Elevated Living: Mindfulness Matters

“You are what you eat,” and, “Your body is a temple,” or so the phrases go. But I often find in our Everyday survival, Time, among other things, is paramount over health. Well what would happen if you didn’t have to sacrifice one for the other? What if in taking the time, you increased productivity, focus, discipline and became more grounded? What if, in making the time, and rearranging your priorities, you circumvented to create more time? Sign me up you’d cry!

Well this, among many other wonderful things happened with my recent 3 Day Reboot Joos Cleanse. Ok, before I loose all of you who think, “this is not for me,” I am not hear to preach to you or sell you something. I am here to express my experience on the amazing ripple effect from Being Mindful about what I eat, had in my life in every way.*

Briefly, so you understand the context, I was given 6 prepared Joos drinks, 6 prepared Joos bites and 6 prepared mineral waters, and asked to drink half my weight in water per day. One Joos for breakfast, a Joos bite and Joos water for mid-morning and mid-afternoon and a Joos for dinner; 2 a day. All were rich in freshly pressed fruits and vegetables, fine tuned to provide all you could need and then some.

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Lunch was left up to my own creation and exploratory side. I had control over trying and experimenting with new healthy foods and coming up with creative ways to answer cravings and tantalize new tastes. What Joos gave me was a guide, constant email and phone support, along with direction when needed in this transformative process. However, the freedom was still mine. As was the discipline.

As I began to have these deliciously creative lunches I realized how much I didn’t need. Wow. All these things I eat everyday, I don’t need? What a concept that is? If these fruits and vegetables, and all this other rich natural goodness is providing everything I need– what else don’t I need?

So often we confuse need with want.

So often we don’t take the time to reflect, to de-socialize the normative day to day, our habitual Everyday. We answer cravings without diagnosing our real needs. Am I eating because I’m bored, or because I’m hungry? Do I take tylenol because I have a headache, or try drinking water first because I might be dehydrated? Or a nap because I’m tired? Without taking time to examine the source we quick-fix and band-aid through life.

Fulfilling myself, body and mind, with only that which I truly needed, stemming from a place of wholeness, and being grounded like a tree taking roots, all that was unnecessary faded away, like dead leaves in fall.

It still surprises me how much it wasn’t even work, in any form, to leave waste by the wayside. This impacted not only my eating habits, but my self-worth.  It effected my decisions of those I surround myself with, the words that come from my mouth, and the ones I allow myself to hear. Becoming clear on mutually beneficial relationships instead of, self sacrifice and draining, giving only from a full well; instead of drying up so another could drink.

Three days? Yes, just three days of making Mindfulness Matter; Imagine what could be done in more! With that, I plan to continue juicing; with Joos and other products, eventually investing in a machine. I know, I know, they’re expensive you say. But at the end of the day, aren’t you worth an investment to your health, well-being, and mindfulness? I believe we are.

“Everybody talks about wanting to change things and help and fix, but ultimately all you can do is fix yourself. And that’s a lot. Because if you can fix yourself, it has a ripple effect.”- Rob Reiner

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Until then, keep finding ways to “Elevate Your Everyday”

XO

*DivAmber

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*I will however be providing information on Joos throughout this post, in case you are interested and because Lauri Meizler is phenomenal! http://www.drinkjoos.com/bios2.html

Elevated Living: Lunch Time

It’s #LUNCH time! Everyone has their theories on what the biggest meal of the day should be and mine is lunch. I like to start my body off easy in the morning, as it wakes up, but not overwhelm it at night with a heavy dinner.  Lunch is also a great time to #Spend wisely; where you’ll get the most bang for your buck.

Last #Wednesday I went to a local #Boston #Indian #Buffet at Tantric India Bistro.* It was packed- but that’s a GOOD thing when it comes to buffets. A busy buffet means a high turnover, so nothing is getting stale, overcooked, or forming bacteria. It means it’s being catered and cared to, and that the food is being cooked FREQUENTLY!

What I love about #Indian #Bistros and #Buffets is you usually have really tasty vegetable and vegetarian options.  Another great thing with Indian cuisine, #Japanese, and #Greek lunch specials is those healthy options, vegetarian or not, will have excellent flavor.

So seek out a buffet close to you, serve yourself, sit back and relax. It’s a great way to take a break from fast paced and processed food and make some time for yourself outside the office, solo or catch up with friends. Buffets save you time AND money and that is a great way to Elevate Your Everyday!

Until then, keep finding ways to “Elevate Your Everyday”

XO

*DivAmber

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*I’ve had the pleasure of dining at Tantric on quite a few occasions. Service and food were impeccable each time!

Elevated Living: Start Your Week At Restaurants

Do you ever abstain from dining out because it’s too expensive? Of course! So it’s important now more than ever to learn HOW to do it!

If you’re up for going out on a Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday, you’re apt to enjoy yourself just as much, if not more than going out on the weekend. Many restaurants offer Prix Fixe meals, some only certain days of the week, usually the beginning: Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. These are the days restaurants provide enticing offers like Prix Fixe menus, specials and other options that won’t break your budget but will still fill their seats. Consider this when coordinating date night, or girls night out. Thursday, Friday and Saturday do NOT have to be your ‘go-to’ nights!

Another advantage of dining out at the beginning of the week is it’s less crowded. While everyone is getting into the groove of the week ahead, recovering from their weekends, you have a better chance to enjoy a seat at the bar; without someone reaching over you.  I have had some of my best meals at a fine dining restaurant bar on a Monday or Tuesday. In addition to a satisfying meal, I usually receive excellent service, sometimes even a complimentary glass of wine or beer pending locale. This is also the time when you can usually grab the most requested table in the house. You know the one. By the window- with the view. Or the private corner booth, booked up for months in advance.

My last two reasonings to Start Your Week At Restaurants are your budget and your mood. Starting off your week, for those that do budget, you’ll have a better outlook on the reality of your finances. You won’t be squeezing something you can’t really afford at this moment in time, but instead enjoying yourself. You’ll be paying for a 3 course meal what many will pay for just their entree later on in the week. Now feeling good about that, is a great way to start your week. It’ll help carry you through until the weekend too; and then again til next Monday’s date night.

 

Until then, keep finding ways to “Elevate Your Everyday”

XO

*DivAmber

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Elevated Living: Never Stop The Fight

Elevated Living is about more than just food, more than just organizing. It’s not so much “trendy,” in a sense of a ‘state of being’ or a ‘way of life,’ as much as it is about a lens, or perspective with which to navigate through it. Like a ship, a sailboat perhaps, as my icon demonstrates. Learning to sail the rough waters, seeking safety and sanctuary in safe harbors when abound. Guided by the lighthouses that are ourselves and loved ones.

Because that is what is happening. This life, albeit beautiful, is a rough one, a tough one, not always calm waters with dolphins gallantly diving alongside. At times there are sharks, ready to feed. More so, there are times the waters are so dark we know not the difference of the fins laying in the waters below, and need faith in the form of a lighthouse of some kind to deliver us safely to the shore.

I feel like society is that water. The well in which we are constantly compared and judged upon a fantasy of fallacy and expectations no one has really ever achieved. Or if they have really even appeared to, it’s through rose colored glasses. I feel like we are defined and given statuses not based in our new reality. Whereas an entire global economy has shifted,  yet societal norms remain the same.

How is it that times have changed; but we haven’t?

I always come back to a favorite quote of mine from e. e. cummings:

“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.”

The fight to invest in oneself, without comparison, or judgement, or ridicule, or guilt and wholeheartedly know and fundamentally believe that you did nothing but gave it your all, and continue to do so is a daily battle. Sailing this ship into unchartered waters and territory. To navigate by the stars when the sky is cloudy. This is the fight we must fight, and more importantly remember that we are all fighting. So be kind to yourself and others. And remember, this is why you need to find ways to; Elevate Your Day. Adieu mes amis.

Until then, keep finding ways to “Elevate Your Everyday”

XO

*DivAmber

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Elevated Living: Frugal? Yes. Cheap? Never

As a frequent traveler between Brooklyn, NYC where I was born and raised, and Boston, MA my current home, (#YankeesForever) I have tried many a routes, services and options to connect the two as a passenger. As a college student, and even in my post collegiate days, I was always scouring for the fastest and cheapest availability; which was usually never a match. The most popular, affordable, and being in Brooklyn convenient of these options, was “The Chinatown Bus.” Cheap may be an option, but after a bus full of infested cockroaches falling from the air conditioning units I soon realized it was not the only option.

The fundamental aspect to understand whether one is being Frugal and when one is being Cheap, no matter how broke you are, is knowing your worth. Are there other extenuating circumstances? Always. Does Whole Foods accept EBT? I believe not. My opinion clearly stems from the availability of being fortunate enough to: Have Options.

On my latest trip home, being now, wherein which I write from an Amtrak whizzing 20 minutes south of Providence, RI, I am enjoying a Brooklyn Beer Summer Ale, homemade popcorn and two seats to myself. I was proactive enough to provide my own Adult Bevy (it is Happy Hour y’all) and snacks thus saving some funds. Always traveling with my trusty water bottle (I hate paying for water when I can bottle at home!) I opted to splurge on a sandwich for the road.

Many think of “Amtrak” and believe they can’t afford it. Instead, because I booked two weeks in advance, I was able to score a $49 OW (one way) fair. Greyhound/ Peter Pan is known to charge as much as $40 OW for an even longer bus ride. Also, signing up for Amtrak’s Frequent Traveler Miles program (Free) I earn miles towards trips.*

This is something I think that comes up a lot, with my peers, friends, and even family. We believe so many things to be unattainable, instead of spending time figuring out how they can be attainable. We think we lack worth in the form of being able to afford something, instead of taking the time to be proactive, persistent, and patience in planning our course of action. I’m sitting in a seat for $130+ easy, yet I have two for $49. People on this train are paying $6 for Coors Light (Bless your heart) and I’m chilling with Real Beer; if that helps to further my point.

Which, in summary is this:

You make your own decisions.

Make sure they are in your best interest, serving your best worth.

These are the only ways to Elevate Your Everyday.

Oh and that bus I no longer ride has this on their website: “Suspending all buses service to compliances a requested by US Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for inspections and repair services.” Yeah. About that. So cheers for now, I have a beer to drink and a view to enjoy.

Until then, keep finding ways to “Elevate The Everyday”

XO

*DivAmber

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