Watermelon Slushee Recipe

This refreshing, vegan, drink is perfect for these last few days of summer!

Supplies

  1.  Watermelon Chunks
  2. Blender (I used a Nutribullet)
  3. Baking Sheet
  4. Wax Paper
  5. Water

Instructions

  1. Cut up 1/4 of a watermelon (or as much as you want) into small chunks.
  2. Place chunks of watermelon an a wax paper-lined baking sheet and stick in freezer over night.
  3. In the morning, scrape off chunks and place in blender with as much water as you want. The more water you add, the less icy the drink will be. I added about a 1/4 of a cup and it had a smooth, creamy, icy texture I was able to drink it through a straw.
  4. ENJOY!

May peace, joy, love, and gratitude be with you always.

 

 

Simplify Your Life: 100 Ways To Slow Down And Enjoy The Things That Matter – For The College Student #7

Hi! So, if you have read my “about me”, then you would know that I am a college student, starting my second year this fall majoring in dietetics! At the beginning of this year, I made a resolution to myself to be more minimalistic, natural, simplistic, and healthy. So far, I seem to be meeting these goals and have wanted to share my journey with others to hopefully inspire and motivate people to do the same!

Anyways, I just finished reading this book I picked up at Book Exchange when I was at Virginia Beach a few weeks ago. The author, Elaine St. James, provides tips and solutions on how to live a more simplistic life. While every tip is extraordinarily helpful, only a few applied to me, currently being a college student. I decided to pick out 10 of the ones I have tried and experienced and thought they would benefit others as well!

#7 Learn Yoga

This is by far my favorite suggestion out of all of them. Yoga by its self, or in combination with some form of meditation will for sure help create a simpler, well balanced, stress free lifestyle.

Yoga does not discriminate. It is for all sizes, genders, and ages. Some benefits of yoga include strengthening, firming, and shaping the body as well as silencing the mind (my fave). There are numerous ways to do yoga whether it is in the comfort of your own home watching a YouTube video, at a local fitness center, yoga studio, or at your university’s recreational center like I do. I love yoga so much, even though I’m not that great at it. I’m taking it as a college class this semester as a way to force myself to stay stress and worry free.

In my opinion, I would suggest taking a yoga class where you will be able to meet people and potentially make some friends who will be motivating and beneficial in your simplistic lifestyle journey. Taking a class can also just be a way for you to have that alone time with yourself and get you out of the house or dorm room for a while. But, if you do not want to take that leap for whatever reason, I would recommend Yoga With Adriene on YouTube (link down below). She has a beginners yoga series which is composed of 31 days/31 videos, yoga for weight loss, yoga for healing, 10-15 min. videos, 20-25 min. videos, what ever you want to start off with!

You will feel so much calmer, more limber and be ready to tackle the world…I promise. Try it out and let me know how it goes!

Yoga With Adriene: https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene

May peace, joy, love, and gratitude be with you always.

 

 

 

 

Primal Pit Paste: Natural Deodorant Review

So, if you have not read my post about choosing natural deodorant and why you should make the transition into using it- you should do that first. Once you have done that, start reading!

I just got home from a 5 day camping trip with my family and boyfriend and thought,  “What better time to test/review the Primal Pit Paste Natural Deodorant?” When I’m at my sweatiest and smelliest.

First, let me tell you a little bit about this deodorant…

The one I have is 2oz, lavender scented with essential oils, works up to 24 hours, neutralizes odor, is aluminum, phthalate, and paraben free, and its vegan! To apply, I followed the directions on the container which was to rub a pea sized amount into each pit…easy enough. A little goes along way and per container,each pit gets 120+ pea-sized uses (just do not apply on broken skin.)

Now to get in to my review of this stuff…I LOVE IT. The smell, the texture, the way it absorbs into my skin, everything. It is wonderful if you are looking for something that will last you a long time and keep you smelling good and keep you calm throughout your day (the lavender oils).

When camping, we decided to go on a little hike to a waterfall. When we got back, my boyfriend and I went on a bike ride. Once the bike ride was over, he said that he was going to take a shower because he was sweaty and smelly. I was sweaty too, but  he made the comment that I never smell of B.O or of sweat…. Call me crazy, but I believe its because of the deodorant (or he was just being nice). Overall, if you are making the transition into natural deodorant for a more simplistic, healthy, minimal lifestyle, try this one out first. It won’t let you down.

I purchased this container at Kroger for about $8.00 in the organic food section. Although it is tiny, I know it will last me a long while if I stick to the “pea-sized amount” rule.

Let me know if you like it!

May peace, joy, love, and gratitude be with you always.

 

Simplify Your Life: 100 Ways To Slow Down And Enjoy The Things That Matter – For The College Student #6

Hi! So, if you have read my “about me”, then you would know that I am a college student, starting my second year this fall majoring in dietetics! At the beginning of this year, I made a resolution to myself to be more minimalistic, natural, simplistic, and healthy. So far, I seem to be meeting these goals and have wanted to share my journey with others to hopefully inspire and motivate people to do the same!

Anyways, I just finished reading this book I picked up at Book Exchange when I was at Virginia Beach a few weeks ago. The author, Elaine St. James, provides tips and solutions on how to live a more simplistic life. While every tip is extraordinarily helpful, only a few applied to me, currently being a college student. I decided to pick out 10 of the ones I have tried and experienced and thought they would benefit others as well!

#6 Wake Up An Hour Earlier

Imagine how nice it would be if you had an extra hour in the morning to do somethings you’ve been wanting to do like take a walk, go to the gym, read your Bible, meditate, do yoga, or just establish a morning routine in general. Adding an extra hour to your day aside from school, work, and studying is a great way to relieve, as well as prevent, stress and gives yourself a little bit more time to your day to do something meaningful.

Although this is easier said than done, it will add value, richness, peace, and a sense of calmness to your day and give you a new start of simplicity. If you aren’t a morning person like me, try getting up earlier just one day out of the week, then add another day the next week. Once you’ve added every day, you can then start establishing a morning routine that is best for you and your life!

This is something I encourage you to try if you are wanting to have a more simplistic and relaxed lifestyle. It will definitely boost your mood and energy levels!

May peace, joy, love, and gratitude be with you always.

 

 

Simplify Your Life: 100 Reasons To Slow Down And Enjoy The Things That Matter – For The College Student #5

Hi! So, if you have read my “about me”, then you would know that I am a college student, starting my second year this fall majoring in dietetics! At the beginning of this year, I made a resolution to myself to be more minimalistic, natural, simplistic, and healthy. So far, I seem to be meeting these goals and have wanted to share my journey with others to hopefully inspire and motivate people to do the same!

Anyways, I just finished reading this book I picked up at Book Exchange when I was at Virginia Beach a few weeks ago. The author, Elaine St. James, provides tips and solutions on how to live a more simplistic life. While every tip is extraordinarily helpful, only a few applied to me, currently being a college student. I decided to pick out 10 of the ones I have tried and experienced and thought they would benefit others as well!

#5 Make Water Your Drink Of Choice

Never drink your calories! (unless its like a smoothie or pressed juice every now and then). If you were to substitute water for pop, diet pop, alcoholic beverages, milk, carbonated fruit drinks, or sweetened teas, you could easily lose 15 pounds in a year.

If you are use to drinking all of the above, water could be a struggle to swallow but there are many tricks and ways to spruce it up and make sure you are staying hydrated!

Hint: “Remember that coffee, energy drinks, and carbonated drinks are highly addictive so you will need to brace yourself for the physical and psychological effects accordingly. Even if you are not a heavy coffee drinker, quitting cold turkey can sometimes cause severe withdraw symptoms such as headaches, depression, and nausea. Start by cutting back by half for the first week, then by a quarter the second week, and by the third week you should be able to quit altogether with out adverse effects.”

The first thing I would recommend when trying to drink more water is to get your self a cute water bottle. I personally have a water bottle obsession, I really need to downsize my collection, but from my experience, having a cute or pretty water bottle will force you to drink more water through out your day, mainly because you’ll want to show it off… It might even encourage you to work out!

I know water can be boring, so my next tip would be to add fruits and herbs. I love putting blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, cucumbers, and lemons in my water as well as mint and lemon leaves! This is an easy way to drink your water and get some fruit in your diet at the same time…plus it tastes great and is refreshing!

The benefits of drinking water are endless but my favorites include clear skin, healthy hair, and that it is hydrating. Hydration is so important, especially as a college student running to and fro from class and working out.

Drink when you’re bored or “hungry”. Sometimes, when I feel like I am getting hungry, half of the time I’m just thirsty. Your body can trick you into thinking it is hungry when in fact, you just need water. I suggest drinking a glass of water before each meal to avoid over eating while staying hydrated. Also, when ever your body begins telling you that it is thirsty, that’s the time when you are starting to become dehydrated, so, you should be drinking water throughout your day to avoid this common issue!

I hope changing up your drink of choice will help you have a simpler and hydrated lifestyle while also saving money! (restaurants can charge a fortune for soft drinks and teas whereas water is mostly free…you even could start bringing your new cute water bottle out to eat!)

May peace, joy, love, and gratitude be with you always.

 

Simplify Your Life: 100 Reasons To Slow Down And Enjoy The Things That Matter – For The College Student #4

Hi! So, if you have read my “about me”, then you would know that I am a college student, starting my second year this fall majoring in dietetics! At the beginning of this year, I made a resolution to myself to be more minimalistic, natural, simplistic, and healthy. So far, I seem to be meeting these goals and have wanted to share my journey with others to hopefully inspire and motivate people to do the same!

Anyways, I just finished reading this book I picked up at Book Exchange when I was at Virginia Beach a few weeks ago. The author, Elaine St. James, provides tips and solutions on how to live a more simplistic life. While every tip is extraordinarily helpful, only a few applied to me, currently being a college student. I decided to pick out 10 of the ones I have tried and experienced and thought they would benefit others as well!

#4.) Simplify Your Eating Habits

This might come easy to some and difficult to others whether a college student or not, but it is something I think is important when transitioning into a simple, stress free, healthy lifestyle. In order to do this in the simplest way possible, make your diet one that is filled with simple foods, quick meals that are nutrient dense and healthy, (such as fruits, veggies, whole grains…you know the drill), and stray away from sugary and whipped fruit concoctions and vegetables swimming in gravy and cheese sauces. Also, cut back on red meats and processed foods- I know this can be a tough one since everything now days seems to be able to last years and contains thousands of preservatives, but just do the best you can! Your body will thank you.

I’m not perfect, and even as a Dietetics student, I EAT SWEETS- shocker…I know. There is this thing I like to call balance. Just because you are eating simple meals made up of simple ingredients does not mean you are restricting yourself and “dieting”. You are creating a lifestyle change of, well, simplicity. Life is too short to not enjoy the things you love to eat, just remember to do so in moderation. I mean, I work at Dairy Queen and sometimes its hard for me to resist the ice cream temptation every time I go to work, but I make a rule for myself. I limit and have balance. Maybe if I ate really good that week and I’m going out for a walk that evening I’ll allow myself a little treat, or just limit myself to eating it once a month.

The more simple foods you incorporate the more simple your mind, life, and environment will be. Take it one step at a time and remember to have balance when it comes to the “non-simple” foods you love, or try to remake them healthier!

I hope you give this tip a try and be one step closer in creating a simpler lifestyle for yourself.

May peace, joy, love, and gratitude be with you always.

How And Why: Transitioning To Natural Deodorant

When you first decide to make a life style change, whether it be changing your hair, loosing weight, eating healthier, becoming a minimalist, etc; it is best to start with small steps.

What inspired me to use more natural products, in this case deodorantis the simple fact that I do not want chemicals coming near my body or on my body. This same rule should also apply to foods we eat (we’ll get to that another time).

Just follow this simple rule: “if you can’t pronounce the ingredients, don’t use/eat it”.

I am no scientist or chemist, but I do my research and come to my own conclusions, and this is some of what I have found to be true… Antiperspirants and deodorants contain chemicals known endocrine disruptors – such as parabens. (listed under the names butylparaben, isobutylparaben, and propylparaben). As a woman, the main fact that made me make the transition was that aluminum compounds are used in deodorants. They end up blocking the sweat ducts. The aluminum compounds have been found to act like estrogen, which furthers the growth of breast cancer cells. Brest cancer runs in my family and the last thing I wanted to do was encourage it!

Many deodorants can be irritating to the skin and where some people think sweating and having “pit stains” is disgusting- its natural and should happen….Sweating is healthy and you shouldn’t feel obligated to use a chemically filled antiperspirant that clogs your underarm pores to eliminate it.

This might come as a surprise, but depending on your diet, some people might not even need deodorant. If you tend to be excessively sweaty and smelly in the pit area, take a look at your diet. Are you consuming a lot of caffeine (like me), alcohol, garlic, spicy foods, and processed and sugary snacks? If so, try eliminating these and replacing them with water dense foods such as cucumbers and celery, it may help!

There are tons of natural deodorant recipes if you are feeling DIY-ish, but as of late, I would recommend Toms of Maine and Primal Pit Paste (review to come soon). They both are filled with essential oils, vitamin E (which is good for the skin), last up to 24 hours, are aluminum free, and are on the more affordable side of the price spectrum. Toms of Main is priced at about $4-$5 and Primal Pit Paste (it has 120 uses for each pit) is $8-$9. I get both of them at my local Kroger found in the organic food section.

I encourage you to stop using your Suave and Arm and Hammer deodorants as soon as possible and make this small transition to a more simplistic and healthy lifestyle. Your armpits will thank you….

May peace, joy, love, and gratitude be with you always.