Why Only Your Opinion of Yourself Matters

Why Only Your Opinion of Yourself Matters

Note from Brittany: The following is a guest post by the incredibly talented Kendra Kantor. This is the first ever guest blog that I’ve accepted for Catching My Breath, and I’m beyond thrilled to share Kendra’s work with you. Kendra is a Wellness Mentor & Guide who does really important work for any women interested in boosting their self esteem, improving their body image, tapping into their intuition and creativity, and not letting anxiety, depression or mental health control their lives. I’ve immensely enjoyed her Art Journaling course and her email list, and she’s always been quite approachable and helpful. I’ve recommended her to friends and clients, and now I’m so happy to partner with her in this way and share her words of wisdom with you! PS — Next month, Kendra launches the beta test of her latest Self Worth course, #YesToBeautiful — and I highly recommend checking it out! If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to look at yourself with love, to go through your life with confidence, and to learn to embrace and even LOVE your flaws… this is the course for you. Improve your self esteem over four weeks with Kendra and a group of like-minded ladies. Reserve your spot today (and check out her Self Worth Freebie)… Class starts on February 9th! Why Only Your Opinion of Yourself Matters Guest Post by Kendra Kantor “What other people think of me is none of my business.” -Wayne Dyer Oh Wayne, what a hugely important topic and something I think we ALL struggle with. It’s not just me, right ladies? One of the...
Double Chocolate Hot Cocoa (Gluten Free, Low Fodmaps, High Protein)

Double Chocolate Hot Cocoa (Gluten Free, Low Fodmaps, High Protein)

Craving a sweet, chocolate treat but want it to be a little healthier? Here’s a recipe I’ve created to give myself some added protein while giving my sweet tooth what it craves — all without going over my daily calorie or sugar goals! A note on honey: I’ve added honey to this recipe for a couple of reasons: 1) it adds just enough sweetness to satisfy my sweet tooth; 2) it really helps soothe my throat during flu season, allergy season, or whenever I feel like I’m catching a cold. Which can be frequent because, you know, immune deficiency… That being said, if you are vegan or low FODMAPS or if you have an allergy (or any other issue with honey) you’ll obviously want to omit the honey completely OR use a sweetener that works better for you. A note about chocolate: For those of us who are on Low FODMAPS diets, there is conflicting information out there about whether or not chocolate is “safe.” Despite recent studies, it is generally considered safe in low quantities. More information can be found here. However, if it is a trigger food for you; if you are allergic to chocolate; if you are vegan; or if you are lactose intolerant… PLEASE listen to your body. Omit the chocolate or use an alternative. Okay? Okay. All right, enough about that… Let’s get on with the good stuff! Ingredients 1 Tbsp of chocolate protein powder (I’m hooked on Perfect Fit Protein Powder by Tone It Up because it’s Gluten Free, Vegan, Low FODMAPS, and has 15g of protein with only 80 calories per serving…...

Butternut Squash Spaghetti Sauce & Zucchini Noodles

So this was my first attempt at homemade butternut squash spaghetti sauce and veggie spaghetti noodles. After successfully making an absolutely mouth watering batch of butternut squash soup (perfecto on the FIRST TRY, folks!) I had a lot of leftovers. Since I’m allergic to tomato, onion and garlic (and am now on the low FODMAPS diet, which prevents me from eating onion and garlic anyway) I naturally started wondering what the soup would taste like when thickened up as a spaghetti sauce. Full Disclaimer: The original version of this recipe called for butternut squash spaghetti noodles, too. I currently recommend zucchini noodles instead. For starters, they are MUCH easier to cut into the thin noodle form than a butternut squash. And of course, with a butternut squash sauce, the butternut squash noodles were just overkill. The sauce has a rich enough flavor and the zucchini makes for a less overpowering dish. Butternut Squash Spaghetti Sauce Recipe Just follow the butternut squash soup recipe instructions here, but thicken the soup to your desired thickness so that it works nicely as a sauce. Follow the instructions on this page to make modifications or substitutions for your specific dietary needs. Zucchini Spaghetti Noodles Recipe (Paleo) Again, I recommend using zucchini for your spaghetti noodles — although I’ve used butternut squash for the noodles in the past. I followed this recipe but there are several out there to choose from. Simply cook the sauce, set aside, cut and cook your noodles, and then serve together immediately. Can also be stored for leftovers. This was a slightly harder and more tedious recipe but mmmm,...
Some Years Ask Questions. Others Answer Them.

Some Years Ask Questions. Others Answer Them.

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR. Can someone puh-lease tell me where in the heck 2014 went?! Why is it that the older we get, the quicker the years seem to fly past us? It’s the first weekend of the new year, and it marks a milestone of sorts for me. One year ago this weekend, I was sitting at a Sankalpa Yoga Retreat. I had been sick for nearly a month. I had no voice. I was coughing uncontrollably. I was learning first hand how difficult it is to breathe when you have a respiratory infection mixed with allergies and asthma. I was very unhappy with my living conditions and with the cold, gray, rainy weather. I was longing for health and sunshine and happier days. My immune disorder hadn’t been diagnosed yet but still I knew, deep within me, very intuitively, that my body was growing sicker and weaker each day. I was sick and tired — and literally sick and tired of being sick and tired. As I fought back tears, I felt instinctively that I would not survive to see many more years if I didn’t make drastic changes in my lifestyle to help heal my weakened immune system. That day was a turning point for me. As I sat in that room full of strangers, in a city I couldn’t completely call home, in a place I’d never even been…. I began to work through the asanas. The teacher would say a pose, and I’d do it. He’d remind us to flow with our breath, and I would. And with each posture, each breath, I felt...