Tips for a Happy & Healthy Winter | Winter Wellness Tips (Video)

Ahoy there, mate!

Filmed a video just for you <3  I wanted to spread some light into your dark and cold winter days by sharing with you my favorite things to do to keep the happiness in your final winter months ahead. 

Winter DOES NOT have to be depressing.  I repeat: Winter does NOT have to be depressing!!

I challenge you to find the joy in this season and try something new.  You never know what could happen!

Epsom Salt I buy

15 in 2015 Book Challenge Facebook Group

Help us out?  Share this video with a friend who could use some daylight in their winter blues! <3

 

xoxo

Alisha 

How to have Energy All Day Long (Book Review)

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If you’re anything like me, you are always on the hunt for more energy – how can you get it, what do you have to do and how can you keep it.  Amiright? 

I just finished reading The All-Day Energy Diet (as part of my 15 books in 2015 reading challenge- you in?!) by Yuri Elkaim, and am excited to share my review of it with you!  I can’t give away all of the book’s secrets, but I can totally offer you a sneak peak of my favorite learning lessons.  Ready? K!

It’s definitely a great guide for anyone who is feeling sluggish all of the time (even after a night of 10 hours of sleep), not having a lot of energy and just feeling tired for really “no reason at all”.  If you’re a busy person and feel like there’s never enough time in the day- this book is totally for you. 

In a nutshell, the book discusses 2 main themes: Why you are so tired all of the time and what you can do to have more energy. 

My biggest learning lessons from the section about why you’re so exhausted are:

  • stress is the root of all energy depletion! (stress is such a no-no)
  • the harder your body has to work to digest something, the more energy it is using (making you feel exhausted!).  Foods that are hard to digest: cookies, sugar, wheat, diary, etc.  Which is why smoothies are so great for you- you give your digestion a break because they are already broken down for you when you drink them. 

The biggest takeaways from how to have more energy are (besides the very obvious answer of eating foods that are alive to make you feel alive!):

  • Safe supplements (and descriptions on what to get and why) to give you lasting energy (I’ve actually started taking a high quality fish oil supplement and probiotic supplement as a result and have been feeling fantastic!)
  • Chewing your food well really helps with the digestion process.  Such a visual concept! This is a great reminder for me to slow down when I eat, chew my food and do everything I can to help with a smooth digestion process. 

 I’d recommend this book for anyone who is struggling to understand what to eat for their body, how food (and your lifestyle) affects your energy levels and what exactly you can to do fix it.  

The first part of the book is a little dry, not because of Elkhaim’s writing, but because the topic isn’t an easy read if you know what I mean ;)  But it’s important to know why you’re so tired and understanding the basics of your body function.  The second half of the book offers really valuable information and in a way that is very visual so you can truly understand the concepts about your health, food, energy and vitality!

 To take control of your health, get your energy back on track and feel empowered- give this book a go.  

For more info, get the book here.  Find some free resources on Elkhaim’s site here.  

Hay House publishing provided me with a complementary copy of this book in exchange for a review.  All opinions are my own.  

My Top 10 Healthy Foods at Aldis (Video)

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you probably know that I am a sucker for a great bargain.  Healthy food + a bargain = pure bliss for this girl’s appetite. 

I buy a lot of healthy food items at Aldis grocery store and really wanted to share with all of you my top 10 healthy foods at Aldis.  It wouldn’t be right of me to keep this a secret from you ANY LONGER. 

I hope you enjoy the video, learn a thing or two and get pumped about all of the healthy (and inexpensive) superfoods that you can buy at Aldis. 

And even though it may seem like this is sponsored by Alids, it totally is NOT.  I am just that passionate about it. 

Think beyond cheap milk, bread, cereal and chips when you shop at this bargain grocery chain.  They have really amped up their health factor!

 

List your favorite item from the video in the comments below and why!  

P.S. Know someone who is trying to eat healthy on a budget?  Share this video with them so that it can help them out.  There are so many ways to eat healthy on a budget :) 

xoxo

Alisha

Why I Read + 15 in 2015 Reading Challenge!

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Growing up I used to be the biggest bookworm ever.  I seriously always had my head stuck in a book (just ask my parents).  I remember one day I went shopping with my mom and nana (probably around age 11 or 12?)  All I wanted that day was a new book, so the first store we went into was a bookstore and I got my book.  By the time we left the mall later that day, I had already finished it.  #truestory

Why I Read

Reading has always made me feel so good.  I feel more connected when I read, more accomplished and way more entertained in general.  (The books are always better than the movie, amiright?!)

Knowledge, knowledge, knowledge.  You are literally stimulating the brain and learning every time you read.  Plus it’s a major stress reducer (book + bath = heaven). 

I’ve kept up with my reading habits over the years, but I’ve been slacking as of late.  I’m ready to take it up a notch and challenged myself to read 15 books in 2015.  Then I thought it would be fun offer you all to join in on the challenge with me!  

I’m planning on reading a wide variety of books: books on yoga, wellness, spirituality, entrepreneurship, self-help and fun fiction.  Nothing is off the table. 

There isn’t set of required books or anything for this challenge- it’s really just to read 15 books of your choice by the end of this year.  And I know that when I tell others (on a big scale like this blog and social media), that I am held accountable and will actually do it! <3 Maybe you can relate?

Why You Should Read

Like some of the reasons, I mentioned above: 

  • Strengthens memory skills
  • Major stress reducer strategy
  • Become a better writer
  • Entertainment
  • Improved focus and concentration
  • Tranquility (relaxation, can help with mood swings and mental health)

Soooooo.  You in? 

If you want to join in on the challenge, do these 3 things: 

1.  Join our private facebook group!  I’ll be keeping the group active throughout the year and will be posting my updates with what books I’m reading and what I think about them (you can join in on a book with me if you’d like!).  This step is really crucial if you want to be held accountable!

2. Get a profile on GoodReads.com and keep track of what you read, what you want to read, etc.  (Bonus points if you add me as a friend!)  If you add me as a friend, you can see a list of books I plan on reading this year. 

3. Leave a comment below that you’re joining in on the challenge and what book you’re starting the challenge with!  I’ll go first: I’m starting off by reading the All Day Energy Diet (just finished it actually….there will be a review of the book and diet in general up on the blog soon). 

Wondering what book to start with first?  Here’s a list of ideas to get you started.  

See ya in the private facebook group! Here’s to reading

Alisha

Surprise! Study finds Yoga is good for your heart.

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AMAZING NEWS, guys.  

Well, amazing for us yogis and those for those who are major yoga advocates (that everyone can and should regularly practice)!

Yoga has been officially found to reduce the risk factors of heart disease- similar to that of walking, biking, etc.

The is huge.  For so many reasons.  But most importantly this is huge because yoga is still looked upon as a great way to “stretch” and “de-stress” and not taken seriously as a major and effective workout for the body (although yoga is much more than exercise for the body.  It’s both mind and body connection = heightened self-awareness).  Not anymore!

Now there is actual evidence from a study published in the European Journal of Preventative Cardiology that yoga literally protects your heart. (squeal!) The deets are mainly that by studying more than 2,800 people they found that yoga lowered heart risk factors (think high blood pressure and cholesterol), and yoga and aerobic exercise (think cardio) has the same effect on protecting your heart. 

So what I’m telling you is that yoga is as good for you as aerobic exercise.  There are still many different types of yoga (that I believe are more cardiovascular than other- aka: power is more of a cardio workout than a beginner/basic class), but overall, yoga in general can protect your heart from the bad stuff going on inside your body.  

They’re saying it could very well be because of the mind-body connection, resulting in a much more calm and and stress-relieving effect- but it’s not completely clear why or how this is the case. 

Either way this is a major incentive to:

  • make yoga part of your workout regimen at least once a week (if you don’t already include it)
  • Take yoga up if you are physically unable to do other aerobic exercise (because of an injury for example). 
  • Continue to practice yoga (because you love it!)
  • Another form of exercise that will help you with your cardiovascular health in general :)

Spread the word, ya’ll!  This is beyond exciting! What do you think of this study results? Sound off in the comments <3

Your coach & Yoga teacher, 

Alisha