}

Healthy Habits: Why I Eat What I Want and Don't Gain Weight {within reason}

A friend of mine asked me this the other day: "why is it that you can eat anything you want and you don't gain weight?" Now, I may fluctuate a few pounds here and there (as a women, that's a normal part of our monthly routine) but for the most part this question was fair, and I have an answer for her, and you!

Kick that Cold with these {Natural} Remedies

Kick that Cold with these {Natural} Remedies

As much as I like to think I have a strong immune system as a result of doing many self care practices (harmonyum healing, yoga, eating organic, locally and with the seasons, and chiropractic care) to keep me healthy, it was inevitable that I came down with a cold last week, after many of my co-workers at the salon did, and with what the risks of working in close proximity to people all day will eventually do. The fall is also that time of year when we're transitioning from the heat to the cold that our bodies will naturally detox the build up of an imbalance, and germs and viruses start flying around! Here's my remedies: 

Healthy Habits: Women's Healthy Cycle Support

Healthy Habits: Women's Healthy Cycle Support

I just finished watching one of my fave Ayurveda Experts' livestream video on Women's Health, according to Ayurveda practices and it was so inspiring that I thought I'd sum up what I learned and share it with you all.

How to Avoid Getting Burnt Out in the Service Industry

Self Care Practices hanging in Salon 700 break room! Being a service provider, whether it be a hair stylist like me, a personal trainer, a wedding photographer, wedding coordinator, massage therapist, nail tech, esthetician, dental hygenist, waitress, bartender or any other profession where providing a personal service to someone, can be quite draining to say the least!

I've definitely learned the hard way by pushing too hard, being a perfectionist, over exerting my energy, spreading myself too thin, hustling to further my career and burning the candle on both ends, so I'm here to share a few tips I've found through my yoga and self care practices that are very helpful in keeping yourself in harmony in whichever service capacity you're in.

Service is the greatest act of love, spiritually speaking. When we serve, we offer our gifts and talents to another, sacrificing our own needs in place of someone else's. When we exchange this act of love, it is so important to keep our energy field strong so as not to let our energy get drained. Our energy field is also known as our electromagnetic field, or aura, which extends out by 9 ft in all directions.

When we share the same space with someone, both energies are merging into one, so if one's energy field doesn't have contained boundaries, the other's can over power and pull the loving energy right out of that person, dragging them down and depleting them of their source of love. When this happens we feel emotionally unstable, exhausted, irritable, vulnerable, or 'burnt out', etc.

Here are 10 self care practices that can help immensely!!

1.Start your day with one simple yoga pose to keep your electromagnetic field completely balanced. You can do it for 3 minutes, 5 minutes, or 10 minutes. t's called Star Pose and is 2 parts. The first part is separating your feet as wide apart as possible and your arms straight out from your shoulders - palms up or facing forward. If you do the 3 minute segment, you'll do this for 1 minute and the second part for 2. If you do 5 minutes, you'll do this for 2 minutes and the rest for 3. Or if you do 10 minutes, you'll hold this for 4 minutes and the rest for 6. For the second part, you bring your feet to touch and clasp your hands above your head with your arms straight and over the ears for the remaining time. You can do this pose to triple mantra or RaMaDaSaSaSaySoHung to really strengthen your aura so that challenges steer clear of you.

2. Another aura cleansing technique you can do between clients is to sweep your arms up and over your head. Start with your arms down by your side and palms turned out. Inhale through your nose as you raise your arms straight up, but don't touch the hands, instead, push the energy down by turning your palms down, fingers loosely splayed, and pointer fingers and thumbs creating a loose triangle between both hands all the way down to where you started, as you exhale through your mouth. Do this 3 times in a row after your client. You will immediately feel your slate wiped clean. It's amazing and so worth it if you can take a moment to yourself in between clients!

3. Something else I try to do with each client is to BLESS them. You can do this a few minutes before your client walks through the door or sits in your chair if you have the time, or just do your best to figure out how you can mentally bless them during your time with them. I personally bless my clients while I'm shampooing them. I mentally say: "Love before ____, Love behind _____, Love at _____ left, Love at _____ right, Love above _____, Love below _____, Love in _____ ." Then repeat by replacing the word Love with Light. A powerful and simple prayer. You can also do this before you enter your place of work too. Sometimes I"ll say the Love and Light prayer for Salon 700 as a whole...all co-workers and clients included. It really sets the energy so that we all are operating from a place of love. You can do this prayer for anyone at any time to let love in!

4. I've also found that taking advantage of any 15-30 minute + opening to go for a walk will really shift your day! Instead of going out for a smoke break, a coffee run, or to chat on the phone, just take a walk around the block and enjoy the fresh air, the trees, etc. Dust that aura off!

5. It's also so important to have healthy food prepared for you that you can actually sit down to! In the salon industry, us stylists are notorious for eating whenever we have literally one minute--stuffing our faces with whatever we might have or see on hand! Time is money and we don't want to schedule a 15-30 minute lunch break when we could be doing a blow out or a mens cut etc...well, maybe you should ask yourself what your time is worth? A few extra dollars, or self care (which equals self love), well being, and peace? It's SO worth sitting down to a meal to ground your energy! If you can prepare it before you come in to work, perfect! But if you can't, make sure you give yourself a few extra minutes to pick something up before you get to work, that way you won't set yourself up for poor choices when you're 'hangry' ;)

6. I've also realized the value of quiet. I used to be one to 'chat it up' with my client so I could 'entertain' them as I was doing their hair. Now, I welcome no conversation. I will always talk about their hair, ask how they're doing with their styling routine, what they're using for products, etc., but I will not make up small talk if they don't initiate it. By talking with them briefly about their hair, I've opened up the floor for conversation, so they feel they can talk to me, and I'll gladly respond and engage, but I won't push the conversation or talk about other nonsense, because it is a waste of energy, and can be unprofessional! Conserve that energy when you can because you know you'll get a big talker at some point in your day!

7. I also take advantage of less stimulation during my drive to and from work. I listen to mantras in the car on the way to work to set the tone for the day, but on my way home from work, I sit in silence and breathe deeply - inhaling for 10 seconds, holding for 10 seconds and exhaling for another 10 seconds to really calm the nervous system and decompress.

8. Once I get home, I take a warm shower to ground my energy, do abyhanga body massage with oil, and get cozy with a cup of herbal tea -- chammomile, skullcap, rose or lavender are ideal. Many people will go out for drinks with their friends after work or chat on the phone to 'blow off steam', but you've just been exerting so much energy exchange throughout your day and it's time to put that energy into you!

9. Take advantage of your days off to give yourself some services: Chirporactic adjustments (read more to find out the benefits!), Massages, and Yoga are so important! to balance your nervous system, ground your energy and give yourself some love.

10. Another simple breathing exercise to do whenever you feel overwhelmed or overworked is to breathe in through your nose and hold the breath as you mentally say, "Light of Light" three times. Then exhale through the nose. Be careful not to feel faint while holding the breath this long! I do this sometimes while I'm diffusing a client's hair. You can access it anytime you have a quick moment to just let go of stress.

Lastly, be gentle with yourself and let your gifts shine in your work!

I hope you can utilize some or all of these practices in your life, and if you could use a little assistance, I'm here to help by giving you custom yoga and meditation practices, hands on healing, and menu planning tips! Please feel free to let me know how I can help you!

KATE-SIGNATURE

 

 

Achieving An Ideal Diet

vegan cupcakes I turned 34 on saturday and just realized something worth celebrating!

In past years, during my strict macrobiotic / vegan days, I would get super excited about an upcoming event / occasion / birthday because I would give myself permission to indulge in the things I normally avoided (it would still be a very healthy version like gluten free/vegan cupcakes like the pic above though;)!

In those instances, I  was fully expressed with happiness, but what I wasn't realizing is that I was usually suppressing that very same person when I wasn't in celebratory mode! How sad to think.

My dear friend reminded me a couple weeks ago while we were talking about my newfound balanced diet of eating everything in moderation, that she remembered coming to visit me in Boston a year ago and reading  what I had written on a piece of paper from an exercise I did in the book, "The Slow Down Diet", by Marc David.

I had completely forgotten that I posted this on my fridge to remind me of the diet I desired and missed ~ On that paper I had written how much I wanted to enjoy eating burgers again, or chips and guac, or drinking a margarita! It's so sad to think just how scared I was to go back to those ways of eating, or allowing myself to enjoy those pleasures.

It seems to have turned out to be a little bit like a vision board for my desires of who I wanted to be in regards to food. Funny, but pretty big deal stuff actually!

I remember working through those exercises a few summers ago, while on my Naam Yoga Teacher Training in Cabos, and realizing that Marc David, a nutritionist and The Psychology of Eating Health Coach, had made some really amazing points in his approach to eating. He said that if we give ourselves the opportunity to actually enjoy eating, while also consciously nourishing ourselves with high quality ingredients, we can actually have our cake and eat it too!

When we deny ourselves the pleasures that come from eating, it hurts our soul, and is actually like a form of self abuse, because we are subconsciously believing that we are wrong to desire these gifts, and therefore aren't allowing our souls to be fully expressed! That same 'abuse' can also be seen in a person who cleanses too much - they are subconsciously telling their body that they are toxic (this is something I'm guilty of and needed a lot of help with from my health coach a couple years back).

I remember a chapter in the book talking about how he had given a client of his advice for how she should lose weight, by actually encouraging her to have dessert everyday! Because she was given the green light on eating food that she always thought of as being forbidden, she actually trained herself to be more mindful when eating, and relish in the sweetness!

She also avoided being plagued with binge mode tendencies because she wasn't 'dieting' anymore! She ultimately achieved her ideal weight.

It's amazing what happens when we actually enjoy food in it's most purest form! On the same note, I read an article, written by Ayurvedic Practioner, John Duilliard, about why 'foodies' are thin. He says the main reasons are that they don't eat anything that doesn't bring them joy, they stop when they are satisfied, they only eat high quality ingredients, dine at farm to table restaurants, and eat in a relaxed, enjoyable manner. How novel!;)

This birthday is a new celebration of my soul being fully expressed and happy with a truly healthy, balanced diet! I have really embraced allowing myself to try different foods again this past year, and therefore have created a whole new reality for myself ~ one where I am softer, more relaxed, more feminine, loving, and more accepting of myself..

This practice is in fact a practice - a daily meditation in action which requires constant love and attention to cultivate a healthy relationship with food, which is ultimately  a reflection of our relationship with ourselves. This is the final step in my Life & Style Program that I offer, to help people on their journey to wellness! If you're interested in scheduling a session with me, please contact me here.

Won't you join me in the 'Slow Down Diet' of eating for pleasure and energy, which leads to a healthy weight?!

GLOW on friends!

KATE-SIGNATURE

 

A Healthy, Gluten-Free, Dinner and Dessert {Recipes}

20150803_172514 What to do with our abundant Peach Harvest?! Bake Dessert, of course!

When I was deep in my Macrobiotic/Vegan eating craze, I looked for any opportunity to eat sweets! Alicia Silverstone's cookbook, "The Kind Diet" was my favorite go-to for super easy, fun, yummy, healthy food!

I loved her recipe, Peach Crumble, and thought of it right away when we harvested our peaches! We didn't have everything on hand, so I made some substitutions and I think it came out even better than I remembered! I made it gluten free by only using brown rice flour (and not quite as much crumble), and I switched out the apple juice for tart cherry juice instead (an extra anti-inflammatory bonus), used only maple syrup and peaches as the sweetener, and opted for coconut oil instead of safflower oil.

peach crumble

peach crumble

Here's how the recipe looks, inspired by Alicia's:

Serves 4-6.

Ingredients:

The Filling:

4C sliced peaches

1 1/4C tart cherry juice

2TBS kuzu

1tsp lemon juice

2tsp vanilla extract

pinch of sea salt

The Topping:

1 1/2C gluten free rolled oats

1C brown rice flour

1/4tsp sea salt

1/4tsp ground cinnamon

3/4C coconut oil

1C maple syrup

1C chopped pecans

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. Place peaches in 9in baking pan. Reserve 1/4C cherry juice in small bowl. Heat remaining 1 1/2C in saucepan. Place the kuzu in with the reserved cherry juice and stir with a fork until it dissolves. Whisk the kuzu mixture and lemon juice into the hot cherry juice, stirring continually to prevent lumps from forming. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 2 minutes. Turn off the heat, and add the vanilla extract and salt. Pour over peaches in the pan.

To make the topping, combine oats, flour, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl and set aside. Heat th eoil and syrup together in a separate pan, then pour over the flour misture and mix well with a whisk. Stir in the nuts. Crumble the topping over the fruit, then cover the pan with foil and bake for 30min. Remove the foil and bake 15-25min longer or until the topping is golden and the fruit filling bubbles a little.

We also made peach, tomato gazpacho, but we'll have to see when Paul is ready to give up his culinary creation before I share! ;)

sun gold tomatoes

Our Sun Gold Tomatoes are GLORIOUS, as are our zucchini's, so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to make a Zucchini 'Pasta' dish, inspired by this recipe I received in my inbox from The Joyful Belly last week. Since I didn't have all the ingredients on hand, I decided to make this raw vegan pesto I found online, and add some tomatoes to it, and OMG it was sooo delish!!!

zucchini tomato pesto pasta

Here's the recipe:

Pasta:

2 Zucchini's made into 'zoodles' by slicing them with a veggie peeler on all sides, until you reach the seeds.

1 Summer Squash sliced the same as above

1-2C halved sun gold tomatoes

Pesto:

5 garlic cloves

1 1/2C basil leaves

1/3C olive oil

1/3C nutritional yeast (great B12 boost and cheesy substitute)

1C pumpkin seeds

3/4tsp sea salt

Directions:

Combine veggies in a bowl. You can toss in some olive oil and heat on a saute pan on medium for a few minutes to warm and wilt everything, or just leave it in bowl and eat raw. Add all the pesto ingredients to a blender and add 3/4C water to whizz together. Pour over veggies and enjoy!

So, there you have it, a farm fresh dinner and dessert from our house to yours! May you enjoy the fruits of your labor and get closely connected with food, with the source of prana / life force energy and with yourself through this beautiful practice of self care ~ growing your own food and cooking.

Click here for more menu planning and recipe inspiration.

In good health,

KATE-SIGNATURE