Minimalism – what’s the hype?

Minimalism

Minimalism has become the next “people going vegan.” It’s trendy, it’s hot and there’s a reason: it’s awesome! It created one of the most pivotal shifts in my life and I want to share that with you, because I know you’re curious! I get asked about it as frequently as I get asked about recipes/food. *I will try to do a YouTube video on this soon.

Minimalism is learning to live with less. But, so much more!!!

Its philosophy is based from living with less and removing things from your life that don’t add value….sometimes that even means letting go of people who don’t add value to your life. 

Ever hear of a book called “The life-changing magic of tidying up” by Marie Kondo? She started a revolution with her book about de-cluttering and thus created a frenzy of people who wanted to become minimalists. I will point out that minimalism isn’t all or nothing, “I have to sleep on the floor and only own 5 shirts”…no, it doesn’t HAVE to mean that unless you want that….it’s de-cluttering your life in a way that works for you.

Here are some amazing benefits of minimalism:

  1. Clarity of mind
  2. Less stress/anxiety
  3. Better Health
  4. More Freedom
  5. More Time
  6. Greater Purpose
  7. Extra Money
  8. Family Closeness
  9. Easier to Clean
  10. Good for the Environment

When you begin to incorporate a more minimalist life, you start by taking inventory of what you own. Marie Kondo suggests going room by room (start with your closet), and putting things into 3 piles: one pile to trash, one pile to keep and one pile to donate. The pile you keep should only be things that bring you joy or that you really need. Learning the difference between needs and wants will get you everywhere. It starts to affect your shopping habits too, which is awesome!

Sentimental items that aren’t doing anything for you but taking up space should be donated. What?? Yep. She suggests taking a photo of the item so you can still “have” the sentimental value, which is genius because really, what’s the difference from looking at a photo of something you don’t use from looking at something you don’t use in person? The moral of the story is, you don’t use it so get rid of it.

I cannot tell you how LIBERATING and ADDICTING it is to start living this way. It completely changed my life!! I started in 2014 when I was pregnant, when I started to hear about Marie Kondo’s book and started researching on my own. My first thought was “yes, this resonates with me” followed by “how on Earth am I going to be a minimalist with a baby?” But, I figured out ways to do it.

It feels SO GOOD getting rid of “stuff” that isn’t bringing us joy or happiness. Material possessions do not bring us happiness, happiness is found within. Does this mean you can’t keep that Louis Vuitton purse? Of course it doesn’t, keep that beauty….but only if you actually use it.

I noticed a difference in my frame of mind instantly, once I started going through my apartment and downsizing. You feel the calm energy of the space open up, you feel lighter and it actually affects your mindset and brain! It spreads to other areas of your life, like your schedule, your activities and work. You don’t feel as stressed and I think it definitely has connections to feng shui principles.

This post could go on forever, I am SO passionate about minimalism. Do you think you’ll give it a try? Do you have any questions about it that I can help answer?

xo

Heather

 

 

 

 

 

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Spring detox ideas

Hi! Happy Spring.

Why do we always want to clean in Spring? Is it the fresh beginnings and new growth happening in nature that inspires us to start new?

I find it’s the perfect time to set ourselves up for the rest of the year and let go of all of the old, heavy energy of Winter. I try to practice these habits all year but here are some of my favorite Spring detox ideas below:

  1. Clear out your clutter. I’m not sure if you know this about me but I’m a huge fan of minimalism. I got on the bandwagon in 2014 and haven’t looked back since. It has changed my life on so many levels. I’ll go deeper on this topic in another post but for now lets focus on cleaning out our closets, cupboards, garage and any other areas with junk. Throw out all of that junk and items you want to donate and let’s march forward (get it….it’s March), and let’s bask in the lightness it brings.
  2. Do a 1-week food cleanse. I believe every Spring (and any other time of year you need), we should give our bodies a break from poor eating habits, bad digestion and wasted energy. I’m a huge fan of food detoxes because really, who enjoys starving? Eating plant-based for one week is my favorite suggestion for everyone since it re-calibrates your digestion, it lightens the load on your digestive system and it cleans you out from the inside out. Make sure to take a good probiotic while you’re doing this.
  3. Go on an adventure and do something fun. We’ve just been stuck indoors for how many months during Winter? Now it’s time to get outside and do something fun! Go somewhere, do something that makes you happy and really enjoy yourself because life is short.
  4. Do something outside of your comfort zone. I am a HUGE FAN of doing this. It will change your life on a deep level, overcoming fears and pushing yourself beyond your own self-limiting boundaries. Do it without thinking, just do it. That’s how I do it, because by nature, I’d want to be scared and hide but now I just force myself to do things that scare me and not look back.

I hope these ideas inspire you to take some action and start your Spring off with a bang.

xo- Heather

Are you breathing correctly?

Dr. Weil was one of my professors in nutrition school and he’s a really cool dude. I love his approach to Western Medicine and his open-mindedness to other philosophies. He has an amazing breathing technique that I wanted to share because it makes a huge difference in allowing space to open up inside your body. It’s great for relaxation, stress, anxiety and does wonders before sleep.

Link to Dr. Weil’s breathing technique

What’s in your shaving cream, makeup, fragrance, products?

Ok….so I have an obsession with toxic chemicals. I’m always looking for ways to clean up my products, living practices and my home environment. I’ve been into this stuff since forever ago but it really started peaking my interest in 2003 when I attended a natural health college. I learned SO MUCH about natural health and natural “green” living and it sparked something inside me.

I love to teach….educate….share. I want to help people. I want people to feel better and detoxify their lives. I want to provide simple solutions to those same people.

I found this video that really is worth the roughly 7 minutes of your time. It helps simplify things when it comes to chemicals in our products and WHY it’s crucial that we ditch them for good.

Video Link Here

Tips for eating salads

Simple salad for lunch & homemade dressing. If there’s one thing important about salads…it’s to try to make your own dressings so you know what is in them. Greens are very low calorie foods but high in nutrients & phtyochemicals, so we need to be adding hearty goodness & healthy fats to our salads to ensure proper caloric intake.

Healthy Breakfast!

  
I know I’m bad at posting regularly & I’m trying to be better about that! Being a new Mom is hard on your time! Because I don’t have any time anymore, I like quick & healthy meals.

This breakfast is both! I used vegan yogurt, fruit & granola. Boom. What are your go-to breakfasts?

*I’m more active on social media like Instagram @heather_juliet & Snapchat @heatherjuliet BUT I’m trying to blog more, I promise!

A quick detox tip for sugar addiction!

  
Eating fruit is a great way to detox from refined sugars. Including fruits in place of sugary sweets or desserts is an easy way to trick your body! Cherries are one of my favorite fruits. Cherries also have these awesome benefits:

Antioxidant Protection

Reduce Inflammation

Cancer-Preventive Compounds

Support Healthy Sleep (Melatonin)

Arthritis Pain Relief

Reduce Belly Fat

Lower Risk of Stroke
 

What’s my secret weapon for Winter?

vata

My secret weapon for Winter besides eating well, staying active and practicing meditation is Ayurvedic Medicine. What is Ayurveda? It’s one of the world’s oldest holistic (whole-body) medical systems that originated in India. It’s based on a belief that true health depends on a balance between mind, body and spirit and that everything in the universe is connected.

It consists of special diets, herbs, massage and other health practices. It can be complimentary to Western medicine or used solely if you work with a trained practitioner.

In Ayurveda, our bodies have a make-up and can be categorized into three life forces or doshas. Vata, Pitta and Kapha. You can do more research on your own if you’re interested in what dosha fits you.

I’m Vata, which is known as the most powerful dosha and it controls things like blood flow, your mind, breathing, heart function and intestinal function. People who are Vata are usually thin and light in frame, agile, light sleepers, prone to digestive issues, have dry skin and hair, have cold hands/feet, are always on the go and are creative. Vata types are more prone to anxiety, skin problems, arthritis, asthma and nervous system disorders.

Ayurveda says we must always strive to have balance, especially where our dosha is concerned. In Vata people, to stay balanced we are to slow down, meditate often, get to bed at a decent hour and eat frequently. We should also always dress appropriately for the weather since we have a tendency to get cold easily, which throws us out of balance.

Self-massage with sesame or almond oil is suggested before getting into the shower along with dry brushing towards your heart. Starting your day with warm lemon water is also a ritual. Yoga, walking and hiking is also great for Vata types since it doesn’t require that you over exert yourself.

These are all things that I incorporate more into my routine when Winter approaches since the colder temperature and rush of the holidays usually causes my body to become more imbalanced.

Are you interested in what dosha you are? Do some research and see! Let me know what you think.

What I Ate Today: High Raw Plant-Based

Here is a very short video on what I ate today on high raw plant-based meals. I’ve never felt better and my pregnancy is going great! I think I haven’t experienced many of the 3rd trimester complaints like excessive weight gain, swelling and pain because of my diet and lifestyle. Not to say that I don’t have any pain at all or that I’m not uncomfortable– that comes with the territory. But, for the most part, I’ve been feeling good.

If life has you down, read this….

I always look back on this monumental time in my life when life was at its worst. Coming out on the other side as a stronger, brighter and more courageous person gave me the power to create change. My goal since then has always been to inspire others to LIVE LIFE, EAT HEALTHY and LOVE DEEPLY. It’s all that is important. This article below is my story 🙂

Homemade Healthy Lettuce Wraps!

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I made these tasty lettuce wraps last night and they were too good not to share. See the recipe below:

Ingredients:

Swiss Chard or Butter Lettuce Leaves

Bell Pepper of your choice

Avocado

Carrot

Hummus

Cucumber

Dressing: tahini, tamari, maple syrup, garlic powder, apple cider vinegar (no measurements….I go by taste)

Directions: Rinse all of your lettuce and veggies then chop all of your veggies. Throw them into the wraps and make your dipping dressing for additional pizaaz!

Enjoy! xo