This will probably be the shortest post because the video says it all. However I did manage to take a few pics along the way. Here’s a simple meat wrap for on-the-go lunches.
I started using this delicious Greek yogurt made in Seattle. Unbelievable texture and flavor. It’s so creamy and dreamy. I’m using the natural Greek yogurt flavor and for more info click here. I like how ingredients can inspire us.
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Hope you enjoyed the simplicity 🙂 and Mahalo (thanks) in advanced for sharing.
Sistahz Soirée came and went. All of the planning, promotion and care was worth it! Luckily Paish did a little Livestream 🤗
We had a fitness session than a lunch break which led us into the DIY sessions.
- Bullet Journals
- T-Shirt Cutting with Style
- Organic self-care products
We were blessed to have the BEST YOGURT at our event. Made in Seattle from a family recipe, Ellenos. The yogurt bar kicked off our buffet followed by organic chips, fruit, granola and more. Not to mention our fave water, Fiji.
The entire event was divided into two sessions; fitness and features (as in – featuring DIY projects). We used the studio space to acomadate the separate agendas.
We allowed the natural light from a Pacific Northwest sun to illuminate our event. The breeze mingled with the happy hearts and smiles went from ear to ear. This was one of the best events I’ve ever done because it combined creativity along with community.
Attendance was geared towards a particular group, women. We didn’t have children or partners working out with us like our regular SISTAHZ SESSION. I don’t think I would have been able to carry out the details and cater to our guest if it was a regular fitness event. This is how I did it… TEAMED UP WITH MAKE MAHALO then I…
- Chose a venue, date, time & audience.
- Created a theme, menu & template.
- Posted and shared the event.
- Gathered all the ingredients and projects.
- Hosted the event and had a blast.
Below was the final digital flier before the actual event.
Here’s a little video about the DIY sessions:
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Oh so random… be prepared because the following images are interesting but not fitness related. However it is community building. Every year my team & I host a farmers market booth with kiddie crafts and DIY youth projects. And somehow we fit in a ZUMBA @ THE MARKET event so stay tuned.
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From containers to types of diets it can be overwhelming. Don’t worry I’ve got you covered. 😉
In all honesty I try to keep things super simple because I’m a busy Mom of 7 and I run a business. So when I couldn’t find a planner that worked for me I created one that would.
Then as a food and fitness coach I found out that it worked for the ladies in my classes. So far they’ve lost between 15″-18″ inches each over the past two months. (My regular fitness ladies.) Not to mention the pounds that are melting away.
The truth is that food works with us because it makes us who we are. Remember that old saying, “You are what you eat.” Well if you’ve never heard it than I’m happy to be the first.
It’s a lot to type so I made a quick vlog 😁. And by quick I mean the lighting wasn’t the best. Oh well…
Hope you like & enjoy it.
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I’m a kid at heart and a naturalist by birth. So when I was asked to teach a workshop at Northwest Indigenous Youth Day for Climate Justice NIYDCJ (longest title ever!) I thought about our relationship to nature as it pertains to health.
My goal was to teach the youth that little things matter and to take time appreciating it. My project involved moss. Yes, the very same moss we step on or totally bypass. The little bits of nature that can be amazing.
We used rocks and recycled old jar covers as the foundation. Than they went to town decoupaging (is that a word?) their own eco-creation. This was the best idea I ever came up with. I had little ones from 2-years old and beyond creating their own oasis.
- Discuss our relationship & responsibility to nature. How the health of our land reflects our own health.
- If possible, take them on a hike with gloves, grabbing sticks & trash bags to collect discarded trash that pollute the landscape. Once the trash is in it’s proper place they can move on.
- Gather small bits of nature. The goal is to find vegetation that grows quickly and is plentiful. (Aka: moss) Than use decoupage glue on their rocks or recycled lids.
There were other instructors who taught weaving with cedar and other materials. The day was filled with guest speakers, food and storytelling. Overall I hope they had fun and continue the conversation of home/life sustainability.
The instructor featured above, which happens to be my cousin Mahealani, was teaching lauhala weaving using cedar. Before she would allow the children to participate she taught them about the significance of the material. The purpose was to build awareness of natural resources and to MALAMA HOUNUA. Take care of the land. (Hawaiian saying.)
The best part was munching on these delightful treats called TANKA BARS. OMG 😲!!! Just the type of protein bar that I’ve been looking for and wish I had more right now.
👆🏽 TANKA BAR website
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As you can see we’re happy 😊 and it’s the type of happiness that comes from hanging out with positive people. From my limited experience people who practice dance fitness seem to vibe joy. [why?] Because music 🎶 plus movement is motivational.
Music 🎶 plus movement is MOTIVATIONAL.
That statement was profound in my mind, which is why I had to quote it.
I like practicing other forms of fitness but when it comes to Zumba I happily render my body to intense cardio moments. Lol 😂The while premise is that Zumba is more of a party 🎉 and I’ve noticed how it changes perceptions of fitness.
So last year I conducted fitness events but this year it’s all about the 🎉 PARTY. Creating a party like experience that will combine food & fitness. Originally I called these SISTAHZ SESSION but this month, in honor of Mothet’s Day, I’m co-hosting SISTAHZ SOIRÉE for the first time.
Parties with a fitness theme is perfect for any community. It has a way of boosting a fit lifestyle.
- MIND SHIFT. It tricks our brain into believing that it’s not a workout when it really is.
- CELEBRATE. The fun & wow factor takes a mundane task, workout, and turns it into a celebration.
- VALUE. Happy events create intrinsic connections that is deeply felt. It sparks a memory of joy.
- CONNECTION. Sometimes we feel alone in our struggles of health & fitness. Yet spending time with positive people, who are dancing right with you, is super motivating.
- JUMP START. I’ve seen how a simple dance fitness class can be the gateway to other levels of fitness.
This 👆🏽 is my latest event and it’s a Mother’s Day Special. 💜 I’m focusing on spoiling the women in the community who do so much for their families.
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👆🏽 Lol, I forgot to post the time on the last image. Lol 😆
Today my niece hung out with me and I was desperately trying to finish my thoughts in blog form. Not happening. So the transition was for me to chillax with her. So as any good Aunty would do in this situation… I spoiled her! 😉 But I don’t recommend the sugary & sour content in the Unicorn Frapp. [She ate the berries from my oatmeal instead.] Luckily it was a sample cup. Well… let’s continue, HOW TO EMBRACE TRANSITION.
Everyone I know is going through some type of transition. To some it may feel uncomfortable and to others exciting but we can all agree that “IT’S HAPPENING.” I just want to address to unknown…
“Don’t worry, about a thing 🎶”
You know the song: https://youtu.be/EYi5aW1GdUU
Worry doesn’t serve you and what value does it have? Seriously. What are the benefits to worrying?
ZERO, NONE, ZIP 🤐, NADA!
Here’s 5 [five] steps to ease into transition…
- Do a fitness session. Circulate, breathe & oxygenate.
- Deep breaths and relax your body. (Working out makes this part easier.)
- Doodle or write all your thoughts and fears into a journal.
- Discover a story or testimony about someone who was in your situation.
- Develop a “DOER” mentality and become proactive. We all face tough transitions but wallowing and worrying is wasting your time.
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Do It Yourself healthy noodles. Soba is basically buckwheat and that’s an amazing whole grain with protein & fiber. It’s a total win/win situation. I wanted to show you how easy it is to shop & make your own noodle bowl using soba noodles.
Remember that this is a fusion noodle bowl. My version of a bibimbap [Korean] + soba noodles [Japanese]. The main goal is to have a great noodle & dress it with veggies. Keep in mind that the meat is the garnish so try not to overdo it.
There’s a few basic steps when creating your own noodle inspired meal.
Here’s me shopping:
- Start with a great organic & whole grain noodle like soba. Follow the package for cooking directions. When it says “rinse” your noodles it’s an important step. Soba is starchy and by giving it a good wash you’ll be able to enjoy the flavor. Prepare like this. [Fast forward the video to :33]
- Choose your sauces. Hoisin can be tricky so read the sodium content & check if it has MSG. There’s the Joyce Chen & Soy Vey which are two that I like. Sometimes I’ll shred ginger & turmeric root onto the noodles. Also, if you like it hot try a chili sauce or Siracha.
- Garnish & sides is what makes it so much fun. So try to keep to the 70/30 rule. [I made that up but it sounds cool, lol.] Veggies should make up 70% while meat is the remaining 30% in your bowl.
The two sauces featured above are examples but the links I gave you in tip #2 are best. Also the meat in the picture is a typical Chinese sausage next to a Japanese fish cake. Both are processed but I kind of grew up eating them, some habits are hard to break. Yikes.
I fill my bowl with all kinds of Korean yummy-ness liked pickled cucumber, kimchi or seaweed salad. This is where the 70% comes into play, enjoy building your bowl.
PS: If you spend one day prepping all the tiny bits this dish is a quick grab and go type of meal. The noodle takes 3 MINUTES to cook. Seriously, I get my protein, fiber & goodness in one bowl. PEACE Be the Journey.
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