Tuesday
Jun132017

It's hot, hot, hot... how to be cool!

It's Juicy Tuesday!
Good Morning Beautiful
Well I'm not sure about your neck of the woods but from where I'm sitting it's hot, hot, hot! And I'm not even in the city right now! Last I checked the thermometer it read 94 degrees. No wonder I don't feel particular drawn to sitting at a computer screen right now!
So I thought I'd change my direction today and share some cool tips for a hot day! It may seem pretty intuitive but some of the things we are drawn to when the temps sore, actually have the opposite effect - even though they seem so refreshing and make us feel good for a moment.
When I see people walking down the street with plastic cups full of iced-coffee, I know it's summer time. But not so fast! Both the coffee and the milk (yes even almond and soy) have a warming effect. So sure, you have ice-cubes in there and it might feel good in your hand, and even on your tongue, but the ingredients will unfortunately get to work to build heat in your body and that's the opposite of what you want, not to mention coffee is dehydrating. Instead, why not make your own cooling herbal tea, and sip from a glass mason jar. You can use fresh or dry herbs of choice (fresh mint and dry hibiscus are both so great and summery), chop your herbs (if fresh) roughly in a bowl, be generous for the best taste, cover with boiling water, put a lid/plate on top and leave to sit over night for a strong delicious brew. In the morning strain, add a little ice and you're good to go! If you prefer no ice-cubes (I'm not a fan of them personally), brew for a few hours on the counter top, then just before bed, put the bowl in the fridge to finish brewing overnight, it'll be cold for the morning. 
In the same vein, while a margarita-on-the-rocks and a cold beer have "drink me" all over them when summer arrives, and you find yourself craving them at the end of a long hot day, these beverages too have a dehydrating and warming effect in the long run. So air a little caution. Not to say you should never have a cold brew or an iced-coffee, but be wise, just know that they aren't bringing your inner thermostat down, and in fact may be rising it. 
The same is true with ice-cream! (I know, cruel right!?)

As you can tell it's not the temperature of the food that's going to effect your body temp, but the ingredients, so carefully consider your diet in general. Avoid eating a lot of meat, bread, dairy, coffee and sugar and up the veggies, salads and cooling foods.
So what CAN we do?

Snack on cucumbers! Slice 'em, dice 'em, make them into soup. Please check this recipe out right here right now!
Eat smaller meals, don't let yourself get too full.
Make your own popsicles with a dairy-free blueberry or watermelon smoothie. Eat watermelon!
Drink herbal tea without sugar.

If you are drinking alcohol, avoid sweet mixers like tonic or soda and choose seltzer and fresh lime instead. Sip a tall glass of water for every alcoholic beverage.
Stay hydrated - drink throughout the day rather than waiting until you recognize you are parched - sip filtered water with cucumber slices, lemon & mint (makes it taste more fun too). 
Walk instead of run, while breathing calmly. Breathe with an open mouth and if you are genetically inclined, roll/curl your tongue and breathe through it.
Choose cotton (loose) clothing and cotton sheets, avoid man made fibers. You may want to lightly spray your top sheets with cold water before bed, or just don't dry your body when you get out of the cool shower and step right into bed.

If you wear moisturizer, keep it in the fridge for a temporary cooling self massage (but maybe in the summer swap it out for cooling aloe vera gel that you also keep refrigerated).
If you are outside a lot, wear a hat and keep the sun off the top of your head. 

On very hot nights, fill a hot water bottle with ice (or add water and keep in freezer). A lavender bean/rice eye-bag thrown in the freezer an hour or so before bed can also be really nice on your forehead to help you cool down and sleep better.
And if you didn't catch the link above, definitely make this amazing summery soup, I shared it last year and is absolutely one of my favourites.
Stay cool my lovely friend,
I wish you a delicious Juicy Tuesday. 
Thank you!

Love love and 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 
 
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Tuesday
Jun132017

And the Stiggly winners are...

It's Juicy Tuesday!
Good Morning Beautiful
I missed you all last week! A short week is lovely but sometimes it means you have to trim back the responsibilities, rather than burn out! Holistically speaking for me this is an exercise in self care - and while a part of me feels guilty, another part is able to say "how would you guide your clients in this situation Jones?" 
A work in progress of course! I hope you all had a great Memorial Weekend and are excited to be in the month of June already! 'tis the season of roses and rosé!
I want to give a massive shout out to ALL of the beautiful contributing angels who donated to the Rojas Cup. I am sad to say it wasn't anyone from the "Stiggly sent me" camp who won the mega prizes but you are ALL winners for donating money, time and effort towards such a brilliant and wonderful cause. These schools are only able to have such an after-school program because of people like you! So in my book, you win!

But there was a second raffle, as promised, and I decided to pull THREE lucky winners from the hat! Here is my silly video for your viewing pleasure... see who the winners are"


It is not too late to donate to The Rojas Foundation - all and every dollar donated is massively appreciated and helps keep these programs alive and kicking. Literally! So thank you muchly. And if per chance your company has a matching-donation program, this is a great opportunity to double your money.

Big warm delicious Juicy Tuesday hugs. 
Thank you for being you, thank you for reading, thank you!

Love love and 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!

 

Monday
May222017

Chance to win an iPad! Or an Alexa Echo! Or a $100 Amazon card... AND a stiggly prize!

It's Juicy Tuesday!
Good Morning Lovely,

As you are reading this I should be out in the garden getting ready to plant our VERY FIRST veggie patch! I am dancing on that funny invisible line between "absolutely excited" and "incredibly nervous" - the feeling of both is quite similar! I know, how hard can it be to lay down seeds right? But there is so much to learn and I want to get it right!
 
Massive hats off to my hubby Mike who built us four raised-bed-frames from scratch, with no prior carpentry experience! And they are so good! The University of Youtube rocks! It's really exciting to keep exercising the brain with all this new and good stuff - you CAN teach old dogs new tricks! I am looking forward to sharing photos later this summer of our harvests!


As I mentioned, next month marks the official 10th anniversary of Stiggly Holistics. A couple of things are brewing quietly underground and I'll keep you posted, but today I want to tell you about a beautiful charity my husband organizes - and a little Stiggly bonus to get you enthused!
If you know my husband Mike at all you will know he is a soccer enthusiast. Not just a spectator but a player too, and in the 20 years he's lived in New York City he's always played on local teams (despite serious injuries - he always goes back for more!) A massive part of this is the community aspect, and his "team" stretches far beyond the guys who play footy on a Wednesday night.

14 years ago, one of their team members and good friends, Luis Rojas, passed away. He was just 30 years old - taken far too soon! To honour Luis and celebrate this life, they formed The Rojas Foundation, and we're getting ready to celebrate their 14th annual fund-raising event. 

The Rojas Foundation speaks to me in so many ways. It's a federally approved not-for-profit organization which provides funding for professionally-run, after-school soccer training programs in non-privileged NYC public schools. 95% of all monies raised pays for coaches and equipment! (The remaining 5% goes to costs to run the program. There are no salaries - only hard working dedicated volunteers!They're currently working with PS345 in East Brooklyn, and JHS13 in Manhattan with a "goal" to expand into more schools should they generate enough revenue. Physical fitness, team camaraderie and of course somewhere to be during after-school hours are just the tip of the iceberg of benefits to such programs! Truly holistic education!
So where do you come in?
On Saturday June 3rd The Rojas Cup is hosting it's 14th annual tournament and this is where they make the majority of their money for the schools - through the event itself but most of all through the
raffles! There is a "night of" raffle with smaller prizes but also the big raffle which you can enter without being present (though you are also welcome to come to the evening party too!)  Just $5 gives you a really good shot at winning an iPad, or an Alexa Echo, or a $100 Amazon gift card...all while helping a bunch of cool city kids! $5 buys one ticket, $20 buys you five chances. We all love a gamble now and again, especially when the cause is so wonderful. 

So what about the Stiggly Bonus!?
To up-the-ante a little bit, everyone who buys Rojas raffle tickets through Stiggly Holistics will have their name thrown into yet another hat! I am going to do a little side-show raffle for no extra cost, and the winner of that will get a little Stiggly package with organic balms & herbal tea and another Stiggly surprise, to be revealed! When you go to the website to buy your raffle tickets, you will see a comment section where it invites you to "say something nice"  - just there right "Stiggly sent me" - and if you have any doubt, send me your confirmation! Then you will be entered into my raffle too! Woohoo! This will be the first of a few 10th anniversary Stiggly Raffles, so jump on board! You gotta be in it to win it! 

To buy raffle tickets go here!


To follow on FB visit the Luis Foundation Facebook page.

To let me know you have purchased, send your confirmation to holistichealthnyc@gmail.com and remember to write "stiggly sent me" in the comment section.

Please forward this email far and wide and let's make this the biggest fund-raising year thus far! 


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!

 

Monday
May222017

Hang out with me!

It's Juicy Tuesday!
Good Morning Lovely,
I hope your Tuesday is juicy and sweet thus far!
Another beautiful sunny spring day, the sky is brilliant blue, the new leaves are the sweetest fresh spring green and the birds are chirping loud and proud. Yesterday a blue jay was hanging out on the tree just next to our front window, hopping from branch to branch, very much distracting me from work and making me so happy. And thanks to all of you who were rooting for me to get to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardensto see my beloved bluebells - I made it and it was bliss! I also went to the Georgia O'Keeffe exhibit right next door at the Brooklyn Museum and I highly recommend it! 
The Spring Cleanse & Nourish class is just winding down - celebrating another beautiful and amazing group of people from around the world showing up for themselves and putting wellness first. It is always so wonderful to be part of such a group and I'm already getting excited for the next one. 
Next month Stiggly Holistics officially turns 10 years old! In my mind I have envisioned a grand party (lawn or loft!), a sparkly new website and "events" galore. In reality however, life is pretty busy, this is a one woman show, and that kind of planning really needs a team! So we may not have quite the pomp & circumstance my imagination dreamt up, but we will be celebrating little by little over the coming weeks and months!

We are working on renovating the website (slowly but surely, stolen moments here and there), we're getting ready to have an ANNIVERSARY SALE on Stiggly products, and there will be prizes! So watch this space. 

Meanwhile I really wanted to make sure you know all about all my hang-out spots in the ether, to be sure you don't miss any fun stuff in the near future.

Stiggly.com is where you can learn about upcoming classes and events ... (soon to be a better looking site again, it's in a bit of the scaffolding stages right now but it still works!) :)
SachaJonesCeremonies.com is where you can learn all about the work I do as a Lifecycle Celebrant. I am a wedding officiant and also offer ceremonies for all the various life cycle milestones, from birth to death. Have a little explore and learn more about this side of my business.
I really do love Instagram! I don't really share too much of my work-life over there, but I will be sharing some special offers and chances to win prizes, so go follow me now. I am a bit obsessed with photographing nature and street art, and sometimes the food that makes me happy.
Stiggly's Facebook page is here... and we are also building a Friends of Stiggly Facebook group to gather like minded wellness friends in between classes - and so you can "hear it here first"... come join us! Facebook isn't that great about putting regular posts through the feed, but the group is a great way around that problem and ensures you won't miss a trick, so come hang out.

I am on Twitter but I'm kinda rubbish at it. You will still see weekly posts, so if that's where you hang out, please follow me.

I would love to hang out with you in real life and hopefully we can clink a celebratory glass somewhere over the next few months, but meanwhile, lets hang out in cyberland!  
Thank you so so very much for supporting, reading, sharing, liking, loving, commenting and believing in me so I can still be here celebrating wellness and love 10 years later! 10 years!!! Eeee!  
Oh and I got so much great feed back last week from my Juicy Tuesday about getting started in home cooking.... thank you so much! I'm so glad it was inspiring. Here are a few recipes you might enjoy to get you started:

A healthy, easy to make, bread alternative here.

A springy herby frittata here (great for breakfast, lunch or dinner). 
PS Did you get a chance to read my latest article for Next Tribe, right here! Maybe a surprising reveal in there for some of you. Please care to leave kind comments in the comment section below the article. As well as my article on stress reducing foods might inform your menu planning, read here. More from me coming to Next Tribe soon.
 
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!
 
 

 

Tuesday
May162017

Juicy Tuesday: a short road to home cooking

All the way to home cooking
Good Morning Beautiful,
I hope your Tuesday is juicy and sweet thus far!
It's another beautiful spring day and the recent rains have really accentuated the greenery - everything is vibrant. My BBG bluebell pilgrimage last Friday was torrentially rained-off, but if all things go to plan I'll be heading that way tomorrow. (Happy sunshine dance and hope the bells are still blooming!
Last Friday my husband and I celebrated our first-date-iversary... it's been 13 years since we took a chance on each other and went to the see High Noon at the Film Forum. Seems at once like forever ago, and just yesterday. I still remember the butterflies that danced in my belly!
As milestones tend to have us doing, we started thinking about our early days. I was bartending 4 days a week when we first started going out. And though I was very health aware and tending to a sick belly, I hadn't yet enrolled in Integrative Nutrition School. Because of our busy schedules we ate dinner out ALL the time! Getting off work after 9pm lent itself very easily to that lifestyle, and then on my days off I guess I didn't feel so much in the mood for standing on my feet in the kitchen. On reflection, that sounds so funny to me because we are pretty much exclusive home-cooks at this point. And that's what I wanted to talk about today.

We'd been together about a year and a half when I started studying nutrition formally. One of the beautiful things about the school I attended, was that there was no "one-agenda" or "dogma" - they definitely did not teach "one size fits all".  Back-to-back we'd have teachers from completely opposite "camps" and schools of thought. It was fascinating, really, and was the beginning of my true understanding of bio-indivuality, and the fact that we have different needs at different times in our lives. I started to get really excited about the possibilities of healing - so many new ingredients, recipes and ways of eating & being to try out! And so little time!

A couple of months into my studies and we gave ourselves a challenge - "Next week we will eat at home every single night!" Seemed simple but what do you know? Every single night that week had some kind of distraction - an event, just being too tired, the shops were closed, I don't know, but we 100% failed our humble experiment!  As a student of wellness at the time it felt like a major bummer but we reflected and realized perhaps we'd set our selves up to fail - we went too big with our goal.

So the following week we said "This week we will prepare food at home at least once!"  So we did, and it was great. One day a week became two, then three... and before we knew it we were becoming regular home cooks. We didn't even really notice as the transition had been so gentle, but actually happened quite quickly, and one day we looked up and realized it had been a long time since we'd even been to a restaurant. (And these days it really is "once in a blue moon".)

I felt compelled to share this story because quite often people comment that "it's easy for me" to make food for myself, as if I am somehow more qualified, or tell me that old myth that it's cheaper to eat out for one person (it's really not, trust me). I am not a fancy chef, I don't like fussy recipes, and as much as I love being in the kitchen, I am not a fan of meal prep that takes ages. I really like simple food, clean & fresh flavours, with as few dishes to clean as possible. I love knowing exactly what I'm eating, with serving portions that are the right amount for my belly, and sometimes being able to set aside left-overs for the next day. I love eating in a conducive calm environment without worrying if someone needs my table, and without the music encouraging me to eat to the beat. I didn't study cooking at nutrition school - Mike and I just started playing around with ingredients I was learning about, or that looked interesting in the store, and later, whatever came home in that week's CSA. We had some "fails" and we had some lucky breaks. And cooking took longer then that it takes now. Baby steps were absolutely the way...practice makes better, it's just that simple. I can whip up a healthy meal in 5 minutes these days but that wasn't always the case.

All of the above has been so incredibly healing for my belly, whole body and soul - not to mention my bank account. Many of you are already really into preparing food at home and that's wonderful, but many more of you are still somewhat afraid of it, or just find it easier to dine out. But I encourage you to set yourself a small challenge. One day a week, or one day more often per week - make yourself food at home. It's a great way to save money, you can save landfills from packaging by bringing your own lunch, you'll be fully aware of what you are consuming and you may find yourself feeling better, having more energy... and the list goes on.

Pick an ingredient you fancy and spend a few moments on google to get a recipe you like, and be patient with yourself. Start with a meal you have time to mull over - breakfast lunch or dinner, maybe even a snack. Give yourself time, read the ingredient list fully before you go shopping and check your cupboards - smell your oils and herbs for freshness... and begin! Sure, if you've never cooked at home, setting up may cost you a bit extra (as you gather your nice healthy oils, salts, etc) but within a very short time your initial investments will have returned to you, and then some. Spring is a beautiful time to get your chef hat on with such lovely greens at the market (asparagus, ramps, fiddle heads, arugula, spinach, nettles) - so bon appetite! 
PS Did you get a chance to read my latest article for Next Tribe, right here! Maybe a surprising reveal in there for some of you. Please care to leave kind comments in the comment section below the article. And my article on stress reducing foods might inform your menu planning, read here.
 
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