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The Seven Chakras


First of all, what is a chakra? The word chakra originates from the Sanskrit word for “wheel” or “disk”, and as part of ancient Vedi healing practices and techniques, yogis have worked with the chakra system for thousands of years. In Ayurveda, chakra refers to wheels of energy throughout the entire body. Ayurvedic medicine refers to illness as an energy blockage caused by one or more of the chakras. Acupuncture also acknowledges the energy blockage as the root cause of disease and pain. I became aware of chakras and the power of Reiki several years ago, when being affected by gastrointestinal issues and migraines. I had a few sessions of Reiki and acupuncture, and have not suffered from a migraine since. 

The Seven Chakras




The first chakra is the root or Muladhara. It sits at the base of your tailbone and is the center of your stability. When it is out of balance, you will feel nervous, dizzy, and anxious. An unbalanced root chakra can affect all aspects of your life. In Sanskrit, Muladhara means “support” or “root”. This is where the male sexual energy sits in the physical body. The masculine energy isn’t specifically male, it is a protective force field that brings a deep sense of comfort to anyone. When you learn to connect to this male energy stream, you will find a steady companion for your journey, one who can ground and stabilize you towards the best outcome for your work and life.

Essential oils for balancing the root chakra are:

  • Allspice
  • Angelica
  • Burdock
  • Cayenne
  • Cedarwood
  • Clove
  • Dandelion
  • Nutmeg
  • Paprika
  • Rosemary

Crystals for root chakra are black tourmaline, jet, onyx, red adventure, and red jasper.




The second chakra is the sacral chakra or Svadisthana. It is located between the reproductive organs, in the center of the lower abdomen. When this chakra isn’t balanced, the sense of creative potential is blocked.
This might manifest an apparent lack of inspiration for a creative project, a loss of interest in your art, or physical infertility.

Essential oils for balancing the sacral chakra are:

  • Blood Orange
  • Cinnamon Cassia
  • Fennel
  • Ginger
  • Tangerine
  • Vanilla
  • Ylang Ylang
tangerine quartz
 Crystals are carnelian, goldstone, imperial, topaz, orange calcite, peach, moonstone, shiva lingham, sunstone, tangerine quartz.



Third chakra is solar plexus or Manipura sits two finger widths above your belly button. When this chakra is well balanced and aligned with the rest of your chakras, you feel empowered, confident and capable.

Essential oils to align the solar plexus are:

  • Anise
  • Celery
  • Cinnamon
  • Cumin
  • Grapefruit
  • Helichrysum
  • Juniper
  • Lemon
  • Lily of the valley
  • Marshmallow
  • Melissa
  • Mint
  • Neroli
  • Tea Tree
  • Turmeric

Crystals are amber, citrine, copal, golden calcite, golden healer quartz, orpiment, pyrite, tiger’s eye, yellow aventurine, yellow fluorite, yellow jade.



The fourth chakra is heart or Anahata, it is located in the heart area. The heart chakra is the center of your body’s energy universe. It regulates your energy flow, just as the physical heart regulates your blood flow. When it is well aligned you are able to easily able to love others as you love yourself. If it is blocked you feel despair, and/or lack of hope or optimism. In this chakra sits the ability to hold, heal and help the entire planet, the enter universe, and here sits compassion for all people in all places across time.

Essential oils:

  • Bergamont
  • Black spruce
  • Cacao
  • Cardamom
  • Cilantro
  • Hawthorn berries
  • Jasmine
  • Lavender
  • Marjoram
  • Palmarosa
  • Parsley
  • Rose
  • Thyme

Crysals are chrysoprase, girasol, idocrase, mangano calcite, pink tourmaline, rhodochrosite, rose quart, ruby.



Fifth chakra is throat or Vishudda, located in the throat area. It holds the sum total of your lived experiences with voice, expression, and truth. This chakra is difficult to explore by many because they were silenced or repressed in childhood. The most important aspect of this chakra is not how you communicate, but what you communicate. Your truth, your deepest wisdom, the how” is your channel for sharing your truth.

Essential oils are:

  • Bay laurel
  • Blackberry
  • Blue Chamomile
  • Blue Yarrow
  • Coltsfoot
  • Common Sage
  • Elderberry
  • Eucalyptus
  • Fir Balsam
  • Geranium
  • Lemongrass
  • Petitgrain
  • Peru Balsam

Crystals are amazonite, angelite, aqua aura quartz, celestite, turquoise.



Six chakra is the third eye or Ajna is located in the forehead between your brow area. It is the seat of intuition and the clarities intuition brings. When it is open and activated you become energized. When your third eye is blocked, you will feel the opposite; unclear, unfocused and unable to sense what is happening around you. You may struggle to have faith in your broader purpose. You may be struck with the inability to make decisions.

Essential oils are:

  • Betel leaf
  • Blue lotus
  • Cypress
  • Eyebright
  • Juniper
  • Mandrake Root
  • Mugwort
  • Opoponax
  • Poppy


Crystals are azurite, blue aventurine, labradorite, lapis lazuli, sodalite, tanzanite.



7th chakra is the crown or Sahasrara located above the head, is your crown of holy connection to the divine. When it is open and functioning well, you feel intimately aware of your connection to your creator/source of energy. When it is blocked, you feel disconnected from the divine and unsure of your relationship to your creator. The crown chakra is your crown of divine wisdom and contact with the divine.

Essential oils:

  • Frangipani
  • Gotu kola
  • Lavender
  • Palo santo
  • Pink lotus
  • Spikenard
  • St-John’s wort

Crystals are amethyst, auralite 23, charoite, lepidolite, purple fluorite, scapolite, selenite, stitchtite, sugilite, 


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Spirulina is actually good for your health!

Spirulina is actually good for your health!

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purium powershake

Why spirulina is actually good for your health.


What is spirulina?

Spirulina is a superfood plant source of protein, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. It is a blue-green algae. Spirulina has excellent nutritional content and amazing health benefits. It has a high vitamin and protein content, making it a great supplement for vegetarians.

What are the benefits of spirulina?

    1. Weight loss, Spirulina can is a nutrient rich, low calorie food which contains a lot of nutrition in a small amount of powder. Eating few calories contributes to weight loss. By using spirulina it may help people lose weight without risking loss of nutrition.
    1. Helps manage diabetes. A recent study found that spirulina can significantly lower a persons fasted blood glucose levels. This is a common problem in those with type 1 and 2 diabetes.


    2. Lowering Cholesterol, A study conducted in 2016, suggested that taking spirulina can have a positive impact on blood lipids. It was found to reduce total cholesterol and lower LDL cholesterol while increasing HDL (good) cholesterol.

    3. Boost Metabolismtaking spirulina can help boost metabolism.

    4. Antitoxic, Reasearch suggested that spirulina contains anti-toxic properties which can counteract pollutants in the body. Such as fluoride, mercury, iron and lead.

    5. Supports mental health, spirulina is a great source of tryptophan. Tryptophan is an amino acid which supports serotonin production. Serotonin has an important role in mental health. Taking tryptophan supplements to maintain healthful serotonin levels may play a role in supporting mental wellbeing.

    6. Anti-oxidant and Anti-inflammatory, spirulina is an amazing source of antioxidants, which protect against oxidative damage. The main active component is called phycocyanin. This antioxidant gives it the blue-green color. It also fights free radicals and inhibits the production of inflammatory signaling molecules, providing anti-inflammatory effects.

    7. Improve Muscle Strength and Endurance, Spirulina contains antioxidant properties that can help athletes and physically active individuals, enhance endurance.

    8. Nutrient Packed, 7 grams ( one small tablespoon) contains, 4 grams of protein, 11% of the RDA for Vitamin B1, 15% of the RDA for Vitamin B2, 4% of the RDA for Vitamin B3, 11% of the RDA for Iron. It contains quality of protein comparable to eggs, it gives all the essential amino acids that we need.

What foods contain spirulina?

Spirulina can be found in either pill or power form. When consumed in power form, it can be added to smoothies, used in juices, sprinkled on salads or soups, mixed into energy balls, or added to desserts. The tablet form can be purchased at health food stores or online. Our favorite way of consuming spirulina is in our daily smoothie. We mix 5 tbs of Purium Power Shake with 8 oz of coconut water. Purium`s Power Shake was created so that you can easily consume several energizing, gluten-free superfoods all at once – saving you time and money.  The Apple-Berry flavor provides a sweeter taste without any harmful, unnatural or sugar-based additives. It contains:
  • Pure, raw phytonutrients
  • Supports healthy cholesterol and blood glucose levels
  • May aid digestion
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Powerful Superfoods Your Brain Will Actually Love

Powerful Superfoods Your Brain Will Actually Love

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Powerful Superfoods Your Brain Will Actually Love

Dementia is now a global epidemic. Currently, there are over 45 million living with this disease worldwide, and that number is predicted to grow to over 70 million by 2030.[1] [2] As per an international survey completed by the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s disease is the most feared disease after cancer.[3] Researchers have found the pathways for the disease often starts 30 years before the onset of the symptoms, and that half of seniors over the age of 85 die with dementia. [4] [5]

Now for the good news, you can do something about all of this. There are scientifically proven steps you can take that will increase your chance of adding life to your years. It all starts with food and nutrition. According to Drs. Dean & Dherzai,  co-directors of the Brain Health and Alzheimer’s Prevention Program and speakers in the Food Revolution Summit, over 90% of Alzheimer’s cases can be prevented with simple changes to diet and lifestyle.[6]

There has been a lot of money spent on pharmaceutical drugs and exotic superfoods, but the real superfoods are actually very affordable and accessible. These superfoods not only fight Alzheimer’s long term, they also support memory and mental function right away. Superfoods contain vitamins, antioxidants, polyphenols, flavonoids, and other important phytonutrients that are good for your brain.

The following list contains seven superfoods that have been found to contain brain-boosting benefits. Recent studies have shown these superfoods can be critical to the prevention and in some cases the reversal of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of mental illnesses.


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How to make your authentic intentions. Say it to the universe!

How to make your authentic intentions. Say it to the universe!

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How to make your intentions authentic. 

What is intention?

Intention is a mental state that represents a commitment to carrying out an action or actions in the future. Intention involves mental activities such as planning and forethought.[1]

Intentions are the fuel to manifesting your goals and visions. Intentions will help create more clarity in your life, especially when the seed is planted right before you start your meditation.

Why set intentions?

Setting an intention is a powerful practice, it is the first step in embodying that which you want. Our intention creates our reality. Have you heard the saying “Thoughts become things”? If you focus your mind on intentions, you are bringing it to your focused mind, you thoughts, your heart, and in turn helping bring it into reality.


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Happy National Pack your Lunch Day!

Happy National Pack your Lunch Day!

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Happy National Pack your Lunch Day!




Did you know that March 10th is National Pack your Lunch Day? On this day we are actually cultivating healthy habits, by encouraging everyone to make their own lunch. Prepping your lunch, not only saves you money, it is a healthier option. You can control what goes into your lunch, use fresh and organic ingredients and use portion control. Preparing your lunch does not have to take hours to prepare and it does not have to be difficult.

National Pack your Lunch Day is also celebrated by kids. For kids it is important that we pack nutrient dense foods and skip sugary treats. As we do not want them to be sluggish after lunch. With this recipe you cook once and can eat three times, and it can be used for both adults and kids lunch and/or dinner.

Here is an easy recipe that can be used for both kids and adults.

National Take Pack Your Lunch Day Recipe Idea for Adult:

Shredded Chicken
Brown Rice
Black Beans
Citrus Salad

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A Delightful Clean Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins<span class="rating-result after_title mr-filter rating-result-4404" >	<span class="mr-star-rating">			    <i class="fa fa-star mr-star-full"></i>	    	    <i class="fa fa-star mr-star-full"></i>	    	    <i class="fa fa-star mr-star-full"></i>	    	    <i class="fa fa-star mr-star-full"></i>	    	    <i class="fa fa-star mr-star-full"></i>	    </span><span class="star-result">	5/5</span>			<span class="count">				(1)			</span>			</span>

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A Delightful Clean Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins



One of the hardest obstacles to overcome while trying to lose weight or live a healthier lifestyle is sweets and/or desserts. There will be times that you will crave a dessert and not have anything healthier on hand, which in turn makes you choose the wrong snacks or desserts. The best thing to do, to overcome this obstacle is to have healthier choices available.

Here are some ways to fight those sugar cravings:

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Blissful Valentine’s Pink Velvet And Dark Protein Truffle

Blissful Valentine’s Pink Velvet And Dark Protein Truffle

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Blissful Valentine’s Day Pink Velvet And Dark Protein Truffle


Let’s face it, when we think about Valentine’s day, we think about all of the guilty chocolates and treats we will be consuming. Some even get anxiety thinking they will ruin their weight loss plan during this special occasion. Chef Geo knows how much I too, love indulging on Valentine’s Day. So he created this cleaner recipe of Valentine’s Pink Velvet And Dark Protein Truffle. His recipe adds protein and eliminates added sugar to help keep the calories lower. The healthier nutrients such as protein higher. These are perfect as a Valentine gift or can even be made to have as dessert or a special treat for Valentine or even year round.

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Why Is Grass fed Beef A Better Choice For You?<span class="rating-result after_title mr-filter rating-result-4110" >	<span class="mr-star-rating">			    <i class="fa fa-star mr-star-full"></i>	    	    <i class="fa fa-star mr-star-full"></i>	    	    <i class="fa fa-star mr-star-full"></i>	    	    <i class="fa fa-star mr-star-full"></i>	    	    <i class="fa fa-star mr-star-full"></i>	    </span><span class="star-result">	5/5</span>			<span class="count">				(1)			</span>			</span>

Why Is Grass fed Beef A Better Choice For You? 5/5 (1)



While we agree that consumers should decrease their intake of animal product, we also agree that when consuming animal products we should make a conscious effort to chose wisely. Grass fed beef is the smart choice as it is actually healthier for you and better for the environment.

Here are a few reasons why grass fed beef is healthier:

  1. FEWER CALORIES, grass fed beef has few calories than grain feed beef but has more nutritional value.
  2. SUPPORTS NORMAL SUGAR LEVEL. Grass fed beef contain CLA, CLA is known to help prevent obesity and diabetes.
  3. CONTAINS MORE HEALTHY FATS. Grass-fed beef provides up to six times more omega–3 fatty acids.

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Chocolate Mint Protein Shake

 Best Chocolate Mint Protein Shake Recipe


Can we all agree that Christmas came around a little quicker than normal this year? We have about a week left to prepare for the big day. As most of you do, one of the things we enjoy during the holidays are the treats and food that we normally do not eat during the year. Since we love our health and bodies, we do have to be extra creative and swap out a lot of the unhealthier ingredients in our recipes. In our chocolate mint protein shake recipe we used Halo Top Ice Cream and instead of regular ice cream, which is lower in sugar, low in calories, low in fat and high in protein. It is a great alternative to regular ice cream.

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3 Fun Day Itinerary at Monterey, California

Our 10 day Pacific Coast vacation started in San Francisco, where we had an amazing 48 hours. We then spent an amazing 3 day vacation at Monterey, California. For those who are not familiar with Monterey, it is an adorable city on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California’s Central Coast. The drive from San Francisco was only approximately 3 hours.

Here is our 3 day itinerary at Monterey, California.

Day 1 at Monterey, CA

Monterey Aquarium. We recommend spending a few hours here and then walking over to Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar and having lunch and a cocktail the views are gorgeous. After visiting Old Fisherman’s wharf we headed over to Pebble beach to complete the 17 mile drive. The scenic drive is one of the most beautiful drives we have ever completed. There is a $10.25 fee to enter per car, but such a small price to pay for such beauty.

monterey aquarium

monterey aquarium

Day 2 at Carmel by the Sea, CA

On day 2 we visited Point Lobos for an amazing hike. The views from here are one of a kind. We saw a lot of wild life, it was great to connect with nature. If you are vising, stop by one of the visitor centers to pick up pair of binoculars and just return them when you are done at end of your trip. This is the best way to see all of the wild life.

In the evening we visited the city of Carmel by the Sea. Carmel by the sea is small beach town know for it’s fairy tale cottages and galleries. I loved visiting all of the quaint and colorful storefronts. For dinner we stopped at Demetra Cafe. A cozy Mediterranean restaurant, with amazing food and very fair prices. The Baklava was to die for!

point lobos park california

pacific grove

Day 3 at Carmel, CA

On our last day we took one of the hotel toys for a ride. One of the benefits of staying at Bernardus Lodge & Spa was the complimentary Mercedes Benz loaner. We took a beautiful drive down the coast and visited a local coffee shop for a nice break. Upon our return it was time for our spa appointment. The Spa was small but cozy. We had a couples massage and enjoyed the rest of the day at the hotel. We did use our American Express to book the hotel which entitled us to a late check out and allowed us to maximize our time at the hotel.

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