I think its wonderful to dedicate a day to celebrating L-O-V-E. Its a fun excuse to buy some flowers, eat a little chocolate and share sweet words with your partner, gal pals or yourself! But, to be completely honest, I just don't think its enough.
No, I'm not advocating for stuffed teddy bears and red + pink balloons at the store each week, but shouldn't we take more than 24 hours to showering our loved ones, ourselves and even strangers with a little extra TLC?
Self-love in particular could use a bump up in the priority list, don't you think? Its all too often that the busiest people I meet take care of themselves the least, leading to an empty tank and a teeter-totter on the edge of serious burnout. There's a common misconception that to go far we must push ourselves far, push hard and, yes, "sleep when we're dead". Stopping to take care of yourself along the way? Weak, selfish, undeserving. But I say thats nonsense.
Self care is not selfish.
I 100% believe that you have to take care of yourself first before you can truly take care of anyone else - spouse, kids, workload, etc. So, with that in mind, I'm declaring Valentine's Day to occur every WEEK.
Do me - and more importantly, yourself - a favor and participate in an action of self-love at least once a week. Choose a day, whichever one suits your schedule best, and take a luxurious bath. Eat some damn chocolate. Leave work early for a yoga class. Do something sexy for yourself like buying pretty underwear. Make this smoothie and savor it in the sunlight. Get a massage. Knock your alarm and sleep in one morning. Or heck, make a doctor's appointment (taking care of your health is sexy, too!).
And while you're at it, nurture your cells by eating nutrient rich foods. Practicing self-love doesn't have to be a super special (or expensive) activity. Exercise extra self-love rituals in your everyday routines with restful sleep, an additional minute massaging in your moisturizer, 5 minutes of peaceful meditation, hydrating with fresh water every hour, and creating meals meant to support your systems, your energy and your tastebuds.
I love this SweetTart Smoothie because its chockfull of vitamin C, probiotics, protein and a delicious, unique flavor. I was inclined to include rose petals because I love the earthy, sweet and aromatic taste it offers - plus, its Valentine's week! In Ayurvedic medicine, rose opens the heart and balance emotions, while the vitamin C in the goji berries, strawberries and rose petals is fantastic for immune-boosting, reducing inflammation and removing free radicals with its antioxidant properties. In addition, maca balances hormones and encourages your body to get into the mood, while cashews offer some bangin' fat - completely necessary for those hormones to do that thing they do.
Makes one serving
Not too sweet, not too tart - the perfect balance for a delicious, nutritious + super sexy sipper! Drink your way to love whenever your sweet heart desires.
1 cup plain kefir (can also use coconut water kefir here)
1 cup strawberries, fresh or frozen
1 date, pit removed (optional to add 1-2 more if additional sweetness is desired)
large handful raw cashews
2 tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut
2 tbsp goji berries
1 tsp maca
1/2 tsp dried rose petals (add more for a stronger taste)
1/4 tsp dried lavender buds
1/2 - 1 cup almond, cashew or coconut milk (depending on desired consistency)
Blend together in a high speed blender; enjoy it all to yourself!
See you around, lovebirds! ..And PS - if you make this recipe - or any other Gathering Wellness recipes - don't forget to let me know by tagging me and using the hashtag #findyourglow!