I am a big believer in journaling. I started to journal on a regular basis 5 years ago when I purchased the Integrative Nutrition Journal along with the Integrative Nutrition book. I love this journal because it makes me focus on the bigger holistic picture of health rather than just my food intake and exercise log. The title of my blog stems from the epiphany I had when I discovered that the first step toward living a happy and healthy life is to "Be Aware." It was only once I became aware of the state of my health and acknowledged the need for change that I was able to take those first few steps toward living a happier and healthier life.
Awareness is the state or ability to perceive, to feel, or to be conscious of events, objects or sensory patterns .
We live such fast paced lives nowadays, that people can become truly numb to their environments and it is so important to slow down, reflect and "be aware" of what you are not only feeding your body but also what you are feeding your soul.
I set up my goals in the morning and then reflect on them in the evening.
This is a great little tool and I notice such a difference when I do this on a daily basis.
I also recommend journaling with all my clients and it has been an invaluable tool to help discover areas that need attention and brainstorm ways in which to change.
Anyhow, my goals for this week are
A) Eat more Dark Leafy Greens
B) Drink more Water + Green Tea
C) Add Yoga into Exercise Routine
As of right now I have only accomplished A + B but have high hopes of accomplishing C!
I began my morning with a fabulous bowl of Banana + Sunflower Oats
Banana + Sunflower Oats
1/3 cup Bob's Red Mill Extra Thick Oats 2/3 cup water
1/2 banana, sliced 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp cinnamon
Combine above ingredients in small pot and cook over medium heat for 4-6 minutes. Spend last minute stirring vigorously until banana is incorporated into oats. Remove from heat and pour oats into your favorite bowl. Top with: 1/2 banana, sliced 1/2 tbsp Sunflower Seed Butter Sprinkle of Raw Sunflower Seeds
To complete my goal of adding more Dark Leafy Greens to my diet, I made Collard Green and Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Roll-Ups. I adapted this recipe from The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook.
This recipe is amazing because it is so super easy and makes a healthy and nutritious snack!
Collard Greens and Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Roll-Ups
2-3 Collard Green Leaves, rinsed and stem removed
1-2 tbsp Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
1/2 cup Matchstick Carrots, divided
Wrap and Roll.
I absolutely loved these and you can add avocado, cucumber or anything else that makes you happy into these roll-ups. I ate them as a snack but could easily make these into more of a meal by adding a lean protein (tofu, chicken) and a whole grain (quinoa, brown rice).
Dinner is going to be another Buddha Bowl!
A delicious day of eats!