On this Mother’s Day, I thought I’d write about what my mom has meant to me, and the impact she has on me as a mom and person. My mom is pictured here with my sisters, me and her granddaughters. I know she has and will continue to have a major influence on all of us. Her unconditional love’s meant so much to me over the years–always, but especially when my own journey has offered challenges, heartbreak, and new beginnings. Here are the biggest lessons I’ve learned from her:
- 3 oz nourish your soul watermelon mint
- 1 oz vodka
- splash of St-Germain(elderflower liqueur)
- handful of muddled blueberries
- Shake. Pour. Add a garnish ofwatermelon, blueberriesand mint!
In honor of their unconditional love, we are honoring all mothers this weekend. A mother’s love comes in many different forms, all of which nurture and help us grow. I’m grateful for the influence my mom has on me; it’s shaped and helped me grow into who I am today.
In fact, this weekend, we honor all people who we have connected to their nourishing and nurturing energy, and allowed us to grow into who we’ve become. Take this time to celebrate the women in your life for their unconditional love, and the sacrifices they’ve made for us. Show them true gratitude for the lessons we’ve taken from them as we move along on our own journeys as mothers or women. Honor the mother in your life, or maybe the one that exists within you, on this Mother’s Day.
Winter can be one of the hardest months on our skin—the cold weather can seriously dry it out. So now that are transitioning into a new season, dreaming of warmer days and are focusing again on our health, try loading up on foods that give you shiny, healthy hair and hydrated skin. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “You are what you eat,” so eating foods that hydrate can be hugely beneficial for the skin. While there are many products that help, it’s best to also hydrate from the inside out!
We all know what happens at the beginning of every New Year: We generally make a slew of big promises to ourselves that never wind up coming to fruition. Or we do well with them for a week or two, and then slip right back into our old self-destructive habits.
The New Year is a great time to set intentions. After all, it’s about new beginnings, right? We start with a blank page waiting for us, ready to manifest the things that we want to improve on in the coming year. That’s our opportunity to look within, and to find a way to be the best self we can be.
One of the most delicious nuts out there, cashews also come with a big bonus: They’re extraordinarily good for you!
For starters, they contain zinc, which helps with collagen production. They’re also high in essential vitamins and minerals, are loaded with potent antioxidants, and are a solid source of copper, manganese, magnesium, and fiber.
Right now is almost the time of year that can get incredibly stressful what with all the holiday parties, kids’ activities, work, bills, Christmas shopping, and so on.
I find myself getting caught up in the frenzy, too.
Often what goes along with this stress is bad eating habits and lack of exercise—which in turn just contributes to the stress! So the biggest question is, how do you calm the mind before the stress does some major damage to the body?
With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, it’s a great time to pause beforehand and think about what the day really symbolizes for us. After all of the relatives have left and the last load of dishes has finally been put away, how will we be left feeling? What will all of the hugging, eating, laughing, and giving thanks have added up to, for us to carry with us everyday? What will be the leftovers of our leftovers, so to speak?
I often get asked how often I cleanse, or recommend that others cleanse. The answer is that I believe in cleansing with the seasons, meaning about 3 to 4 times per year. It helps to reset and nourish your body with vitamins and minerals while gently washing away all of the things that no longer serve you.
To ground ourselves, we need to remove ourselves from the clutter in our minds and connect to the present moment. We literally need to ground ourselves to Mother Earth and connect to its energies. Grounding ourselves energetically is important for our mental, emotional, and physical health.
So what’s the best way to ground ourselves and connect to the energies of the earth? That’s as easy as it is simple: Walking barefoot in nature. The surface of the Earth holds subtle health-boosting energy that can recharge and heal. Rooting down into the earth provides us with a strong foundation to allow us to grow, blossom, and create.
What do we do when we can’t always take our shoes off? Here’s a list of things that I do:
Summer’s here and we’re surrounded by fresh fruit and veggies that are in season! BUT… instead you find yourself overindulging in not-so-healthy foods. You’re not alone. Maybe it’s the BBQ, picnics, drinks, or just eating more on vacation. Instead of feeling light, you feel bloated, hung over, and far from your best self. Believe me, we’ve all been there!
There’s no black and white when it comes to our well being. Going to extremes is never good for anyone emotionally or physically. We all know that eating healthy foods (meaning whole, fresh, and not processed) is the way to go, but there are times when we indulge too much and overeat, or just plain make the wrong choices. I’m here to say it is OKAY to do that sometimes. Let go of the guilt; it doesn’t help. The way we live should never be all or nothing. When we fall off the wagon, we just need to get back on track to find the right balance.
So how do we do that? It’s about nourishing your soul.
Continuing on with our previous post on having an Ayurveda summer, now is a great time to dive further into some of the principles of the practice, and how we can bring them to the fore in our own lives.
One of the fundamental principles of Ayurveda is that our habits, routines, and dietary choices should ebb and flow with the seasons. How do we stay in balance? By making a conscious effort to live in harmony with the cycles of nature and by regularly adjusting our lifestyle and habits to accommodate the beginning of each new season.
Every time you’re feeling overheated this summer, remind yourself of this: The teachings of Ayurveda, yoga’s wellness branch, combine the five natural elements (space, air, fire, water, and earth) and put them into play as a way to deal with summer’s heat.
The essential idea of Ayurveda is to prevent and treat illnesses by keeping a balance within your mind and your body by staying conscious with the help of good hydration, diet, lifestyle, as well as herbal remedies.
People tend to think of meat as lord of the grill, but summer’s bounty of fresh veggies is here to prove otherwise. This recipe is a healthy, amazingly tasty, and easy-to-make alternative to carnivorous dishes. Bring a platter of it to a barbecue and watch friends dive in.
I’ve made no secret about my enthusiasm for the greatness of cucumbers. And as fantastic as they taste raw, fresh cukes are also delicious braised in olive oil and tossed with leeks and dill.
This is just the kind of simple, easy, no-fuss recipe that’s perfect for summer eating. Enjoy!
When we think of dandelion greens, most of us picture a pesky summertime weed on our lawn. And yes, they certainly are that. But did you know they’re also a nutritional powerhouse—and a tasty one, at that?
Dandelion greens are a natural healer, with detoxing properties and loads of nutrients that are known for detoxifying the liver, acting as a diuretic for the body, promoting radiant skin, diminishing bloating, and helping bone health and weight loss.
First of all, getting eight hours of sleep isn’t always easy. But during your cleanse, it’s extra-important to make it a priority. You’ll get a lot more out of the cleanse if your body’s well rested. Keep your schedule more relaxed and be open to getting more sleep than usual, and let your body do the work it needs to do to get you feeling your absolute best.
I also encourage you to slow things down. I know I’ve said in the past that exercising and moving your body is important to flush out toxins, and it is. What I’m referring to here is more mental; it’s taking the opportunity during a cleanse to slow down and focus on the present moment. There’s so much pressure these days to get things done. Whenever we’re rushing from Point A to Point B, it takes us out of the present moment.
Today we’re welcoming another guest blogger, Gabrielle Rossetti. Gabby received her Yoga Teacher Certification from South Boston Yoga and her Kids’ Yoga Certification from the Open Doors Teacher Training Program. She began sharing yoga with the families she babysat for and quickly fell in love with teaching children. Her classes are playful and relaxing, incorporating fun games, singing, music, and traditional yoga poses. Here, she shares her love and knowledge with all of us, so we can all experience the joy of practicing it with our kids.
Children are natural masters of yoga. They’re flexible, creative, open to trying new things without fear of failing, and they adore movement. They also have a sharp memory and love music. Here are five ways you can start incorporating yoga into your child’s day:
Ah, beets. Those boldly hued, sweet-flavored, healthy harbingers of summertime. They’re as appropriate at a sophisticated luncheon in a smartly dressed salad as they are wrapped in tinfoil and thrown on the grill at a casual barbecue. Now that summer’s underway, they’re with us to stay for a while—in New England that means June through September.
Nutrition-wise, this root vegetable is a unique source of phytonutrients called betalains. Betanin and vulgaxanthin are the two best-studied betalains, and both are hugely helpful to our detoxification systems, providing antioxidants and anti-inflammatories.
Knowing how many of us are struggling to get ourselves in the right mindset to work out and get fit, I’m happy to welcome guest fitness expert Mike D’Angelo into the fold. Mike is an award-winning personal trainer and a certified expert in sports medicine; he trains some of Boston’s biggest names, and is himself an internationally ranked bodybuilder. One of his biggest specialties, though, is in motivating his clients to work out and feel as healthy as they can. Here’s his third contribution to our site:
My last post was all about motivating yourself to get in great shape, and what we all need to do to keep ourselves focused to do that. But now the question is, once you’ve started to reach your goals, how do you keep yourself focused?
What’s more refreshing and nutritious than sipping on our watermelon mint juice? Not much at all, thanks to its main ingredient—that perennial summer favorite, the watermelon.
Sweetly delicious on its own, the fruit is made even more crave-worthy when we add the bright flavor of mint. But even if it weren’t as tasty as it is, we’d still want to eat it for health reasons.
As all Bostonians remember, this winter was especially hard. (How could we forget??) As a result, we slowed down, hibernated in our homes, and many of us gravitated toward heavier foods to provide comfort.
But now the Summer Solstice is here: It’s a time of celebration. A time of honoring the light we now have, and our connection to the sun and the earth. Every culture has festivals to honor this time, and our ancestors around the earth have built numerous monuments to commemorate its time.
Changing ourselves can be an incredibly hard thing—especially if we’ve faced (or are facing) a big life challenge that has us feeling scared and/or stuck.
To me, cleansing has come to be synonymous with starting over—nutritionally and physically, sure, but also mentally and philosophically, too.
I know how powerful it can be to start over. Years ago I went through a tragedy myself, and eventually, after a long period of intense sadness and feelings of helplessness, I started changing my habits.
Gabby Rossetti, who many of you have met at Nourish Your Soul events and at one of our locations, is working with Nourish Your Soul to widen our ever-growing community. Her first collaboration is with John Libonati, Founder and Owner of Social Wines, a Boston wine, craft beer, and spirits store. Since it’s almost Memorial Day long weekend, Gabby figured this was a perfect time to ask John to provide us with some insight about the best spirits to mix with three of our cold-pressed juices: PPM, Tropical Cleanser, and Green Juice. We also asked John his opinion on organic, locally-sourced spirits.
While we ALWAYS believe in nourishing your body with the most nutrient dense foods possible, we also believe in living life and finding balance! Many of our clients have asked me for “healthy” drink options that they can enjoy at cocktail parties, BBQs, family gatherings, and other celebratory events. What I do believe, like John shares below, is that we can “enjoy the essence of the botanicals used in spirits without overindulging.” So with that in mind, this weekend and every weekend, enjoy your celebration with no guilt.
A finely ground, bright emerald-green tea powder, matcha has been a focal point of Japanese tea ceremonies for more than 900 years. The Buddhist monks honored it as a health elixir for its potential to heighten concentration and enhance the metabolism.
The organic tea is high in antioxidants called catechin polyphenols, which are linked to everything from decreased cancer risk and reduced cholesterol and blood pressure to boosted metabolism.
It’s also high in antioxidants; one cup provides five times the amount of any other food. Antioxidants are responsible for fighting against the negative effects of UV radiation, giving us younger looking skin, and an increased immune system.
Sometimes, I feel that my life is a series of trapeze swings. I’m either hanging on to a trapeze bar swinging along or, for a few moments, I’m hurdling across space between the trapeze bars.
Mostly, I spend my time hanging on for dear life to the trapeze bar of the moment. It carries me along a certain steady rate of swing and I have the feeling that I’m in control. I know most of the right questions, and even some of the right answers. But once in a while, as I’m merrily, or not so merrily, swinging along, I look ahead of me into the distance, and what do I see?
So you’re nearing the end of your cleanse (or are thinking ahead to when you will be)? Transitioning back to everyday healthy eating doesn’t have to be tricky; it can actually be pretty darn easy and downright delicious.
Take, for example, this fresh springtime favorite that we love at Nourish Your Soul. It employs unsweetened coconut milk instead of the unusual milk or cream, which keeps things light and healthy. The whole thing takes less than 30 minutes to make, and can be done days ahead of time so when you need a simple meal, just open the fridge and reheat. That also makes it the perfect dish to incorporate into your #springfittraining regimen. Enjoy!
What a mighty ally the cucumber is! They hydrate us, replenish us with vitamins and minerals while helping eliminate toxins. They’re loaded up with anti-oxidants, and have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits. What’s more, they aid in weight loss, digestion, reduce cholesterol, and help control blood pressure. Now that’s a power veggie.
Sunny days and balmy breezes are just around the corner this spring, and before we know it, right behind them will be the gorgeous days of summer. So now is the time to get your body and mind in the right shape to enjoy them!
We at Nourish Your Soul want you to look and feel as healthy and happy as you can at one of the year’s most beautiful times of year, and be the best version of you!
So we’ve launched a month-long mission: Join us all throughout April for our #springfittraining program. Follow along with us as we get you motivated to take care of yourself by working out, eating and drinking things that give you energy and lightness, and thinking the thoughts that keep you smiling, laughing, and feeling proud.
Knowing how many of us are struggling to get ourselves in the right mindset to work out and get fit after a long winter of hibernation, I’m happy to welcome back guest fitness expert Mike D’Angelo. Mike is an award-winning personal trainer and a certified expert in sports medicine; he trains some of Boston’s biggest names, and is himself an internationally ranked bodybuilder. One of his biggest specialties, though, is in motivating his clients to work out and feel as healthy as they can. Here’s is his second contribution to our site:
OK, so in my last post I talked about how it can actually only take half the time to get yourself back to where you were back when you were in shape last time. And really, getting back there is all in your head.
So let’s talk motivation. When someone’s motivated, they’re thinking about a combination of where they want to be and what actions need to be taken right now to make that happen. When you’re able to see which actions it will take and how long it will be to reach your goal, which serves as a catalyst to take action. That is motivation.
Cleansing isn’t just about slurping down a convenient (and tasty) drink in place of your regular lunch. It’s also very much about slowing things down and listening to your body.
Sure, drinking those juices can rid toxins in the body to help you function better, but it also gives you the opportunity to clear your mind, too. It’s an opportunity to dig in deep mentally, and take the time to let go of anything that no longer serves you and may be weighing you down. Here are some self-love actions to nourish your inward self back to your roots. And they can be done before, during, and after your cleanse.
Journal: As you’re cleansing, take the time to reflect about what’s going on in your life on an everyday basis and on a larger scale. A few great contemplation topics include:
The bees are back! Warm weather has them about to buzz back into action, which means we get to reap the benefits of their pollen—a powerhouse of health-rich elements for our bodies and brains. At Nourish Your Soul, we offer it as an add-on to any smoothie.
For starters, it contains up to 40% high-quality protein (more than any animal product) and all of the essential amino acids, making it an excellent food for nourishing the brain and building strength.
Knowing how many of us are struggling to get ourselves in the right mindset to work out and get fit after a long winter of hibernation, I’m happy to welcome guest fitness expert Mike D’Angelo into the fold. Mike is an award-winning personal trainer and a certified expert in sports medicine; he trains some of Boston’s biggest names, and is himself an internationally ranked bodybuilder. One of his biggest specialties, though, is in motivating his clients to work out and feel as healthy as they can. Here’s his first contribution to our site:
It’s tough after so many cold months to get yourself excited to get up and move again, and get back into the shape you want to be in for spring and summer. We’ve all been there! You feel like this hole that you can’t get out of, and that it’s going to be a ton of work to get back to where you once were. But the fact is, if you’ve done it before, you’ve already laid critical groundwork.
This is a great time of year to lighten up, and shed some layers… both emotionally and physically. Consuming spring’s bounty of delicious fruits, vegetables, and legumes will rid the body of toxins, cleanse your organs, and fend off the damaging effects of food additives. It’s also a great time to move your body and breathe. Here’s how:
Root vegetables are literally at the heart of very early spring—they bring some of the most strengthening, straight-from-the-earth vitamins and minerals directly into our bodies.
After three months of severely over-the-top snow banks and severely under-the-freezing-zone wind chills, New England has just now, at long last, seen the first signs of spring’s thawing on our streets, yards, and farms.
A lot of people who’ve done cleanses have asked me what they should I eat afterward. The short answer: nourishing, fresh foods that are sustaining but not overly filling.
We’ve seen some bitter-cold temperatures this winter, and could all use a little bit of soul-warming happiness. That’s the bad news. The good news? There’s something out there called hot chocolate to help us out on that front. The truly great news? Well, you might be surprised to hear it, but hot chocolate can be very nutritious and good for you.
You may already know that the best way to get vitamin D is through sun exposure. But how are we supposed to get enough in these winter months, when we’re holed up inside? For those of us in the northern hemisphere, we need a little bit of help during the winter months….
Sometimes enhancing your workout isn’t just about pushing yourself harder; sometimes it’s simply about what you drank this morning.
Case in point: The magic of “pink milk” and beet juice. Beets have extremely cleansing and detoxifying powers, and their juice is a Godsend, both pre- and post-workout. Here are just a few reasons why:
“To find the balance you want, this is what you must become. You must keep your feet grounded so firmly on the earth that it’s like you have four legs instead of two. That way, you can stay in the world. But you must stop looking at the world through your head. You must look through your heart, instead. That way, you will know God.” — Elizabeth Gilbert, “Eat, Pray, Love”
It’s silly enough to deal with the questions of #Deflategate. (Seriously?) Shouldn’t we all be dealing with the heavy-duty beef/pork, super-ridiculously-duper pork chilis that all the world seems to world wants to eat this Sunday for Super Bowl?
I often get asked for advice on what would make a good meal while transitioning out of a cleanse.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
Begin your day with lemon water. Warm water is better. If you do one thing during and after your cleanse, this should be it. It’s the ritual that can most improve your health.
The holidays have officially kicked into full gear… and with them, so has that annually familiar push-and-pull, yin-and-yang conflict we often have with ourselves this time of year.
In short, it’s this: How do you enjoy the festive indulgences of the season (Hello, cornbread stuffing and eggnog martinis!), while still staying healthy and keep from going off the rails?