Setbacks and New Beginnings

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This announcement has been a long time coming and I’ve been putting it off like paying off a sad parking ticket, but I’ve decided to put Little Bliss Nutrition on hiatus. As of last month I’m finally back in school, pursuing my passion — food and holistic health! This is only a minor setback, but I’ll be back, and hopefully as a professional Registered Dietitian.

The end goal seems miles away, but no matter how exhausting this process, the next few years will come and go whether I start or not.

When I started this blog about a year and a half ago, I was coming out of a transition place in my life. I had plans to pursue my graduate studies when I became extremely ill and had to stop. At first it was really hard watching my friends get ahead while I was taking a step backwards. But it’s a funny thing how things turn out. Getting sick lead me to seeking the help of a Dietitian/Nutritionist, which lead me to sharing my experience and ideas on this blog, which now has lead me to changing my career plans to holistic health.

I have plans of where I’d like to take my writing and cooking on this blog, but for now I’m taking time off to focus on school and work. I’ll be posting short thingamajigs to my blog Facebook page. You can follow there or enter your email in the side bar to get notified when I return. Until then, thanks for all your support, and as always..

Yoga Night at the Museum

Happy Spring! If you didn’t know already, Thursday was the official start of Spring, and like seasons past I like to ring in the new solstice with some epic yoga. Many yoga groups and schools around the world hold open events to the public during the Spring and Summer solstices especially. Mine just happened to hold it in an art museum this year! The only event that could possibly top this experience would be going to New York for Solstice in Times Square this summer. I didn’t get to go last year, but hopefully I’ll be able to make it there on June 21st. (Two hippie) fingers crossed!

Solstice in Times Square 2013
Solstice in Times Square 2013

Thursday’s event was held in the Chie Fueki art exhibit and the room was a buzz with 125 chattering yogis, newcomers and old awaiting for Continue reading “Yoga Night at the Museum”

Runnning in the Dark

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I’ve gotten to do some interesting things in the last few weeks though, and one of them was the 5K Neon Run. You basically run in the dark, (it sounds dangerous, but it’s lit well enough to where you can see), and you get splattered in glow in the dark paint.

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Our shoes

Now I’m not very much of a runner because of my asthma, but my best friend has been on a health kick like I have and she’s lost A LOT of weight and I’m so proud of her for it so I decided I’d to join her in another run, why not. Plus I decided I wasn’t going to let my asthma keep me from doing some good old fashion exercise.

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Like my Pink Neon tights?

The first run I did was the Color Run, but I’d have to say the Neon Run was way more fun. There were 3 stops along the course where you got hosed down in color and got to go through a black light tent, called the Neon Zone. There were DJ’s at every one so you could jam out to the music and feel like you were a part of a rave. The cutest thing was watching the kids running with their parents and seeing the excitement on their faces. I didn’t do anything this cool when I was a kid so I know I would’ve been STOKED and gone back to school to brag to my classmates.

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Ode to Tebow

All in all, the run was loads of fun and I’d definitely do it again. The organization is fairly new but I know they’re growing and adding more locations. If you’re interested in doing the Neon Run check out their website: http://www.theneonrun.com/neon-run-media

And as always…

Health Motivation Tips For Success

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if you focus on results you'll never change if you focus on change you'll get results littleblissbook quotes life
Whether this is your first time going on a cleanse/diet or your nth time, motivation is key to keeping yourself on track with any type of diet or fitness goal.

Here are some sure-fire tips I used when I went on my own personal elimination diet:

Go public!

Share your journey by telling your family, your neighbors, your coworkers, and your friends. It shows accountability. If Susie at work knows you’re going on a health cleanse, but sees you stuffing your face with a handful of fries at lunch you’ll look less credible. We tend to break the promises we make for ourselves, but when we know another pair of eyes are watching us we’ll most likely stick to our goals. It may seem scary at first, coming out so openly, but you’ll be surprised with how many people will actually cheer you on in full support. So forget about the judgement. If anything, you might just inspire someone to start their own detox or fitness journey and they’ll be the ones coming to you for advice.

Use social media

Share your fitness pictures or recipe ideas. Just be careful not to spam your friends’ Facebook walls everyday. In this case I would use Facebook sparingly, and use a blog, or Instagram to document everything. These platforms are great for documenting lifestyle changes because they’re niche-specific. If you don’t feel like you have the time to blog, definitely go with Instagram. Don’t underestimate the value of a good hashtag. They’ll help direct you to the categories you’re interested in, and lead you to connect with other like-minded people that can inspire you. I suggest using or searching tags like #fitness #cleaneating #healthy #recipe.

Trust the process

Expect that there will be setbacks. There will be days when you don’t see progress, and you’ll feel like giving up, but that’s when you need to push through it the most because after that hump you’ll see the results. Once you start to see the progress, you’ll feel too good to go back to feeling bad again. If you fall off the wagon, it doesn’t mean it’s over. Start where you left off the next day. I mention this in Making time for a Detox:

It took me nearly 3 months to get myself ready to fully commit … One week I would cut down on my sugar and wheat intake, and the next week I would see a piece of strawberry shortcake beckoning my name and I would cave…The following week when I felt like I was ready, I would start up again and this time I would try to cut out a said food for 2 weeks. I did this on-and-off-again for the next 3 months, gradually increasing from 2 weeks to 3 to 4, etc. until I felt like the changes I had made would allow me to fully commit…

Stop counting

Leave that to your accountant. No more counting calories. As long as you’re keeping your processed foods to a minimum and have less than 30 grams of added sugar a day, you really can eat all the healthy food you want.

Document

Write down what you’re eating. If you’re at work, fill in your calendar while you’re on a break. At school? Jot it down in your planner if your teacher’s putting you to sleep. If you’re always on your phone, there’s apps like MyPlate among others that help track what you’re eating, and even breakdown the ratio to carbs, fat, and protein you are consuming.

Most importantly stay positive and enjoy the process. Have fun with creating new meals and recipes that you would never pair together before. You don’t have to be a great cook…I know starting off I certainly wasn’t. I could get by with the basics, but I had no clue until I started to really get dirty in the kitchen of how I could play with different flavors. Good luck and as always…

I Dream of Coffee

Hi I’m Rakhi and I’m a recovering coffee addict lover. There’s nothing I don’t like about coffee, except maybe for the fact that it makes me sick:( If you read my first post on how I jumpstarted my recovery to good health by doing a  detox, you’ll know that coffee was one of those items on the ‘break up with these foods’ list and it was one of the hardest breakups I’ve ever had to face. I’ve never cried over a guy, but I have for coffee. And cake. I still dream of cake too. 

In the beginning of my elimination diet, giving up coffee wasn’t that bad since I liked it for the taste rather than needing it for the caffeine. I felt great, my GI issues went away, my allergies were clearing, and I had all the energy I needed from fruits. But once I introduced it back into my diet, it was like giving candy to a baby. The initial few moments were great, I felt the rush and I wanted more…and then came the crash and the bloating and the joint pains a few days later. I was in denial. I was convinced it was something else I had eaten causing my symptoms to come back again. So I switched from sugar to stevia, and went for an all-natural creamer and that seemed to help. But then I started drinking a cup a day and it became pretty obvious, too much coffee made me sick.

In the beginning I was devastated. No more hot White Mocha Breve’s during fall and winters? A lifetime of summers without Iced Coffees? How was I going to deal? I tried coffee again, because well sometimes, like in any relationship you have to keep working at it to make it work, and I still loved coffee, and I was hoping coffee still loved me back; and it did. Turns out I’m intolerant to coffee in large amounts, but drinking one cup a week won’t make me utterly ill.

Being in great health to me isn’t about having to make great sacrifices but just slight compromises. Being in good health means I can still put on my William Ackerman playlist while I do yoga sun salutations without having my wrists ache. It means walking down to the farmer’s market on a Sunday and coming home to make a great nutritious meal with my family while winding down to some wine. You shouldn’t have to sacrifice taste for health and it’s ok to cheat every once in a while because at the end of the day you deserve what makes you happy.

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Dry Skin Moisturizer DIY

There is nothing sexy about having dry, flaky skin. I can attest to this, I have Eczema, a chronic skin condition characterized by inflammation and dryness year round. Whether you have a skin condition or are just trying to stay moisturized during the dry, cold winter months there’s a few things you can do to help keep your lipid bilayer in tact and it only takes two things: Eucerin lotion and Glycerine. I’ve tried countless moisturizers advertised to help ‘ultra dry skin stay baby soft’ to no avail until one day I looked into my bathroom cupboards and had this wonderful thought dawn on me: ‘Why don’t I just mix these two together?’. And VOILA, my skin care routine has never been the same.

As you can tell from my previous posts I have a knack for opening up cupboards and having ideas jump out at me . If only this were true for other aspects in life.  Like when getting pulled over by the police for speeding, and being able to find the perfect words or jokes to say that will get you out of a ticket. Or like an exam, when you don’t know an answer, can you imagine?!

Back to the DIY. So why Eucerin lotion and Glycerine? Well.. Continue reading “Dry Skin Moisturizer DIY”