Berries and a Wine Glass

Healthy Living

Happy Friday, lovelies!
I have been away getting some much needed rest and relaxation.  I’ve also been spending time focusing on this new chapter in my life.  I share more with you at a later time.

So, in my journey of being healthy, I am eating quite a bit of fruits and veggies.  I like to have a little fun with eating.  Over the past several months,  I have been eating my fruits and drinking my smoothies from my fashion inspired wine glasses. Why not add a little fabulocity to being healthy?

By the way, I got my wine glass from Dollar Tree. They have really nice decorative glasses for fashionista.  Are there any creative ways you enjoy eating?

Talk to you soon 💋

Brandi 

Juicing Juice

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Hello everyone!

I’ve been focused on my health and I’ve recently started making my own juice after watching “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” on Netflix along with other documentaries regarding health.  I must say that I enjoy making the juice, but it has been a  challenge drinking it because of how it looks.  The taste is tolerable for the most part.  So, I have to use the juice in my smoothies to get past the look.

One thing I have noticed with using the raw juice is that my energy is up and I’m not as bloated in my belly.

Here is juicer that I have.

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If anyone has any tips or suggestions about juicing please share.  Talk to you soon!

xoxo Brandi

Six Steps to Becoming Empowered

Inspiration, Let's Talk...Therapy

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Hey ladies and gentlemen,

I want to take a few moments of your time to share some simple ways of becoming empowered people.  I truly believe that a lot of us have labelled being empowered as achieving a certain level of success, status, and popularity.  If that was the case, then suicide rates and dissatisfaction with life would not be prevalent.  I want to share some personal things that I have done in my process of becoming empowered.

  1. Choose to be authentically, genuine.  I have yet to meet a person who is empowered and phony simultaneously.  I have met people whose words appeared positive and their actions seemed kind.  But something was off.  There is this natural energy that comes from a person who is truthful in character, word, and deed.  If there is one thing that I do hold myself accountable for is authenticity.
  2. Celebrate Others.  On this journey of empowerment, finding beauty and inspiration in others is important.  I have seen that people who have a hard time celebrating and appreciating others have issues with jealousy, competition, and comparison.  You have to choose to be inspired by others instead of crippled by insecurities.  Choose to shine your light by shining on others.  I look to find beauty and qualities in others because I grow.  It’s simple to celebrate others.  Pay compliments, show support, and share what inspires you about a person.  Be authentic in celebrating others. Shine light on others and you’ll shine light on yourself.
  3. Celebrate Yourself.  In this journey of being empowered.  You must take time to celebrate yourself.  Celebrating yourself is not being narcissistic.  It means taking time to appreciate your awesomeness.  I have been guilty of not celebrating my talents and abilities because the people who were around me were not content with themselves.  Celebrating yourself is owning everything about you–your strengths and flaws.  Pamper and splurge on yourself.  Celebrate small successes and accomplishments.  Allow others to celebrate you.  Choose to not accept negative thoughts and voices and remind yourself of those qualities and traits that make you unique and special.  Love yourself and don’t back down.
  4. Invest in Yourself.  The most valuable asset that you have is your life.  Take time to feed your spirit, your body, and your mind.  Your spirit, body, and mind are all connected and thrive on each other.  Your total well-being is essential for being empowered and whole as a person.  Make it a priority educate yourself on your passions, goals, and desires.  Seek to be balanced in this unbalanced world.  You only have one life, one body, one mind and one spirit–each one is vital to your sustainability.
  5. Surround Yourself with Positive, Balanced-Seeking People.  People are essential in your journey to empowerment.  We are created to be relational beings, and our relationships either enhance or drain us.  Some relationships offer nothing.  Toxic and unhealthy connections could hinder and sometimes abort our journey to being empowered.  The beauty is that we don’t have to allow our special relationships to remain that way.  It is important that we connect with people to are actively working on being better and healthy.  Support is great and having good people around you helps push you to be better.   When I see those around me improving, it inspires me to be better. One of my favorite scripture verses is from Proverbs 27:17 is “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens of a friend.”
  6. Check Yourself.   This step, to me, covers all of the other steps.  Checking yourself means staying aware of your choices, feelings, thoughts, actions, and behaviors.  Sometimes we can easily get off balanced for different reasons– some are in our control and others are out  our control.  Make sure that we evaluate ours lives.  Are we doing things to better ourselves?  Are we happy and content with our actions and behaviors? Find ways to handle life changes.  Be honest about where we are and where we want to be.  If there are areas that need improvement, own it and grow.  Evaluate what energy you are giving and receiving.  Get help if you need it and receive help.

Being empowered is a beautiful and freeing way of life.  The journey is not about being perfect.  It’s about being better, healthier, and whole.

We’re in this journey together!

Brandi

Fruit and Veggie Smoothie

Healthy Living

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Hello everyone!

It’s been a while since I have done a post about smoothies.  I recently did a hug smoothie using a large blender.  I was able to make about 4-5 smoothies out of that batch.  I froze them until I got ready to drink them.

Here’s what I used:  kale, cantaloupe,  pine apples, and blue berries, and 2-3 tablespoons of flaxseeds.  I froze all of fruit before blending.  I used apple juice to blend everything.  This smoothie had a lighter taste because I didn’t add bananas to them.  I could really taste the cantaloupe and pineapples.   It was very tasty.  I had this smoothie right before bed and when I had to stay up late doing school work for added energy and extra nourishment.

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Vegetarian Update…Transitioning and Taking My Time

Healthy Living

I wanted to update those of you have been following my vegetarian journey.  I made a post almost two months ago about returning back to eating vegetarian for various reason.  Primarily for the discipline and the health benefits.  I would definitely have to say that transitioning seemed easier the last time around because I took my time eliminating meat out of my diet and I also ate more gluten and dairy last time.

This time around I have been doing a lot more research about what is beneficial for my specific health needs.  I also suffered from severe acne when I finally removed meat out of my diet last time.  This actually freaked me out because it was pretty awful.  I found out that going vegan and vegetarian can cause serious acne issues.  So, I am taking my time in my transition into this lifestyle.  So, that my body can adjust to the changes.

Is the meat gone? No, almost.  I transitioned last time for about two to three months eliminating meat.  I am almost at the two month mark.   I don’t buy or prepare meat in my home ever since the last time I went vegetarian.  I cook and prepare only vegetarian friendly meals.  I may have some fish and lean meat if I go out to eat on occasions.  I have found only a few take-out and dine-in dishes that are vegetarian and gluten-free friendly where I live.  It has been trial and error.  But all in all, I am making great progress.

I haven’t noticed any significant weight loss or anything like that.  I have to say that I don’t feel as bloated.  I feel better and my cholesterol and blood pressure are excellent.  I am shooting to be totally meat-free by May 1.  My initial plan was to stop cold turkey, but I am pacing myself and not pressuring myself to become vegetarian.  I’m allowing myself to adapt to it so that it becomes my way of living.  I have a goal and it’s becoming a reality.

Taking My Time,

Brandi