Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Mindful Moments: Mindful Parenting

I am currently reading a book called Mindful Parenting and wanted to share some tips with you before I can even finish it!

The book has simple and powerful solutions for raising creative, engaged, happy kids in todays HECTIC WORD.

As Leo begins to enter his "terrible two" stage I started to reflect on my current parenting style and ways to make things more simple for him as he is learning to communicate. 

After having the opportunity to watch a friends infant for 3 days, I learned quickly that Leo is used to having me all to himself  and sharing my time with another child was not ideal for him. In addition to his poor behavior during this time, I also noticed that his mood swings were becoming more of an everyday thing.

My husband mentioned it could be his sure intake, DING DING! Even though I was only giving him a completely watered down juice, he still developed a pattern of asking for it EVERY morning when he would wake up! "Juice, Juice" he would cry standing at the fridge. I gave him watered down juice and that was that. Then in the afternoon, he would stand by the pantry "Nacks, Nack" (Snack) he wanted fruit snacks. I didn't see any harm in giving him one pack a day after all they are "Annies Organic" But this behavior became a daily expectation. 

We started to noticed this combined with his tantrums only continued to get worse, so I stopped buying that stuff (for now) and cut him from it cold turkey. 

MINDFUL PARENTING LEARNING LESSON #1: SUGAR PROMOTES SUGAR HIGHS
Dr. Sears mentions that excess sugar promotes unhealthy cravings, obesity, diabetes, heart disease and kids labeled ADHD are reacting to some sort of sugar sensitivity!

After reading the first section of the book Mindful Parenting, I realized that even though Leo pretty much only watches one show, (Daniel Tiger) he has started to develop an expectation of watching it EVERY Day. and I didn't know until i read this book of course that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends ZERO hours of Screen time including TV for Children under the age of two! ZERO, not 30 min or more like we have slowly started to allow in our household. 

MINDFUL PARENTING LEARNING LESSON #2: OVER STIMULATED CHILDREN STRUGGLE TO MAINTAIN FOCUS AND ATTENTION Children are still building neural pathways, yet with all the stimulation the brainwaves that help stay focus essentially flatline. 

We have intervened with this habit already and to change this pattern, we have been bundling up and going outside more often. Reconnecting and exploring with nature has been fun and sparks creativity and imagination. 

I hope you have enjoyed reading about our family lessons. no one is perfect, but we can strive to do what is best and what works for our family. Leo is an adventurous should with so much love and energy to give. It is beautiful to see him at his fullest potential when media and poor eating choices do not get in the way.




Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Prenatal Fitness Inspiration with For Two Fitness®

Now that my first trimester is over, I have been able to get back into a normal fitness routine. I wanted to share a few mini workouts that have been great for my pregnancy! Staying Fit For Two has been fun, functional and fashionable in my For Two Fitness®  apparel! I have two tank tops, (Sweating for Two & Yoga for Two)  that I have been rocking for my workouts! The tank tops are soft and moisture wicking and the colors are rich and bright!
 
YOGA

Even if I can't make it to a class, Yoga is still a simple yet effective way of staying on track with my routine. I just roll out a mat and practice a few poses for opening and strengthening my hips.






KETTLE BELLS

Kettle Bell Swings: Great for getting heart rate up!




Turkish Get Ups: Great for shoulder stability and mobility, thoracic extension and rotation, and taking it back to the basic developmental movement patterns! 





Dead Lift: GLUTES and CORE! Need I say more?!





PILATES REFORMER

Leg stretches and footwork on the reformer to lengthen the muscles after a kettle bell workout!






Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Prenatal Vitamins for the Fit Mom

I have had the opportunity to try out a couple of different prenatal supplements from Garden Of Life and I wanted to share my favorite tidbits about each supplement with all you fit moms and moms to be!

I have been taking prenatal vitamins since before Trying To Conceive (TTC) Leo. Once I told my doctor that I wanted to get off birth control, she suggested simply changing my daily multi-vitamin to a pre-natal vitamin.


I had the opportunity to try 3 different prenatal vitamins from Garden of Life:

  • Vitamin Code RAW Prenatal Multivitamin 
  • mykind Organics Once Daily Prenatal Multivitamin
  • mykind Organics Prenatal Multivitamin
My favorite supplement for the entire first trimester was the Vitamin Code RAW Prenatal Multivitamin. They come in capsule form and I loved breaking them open add the powder nutrients to my morning smoothie. I had morning sickness and heartburn so swallowing anything wanted to come right back up. The Vitamin Code RAW supplement also has ginger in it to sooth an upset stomach and provide relief to any nauseous related symptoms.

I just entered into my 2nd trimester and I have been using the mykind Organics Once Daily Prenatal Vitamin. This vitamin is in tablet form and  simple to take (one vitamin, once a day), especially when combining with multiple vitamins for the day like my probiotic and DHA.

The mykind Organics Prenatal Vitamin is going to be similar to the vitamin above however it is three tablets once a day rather than one tablet once a day. The mykind prenatal also has a soothing stomach blend with ginger, peppermint and lemon to help aid any feelings of nausea. 

The Garden of Life Prenatal Vitamins do not have DHA in them, this is offered in an additional vitamin. 

I had the opportunity to try out two different DHA/Fish Oil Supplements:

  • Oceans MOM Prenatal DHA Omega-3
  • Minami Nutrition Omega-3 Prenata
The list of benefits can go own when it comes to DHA, but one of the most important things about Omega 3 - Fatty Acid (or DHA) is the brain development for baby and brain health and support for mama. Lets face it, pregnancy brain is a real thing ladies! Both of the  DHA supplements come in a soft gel form and I promise NO FISHY BURPS! The Oceans MOM Prenatal is strawberry flavored and the Minami Nutrition is lemon flavored. Bonus- Continuing to take DHA post baby enriches your great milk!!!

The final supplement I had the opportunity to try from Garden of Life was the probiotic:
  • Dr. Formulated Probiotics Once Daily Prenatal.     
I have never taken probiotics prior to this and didn't really understand the importance of them until I reaped the benefits! Your gut is known as the second brain, when the gut is healthy, your immune system is healthy. Its simple, the probiotic supports the mom and growing baby's immune system. This supplement is also great to continue on with post baby while breast feeding to continue the support of infants immune system. 


You can find all of the product descriptions and supplement facts here.

I am sharing the LOVE and hosting a GIVEAWAY on my Instagram Page where you can have the opportunity to win some of these fabulous supplements. Visit my Instagram page @altruisticyogini.







Friday, November 18, 2016

Don't forget about the GIVEAWAY

I just spent the last 30 days trying out this Organic Plant Collagen Builder and now I want YOU to try it! Perfect for supporting hair, skin, and nail health!

For a chance to win: 

Head over to Instagram @altruisticyogini


"LIKE" the photo
Follow me , & for extra entries tag a friend who may love to try out @gardenoflifemykind Organic Plant collagen builder! Check out my blog review of this vitamin (link in bio) #collagen #healthyskin#vitamins #organic #blogher16#blogher2016 #plantbased #giveaway#organicgiveaway #giveaways winners will be announced Friday !



Thursday, November 17, 2016

Organic Collagen Builder to the rescue

This fall my skin rebelled against me and I fought back with Garden of Life mykind Organic Plant Collagen Builder supplement.

In the simplest terms, Collagen is basically a "Glue Protein ", it holds everything together. By eating healthy, drinking plenty of water and supplementing with collagen you support your hair, skin, and nails.

I challenged myself to consuming more water and taking a Collagen supplement daily for 30 days and the results were visibley amazing.

This picture was taken Day one of taking the supplements. I had cystic acne on my cheeks and chin and I also have always had large pore appearance.
  


This photo was taken 30 days after with less visible pores and skin feels less dry and less acne.


I wanted to share with all of you because I truly believe in this supplement and would love to giveaway To two lucky people! Head over to my Instagram Page where winners will be selected!  @altruisticyogini

Xoxo Jesi

Organic Collagen Builder to the rescue

This fall my skin rebelled against me and I fought back with Garden of Life mykind Organic Plant Collagen Builder supplement.

In the simplest terms, Collagen is basically a "Glue Protein ", it holds everything together. By eating healthy, drinking plenty of water and supplementing with collagen you support your hair, skin, and nails.

I challenged myself to consuming more water and taking a Collagen supplement daily for 30 days and the results were visibley amazing.

This picture was taken Day one of taking the supplements. I had cystic acne on my cheeks and chin and I also have always had large pore appearance.
  


This photo was taken 30 days after with less visible pores and skin feels less dry and less acne.


I wanted to share with all of you because I truly believe in this supplement and would love to giveaway To two lucky people! Head over to my Instagram Page where winners will be selected!  @altruisticyogini

Xoxo Jesi

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

DHARMA - What is your life purpose?

"What is your life purpose?" That comes off as a very deep question right? Well, there are so many tools that are within you to answer this question and calling, but only you can tap into those tools. It's in your subconscious mind, your soul,  your spirit. 

Identifying your life purpose may make you feel a bit overwhelmed however, if you do the work over and over again, you will find that this process is a part of everyones journey, and it is something that can be enjoyed along the way.

It is said that when a woman is in labor, she enters into an altered state, and  she actually travels to the stars to collect the soul of her baby, and they return to the world together. When a soul descends into a body it begins its purpose... the mission of the spirit. Your soul has a unique mission. This is called your DHARMA.

Over a lifetime your soul does work to identify your life purpose. Aadil Palkhivala mentions there are 3 steps of this passage to dharma which are:

  1. Exploration: the process of going within and asking ourselves what our purpose is
  2. Discovery: connecting with our inner truth and realizing our purpose
  3. Fulfillment: implementing that purpose in our day-to-day lives
These steps should be revisited daily, continue to be in wonder of your own mind, body, and soul. Sit with yourself and meditate, listen to your heart, keep exploring, and continue to look deeper into yourself. 

Our souls forever seek to evolve and when we take the time to go inside, we know how to live outside. 

Ask yourself: With every breath, at every moment, am I realigning my body and myself with my soul?  What is the best action I can take to live in my dharma?

I promise not only to do this work in my life, but to teach and inspire Leo to do the same. To encourage exploration & discovery and teach him fulfillment of those ideas he finds.


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Beach Yoga!

Mommy & Me Yoga With Jesi Verchota

Cost $20 (not included in discounted season membership) Ages: 6 Weeks to Crawling Mommy and Me Beach Yoga is a great way to reconnect with your body while enjoying time with your little one in the sun! Mamas benefit from total body strengthening postures while little ones benefit from infant yoga and and bonding with mom on the beach. Beach yoga tips for you and your little one: - Wear layers (sun protection lightweight layers are perfect for mommy and baby at beach yoga) -

DATE
Thursday, June 23, 2016
TIME
9:30 AM Central Standard Time
VENUE
Sun and Moon Beach Yoga
LOCATION
North Ave Beach, Chicago IL 60614 (1603 North Lake Shore Drive) Get Directions

Mommy and Me Beach Yoga is a great way to reconnect with your body while enjoying time with your little one in the sun! Mamas benefit from total body strengthening postures while little ones benefit from infant yoga and and bonding with mom on the beach.

Ages: 6 Weeks to Crawling

Cost: $20 (not included in discounted season membership)

Beach yoga tips for you and your little one:
- Wear layers (sun protection lightweight layers are perfect for mommy and baby at beach yoga)
- Wear sunscreen

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Graced By Grit


A CHAT WITH ALTRUISTIC YOGINI, JESI VERCHOTA
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To kick of summer right, we are sponsoring the #PeacefulPiggyYoga Challenge on Instagram. One of our newest influencers, Jesi Verchota, is spearheading this challenge along with 4 other gritty mommas. Over the duration of the challenge, we will be sharing these Q&A’s with you so you can get to know the amazing hosts. It’s not too late to participate in the challenge! Check Instagram for all the details and keep reading to learn all about Jesi.

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Brief intro into who you are in a couple of sentences (profession, location, loves, etc.): My name is Jesi and I am from Chicago, IL. I am a Yoga and Pilates instructor, and teach mommy and me fitness and yoga classes. I am an adventure seeker and nature lover. I am also a Mindful Mama to my adventurous and playful tot, Leo!

What inspired you to become a yoga and pilates instructor? I love Yoga and Pilates so much that being able to share it with others is so important to me. I love inspiring my students to love their life, love their practice, and ignite their inner smile. From there, it expands into teaching new moms that their fitness journey doesn’t end once you have kids; it’s something that can be enjoyed and done with them.

What has been the most rewarding thing to come from teaching mommy and me fitness classes? Giving moms the tools and space to continue their fitness routines all while bonding with their little one. Seeing the connections between mommy and baby, all while mom is giving herself the gift of self care, is so beautiful to see.

What are your favorite ways to stay fit? Yoga, pilates, barre and running are all my favorite ways to stay fit. I love to mix up my workout so no week is the same.

How has having children switched up how you fit in your workouts? Because I love to switch up my workouts, I used to be very sporadic with how my week looked. I would wake up and then decide what my workout would be and where.

Now that I have Leo, I have to plan out my entire week ahead of time or I just won’t make it to my workouts. I love to incorporate him into my workouts 2x a week, either at a stroller bootcamp class or a mommy and me yoga class. The remaining workouts I schedule at the gym or yoga studios that offer childcare.

What does a typical day look like for you? I make eggs and avocado -or- a breakfast smoothie for Leo and I to share. Pack up and head out for a play date at the zoo, music class, or activity with Leo and friends. Lunch. Leo naps & I plan out my fitness class to teach the next day. Afternoon workout. Prep and enjoy dinner with my family. Leo to bed and down time/time to unwind with my husband.

What can you not live without?

My family – parents, husband, Leo, siblings, and our pets

My tribe – like minded women who get together to support and uplift one another

Pearachute- a website where you can schedule drop in play for kids! (Think Classpass for kids!) 

The Four Agreements– an amazing book that I won’t say anything about other than GO READ IT NOW

How do you stay balanced? Where do you go to seek rest and rejuvenation? Nature by far is number one, getting out in the woods or sitting by a body of water.

Wine, coffee, and guided meditation are also all important for maintaining balance in my life.

How have you been graced by grit?

This past April I experienced pregnancy loss at 11 weeks pregnant, a time that was so difficult for me because all I could think is how healthy my pregnancy with Leo was. I was GRACEDBYGRIT… It was a moment where I felt so alone but found that through sharing with others, I didn’t have to suffer silently. I chose to move forward and shine my light by:

  1. Talking about it: Sharing my story not only with my close friends and family but with my community and network. Sharing my loss, my feelings, my fears, and my future.
  2. Grieving: Honoring the beautiful soul I had the opportunity to carry for 11 weeks and know I have an extra angel looking out for me
  3. Keeping up with my fitness: My body is a vessel and I will continue to keep it strong and healthy. Running, Yoga, Pilates and Barre are a few of my favorite was to stay fit.
  4. Nutrition: Although I may lose my pregnancy cravings for spicy foods, I will still enjoy my morning avocado doused in hot sauce and hemp seeds. I will continue to make my morning smoothies and protein shakes and because I believe everything in moderation… I will enjoy a donut or some ice cream here or there.

Anything else you’d like to tell us about you, your career, your interests, your future, etc.? My goal is to change the world one mom at a time, through fitness, health, self-care, & wellness! Join me on this journey at www.altruisticyoga.com and on Instagram @altruisticyogini

-Jesi Verchota