5 Reasons to loosen up! As in drink loose leaf teas :)

Fitness is one side to a multifacited life and surrounding yourself with quality products is just as important. I’m sharing a few of my favorite black teas and by a few I mean nine, Lol. I shop local whenever possible and have been fortunate to friend local store owner Robyn Liss of Ubiquitous Journey or Ubi’s Tacoma off the historic 6th Ave area. (You have to visit 6th Ave. businesses in Tacoma but start with Ubi’s.)

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Her tea blends inspire me and if you like these just wait until you see all the other varieties in her store. This is just a small example of the organic loose leaf tea selection she carries and we are extremely fortunate to have her in Tacoma. If you’ve never tried loose leaf tea then you’re missing out on some amazing flavor. Oh and the aroma! #huginamug

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I could probably fill my blog with images that I capture at her store but they can never do it justice, you simply have to go in and see for yourself. So let me get down to my five reasons to LOOSEN UP!

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5 Reasons to Loosen Up!

1. Yummy-ness. That alone should make you run out and buy some. Your tastebuds will fall in love.

2. Quality. Have you ever noticed that tea bags might seem convenient but they lack the fullness. With loose leaf teas you can refill your mug (cup) several times and still taste the full bodied flavor.

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3. Healthy. I could spend all day jabbering about the health benefits but you have better things to do with your time.

4. Fit Choice. I’ve come across several teas that are extremely beneficial during recovery periods between workouts.

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5. Peace. If the first four didn’t encourage you then think about living a life worthy of reflective moments. There’s something spiritual about tea, almost a zen like feeling that allows you to breathe deep and hā (the resounding exhale at the end of a well lived day).

Well there you have it my 5 reasons to loosen up. I’ve also added images from #UbisTacoma that I thought you might find interesting. Like the DIY section for beauty products or the ah-mazing selection of organic seasonings. Have a prosperous 2017 and PEACE Be the Journey.

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Want more holistic lifestyle tips? Click on the images below. It’s an entire blogpost dedicated to the science of, “Sticking to your plans.” It’s a two part blog.

 

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DIY Noodle Bowl

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:

  1. 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]
  2. 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.  
  3. 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.

Need MEAL PREP HELP? Take this free 60min. workshop: BALANCED BABE It will guide you through an outline so you can create your own healthy meals. It’s all the little techniques I use to balance food, fitness & self-care.

My Rainbow Smoothie Challenge.

My self-inflicted RAINBOW SMOOTHIE CHALLENGE was fun for my creative brain. My goal was to keep it organic and I used food to color them. The hardest was blue so I blended purple cabbage and added a pinch of (organic) baking soda. Yes, organic baking soda exist. That did the trick. I made 6 instead of the regular 7 colors and I’m content. Enjoy

Fall, fitness and… clay masks?

One of my favorite things as a child was playing in the mud. My siblings and I would search for the perfect mud puddle or creek with a clay embankment. It was messy and heaven at the same time.  Forget play-dough, our clay was 100% organic without any harmful dyes.

Today I’m grown, slightly mature and a mother but I still enjoy that cool mushy feeling of wet clay. Naturally I would like to indulge in a facial mask but the prices at many of these high-end spas are interesting. After all I use to play in this stuff for free!

I actually checked out a spa and many of the items in their mask are in my kitchen. Products like honey, oats and vitamin E. (I have a supplement shelf.) All I needed was the clay to make my mud mask. Fortunately I know of an organic shop called  Ubiquitous Journey that sells herbs, loose leaf teas, spices and a beauty DIY section. (Do It Yourself.)


I chose three different types of clays, each with unique mineral content and played around with various combinations. It’s so easy to use that I brought some to the ladies in my Zumba class. The picture above was taken after my Facebook lifestream session where I showed them how to mix and apply  the clays.

There are countless blogs, vlogs and articles about these amazing clays. My purpose is to show you a few of the combinations that you can duplicate. The main ingredient is the clay and you can start using it with little prep time. All you really need is purified, filtered or distilled water to mix and make your mud mask. As you can see from the picture below my na keiki (children) wanted in on the fun too!


Basic Mix

  1. One tablespoon clay (a little can go a long way)
  2. Purified H2O (add slowly for a pasty texture)
  3. Few drops of oil (indulge in the nourishing feeling)
  4. Mix and use (I prefer to make it when I need it)
  5. Leave on for about 8-10 minutes

Mini breakdown…

  • Rhassoul Clay – suitable for daily use.
  • French Green Clay (and others) – about once a week or on targeted areas.
  • Fullers Earth Clay – about once a week.

In classic kiddie fashion they had to make faces to go with their mask. I’m super happy for my young teens who can benefit from the clays at an early age. Preventing that horrible teen acne problem that I remember going through. The best part is that it has ZERO chemical content and totally organic.


If you want more natural beauty ideas to go with your fit lifestyle comment below. You can also become a Mermaid by subscribing to the newsletter learn more. PEACE Be the Journey

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How cancer started this blog.

A little background information, around 2012 both my sister and I became Zumba fitness instructors and we had big plans to help a lot of ladies get fit. I would bring in my nutritional background and she would blend in her knowledge of fitness. Then in 2015 she was diagnosed with stage-4 cancer as a result of a molar pregnancy. My instincts took me deep into prayer and back to the lessons of MANA. The thought of chemotherapy freaked us out but the tumor markers were growing quickly. Collectively we knew that the healing needed to involve all areas of her being.  Because diseases like these attack the body, plays tricks on the mind and can damage the soul.

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I wanted to find a way to keep her MIND, BODY & SOUL strong during her treatment. The cancer was in her uterus, bladder & lungs. Her physician took a chance and put her on a rigorous program including 7 TYPES OF CHEMO, one drip was about 12 hours long. I wanted to propose something to my Ohana (family) with a product line that I enjoy. So we got together and I said, “What do we have to loose, why not take a chance and put these products to the test. The other side is death.

We’ve only heard stories about people trying this but we’ve never seen it in action. So she started with an infused organic drink called Genesis™,  daily. That gave her the nutritional foundation during a time when food wasn’t interesting. It’s part of the double whammy of, “You have to eat” while we fry your tastebuds and you’ll develop mouth soars from the cancer treatments. With amazing dedication she eventually added smoothies with beets, cucumber, cilantro, apple, banana, chia seeds, hemp hearts & beets!!!

The dangerous part was if her white blood cells dropped to low they would have to pull back on the chemo. So we all became her caregivers. My parents took care of her needs and took her to numerous appointments, she practically lived there. To our amazement we watched the tumor markers decrease from over 200,000 to 170,000 to 140,000…

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All the while I kept writing hoping that she was reading my blog and trying some of the challenges. It clawed at my faith and bruised my hope to see her going through this but I never showed it during my visits or daily chats. While she was in treatment my husband and I moved her Ohana into our home due to her husband’s work schedule and the chemo sessions. It was school, work, martial arts, dance classes as usual… almost.

Then it happened her body responded well to the to kill the orcs (cancer cells) treatment which included her supplements at home, whole foods and walks. In fact her doctor told her, “What ever you’re doing, don’t stop.” I pray for more doctors like him who listen to their patients and after four (4) months the cancer is in remission!!!! 

Although it doesn’t work out for all because she experienced four deaths and know of others who had to prolong treatments. It’s a struggle and a painful cycle. She took a risk and tried something involving an old/new approach to healing. Are you wondering if this could work for you or someone you love? Maybe a challenge to get things moving in the right direction or a product line that will support your body. One that nourishes and rejuvenates from the inside out.

You are the designer of your life so take control with kindness and love. Always love.

The challenges I created are listed below or you can search for them in the menu above.

  • Beautiful Mind
  • Beautiful Body
  • Beautiful Soul

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It was gut wrenching, difficult and full of sleepless nights but I believe that the experience has taught me so much. I feel blessed with patience and encouraged to teach others. That they should never, never, never give up. PEACE Be the Journey.

  1. Subscribe to my sister’s blog to learn about her journey: Make Mahalo

UPDATE: June 2017, All the impossible things became possible. My sister is cancer-free, they bought their 1st house, the children are thriving and I’m grateful. I also wrote a book, “WALK IN BEAUTY.” Description in the menu above where you can get your instant eBook copy or click here.

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Beautiful Body – Day 19 & 20

Your body has an amazing first line of defense called skin. It protects your muscles, organs & bones. It holds us together and puts up with our tattoos, piercings & writing notes on the palm of our hand.
And how do we show kindness to the tissues of life that cover our entire being?

Well (deep breath) in BEAUTIFUL BODY Challenge  hopefully we’re…

  • Drinking lots of water.
  • Eating foods that are nutrient rich.
  • Meditating. (That’s in the BEAUTIFUL SOUL Challenge)
  • Using products that don’t have long & hard to pronounce names. Keep it simple.
  • Choose a self-care night to indulge in a clay mask, foot soak and bubble bath. (Make up your own routine.)

 Try to focus on a good skin care regime. It might not always work out but say this first, “I’m worth it” and then MAKE IT HAPPEN.

Skin Fit: Whipped body butter that looks so good you’ll want to eat it! But don’t.

Throw a DIY SPA PARTY by inviting a few friends to bring ingredients and all of you can mix up batches of creams, lotions, bath bombs and much more.

Foodie Fit: I follow the Domestic Geek  and couldn’t choose just one of her meal prep videos so I made a playlist. She’s worth the subscription & I hope you’ll follow her channel.

“Never be ashamed of small beginnings” said the great Oak to the acorn. 🌳

Dance Fit: Now this is one you can definitely dance with, I’m positive.

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Beautiful Body – Day 15 & 16

I’m ready to dive into the outer layer or skin. After all we spent days talking about beautiful organs. (Yes I said organs.) Are you prepared to hear the secret of having beautiful skin?

Naturally beautiful skin comes from what you consume & what is in your atmosphere.

My top three rules to eating clean also applies to having beautiful skin. I’ll show how they relate.

  1. Choose life when shopping. Food & skin care products should represent life. It’s the difference between choosing something that came from natural plant cells or test tubes (modified organisms). You can usually tell by the price. Example: Quality products take time to create therefore it may cost more. But it will save you money over time. (Ponder about that last part.)
  2. Educate yourself, be in the know. Learn to read labels for both the foods consumed to the cosmetics you use. Look up stuff! Most of us can Google. Simpler ingredient list has less to hide. Also the front of a package is designed to trick you into buying. (Bottom line.) However they can’t lie on the label. Example: I bought something that said all natural coconut but the word natural means nothing to the label and coconut was the last ingredient.
  3. Pure (raw), organic, whole should apply when shopping for products that you will eat or wear on your skin. Here’s the best part… you can buy wonderful products locally or make them yourself. One of the best facial mask is a mashed avocado. Unlike the store bought plastic tube filled with chemicals and avocado is the last component.

Simple ingredient list has less to hide.

Skin Fit: For the adventurous you can try this avocado mask.

Have fun! 🎈  (Bottom line.)

Foodie Fit: Since we’re talking about avocado why not have it in a smoothie. Here’s a regular & vegan recipe.

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Dance Fit: I have to share part of my heritage, after all dancing Ori Tahiti kept me fit during my young adult life.

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