Is it hard for you to unwind for the night? Maybe you find your mind still racing when you get into bed and wish that you were able to fall asleep a lot easier, huh? Gurrllllll (or guys), I’ve gotchu. You know this! Check it out.
I’ve never had a hard time sleeping (very grateful for that), but my hubby on the other hand is a different story. Sometimes he has very stressful days and needs to do some serious de-stressing before he hops into bed. And as a new yoga-teacher (!!), it’s my duty to spread the love and light and bring some nighttime yoga to help calm his mind before bed. So of course I give him a 20-30 minute calming yoga sequence. Duh!
Here is the general routine we’ve been doing recently and every time he has such a better night sleep than if he didn’t do it! Not shocking, though, since studies have shown that yoga can help with insomnia.
BUT FIRST. You must have (strongly recommend):
Lots of lighted candles. Turn off all artificial lights to start calming the mind and letting the body know it’s preparing for sleep.
A cup of tea.
Calming spa music. I always put on the Spa Radio on Pandora. It’s the bomb.com
Be sure to stay in each pose for at least 10 very long, deep breaths before moving onto the next pose. If there is a pose on one side of the body be sure to do it on the other side
Prepare to a beautiful night’s sleep, friends. Please enjoy our 10 Yoga Poses for your Best Nights Sleep Ever!
Stay in savasana for as long as you need to be calm. Go straight to bed!
Bonus points if you can get your partner/hubby/best friend/mom/dad/dog to rub this amazing stuff on your neck and back while you’re in savasana. ;) (It’s what we use on our students at my yoga studio! shhhhh it’s our little secret).
Sweet dreams <3 <3 <3
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Oh heyyyy there! It’s been a hot minute since I’ve showed ya’ll what I’ve been eating every so often (unless you follow me on Instagram you see a lot more!), but I’ve decided to bring it back since it’s been requested. Ask and you shall receive.
I’m just going to highlight a couple of my fave meals from this past week or so. I’ve been eating a ton of fall produce as of late: brussels sprouts, squash, apple, more squash and potatoes. It’s magical. I would say that fall is my favorite season for in-season produce, but I say that no matter what season it is. I don’t discriminate against food. I LOVE IT ALL.
So here we have a what I like to call “throw everything in a skillet and top with eggs” meal. These happen on the regular and I never get sick of them. This one had chickpeas, brussels sprouts, onions, sauerkraut, eggs and avocado. And of course smothered in hot sauce post pic. Do I even have to tell you that anymore? Just assume everything I eat has hot sauce. 90% at least hehe.
Salads for lunch are still happening most days. This one had chickpeas, apples and carrots. Plus a yummy tahini dressing that I’ve been obsessing over lately. Can’t. Stop Making. It.
Lovely breakfast here of eggs, spicy salsa, avocado, whole wheat flatbread and some blueberries/blackberries. Simple and easy.
This breakfast sort of just happened the other day and it was incredible. I love when I can incorporate squash and the (1 million apples we have to eat after apple picking last weekend) into my breakfast either sweet or savory. This one had cooked apples, maple syrup, cinnamon, eggs and more cinnamon. I can’t even. SO GOOD.
Now here’s the doozy you’ve been waiting for since I teased this baby on Facebook recently. You are going to lurveeee how easy this is! And full of nutrients and vitamins and all the good stuff. But most importantly, satisfying and leaves you feeling amazing afterwards.
I’m going to let you in a little secret first, okay? BUT DON’T TELL because I kind of want to keep this on the DL, buttttt
ALDIS IS NOW OFFERING ORGANIC, 100% GRASS-FED BEEF!!!! Ahem. Excuse me and my excitement over this. If you have a local Aldis (I’m so sorry if you don’t!), and they don’t have this in yet, I would just ask the manage if they can get it int! This brand blows my mind and I love that Aldis sells a lot of their high quality products. So let’s keep this between us, okay? Okay.
I decided to stuff my spaghetti squash with it and added some kale + marinara sauce and some other goodies. ENJOY and if you make this please tag me on Facebook or Instagram so I can see your beautiful creation!
You’re going to love this Paleo Stuffed Spaghetti Squash with Kale, Beef, and Marinara. It’s kind of like the lazy girl’s health-ified spaghetti and meat sauce. Kind of. Except instead of feeling blah after eating spaghetti, you will feel fab with the squash + kale.
Paleo Stuffed Spaghetti Squash with Kale, Beef and Marinara
Start by cooking your spaghetti squash. Cut in half, remove the seeds, drizzle a little oil and salt and pepper over top. Bake with the cut side down at 375 until soft, about 40 minutes or so depending on your squash size and oven. Be careful not to overcook it or you will loose the "spaghetti" like texture of the squash. Just keep an eye on it!
Meanwhile, cook the chopped onion and ground beef together with LOTS of salt and pepper in a large pan until cooked through. Add the minced garlic and chopped kale and cook until kale has wilted.
Add jar of marinara sauce, throw in bay leaf and do a quick taste test. Add more s/p if needed. Bring to a simmer and let cook while spaghetti squash finishes cooking. Simmer for at least 10 minutes.
Stuff spaghetti squash with the beef and kale mixture (remove the bay leaf!). Serve in the shell of the squash or remove the squash with a fork onto a plate and then top with the beef. Your choice :)
By Alisha Leytem
Alisha's Appetite http://alishasappetite.com/
Enjoy! Please share this recipe with your family and friends if you love it (or pin to pinterest to make for later!). Anndddddd I hope you enjoyed this week’s edition of What Alisha Ate + Recipe!
I recently joined an incredible publishing program that focuses on wellness, inspiration and self-improvement books put on by Hay House. It’s called the Book Nook program, which provides bloggers with a complementary copy of a wellness book in exchange for a review on their blog. I’m so pumped I discovered this program and hope you’ll enjoy learning about some awesome new books to add to your collection!
The first book I chose to review was a book that I have coincidentally (or maybe not…) been seeking out on my own. Like I legit had this book in my Amazon checkout cart about a month beforehand. I ended up not buying it myself (do you do that with Amazon too? Fill your cart with lots of things and then think about it for a day or two before you commit? Just me?).
Okay, so the point is that I have been seeing, learning and hearing a lot about this author, Gabrielle Bernstein over the past few months. Maybe you’ve heard of her? She is gaining a lot of momentum with her incredible work regarding a holistic approach to spirituality, self-love, and forgiveness. Oprah has even dubbed her as the next “new thought leader” of our time. One of my favorite podcasters, Katie Dalebout, raves about Gabrielle often and initially sparked my interest to dive a little deeper and see what she is all about.
Once I received Miracles Now to review from Hay House, I realized that the book had ultimately landed in my hands after I began seeking it on my own. It’s like it was meant to come into my life no matter how it got here. *chills*
Not knowing what the book was about beforehand, I didn’t have any expectations before I began reading. The title is: Miracles Now: 108 Life-Changing Tools for Less Stress, More Flow and Finding Your True Purpose, whichmight be slightly misleading as to what is exactly inside of it. The “miracles” that are provided are essentially mediation, breathing and stress-relief techniques that can be done in under a minute or less that will provide instant relief- which is essentially the “miracle”. Even though I don’t think the word “miracle” is used in the typical context that you would associate it with, the techniques have provided some miraculous relief and sense of calmness in my life overall. So to me..that’s a miracle.
There are literally 108 different topics that she discussed and followed it up with a meditation technique, journaling method or general advice to assist and deal with it. I don’t believe that this is the type of book that you just read from start to finish- it’s very much an action book that you want to try the techniques as you read it. So I’ve spent a month or so taking my time reading the book and testing out some of the meditations when I’ve found myself in that situation.
So, for example something that I struggle with from time to time is that nasty comparison trap of comparing myself to other. Gabrielle touched on this topic in #24: Compare No More. She first explains that “beneath the desire to compare is a deep-rooted sense that we are not enough”. And the technique to deal with the moment you catch yourself comparing to stop and say outloud to yourself “the light I see in them is a reflection of my inner light”. She goes on to say that by witnessing yourself in the other person can release you from the desire to compare and set you free. And that is the miracle. Sooooo good, right? This is only one tool that has helped me since receiving the book, but I assure you that almost all of the ones I have tried have helped me in the moment.
Since I am newbie to meditation, I feel like this book is one of the best ways to be introduced to the practice in general. To more experienced meditators, this may be repetitive. She also offers information (and how to do): kinseology, tapping, kundalini yoga, guided meditations and some meditation techniques.
At the end of every chapter there is an inspirational quote and summary that can be shared directly on twitter or facebook. I personally think that they’re super creative and cute. Some of my faves (even though I loved pretty much all of them from the entire book) are:
If you want more of these either 1) buy the book or 2) search on social media for the hashtag #miraclesnow
My overall rating for the book Miracles Now Review (1-10….and the higher the better obvs)
Out There-ness: 7 or 8 (depending on your personality!) I don’t think it’s too out there, but if you are 100% new to meditation, and new-age stuff it might be a little bit of a stretch for you. But I challenge you to stretch yourself! Growing is learning.
Who should get this book:
-If you’re a fan of any of Gabrielle’s work whatsoever (or like to watch Super Soul Sundays on Oprah because she’s been a guest on the show….and Oprah loves her. Just sayin’).
-You want to work on yourself with personal growth and spirituality
-You’re interested in mediation but don’t know where to start or how to do it
-You like to read short chapters that inspire, uplift you and motivate you.
-You like practical and applicable advice that you can do to actually improve your quality of life
If you’re following me on Instagram or Facebook (you’re not? do it nowwww), you may have picked up that I participated in a 3 day fruit cleanse this week. Yes, as in all I ate was fruit for 72 hours. I know.
Now, as a person who doesn’t necessarily believe in “cleanses” or “detoxes” (I think that real food can do that for you), I was skeptical of doing this cleanse. But I am assisting with hosting yoga guru Baron Baptiste’s program, 40 Days to Personal Revolution at my yoga studio. I am leading the group through the food categories of the program (surprise, right?).
So when week 4 asked us to partake in a fruit cleanse, I felt obliged to participate. Especially since I’m following the program and am asking 20 participants to do it ….it’s only fair that I do it, too.
If my favorite yoga guru says to eat fruit for 3 days to “cleanse” your body, then I’ll try it out! What’s the worst that could happen? It’s only 3 days, right?
I know that this may be controversial to some, but at the end of the day it was an experiment and a promise that I made to commit to this program. Which, by the way, the program includes 40 days of yoga, meditation, journaling and clean eating. It really has been revolutionary for me and my life- particularly the meditation aspect of it. I’d love to write a post about meditation sometime soon. Interested in hearing more about my journey? Let me know in the comments or on Facebook!
I actually was in charge of purchasing groceries for 10 participants and all of the food they would need for 3 days. That, my friends is a lot of fruit. Here’s a glimpse.
Redonk, right? I knowwww! This was only 1 cart of 3. THREE.
I’m happy to report that anything with a seed is technically considered a fruit. This means: avocados, zucchini, cucumber, bell peppers, jalapenos, etc. are all fruit. Definitely learned something new there. I knew avocados were fruit, but not the rest!
The cleanse didn’t allow any oils or spices. Straight up plain, yo! And it allowed coconut water, chia seeds, green tea, and an unlimited amount of herbal tea.
So…here’s what I came up with!
Smoothie (1 carton raspberries, 1 kiwi, 1 banana, chia seeds, coconut water) + 2 oranges on the side
1/2 avocado, handful of cherry tomatoes + 1/2 lemon
Charred Gazpacho Soup (grilled tomatoes, green pepper, jalapenos and blended all together with lemon juice)
1/2 Avocado dip with handful of yellow cherry tomatoes and 1 jalapeno + big bowl of strawberry/blueberries
So. Much. Tea.
Alisha’s Thoughts Day 1: Well day 1 wasn’t as bad as I thought. I am not hungry but I am feeling….unsatisfied. Thank god for avocados. But I want pizza. Only 2 more days….I can do this. Right?
Smoothie (2 bananas, 1 cup frozen berries, 1 cup coconut water, 2 dates)
Fruit Pasta (3 zuchinnis, 2 bell peppers, 3 tomatoes, 1 jalapeno, 1 lemon)
Banana ice cream + 1/2 pint of blueberries
Lots and lots of water and herbal tea (peppermint!)
Alisha’s thoughts on day 2: Ohhhmmmyyygooddddddd. I have to do this for one more day? I physically couldn’t eat another piece of fruit by dinnertime. It was just so dang bland. My breakfast smoothie was amazing, though. Actually that kept me satisfied and full well into lunch. Okay. One more day, one more day, one more day….one more day.
2 banana, 2 dates, frozen berry smoothie
Mango salsa (1 mango, 1 jalapeno, 1 cup cherry tomatoes) scooped up with 1 pepper into chunks + 1/2 pint blueberries
Kiwi, pineapple, blueberries salad
Alisha’s thoughts on day 3: All I want are potatoes. That’s it. I feel pretty good physically- I have lots of energy but all I really want are potatoes. Preferably roasted spuds. With a fried runny egg on top. I shouldn’t have looked at instagram food pics before bed. Terrible idea.
Okay, so overall I am proud of myself for not caving and finishing what I started. Even though it was difficult, it seemed to be more of a mental challenge than a physical one. I physically felt fine the entire time and made sure to eat until I was legitimately not hungry anymore. The coconut water saved my life. Also I noticed that I felt very light and not “down” after the three days.
It reaffirmed my love for avocados (obvs) and for smoothies first thing in the morning. I realize that I haven’t been drinking them much lately ever since my obsession for sweet potatoes, eggs and avocado came about. But I have to say that a smoothie made only with fruit and coconut water kept me just as satisfied as the sweet potato, egg and avocado. Interesting to realize that about myself. I will definitely be incorporating more fruit into my morning meals.
So the smoothie for the win of the cleanse recipe. Here ya go!
Place dates and coconut water into the blender and let soak for 10 minutes. Add bananas and berries and blend. Top with chia seeds. Drink and attack the world!
By Alisha Leytem
Alisha's Appetite http://alishasappetite.com/
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Hi friends! Since I’ve been setting up green smoothie booths to market my wellness coaching services recently, I’ve realized that I don’t even have the classic green smoothie recipe on my blog! Say whaaaaat? That changes immediately.
I make this smoothie so much I could probably make it in my sleep at this point. It requires a ripe banana, so if I don’t have any bananas on hand I tend to get a little anxious. That and spinach! That problem is solved by always, always, always having bananas on hand. I mean, how can I not? They’re so inexpensive it’s practically stealing.
My favorite thing to pair this with for breakfast is either a healthy pumpkin muffin or my latest obsession of 1 piece of ezekiel bread, 1/2 avocado and 1 fried egg (smothered in hot sauce). With a side of black coffee and a big glass of water. Combined, this breakfast gives me so much energy to power through the day it’s a little insane.
So do yourself a favor and make this tomorrow morning, okay? Okay. And then tag me on Instagram because I’m nosy like that and want to see what kind of glass you drink yours out of. I obviously am a fan of mason jars (hence the picture!), but I like to fill a nice big wine glass with this smoothie from time to time when I want it to feel a little more “fancy”.
I sincerely believe the type of glass you drink out of makes a huge difference. I am NOT the only one who thinks this, right?