Wednesday, October 30, 2013

WELLNESS WEDNESDAY : I WENT BACK TO SCHOOL!



Many of you may know that I have not been happy career wise for about six years now. I've tried to do something about it, I've had three different jobs in these past six years, and none of them was/is what makes me happy. But now, I've finally taken the big step to progress in life and career. 

Two weeks ago on a Saturday morning while I was at work dealing with some annoying problem with a customer I excused myself to my co-workers, walked to the back room and made a call. That call was the first step in creating a new life for me. The kind of life where I can spread health and happiness to as many people as possible. And maybe even get paid for it! How amazing does that sound!?
The school I joined is the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and once I graduate I'll be a holistic Health Coach. I already live the lifestyle, so it hit me that this would be a natural choice to me. The vision I have for me as a Health Coach is to keep blogging, but obviously wellness related topics will definitely increase, have my own coaching business where I can make my own schedule, travel more for events, courses, conferences and for vacation (I can see clients over Skype, so it doesn't matter where I am) and just be happy that I'm doing something good that helps people and the world.
Photos 1 & 3 by Laura S. Keller
If you got interested in creating a life you'll love, don't look further! The tuition at IIN is officially going up by $1000 (to $5,995) at the end of this week, but you can still enroll in the October 2013 or January 2014 class at the current tuition rate. Here's how: Call to enroll by October 31 and tell them I referred you. I also have $500 enrollment credit to give to one person who joins. Just mention "Friends and Family savings", along with my name, when you enroll in the next 30 days to receive the credit. 

To claim your savings, call (877) 733-1520 or email coachblair@integrativenutrition.com

Monday, October 28, 2013

MEATLESS MONDAY : HEARTY TOMATO SAUCE AND MEATBALLS

Fall is here and weather has finally gotten cooler during the past week or so. As temperatures drop I start wanting more hearty, warm meals instead of salads. With the exception of homemade kale salad. That I can always eat. It's just simply the best. I'll post my recipe next week. But this week's recipe is a (fairly)quick pasta dinner I made one day when I came home from work hungry and tired. While the sauce was simmering I was able to rest a bit and make the house smell heavenly.

HEARTY TOMATO SAUCE

6 large, ripe tomatoes 
2 tsp coconut oil (to saute onion and garlic)
1/2 cup onions, diced 
2 cloves garlic 
½ cup sweet white wine (I used Riesling)
basil,  oregano, rosemary, thyme (fresh or dried)
1/2 tablespoon sugar 

Dice tomatoes into large chunks. Heat coconut oil over medium heat. Add in onions and garlic, sauteing about 5 minutes. De-glaze the pan with white wine and add in tomato chunks. Bring tomatoes to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 60 minutes until tomato sauce has reduced down. Add in the herbs and sugar, continuing to cook for a minute or so. Toss with freshly cooked gluten-free pasta (I had brown rice pasta) and serve hot. Sprinkle some vegan parmesan on top. Use this recipe to make your own.

For the vegan meatballs I used this recipe.
Buen appetito!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

BACKSTREET GIRLS

I read this great article at Awakened Feminine and thought it is something every woman should read to enforce the idea of sisterhood.

"It became national news this week when two teen girls were arrested in conjunction with the suicide of a 12 year old girl in Florida. Right now that dialogue is centered mostly on the need to monitor our children’s use of social media. 



What we want to add to this whole dialogue has to do with what these young girls are experiencing and what it is we as older women are really teaching them. 


There absolutely needs to be a new paradigm of how women relate to each other. The current, most common paradigm is not working, and it teaches our young girls toxicity, judgement, fear, jealousy and hatred… among many other intensely negative feelings.


Our most common paradigm, the one that every single woman, no matter her age, race, demographic or environment, will tell you she has experienced… is this…

If you, another woman, have something I want, or even if at some point in the past you had something I want, then you are a threat to me, and therefore I will judge you, dislike you, and make you wrong in whatever way I can.

On the subtle end of the spectrum, this can manifest in unfriendliness or an inability to talk and connect with the woman…sort of an avoidance…in the middle of the spectrum it can manifest as gossip, cliqueness and intentional alienation, as well as bad mouthing and energetic (or actual) eye rolling. And on extreme end of the spectrum, this manifests in the absolute intentional dismantling of the woman. An intentional taking down…harsh and malicious gossip, character bashing, name calling, and a general meanness that really sticks and has real deep-seated consequences. This is called bullying when we are teenagers, but when we are adults, this still happens, and it has even more repercussions than when we are younger because it has a far-reaching ripple effect, reaching and influencing the younger generations, those whom we are supposed to be examples for. It becomes the bar we are setting for what it means to be a woman, and therefore what it means to be a young girl. We don’t just experience it on a woman to woman basis, we see it in our magazines, we see it all over the blogs that are aimed at women, and we see it portrayed in movies and tv shows.

This is what needs to change, because there is a lot at stake if we don’t.

The new paradigm is about real support. Rather than seeing another woman’s attributes or beauty as a threat to us, it acts as a mirror for us.

We see her beauty, and because of that, we are able to better see our own.

We stop viewing another woman’s success as a hindrance to our own, but rather we see it as complementary to ours…We need her to succeed because her success inspires us all and helps pave the energetic way for us.

We see other women in their fullest potential because it helps us to see ourselves that way.

We honor a woman’s innate power because then we can honor ours.

We believe in her, truly. And therefore, we can truly believe in ourselves.

This new paradigm is essential. It is the only way we will flourish and it is the only way we can teach our young girls the beauty of womanhood and the safety in sisterhood. We are not enemies and we are not threats to each other. We are all beautiful souls on this journey together and need to boost each other up and hold each other high. We need to stop bonding over gossip and complaints and start bonding over our higher truths. We need to stop the unhealthy competing and start the unconditional support. We need to trust that our true selves are safe with each other, that our faults are not fuel for meanness but rather are opportunities for collective growth. We need to trust that the women in our life are going to see our innate beauty and with truth and sincerity are going to help us live it.

Women, we are the way-showers for our younger generation. They see and hear us. So, what are doing? And what are we saying? They feel our energy and they absorb our energy. So let’s stop emanating toxicity and superficiality and let’s let them absorb our power, our depth, our heart, and our positivity. Let’s show them through our actions that they are supported, that they have nothing to fear, and that they are beautiful. Saying this is not enough. We must act, and we must do it with sincerity and intention.

So in this moment we invite you, with a deep seriousness, to take a pledge to consciously walk this other path with us. Set your intentions, and join us in the new paradigm. We see you, we honor you, and we are ready. This new paradigm is a game changer, and we want you on our team."

Photos: Jussi Ratilainen


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

WELLNESS WEDNESDAY : GREEN SMOOTHIE WITH KOMBUCHA

I was first inspired by green drinks through Kris Carr. She has an amazing, inspirational and educational website Crazy Sexy Wellness. I've been on green smoothie/juice kick for years now and this year became an owner of the Vitamix which makes me feel like I'm kind of a smoothie pro now :). 

Another healthy drink I love nowadays (after I got used to the taste) is kombucha. This fermented tea is full of probiotics, it alkalizes the body, detoxifies the liver, increases metabolism, improves digestion and is also high in antioxidants. And these are just some of the health benefits, there are much more. I'll have to dedicate an entire Wellness Wednesday just for kombucha.
Green smoothie with kombucha

1 apple or pear
1 banana
1-2 cups of greens (kale, spinach, romaine etc.)
2 stalks of celery
2 tbsp greens powder
3 tbsp hemp protein
1 tsp maca
1 tsp bee pollen
2 tsp cacao nibs
2 tsp chia seeds 
1/2 liter coconut water
1 cup kombucha

Mix all ingredients in the blender, except kombucha and chia seeds. After everything is smooth, add kombucha and chia, blend on the lowest speed for just couple of seconds. Sprinkle some extra bee pollen on top. 
Enjoy and be well!
Let food be thy medicine, thy medicine shall be thy food.
Hippocrates

Monday, October 21, 2013

MEATLESS MONDAY : EZEKIEL LUNCH SANDWICHES

Happy Meatless Monday! This time I'm sharing my favorite healthy sandwich recipe. I recently discovered Ezekiel bread and fell in love. I've always been a big bread eater, although recently reduced my gluten intake drastically. So whenever I enjoy bread now I make sure it's the good stuff. Ezekiel uses only freshly sprouted certified organic live grains and absolutely no flour, GMO's, refined sugars or anything artificial (no preservatives or shortenings). 
Nice n' Spicy 'Wich

2 slices of toasted Ezekiel bread
Your favorite hummus
1/2 avocado (marinated in lemon juice so it won't turn ugly color)
Tomato salsa
Hot sauce
I served mine with heirloom cherry tomatoes and kimchi. 
Bon appetite! 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

WEEKEND ENTERTAINMENT

Hello loves!

I've been working more than usual this week since everyone is on vacation the same time it seems... Weather has been beautiful and I've been full of energy. Waking up at 4.30am and catching earlier train to work so that I can sit at the cafe and take it easy for an hour before work starts. Love it. Writing a lot. Photographing. Trying new healthful things.
This weekend is packed with fun things such as our friend's Speakeasy Vintage party (last year's party pics here) as well as the Zombie Walk (last year's pics here). So I'm looking forward to all the fun and friends I'll meet. Oh, and of course, get to play dress-up. Hope you have fun-filled/relaxing/inspiring weekend too! Follow snapshots of the events on my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts!
P.S. Shout outs of the week go to: Madde (for rocking my teenage idol/god on her shirt), Saara (for living like a jet setter) and Lauryn (she got a book deal!)
XO, K