You Sneezed on Me (And 2 Immunity-Building Soup Recipes)

January 27, 2015

We’re So Over The Flu.
Everyone’s had the flu this year. Sneezing, coughing, sleeping, sweating, freezing. Ugh! After a recent two-week bout with the flu and bronchitis, I reached out to food & wellness expert Mikaela Reuben to get some delicious immunity building winter soup recipes that my husband and I could make from home. We were both sick in bed at the same time, and equally desperate for a quick, easy and healthy recovery. Thankfully, MKOL’s holistic health contributor, Mikaela, could answer our runny-nosed prayer.
Here’s our go-to soup guide for the perfect winter immunity boost and detox to keep the flu and cold at bay. Taking care of your body is an important part of self-love: Take care of it and it will take care of you.
When you simmer foods slowly over low heat, it helps the nutrients leech out of the foods, making the nutritional elements of the ingredients accessible. Soups and broths are generally a mixture of different vegetables and therefore offer a diversity of minerals and vitamins. I love to consume soups and broths throughout the day if I am feeling low in energy or if everyone around me is sick. I focus particularly on ingredients rich in health-boosting properties to keep my immune system strong. Homemade organic soups and broths are the best choice, so that any added chemicals, sugar, dairy, or unnecessary fats can be avoided.
When your body is run down, soups and broths are really beneficial by offering minerals in a form the body can absorb easily, so it doesn’t have to work as hard chewing and digesting to get what it needs. Soups also provide more liquid to the body, contributing to better levels of hydration, which help the body detoxify and flush out unwanted substances.
When choosing ingredients for your immunity building soups, keep the following ingredients and vitamins in mind:

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Why I Worshipped Fad Diets More Than God

January 13, 2015

Every time I see a write-up about a new diet, it boggles my mind. “You can eat as much as you want, and as much fat as you want, with no portion control. Just don’t eat sugar or grains.” It’s these kind of bold statements that drive me absolutely nutzo crazy. Fad diets are full of misinformation and designed to be very confusing on purpose–that’s against everything I stand for. And sadly, for years, it was the only thing I stood for. All I knew then, was that I was being targeted by companies and media that preyed on women like myself, and made us feel like we’re simply not good enough to be the way we were–even when the answer was, we’re already healthy. In return for signing up for these torturous programs (a la Weight Watchers & skinny pills), they ask for our money in exchange for a commitment to self-doubt. Because that’s really what you’re signing up for when you give into these false ideas–you’re welcoming in the self-doubt committee and allowing it to make decisions over your inner guide, your natural, God-given compass.

In these cases, you relinquish all of your control to someone else who’s more than likely, less qualified in your personal healthcare than your own personal intuition and gut instinct. But, if you’re like me, you still bought into every diet, looking for the one winning combination that would spare you the intense workouts and still have you on your way to a Kate Moss figure (crickets….). That doesn’t exist, unless you actually are Kate Moss. No two apples are the same.

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Cramming Moments

December 16, 2014

Remembering What I Used To Know. There was a time when I used to know only what I knew. A time where my thoughts were unadulterated and unique. 28 years and many life lessons later, I’ve morphed into the woman I am today, from the many experiences that I’ve had.

Hypothetically speaking, we’re all robbed in life time and time again, until we learn how to lock our spirits up to prevent any more break-ins. Being robbed is like a part of life’s initiation into seeing what really matters–what’s real. Abusive marketing spreads that don’t represent real life, for years made me feel like I wasn’t good enough to be the woman that I am and the size I am…totally robbed of life. Starvation and diet plans that I let steal my joie de vivre…robbed again.

I’ve learned, for the most part, how to lock up my “spirit safe” and protect my heart from ever breaking in from someone else’s robbery. I am not a thief.

I just am. I am divine. That’s what I used to know.

This generation of compelling marketing campaigns and unattainable resolutions are not mine. I am letting go of what I’ve learned, my many initiations and life-robberies, and remembering what I used to know. Like my opinion of myself is the only one that matters. And that opinion is just as holy and sacred as your opinion of yourself.

After life’s initiations, I now run when my legs feel strong and eat before my stomach rumbles. I sweat every day, and in a way that fulfills me. I pray when I’m up and when I’m down. I buy things that make me feel and look like a million bucks—and I splurge on them because it falls under self-love. And there’s a lot of that going on in my household.

If I had one week left to live this is what I would do.

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These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

December 9, 2014

I like to tell people that I’m like a fish. If it sparkles, I chase it. I love holiday gift reviews that keep my annual impulsive shopping sprees at bay (most of the time). I know if my husband had it his way, I would only buy from highly recommended gift lists and he’d ban me from ever wandering into a Bergdorf Goodman’s again. Fortunately for me, I can shop with the best of them online. And thank G-d Matt still thinks I’m shopping for Spunky on FarFetch.

Truth be told, I qualify as a, “therapeutic consumer.” Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the drool-inducing holiday sales on designer bags makes me lose all of my marbles. Last week, Matt had to pull me out of Neiman Marcus after he caught a glimpse of me draped in fancy handbags surrounded by sales ladies goading me into checking out how fabulous I looked in the mirror.
I can’t tell you why I fall prey to this amazing consumeristic feeling every year, but it feels so bad that it feels awesome. It’s the season where we can justify the total splurge because love made us do it. My next big purchase? A New Year’s Eve outfit…because I have to look fabulous on a night that everyone barely remembers. Why? Because love. Love is always the answer.

Here’s my 2014 list of the most sparkly, alluring holiday gifts that I personally use and always ensue a barrage of rosy-cheeked compliments. I promise, (most of these) fall into a sane buyer’s budget. xo

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The Most Important Part of My Business Plan

December 2, 2014

I’m a creative businesswoman.

I’ve been through plenty of exciting, “Create the life you want,” workshops, however I still feel like there is much more field to plow in the business arena for creative people.

Before I left for Europe, I reached out to model turned coveted art therapist, Gabi Torres, who guided me towards my goals in a more creative way. Gabi came over to my house with several size canvases, and mentioned she brought a big canvas because she knew I liked to play big (I liked her style already).

We proceeded to go through the images, trinkets and quotes that I preselected before our meeting, organizing the vision board pictures into the categories we noticed that I was selecting in my images: Work life, House, Style, Relationships, Spirituality, Goals, and Quotes.

We both then went onto my Pinterest board and printed out some more images that I wanted on my canvas, my soon-to-be vision board that I’d add to my business plan.

We started cutting out the pictures that I wanted for my life and I arranged them around the canvas in a way that creatively felt right. At first, I was skeptical and had a bit of fear wash over me; I hadn’t taken an art class since college. Gabi was kind and explained that any arrangement of images was perfect. Her response made me think about the divine energy, and how God always works through me (I was not to blame if the piece came out in a big blob).

I started gluing the images onto the vision board, beginning with the big, important pictures first. I clustered the images by category, and overlaid some of the categories when I felt it made sense, or looked nice. Click through to see what’s on my board, and how you can make your own.

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