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The Force is with you

“When the flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.” Alexander Den Heijer

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Last weekend I allowed someone to speak to me in a very demeaning way. I allowed it for about 5 minutes until I realized I could change the circumstance in which I was being talked to. I could have chosen to be combative but what I chose, was to smile, nod, and walk away without any hurtful words. It left this person knowing I had the power of how  they could treat me.  In that moment I knew I had stepped into my light.

You are your own source of light. I have been working on this concept for years and I am finally understanding how my light is mine , and mine only. No one can dim that light. No one has that power over me unless I give it to them.  A truly hard concept that I work on daily.

What I am learning and what I practice everyday is the control piece of this puzzle. Fighting Breast Cancer for over a decade I have felt many times lost and that I am no longer in control. What I am realizing is that nothing has that much power over my life. Not even Cancer. I control how I react to everything and anything. That includes how I allow people to speak and treat me. That is where the true power and light shines.

For most of my life I have worried myself sick, forsaken my health for others, and been the source of my own obstacles. OUCH! Yes I openly admit and take responsibility of getting in my own way, I have given my power to others without knowledge or recognition. SO what does this mean? I am taking my power back because no one can shine the light for me. I have to be my own source of inspiration, my own advocate, and yes my own light.

Some may say selfish, some may say surviving, I am moving towards THRIVING! You see my fabulous friends, we choose. We choose to be happy, to be sad, angry, hurtful or helpful. We manifest our life.

Months ago I couldn’t have written this article with such passion. Why? I wasn’t living it.   I was trying, but didn’t fully understand the one common denominator in all of my turmoil, was me.  I was allowing everyone and every situation to control me.

I can be the masterpiece and a work in progress. I can be both. The force is already with me. The force is with you all.

 

All My love to you Fabulous Fighters,

xoxo-Fab

 

 

No Bake, Vegan Energy Bites

No bake carrot coconut date energy bites

This little bites are perfect for a boost of natural energy.  Perfect for grab and go and for packing in school lunches.

Here is what you will need:

1 cup gluten free organic rolled oats

2 cups tightly packed pitted dates

3/4 cup lightly packed, finely grated carrot

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp pink himalayan salt

1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Place the oats into a food processor and pulse until they are broken down.  Add the rest of the ingredients except the coconut and mix until a thick dough is formed. Form into small bites or balls and roll in the shredded coconut.  Makes approximately 20 balls.

The Who’s Who of Foods for Fighting Inflammation

#1 Celery – helps manage cholesterol and blood pressure levels

#2 Beets – high levels of potassium and magnesium help reduce inflammation

#3 Broccoli – contains high levels of antioxidants and phytonutrients like sulforaphane which helps the body to get rid of potentially carcinogenic compounds

#4 Blueberries – the high levels of polyphenols in blueberries make them antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powerhouses

  • Easy Broccoli and Blueberry Salad
    • 1 apple diced
    • 1 cup organic blueberries
    • 1 1/2 lbs organic broccoli
    • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
    • 1/4 cup red onion
    • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
    • Toss all ingredients in a bowl
    • In a separate bowl whisk together and pour over salad:
      • 1/4 cup honey or agave
      • 2 tbs lemon juice
      • 2 tbs apple cider vinegar
      • 4 tbs avocado oil
      • 1 tbs grated garlic
      • 1 tbs grated ginger

#5 Walnuts – high concentration of antioxidants and omega 3 fatty acids

#6 Chia Seeds – large amounts of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids to combat inflammation

  • Five Ingredient Chia Pudding (make in advance and store in individual serving mason jars for a great grab and go)
    • 8 tbs chia seeds
    • 2 cups of unsweetened coconut, almond or cashew milk
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 tbs pure maple syrup or agave
    • fresh fruit for topping (insert your favorites here)
    • Divide all ingredients equally (except for the fruit topping) and place into the individual mason jars and let sit overnight in the fridge.  If you do not have individual mason jars, you can combine all ingredients into a large batch and then portion out the morning of.
      • Makes 4 1/2 cup servings (approximately 4 grams of protein per serving)

#7 Turmeric – contains a powerful, non toxic compound called curcumin that greatly reduces inflammation

#8 Ginger -contains very potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols

#9 Pineapple – contins quercetin (a bioflavonoid) and bromelain (an enzyme) which are a great combo for fighting inflammation

#10 Leafy greens – high levels of vitamin K to help reduce inflammation

 

DIY Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer

School is back in full swing and with it the lovely germs and bacteria that can reek havoc on our immune systems.  I can see it now, little bottles of hand sanitizer swinging from every backpack for miles.  Unfortunately, those little bottles can contain some nasty ingredients that lead to bacterial resistance.  Here is an easy DIY hand sanitizer recipe that is better for you and for the good bacteria in our lives.

In a small squeeze bottle put: 5-10 drops lavender oil, 30 drops tea tree oil, 1 tbs witch hazel extract, 8ozs 100% pure aloe vera, and 1/4 tsp vitamin E oil.

Looking for an alternative to wipes and sprays?  Check out this DIY spray sure to leave surfaces germ free!

In a 2oz spray bottle put: 10-12 drops Young Living Thieves, 1 tsp witch hazel, and fill the rest with water.

When Life Hands You Rotten Lemons

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Sometimes life gives you lemons, so you make lemonade.  What happens when life throws rotten lemons at you, the water is contaminated and there is a worldwide sugar shortage?  Join Dave and I tonight at 8pm for our Facebook LIVE as we discuss staying positive despite the ups and downs of every day life.

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Self Tanning Tips

Self tanner tips

Just because fall is here doesn’t mean that you need to lose that kissed by the sun, summer glow.  These tips will help you to get the most out of your self tanner and will help you avoid the cancer causing rays of tanning beds.

First, find a self tanner that is a little darker than your skin tone.  As your tan progresses, you can always bump up the color.  Go for a straight self tanner and not a moisturizer with a bronzer.  This will ensure better color and coverage.

Before applying, be sure to use a body scrub to remove any dead skin cells and promote even coverage.  Here is a great recipe for a DIY Scrub

Once you are scrubbed, rinsed and dried, it is time to apply the self tanner.  Dispense about a quarter sized dollop of moisturizing lotion and a quarter sized dollop of self tanner into the palm of your hand*.  For lighter color, use a little more moisturizer and for darker color, a little less. Rub your hands together to mix the moisturizer and tanner.  Starting from your feet and moving upward, apply the mixture to all extremities and areas you wish to give some color.

Once you have rubbed in the moisturizer, use a hair dryer on the cool setting to help set the tanner.  Let the tanner set for about an hour before venturing out and about.  I generally will put on light clothing while I wait for it to set.  For the best color and coverage, repeat 3 to 4 days in a row until the desired color is reached.

To maintain the color, reapply every 4 days and apply moisturizer daily to keep the skin hydrated.

*To avoid tan palms, use gloves when applying tanner or use shaving cream on your palms to remove the self tanner.