How to Get Out of a Funk

Feelin’ Funky?

…and not in a good way? We’ve all been there; everything sucks, everyone is stupid, you can’t do anything right and nothing is ever going to get any better.

When you’re in a funk it can be really, really hard to see your way out of it.  I’ve experienced my fare share of funks and I want to provide you with some easy, practical ways to get you out of that nasty funk!  Ask yourself these questions:

  • Is there anything you need to get done that you have been putting off? It can be anything from cleaning your apartment, shaving your legs, getting your finances in order, or ending a toxic relationship.  The key is ACT NOW.  Don’t let these things pile up until they seem too big and scary to manage.  The minute you think about it, DO IT!  If you’re walking around your home thinking, ‘Man I really need to vaccume.” then guess what honey, there’s no better time than right now.  It will only take a few minutes but you will feel so much better once it’s done. Otherwise everywhere you go you’ll be thinking the same negative string of thoughts, ‘I need to vaccume, it’s so dirty in here, I hate how dirty the floor is, I can’t believe I haven’t vaccumed yet, I always say I’m going to do things and I never do…’ Then those negative thoughts start picking up momentum and before you know it you’re headed for total-breakdownsville.  Act now, thank me later 😉
  • Are you getting enough sleep? Sleep deprivation will definitely put you on a one way street to funky town.  If I don’t get my beauty rest, I am a total bi-atch, guaranteed. Get your Zzz’s and if you’re having trouble falling asleep or getting good quality sleep, try a live-source melatonin (don’t waste your time with synthetics they will do nothing for you).  My favorite is from Quantum Nutrition Labs.  It is the absolute best melatonin on the PLANET.  Just a couple drops under the tongue and it’s off to dream land!
  • Are you eating right? When we’re feeling down we tend to gravitate toward junk food and processed foods but they are only going to exacerbate the situation.  Your body actually needs good stuff to run properly.  You wouldn’t put orange juice in your car’s gas tank, don’t put chemical laden processed foods down your food tube; it’s not made to run on that stuff!! Give your body something it can actually use and get yourself some fruits & veggies, asap.  You don’t need to go crazy, just one meal a day will help increase your nutrient reserves so you can start feeling like you again. Try some simple recipes to get you started.
  • What are you saying to yourself? What’s that little voice inside saying?  Is it cheering you on saying, “Go Girl, you rock!! You’re awesome! You are the best at what you do! I love everything about you!!” or is she saying, “You suck. You are so stupid, you always mess everything up.  Why do you even bother, you are just going to fail in the end like you always do.”  Unfortunately, I, and most people out there, are usually guilty of the latter.  It is an amazing and life transforming practice to switch to the former.  I don’t know that anyone ever moves entirely beyond the negative self-talk but the very least we can do is become conscious of it and make a change.  My little trick is that anytime I start to stress or engage in some not-so-nice self talk I repeat the following affirmation over and over again, “I love and approve of myself.”  And I just repeat and repeat and repeat and repeat…over and over and over again. With affirmations there is no such thing as too much!  In her book You Can Heal Your Life, Louise Hay states that the average person has between 300-400 negative thoughts per day.  That’s a LOT!  Now try to think how many times you say something positive to yourself, it is surely minuscule in comparison. You are awesome, there is no one like you, you are beautiful, you have the strength and the courage to get through the rough spots and that is inspiring in it’s own right.
  • Have you done something nice lately? Doing nice stuff and being nice to other people makes us feel good, period.  Give a stranger a compliment. Write a friend or family member a handwritten card telling them how amazing they are.  Send it in the mail with a stamp, it will mean so much more than email!  Offer to take care of a couples kids so they can have some alone time or go on a date night.  Let someone in your lane on the highway. Participate in Operation Beautiful.


Posted in the bathroom for Operation Beautiful @ Annie’s Cafe in Austin, TX

  • Where are you? Where are your thoughts taking you?  Are you living in the past, playing reruns of all the mistakes you’ve made or the people who did you wrong?  Or are you constantly trying to predict the future?  Will I get that job?  Will I find my soul mate?  Will I ever find my true passion?  What if I don’t succeed?  What if I end up alone? Listen honey, you can’t relive the past and you can’t predict the future so you may as well live in the present.  Eckhart Tolle says in his book The Power of Now, “Nothing ever happened in the past; it happened in the Now. Nothing will ever happen in the future; it will happen in the Now…Life is now. There was never a time when your life was not now, nor will there ever be.” THIS. IS. IT. LIFE IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW and if you are daydreaming about the past or the future, you’re missing it!! Bring your thoughts back to the present moment.  For example, I could be sitting here thinking ‘I’ve got so much work to do, what if I just can’t keep up?  What if I fail?  What if I lose my house? I’ll be broke. What if I have to move? What if I end up on the street or under a bridge?!’ A little dramatic, yes, but don’t act like your thoughts don’t get a little dramatic too!  So what’s the reality?  The reality is that I’m a girl, sitting in a chair, writing an article about fighting Funkdom.  That’s it.  I’m here, I’m okay, I’ve got a roof over my head & food in my belly, I’ve got central air, great pets, a great boyfriend, comfy furniture and I’ve got you guys!  Get yourself back to reality, don’t try to predict the future or relive the past, it’s impossible and trying to do so will not only drive you mad but further down funk road.

Funks are tough but I hope some of these tips will help you remember just how fabulous you are.  Because you know what?! You are really f*cking FABULOUS! I’ve been getting the most loving and insanely inspiring comments, messages, tweets, and emails from you guys and I have to say, the love in my heart runneth over.

Act now, be nice to yourself, take care of yourself and do some nice things for others. You’ll be out of that funk in no time!

xo

Crusted Chicken Breast Recipe

healthy baked crispy chicken salad

Healthy, Crispy Chicken Salad

healthy baked crispy chicken salad

I don’t eat meat very often but when I do, this is one of my favorite recipes!  You can use the same method substituting your favorite fish too.  I love it with red snapper, salmon, and halibut.

You’ll need:

  • 2 organic, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 slices toasted Ezekiel bread (found in the freezer section at your local grocery store)
  • 1 Tbs spices of choice, for this recipe I used Herbs De Provence
  • 1-2tsps sea salt – adjust to taste

First toast your Ezekiel bread on med-high so that is dry and flaky.  Tear your toast into large pieces.  In a food processor, mix the toasted Ezekiel bread, salt and spices

The final product should look something like this:

Coat each chicken breast entirely with the seasoned breadcrumb mixture and place on a baking sheet.

Cook @ 350 deg for 30-45mins or until cooked all the way through.

While the chicken is baking, you can prepare your side dish.  Any steamed or roasted veggie would go great; I think Steamed Cauliflower with Marinara would be a perfect compliment!  I decided to have my chicken on top of a gorgeous mixed green salad with grape tomatoes, avocado, hemp seeds, and white wine vinaigrette.

This chicken is really crispy and light.  The warm chicken is the perfect compliment to the cool crisp greens, tomato, and avocado.

As you can see, I didn’t like mine at all 😉

Birthday Trees

What does your Birthday Tree say about You?

Here’s a fun little chart from wowzone.com. What do you think?  Is it accurate?  It was for me!

Dec 23 to Jan 01 Apple Tree
Jan 02 to Jan 11 Fir Tree
Jan 12 to Jan 24 Elm Tree
Jan 25 to Feb 03 Cypress Tree
Feb 04 to Feb 08 Poplar Tree
Feb 09 to Feb 18 Cedar Tree
Feb 19 to Feb 28 Pine Tree
Feb 29 Poplar Tree
Mar 01 to Mar 10 Weeping Willow Tree
Mar 11 to Mar 20 Lime Tree
Mar 21 Oak Tree
Mar 22 to Mar 31 Hazelnut Tree
Apr 01 to Apr 10 Rowan Tree
Apr 11 to Apr 20 Maple Tree
Apr 21 to Apr 30 Walnut Tree
May 01 to May 14 Poplar Tree
May 15 to May 24 Chestnut Tree
May 25 to Jun 03 Ash Tree
Jun 04 to Jun 13 Hornbeam Tree
Jun 14 to Jun 23 Fig Tree
Jun 24 Birch Tree
Jun 25 to Jul 04 Apple Tree
Jul 05 to Jul 14 Fir Tree
Jul 15 to Jul 25 Elm Tree
Jul 26 to Aug 04 Cypress Tree
Aug 05 to Aug 13 Poplar Tree
Aug 14 to Aug 23 Cedar Tree
Aug 24 to Sep 02 Pine Tree
Sep 03 to Sep 12 Weeping Willow Tree
Sep 13 to Sep 22 Lime Tree
Sep 23 Olive Tree
Sep 24 to Oct 03 Hazelnut Tree
Oct 04 to Oct 13 Rowan Tree
Oct 14 to Oct 23 Maple Tree
Oct 24 to Nov 11 Walnut Tree
Nov 12 to Nov 21 Chestnut Tree
Nov 22 to Dec 01 Ash Tree
Dec 02 to Dec 11 Hornbeam Tree
Dec 12 to Dec 21 Fig Tree
Dec 22 Beech Tree

APPLE TREE (the Love) – of slight build, lots of charm, appeal, and attraction, pleasant aura, flirtatious, adventurous, sensitive, always in love, wants to love and be loved, faithful and tender partner, very generous, scientific talents, lives for today, a carefree philosopher with imagination.

ASH TREE (the Ambition) – uncommonly attractive, vivacious, impulsive, demanding, does not care for criticism, ambitious, intelligent, talented, likes to play with fate, can be egotistic, very reliable and trustworthy, faithful and prudent lover, sometimes brains rule over the heart, but takes partnership very seriously.

BEECH TREE (the Creative) – has good taste, concerned about its looks, materialistic, good organization of life and career, economical, good leader, takes no unnecessary risks, reasonable, splendid lifetime companion, keen on keeping fit (diets, sports, etc.)

BIRCH TREE (the inspiration) – vivacious, attractive, elegant, friendly, unpretentious, modest, does not like anything in excess, abhors the vulgar, loves life in nature and in calm, not very passionate, full of imagination, little ambition, creates a calm and content atmosphere.

CEDAR TREE (the Confidence) – of rare beauty, knows how to adapt, likes luxury, of good health, not in the least shy, tends to look down on others, self-confident, determined, impatient, likes to impress others, many talents, industrious, healthy optimism, waiting for the one true love, able to make quick decisions.

CHESTNUT TREE (the Honesty) – of unusual beauty, does not want to impress, well-developed sense of justice, vivacious, interested, a born diplomat, but irritates easily and sensitive in company, often due to a lack of self confidence, acts sometimes superior, feels not understood loves only once, has difficulties in finding a partner.

CYPRESS TREE (the Faithfulness) – strong, muscular, adaptable, takes what life has to give, content, optimistic, craves money and acknowledgment, hates loneliness, passionate lover which cannot be satisfied, faithful, quick-tempered, unruly, pedantic, and careless.

ELM TREE (the Noble-mindedness) – pleasant shape, tasteful clothes, modest demands, tends not to forgive mistakes, cheerful, likes to lead but not to obey, honest and faithful partner, likes making decisions for others, noble-minded, generous, good sense of humor, practical.

FIG TREE (the Sensibility) – very strong, a bit self-willed, independent, does not allow contradiction or arguments, loves life, its family, children and animals, a bit of a social butterfly, good sense of humor, likes idleness and laziness, of practical talent and intelligence.

FIR TREE (the Mysterious) – extraordinary taste, dignity, sophisticated, loves anything beautiful, moody, stubborn, tends to egoism but cares for those close to them, rather modest, very ambitious, talented, industrious, uncontented lover, many friends, many foes, very reliable.

HAZELNUT TREE (the Extraordinary) – charming, undemanding, very understanding, knows how to make an impression, active fighter for social cause, popular, moody, and capricious lover, honest, and tolerant partner, precise sense of judgment.

HORNBEAM TREE (the Good Taste) – of cool beauty, cares for its looks and condition, good taste, is not egoistic, makes life as comfortable as possible, leads a reasonable and disciplined life, looks for kindness and acknowledgement in an emotional partner, dreams of unusual lovers, is seldom happy with its feelings, mistrusts most people, is never sure of its decisions, very conscientious.

LIME TREE (the Doubt) – accepts what life dishes out in a composed way, hates fighting, stress, and labor, dislikes laziness and idleness, soft and relenting, makes sacrifices for friends, many talents but not tenacious enough to make them blossom, often wailing and complaining, very jealous but loyal.

MAPLE TREE (Independence of Mind) – no ordinary person, full of imagination and originality, shy and reserved, ambitious, proud, self-confident, hungers for new experiences, sometimes nervous, has many complexities, good memory, learns easily, complicated love life, wants to impress.

OAK TREE (the Brave) – robust nature, courageous, strong, unrelenting, independent, sensible, does not like change, keeps its feet on the ground, person of action.

OLIVE TREE (the Wisdom) – loves sun, warmth and kind feelings, reasonable, balanced, avoids aggression and violence, tolerant, cheerful, calm, well-developed sense of justice, sensitive, empathetic, free of jealousy, loves to read and the company of sophisticated people.

PINE TREE (the Particular) – loves agreeable company, very robust, knows how to make life comfortable, very active, natural, good companion, but seldom friendly, falls easily in love but its passion burns out quickly, gives up easily, everything disappointments until it finds its ideal, trustworthy, practical.

POPLAR TREE (the Uncertainty) – looks very decorative, not very self-confident, only courageous if necessary, needs goodwill and pleasant surroundings, very choosy, often lonely, great animosity, artistic nature, good organizer, tends to lean toward philosophy, reliable in any situation, takes partnership seriously.

ROWAN TREE (the Sensitivity) – full of charm, cheerful, gifted without egoism, likes to draw attention, loves life, motion, unrest, and even complications, is both dependent and independent, good taste, artistic, passionate, emotional, good company, does not forgive.

WALNUT TREE (the Passion) – unrelenting, strange and full of contrasts, often egotistic, aggressive, noble, broad horizon, unexpected reactions, spontaneous, unlimited ambition, no flexibility, difficult and uncommon partner, not always liked but often admired, ingenious strategist, very jealous and passionate, no compromise.

WEEPING WILLOW (the Melancholy) – beautiful but full of melancholy, attractive, very empathetic, loves anything beautiful and tasteful, loves to travel, dreamer, restless, capricious, honest, can be influenced but is not easy to live with, demanding, good intuition, suffers in love but finds sometimes an anchoring partner.

Sugar Free Dessert Recipe

Sweets for My Sweet!

Happy Valentine’s Day sweet thing!! Here’s a fast, easy recipe to satisfy your sweet tooth and your desire for a rockin hot bod! Who knew the two could coexist?!

Vanilla Macaroons

You’ll need:

  • about half a pound of shredded coconut
  • 3 Tbs Coconut butter
  • stevia to taste
  • a dash of vanilla extract
  • 3-4Tbs water

Using your hands, simply mix all of the ingredients in a bowl and let sit for about 10-15 mins. This allows the coconut flakes to rehydrate and absorb the stevia & vanilla extract.

Then make a ball by squeezing about 1-2 Tbs of the mixture tightly in your hands.  This will squeeze a little of the water out and should allow the ball to hold it’s shape.  It may still be somewhat flaky but that’s ok.  Gently place on a baking sheet and cook @ 350 deg for 10-15mins.  Watch these closely, they cook fast!! They are ready when the tops start to develop a golden brown.

Hope you enjoy this easy, sugar free recipe! I like to have my macaroons with a couple pieces of dark chocolate, they go together really nicely 🙂

Peace, love & macaroons

xo

Happy Valentine’s Day, You’ve got Cancer

Happy Valentine’s Day, You’ve got Cancerread the interview with awe inspiring Kris Carr.  Exactly eight years ago on Valentine’s Day, Kris was diagnosed with a rare and incurable form of cancer. There was nothing the doctors could do and so she was told to sit and wait. Today she is THRIVING, shining, and living her passion now more than EVER!! She recently released her latest book ‘Crazy Sexy Diet: Eat Your Veggies, Ignite Your Spark, and Live Like You Mean It!’ which instantly became a New York Times Bestseller – like in a matter of days people!!

Her story gives hope to the more than 12 million people in this country living with cancer.  Take care of yourself darlings, this is real life.  We’ve got to honor our bodies and ourselves.  I talk a lot about food & weight loss but the real takeaway message is take care of yourself, nurture your body and your spirit.  I want to help you be as happy and healthy as you can be so you can kick ass and take names in life!

Check out Kris’ website – crazysexylife.com where she and her fabulous health posse dish out tons of info and inspiration.  In the words of Kris Carr, ‘make juice not war!

This Valentine’s Day remember to love yourself, be kind to yourself and tell yourself that you are gorgeous, lovable, and amazing because guess what?! YOU ARE!! You don’t need a Valentine to tell you that, you ARE your own Valentine.  Seriously, who is more kind, thoughtful, attentive, inspiring and fun to be with than you? No one, that’s who!!