Breathing technique and healthy snack recipe

Hi there!

It’s Monday, the start of a new week and a new beginning. Life can be stressful sometimes, it certainly was for me last week. When stressful things happen, I always tend to reach for my crutch – sugar. Because I’m trying to give up this bad habit, I needed to have something else to help me cope. While yoga and meditation are great for relieving stress and anxiety, I needed something I could do on the go, wherever I was. What I discovered helped me enormously last week and it’s called circle breathing.

Circle breathing when done correctly is a simple, quick and effective way to relieve stress in a hurry. You can do it anywhere and at any time. Whenever you’re feeling anxious or stressed out, a round of circle breathing should help to focus your mind and calm you right down. This practice can also help to prevent glucose spikes when performed after meals – another bonus. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Inhale and stretch your arms over your head. Exhale and lower your arms back down to your sides. Relax and keep your arms lowered for the rest of the exercise.
  2. Now imagine your inhaling a stream of peaceful energy into a spot about a few inches below your navel.
  3. Continue inhaling, imagining the energy travelling to the base of your spine, then imagine it travelling up your back to the top of your head.
  4. Exhale, and mentally follow that breath back down the front of your body to the point below your navel where you’ll begin the next inhale. Your breath has now made a full circle – up the back of your body, down the front and back to the starting place below your navel.

I try to do between five and ten circle breaths to help when I’m stressed. I also like performing step 1 on repeat for five or six times before and after my workouts. The simple act of inhaling and exhaling calms your mind and helps it focus on the task ahead.

I also wanted to share with you a healthy snack recipe I found last week. I had this on the weekend when my family and I were watching a movie and it really helped the cravings:

In a pot with a lid, air-pop 10g of popcorn kernels according to the packet instructions. Once they’ve all popped, sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of pumpkin or sunflower seeds, 1 teaspoon of unsweetened coconut and a dash of ground cinnamon. Or you can simply air-pop and eat.

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The above serves one person, is ready in about ten minutes and is so yummy when you’re struggling with sweet cravings – you’ll think you’re in the cinema!

Enjoy and have a great week.

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