How to be a Phoenix.

When you feel completely broken there are two options- burn down or rise beautifully.

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What is self care?

This buzz word has been tossed around recently, usually to justify purchasing an expensive bath bomb. While little luxuries can lift the mood, we shouldn’t forget that at the root of it, self care is just that- caring for the self.

 

Sometimes self care is simply eating. As a non-eater in times of high stress, taking a sip of water may be that first step forward. Then comes smoothies, then comes a mountain of food once the shock has worn away and you realize you are super hungry.

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Sometimes self care is sleeping. Thoughts may haunt you, and don’t allow you to sleep, or have you get up every hour to check your phone. Sometimes self care means telling yourself when you wake up mid night- “No, I will not check it. I will not let it interrupt my sleep.”

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Sometimes self care is surrounding yourself with friends. The people that love you unconditionally and make you laugh through thick and thin are a big part of why this life is so beautiful. Always be grateful for good friends.

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Sometimes self care is doing nothing. Letting yourself just feel what you need to feel. Clear the day. Take responsibility for what you need to do, but if you can, take a break from your work. Cancel that appointment or class. There is no point of doing it right now if you will be distracted. Quietness may be the remedy you need.

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Sometimes self care is doing something for the body. Often we begin to neglect our physical selves in times of emotional distress. Nope, I have a body that needs me. And it is a good temporary distraction. Hair mask, check. Face mask, yep. Manicure yes please. And when I feel strong enough, back to yoga.

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Sometimes self care is talking to yourself… a lot. Reassessing priorities, or simply telling yourself everything will be okay. Looking inward is important. Are you happy with what you have done? Do you know that you did the best you could? Find peace in that.

 

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves”
-Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

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How to regrow kitchen scraps so you can afford to live in New York City. Because anything helps.

New York City isn’t the most compost friendly place. While more and more programs are popping up, it is hard to store extra plant garbage when there is barely room for a separate recycling bin in a tiny apartment. Instead of throwing out all kitchen scraps, or even composting them, why not try regrowing them? Even if you don’t eat them it is fun to watch them grow!

Some common veggies to regrow in water include:
-romaine lettuce (maybe hold off on this one for now?)
-bok choy
-celery
-scallions
-leeks
-pineapple (houseplant)
-avocado pit (houseplant)

There are many more if you search online but these seems to be the easiest.

Just place them in a bowl with a bit of water. Place the bowl somewhere that gets good sunlight and change out the water a couple of times each week. After a few days, you will notice roots beginning to appear, and new leaves. At this point you can transplant your plant to soil.

I have had success regrowing romaine lettuce, celery, and bok choy. I just grow them in water. The romaine is actually edible, while the celery and bok choy are fun to watch grow. My carrot tops failed. Also I just replanted an avocado plant! Under pressure one day I named him Jerry, when someone asked. I am so proud when he grows a new tier of leaves ^_^

Happy growing!

Healthy hot chocolate

This isn’t your average cocoa! Enjoy a warm chocolate beverage with a few added ingredients that increase its antioxidant and immune-boosting power.

Fungus that grows on the backs of caterpillars is great for your health:

While the health benefits of cocoa have become more well know, mushrooms are still largely under the radar for their health properties. Well, to complicate things cordyceps technically isn’t a mushroom. It is classified as a powerful form of Ascomycetes fungus. They are found in high mountain regions of the world, and grow on the backs of caterpillars no less.

“It’s believed that the many anti-inflammatory benefits of cordyceps come from their ability to positively affect the immune system, fighting oxidation damage, and stimulating protective cells that keep the body free from mutations.” Read more about the amazing benefits of Cordyceps here: https://draxe.com/cordyceps/

You’ll need:

-milk or nut milk of choice. I prefer almond milk
– a few pieces of dark chocolate
-1 tbsp cocoa
-1/4 tsp cinnamon
-1/4 tsp cordyceps
-pinch of cayenne
-pinch of Himalayan pink sea salt
-sweetener of choice. Maple syrup or coconut palm sugar is good.

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The process:

1 . Heat required amount of milk in a small saucepan. I prefer my cocoa on the thicker side so I make mine with less milk.
2. Whisk in the powders until smooth.
3. Add sweetener of choice to the mug. I used coconut palm sugar but I would have used chocolate chips if I had them on hand.
4. Pour in hot liquid. Stir.

 

For a premixed version:

Four Sigmatic Mushroom Hot Cacao, USDA Organic Cacao with Reishi mushrooms, Chill, Vegan, Paleo, 10 Count, Packaging May Vary

Cordyceps Powder:

Bulksupplements Pure Cordyceps Powder (250 grams)

 

This information is not intended to treat, diagnose or prevent any disease or issue.
Please seek your doctor’s advice for any questions regarding a specific condition and before beginning any exercise, diet or health-related regimen.

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