December 2015 Meanderings.

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12276848_920419791387069_463843815_nDecember is in full swing so here are my Monthly Meanderings. A long tradition in WW-Land meanderings are links to things that have genuinely inspired me around the web this month.  Until next month keep in touch with me on Facebook & Instagram (above are some Insta-glimpses into my past month). I’m still loving Snapchat now so join me there too. Oh and tons of new pod episodes coming this month.

 

THINGS I READ // WROTE ::

-Molly Sims on Body Image. 

Comfortable shoes. 

Omg. Whole Foods. $$$ 

-Loved this article from Sakara Life! especially this line::
“Those extra 5-10 pounds, that place where your body naturally wants to be – that’s your life. That’s your late night pizza with your man, that Sunday morning bottomless brunch, your favorite cupcake in the whole entire world because you wanted to treat yourself. Those 5-10 pounds are your favorite memories, your unforgettable trips, your celebrations of life.”

-Loved this super feminist blog post about the holidays. So much good stuff in here. Eye-opening. For instance this line is so good::
“the concept of food being connected to morality remains: we judge people as good when they eat salad and yogurt and chia seeds, and bad when they eat donuts and burgers. We turn this inward on ourselves too. And we don’t have to. Instead we can adopt the belief that we are just inherently good, that we never need to be perfectionisty about anything, and that health and eating are not connected to morality.”

-I wrote this last year about the holidays but it is still very true this year.

TO LISTEN // WATCH::

-Amy Schumer on Body Image & style please watch!

I love both of them so much & this video was so fun! 

Best most important TED talk I’ve seen.

11906269_110607259307034_944634875_n-So I heard on Alanis Morissette’s new podcast (yes she has one, listen here) about this communication style and I’m going to try to adapt it as much as I remember to in my life. This post outlines the steps.

-Loved this story about COLOR. Listen to it. Fascinating!

-I loved this episode of This American Life this week especially the first act about the high school girls.

-Last week’s episode of Katie Wonders in case you missed it!

TO EAT::

-Dying to make these brownies they happen to be sugar and gluten free too.

-The dip I’m dying to dip into. Creamy spinach and avocado dip.

-This recipe isn’t actually to eat it’s to smell but it look awesome.

TO TRY // EXPLORE ::

-I love baths and this one is my new obsession thanks to Kris Carr.

New social media where you can only post one super good link per day. I’m into it.

-Look at this pretty jewelry line. They’re giving us a donation to a charity with every purchase we make using this code::  “WellnessWonderland

-How cute is this pin?

-Um I need this how clever is this mermaid blanket?

-How cute are these nails? Perfect for the holidays I think.

-I haven’t done gift guides in a couple years but I did them in 2012 & 2013 and so here they are if you want to meander them!

Check out my friend abbey’s sweet shop Amiga!  Perfect for all your holiday shopping needs. At least I want everything.

I wrote this about what I think a Wellness Wonderland is::
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+ one more thing
TO LISTEN to::
my playlist of the holiday season that I’ll continue adding to throughout the season if you want to jam festively with me.

Foodie Friday | PB & J Breakfast Tacos Recipe

Happy 4th of July! Today’s recipe is somewhat patriotic looking with the red & blue berries and if you add some coconut flakes we’ve got the entire US of A  color scheme accounted for. The other day I had nothing in the fridge and didn’t think this week was worth grocery shopping since I’d being going home for the holiday. I woke up starving for breakfast and wanted to eat rather than drink my smoothie so I took my smoothie ingredients and made these tacos instead. This is so simple, refreshing, and light. It requires no equipment and very few ingredients.

Ingredients:
-Romain Leaves or Collard Greens 
-Berries (organic frozen of fresh) 
-Nut Butter of Choice (May Favorites are Pumpkin Seed or Hemp Seed) 
-Optional Add-ins: coconut flakes, sea salt, cinnamon etc. 

Sound Good? Share it! Tweet it here! 

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FOODIE FRIDAY | SICK? GETTING SICK? NO PROB I GOT YOU, DRINK THIS…

It’s that time of year. There’s lots of icky stuff going around, so heal or protect yourself whatever the case may be with this powerful yet healing tonic. This drink is super simple and will heal the flu or prevent you from getting it altogether! Or just have it everyday to warm up!

Tell me what you think & what kinds of videos you want to see more of. Subscribe to me on YouTube here!

& if you haven’t already, it would be oh so cool if you could toss me a thumbs up on Facebook! right below for your convenience!

Also, something I’ve been doing to really boost my immunity and promote both liver and skin health is working in MSM (great for joint health as well as skin health, pull heavy metals out) and Camu Camu (super duper high in vitamin C which is amazing for skin health) everyday. Since they don’t taste the best I like to just take them as a shot, and I’ve been adding them to my liver cleansing shot of lemon and olive oil. I instagrammed it this week and people loved it. Here’s what you do:

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Glowing Skin, Liver Supporting, Flu Preventing Super Shot of the Week Recipe:

-1/4 tsp MSM

-1/2 tsp camu camu

-1 tbsp olive oil

– half a lemon

-1 tbsp water

It will be strong so take as shot then follow with warm water with lemon or drink in the video above! Good luck! Bottoms up y’all!

Foodie Friday | Skin Healing Super-food, tastes like a snicker-doodle Smoothie!

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Welcome to Foodie Friday! I hope you’ve been enjoying Skin Healing Week, here in wonderland. We kicked things off with this recipe for what I’m doing typically on my skin to heal it naturally, then on WWRadio we had natural skin healing guru of The Love Vitamin and today as promise I’m sharing a super food, skin healing tonic smoothie recipe.

I thought about this smoothie all week, researching and crafting the perfect combination of ingredients for glowing, healthy, vibrant skin. Who doesn’t want to drink their way to healthy skin? Especially when the smoothie tastes this good! It has so many healing ingredients in here that I honestly wasn’t sure how it would taste. However, as you’ll see in the video I was presently surprised that it not only was delicious but tasted like a snicker doodle.

I can’t wait for you to try it. Feel free to make it your own, if you don’t have all the ingredients I’m using here, work with what you do. All that  matters when you’re creating a premeditated tonic to heal something, is that you truly believe in  each ingredient, and you’re not just adding them because you heard or read they are healthy, but because you know their healing properties & they work for your unique body. For example, don’t eat kale because of the buzz & how nutrient packed it is eat kale because it makes you feel vibrant. For me, adding raw kale to my smoothies really does work anymore, it’s difficult to digest for my weak digestion and after adding it daily for years, I’m finally listening to my body and taking a break from it.

BOTTOM-LINE: give your body what it wants & what it needs to heal, nothing more nothing less and know it is different for every single body. A trendy super food may not be so super for you, so listen to that! 

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Ingredients: 1/2 cup raspberries (or berries of your choice)

1 apple

Greens of choice: I use a little celery & a cup of spinach

Wheatgrass

Fresh Aloe (insides)

Chia Seeds (about 2 tablespoons, allow to gel in liquid for about 15 minutes)

1/2 cup spring water

1/2 cup coconut water keifer (extra probiotics, but if you don’t have can just replace with more water)

1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

1/2 tablespoon MSM powder

1 tablespoon Green powder I used Green Vibrance

1/2 teaspoon raw wildcrafted vanilla bean powder

2 whole fresh figs (or sweetener of your choice perhaps raw honey or green stevia)

Cinnamon to taste

Method: Blend, dance, enjoy, heal! 

Let me know how it goes in comments!

Foodie Friday | The Best {yet healthy} hot breakfast you’ve ever had

So lately I’ve been focusing on feeding my body intuitively. Specifically, I’m no longer eating anything healthy just for the sake of being ‘healthy’. After all, healthy for one person never means healthy for all. What I’m about to say might actually blow your mind: I haven’t started my day with a green smoothie in two weeks! WOAH! I know, I never thought I’d say that either, but it’s the truth and my body has never been happier about it. Like I always say, I do love a green smoothie as much as the next guy and I do belive it is one of the best ways to fuel your body with power nutrients early in the morning, however I’ve found that some mornings it’s just simply not what my body wants or needs and I’m finally listening to that rather than pushing through and giving it what I think/hear/ read that it needs because I know best.

The bottom line is this: doing something “healthy” just because someone told you it was “healthy” is counterproductive. Unless it feels healthy to you and your body in the moment don’t do it. I may have a green smoothie tomorrow or I may not, either way I’m not worried about it anymore and excited to give my body whatever it asks for in the morning. Which lately has been this healing easily digestible grain dish I reference in this video. Maybe something to try and see what your body thinks of it.

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Hot Buckwheat Morning Cereal (vegan, gluten-free, yummy)

-1/2 raw buckwheat groats

-Raw apple cider vinegar or lemon for soaking overnight

-Any toppings you choose: I like goji berries, coconut butter, almond milk, pumpkin seeds, figs (in photo above), cinnamon, stevia, vanilla, hemp seeds, anything you like!

Simple, just just cook like you would rice or quinoa and add in any toppings you feel like. Just be sure to soak the buckwheat the night before with a little apple cider vinegar or lemon juice. Let me turn it over to Culinary Karma to show you how & tell you why….take it away Carly…