Wellness

10 Things That Bring Me Joy

It’s almost been 1 year since the pandemic began. It’s hard to believe isn’t it? In 1 year all of our lives have drastically changed. Each and every one of us have had to adapt to this “new normal.” This “new normal” looks different for everyone…but I think we can all agree it’s been a BIG transition. The transition has been easier for some, and harder for others. Little things like grabbing a casual drink with a friend at a bar on a whim are no longer possible. While the pandemic has certainly taken a lot of freedom and spontaneity out of our lives, it hasn’t taken all of the joy. I personally needed to remind myself of this the other day after hitting a bit of a “pandemic wall.” I wanted to share something I did to remind myself of the small, day to day things that bring me joy. 10 Things That Bring Me Joy It’s funny how the simplest, sometimes even silly, things bring us the most joy. While it’s great to splurge on something new or reach a big career milestone, it’s the small things throughout the week that really sustain our happiness. This past week I wrote down 10 totally random things that were bringing me joy. To see them on paper, really made them that much more meaningful and special. I encourage you to write down 10 things that bring you joy. And without judgement. It could be the smallest, silliest thing that no one else will understand but you. You may be surprised what your list is comprised of. It’s a good way to remind yourself what actually makes you happy – and reprioritize finding the time to do things like that throughout the week. When everyday starts feeling like Groundhogs day, pull out your list, and check in with yourself. Make sure you’re making time to do these small, little things that bring you joy. Because after all, that’s the whole point of life – to enjoy it. Hermes teacup (similar, similar)
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Benefits of Taking CBD

Benefits of Taking CBDCBD has gained immense popularity in the past few years, and for good reason.  I first learned about CBD when I was living in LA.  Practically everyone I knew was touting the benefits!  So what is CBD?  CBD is a natural ingredient found within industrial hemp flowers. It is clinically proven to impact mental and physical well-being, when taken properly and consistently. It is a powerful health agent, but there is no discernible impairment (no high!)  Over the years, I tested and tried a few CBD products, but nothing ever wow’d me until I tried Equilibria products. Equilibria CBDQualityWhat impressed me the most about Equilibria is their ingredient transparency.  I love that they share a Certificate of Analysis for every single one of their products!  One of the things I learned about CBD early on, was that you should really pay attention to where it came from and it should always be organic.  Equilibria’s products are organic, and free of metals, solvents, and VOCs (volatile organic compounds).  Their products typically feature 3-4x the cannabinoids and terpenes found in other mainstream, over-the-counter CBD products. Favorite ProductsI’ve tried all of the Equilibria products and my favorites are the Daily Softgels, the Daily Treatment Oil, and the Relief Cream.  I love the Daily Softgels because they don’t upset my stomach (I have a very sensitive stomach to any sort of vitamins, supplements or pills) and they make me more relaxed.  I found that taking 1 pill after lunch everyday around the same time has really helped my anxiety levels in a very subtle way.  You won’t feel a sudden, crazy drastic change with these, but after about a week I could really feel a difference – I was just calmer. Probably my favorite benefit though, is that it really helps alleviate my period pain.  I get the worst cramps and am usually knocked out for the first 2 days.  The gels combined with the Relief Cream during my period has become such a nice self care ritual.  The Daily Treatment Oil is a gorgeous face oil that doesn’t break me out, and makes my skin feel bright and hydrated.  I like to use it alone or with my gua sha when I need a little boost or before a shoot. Dosage SpecialistEveryone’s body chemistry is different.  What works for me, may not work for you.  You may need more or less of the combination of CBD products that I take to feel the full effects.  This is why the dosage specialists are so amazing.  You get a free phone consultation with every purchase and unlimited email support.  Their site also has an extensive FAQ that really breaks down everything you need to know about CBD.  I highly recommend chatting with their specialist before you start taking the CBD, or a week or two after to really understand how your body is taking to it!  I’d love to know what your experience has been with CBD, and if you have any questions please feel free to leave them below and I will forward them to their team. Sale!Starting today 2/17 until 2/20 buy any Equilibria product and get the second one (of lesser value) for 50% off! This promo can also be combined with your 15% off code KATTANITA that always works!  I would personally start with the Brilliance box and then treat yourself to the Body box which has the relief cream, mineral soak, and face oil!
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At Home Date Night Ideas

Most of us will be spending Valentine’s Day at home this year. Honestly, I usually prefer to stay home for Valentine’s Day anyway! I’m not sure what Thomas has planned for us this year, but I wanted to share a few fun stay-at-home, date night or girls night ideas for you to do! (And in case you’re interested, here’s last years pre-Covid date night idea list!) At Home Date Night Ideas Homemade Pizza Pick up Trader Joe’s pizza dough and make homemade pizzas with tons of fun toppings. Blast classic Italian music while you’re cooking, enjoy wine, and make a big Caesar salad to go with your pizza! Board Games This deluxe Scrabble set has been one of the best gifts we’ve received. We use it all the time. I’m considering getting this fancy Monopoly set since we love playing. Strobe Light Club Vibe In the beginning of the pandemic when we were losing our minds cooped up in our apartment, Thomas bought a strobe light off Amazon. We plugged it in and our entire apartment turned into a club. We blasted music (don’t worry all of our neighbors had relocated…no seriously we were the only people left in our building at one point!), and it was quite entertaining to say the least. Cocktail Tasting Pick a few new cocktail recipes that sound good and test them out. You could do a whole “flight” of cocktails in mini shot glasses. Kind of like a wine tasting…but more fun ;) Homemade sushi I made sushi over the summer and it turned out delicious. It was relatively easy and fun to make my own custom rolls. Order this little sushi DIY kit and pick up as many unique ingredients as you want! Spa Day Pamper yourself or your significant other with a massage. I love this Necessaire unscented lotion – it’s so luxurious. Turn on a diffuser with essential oil (lavender and eucalyptus are the best!) and you’ll feel like you’re at a spa. Just be careful around your pets – essential oils aren’t great for dogs so close the door and/or air out the room after!
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My Morning Routine

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I struggled with my digestion for years. I was constantly bloated, doubled over in stomach pain, had unexplainable weight gain, and brain fog. It was terrible and I searched endlessly for solutions. The silver lining of it all, was that it sparked my interest and passion in wellness. I tried SO many different things to heal my digestion. It was beyond frustrating and extremely discouraging at times, but I am so glad I didn’t give up! What ended up working was eliminating histamines from my diet, and following this morning routine. Benefits from Green Juice I’m excited to finally share the simple steps that make up my morning routine. When Thomas decided to start doing it as well 3 months ago, I was curious to see if he would have the same amazing results I did. Within 3 days of back to back juicing first thing in the morning before eating, he noticed a huge difference in his energy levels. (He used to start his day with eggs and toast.) Within a week he literally said, “Wow I feel so much more clear headed and awake.” Not only that, but he noticed it curbed his appetite for junk food and midday snacks. It’s done that for me, and has completely regulated my hunger levels. He also noticed a huge improvement in his digestion, his skin became clearer and more glowy, and he had energy that lasted throughout the day (he used to be exhausted and asleep by 9PM!) He’s lost a ton of weight, and says he overall just feels so much better. It’s been incredible to see these improvements – and hilarious that he now can’t go a single day without his green juice!!! My Morning Routine Step 1: Hot Water with Lemon I wake up around 8AM and drink a glass full of hot water with 1/2 an organic lemon squeezed and dropped into the glass. If you can’t find organic, don’t fret! I thought this went without saying, but since someone asked haha…wash your lemon! I use this spray. Make sure to put the lemon with the peel into your glass because it’s full of amazing nutrients. Doing this first thing, alkalizes your body and wakes it up. It’s the most soothing ritual. I’ve received questions about the acidity from the lemon effecting the enamel on your teeth, and that hasn’t been a problem for me, but be sure to chat with a dentist if you’re concerned! Step 2: Green Juice PSA do not buy a store bought green juice! It’s not the same as a juice you will make fresh in your home and drink right away. It loses its nutrients even if it says it is “cold pressed.” I honestly cannot stress this enough – you will not even remotely see the same results unless you make it yourself. This is the juicer I have. It’s so easy to clean and has lasted for years. My juice recipe is; 1/2 fennel (use only the white bulb part), 5-6 stalks celery, 1/2 green apple, and 1 cucumber. I use this veggie spray to clean them beforehand. If they don’t have organic of something, I don’t sweat it. Life’s too short, and a juice is better than no juice for me. This makes about 16 oz of fresh juice, which I drink immediately. It loses 50% of its nutrients after 30 minutes, so it’s definitely best to drink right away to get the biggest impact. Like I said above, green juice healed my digestion, regulated my hunger signals, made my skin glow like it never had before, helped me lose weight, and got rid of my brain fog. I don’t go a day without it, and if I am on vacation I seek out the fresh juice spots. I typically drink this about 45 minutes to 1 hour after my lemon water, because I like to meditate after my lemon water. Wait at least 30 minutes to eat anything after you drink your juice. I wait a few hours until lunch, but Thomas waits 30-45 minutes and then has his eggs and toast. Step 3: Matcha latte (optional) TBH I rarely drink matcha anymore because I just don’t need the caffeine. My life is a lot slower paced now that I’m not running around NYC all day. I don’t need to be jacked up with energy to make it to back to back meetings, events, shoots etc. But, if I ever do need an energy boost or pick me up, I make a simple matcha latte using ceremonial grade matcha powder, hot water, and this whisk. Add 1/2 tsp of matcha powder to a bowl, along with 1/4 cup of almost boiling water. Whisk rapidly and once the powder is dissolved and frothy, top with more water. You can add a few tablespoons of full fat coconut milk or cream from Trader Joe’s (or find one that doesn’t have any guar gum in it and is pure because guar gum bloats you.) Coconut cream has a natural sweetness to it. If matcha is too bitter for you add some honey, stevia or a little white sugar. I love using this frother for the coconut milk or cream so it tastes like a latte. Most places make terrible matcha lattes, so if you don’t like them, you’ve probably had a very low quality powder. Starbucks matchas are fake and full of sugar…30g of sugar to be exact. The best matcha latte I’ve ever had is from Cha Cha Matcha where they use the barista coconut milk with a frother. I can never seem to make it as good as they do at home even with this though! I typically have my matcha around 2 or 3PM (if I feel that I need it), but Thomas likes to drink his at around 11AM after his eggs. Intermittent Fasting So there you have it, that’s my morning routine. I do not eat breakfast because I have never liked breakfast and feel way too full in the morning. So I love eating a huge lunch and dinner. I don’t “try” to fast. But because I don’t actually eat until around 12PM, I am technically intermittent fasting everyday. I say “try” because if I’m hungry I eat, if I’m not, I don’t. I listen to my body! Recap As always when I talk about my health, I like to mention that I am not a doctor and you should always consult with a medical professional regarding any dietary changes. I love sharing what has worked for me, and hope you have the same amazing results that Thomas and I have had from this simple routine!
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