Leaning into simplicity

I’ve had this pair of Converse sneakers for probably 10 years. I love 'em because they’re a little different (you don’t see tan Chuck Taylors as often as white or black) - they’re my version of a classic. I’ve worn these shoes through many different phases of my life - high school, college, during my days as an auditor in DC, here in NYC, and through many travels.

Recently I noticed they were getting a little worn out. I tried to take this photo so you could see the holes:

 Not really rainy day appropriate shoes - especially with the holes!

Not really rainy day appropriate shoes - especially with the holes!

I finally admitted that I needed to replace these shoes and started thinking about what new sneaks I’d get: What would be as effortlessly casual and go with both yoga gear and a cute dress? What would match with all the colors in my wardrobe? And of course, what would be comfortable so I could walk or bike for miles?

I actually began to stress a little bit: Would I ever find the perfect replacement sneaker??? These had served me so well.

 

 

And then it dawned on me: I can literally buy the same shoes again.

Especially in today's society, instead of being satisfied with what we have, we’re constantly looking for the next best / cool thing. “Settling” has a negative connotation. We don’t always appreciate what we have or miss what’s right in front of us because our eyes are searching elsewhere.

If you love your routine, the same old jeans or breakfast: IT’S OKAY. Sure, variety adds some spice to life but there’s no need to switch things up just for novelty’s sake.

As soon as I realized I could just buy another pair of my beloved Chucks, a weight lifted. Suddenly I didn’t have a decision to make; it was simple.

 

 

Today I want to invite you to lean into simplicity. Is there an area of your life (or wardrobe) that you’ve been unnecessarily complicating?
Ask yourself: how can I make this easy?

I think you’ll be surprised how good it feels.

I'm challenging myself to do this too, and not just with my shoes.

 More quiet time = more peace

More quiet time = more peace

Here's how I'm leaning into simplicity:

  • More quiet time. Instead of scrolling on social media, watching Netflix or any other form of distraction, I'm focusing on quiet time. I'm allowing myself to just sit and breathe, to people watch or be with my thoughts, instead of always feeling like I need to be accomplishing something.
  • Cleaning on the closet. This time last year I did a HUGE closet clean out, but I still have quite a few things that don't fit my body or my lifestyle anymore (that bike-commute life requires a very specific wardrobe!). When I get home from my current travels I'm going to clean out my closet again and only keep the things that truly make me feel good RIGHT NOW. And if I love a t-shirt or pair of jeans, I'm going to let myself buy a few different colors of the same style.
  • Simple, good food. It can be easy to get overwhelmed with all the food noise out there, the latest and greatest supplements and superfoods. I'm giving myself permission to not be on top of ALL the current trends and new products, and get back to basics with food. For me this means lots of veggies, easy to digest proteins and healthy fats.
  • Go with what I love. I know what activities, places and people make me feel good, and likely you do too. I'm focusing on filling myself up with these, and not worrying about what else there is out there.

Do you see a trend here? I do ;)

 

 

Focus on what you have, what you love, and what makes you feel good.
Tune out the "noise" of everything else.


With that in mind, I'd love to hear from you: where can you lean into simplicity? What food or life choices can you make easier on yourself? Share with us all in the comments below.

 

xxo

Instant Pot Bone Broth

Fact: bone broth is good for your gut (more on that in this post: Bone Broth 101).

Fact: store bought bone broth can be hella expensive.

Fact: making your own bone broth can be messy and time consuming.

Most important fact of this post: making your own bone broth in a pressure cooker is 1) easy 2) cheap and 3) doesn't make a huge mess or take a lot of time.

About a year ago I heard that you could make bone broth in an Instant Pot in under 3 hours. Previously, I had only made my own bone broth when I was at home at my parents with their massive Crock Pot and spacious kitchen. Needless to say I was intrigued about this Instant Pot.

 

 

What is an Instant Pot anyways?
Instant Pot is a multi-cooker that does the job of a slow cooker, electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, sauté/browning pan, and warming pot.

I did my research and found not one but MANY sources confirming that yes, you could make bone broth easily in the Instant Pot and yes, it was just as nutritionally rich as traditionally made broth.

I was sold.

 This is an Instant Pot!

This is an Instant Pot!

I bought my Instant Pot on Amazon Prime Day and eagerly awaited it's arrival. To be honest, it took me a few weeks to actually TRY this device (it can be a little intimidating!) but I finally did and was impressed. I had quarts of delicious bone broth ready in just a few hours, and the clean up was way easier than my experience making broth in a CrockPot.

And while I've since made a handful of other recipes in the Instant Pot (many of which I'll be sharing here soon!), this device was totally worth it even if all I do is make this one recipe.

 Look at that golden broth deliciousness!

INSTANT POT CHICKEN BONE BROTH inspired by this recipe

This recipe changed my life, and I don't say that about every recipe. Bone broth is gut healing superfood and using the Instant Pot to make my own bone broth has made it less expensive and easier to incorporate this elixir into my life.

Makes 2-3 quarts.

Ingredients:

  • Bones from 1 3-4lb. chicken (I use the carcasses from 1-2 rotisserie chickens)
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 medium parsnip, chopped
  • 3 celery ribs, roughly chopped
  • 1 large onion, skin removed and roughly chopped
  • 6 cloves of garlic, lightly smashed
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • 8-10 peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • Water
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Optional: Handful of fresh herbs (sage, rosemary, thyme and/or parsley)

Directions:

  1. Place bones, vegetables, herbs, spices and apple cider vinegar into the pot of your Instant Pot. Add enough water to just cover everything.
  2. Place lid on Instant Pot and lock into place.
  3. Flip vent valve to ‘Sealing’.
  4. Select ‘Manual’ setting and adjust time to 120 minutes.
  5. When cooking is done, allow pressure to release naturally.
  6. Allow broth to cool and then strain into jars for storage.

 

 

Purchase your instant pot here: Instant pot on Amazon
If you already have an Instant Pot, I want to hear from you! What's your favorite recipe? Leave a comment below and let me know!

What's new on the website!

First, thank you for all the messages and emails about my new website! I'm so glad you all are diving in and looking around - please continue to make yourselves at home :)

Today I wanted to highlight a few features on the new site, including some awesome resources for you.

Here's whats new on www.emilynachazel.com:

  • Two new downloadable guides! I created TWO new downloadable guides, which you can access here: FREE Resources
  • New blog format - The whole website was redesigned, but the blog has been updated most significantly to make it easier to navigate and search.
  • Updated shop page - Almost daily I receive questions about my favorite supplements, superfoods and self care items. I've updated my shop page to only include products that I use regularly (including my infrared sauna, tarot deck and specific supplement regime). Check it out here: Emily's Favorite Products

 

 

I'm going to be adding more free guides, informative blog posts and useful resources over the next few months. Sign up for my newsletter list [if you're not already!] to be the first to know about anything NEW and good!

 

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Rare opportunity to work with me 1:1

I’ve received a few inquiries so I wanted to mention that I’m taking on a few 1:1 coaching clients at this time - I have 2 spaces open to be exact. I haven't opened up 1:1 coaching in over 6 months and I'm not sure when I'll have openings again. In my work with my clients we do a mix of health, life and spiritual coaching, depending on the individual some areas may be more of focus (which means we can talk about tarot or what your zodiac sign means, but also how to meal prep).

 

 

If you're interested in learning more about working with me, please complete this application and I’ll be in touch: Health Coaching Application

5 Days in Tulum

I spent 5 glorious days last week in the magical town of Tulum, Mexico. Since I was doing my social media detox, I didn't share much about my trip so in this post I'll be recapping where I stayed, what I did and (of course) where I ate!

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getting to tulum

Tulum is a town on the Caribbean coastline of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula in the state of Quintana Roo. It’s known for its beaches and ruins of an ancient Mayan port city. I chose Tulum because it's relatively easy to get to from NYC (about a 1/2 day of travel) AND because it's got all the wellness things: healthy food, yoga, spas, healers, etc.

The easiest way to get to Tulum is to fly into the Cancun airport. From there you can take a bus, shuttle, or taxi to your destination. You'll find the ticket counters for all of these options immediately when you leave customs, and you can pay for your fare with pesos or dollars.

 

 

Tip: Contrary to what I read online, I found that the exchange rate at the airport was the most favorable. There are banks and ATMs all around Tulum, and many places do accept US dollars and major credit cards, but I would recommend exchanging some money before you leave the airport.

 

The cheapest travel option is of course the bus. ADO bus runs about every 40 minutes to Playa del Carmen where you’ll need to change buses. The trip will take about 2 hours from when you're picked up the airport, with various stops and transfers. You'll be dropped at the bus station in Tulum town where you'll then need to catch a quick taxi to your hotel.

 I loved the inspirational signs along the Tulum beach road.

I loved the inspirational signs along the Tulum beach road.

You can instead opt for a shuttle or private taxi. Shuttles run a bit more frequently than the bus (you may only have to wait 20 minutes) and carry fewer passengers, and will usually drop you directly at your hotel. Taxis (the most expensive, but quickest and most convenient option) will pick you up immediately and drop you off directly. Both rides will take about 1.5 hours from the airport.

Since I was traveling alone and looking for convenience (and I wanted to get to the beach STAT), I took a taxi.

 

where to stay

From my experience there are three main areas you can choose to stay in Tulum: in town, on the quieter end of the beach (near the ruins) or on the more popular end of the beach.

I chose the quieter end of the beach and booked an ocean front bungalow at Diamante K which ended up being PERFECT for my trip. This eco hotel is small (only 30 cabins, many of which share a common bathroom). There's one restaurant with a bar that looks out over the ocean and small private beach. It was peaceful and beautiful. Because it's no frills, it is one of the most affordable places to stay on the beach.

Here are a few pics of Diamante K:

While this was perfect for me, if you're looking for a resort with more amenities (yoga, activities, full spa, more nightlife, etc), I'd recommend staying on the other end of the beach. Here are a few places to look into (or look around):

  • HABITAS - About halfway between two sides of the beach, known for being a haven for wellness seekers. One of the few places not open to the public.
  • AHAU - Home to the RawLove Cafe (see below), beautiful beach side resort that still keeps the jungle bungalow feel, kid friendly.
  • SANARA - Luxury hotel on the beach, home to my favorite restaurant (The Real Coconut) and ocean view yoga studio.
  • BE TULUM - Luxury hotel. Connected to the world class Yaan Wellness spa and treetop yoga (again, see "what to do" below).

 

 

Tip: Many of the hotel activities are open to the public so even if you choose to stay on the quieter end of the beach, in town, or at an AirBnB, you can still take part in the yoga, sound healings, etc (at a cost that is). 

 

what to do

There's so much to do in and around Tulum! While I didn't do much apart from a few yoga classes and a trip to the ruins, here are some recommendations for what to do if you're into more activities:

  • TAKE A YOGA OR WELLNESS CLASS - Many of the hotels and resorts offer daily yoga classes, and some offer other wellness classes such as sound healings, mindfulness talks and meditations.. The easiest way to find out when the classes are is to rent a bike and ride along the road - most of the places with activities that are open to the public will have signs out front with the daily offerings. I took classes at Sanara (beautiful oceanfront studio) and Yaan (cool tree top studio) and they were great. All classes were in English by the way.

  • TREAT YOURSELF TO A DAY AT THE SPA - Again many of the more upscale resorts have their own spas. I chose to do a treatment at the world famous Yaan Wellness Spa and it was worth every penny. Sanara also has a great spa, or you can opt for a simple massage from one of the many options on the beach. If you're looking for a more traditional experience, I'd suggest checking out Mayan Clay Spa & Bathhouse.

  • CHECK OUT THE MAYAN RUINS - The 13th-century Mayan archaeological site at Tulum National Park overlooks the ocean and is an interesting spot to visit while you're in town. I recommend getting there EARLY (I got there at 9AM and it was already busy). I just paid the park entry fee and wandered around eavesdropping on different tours, but next time I'd sign up for a tour myself because I think the experience of the place is more powerful with context.

  • SWIM IN A CENOTE - Cenotes are freshwater sinkholes that offer a different way to spend a day (or morning) in the area. Many of these are not too far from the town and are absolutely beautiful. Here are a few specific cenotes that were recommended to me by friends:  Cenote Cristalino, Cenote Escondido and Cenote Dos Ojos.

  • EXPERIENCE A TEMAZCAL CEREMONY - Many people chose to participate in a Mayan sweat lodge known as a Temazcal when in Tulum. Translated as “house of heat,” the ancient ceremony led by a shaman originated with the pre-Hispanic Indigenous peoples of Mesoamerica to purify the body and mind, heal the sick, or provide a spiritual haven for women to give birth. Many resorts (Casa Violeta, Ahau and Yaan to name a few) host these in conjunction with the full and new moons, or you can book a private ceremony.

 The view from Sanara's oceanfront yoga studio.

The view from Sanara's oceanfront yoga studio.

 

where to eat

COFFEE, TEA + BREAKFAST

  • RAW LOVE (inside Ahau resort) - smoothie bowls, raw desserts and a few raw entrees. Supposedly the raw pizza is bomb but I didn't try it!
  • MATCHA MAMA - cute roadside matcha shop with matcha, smoothies, and matcha ice cream. Good, not great. And not cheap either. Go for the cute Instagram shots.

CASUAL EATS

  • BURRITO AMOR - One of my favorite spots in town. Burritos on housemade coconut tortillas. Good for breakfast, lunch or dinner. They have WiFi.
  • LA HOJA VERDE - I stumbled into this place and had a yummy and cheap smoothie. Vegan/vegetarian.
  • TAQUERIA LA EUFEMIA - Where the locals go for tacos and beers on the beach.
  • SAFARI TULUM - Casual but delicious eats.
  • CAFE CIELO - Cute cafe in town for breakfast or lunch.

NICER RESTAURANTS

  • THE REAL COCONUT (inside Sanara resort) - Nicer but on the beach so you can be casual (nicer meaning $$$). Don't waste your money on the smoothies - get the real food, its good. Feels like LA in Tulum.
  • KITCHEN TABLE - Farm to table Tulum.
  • CASA JAGUAR - Trendy spot for dinner and music. Thursday night is the night to go here.
  • GITANO - Didn't go but this place gets good reviews for food + mezcal.
  • POSADA MARGARITA - Beachside spot for Italian food.
  • HARTWOOD - Again didn't go but came highly recommended. May be tough to get a reservation so book in advance.

Here are a few pics of yummy food I ate:

Overall I had an amazing vacation in Tulum, and I will definitely be back to check out some of the experiences and food I wasn't able to fit in on this trip!

 

 

Have you ever been to tulum? what was your favorite activity, restaurant or experience?
Share with us all in the comments below!

 

Full Moon in Scorpio April 2018

Tonight there is a full moon in Scorpio. I am by no means an expert, but I have recently gotten into learning more about what's going on energetically with the cycles of the moon and zodiac. This full moon feels particularly special to me (more on that below!) so I wanted to share a little more about this energy and how you can best use it for growth. 

     

What's up with full moons?

Full moons are times for completing, sharing and illuminating. The moon literally acts as a "giant cosmic spotlight" shedding light on things that may have been in secret or shadow previously.

I feel this on an energetic level (this is usually the time of the month when I want to go out more and be with friends, and sometimes even have trouble sleeping), but also practically it makes sense to me. Way back when (before modern electricity!) the full moon was the brightest night of the month, making it an ideal time to stay up later and socialize.

 

and what about scorpio?

Scorpio is the deepest, darkest sign of the zodiac that wants to bring secrets to life: It carries the energy death and rebirth, of transformation on all levels.

Scorpio also rules the excretory system and the bowels, making this full moon an excellent time to "let shit go" (whether that's a fear, belief system or habit) so that you can process these old fears, belief systems or habits, and step into the next level of you.

 

what i'm doing to ride the energy of this full moon

When I read about this full moon I intuitively knew that TONIGHT would be the perfect time for me to share about my new website {if you're new here, welcome!}.

Updating my website was not simply about getting a new layout and updated photos, but rather about stepping into a new stage of business, and since my business is ME, a next level of me. A next level of sharing my lessons and my truth, my passion and my JOY. A next level of letting go of that which does not serve me, and creating space for that which does. In working on this website upgrade I really dug deep and asked myself some challenging questions like:

  • What is the purpose of this online home?
  • Who is the ideal reader and client that I want to connect with?
  • What is my unique message, and how does that differ and complement the work I do with Robyn and Your Healthiest You?
  • What's the bigger vision I have for my work (and myself) for the next few years?

And even as I started to answer these questions, and the technical pieces fell into place, I wasn't feeling ready to share this new version of me until now. Until tonight.

 It took a lot of quiet time with self before feeling ready to share this website

It took a lot of quiet time with self before feeling ready to share this website

 

what YOU CAN DO TO RIDE THE ENERGY TOO

You don't have to launch a website to use the energy of this full moon! Here are a few prompts that you can journal or meditate on to ride the energy of the next few days:

  • Is there a part of my life (a situation or relationship) or part of my personality that I've been ignoring? Why is it a challenge for me to look at this?
  • What habits, thought patterns or belief systems am I ready to let go of? How can I start to do this?
  • Is there something I've been hiding or kept a secret that needs to be shared?

More than anything else, I encourage you to use this time to think about WHO you want to be. And even more than that, who you know you are, but maybe haven't fully landed in yet.

 

Hungry for more? Here are a few additional resources for maximizing the potential of this moon:

  • Detox your digestive system (remember, Scorpio rules this area - time to literally let shit go!) with this FREE 3 day reset program: Good Gut Reset
  • Listen to this guided meditation with Reiki from Organically, Jamie
  • Tune into this podcast for weekly energy reports with one of my personal mentors, Rebecca Conran

 

 

Do you feel the phases of the moon or zodiac shifts?
Let us know in the comments below!