July Self Journeys


Oh the glorious month of July in Colorado! I feel like I’ve waited all year for this time. We can step outside unencumbered by jackets and the evenings linger stretching out our daily July gifts. For me, this is a time to dream and realign with my intentional life. In the absence of false new year pressure to set goals, it’s as if no one is expecting me to do this internal navigation which makes it all the more authentic and personal.

One of the areas that always comes up for me is my intended health journey and getting my daily rituals in check with my vision for the future. It’s easy for the day to get busy and demands to start flying leaving our wellness plan on the back burner until it’s time for bed. We put off our needs until tomorrow, again. One of my favorite quotes is “Run the day or the day runs you”, it’s a reminder for me to accept my power to create my health picture.

What are some areas that tug at you for attention when you get in touch with your inner compass? Here are some actions to take today to get clarity on your wellbeing.

1.      Get a fresh notebook and let your thoughts flow about what you would like your health to look like next July and even further into the future.

2.      Now jot down the obstacles that are holding you back, no judgement here, just get it down.

3.      Write down one step that you can do today to move you closer to this healthy vision of yourself.

This exercise will scratch the surface and get you in momentum toward your intended health journey. This month I’m offering a free half hour session along with my 6 point Health Evaluation that will help you get in touch with your wellness goals and desires. Head over to www.shinehealthllc.com to get started.

Happy Healthy July!


Kale – A Healthy Option

Kale-Yeah, The carefree days of summer are here, finally! I always find myself looking for a healthy option to bring to parties that everyone will like and this salad is a hit every time! I have emailed it out so much over the years! I hope your family enjoys it too, let me know!

Work the dressing into the kale a little bit ahead of time to soften it. I love the Inca Red brand of quinoa because you don’t have to rinse it and it cooks in 15 minutes. If you are in a super hurry or on the run you can always buy a vinaigrette dressing to use instead of making this really simple one.

Kale is an abundant source of phytonutrients like quercetin, which helps combat inflammation and prevents arterial plaque formation, and sulforaphane, a cancer-fighting compound. Kale is also a great source of alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), the omega-3 fatty acid that’s essential for brain health, reduces Type 2 diabetes risk and improves heart health as well.

You get even more bang out of your bunch of kale from adding a healthy fat like the olive oil in this dressing which makes the fat-soluble carotenoids more available to the body. And acid from the vinegar helps make kale’s iron more bio available as well.

Here’s the recipe:

chopped Kale: 4 cups
chopped romaine: 4 cups
1 C cooked quinoa
1/2 C seeds or chopped nuts
1/2 C raisins or other dried fruit
1/3 C olive oil
1/4 C apple cider vinegar
salt and pepper
1Tbsp Dijon mustard
1Tbsp curry powder

Toss together and enjoy!

Please let me know how it turns out and any additions that you liked!

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