The Wonderful World of Indoor Plants

 

“All I want is to plant some trees, save the bees and protect the seas”

Why plants…..

 

Uh they are amazing! No really though - they have so many benefits! They make your space look cozy and beautiful, they are air purifiers, they have feelings, they absorb noise and stress, concentration and production is improved, the list goes on.  Sooooo many people are afraid to get plants because the curse of the ‘brown thumb’ so I decided to make it super easy. Trying to research what kind of plant does well in a west facing window can be tiresome and super overwhelming. Here are my favorite indoor plants and where I keep them in my house and how much I actually remember to water them……

Boston ferns…..literally one in each room. They look cool - low maintenance and every room of my house gets a different amount of sunlight. The Pacific North West is literally the greatest place ever - you can pull off the side of any road and find a fern. This plant is one of the greatest air purifiers in the green family - it’s specialty is formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is all over your house - glues, plywood, insulation, and everyday use home items (that’s an entire other blog!).  These little guys like indirect sunlight - so a corner of a room that isn’t in the window. Ferns like humidity so you can even leave it in your bathroom! Make sure the soil is moist and not to drown it, not only will it make a mess but it will stress the roots out.

Yesssssss - my next favorite is the snake plant! This plant comes from West Africa and has some really cool nicknames - ‘the mother-in-laws tongue,’ and ‘ the vipers bowstring hemp.’ This plant I keep in my bedroom, my office, and my sons room. This plant is extra special for a few reasons - it can survive a drought so you don’t have to remember to water it very often AND it has a very rare way of exchanging gases. The pores on the plant only open at night to prevent water from evaporating in the sun. Basically the plant will give you an extra boost of oxygen at night! NASA did a study on it and it can remove 4 out of the 5 main toxins in a home and you can give a cutting to a friend and they can grow their own!

Lastly, the reed palm. I have four in my kitchen, two in my living room and one in my bathroom. Another great air purifier! This plant’s filters out all the chemicals that can be found in furniture, cleaners, and almost every other household item. These green friends like a little bit of sunlight and a more drainable soil. I use soil with rocks in it…or if you don’t want to buy any of that make your own. I have a bunch of little rocks in my outdoor garden that I collect and mix it in my potting soil. These are a little more high maintenance because you have to remove dead leaves so that it encourages the rest of the plant to grow! They are slow growing but they take up corner spaces nicely and the leaves are beautiful!

 

Of course these aren’t the only indoor plants - there are so many!!!! My house is like a living jungle - sometime when I move plants around they start to look sad so I move them around to see where they are most happy. Just make sure you keep them out of drafty areas/heaters and make sure to tell them how pretty they are! Plants are living beings, they absorb stress; enjoy Mozart and help you breathe better!

Lauren Bragg, Hot Feet Fitness Live Healthy Program Coach, Yoga & Barre Instructor 

Hearty Vegan Sweet Potato & Vegetable Chili

Craving a hearty meal that satisfies the taste buds, but is easy on your insides too? Then try out this recipe from one of our instructors Elise! 

INGREDIENTS

1 tsp avocado oil

1 large red onion

2 cloves garlic

1 small sweet potato

1 red pepper

1 green pepper

3 cups veggie broth (check ingredients & make sure there's no added sugar)

1 cup frozen (or fresh) corn

1 can black beans (drained & rinsed)

1 can kidney beans (drained & rinsed)

1 can diced tomatoes no salt added liquid included

1 6oz can tomato paste

3 Tbsp chili powder

1 Tbsp nutritional yeast

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp white miso paste

1 tsp oregano

1/2 tsp rosemary

1/2 basil

1/2 tsp Himalayan salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

handful of fresh cilantro for garnish (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

1. In a large pot, heat avocado oil over medium heat.

2. Add onion and sweet potato and cook until onions are softened (about 5 minutes).

3. Add garlic, red pepper, and green pepper and let cook for 5 minutes.

4. Stir in chili powder, white miso paste, and tomato paste.

5. Add veggie broth, diced tomatoes, and the remaining spices and let everything simmer until

the sweet potatoes are completely cooked, about 10 minutes. (Make sure to check them

regularly so they don't get mushy.)

6. Stir in beans and corn. Let simmer for an additional 5 minutes.

 

7. Top with cilantro and enjoy!

Submitted by Elise Powers
Certified Yoga & X21 Trainer


How To Embrace Change and New Beginnings

Change is inevitable in our lives. Whether they be major life transitions such as starting a new role, moving to a new place, starting/ending a relationship, or minor changes like a shift in the seasons, we are ever-changing beings, constantly moving and constantly transforming.
 
These transitions can bring exciting and invigorating new elements to our lives. They can also be stressful and bring mixed emotions. Whatever transitional state we are in, it is key to remember that these times are pivotal moments for self-reflection and discovery. As we move forward along our journey, keep note of these points below to help you in embracing the changes around us and in ourselves.
 
Acknowledge that change is difficult
Change can shake your sense of identity, making you question your decisions and even yourself. It’s natural for us to define ourselves by our surroundings. When we take ourselves out of our normal elements, we’re left feeling lost, confused, and sometimes even afraid. It’s important to recognize that these feelings aren’t abnormal and that they are a part of this process. Without change, there cannot be growth. Let this be the catalyst in your transition when you start to feel challenged. This brings us to our next point:
 
Take change as an opportunity to challenge yourself
Often times, we become accustomed to our routines and daily schedules. This is one of the reasons why change can be so difficult. We fall into the comfort of monotony, the known, and the expected. Transitions are an opportunity for us to get out of our comfort zone and start practicing new habits. As you incorporate these new habits into your life, you’ll begin to adjust to this once new and scary situation. The fear and uncertainty will start to wear off and you will exude confidence. There is no better feeling than mastering a challenge, but in order to do that, you must first take the risk. 
 
Keep in mind that while staying the same is comfortable, veering off into the unknown can be exciting space for growth. 
 
Be mindful to the moment
It’s easy to get bogged down by all the negative feelings that can come with change. When you start to feel overwhelmed with uncertainty, take a mindful moment for yourself. This could mean taking time to dive back into your practice, turning inward with meditation, or taking part in an activity that can calm your angst. Remember that these feelings are temporary, but the growth that you will experience will stay with you indefinitely.
 
Reflect and document
Being in transition is a time for growth. It allows you to not only evaluate where you will be heading in this journey, but also where you’ve come from. Take this time as you make your transition to reflect on yourself, where you’ve been, and where you’ll be going. Look at the parts of yourself and your life now that you value most. Maybe you can ask yourself how you can bring those parts to this new phase of your life. Reflect on what changes you’d like to make. As you reflect on these questions, feel free to use the Indian Journals Paperback journal provided in your box to document your thoughts and internalize the lessons learned from your past experiences.

Diana Ratana
Yoga, Barre, & Meditation Teacher 
Hot Feet Fitness