The leaves are changing and so are we, amiright?! The last few weeks have been .i.n.t.e.n.s.e. (thank you, harvest moon/retrograde/all other insane cosmic happenings.) And from what I can tell, we are all feeling the feels of these changes in a major way. Good or bad, they’re hitting us.
So, how do we tackle these big changes?
Heck, how do we tackle the small changes? My mom and I literally devoted an entire day to purging my apartment. It started with a simple closet swap (i.e. simple change)— spring/summer to fall/winter— and quickly transitioned into an entire apartment purge (i.e. big change). Which was awesome btw and completely inspired by The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (highly recommend for anyone who’s space is feeling heavy or cluttered). But even small changes like switching our clothes or eating new foods of the season or feeling new crisp air on our skin can make us feel, act, and experience differently.
If you’re like me, you feel these changes and suddenly feel the need to start incorporating more change into the change. Like, ask me why I gave up coffee two weeks ago?! My body was feeling so out of whack and imbalanced so surely eliminating coffee would make me feel better?! Wrong. All it did was lead to major afternoon slumps and more imbalance in my body. Read: Fit for Broadway runs on almond milk lattes. No. Joke.
That’s just a minor example or major, depending on your love of coffee, but sometimes the best we can do through change is accept the uncomfortable. Acknowledge the changes, embrace ’em and understand that it’s going to take a second (or a few weeks) for your body, mind, and soul to feel balanced again.
Sidenote: I’m still searching for the balance of FFB apparel and blog. I hope the sporadic posting is exciting and surprising not frustrating or disappointing. ha. Thanks for hanging in there with me. I love you guys and feel feel feel your support all. the. time.There have been a few adapt-to-change experiments (minus the coffee) that have been positive though and I’d love to share them with you guys! Simple ways to find the calm and balance so we can put on our coziest sweaters, drink pumpkin lattes, eat apple pies, and still be our most powerful, vibrant selves!
- Wear clothes that make you feel confident and empowered! Whether it’s your favorite workout outfit, a cozy sweater, or your fav mantra tank, never underestimate the confidence boost you can feel from a great piece of clothing!
- Can’t be at the beach, bring the beach to you! Especially for peaceful slumbers! I’ve recently been obsessed with “ocean sounds” on spotify at night. I’ve never been one to sleep with a sound machine or music but this has been a game-changer for me. It’s SOoooo calming. If you’re having trouble sleeping, give it a try!
- Spend time with someone who makes you feel most yourself! My mom was here last week and it helped me find my balance so much. I didn’t even realize it until after she left and suddenly my reactions were more zen and I wasn’t stressed. It was like my entire being slowed down and calmed in a way it hasn’t in awhile. Spending time with someone who knows you really well and who you can be yourself around is the best way to find your grounding and center through a time of change or imbalance.
- Change up your workout routine! Our bodies respond best to new challenges but it’s easy to get into a set routine with favorite classes, exercises, or even what time of day we workout. Sometimes a simple shift can make all the difference in revamping our bodies to feel in sync and less stressed. Lately, I’ve been feeling so sluggish and I realized it was because I was working out midday instead of in the morning. I’ve started getting up earlier to workout and it’s made a huge difference in my energy level! Also, sometimes changes like allowing yourself a day off or a day of restorative yoga can be really beneficial in handling change.
- See a Broadway show! Because Broadway makes life better. 🙂 If you’re not near The Great White Way, there are so many awesome performances online to keep you uplifted and inspired.
- Take advantage of seasonal foods!- but in moderation 🙂 Seasonal foods, correction: FALL SEASONAL FOODS are the best. Anyone with me on this? Pumpkin, gravy, soup, apple pie, mashed potatoes, anything warm, anything baked- the random list goes on and on. But sometimes overload on seasonal foods can leave us feeling out of sync when our bodies are used to the foods we’ve eaten all summer. Slow changes are good, moderation helps, and above all listen to your body.
How has the season change effected you? Anyone going through a big transition and discovering ways to find calm and balance through it?
P.S. I’m going to see On Your Feet! tonight and I am so beyond excited, can’t contain the excitement!! Ana Villafane (playing Gloria) and I went to undergrad together. 🙂 #proudfriendmoment Get excited!- her feature is coming to the blog so soon with the handsome, Carlos Gonzalez (also in On Your Feet!)
In line with seasonal foods, I recently made these Chocolate Chip Banana Pumpkin Pancakes (adapted from a few recipes online) and they are beyond. Breakfast is one area I do not change. ever. I eat gluten free oatmeal every single day, unless I’m not home. As awesome as it is, I realized I needed a little extra protein after my early morning workouts so I introduced these bad boys into my breakfast and they keep me Fueled with a capital F. These not only have ground oats, but they also have bananas (fiber, potassium), egg whites (protein!), dark chocolate (antioxidants), and pumpkin (seasonal spotlight ingredient!) They are heavenly.
If you try them out, let me know how you like them in the comment section (by clicking the comment button at the top of the post) or by posting a pumpkin pancake pic woot! woot! and tagging #fitforbroadway
RECIPE // Ingredients:
- 1/2 cup oatmeal (gluten-free recommended)
- 6 egg whites
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1/4 cup pumpkin pure
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips (dark chocolate chips also an option!)
- Blend oatmeal in food processor (or magic bullet, nutribullet, any blender bullet)
- Add remaining ingredients and blend completely
- Set a non-stick pan to medium heat
- Lightly coat pan with coconut oil (or non-stick spray)
- Cook each side until golden brown
Quick Tip: I used a magic bullet and stored half of the batch of pancake batter in the fridge for the next day! 🙂 #freshpancakes