I have always been the kind of person who uses food as a reward. A great meal or a sweet treat is always my go-to when it comes to treating myself or dealing with emotions. It's something I've been working on but it's tough. Good food is one of life's greatest pleasures in my opinion. But I've learned that it doesn't always have to be that way. Treating myself to alone time or a massage can be equally satisfying and can be a better coping mechanism than ice cream (I mean sometimes though you really just need ice cream, right?).
On Sunday I got a chance to meet two incredibly talented bloggers here in St. Louis. Sherrie from With Food + Love and Alex from Delish Knowledge. I have been dying to try Sherrie's cooking forever. They hosted a mini retreat that included a relaxing yoga class and vegetarian brunch. Everything about it was perfect.
We started with yin yoga. A slow paced practice that focuses on holding poses longer. When I do yoga I usually do vinyasa, which is more dynamic and more of a workout. Yin is the opposite. It forces you to focus on your body and your mind. Something that actually stresses me out. The most stressful part of any yoga class is those moments where we are supposed to be still and clear our mind. All I can do is think about the hundred other things I should be doing. Which is why I actually NEED to be taking the time in yoga to clear my head. Catch 22 kind of situation. So Alex's yoga session was a great introduction to the practice of mindfullness. Taking the time to just be still, ignore work thoughts, stay away from my phone and just be.
Now I will say once the smells of Sherrie's cooking started wafting from the kitchen it was tough to focus on anything but the incredible brunch we were about to consume.
Sherrie of With Food + Love is an incredible (mostly) pant-based chef, blogger and photographer who lives in St. Louis. Her pictures and columns in Feast Magazine always inspire me. (See my chickpea and kale soup recipe). I've been dying to attend one of her pop-ups. The brunch served Sunday was light and appeared simple, but each dish was filled with complex flavors and variety of textures. First up, a green juice of kale, cucumber, lemon and apple. It was followed by a beautiful toast course with ricotta and the most beautiful berries and beet sauce. We ended with the picture above, a bowl of comfort. Savory oatmeal topped with a poached egg, picked radishes and an incredibly bright green goddess sauce with mint that simply made the dish.
We ended our mini-retreat with a tea ceremony from Retrailer Tea. The Cup of Love tea with rose and tulsi is a comforting blend that helps reduce stress. We also were tasked with thinking about maintaining self-care. Taking a look at how our busy lives can prevent us from taking the necessary time to focus on our mind, body, spirit and relationships. It was such an important reminder that setting aside personal time is not selfish, it's imperative to our well-being. Today I pledge to attempt mindfullness while walking Ellie. Leaving my phone at home and just letting my mind focus on the moment and the world around me. How do you practice self-care and mindfullness? Is it something you do regularly? I'd love to hear your advice!
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