An Ode to Love {At a Time the World Really Needs It}

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Love.

Today, let’s choose love.

We need to come together, we need to unite, we need to let go of hatred and anger and shift the focus to LOVE.

I’ve seen so many mean, nasty, angry comments on my newsfeed lately (both toward people and this country) and the reality is: it’s not going to make things any better.

It’s OK to feel. It’s OK to be upset. It’s OK to be angry. But spreading anger and hatred is definitely not the answer.

Today, let’s choose love…and let’s allow that to help us rise up.

After all, “Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can.”

With love + gratitude,

Rachel

When things don’t go as planned, rise up + make a new plan (or at least some lemonade)

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A couple months ago, I was in the process of applying for what I thought was the part-time job of my “dreams.” It was in a cool new-to-me industry, the hours were flexible and it would be quick commute from my home.

I had a plan.

I would land said job, make a decent side income, and be able to support myself financially so I could continue to invest in my own business. It was perfect. I had it all laid out.

But then 3 interviews, one month, and no callbacks later, I decided that maybe this plan wasn’t in the cards for me after all. I got super bitter, and lots of fear started flowing through my mind. I felt frustrated, rejected, and afraid for my future.

WHY DIDN’T THEY LIKE ME?!

WHY CAN’T THEY BE DECENT HUMANS AND AT LEAST LET ME KNOW I DIDN’T GET THE JOB?

WHAT DID I DO WRONG?

WHAT AM I GOING TO DO?!

While I complained & vented to my husband and close friends, they continued to reassure me that maybe the process is just taking a little longer, that not getting a call back didn’t necessarily mean that I didn’t get the job, and that I should keep my thoughts positive.

As days went by, suddenly something inside me shifted. I realized I actually didn’t really want this job after all. I started thinking about them calling me back to offer me the position, and I had a pit in my stomach — something about it felt off.  I came to realize that my feelings for wanting the job so badly actually stemmed from fear of me thinking that I “needed” the job to make money. Meanwhile, deep in my heart I knew it wasn’t right for me.

After admitting this to myself, my energy (and the energy around me) shifted in a big way. Suddenly, new, exciting opportunities began to flow to me and I felt really in alignment with the universe.

I was living in my flow. And it felt freakin’ fabulous.

Just the other day, I received an email from the company telling me that they decided to go with someone else. I didn’t get angry or sad or bummed out, but rather I smiled and felt a sense of relief. “The universe is totally working on my side,” I thought to myself.

Life has a crazy way of teaching you the lessons you need to learn. One of the biggest I’ve learned lately is to not take the grand plans for yourself so seriously, because most of the time the universe has a much bigger, juicy plan for you anyway.

And when things don’t go as planned or life gives you a whole bunch of lemons, simply rise up and make a new plan (or at least, some lemonade.)

xoxo,

Rachel

Tis the Season to Take Care of Yourself { 7 Self-Care Tips for Fall}

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Self care is one of my utmost favorite topics. In fact, last week I got to spend the evening with the lovely folks at Suffolk University chatting all about self-care for college students!

After all, you can’t pour from an empty cup. (You gotta fill yours first!) With that said, I wanted to share some of my favorite self-care tips for the fall season so you can start practicing too!

1.) Set your Fall intention: Make it bold. Make it about you. How do you want to FEEL this season?

2.) Journal It Out: Take time to journal, especially in the morning. One of my favorite exercises is morning pages, where you free write and let it out on the page. Don’t try to edit or make it “look” a certain way; just write what’s in your heart.

3.) Let go of Negativity + Clutter: Donate clothes that no longer fit you, store away your summer wear to make room for fall apparel, and remove yourself from relationships + situations that are bringing negativity into your life. It’s time for new beginnings!

4.) Spend time in Nature: Do it, daily. Take a fall foliage hike (while you can!), take a 10-15 minute lunch break by yourself on a park bench, breathe in the fresh air.

5.) Load up on Seasonal, Fall Foods: Take a trip to the farmers market & load up on the seasonal harvest. There are so many delicious crops in season right now like spaghetti squash, sweet potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, apples, pears and pumpkin. Play around with what’s in season + feel free to get creative in the kitchen!

Check out my upcoming fall whole foods detox, starting right after Thanksgiving! You can also load up on warming fall spices like nutmeg, cardamom and cinnamon which act as a natural sweet tooth tamer – win, win!

6.) Get Your Beauty Sleep: It’s so incredibly important. And don’t be afraid to take naps either! Give your body the rest it needs.

7.) Put Yourself First: As women, we’re so used to putting everyone else first. It’s time to take yourself off the back burner! Book a trip to the spa, take a warm bath, buy yourself a new book, give yourself a mani-pedi. Do what makes you feel good! One of my favorite ways to pamper myself is with all-natural beauty products. You can make your own sugar scrubs at home with olive oil, raw sugar, and essential oils of your choosing. It’s absolutely divine!

What are your favorite ways to practice self care? Make yourself a priority this week!

Sign up for the Whole Foods Fall Detox Here!

With love + gratitude,

Rachel

Autumn Pasta with Turkey Harvest Meat Sauce

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I love everything about fall, especially the fact that pumpkin pretty much goes with everything these days. Now that the weather is getting crisp, healthy comfort meals have pretty much become a staple in our home.

Last night, I experimented with Trader Joe’s new Autumnal Harvest Pasta Sauce to create this savory, heart-warming fall dish. Made with pumpkin, butternut squash, carrot, fall spices & some cream, this sauce embodied everything the season has to offer. Go ahead, give it a go!

Autumn Pasta with Turkey Harvest Meat Sauce

serves 6-8

  • 1 box gluten free pasta (brown rice or quinoa)
  • 1 package turkey burger
  • 1 bag fresh or frozen organic spinach
  • 1 container Trader Joe’s Autumnal Harvest Pasta Sauce
  • nutritional yeast, optional for seasoning

Cook pasta according to directions, being careful not to over-cook. In the meantime, cook the turkey burger in a large frying pan with a little olive oil. Once cooked through, add in the sauce and spinach. Combine with pasta, and serve with a dash of nutritional yeast on top.


How to get back in the flow when things just aren’t flowing

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This past Saturday evening, I had the pleasure of meeting the beautiful Gabby Bernstein at her talk + booksigning in Boston for “The Universe Has Your Back.” 200+ curious souls came together at a church in Brookline to hear this wonderwoman speak.

She spoke of seeing the lesson when sh*t hits the fan, surrendering again and again, and how obstacles are really detours in the right direction. We meditated. We chanted. We cried. And then when it came time for the Q & A, something inside me said “Go ahead, get up there and ask.”

I found myself in line with about 15 other women, shaking as the church fan blew my hair. Finally, it was my turn at the microphone. It was time to get real. It was time to get vulnerable.

“Hi Gabby, I’m Rachel. A couple months ago I left a job that was no longer serving me. I had a strong voice inside me saying ‘Stop striving and seeking, and let things flow to you.’ It’s now been 3 months, and I feel like things aren’t really flowing. I’m feeling very behind. What do you advise I do?”

Her first word: Gratitude.

Gabby told me that I needed to pause, and appreciate all of what I do have by practicing gratitude and finding something every day – even if just your morning coffee – that I appreciate. She told me the story I had been telling myself of “It’s just not working!” is the very thing that was keeping me stuck.

Bam. Boy did she hit the nail on the head.

That next morning, I curled up on the couch with my morning lemon elixir and my new book, and made a commitment to myself to see things differently. In that moment, I decided to go back to an old practice that needed some dusting off: my gratitude journal. Each and every day, I will write something I am grateful for.

After all, as Gabby says, “Energy flows where your attention goes.” Now isn’t that the truth?

Xoxo,

Rachel

How I Got Over My Fear of Saying No

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Saying no used to scare the crap out of me. Being the people pleaser that I am, I was afraid saying no would let someone down, make me look bad or hurt someone else’s feelings.

What if they don’t like me anymore?

What if they get mad at me?

What if I miss out?

These are the kinds of thoughts that would swim through my head. Then I realized something: saying ‘no’ to the things that don’t quite serve you or light you up is actually saying YES to yourself.

Let me repeat that because it’s a biggie: Saying ‘no’ to the things that don’t serve you or light you up is actually saying YES to yourself.

Doesn’t that take the pressure off like whoa? When you look at it this way, saying no actually puts you in a place of power, control and confidence. Rather than being concerned about what other’s think of you, you step into a place of feminine confidence.

And the more you say no with purpose, the more fabulous you feel. (Trust me.)

Lately, I’ve set some boundaries for myself in order to stick to it, and make sure I don’t fall back into old habits. One of my favorite things to do is anytime I’m torn or have to make a big decision, I ask myself two simple questions:

Is this serving me in a way that feels good to me right now?

Am I excited by this opportunity?

If the answer is no, I know in my heart that saying yes would only hurt me in the long run — by stressing me out, burning me out or making me resent saying yes in the first place. By saying no to those “meh” opportunities, you make way for those shining, sparkling “Hell ya!” opportunities, all while coming from a place of authenticity.

Recently, I’ve had this come up in my life twice in the past week. For one, I said no to an opportunity that would bring in a great deal of money, but the kind of work I’d be doing didn’t feel right or true to me. I wasn’t excited, and I knew I’d be miserable so I said ‘no’ with confidence.

Then just yesterday, I passed up on an opportunity with my blog, when a brand approached me and wanted me to promote their new product line (without actually giving me a sample of the product or paying me any compensation). While old me would have said yes years ago to be “nice,” I said no because I’m not going to put my heart + effort into something without getting anything back AND I had no previous relationship with the brand. When you’re like me and give, give, give all the time, it’s really important to also receive.

Long story short, there is no shame in saying no. In fact, when you say no from a place of confidence and authenticity, it’s actually pretty darn admirable.

I want to hear from you! Do you struggle with saying no? What are your top techniques for saying ‘no’ to something you truly don’t want to do?

xoxo,

Rachel

My go-to tips for keeping pms symptoms at bay

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If you’re one of the not-so-lucky ones like me, that time of the month can be a b*tch. I made the personal decision to go off of my birth control pills about six years ago, as I didn’t want synthetic hormones in my body. After going off of it, I started to feel much better emotionally, and also noticed my belly bloat went down tremendously.

However, some of the not-so-fun side effects — like cramping and breakouts — remained. Fortunately, over the years, I’ve discovered some natural ways to keep these symptoms at bay.

FOR YOUR SKIN

If you deal with hormonal skin breakouts, first and foremost I suggest getting to the root of the problem — looking at things like your diet, how much water you’re drinking and even considering an herbal supplement to help balance hormones. (I’m a huge fan of Megafood Women’s One Daily which contains a balancing blend including Ashwagandha, ginger, dandelion, and raspberry leaf.)

But for on-the-spot breakouts, I love the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Bentonite Clay Mask. It pulls out nasty stuff from your pores, and leaves your skin feeling fresh & glowing. You can buy it online or at your local Whole Foods for under $10!

FOR BELLY BLOAT

During that time of the month, I try to limit my caffeine intake which can work against you in excess — same goes for alcohol! Instead, I reach for herbal tea like peppermint to ease belly bloat while cooling and calming the body. It’s great for any digestive issues too!

FOR TUMMY CRAMPS + HEADACHES

Midol used to be my go-to, and I’ll admit I still reach for it from time to time if the going gets rough! However, I recently discovered Clary Calm essential oil blend. It contains a soothing blend of clary sage, lavender, bergamot, roman chamomile, cedarwood, ylang ylang, geranium, fennel, carrot seed, palmarosa, and berry essential oils specifically designed to support a women’s menstrual cycle.

It comes in a lovely roller bottle, which I like to rub on my tummy, behind my neck and on my chest during that time of the month. It’s totally helps ease my cramping and headaches and I’m so happy to have found something that works for me! (You can

FOR YOUR MOOD

Mood swings got ya down? Start by taking a look at your diet! I like to up my magnesium levels, starting with dark leafy greens. Throw ‘em in your green smoothies, stir-fries and omelets or make a big ol’ salad. Your body will thank you! I notice that when I’m eating clean, whole foods, it also helps minimize other not-so-fun symptoms too!

Do you struggle with PMS? What are your favorite ways to keep your symptoms at bay?

xoxo,

Rachel

7 Ways to Detox Your Body, Mind & Soul This Season (Without Dieting)

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Can you feel it in the air? I don’t know about you, but my body definitely feels these seasonal shifts like WHOA. As we transition into fall from the fiery, fast-paced summer, our bodies are often seeking a break — to ground and press reset.

Fall is the perfect season to slow down, get back to our roots and re-energize. It’s also a great time to boost the immune system, shed unwanted weight and let go of things that no longer serve us.

Here are 7 simple ways to detox your body, mind & soul this season (without dieting)!

SET YOUR FALL INTENTION

Intentions don’t have to be reserved for yoga classes and New Year’s Day. Take the start of a new season as a time to get clear about your intention for the next few months. Do you want to take more time for yourself? Practice work-life balance? Work on your patience with the kids? Be more present when home with your family? Think about the areas in your life you’ve been neglecting lately, and start there. Write it down, set a goal and stick to it.

DE-CLUTTER + RELEASE NEGATIVE ENERGY

Now is the perfect time to get rid of all that extra clutter that’s getting in the way! Ask yourself what types of things you are holding onto (both physically + emotionally) that are causing extra “clutter” in your life. Make a list. Now find a way to get rid of some of that extra weight so you can move through life more freely and make way for new beginnings. When dealing with pent up negative energy, strive to look for a positive outlet like running, cleaning or trying that deep relaxation yoga class. You’ll feel a sense of relief, and will be better able to serve yourself, your family and others. Sometimes all it really takes is a simple shift in perspective!

EAT SEASONAL, WHOLE FOODS

During the summer our body needs & craves lighter, cooling foods (like berries, cucumbers & watermelon) but come fall it’s important to incorporate more cooked meals, warming spices and grounding foods. Some of my favorite fall foods are pears, spaghetti squash, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, cauliflower and pumpkin. Load up on warming spices like cinnamon & clove, which also act as a natural sweet-tooth tamer!

AMP UP YOUR SELF-CARE

What do you do to take care of yourself? It’s absolutely impossible to live a wholesome, healthy lifestyle when you’re not making time for self-care. Some of my favorite ways to put me first are diffusing calming essential oils, self-massage, deep breathing, meditation and journaling. Do what works for you.

HYDRATE

Not only does water hydrate your system, but it actually can help promote better digestion, clearer skin and focus. Win, win, win! One of my favorite ways to start the day — especially as the weather cools down — is a mug of warm water with the juice of half a lemon. This helps energize the body and cleanse the liver! As you start detoxing, also think about cutting back on toxins like excessive caffeine and sugary beverages.

MOVE MORE

Find an exercise that works for you, and do more of that! Some fall favorites include hiking, grounding yoga classes, tennis and playing with the kiddos outside.

DISCOVER YOUR SUPER FOODS!

What makes us beautiful is that we are all different, and what works for one may not work for another. That’s why it’s important to really get to know your body, and the foods that make you feel good! A great way to do this is through an elimination diet, where you remove common allergens and foods that may cause inflammation like  dairy, wheat and alcohol. In my upcoming Fall Whole Foods Detox we remove potential sensitive foods from our diet, and then slowly add them back in to see how our body reacts.

Are you looking to detox your body naturally this fall, and have your most energized, uplifting, delicious, healthy season yet? I’d love for you to join me and some fabulous ladies for my 14-day Fall Whole Foods Detox – the next group starts November 28th. You can learn more + sign up here. (Note: if you sign up early bird or with a friend you save big.)


Healthy Chicks in the Community: A Wandering Yogi Who Would Love To Cook You Dinner

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Happy Friday, love bugs! On to this week’s feature on Healthy Chicks in the Community, a weekly series celebrating badass women doing their thang in the community.

I first met Ashley when I moved into my new apartment complex. I was writing and playing with a new delivery of essential oils, when she walked over to me and asked if I was a yoga teacher. “I wish,” I replied, as I explained to her what I do. We got to talking, and I found out Ashley has an amazing instagram account with 17K+ followers, showcasing her journey as a yogi.

This chick is pretty darn inspiring, and I’m excited to celebrate her today! I especially love her message at the end ;)

NAME/AGE: Ashley Zhang, 21

INSTAGRAM: @Ashley.yoga

CURRENT CITY: Fishers, Indiana

PHOTO TAKEN (WHERE/WHEN): May 2016 in Charleston, Illinois

WHAT YOU DO FOR WORK: Full time student

NUMBER ONE PASSION: Yoga, cooking, travelling

I FEEL MY HEALTHIEST SELF WHEN I AM: being active outside, enjoying my favorite fruits, and laughing those unexpected big belly laughs

BUT I AM ALSO A REAL GIRL & SOMETIMES: I fall off the wagon, lose motivation to exercise and practice yoga, eat way too many slices of pizza, and get irritable and upset

TOP THREE KITCHEN STAPLES: Coffee maker, blender, hot water kettle

FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: A big bowl of noodle soup, or a good ol’ peanut butter jelly sandwich

SONG THAT MOVES YOU: Anything with a good beat

THREE FAB THINGS ABOUT YOU:

(1) I have articles in two yoga magazines.

(2) I find joy in cooking for other people.

(3) I have the laugh of a chipmunk according to my friends who always make fun of me for it.

FAVORITE BODY PART: I love my body in its entirety, not necessarily because my legs are as strong as I want them to be, or I have a six pack, or because I have sculpted arms, but because they each serve a purpose and allow me to do the things that I love everyday

EXERCISE THAT MAKES YOU SHINE: Weight lifting and yoga

MESSAGE YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH OTHER HEALTHY CHICKS:  It is okay to call yourself beautiful, to say your own eyes are pretty, and to love your waist and legs regardless of their size. It’s not conceited to use your fingers and point out all the things you are good at, rather than pointing at your flaws. You are so much more wonderful, beautiful, and magical than you ever give yourself credit for. Be proud of who you are.

Big thank you to Ashley for taking part in this week’s Healthy Chicks in the Community! If you’d like to nominate yourself or a friend in the future, just email me at rachelAThealthy-chicksDOTcom

What do you do when you have 2 pounds of cherry tomatoes? Make Gazpacho!

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Late-summer is such a beautiful, magical time. The air starts to become a bit more crisp, and the sun goes down a little earlier. The harvest changes as well, with seasonal favorites like eggplant and figs coming into play.

So what do you do when you’ve got 2 pounds of cherry tomatoes hanging out in your fridge? You make gazpacho, of course!

Late-Summer Gazpacho

recipe inspired by Holli Thompson

  • 3 c. cherry tomatoes
  • 1 large cucumber, diced
  • 1 red pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 shallot
  • 3 tsp. coconut vinegar (or vinegar of your choosing)
  • 2 tb. olive oil
  • sea salt for seasoning (to your taste)
  • spicy seasoning blend (we love “Slap Ya Mama” Cajun Seasoning)
  • fresh peaches, tomato or sprouts for a topper

1. Soak all of the produce in water for 5 minutes, then train. Transfer to a high speed blender (I use a Vitamix).

2. Blend on high until mixture is smooth. Then add in vinegar, sea salt, and seasonings. Blend on low for another minute. Feel free to taste as you go to get the flavor just right!

3. Pour into mini shooters or cups, and top with fresh chopped peaches, sprouts or tomatoes.

Enjoy!

xoxo,

Rachel


 
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