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Top Five Ways to Help You Relax

May 1, 2020

For a while now I’ve been thinking about writing more posts that’s not just about… food. Showing you another side to The Greenerer, ya know? Stuff that only those closest to me get to see. I will share everything from my own personal interests to adventures with my husband. Obviously, food-related things too. So every last Thursday of the month, I’ll post a blog on my curiosity’s, memories, and everything in between. 

What better way to start off this series, by sharing my top five ways to relax.  These are the ways that help me relax, I encourage all of you to experiment to find what works for you.  Humans are such interesting creatures and what feeds one soul may be completely different than what feeds another soul.  Which is something I learned throughout this whole pandemic. This understanding that what nurtures each person can be completely different from one to the next and we should not judge one another, is something I hope to carry with me in my everyday life when this is all over. 

Give these relaxing tips a try and let me know in the comments what you personally do to relax!

  1. Take a warm bath.  

     I have been a bath lover from a child.  When I was sick, heartbroken, needed to unwind I always went to have a bath, which always seemed to help.  I find water very soothing and feel water has the ability to wash away energy.  When I feel exposed to someone’s negative energy, having a bath or shower always helps rinse it away, literally.  Instead of a bath, I also like to lie in the bathtub with just the shower pouring on me.  I also like the sound of water.  Why not elevate your bath experience by adding Epsom salts, essential oils, and body scrubs to help you delve into further relaxation.
(My dream bath curtesy of Serenity at Coconut Bay, Saint Lucia)
  1. Read a book.

    Those who have read a book that you cannot put down, knows, books can be the ultimate escape from reality, and thus, help you to relax. Reading at night always helps me to sleep too.  The hardest part though, is finding that perfect book.  My favourite book of all time is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.  The entire book is so poetic to me, every sentence is an inspirational quote and metaphor for the greatest meanings in life, yet is told through a simple story.  I highly recommend this book as a good starting point.  The easiest way to find a book that interests you is to understand what you’re interested in.  There are love stories, ghost stories, crime, fiction, non-fiction, memoirs and biographies, try to find something that suits your needs.  I personally like ‘chick lits’, like a chick flick movie but a book. They’re an easier read, little love story in there, a plot twist is always welcomed. My favourite author for ‘chick lits’ is Taylor Jenkins-Reid, I have read every single one of her books and recommend them all. Leave a comment below on what your favourite book is so I can check them out!
(The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho)
  1. Practice yoga.

    I was going to put ‘exercise’ for this one, but exercising can cause anxiety and exhaustion sometimes and that’s not the purpose of this.  The purpose is to relax, and yoga does just that.  There are so many different types of yoga; hatha, restorative, yin, and many more.  If you’ve never done yoga before or are new to some of the different types I highly recommend restorative yoga for relaxation, it can be defined as a ‘guided nap’.  It is the ultimate yoga to do before going to bed, best not to do this one first thing in the morning because it may just put you back to sleep.  Yin yoga is also another amazing yoga, actually it’s my favourite type.  It is about 5 poses in an hour or so, so you are holding the poses for much longer.  This really helps me relax as you hold the poses you have to take deeper breaths, emotions start to pop up and its better than therapy for dealing with my shit.  I have an online yoga membership from Yyoga, it’s a cheap monthly subscription with tonnes of different online yoga classes, you can also find a bunch for free on YouTube. 
(Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall, Jamaica)
  1. Meditate. 

    The ultimate goal of meditation is to relax and/or focus the mind.  Meditation comes in many different forms; walking meditation, mindful journaling, breath work and much more.  Meditation can seem daunting if you don’t know where to start but all you need to start with is one minute a day, then go to 5 minutes, 10 minutes etc.  It takes time and work to build up your ability to meditate and the longer doesn’t always mean the better.  This can be a short practice at any time of day (first thing in the morning or in the evening works best for me).  Sometimes my practice of mindful meditation is writing the top 3 things in a journal that I am grateful for that day.  Other times I practice 5-10 minutes of pranayama breathwork in the evening.  There is also an app called ‘Insight Timer’ that is free to use and has different types and lengths of guided meditations no matter your mood.  Also doing certain activities where you ‘zone’ out can be a therapeutic form of meditation, I really relax when I do puzzles. Find something that relaxes you maybe that’s painting, or cleaning.
(I love to burn palo santo and sage to clear energy)
  1. Eat well.

    I saved the best for last.  Food can have such a huge impact on your mood. If you are fueling your body with processed fats, oils, sugars, your body may not physically be able to relax. Eating a colourful diet full of fruit and vegetables can really make you feel better i.e. more relaxed, happier, less anxious.  There are also foods that promote relaxation such as, lavender tea, chamomile, magnesium rich foods, turmeric, walnuts, and fermented foods like coconut yoghurt. 
(Healthy foods don’t have to be over-complicated, a simple salad will do it)

smoothies & juices

Immunity Booster Green Juice

January 27, 2018

When I first went vegan one of my first purchases was a juicer (and a blender). Before turning vegan I had never tried or drank a green juice, maybe because they weren’t trendy yet or maybe I just never cared for it. I can tell you now that juicing has nothing to do with being vegan.

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breakfast, smoothies & juices

Green Beauty Smoothie

January 17, 2017

This smoothie is definitely one of my go-to smoothies any time and day of the week. For weekdays before work I always make myself a smoothie for breakfast and this recipe has been made on average at least 2-3 times a week for the past two years.  This smoothie is so quick and easy to whip up it makes for the perfect breakfast when your busy and crunched for time.

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breakfast, dessert, snacks

Healthy Vegan Breakfast Cookies

October 19, 2015

Cookies for breakfast. Yes.

I like to wake up and have a warm lemon drink or a smoothie and along with that I also like to have some sort of substance that isn’t just liquid.  Working early in the morning on weekdays I also don’t have time to prepare much and breakfast needs to be food I can eat on the go so cereal and pancakes were out. I came across some breakfast vegan cookies at a restaurant nearby and thought to myself instead of wondering how much sugar was in them or justifying spending $3.10 on a cookie every morning, I decided that I would try and make my own.  I have found the perfect amount of each ingredient to transform them into the perfect healthy breakfast cookie.

These cookies are soft, chewy, moist and delicious and are so easy to make only requiring one bowl to make them in. When I eat them I feel like I should feel guilty but then I remember that literally every single ingredient in these cookies are pure, whole foods offering a variety of nutrients. I usually make a batch of these cookies every Sunday and take one on-the-go in the morning before I leave to go to work.  Its prettttyyyy hard to only eat one a day…..they don’t always make it to the end of the week but I’m not complaining.

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5 Ingredient Healthy Pancakes

October 18, 2014

I am here to share with you an amazing pancake recipe.  First lets start by saying these are dairy free, egg free, and can be made gluten free too.  The pancakes are moist, fluffy, so airy yet filling, and  you wouldn’t believe that they are only 5 ingredients! They are so fast and easy to make your Saturday and Sunday mornings will never be the same after making these.

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dessert, snacks

Healthy Banana Bread

September 9, 2014

I am obsessed with this banana bread.  I never used to be a fan of banana bread until I tried it homemade!

This recipe is dairy-free, egg-free, refined sugar-free, and can be made gluten-free too.  It is so scrumptious, moist, and you would never have any idea that it was free of all those ingredients.  I have made this recipe countless times so I can assure you it is the real deal and every single time, evvvverrryyy single time, it comes out perfect.

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Apple Slices with Caramel Dip

September 5, 2014

This is the perfect snack when you are in between meals, still hungry after a meal, want a light snack, or craving something sweet! Snacks shouldn’t take as much effort as making a meal because there small and you want it quick.  There is only 3 ingredients in this entire snack, its easy to make, tastes delicious and not to mention it’s healthy.

The pot of gold you are about to make has a caramel flavour from the dates, is creamy and smooth. Who knew only two ingredients could bring such joy to a persons tummy?

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