Friday, December 31, 2010

Fabulous Weather / Happy New Year!!!

what an amazing day!!! i spent all day outside with the boys and it was fabulous!! i'm a nature girl and i feel my best when i get outside in the sun with the fresh air and earth around me.

i love the "new year" time. it is a time to think about everything i'm grateful for. it is a time to "let go" or address any unsettled issues or feelings that i may have. it is a time to set intentions and make goals for myself. i take this time to think about what i truly want to accomplish in the next year, month, week, day etc. for me blogging and journaling help me think these things through on a daily basis. each night i write down significant happenings of the day, thoughts, feeling etc and make a plan and set intentions for the next day. this is key in keeping me balanced and organized.
what i thrived on today:
woke at 4am to practice yoga
water and probiotic
drank kombucha while making buckwheat pancakes for the kids- they love them!!!
made green juice and organized house
drank green juice with supplements
drank green juice while ran errands with kids
snack break for kids of lara bar and apple
drank pau d'arco tea with warm water on the way to the park
bike riding and playing at the park- mason is working on riding his bike with no help and he is doing great.
afternoon food: kelp noodles and arame slightly warmed on top of the stove with some olive oil and himalayan salt, chunks of avocado, alfalfa sprouts, tahini and nutritional yeast. this has been a favorite meal of mine lately!! its easy to digest and very satisfying. my body is craving the fat from the avocado, tahini and olive oil.
after cleaning up we ventured to another park to play soccer and run around.
kombucha tea

Happy New Year!!! namaste!!!


Thursday, December 30, 2010

Holiday Bliss

mason and owen waiting to open presents christmas morning:

we had a white christmas in williamsburg va!!!

Part of what i love about the holidays is doing different things. we all have our "daily rituals" and daily schedules that we often follow to get the things done that we have to get done or want to get done- all while being present and mindful of course. for me the "different things" included sleeping past 4 am, mason, owen and i sharing a bed while staying with my in-laws, relaxing with the family and friends over a warm cup of tea, not working on the computer every night (which is why i have not blogged lately), not scheduling my daily activities precisely everyday-just going with the flow. i of course did not do these things everyday because i crave my typical daily rituals but i love to do them occasionally. i appreciate my life and lifestyle even more after being away for a few days!!! i challenge everyone to occasionally take the time and just let the day happen. take this time to reassess your own daily rituals.
owen and i relaxing in williamsburg at my sister-in-law's house:

the last few weeks have been filled with holiday giving and receiving, family, friends, giving thanks and being grateful and creating family traditions. now that i have 2 little boys i want to create traditions that are amazing and fun for everyone: listening to holiday music, getting the tree and decorating it together, making and eating warm cozy meals for family and friends, having gatherings with the most important people in my life and doing winter activities such as playing in the snow, sledding, ice skating, skiing and more... as you know i love activity!!

my goal with my boys is to introduce them to as much as i can in life so they can make their own choices on what they love and are passionate about. i want them to live a passionate life and be healthy, well and happy!! the latest thing i introduced mason to is ice skating. it was sooo much fun. we made it around 3 times with lots of falls to his buttocks but he was smiling the whole time.

yesterday is an example of a not-so-typical wednesday. i took mason to see the 11am "tangled" which i loved and then went for lunch. we went for pizza- one of his favorite meals. yes- he is a normal 4 year old who loves pizza and mac and cheese. the key for me in feeling ok allowing him to eat food like this is to make sure all ingredients are from fabulous sources. you can eat a pizza made with real tomatoes and cheese or you can eat a pizza made from processed stuff. Next, we came home picked up owen and went to the park to run around and play some soccer. it was fabulous!! it was a day all about the kids and i love that!!

work has been fabulous too. i just got done coaching a group of 25 people in a 5 day cleanse. starting in the new year we will be doing a 10 day cleanse together. many people put off cleansing till after the holidays but i say it helps even more to do one during the holidays to stay in control and on track. plus this provides you with the energy to keep up with the holiday activities. please contact me if you are interested in doing a 5, 10 or longer detox. i do a variety of different types of detox programs because each person often requires something slightly different. types of cleansing programs range from: all juices, juices and smoothies, all raw, raw till dinner and more- there is one for everyone!!

for me to stay balanced over the holiday there are certain things that i never don't do. these include my green juice, my daily yoga practice, my daily detox rituals such as skin brushing and tongue scraping, eating 95% raw with my occasional bowl of quinoa mash, proper food combining and timing, living my yoga, breathing through life and being present. sometimes with the holidays life can become a little foggy. take a step back, assess what is truly important, breathe, set an intention and move forward. life is worth breathing through so take it slow and be present.

i'm also still in the process of decorating and organizing my house and making my house a home. it is truly getting there and i love it. my surroundings totally effect how i feel. for me having clean open spaces is important- i hate clutter and can't focus if i'm in a room with clutter. decluttering your home and space is one of the best things you can do for yourself.

so life has been packed lately and i love it. now its time for the new year and i have many amazing things going happening. life is fabulous!!!

more pics:
mason's holiday program was sooo fun to watch.

owen's new stuffed doggie:

mason and owen helping me make my green juice:

namaste, kelly

Thursday, December 9, 2010

My Daily Rituals

Here is what i thrived on the last two days:

Wednesday- Yesterday was a work day for me so i ate very simple. When i eat simple i have the energy to put towards my work and life. In the morning i prepared all my food for the day: green juice, grapes and a huge amount of green smoothie with loads of goodies in it.

woke at 4ish
water with lemon and probiotic
red rooibos tea- wanted something warm!! it has been sooo cold here!!

GT kombucha tea while working with clients

Yoga class at Yoga Fusion- the heat in the studio felt fabulous!!
Green Juice with supplements- I still find it amazing that i crave my green juice everyday!! it nourishes my mind and body.

Here are the supplements i took today:

Sipped on more green juice while working with clients
Snacked on grapes while driving to pick up mason from school

Back to the studio to see clients
Huge green smoothie (approximately 55 ounces) that i sipped on from 4:30ish to 7:30ish. my green smoothie today included: raspberries, mango, banana, spinach, chard, kale, water, sun warrior vanilla protein powder, green pure synergy powder. It was soo yummy!!

worked late (till 7)

Today was also a work day but i was craving some warm cozy food. It is just sooo cold outside that i needed something warm, dense and chewable. so i indulged in my "fall/winter" splurge of quinoa.

Woke at 4ish
made my green juice
drank warm water with lemon and took probiotic
GT kombucha tea while working with clients
Yoga class at Yoga Fusion- again loved the heat!!!
Green juice with supplements
Sipped on green juice while working with clients
Home to indulge in my favorite cozy fall/winter meal of: quinoa, baked sweet potatoes, chunks of avocado, cilantro, peas, sea salt and lots of nutritional yeast. i had my nanny prepare this so it was ready for me when i stopped at home. i ate it slowly while doing some work at the computer. this of course is not ideal but sometimes i need to get things done while the boys are busy- owen was sleeping plus the nanny was still here and mason was at school. then it was off to pick up mason at school and venture to home depot for some house stuff!!

time for bed!! namaste, kelly

Monday, December 6, 2010

Be Thankful for your Health

Wow does it feel good to have my health back!! there is not much that gets me down but whatever my family and i had got us all down!! i'm back and feeling fabulous. i'm soooo grateful for my health now!! i have the ability to make healthy choices everyday. my choice to wake up early and connect with and move my body with my yoga. and wow does it feel good now. my choice to make my daily green juice which provides me a fabulous base of nutrients every morning. here are some pics of mason and owen helping me make our daily green juice:

tonight's dinner was very messy but soooo fabulous:

arame and sea spaghetti
baby arugala blend
dressing: tahini, orange juice, lemon juice, garlic, nutritional yeast and sea salt
i whisked the dressing together, poured it over the sea veggies and mixed in the baby arugala and tomatoes. i ate a few bites just like that and then i wrapped it in a nori sheet and dipped it in additional sauce with a sprinkle of nutritional yeast. we loved it!!! i've been loving lots of wraps lately: spinach wraps, nori wraps and collard wraps are my favorites.

this weekend was a fabulous holiday preparation weekend. we decorated our tree, i shopped for the boys, wrapped lots of presents and sent out my holiday cards. i'm totally in the holiday mood!!! saturday night we lit a fire and just cuddled up together as one big happy family- while eating the most amazing raw chocolate almond ice cream!!! a fire, ice cream and family- it was a perfect night. i have the holiday music on all the time now!! here is mason decorating the tree:

here is owen enjoying every bite of his blueberry almond butter smoothie:

Take some time to appreciate your health. you have the ability to make healthy choices with each choice you make during the day: what you will eat for breakfast, if you are going to exercise, how you are going to react to the situations you are faced with each day and so much more. You are in charge of your health and life- so take charge!!

namaste, kelly

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Flu got us!!!

ok- so my whole family had the flu. NOT FUN!!!! But we are recovering. When you are healing from the flu, or most illnesses, you need to eat very light to allow most of your energy to go towards healing the body. I'm juicing and blending most of my meals for easier digestion. Juicing is providing me with loads of nutrients to help my body heal. Blending fruit, smoothies and soups will help me get some calories, fiber and nutrients while being easy on my digestive system. here is a medicinal soup i blended the other day. the measurements are approximate because i of course was not measuring.

2 cups water
1 large tbsp chick pea miso
1 tsp tumeric
1 large clove garlic
pinch of grated ginger
handful shitake mushrooms
handful maitake mushrooms
2 tbsps dulse flakes

Blend it all up, place it in a pot on the stove and warm lightly.
Swirl around your mouth before swallowing for optimal digestion.
This can also be used as a base for other soups. you can add chopped up veggies, zucchini noodles, kelp noodles and more.... I kept mine very simple!!!

Namaste, kelly