Want to go minimalist? 5 ways to get started!

Want to go minimalist? 5 ways to get started!
I wanted to share something that has been close to my heart recently, and a pretty big lifestyle shift for me: going minimalist.

Now, I am by no means a strict minimalist (aka living with 100 things or less) but I have made some major steps to simplify my life and transition to a more streamlined way of living. When I shared this on my instagram, the number one question I got was:

How did you get started?

So, that’s what I’ll be sharing with you all! Here are my top 5 ways to get started on your minimalist journey!

1. Decide Your Why: 
Why do you want to go minimalist? Is it to have less to clean up? A clearer space to work and think in? To have less stress? To be more environmentally friendly? There are so many reasons to go minimalist. Get clear on what it is specifically for you; this will help guide you through the process and be something to come back to.

2. Break It Into Pieces:
Depending on how much stuff you have already, streamlining your materials may take awhile. Tackle your things category by category. For example, maybe start by going through all your kitchen items, or all your skincare and beauty products. Marie Kondo, aka the Queen of simplifying and organizing, suggests gathering all things from one category (e.g. all sweaters), placing them in a pile, then sorting through them. By going category by category it helps you see how much you actually have that serves the same purpose. 

3. Be A Little Ruthless:
If there is something that truly holds sentimental value – keep it. However, if you find that every item you come across is extra special and MUST  be kept…you probably need to be a bit more ruthless. Ask yourself: How often do I use this? Do I have another item exactly like it or very similar? Would someone else appreciate this item more than me?

4. Give To Those In Need:
Building off the last point – when it gets a little bit difficult to think about giving something away – donate it. When I felt a little hesitant to give something away, I would think about giving it to someone who would really appreciate it and really use it, then the decision was easy.

5. Progress Over Perfection:
Going minimalist isn’t something that happens overnight and that’s OK! I am still in the process of embracing a more minimalist lifestyle, and I feel like I might always be in the process #alwaysgrowing. Take it in bite size chunks, give yourself a pat on the back for the progress you make, and enjoy the journey!

Happy Belly, Healthy Gut: Why Probiotics?

Happy Belly, Healthy Gut: Why Probiotics?

let’s talk about gut health 🧐

I have a notoriously sensitive digestive system, reactive to certain foods and even more sensitive in times of stress. over the past year I have learned a lot about what foods do and don’t (dairy, gluten, heavily processed foods) work well for my system.

I’ve also learned to supplement my diet to keep my gut healthy and happy. here are a few of my go tos:

1. kimchi: a fermented cabbage, kimchi is a Korean dish made from lacto-fermentation. Kimchi is packed with enzymes, B vitamins, vitamin C, and contains probiotics. I typically eat it right of of the jar but it’s also great in a buddha bowl 🤤

2. kombucha: a fermented tea, made from a “scoby” or the mother bacteria and yeast, kombucha has active bacteria, or probiotics that absorb nutrients and support your immune system. healthade is my go to kombucha and their lemon ginger is my ride or die ☠️💛 they are brewed in super small 2.5 gal batches, only in glass jars 🌍, and are FULL of probiotics and healthy acids!

3. lemon ginger tea: I find this super soothing when my stomach is upset or to help with digestion. Lemon ginger tea is full of antioxidants, has immune boosting effects, and can even boost your metabolism! I like mine w a little raw honey 🍋 🍯

4. yoga and/or meditation: while not a food, yoga and meditation help to keep my stress levels low(er) which is key to keeping my stomach happy. even just 5-10 of meditation or breath work makes a huge difference 🧘🏼‍♀️

have you struggled with digestion? what tips and tricks have worked for you to get a happy belly?

xo

Jules

Current Crushes vol. 2

Current Crushes vol. 2

Current Crushes:

a few of my fav things I’ve been crushing on recently

hiking

Workouts: Aside from my yoga practice, I’ve been focusing on taking my workouts outside. As we move towards “winter” here in San Diego, we move into hiking season. It’s not nearly as warm as the summer and the breeze is slightly cool aka ideal hiking weather. Getting outside as much as possible has the double benefit of helping to reduce stress, while also not feeling like a workout at all. I’ve had the personal goal of trying to get more movement in each day, whether that’s a weekend hike or just a long stroll to get coffee. If I’m in a funk, feeling lazy, or need to get centered, a little dose of nature and fresh air always seems to help.

superwoman rxBooks: In the Superwoman Rx, Dr. Taz helps you identify your own “blueprint” to determine how to build a diet and fitness plan around that to optimize your health. You take a quiz to determine your Power Type: Gyspy Girl, Boss Lady, Savvy Chick, Earth Mama, or Nightingale. Each type has a plan tailored to their needs: including meditations, exercises, supplement, and general strategies. I really like that Dr. Taz pulls on her holistic health background to incorporate Chinese Medicine and ayurvedic systems of medicine in each plan. This book is an easy, fun read that gives lots of good tips to bring into your daily routine.

Podcasts: Lately I’ve been super into listening to podcasts. They make my commute to and from work go by so much faster and make the traffic slightly less aggravating. I also love listening to them when I’m at the gym or going for a walk. A few of my favorites from the past week:

  • TED Radio Hour: Manipulation – touches on just how much social media is influencing us and how memories can be swayed
  • The Skinny Confidential Him & Her with Lorna Jane Clarkson – Lorna is SUPER inspiring and gives lots of tips on living a healthy life.
  • The Balanced Blonde Soul on Fire with Kelsey Patel – I’ve heard amazing things about Kelsey from friends and this podcast did not disappoint. Jordan and Kelsey talk lots about reiki and transitional times.
  • Radically Love with Rosie Acosta featuring Ruby Fremon – Ruby shares her journey to becoming a transformational coach, including her own struggles and how she took power in her life through decisions.

Life: Turkey Day – This year I am celebrating Thanksgiving in a non-traditional, yet very traditional way? There will be no big feast with turkey and stuffing, but instead lots of hiking and exploring at ZION NATIONAL PARK (all caps= my level of excitement). I love Thanksgiving as a time to be able to gather with family and share good food. My personal favorites are stuffing and mashed potatoes. But I am beyond excited to be spending this Thanksgiving exploring more of the natural beauty of our country, which I feel like is equally as fitting for celebrations. If you have any hike recommendations for Zion, send them my way please 🙂 Angels Landing, Weeping Rock, and Observation Point are all high on my list!

experience_angelslanding.jpgThings: If you’ve known me for any length of time, you know I have a thing for phone cases and love getting new ones fairly frequently. I’ve tried to limit myself to at least 6 months between switching them up, but sometimes it’s hard to do that… like when you see the perfect COSMIC case from Sonix.

Other obsessions:

  • This faux cheese recipe from Lee from America using butternut squash.
  • This jacket from Zara that I can’t totally justify buying since “winter” in San Diego is 65 degrees.
  • This DIY terranium table that I wish I was handy enough to make.
  • This helpful guide for what to feed and not feed your pup this Thanksgiving.
  • A cute AF planner to keep you organized.

 

Yoga as a lifestyle, not a workout

A co-worker asked me the other day what I do to workout and it took me a few seconds of staring blankly & scanning my brain (What do I do?! Do I even workout?!)

I eventually came to and responded “Yoga mostly, and some cardio here and there when I’m craving it.” For someone who typically gets on my mat 5+ times a week, you wouldn’t think this would be something I’d have to think about. But yoga to me isn’t a workout, at least not in the traditional sense.

When I think of “working out” I think of treadmills and elliptical, ab circuits, and squats. I think of sweating away until you hit some numeric goal – miles, calories, reps, etc. Yoga is anything but that for me, its “me” time, it’s time to decompress, time to center myself before the day begins.

Yoga also stretches so much further beyond the four corners of my mat. Yoga weaves its way into every aspect of my life, every day. It impacts my relationships, my methods of communication, the lens through which I see the world, the foods I choose to eat, the products I choose to buy, and the path on which I try to set my life.

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The reason why I chose to name this blog and my instagram “Eat Flow Live” is because I want them to embodied yoga as more than just the poses (asanas). I want to have a platform that shares the practice, yes, but also the food, actions, and thoughts that round out the yogi lifestyle.

While I don’t technically consider yoga a “workout” (because it is so much more) – it is an incredible way to move your body and to become more in tune with what your body needs. The combination of these two of these has resulted in me being far happier with my body now than I ever was back in my gym-cardio crushing days.

Your yoga practice can absolutely be a workout.

Power and vinyasa style classes will challenge your muscles, balance, and cardiovascular systems. More restorative classes may not be as physically challenging, if that is what you are craving, but are wonderful for centering your mind and working out any kinks or soreness in your muscles.

Any style yoga class will help you tune into your body’s needs, and this, just as much as the workout, is crucial to being in shape, being healthy, and being happy with your body.

Yoga helps you to really listen to what your body is telling you. Ultimately, when you are able to intuitively feed your body what it needs —

  • a long walk or a power class?
  • a big bowl of veggies or a slice of pizza (dairy free chz plz)?
  • a nap or a hike with friends?

— you are able to get to a point of optimum health and functioning. This is where yoga (IMHO) far excels any diet or exercise program because you are doing what you need.

Listening intuitively to your body is obviously more complicated, but with time, the practice will get you there.

All that to say, I don’t do yoga to “workout”,

I do yoga because it is part of my life.

If I am craving a workout, my favorite ways to move my body are:

  • spin classes (the only cardio I really enjoy)
  • getting on the elliptical or stair stepper (while watching food network)
  • and barre class (pure barre is a fav)

Thoughts? What is your favorite way to workout?

Current Crushes

Current Crushes

Current Crushes — a few of my fav things I’ve been crushing on recently

Beauty: Naturaculina: While I’ve been lucky enough to never suffer from severe acne, my skin has always been prone to breakouts, especially when I’m stressed. Since I started teaching hot yoga, my breakouts got more frequent and my skin in general wasn’t as clear. I fell into a vicious cycle of breakouts & cover-ups: the more I breakout, the more I feel the need to wear makeup, the more makeup I wear, the more clogged my pores get, the more clogged my pores get, the more I breakout….etc. etc. on and on it goes. All that to say, I felt the need to change up my skin routine and was looking for something that would both clear my breakouts and better my skin.

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photo cred: naturaculina.com

Through the Southern Yogi (whose skin is always glowing) I found Naturaculina, an all natural skincare line. These products are AMAZING. All natural pure ingredients. No weird names that you can’t pronounce. Realness like jojoba oil, rosehip seed oil, tea tree oil, lavender, and manuka. I got the Botanical Skincare set which is created for acne prone skin but they also carry a moisturizing line for dry skin and an anti-aging line for all skin types. You can get the products in one offs or get the whole set. I opted for the set because having a skincare regimen is something I think is CRUCIAL. These products have seriously helped my skin so much already. Highly recommend!

Workouts: Aquavie: Aquavie may be the prettiest gym I’ve ever seen. I first heard about this place because on Saturday mornings they hold rooftop yoga classes, led by the wonderful Kendall Wood, another local San Diego yogi. To start from the top, Aquavie has a gorgeous rooftop pool, plenty of sun lounging chairs, a hot tub, some cardio machines in case you want a fresh air workout, and a jogging track that wraps around all of this. Go down a level and there are two beautiful yoga studio rooms and their cardio room filled with brand new machines, all equipped with personal TVs. I greatly appreciate this because I like to 1) catch up on instagram or 2) watch Food Network when I do cardio. If there aren’t classes going on, the studio rooms are open to practice which is such a perk.studio space at Aquavie

Beneath that, there’s the spa (services unfortunately not included, gotta draw the line somewhere), beautiful locker rooms, and a sauna if you want to get your steam on. The first floor has weights I believe although TBH I haven’t ventured there yet. Yoga is obviously a huge part of my fitness routine but I also really enjoy mixing in some cardio, get my heart pumping and all that good stuff.  If I’m going for cardio or looking for some rooftop yoga with views, Aquavie is the most aesthetically pleasing, beautifully equipped, spa-of-a-gym to get my sweat on.

Books: You Are a Badass: As one of my 26th year resolutions I wanted to read more books. I love a good book but its been something I have to remind myself to make space for otherwise I can go months without reading. I started off my 26th year cruising through 4 books, then fell off the wagon for the next 8 months. Yikes.

So with 2 months left, I have re-resolved (not a word, it’s fine) to get back on the wagon and read more. I started “You are a Badass: how to stop doubting your greatness and start living an awesome life,” by Jen Sincero. I’m only a third of the way through but so far am lovingggg it. Easy, fun, empowering read. Jen writes in a light hearted way that keeps it from getting too heavy while she addresses some major things, like the universe and God. She provides clear guidance on how to start tapping into your greatness and create the life that your truly want instead of leading the same old boring one, or the Big Snooze as she calls it. Full review to come when I finish reading, but so far this one’s a winner!

Life: Trip Planning: If you follow my instagram you know I’ve been feeling the itch to travel and am soliciting all and any travel suggestions! I love exploring new places and feel like its been far too long since I went somewhere new. My ability to travel as much as I want is limited by two things: vacation and money. In true Type-A personality fashion, I created a spreadsheet for both to figure out how many days I’ll be accruing and how much money I’ll be able to save up for various trips.

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photo cred: www.prek4fun.com

Planning is KEY for traveling. The more you plan ahead of time, the more you are able to do and the less you have to worry about when you are actually traveling. On deck for the next couple of months: a trip to Seattle and Olympic National Park, a long weekend in Zion National Park, and a short trip to Joshua Tree. Big trips on deck for next year are a trip to London and Stockholm and maybe a trip to Bali.

 

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