Category Archives: Natural Health

Big Announcement: San Diegans Listen Up

Over the last 9 months I have received so much amazing feedback about my workouts. Many people take the encouragement and guidance I give them and have turned their physical health around. Since leaving the class I taught in Peoria, I’ve been looking for another way to teach people directly, so … drumroll please …

I have decided to teach my own class right here in San Diego! We will meet every Saturday for 4 weeks and I will lead you all in one of my very fun, very effective 20 minute workouts. The total 45 minutes will include all stretching and exercise descriptions. The goal is not just to make you sweat, but to give you the tools to do it properly at home.

The first class will start on Saturday June 22nd with a one week break on July 6th. There are a few San Diegans I’m really hoping will be on board. I look forward to hearing from you all! And Happy Monday!

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Fabulous Friday: Mexican Poached Eggs

This week has been completely and utterly exhausting. I forgot how draining it is to adjust to a new schedule, especially when that schedule involves 6am workouts … but I’m getting the hang of it and next week I WILL have more energy! Haha.

So last night, my mom invited me to a cooking class! My dad is sick so I took his place. It was us and two other couples and it took place at a gorgeous winery in Rancho Bernardo, CA. We cooked three dishes and drank as much wine as we could stomach in the 3 hours we were there. YUM. My favorite dish by far was the Mexican Poached Eggs. I am trying to go full vegan (at least during the week) but when the dish is as tasty as this, it’s definitely worth eating. Continue reading

Workout Wednesday: Early Morning Sweat

I found the base for this workout on Pinterest. There are so many simple, at home workouts on there! It’s like a treasure trove for crazies like me. At this point, I can look at a list of exercises and know if it will be the right level for me. I had to beef this one up a bit. Continue reading

Mindful Monday: June Goals

It is quite amazing what a person can do when they just do a little bit at a time. These small monthly goals have given me direction when I can think of so many ways to try to better my life. They will be incredibly important in this newest transition as Mike and I move back to San Diego.

I’ve been away for long enough that I can start over. Most long-time friends from San Diego hardly know the person I’ve become over the last seven years. I now have a chance to create the best possible image of myself in their eyes. It may sound calculated and a little cold but, in reality, it’s quite the opposite. I value these people and their opinion of me and I’d love to show them the true, kind, loving, health-conscious person I’ve become.

So, in that vain, most of this month’s goals will focus on my first-impression. The nine areas I focus on in setting my goals are: family/relationship, career, finance, spirit, body, intellect, friendship, environment.

Previous Goals That Have Stuck:

  • Family: Set up weekly phone dates (or REAL dates now that I live back in SD!) with every immediate family member. (Read about it here)
  • Spirit: When I’m sad, stop thinking of the future. Just smile and try to make that moment happier.
  • Spirit: Remember to be happy when I succeed. (This is a work in progress but I’m getting there!) 
  • Spirit: Keep a treasure box and a travel magnet collection. (It keeps out the crap while allowing for nostalgia)
  • Body: Eat at least one raw meal per day. (Usually my smoothie)
  • Body: Have at least one entirely vegan day per week. (This is actually becoming multiple days per week)
  • CareerStop being late.
  • FinancePurge the crap.
  • Intellect: Create a folder for design inspiration. (I rearranged my Pinterest page and now keep a physical, non-digital folder for magazine articles.)
  • EnvironmentStop using paper towels.

June Goals:

  • FriendshipStop spewing my life details.
    When I meet new people, I get this overwhelming urge to tell them every detail of my life. For some reason I think they will benefit from knowing all the ways I handle hardship. In my old age I am realizing that most people have been through MANY more hardships than me. Maybe I should just stop to listen. Mike does this very well and it has taught me the value of just shutting my mouth for a bit.
  • FriendshipMake friends actively but slowly.
    Another huge problem I have is rushing to make friends in a new place. Now that I’m back home, I have the luxury of already knowing many awesome people. But instead of rushing around like a headless chicken trying to hang out with people, I’m going to take it slowly. Contact people and re-form relationships one by one. Who knows what close ties will come out of the woodwork.
  • FinanceKeep down the cost of moving.
    Moving can be SO expensive. With the amount we move, Mike and I need to learn to keep down our costs. We are going to limit our spending to whatever we made in the Craigslist sale of our Peoria apartment furnishings. It’s going to be very tough, especially since we have no idea what we’ll need yet. We’ll see how this one goes.
  • BodyContinue to do my 20 minute workouts every morning.
    My commute will soon be starting at 7.15am. This means I will have to wake up around 6 to get in my workout. I can and will continue my workouts by setting up a new routine. Prep the night before and be efficient in the morning.

Anyway, I forgot about Monday mornings. They are pretty tough. Time to head to work! Plaster a big smile on my face and bounce around with energy. Hopefully by the time I arrive at the office, my smile and energy will be real. Haha. Happy Monday everyone!

Love and a big smile – Ash

 

Super Simple Spring-Time Roasted Veggies

In my pursuit to cut out grains and add lots of veggies, I’ve started subbing one for the other. Roasted veggies are a fabulous base for dishes like Tikka Masala, a fabulous topping for salads to make them warm and savory, and a fabulous side to any protein dish. They fill you up and don’t leave you feeling sluggish. Continue reading

Mindful Monday: A Week of Groceries Around The World

There is a photo series circulating right now. It is AWESOME. I originally hear about it from Mike, then a fellow natural living blogger (HumbleLore), and now I bring it to you.

Check out the differences in food, quantities, and if it’s processed … but also check out the families themselves. You can see the cultural differences, relations between male and female, adult and child, family leader and followers. Very, very interesting.

Get the original post here at WallToWatch.

Australia
Australia

Bhutan
Bhutan

Canada
Canada

Chad
Chad

China
China

Ecuador
Ecuador

France
France

Germany
Germany

Britain
GreatBritain

Guatemala
Guatemala

India
India

Italy
Italy

Japan
Japan

Kuwait
Kuwait

Mali
Mali

Mexico
Mexico

Mongolia
Mongolia

Turkey
Turkey

USA
USA

 

Thoughts?

 

Workout Wednesday: Arm and Core Series

Last night we worked our core. Hard. And now that it’s starting to get warm out, everyone in class was sweating bullets. Working out in heat can be VERY draining, but it’s also amazing for removing toxins from your body. So lace up your shoes, fill a very large bottle of water, and glow with that hard-earned sweat 🙂 Continue reading

Tasty Tuesday: Maple Ginger Salmon

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I DON’T LIKE FISH. I found one recipe that I loved because it made it taste like chicken (Sweet Teryaki Salmon) but every one I’ve tried since then is so salty … and the texture, yuck.

But, alas, thanks again to the most awesome healthy chef, Sammie Kennedy, I have found and adapted another way to cook it that is SO delicious. Continue reading

Fruity Friday: Blueberry Biscuits

This recipe came from a patient. She’s a mom of seven of the most well behaved children I’ve ever met. Not only is she kind and patient but she has managed to convert her entire family to a sugar free and very healthy lifestyle. She’s a mother, chef, teacher, AND she makes and sells these gorgeous wee dolls. Custom! Check them out here at Tabitha’s Needle. She’s pretty incredible. AND she had the skill to come up with the original of this amazing recipe.

These biscuits won’t spike blood sugar and are gluten free but do have a bit of cow dairy in them. That being said, they are savory with a bit of sweet and oh-so addictive. But that’s ok because they’re actually GOOD FOR YOU!

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