Pain Relieving Petal Cakes Recipe

Pain Relieving Petal Cakes Recipe

This beautiful petal power recipe is going to be your new favorite! The powerful ingredients have been proven to combat pain.

One simple, affordable ingredient is currently gaining ranks as the top choice for pain relief and pain management. It can be added to salads, breakfast or baked goods as an oil, the seeds make an amazing addition to your oatmeal or smoothie and even award-winning journalists and the nation’s top doctors are recommending it for anxiety, stress, inflammation, spasms and pain.
It’s hemp. Specifically, hemp oil, hemp seeds and CBD oil, which is now legal to sell and consume in close to 30 states. CBD is considered to be non-psychoactive and is legal to purchase and consume in California. Personally, I consume hemp and CBD for combating acne, anxiety, to stimulate my appetite, to help with PMS (I recommend it for ANY feminine health issue) and for chronic pain management. With what it is doing for me, no wonder so many people enjoy CBD Oil from suppliers similar to pharmorganics.co. It’s one of my favorite ways to relieve pain naturally and luckily, you can add it to almost anything – with (get this!) no side effects! If CBD Oil isn’t strong enough for you, you may want to try ‘shatter‘ to extra pain relief. You should be able to find this at your local despensary or on sites like the Green Society.
The cannabis plant happens to be one of the most (if not the most) pharmacologically active plants on the planet, containing over 400 active chemicals. You want to make sure that when you get a cbd full spectrum oil or other product that you’re getting as many of those that would naturally occur in the buds as possible. After all, that’s why you’re paying for the full spectrum product, as that will make the effects stronger. Many of these are also present and highlighted in particular strains such as the Red Lebanese Hash, which you can Click here to find more out about. The unique active components of cannabis are called cannabinoids, which are found alongside active chemicals called terpenoids and flavonoids, which work together to provide a wide variety of therapeutic and anti-inflammatory effects benefits. Studies show hemp oil helps with pain management, cancer, insomnia, anxious feelings, worry, stress and more. Hemp oil has actually been proven increase your energy, so there is no lazy “high”.

I’ve suffered from arthritis for 12 years, so I combine hemp oil with my favorite supplement for pain and inflammation: collagen peptides! Collagen is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the go-to beauty secrets of the ages, but it’s also amazing for your muscles, joints and can help with stiffness and swelling. Collage peptides may also help increase muscle strength because they play the most important role in our connective tissues. Those who took collagen for 24 weeks found a significant decrease in joint pain while at rest, moving, changing directions, running walking and performing tasks. Another study showed that collagen can stimulate the growth of new cartilage tissue, which means it’s replacing old or worn cartilage. Amazing, huh?!

Here’s how to make your own mini petal cakes! I was so surprised at how quick and simple these are to make – and they’re a huge splash at any holiday party! Cook time is only (approx.) 25 mins.

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INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. To the gluten free brownie mix add the coconut oil, hemp oil, Sugar 2.0, Vital Proteins Collagens, cayenne, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, chocolate chips and toss to combine.
  3. Add gluten free mix to cupcake trays so they are each 1/4 full.
  4. Optional: Add fruit such as raspberries or strawberries to the middle. This can also be done after.
  5. Bake for 25 mins or until moist when poked with a fork or toothpick.
  6. Remove and let cool.
  7. Add petals on top for decoration.
  8. Enjoy immediately. Best eaten when fresh but also amaaaazing the next day! Store in fridge.
*This post was created in loving partnership with Vital Proteins + Sugar 2.0, two companies I use daily and absolutely adore.
Life On-The-Go with Maurices…

Life On-The-Go with Maurices…

I’m about as low-maintenance as it gets when it comes to fitness. My version of ready-to-go is a 3-second bun and no makeup. I prefer the track of my local high school over a gym membership, and the idea of sticking to the same routine every day instead of switching it up is a total nightmare. As a busy business owner, author, and speaker, it sometimes seems near impossible to find the inspiration to get up and move when all I want to do is relax after a long day.

Instead of giving myself the excuse that I’m too busy, too tired or not in the mood to work out, I try to do my routine alongside my busy schedule, instead of around it. I get fitness in no matter what – even when I’m on-the-go. If I can do it, you can too!

That’s why I teamed up with Maurice’s to show you my on-the-go workout and favorite go-to styles!

Check out the full story!

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My Morning Routine, Yoga For A Clear Mind + My Spirit Animal:

My Morning Routine, Yoga For A Clear Mind + My Spirit Animal:

Ever wondered about my morning routine, my yoga practice or how I keep a clear head with such a crazy schedule?! Today, I’m sharing it all with you (plus more!) in a brand new interview with Wolven Threads, who asked me such amazing questions – I had to share!

I was so thrilled to be chosen as Wolven Threads Woman Crush. I adore Wolven Threads and was so stoked to do a little q&a with them as they celebrate women everywhere who inspire them! Written by the amazing and talented Clare Stager. Check it out.

We are always looking for ways to heal ourselves with nature. We were created to be present on this earth and exist with its many healing properties. This week we are celebrating the feminine and finding healing and healthy inspiration from another rad lady, the best selling author of Cured by Nature, Tara Mackey.  

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What does your morning routine look like?

I stretch, make myself some caffeine free chai tea, an organic smoothie and do a quick meditation to start the day. Then I make and have breakfast and my fiancé and I take the dog on a hike. When we come home, I do a morning skincare routine: an oil cleanse, tone and face mask. Bliss!

How do you keep a clear and calm mind?

Mindful meditation and mind strengthening techniques throughout the day are my go-to. I practice kriya yoga, which focuses on concentration of breath for a peaceful life. As the breath flows, so flows the mind, because there is a feedback system between the mind and the breath. As the breath becomes calmer, so does the mind, and vice versa. In the practice of kriya, we concentrate on the breath. As we do so more and more, the quieter the mind becomes.

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Tara in her Wolven Threads Saraswati V-Cut Swimsuit

When did you realize your passion for the natural world?

I really loved nature as a child, but as a New York City kid, I didn’t have a huge chance to experience it. It wasn’t really until my road trip out to California that I had my first real shift in feeling like I was a part of the earth, rather than the earth being separate from me. It also became clear to me after I came off my pharmaceutical medication, because I turned to nature intuitively to heal. I have found healing in nature and food that never EVER came in the form of pills.

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What is your spirit animal? 

My dog, Raelie. She’s a pit/lab mix. Goofy, cuddly and loving but very intuitive, inquisitive and has a serious side. Plus, we’re both hungry every 15 mins — haha!!

What was the last thing you cooked? 

just made a 3 ingredient hot fudge topping – totally organic – that I’ll be sharing on the blog soon. It’s like magic shell, but healthy!

How do you keep your body healthy?

I’m mindful about my movement, my diet and my fitness. I’m really careful about the kind of thoughts I allow into my consciousness, which keeps me in balance. I keep negative self talk OUT, which leaves room for all the good stuff: self-love, care and positive energy. I do my Curve Sculptor fitness plan each and every day – I’ve never been healthier or more fit!

How would you describe your style?

Boho-chic. Think 25 years in NYC mixed with my last 5 years in California. 🙂

In theme with woman crush Wednesday, is there a particular woman that inspires you? 

ALL women inspire me. We’re incredible creatures. Females are my fav!

Want to know more about Tara Mackey? Check out her Instagram @organiclifeblog or better yet read her amazing book Cured by Nature.

 

The Secret To Sexy Curves: The Curve Sculptor Express

The Secret To Sexy Curves: The Curve Sculptor Express

It’s one of the best feeling when something you’ve working on for ages and ages comes to life!

Today – The Curve Sculptor Express is FINALLY HERE!!

And I could not be more excited!!

Honestly, the idea for this plan popped into my head before I completed my last plan, but boy – did it take a LOT to bring the vision for it together.

Here’s the skinny!

As I’ve explained here, I had one of the smallest chests ever, plus – my whole body was super tiny from years of health issues. I felt weak, flat chested and I looked borderline unhealthy! What was to be done?

I went to work – reading, researching and playing guinea pig via fitness on my own body. I’ve spent every single day of the last year and a half practicing and perfecting ways to enhance my curves. Within just a few weeks, I was staring in the mirror and smiling. I finally – FINALLY – was looking at the body I had always wanted!! I had increased a cup size, trimmed my waist, reduced stretch marks, and gotten the booty I had always wanted!  And I knew I had I share this with the World!!!

I worked with a doctor, 2 chiropractors, a physical therapist and a human physiologist to form this program. Plus, I incorporated my own flair and shared what’s worked for me – personally. It’s a combination of body sculpting moves that I’ve been doing every day for almost a year, shared in this form because I’ve gotten amazing results! 

This Plan Will:

  • Build + Enhance Boobs
  • Tighten + Tone Butt
  • Firm Your Core
  • Trim Your Waist
  • Strengthen Your Arms
  • Flatten Your Abs
  • Naturally Sculpt Your Body

No Experience? No problem!

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Side Effects Include:

  • Rapid, Efficient Weight Loss
  • A More Voluptuous Shape
  • Waist Trimming Made Easy
  • Long Term Fat Loss
  • Muscle Strengthening
  • A Healthy Physique
  • A Clear Road To Permanent Change
  • With BONUS TIPS & A Rocking Playlist To Move + Groove To!
The Curve Sculptor Express – Beginners Boot Camp is designed to give you curves in all the right places!

 

35 pages of body sculpting workouts that you can carry with you on the go. Combines upper and lower body sculpting moves to obliterate fat and enhance curves – totally naturally! Targeted – no more trouble zones. This program is tailored just for you, no matter what your fitness experience!

I also included my fitness journey, a booty-shaking playlist, pro tips and self-love affirmations throughout the plan!

These simple movements range in difficulty, so there’s something for everyone! Done just a few minutes daily, the body of your dreams is effortlessly yours.

These fat busting, butt and chest sculpting workouts will build and train your body, enhancing your curves in no time!!

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Thank you for the support – always!

Health & Happiness,

Tara

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The Top 5 Reasons You Don’t Exercise – And How To Get Over Them!

The Top 5 Reasons You Don’t Exercise – And How To Get Over Them!

Warning: Reading this article may cause healthy habits that are hard to stop.

I always equate exercise to coffee – once you start, it’s difficult to quit. And once you stop, you REALLY feel it when you decide to start up again.

So, what gets some people up at 6 A.M. while other’s live the mantra “I’ll start tomorrow!”?

Here’s some of the favorite excuses I’ve given myself, plus how I got over them.

clarity1. You Think It’s Hard

First, you don’t exercise because you think it’s hard.

Hmmm.

Well, my dear, it’s sure going to get harder and harder the more you don’t do it, isn’t it?

Start small. I’m talking REALLY small. One exercise a day for 5 minutes a day small. Heck, maybe you’ll even do it for ten minutes the first day. In fact, the second you BEGIN to exercise, you realize that it feels really good – and it’s hard to get people to stop!

Get up in the morning and instead of mindlessly typing in whatever URL comes into your head first, or headed to your crackapp of choice (I see you, snapchat), take a 5-10 minute walk with your loved one or your dog. Seriously. Just try it. Once you conquer the first day, science even says that you’ll want to do more. And you trust science, don’t you?

I’ve designed two fitness plans that are created with 3 things in mind: to be easy, fun and to be able to be executed at home or even on the go. They’re only a $5 investment, too. That’s less than lunch! Much like my plans, there are super affordable deals like this all over the place. You don’t have to get my fitness plans, but look around for one that calls out to you. Some personal favorites besides my own include these DVD’s by Tracy Anderson and daily Kundalini Yoga.

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2. You Don’t Want To “Force Yourself”

Let me tell you a big secret: if you’re waiting until you’re “ready to start” (thin enough, strong enough, good enough) you’ll NEVER start. In fact, you’ll get bigger, weaker and worse as time goes on. So just START. You HAVE to force yourself to start almost anything in the beginning.

Then, over time (sometimes much more quickly than you expected), you’ll find that you feel good when you do it. You’ll start to love it. Or you’ll pick parts of it you love and parts of it you can tweak. I always think of my Dad when I’m exercising – he was at the gym a WEEK after his first brain surgery to remove his cancer. Talk about “forcing yourself”. He LOVED exercise, and it was a huge reason he lived four times longer than doctors initially predicted when he was diagnosed!

Trust me, I used to think, I’m in too much pain to work out. Well, YEAH sister. And you’re going to KEEP being in pain if you don’t start today! Right now!

3. You’re Not Motivated

You might say, But why? This can’t be for me! I’m not good enough/I don’t deserve it/I have no energy.

A huge part of the reason you have no energy is because you’re not exercising. Exercise promotes and creates energy. Motivate yourself with a reward. Create a habit loop, which involves a cue to trigger the behavior (setting out your workout gear), the routine itself (making it to the gym or taking out your fitness plan) and then the reward. Giving yourself a reward is so powerful because your brain can latch on to it and make the link that the behavior is worthwhile, and a reward increases the odds the routine becomes a habit.

If you do 30 minutes of exercise a day, reward yourself in any way that might motivate you. Maybe you allow yourself 30 mins of TV, a movie you enjoy or some hot fudge on your strawberries tonight. Whatever gets you up and doing it – give yourself that thing at the end! You won’t regret it!

4. You’ve Tried Before – With No Success

A huge part of the reason most people don’t exercise is because they’ve tried exercising before and either stopped getting motivated or felt that it wasn’t giving them their desired results “in time”.

STOP expecting overnight results after years of self-neglect!! My muscles tone VERY easily, but if I stop working out for a month, I am NOT going to get a 6 pack back in a week. I’m just not. The older I get, the more true this has become for me, and I can only assume it’s the same for 99.9% of the population.

I can’t stress this enough: DON’T. GIVE. UP!

Let me say that again. DON’T. GIVE. UP!!

SERIOUSLY! Giving up is the ONLY way you WON’T see any results. You can sit around and complain about your self-fulling prophecy coming true, or you can get off your butt and do some squats. Take a bike ride. Go for a hike. Which one do you think will make you feel better?!

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5. You’re Too Busy

This is the #1 excuse I’ve heard when I was life coaching about healthy habits in general, and it used to be one of the most infuriating to me. Oh, I used to think, So you don’t have the time to take care of yourself, but I do?!

Well, truthfully, yes. I’ve made self-care a HUGE priority, and it’s had an immense pay off. One of the best things I’ve learned is that we ALL have the same amount of time. All of us have the same time as Beyonce, for god’s sake! Do me a favor. Give yourself a challenge and try to learn FIVE MINUTES of a Bey routine. GO ahead. I’ll wait….

…. Oh hello! Yes, it’s the year 5678. Welcome. Your routine is outdated but we applaud your efforts.

Seriously. If Beyonce can do 20 of those routines on tour, I think you can take 15 minutes out of your day for some self love and self care. You DESERVE to feel good!! None of us are too busy for our health. Without our health, nothing else matters.

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5 Tips to Stay Motivated to Workout

5 Tips to Stay Motivated to Workout

It’s February.

The month where you get to sit back and ask yourself honestly, “Am I still kickin’ that resolution’s butt, or what?”

Maybe some of you have fallen off the wagon. You’re not alone.

I cut my workout routine in half the last few weeks due to my busy schedule and man, do I have to work double time now! Totally paying for it. I realized that I needed the one thing that helps me get over anything: motivation. So I thought I’d share the things that kept me motivated the last week, in hopes that they can help you through your workout slump too!

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(Check out this week’s video for my favorite fitness routines!)

Find a routine

I know a lot of people who aspire to be fit, but they don’t know where to start! This is what inspired me to create my fitness plans, which are beginning level to moderate level exercises that are specifically designed to be done at home and by anyone, regardless of fitness level.

But I get it: that’s not for everyone. It might not be for you.

Maybe you WANT to go to the gym every day. Or you need a partner in crime every day. Or a trainer. Or you prefer to use heavy equipment.

Whatever gets you to do it, find a routine! Then stick to this routine – every single day. Even on hard days. Even on days where you wanna give up or are in pain. Even if you can’t imagine that it could possibly be working – do it. It’s your routine, and it’s there to work for you.

Invest

Speaking of the gym, a trainer, or finding a routine, investing in your fitness will definitely help you in feeling like you have a big reason to get up in the morning and do the work: you paid for it. Whether it’s purchasing some Jillian Michaels DVDs or finding a good yoga routine on youtube, investing even just your time into learning strategies for your fitness is a great motivator!

Take Time For Yourself

Feeling better is about you – and only you. Take time to access what your real fitness goals are. Write them down. Are you really trying to lose 10 lbs, or do you have a larger goal, like running a marathon? This time taken to access not only where you’re at, but where you’re going, is like having your best friend there rooting for you. Your best friend is just you this time 🙂

Imagine

If you’re bored with the same old routine, start to use your imagination. Check out active.com for sporty events near you, and imagine yourself finishing them! How good will that shower or warm bath feel after you’ve worked your butt off? Pretty dang good, I’d say! Imagine your new body, your new goals, your new life with the fitness level of your dreams! Some of the best motivation, I think.

Incentivize

Way #2 to use your imagination in this way is to incentivize yourself to finish. I always look forward to a warm bath or shower after my morning routine, or perhaps I allow myself a big ol’ dairy free ice cream cone as a reward. I constantly think about these things when working out gets hard or boring. If you follow me on snapchat (@organiclifeblog hi friend!) you’re able to peep how bored I get sometimes during at-home yoga workouts. I had to fast forward through half of mine the other day! Haha. How’s that for shavasana?

Only you know what will push you to complete your goals. Reward yourself after with something you love for a job well done!

Want more tips to stay motivated?

Get Cured by Nature or The 14 Day Fitness Plan today!

 With Love,

Tara