We at Drishti love taking time to go for hikes in the Santa Barbara mountains and for walks on our lovely beaches. It turns out that this is not just an entertaining pastime. Recent studies have begun to show that taking time out of your day to spend time in nature is actually vital to our general wellbeing.
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We all know that the foods we eat are digested, metabolized, and become the building blocks of our bodies and source of our energy. You choose the foods that eventually become your physical body.
For most of us, our daily food choices are generally a mixed bag of what we want to eat, what we believe we should eat, and what’s available. For better or worse, we have an enormous range of options when it comes to diet. Our grocery stores, restaurants and markets are abundant year round. On top of that, we live in a time and place when nutrition information is prolific and conflicting. There are experts claiming the silver bullet to health is found in a given diet: from paleo to vegan and everything in between. For every nutritional study there seems to be an equal and opposite study. When it comes to diet, we’re inundated with options.
So how do you choose which foods are best for you? What is involved in that daily decision making process?
Finally we get to take back the crop top from its long hiatus. The crop top can definitely be intimidating, but we are confident that you can rock it! Here are some ways to rock the crop top this summer:
Its Summer Time and that means non-dairy ice cream is happening! After all, it is important to eat with the seasons and when the body and the environment heat up, cooling foods help maintain internal balance. And honestly you can have this healthy Do-It-Yourself ice cream and feel good about it! It's made from all natural ingredients and whole foods! BIG SMILE.
SO when the Summer heat is crankin and your body craves something cooling, nourishing and a little sweet to counter all the heat, the following recipe can be oh-so-fabulous for that exact purpose.
Ayurvedic medicine, one of the oldest medicinal systems in the world, emphasizes rest, balance and relaxation as preventative and restorative medical practices. Allowing the body to rest and repair itself naturally is not just a luxury, but a necessity for well being.
In this Guest Blog Post, we are excited to share the knowledge that Corinna Maharani of Maharani Ayurveda has to share about the benefits and principles of Ayurvedic Medicine. In this article she shares an awesome tool kit, complete with ingredients and directions for creating your own at-home Ayurvedic spa treatment. Enjoy!
We at Drishti are always trying to live more conscientiously, and one of the most important ways to do that is by going green. It has become increasingly important to try and minimize our environmental footprint, and we hope that you will join us in this effort! If you have decided to be more eco-friendly this year, but aren’t sure how to go about it or what changes to begin with, here are some steps you can take to start your new earth-saving lifestyle.
How to begin:
Bike instead of drive
We are stoked on biking because it has the dual benefits of being environmentally healthy and physically beneficial for you! Check out this calculator to see how many calories you can burn switching your daily commute from car to bike.
Even if your commute is only 10 miles, 5 days a week, this means in a medium size car you are expending approximately 125 gallons of gas per year, and 1.3 Tons of CO2.
Here are some awesome statistics about the difference you can make by switching from car to bike.
Trending Now: Body Love
Today, we dive into a trending topic that is so important to women and men alike, especially those of us who are wellness-centered. This is a guest blog written by one of our own Drishti Girls, Chantal Peterson. (Oh and it also features some sweet photos with Drishti-wear!) This article was originally published in The Elephant Journal. For more on this topic and other issues surrounding yoga, wellness, food, spirituality, family and environmental topics, check out their full site!
As a culture, our personal identity is strongly shaped by the media. Most Americans have grown up inundated with persuasive media advertisements shaping our sense of self from a very young age. Unfortunately, instead of cultivating in us a sense of strength and self-love, the majority of the messages we consume are designed to make loyal consumers out of us by selling us the belief of our own inadequacy and lack.
But we are now poised for a shift. Never before have we, as individuals, had the opportunity to harness the power of the media as we do today. And one of the most exciting aspects of this power shift lies in the revolution in how we come to relate to, care for and value our bodies. Yes, The Body-Snatcher Hack is upon us.
Wellness then...Wellness NOW
A Former Professional Athlete’s Wellness Shift
A Guest Blog by Wellness Coach, Caroline Stilwell Burckle
Santa Barbara is known world-wide as a hub for wellness, yoga, and emphasis on healthy lifestyle, and thus attracts many people whose lives are devoted to these very things. This article serves as an introduction and a welcoming to a new Santa Barbara resident who we think ROCKS in many different ways and who has a lot to share with our wellness-focused community.
Caroline Stilwell Burckle is a former professional swimmer who, after taking home the Bronze Medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, was faced with the massive question of, “So what is next?” Being a driven and health-focused individual, she was forced to look closely at what she was truly passionate about and what she wanted to create with that passion. The following is a synopsis of that journey in wellness, from her former lifestyle as an pro swimmer, to her current one, here in Santa Barbara, as a fitness-yogi health coach.
One of our team members recently when on a ten day trip to Nicaragua and absolutely loved it. If you are looking for a relatively inexpensive trip with striking exposure to a new and different culture, this is a wonderful option. Here are some highlights:
National Holidays (especially summertime holidays) can be great reasons to get together with friends and family, plan a trip or a great party.. but they can often also end up becoming detail-drowned, mayhem-layden opportunities for stress. And that's no way to celebrate!
So why not simplify the experience by finding a cool alternative to the chaos? There are so many ways to celebrate the true meaning of these national holidays that can easily be forgotten in all the hype. For example, The 4th of July, at its core, is about community, land, and gratitude.
Here are 3 awesome alternative ways to celebrate the 4th of July to help you celebrate the things that truly matter most:
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