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Ashwagandha for Stress Relief, Weight Loss & Wellness
Ashwagandha is an ancient Ayurvedic healing herb that has been used for centuries to heal a wide variety of conditions. This powerful herb is best known for its restorative benefits. In the Sanskrit language, Ashwagandha translates to “the smell of a horse”. This translation indicates that the herb conveys the agility and strength of a stallion. Traditionally, this herb has been administered to people to help them strengthen their immune systems following an illness.
This herb belongs to the same family as the tomato plant does. It bears red fruit that is close to the size of a raisin, which grows inside of its yellow oval-shaped leaves and flowers. The Ashwagandha plant can be found in drier regions of India, the Middle East, and Northern Africa. Today, you can also find it going in milder climates, including some places across the United States.
There are many applications of Ashwagandha in the modern world. It is still used to boost and strengthen immune systems, but can also be used for a variety of other reasons. If you tend to struggle with symptoms such as stress, fatigue, lack of energy, or difficulty concentrating, adding Ashwagandha to your diet can help alleviate these symptoms and refresh your sense of wellbeing. Continue reading
Keep Hydrated with Extremely Simple Alkaline Drinks (perfect for busy people)
5 Ways to Kick-Start Your Meditation Success & Feel Relaxed
Meditating is an incredible stress-relieving technique that can help you relax and find more peace in your life. While it may seem daunting, meditation is actually incredibly simple, and furthermore: fun! You can meditate with any amount of time you have available to set aside, and there are so many enjoyable strategies and techniques you can use to increase your success with meditation and feel more relaxed in your life! If you are going to practice meditating, it is best that you set aside time every day in order to meditate. However, if you have a busy schedule or find that you simply can’t afford daily time to invest in this relaxation technique, you can also consider scheduling it in a few times a week. The idea is to develop a regular practice that allows you to remain consistent and continually focus on increasing peace in your life. For those who have read up on meditation as a relaxation strategy in the past, you may have felt overwhelmed with the amount of information available. If you spend too much time reading on how to meditate, you might find that it seems to be a lot of work just to let go of some stress! The reality is, meditation is incredibly easy and a lot of fun. If you are ready to get started, and want to infuse your life with this pleasant relaxation strategy, then read on for five incredible tips on how you can start, today!
How to Lose Weight, Have More Energy and Beat Sugar Addiction
If you are looking for long-term health success and you are sick and tired of diets that don’t work, unrealistic cleanses or torturing yourself with exaggerated workout routines, this article will help you. Overcoming sugar cravings is not as simple as going cold-turkey without having any solid plan to fall back on. The problem is that we very often perceive problems such as: weight gain, lack of energy, moodiness (and even anxiety) and uncontrolled sugar addiction as separate problems that require separate solutions- usually quick fixes or, in some cases, swallowing the pill that can make things worse…The truth is that the real holistic solution has been hidden from us. Main stream marketing makes us go for other things (let’s call them fads, OK?) so that we stay sick and tired (some people create entire businesses around people who are sick and tired). Read on to discover the simple solution that has helped me lose weight, beat sugar addiction and even cure a weird auto-immune disease that was provoking a really serious eye condition (uveitis)… Continue reading
3 Beautiful Plant Based Ideas for Different Ocassions
People always ask me: I want to try to eat “more alkaline” but what the heck do I eat? Well, the good news is that following the alkaline diet is not as hard as many gurus make it to be. First of all, it’s not about perfection, it’s about progress. Also, the alkaline diet is not about eating 100% raw (unless of course you want to). There are many different ways to go about it (for example, some people go fully vegan, some don’t, some go vegeterian and some simply decide to add more plant based foods into their diet and reduce animal products at the same time). It’s up to you what you decide to choose. My goal is to provide you with simple, easy and nutritious recipes that don’t require spending hours in your kitchen. These are also fantastic to detox and help you add more fresh raw or almost raw foods into your diet. Whatever it is that you eat, always try to serve it with a big bowl of salad. You can never go wrong with that! So there we go ladies and gentlemen, some of my latest recipes! Of course, remember that nothing is set in stone. Feel free to use your imagination and transfrom those recipes if you want (especially if a recipe calls for an ingredient you can’t stand or doesn’t work well for you). And yes, as the title of this post says, these recipes are fully plant based, as it is our goal- we want to enrich our diets with beautiful plant based foods and actually enjoy it (doesn’t have to be gross…) Continue reading
Date and Cashew Bars with Coconut (Vegan, Paleo, Raw + Gluten-Free)
Dates are a great source of dietary fibre and are rich in the essential nutrient iron; they are also a very healthy sweet treat that won’t add to your waistline making them a great option for a guilt-free snack. Cashew nuts are also high in essential minerals, protein and cholesterol lowering fats. Coconut adds a distinct yet complimentary flavor to these bars while also bringing along some extra fibre and healthy fats. They are also a great addition to your lunch box or handbag for those moments in between meals when you need a little healthy, low GI energy boost. This recipe is super easy to make, great for busy people. Moreover, it fits in vegan, paleo, raw and gluten-free lifestyles. Totally compatible with an alkaline lifestyle as well. Add it to your healthy recipes repertoire. You will love it! Date and Cashew bars are also great for breakfast or as a quick after workout snack. Continue reading
Successful Goal Setting with Mike Brown
The following is the guest post by my friend Mike from GoalHit.net.
His website is all about motivation, fitness, goals, personal development, productivity, and mindset. Mike got in touch with me after bumping into my book: “Motivation in 7 Simple Steps“. This is how I discovered his work and received tons of value from his content. This guy has a strong passion for helping others create happy, healthy and fulfilled lives, and his mission never stops!
In this post, Mike shares his personal story and how he managed to succesfully transform his body and enjoy the process. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did! Continue reading
Heal Your Life by Unleashing the Power of Mindfulness to Forgive Others
Adopting a peaceful and loving lifestyle is the path that will lead you to being more mindful and forgiving of others. The pain you feel is often internal when you carry grudges, sadness, or disappointed feelings around with you. The person or persons these feelings are directed at may not feel anything at all. They may be unable to see the pain they caused or even lack the ability to care that they have caused your troubled emotions. By learning how to forgive others using mindfulness, you will be able to heal your life, feel a weight lifted off of your soul, and forget about the old traumas that have plagued you. You are going to learn how to forgive others, be at peace with yourself, as well as gain a better understanding of what mindfulness truly means. Continue reading
How to Make Green Smoothies Super Tasty (Even If You Hate Veggies)
Green smoothies are a quick and easy way to get a healthy dose of all the vegetables and fruits you need each day. Drinking these tasty treats is a great way to achieve fantastic weight loss and to cut your craving for sweets and other junk foods. Working as a meal substitute green smoothies also provide your body with the antioxidants it needs to fight disease and generally optimize your health. Clear, glowing skin is an added benefit to drinking green smoothies, their high fiber content makes sure that your bowels are working properly so waste is removed from the body the proper way rather than through the skin. A healthy diet including green smoothies can provide greater mental clarity and gives you a natural energy boost that will allow you to power through a long day at work or a grinding workout at the gym, you may even be able to give up your morning coffee (it was quite a challenge for me to be honest, lol).To some newcomers the thought of a green smoothie is not too appealing. However, green smoothies are not all green leafy vegetables, they also incorporate tasty fruits and you can load them with all of your favorite fruits and veggies to get exactly the taste you crave… Continue reading
Short and Sweet Life Saving Mindfulness Meditations
I very often get asked :
“Marta, I just don’t have the time to meditate…is it worth meditating for only a few minutes a day? Will it make any difference?”
This is something I can totally relate to. I am busy myself. It’s not that I have the whole day just to relax, meditate and drink my green smoothies while listening to relaxation music. But the truth is that it’s usually this “all or nothing” mindset that can be preventing us from moving forward and achieving success (whether it’s healh, diet, fitness or other areas of life). We tell ourselves that in order to take care of our body and mind, we need to have tons of free time, and do nothing but self-care all day long. This is a limiting belief actually! Self-care is always possible. It’s all about creating new, empowering habits. This is why I created this blog, I had struggled with health and many other areas of my life, and it wasn’t until I discovered the transformational power of positive mindset (focus on solutions, not on problems) that I could actually create long-lasting changes and restore balance (mini disclaimer here, perfect balance never exists, but as soon as you focus on neglected areas of your health or life and give it some love, you are closer to a balanced, happy life!). In this post, I share my simple meditation tricks that you can use daily, to be more at peace with yourself, even if you’re busy. Continue reading
Marta Tuchowska is a passionate holistic wellness coach and author on a mission. She wants to help you create a healthy body, mind and spirit through a balanced lifestyle. Marta has a strong background in healing and health (certified in massage therapy, holistic nutrition, aromatherapy and Reiki), and she infuses her natural therapy knowledge with motivational and life coaching to help you create a life full of energy, health and happiness. Marta wants to make it easy, doable and fun. She calls it holistic lifestyle design for modern, 21st-century, busy folks! Check out Marta's work on Amazon, iTunes and YouTube. Join the exciting journey of total body and mind transformation!Read More > >