Monday Musings 2.26.18 + Re-branding

Happy Monday!! Lately, Monday has become my favorite day of the week. I feel pretty productive and enjoy sharing what I’ve been into the past week!

Let’s kick this party off with some exciting and big news, shall we?

1. Rebranding my Business

I have been looking to re-brand the Feed Collective blog and social media lately to reflect more of something that can encompass my whole life and passions into one. I realized, deep down I have a HUGE passion for living well. For being a healthy and whole person in many different aspects. This means including things like exercise (climbing and trail running for me) and spirituality (being outside and connecting to nature for me) as part of of a whole body wellness program.

I am seriously so excited to announce the birth of From the Mountains Wellness to you all! I feel like it is an honest and accurate name to describe how and where I feel the most whole and connected to not only myself, but the earth and what it has to offer.

From the Mountains will be focusing on total body wellness through nourishing food (that comes from nature yay!), exercise in the outdoors and training to be stronger when you are outdoors. Along with mindset and habit change tips and tricks, I hope to be able to be of service to you in some way or another. I believe Mother Nature provides all the best cures to our ailments and that nature can help to heal the body.

Another incredibly exciting aspect of this rebranding means I am now accepting clients who are ready to make changes in their lives. I specialize in meal planning, meal prep, nutrition counseling, pre/post workout nutrition guidance, grocery shopping tips/tricks and any general questions about nutrition and feeling well. I am able to guide you through and offer support for various diets and lifestyles (all of which I have personally tried and have been successful at) including: Paleo, Gluten Free, Whole30, Vegan, Vegetarian, Keto, Low Carb and more. 

I would love to help you through any nutrition questions or challenges you might have. Email me at cemurn@gmail.com to get started! I offer flexible pricing and even have monthly rate options. I cannot wait to work with you!! ❤

Stay tuned for my new logo and updated website design coming soon!

#2 Pumpkin Spice Grain-Free Granola

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This stuff is the real deal. Super easy to digest, low sugar and perfect for a quick breakfast or snack with your favorite dairy or non-dairy milk! I talked all about the benefits of soaking and dehydrating nuts and seeds in my last post, and have been on such a kick lately!

The options with this granola are endless. Swap out the sunflower and pumpkin seeds for your favorite nuts, add chocolate chips, take out the coconut flakes, add any dried fruit you like. Really, go crazy with it!

#3 Curried Carrots

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I have been playing around with a new spice blend that I am really excited about. It’s curry powder mixed with dried and then pulverized mango. Making a mango curry powder! It gives an amazing depth of flavor and creates such a lovely and healthy feel to whatever you put it on.

I have a little more tinkering to do with the mango curry powder recipe before posting, but it has been such a fun experiment to play with healing, anti-inflammatory spices such as turmeric and ginger! Store bought curry powder is wonderful, but making your own really kicks it up a notch and is SO. WORTH. IT. Also, you can say you made your own curry powder and impress everyone with your new skill set!

Carrots have been my chosen veggie as of late, mainly due to their higher carbohydrate content, as I have been ramping up my exercise in preparation for spring and more climbing. Want to learn more about carbohydrate and activity levels? Head here. This spice blend tastes fantastic on everything from potatoes to broccoli to chicken and pork. Winner!

4. Arugula

Honestly, I can’t get enough of this vegetable lately! I have been putting it in everything. I have it daily in my breakfast scrambles with some meat and sweet potato and then usually again once more in the day as a base for my lunches or dinner! The sweet, yet peppery flavor pairs so nicely with practically everything and adds a big nutritional boost to each meal.

Arugula is packed with vitamin K, vitamin A and folate. It also contains high levels of Beta-Carotene – think eye health! Yes please to all these nutrients!

#5 Exercise Movement – Pistol Squats

Oh man. These are tough. In my mind, these are one of the ultimate fitness tests of singular leg strength. After suffering through a long recovery process of hamstring and back disc issues I am finally at a place where I can challenge my body again, while simultaneously trying to heal it.

Pistol squats start out standing with one leg out straight in front of you, next you then squat down on one leg and try to go as low as possible (hovering above the floor is the goal) and use that one leg to stand back up. Video of this movement with some great progressions to lead up to it here.

Super challenging and great for strengthening for hiking, climbing, weight lifting and running! I have felt a huge growth in my ability to run up hills and high step after training this movement!

#6 Spring Cleaning/Downsizing

Maybe the more apt title would be spring purging. It has felt so freeing over the past week to start to minimize what we own and pair down and donate things we do not need or use on a daily basis.

The fiance and I are hoping to move temporarily into a van for a period of time to be able to climb and enjoy nature and the road and will need to be very organized and live a minimalist lifestyle in order for this to happen. Pairing down early gives a feeling and sensation of lightness and gives each item we choose to keep a feeling of purpose.

We have been slowly working on the van and today we (read: the fiance) ripped out the old carpet and installed flooring today. It’s starting to look pretty snazzy and liveable! More to come on the van include solar panels to charge all of our electronics and a shelving/cooking area!

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#7 Self Care/Future Self

This is HUGE. Self care means taking care of yourself whenever the need hits you. Especially when you are busy. In the past, I might have looked at this as being selfish and taking too much time to yourself, but now, I look at it as a form of self preservation. Putting your mask on first before attending to others’ needs.

Self care is so important to overall well-being and can come in many forms. My favorites lately include: hair and face masks, long baths with relaxing salts, taking time to read and chopping plenty of vegetables for the week. Basically, self care is anything that will contribute to your happiness and the happiness of your “future self.”

The concept of future self has been brought to my attention by happiness expert Gretchen Rubin. Gretchen is the author of many books including The Happiness Project, Happier at Home, The Four Tendencies and more. She is a brilliant researcher on the topic of happiness and habit change and really delves into the science of knowing yourself better. Her definition of future self is rooted in the consequence of decision making. “How will this decision make me feel in the future?” and trying to create a more positive future for yourself.

The future self concept has helped me in many ways, I am able to pull on past experiences where I have felt low energy or burnt out and try to be more loving to myself. I know I want to fill myself up with energy by doing the things I love, instead of only spending my energy on others and tasks that don’t make me feel full as a person and creating exhaustion.

Gretchen and her sister also host a podcast in which they frequently delve into Gretchen’s “four tendencies” concept. Something that has really helped me to get to know myself better and understand how to work with others better and more efficiently. Interested? Take Gretchen’s test here. For those of you who might not know, I land firmly in the “Rebel” category 😉

Thanks for tuning into my interests and musings for the week, I hope you feel inspired to try something new!

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