Did you all survive Thanksgiving?
After a weekend of indulgent eating you kinda feel like cleansing the system, right? But December is here, so that can be pretty darn tricky.
My little mini run through Trader Joe's yesterday proved that! I mean, TJ's is stocked right now with yummy candies, cookies, and assorted treats. I bought a ton of it, then came home and stapled the bag shut and put it in my basement. And I'm not even kidding.
Hey, whatever it takes. But we do have to indulge here and there just to be satisfied. And sane.
So...I touched on how to stay reasonably fit and feelin' good straight thru the holidays today over on Feelgood Style.
One think I've added to my fitness regimen is the 30 Day Plank Challenge. Ah yaaaa. Seems easy now, gonna kick my a$$ later. A friend of mine who is in seriously great shape told me last night that she bailed on day 25. This scares me, but I'm committed to seeing it through. C'mon, don't you want to do it too??
What are you doing this holiday season to make sure you can eat cocoa coated truffles, sea salted caramels, and white chocolate peppermint pretzels? Do you up your fitness efforts, or just go for it and worry about it later?
We'd love to know...
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Last week I posted my gift guide for this holiday season. Did it give you any good ideas? For someone on your list? Or maybe for your own list?
As promised, this week I give you my beauty wishlist. A little something for every beauty lover on your shopping list. And stuff you are gonna want sooo bad. All natch and lovely as can be, of course.
Tata Harper Revitalizing Body Oil / RMS Beauty Oil / Ila Body Oil For Vital Energy / Ila Fragrant Candle Jasmine Flowers / Tata Harper Aromatic Stress Treatment / RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek in Demure / Suvana Beauty Paw Paw & Honey Organic Lip Balm / Vapour Organic Beauty Aura Multi Use Stain in Impulse / Widu Elite Bubinga Wood Boar Bristle Brush / Hydrea London Eco Friendly Shower Cap Leopard / Scotch Naturals Non-Toxic Nail Polish Smoky Martini
All of these beauties come from Spirit Beauty Lounge to make it convenient for you and because it is one of my favorite places to shop. I have used affiliate links because it is one of the ways I make money. I am required to tell you that, but know that I would never recommend products I don't believe in. So there.
So the shopping has begun. Or at least the list making, right?
You have most likely started thinking of things to get those on your list this holiday season. What about you? Surely there are a few items you'd love to unwrap this year.
Whether thinking up gifties for those on your list, or dreaming your own dreams, sometimes a girl needs a little inspiration. So...
Here's my Wishlist 2013. This one is kinda shoe/accessories/home. I will do a beauty themed list next;)
I guess winter really is coming again this year. In terms of Ayurveda, this is Vata season. Cold, dry, windy. Yep.
In case you are not fully in on the Ayurveda stuff, my friend Monica Bloom does a great job of breaking down the wisdom of this ancient life science. Take her dosha quiz to see which of the three is your primary.
The doshas don’t just apply to us, but seasons too. So how do we balance the effects of the season and keep ourselves healthy and happy? Well, I came across this interview with Dr. Pratima Raichur from a while back. I love Ayurveda and was so super pleased to talk with the fabulous Dr. Pratima about Ayurveda and Vata season. Here ya go…
Balancing for Vata Season (Fall/Early Winter) is different than balancing in Pitta Season. We tend toward dry, rough skin due to Vata’s cold, windy nature. Could you please outline some skincare essentials for keeping our skin balanced in Vata season?
No matter what your dominant dosha may be, the seasons can have just as much an effect on you as they do on the nature that you witness transforming around you throughout the year. During Vata season, approximately October through mid-February, your skin may be prone to more dryness and dehydration than you may normally experience. One of the most important skin care steps year round and especially during Vata season, is the application of an appropriate essential oil. Essential oils, since they are in the form that skin can externally absorb through pores and hair follicles are truly 'food for the skin'. They consist of the most refined and concentrated extractions of herbs, flowers and botanicals and are therefore the most effective for the purpose of nourishing, healing and rejuvenating skin for optimal balance and beauty. If an essential oil is applied daily, it is said to be one of the best anti-aging treatments that you can do for your complexion. It also has notable anti-stress and aromatherapeutic benefits.
For dry skin, I would recommend the following essential oils: nutmeg, cardamom, ginger, saffron, jasmine, geranium, neroli, vanilla. With base oils of: sesame, avocado, olive, almond, walnut or ghee.
In the PRATIMA line try: Vata Essential Oil, Nourishing Essential Oil, or Rejuvenating Essential Oil (base oils already present, no mixing required)
The same applies for the body.
How do you combat the horribly cracked, dry hands and feet that come with Vata season?
The right body oil can work wonders on dry, cracked hands, elbows and feet during the colder months of the year. Body oil massage is also recommended daily on the extremities to keep circulation vital and immunity strong. Simply massage into dry, cracked areas of the skin, as well as all the joints and extremities after a shower when the skin is clean and slightly damp. Allow a short time for the skin to absorb all the nutrients and then cover the body in warm clothing. You can also apply a small amount of cream or lotion afterwards, but note that creams do not penetrate the skin deeply; because of their density, they only serve as an outer layer to seal in the nourishment of the body oils. You can also apply ghee.
Recommend oils for Vata Season in the PRATIMA line: Vata Rejuvenating Body Oil, Love Oil.
For those of us who are already Vata, this season can be especiallyunbalancing. Any suggestions for Vatas in particular?
Ayurveda balances the body on the level of all five senses, so while I don't have the opportunity here to share all knowledge available to you, I can give some simple tips that you can follow daily for both internal and external balancing treatments.
Wake up early, if possible ½ hour before sunrise
Drink warm water with lemon juice & honey
Chew 2-4 tsp of black sesame seeds
Massage gums after brushing teeth and gargle with triphala tea
Incorporate low-impact exercise like gentle yoga, a dance class, moving meditations, etc.
Have a warm breakfast, such as cooked oats/cereal with flaxseed
Take a few minutes to rest after lunch whenever possible
Have a light snack around 3-4 to balance your energy
Go to sleep early, at least between 10-11pm.
Most importantly, at the end of everyday, let go. Let go of worries, conflicts and frustrations.
What about Pitta and Kapha? Are their different ways of balancingeach dosha while keeping the season in mind?
Every person is incredibly unique as is their doshic makeup. Even though Vata season will tend to increase the Vata traits and energies within us all, sometimes Vata can 'push' the other doshas to manifest a Pitta imbalance or a Kapha imbalance. It is extremely important, especially during season changes that we keep a close observing eye on our health and self-care rituals; detoxification is also highly recommended at the start of each new season. If you are experiencing imbalances and are having a hard time re-establishing equilibrium, I would recommend seeing an ayurvedic professional for a consultation. The wisdom that you can garner through ayurveda, you can take with you for your entire life.
With Vata season comes colds, flu, and other viruses. How can we help ourselves to ward these bugs off?
Part of the reason ayurveda so strongly recommends detoxification at the change of seasons is precisely for this reason, to ward off colds, flus, and other viruses. Dis-ease or imbalance is known as ama, or accumulation/toxins. What detoxification does is cleanse the body of all the previous seasons 'excess' in order to start fresh with the new cycle of nature. This will help strengthen immunity as well as overall longevity and quality of life. Ayurveda says to be with nature at all times - so to eat the same foods year round, to have the same patterns of thought, the same lifestyle routines etc. is not so wise. Simply, we must cleanse the body and start the season fresh with foods that are good for our dosha, and with appropriate lifestyle and skin care choices that will help pave the way towards optimal wellness and beauty. Another way to ward of congestion is to do Neti pot on a daily basis. If already congested, try a Nasya treatment and do a steam with eucalyptus. Drink tea with Ginger and Basil. Take herbs like Neem, Ashwagandha & Bala.
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Want to do something fun, inspiring, enlightening and even…well…grateful this month?
My friend Andrea at Vibrant Wellness Journal has started up #ProjectGratitude – a way for us all to share the things we are grateful for this November.
Love the idea? Join us by tweeting, facebooking, instagraming
(your social media of choice ) your pics, quotes, sayings, whatevever is making you feel super blessed each day of November with #projectgratitude.
See where it takes you…