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Sweet Potato Taco Salad

  

Happy Cinco de Mayo! 

Cinco de Mayo is a great excuse to indulge in one of my favorite foods! Avocado! This morning someone told me that 87.3 million pounds of guacamole will be consumed in celebration of this Mexican Holiday. 

One of my favorite taco fillings is roasted sweet potato. The flavor combination of avocado, beans, and sweet potato is a winner in my house. During my dinner planning for the day I decided to toss the ingredients into a salad for my lunch, then serve the remainder filling over sprouted corn tortillas for dinner. Let the fiesta begin!
Ingredients:

4 cups of chopped romaine lettuce 

1 cup of roasted diced sweet potato 

1 diced avocado 

1/2 cup of halved cherry tomatoes 

1/4 cup small diced red onion 

1/4 cup of cilantro 

1/4 cup diced black olives

Lime dressing:

1/4 cup of coconut milk mixed with juice of 1 lime  and salt/pepper to taste.

Add jalapeño to crank up the heat!

Toss all the ingredients together and drizzle lime dressing over the salad. Serve leftovers over tortillas and enjoy!

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Green Smoothie Bowl

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It has been quite a while since I last posted a recipe…..Spring is a crazy time in our house! We have four out of five family members celebrating birthdays, happy birthday to me! Yay!

While planning for birthday parties, class parties, dinner and lunch with friends, and our regular crazy family schedule, I have not had time to post anything new!

Lately I have been having loads of fun experimenting with smoothie bowls, check us on Instagram @blissbalancehealth for some fun smoothie bowl pictures. There is one smoothie I have had everyday for the last two weeks, my green smoothie. Most of you are familiar with my green juice and my reinvented version of green juice, but this is a bit different. I wanted to have a smoothie that was creamy and think enough to serve in a bowl.

Avocado seemed like the perfect ingredient to add great flavor and texture to my smoothie. I also wanted to sweeten up the smoothie a bit, use the avocado in a way the brought me back to my roots. In Brazil we use avocado as a fruit and is mostly served with sugar. This is a health blog, so don’t worry I won’t be adding sugar to my smoothie, but my next best substitute! Dates!

There is a good combination, of greens, protein, and healthy fats in this smoothie. This well rounded smoothie can keep you full for a long while. If you want to serve it as a meal replacement just add your favorite plant based protein powder and enjoy!

To make it into a smoothie bowl play around with your favorite toppings. Some of my favorites are seeds, nuts, coconuts, fruits, dried fruits, bee pollen, cacao nibs, etc…. The version in the picture above has goji berries, coconut, and cacao nibs.

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Ingredients:

1 small avocado

1 banana

2 handfuls of spinach

1/2 cucumber

1 tablespoon of nut butter

2 inch piece of fresh gingerpur

2 dates (3 if you like it sweeter)

Juice of 1 lemon

8 oz of water

Mix it all in a blender and enjoy it by itself or with your favorite toppings!

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Receita em Português :

Ingredientes:

1 abacate pequeno

1 banana

2 punhados de espinafre

1/2 pepino

1 colher de sopa de manteiga de amendoim

Pedaço de gengibre fresco de 5 cm

2 tâmaras (3 se você gosta dela mais doce )

250 ml de água

Suco de 1 limão

Misture tudo em um liquidificador e apreciá-lo por si só ou com seus ingredientes favoritos !

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Spring Pea Soup

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Happy Saint Patricks’ Day!

On our way to school this morning my children announced that I might get pinched a lot today because I wasn’t wearing any green. Upon arriving at home I quickly changed into a green shirt to remedy the situation. Green shirt on, I decided to up my “green” game by eating lots of green foods throughout the day!

Green juice, a staple of my mornings, was the first green food of the day. For lunch I decided on a light pea green soup, the recipe that I will be sharing with you today. The inspiration to make this soup came from sitting on my back porch, listening to the birds, and watching the beautiful trees. Hello Spring! 

Peas have a lot of nutritional value. High quantity of plant based protein being one of them. Peas are used in most plant based protein powders as a primary source of protein nowadays. Peas are also high in fiber, a key component in easy digestion and also in controlling the blood sugar levels. This nutrient rich light soup was the perfect light lunch for today! Go on and give it a try!

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Here is how to prepare it:

1 bag of 20 oz frozen peas or 4 cups of fresh peas

1 qt of vegetable broth

1 tsp of coconut oil

1/2 yellow onion

1 garlic clove

1 tsp of salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

2 tbs of fresh mint

2 tsp of fresh basil

1 tsp of dried oregano

1/4 cup of coconut milk

Sauté the onion and garlic with the coconut oil until translucent, then add the vegetable broth and herbs and bring it to a boil. When the liquid is in full boil add the peas to the pan and after 3 minutes or so add the coconut milk. Remove the mixture from the heat and transfer it to a blender or food processor. Blend the mixture, then serve the soup topped with your favorite seeds, and chive. Enjoy!

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Aqui está como prepará-lo :

1 saco de 600g de ervilhas congeladas ou 4 xícaras de ervilhas frescas

1L  de caldo de legumes

1 colher de chá de óleo de coco

1/2 cebola amarela picada

1 dente de alho picado

1 colher de chá de sal

1/2 colher de chá de pimenta do reino

2 colheres de sopa de hortelã fresca

2 colheres de chá de manjericão fresco

1 colher de chá de orégano seco

1/4 xícara de leite de coco

Refogue a cebola e o alho com o óleo de coco até ficar transparente , em seguida, adicione o caldo de legumes e as ervas e trazê-lo para ferver. Quando o líquido estiver fervendo, adicione as ervilhas para a panela e após 3 minutos  adicione o leite de coco. Retire a mistura do fogo e transfira para um liquidificador ou processador de alimentos. Em seguida, servir a sopa cobertas com suas sementes favoritos e cebolinha . Aproveite!

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Turmeric Tea…a lighter alternative

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Recently I had to deal with a little bit of inflammation and pain on a tooth that has given me trouble over the years. After visiting with my dentist he advised to take a few over the counter anti-inflammatories. Those who know me well have learned that I must be in my death bed before taking drugs. Call me stubborn, but I believe there are plenty of natural remedies available before you spend $20, $30, $50 on a drug.

What I really wanted was my Turmeric milk!

Complicating matters, there have been a consistent string of winter storms in my area. This area is not used to handling snow or ice, so schools have been closed regularly. My routine has been all over the place and slowed down quite a bit. Ingesting several cups of milk per day while hanging out at home didn’t seem like a good idea, but drinking several cups of tea sure did!

Playing around with my milk recipe I came up with a different “tea” version. Wonderful not only for inflammation, but also aids in digestion! A win win in my book! Give it a try! You might decide you like the old version better, but if you are watching your calorie intake this new one is for you!

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How to make the tea….

Ginger tea base:

Boil 1 cup of water with about an inch piece of thinly sliced ginger. Let it simmer for 5 minutes or so. You can also make a quart of tea by boiling a quart of water with 1/4 cup of thinly sliced ginger.

Add to the ginger tea:

1 tsp of ground turmeric

1 slice of lemon

Pinch of cinnamon

Pinch of cracked peppercorn

Enjoy it warm!

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Receita em Português 

Como fazer o chá ….

Base de chá de gengibre:

Ferva 1 xícara de água com cerca de um pedaço de gengibre cortado em fatias finas. Deixe ferver por mais ou menos 5 minutos . Você também pode fazer um litro de chá fervendo um litro de água com 1/4 xícara de gengibre em fatias finas.

Adicionar ao chá de gengibre :

1 colher de chá de cúrcuma em pó

1 fatia de limão

Pitada de canela

Uma pitada de pimenta do reino

Aproveite-o quente!

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Need a pick me up? Try the Bliss Poppers!

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Have you ever been to a Brazilian birthday party and tasted “docinhos”?  No? Do not worry, today I’m bringing you the infamous Brazilian treat to your kitchen. Literally translated into little sweets, docinhos range in a variety of flavors.  From chocolate, coconut, to fruit flavors. The “brigadeiro” or the chocolate kind is by far the most popular and the genesis for this post.

Your favorite Vedic Master has been experimenting in the Bliss Balance Health test kitchen with an assortment of energy snacks for myself, husband, and children. My husband and I will usually eat things just because they are good for us, but add kids to the mix and taste becomes super important! A healthier version of docinhos was the perfect solution for my family and yours too! Thus, I bring you the Bliss Popper!

Interesting enough, “energy balls” seem to be popping up on social media sites. Embracing the trend, I created a couple of unique versions with full flavor combinations.

So what is in an “Energy Ball” aka Bliss Popper?

Dates are a very under appreciated treat.  And in our house, they are used in multiple ways for cooking and acting as a base ingredient for many recipes. A little side note, I have even turned a couple of people into “date addicts”.  But alas, lets get back to the Bliss Popper.  Dates have a pure organic taste of sweetness and wonderful texture that makes them very easy to substitute for sugar.  Dates are the base of my poppers. Nuts and nut butter are also added to help with texture and increase protein and healthy fats. I recommend almond butter. Completing the organic mix for the base are coconut flakes and cacao powder. These ingredients are essential in their Brazilian counterparts. As your taste dictates, experiment with the options I provide.

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You can also play around with toppings to roll the “docinhos” . My favorites are cacao powder, cacao nibs, goji berries, and coconut. Feel free to come up with your own!

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Ingredients:

Base

1 cup of dates

1 cup of almonds

1/4 cup of almond butter

Version I add…

2 tbs of cacao powder

2 tbs of water

1/4 cup of coconut flakes

Version II add…

1 tbs of maca powder

1 tsp spirulina

2 tbs of water

1/4 cup of coconut flakes

In a food processor blend all the ingredients together. Roll them into balls, add more water if necessary. Roll them with your favorite topping and enjoy!

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Receita em Português

Ingredientes:

Base:

1 xícara de tâmaras

1 xícara de amêndoas

1/4 xícara de manteiga de amêndoa

Versão I adicionar …

2 colheres de sopa de cacau em pó

2 colheres de sopa de água

1/4 xícara de flocos de coco

Versão II adicionar …

1 colher de sopa de pó de maca

1 colher de chá de spirulina

2 colheres de sopa de água

1/4 xícara de flocos de coco

Em um processador de alimentos misture todos os ingredientes juntos. Rolar em bolas, adicione mais água se necessário. Cobrir com sua cobertura favorita!

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Armenia’s Cali Salad

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Last year I had the pleasure to visit California six different times. During one of my visits, I  was able to carve out some time and visit a very dear friend of mine who lives in gorgeous Santa Barbara. As always we had so much fun enjoying each other’s company and catching up! Closing out the visit, she served me the most gorgeous spread for dinner that was beautiful, healthy, and inspiring!

After dinner we sat by the fire with some chocolate and fruit. Catching my attention was the unique and unfamiliar fruit platter. Lying amongst a traditional spread of finger fruits (strawberries, grapes, etc..) there were these orange looking fruit that reminded me of tomatoes, but just a bit harder. Curiosity got the best of me and I immediately popped a bite into my mouth! Instantly I fell in love with this new fruit. “What is this?” I asked.  “Persimmons!” my friend answered. Growing up in Brazil, living in Texas and in Europe, I had never come across persimmons before. Well, last week I am in the grocery store and what do I spot? Persimmons!!!

Eagerly, I purchased the best eight persimmons I could find to bring home and experiment with. Persimmons are winter fruits, and currently in season. The first persimmon experiment was simple, recreate my California experience with with a nutritious, diverse and filling salad.  Enhancing the salad, with another winter fruit, I added pomegranate.

These two winter fruits are the anchors for my California salad with kale as the green foundation. Remember that it is important to massage the kale because it holds its texture even once dressing has been poured over it. Take your time and give the kale some tender love and care! Making the food with joy is half the fun!

Use the massaged kale as a base for any salad you enjoy!

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Here’s how you can bring a piece of California to your home:

4 handfuls of Kale cut into small pieces

1 persimmon sliced into thin strips

Seeds from one pomegranate

1 avocado thinly sliced

3 tbs of hemp seeds

1/4 cup of edamame

3 tbs of pine nuts

Juice of 1 lemon

2 tbs of olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Drizzle the lemon, olive oil, salt, and pepper over the kale and spend about a minute massaging the leaves. Top the salad with the remaining ingredients and enjoy!

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Receita em Português

4 punhados de Kale corte em pedaços pequenos

1 caqui cortado em tiras finas

Sementes de uma romã

1 abacate cortado em fatias finas

3 colheres de sopa de sementes de roma

1/4 xícara de edamame

3 colheres de sopa de pinhões

Suco de 1 limão

2 colheres de sopa de azeite

Sal e pimenta a gosto

Regue o limão, azeite , sal e pimenta sobre a couve e gastar cerca de um minuto massageando as folhas. Cubra a salada com os ingredientes restantes e aproveite!

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The Incredible Smoothie!

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During the cold months I usually want something comforting and grounding for breakfast. Recently I had a few requests for a smoothie that included the flavors of my home town in Brazil.  The requests reminded me of growing up, and a few of my favorite Brazilian fruits; Papaya, Mango, and Pineapple.  By the way, Brazilian pineapple is better than Hawaii’s!  Actually this is a big debate in my house.  But we will save that for another post.

Searching in the market I found a few of my childhood favorites. As I shopped for these beautiful fruits an idea began to form in my mind about the nutritional content of the fruits I had chosen. Most of them have a high content of vitamin C, much more than the usual “old faithful orange”. As the flavors came together, the orange still managed to find a place in my smoothie.

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Brazilian inspired, locally crafted I present to you my “Incredible Vitamin C Hulk smoothie”! Why Hulk, well, he is one of the more popular super heroes in Brazil and nothing can hurt The Incredible Hulk.  Not to say my smoothie will make you impervious to the Flu, but it sure will help.  During the winter season it is important to load up  with Vitamin C preparing for a possible cold or flu. My philosophy is always stock up in the nutrients in the most natural way possible, so this is it!

Add some color and tropical flavors to the cold months, with an organic southern hemisphere blend of fruits.

Incredibly delicious and nutritious yet, simple to make!

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1 cup of diced pineapple

1/2 cup of diced papaya

1/4 cup of diced mango

1 diced Kiwi

1 3 inch piece of cucumber (skin off if not organic)

1/2 cup of orange juice

1 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk

1/2 tsp of ground turmeric

1 scoop of a vegetable based protein of choice (optional)

Just mix it all in your favorite blender and enjoy!

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1 xícara de abacaxi em cubos

1/2 xícara de mamão em cubos

1/4 xícara de manga em cubos

1 de Kiwi em cubos

1 pedaço de pepino de 7 cm ( pele fora se não orgânico )

1/2 xícara de suco de laranja

1 1/2 xícara de leite de amêndoa sem açúcar

1/2 colher de chá de cúrcuma em pó

1 colher de uma proteína à base de vegetais de escolha (opcional)

Basta misturar tudo em seu liquidificador favorito e aproveite!

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BBH NutSeed Bread

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A week ago I asked a my Facebook network what kind of recipes they would like to see in the new year. The majority of responses revolved around light sandwiches and healthy breads. Catching my attention were the bread requests.  Admittedly, bread is typically low on my list of new recipes to experiment with.  But after seeing the feedback, I realized bread’s place at the table is still as important today, as it ever has been.

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So here we are, after a few trials and errors, the BBH Nutseed bread has risen to the occasion. No pun intended (ok maybe a little pun). I have discussed here on the blog many times the importance of including nuts and seeds into your lifestyle. This bread has just that, a diverse combination of my favorite nuts and seeds. Designed to be enjoyed by all but also those who adhere to a vegan and gluten free lifestyle, it does not contain animal products or wheat. With that being said, the bread is a bit dense in the middle, but the outside still has a crunch to it.  The organic and dense texture provides an excellent canvas for applying your favorite spreads.

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Personally, my favorite element of the NutSeed bread has been experimenting with different toppings or spreads. Here are several ways to enjoy this bread:

  • Sliced avocado and tomatoes sprinkled with lime juice and a bit of salt and pepper
  • Hummus, spinach, zucchini, carrots, and tomatoes
  • Tahini with figs and a drizzle of honey
  • Nut butter and sliced bananas
  • Nut butter with sliced apples
  • Dark chocolate spread and strawberries

Have fun experimenting with your favorite toppings! Make sure to share any special combination you have with me!

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Bliss Balance Health’s test kitchen is busy creating a few natural spreads to enjoy with the nutseed bread. Keep a look out for those posts coming in the near future!

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Ingredients:

1 cup of ground cashew

1 cup of ground almonds

1 cup of brown rice flour

1/4 cup of coconut flour

1/4 of sunflower seeds + 1/4 cup of ground sunflower seeds

1/2 cup of ground flaxseed

2 Tbs of ground chia seeds

1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds (without shells )

2 Tbs of sesame seeds

3 Tbs of psyllium husks

1 tsp of salt

1/4 tsp of black pepper

1 Tbs of maca powder

3 Tbs of grapeseed oil

2 Tbs of maple syrup

21/2 cups of water

Mix all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Mix the water, oil, and syrup in a small bowl. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix together. Add more water if necessary, mixture should be moist. Add the mixture to a 9×5 lightly oiled bread loaf. Let it rest for 3 hours at room temperature covered. Bake for 60 minutes at 350F oven. Remove from the oven when firm. Remove the bread from pan then bake it directly on the rack for an additional 15-20 minutes, or until lightly golden. Slice the bread only when the it is completely at room temperature. Enjoy it with your favorite spreads!

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Versão em Português
Ingredientes:

1 xícara de castanha de caju moída

1 xícara de amêndoas moídas

1 xícara de farinha de arroz integral

1/4 xícara de farinha de coco

1/4 xícara de sementes de girassol moida  + 1/4 xícara de semente de girassol normal

1/2 xícara de semente de linhaça moída

2 colheres de sopa de sementes moídas de chia

1/2 xícara de sementes de abóbora (sem a casca)

2 colheres de sopa de sementes de gergelim

3 colheres de sopa de casca de psyllium

1 colher de chá de sal

1/4 colher de chá de pimenta do reino

1 colher de sopa de pó de maca

3 colheres de sopa de óleo de semente de uva

2 colheres de sopa de xarope de bordo

21/2 xícaras de água

Misture todos os ingredientes secos em uma tigela grande. Misture a água , óleo e xarope em uma tigela pequena. Adicione os ingredientes molhados para o seco e misture bem. Adicione mais água se necessário, a mistura deve ser úmida. Adicione a mistura para um refratário de pão untada com óleo. Deixe descansar por 3 horas à temperatura ambiente. Asse por 60 minutos em forno 350F . Retire do forno quando estiver firme . Retire o pão do refratário, em seguida, coloque o pão  diretamente na prateleira por mais 15-20 minutos, ou até ficar levemente dourada. Cortar o pão apenas quando a estiver completamente à temperatura ambiente . Aproveite-o!

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The Green Juice….Reinvented

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Last year Armenia’s Green Juice was by far my most popular recipe! The Green juice is an excellent way to make sure you are getting a good dose of greens for the day, and it helps flush toxins out of the body.

Clients and blog followers gave enough feedback fueling my creativity to create the second version of my juice. Some clients were using the green juice as a tool to help performance during workouts, a detoxifying agent, skin repair, vitality, or just trying to make sure the body was receiving enough greens for the day.  And some used it to recover from an extended night of consuming their favorite adult beverages. As I played around with different possibilities, this feedback was used to evolve the green juice. Both recipes are healthy and beneficial. Try both versions and see which one is your favorite! If you were already a fan of the original, now you have the second version to enjoy. Your feedback is much appreciated and always taken into consideration for future recipes.

The main difference in the new version is the additions of more greens and a slight reduction of sugars. This was accomplished by removing the apple and adding cucumber and celery. The diversity of spices has also been adjusted, with an increase in turmeric. Giving it an extra dose of anti-inflammatory benefits!

Let’s see what is in it….

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1 banana
2 cups of kale
1 stalk of celery
1 3 inch piece of cucumber
1 brazil nut
1 cup of coconut water
1 cup of filtered water
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 inch long piece of fresh ginger
1/2 tsp of ground turmeric
1/4 tsp of cinnamon
Pinch cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp of spirulina (optional)
Blend it all in a and enjoy!

Portuguese Version:

1 banana
2 xícaras de couve
1 talo de aipo
Pedaço de pepino de mais ou menos 6 cm
1 castanha do Para
1 xícara de água de coco
1 xícara de água filtrada
Suco de 1/2 limão
1 pedaço de gengibre fresco (3 cm)
1/2 colher de chá de cúrcuma em pó
1/4 colher de chá de canela
Pitada de pimenta caiena
1/2 colher de chá de spirulina (opcional)

Misture tudo no liquidificador e aproveite!

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Take Inventory of 2014 and make sustainable changes in 2015.

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Reflecting…

The Christmas Season is a time of giving. The end of the year in general, regardless of cultures or beliefs, is dedicated by most people to love and devotion. In the Vedic Traditions, one could say that it is a time where we choose to practice Bhakti Yoga, or yoga of love and devotion.

The last couple of weeks in my house have been focused on my family and friends. We have hosted visitors from out of town and delivered small tokens to show our appreciation.  Either way, I can truly say that I am thankful for all they do for me or my family. Opening Holiday cards is a special reminder of all the cherished relationships in my life.

Getting ready for a new year

As the beginning of a New Year approaches, the focus turns to you. It is the time to start over, set new goals, and do things differently, or sometimes just do things better and smarter. Most of us like to look at the New Year as an opportunity to start over, erase the board and rewrite our story from scratch. You are still focused on love (love for yourself), but now you are also focused on action. In the practice of Karma Yoga, the yoga of action or selfless service, you become more aware of the choices you make as an individual and how they effect you or the people around you. In the New Year we want to improve our quality of life by being aware of our actions. Before setting your goals for 2015, I encourage you to take inventory how your decisions affect you and the people around you.

SMART Goals, focus on the R, – Realistic

New Years resolutions are one of the most common ways to set new goals in our lives. As we set these New Year goals, it is important to consider not only what is very important to us, but also choosing goals that are realistic and attainable. It is important to set goals that will bring you well being and keep you focused, not goals that will make you feel discouraged and ready to quit.

Setting Physical Goals

An exercise routine is usually at the top of everyone’s list. As you set an exercise goal, be realistic of how you will take on this new endeavor. Many will go full speed the first week of the month, then will be exhausted and sore after only one week, eventually quitting the exercise routine completely and not coming back for the rest of the year. Instead, my recommendation is to build from the ground up beginning with exercise three days a week.  Start with something that you enjoy such as walking and light yoga.  The purpose is to establish a foundation to build upon. Eventually, you will be able to build endurance, add short and long runs and longer sessions of yoga that really focus on strength. You can’t begin your exercise routine by running 3 miles the first day if you have never ran before, just as you would probably not take an entire class of Ashtanga yoga (A really hard advanced yoga) without taking any breaks if you have never tried yoga before. It is more beneficial and important to build your endurance, strength, flexibility, and most importantly, confidence! At Bliss Balance Health, I am challenging my students to commit to 21 days of Yoga in 2 months starting in January 2015, that is about 2 classes per week and something that everyone can build upon.

Setting Nutritional Goals

Healthy eating is another popular goal ranked near the top of most people’s lists. In my experience, a lot of people fail to maintain healthy eating habits because they set unrealistic goals and start diet plans that are difficult to maintain long term. While there are many diets that promise quick weight loss, most of them fail in sustaining the desired weight long term. Focus on your lifestyle or eating habits, then slowly shed the weight in a healthy and responsible manner. When you start a new diet or embark in a new lifestyle change, ask yourself this question; “Do I see myself following this plan 5 years from now?” If the answer is yes, great, take steps to initiate the lifestyle change. if the answer is no, maybe you should choose a a less dramatic diet change and find something that is more in line with your mind body type (Dosha).

At Bliss Balance Health my philosophy is to integrate whole foods into your diet that complement your specific Dosha. My process is one of bringing back foods that are made for us by nature, and phasing out processed foods. It is simply a way of reeducating oneself to eat things that we have forgotten about. One of my greatest pleasures as a Wellness Consultant is examining an individuals specific Dosha and prescribing foods that are best suited for that person. Revisiting past diet experiences, your relationship with food, your likes and dislikes, your lifestyle and then creating a plan that is customized for you are all part of the experience.  Whether your goal is just to be healthier or loose unwanted extra weight, we can customize the perfect plan for you!

Setting Mindfulness Goals

A Mindfulness practice is also a wonderful way to reset your mind. The mind is a key component in the will and strength to stay with a lifestyle change. Meditation is a mindfulness practice that not only helps to reduce stress in the body as well as in the mind, but also helps you to stay present and connected to your needs and desires. I teach a meditation Practice called Primordial Sound Meditation. It is a meditation that has been practiced for thousands of years, that has been revitalized and brought to western cultures by Drs. Deepak Chopra and David Simon. Primordial Sound Meditation is a mantra based practice in which each individual has their own personalized mantra based on the time, date, and place of birth. I teach Primordial Sound worldwide via Skype or FaceTime. And  available to teach in person in the Carolinas.

Whatever your new goals are, just remember to make attainable and nurturing choices. Your goals should bring you happiness and well being, not frustration and additional stress.  Journaling your feelings and your daily accomplishments is a great way to check in with what is going on with yourself. Just be light and have fun! Well being is meant to be an enjoyable experience!

I wish you a wonderful New Year filled with light, peace, joy, and love!

Namaste!

Armenia Gary

Contact me if you are interested in learning how to meditate, have a nutritional consult, or to try a yoga class with me!

http://www.blissbalancehealth.com

armenia@blissbalancehealth.com

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