I want to heal the world

I just returned to Paris from the doTERRA Europe convention and I was truly blown away by everything I experienced.

I met so many amazing people and listened to their stories about how doTERRA saved their family from debt, kept their child from getting sicker and so much more.  I am not an overly emotional person, but I was moved to tears more than once while hearing how this company I’ve partnered with, is making a difference around the world.

It was one thing to read about doTERRA’s co-impact sourcing and Healing Hands Foundation — but it was something else entirely to talk with people whose lives have been forever altered by these programs, and hearing from the incredible men and women who have dedicated themselves to giving war refugees their dignity and helping little girls in developing nations know they aren’t dirty or evil because they menstruate.  I cried — more than once — I cried.

I met with the founder of the charity group, Because We Carry.  She and her group take donations to Lesbos, Greece to aid refugees coming ashore on their overcrowded, feeble, rubber boats.  I’ve signed up to become a volunteer on the island for a week.

Another man, Nikos, who lives on Lesbos, has fed thousands of refugees in a restaurant he has renamed “Home.”  If you have a few minutes, please watch his interview at the convention. His passion will move you.

In my classes, I tell the story of doTERRA helping to save a Sicilian citrus orchard from extinction — and it was so magnificent to see that family on stage.

This world is so much bigger than us and we tend to make light with things like #firstworldproblems when we have to reboot our iPads or Starbucks runs out of coconut milk.  That’s not to say your problems aren’t problems –but it was humbling to be reminded of global issues and how we can make a difference through companies like doTERRA.

 

I want to change and heal the world!

I miss the “burn”

Not my abs — YET

 

I always say your six-pack abs start in the kitchen — and it’s true! Positive eating habits rule, but, you still need to exercise.

I used to workout hard 7-10 hours a week until a surgical complication sidelined me.  I’m so glad I have the good food habits, or else all the pounds I’ve shed over the years would be back. I did regain a few — it was impossible not to — but nearly as much as I could have!

Since moving to Paris, I have been moving more and it feels great! No car means lots of walking!

 

My knees won’t allow me to run and I am hopeful I will be able to still do roller derby without too much pain.  The Paris Rollergirls are going to let me practice with them (YAY!)

I miss vigorous exercising … and when I make my body feel good, I make better food choices.  We all generally do.  Your body won’t want crap when it feels great.

Not too distant past!

In Paris, there is a bike sharing program called Velib’ and it’s stupid cheap! 39 euros a year and you can ride 45 minutes for “free” at a time.  There are stands every 300 meters or so (about 985 feet or three city blocks for us Americans!) where you can pick up a bike or return one.

 

 

You can ride as many times as you want. I tried it out the other day — and I SURVIVED!  I had to ride in a bus lane on Boulevard Saint-Germain, a fairly busy street which scared me like crazy. I have only ridden a bike in the street twice before and nearly pooped my pants both times!  The Velib’ bike was harder for me to handle than my racing bike, which didn’t help me stay in control very well, but I will conquer this.  I am determined to ride more … I need to kick things up several notches.

 

I am also “auditioning” boxing gyms — at least two are in biking distance.

If you remember my goal from the other day, I will be a solid size 10 or an occasional size 8 by my 42nd birthday on August 11.  I have work to do!

 

The beauty is a beast

Before you jump on me — I don’t think I’m an actual beast, I just don’t have the great skin I had when I was eating better.

Blemish-free, youthful looking, vibrant, and healthy are some of the words others have used to describe my skin. Today, I describe it as dry, pimpled and dull.

Whatever is going on IN your body, usually shows up OUTSIDE as well.  Living in temporary housing meant eating out a lot and I’ll be honest, if french fries came with my meal, I ate and enjoyed every single one.  Fried foods don’t work well with my skin.  Plus,  I spent so many hours exploring and apartment hunting, I wasn’t drinking as much water as I usually do.  When I worked in a TV newsroom every night, I drank around 90 ounces of water a day. I prided myself on my visually and palate-pleasing water concoctions.

 

 

My challenge now is to boost my water intake to normal levels and still be able to live my life outside in Paris — I love working on the banks of the Seine, but potty options are limited! LOL

Another challenge to my once glowing skin was living out of suitcases.

I moved to Paris with 4 suitcases, a large, rolling duffle bag, a backpack and a dog in a bag … that’s a lot of luggage to keep up with!

I tried to be as organized as possible, but cross town moves are hard enough — try adding thousands of miles, an ocean, airliners and customs to that. Yuck! All that was a recipe for disaster for my skincare regimen.

I love my lotions and potions … both store bought (all organic and natural … naturally!) and homemade … but it was hard to keep up with them over all these bags.  Despite my best efforts, things didn’t go back in the same places each time I moved housing. I started relying a lot on organic face wipes.  No wipe is ever going to get your skin as clean as you want.

My general skincare routine —

Morning: Face: cleanse with doTERRA Verage, moisturize with Farsali Rose Gold Elixir, foundation, eye shadow, blush, mascara and lipstick, spritz of rosewater

Body: homemade after-bath elixir with sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, argan oil and doTERRA lavender, rose and Jasmine essential oils (sooooo moisture rich!!)

Night: Face: Remove all makeup with coconut oil or jojoba oil, cleanse with doTERRA Verage, moisturize with tamanu oil, spritz rosewater

A few times a week, I exfoliate my body with homemade scrubs and detox my face with homemade masks (no glue!!! Never use masks with glue!!!)

Now, that everything has a place, I am getting back into my routine and my skin is starting to improve — I just need to guzzle more water!!

 

 

 

Releasing my market fears!

 

My dog, Gucci, won’t be sitting at any restaurant tables for a while LOL. Now that I have a plan — eating out will be limited.

One of the many super cool things about Paris is the abundance of outdoor farmers markets.

Practically every neighborhood has markets teeming with vendors selling fresh produce, meats, fish, cheese, clothes and appliances. There is literally a market every single day somewhere in Paris. I live near a lovely indoor market, but decided to head to a large outdoor venue on Saturday.  It was about 20 minutes away by bus.  I’ve been through some of the markets in other neighborhoods I stayed in  … but I’ve been too afraid to shop. I don’t know my numbers in French and that makes getting prices a little hard.

I persevered!

I went from stall after stall after stall — and walked away with two bunches of white asparagus, purple spinach (!), salad greens, bananas, fresh orange juice, bell pepper, cilantro– I could go on and on! My backpack was FULL and heavy!

I’m getting one of these nifty pull bags for my next excursion!

I spent about 20 euros there.  I went to 4 other grocery stores over the course of the day and spent in all about 50 euros.  I have enough food for the week and probably a few days into next week too!  Not too shabby — especially as I was spending a minimum of 20 euros A DAY on restaurant meals…

Did you notice the purple leaves in the salad?  That’s SPINACH!! There is a French spinach that’s purple — which means it is FULL of antioxidants.  Oh yeahhhhhh.

I’m so excited about getting all my vitamins and nutrients without breaking the bank or my belt loops!!

Failing to plan means you plan to FAIL!

As I mentioned in my last post, I thrive on structure to help manage my weight.

I am normally not a scheduler or a planner, but one thing I always tell my clients — have a plan for success.

Part of that strategy is menu planning. It’s like a game of chess… you need to see several moves ahead if you want to defeat your opponent (extra pounds and inches.)

If you look at the holes you have in your week, and plot out what you’re going to eat, then you are less likely to deviate. Plus, it saves you money at the grocery store because you can shop just from from your menu.

 

 

 

I was a little ambitious with this menu — I’ve been eating breakfast late, which usually means no lunch. But that’s okay, since I didn’t find Tofurkey.  I normally don’t eat meat substitutes, but my protein intake has been almost non existent. To help, I subbed the Picard vegetarian meal (which I didn’t get around to buying) with madras curry lentils.  Yay PROTEIN!  Also — damn you, France … coffee is back in my diet. But I think I will give it up again soon. Or not.  Like most of my clients, I may have a coffee addiction.  I don’t use it to stay awake, I just love the taste of good coffee!

This menu is not perfect, there are more simple carbs than I would like, but I had some potatoes and I don’t like to waste food. But when they are finished — they will not be repurchased.

The refrigerator in my apartment is dorm sized, which means there is no room for extras.  That makes planning even more crucial.  The tiny fridge is why Parisians go to the market so often.

 

To make my menu, I wrote down everything I already had in the apartment, and then found recipes that sounded appealing. I took things a step further and wrote down all the fat, carbohydrate, protein and iron each meal provided.  You don’t have to be that detailed, but my iron is dangerously low and I want to boost it without supplements if I can.

My very first purchase for this furnished apartment was a blender.  It isn’t my Vitamix lol, but it is a lifesaver. I am so excited to be able to have my smoothies.  Plus — the spinach and spirulina are increasing my iron intake. Pro tip: adding vitamin C helps your body to better absorb the iron.

I also get to add my doTERRA Trim Shake and Wild Orange essential oil for extra metabolic boosts.  I am a health coach and doTERRA essential oils wellness advocate, I am going to use all the tools in my health coach toolbox to fight the added fat and win!

 

Paris has made me CRAZY!! {Video Post}

 

I’ve been living in Paris for nearly two months now (WOW!) and I absolutely love it.

What’s not to love?  It’s PARIS!

You have amazing architecture … music on the streets … beautiful clothes and delicious pastries.  OMG, the pastries!

I made a plan before arriving to deal with the pastries — I was only going to have one a week! I’ve stuck to that — sometimes going two weeks without a pastry, but there was a little wrinkle in my overall food plans.  I didn’t have a kitchen for weeks!!!

Initially, I was only planning to eat out on the days I was too busy to cook — but, between wellness consults with clients in the US, shooting videos, exploring and apartment hunting, my days were pretty packed.  Plus — the kitchen in my first Airbnb was GROSS!!

The toaster at my first Airbnb. EWW!

Back in the US, I cooked 95% of my meals. I like my food and I like to be in control of it.  Instead of having the odd meal at a restaurant — almost all my meals were from restaurants or a market’s grab and go section.  I did have the occasional frozen meal from Picard, which is a grocery store dedicated to frozen, gourmet foods.  They are actually pretty good and fairly healthy.  But I wasn’t always able to stay in a place where I could store or heat them. Vegetarian restaurants never seemed to be where I was exploring — or they were way too expensive.  21 euros for a salad? No thanks!  So many bistros only offer cheese sandwiches as their vegetarian-friendly option (the French seem to be in love with ham!)

Pig and pig products art display

 

Sometimes my sandwiches would have tomato or “salad” (aka lettuce) on them, but most of the time, they were baguettes with brie.

Tasty, but not great for my waistline!


What was worse still — my tastebuds were changing. When you eat nutrient dense foods, your body gets what it needs and will start to crave only the foods that serve it.  My body was getting a lot of empty carbohydrates and fats with some sugar (the deadly sugar!) along for the ride.  These were foods that have been only eaten sparingly over the past several years. Before moving into my apartment, I ate vegetables, fruits and complex carbs where I could, but it wasn’t nearly enough or as much as I’m used to.  My body has suffered for it, and the lack of proper nutrients has taken a toll on my skin and hair 🙁

Today is a new day — Wellness Jasmin is back in the saddle and is rededicated to getting back to normal!!  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

3 Salads That Are Easy to Grab and Go

Salads are an excellent source of nutrition and proteins as well as being the key to a balanced diet. You don’t have to be on a diet to eat one! They can be a part of your meal or you can even replace your meal with a salad.
In fact, there are many studies which support that even the healthiest of people should skip one meal a day and eat a salad instead. They help you look and feel younger as they are great for skin, hair and figure. It is very important to keep an
eye on what you eat, especially if exercising regularly.
Now that you’re motivated to eat some salad, here are three easy to make salads that won’t take much of your time and taste delicious.
1. Cobb Salad
Ingredients:
Chicken (boiled and cubed/shredded) 1 cup
Lettuce ½ head
Cherry tomatoes 2-3
Cucumber (optional) ½ (large) or 1 (small)
Egg (hard boiled) 1-2
Lemon (juiced) 1
Black pepper to taste
Sea Salt to taste
Method:
Mix everything together, except for the lemon, in a large bowl. Squeeze the lemon juice on top and you’re ready to go.
Feel free to experiment and add or minus whatever you like as long as it’s healthy.
2. Garden Salad
Ingredients:
White Radish (peeled and cubed) 1/2
Carrot (peeled and cubed) 2 (small)
Cucumber (peeled and cubed) 1(medium)
Black olives (chopped) 5-6
Olive oil ½ teaspoon
Lemon (juiced) 1
Method:
Mix everything together, except for the lemon, in a large bowl. Squeeze the lemon juice on top and that’s it!
For some it may not sound tasty, but once you try it you will love it.
It will fill you up and keep you feeling fresh and energetic. Also, the combination of colors and freshness of the vegetables is quite visually appealing.
3. Fruit Salad
Ingredients:
Apple (cubed) 2
Kiwi (cubed) 1-2
Orange (peeled and cubed) 2
Strawberries to taste
Blueberries to taste
Pineapple 1 cup
Lemon (juiced) 1
Orange zest 2-3 pinches
Method:
Mix everything, except for the orange zest and lemon, together in a mason jar.
Add the zest and squeeze the lemon juice on top. Enjoy the fruits of your labor.
You can add or minus the fruits you like or dislike. You can also add dry fruits as
seasoning to make it a little more exciting.
This is an easy, colorful, and tasty salad.
Bon Appétit

Vacations are fun … painful bodies are not!

If you’ve ever gone on a vacation where your body was in pain by the end of the day, this video is for you!

I spent my 41st birthday in Lisbon, Portugal and was not quite prepared for the cobblestone streets.  Parts of my body really paid the price for my adventures (and poor choice of footwear!)

If you want to experience the power of Deep Blue yourself, let me know and I can get a sample to you.

Ready to dive in and get relief? Email me at wellnessjasmin@gmail.com to learn how you can get a full size Deep Blue rub and full size Deep Blue touch FOR FREE!! It’s a $91 USD value 🙂

Or check out www.mydoterra.com/jasminbryant

Sleep before you’re dead!

I have worked in TV news for more than 20 years — 26 to be exact!! (WOW that makes me feel old … but I did start at 15!)

So many of my coworkers, and honestly me too, have been fond of saying “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.”

There is always another hot story to chase, a new deadline to beat, a competitor to scoop … something “more important” than ourselves.  It took watching people I love die, and becoming a health coach focused on my whole life and being, that I realized, there is NOTHING more important than taking care of ME.  There is a reason you’re told to put on your oxygen mask first in case of an airplane mishap.  You can’t take care of anyone else, if you’re no longer around.

If you do nothing else this week — please heed my advice and sleep BEFORE you’re dead!

If you need help getting to sleep and staying there, or just getting your mind and body to a place you like, please reach out to me. www.wellnessbyjasmin.com or email: Wellnessjasmin@gmail.com

 

Also — check out my FREE “Sleep with Intention” webinar training on Sunday March 19, 2017 at 12:30PM PDT// 3:30PM EDT // 8:30PM CET 

Click here to register!

Following My Dreams

On February 28, I made a big leap of faith across the ocean and moved to Paris, France.

I’ve taken many turns and jumps along my journey of life.  I firmly believe we need to make our days count.

Last week … I finally did something I have been wanting to do for DECADES … I visited the Palace of Versailles. I have always loved the stories from this Chateau and I actually got chills thinking about the people who rode in carriages centuries ago, along the very road I was walking.

What is something you’ve been dreaming of, but have never done? What is holding you back?  Usually, it’s fear of some kind.

Part of my job as a health coach is getting to the bottom of your fears, no matter what they are.  Health isn’t just eating right and working out. It is your whole life– your whole being.  I love working with people who want to take a leap and change the things that are no longer serving them.  As a doTERRA wellness advocate, I can steer you toward the right oils and supplements to make your goals easier to reach and also maybe put some money in your pocket.

My passions have led me to have the courage to change what was not serving me and I want to help you do the same — no matter what that looks like for you.

Let’s chat!