Tuesday
Aug082017

Walk away from the the stress... and time for a summer reboot class


Happy Juicy Tuesday my darlings,

Keep reading to find out about my upcoming classwhich begins on 23rd August.
I've just returned from one of my lovely long morning walks and boy did it feel good. I woke in the wee hours feeling full of anxiety and overwhelm. It would have been very easy for me to shun the walk - "so much to do", "no time"... etc., all the culturally appropriate things we tell ourselves in this "work harder" culture. But experience has taught me (and yes, it remains a work in progress) that when we're stressed and overwhelmed it is precisely these moments that we need to take a deep breath, go for a walk, dip in to some very basic self care. 
My morning (and sometimes evening) walks are so very sacred to me. During this time I take in the world, process my thoughts, exercise my body, figure out complex things in my head, nourish my soul... and breathe.
 
No matter how high the mountain of work is piled, this kind of self care is essential. Sitting uncomfortably and stressed out, staring at a screen is really not so productive anyway. It's hard at first to change old habits, we get so stuck in our old ways, or we worry that we will be judged and labeled "lazy", but we can only change the system by "being the change", ya know? Maybe you will be viewed as a rebel rouser at work by taking stretch breaks, or lunching outside, or going for a walk around the block when you are feeling blocked or irritated. But I say go for it! Wear that rebel label with pride. This is the only way things will ever shift. And if you really can't do that and are reading this thinking "yeah right!" then look at other ways you might tend to your lovely self. Can you jump off the subway a stop earlier on the way to work (or/and do the same on the way home), set an alarm to stretch at the top of the hour, arrange your desk to be more comfortable and/or visually pleasing, drink more water, sit up straighter?
In my work I see a lot of stressed out people, many of whom have started to feel really unwell as a result. Work, finances, the news/politics, relationships, family responsibilities...it's a lot. And believe me I can easily go there myself. But what I have come to understand is that often times the tweaks we have to make are not all that drastic. But we have to be willing to stop, pause, breathe and say "what do I need now?"  And there really is nothing like taking a walk for that. So lace up and step out. 
Also check out my instagram page for my latest stress busting exercise that I've been working on - while channeling my inner eight year old! 
For those of you reading this who employ people, please, I urge you to urge your employees to take a lunch break away from the office, to go for a walk mid morning or afternoon, even to leave early some days. Boost their moral, have them exercise their lungs and legs and stretch their bodies... you will see a notable improvement in your staff's productivity! 
Summertime Cleanse & Nourish Booster Shot!
So, in other news, I have had a few requests for a one-week summertime cleanse & nourish reboot class. I have been juggling some dates and decided the best scenario is to run a class that begins mid-week! I know, so very unconventional. So, ladies & gents if you are looking for a little reset, a chance to check back in with yourself as the summer winds down... I am offering a class in two weeks. This is most likely aimed at those of you who have worked with me in some capacity before - taken a class, or worked one-on-one with me, but really it's open to all. It's a chance to take stock of where you are, examine some eating and life style stuff, put your oxygen mask back on and check in with your lovely self. All in the company of some very lovely people from around the globe.
Class starts on Wednesday 23rd August and is being offered at a very low price (with sliding scale, pay what you are able). As with all these "bonus classes" I offer, I require a minimum head count to make the class run. Try to sign up asap so I can assess if we are running it. Visit this link to sign up and learn more.

I wish you a beautiful week...
walk, stretch, wiggle, 
dance, hula hoop, play...
and be the rebel at your place of work:
fit out, swim upstream!
Love, love and love
Sacha xxx
Sacha Jones
Holistic Integrative Nutrition Wellness Coach, AADP
and
Lifecycle Celebrant & Officiant

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Tuesday
Aug012017

Wiggle, stretch, wander, frolic... let's go outside!

Watermelon Time!
Good Morning Beauties,
Happy August!! Oh summer please slow down!
I hope you've tried the last couple of summerific recipes I've shared ...this delicious and delightful Kale Salad recipe and this sweet, hydrating, refreshing watermelon smoothie! And since we are talking about summer favourites, this one is also worth re-sharing - cucumber soup mmm! (I am hoping our cukes grow soon, currently we have a lot of blossoms but no fruit).

Experiencing the season on your tongue is a really, really good way of "being here now".  And eating locally-available in-season food helps our bodies to acclimate, so I really recommend it. Check out your local farmers market and see what's growing in your neck of the woods.
I love, love, love this season and I long to stretch it out and make the most of it. One way I've been able to do that is to get outside as much as possible. Whether in the city or the country. I love to rise with the birds, sit quietly sipping fresh squeezed lime water, (sometimes meditate, sometimes stretch)... and then go for a long walk. And I can't recommend it enough.
Until a few years ago I was an avid inner-city cyclist: no matter the weather, the season, the hour of day... if there was a place to be or an errand to be done I jumped on my bike. And it was wonderful. So when I first gave it up it felt very strange. Everything took "forever" and my shoulders felt the burden of carrying loads that once I'd have thrown in my bike basket. But as the years have passed I've increasingly embraced the art of walking. I've started taking more photographs again, it's more realistic to stop to admire, smell, listen, touch... and most importantly I have vastly reduced my stress levels (and my swearing!)
This summer when I realized I was going to be spending more time in the country and not going to have access to the gym or yoga classes, I set myself a walking challenge.  The first week I told myself "each day, walk more than yesterday". And though I'm not a particularly competitive human being in the world, I happen to be quite good at challenging my SELF. So it worked really well.  The next week I realized it was unrealistic time-wise to keep going with that challenge, so I said "more miles in total than last week", and so it goes. (I have a slightly different plan while I am in the city because I do have access to yoga and the gym there but I have become really into this self challenge, so I still set myself a daily mile-minimum and I have been inspiring myself to walk more and more each week). I use the step and mile counter on my phone to keep me honest, and if the day is dwindling and I've not clocked in enough miles for my liking I will go for another walk.
So this made me start think about all the benefits of outdoor exercising, whether that be casually walking, speed-walking, running, playing team-sport, swimming, hula-hooping, gardening - really whatever floats your boat.
(1) I think we are happiest exercising outdoors - generally it means we are doing something we likerather than feel like we "should" which certainly sometimes the gym can feel like. Outdoor movement feels less chore, more ritual. And the more "happy-juice" we ingest, the more we produce (kinda like gratitude, it keeps on giving!)
(2) We make Vitamin D3 from the sunshine, which far exceeds anything we can get from a supplement. As long as we are careful not to burn, and are smarter than "mad dogs and english men, out in the mid day sun", the sun feels amazing, and is so good for us. 
(3)Our bodies do best with variety - the treadmill or gym class can be a little too "samey" - when we are out walking in the world we are more likely to experience different inclines & terrains and go different routes - and we are also more aware - our whole-being is present so we're far less likely to get into autopilot mode which is better for our brain and our braun. Being present and alert also has the added benefit of reducing our chance of injury.
(4) We get to connect with our neighbourhood - to smile or wave at neighbours, notice new things,smell flowers, pet dogs, check out things we may have missed otherwise. (I also love to use this time to indulge in my podcast addiction.)
I've literally scratched the surface of the delicious benefits to getting ourselves outside to move our amazing bodies. You may go through an adjustment period which feels strange and awkward, but really I can't recommend it highly enough. A few weeks in now and I feel my legs getting stronger, my lower back hurting less, my shoulders lowering away from my ears. I'm carrying less "stuff" around with me and yes, it's true, I really do curse MUCH less! :)

I wish you the sweetest week...
May you take long walks, 
stretch, wiggle, dance, play,
feel the sun warming your bones,
lower your shoulders, 
turn up the sides of your lips,
and "be here now".
Love, love and love
Sacha xxx
Sacha Jones
Holistic Integrative Nutrition Wellness Coach, AADP
and
Lifecycle Celebrant & Officiant

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Nourish Your Soul 
 
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Holistic Integrative Nutrition Wellness Coach, AADP
and
Lifecycle Celebrant & Officiant

Stiggly Holitics
Sacha Jones Ceremonies
 
Nourish Your Body
Nourish Your Soul 
 

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Monday
Jul242017

Sip, slurp, mmmm, aaaah, ooooh.... summer!

Watermelon Time!

Good Morning Sweet Lovely...
I hope you got to try the delicious and delightful Kale Salad recipe I shared last week, courtesy of the very lovely Swati Parikh. It's so good and I will admit I am a little addicted - making some variation of it almost every day!
Summer eating is so fun, so easy.  The stove barely needs to go on and the flavours of local seasonal produce needs very little extra messing around with in order to pop. Today I want to share an oldie but goodie because a lot of people have been asking me to send them the link again, and I realize that many of you won't have seen it at all. 
My watermelon smoothie "home movie"!  

The video is certainly flawed and if I could re-do this video and still keep some of the main flavour I would.... BUT, I like it too. So I am putting it out there once more, perfectly imperfect!

I would say that I probably used too much salt in this video, and filtered water is only necessary to get the blender to move (so use as much as your blender needs, or maybe none)... and feel free to add mint or basil to add a little flare. People often ask me about the lack of seeds in this watermelon - I know, weird right! But it was an organic seedless watermelon, what can I say :)  
Watermelons must be about ready in our neck of the woods and I know they have been in season for a while in many parts south of here!
watermelon lady


So enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! Everyone loves this recipe. It's refreshing, delicious, fun... and sure beats any electrolyte beverage you can buy (in plastic bottles full of dye & sugar, ugh!)
As I said last week, and is usually true with the recipes I share here, adapt and make it your own. Play with your food! And stay hydrated!
Watermelon Smoothie Ingredients
buy organic when possible
- one big watermelon 
- the juice of two or three juicy limes 
some sea salt
- some filtered water
- (possibly also some fresh basil or mint if it floats your boat)
putting it all together:
- chuck it all in the blender, and blend. 
- pour into glasses (feel free to decorate with a wedge of lime or/& a slice of watermelon, or/& top with some chopped basil/mint)
- sip, smile, breathe, mmmm, aaaah, oooh! Summer! 


jesse eating watermelon
my sweet nephew Jesse a few years ago!

Have a great week lovely friend,
indulge in the sweet juiciness of watermelon,
stare at the night sky,
dip your toes in cool water,
stretch, wiggle, dance, play,
watch butterflies,
listen to the dawn chorus,
take long walks,
hug trees,
have fun!

Love
Sacha xxx

Sacha Jones
Holistic Integrative Nutrition Wellness Coach, AADP
and
Lifecycle Celebrant & Officiant

Stiggly Holitics
Sacha Jones Ceremonies
 
Nourish Your Body
Nourish Your Soul 
 
Nourish your body, Nourish your soul!
 
 

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Holistic Integrative Nutrition Wellness Coach, AADP
and
Lifecycle Celebrant & Officiant

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Nourish Your Body
Nourish Your Soul 
 

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Tuesday
Jul182017

Happy Salad Daze!

Salad Daze
Good Morning Beautiful, 
Last week I spoke about growing our garden and the life-metaphors it provokes. I received some lovely and very touching replies and I really appreciate you so much! Some of you asked for more photos - I will do my best at the bottom of this Juicy, but also, check out my Instagram page where you'll see I'm pretty snap-happy!

Keeping with the garden theme I have to share a recipe that's been making me so very happy this season! A couple of weeks ago I picnicked with some dear friends at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. The very lovely Swati Parikh brought a Kale Salad to the potluck that was absolutely "to live for!" and I have been recreating versions of it over and over again ever since. 
Our garden is abundant with two kinds of kale so for us that has been the most featured green, but I have also been throwing in some home grown spinach, tangy market sorrel leaves and wonderfully bitter arugula (rocket), also from the market. What are your favourite leafy greens right now? 
If you find yourself groaning at the idea of a salad, it's time to change the tape. Salad gets such a bad rap from what I think of as "boring salads" - flavourless greens, out of season tomatoes, bottled dressings... but when made with a little thought for flavour profiles and crunch, and indeed letting the salad be the main meal, it can absolutely have you back begging "more please".

As is usually true with the recipes I share here, adapt and make your own. I will share Swati's recipe first and follow it up with some of the ways I have been changing it up. Mmmm so good!  Happy salad daze darlings. 
Take it away Swati...
Swati's Sesame Kale Salad
"I adapted this tasty salad recipe from the cookbook "Good and Simple: Recipes to Eat Well and Thrive" by sisters Jasmine & Melissa Hemsley. I follow a paleo diet and avoid sugar, so I took out honey from the dressing and also replaced tamari with coconut aminos. Everything else is their original recipe":

salad ingredients
1 bunch kale, thick stems removed and leaves finely sliced (Stiggly note, if you are buying or picking young kale you can leave the stems in tact)
1 large red pepper, deseeded and diced
2 large carrots, spiralized or julienned
4 spring onions or scallions, finely sliced
1 handful of toasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
1 large handful of cilantro and/or mint leaves, chopped
sea salt to taste (at the very end)

for the dressing
1-inch piece of fresh root ginger, finely grated
2 cloves garlic, finely grated
4 tablespoons lime or lemon juice
6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons sesame oil
4 teaspoons coconut aminos (or wheat free tamari)
a pinch of red chili flakes (optional)
black pepper to taste

putting it all together:
1. Whisk all of the dressing ingredients together in a bowl with a fork.
2. Add the kale and toss together using your hands before leaving to marinate, covered for a few hours in the fridge (I didn't have time to do this, and it still tasted really good!).
3. When the kale has finished marinating, add the red pepper, carrots and spring onions to the bowl.
4. Serve the salad with the fresh herbs and toasted seeds sprinkled on top.

Enjoy!" 

~ Swati Parikh - Brooklyn, NY (lawyer, counselor, life coach, coop member, parent, maker, home-cook, lovely human!)

Stiggly Adaptations:
I've been making some variation on the theme most days for the past couple of weeks and am just loving it. Instead of making a dressing per se, I dress my salad individually with toasted sesame oil, lime juice and coconut aminos. I've been using a blend of greens, changing up slightly each day, including our home grown kale then either spinach, market sorrel or arugula. Instead of carrot and pepper I've been putting in cucumber, and I haven't added pepitas for lack of them. Sometimes I've thrown in some feta, a soft boiled egg or anchovies. It's absolutely adaptable to what you have on hand, but I think is absolutely highlighted by the sesame oil and the fresh cilantro. Play with your food, have fun, eat well, feel well!

One Stiggly variation on Swati's Sesame Kale
We grew this!
The lovely Parikh/Maturu family and us! Back row: Swati, Sacha, Alina. Front row: Mike, Mahir, Ameet.
Mike watering our beautiful "no-dig" raised beds of organic greens!!! We are still in awe!
Tend that beautiful garden of your soul, 
Frolic in the summer breeze,
Take breaks,
Stare at the sky,
Hug trees, 
Be love!
Love
Sacha xxx

 

Tuesday
Jul182017

A garden, a metaphor.... how are you tending yours?

garden, a metaphor
Good Morning Lovely,
Summer time... and the living is easy. The days are long, the squash leaves are high. As always, this season speeds along and we find ourselves scratching our heads with wonder about how on earth it's (almost) mid-July already. I've been whiling away many of my summer hours in our garden... it's a magical and beautiful experience to grow vegetables and flowers. To sew tiny seeds in good quality soil and keep fingers crossed there will be just the right amount of sunshine and that we get just the right amount of rain fall on days when watering is not possible.  And hope.  There is a lot of hope involved with sewing seeds. 

This learning curve is wonderful - a mixture of intuition, childhood memories, DNA (gardening & farming parents & grandparents), experimentation, research and luck.  I'm generally not so good at following recipes, maps or directions... by nature I am a "bit of this, bit of that" kind of person. My inner-rebel reads the back of a seed packet and thinks "well that's just a guideline right?" 
And I cant help but notice what a metaphor for the rest of life this is.  Sure there are directions and rules, and "basic guidelines", but also there is much experimentation and "doing it wrong"! Sometimes we follow the instructions and sometimes we have to try it a different way.  Some seeds come to fruition straight away and others lie dormant in the earth for a while until the time is right - and sometimes we must surrender to the fact that a particular "seed" just won't take.  Some things show up exactly as you anticipated and sometimes there are big surprises. 

Of course there are absolutely seasons in this life - times to be inward, times to shine, hard work and rest, growth & change and stillness - all of the stages so very beautiful in their own way.
And if all is well  - when things align and we get the right amount of nourishment, sunshine and hydration - we'll grow, blossom and thrive in the world. (Yes, and sometimes we need a post to lean on or a supplemental boost!)
Watching our very first garden grow this year has been a beautiful experimentation in patience, trust and loving all the stages...and let's just say I might have needed that little reminder for myself right about now!
I wonder how you are tending to your own "garden"? Are you giving her enough water, light, air and room to grow?  Do you want to connect more deeply with the gardener of your soul? I would love to help you nourish your beautiful self.

Contact me for a private consultation here.
And I would so love and appreciate if you would take the SURVEY here! And let me know you did so I may show my appreciation by putting your name into the raffle later this summer.
Tend that beautiful garden lovely one, 
I send you love and love and love,
Happy residual full-moon basking,
Happy summer!
Love
Sacha xxx