My Vegan Starter Pack

My Vegan Starter Pack

Hey Guys,

Happy 2019! I can’t believe another year has already come and gone, but I know this year will be our best yet.

With each new year- comes goals and resolutions. One of the most common goals of the new year is to eat healthier, and I know many people will be trying plant-based eating. According to a survey completed in the UK, it is expected that 3 million people will be going vegan this year.

There is no denying that the plant-based trend is growing. Between the new brands and products on store shelves, the continued increase in obesity, heart diseases, and cancer, and the research that is being published regarding the state of our environment – more and more people are considering transitioning to this lifestyle. Luckily, it’s easier now more than ever.

I wanted to make it ever easier…

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11 Ways to Increase Self-love

11 Ways to Increase Self-love

About 6 months ago I set out to make this the best year yet. I made a ton of goals, graduated from my master’s program, and decided to start focusing on growing my social media and forming a personal brand. While this is all well and good, I have completely lost touch with my inner me. You see, it’s so easy to get caught up in the physical and visible parts of ourselves (our bodies, our school work, our social media accounts, our friends) these things provide us with direct results and satisfaction. We can see ourselves getting what we want, and it feels amazing. However, it eventually won’t mean that much if you aren’t working on self-love too.

What is self-love? It’s what I like to think of as a combo of self-awareness and appreciation. According to google, it’s the regard for one’s own well-being and happiness (chiefly considered as a desirable rather than narcissistic characteristic). Why is this important? You truly cannot find true happiness, love, and connection without it. A lack of self-love will result in difficulty in areas of confidence, relationships, success, and so much more. You may be in a relationship, you may have great success, but you will not feel connected to them.

For me, this neglect towards myself has caused me to feel a little lost, sad, anxious, and insecure. I have noticed that I have been constantly seeking validation from everyone and everything around me and feeling devastated when I don’t receive it. Why am I desperately looking for this validation? Because I’m not giving it to myself. So simple. I promised myself that I would focus on the relationship I have with myself for the remainder of this year, and will hopefully create rituals and habits that I will carry with me forever.

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How To: Manage and Prevent Anxiety

How To: Manage and Prevent Anxiety

  For as long as I can remember, I have struggled with anxiety and stress. In elementary school, I struggled taking tests, being away from my parents for longer than a few days, and being in new places. I remember when anxiety would pop up as a kid- I would immediately start crying. I had no way of communicating to others what I was feeling, but I knew I hated it. Eventually my anxiety subsided, and I would continue on thinking I just had a stomach ache or something. I was fortunate enough to experience anxiety in waves. There were times/years even where I experienced little to none, but when it did hit- it would hit hard and for long periods of time. My second big round of anxiety was in high school. My anxiety was so bad that I struggled to get to school in the morning. I would wake up and immediately throw up, break out in panic sweats, get tunnel vision, and shake profusely. I missed a lot of school, which did not help when I had days where I would drag myself to school. Because I was missing so much school- I was behind, and it was a big anxiety trigger for me to be sitting in class and have zero idea of what anyone was doing. It didn’t matter how many friends I had- I felt completely alone. Eventually, my parents put me in therapy, and finally I had someone I could talk with who knew exactly what I was going through, and would provide guidance on how to get through it. The best part- I suddenly had a name for this thing that had taken up so much of my life. I felt such relief to be able to say, “I have anxiety.” or “This is an anxiety attack.” My time with my therapist is definitely one of the biggest reasons I have become a therapist, and love working with the adolescent population so much.

  Overtime, I learned to prevent and manage my anxiety, but as I got older- I also had to learn how to know and understand my anxiety triggers. For a while, I ignored them, and would run myself into the ground-ignoring my building stress until I would break. This resulted in a panic attack. Panic attacks are the absolute worst. I honestly thought I was having a heart attack and called 911. When the responder told me I was having a panic attack, I was mortified. Panic attacks/ anxiety attacks leave you feeling drained, embarrassed, isolated, and scared. It’s tough, and I deeply feel for anyone who experiences them.

  For a few years now I haven’t had panic attacks, and have only had anxiety for a few days here and there. When I do get anxiety, I am able to work through it and for the most part continue to do my day as planned. It’s all thanks to these tips and tricks. I have worked for years to find what helps me work through times of stress and anxiety, and have found ways that help me avoid having spells of anxiety. I decided to share these with you all! I’ve also included things that I have learned to use with my clients : ]

If you want more detail on these tips watch my video Here

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Hawaii Blog

Hawaii Blog

Well, our trip to Hawaii is officially over. We had the best time in Oahu! I am so absolutely thankful for all that we were able to do on this trip. We were so lucky and had the best weather while we were there. It didn’t rain until the day we left, which is so fortunate because we had a jam packed schedule.

There were a few things that made our trip do-able, and I want to share them with you. First, we stayed in an AirBnB in a central location. Our AirBnB was located near Moana Falls, which means it was located up in the mountainous area. I loved it! It was so nice to spend the day in the more touristy parts, and then go back to our quiet oasis. Second, we rented a jeep the whole time we were there. Honestly, this made our trip possible. We would have spent a lot of money trying to uber everywhere we wanted to go. Not to mention, it makes the trip a lot more enjoyable to be able to control how and when you go somewhere. Third, we did some of our own food shopping while we were there, which helped us stay consistent with eating healthy, saved money, and was convenient when we knew we were going to be hiking or at the beach all day.

I have been trying to think how to best write this blog, and I have decided to break it up in categories: 

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5 Lies that are Holding You Back

5 Lies that are Holding You Back
  1. Believing that you are always right, or that you know everything.

We’ve all been there. We’re fighting with a boyfriend, a friend, family, or ourselves. We are so certain our perspective is not only right, but has to be true. Rarely, do we ask why. Why are you feeling this way? What belief do you have that is driving this reaction? Furthermore, it is extremely rare that we ask ourselves “What if what I believe is wrong?” In addition, when something isn’t working whether it’s in your professional or personal life we rarely ask, “What is it I’m doing wrong?” “What can I do differently next time?” It’s essential that we ask ourselves these questions. It’s essential that we accept that we just don’t know it all. If not, you are holding yourself back from growing, and eventually getting whatever it is that you are working toward.

  1. Your feelings are a result of someone else and their actions.

Have you ever had your heart broken? It sucks. It’s easy to fall into the habit of blaming the person who hurt you. “I’m hurt by what (Insert name) did to me.” We blame and live in a state of sadness or anger and think “One day I’ll be ok and get over this.” The issue here is you are placing the responsibility entirely on the other person. Responsibility for what happened, and responsibility how you are now. Now this may be harsh, but that’s 100% wrong. You are responsible for your feelings, and what you do with them. Next time you are thinking, “Ugh what they did sucks and I am so hurt because of it.” Stop, and ask yourself what it is that has struck this feeling in you. Most likely, it is because what has happened has distorted your reality in some way. Maybe it’s that you are valuing the wrong things at that time. Take responsibility for how you feel, and if you don’t like it- take steps to change it.

  1. Overnight success is a thing, and is pretty common.

Thanks to the media we have this false idea that people reach ultimate success overnight. This belief is propelled even further because of social media. We only see the success of others. It’s pretty rare that we see stories of people and their failed companies. However, we see the stories of people who launch a company and suddenly they’re millionaires. There is no one, and I repeat no one that is great at anything that hasn’t failed at that very thing before. If you see someone doing something at the level you want to be at know that it simply means they have failed at that one thing more than you. Rest assured that by continuing to fail, adapt, and try again that you are on the track to success. What success really needs is failure, growth, persistence, and time.

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Stop the Battle for Control

Stop the Battle for Control

Everyone likes to feel like they have everything under control. We plan, put in effort, and then expect the perfect end result. However, it doesn’t always work out in the perfect way, and it kills us. “But I worked so hard. This should not have happened.” We struggle with accepting that not everything is in our control, and give a lot of power to unavoidable situations. Thus, creating reactions to everything rather than creating reaction from

It’s an important practice to try and differentiate between what we can change and what we can’t. What we have influence over and what we do not. If we can focus on making clear what parts of our day are within our control and what parts are not, we will not only be happier, we will have a distinct advantage over other people who fail to realize they are fighting an unwinnable battle.

30 Things you can fully control

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6 Smoothie/Bowl Recipes

6 Smoothie/Bowl Recipes

Smoothies are such a great way to get your required calories and nutrients in a easy and efficient way. Plus, it’s this Florida girl’s way to cool off after a workout. I have created 6 smoothie recipes, and I will be rotating them throughout the summer season. A few tips to take your smoothies/bowls to the next level:

  1. Focus on the fiber- fiber is necessary for digestion, but when we blend up our foods we lose a lot of their natural fiber. Adding things like chia, flax meal, and hemp seeds will help keep that fiber content high.
  2. Protein Powder- I like to add some vegan protein powder to my smoothies and bowls to help help to satiate my body, encourage muscle recovery, improve cell reproduction, and manage appetite.
  3. Include Healthy Fats- coconut oil, almond butter, avocado or flax seed products are great options. This will help stabilize blood sugar levels, keep you fuller for longer, and naturally nourishes your hair, skin, and nails : ]
  4.  Play with texture- I like to make my smoothies into bowls in order to make them more like a meal. I top em off with nuts, granola, berries, nut butters, etc.

** Feel free to sub frozen zucchini, cauliflower, or avocado instead of banana to keep that same creamy texture, but less sugar and carbs**

 

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The Green One

Spinach

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20 Plant-based Must Haves

20 Plant-based Must Haves

 

I love to cook and bake, and one of my biggest concerns when I was considering going pant-based was that those things wouldn’t be as fun anymore. I was thrilled to discover that cooking and baking while plant-based is fun, colorful, and creatively stimulating. I’m still learning about all the things I can do and use. I wanted to include a list of what I think are 20 of the must have items you should have in the kitchen if you are considering a plant-based lifestyle, or if you just want to try some alternatives. I provided a little information under each item that explains why these items add value to your diet. Hope you enjoy!

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Goals and Intentions

Goals and Intentions

“To begin, begin” – William Wordsworth

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As you well know my name is Taylor, and I’m officially starting a blog! Those that know me will know this is a big deal for me. I have always wanted to create a space where I can showcase my creative side and share my love for all things health and wellness, and I’m so excited to be finally doing it. For a while now, I have struggled with what the first post should be. I wanted it to be a blend of myself, useful information, and fun. I have now written around ten posts, but none of them have felt right. Continue reading “Goals and Intentions”