Dealing With Death – Abra-zine Fall 2015 Issue Feature!
In honor of fall, Abra-zine released an issue dedicated to Dia De Los Muertos. Yours truly wrote an article about dealing with death…
Eat More Calories
One of the common misconceptions when losing weight is that you have to drastically cut your food intake to see results. Iâ€™ve been there too. I would eat below 1000 calories a day, essentially throwing my body into starvation mode. I now know that if you eat more you can lose more. WHAT, NIKKI?! Yes…. Fuel your body with MORE food and you will lose more. Of course, you still need to be moving that booty to burn calories or youâ€™ll gain weight, but you definitely donâ€™t have to starve yourself to get results any more!
We all have a fire inside us that burns bright. That fire is your passion. For some of us, especially creative types, there are multiple fires each wanting your focus and attention. While have all these passions is amazing, it can often times leave us feeling exhausted and confused. If you ever wondered why creative people are so screwed up, now you know. We have a million voices, projects, and ideas in our brains all day and we never know where to start. But thatâ€™s not necessarily a bad thing. We just need to learn to focus on one thing at a time, come up with a plan, and find an outlet for all that energy.
Go, Travel, Plant Roots!
Never feel stuck. You are not a tree. Although I think itâ€™s important to plant roots eventually, you should be flexible. Thereâ€™s so much to experience in life that if you get to be like my friend, you can look at a map, pick up and go.
Thai Coconut Noodle Soup
Letâ€™s take a trip to Thailand! Tom Kha Gai, or Chicken Coconut Soup, is one of my favorite soups on the planet earth. It is THAT good. Iâ€™ll eat it any time, but itâ€™s awesome if you have a bad cold. Itâ€™s so fresh and soothing that it clears your sinuses and helps you heal. Let your food be your medicine right? The fresh ginger and lemon grass is all you need to feel better. Soups are great for fall and they store easily, so you can make double or triple the recipe to freeze it. Meal prep friendly recipes have a special place in my kitchen, especially ones that are perfect for fall. What I love best about this recipe is that there is no salt added. You donâ€™t always need to cook with salt!
Listening to the World
I went for a walk recently and although I had my Ipod on me, I didnâ€™t use it. Typically, I love to have music playing and blasting in my ears while Iâ€™m working out, but I noticed on this particular walk that by the time I was done, my head was completely clear and I was motivated for the week to come. I attribute this sense of euphoria to actually listening to the world around me. It was a bright, warm day and I was present in that moment. I was conscience of my breathing, something I havenâ€™t been listening to for some time. I was alive.
How to Identify Toxic People
We all have people in our lives that we like, but we also want to keep them at arms length. Iâ€™ve talk about these people before… the ones who seem to have a storm cloud over them at all times. These people arenâ€™t necessarily the worst people we could keep in our lives, and we, as positive people may eventually have a positive impact on them, but there are some people that are just toxic. Toxic people suck and change your personal energy. These are some ways to identify toxic people.
Vegan Yellow Curry
I enjoy food from many different cultures; Indian is definitely one of my favorites. It has the tendency to be spicy, so a word of caution… if youâ€™re ever in an Indian restaurant and they ask you on a scale of 1-5 how spicy do you want it, say a 2. I know, that sounds like nothing if you like spicy food, but I found that their spice meter is vastly different from everyone elseâ€™s. The day I ordered a level 4 has scarred me forever. I was white knuckled, sweating and couldnâ€™t feel my tongue. The waiter tried to talk me into ordering my chicken curry at a 2, but I didnâ€™t listen.
Learning How to Use the Tarot
There is a stigma around tarot card readings and I want to ease some of your minds right now. It is not black magic; it’s not about conjuring the devil or denying God… It’s a method of understanding your life, past, present and future and seeking guidance for goals and problems in your life. If you believe that nothing in life is random, like I do, you’ll understand why we believe each card and its meaning was drawn for a reason. It’s all about good mojo and finding guidance to overcome and pursue things in your life.
Mushrooms are the New Beef | Hearty Vegan Mushroom Stew
It was always a good day when I would come home from school and smell the scent of stew that my mom had been simmering in the kitchen for hours. The scent, even now, is like a warm hug. Itâ€™s perfect for fall and winter and another great meal to prep for the week. Stew is a hearty meal, but itâ€™s also a healthy, protein packed soup. I add some more veggies than your traditional stew and swap out white potatoes for sweet potatoes. Those little changes can make even your most sinful recipes better for your waistline.
How to Build an Altar of Good Vibes
You donâ€™t have to be religious to build an altar. Honestly, I combine so many different things into my altar, even though Iâ€™m catholic. What items, images, or ideas do you attribute to good vibes? Now think about where you want to place them all for you to see every day. Thatâ€™s all an altar really is… a space for you to focus positive energy.