Learning Mindfulness

 

I have been eating a plant based diet for two and a half years now, so I feel like I take good care of my physical health as far as my diet goes. My mental health is another story. I have struggled with anxiety for twelve years now and I have never had success with using medication to help manage it. I started practicing yoga hoping it would help, and while I love the benefits of practicing yoga, it has not particularly helped with my anxiety. The next step I wanted to take was trying to establish a daily meditation practice. But I really struggled with this, I felt like I had no idea what I was doing and I just could not do it “right.” 

To help myself establish a better meditation practice, I started using The Little Book of Mindfulness, and I love it! This book offers different activities and exercises to help increase mindfulness and meditation practice. The different activities only take 5-10 minutes each and are so easy to follow. My favorite aspect about this book is that it helps you step out of auto-pilot and helps you find joy in your daily activities. Their are entire chapters on mindful eating and gratitude, plus many other chapters that offer different breathing exercises, mindful movement activities, and meditation techniques. I have found that I can take different practices from the book during times of high anxiety and help calm myself down. 

Happy Cheese Pizza Day!

Today is national cheese pizza day, and I plan on celebrating! To do so, I did some research for the holiday, or rather some taste testing. I went to the grocery store and bought the two vegan pizzas I found. One was a cheese pizza from the brand Daiya. The second was a spinach and cheese pizza from the brand Amy’s. 


This is the Amy’s pizza. Does not look the most appetizing but it was delicious. Of the two, this is the one I would serve to a non-vegan. This one was more expensive in my area, but by a very insignificant amount. This exact pizza is also much more difficult for me to find in my area, but it was worth the hunt!


This is the Daiya cheese pizza, which is much easier for me to find. This pizza has a very destinctive Daiya cheese flavor, which I am very used to at this point and do not really notice anymore. Of the two cheese pizzas, this was my least favorite of the two. But in general, national cheese pizza day aside, the Daiya margherita pizza is by far my favorite vegan pizza! 

More pizza tips I can offer on this lovely holiday include getting a pizza at Whole Foods if you have one near by. You can special order a pizza with vegan cheese on it! I don’t go to Whole Foods often, but when I do, I celebrate with a vegan pizza. Another tip I like to offer people new to the vegan lifestyle is to not give up on pizza delivery. I’ve often heard people complain that they could never be vegan because they love pizza too much. And it’s so convenient to just have a pizza delivered to your door! Guess what?! You can still order pizza, just ask for no cheese! I usually order mine with pineapple, onions, jalapeños, and banana peppers. The point is, you have so many pizza options as a vegan, enjoy!

Yoga Obsession: oneoeight

Rachel Brathen has done it again! It’s no secret that I am a big fan of hers. I love the way she is using her presence in social media to help improve the world, in big ways and small ways. One of the many ways she is making an impact is with her wonderful web community at oneoeight.com. Joining the community gives you access to yoga classes, meditation and life coaching, and even wellness and cooking classes. The website also allows you to learn about and from amazing, influential people in the world of yoga and wellness that you may never otherwise have come into contact with. 


This web community is a monthly subscription, for 14 dollars a month, you have access to so many resources. You can even try the community out for free for 10 days! I was hooked immediately when I gave it a go. And the website is often updated with new classes and resources. One of my favorite things about the website is how simple it is to use. The yoga class videos are divided into so many categories, you can always find something you are looking for. You can filter the videos by time, style, instructor, and so much more. And you can save your favorite videos to your “mat”, making it so convenient to always find your favorite lessons. 


I have been using this website for a month now and it has become my favorite resource for yoga practice. And I’m really looking forward to exploring the meditation and life coaching lessons more deeply in the near future. I highly suggest you give it a try! I’m so excited to be apart of the community and see what happens next..

Be sure to visit http://www.oneoeight.com