I didn’t create the title, it was something a friend of mine shared. You see my business is in the wellness and fitness realm but from 8am – 4pm I’m an educator at a local school. My department is in cultural education specifically Native American’s of the Pacific Northwest.
Since returning I purposed to incorporate holistic lifestyle and social emotional well-being through traditional teachings. The best part is that I’m not alone.
Nettle is part of the traditional foods of the PNW and is high in vitamins and minerals. There’s an old teaching that if you eat the food from your region it will give you what is needed for that climate.
My goal is
To share wellness through holistic teachings just like that old saying, “You are what you eat.” If I can help one student embrace plants like nettles then I’ve succeeded.
I’ve noticed how the students have visibly suffered health wise during covid19. Lack of motivation, not playing outdoors with friends, instant breakfast and lunches are the perfect storm for obesity and learning difficulties connected to nutrient deficiencies.
Is to host virtual cooking sessions where we incorporate traditional foods of the PNW tribes with other local products.
Is recognizing that what we consume is just as important as a workout… probably more so. Food should grown in good soil or roam in an organic environment, not processed in a lab. (Labs create a majority of our food supply, yikes.)
I’m not hating on labs, they serve a purpose. Which is to supply a large quantity of people at an affordable price. However if more people read labels and shopped accordingly it would force our food source to reconsider how they grow and feed us.
I’ll keep this one short and simple, in fact I’ll just post a bunch of pictures.
I have awesome friends who enjoy making teas and tinctures. This tea mix was made by Davina Barril and we share the joy of organic products.
I put some in a carry around tin and it’s delicious.
The tea mix above was made by another friend and fellow nature lover Jennifer Vasilez. Both Davina and Jennifer appreciate the gifts of this land and find time to gather and create. The coolest part is that they’re rediscovering the teachings of their Native heritage.
Fullers earth clay with rose powder, rose petals and lavender. To read more about clays click here.
It’s easy to pick out the petals and they add a wonderful fragrance.
Life is a woven web of food, fitness, emotion and so much more. It’s a balance. And when I mention beauty, I’m not talking about what you read in a magazine or see on Instagram. I’m talking about your physical beauty and how it relates to self-care.
These are a few of my fave bulk buy, organic beauty products. Most of my base ingredients come from Mountain Rose Herbs 🌿 locates here in the Pacific Northwest.
I’ve talked about clays before, here, and that’s because of its many benefits. My fave is Rhassoul 💜 luv it!
I recently started to add incense into my routine for the sheer pleasure of the aroma. Shoyeido is my favorite brand because it’s not crazy-smoky like others and I don’t get irritated by the fragrance.
Salts!!! After any grueling workout you’ll want a regenerating salt bath. I like to make my own. But sometimes I get lazy, that’s when I turn to my friend who created these…
Oils!!! After the soak I keep it simple. And yes there is a difference between regular and organic oils.
This is something I just got. Going to do more research on it. It’s a Himalayan salt rock. Have a healthy & fit week!
One of my favorite things as a child was playing in the mud. My siblings and I would search for the perfect mud puddle or creek with a clay embankment. It was messy and heaven at the same time. Forget play-dough, our clay was 100% organic without any harmful dyes.
Today I’m grown, slightly mature and a mother but I still enjoy that cool mushy feeling of wet clay. Naturally I would like to indulge in a facial mask but the prices at many of these high-end spas are interesting. After all I use to play in this stuff for free!
I actually checked out a spa and many of the items in their mask are in my kitchen. Products like honey, oats and vitamin E. (I have a supplement shelf.) All I needed was the clay to make my mud mask. Fortunately I know of an organic shop called Ubiquitous Journeythat sells herbs, loose leaf teas, spices and a beauty DIY section. (Do It Yourself.)
I chose three different types of clays, each with unique mineral content and played around with various combinations. It’s so easy to use that I brought some to the ladies in my Zumba class. The picture above was taken after my Facebook lifestream session where I showed them how to mix and apply the clays.
There are countless blogs, vlogs and articles about these amazing clays. My purpose is to show you a few of the combinations that you can duplicate. The main ingredient is the clay and you can start using it with little prep time. All you really need is purified, filtered or distilled water to mix and make your mud mask. As you can see from the picture below my na keiki (children) wanted in on the fun too!
One tablespoon clay (a little can go a long way)
Purified H2O (add slowly for a pasty texture)
Few drops of oil (indulge in the nourishing feeling)
Mix and use (I prefer to make it when I need it)
Leave on for about 8-10 minutes
Rhassoul Clay – suitable for daily use.
French Green Clay (and others) – about once a week or on targeted areas.
Fullers Earth Clay – about once a week.
In classic kiddie fashion they had to make faces to go with their mask. I’m super happy for my young teens who can benefit from the clays at an early age. Preventing that horrible teen acne problem that I remember going through. The best part is that it has ZERO chemical content and totally organic.
If you want more natural beauty ideas to go with your fit lifestyle comment below. You can also become a Mermaid by subscribing to the newsletter learn more. PEACE Be the Journey
Beautiful Body is really a reconnection to your source. The soil that nurtures your food, farmers who watch the seasons of growth and nature who supplies the ingredients for your skin care. Finding a rhythm that works for you takes time.
Continue to WALK IN BEAUTY means that you are creating a healthy lifestyle. This will become a daily practice.
This is one of three challenges: BEAUTIFUL MIND, BEAUTIFUL BODY, BEAUTIFUL SOUL.
You can revisit these often but the benefit comes when you invite others to join.
Skin Fit: Did you know that the glands within your armpits are super sensitive and modern deodorants contain contaminants? Learn more here and DIY
Foodie Fit: Iced tea southern styles no just in time for sunny days.
Walk in Beauty
Dance Fit: Be inspired to dance & move. You are beautiful.
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LEARN: I did a meal prep demo and here are a few pics from the event.
Don’t worry, it doesn’t stop here…
I’ve got the next self-help challenge lined up for you.
I use to think about all the changes that I needed to make but never succeeded. (Why?) Because I was just thinking and never made a plan or even a checklist but the moment I did everything changed. Checklist are helpful because they…
Give you a snapshot of what you need to do.
Simple and easy to read.
At a glance you’re able to prioritize your mind.
Above is a simple list and you can give yourself hearts. The nice part is that you can revisit this list often until you’ve earned all five hearts ❤️💛💚💙💜.
Special announcement: if you’re in my classes.
Meal prep to snacks to DIY skin care we’re going to have fun on #AlohaFridays and I’ll make sure to share what we do with you all on the blog.
Beauty Fit: Three hair mask treatments that you can blend up. It’s safe for all ages & stages.
Make your own list of things to try. After all, you’re full of potential. #makeithappen
Foodie Fit: This curry is perfect as a post workout meal. Have you cooked with Poo? Or Kun Sayiuud Diwong who goes by her nickname Poo.
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Dance Fit: I hope you’re enjoying these as much as I do. These guys & girls from the Philippines are AWESOME
Your body has an amazing first line of defense called skin. It protects your muscles, organs & bones. It holds us together and puts up with our tattoos, piercings & writing notes on the palm of our hand.
And how do we show kindness to the tissues of life that cover our entire being?
Well (deep breath) in BEAUTIFUL BODY Challenge hopefully we’re…
Drinking lots of water.
Eating foods that are nutrient rich.
Meditating. (That’s in the BEAUTIFUL SOUL Challenge)
Using products that don’t have long & hard to pronounce names. Keep it simple.
Choose a self-care night to indulge in a clay mask, foot soak and bubble bath. (Make up your own routine.)
Try to focus on a good skin care regime. It might not always work out but say this first, “I’m worth it” and then MAKE IT HAPPEN.
Skin Fit: Whipped body butter that looks so good you’ll want to eat it! But don’t.
Throw a DIY SPA PARTY by inviting a few friends to bring ingredients and all of you can mix up batches of creams, lotions, bath bombs and much more.
Foodie Fit: I follow the Domestic Geek and couldn’t choose just one of her meal prep videos so I made a playlist. She’s worth the subscription & I hope you’ll follow her channel.
“Never be ashamed of small beginnings” said the great Oak to the acorn. 🌳
Dance Fit: Now this is one you can definitely dance with, I’m positive.
Okay I’ll admit it, I use to think that people who read ingredient labels & nutrition facts were a bit extreme. STOP THE PRESS! I’M ONE OF THEM NOW. Perhaps you’re of us too 😉
Let’s cover some general info and remember it’s the back of the packaging that matters most. Don’t trust the advertising on the front. For example natural means NOTHING and organic has classifications.
This tells you what one serving is according to the measurements. (What! I can’t eat the whole bag?) In other words if I ate two of these I would consume double the DV. (DV: Daily Value)
The DV is listed for fats, sodium, carbohydrates and so on. (Processed or packaged food requires a longer shelf life. You might see higher sodium content.)
Nutrition facts such as vitamins and minerals. Fats are broken down too. This varies by country. (I like New Zealand chocolates and I’m always reading their nutrition facts. So simple.)
This list ingredients and it goes from greatest amount to least as you read down the items.
Be in the KNOW and empower yourself.
Skin Fit: Who doesn’t like a good body butter?! This vlog has the recipe in the description box & the how-to steps.
I don’t always have time to DIY but I enjoy shopping local. Especially when the crafter enjoys their work. Check out farmers market for organic skin care products. (And always read labels)
Foodie Fit: Okay, I had to share this one… Vegan Mac & Cheese!
I grew up in Hawaii so coconut oil, coconut fresh milk & coconut meat was plentiful. Today it’s such a money maker and we should never assume it’s organic. Read labels. The best milk is from the coconut itself and some Asian stores in the PNW carry them. Yippee!
Dance Fit: So I can’t dance as good as these kids but who cares. I just do my own thing. 😉
I’m ready to dive into the outer layer or skin. After all we spent days talking about beautiful organs. (Yes I said organs.) Are you prepared to hear the secret of having beautiful skin?
Naturally beautiful skin comes from what you consume & what is in your atmosphere.
My top three rules to eating clean also applies to having beautiful skin. I’ll show how they relate.
Choose life when shopping. Food & skin care products should represent life. It’s the difference between choosing something that came from natural plant cells or test tubes (modified organisms). You can usually tell by the price. Example: Quality products take time to create therefore it may cost more. But it will save you money over time. (Ponder about that last part.)
Educate yourself, be in the know. Learn to read labels for both the foods consumed to the cosmetics you use. Look up stuff! Most of us can Google. Simpler ingredient list has less to hide. Also the front of a package is designed to trick you into buying. (Bottom line.) However they can’t lie on the label. Example: I bought something that said all natural coconut but the word natural means nothing to the label and coconut was the last ingredient.
Pure (raw), organic, whole should apply when shopping for products that you will eat or wear on your skin. Here’s the best part… you can buy wonderful products locally or make them yourself. One of the best facial mask is a mashed avocado. Unlike the store bought plastic tube filled with chemicals and avocado is the last component.
Simple ingredient list has less to hide.
Skin Fit: For the adventurous you can try this avocado mask.
Have fun! 🎈 (Bottom line.)
Foodie Fit: Since we’re talking about avocado why not have it in a smoothie. Here’s a regular & vegan recipe.
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Dance Fit: I have to share part of my heritage, after all dancing Ori Tahiti kept me fit during my young adult life.