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Hectic, Healthy, Happy

December 16, 2015

urbanremedyyogaWe apologize for the brief hiatus in blogging! Patricia and I both have had a beyond hectic end of semester with work, finals, and everyday life sprinkled in between. Although this has been a very stressful time of year, this situation lends itself perfectly to today’s post. We would like to talk to you about making mindful choices while maintaining a busy schedule.

Maintaining a life that is equal parts hectic, healthy, and happy is not easy. A hectic life can often take a toll on your health and your happiness. Even when you’re working hard to chase your dream career, support your family, or just grow and develop your knowledge in an area you’re passionate about, you may find yourself happy amidst the hectic everyday but also neglect your health in the process.

urbanremedySince we’ve started the Chakra Series, the two of us have been finding ways to eat better and make healthier choices. Unfortunately, life tends to get in the way and we have found it’s easy to slip off the healthy eating train. The first thing we tend to sacrifice when the going gets rough is exercise, followed shortly by eating healthy. For so long we’ve been searching for simpler ways to continue our healthy habits even when we experience life’s most busy moments. Thankfully we heard of Urban Remedy, a line of raw, ready-to-eat snacks, meals, cold-pressed juices and energy boosting tinctures – a great way to stay healthy on a busy schedule.

sisters camiyogaWe thought it would it be awesome to try out The Beauty Kit, a 3-day set of plant-based meals, which allows you to give your body a break from inflammatory foods common to the American diet. After all, the journey to embracing inner and outer beauty starts with what you put inside your body. Our friends at Urban Remedy also believe that food is healing. They combine the best superfoods with perfectly crafted recipes to ensure you get the best nutrients for your body, without sacrificing great taste.

The three day kit includes:

Beverages: 6 packets of Beauty Tea, 3 Green Berry Shakes, 6 Youth Tinctures, 3 Glow Juices, 3 Time Machine Shakes

Salads: 1 Zen Salad, 1 Shredded Kale Salad, 1 Mediterranean Collard Wrap

Snacks: Cheesy Italian Kale Chips, Carrot Curry Crackers, and spicy lemon flavored sprouted Almonds.

Dinners: 1 Super Green Quinoa Bowl, 1 Zucchini Fettuccine Pesto, and 1 Veggie Pad Thai

 Desserts: 1 Chocolate Mousse, 1 Lemon Poppy seed Cake, and 1 Tiramisu

urbanremedycarrotcurrycrackers urbanremedykalechipsBeing that we’re both foodies, The Beauty Kit was not only a wonderful way to naturally detox, but also a fabulous way to eat delicious, healthy food on the go. And let us tell you, the food was yummyyyyyy! Also the fact that we’re both carnivores, we were slightly apprehensive about eating only vegan, raw, and gluten-free food, but everything was so delectable that to be honest we didn’t miss meat or dairy for a second because the food was THAT good!

urbanremedysunurbanremedyjuiceshappinessurbanremedyyogaurbanremedyurbanremedywarriorposeIt is important to keep your body moving during a detox! Yoga can be especially helpful for destressing and aids with cleansing of the liver. We suggest more basic poses, like the downward dog or the various warrior positions, which are good for all levels of yoga mastery.

urbanremedysnacksurbanremedykalesalad urbanremedyyogapatriciaurbanremedymealsAs busy professionals, we know that every second of the day matters – so here are a few things you can do to keep yourself healthy while you’re powering through your day.

5 Tips to Eat Healthy When You’re Busy

1. Don’t skip breakfast- Breakfast skipping has been linked with increased risks of obesity and diabetes as well as morning moodiness.

2. Prepare foods in advance- Set time aside during the weekend to prepare snacks and meals. Purchase plastic containers that can refrigerated or frozen, so that they can be easily packed up in the morning for you to take to work.

3. Always have snacks on you- Purchase healthy snack-size foods like raisins or granola bars, so that you don’t overeat later in the day, or worse, use the vending machine.

4. Don’t eat and work- Multitasking has been proven to be disastrous to the waistline. Set your work aside and focus completely on your meal.

5. Stay hydrated- Water is essential to good health!

urbanremedydesserts newgearurbanremedyurbanremedyzucchinifettucineurbanremedyyouthspikesurbanremedynewgearWe hope these tips help you to prioritize your health and well-being amidst life’s many challenges and demands. If you have any tips you’d like to share with we’d love to hear them! Drop us a line in the comments section or let us know on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Stay mindful!


*Special thanks to Urban Remedy for sponsoring this post!


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Transitions

October 16, 2015

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The weather has dropped and the leaves are well into their change of season. Once again it is my favorite time of year, but with that comes a certain shift in mood and looming shadow of uncertainty. Although the new season brings wonderful, vibrant colors and joyous festive traditions such as, apple picking, hayrides, and cozy fires- it can also be unsettling because it means change. Change can mean new opportunity and hope, but it can also be very unsettling. It can be hard to feel grounded when life is in transition.

I recently returned from New York City to complete my Master’s degree at Clark University in Massachusetts. Having graduated from college this past May and moved to the city to pursue my career in one the fashion capitals of the world, it feels in some ways like I’m taking a back step by returning to where I left. I know deep down that I need to do this and that it is a wonderful opportunity, but I feel stifled to be return to classes, having just had a taste of the real world. I think a part of it too is that I’m back on the same campus as undergrad, but I’m no longer a “student” or in some ways the same person as I was before.

Another anxiety has been the question of where I am to set roots once I finish my grad program. It doesn’t do me much good though to dwell on this because I don’t have much control until I do finish and find a job. I tend to spend a lot of my energy on future planning and less on the present, which in turn causes unrest. Moving forward I’m trying to work on mindfulness during this transition period and came up with some solutions I thought would be also be helpful to you as well…

fallThere is no quick fix. Stop with the future planning and action stepping. While it does make sense to prepare for your next opportunity (either professional or personal), try not to spend as much time dwelling on things that have not happened yet. When that happens you neglect the present and all the beautiful moments that come with it. Take a lunch break or even a day to recenter. Don’t look for a solution- just pause and breathe.

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Learn to just be. While it can be tempting to say yes to something just to end the waiting period, hold tight. The real thing takes time to find. As a society we tend to focus on completing the next step in order to experience happiness. Remember that life’s a journey and not a destination. No matter the situation remember that at the end of the day you are alive and will experience joy again. In times of stress do activities to focus on your breath.

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Break the cycle of caring what other people think. Whether you are a recent college grad looking to find a job, or  recently quit the job you’ve had for 12 years, it can be stressful to talk with people for fear of them asking you “What are you doing now?” Try to release yourself from the pressure of having to feel like you measure up to people. No one comes from the exact same background or has the same resources, so stop trying to hold yourself to the same standard. Instead focus on your personal bests and strive hard to be the best version of yourself. Once you stop judging or comparing yourself to others, you will be able to relax into the transition a little bit more.

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Do things that keep you centered and grounded. Transitions can be overwhelming to say the least. When they are happening it can feel like you have nothing to hold on to, which can be very scary and produce a lot of anxiety. While it can be tempting to self medicate or fall into a depression, it is important to do positive activities that help you to feel grounded. Dedicate times throughout the day where you can silence your notifications and emails. Use this time to take a walk, journal, or read a book.

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Stay tuned for an upcoming post on mindfulness and ways to stay grounded as part of our Chakra Series!


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