How to stay healthy and choosing healthier options

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I wasn’t always into fitness, but somehow I changed that. I truly believe we are all capable of achieving whatever we want to have in life, it is just a matter of taking action. We are all worthy of good life. Everyone has so much to offer to this world. And you CAN live a life you desire, you just have to start now! We can get so far with the right mind-set as long as we have the vision. Dream again! And dream big.

I don’t have a set fitness routine that I’d want to share, nor am I an expert in fitness, but I can share what has been working for me. You can find your own pace and see what works best for you.

Opt for healthier options:

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  • Start the day with a lemon water – starting with a lemon water will set you up for a clearer mind all day. It is also refreshing and has vitamin C.
  • Eating healthy: Consuming more vegetables and less fatty foods. Cutting down on carbohydrates and having it less than usual. You don’t need to change your diet. Just choose healthier options.

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  • Green tea- another of my favorites. I can’t stress enough the importance of drinking green tea. It stimulates body’s metabolism, and it also aids in weight loss.
  • Switching from regular oil to olive oil – Olive oil lowers the bad cholesterol and raises your good cholesterol.
  • Exercise– Of course it goes without saying that exercise plays a big role in our overall well-being. You can choose to live an active life today or you can choose not to. Pick up an activity you’d want to do: Is it going to the gym? or is it maybe going for a run? If all fails, start commuting to work by taking the bus or train it. Walk to the bus stop. You don’t always have to take your car when going places. When you are out to do your grocery shopping, try to leave your car behind. You don’t want to do it alone? – make it a group activity: Try involving your siblings, parents, friends, or your partner. Make it fun. I try to get mine done, on my own, in the evening when I am out for a walk. It is like killing two birds with one stone – you get your grocery shopping done while getting done with your exercise. Also, during my studies in the UK, I remembered looking for any opportunity to walk from point A to point B. Never had to take a bus or a train. You can also choose stairs over elevators, which is again something I picked up during my stay in the UK. I am grateful for those experiences because I know what is better for me now.

It is the little things that matter!
How do you stay fit mentally? You can feed your brain with positive thoughts, and constantly count your blessings. Having a positive mind-set is so important, and be thankful for everything in your life. Lastly, meditation helps with our mental well-being; it improves concentration levels and helps us to stay better focused in achieving our goals. Spare some time for meditation. You can check out my following blogs for tips on how to become more positive and be more grateful in your life.

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I want to wrap up this blog with this quote:

“When you hit a bump you pick yourself up and you keep going. Things don’t always turn out the way you imagine. Life deals you a hand and no matter what card you’re holding, you have to play it. …and it’s hard and it never stops being hard. But you learn …and you change … and you grow.”

I couldn’t agree more with these sayings, I am sure many of us can relate to it.

How do you manage to stay healthy?

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Easy Morning Routine

Fall season is almost upon us and with every new month comes new routines and practices. Are you looking to lose a bit of weight, maybe get a clear skin, or just looking for a general morning routine? Then keep reading.

I like seeking and trying new ways to better myself emotionally, physically and spiritually.  It goes without saying that positive mind gives you positive life. And as much as that is true, I also believe we should form rituals and habits that contribute to our overall well-being.

Here’s a morning routine that you can practice for at least 10 to 15 days before you can achieve great results. Be consistent with it everyday.

  1. Drink water with lemon first thing in the morning as soon as you wake up. You can also add apple cider if that is your thing.  I mix both lemon and apple cider. Try to wait for 20 to 30 minutes before eating breakfast. This practice will wash out any toxins in your body.
  2. Keep your breakfast light and healthy. I usually go with smoothies or an oatmeal for breakfast . Avoid mixing bananas or mangoes in your smoothie. This is what I prefer using: Spinach, Kale, blackberries, almond milk, with a pinch of black chia seeds and turmeric ( Use fruits or veggies that are high on antioxidants).
  3. Keep your lunch flavorful with tons of protein and mix greens. Almonds and pumpkin raw seeds can be used for snacks.
  4.  Next: Make a gratitude list. Write down 3-4 things that you are grateful for. It can be anything. Make it your daily practice and jot down 3-4 things daily (preferably this should be done early in the morning when you wake up). Maybe you are grateful for your new hair cut? or your new renovated home?  Second: Write down 3-4 main things that you want to get it done in a particular day, and make sure you get it done by the end of the day. Third: Do something nice for others. Find 2 to 3 persons and genuinely compliment them. It can be as simple as calling someone to check on their well-being or help someone with something that they may need help with. Try this practice for at least 10 to 15 days before you see a positive shift in your perception and life.

Please comment below if you find this practice easy to follow or would want to give it a try? Do you want to add anything else to it? I would love to know.

 

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Travel

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I recently visit this small village. I’ve been to Whistler few times, but never explored Whistler mountains. However this time, I did it.  I saw the ‘Black-Comb suspension bridge,’ which has recently opened this summer. It was such a great experience! “The bridge spans from the Peak Chair across part of Whistler Bowl and ends at West Ridge.” It is considered as the highest spot of any suspension bridge in North America. It is 130 meters long with an elevation of 2000 meters. If you are looking for a doze of mountain therapy then this place is for you. It is an easy drive from Vancouver 2 – 2.5 hours only.

Have you explored this village? If so, what did you like the most about this place?

I am also planning two more trips for this summer, which I am excited about. What are your traveling plans for this summer?

 

Goal Setting and New Year

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What are you aiming to achieve in 2018? 

I would like to take a minute to be truly grateful for what this year has brought.  It’s nice to pause and count our many blessings.

As we are in our final week some of you are thinking about New Year resolutions and this blog post may help you out with that.

Life is a journey and becoming better every day should be the goal, so here are few ways to do that.

  • “Compliment yourself – Every morning before you go on with your daily routines, take a couple of minutes to give yourself a compliment whether you compliment your outfit, haircut, or how you recently completed a task using your unique skill sets.
  • Don’t make excuses – and focus on self improvement instead. Don’t be critical of others but focus on you – own your mistakes and learn from them. 
  • Be helpful- Whether giving up your seat to an elderly person on the transit, assisting a co-worker on a project, or carrying in the groceries, being helpful is one of the easiest and most effective ways to practice becoming a better person.” (Source: A post on Instagram)

To add to the list:

  • Be Kind 
  • Meditate
  • Count your blessings -write it on a piece of paper and be grateful for at least 3 things each day
  • Surround yourself with people that brings out the best in you – not the worst in you.
  • Be active – Keep moving and eat well
  • Last but not least, make your mental well being your number one priority.  

 

 

Thanksgiving!

This is going to be a short blog entry. In light of recent events (what is going on in the world?), and thanksgiving weekend around the corner, I’ve been thinking of all the basic things I am thankful for that I may have taken for granted. My warm bed, family, food in my fridge, friends, my birds, my comfy shoes ( haha yes that deserves a mention!!).  I’ve literally been wearing them all week – simple things that I get to enjoy every day and grateful for all my small blessings.

What are some simple things you are thankful for that you usually take for granted?

 

 

How to be in a Beautiful State of Mind

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There are few motivational speakers that I enjoy listening to, and Tony Robbins is definitely one of them. He was here in my hometown last week for a talk, but I couldn’t make it. I watched his show later thanks to someone uploading it online. His talk inspired me in many ways, as usual, and as a result I decided to blog about it.

How to break free from a foggy state of mind?- follow these steps as suggested by Tony Robbins.

  1. Focus on your goals. What is it that you want? It is really important to focus on what matters to you and don’t allow yourself to think about things that don’t matter. Don’t focus on the negatives, but focus on the positives.

So, the first step is to know what you want.

  1. Take massive action – execution. Do something about your wants. Start somewhere and put on some work to get some results.
  2. Have believe and faith in your dream.  Believe in God. He calls it “GRACE.”

Now this may sound simple, but it is challenging for many to put their goals into action. When we take an action, we either accomplish our goals or we don’t. When that happens what do we do? We try again, again, and again until we accomplish what we are after. We eventually find a way to get the work done.

There are two different state of minds: lower and higher state. We tend to be happier and positive when we are at a higher state of mind. When we are in the lower state of mind, we often feel stressed, depressed and or anxious. When you think negatively, it puts you in a lower state of mind. When you are in a higher state of mind, you achieve your goals. You usually gain victory and success, but there is no self-fulfillment. You are not content from inside. We are accomplishing our goals and getting things done, but there is no inner peace or happiness. When this happens we do things what seems to be right or do things for the sake of others. And in the process, we forget about ourselves. There is no self-fulfillment because we are too busy making others happy that we tend to forget about our own happiness. What Tony suggests is that we shouldn’t be in higher or lower state, but to be in a ‘beautiful state’ of mind. A beautiful state of mind means being happy with the outcome. It’s okay to think about one’s happiness as well. It is a well known fact that you can’t make everyone happy, so might as well do things that will put your heart at ease. People often mistake achievement with happiness. I liked the saying that goes “Don’t achieve to be happy, but happily achieve your goals.” It is very true if you think about it, we chase our dreams and goals with the intention that if we accomplish our goals then we will be happy. We often think, once I get that job then I will be happy. Do you think that to be true? Wrong! Just accomplishing goals cannot bring true fulfillment and happiness. There is more to it.  It is important to have a purpose in life. To gain internal happiness, we should always be in a state of gratitude.

We don’t have control over what people say or do, but we have control over how we react to it. Lastly,  I would like to end this post with my favorite line from Tony, “trade your expectations with appreciation,” and I couldn’t agree more.

His piece of work was definitely stimulating for me, I hope you guys enjoy this as much as I did.

 

 

 

Norvan Falls & Cypress Falls

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Summer 2017 is the year to explore BC – go on hikes, and chasing waterfalls. I have lived in B.C long enough, but it is a pity that I didn’t get to explore these hidden gems long ago. I have a newfound love for waterfalls. I was so excited to get to these falls and to spend some time with nature.

Norvan falls, Cleveland dam and Cypress falls were on top of my list to visit for many reasons – they are well known hiking trails and they are close to home.  They are easily accessible via public transportation, which makes it even more appealing.

Norvan Falls is a spectacular waterfall hike located in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park, in North Vancouver. There are two trails that takes you there: Cedars Mill Trail and Lynn Headwaters Trail. My friend and I decided to take the longer trail via Lynn headwaters, which is 16km round trip – approximately 5 hours trip. It was an amazing experience. Glad we took the longer trail – it was scenic and we experienced beautiful forest view. This trail is rocky, but the hike itself is not steep or too bumpy but it is a long walk. I remember asking other hikers for the distance and how far more to hike to get to our destination – which was Norvan falls (though there were signs indicating the distance in km, but we didn’t seem to notice it at first). It took us approximately 2.5 hrs. to get to our destination.

As soon as I reached to the waterfall – I took off my shoes and couldn’t wait to dip my toes into the icy river. It felt so good because I was extremely exhausted. It was a perfect spot to rest. And I was glad my friend liked the place as much I did because I sort of  made her to hike with me.

On the way, back we hiked the shorter trail via Cedars Mill Trail, which was a flat hike.

Cypress Falls – this is a short hike in West Vancouver. The trail is very close to the city, yet one gets to experience such a beautiful forest view. I was shocked to see a forest so near to the city.  I hiked this trail on my own, so I was more self aware and mindful of where I was headed. I saw few small waterfalls and the hike is relatively short compare to Norvan falls. I also enjoyed the great forest view as you pass through the woods, and I found the trails to be wider and bumpy. Also, trails are not marked and so it can get quite messy and difficult because you don’t know where you are going. It is easy to get lost, I suppose, so it’s better not to hike it alone. Though I liked the lush green forest and the fact that it was less crowded. It was also a perfect spot to meditate while enjoying a quiet and peaceful walk.

Cleveland dam is another great place to hike and to be in the presence of nature. Again this hike gets you to couple waterfalls, but you only get to see them from a distance, and it is a short hike. I noticed different trails, but they were all marked, so it was easy to follow through. And the hike was flat.

My overall experience, I loved them all.

What is your favorite hiking trail in B.C or outside B.C? Share in the comments below.

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Norvan Falls

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Norvan Falls

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Cypress Falls

 

 

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Cleveland Dam

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Rumi Quotes

 

All time Favorite Rumi Quotes!

  • Last night I dreamed I had no possessions, and I nearly fainted from joy.
  • As you begin to walk out on the way The way appears. ~ Rumi
  • The soul has no concept of borders, only the concept of love.
  • Many of the faults you see in others, dear reader, are your own nature reflected in them. ~ Rumi
  • My dear heart, never think you are better than others. Listen to their sorrows with compassion. If you want peace, don’t harbor bad thoughts, do not gossip and don’t teach what you do not know.
  • When setting out on a journey, do not seek advice from those who have never left home.~ Rumi