Be Mindful

Be MindfulIt’s been a week since I kicked off the Mindful 21 challenge and I’m honored by the response. Today’s theme is Be Mindful. Today I am reflecting on how each day has made me look at situations differently, more consciously, and I’ve often shifted my mindset.

7 days of being more aware of how my actions, thoughts, feelings not only affect me, but affect the people around me was huge for me. Starting my day early with 5 minutes of meditation to let that days’ intention set in really set the tone for what came next. I found myself feeling calmer, more grounded, at peace with myself and able to reflect on the intention when something troubling came up. It’s a wonderful habit to get into and this challenge has set the path.

Conscious living doesn’t mean we need to meditate for hours  or escape to Costa Rica to live on a commune, it just means actively engaging in our actions.

The next 7 days of the Mindful 21 challenge will ask you to continue with your 5 minutes of meditation and incorporate 1 meatless meal into your day. Why you ask? Adding more fruits, veggies, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, plants not only has an almost immediate affect on your energy levels and health, but you’re actively helping the environment. By incorporating more whole foods, and cutting out the processed food-like substance, you’re feeding your body fuel to allow it to flourish!

What the heck do I eat then!?!?

Don’t worry, this is not as challenging as you may think! For the next 7 days, I’ll provide recipes, tips to make sure you’re getting enough fiber, fat soluble vitamins, live enzymes and of course protein. My girlfriend Sarah (who’s been a Vegan for 3+ years!) will provide a ton of guidance as well. Follow her and I on Instagram for daily tips, recipes and facts.

Here are a few recipes & tips to get you thinking plants!

5 lunch ideas
Meatless Meal Prep
Hippie Bowls
Chick Pea Curry
Wheat Soba Stirfry

Stir-Fry Sauces
Pizza

Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet

Sit for 5 minutes today and contemplate where you could make some changes in your diet to live more consciously. The food we eat is either contributing to our health or taking away from it.

 

Happy Mindful Living!

 

Be the Change

Tree Pose
Tree Pose

Day 17 of the #plantfueledyoga challenge breaks down the myth that one person can’t make a difference. 

The greatest innovation starts with a single idea. The best made product begins with a prototype. The biggest mansion gets built nail by nail. Everything you do starts with a single step, made by  You. You do not know the power you have until you yourself believe in it.

In Sarah and my quest to spread the plant-based diet gospel, we truly believe one person can make a colossal difference in the greater state of the world.  A ripple effect that starts small and gets larger and larger and before you know it you can see the effect miles away.

Today, we break down the walls of ‘It doesn’t really matter in the long run…’

The Myth: I’m only one person. I can’t make a difference.


The Reality:
A person who follows a plant-based vegan diet produces 50% less CO2, and uses 1/11th the oil, 1/13th the water, and 1/18th the land compared to a meat eater. We CAN make a difference, simply by eating less animal products and replacing them with plants.

Why not give a plant-based diet a try? Hell, even making one day meatless can make a huge impact. Not only are plants amazingly healthy and cruelty free, but the carbon foot print left or lack there of is astronomical.

Here’s a great article delving a bit deeper into the subject.

Today’s Connection Yoga Pose: Tree Pose 

This pose not only makes you feel strong, balanced, but grounded. Rooted to the earth. Connected to your surrounding.

Stand strong and bring your hands to your heart center. Lift your right heel to your calf. Breathe here and root down. Slowly raise your foot to your inner thigh. Raise your arms above your head and stretch. Breathe here and know you have the ability to make an impact in this world.

Namaste