Monthly Archives: October 2015

October 17, 2015

Recipe: Apple Cinnamon Goodness

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I am just on a roll with all these fun healthy recipes. Well, I wasn’t in the mood for a green smoothie really and I was thinking about a smoothie that would make me feel like it was Fall, even though we have only two seasons in Trinidad; rainy and dry season. Regardless, I had apples and I had cinnamon, so this is what went down:

  • 3 apples
  • 3 bananas (frozen and speckled is better)
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg or mixed spice
  • 1-2 c Almond Milk (milk of choice)

Add milk to blender, then toss in the remainder of ingredients. Serve cold and ENJOY!

I hope you enjoyed this Apple Pie Fall goodness in a cup!

Love,

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Recipe: Healthy Hot Chocolate

 

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Possible? YASSSS! I don’t know about you but I get excited every time I see healthy and my favorite unhealthy foods in one sentence. Here’s the recipe:

  • 2 c almond milk (milk of choice)
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch sea salt

Combine milk and other ingredients into a sauce pan or pot until hot. Keep stirring all the ingredients so that everything is properly blended. Pure into tea cup and top with cinnamon. ENJOY!

If you tried this recipe or want me to make more “healthy junk food” recipes, please let me know in the comments below.

Love,

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October 8, 2015

Comparison is the thief of joy

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Have you ever felt like you were working hard, but going nowhere. Have you ever been on Instagram or Facebook and seen other people’s posts and think, God, when would I get there? I have been blogging for some time now and I felt like I wasn’t progressing. I have been on social media way too much it would seem.

(STORY TIME) I saw one of my friends who started her blog around the same time as me, she has over 40k followers on Instagram and her blog was way cooler than mine and she had a bigger audience, better pictures, everything. I began to compare myself to her and her achievements, questioning my entire life, my existence. I know it sounds dramatic but sometimes when you see other people who were in the same playing field as you and doing better than you, you can get emo. I realized that my dilemma in turn could help someone that may be feeling the same way. I mean that’s why I created this blog in the first place.

Sometimes you might feel that you’re not where you want to be or that your dreams and aspirations don’t match up with your reality. But, don’t you EVER compare yourself with another person because it will kill you. It will make you believe that you’re not good enough and discredits all your accomplishments thus far.

It’s one thing to look at someone’s work and say oh this is nice and get inspo from it but never compare their chapter 2 to your introduction. I’ve learned that the hard way. This is your race and your race alone. You were created for a purpose only you can fulfill, ONLY YOU. So while you’re jelling (being jealous) about someone else you can be working on your own ish, ya feel me?

I sometimes think, oh man, if I had this new camera or this new makeup thing, I would be a better makeup artist or my blog would look nicer. Or maybe for you, its if I could (enter thing you really wished you could do or have here) I would be so much better. And the truth is, you got to learn to work with what you’ve got right now and own it! When I started my blog, I didn’t even own a camera, or a fancy phone like I do now. But I started and I’m not where I want to be, but I’m on my way.

You have your own race to run. So put your blinders on and run it to the best of your ability. Use people only to inspire and get rid of creative jealousy. Create your own. And that’s not to say that you don’t seek to better yourself. You don’t have to do it like person A or person B because everyone is different and unique.

So when I feel unmotivated or down, I listen to Lauren Daigle “Trust in You”. Here’s the lyrics and I hope it can inspire you like it did to me.

“Trust In You”

Letting go of every single dream
I lay each one down at Your feet 
Every moment of my wandering
Never changes what You seeI’ve tried to win this war I confess
My hands are weary I need Your rest
Mighty Warrior, King of the fight
No matter what I face, You’re by my sideWhen You don’t move the mountains I’m needing You to move
When You don’t part the waters I wish I could walk through
When You don’t give the answers as I cry out to You
I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in You!

Truth is, You know what tomorrow brings 
There’s not a day ahead You have not seen
So, in all things be my life and breath
I want what You want Lord and nothing less

When You don’t move the mountains I’m needing You to move
When You don’t part the waters I wish I could walk through
When You don’t give the answers as I cry out to You
I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in You!

You are my strength and comfort
You are my steady hand
You are my firm foundation; the rock on which I stand

Your ways are always higher
Your plans are always good
There’s not a place where I’ll go, You’ve not already stood

When You don’t move the mountains I’m needing You to move
When You don’t part the waters I wish I could walk through
When You don’t give the answers as I cry out to You
I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in You!

I will trust in You!
I will trust in You!
I will trust in You!


Tips to prevent comparison: 
1. Get off social media 
2. Start doing whatever it is you’ve been wanting to do 
3. Be inspired and stop creative jealousy 
4. Know that God has a time and season for everything, so trust His timing– it’s perfect. 

If this helped you, drop me note.

Love,

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October 5, 2015

Detox: Coconut kefir

I have been wondering why I’ve been having so many cravings for mostly carbs, and always eating but never feeling full. So I’ve been doing some research and I came across a few articles pointing to increased growth of yeast in your body. Now yeast is present in the body naturally but too much can cause a ton of other health issues including weight gain or difficulty in gaining weight, sugar or carb cravings, excessive bloating, or inability to eat because you feel bloated all the time.

In my quest to solve my constant cravings and excessive eating of carbs, I came across Kefir. Kefir is a cultured, creamy product with amazing health attributes. It contains friendly ‘probiotic’ bacteria found in yogurt. The naturally occurring bacteria and yeast in kefir combine symbiotically to give superior health benefits when consumed regularly.

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BENEFITS

  • STOPS cravings for sugars and carbs (which converts into sugars in the body). This is because it is the overgrowth of yeast in our gut that either makes us crave sugars or makes us feel bloated all the time. Resulting in weight loss and difficulty in gaining weight.
  • AIDS in digestion of all foods, while toning and cleansing the intestines and liver.
  • EASES aches and joint pains.
  • CLEARS up skin problems like brown liver spots, skin tags, moles etc.
  • IMPROVES vision.
  • HELPS to heal leaky gut and improves digestive health.
  • Makes hair, skin, and nails healthier because of the high mineral content (potassium, natural sodium, calcium, and magnesium).
  • CLEANSES the endocrine system which refers to a collection of glands that secrete hormones directly into the circulatory system.
  • SUPPORTED by a good diet rich in alkalizing foods, the coconut kefir creates the right environment for good bacterial flora to cultivate which in turn strengthens your immune system.

PS. When taking kefir, stay away from foods that feed yeast like bread, pasta, alcohol, pizza, and producing containing citric acid, like oranges, and limit sugars as this feeds yeast as well. *Almost all fruit contain sugar.

DIRECTIONS

  1. Store in refrigerator
  2. Do not use past expiry date
  3. Shake first
  4. Pour out, do not put spoon in bottle to contaminate it
  5. Children- 1 tsp in the morning before eating
  6. Adults- 1 tbsp in the morning before eating (you can gradually increase to more times in the day, but slowly)
  7. Drink lots of water
  8. It can increase energy, so do not take a night.

SIDE EFFECTS

Not everyone experience side effects, however the more fungal your body is the more reactions you may get. Some possible symptoms are headaches, diarrhea, fever, shakes, rashes, breakouts (any way your body usually releases toxins).

I usually get my Coconut Kefir from The Happy Gourmet in Valsayn, Trinidad. Find them on Facebook (click) or you can call Tracy Lee Son in San Fernando at 792-9953 or Alexa Cheeks in Port-of-Spain at 355-1602.

If you need any more info on Coconut Kefir, or have tried kefir let me know in the comments, I would love to hear from you.

Love,

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Disclaimer: Before starting any new diet and exercise program please check with your doctor and clear any exercise and/or diet changes with them before beginning. I am not a doctor or registered dietitian. I do not claim to cure any cause, condition or disease. I do not provide medical aid or nutrition for the purpose of health or disease and claim to be a doctor or dietitian.

This is merely an opinion blog. The information held on this blog is merely the opinion of a laymen individual.