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Life Happens in the Pause

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What I see often in my own practice and yours - yes, I am watching you - is a rushing to get to the next pose or a struggle in the pose that causes resistance.

What if you just paused and received the pose as it is or as it is not? What could happen?

Possibly, life could happen.

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Connection is Love

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I realized in that moment that this is love. Connecting with my people and enjoying each other is love. Not receiving gifts and sitting at fancy dinner. Now, I do not mind those things at all! But, being together and just catching up on each other’s lives made my heart full.

Connection is love.

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"It's Just 40 Days."

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“It’s just 40 days.”

Those were the four little words I clung to when I signed up for the 40 Days Program last year at Free to Be in New Orleans, unsure of my legitimacy as a yoga student in general, much less as an active member of the Free To Be community.

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How to Get Back on the Healthy Eating Train!

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Hello everyone, and Happy New Year!

It’s Zoë coming in for a guest blog to share with you some of my favorite healthy eating recipes and tips. I love eating healthy and filling my body with the nutrients and nourishment it needs. However, every year during the end of December my healthy eating habits inevitably get derailed during the festive fun! That’s okay, I don’t believe in shaming myself for indulging or feeling guilty about the extra treats. The great thing about having healthy eating habits, is that it’s only a matter of time until the indulging starts to feel heavy and unappetizing. I like to start my new year off fresh with a healthy boost from my favorite recipes.

My first tip to getting back on track is to have compassion for yourself. Remind yourself that you’re allowed to indulge, and that indulging for a week or two (or three) won’t make or break your healthy habits!

The second thing I like to do is to kick the sugar. Did you know that sugar is more addicting than nicotine? It’s true, and unfortunately so many of the best holiday treats are jam packed with processed sugar. A great way to ween yourself off the sugar cravings in January, is to have some healthy no sugar added treats in the house. That way, if your sweet tooth is craving a delectable morsel, you can appease it with a healthier version.

Luckily, with the help of the Free To Be team, I’ve been introduced to my new all-time favorite holiday “treat”, Bliss (Snow) Balls. If you practiced at the Festivus Fleaux, than you already know what I’m talking about. They are a delicious treat packed with all the good things and none of the bad. I’m talking no sugar added and no junky ingredients - and they taste like cookie dough. For real! Best of all, they are super simple and quick to make.

The secret ingredient? Besides love, it’s sea salt! Yep, a little bit of sea salt goes a long way to satisfy those sinful junky cravings.

My last tip is to always keep a hearty, healthy salad in the fridge. I love to make a big batch of these hearty salads on a Sunday night to have on hand for meals and snacking during the week ahead. My salads aren’t always the same, but they follow the same format to ensure maximum satisfaction.

Check it the recipe for both of these gems below!

Bliss (Snow) Balls

Time: 90 minutes (from start to eating)

Makes 24 balls

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups walnuts
  • 2 cups dates (pitted)
  • 1 ½ cups shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 2 tbls coconut oil
  • 2 tbls hemp seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp sea salt

Steps:

  1. Pulse walnuts & 1 cup of the coconut together in a food processor until they make a crumbly texture
  2. Add dates, coconut oil, vanilla, and sea salt.
  3. Use a tablespoon to scoop the mixture and roll together to form a ball.
  4. In a shallow dish, pour ½ cup of coconut.
  5. Roll the bliss balls in coconut- now it’s a snowball!
  6. Lay blissballs on a baking sheet and pop into the freezer for 1 hour to set!
  7. SERVE CHILLED!

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Hearty, Healthy Salad

Time: 40 min

Servings: 4-6

  1. Prep a grain. My favorites are: quinoa, wild rice, and farro.
    1. Cook per box instructions
  2. After your chosen grain is cooked, allow to cool for a few minutes.
  3. Add a leafy green. My favorites are: spinach, kale, or arugula.
  4. Add nuts or seeds for some crunch, like sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, or chopped almonds.
  5. Add a dried fruit. I love dried cranberry for a little chewy tartness.
  6. Toss together a simple dressing. My go-to’s are a honey-balsamic or a lemon-dijon vinaigrette.
  7. Voila!

Side note: This salad is particularly satisfying while it’s still a little warm.

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I hope these tips and recipes help inspire your own healthy eating throughout the first month of the year. I know these will help keep me powered through the Free To Be New Year Yoga Challenge (oh, and they are 40 Days friendly too)! If you see me around the studio please share your thoughts with me or comment below with your favorite healthy recipes. I love discussing healthy food with people, and I would especially love to see any of your creations on social media. Be sure to tag @freetobepoweryoga if you make a beautiful salad creation or healthy treat.

Have a happy, healthy, and fruitful New Year

Xo,
Zoë

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Prepare for New Years: Create Your 2019 Vision

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Hey lovely,

Do you love New Year’s resolutions as much as I do? At times in the past, they made me anxious and I would set unrealistic expectations for myself.  Now, I truly enjoy them and I even get my kids involved with the whole process.

Instead of setting a resolution, I set my vision and goals for the year.  The vision and goals work that I use is based off the teaching of Susanne Conrad, founder of Lightyear Leadership.  The way this work is designed is that I actually get to leap into the future and see what I want to create with my l life. I love this concept because it doesn’t put any limits on what I can create.

When I work from what is happening now, I limit myself to go for something big and bold.

Here is a quick snippet on ways to prepare for you Vision and Goals work of 2019:

    1. Celebrate 2018: I made a vision board in 2018. Now, at the end of the year, I go back and review all the things I said I wanted to do. Then I circle what actually was done and celebrate it like no other. How to celebrate? Do this work with your best friends and family,  and talk about all the accomplishments you have made throughout the year. Or do a happy dance if you are doing it by yourself. Now, for those things that did not get done, oh well!!! Put them on 2019 if it is fitting. Don’t get stuck on it not getting finished. Did any one of them get started? If yes, that is a win! For example, I put that I wanted to write a book this year. I did not write a book, but I started this blog. It is moving me in that direction!
    2. Envision 2019 - Now it is time to set your vision for 2019. Start by writing out your 2019 vision. What do you want to create? What do you want to do? Who do you want to be? What do you want to wear? How do you want to feel? What impact do you want to make? Get to the details of what your 2019 will look like. In 2019, I want to simplify my life even more.  I want to be more resourceful and start to make things from scratch like elderberry syrup and homemade pasta. I just want to go back to the simple life so I can focus on the important things like family, changing more lives through yoga and supporting entrepreneurs grow their business mindfully. What do you want to do? I highly encourage you to do this work with friends so you can bounce ideas off each other and share the goals. The more you share with others, the more committed you will be.
    3. Vision Board 2019 - Get out your magazines and pictures, and start cutting out all those pictures that make your vision a reality. This will also serve as your goals sheet. This will take some time, but I promise it is worth it! I hang my finished product up in my office and it stays there all year. It is a reminder of what I have set my eyes to do for the year.  

Now, go get after it. Do this with your friends, family or by yourself. Like I said in the beginning, I even get my boys to participate in this work. They had so much fun doing it! Cooper put all the places he wanted to travel and Henry wanted to entertain all his friends. I must say, they accomplished most of these things!

One more request, share you vision boards on instagram and tag @freetobepoweryoga. We want to see what you are working on and help you fulfill on your vision.  Also, if you have other ways you set your new year’s resolutions, comment below.

Happy Visioning!

Love,
Kelly B.

P.S. Don’t forget to put the New Year Yoga Challenge and 40 Days to Personal Resolution as one of your goals. Or maybe you want to go through our teacher training (YES) or expand your practice via a Baptiste Institute Training at Free To Be! 

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