The most amazing things started to happen in the last few weeks! I am already LOVING 2017! Overall, I feel much better and happier day to day. It feels like I’m actually creating my dream life.
Connecting with like-minded, strong and inspiring people is by far the best thing about social media in my opinion! I’ve met some amazing girls through Instagram and became friends in real life. So, if you are following me there @handemirel, please do say hi, I love meeting new people and interacting with you so much!
This post is actually inspired by Jules @omandthecity, whom I met this week and had the most amazing time doing yoga and hanging out in SF! You should check out her blog, it is so inspiring and she’s the most genuine and the sweetest person!
So, in this post, I want to share with you 12 mantras I use every single day to be more mindful and joyful while attracting all the good vibes in my life!
I’ve written these down in a little notebook, and I try and literally repeat the sentences below right before I go to bed every night. Just by doing this, I believe that my mindset change so much for the better! I’ve started to shut down the worst inner critique in my head, and put in more positive thoughts for a change!
I hope these mantras inspire you to set a happier tone to your life and create powerful, positive vibrations! Feel free to pin this to your Pinterest board or share this with a friend who might use some help with positive thinking! :) (who doesn't, really!)
P.S.: I created the quote images on behappy.me/generator. It's very simple to use if you'd like to create your own as well!
Lots of love,
Hygge is a new buzz word in the health and wellness world. It is raved for holding the key to happiness. So, obviously I just had to learn more about it and share with you!
Pronounced /hoo-ga/, hygge is a Danish concept of coziness, comfort and feelings of wellness and happiness. Hygee is about sharing, togetherness, feeling at home, eating comfort food with your favorite people. It is a lifestyle that celebrates simple things in life. Like a cup of hot chocolate. It is basically the art of creating happiness and coziness in everyday life.
So, how can we create hygge and bring more happiness to our lives? I put together a mini hygge list and a delicious hot chocolate recipe for you to experience hygge at your own home!
1. Light candles.
The fastest way to create hygee anywhere is simply lighting a few candles. Turn down the lights and relax with the candles flickering. I think candles really do bring a feeling of cosiness and happiness to a place.
2. Be Present. Turn off your phone.
Stay in the present moment and find happiness and joy in doing simple tasks. Just focus on the tea you're drinking or the conversation you're having with your friend. Be totally here and now.
3. Indulge yourself.
Fresh coffee and home-made cake!
4. Get comfy.
Take a time out and rest. Get in your soft PJs, put on warm socks.
5. Count your blessings.
Be grateful. Literally write them down. Be grateful for the food, the health, the family and friends you have.
6. Spend time with loved ones and build experiences.
As I've already talked about this in one of my very first posts, material things don't really make people happy. Experiences and spending time with family and friends makes us happy. So, build experiences and stories.
Healthy Hot Chocolate Recipe
Hot chocolate, next to matcha latte, is my favorite drink during winter. This is a healthier version of the classic hot chocolate recipe. It’s dairy-free and is so simple to make. So you can enjoy this deliciousness without any guilt.
You'll need: Cocoa powder, almond milk, vanilla, natural sweetener of your choice.
Method: Mix 2 tbsp cocoa powder, 1 cup of almond milk, half a tsp vanilla and 2 tbsp maple syrup (or 1 tsp coconut sugar) in a small pot and heat over medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Pour into a cup and add a dash of cinnamon if you like, enjoy!
With the new year feelings, I decided to review and think back at how I did in terms of my health, mood and happiness in the last year. Certainly, 2016 hasn't been an easy year for most of us. But, I try to think of it as a big pile of life lessons and opportunities that will eventually make us better and stronger.
So, I think January is a great month to make peace with the past and let it go so that I can re-focus on growing, learning and living a life full of good health, love, and joy. In this post, I am sharing a few things that I've started incorporating into my daily routine which really made a difference in my overall health and mood. :)
You are always exactly where you are supposed to be, experiencing what you need to experience, to learn what you must learn, in order to become the person you need to be to create the life you truly want. Always.
Being more awake/aware and spiritually open minded! I've been guilty of this one for the majority of my life. I've never been the girl who actually believes in meditation and spiritual practices, and would think of that whole world a bit woo woo. Oh how wrong I was! Now, I'm journaling before bed, and really focusing on gratitude for the day and my intentions for the next day. First thing in the morning, I review these notes and really set my daily intentions ( like being more present, kind and mindful) .I've been also indulging in books on meditation, manifestation and law of attraction and loving it!
As I learn more and more about how we literally have the power to have our dream life or bring our worst fears to reality, everything starts to make more sense. It is really scary but also empowering to learn how powerful our thoughts and energy are and that we can actually use them to manifest our desires. Let me know if you're into this stuff, I'd love to chat and exchange book suggestions!
The moment you accept responsibility for EVERYTHING in your life is the moment you can change ANYTHING in your life.
Eating better and drinking more water! With healthy eating there's just sooo much to learn and experiment with. So it's never like you know everything about being healthy and that's it for the rest of your life. Especially, if you're someone who is very passionate about living and promoting a healthy balanced lifestyle, you always learn something new.
So, one area that I'm really hooked up on at the moment is having healthier hair and skin! I have just had my hair cut and colored, so I'm looking to nourish it from the inside out with yummy food. Here are some of the foods that I'll eat more for a glowing skin and healthy hair: salmon (breaking vegan – more on this later), avocado, eggs, spinach, pumpkin seeds, oats and blueberries.
So, expect to see more of these superfoods on my instagram! And goes without saying, drinking more water and taking a bottle wherever I go.
Hope you have enjoyed reading this, and please let me know what you think and shoot me a message on Instagram @handemirel if you'd like to chat about all things healthy and happy!
Lots of love,
What better way to eat all the greens in the world than eating it all in a bowl!? I loooove mixing foods together and eating a variety of colors any time I can. This rainbow bowl is purely the result of one very busy day filled with meetings and Pilates sessions. So, I thought "one can never go wrong with a bowl" and came up with this quick and easy meal. You can adjust the recipe according to whatever you have at home.
What you'll need:
Half a can of Garbonza beans (I used organic canned)
3-4 baby potatoes
A cup of shredded carrots
A cup of collard greens
1 cup of quinoa
1 cup of brown rice
2 tbsp Organic Tahini paste
2 tbsp Tamari soy sauce
1 tbsp juice of lemon
1 tsppon of water
A dash of ground ginger
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Cook your quinoa and brown rice mix in your rice cooker as directed. Or you can cook your quinoa and rice in a pot to your liking. The ratio is 1 cup of uncooked quinoa to 2 cups of liquid. Since my rice cooker came with a steam tray, I basically lay all the vegetables on this tray and let everything cook and steam at the same time. Meanwhile, cut the baby potatoes in quarters and toss with some olive oil, rosemary and black pepper. Place the potatoes to a sheet pan and spread out into one layer. Let the potatoes roast for about 30-40 minutes in the oven. For the sauce: whisk the tahini, tamari, ginger and water into a wonderful creamy sauce in a small cup. Once everything is done, serve in a bowl for a delicious and filling meal. Pour the sauce all over as you like. Enjoy!
I loooove reading and watching "what I eat in a day" posts! I always find great "foodinspo" and get ideas for my next meals. So I thought I'd share mine. In this post, you can see what a typical day looks on my plate. I always try and eat a colorful variety of food to make sure that I'm getting all the nutrients my body needs for vibrant health!
If you're following my Insta stories, you'd know that I LOVE toasts for breakfast. So typically, breakfast is usually some kind of toast and lots of green tea. I love making myself avocado toasts if I I can get my hands on a nice, ripe avocado. They are the quickiest and yummiest!
Avocado toast | At home
Toasted whole wheat bread
Half an avocado
Red pepper flakes
Freshly cracked black pepper
Few drops of fresh lemon juice
Super Dragonfruit Bowl | by Cafe Jane
If I'm out and about, I try to start my day with a healthy breakfast. This bowl was truly like a dream! So colorful, antioxident rich and super healthy!
In the bowl:
Rasberries and blueberries
Green Juice and Vegan Chocolate Cupcake
I had this amazing Gamechanger green juice and a vegan chocolate cupcake from Seed + Salt, a cute vegan bakery in San Francisco. The juice had some lemon, and mint which made it sooo refreshing and cleansing! The cupcake was also out of this world and really satisfied my huge sweet tooth!
In the juice:
Romaine, dinosaur kale, cucumber, parsley, Gala apple, lemon, ginger, mint.
Check out these super healthy and easy green juice recipes here.
Shroomami Rice Bowl
Lunch is usually my biggest meal of the day. During cold seasons, I really crave a big warm bowl as pictured above. I tried this seasonal warm bowl by Sweetgreen in San Francisco, and it was so filling and delicious!
In the bowl:
organic wild rice, shredded kale, raw beets, bean sprouts, basil, spicy sunflower seeds, roasted sesame tofu, warm portobello mix, miso sesame ginger dressing! 🌿🙌🏻
Veggie Tempura Roll & Avocado Maki
For dinner, I had some leftover Vegetarian Tempura rolls and Avocado maki, which is a kind of vegetarian roll too, from my Japanese restaurant in SF - Yuubi. Someone else was eyeing my dinner as captured here! Lol!
I also had some veggie Udon noodles with these rolls. It was amazing!
What are you favorite meals? Let me know in the comments below!
There are many aspects to a happy and healthy life than just exercising and eating vegetables. Relationships, career, and spirituality are just as important to your health as the food you eat. I really believe in this and take a holistic approach to living a healthy lifestyle.
After a summer of serious soul searching, I found myself questioning what I really wanted out of my life and what it was that I truly enjoy. Do I just wanna get a "job" and drag myself out of bed every morning and look forward to 5pm to go home? Everyday, for the rest of my life? Have you ever felt that way? So, it turns out there's actually a very popular phenomena called quarter life crisis, the 20 something version of a midlife crisis.
Are you having a Quarter life crisis?
"If you’re somewhere between your mid twenties and thirties, you might be experiencing a serious low point in your life. A period of confused identity, misguided purpose, and hopeless transition. You feel lost, anxious, and panicked."
So, I'm here to say you are not out of your mind! What you're going through is very normal. And you are certainly NOT alone. Millions of successful and happy people go through this phase every year. Good news is there are plenty of ways to go through this trial and just make it a little easier to cope with.
Do the work that comes from your heart.
I was just thinking about this, and wanted to share a quote I find helpful in easing my mind: "Don’t be scared to switch paths or pave a new one. Do the work that comes from your heart! Remember, it’s always better to be at the bottom of the ladder you want to climb than the top of the one you don’t."
Reading this was just so empowering and I felt like I wasn't alone in this, you know. Maybe I wasn't crazy and my feelings were real and valid!
I've compiled these helpful resources if you're looking to find a way to put your mind and soul at ease:
I come up with all sorts of excuses for eating poorly during busy weeks! For me, it's usually some of the following: I have no time!!!, I don't even know how to cook!!, What do I eat! And many more... Sounds familiar :) ?
I still fall back into those excuses from time to time and I think it's OKAY. At the end of the day, it's all about balance and having a healthy relationship with food. Setting realistic goals for the week and giving myself the flexibility to eat out at weekends have really helped me establish healthy eating habits.
I've also come up with some very simple and practical tips to get myself to try and cook at home at least 4-5 days a week! So, here are the 3 tips that hopefully will help you in your goals too. :)
Since this is the lazy girl's version of healthy snacks ideas, I've prepared a bullet list of tips for a quick and easy read! :)
I thought I was running out of healthy lunch ideas. Before giving up and ordering food online which probably wouldn't be something as healthy as I'd like, I went onto Pinterest and Instagram for #foodspiration! Then, I saw a Buddha Bowl on Instagram!
Oh, how did I ever forget about you, Buddha Bowls? So, I looked at the pictures of super pretty and healthy lunch bowls (20 Wholesome Buddha Bowls to Nourish Your Body via Brit + Co.) . And I made a simple and healthy meal for myself at home. Patting myself on the back for not spending money and not giving into take-out food!
Want to start a new healthy lifestyle this Fall? Here are my easy, simple tips for you to ease into a healthier and happier lifestyle.
To me, being healthy means being well and happy in all areas of your life. Since I have a holistic approach to living a healthy lifestyle, being balanced and doing everything with mindfulness is also very important to me.
The points that I'm going to mention are some of the areas that I wish I had known years ago. They are very simple, but make a big difference in one's overall wellbeing, I think.
It was the most beautiful day in the city yesterday! The weather was just amazing, reaching up to 80s. So, I decided to just walk around and bring you a taste of the best city ever!
If you don't already know, San Francisco is a heaven for health nuts like myself. There are many amazing healthy eateries, juice spots, and the best energy-pumping classes all over the city, including top yoga and Pilates studios, juice bars, and gear shops.
Organic nutella, anyone? Read on first, thank me later :)
I have been craving chocolate and Nutella the whole week. You know it gets hard sometimes to resist the urge and stay on the right track with healthy eating. I think it all comes down to creating a balance: eating healthy and nutritious food on most meals and indulging here and there to keep your sanity!
Have you ever wished to be an early riser, workout and start the day right? I'd found this to be nearly impossible a few months ago. Even now, it's hard to believe that I've actually nailed this habit and even writing about it. But here it is!
Why even wake up early? Well, you probably already know it's good for you - both mentally, & physically. You know you can get much more things done if you wake up just an hour early each day. So, the question comes down to how to actually really do it?
One of the most important things is to define your reasons for waking up early. It really gets easy to just jump out of the bed once you remind yourself why you should get up instead of hitting the snooze button! Some of the reasons may be starting better sleep routines, going for a walk/run, preparing a healthy breakfast and having some quiet time before the craziness of the day starts.
Do what feels good for you. Experiment with waking up 10-15 minutes earlier a few days until you find the right balance for a great resting sleep. I used to force myself to wake up at 5am. I HATED it. I knew that I'd spend the whole day super grumpy; it just wasn't for me.
Instead of giving up on it, I tried setting my alarm to 6am, 6.30am, 7am and just experimented with it for a while. I've now settled on going to bed around 10pm and waking up around 6am. Here are some of my tried and true tips to get me there:
As the weather is getting colder outside, I've been loving this delicious toast with some tea in the mornings. I change up what I eat depending on what I crave that morning. But, it almost always involves berries, almond butter, and green tea :) This morning I had whole wheat toast with almond butter and fresh strawberries.
I usually take my Pilates classes in the morning around 9am. I find that way I can get it done and feel super energized for the day ahead! By the time I leave the class and get back to home I'm hungry, again!
There are countless ways to lose a few pounds and get a more toned body. It is often overwhelming and confusing to tell the new trends from fads and scams in the fitness world. However, what is often overlooked is how our fitness routine is really affecting our overall health and wellbeing.
With everything going on in the world, it is easy to lose our connection with ourselves. A lot of us often live in a depressed and unsatisfied state. I've been thinking on what to do about it. After reading a lot about happiness and what really makes people happy, I've put these two tips together for you.