Be B.A.D (Proven Technique To Tame Our Rebellious Inner Child)

Be B.A.D (Proven Technique To Tame Our Rebellious Inner Child)

Do you want to break free from your routine without breaking the law? 🙂 This blogpost is for you!

Note: Being B.A.D is intentionally meant as a separate (and occasional) activity, in addition to our established self-care.

Self-care is the routine we perform on a daily basis to keep our emotional, physical and mental health in check, whereas being B.A.D is about breaking the routine and indulging in your favorite, quo-on-quo, “naughty” pleasures.:)

Sometimes, we just want to be B.A.D. This is a manifestation of the Rebellious Inner Child Syndrome. What does our inner child want? She wants attention, adventure, creativity, and (overall) more fun.

B.A.D. is an acronym that stands for:
B = Break free from your routine
A = Act naughty
D – Do some fun crazy stuff!!

When we deprive our inner child of our attention, eventually she finds a way to rebel: whether is through obsessions with different addictions (binge eating, overspending, orthorexia), self-sabotage or other means of seeking attention.

If we don`t nurture our inner child with love and attention, we numb a part of ourselves that needs to be expressed. Eventually, this neglect results in different issues: from commitment issues to attachment issues, from undereating to compulsive eating tendencies, from completely disregarding the body to obsessing with our physical image. The aftermath would look different for each person, but it comes from the same place: our inner child feels neglected and is acting out.

Experimental Exercise Related to Being B.A.D

Create a list of “bad” behaviors or activities that are not deconstructive to your health and bring you a lot of joy and excitement. Think of activities that you don`t usually do but have always wanted to try out, or do more of. Let your imagination go a bit wild! You have full permission to get very creative with this exercise.:))

For example, last week I decided to nurture my inner child by taking a day off, treating myself with a nice coffee and spending a few hours at a coffee shop reading a book!

Being B.A.D doesn`t have to be that extravagant either! It simply means you are breaking from your usual routine and doing something exciting and fun.:)

I really hope you enjoy this exercise. Forward it to a friend and why not be B.A.D together?:) The more people break B.A.D at the same time, the merrier!

~ Ana-Maria

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Learn How To Protect Your Energy

Learn How To Protect Your Energy

If you are surrounded by people who bring you down, you’re very likely to succumb to their negativity. But that shouldn’t be the case! 

1) Accept that you’re not responsible for other people’s behavior.

But you’re responsible for your reaction to what happens around you. Forgiving injustice doesn’t mean you condone it. It means you choose to protect and honor your sanity. You forgive in order to set yourself free from grudges! Forgiveness is an act of self-care. 

2) Accept that suffering often drives progress. 

Think about it: if your job makes you miserable, your relationships don’t fulfill you, or your body doesn’t deal happy and healthy — that in itself is a baddass motivation for moving on and changing your life! If it is unbearable to remain stuck in unhappy life, it becomes bearable to face your fears, seek help, and move on. 

3) Accept that reward is on the other side of sacrifice.

What happens after a sweaty exercise that kicked your butt a hundred times in a row? You brush off the sweat and feel amazing! The endorphins kick in and you forget about how hard the workout seemed in the beginning. Now you’ve entered the joyous state of victory and self-accomplishment. 

Yes, hard work is hard. Change is hard. But it pays off!



Ask yourself: do you prefer to pay the price of stress and misery or do you prefer to pay the cost of changing your mindset, and to improve the quality of your relationship to yourself and others?


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“Comparison Is the Thief of Joy” : How To Stop Comparing And Start Living

“Comparison Is the Thief of Joy” : How To Stop Comparing And Start Living

I chose to quote Theodore Roosevelt`s wise saying that comparison steals away our joy because it describes so accurately the effect comparison has on our emotional state of being.

When we compare ourselves to others we usually do it from a place of uncertainty, doubt and low-self esteem. The way to monitor those feelings and use comparison to our advantage is to reverse our reaction to other people’s acomplishments, success, appearance and status by looking within and releasing the beliefs that there is an actual difference between us and the people we compare ourselves to.

Because there is not. But what there is is a social construct that creates barriers and walls between people. In reality, at the offset of our biological lives we were once all innocent babies. Yet, each of us has a unique story, a unique path and a unique set of life lessons for us to learn from before attaining our goals. We don’t accidentally meet people who seem “better” or appear more “successful,” or as if they “have what we don’t.” We notice them – everywhere – around us only when we feel incomplete or less confident in our abilities, physical appearance and skills. When we feel strongly confident in ourselves, however, we begin to compare only to the best version of ourselves. And we stop worrying what other people are doing, or displaying to be doing on social media.


Before comparing to others, ask yourself: “Why does this person or situation trigger me to feel bad about myself?”; “Does comparing to them uplift me or does it bring me self-doubt?” “Do I compare myself to others because I genuinely look up to them, or because deep down I feel jealousy and envy?”


The more you compare to others the more you remain stuck in the gloomy feeling of misery, unworthiness, comparison and perpetual self-doubt. But the sooner you release the pattern of comparing yourself to other people, the quicker you begin to adopt the new belief that there is an equal share of abundance, happiness and success for all of us. And that we all have access to it. The only true competition is between you and You. Consequently, the more genuine joy and admiration you feel for people who seem to have achieved more than you, the more likely is that the Universe is going to match your vibration of happiness and self-worth, and bring you exactly what you want to achieve.

In order to be the person you want to be, however, you must act as that person.

Does the person you want to become is envious and greedy, or is it joyful, peaceful and feeling enough? When you know that you are enough, you release the need to constantly seek validation outside of yourself; you stop comparing to people who have what you want...because you realize that you already posses it within yourself.

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Nourish Your Intelligence Daily

Nourish Your Intelligence Daily

In this post I share with you my must eat brain foods 

Neurogenesis is the process by which new neurons are formed in the brain. The process is increased by mental stimulation, exercise, intermittent fasting (new blog post coming up; make sure to subscribe), foods rich in flavonoids, DHA and curcumin, and supplements such as Ginko Biloba, Folic Acid and vitamins C, D, B1, B6, B12,and Folic Acid. You may find more information here.

The foods I eat daily and recommend you to consume as well are the following:

  1. Blueberries. Different studies have shown, and continue to demonstrate, that the flavonoids found in blueberries protect brain cells from oxidative stress and inflammation. Furthermore, according to this published research (1), the regular consumption of blueberries increases the working memory, protects our vision, promote levels of a growth factor called BDNF, which enhances brain cell growth and repair, and fights oxidative stress directly, providing an important layer of additional protection for our brain. (Berries tend to be pricey so I recommend you buy them frozen in bulk.)
  2. Omega-3 rich foods (avocado, walnuts, chia seeds, hemp, flax); you may also consider supplementing with DHA. Docosahexaenoic acid is an omega-3 fatty acid that is a primary structural component of the human brain, cerebral cortex, skin, and retina. I personally prefer to obtain it through daily consumption of seeds and greens. Just one ounce (28 grams) of chia seeds (2) can meet and exceed your daily recommended intake of omega-3 fatty acids. If you are pescatarian you may also consider eating fish but, if you do so, I recommend you to consume high-quality seafood in order to avoid the absorption of Mercury from coal burning and mining of iron that can contaminate water sources. Fish ranked with the least amount of mercury is light tuna, salmon, pollockcatfish, and shrimp. Supplementing with fish oil is another possible alternative. The company I recommend is1stphorm (their fish oil is ethically resourced). The vegan/vegetarian option is linked down below.
  3. Green Tea (The theanine in green tea is showed (3) to increase levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), serotonin, dopamine, and alpha wave activity, helping to reduce mental and physical stress and produce feelings of relaxation. Theanine may also help to prevent age-related memory decline, and has been shown to affect areas of your brain involved in attention and complex problem-solving. Furthermore, catechins in green tea could help protect you against glaucoma and other eye diseases, as research found that the compounds travel from your digestive system into the tissues of your eye.
  4. Dark Chocolate (The flavanols in cacao are a form of flavonoids, plant-based substances that have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effect. According to studies (4), these substances display several beneficial actions on the brain. Flavanols enter the brain and induce widespread stimulation of brain perfusion. They also provoke angiogenesis, neurogenesis and changes in neuron morphology, mainly in regions involved in learning and memory Important to note that, aside of chocolate, many fruits and vegetables are also very rich in flavanols: including apples, red grapes, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, beans, kale, and onions. But a piece of dark chocolate does bring an extra boost of magic and serotonin, I agree!:) I love adding it to my desserts. )
  5. MCT Oil (As the name suggests, medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil contains medium-length chains of fats called triglycerides. Due to their shorter length, MCTs are easily digested and many health benefits are linked (5) to the way your body processes these fats. including quick source of energy that be used to fuel our brain. On mornings when I need extra boost of concentration, I add a teaspoon of MCT to my coffee, and it does make a difference! I’ve listed the instructions how to use it in my morning hacks article.)
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Supplements I recommend

Algae Omega-3 is a 100% Vegan DHA made from algae
New studies show low vitamin D levels may impair cognitive function. The data show that those people with lower vitamin D levels exhibited slower information-processing speed
Vitamin B12 is involved in the function and development of the brain, nerve cells, the myelin sheaths that protect nerves, and blood cells. The only vitamin derived from the soil; it is very likely that most of us need to supplement with it due to overall loss of nutritional value in today`s age produce. .
You only need a teaspoon!
You may add to smoothies, bulletproof coffee and salad dressings.


Thiamin diphosphate is cofactor for several enzymes involved in glucose metabolism whereas thiamin triphosphate has distinct properties at the neuronal membrane.
Used to support focus, memory & mental performance by increasing concentration, improving cognitive functions, and, maintaining eye health.

Oatmeal Fuel

Oatmeal Fuel

Oats are considered a staple breakfast for many people: they are easy to prepare, very filling, highly nutritious, and never boring!

Oatmeal and a smoothie

How Oats Help You Stay Satisfied

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Oats not only improve blood sugar but also aid in digestion because of their high soluble and insoluble fiber content. However, some brains contain traces so please check the labels if you are not sure.

Half a cup (78 grams) of dry oats contains (1).

  • Manganese: 191% of the RDI
  • Phosphorus: 41% of the RDI
  • Magnesium: 34% of the RDI
  • Copper: 24% of the RDI
  • Iron: 20% of the RDI
  • Zinc: 20% of the RDI
  • Folate: 11% of the RDI
  • Vitamin B1 (thiamin): 39% of the RDI
  • Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid): 10% of the RDI
  • Smaller amounts of calcium, potassium, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) and vitamin B3 (niacin)


Here are a couple of different options. Let me know which one do you like best!


SWEET
1) a cup of oats (or 1/2 cup, depending on your needs), two tablespoons of chia or flax seeds, a cup of blueberries, cinnamon, coconut milk, a dropful stevia (or monk fruit, both plant-derived sweeteners that don`t spike your insulin)
2) oats, one medium mashed banana, a tablespoon of hemp seeds, a cup of almond milk, few dates, a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg
3) oats soaked in green tea, one small chopped apple, an oz of walnuts, a teaspoon of maple syrup. You can use also almond butter!


SALTY
1) oats, a tablespoon of pumpkin seeds, a teaspoon of peanut butter (or pb2), chopped celery and bell pepper, mustard and cumin
2)oats, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes (or tomato puree), nutritional yeast, black pepper, Himalayan sat
3)oats, steamed broccoli, sprinkle seasoning, olives

Another great option is overnight oats: you leave them overnight in a Manson jar and add 2 ts of chia seeds, frozen berries, sweetener of choice and almond milk. Stir well with a spoon and enjoy!


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Oats are also a delicious base for cakes. Check out my desserts category.



For convenience I use this brand. You only need boiled water and they’re ready

I love this powdered peanut butter:
its fat is abstracted and you
only get the protein value, plus the flavor
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Chia seeds are usually discounted
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Mindful Eating

Mindful Eating

Let’s talk about food? 🍉🍇🥥🍨


For most of us, food is more than a fuel. It is a cultural exchange of traditions, a gastronomic experience, an individually customized eating plan, a collective commemoration of festivities, and, above all, a resource that feeds our biological, mental and emotional hunger.

Let Food Be Thy Medicine
Feed Your Body. Feed Your Soul. Equally Important.
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Food`s presence (or lack), nominatively, is built in our vernacular, and plays a significant role in our daily life. In all polarities of its expression: from being an orthorexic obsession, to causing binge eating addictions, to simply being  f o o d: a term coined to describe the types of sources of energy we choose to consume, and don’t worry about it.



I, personally, have struggled with disordered eating in the past, and know from experience that there is always an underlying reason that causes us to either fear or idolize food.



Food deprivation is linked to fear, and lack of self-love. Binge eating signals emotional numbness and lack of safety. Either way, there is always a cure. It is called self-care.



In my practice, I advocate for mindful eating. A type of eating that leaves plenty of room for exploration of foods your soul desires, while still intuitively choosing foods that are healing for your body: for your adrenals, for your gut flora, for your brain, for your organs, for your hormonal health.


Eating “healthy” simply means Being heathy. Not just physically, but also mentally.



I cured all of my issues with food by incorporating daily self-care and learning how to unconditionally love and accept myself, and my body. I personally choose to eat vegan because that’s the diet that helps me thrive, be energized, sleep well, and restore my formerly wracked hormones. Whichever way you choose to eat, fruits and vegetables (especially vegetables!!), are an integral part of your wellness. “A sound mind in a sound body” is the foundation of a mindful living, being, and eating.



Take your journal and free-write about those five prompts.

  1. When I eat, do I tend to feed my emotional or physical hunger? Or do I feed them both? Please describe.
  2. For what kind of emotions am I hungry for? Comfort, satiation, pleasure, reward, etc…
  3. Am I kind to myself when I eat? Does the food I eat make me happy and excited, or bored and restricted?
  4. Do I eat in a way that is intuitive and natural to my body, or do I often feel perplexed about what “shall” I eat?
  5. Do I listen to my body’s hunger signals, or do I try to numb, or control them (either by restriction, or by abusing my stomach with regular excessive consumption?)

Take as much time as you need to complete this, and – if you have any questions – please send me a message here, or dm me on my IG: @ana_maria_georgie.

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And, as always, don’t forget to eat your vegetables!:)

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With Love And Care,

Ana-Maria

How To Create Your Best Year

How To Create Your Best Year

The sad reality is not that fewer people achieve their resolutions that those who don’t; the sad reality is most people don’t even try!

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We are approaching the last calendar month of 2018 and right now is the best time to reflect on our accomplishments from the past year and set the goals we want to keep pursuing from January: in order to fully master their ultimate potential for success and reap the seeds of their fertilization.


Having a successful year requires a commitment, active engagement, cohesive planning, and a hard rock motivation!

No one can make your life successful for you… and no one is responsible if you don’t take action and ownership: not your parents, not your spouse, not your boss, not your upbringing, or your financial situation.

It is only up to us to dig into our minds and pull out the one Idea that will make us wake up every day with a purpose and joy. Ask your heart: “What do I want?”

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Often, the answer ties to “time:” more time for yourself; more time for your family; more time to travel; more time to explore your passions? No, we don’t need more time for the things we love. We need less time for the things we don’t. 

Choose what you truly, truly love doing and pursue it full heartedly. Success is just a natural outcome of hard work and passion for making a difference with your gifts.

Everything comes in a place when we are in an alignment with our soul purpose. When you have an Idea what you want in life, you start to become patient with your current circumstances… because you become aware that nothing is inalterable. 


Of course, it is not wise to suddenly quit your job and start traveling the world, if you haven’t saved enough money for it…But it is a matter of attitude, discipline and preparation!

Once you have a plan for the things you want to achieve that bring you ultimate joy, you start showing up for the commitments you currently have with a different mindset: you start controlling your environment and not let it control you!


Statistics repeatedly remind us that the percentage of the world population that keeps their new year`s resolutions after their initial enthusiasm is, not surprisingly, quite low. The January craze is so short-lived because it doesn`t include a solid foundation that can continue creating the framework of the intended goal once the “new year” motivation has subsided. 
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Creating a clear vision for the upcoming 365 days requires time for contemplation and a designated plan with a strategic structure for its execution. The reason why so many people report failing to keep their spontaneous (and heavily Media influenced) new year’s resolutions is because they create them on an impulse that tends to be void of deep cohesive mind, body&soul connectivity to making it happen.
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Nothing can deteriorates you from your path if you keep moving forward toward its success. It may take longer than intended but usually this gets divinely compensated by the added opportunities for growth we encounter by coping with the setbacks. As with everything, your mindset is in command to how it perceives experiences. There are no “good” or “bad” experiences, after all. Our subconscious mind declares them as such.
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Hope you now feel inspired to write down all of your goals for next year in your journal/or on your phone and visualize what (changes) must be done on your part to make it happen.
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No more time to wait. Let’s make this new year our time to be happy and love freely: ourselves, our friends, our partners, and those we meet. #2019D

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