Vegan Magazine: Meet Joanne Rose, Maui Wellness Coach

Joanne Rose

Joanne was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia and lived in Los Angeles for over 20 years but in 2018 big city life no longer appealed to her, so she gave up the city for simplicity by moving to Maui, Hawaii. She says it was the best decision she ever made because she wakes up everyday to endless sunshine, the fragrance of plumerias, lush green nature, and pristine beaches.  She believes nature is a great teacher and healer and she has been vegan since 1994.

When she was living in LA as a screenwriter, she was told that in order to be a successful screenwriter, she would need to write 4-5 screenplays per year. But to her, creativity can’t be forced, so now she writes when she feels like it. She formed her own production company so she could write strong roles for women. She says she loves to write all-female comedies for fellow Gen X women.

Vegan Vision Productions was the first Los Angeles film production company she started in 2008, which focuses on web series and unscripted programs for TV. She opened her second production company Sweetest Pit Bull Productions in 2015, which focuses on female-driven comedies and options for film books.

The very first show she wrote, produced and performed in, was the multi-award winning sketch comedy web series, Vegan 101. The series launched online in 2009 and ran for 3 Seasons, ending in 2012. Season 2 guest-starred Oscar-nominated actor, Eric Roberts with music by Keaton Simons.

Her TV pilot script, Life of Groupies, won an award as an official finalist at the 2014 Hollywood Screenplay Contest and 2014 Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest. She also wrote a romantic-comedy feature film called You Had Me At Aloha™ which was a 2017 Screenplay Award-Winner at the Honolulu Film Awards.

Joanne had visited Maui a few times before she made the decision to move. She says that being a natural born city girl, adjusting to island life wasn’t easy. She still had many city girl traits and expectations and couldn’t get her head around the slower pace. She used her time to meditate more, connect with nature and slow down. She says it was like shedding the ego and reconnecting to her authentic self.

Now she helps women transform themselves to create a life of freedom, fulfillment, and happiness. As a wellness coach, she wants to make a difference.

She works with clients to achieve optimal health by providing support that will positively transform your life through positive psychology, improving your mindset, discovering your strengths, goal-setting and developing strategies to overcome obstacles.

When it comes to wellness, she says we need to look at a holistic approach through the mind-body connection. Good nutrition can improve mental health. A whole food plant-based lifestyle is good for your mood, heart, and increases blood flow to the brain. Joanne has been vegan since 1994 and can help people smoothly transition to plant-based foods, so you can nourish your body and thrive.

Each of her coaching sessions is tailored to your goals and vision to help you flourish and live your best life ever because now is all there is. You’ll be given the necessary tools to help restore your mind, body, and spirit to become the best version of yourself.

Many people from all over the world visit to Maui to heal. Healing comes from the earth, the water, the people and the surroundings. For those who come to Hawaii, the ocean “calls” to them and helps them heal.

Joanne offers one-on-one coaching in-person, Skype or phone, so no matter where you are, she can help you on your journey.

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This interview originally appeared in Vegan Magazine

5 Key Elements To Increase Wellbeing

Positive Psychology was first introduced at the turn of the century and was founded by a man called Dr. Martin Seligman who set out to focus on what contributed to people’s happiness or wellbeing, rather than focusing only on how to “fix” mental illness after it had occurred. Dr. Seligman pioneered the view that optimists would fare much better than pessimists in many areas of life including handling stress, physical health and general wellbeing. He identified 5 key elements to increase wellbeing:

  • Positive emotions
  • Engagement
  • Positive Relationships
  • Meaning
  • Achievement

POSITIVE EMOTIONS

Barbara Fredrickson (2009) has done extensive research and found that these ten emotions color people’s day to day lives the most with love heading the list of the most frequently experienced form of positivity.

  • Joy
  • Gratitude
  • Serenity
  • Interest
  • Hope
  • Pride
  • Amusement
  • Inspiration
  • Awe
  • Love

ENGAGEMENT

Being deeply engaged in our lives will foster feelings of satisfaction and wellbeing, just as being disengaged will produce the opposite. The concept of “flow” has been studied extensively by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (1990) and he has found that spending time doing something that produces the following state is greatly beneficial to our mental and physical health:

  • We are totally absorbed in the activity
  • We are not aware of time passing
  • We are challenged to the right extent – not too much, not too little
  • We have a sense that we would like to do the activity again when we stop

POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS

Having people who care about us, who listen to us and support is crucial to our chances of experiencing life satisfaction. Forging bonds with people is what we are hard-wired to do, yet in today’s busy world, relationships are often one of the first things to be neglected.

MEANING

How we find meaning in the world defines our identity. Once we lose this sense of meaning we can flounder and feel insecure about our reason for being. Making sense of our world is essential and often big changes can throw this out of the window and put us in a temporary state of insecurity and even depression. Finding meaning is one of the most profound and challenging issues we can face as individuals as it requires a great deal of self-awareness and introspection, questioning our values, our deepest dreams and our sense of purpose.

ACCOMPLISHMENT

Having something to work towards and the opportunity to feel the satisfaction that comes with having achieved whatever goal we have set for ourselves is an important part of wellbeing. This is just a short introduction to the area of Positive Psychology with the main aim of introducing the reader to a world of resources and research that show what factors can help us thrive.

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How To Change Your Negative Thoughts

When it comes to distorted thinking styles, they’re not only common, they’re also human. Dr. Araron Beck’s theory of cognitive therapy first recorded these and Dr. David D. Burns refined them further. 

Distorted Thinking Styles

  • All or nothing – everything is black or white. Right or wrong. Perfect or a failure.
  • Mental Filtering – looking at the world through pessimistic frame, filtering out all the positive aspects of a situation.
  • Over-generalisation forming a general conclusion based on one piece of information: “You’re always wrong.” One negative event is part of an endless pattern.
  • Being right – feeling we must always prove that what we think, do or say is right.
  • Blaming – holding other people responsible for the pain or unhappiness you are feeling.
  • Disqualifying the positive – unable or unwilling to accept a compliment.
  • Jumping to conclusions – drawing negative conclusions without checking to see if they have any foundation.
  • Magnification or minimization – catastrophizing the unpleasant problems or mistakes and minimising anything that might make you feel good.
  • “Shoulds” and “musts” believing they are backed up by some universal law.
  • Martyr syndrome – all your “giving” and self-sacrifice should pay off and you become bitter when it doesn’t.
  • Emotional reasoning – making our feelings become who we are. “I feel inferior so therefore I must be.”
  • Personalization – blaming yourself for something that was largely out of your control.

Thought Stopping

If we can replace these irrational thoughts that occur repetitively and endlessly, we can then look more realistically at our lives. Cognitive restructuring techniques may sound overly complicated but they are really quite simple. First, we must catch ourselves when thinking negative thoughts.

  • Find a rubber band to fit on your wrist that is loose enough to be comfortable.
  • Each time you catch yourself in a negative thought (around what is about to happen, what is happening or what has happened) flick the band on your wrist, as a reminder.
  • Create a picture in your mind of a STOP SIGN in front of you, which will help you stop unwanted thoughts. It will take practice, but with time your brain will do this on its own.
  • Make yourself aware that you are having unwanted thoughts by saying to yourself, “I’m having the thought that…”. This reminds you that these are only thoughts, not something that will happen.

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How To Reconnect With Nature & Yourself

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better” – Albert Einstein 

The gifts of nature are abundant, offering us freedom and connection to boost our mental health and physical wellbeing. In fact, time spent in nature expands the mind and sharpens thinking.

One of the lessons we can learn from nature is that there is no such thing as perfection, so why do we command perfection from ourselves? No tree or flower is perfect but we accept them as they are. Basking in the beauty of nature, allows us to take the pressure off ourselves and maintain our present moment awareness.

Getting away from high-rise buildings, technology and noise pollution on a regular basis makes you happier, calmer and more grounded. It also has a significant impact on reducing stress and anxiety, while increasing creativity. When we get out in nature, we find a natural rhythm with our surroundings as time slows down. Next time you’re out in nature, allow yourself to be guided by the sun rising and setting. 

How To Reconnect With Nature & Yourself

  • Buy a plant for your desk
  • Watch a sunrise or sunset
  • Plant your own garden or a community garden
  • Have a picnic in the park
  • Go for a hike and listen to the sounds of nature
  • Take vacations in nature 
  • Do yoga on the beach
  • Look up at the stars 
  • Meditate by the ocean
  • Relax on a park bench with an inspiring book
  • Take a mindful walk in the park and notice the vibrancy of colors and textures
  • Hug a tree
  • Bird watch
  • Walk barefoot on the grass 

Nature is free and gives us the space to let go of our ruminating thoughts and reconnect with ourselves.

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How To Heal Your Body With Whole Foods

Every day we make choices that will either support or worsen our health and wellbeing. The food you eat today impacts how you’ll live tomorrow. Food is supposed to be nourishing and pleasurable. Every time you eat, it’s an act of self-care but everything you put into your body is a choice you make and will have a direct impact on your mood, energy and health.

While eating on the go can seem like a time saver for busy people, it can actually have a detrimental effect on your digestive system leading to an upset stomach, heartburn, nausea, constipation or diarrhea. A healthy gut is the foundation for optimal health and wellbeing.

Thankfully a whole food plant-based diet helps your body receive the right nutrition through adsorption, digestion and elimination.

By adding a few small changes one step at a time, you can help improve your health right now. Start by replacing unhealthy foods with healthy whole food alternatives.

13 Healthy Food Swaps

  • Avocado or apple sauce instead of butter
  • Whole fruit instead of juice or smoothie
  • Plant milk instead of dairy
  • Cinnamon instead of sugar
  • Veggie bowls instead of burritos
  • Garden salad with walnuts instead of fries
  • Popcorn (plain)  instead of chips
  • Trail mix instead of candy
  • Brown rice or quinoa instead of white rice
  • Almond yogurt (unsweetened) instead of Greek yogurt
  • Frozen bananas instead of ice-cream
  • Cacao instead of cocoa
  • Energy balls instead of cookies

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The Fit Student: Keeping Active While Studying Hard

If being a college student isn’t hard enough these days, wondering how to find time to workout in college, can feel like a difficult task in itself. Having to dedicate countless hours a week to classes, homework, studying, exams, extracurricular activities and perhaps even a part-time job – doesn’t give you much room in terms of how to find time to workout in college. Just the idea of having another thing on your plate is enough to make you want to stay home and order take-out instead.

One of the reasons why a lot of students find it difficult to balance school and exercise is because they don’t know where to start. By trying these useful tips and tools, you’ll never have to wonder “how to fit in exercise with school” again. Having a busy schedule workout plan that you can turn to at anytime, makes life a little easier no matter how busy you are.

How Do I Fit Exercise Into My Schedule?

If you’re fortunate enough to have a gym on campus, make the most of it. It’ll save you time and money. Whether its lifting weights, running on the treadmill or hitting up a punching bag, there is something for every type of workout at the college gym. Students who are motivated by exercise tend to have better time management skills too.

You can also find out if your college offers any free or discounted fitness classes and take as many as you can. Most college gyms will offer a variety of options, ranging from karate and kickboxing to yoga. Having a fitness class in your schedule will encourage you to visit the gym more regularly.

Look for recreation center bulletin boards, which often include flyers for anyone who wants to join cycling clubs, swim teams or rock-climbing crews.

Try taking a walk or bike to classes and around campus. During a study session, take a break every 30 minutes to walk a few laps around the library or climb a set of stairs in your building.

How Do I Exercise Everyday?

It is recommended that healthy adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate activity per week. You’ll get there by exercising for just 30 minutes a day, 5 times a week. Add some fun into your workout time by listening to your favorite podcasts or audiobooks. By making your workouts something you’ll actually look forward to doing, you’ll be more likely to do them.

If your schedule simply won’t allow you to join a sport’s team or visit the gym, consider using your dorm room. Clear a spot on the floor for jogging on the spot, doing jumping jacks, or for strength training exercises such as chair dips, push-ups, squats and lunges – next time you’re watching Netflix. That way you’ll look forward to exercising at the end of a long day or make it a great way to kick-start your morning.

There are many great fitness apps available on the market today with a workout plan for everyone. Look for apps with a personalized workout that allows you to set how long you want to exercise. Then follow the video trainer shown onscreen and start working out. It’s great for someone looking for variety in his or her workout routine. Most of the workouts don’t require equipment but offer countless different exercises. They’re great for full-body workouts too, since you can look for ones that offer strength, cardio, stretching, and yoga.

How Do You Incorporate Fitness In Your Life?

It’s important to make sure you find an exercise routine that you’ll actually look forward to doing everyday. But first you’ll need to schedule it. Once you put it on the calendar, all you have to do is make sure your workout is enjoyable enough that you’ll want to it, or social enough that you have a reason to go. Before you know it, you’ll wonder why you didn’t find the time to exercise sooner.

Use the weekend to schedule longer workouts. We often have more time on the weekends and more energy.

You may want to consider joining your college’s Ultimate Frisbee team, which is a great way to meet new people and get a full body workout. You will be working your legs and hips by squatting, throwing and jumping to catch a frisbee. While there is a lot of legwork, your arms will feel it too, especially if you play a handler role in offense.

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3 Healthy Travel Hacks For Women

No More Airplane Nausea

Nothing says vacation buzz kill quite like feeling nauseas on an airplane and especially during a long-haul flight. If motion sickness meds aren’t your thing, I’ve got the next best thing that is sure to keep you calm and relaxed during your flight minus the drowsiness. I knew you’d be excited.

It is well known that peppermint essential oil is one of nature’s healing gifts -giving a cooling sensation and having a calming effect on the body to reduce stress, mental exhaustion and depression. It is also recommended for its anti nausea benefits, which makes it ideal for motion sickness.

Even with restrictions placed on carrying liquids on the plane, the easiest way to take aromatherapy with you on-board a flight is to just take essential oils that have already been absorbed into a tissue, handkerchief, and cotton ball or roll on essential oils. Since there isn’t any restrictions for the amount of liquid packed in a checked bag, you can still take your oils with you to have after you land.

Try condensing liquids in order to maximize the variety of liquid items you can carry with you. Place essential oils in smaller 5ml glass vials. Like peppermint, ginger and spearmint can also be applied to pressure points, rubbed gently over the stomach and intestinal area to bring relief for nausea.

Do Free Activities 

They say the best things in life are free, and for every fun-loving traveller out there, it’s an idea worth keeping in mind. Imagine seeing famous paintings, entertaining your kids with activities, going for a hike while overlooking waterfalls and seeing gorgeous views of sunset from the mountain. Now imagine doing it all for free. For free? That’s right!

Tourism websites are an awesome way to seek out free sights, events and activities happening in and around town. Try taking a walking tour and get a free history lesson at the same time; go to a music festival in the park; stop by cultural center; check out a farmer’s market; sample local food; stroll through the botanical garden or visit a museum. It’s a fun way to navigate your way through a new city and see all kinds of cool things you wouldn’t usually see if you were sitting on a tour bus or on an airplane. 

Healthy Instant Airplane Breakfast Ideas

The worst thing about flights is without doubt, the food. Airline food is jam-packed with 20-30% more sugar and salt to bring out the flavor. Calories in airplane meals are pretty high – between 255 and 360 per food item. 

Whether you’re sitting in first class or coach, all the food comes from the same place: An industrial kitchen near the airport, where it’s cooked before departure and then reheated on board. Usually the meals are made between 12 and 72 hours in advance. It’s enough to make your stomach churn.

Why not take your own breakfast and make it a healthy one? Put some quinoa flakes in a baggie along with your favorite toppings (dried fruit and nuts). During the meal service, ask your flight attendant for hot water and prepare your healthy breakfast in a coffee cup. You can also take a spread like almond butter and some rice cakes. People tend to eat out of boredom and especially on long-haul flights. Plan ahead of time so you’ll be prepared to reach for something healthy when hunger strikes. By the time you reach your destination, you will feel better for it. It’s time to leave those nasty sky-high-calories behind.

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How to Work Out With A Busy Schedule

These days, finding the time to exercise for a busy person can be a challenge. With so many work demands and family responsibilities, the thought of having to go to the gym can feel like just another thing on your to-do list.

While it seems like everyone and everything needs your attention, truthfully nothing needs your attention for every single minute of every day. What if you could find easy and enjoyable ways to incorporate exercise as part of your important me-time? There’s no need to limit your idea of exercise to just going to the gym. It’s important to carve out special time for yourself. When you put yourself first, you maintain both your mental and physical health, giving you more energy and enthusiasm in other areas of your life.

It’s easy to feel motivated about the idea of exercising but when it comes to the crunch, we often lose motivation when we try to do too much too soon. What’s most important for motivation is accomplishing and completing a task on a consistent basis, not the size of the task itself.

Let’s consider breaking it down into achievable steps so that you can find fun ways to include more movement and exercise into your busy schedule to get your heart pumping and muscles working everyday, no matter how busy life gets.

How Do I Fit Exercise Into My Schedule?

While you don’t need an hour or even half an hour a day to lose weight or get into great shape, doing 15-20 minutes of exercise a day may be enough exercise for a busy person.

Going for a walk around the neighborhood, not only burns calories but the fresh air and sunshine are mood boosters as well. It’s okay to break things up. Try doing two 10-minute walks. Walk over to co-workers, rather than phoning or sending an email or IM. Take a walk during your coffee and lunch breaks. Walk while you’re talking on the phone. Bike to work, get off your bus or train a few stops earlier, or park the car further away to extend your walking time.

 How Do I Exercise Everyday?

A little exercise is better than nothing. In fact, adding just modest amounts of physical activity to your weekly routine is all it takes.

Expecting too much only leads to frustration. Try not to be discouraged by what you can’t do or how far you have to go to reach your fitness goals. Instead of worrying over results, the key is to focus on consistency.

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8 Tips For Staying On Track With Your Fitness Goals

Trying to stay on track with your new fitness goals can often prove to be a little challenging. Changing existing habits or adopting a new lifestyle isn’t something that magically happens overnight. The good news is there are several proven techniques that’ll help you achieve your fitness goals and get lasting results.

Every day is a new day to make good choices. The trick is establishing a plan like having a monthly wellness calendar and sticking to it.

Here are 8 tips to staying on track with your fitness goals to ensure you have everything at your fingertips.

Develop A Positive Attitude

A positive attitude is key. Even if you’re tired or stressed, unless you are physically incapable of moving due to medical reasons, remind yourself that sticking to a healthy lifestyle has a ripple effect. You’ll sleep better when you eat better and by eating better you’ll ultimately think and feel better.

How To Fit Exercise Into Your Busy Routine

Small steps really do lead to big rewards, you just have to get moving and keep it real by aiming for a realistic first step. Try increasing your workout schedule from 2 to 3 days a week, or exercise for 15 more minutes each time.

Not a morning person? Consider working out in the evenings with a calmer routine like yoga that will also help you relax and sleep well after a busy day.

How To Stay Motivated

Revamp your fitness gym wear. Let’s be honest looking good makes you feel good and girls gym clothes are like your personal investment as the image of who you see in the mirror can sometimes determine how motivated you are for your workout.

Keep a fitness journal or use an app to record your progress, for example, how much you run, walk, or lift and the calories you burn.

Get A Good Playlist

Say no more to workout boredom. Put together a few playlists for various workouts, something hip and upbeat when you go for a run, and something calm and instrumental for your yoga practice or when going for a walk.

Get An Accountability Partner

On days when you’re opting for the couch instead of the treadmill, a workout buddy can steer you back in the right direction. Studies have shown that you’ll also work out longer when you have a friend join you. Plus you can hold each other accountable to stick with your fitness goals. So grab a buddy and set some fitness goals together by mixing together different workouts. Create a schedule that you can both keep up with on a weekly or daily basis, and that will eventually become a routine in your life.

Reward Your Goals

Rewards are a key part of the fitness journey. They motivate us and can make a tough workout feel worthwhile. Reward yourself whenever you hit an important milestone or achieve a specific goal. What works as a reward should be inspiring to you; otherwise it won’t inspire you to stick to your program. Maybe you need a new set of hot yoga clothes or an fitness magazine subscription. This can be especially rewarding if you have gone up or down a size thanks to your hard work.

Add Variety To Your Workout Routine

Mixing together different workouts keeps things interesting and exercises different muscle groups. If you usually do a spin class, Pilates routine, or yoga at the gym, you can do a series of squats and lunges before your spin class to make riding the bicycle just a little more challenging. Or you could do a full body weight-training workout that works all your muscles except your abdominals before you go into a Pilates class.

Plan Healthy Meals

Planning meals and snacks is a key part of healthy eating, but will also help you with budgeting, shopping and avoiding unhealthy temptations.

Prepare your meals for the week ahead. It won’t feel like “dieting,” and it’ll save you the effort of thinking about what you’re going to eat every day.

Be mindful of calorie intake, which can sneak up on you with portions that are larger than you think. Use the nutrition facts to your advantage so you know how many macronutrients carbs, fats, and proteins go into your body. That’s not to say you should count calories, but you should balance out your consumption to make you get enough protein (for building muscle) and fats and carbs (for energy).

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How to Choose a Healthy Protein Bar

Protein bars make for the perfect snack. They are extremely convenient, affordable, easy to carry and handy for active people who are looking for meal replacements or a nutritious snack in between meals. However, not all of protein bars are made equal or even considered healthy protein bars.

While protein bars may help you reach your muscle building or weight loss goals, a large number of them can actually sabotage your health and lead to weight gain. If you were to carefully look at the list of ingredients contained in these, “protein bars”, they would actually fall into the category of junk food rather than nutritious. So which protein bars are best?

By understanding exactly what to look for, you will know how to pick a healthy protein bar from an unhealthy one. Here’s what you need to know.

Choose Real Ingredients

 Unfortunately, many protein bars have a lot of chemicals and derived ingredients added to them. The best protein bars are made up of whole foods and simple ingredients, such as dried fruit, nuts and veggies. Ideally, the ingredients are organic, non-GMO, dairy, soy and gluten-free. 

Look At Carbs To Protein Ratio

You will want to look at the carbs to protein ratio of the protein bar. This is important because a protein bar should have at least 15 grams of protein per bar. You want to be sure the protein content is higher than carbs. So if there are more grams of carbs than protein, or more grams of sugar than protein, you’ll definitely need to look for another bar.

Look At High Quality Protein

Protein is essential for recovery after exercise and for building muscle. Too little protein will delay your recovery and could even mean your muscles shrink rather than grow. Protein is also important for fat burning. When it comes to selecting the best protein bars, the more protein, the better but only if that protein is good quality. The best proteins to look for are milk and whey. Some protein bars contain soy in the form of soy protein isolates, which can cause a stomach upset.

Stay Clear of Artificial Sweeteners

Manufacturers often add things like artificial sweeteners such as sucralose and high fructose corn syrup. Also sugar alcohols like lactitol, maltitol, mannitol, sorbitol and xylitol. Sugar alcohols have gained popularity as sweeteners because they have fewer calories, don’t affect blood sugar as much as regular sugar, and don’t cause tooth decay. However sugar alcohols do have a downside because they may cause bloating and intestinal discomfort in some people.  

Avoid Unhealthy Saturated Fats

You will want to avoid any protein bar that contains trans fat, and watch out for bars that have palm kernel oil, which is a type of saturated fat. If you can find a good protein bar with a healthy amount of healthy fat this will make for a far better addition to your healthy eating plan and will definitely be a smarter choice than one of the commercial protein bars that are on the market that may contain trans fats.

Choose High Fiber

Look for bars that contain at least 6 grams of fiber. Fiber will help promote regularity, control blood sugar spikes, and help you feel fuller longer.

Check The Calories

If you’re restricting daily calorie intake in order to lose weight, pay attention to the total calories of your protein bar, as well as the actual size of your bar. After a workout, you’ll need to replenish your energy and prevent muscular pain by making smarter choices.

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Healthy Vegan Travel Snacks For The Plane

When it comes to travel and healthy food options, often the two don’t go hand-in-hand, especially given the limited choices available in an airport that are either overpriced or loaded with sugar, fat and calories. And let’s not forget the unhealthy food choices on the actual flight itself.

The best way to avoid sabotaging your diet is to save time and money by bringing your own healthy travel snacks for the plane and airport. You can do this by planning ahead of time without spending hours in the kitchen the night before. Preparing easy snacks takes about an hour, which means, you can do this on the same morning that you’re leaving.

Packing your own healthy travel snacks will also help you resist the temptation and help you stay on track with your diet. They key is to focus on protein snacks that will help you stay energized and keep those hunger pangs at bay.

Protein is an essential macronutrient that supports several structures in your body and many people rely on protein supplements to get their recommended daily amount. It is also an essential nutrient needed for muscle growth and repair.

Grains, nuts, seeds and legumes are quality sources of protein to include in a healthy diet. Sunflower seeds provide 6 g of the macronutrient in a just quarter-cup serving (or a small child’s handful). Combine seeds with nuts and dried fruit in a trail mix for snacking. Almonds and cashews provide a healthy source of protein with approximately 8 g and 5 g per a quarter-cup serving.

Healthy Vegan Snacks For The Plane

  • Fresh fruit (Apples, bananas, grapes, cherries, berries)
  • Cut up veggies (Broccoli florets, cauliflower florets, snap peas, celery sticks)
  • Nuts
  • Rice cakes (plain)
  • Seeds (pumpkin, sunflower etc.)
  • Dry quinoa flakes in a cup (add hot water in-flight)
  • Trail Mix
  • Nut butter packets
  • Unsweetened non-dairy yogurt
  • Home-made hummus or guacamole
  • Almond butter stuffed dates
  • Air-popped popcorn (plain)

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How Mindful Eating Could Help You Lose Weight

Being aware of why we are eating is essential to changing the behavior. Mindful eating involves paying full attention to the experience of eating and drinking. It has been shown that by practising mindful eating, people may be able to control their emotional eating and overeating habits, enjoy their food and feel more aware of the body’s physical hunger and satiety signals.

Mindful Eating Techniques 

  • Eat small or moderate amounts of food every 2-3 hours
  • Pause before eating and ask questions e.g. Am I hungry? Am I thirsty? How do I feel? Why am I eating? Ask what type of food/drink do I want? Will it satisfy the hunger?
  • Sit down to eat at a table with food served on the plate
  • Sit in a quiet environment with no distractions
  • Eat slowly and pay attention to the food using all the senses
  • Put utensils or food down between mouthfuls
  • Wait 10-20 minutes after a meal before eating more food if you’re still hungry
  • Feel grateful for your food

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How To Respond To Stress: Signs and Behaviors

Stress originates in the brain when it makes interpretations about our environment. The perceived threat or challenging situation will deliver a rapid signal from the brain’s motor cortex to the muscles, which tense, ready for action.

Wear and Tear of Our Bodies

Allostatic load is the wear and tear our bodies experience as they adapt to the challenges that life brings it – both physical and psychological. The way you live and the way you manage stress contribute to your allostatic load. Not getting enough sleep, overeating, caffeine, alcohol, under-exercising and drug taking can make us more susceptible and less resilient to allostatic load.

Effects of Stress

  • Ulcers and gastrointestinal disorders
  • Heart palpitations and atrial fibrillation
  • Headaches
  • Decreased concentration
  • Anxiety
  • Excessive need for control
  • Poor eating patterns
  • Poor memory function
  • Negative thought patterns
  • Workaholism
  • Panic attacks

The Happy Chemicals

Social contact and supportive relationships are essential for wellbeing and calm. Oxytocin is a hormone produced in the brain that has a significant effect on the stress response. It heightens compassion, prevents blood vessel constriction and improves heart health. It works in tandem with dopamine and endorphins to produce this effect and has been shown to reduce the release of cortisol. Endorphins are an opiate-like neurotransmitter that decreases pain and increases feelings of wellbeing, and is commonly associated with exercise amongst fitness enthusiasts.

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How Decluttering Can Change Your Life

Do you have clutter clogging up your mind and creating chaos in your life? Your environment speaks volumes when it comes to your health and wellness. Did you know a simple, clean and organized space can have a positive impact on your mind and body? The opposite is also true. A cluttered space can leave you feeling tired, disconnected, distracted and stressed.

In today’s society of ‘stuffocation’, many people give too much importance to their physical belongings often at the expense of their health happiness.

When I moved to Maui, I arrived with two suitcases. My neighbor at the time, gasped when she saw my luggage and told me I brought way too much stuff. What can I say? I was  keepin’ it real, city girl style. Apparently the rule when you move to Hawaii is to keep it simple. You bring the bare minimum and buy the rest when you arrive. However, it did teach me a new way of looking at things, especially the amount of stuff I owned. Gradually I began to declutter and downsize. 

Next time you’re feeling exhausted and overwhelmed, it may be time to simplify. Simplicity allows you to clear your mind, free from the clutter that is interfering with your everyday living. It opens the door to new experiences as you start to feel more freedom, motivation and energy. It’s about letting go and learning to live with less stuff. 

Areas to Declutter

  • Your home
  • Finances
  • Health
  • Friendships 
  • Thoughts
  • Habits
  • Technology 
  • Social Media

Perhaps you’re familiar with the phrase, “nature abhors a vacuum”, which means once you create the space, nature will try to fill it. How many times have you cleaned out a closet or drawer only to find it gets filled up with more stuff? Make room to attract new things into your life.  Decluttering can change your life.

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10 Self-Care Tips For Women To Boost Oxytocin

“Slow down, this ain’t the Mainland”, is a catchy phrase here in Hawaii, referring to the speed limit and slower pace of life in Hawaii. But slowing down is also a healthy approach to self-care.

Sometimes a busy schedule just gets in the way of taking care of yourself, but letting that happen can actually make things worse. Neglecting self-care can actually have a negative affect on your wellbeing by keeping you stuck in unhappy and unhealthy behaviors.

Taking time each day to nurture ourselves is an act of self-love, which also boosts oxytocin aka the “love hormone”. Look for activities that promote inner peace and calm, that allow you to unwind from stress and get in touch with your needs. Be creative with your self-care and don’t forget to have fun along the way!

10 Self-Care Tips For Women To Boost Oxytocin

  • Meditate
  • Eat a whole-food plant based meal
  • Go for a walk in nature
  • Read an inspiring book
  • Take a relaxing aromatherapy bath
  • Be mindful with a cup of tea
  • See a movie
  • Get a massage
  • Tap into creativity with a mindful coloring book
  • Light some candles and listen to music

Do something to nurture yourself every day. You matter.

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Why Solo Travel Is Transformational For Women

After the incredible success of Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir, Eat Pray Love, is it any surprise that countless women have been inspired to embark on their own soul-searching adventure?

Single or in a relationship, many women travel solo because they are looking for new experiences and to nurture themselves with self-care, which is a big part of solo travel. As a result, you will start appreciating and enjoying your own company.

Being alone on your vacation is also a great way to connect with your higher self spiritually. Many women have experienced a personal transformation as well as feeling stronger and more inspired.

Let’s face it, there’s nothing more exciting than visiting a new place and having your very own experience. You’re more likely to step out of your comfort zone and interact with local people and make new friendships.

Why Solo Travel Is Transformational For Women

  • Personal Growth
  • Independence
  • Confidence
  • Wellbeing

Traveling solo is both rich and fulfilling. Plus you’ll come away with life-changing experiences and great stories to tell for the rest of your life.

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Vegan Ice-Cream Recipes by Personal Chef to Serena Williams

My friend, Dorit, author of Celebrating Our Raw Nature 1 & 2, and former personal chef to Serena Williams, has given me two vegan ice-cream recipes from her upcoming book, Recipes For A Serene Life to share exclusively with all of you. 

Creamy Carob Ice-Cream 

Recipe by Dorit

13.5 oz / 380 g can (with all the fat)  coconut milk

4.5 oz / 127 g avocado (about 1 medium avocado), peeled and pithed

1/2 cup unsweetened carob powder

1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons maple syrup

1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup coconut  water

Dash of Nutmeg

Dash of Cardamon ( optional)

-Add the avocado and coconut milk to a food processor or VERY high speed blender and pulse together.

-Add the remaining ingredients and blend in for about 2 minutes until smooth and mixed in.

-Place in a BPA-free, freezer-safe container . Place in the freezer and allow to freeze for 1 hour.

-Remove from freezer & whisk slightly every 20 minutes (to avoid it getting too icy_ for 3-4 hours. It should be getting thicker after each whisking, until it is  firm enough to scoop.

To serve 
 Serve immediately or return it to the freezer.

-If you return the mixture to the freezer, it’s important that you thaw this  for 5-10 minutes prior to serving  and use  an ice cream scoop to serve  it.

Simple & Clean Plant Based Ice-Cream 

Recipe by Dorit

1 14- ounce can full-fat coconut milk refrigerated overnight

2 very ripe avocados halved, pithed and peeled

1 very  ripe banana

3 tablespoon maple syrup

2 tablespoon lemon juice

4-5 large mint leaves
Pistachio nuts (optional)

-Chill a glass loaf sized dish in the refrigerator for at about ½ hour.(the amount of time depends on your refrigerator)

-In a VERY high-speed blender, add the peeled and pitted avocado’s. Add coconut milk, then the banana, maple syrup, lemon juice and mint leaves. Blend until smooth and creamy.

-Pour the mixture into the chilled glass container and make sure the mixture is smooth & evenly  distributed. Cover & freeze this mixture overnight or for most of the day.

To serve, remove from the freezer  around  10-15 minutes before serving & sprinkle some raw pistachio nuts on top.

Pick up a copy of Dorit’s book, Recipes For A Serene Life here

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How Well Do You Know Yourself?

How well do you know yourself? Our strengths are the things we do well which energize us. Our weaknesses are the things we do poorly that drain our vitality.There are countless benefits to using our strengths. Discovering our unrealized strengths offers a great opportunity to improve levels of positivity and life satisfaction.

Benefits of Using Your Strengths

  • Happier
  • Confident
  • Higher levels of self-esteem
  • Energy and vitality
  • Less stress
  • Likely to achieve goals
  • More resilient 

Unlock Your Potential

As individuals, we all have our own unique blend of strengths. Understanding and using yours could unlock and empower your potential for a happier life and greater sense of wellbeing.

Sometimes, what appears to be a strength is actually something different. A common mistake is thinking that, because we’re good at something, it’s automatically a strength. But what if your ‘perceived’ strength is something you’ve learned to do well, but don’t actually enjoy…

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When Your “Healthy” Diet Is Making You Unhealthy

I wrote a column for Vegan Voice magazine for several years. One of the most commonly asked questions I got from readers was how they could lose weight despite the fact that they were already vegan. It turns out all of these people were consuming highly processed fake meat alternatives and other types of vegan junk food.

Start with real food by eating a whole food plant-based diet. Whole food is jam-packed with vitamins and minerals, that will also make you feel lighter and satisfy your appetite for longer.

Whole foods include:

  • Vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Legumes 
  • Fruits

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Healthy Hawaiian Ice-Cream Recipes

Are you trying to lose weight but just can’t seem to give up ice-cream? Well, what I’m about to tell you next may surprise you…

You don’t need to give up your love of ice-cream! Nope, not at all. But before you get too carried away, yes, you still need to eat healthy and be physically active. However, I’m going to tell you about a healthy ice-cream alternative. It’s made from whole food plant-based ingredients, that will equally satisfy your cravings while nourishing your body all at the same time. For real? Let me give you some facts…

Classic ice-cream vs. Plant-based ice cream

  • Classic ice-cream contains saturated animal fats (milk, cream, eggs), cane sugar, emulsifiers and stablilizers 
  • Plant-based ice-cream doesn’t contain any of those unhealthy ingredients and it’s made from whole plant foods.

Now you can enjoy ice-cream without the guilt.

Living in Maui, Hawaii inspires me everyday. In fact, I’m getting ready to release my very first whole food plant-based ice-cream recipe eBook dedicated to the tropical flavors of Hawaii. Here are two recipes from my ebook to get you started on your path to pure wellness.

Tropical Delight

Serves 2 – 4

2 frozen bananas

1/2 cup frozen chopped pineapple 

2 – 3 pitted dates

Freshly squeezed pineapple juice

Unsweetened dried coconut flakes, for garnish

Combine the bananas, pineapple and dates in a high-powered blender. Add a small amount of pineapple juice and process until smooth. Use a blender tamper to keep the mixture moving. Transfer to dessert bowls. Sprinkle with coconut flakes, and serve immediately.

Hawaiian Dream Ice Cream

Serves: 4 – 5

1 young coconut

2 frozen bananas

1 cup frozen chopped mango

4 – 5 pitted dates 

1 tablespoon lilikoi (passion fruit) juice

Star fruit, for garnish

Scoop out the coconut flesh and put in a high-powered blender along with the remaining ingredients. Add a small amount of lilikoi juice, if needed in order to achieve the proper consistency. Use a blender tamper to keep the mixture moving. Garnish with star fruit. Serve immediately.

 Get the full version of my ebook here.