Authentic Wellness August Newsletter

Self Care 101  

One of the workshop topics at last weeks Wellbeing Retreat was all about creating a self care routine. Self care is any activity that we do deliberately to take care of our physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.  While the concept may sound quite simple, in our busy day to day lives taking time to care for ourselves is often overlooked.  A self care practice can mean different things for different people.  It should include doing things that make you happy, make you feel relaxed or energized, and that positively contribute to your overall wellbeing.  Having a self care practice is one key to living a healthy, happy and balanced life.  

Self care can be as simple as getting outside daily for a long walk, or as indulgent as treating yourself to a whole day at the spa.  Below are 25 examples of self care practices that you might be interested in incorporating into your self care routine.

1. Plan a weekly evening of rest where you have no plans or obligations
2. Cook a healthy meal for yourself
3. Get a mani-pedi
4. Go to a yoga class or do a long stretch routine at home
5. Read your favorite book
6. Spend time with your pets
7. Prioritize getting more sleep
8. Listen to your favorite music
9. Spend time alone
10. Unplug from social media
11. Lay out in the sun
12. Watch or read something that makes you laugh
13. Buy yourself flowers or something nice
14. Eat your favorite sweet with no guilt
15. Take the scenic route
16. Light your favorite candles or incense
17. Enjoy a fancy bottle of wine
18. Do something artistic (coloring, painting, pottery class)
19. Journal your feelings
20. Meditate  
21. Catch the sunrise or sunset
22. Take a class you've always wanted to take
23. Listen to your favorite podcast
24. Try something new
25. Take a long hot bubble bath

What are some of your favorite ways to practice self care?

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NorCal Wellbeing Retreat Highlights

The NorCal Wellbeing retreat last week was a great success!  My co-leader Suzie and I had 9 other women join us for a fun filled and active weekend in Marin County, California.  The retreat included yoga, circuit workouts, wellness workshops, relaxing, wine tasting in Napa, hiking through Muir Woods, cooking, eating, and a lot of laughing.  Many of the girls left the long weekend with a new set of friends and a fresh outlook on life.  Below are some highlights from the amazing trip.  I hope you will join us for next years retreat!  

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Recipe of the Month

This mixed berry raw cheesecake is not only a healthy alternative to a classic cheesecake, but it is also super easy to make.  Since berries are in their peak season, this is a very tasty desert that can be made into bars or even small parfaits.  As an added bonus, it is also gluten and dairy free.  Enjoy!

Ingredients
1 bag Purely Elizabeth ancient grain granola
1/4 cup ghee, melted
1 cup blueberries and raspberries
1.5 cups raw cashews, soaked in water for at least 3 hours
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1/3 cup coconut sugar
Juice of 1 small lemon
1 tsp of vanilla

Directions
For the crust:
1. Put the bag of granola and the melted ghee in a food processor and pulse a few times until the granola is in small pieces.
2.  Place the crust contents in an 8x8 pan and push down until it is flat and even

For the filling:
1. Drain the cashews and put them in the blender
2. Add the berries, coconut oil, coconut sugar, lemon juice and vanilla and blend on high until the filling is very smooth (works best blended in a vitamix)
3. Gently pour the filling over the crust and spread evenly
4. Top with extra berries, coconut flakes or a drizzle of dark chocolate (optional) 
5. Freeze for at least 3 hours before serving
6. Remove from the freezer 15 minutes before serving
7. Slice into small squares and enjoy!

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