Vegan for 30 Days (Pros & Cons)

In case you missed the memo, or perhaps I haven't expressed it enough on this here site, I have a vlog on YouTube under the name "AskHeatherG."  Well, I have started a challenge to go vegan for 30 days and I am chronicling it there and I would love for you to join me on this journey (click video below).  I am currently on Day 7 so there are somethings I can help you with to make your transition seamless.  Make sure you Subscribe to my YouTube to get all the info. 

In the meantime, here are some pros and cons I have experienced since letting go of meat, dairy, starch and sugar (yes I know, that's more than what's required of a vegan, but hey).  Let's get the bad stuff out of the way first.

1. Fatigue- In Days 2 and 3, I was so sleepy I could barely make it home in the evenings.  I found myself nodding off at the red lights while driving home, so make sure you are able to get plenty of rest in the beginning. 
2. White Tongue- Gross, I know.  I have been experiencing some thrush on my tongue. This is normal since my body is ridding itself of candida/ toxins.  Still, not a pretty picture.  Tongue scraper maybe necessary.
3. Headaches- Well, I expected this one.  Since I am not taking in too much sugar, I have limited the amount of caffeine I drink since I like my coffee to be dessert-like.  Therefore, my body is going through withdrawals.  Only true remedy for this is more rest.

On the brighter side, I have been experiencing benefits too.

1. More Energy-  Yes, I know I said I was fatigue, but that was in the first couple days.  I am starting to gain more energy now, which is huge for someone who usually needs a solid eight hour sleep.
2. Brighter Skin- It is a very slight change, but nonetheless, a good one.  I am feeling like my skin is smoother on my face and definitely more supple.
3. Clear Head-  I can think clearly without that brain fog we get mid-day.
4. Great Smelling Skin- So, I will do a video on this (promise), but I stopped using deodorant 2 months ago and I am telling the honest to goodness truth, my armpits actually are beginning to smell sweet... like "yum" sweet... and no, I am not in denial because I actually have randoms do a "sniff test" from time to time to verify my findings. LOL.. Weird? I know!

So there you have have it.  Make sure you check my YouTube for more updates and tips as we venture through this together.  I hope I have helped someone who may have been on the fence about starting this new lifestyle.  It is well worth a good go at it.


Finding Your Sexy

Oh yes, being sexy is all that it is cracked up to be.  I don't know why anyone would assume otherwise? We all want to feel sexy for not only ourselves, but for that someone special too.  But being sexy isn't limited to outward sex appeal.  In fact, I'd venture to say that it is primarily an essence that comes from within. So how do we achieve sexy when we aren't feeling sure of ourselves?  And how do we balance outward aesthetics with inner confidence to be the ultimate definition of a sexy, sensual and a beautiful being?

The key to finding your sexy is being comfortable with yourself first.  Learning to embrace yourself is the key to loving and cherishing your own womanhood, body, and beauty.  If you cannot stand in front of the mirror naked without criticizing yourself, well, that's the first place to start.  If there are aspects of you that you'd like to enhance, do so, but also understand that our physical body is just that, physical.  Don't neglect your energy, your essence, your aura.  Love yourself and don't allow anyone to treat you in such a way that doesn't correspond with your mindset, confidence and views of you.

How can we do this:

First, start by looking yourself in the mirror and affirming to yourself that you are beautiful.  Even if you don't truly believe it yet, begin to make it a habit.  This is important because when you tell yourself reassuring things like this, you will not allow anyone else to tell you different.  Why? Because your mind has been made consciously and subconsciously. Another tip, since I'm a huge fan of coconut oil, I'd recommend oiling/ massaging your body from head to toe.  This not only is an amazing beauty tip (helping to prevent stretch marks and providing circulation), but it gives you the time to caress your own body.  Remember, keep telling yourself, "I am beautiful, I am worthy, I am deserving, I am sexy!" 

Secondly, if you are looking for ways to perfect your outside, start with the essentials. Make sure you're moving, get energy flowing through your arms, legs and throughout your vessel.  Make sure you are taking walks, getting to the gym, taking classes or whatever form of movement you prefer.  Also, start eating food that will not only make you feel better, but will make you look better.  We are what we eat... so use food as a tool to help with glowing skin, fuller hair, brighter teeth, and so on.

At the end of the day, you stand alone.  Are you happy with the person you are?  Do you feel sexy?


How to be Pretty

There are two very important factors when it comes to how you feel about your outward appearance.  It starts with the obvious, aesthetics and the less obvious, mindset.

Watch me explain how you can achieve "pretty" while staying true to yourself.



How I Travel:: You Can Afford to Do the Same

I was reading a post on a fellow bloggers' site when I realized, "hey, that's my lifestyle," meaning, I live a somewhat unpredictable existence.  I say "somewhat" because I intentionally designed my life to look this way.  I have absolutely nothing against anyone who enjoys working a 9 to 5, but saving for 12 months to take a week's vacation is not my idea of living.   Take someone who wants to spend their entire check to pay for the latest hot rod, is that really necessary?  Don't get me wrong, I want to get the latest hot car myself (so tempting), however, I don't choose that lifestyle currently because I feel that living life is much more than the things we acquire.  Buying stuff doesn't equal happiness; maybe in that moment, yes; but how many time have you bought something, let's say a car, and months after you have it, the exhilaration you felt in the beginning turns to anxiety when you realize you have to work overtime to pay for it? Cut down on the things that do not matter so you can spend on the things that you love the most. Sometimes, the things we acquire are actually a deterrent from us living the life we want, but they appeal to you because in some twisted way they make you feel validated.  

So again, not to bash anyone's traditional work life, but to those whom are curious as to how I move and travel as much as I do, or to those who are trying to figure out a way to do the same, here's what I'd suggest (in no particular order).

First of all, downsize.  Letting go of excess possessions doesn't mean you cannot have nice things, it simply means you own "quality over quantity."  This makes it easy to move about.  It means less you have to care for and it keeps things minimal.

Secondly, figure out a way to make an income without having to report to a physical location.  So for me, I blog and constantly work on my YouTube channel, both of which produces income for me.  In addition, I get endorsements from my social media platforms, check me out (http://instagram.com.Askheatherg).  When I want, I will sometimes take a job and use that income to add to my "investments" (even my investments are nontraditional). I know this entire concept may sound daunting, but if you really want to live a life that affords you more opportunities to travel or save, you will figure this one out. Start with googling "alternative ways to make money."

Lastly, change your mindset.  Understand that this is possible for anyone to design the life they want.  Living a life of abundance is about doing what you want, when you want. 


Sex Talk:: Understanding Tantra, Orgasm, and Sensuality

My title fails to mention that I spoke to my brother, that's right... my blood BROTHER, about orgasms, sensuality, and such.  Oh, it makes me uncomfortable just to write it, but as I'm sure you're well aware, sex is apart of life.  It so happens to be apart of my brother's life in a bigger way.

Meet Shophar.  For years he has practiced energy healing with some of the top healers of the world, one being the Tantric Mongoose, Shantam Nityama.  Through his ability to "tune us up" spirituality and energetically, Shophar has found that a lot of tension and blockage actually centers around sexuality (our root chakra).  Clearing that space allows women the ability to flow in all aspects of her life.

Well, don't take my word for it, hear him for yourself! PRESS PLAY

For more information on this topic and Shophar's services, visit his website by clicking here.

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