5 Tips for Cultivating a Calm Weekend + Natural Vitality Giveaway

After a mind rattling week filled with project deadlines, travel planning and interpersonal family discord, I’m ready for a weekend of quiet calm. This is my time to dial it back, bring everything back into focus and prepare myself for the week ahead with more clarity and balance. Here are my top 5 tips on how to cultivate calm.

1. Start the day with a green drink. I can achieve a much deeper state of relaxation if I’m not suffering from digestive issues and bloating. This combination of mint, cucumber, fennel, ginger and apple goes down smooth! Get the green smoothie recipe in the free Calmful Balance eGuide.

2. De-clutter your space. I spend 10 minutes organizing my desk, scanning receipts, and filing away loose ends from the previous week before I hunker down in full weekend chillax mode. Clear space = clear mind

3. Practice Progressive Relaxation. Tense the muscles, one body part at a time, to achieve a state of calm. Inhale, squeeze, exhale, release. Repeat.

4. Aromatherapy. Nothing can transport me from chaos to calm faster than fragrance. Currently, I’m obsessed with lavender essential oil spritzed on my pillows for instant tranquility.

5. Take a magnesium + calcium supplement.  All of my stress manifests itself in the form of a physical cramp or pain. Most commonly, I’d wake up in the middle of the night with restless leg syndrome. To help calm my nerves and relax my muscles, I’ve been taking Natural Vitality Natural Calm plus calcium. Mix 1 teaspoon of the raspberry-lemon flavored vegan, gluten-free drink mix into 8 oz. water. This has been a lifesaver on many sleepless nights. I usually get relief from cramps about 30 minutes after taking Natural Calm.

:: Giveaway Details ::

One winner will be chosen on Feb.20, 2015 to receive a $100 Natural Vitality gift certificate! You must have a US shipping address to be eligible to win. Winner will be contacted via email and will have 48 hrs to claim the prize or an alternate winner will be chosen.

To Enter:

1) Download the Calmful Balance eGuide

2) Leave me a comment letting me know how you create calm in your life.

Good luck! Want more tips to enjoy life with more fun, ease and less stress? The Calmful Balance eGuide is here to help with tips, recipes and reflections on bringing balance to:

Your home
What you eat (5 new recipes!)
How you shop
Helping the planet
Handling stress

We promise we won’t tell you what you’re doing wrong or report on the latest health scares. Instead we offer up inspirational ideas to realistically add some balance to your life.   Download your free Calmful Balance eGuide

Disclaimer: This giveaway is sponsored by Natural Vitality. The opinions in this post are my own.

KimChi Fried Rice Balls

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Welcome home, Flaming Kimchi Balls.

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Fit Tips from The So Abby Show

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Ah….exercise. It can be a four letter word for some, others absolutely adore it, and some could love it or leave it. No matter what one thinks of it, the bottom line is that we all need it. Exercise is one of THE most important things in achieving and maintaining optimal health. These days, exercise should really be something that is prescribed, not only just like medications, but ultimately instead of medications.

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Eating Smart: Tips from Healthy Vegan Guy

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I love talking about food and making sure we are eating a well-balanced plant-based diet. With vegan food choices gaining popularity and more people learning about its health benefits, we are also seeing an increase of heavily processed vegan food. This has now made it more important than ever for us to be aware of what we are eating and putting into our bodies.

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Vegan Mandu {Korean Dumplings}

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How to Make the Perfect Vegan Cheese Platter

Day 2 of the 12 Days of Vegan Christmas Video Series and Giveaway features our favorite artisan vegan cheese from Miyoko’s Kitchen.

What is your favorite vegan cheese? I’d love to know in the comments!

Be sure to enter the giveaway daily for more chances to win. We’ll select one person on Christmas Day to win 20+ gifts valued at over $2700!!!

 

 

12 Days of Vegan Christmas: Epic GIVEAWAY!!!

Mele Kalikimaka friends! It’s time to deck the halls, snuggle by the fire and fa-la-la-la-la-la with a mug of mulled wine and good friends. To give your a holidays a kickstart, I’ve partnered with Whitney Lauritsen of Eco-Vegan Gal, Kathy Patalsky of Healthy.Happy.Life. and some of my favorite brands to bring you the most EPIC Vegan Giveaway of the year!

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Quinoa Cauliflower Mash

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Shiitake Lettuce Wraps


Shiitake Lettuce Wraps
 
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Savory shiitakes and cool lettuce compliment each other in this classic Asian dish.
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Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 cups diced shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 cup diced crimini mushrooms
  • ½ cup julienned red bell pepper
  • ½ cup chopped water chestnuts
  • ¾ cup cashew pieces
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
  • 2 tablespoons vegan oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos
  • 4 pitted medjool dates
  • ¾ cup hot water
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • salt&pepper
  • 4-6 romaine lettuce leaves
  • For Garnish
  • ¼ cup shredded carrot
  • sesame seeds
  • Sriracha
  • For Gluten-free
  • Omit vegan oyster sauce and use a total of 3 tablespoons coconut aminos
Instructions
  1. Add hot water and pitted dates to a blender.
  2. Blend on high speed for one minute until you have transformed the mixture into date syrup.
  3. Set aside.
  4. Heat sesame oil over med-high heat and sauté garlic,ginger and green onions until fragrant (about one minute).
  5. Toss in mushrooms,then add vegan oyster sauce and/or coconut aminos and ½ cup date syrup(use more if you like a sweeter sauce).
  6. Mix well, cook for one minute.
  7. Add water chestnuts,cashews,red bell pepper and season with salt and pepper to taste.Give it one last stir and serve immediately in lettuce wraps.
  8. Garnish with shredded carrots, sesame seeds and Sriracha.