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A collection of tips & tricks that have best helped my clients and I revive our health, mindset, & expression

Reset & Revive With Herbal Tea

Uncategorized Oct 14, 2019

Brisk weather is sweeping in at an accelerated rate as the long summer days become shorter and shorter. While a Michigan-native, living in San Diego for three years has made it ever more difficult to say goodbye to our already too short summers. However, there is one main thing I love about cooler temperatures and that is TEA!

I’m a hot beverage girl. However, tea usually slips to the wayside for me during warmer weather months but a hot cup of tea with local raw honey in the cooler months is my favorite remedy. 

For this post I partnered with Courtney, resident blogger here at J’adore and Founder of Spoonful of Ink to share her expertise on turning garden herbs into the most delicious and restorative cup of herbal tea! 

COURTNEY I AM SO EXCITED TO LEARN FROM YOU, BUT FIRST I’M CURIOUS WHAT SPARKED YOUR INTEREST TO GROW AND CREATE YOUR OWN TEA BLENDS?

I’ve always loved tea - it’s been a ritual, sharing a cup of tea at the end of the day, for...

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Fall Lessons For Mental Health

mindset Sep 18, 2019

We can learn a lot from the seasons. According to the Five Elements Theory, which derives from Traditional Chinese Medicine, each season has its own energetic dynamic and movement of energy or Qi. 

For my ladies out there, if you’ve ever tried to understand your menstrual cycle on a deeper level this is the same idea. We just experience these four main seasons monthly as opposed to annually!

The more we can surrender and lean into these seasonal cycles, the more we can harness their power as opposed to fighting to keep the rigid schedule that once served us at a point in time.

Fall is a season of shedding layers, looking inward, and fostering inner reserves so we can leap to our next level.

After the expansive and lively energy of summer, nature is now constricting its energy and moving inward to nourish its roots. As much as our human brain and society likes to make us think we are separate from nature, we are built from the same fundamental building blocks and thus are...

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An Athlete's Mindset Tool To Implement In Your Life Today

mindset Aug 29, 2019

If you’ve ever wondered how elite athletes perform at the top of their game, you’re in the right place. And guess what…the best news is you can do it too by implementing this technique in your life.

Jumping right in, the top mindset tool elite athletes use that everyone can benefit from is…VISUALIZATION.

WHAT IS VISUALIZATION? 

Also known as a mental rehearsal or guided imagery, this is a process of imagining various images of what you’d like to experience in a specific moment as well as all the other sensory stimuli (smells, sounds, touch, taste) that go along with the event for you.

Olympians have been using this technique for decades to train their mind as much as they physically train their body. 

Imagine you’re in their shoes for a moment. You’re at a peak moment in your athletic career, the whole world is watching, and you’re going up against the absolute best of the best in a climate you’re not familiar with,...

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DIY Oat Milk

food health Aug 15, 2019

There’s no denying it, non-dairy alternatives aren’t the same as their dairy-counterparts. Not in texture or taste, but that’s okay - they aren’t made from dairy! The main perk of these products is that they don’t create a reaction in the body for those of us intolerant to dairy. 

While many dairy lovers (all personal responses I’ve heard) scoff at nut milk alternatives, quite a few have fallen in love with oat milk. It offers a much creamy texture than almond milk and has a subtle sweet nutty taste. 

DIY Oat Milk is great for two main reasons:

  1. Store bought milks can be costly & making your own is a simple way to trim expenses
  2. Avoiding exposure to food various food additives 

Point two is worth expanding on, but first, recipe time. 

What you’ll need:

    • Blender
    • Sieve (fine mesh strainer), cheese cloth, or some crafty AF skills
    • Bowl
    • Sealed container to store oat milk
    • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats 
      • If...
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Sustainability in Fashion: Interview with Erin Wetzel of Orleans & Winder

fashion sustainability Jul 18, 2019

As a Health Coach, sustainability is a topic I am constantly exploring and one that is relevant in any area of our life. From a habits perspective and practicing negative habits that aren’t sustainable for vibrant health to negative self-talk that leads us into a black hole to our food systems and sustainable farming practices. 

When I first started studying to be a coach in college, it was hard for my mind not to spin out about how commonplace toxic chemicals are in our food, products, and environment. This captured my focus for a few years until I moved to San Diego and had two roommates who introduced me to the concept of slow fashion vs fast fashion. 

When I lived in Georgia I had interviewed farmers and was enthralled with the slow movement of food, but hadn’t yet considered how it also showed up in the fashion industry.

WHAT EXACTLY IS SLOW FASHION?

Slow Fashion is the movement of designing, creating, and buying garments for quality and longevity. It...

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3 Health Coach Approved Recipes for 4th of July

food health Jul 02, 2019

I will start this blog off by saying there are a lot of talented craft cocktail makers out there and I am not particularly one of them. However, I have been told I make a delicious old fashion that even converted me over to loving whiskey a few years back!

I’ll predominantly stick to my lane in health & life coaching, so I am here to make sure you stay as hydrated as possible while celebrating our beautiful country this week. 

For these recipes, I chose to focus on using tequila, gin, and vodka but feel free to substitute your favorite spirit for any of the below recipes that make sense to you!

Over the last few years my body has become highly sensitive to alcohol and even one drink can leave me feeling hungover the next day. If alcohol no longer agrees with you or you choose to opt-out, you can always make the recipes mocktail style or add a few drops of CBD oil to add a subtle level of relaxation in.

While you do not have to completely cut out alcohol to be...

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Your Guide to Healthy Sun Exposure

Uncategorized Jun 11, 2019

Are you ready for sun and #lakelife yet??? It feels like winter has dragged on for far too long, but it has given us the perfect opportunity to talk about sun exposure and clear up some common misconceptions.

Similar to milk propaganda being responsible for “building strong bones” for decades, we have been led to believe that sun exposure alone causes skin cancer and we must apply SPF every day before leaving the house.

Clean SPF’s are particularly helpful for protecting the skin from early aging, but according to Dr. Mercola,

“THE PUBLIC HAS BEEN MISLED AND MISINFORMED ABOUT THE HEALTH RAMIFICATIONS OF SUN AVOIDANCE, AS THERE ARE SIGNIFICANT HAZARDS ASSOCIATED WITH VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY, INCLUDING A HEIGHTENED RISK OF HEART DISEASE AND SEVERAL CANCERS, ESPECIALLY INTERNAL CANCERS BUT ALSO LETHAL SKIN CANCER.”

While you may want your summer glow ASAP, be patient and gradually introduce your skin back to the sun. There are many elements like water and...

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Dance Embodiment: Release the past, own the present, & step into the future

Uncategorized May 23, 2019
 

(Video shot and edited by Daniela Lisi)

Dance Embodiment is one of my absolute favorite tools that I love teaching others how to utilize in their lives. It is a way to connect the brain and body and draws on almost all the mindset, coaching, and visualization tools I have acquired to date. We can be so in our heads about our goals and how we are going to achieve them. Which is why there is nothing more powerful to me than involving your body, and whole being, in the conversation to expedite turning your dreams into your reality.

I always tell individuals who attend my workshops that I can’t explain it quite as well as you can experience it.

One of these individuals, a beautiful woman named Robin totally spoke to this in her sweet words about the experience,

 

“I was skeptical but decided to go with it. About 15 minutes in I felt a release as the energy flowed. It was cathartic and I realized to trust in the movement the more I did the more I felt connected to my...

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How to Apply Personal Growth to Your Life

mindset personal growth May 14, 2019

Last week, Candice and I went on a yoga retreat with the Citizen Yoga to the beautiful Tulum for some serious R&R. The days were full of yoga (3-4 hours!), 75-minutes of juicy philosophy, sun, healthy food, great conversation, adventures, laughter, and tons of sleep. Let’s just say it was self-care to the max and the hardest decision needing to be made was pool or beach. #blessed

Many of us who attended either needed a serious recharge or needed the space to feel and think through upcoming life transitions. Through several of my conversations with fellow retreaters’ and now my own experience of merging retreat life with the “real” world, the question of “...but how do I actually apply this new knowledge?” kept coming up.

Since we are all in different phases of life and going after our own goals, a basic framework is needed when you learn something new you want to apply to your life. Click here to read the full framework on J'adore Detroit!

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10 Ways to Pamper Your Mama This Mother's Day

relationships Apr 30, 2019

It could be my line of work or the fact that gifts are my least preferred love language...but I am always looking to give others gifts that will allow them to pamper themselves. Our culture is heavily focused around DOING not necessarily BEING. Women, especially, often feel guilty taking time for themselves and put everyone else’s needs above their own.

I love to ask myself, “What could I give to my Mom or do for her that would allow her more time to pamper herself or do an activity she loves, but rarely finds time for?”  

New gadgets and sparkly things are cool, but what can you give her that shows her you really hear her, see her, and cherish her?

Notice, is she in a period of hardship, transition and loss? Or is she experiencing overwhelm from many commitments or life events? Maybe she is exploring and looking inward as she understands who she is in this next chapter.

Click here for 10 ways you can pamper the mama(s) in your life!

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