Happiness (and Longevity) is a Cup of Coffee

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Another reason to love that daily cup of coffee, without the guilt.  You’ll live longer (maybe). We’ve all heard of all the health benefits but now studies are showing drinking coffee can extend your life.

Yes, coffee’s acidic and too much can give you jitters.  But, in moderation it can lead to creativity, inspiration and happiness (ok -maybe a little exaggeration).

I listened to NPR on the way to work the other day and this recent research on the coffee/longevity correlation was music to my ears.  Click here to read the article or listen to the story.  Obviously, we all react differently to coffee and there are other factors leading to longevity but the pros certainly seem to outweigh the cons.

So, get up… make coffee… drink coffee…and make more coffee 🙂

 

Be Well,

Nicole

Ps.  A few of my favorite roasters: 

Honey + Vinegar = Natural Detox

Did you know that honey and vinegar have been used together since 5th century BC?  It’s been noted that Hippocrates, father of medicine, used this combo for its health properties.  Why, might you ask?  Vinegar is good for the body; scientific studies have demonstrated that it helps curb the appetite, balance the system and it also has antimicrobial properties. IMG_6525

You’ve probably heard that tea has health benefits as well…it contains polyphenols which vinegar also contains.  Additional scientific studies have concluded that polyphenols reduce the risk of illness.  Pretty cool. A Simple Health Tonic

  1. Water
  2. 1 teaspoon Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar
  3. 1 teaspoon Raw, unprocessed honey

I like to add the vinegar to a small glass of water, and drink slowly as I eat the honey from the spoon in between sips.  You could add the honey to the water & vinegar if you prefer. This is an acquired taste, so be patient and give it time to adjust.  Also, don’t overdo it with the vinegar as it could upset your stomach.  A little goes a long way.  🙂 Be Well, Nicole

Life’s Ups & Downs

I’ve been struggling a bit lately because things haven’t been working out the way I had planned.  But, that is life.. right?  I think the more we resist life’s disappointments, the more it shows up in our lives.  I’m learning that when doors close, new ones open and that’s truly a blessing in disguise.  Setbacks only make us stronger and bring new light into our lives.  It doesn’t mean it’ll be fun. Sometimes it’s downright painful.  Excruciating.  So much, that you just want to jump in a plane and go somewhere warm (or cold) and forget about your troubles.

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We’re all in this journey together and it’s amazing how our paths cross for a reason and how we are here to learn from each other and grow.

I think the biggest obstacle I tend to have is fear.  Fear of pretty much everything.. parenthood, relationships and the list goes on and on.  So, what helps me is to work through those feelings by practicing yoga, writing, talking to those I trust and just doing my best to let go.   Letting go of fear involves courage and choosing to take the leap when my intuition tells me it’s time.  That, and slowly getting rid of every toxic relationship and being extremely selective about who I let into my life.  Positivity is so very contagious; it’s a beautiful thing.

One of my favorite motivational authors, Dr. Wayne Dyer, quoted “Most stress in our lives results from hanging on to beliefs that keep us striving for more, because ego stubbornly believes we need it.”  This is so true, I find myself wanting to accomplish more, earn more money, be in better shape, etc.  I don’t need any of these things and you don’t either.  There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be successful or look great but these things shouldn’t be ego-driven.  This is definitely the case in my situation – my ego gets in the way because of fear/insecurity and the inability to let go at times.  I think we’ve all been there; it’s human nature to be ego-driven sometimes.  Striving to detach from ego is a work in progress, for sure.

One of my favorite books on this topic is the classic “Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway.”  I have this book and pull it out from time to time to remind myself that I can handle whatever comes my way, just like author Susan Jeffers preaches.

In the end though, we need people to help us push through our struggles.  And, they are there for us when we need them as long we our hearts are open 🙂

Be Well,

~Nicole

Happy Holidays

DSC_0478Whether you celebrate the holidays or not, this post is for YOU.  You’re special, amazing and a gift to this world.  I wish you a very happy holiday.  Thank you for supporting me and for taking the time to read my blog.  I wish you and your loved ones a healthy, happy and amazing remainder of the year.

Love and (lots of) blessings,

Nicole

Buh-Bye Winter Blues

DSC_0422Like many people  I get a major case of the winter blues every year.  Growing up in Ohio acclimated me to the cold weather but I never got used to winter’s shorter days and lack of sunshine.  I’m a nature lover and being outside makes me happy.  I’ve dedicated this post to sharing some tips that help me get through this time of the year.  Instead of overindulging in every way possible to drown out the winter blues, read on for some healthier ways to carry you through to next spring.

How to Cope?  According to the sister science of yoga (Ayurveda), this is the time of the year that we should ground ourselves and feel centered.  As our bodies continue to adjust to the changing seasons and less sunlight, it’s not easy to feel centered.  Add the stress of the holiday season into the mix and before you know it, you’re feeling run down and maybe even a little depressed.

What to Do?  Try meditation; you don’t actually have to be seated to do this.  It could be anywhere, just breathe deeply and be in the moment.  Put the phone away and enjoy wherever you are.   Embrace that moment, and continue to breathe.  You can do this anytime throughout the day and it doesn’t cost a thing.   Also, drink lots of water (as much as you would in the summer) and replace negative thoughts with positive ones.  This is a great time to focus on what you do have and are grateful for.  Focus on what’s important to you in life and invest in that.  Invest in hobbies and relationships that nourish your soul.  These are just a few ways to stay grounded through the winter season and I hope they help you too!

Be well,

Nicole