Challenge 22 – The Vegan Challenge – Week 1 Debrief

It’s been a little over a week, so as promised, here is my feedback on the Vegan journey thus far. I hope you enjoy! ❤

with Love,

Nat

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Do Positive Affirmations Actually Work?

Let me ask you: when was the last time you actually told yourself that you loved yourself? For me, it was a hell of a long time ago. And yet, I am now more sure than ever that back when I did it, it was actually what kept me sane and made me more attractive to potential clients. So why did I stop? Well, because most people turn to more spiritual things when they find themselves in negative situations and as soon as it gets better, they forget all about it.

Before I dig deeper into the subject, I would like to tell any sceptical person reading this, to just give it a try for a few days, ideally even a couple of weeks, and reap the rewards of living a more self-loving life.

So what is an affirmation and how does it work?

Well, there are two definitions:

  • The first one is that an affirmation is a phrase that someone will tell themselves, that describes themselves in the present, as a the ideal being that they want to become, but that does not exist yet. The idea behind this is that the more you repeat to yourself that this person IS who you are, the more likely it is that you will become this person in the future. For example: I am a successful lifestyle coach who helps my clients lead the perfect work/life balance. Thanks to my activity, I make a 6 figure income that gives me the flexibility to lead my own life the way I want to. I live in south florida and regularly holiday in the Bahamas with my husband and three children, one boy and two girls. etc….. These affirmations have to be as specific and detailed as possible and don’t be scared to step way outside of your comfort zone and dig deep into your childhood dreams.

 

  • The second one is that an affirmation is a loving sentence that someone will repeat to themselves in order to start loving and respecting themselves more. The idea behind this is that the more you tell yourself beautiful things, the more you will respect yourself and in turn, the more respect you will gain from the outside. For example: I am a beautiful, smart and capable person. I strive in everything that I do and I am well on my way to becoming the most successful version of myself.

The idea is to repeat these sentences to yourself on a daily basis, until they become your absolute truth. Now, I encourage you to pick your favorite definition and start implementing it in your life.

Now that you know what they are, how can you make sure to practice them consistently? 

Are you busy? Record yourself saying them on your phone, and listen to yourself saying those words every morning and every evening. Please note, ideally you should look at yourself while pronouncing the affirmations.

Are you forgetful? Write your affirmation down, take a picture or screenshot of it, and make it your phone’s home screen. Your phone literally becomes a reminder to practice your affirmation every time your switch it on.

You don’t have a smartphone? (no judgement :p) Write your affirmation on a piece of paper or a post it and stick that paper inside a book that you are currently reading or simply onto your mirror so that you can read it every time you look at yourself in the mirror.

You are helpless? Set an alarm on your phone to remind yourself to say your affirmations! 🙂

You no longer have an excuse for not practicing your affirmations, so get on it and let me know if it helps!

With Love,

Nat

Challenge 22 – The 3 week-long Vegan trial

This is it, I am taking the leap. I am trying Veganism!

If you’ve followed me for a while you will know that I love trying new, healthy things for my body: a new physical activity, a new drink, a new dish, a new face cream etc… It all started when I developed my skin problems 5 years ago and now, as I grow older and I hope, wiser, I am more aware and in control of the things that work for me and the things that don’t. For instance, I am aware that meat isn’t the best thing for me. It generally makes me feel heavy and above all, I’ve noticed that along with cows’ milk and too much gluten, it makes me breakout.

So over time, I have naturally started to move towards a more pescatarian / flexitarian diet. For a few years now, I have been very aware of the fact that a plant based diet can solution many physical problems. I’ve read many articles and watched countless videos about people miraculously getting over final stage cancers, going from infertile to having many babies and suffering from hard core skin problems to having beautiful perfect skin, just by shifting to a 100% plant based diet. Do you feel sceptical right now? I used to be like that too. But a lot of the info that I read was verified and was even posted on reliable sources like the Huff! You can look into it too!

Although these articles seemed very relevant, they only ever stayed at the back of my mind, until a few weeks ago when some of my good friends started trying out Veganism as well and telling me how amazing they felt in their bodies and the effects on their skin. I felt like the universe had sent me enough messages now. I was ready to try it myself too.

So, I went online and found the Challenge 22, which I talk about in the below video. I hope some of you jump on it with me too and we can share our experience of it together! Leave me a comment if you have any questions ❤

With love,

Nat

From the Pantry: Autumnal Pepper Soup

Hi guys!

First of all I think I need to explain the “from the pantry” in my title. I’ve basically decided to create a mini category within the ‘Recipes’ category where I share my made up recipes made from scratch, i.e. made from whatever was leftover in my fridge / pantry. So if you click on the “from the pantry” tag at the bottom of this article, you will have access to all the “from the pantry” recipes that I post 🙂

So here is my second recipe from the “From the Pantry” sub category: My autumnal Pepper Soup ❤  I like to buy my greens organic and from the farmers market. I had some week old leftover carrots and a bell pepper that really needed to be eaten. Luckily I had half an onion left and a couple of potatoes in the fridge so I threw everything together in the pan and boiled it all into a yummy soup! Here is my hearty recipe if you want to try it yourself:

*Serves 2*

  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 Medium Potato
  • 1 Large Carrot
  • 3-4 small purple carrots (You can replace with a small turnip or a small parsnip, they taste similar to purple carrots)
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1/2 organic vegetable stock cube

Peel the onion, potato and all carrots. Cut the bell pepper in 4 and take away the seeds. Throw all the ingredients, including the stock in a large pan. Fill with water until it reaches slightly above the ingredients. Close it up with a lid and bring to the boil. Check the potatoes and carrots every few minutes and when they are soft, take the pan off the fire. Fill up your blender with the vegetables, add a bit of the cooking water and blend. You can add as much water as needed until you reach your desired consistency.

That’s it! A hearty and healthy autumn soup to snuggle up with by the fire! Enjoy!

With love,

Nat

Yoga and Social Media – Reflecting on 1 year of posting

Hi guys! So, I am really trying hard to get back on the blogging front but I am most definitely not pressuring myself into writing stuff. It seems to be coming to me lately so I ain’t gonna complain 😉

Today I wanted to focus on the subject of my Yoga journey on social media. I hope you enjoy the read and that you may find inspiration, or that you feel the same about certain aspects of your social media life. Whichever it is, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

I wrote in a previous post that it had taken me a while and several blogging attempts to truly find my voice and while I feel like this blog is the perfect result of the many previous blogs which I have abandoned over the years, I also believe that my Yoga journey had a lot to do with it.

Like many people, I’ve had a personal Facebook account for as long as I can remember (and officially stopped using as of January 1st 2017) and a Twitter and Instagram feed which I barely ever used. Again, my Yoga journey changed all of that for the better – at least for me 🙂

Although I’ve been practicing Yoga for years, last year I felt a call to practice more and most of all, I felt a call to start sharing my journey with the world. I had been following certain famous Yogini’s from my personal account and had felt so inspired by their journeys that I wanted to share my own and connect with people. So, I took the plunge with my IG account. Later on, I set up my current blog, followed by my Facebook Page.

Starting with IG was in my opinion, the best way to start my journey. There are so many Yogi’s and Yogini’s on this little platform and I thoroughly enjoy sharing my journey, reading about theirs, finding inspiration for new poses, tutorials, all the way down to reading inspiring quotes. I’ve hosted a few challenges now and I just love the idea of using them to bond even more with my community.

After a few months of Instagramming, I realised that I really wanted to get back to my blogging. In the past, I went through a travel blog, a photography blog, a poetry blog and I am probably forgetting about a few more that I must have tried out. My IG identity, NathalieYogini, felt like the perfect way to get back into blogging and use the philosophies around Yogic lifestyle to express everything that I am interested in and which all have the same core goal: sharing my thoughts, food and tools for a more peaceful life.

So far, I have posted 20 articles and I intend to post many more, always with the same promise of helping my audience work towards their own realisation of a peaceful lifestyle. My dream is to develop focused programs and workshops to help each person out there find an answer to the specific problems that stop them from reaching the highest version of themselves.

This leads me to the reason why I have added Facebook to my list of Social Media platforms. I am now growing that platform to share the content from my blog along with curated content to help my followers access more literature on the subject of living an aligned and peaceful life.

I have now finished working on the first program of the next phase of my mission. It was very important for me for this first program, to focus on a deeply traumatic experience, which is why I am drawing from my life changing experience with acne to share a FREE holistic program that aims to help any acne victim heal their skin with love and gentleness. I am now working on writing a full E-Book on the subject that will follow from the program and I intend to carry on researching into what my community is interested in to carry on with my mission.

Every single reflection that has led me to the above developments is in no small part thanks to Yoga. My practice is my meditation. Sometimes, nothing happens and I am just focusing on the more superficial things, like finding my splits. Other times, I get deeply into my practice and will get out of my practice with answers, ideas, even epiphanies!

A lot of things have happened over this past year of sharing my journey online and I am so happy that I made the decision to do so. I want to take a moment to thank every single person who will be reading this post and who follows my journey. I would name all of those that inspire me on a daily basis, but you already know who you are 😉

With Love,

Nat

 

 

From the Pantry: Green Detox Smoothie

Autumn is now nice and settled and as the days get shorter and weather gets colder, it is important to make sure that we get our load of healthy nutrients to prepare for and stay healthy during winter.

I opened my fridge the other day and found that I had just the necessary ingredients left over to create a yummy green smoothie. It turned out awesome so I decided to share it on here! 🙂

*Serves 1*

Here is what you will need:

  • 2 big handfuls of spinach or kale
  • 1 Large Banana
  • 1 big teaspoon of fresh ginger
  • 1 cup of organic /home squeezed orange juice
  • 2 Ice cubes
  • 1 pinch turmeric powder
  • 1 pinch cacao powder
  • 1 pinch baobab powder

Throw everything into a blender and voila! The ginger and turmeric work wonders for the health! they are great anti-inflammatory root and will give your immune system a great boost. The orange, spinach and baobab powder are Vitamin C gold-mines and finally the cacao depletes your body’s nutrition absorption capacity, meaning your body will absorb the nutrients much better and in much greater quantities than it normally does.

Enjoy!

With love,

Nat

Book Review: You are a Badass by Jen Sincero

If you are on Instagram – and more specifically if you are a yogi or yogini on Instagram – then you will most likely have heard of the book ‘You are a badass’ by Jen Sincero. It is all social media influencers could talk about over the past year and while I am generally not one to buy into what influencers talk about – because more often than not, they are paid to sell products on their pages – when I saw this book being posted everywhere, I thought “ok, I’ll give this a try”. Little did I know that a few months down the line this book would help save my psychological state and therefore several aspects of how my life is shaping up to be like for now.

When I first heard about this book, I was in Boston. It was the beginning of my big 6 month long adventure with my boyfriend. A few days later, I was in NYC waiting to board my plane to Richmond, VA when I stumbled upon the book at the airport shop. I bought it straight away and started reading it. Fast forward to a couple weeks later, I had gone through about 1/3rd of the book and out of nowhere just stopped reading it. For the rest of our South American trip, I never looked at it again. I now know that the reason for that was simply that I wasn’t ready to receive everything that the book has to offer…

When we came back to the UK, we had a whole lot of readjusting to do. We didn’t realise it at first, but a couple of months down the line and we were constantly at each other’s throats. We were having a very hard time settling back into a ‘normal’ life. I was lost with what I wanted out of my life and what direction I was taking and the fact that we were both finding ourselves in that situation simultaneously, became very toxic for our mental states and as a result, for our relationship. And as if that wasn’t enough of a challenge, some of my friendships also took a downhill direction and I found myself deeply disappointed by certain people. At one point it felt like everything around me was falling apart.

This is when the book reappeared in my life. I was finally ready to receive all that it had to offer. I started it over again around mid-august and finished it only within a couple of weeks. I’ve re-read it three times already and have bookmarked a lot of passages that I like to re-read before going to bed, like affirmations. Thanks to that book, I am now in a much better place. I worked through my issues with my other half and found the strength to put some distance between me and the toxic friends. In some cases, I even managed to say goodbye when it was necessary.

So, what are the key takeaways from Jen Sincero’s book and who is it for?

Well, let me put it simply, it is for anybody who feels like their life is somewhat off. Jen approaches the problem like this: we were born innocent and open to the world and as we grew up, society taught us made up truths about ourselves and our world. Because of that, each and every one of us has their own perception of life and that perception has a direct impact on how our lives actually develop. That perception is our comfort zone and it is sometimes a very negative, consuming and completely untrue perception.

For example, if we were taught that money is bad or that it is rare, then chances are we won’t find a job that pays very well. Not because we’re stupid or incapable, but because we are subconsciously yet deliberately setting ourselves up for failure and therefore not aiming as high as we should when looking for a job or asking for that promotion that we deserve.

If we were taught that we are unlovable or to the contrary that nobody will ever love us enough, then chances are we’ll struggle to find the right person for us because again, we are deliberately setting ourselves up for failure to prove ourselves right and stay within our comfort zone.

In her book, Jen Sincero applies that same theory to the key perception patterns of life that really affect us: love, family, friendship, work and money. And after demonstrating the theory on each pattern, she draws the corresponding conclusions and offers the appropriate tools to solution and change each pattern.

I have no idea whether any of what I just said makes any sense to you so I will let it sink in and encourage you to get yourself a copy. I cannot believe how much it changed my perception of the things that used to block me from really moving forward with my life and I am fairly sure it will have the same effect on you!

If you have read the book already, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!

With love,

Nat