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.
So I’ve been MIA but with legitimate reasons, listed below, but what brought me back to the game (so to speak) is my Luv of food and sharing. In fact I’ve involved my children on this quest to fight the COVID bulge and hack the holiday eating frenzy. It’s back to food, fitness and family on MANA WAHINE FITNESS.
Here goes my, “Where I’ve been” and “What’s happening” list.
1. I didn’t know if I had anything left to share in this space.
2. Started working at a school creating, developing and co-hearting a program for preK-12th. (I’ll share a video below.)
3. Wrote an E-Book and didn’t know what to do with it after publishing. Walk Inn Beauty
4. Played around with a podcast Walk Inn Beauty and haven’t touched it in awhile.
5. Raising 7 children (4 are teens) and co-homeschooling with my husband.
It’s my WELCOME BACK 🥳 to blogging, which I missed.
I’m still teaching Zumba and my online classes are so much fun. I even bought new gear to celebrate the new sessions.
Tried VLOGMAS for a couple of days and it turned out pretty good. (pictures below) I talked my teenagers into joining me and they did a fantastic job. Speaking of youth, they currently join me during my online sessions since we turned our Ohana living room into a dance studio. Lol.
The BEST holiday hack is to meal prep because the goal is to jump into 2021… seriously! The sweet temptations are everywhere so you have to arm yourself with good food. So add that extra fiber and plant based proteins because the more you prep the easier it will be to say no.
Wild rice with greens and salmon.
It’s literally the same three ingredients styled differently. I adore these containers from ELLO and bought several at Costco.
Wild Rice: A mix of protein and fiber, low in calories. Contains Manganese an antioxidant, it aids in keeping the mitochondria in your cells healthy.
Brussels Sprouts, Kale, Broccoli & Purple Cabbage: You’ve seen those salad bag mixes at Costco and Cash & Carry. They’re time savers because one bag can do so much!
I added can salmon, not my usual choice but I was trying to create from a menu that could live in your pantry. Everything except the salad could keep for months. Video tutorial on the link below. Enjoy
This picture is in the gym at Chief Leschi Schools of the Puyallup Tribe, a PreK to 12th grade establishment.
I started fitness sessions back in March 2020 when the pandemic first hit. It was a way for teachers to keep moving and stay positive. My initial goal was to remain active until the students returned… but that didn’t happen. (Yet)
So far several of us have continued but I’m really concerned about the students. Every time I see them on screen 👩🏻💻 sitting back, sedentary and aloof I get worried.
Weather’s changing and we should all drink more tea 🍵. My goal of this post is to convince one person to invest in quality, preferably loose leaf, tea.
Before I share my list of benefits, know that I view tea in two categories: physical health and emotion health.
The herbs benefit your digestive system, improves circulation and boost your immune system. In many holistic homes you’ll find a tea cabinet dedicated to wellness.
Tea is a ritual unto itself causing you to pause. Within a stressful environment tea-time offers a unique opportunity to create a ritualistic experience of relaxation.
POINTS IF INTEREST
The term, “You get what you pay for” applies to teas. So keep that in mind when shopping for your tea stash. Speaking of stash I had the opportunity of visiting Steven Smith Tea in Portland, Oregon. My friend Jackie took my sister and I for a special excursion. He created several tea brands including TAZO which was purchased by STARBUCKS.
Imagine walking into the Mecca of tea shops. The variety, blends and presentation was elevating to my senses. It was lovely.
INVEST IN THINGS THAT INVEST IN YOU
Their main building houses both a distribution center and tasting spaces. I was excited to try their Matcha & Ginger Latte which had an energetic taste. Matcha is known to improve attention, memory and reaction time. It’s caffeine and L-theanine, can improve brain function.
Then I tried a Masala Chai which contains an impressive collection of spices such as ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, and black pepper. Many are used in Ayurveda treatments for digestive issues. I asked for hemp milk and it was delicious. (As I reflect on the drink it might have been almond milk. Lol)
However the winner of the best-in-show category belongs to their Chocolate Enfleurage Flight purchased by my sister. It’s a pairing of three blends and matching chocolates. A fit-foodies paradise!
The basic truth is that organic teas have so many health benefits. You can find them at your local grocers or online.
TEAS ARE PERFECT FOR
This is my work station while I enjoy my tea and schedule my classes. If you’re ever in Portland I suggest you visit Smith Teas and enjoy the flavors, here’s their menu.
If you’re near the Olympia, Washington I’m co-teaching a fundraiser September 29, 2019 Join the events list here. PEACE Be The Journey
You realize that firefighters are expected to be more conditioned & fit compared to police. I always see local police at coffee shops or sitting in their vehicle, or is that just me? Lol
I am a long time admirer of this profession (firefighters) and want to honor them. Especially after the memory of 9/11 😔 Images of men & women sacrificing everything to save one. It’s been 18 years but feels like yesterday.
To honor his fellow firefighters Aaron Zamzow in 9/11/11 competed in Ironman Wisconsin. Upholding the memory of the 343 that gave their all. Eventually he opened Fire Rescue Fitness encouraging others to live a fit life.
The city of Tacoma holds a memorial service every 9/11 at 9am for the past 18 years and will continue.
Complete with releasing of the doves. 🕊
It’s crazy to realize that there’s an entire generation of young adults who weren’t born & have no memory of this painful event. Eighteen years has gone by so quickly but it still hurts.
Retired Captain of NY Fire Department Stands with the Mayor & Tacoma’s Captain. Below is his story…
They lowered the flags, rang the bell & played the bagpipes. The crowd stood their in solidarity & silence, remembering their bravery.
When all else fails CREATE SOMETHING anything, just let it flow. “I’m Back!”
MANA Mindset doesn’t mean you live in an oasis & birds sing as you walk. It’s listening to your soul & taking a break to reconnect to the source of your JOY & HAPPINESS.
We will face stress & distractions. The goal is to identify them & have a system or mantra to get back on track. For me it’s art, mad art. 🤬
I just color like mad & think about what I need. I conjure the feelings that I desire: joy, happiness, success, organization… Meanwhile I don’t stop until the whole page is covered.
Then I write the first word that comes to mind & step back. 😇
This is what happens when my meticulous planning & schedules go BONKERS 👾👻 🥴 I do “Mad Art Therapy” or at least that’s what I call it.
I hope you try it 😁🤙🏽 and use #walkinnbeauty if you do. Speaking of @walk_inn_beauty I will be sharing this technique in a mastermind session if you would like to join our community visit & follow the link & follow. I will post our next session.
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!
Oh so random compared to the regular wellness chat but I’m posting about MANA. You know, that Polynesian word for strength & energy. Three things get me in a MANA MOOD: Planners (because I like to schedule), Crafting (gets the happy-vibes flowing) and Intentional Jewelry like my lava stone bracelets.
Well that totally depends on what you want. Maybe fitness is a social event and you’re just chillaxing through the process. Otherwise YES EATING HEALTHY MAKES A DIFFERENCE. [Said with love and support.]
The best way to transition is slowly & NOT through a DIET [said as an educator] in my opinion. Again it’s my opinion, I’m not telling you what to do.
I recently started cooking like this. For a long time Quinoa seemed difficult but it wasn’t. The only problem was my negative perspective, so once I got over it I started cooking it regularly.
Now I prep my meals and enjoy experimenting with Quinoa. But believe me when I say that I don’t eat like this everyday. In fact my weekends look totally different.
Anyway, back on the subject, food does matter. I actually wrote another blog about it called FOOD & FITNESS, WHY IT MATTERSWhy am I writing about this?
I actually overheard a fitness coach tell a client, “Don’t worry you can workout those calories, just keep coming.” Hmm… the calories from a jelly donut 🍩 isn’t the same as a sweet potato. One actually carries vitamins & minerals, and the other is empty of any value. [Note: I was visiting this gym for a master class.]
PS: Sugar isn’t the same type of energy as chia seeds, I’m just saying. But don’t get me wrong I like a Sunday sweet treat but I don’t expect those calories to benefit my body.
Why can’t all fitness professionals be honest?
I addressed the coach later and asked, “Why didn’t you tell her the truth.” He said, “Because it doesn’t matter, I can help her burn off the calories.” HOLD-UP Shouldn’t we be empowering our clients to make better choices. I would rather have my clients learn to live sustainably instead of relying on me. My thought, “No bueno brah!” And, “Where did you go to school?” Okay, I have to change the subject…
My weekend, on special occasions.
When I do have a special treat I splurge on quality. In other words the baker or chef totally luvs what they do. Their recipes are a combination of curated products, such as farm fresh eggs.
Recently my Ohana enjoyed some Macaroons & Cupcakes from our fave Seattle spot Trophy 🏆 Cupcakes and Party. This is a weekend treat.
True story: I put supermarket cupcakes in a Trophy box and my Na Keiki (children) totally knew the difference. They were like, “Mom this taste different!” “How so you know, it was in the box?” I asked. “THE FROSTING DOESN’T TASTE RIGHT!!!” Ahh so true, they’re mini-foodies. You can taste the quality.
I hope you enjoyed this post & please share the Aloha. Tell me how you balance food, fitness & family. PEACE Be the Journey