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Your October Horoscope | Bellytox Tea

Your October Horoscope

I know, I know… how many times do we have to hear “how is it already fall?” But seriously, we’re in October! Can you believe it? If you live in an area with seasons, then it’s time to gather your adorable sweaters, colorful scarves and temperate booties, cuties. Also, it’s time to get ready for one of my favorite holidays of the year: Halloween! This is a period that is revered and celebrated for its powerful symbolism and connection to the spirit world. So, essentially, it’s time to manifest your ideal reality, boo.
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What Summer Solstice Means for Your Sign | Bellytox Tea

What Summer Solstice Means for Your Sign

For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, summer solstice kicks off the longest day of the year and a celebration of the summer season, marking a time of excitement, creative potential and energy!
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5 Fertility Tracker Apps We Love | Bellytox Tea

5 Fertility Tracker Apps We Love

When you’re trying to have a baby – whether it’s your first or third – the whole process can be an overwhelming one. You likely have a friend who got pregnant right when she decided it was time and, on the other end of the spectrum, you probably know someone who ended up going the IVF route.
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The Jet Lag Recovery Guide | Bellytox Tea

The Jet Lag Recovery Guide

It goes without saying that travelling the world is one of the most exciting and fulfilling things people do. Airplanes have permitted long distance travel over a short amount of time, which has completely changed how we are able to view the world.
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Zen Den: Japanese Design to De-Stress Your Space | Bellytox Tea

Zen Den: Japanese Design to De-Stress Your Space

A home should be a retreat from the noise and stress of the outside world. So, what to do when the distractions of life and everyday clutter start to encroach on the spaces where we’re meant to feel the most relaxed? 

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Sustainable Self-Care Practices | Bellytox Tea

Sustainable Self-Care Practices

The relationship we have with ourselves is truly the most important relationship of all. Taking time to care for ourselves is crucial to living from a vibrant and vital place. When we honor the call for self-care, we nurture ourselves deeply and allow our bodies to reset and restore.

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BODY POSITIVE YOGI we love | Bellytox Tea

BODY POSITIVE YOGI we love

Yoga is inherently both challenging and healing, and the people who are brave enough to make yoga part of their lives are inspiring, to be sure. One of the best things about yoga is that everyone can do it. There are varying types and levels, and the whole point is that it’s an ever-evolving journey.

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A GUIDE TO TRUE EMBODIMENT | Bellytox Tea

A GUIDE TO TRUE EMBODIMENT

As women we are often obsessed with our bodies and experience a great deal of pain as our bodies change (monthly, yearly, after kids, with health conditions, etc.) This fixation is generally driven by a body-obsessed culture in which everywhere we turn there is a reinforcing image or message that our bodies must be “perfect.” 
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TIPS FOR ALIGNING WITH SPRING | Bellytox Tea

TIPS FOR ALIGNING WITH SPRING

At the heart of Chinese medicine is the concept that our bodies are a process—the gentle unfurling of destiny through an elemental dance, a perpetual phase shift of the five elements mixing and melding, refining and defining, transforming and transposing. 
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THE SAGE SMUDGING TUTORIAL | Bellytox Tea

THE SAGE SMUDGING TUTORIAL

By:Tanja Alexandra Kern

The ceremony of smudging with dried sage has been a tool for spiritual cleansing since ancient times. This fragrant ritual is believed to help remove and purify negative energies. Below is more info on when to use this technique, plus a simple step-by-step smudge ritual you can perform anywhere.


7 OCCASIONS TO SMUDGE

 
 
1. When moving into a new home

2. In a room where negative energy was created by arguments, fights or illness

3. To cleanse antiques, used or pre-owned objects

4. To clear your own and/or someone else’s energy

5. To cleanse and purify crystals

6. To keep your workplace harmonious, especially after stressful assignments

7. When renting or purchasing a new place to start your own business


THE 4 STEP SMUDGING RITUAL

 
 
YOU WILL NEED:

a bundle of dried sage

a fireproof plate or bowl (many like to use abalone shells)

a lighter or match

 

THE STEPS:

1. Prepare your bundle of dried sage and your fireproof plate or bowl. Go into the space, or before the object or person you plan on cleansing.

 

2. Set your intention and create an affirmation if you wish. For example “May negative energies be transformed into light, love and happiness.”

 

3. As you light the dried sage, repeat your affirmation or prayer, and then either slowly walk around the room, move it around a person, crystal or object or use a feather to gently guide the smoke in your desired direction.

 

4. When this is complete, take a moment to close your eyes, and feel the shift of the energies.

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Andrea Hannemann's Advice on Being an Expert in You | Bellytox Tea

Andrea Hannemann's Advice on Being an Expert in You

By Roger Kamholz

Better known as EarthyAndy, lifestyle blogger Andrea Hannemann shares plant-based recipes, her commitment to green living and her aspirational island lifestyle with her husband, Shem, and their soon-to-be three kids.

Following @earthyandy’s journeys — from Canada to Hawaii and from two kids to three — manages to be inspiring, beautiful and informative. Life and Money by Citi recently asked her about her lifestyle, her home in Oahu,HI, and sharing her diet with her family.

To get to the place you are today, you say you had to become “an expert in you.” How would someone else do that for themselves?
 

Andrea: The best advice I would give to someone on becoming an expert on themselves would be to take the time to learn how to listen to their body and recognize internal cues. The easiest way for me to do this was to eat simple, natural foods to help eliminate sugar, salt and fat cravings. Otherwise, my body might be saying, “I need cheesecake or a soda!”
 

Eliminating processed foods and processed sugars and eating “clean” for a few weeks helped me feel how my body reacted to certain foods. If I found something that didn’t agree with me, I eliminated it from my diet. The thing that helped me the most was learning to listen to my body and seeing what worked for me and expanding on that day by day. Every one of us is unique and if ultimate health is important to you, it’s worth it to take the time to become an expert on you, once and for all.

You’ve gone through a major transformation in the way you eat and conduct your life. What’s been the key to sticking with your new regimen?
 

Andrea: I feel the best I have ever felt in my entire life! It took almost a year of feeling sick and struggling with energy levels every single day. I look back to that time of my life and I am so grateful for the health that I enjoy today. That is what motivates me to continue taking caring of my body.
 

What’s a common misconception about veganism? Before you adopted your current lifestyle what was your “take” on a plant-based diet?
 

Andrea: People often think that eating a plant-based diet is restrictive, confining or boring. I would say that I saw veganism as a healthy way of living, but I always thought that animal protein was essential to a “balanced” diet until I read The China Study (a nutrition study). It changed the way I thought about food, my health, and how to maintain a balanced diet.

How have your kids taken to eating plant-based, and how did you get them to join you?
 

Andrea: Our kids love the way we eat, and it's fun having them help in the kitchen and teach them how food can help our bodies grow strong and healthy. Ira is 5 right now and is so curious about where things come from and why we eat what we eat. Often before eating something he’ll ask, “Is this healthy?” Getting the kids in the kitchen is fun and important for them to understand where our food comes from and how it benefits us.
 

If you have one shot to convince a meat eater to go plant-based, what are you cooking?
 

Andrea: Vegan tacos, for sure! We have a good friend of ours who is from Venezuela who taught us how to make beans the way she grew up with them and they are insanely good. We make a big pot of them just about every week. We also make a plant-based cilantro sour cream that is soooo good on anything, and we prepare the vegan tacos with chopped red cabbage, fresh salsa, rice, and sliced avocados on soft corn tortillas. I promise you right now they wouldn’t even notice the meat is missing!

What’s an easy, healthy, go-to afternoon snack you recommend having around?
 

Andrea: A great snack that is fun to make with the kids and that kids love are date balls. They are really fast and easy to make — just five ingredients. You can refrigerate or freeze them and they’ll be good for a few weeks but they never last longer than a day in our house.
 

You’ve built this large social following over the years. As it’s grown bigger, how has what you share changed?
 

Andrea: When I started @earthyandy, it was to journal my health journey and to follow people whom I could learn from. I feel so grateful that I have been able to add to the community, help people, and share my experience and what has worked for me. I share what means most to me and what I believe can be a help to others. I love to share recipes, my family, our travels and whatever might benefit someone else who is looking for support on living a healthy lifestyle.

What do you want to be doing five years from now?
 

Andrea: I love being a mom, and our boys are everything to me! I am 9 months’ pregnant right now with our third son who will be born in just a few weeks. I imagine in five years I’ll be pretty busy with the boys and that is exactly what I want to be busy with.
 

Take us to your ‘happy place.’ What would we see, hear and experience? What do you do when you’re there?
 

Andrea: Aww, my happy place. You would see my family and the ocean for sure with a big beach and beautiful waves in every direction. You would see fresh fruit with hiking trails not too far away. You would hear laughing and playing and the sound of the ocean. We would be having fun in each other’s company, telling stories and laughing. What I do when I am there is everything, but nothing really specific. I surf, I play with the kids, we swim in the ocean, we run through the trees and tall grass, we lie in the shade of a tree or umbrella, we make food, we laugh, we nap, we talk, we just live it up and take it in.

Roger Kamholz creates content for Citi’s Global Consumer Bank and has written about dining and travel for more than 10 years.

 

 

The content reflects the view of the author of the article and does not necessarily reflect the views of Bellytox or its employees, and we do not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the information presented in the article.

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Arianna Huffington on Prioritizing Well-Being for Success | Bellytox Tea

Arianna Huffington on Prioritizing Well-Being for Success

As you drift off to sleep at night, do you struggle to stop the mental loop about what you need to do tomorrow? Do you have trouble shutting off thoughts about the coming weekend’s line up? Well, you’re not alone.

“Burnout is a global epidemic,” says Arianna Huffington, co-founder of The Huffington Post (now HuffPost), CEO of startup Thrive Global and a reformed workaholic on a mission to help people around the world enhance their well-being, performance, purpose and create a healthier relationship with technology in today's "always on" culture.

The idea that burnout is the price we have to pay for success, Huffington warns, is not the recipe for good health, for good relationships or even for success itself, really. (And she’d know, having once had a health scare stemming from work-related exhaustion.) Huffington believes the key to thriving in work and life is prioritizing your own well-being, which includes knowing when to unplug and recharge — literally and figuratively. Here is her advice for recognizing the signs of burnout, and the small shifts in mindset and behavior that can help you course-correct.

 

Being present in the now

That the human attention span is now as little as eight seconds may be debatable. What’s not up for debate: that we face a daily onslaught of distractions, mainly in the forms of buzzes, notifications and texts emanating from our devices. (Recent research from Duke University suggests we receive 65 to 80 smartphone notifications per day.) Electronic communications were supposed to help us streamline and maximize our time, not make it harder for us to focus and be productive.

Yet juggling multiple devices and tasks can negatively affect performance and efficiency, according to research. (Multitasking — in the form of second screening — is becoming the norm even during activities like watching TV). But the human brain is not equipped for multiple streams of communications happening in one breath. Concentration and memory suffer, and scientists at the University of Sussex are now trying to determine if multitasking may even be responsible for physical damage to the brain.

Huffington stresses that we need a better understanding of the impact of our newfound connectivity. “The smartphone is only 10 years old,” she says. “We are just now beginning to create the new rules of the road. We need to rebuild our culture.” Equally important, she says, is the need to disconnect periodically. “Downtime is a feature, not a bug, of the human operating system,” notes Huffington. “Achieving, conquering, building, and then refueling and recharging — it’s the stuff that the ancient philosophers talked about that science validates.”

Make room for silence and solitude

“Technology can replace many of the functions that humans perform,” says Huffington. “But creativity and innovation are two of the functions technology will never be capable of replacing. Both are the first to go when we are running on empty.” People are having trouble being alone, but silence and solitude, she says, are incredibly important for creativity and innovation.

In the book Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout and Thrive with the New Science of Success, Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda says, “A good idea doesn’t come when you’re doing a million things. The good idea comes in the moment of rest. It comes in the shower. It comes when you’re doodling or playing trains with your son. It’s when your mind is on the other side of things.” And he’s on to something: Researchers believe more than 40% of creative ideas surface when the brain is at rest, according to the book’s authors Brad Stulburg and Steve Magness. Dr. Marcus Raichle, a neurologist, attributes this activity to a part of the brain called the default-mode network, which quietly works out problems when we let our thoughts drift.

A counterintuitive idea emerges: unplugging actually improves productivity and output.

Put your own oxygen mask on first

That poor sleep or a chronic lack of zzz’s is linked to health issues such as depression, weight gain, high blood pressure and lower immunity should be no surprise to anyone. All the systems in your body — central nervous, immune, digestive, cardiovascular and endocrine — use those slumbering hours to regulate the function and production of a variety of hormones. Studies also show that we need sleep and sunlight in the right amounts at the right time to regulate our moods. And when you lose sleep, you lose focus. “Have you tried to pay attention when you’re sleep deprived?” asks Huffington. “It’s really hard!”

A major factor in sleep disruption is stress. “Stress is a deadly killer, especially for women,” notes Huffington. “Take time to reevaluate your life. Put your own oxygen mask on first. Come up with a plan to gradually eliminate the unnecessary stressors.” Start with the word no. Simply saying “no” when you are feeling overwhelmed can begin to give you back a little control. Find your purpose beyond the obligations of work, family and friends, too.

Do for yourself as you do for others.

Change starts with micro steps

Sustainable change is incremental, Huffington says. “If you go from 60 to 0, you’ll never stick to it. Be honest with yourself and make realistic goals.” If you’re scrolling through social media for four hours a day, try and take it down to 3.5 hours, she suggests.

“The most important micro step,” she emphasizes, “is to turn off your phone and escort it out of your room.” Study after study continues to paint a picture of the negative health consequences of phone and tablet use before bed. The sleep hormone melatonin, a key ingredient for a good night’s snooze, is negatively impacted by nighttime screen use. Poor slumber accounts for an annual loss of $411 billion in the US, according to the nonprofit RAND Corporation.

“Sleep equals energy equals time. Teach yourself good sleep hygiene.” Think in terms of energy management over time management, Huffington says. It’s not about needing more time but figuring out how to be more intentional with the time we have.

After all, in the “attention economy” of our world today, Huffington says, “our time and attention [are] being monetized.” Shouldn’t you, then, treat those as valuable resources, too?

 

Liz Puzio creates content for Citi’s Global Consumer Bank and is trying to take micro steps to slow down, sleep more and stress less. She has covered trends in health, fitness and well-being for over a decade.

The content reflects the view of the author of the article and does not necessarily reflect the views of DECALO or its employees, and we do not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the information presented in the article.

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