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2013/09/03 by nikkiledford

Hey ya’ll. I’ve been a mad woman on the internet lately. Scouring deliciously deep (and not so deep) articles, listening to enlightening and encouraging podcasts, and basically doing anything other than posting on my blog.

Well, tonight that ends.

I want to drop a bit of information on you. To be precise, I will be the agent of information sharing. The knowledge/wisdom bombs will be coming from the minds and hearts of others. I’m going through a sort of spiritual-emotional awakening and I figure that someone else might benefit from my experience.

The PRESENT Principle– A practical way to promote some good vibes for your day.

Katy Says – This is a HILARIOUS article with a great argument centered around the difference between “health” and “fitness”

Quotes to Remember:

“exercise — no matter the type — does not replace movement and result in health. Which isn’t to say that you won’t look hot with your organs sitting a centimeter or two lower than they should be, but that your exercise program isn’t making you healthier, only more fit.”


“A double decker jump rope sundae with kettleballs on top will create an even greater load and even more pee. But the loads aren’t really to blame and the pee isn’t the problem.”

Dawn Dalili, asks the question… Would your body be your friend based on how you treat/talk to it? Or would it get up and walk away?

Wellness Mama explores the possibility that skin care starts with what you put in your body and not “on” it. Sunburns beware!

“In the quest for an easy (and profitable) solution to skin cancer, mainstream medicine and media have recommended sunscreen and limiting sun exposure while greatly ignoring any potential role diet can play in skin cancer formation or prevention.”, a social media site that asks, “What are your intentions – your deepest desires for personal, social & spiritual wellbeing?”

How Yoga Makes you Pretty

Quote to Remember:

“The prizes “pretty” entices us with can’t be enjoyed without a deeper connection, a feeling of wellness, wholeness and/or self-love. Pretty hasn’t delivered and what has been defined as pretty isn’t real or sustainable.”

Hope you enjoyed the jaunt through internet-land.

Tomorrow I will be sharing a Clean Plate recipe for homemade Acai bowls!

Here’s a teaser!


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PUMPKIN FIG OATS //Caught some morning light on my morning bowl of goodness. I made this last week and it was so good (and loved by my child) that I made another batch! I don't know if it's the figs or golden raisins, the coconut milk or the collagen, or maybe it's the banana and the pumpkin that make this bowl of oats absolutely satisfying for a day of leading, teaching, cooking, sweating, loving, and seeking. 
#sometimesibreakfast #sometimesidont #glutenfreeoats #notpaleo #dairyfreeoats INGREDIENTS // one of my favorite activities is going out for coffee. For me, the sights, sounds, and smells of a coffee shop signal rest and I enter into a state of slowing down, more observing and less doing. Lately, I haven't been out to coffee too often because 1. It's expensive and 2. I don't tolerate dairy and I'm not much of a black coffee drinker so at most shops I'm limited to their dairy-free options. While it's nice to have nut milks available, I have discovered that all the other ingredients in these alternative drinks do NOT do my body any good. 
A solution to would be to bring my own homemade milk, but I don't always have some ready or I forget to put a bit in a small container (which then gives me the fun task of toting around a dirty jar in my car all day). These smaller bottles of almond milk are perfect for adding to my coffee when I'm out as most dairy-free milks come in huge cartons and are inconvenient for a coffee outing.  @popandbottle only uses basic, real food ingredients for their almond milk. They even sweeten it with a bit of date! 
I like to think that I always have a choice about what I put in my body. Sometimes I'll have to settle for black coffee, but if I plan a bit, I can still enjoy my coffee outings without ultimately compromising on what is best for me in the long run. SNACKS // kept it really simple today during meal prep. This is a tasty bowl of yams, banana, almond butter, and coconut flakes. FAST FOOD// Roasted all these veggies last night for a tasty quick lunch. Added a new find from Whole Foods. @goodlovinfoods lemon garlic dip. If you like bitchen sauce, you'll like this (!! bonus, they don't use any soy ingredients either !!)

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