- Watermelon! © Mary B. Thorman. Used with permission.
In This Issue
The Yin and Yang of It: Living the Wild Woman Wellness Way
Today's woman is Yin deficient. You work all day (at the office, at home or both!), you're a multi-tasking maven, you've got errands down to a science, you're ordering online, making lists, etc., and yet you still can't get it all done. Of course not! Your to-do list would squash a mere mortal. All this work and not enough self-care makes you, me and all of us girl goddesses tight, tense, moody, and tired.
Women Need More Yin!
This is The Dance of Life.
Yin and Sugar Cravings
So before you wonder why you can't get your sugar cravings under control and what the hell's wrong with you, consider adding more Yin into your life. Yin foods include, fruits, vegetables and lighter proteins (fish and tofu) and Yin activities such as down-time, having fun and taking breaks during a busy day.
Here are a few Yin nutrient suggestions for the Health Goddess on-the-go!
Sweet Teas for Sugar Cravings Keeping a stash of sweet flavored teas in your desk can soothe a three o'clock sugar craving like a charm. My favorites: Yogi Tea brand Redbush Chai and Celestial Seasonings Madagascar Vanilla. Add a splash of soy milk for a creamy taste. Time block: 3-5 minutes
Cinematherapy for PMS Mood Swings There's nothing like a silly chick-flick to lighten up one of those PMS mood swings. A drug-free, fat-free, calorie-free mood booster for less than a grande chai latte. Time block: 2 hours
Emergency Goddess Kit Cures Road Rage A girlfriend and I found ourselves stuck in traffic after a long day. The stress started to build and we felt road rage coming on. Being experienced health super-heroes we realized we needed to put ourselves back in touch with our Fabulous Femme selves STAT. In our combined purses we pulled together an emergency goddess kit: we played with lip gloss, put on earrings, dabbed essential oil on our wrists, popped mints in our mouths and cranked up the tunes of a favorite sister goddess singer. Result: Immediate good time and avoidance of potential melt-down. I highly recommend this. Time block: 5-10 minutes
Popsicles Cure Summer Sugar Cravings! Freeze your favorite smoothie or fresh squeezed juice into popsicle molds. To release your pop from the frozen mold, hold under hot water. Enjoy your succulent ice as a dessert, mid-day pick-me-up or anytime satisfaction of sweet-craving. Since it's hard to scarf down popsicles quickly without a brain freeze, it's highly unlikely you'll eat more than one (equivalent to a small glass of fresh juice). Prep time: 30-60 seconds to pour liquid into molds
Watermelon Tames Your Inner Bad Girl! Whenever I feel tension during the mid-afternoon energy slump, I remember I'm probably just getting too tight (too Yang) and so I head for an expansive treat. Chop the flesh of a watermelon and put in Tupperware to chill in your fridge. When you find yourself feeling stressed, tense or moody, grab the bowl and gobble up as many chilled pieces as you desire for an instant refresher, yin nutrient boost and body soother. Prep: 10-15 minutes depending on size of melon