Yoga- a practice for the mind, body, and soul! I have only recently become a yoga addict. I still remember those days when I would meet the crazy yoga-goers (yogis as they proudly called themselves) who guaranteed that my life would never be the same once I consistently practiced yoga. I recall nodding in disbelief and going about my day. I never was one of those people who spent hours at the gym, or even one for that matter.
Do I want to buy a gym membership, or more makeup? You can all guess how that turned out, every.single.time. My workouts consisted of following dance fitness experts on YouTube- convenient, effective, fun and free! As I completed one of my dance workouts, YouTube automatically started playing the next suggested video- Total Body Yoga. I was quite exhausted after my previous sweat session, so the chirping birds and the serene palm trees at the beginning of the video were a welcome interruption. Something took over me- I walked over to the side of my shaggy rug and before I knew it the 40 minutes of yoga were up!
I felt incredible after the 40-minute yoga, and noticed a spring in my step the next day. As I came home that evening, I turned to my workout buddy, YouTube, and pulled up Total Body Yoga by Shilpa Shetty– I couldn’t believe it! That was the beginning of my yogi days, and now I am a proud yogi for life! I can now attest to Yoga’s truly soulful and life-changing results for a fit body and a focused mind. So what are you waiting for? Get your pose on!
The one I cannot live without! I have recently been head over heels for this green superfood! I love love love eating avocados every single day. And I know they do everything they claim to because I can see and feel the difference on the days I miss my daily dose of this green gem!
So what makes avocados a miracle food, you ask? Well, lets see…
Heart + Brain
Avocados contain monounsaturated fat- the good fat! Studies have found that consuming monounsaturated fat boosts brain function, lowers bad cholesterol, and improves heart health. As an added bonus, the skin is visibly soft and supple!
Vitamins B and E present in avocados not only nourish the hair, but also work at the cellular level to promote hair growth and repair scalp damage.
The protein, monounsaturated fat, and water content in avocados leave you feeling satiated for longer.
Skin (read: Anti-aging)
When exposed to the environment, our body produces free radicals which harm our skin cells. Avocados contain antioxidants such as carotenoids, vitamin E and vitamin C that help protect against such damage. Vitamin E and C also provide anti-aging benefits and boost collagen that keeps our skin firm.
Pairing avocados or avocado oil with foods rich in carotenoids– such as orange, tomatoes, and other red fruits and veggies– increases their absorption in our body. Carotenoids protect our skin from environmental havoc, prevent fine lines and wrinkles, and improve our skin’s texture.
Need I give you more reasons to stuff your face with this green goodness? If you are a flavor and spice lover like me, you will also go bananas for avocados with the below recipe for an avocado spread- enjoy!