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Friday Vibes 03.24.17

Friday Vibes takes a spin around the web and weaves together pieces for living your best life. Here are a few things I'm majorly crushing on this week. Mantra: I choose purpose over perfect. Make: Sushi is usually a healthy choice when dining out but it can get pricey. Make sushi at home with the help from Fifteen Spatulas.  Media: 5 reasons to love cinnamon and 10 ways to incorporate it into your best day ever.  Major: Do you know what makes you happy? Our World in Data takes a look life satisfaction around the world.  Motivate: A new perspective on happiness from Karen Salmansohn's book How to Be Happy, Dammit: A Cynic's Guide to Spiritual Happiness.

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Friday Vibes 03.24.17

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Your Best Doesn’t Have to be Perfect

The Secret of the Wabi-Sabi Way   I recently came across a term new to me: wabi-sabi. Wabi-sabi is a Japanese word used to described aesthetics, and more broadly, a worldview that values the imperfect, impermanent and incomplete. Sound a little confusing? Here are some examples: Imperfect: Just as my toddler’s artwork is far from a perfect representation of a tree or a flower, it doesn’t matter. There is a simple beauty in that imperfection. Impermanent: Good things don’t always last, like the intricate pattern of frost left on your car window that melts away in the sun. A phenomenal color job on your hair will eventually grow out. Incomplete: Unfinished doesn’t mean it’s not done, like the project you abandoned because you outgrew its purpose. In his book “Wabi Sabi Simple,” author Richard R. Powell calls wabi-sabi a kind of beauty – “beauty rooted in nature and balance.” That which is rough, rustic or simple is beautiful: a worn sweater, handmade pottery, or a bunch of wildflowers. The principles of wabi-sabi can be used in any area of your life, a home, at work, and at play. In a way, it is permission to not get in knots when things don’t go as planned. How many of us are too hard on ourselves when we fall short of a goal? Not only do we embrace acceptance in our daily life with wabi-sabi, we also allow our authentic self to shine – even if we’re rough around the edges. You can practice wabi-sabi in your life in a number of ways. Here are a few ideas: At Home – Your mother’s idea of a dinner party may have included pressed table linens, menu cards, and full place settings, but you don’t have to entertain that way. Embracing wabi-sabi can mean calling a few friends over on a whim one afternoon, throwing on a festive table cloth from the dollar store, and setting out a few bowls with chips, dips, and veggies. Play some games and enjoy the company! At Work – In launching a business, or a new product or service within your business, “good enough” really can be good enough to bring your new offering to the world. And if something doesn’t work, that’s OK, too. Learn from it and move on. That’s wabi-sabi. At Play – You can call upon the spirit of wabi-sabi by trying a sport you’re not good at. We’re not all Serena Williams, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a game of tennis. If you’re competitive, this may be hard(!), but it will also remind you not to be so hard on yourself when you try something new. In recognizing the wabi-sabi in your life, you can live lighter, appreciate the beauty in the little things and let go easier when things don’t work out the way you planned. Linkshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wabi-sabihttps://www.amazon.com/Wabi-Sabi-Simple-beauty-imperfection/dp/1593371780

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Your Best Doesn’t Have to be Perfect

The Secret of the Wabi-Sabi Way   I recently came across a term new to me: wabi-sabi. Wabi-sabi i...

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Friday Vibes 3.17.17

Friday Vibes takes a spin around the web and weaves together pieces for living your best life. Here are a few things I'm majorly crushing on this week.Mantra: Everything I need is within me. Motivate: Aaptiv seems to be the latest and greatest workout app that puts a personal trainer in your ear while you’re at the gym. Sign me up!  Mocktail: Strawberry, lemon, and basil infused water. I'm ready for you, summer. Move: Mix up your workout routine by spelling your name. Media: What's the deal with “adrenal fatigue?” Seriously. What is it? Read this article to understand exactly what it is and how you can combat the symptoms of fatigue, bloat, and headaches.  (image from www.robbwolf.com)  

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Friday Vibes 3.17.17

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Avoiding wheat? Here’s what to eat instead

For some people, avoiding wheat is a necessity of life. People with celiac disease cannot tolerate the gluten in wheat, giving them terrible stomach cramps and other miserable symptoms. Many believe, while they don’t have celiac disease, they do have an intolerance to gluten and decide to reduce their intake or avoid it all together. Whether you absolutely cannot stomach wheat or simply want to cut down on your intake, there are many grain alternatives you can try. Not only do these alternatives help you avoid gluten but they also may shake up your regular routine. Who couldn’t use a little variety, right? Here are some alternatives you may want to try, not only for their nutritional value but also for the adventure of trying something new. Quinoa – This grain can be used in granolas, breads, salads and crackers and helps you feel full longer. It's fluffy, nutty, and delicious. Plus it's full of protein, iron, vitamin B, and fiber so eat up. Rice – Many cultures have been using rice as their staple grain for centuries. Today, it’s widely used as a gluten-free alternative in breads and pastas. You may want to consider this one caveat, rice can be high in arsenic, fortunately, the FDA is working to regulate it. Learn more here. Buckwheat – Although “wheat” is part of its name, buckwheat has no relation to standard wheat and is safe for those with celiac. Buckwheat is great in cereals and pastas. Japanese soba noodles are made from buckwheat – so you can enjoy a bowl of yakisoba without the guilt! Millet – This grain is not just for the birds. While often used in bird feed, millet can be cooked like couscous and has a light, almost lemony flavor. Millet flour can also be used in baking. Almond Meal – Ground almonds, or almond meal, is a great additive in baked goods to deliver more protein and add a dense, satisfying texture. It’s also used as a replacement for breadcrumbs in many Paleo recipes. You can experiment with other nut meal varieties as well. Amaranth – This ancient grain was cultivated by the Aztecs 8,000 years ago. The tiny amaranth grain can be cooked similar to rice and packs a real nutritional punch with high amounts of iron, calcium, fiber and other nutrients. Ground into a flour, it can be used in concert with other kinds of flour – it’s typically too dense for use on its own. Sprouted grains – Some sprouted grains do include wheat, but if you don’t have to avoid wheat entirely, sprouted grains are more easily digestible than their non-sprouted counterparts. They offer some excellent nutritional benefits, such as lower carbohydrates and higher protein, less gluten and more soluble fiber than their regular grains. Linkshttp://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodborneIllnessContaminants/Metals/ucm319870.htmhttp://www.celiac.com/articles/23441/1/Is-Buckwheat-Flour-Really-Gluten-Free/Page1.htmlhttp://foodfacts.mercola.com/amaranth.htmlhttp://wholegrainscouncil.org/whole-grains-101/sprouted-whole-grains  

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Avoiding wheat? Here’s what to eat instead

For some people, avoiding wheat is a necessity of life. People with celiac disease cannot tolerat...

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Friday Vibes 03.10.17

Friday Vibes takes a spin around the web and weaves together pieces for living your best life. Here are a few things I'm majorly crushing on this week. Mantra: I understand. I see. I speak. I love. I do. I feel. I am. Maven: This marathon runner posted a picture of her cellulite and you will love her for it. #ihavearunnersbody Move: Need to hit the reset button after a long week? Here are the 7 best yoga poses for detoxification. Make: Make your work lunch much more exciting with this Whole Foods inspired mason jar salad from Oh She Glows. Motivate: Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. - Mahatma Gandhi  

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Friday Vibes 03.10.17

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