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Self Care: Two Truths and a Lie

There’s a lot of hype out there about “self care” right now, much of it designed to make you buy stuff. And while certain products can definitely enhance your self care game, the truth is that you need very little. Read on to learn two truths and a lie about what self care is (and isn’t). 

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Truth #1: Self Care Requires Time

This is probably the single most important thing to know about self care. You need to take some time to care for yourself!

If all you do is lie on the bed for a few minutes, tuning out all other distractions and breathing deeply, you are practicing self care (and doing it amazingly well, I might add). 

It all starts with carving out that time for yourself! The rest is really window dressing. 

Truth #2: Self Care is About Feeling Your Feelings

All the different methods, products, and rituals that you hear about when people are talking self care are different ways to help you take that important time to tune everything out and focus on yourself. 

So once you’re there, what should you focus on? Self care is basically time that you take to process the events of your life, and the feelings associated with them. 

When you’re moving a million miles a minute, it’s easy to bypass emotions and keep deep, emotional moments of introspection at bay. While you may prefer this, it’s really not healthy. That’s why self care is important. It’s sanctioned time where you are giving yourself the space to feel your feelings! 

The Big Lie: Self Care Isn’t About Stuff

As you become a more experienced practitioner of self care, you’ll probably find the tools and products you like best to support your self care rituals. But really, self care isn’t about loading up on expensive stuff. 

We already established that self care is basically your scheduled time to feel your feelings. Well, when you do that, it’s also important to be kind to yourself and nurture yourself. That’s why people love to incorporate things like essential oils, teas, massage, skincare treatments, and other ways I’d treating themselves nicely into their self care routine. 

Self care is definitely designed to leave you feeling better! So don’t be afraid to pull in things that you like to do for yourself. Just remember that’s not the entire point of practicing self care! 

What do you think? Do you agree with these ideas about self care? How do you practice self care? Leave a comment and let me know! 

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3-Ingredient Superfood Smoothie

This is my personal go-to superfood smoothie recipe when I want a shot of nutrition that also satisfies my hunger, keeps me hydrated, and is easy to take on-the-go!

My superfood smoothie is ready-to-go in the super portable Glasstic bottle!

My superfood smoothie is ready-to-go in the super portable Glasstic bottle!

If you’re taking your smoothies on-the-go, you’ll love this Glasstic bottle! It’s shatter proof, spill proof, environmentally friendly, and very durable. I’m hosting a giveaway right now on my Instagram! Visit my profile @melparrishplus to enter to win one of your very own. Thanks to Glasstic for partnering on this giveaway!

How to Make Smoothies Part of Your Routine

What makes this smoothie recipe so great is that it’s basically a base that you can build upon as your nutritional needs vary day-to-day. Sometimes, smoothie recipes get way too complicated and require too many exotic ingredients. To make smoothies a regular part of your wellness routine, I’ve found it’s helpful to have this basic formula that I can tinker with based on what my day is like, and what I have on hand for ingredients on any given day.

You’re going to want to cart this superfood potion with you everywhere! This gorgeous blueberry smoothie is the most simple recipe, and yet it’s so versatile and helpful for those that are trying to fuel their bodies with nourishing, vibrant foods that taste great and make them feel amazing!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coconut milk

  • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries

  • 1 scoop protein powder

Instructions:

  • Combine all ingredients in the blender on medium speed

That’s it guys—it’s that simple! Read on for different ways to adapt this recipe to your lifestyle and nutritional needs!

Healthy Fats

Today, for example, I really wanted to load my diet with more healthy fats, so I added half an avocado and a generous spoonful of almond butter. These didn’t really alter the taste at all, but they gave the smoothie great volume and more “stick-to-your-ribs” healthy fats that would keep me full all afternoon! This recipe is also a great vessel for things like MCT oil if that’s more your jam.

Get Your Greens

You can also add a few handfuls of baby spinach, or powdered greens to load this up with more plant power. This is great to do periodically, especially if you struggle with getting enough servings of green vegetables each day!

Workout Recovery Drink

If you’re drinking the smoothie as a workout recovery drink, add a banana (or avocado) for more potassium! It’s a great way to add some superfood nutrition to your post-workout protein drink. Right now, I’m really big on collagen peptides. But any protein powder pairs wonderfully with this. And it can be made with water, dairy milk, or almond milk if you’d rather, or if you don’t have coconut milk on hand.

Breastmilk Supply Booster

While I was breastfeeding my daughter, I would use a smoothie base like this to layer in flax seed, brewer’s yeast, and sometimes moringa powder, to keep my supply strong. You can even add oatmeal, which will give it a fluffy, super smooth texture. Adding oatmeal, chia seeds, or any other type of seed or grain will help fill you up with slow burn carbohydrates that are essential for nursing moms!

Smoothie that Tastes Like Blueberry Pancakes

I’ve also found that dumping the last of my pot of coffee into the smoothie tastes like having blueberry pancakes and coffee. A very pleasing combo! Add a little high grade maple syrup for natural sweetness and more of that “blueberry pancake” flavor.

Take this simple recipe and make it your own. :Let me know how you’re making yours by leaving a comment below!

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