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
NOT the Easy Way Out But Long-Lasting Changes
The following is a quite thought-provoking guest post by my friend Simeon Lindstrom. Simeon is an Amazon bestselling author with a passion for deep personal development and personal success. He is dedicated to a life of learning and continual growth in all aspects so that he can improve the quality of people’s lives through his books. He walks the talk and he knows exactly what it takes to create health, happiness and progress. In this article, he wants to help you improve your life through changing your relationship with the concept of self-love commonly preached by mainstream self-help gurus (to give you guys some heads up, Simeon is anti-mainstream self-improvement..). While Simeon believes in the power of self-love, in this article he will also show you the dark side of self-love and how it could even damage your health! Read on to learn how to actually love yourself the right way, the way you need and deserve so that you can take care of all areas of your health and life creating new habits and doable action plans as well as eliminating limiting beliefs…
Easy and Nourishing Alkaline Lunches for Hot Summers
If you are looking for easy alkaline lunch recipes to energize your body and mind, you have come to the right place. This post contains 3 fully plant based recipes that are great for beginners. They will help you add more green alkaline foods into your diet, not to mention adding more raw foods- these are always great! The recipes use what I call common-sense superfoods, that, in most cases are really easy to find in most grocery stores. Depending on where you live, nori may me a bit more difficult to find, but, on a positive note, nori is becoming more and more main-stream and therefore easier to find. At the end of this post, I included some Amazon recommendations, in case you are not able to find all the ingredients locally. Here’s to your health- alkaline, vegan and full of life. Pick up the recipe and get started! Continue reading
Easy & Refreshing Alkaline Soup Recipe Anyone Can Make!
What makes this soup special? It’s easy, fresh, extremely alkalyzing and great for warm days! Cucumbers are very good for flushing out toxins from the body and therefore aiding weight loss, they also help to provide the skin with essential minerals such as magnesium, potassium and silicone (this is what makes them super alkaline!). Garlic not only adds great flavour to this soup, but it is another great food for detoxing your system, and the capsicum in the chili adds to the immune-boosting benefits of this soup. Lime juice helps to improve digestion and so it further aids in detoxing the system and boosting weight loss. Coconut water is high in electrolytes and is known to be the ultimate thirst quencher. Fantastic after streneous workouts! This cold alkaline soup is incredibly refreshing on a hot afternoon. It can also be combined with some cooked food, as a side dish, it’s up to you! Continue reading
Say FU Perfection and Focus on Progress!
There is something that has been on my mind lately…
It’s about perfection and how it can take away your emotional wellness and actually prevent you from achieving your health, life, and carreer goals. It can make you a slave of your own ego (BTW. I believe that ego is not always bad and we can use it to stretch and grow but this is a topic for another day) and make you feel trapped. Once you get trapped in perfectionism, it’s not possible to move forward and you are not really able to receive value from your own actions. This short post is written as a reminder that it’s OK to fail. It’s OK to make mistakes. It’s OK to admit that we screw up sometimes. Whatever it is that you want to achieve, you will not achieve it without making progress and without moving forward. So what’s the point of getting stuck with one thing, just trying to make it all perfect? Read on to brainstorm. Continue reading
Curried Butternut Soup with Almond Milk (Alkaline, Vegan, Gluten-Free friendly recipe)
Butternut squash is high in dietary fibre and potassium which is important for bone health, it also contains a significant amount of vitamin B6 which is essential for the proper functioning of both your liver and immune system. Almonds are great for detoxifying your liver; their high vitamin E content is known to help clear out fatty deposits that may be lurking in your liver after a long winter of comforting, heavy foods. Turmeric is another great liver detoxifier due to its anti-inflammatory properties. The garlic and ginger are also known for their liver detoxifying abilities as well as their anti-inflammatory properties. This is an incredibly flavorful soup, although it is spicy, and can be enjoyed at anytime of the day either hot or cold. Continue reading
But I Don’t Have the Time to Take Care of My Health!
Have you ever noticed that when you get caught up in the busy-ness of life and don’t have the time to look after yourself properly, everything starts to turn off-course? Things just don’t go as planned. I have been there many times myself…Do you also notice, when life gets busy, self-care is one of the first things to slide. It tends to seem so unimportant to everything else that’s going on around us. We tend to put off health and wellness for later…I feel this can happen, because many of us feel that it’s kind of selfish to be taking time for ourselves, while we could be taking MORE care of our jobs, businesses, studies, money and other social ambitions. However, can you enjoy your dream job or grow your business or have quality time with your family if you feel sick and tired all the time? Or you feel sick and tired of feeling sick and tired? Continue reading
Carrot, Lime and Coconut Smoothie with Cashew Nuts, Tahini and a Hint of Chili
Carrots are a great source of vitamin A and C, while lime juice also is very high in vitamin C making both ingredients very good for the maintenance of a healthy, youthful skin. The coconut milk and cashew nuts contain high doses of healthy fats that will help to moisturize your skin from within; these healthy fats are also very good for maintaining strong and well nourished hair. The Tahini adds a sesame flavour to this smoothie as well as a creaminess that is further boosted by the addition of the banana, which makes a great smoothie base. The hint of chili adds a spicy kick as well as the immune-boosting capsicum that it is so rich in… Continue reading
Is Wellness and Balance Only About a Healthy Body, Spa and Herbs?
This is what I have been thinking about lately. So what is really going on and what is my definition of holistic wellness and a balanced lifestyle? Is it about being super perfect-eco-organic with your diet and about knowing all about herbs, natural remedies and holistic oils? And what the heck does the word “holistic” actually mean? Is it healthy? Is it natural? Is it peaceful? Is it relaxing? Or maybe it seemly means- honest and not afraid to dive deep? First of all, everyone is different, and so everyone has a different answer to these questions. The most important answer is your own answer, as it will help you clarify your path in life (you can always change your mind; nothing is set in stone)… Continue reading
Do We Actually Understand What Success Means?
So much is being said about success, successful people, or success stories. But what is success?
Is it about becoming a millionaire? Or looking like a model? Or becoming a famous actor /actress?
Is it about having a Ferrari? Does having more stuff than your neighbors do make you more successful? And finally, how do you know who’s more successful or less successful? Can success be measured?
I have a really simple definition of success. Read on to discover yours…Let’s brainstorm! Continue reading