After researching many top 10 lists from other journalists, doctors and researchers, here are my 10 daily habits for optimal health and happiness. (Not in any particular order)
1) Drink lots of water, 8 glasses per day.
2) Eat 3 to 5 clean, light, organic (whenever possible) and balanced meals. Consume fresh juices and foods rich in antioxidants.
3) Breathe fresh air. Take some time to enjoy the outdoors, the sun, the breeze or a great view.
4) Practice good oral hygiene, brush your teeth for 2 mins, twice daily and floss.
5) Be active, make physical activity part of your daily routine. Exercise 20 – 30 mins. Try to include some yoga, cardio or strength training.
6) Practice your passion or hobby, spend 30 -60 mins on what you love to do.
7) Practice mindfulness: For 1-10 mins be present, (think positive thoughts) breathe deeply and smile.
8) Spend quality time with your family and friends.
9) Find joy, purpose and meaning in your work even on tougher days.
10) Be productive. Get something done for yourself and do something for others.
What are your favorite daily habits that bring you happiness? I would be interested in learning some from you!
Brooke Benson is one of my all time favorite jewelery designers. Her style is original, with ethnic influences and simple but creative flair. There is a distinct characteristic that is captured in each design, revealing a uniquely raw, yet refined elegant style. Using spiritual symbols, gold, silver, rare one of kind pieces, wood and semi-precious stones, her jewelry is designed to adorn perfectly to those who wear it.
My personal favorites are the long necklaces from her Ancient Charm Collection. I have about three of them and can’t go anywhere with out someone stopping me to compliment it or ask how and where to get one. Her earrings are also fabulous and she is even doing custom rings! Click HERE to get to her site Brooke Benson Designs and for more info.
The newest release from one of my favorite nutrition authors, Michael Pollan. ‘Food Rules’ an eater’s manual, is a brilliant unconventional diet book for those of us who want to have healthier eating habits, but find it hard to navigate the confusing science of nutrition or tried many different diets that don’t last. This book offers a welcome simplicity to our daily decisions about food and how we eat.
The health care crisis is in large part a crisis of the American diet of processed food, refined grains and sugars, too much meat and lack of vegetables, whole grains and fruit. Roughly three quarters of the two-trillion plus we spend on health care in this country goes to treat chronic diseases, most of which can be prevented by a change in lifestyle, especially diet. Michael’s “Rules” are not framed in the vocabulary of science but rather culture and a source of wisdom about eating that turns out to have as much, if not more, to teach us than nutritional science does. Here are his top five and my favorites!
1. Eat food
2. Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food
3. Avoid food products containing ingredients that no ordinary human would keep in the pantry
4. Avoid food products that contain high-fructose corn syrup
5. Avoid food products that have some form of sugar (or sweetener listed among) the top three
Click HERE for more info on the author and to buy!
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For women, mammas and soul searchers this site will blow you away and is such a gift to us all! Click HERE and Enjoy.
As a lover of world music I was floored when I first heard a track from this album while listening to KCRW. Tinariwen, the Saharan, nomadic blues-rock group’s new album Tassili strides across several genres to produce something so unsettling and so good that you just might feel you are hearing something in music for the first time, something from the cellar of your heart.
For this release they’ve invited in a few friends as well. Nels Cline contributes a beautiful guitar to opener “Imidiwan ma Tennam”, two members of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band add rough texture to “Ya Messinagh”, and TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe, who traveled out to the desert recording site, are on hand on five songs, adding subtle backing harmonies and even a bit of lead vocal on one song.
A world music favorite this year and a strongly recommended must buy! Also, don’t miss them live if you get the chance. For more info click here!
I am always searching for new world music, if you know of a great album that you think I should check out please share!
I discovered The Sanctuary in 2001 and at 21 years old I thought I had died and gone to paradise! I have never seen another place like it. Their motto ‘built for travelers, by travelers’ is an honest description for this place. Accessible only by boat, it’s an adventure in itself and a must do if your in Thailand!
The Sanctuary, Bungalow Resort & Spa, is a boutique beach resort, spa, and detox center on the small island of Koh Phangan. Away from it all, you can feast on healthy mouth watering vegetarian and seafood specialties, stay in unique island style accommodations and experience their wonderful yoga and meditation offerings.
For more info click HERE
The super talented and amazing Anoushka Shankar does it again with her latest release, ‘Traveler’. By far one of the best, stunning and original world music albums of the year! Anoushka amazes as she explores the links between Indian music and Spanish flamenco, the result of ancient Gypsy migration. This collaboration allows her to demonstrate her inspired instrumental work in the company of Indian musicians and the flamenco elite, including the producer and guitarist Javier Limón.
Unfortunately she just concluded her world tour, but you can still enjoy the music! For more info click HERE
I started this blog as a creative outlet and to share the people, places and things that inspire me. My entire life I have traveled around the world, studied music, art, photography and dance. I am a student of of Indian Classical music, a performer of African Dance and a 12 year practitioner of the healing arts. In addition, I have a global community of the most interesting, diverse and talented people.
With this blog, my vision is to inspire and promote awareness in global causes, holistic health and wellness, hip and exotic escapes, great music, inspirational wisdom, and eclectic brands in fashions, jewelry and beauty. I invite you join me on this journey and receive!