Wellness Wednesday: The Power of Being Present

Happy Wednesday everyone,

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With everything going on in the world today, it is easy to get distracted. So for today, I wanted to re-post one of my favorite videos I ever did for Lady Code.

For Wellness Wednesday, I want to challenge all of you to put away the phones or laptops, to turn off the music and have a powerful, meaningful conversation with someone. We are missing the beauty of what occurs right under our noses.

Have a beautiful Wednesday!

Love Char ❤

 

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Thursday Treats for Someone Sweet with Char

Hi everyone, 

I am currently swamped with homework and  overwhelmed with 8 hours of math alone. However, I wanted to take the time to share a recipe with you. Eating healthy has always been a big part of my life, limiting the number of treats I could eat. But, over the holidays, I made this cake with my mom. Everything in this cake is good for you and is loaded with anti-oxidants and healthy fats.

Image courtesy of Instagram:@dreliztratts
Image courtesy of Instagram:@dreliztratts

 

Lemon Raspberry Cheezecake.

I used a silicone heart shaped pan from IKEA. Whatever you choose as your mold, make sure it is silicone as your dessert will slide right out. I have quadrupled the recipe because the mold was so huge, but it served about 25 people.

Coconut Layer:

  • 4 cup raw cashews, soaked and rinsed
  • 1 cup cold pressed coconut oil
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 2 and 2/3 cup coconut cream
  • 1 cup organic rice malt syrup
  • juice of 1 whole lemon
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh raspberries

Raspberry Cream Layer

  • 4 cup frozen or fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup extra virgin cold pressed coconut oil
  • 4 cup raw cashews, soaked and rinsed
  • 4 cup coconut cream
  • 2 cups organic rice malt syrup
  • 2 packets of thawed pitaya for color

Coconut Layer

1. Using your food processor, blend the cashews until completely smooth. As smooth as possible.

2. Add the coconut oil, desiccated coconut, coconut cream, rice malt syrup, and lemon juice. Blend until smooth and creamy. If it isn’t sweet enough add more rice syrup or a touch of stevia.

3. Fold in the raspberries and pour mixture into your silicone mold. Freeze for a few hours or, until set. Raspberry Cream Layer –

1. Using your food processor, blend the cashews until completely smooth.

2. Add the coconut oil, desiccated coconut, coconut cream, rice malt syrup, thawed pitaya and raspberries.

3.Blend until smooth and creamy.

4. Pour mixture over the top of the coconut cream layer, and freeze until set. When ready to serve, flip it over, and top with extra raspberries.

Chocolate Syrup

  • 1 and 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup brown rice syrup

Mix all ingredients with a whisk and carefully pour over chilled cake. It should set up immediately from the cold. Put in freezer to solidify the chocolate sauce.

Note: Please remember that this recipe was quadrupled for size. The mold I used was huge and needed a lot of volume. You can safely cut this in half and make two separate 8×8 silicone mold cakes. Extra silicone cupcake holders are excellent for surplus ingredients. Don’t forget to freeze on a level surface for a straight line otherwise the cake will freeze lopsided. Also, make sure you leave the cake out at surface temperature for about an hour from the freezer. Use a knife in hot water to cut.

Please follow me @Charvontratt for more healthy treats and motivation.

Enjoy this special Thursday treat.

 

Lots of love and sweetness,

Char ❤

 

Detoxing for Wellness Wednesday

Happy Wellness Wednesday everyone,

The post below was inspired by an article my mom, Dr. Elizabeth Trattner wrote for a national magazine and her blog on detoxing.

It seems to me that everyone is making New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier, work out more (something I have witness at my college gym), act nicer to others and DETOX!

However, we are living in a society that is too engaged with technology and less connected with our natural environment. Although there are many pros to these technological advancements, one of the biggest downfalls is that we are unable to “ground down”, meaning we seem to have problems unhooking ourselves from social media like Instagram and Facebook. We are in a never ending race to post every social moment, instead of being present and experiencing the moment.

We have become focused one episodic cures. My Wellness Wednesday tip for you is to incorporate several prolonged life changes instead of a quick juice cleanse. Try to get to bed earlier, eat organic food, cut back on refined sugar. These small steps make a big difference.

Another great idea for a detox in to take a trip outdoors where there is bad cell phone reception and practice taking a break from technology. Research has found that spending time outside in nature, without cell phones and laptops can refresh the brain and also increase attention and focus.

This new year, make it a resolution to connect to your food and loved ones, and disconnect from things that do not serve you.

You can read the full article that inspired me for this post at:

 

http://elizabethtrattner.com/blog/index.php?year=2017&month=January&post_get_id=13&page_type=recent

 

Happy Wellness Wednesday!

Char ❤

 

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Motivational Monday: Holiday Travel Wellness

 

Happy Motivational Monday everyone,

I am currently in the middle of studying for all of my finals, so in my place, my mom is contributing  this article about staying healthy while traveling during the holidays.

Staying Healthy Travelling During the Holidays

By Dr. Elizabeth Trattner

“As both a physician and a germaphobe, flying can strike fear into my heart. Needless to say, I have come up with several strategies that help me not to get sick when travelling. I share these tips with my patients who travel for a living or for leisure.

First and foremost: if you are a female get several scarves and put them in a plastic Ziploc bag in your purse. I always travel with a several scarves so I don’t have to touch dirty door handles. Also, scarves are great for keeping your neck warm on an airplane and even to loosely wrap around your nose and mouth while flying. Not only do you look chic when flying, but you keep yourself clear of germs. They are also great to roll up behind your back for lumbar support in uncomfortable airplane seats.

Several days before  you fly, begin to take vitamin c. Try and take this the entire duration of your trip. Take elderberry chews with you and take them every 4 hrs while travelling to keep viruses at bay. Keeping hydrated is a plus and hot tea that is decaffeinated not only keeps you hydrated but the warm steam keeps nasal passages open. Try and avoid coffee or colas as they can actually dehydrate you and make you more susceptible to disease.

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For jet lag, have some tea when you land and most importantly, expose yourself to daylight to assist in adjusting your circadian rhythm to your new time zone. If necessary, you can always take a small dose of melatonin the first night you arrive and the same upon your return. Also, take a brisk walk outside to adjust your body to the climate and time zone.

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For circulation issues, do not wear tight clothing on the plane and allow yourself legroom under your chair instead of stuffing items in front of you. Try and stretch every 20 minutes in your chair and if possible walk around the airplane.

Finally, take some ginger candies with you to avoid airsickness. I always travel with ginger candies. They help with dry throat, bad breath and airsickness. Nothing is worse than throwing up on an airplane, so be conscious of what you are eating and drinking the night before to avoid any adventures with a barf bag on an airplane. You can also pinch acupuncture point p6 on your wrist. Take 3 fingers on your wrist crease on the inner side of your arm. Squeeze your hand and 2 tendons will appear. If you push between the tendons, it will help with nausea!!  If you regularly get airsick, try buying sea bands from the drugstore and put them on before you get on an airplane. These bands utilize the acupuncture point  p6 incorporated into soft wristband.”

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Happy Motivational Monday everyone!

~Char ❤

 

Happy Motivational Monday: Spark Joy

Happy Motivational Monday everyone,

This weekend, I went home for the Thanksgiving holiday. During Thanksgiving dinner my mom was talking to relatives about this book she had read called “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo. Marie is the creator of the Kanmarie method and teaches the Japanese art of de-cluttering and organizing. What could possibly be so interesting about cleaning out your closet? Most of us, me included tend to hold on to things for many different reasons. Kondo explains and teaching people that if something doesn’t “spark joy” you should give it away or throw it out. It wasn’t until I saw a video of her explaining this feeling did I truly understand the concept.

books

Instead of going shopping on Black Friday, I decided to try this at home and purge my closets out. I had to hold each item and if I didn’t feel good, I put it in a pile to either give away or to donate it. The concept of “spark joy” isn’t just about cleaning out your closets. It’s about how we live our lives. I have included a link at the end of my video so you can see exactly how  the process works. This season find out what brings you joy and let it spark something inside of you.

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Here is Marie Kondo explaining her process.

Check out the video below!

Happy Motivational Monday

Char ❤

 

Motivational Monday: A Time for a Fresh Start

Happy Motivational Monday everyone, 

monday-fresh-start

With all the events that transpired last week that caused so much undue friction, I felt the need to do something good for the betterment of our community. I returned to one of my favorite volunteering spots, Clean the World, which is an organization that recycles soap donated from hotels to make hygiene kits for people in need across the United States and around the world.

It felt so great to do something which benefits the lives of others. I also got to meet a kind soul named Holly, who also has a passion for service and making a difference. This is one of the best examples of how service brings people together. 

For this week’s Motivational Monday Message, be proactive not reactive. 

Check out the video below:

Raise your vibration everyone!

be-the-change 

Peace and light!

~Char ❤

Be Grateful, Be Thankful

Happy Motivational Monday everyone,

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With so much hate and controversy going on in the world today, it is easy to get wrapped up in negativity. Today’s Motivational Monday is all about seeing the glass half full.

This weekend, I got to go back home to spend time with my family, despite some sad events that prompted the visit, I still managed to keep a positive mindset. Instead of being consumed by grief, I stayed in the moment and was truly grateful for all the goodness around me.

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I encourage everyone to take a step back and consider the great things that are happening in their life. See the glass half full!

Check out the video below!

Happy Motivational Monday everyone!

~Char

Wellness Wednesday: Making Butternut Squash

Happy Wellness Wednesday everyone,

squash

Now that it is Fall and the leaves are changing color, I like to eat nourishing fall foods, so I thought I would share a simple, delicious and healthy recipe for butternut squash. Being a busy college student, time is precious and this is super easy to make, plus this healthy dish is a great way to combat the freshman fifteen.

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Ingredients:

  1. Organic Butternut squash- I buy pre-cut since it saves time.
  2. Organic Coconut Oil Spray
  3. Organic Maple Syrup
  4. Organic Cinnamon

*try to buy only organic ingredients for this dish*

Directions

  1. Pre- Heat your oven to 375 degrees
  2. Place your squash in a simple pot and steam for 6 minutes. (This helps soften the squash making it easier to bake.)
  3. After the squash has steamed, strain off the water.
  4. Spray the ceramic dish with coconut oil.
  5. Move the squash to the ceramic dish and spray the coconut oil on it.
  6. Pour the Maple Syrup on the squash*.
  7. Sprinkle cinnamon on top of the squash*.
  8. Place the squash in the oven and bake for 45-60 minutes.
  9. Remove the squash and let it cool for 10 minutes.

*indicates no exact measurement

Some of the nutritional benefits of squash include vitamin c, betacarotene and magnesium. It is loaded with antioxidants, plus there is nominal amounts of protein in squash. By adding organic maple syrup and organic cinnamon, you are turning this healthy dish into a sweet treat.

Check out the video to see the step-by-step process

Happy Wellness Wednesday everyone and enjoy this yummy recipe.

~Char

 

On Wednesdays We Wear Pink: Breast Cancer Awareness

Happy Wellness Wednesday everyone!

It is October which means it is Breast Cancer Awareness month. This is very important to me because members of my family have had this disease that effects so many women. In fact, it touches almost everyone I know. One in 8 women are affected by it and environmental exposure is responsible for almost 90 percent of cases! Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in women.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, I am going to discuss some quick ways to help decrease your risk from getting cancer.

  1. Eat organic animal products. I cannot stress how important this is. If you have cancers that run in your family, decrease the amount of grilled meat as it has heterocyclic amines that are linked to many types of cancer. Also if you have breast cancer in your family either lower or avoid red meat.
  2. Drink clean water. A simple filter like Britta can reduce the amount of chemicals in your water. We have seen so much in the news with contaminated water from different cities within the United States. Make sure you are drinking  filtered water and enough water as well. Just because water is in a bottle doesn’t mean it isn’t contaminated. Water in glass bottles is the safest. Also, do not leave plastic water bottles in hot cars where the chemicals in the plastic can leach into the water from the heat. Consume at least 64 ounces of clean water a day.
  3. Eat organic fruits and vegetables. If you are on a budget, please refer to previous posts regarding the ww.ewg.org clean fifteen and dirty dozen. The phytochemicals present in vegetables and fruit are some of the best way to protect yourself from cancer.
  4. Eat 25-40 grams of fiber a day. Fiber can be found in vegetables, fruits, grains, roots and beans. Fiber has be demonstrated to decrease cancers and cardiovascular disease, another increasing health issue with women.
  5. Do not smoke. Smoking increases the risks of cancer dramatically.
  6. Use sunscreen.
  7. Avoid chemical exposure. Last week I wrote about the dirty dozen of endocrine disruptors. These are paramount to avoid because there is a direct link with these and increased risks of cancer.
  8. Use organic or healthy cleaning products for your home. The same goes for body products and cosmetics. Just like food, what when breathe and touches our skin goes directly into our body!
  9. Exercise can decrease the risk of getting cancer. Sitting is the new smoking.
  10. Keep your cell phone away from your bra! Studies are now showing that cell phone radiation has been linked to other types of cancers. Many young women store their phones in their bras. This practice can have cumulative effects. Use a Bluetooth device or headphones. Try and keep your cell phone away from your body.

Thank you to my mom, Dr. Elizabeth Trattner for allowing me to interview her on this very important subject. You can visit her website www.elizabethtrattner.com  . Also visit www.ewg.org to learn more about ways to protect yourself.

Remember to wear pink for Breast Cancer Awareness! on-wednesdays-we-wear-pink

~Char ❤