Lately I’ve been on a full on caffeine bender. Every once in a while I find myself going overboard, and that’s usually when I need to double check what’s going on in my life (hello, why am I trading sleep for double shots of espresso?!?) and re-evaluate. I just told you all in my post on being productive that you need to treat yourself better, so I decided to start doing just that! Step one: find something to replace my coffee with.
I talked about how great matcha is a while back, but totally forgot all about it until I started digging through my kitchen cabinets. It’s a straight up wonder ingredient, so I decided to combine it with some of my other favorite ingredients to make a well rounded power smoothie. This is something that should definitely get you going first thing in the morning, but I could see it being a great afternoon pick-me-up as well.
I think it’s about time someone wrote a winter blues anthem in the same vein as Lana’s summertime sadness. The shorter daylight hours, crappy cold weather, and just overall feeling of gloom really do a number on a person. I know we’re on the better side of winter solstice (it was December 21) so the days are slooowly getting longer, but until we get to that point, S.A.D is gonna be hanging around.
Well, what exactly is S.A.D.?
This stands for seasonal affective disorder, which is basically depression brought on by the season change. It tends to linger from late fall until the start of spring, and results in symptoms like the following:
• low motivation
• weight gain
• appetite change
• trouble concentrating
Basically, life just feels really dang hard, okay? To help us all survive until sunnier days (literally and figuratively), I decided to put together a list of tips to cope with the winter blues. I hope that if you’re struggling some of these lend themselves to be useful to you. ♥ View Post
Okay I can’t even lie, before I’d made this I’d never eaten egg salad before. I’ve always associated egg salad with a gross mayo-filled gas station sandwich and there was just never any appeal. Last month when I was in the Toronto airport coming back from Paris I saw those sandwiches at every little side-kiosk, and texted my sister asking if I was wrong about my assumption, and if they actually tasted like deviled eggs on a sandwich. Now that was something I could get behind.
I basically became obsessed with trying egg salad, but because I really just don’t mess with mayo (seriously, just look at it guys), I decided to take it a healthier route. After a little trial and error I came up with this recipe, sans mayo, just for you. Let me know what you think!
Healthy Avocado Egg Salad
I am a caffeine fiend. I mean full on energy drink guzzling, skull-splitting, withdrawal headache suffering, caffeine fiend. And I need to stop. The deeper I try to dive into living a healthier lifestyle the more I’ve been trying to rid myself of things (as you would) that just really don’t benefit me positively, mentally or physically, and caffeine is definitely on the list to go. It’s one of the most socially acceptable “drugs” and while fine in moderation, there’s no reason I need to rely on it as heavily or as often as I do! I’ve made it my mission lately to try to find alternative sources of energy for when I need that extra push during the day (hello 2 pm), especially while I try to wean myself off energy drinks.
While caffeine affects the person consuming it on a surface, mental level, these provide energy on a cellular level, which means they’ll last longer and won’t give you that jittery high and quick low coffee or energy drinks have! Here are my favorites:
Two weeks ago I got lucky enough to team up with my friend, yoga instructor Vanessa Jackson
, to work on Sun Salutations, or Surya Namaskar
, at Bombay Yoga Company
. The studio was really open and inviting with a lot of light, and I urge anyone in the Philadelphia area to take a visit.
So why Sun Salutations?
- they express gratitude for the sun, without which life wouldn’t be possible
- they awaken the energy center, your own inner sun, which can warm the body physically & mentally
- speed up the blood flow while putting the mind at ease, which leads to meditation
- help to link the mind and body through breathing, as a moving meditation; putting focus on our breathing can help bring us to the present
- stretch and flex the body, which is good as both a warm up and a stand-alone workout
- standing poses ground you and help you find your center
- are done in the morning after waking, as a way to start the day with intention