Mindful eating

Eating is a natural, healthy, and pleasurable activity for satisfying hunger. In our current society however, eating can become mindless and guilt consuming instead.

Mindful eating is eating with intention and attention that allows you to care for yourself and notice the way different food affect your body. Mindful eating includes an awareness of your physical and emotional cues, recognition of your non-hunger triggers for eating and learning to meet your other needs in more effective ways than eating.

Mindful eating also helps you answer questions such as why do I eat, when do I feel like eating, what do I eat, how do I eat and where do I invest the energy I consume? These questions will help you understand your personal eating and is a good first step toward meaningful transformation. Understanding how essential the impact food has on your body will allow you to understand what fuels your body to positively improve your health and give you new found energy and a new found outlook on life!

5 Daily Rituals for Wellness

So what is a ritual exactly? I’ll start by saying what it isn’t – it’s not getting the kids ready for school, or having a shower, or even doing your makeup.

It’s not just your routine and what you have to do each day. It’s a ritual and a ritual is a personal routine of self-care and self-love that is motivating and invigorating, it prepares you to take on the day. It’s a sacred time for just for you. Daily rituals will boost your focus, productivity and happiness. It will lift your mood, give you a sense of peace and contentment.

Here are 5 daily ritual for wellness just for you:

1) Stretch first thing

When you wake up in the morning, take a few moments to stretch your body. As you wake in bed stretch up reaching high in the sky above your head and your body out all the way do your toes. Spend a few minutes just moving your body in bed and set a positive intention for your day. Tune into your body and how you are feeling today. What do you need for today to be a great day?

2) Drinking Water

Hydration first thing is by far on of the most important ways you can kick start your day. Surprisingly many people start their day with stimulants like coffee or juice and rarely incorporate water into their daily routine. This can result in feeling tired, fatigue, skin problems and headaches. Drinking water will stimulate your digestive system and start waking up your body. Drinking water first thing in the morning is like sending the little wake up call to your brain.

Continue to drink water throughout the day, and yes I know it sounds like common sense, it isn’t however common practice. Continue to drink plenty of water throughout the day so your body will be continually hydrated leaving you feeling refreshed throughout your day.

3) Finding something to be thankful for every day

Practicing conscious gratitude allows us to appreciate our lives for what we do have, rather than thinking negatively about the things we don’t have. Learn to recognize the small things that bring you joy.

4) Meditation or Breathing Breaks.

Our breath comes naturally to our bodies and it can also be altered and controlled with thought and concentration. Awareness of our breath can be a key factor in making life changes and in all sorts of healing. Focusing and relaxing our breath can help ward off many kinds of diseases. Meditation helps decrease stress and links our bodies with our minds.

Take a few minutes out of your day to sit, become present to your breath, allow yourself to be present. You can do this anywhere it doesn’t have to be a quite spot for 20-30 minutes. It can be whilst waiting in line at the shops, or sitting outside on your lunch break from work, or even as you get up to walk from your desk to head to the toilet… find those moments throughout your day where you can become present to your breath, body and mind.

5) Wholefood, Juices and Herbal Tea

Whenever you can eat foods that are as close to their original form as possible; like fruit, veggies, nuts and seeds. Processed foods are full of chemicals that have no nutritional value, and they can weigh you down and dampen your mood. Even when you are on the go, incorporate fresh squeezed juices, and herbal teas like MissVitality Clean Tea.

Mindful walking

Meditation and methods of relaxation are proven to provide our bodies with several physical and mental health benefits, but have you ever considered walking as a form of this relaxation? The fact that walking is so central to our lives makes it a ready focus for mindful meditation in its easiest form.

Begin by standing up straight with your back upright but not stiff and make sure your weight is distributed evenly. Next, curl the thumb of your left hand in and wrap your fingers around it. Place it just above your belly button and wrap your right hand around your left so your right thumb rests in the crevice between your left thumb and index finger. Continue by dropping your gaze slightly to maintain focus and step out with your left foot, followed by the right foot. Walk at a steady pace, slightly slower than in daily life but not too slow.

This mindful walking will help you begin each day with a clear mind or help you unwind after a big day, assisting with relaxation and allowing you to think clearly about what’s going on presently in your life.

Benefits of drinking our Clean Tea

Miss Vitality Clean Tea is a blend of detoxifying plants to purify the body. Being rich in antioxidants to strengthen immunity, cleanse and aid digestion, Clean Tea is a therapeutic herbal infusion which is also caffeine and sugar free. It has organic, certified ingredients, designed to boost nutrients throughout the day and support proper digestion. The main ingredients in the tea include peppermint, barberry, lemongrass, chamomile, rosehips and vanilla bean which each bring different benefits to the human body through consumptions.

Some of the main benefits of consuming the tea include:

  • Pepper mint aids digestion
  • Barberry which promotes liver detoxification
  • Lemongrass stimulates cleansing through liver detoxification.
  • Rosehips are high in Vitamin C to protect the skin and capillaries from free radicals.
  • Chamomile soothes the nervous system
  • Organic Vanilla Bean aids digestion.

Sipping tea helps you slow down and relax, as natural chemical called theanine found in green tea can provide a calming effect. Adding having a cup of clean tea to your daily ritual will provide you with numerous health benefits while giving your day a healthy and tasty start!

5 Green Smoothie Tips

Green smoothies are not only a unique colour but they also offer unique health benefits. Made with leafy greens that are loaded with antioxidants and vitamins, green smoothies are an excellent way to enjoy a delicious drink that satisfies hunger and offers maximum nutrition.

Here are 5 green smoothie tips to get you started on making the perfect drink!

  1. Follow the 60/40 formula. When you’re making your first few green smoothies, don’t just throw things in the blender. Chances are, it’ll taste nasty if you wing it right out of the gate. Use your measuring cups to achieve the tastiest result possible.
  2. Blend in stages to avoid leafy chunks. Chewing your green smoothie is no fun! To get a “smooth” green smoothie experience, blend up your leafy greens and liquid-base first. Then add your remaining fruits and blend again.
  3. Ditch the ice and freeze some fruits. Want your green smoothie to be extra chilly? Freeze your favorite fruits like ripe bananas, grapes, pineapple or berries. This is also a great way to not waste ripe fruits (like those brown bananas on your counter). You can also freeze your leafy greens in a freezer-safe bag.
  4. Use raw natural sweeteners. Add naturally sweet fruits to any smoothie that tastes bitter or a bit too “green.” By sticking with naturally sweet fruits like bananas, mango, apples, pears or pitted date, we avoid artificial sweeteners and processed sugars.
  5. Make smoothies ahead for the perfect fast food. We know life can get crazy busy, especially in the morning. Green smoothies are the healthiest fast food for people who are constantly on the go. You can prep your green smoothies and blend the night before and can store it in your fridge for up to 2 days.

 

Follow these steps and you’ll be on your way to being a green smoothie expert!

Sugar myths exposed

Sugar has been blamed as the cause of everything from obesity to cancer and many things in between. The fact is there’s nothing inherently wrong with sugar; our brains and nervous systems rely almost entirely on sugar for energy. Sugar is a molecule comprised of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. Like all compounds made from CHO, sugar is a carbohydrate. The problem with sugar is that these days it’s added to everything from fruit juice to pasta sauce.

Sugar causes hyperactivity
Sugar has been studied extensively in relation to hyperactivity, and this myth has been solidly disproved. The thing is, people often consume sugar at celebrations or events where they’re stimulated by a lot of other things going on, so they’re actually just excited, not high on sugar. This belief is a hard one to shake, but it could all come down to a mind game.

Brown sugar is healthier than white sugar
Brown sugar is actually just white sugar with molasses added back into it. It does contain very tiny amounts of some minerals due to the molasses content, but the nutritional difference between brown sugar and white sugar is a moot point.

Sugar-free is healthier
Are we talking sugar-free because this item has actually been made without sugar? Then yes. But if we’re talking sugar-free because an artificial sweetener has been used instead of sugar, then hold up. As many of the physiological reactions to sweeteners begin with taste receptors in the mouth, even ‘natural’ no or low-calorie sweeteners like stevia and xylitol are outside of my comfort zone. The reality is there is no magic bullet, and if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.