Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wellness Wednesdays: Me Time

Today's first Wellness Wednesday post is going to be a little broader of a topic than what may come in future posts; however, I do feel that this is a very important topic on which to begin. The topic for today is Me Time.

This may mean different things to different people or may look different depending on the individual. Essentially "me time" is taking time to do things that nurture your soul, promote balance in your life, and encourage some form of health whether that is physical, mental or spiritual.


Some things you can do to during your "me time" may include:

  • Having a bubble bath
  • Doing yoga or light exercise
  • Meditation
  • Visiting with a friend
  • Taking a nap
  • Writing in a journal or intention setting
  • Going for a run
  • Spending time in nature
  • Enjoying a glass of wine
  • Pampering yourself
These are just some of the many ways you can take time and nurture yourself. By taking some time to rest and restore, you may notice a decrease in stress, increased confidence, better body image, fewer bad habits, more energy, and an increase in self love. There are many other benefits of taking some "me time", but I could go on all night if I had to list them all!

I took some time out of my very busy work schedule tonight to go to the Ignite Your Inner Fire: Reebok Yoga Experience event. This was the perfect way for me to nurture my mind, body and spirit. It began with a 75 minute yoga class taught by 5 different instructors during live music. 

Photo courtesy of Reebok

Photo courtesy of Gillian Mandich

There was also a crystal bowl concert afterwards and lighting sparkles as we set our intentions.

Photo courtesy of Gillian Mandich

It was such a fantastic night and I really enjoyed being able to body move my body and find peace in my mind. I left feeling so refreshed, which is exactly how you should after spending some quality "me time".


My goal for you all is to find at least one time that you can nurture yourself and really thank your mind and body for all that is does for you!


Monday, August 25, 2014

Workout of the Week

For this week's Workout of the Week, I would like to share with you one of my "go to" full body HIIT workouts. If I'm ever in a rut or need a workout in a pinch, this is the one I turn to.

I like to begin my workout with a light cardio warm up to get my muscles ready to prevent injury. This typically consists of 10 minutes on the treadmill or elliptical at a moderate effort, or even doing 100 easy jumping jacks or skips if I don't have access to cardio equipment.

The Workout
Equipment Needed:
  • 2 kettlebells
  • Bench

Five Sets of 10 Reps
  • Double Kettlebell Burpees
  • Bulgarian Split Squats with Kettlebells (10 each side)
  • Weight Bench Hop Overs (R+L=1)
  • Step Up with Knee Raise (R+L=1)
  • Decline Pushups
Be sure to cool down properly after your workout by doing about 10 minutes of light cardio or until your heart rate has come down. Finish up by stretching and you're good to go!

I hope you enjoy giving this tough workout a try. Let me know what you think and let me know if you have any suggestions for future Workout of the Week posts!


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Mala Stacks & Updates

Before getting into any updates, I would like to share some information with you about the wonderful Karmic Blessings!


About a month ago, I contacted Karmic Blessings about their mala stacks after seeing them on Instagram and had fallen madly in love. Lisa, the owner of the company, began making malas and selling them at local artisan fairs in 2009. As her malas grew in creative options and symbolic significance, so did her business. These mala stacks are more than just beautiful, they are life tools each connected to a specific intention.

The stacks at Karmic Blessings are inspired by traditional malas which are used as counting tools when repeating mantras during meditation. Today, malas are popular not only with Buddhists but also with yogis and individuals seeking to be mindful or with a specific intention.

The first set of malas that caught my eye was the Tree of Life Stack. The Tree of Life is a universal symbol found in many spiritual and mythological traditions around the world. It symbolizes many things, including wisdom, protection, strength, beauty, bounty and redemption. In Buddhism, it was beneath the great Bodhi tree that Buddha transformed all negative temptations and attained enlightenment.


Tree agate is a calming stone that assists with a feeling of security. It is considered a power stone that connects with the energies of nature.


Moss agate is considered the most powerful of all agates. It is an abundance stone that balances emotions and aids in success.


Sandalwood is uplifting and promotes relaxation. It is often used in meditation and for healing.


The second set of malas that I really liked was the Namaste Stack.

 
Brown Tiger Eye combines the grounding energies of the earth and sun. Used for the solar plexus chakra, tiger eye aides mental clarity.


Red Tiger Eye is a good fortune stone that brings happiness and humour. It stabilizes emotions and aides with healing.


Dragon Blood Jasper grounds spiritual energy. It enhances life force, courage and strength.


If you would like to find out more information about Karmic Blessings malas, to browse through the online store or to find a mala stack that fits your intention, click here!

Many of the Karmic Blessings mala stacks and individual bracelets are ON SALE! Check out the online store to pick out your mala today!


Now, time for updates!

I have been thinking long and hard about blogging lately. I've been away from the computer quite a bit now that I have taken on more clients. I definitely do not want to stop blogging; however, I was hoping to find a way to streamline it so that you are receiving posts of quality over quantity. I have decided to try a new way of blogging starting this week which will focus on several "topics of the day" which will repeat every week. For instance, I am hoping to begin with the following topics:

  • Mondays - Workout of the Week
  • Wednesdays - Wellness Wednesdays
  • Fridays - My Favourite Things
  • Sundays - My Week in Photos

By blogging in this fashion, you will know exactly what to expect on each of these days. I will no longer be posting every single thing I eat each week because I believe that is slowly becoming a little monotonous for both myself and you as readers. By not writing every single day, I can focus on delivering quality posts rather than quantity and save myself time in the long.

Let me know what you think! I know it will be a little different, but I think it will be a refreshing change for Bee Goes Bananas.

If you have any questions or suggestions, I would love to hear from you. Until then, I will see you all tomorrow for the Workout of the Week!


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Farm to Fork

As an additional celebration of my birthday tomorrow, Casey and I went on a double date with some good friends to The Root Cellar Organic Cafe's Farm to Fork Community Dinner. I'm totally into buying local and living sustainably lately, so this event was right up my alley!




The Gingerich Family was featured at tonight's community dinner. Our dinner consisted of Gingerich organic deviled eggs, roasted chicken or a vegetable stack, kale slaw, potato and beet salad, corn on the cob, and fresh fruit for dessert. Everything was just incredible!

 
I think the deviled eggs were my favourite part of the night. I had the original deviled eggs which tasted great and passed on the curried eggs because I don't like curry. But the star of the show was the basil pesto deviled eggs. Holy moly were these little eggs fantastic! I could have eaten an entire platter of that kind alone!


After hearing about the Gingerich Family's organic eggs and chickens, it was time for dinner! We ate communal-style with kale slaw, potato and beet salad, and corn on the cob to share.



Then came the star of the show! I had the stacked vegetables which was essentially an eggplant, butternut squash, zucchini lasagna. It tasted amazing! The others had organic barbeque chicken which also smelled amazing.


And to finish off the evening, we had a platter of delicious organic fruit for dessert. It was such a light and refreshing way to end off an amazing meal.



I'm hoping to continue attending these monthly farm to fork communal dinners. They're such a great way to support your community, eat healthy and learn a thing or two along the way!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

My Birthday Celebration

Hello friends!

My apologies for going MIA this weekend. I was house/dog sitting for my aunt this weekend, so I didn't have access to my computer. I look forward to being home and back to my regular routine, so blogging should resume as usual.

As my birthday is coming up this Thursday, I decided to celebrate it with friends and family on Saturday night instead.



Saturday afternoon, my mom took me out to get manicures and pedicures...something I never do! It was so nice to relax and spend some quality time with my mom.



It's been a very long time since my nails have looked this good!


Later that night, we went out to Jack Astor's for a birthday dinner with my friends and family. Afterwards, we headed out for a night on the town enjoying martinis and a crazy dance party! Here are a few photos from the night...

 


 
It was so nice to let loose for a change and spend some time for myself! Note to self: get out and have fun MORE OFTEN!

Have a great night!


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Meat Overload

Breakfast

Despite the absolutely freezing unseasonal weather this morning, I still decided to put my Nutri Ninja to use and make a smoothie for breakfast. I went with the usual--baby spinach, kale, carrot juice, spirulina, banana, and pineapple.


But before I drank my smoothie, I took a swig of apple cider vinegar on an empty stomach to alkalize my system. I actually really like the taste of vinegar, so drinking small amounts of ACV on its own isn't too bad!


Lunch

My lunch-on-the-go today was a container of carrots and cucumber (time to get some new vegetables!), soaked raw almonds, and some all natural chicken breast.



Afternoon Snack

In the mid-afternoon, I ended up stopping by Tim Horton's for a snack wrap and an iced cappuccino to keep me going. I also had a few Tim Bits that I shared with a friend!

Dinner

Casey made meatballs tonight for dinner, so I enjoyed some meatballs and steamed cauliflower. Our vegetable supply is running a little low. I think it's time to pick up some more leafy greens!


After writing this entire post, I'm realizing I probably have had more meat today than I have in the past week. I'm trying to reduce the amount of meat in my diet and when I do consume it, to be eating clean responsible sources of meat. Time to focus on plant proteins for the next little while! My body is experiencing meat overload.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Staying Outdoors

Breakfast

I made myself a very interesting coloured green smoothie for breakfast this morning. I blended up some kale, baby spinach, spirulina, carrot juice, pineapple, banana and hemp protein. I love my new Nutri Ninja! It makes the creamiest smoothies in no time, plus I can make my smoothies right in the glass.



Lunch

Lunch was another repeat today. I had another big container of raw veggies and two hard boiled eggs on the side. I also had an apple while I was at work as a morning snack.

   
Dinner

I didn't have an afternoon snack today, so by the time dinner came I was absolutely starving! Casey and I grilled some chicken breast on the barbeque and ate that along with some steamed broccoli and cauliflower, and butternut squash. Everything tasted so good!


Workout

Although I didn't go horseback riding today, the majority of my days this summer have been spent riding horses. I haven't been doing much fewer regimented workouts over the past few months simply because I've been doing so much riding. I love summer simply because I get to switch up my routine and enjoy the outdoors instead of being stuck indoors.





As for today, I was able to fit in a workout indoors. I did a sweaty 60 minute vinyasa yoga session on YogaGlo.com. This is my favourite website for nearly unlimited yoga classes that I can access online at any time!


Well, time for me to hit the sack! One of my latest goals has been to start waking up early enough so that I can get some things accomplished before I go to work, which in turn means having to go to bed earlier. Yes, this has turned me into a bit of an old lady but I've been loving the mornings and getting things done right away.

Have a great night...at what ever time that may be!


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