When one of your chakras are blocked, it can cause you both mental and physical pain. That is bad news bears for your life and for your health. Lately I have been feeling a major blockage in my solar plexus chakra.
Here’s how I know:
– I have been feeling really low about my self image
– I have been feeling really competitive and have been comparing myself to others far too often.
– I have been having a whole lot of digestive problems. (Along with attempting to balance my chakra, I am also seeing a gastroenterologist for this)
– In general, I tend to focus on the future. I am all about planning. The problem with that, is that I get upset if plans get altered or changed, even the tiniest bit.
Ever feel any of these things? It’s possible that you have had a blockage in your Solar Plexus Chakra too.
Today I am sharing a few ways to help your body get rid of blockages in your Solar Plexus:
#1. Meditation all the way.
In order to heal, you have to let your mind come to terms with itself. There is not one BEST way to meditate…It depends on what works for you. If I don’t have time to do a guided meditation, I use my mala beads and practice a mantra. This brings me to my next point…
#2. Practice positive talk.
Call it a mantra, call it the little voice inside your head, and affirmation, whatever floats your boat. The point is, be nice to yourself. Repeat positive things to yourself, even if you don’t believe them at first. Some good mantras for your Solar Plexus Chakra are: I am confident; I am self-assured; I trust my personal power; I am a great leader; I have a balanced relationships; I respect myself; I am capable enough to reach my goals.
#3. Surround yourself with yellow.
Get yourself some pretty citrine, or yellow jasper crystals and keep them around you. Wear a yellow dress, or put some yellow flowers near your bedside. The third chakra is associated with the color yellow and can be stimulated by surrounding yourself with its vibration.
Chickpeas, turmeric, lemons, ginger, oats, rice, rye, corn, pineapple, chamomile, lentils, and farro are all foods that are great for stimulating the Solar Plexus Chakra. I am a big fan of lemons, and using lemon juice in my drinks and cooking. Lemons are very helpful to the Solar Plexus Chakra, and this makes sense. Lemons help detox your tummy, which is where your third chakra is located.
I’m a heavy believer in keeping my body, mind, and spirit balanced. To do this, I focus on balancing my chakras. Chakras are the 7 main energy sources that run along your spine. When your chakras are aligned, you find yourself at peace, your body feels good and functions in a healthy way, and your life feels whole and meaningful. When your energy centers are off balance, this can create sickness, extreme emotions, loss of control, and more.
One way to stimulate underactive chakras is by eating certain nutritious foods. Different foods contain different vitamins, and affect your body in different ways. If you feel your chakra is underactive, eat some of these guys listed. If it is overactive, avoid them!
I’m not talking about mint ice cream… I mean the plant. Slice some up and put it in a salad, or make some tea.
Mint stimulates your Solar Plexus Chakra
If you see yourself as powerless, feel nervous about the future, feel insecure, or have digestive problems, your solar plexus might be out of whack!
Mint helps with digestion, which is something that the Solar Plexus Chakra rules over. Your Solar Plexus Chakra sits right over where your stomach is located.
Plus, freshly crushed mint leaves can help you deal with nausea and headache, and even depression. Mint is a natural stimulant, and the smell itself can get your brain functioning on a high level. If you are feeling anxious, exhausted, or slow, mint could help!
Lemons are another great stimulant to the Solar Plexus Chakra. Lemons are great for cleansing your body. I love to start my day with lemon water with a pinch of cayenne to help clean out my system. Lemons are great for multiple parts of your body. If you haven’t jumped on the lemon train yet, you should.
Lemons are a great source of Vitamin C, magnesium, citric acid, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium. Lemons can help fight acne and wrinkles, help your eyesight, and can even act as an antibacterial.
Watermelon stimulates your Sacral Plexus Chakra, which sits right underneath your belly button.
If you feel emotionless, uncertain, insecurity, anxiety, or overwhelmed by regular life changes, your Sacral Plexus Chakra might be out of balance.
The Sacral Plexus Chakra also rules over your sexual desires. Watermelon contains an amino acid called citrulline, which relaxes and dilates blood vessels. Many people consider watermelon to stimulate your sex drive because of this reason, and would also stimulate your Sacral Plexus Chakra.
Watermelon is also packed full of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Potassium, Magnesium, Vitamins B1, B5 and B6, and not to mention H2O!
Blueberries help stimulate your Throat Chakra.
If you feel social anxiety, shyness, dental problems, chronic sore throat, neck pain, stubbornness, detachment, fear of speaking, or inhibited creativity, your Throat Chakra might be blocked.
Blueberries have a rich dark blue color, which is the same color of the Throat Chakra, which is why the fruit is linked to this Chakra. The Throat Chakra is stimulated by liquids in general and also fruits that grow on trees. Remember: Just because food is blue doesn’t mean it will help stimulate your chakra, don’t go drinking bottles and bottles of blue Gatorade.. it has to be natural foods for your natural body!
Blueberries can also help lower the total amount of cholesterol in the blood, and are full of Vitamin B6, fiber, folate potassium, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6 and antioxidants.
So I think I am a little late on this game, but I am so excited to have finally tried Organically Twisted in Naples. SO AMAZING!
Seriously though, if you haven’t been there yet, get on it.
According to their site, their mission “started for the love of people, our earth, life, growing and creating food.” This is very apparent in the atmosphere and the vibes within the restaurant. Everyone we came across was very energetic and friendly, and had a big smiles all around.
The restaurant was covered in beautiful art, crystals, and plants, and reggae music boomed throughout. We received some great recommendations and ordered the Avo-Loco, “Avocado, roasted sweet potato, tomato, mixed greens with garbanzo-black bean salsa & cilantro sauce” and the Mung Bean, “Mixed greens with mung beans, tortilla chips, tomato, sweet peppers and roasted sweet potato. Topped with salsa & a spicy cilantro sauce”. It was so refreshing to be able to order something healthy, organic, vegetarian, and local!
The food was nothing short of delicious and VERY filling. We were also happy to see our favorite 221 Kombucha offered there too!
They even had an adorable little kids table set up to entertain the kiddies! (How cute are those chairs?!)
Organically Twisted started out as a food truck and still serves out of the truck at various locations throughout the Naples area. They also have a permanent location on Livingston Rd. and are open Monday – Thursday 11am-6pm.
13040 Livingston Road #10 Naples, FL 34105
To see where they are at each weekend, follow them on their Facebook Page!
Organically Twisted is definitely one of my new favorite restaurants in Naples
Day two of our LA Adventure mostly consisted of playing tourists. Coffee, museums, and taking pictures of every Hollywood Star we recognized the names of.
We started off the day in Larchmont, where we grabbed a bite to eat and coffee at Go Get ‘Em Tiger. Jason said this one definitely one of his favorite stops in LA, as far as coffee goes. The shop was small but the coffee was EXACTLY what we needed. Plus, they had a really great staff who were willing to chat with us between serving their line of customers. Highly recommended.
Larchmont was a really cute area and had a lot of offer. There were tons of little shops and restaurants to eat at. We spent some time that morning strolling down and window shopping, truly taking in the atmosphere.
After that we headed to LACMA, where we spent most of our day.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art was huge, and beautiful. We honestly could have spent two whole days there looking at everything.
We spent so much time there, that we forgot to eat lunch. This made for a very grumpy Meg, so we quickly headed to our next destination: FOOD.
We went to Mama Shelter, a hotel with a great rooftop restaurant and bar.
The decor of the hotel was super funky and cool. When you walk into the bar downstairs, the ceilings are covered in art and there are huge foosball tables to play at. If we ever go back to LA, I would probably consider staying at this place because the atmosphere was awesome!
The only downside was that there was a LONG wait, and we were STARVING! So by the time we got to the table, we weren’t very happy campers. (If you ever try to get in anytime near sunset, get there EARLY!) Once we got some food, a glass of champagne or two, and took in the view… our moods quickly changed. This place was beautiful, and the food was amazing!
After getting some much needed energy, we headed into Hollywood to do the typical touristy thing. We saw the Hollywood Stars, Chinese Theatre, stuck our hands and feet where the stars did in the concrete… you know.
The moment I saw Audrey’s Star, I ran over, sat down and put my hands right on it. I couldn’t believe she was actually right there at one moment in time. Audrey Hepburn is someone that I have looked up to since I was a little girl. Not only was she beautiful, but also beautifully kind and generous. I definitely had a moment right there on that star… and I was so incredibly happy to be there.
In general, Jason and I were not huge fans of this area. It reminded us of Times Square, but we liked it a lot less.. There were lots of people, it was kind of dirty, and a little overwhelming. Once we saw the sights, we quickly headed back home for some rest.
Next Up, Day 3 in Venice and Santa Monica, and couple of ghost stories… 😉
Yes, I am one of those people. I love Disney! Being a Florida resident has its perks. The parks are not too far away, and I am fortunate enough to have an annual pass. I have most definitely been to Disney more times than I can count. So, here’s a couple of recommendations from an expert 😉
1. Pack food.
Most of the time, we go to Disney on a tight budget. Because we have annual passes, our tickets are already paid for, and parking is included. Often times we will go on a whim, knowing that it won’t be too much of a financial burden if we do it right. To stay on budget, Jason and I usually pack our own food. We grab a backpack that’s insulated, pack up some sandwiches, snacks, and waters. That way, you’re not spending as much money in the parks. Plus, it’s much healthier! My favorite picnic spot in Magic Kingdom is actually on Main Street. There’s a great little pocket that has a few tables with umbrellas on the right-hand side. (And yes, you’re allowed to bring food into the parks. Make sure any drinks are sealed up though!)
2. Schedule your fast passes (and well in advance)
Fast passes allow you to plan your day out ahead of time, up to 30 days in advance. If you want to get on really popular rides like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in Magic Kingdom or the new Frozen ride in Epcot, you’ll want to schedule that exactly at the 30 day mark, otherwise you’ll be waiting an hour or more for these rides. (PS- you’ll want to make dining reservations too if you want to have any sit down meals. Often times sit-down restaurants are all booked up by the time you get in the parks.) Better to plan ahead!
3. Know the photo spots.
Two things: The best place to get a photo by the castle? Go all the way down Main Street, hang left, then turn right up towards the castle, you’ll find a great, clear spot to take a photo. Epcot? Head towards guest services, it’ll be easier to get a photo with the great big golf ball back there than in the front. (Also, you can get a good one by the bridges in Italy while you’re in the World Showcase!)
4. Remember, there is more to Disney than the parks
Disney is full of awesome activities and places to see, even outside the parks. There’s Disney Springs, The Boardwalk, ESPN Wide World of Sports, lots of spas, Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach, Golf Courses, and even the resorts. You can go spy some animals at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, or head over to Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Campfire Sing-Along show is at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground. You can even watch movies under the stars at multiple Disney resorts. Imagine afternoon tea at The Grand Floridian? A Kitchen Sink sundae at Beaches & Cream Soda Shop? Yes, please!
5. Character Dining
If you have little ones, I highly recommend doing Character Dining.There’s multiple options across the parks, with various characters. Make sure you look up the characters ahead of time, the last thing you want to do is book a character experience with characters you aren’t really that fond of. (And YES, you must book this in advance, and make sure to get there early, even if you have a reservation.) Character dining is a little more expensive, but great one-on-one time. You don’t typically get a lot of that by simply waiting in line for a photo with the characters.
6. Magic Bands
If you’re going to Disney multiple times or for more than just a day, do yourself a favor and get some Magic Bands. They are so much easier than digging out your ticket every time you want to use a fastpass. Also, set up your photopass (free for annual pass holders) and link it to your band. Some rides have special videos that link to your band/app automatically. Don’t miss out on capturing the memories!
7. Eat a dole whip.
Just do it.
Yes, Magic Kingdom has some magical fireworks with the the castle in the background. However, some of the other parks have amazing firework shows. Some of my favorites are are Fantasmic in Hollywood Studios and Illuminations in Epcot.
You can get SUPER cute ears on Ebay, and don’t underestimate the power of a dress in a theme park as far as breeze goes.
10. Staying on property with little ones?
When you check in, ask for a wake up call from the man Mickey himself! (totally free)
Pack hand sanitizer that smells good to make you feel good. Take an Emergen-C, and an Echinacea pill each day to keep from getting sick. Pack sunscreen, and a first aid kit… you don’t want to pay park prices for those necessities. Stretch each morning and night before and after you do a ton of walking. If you’re staying overnight, bring Epsom salt to soak your feet in at night.