For those who know me, they know that my morning routine ritual is my jam. It is usually the highlight of my day. CBD plays a large role in that morning magic. Every single day I supplement with CBD oil and treat it as I would any other morning vitamin or daily superfood smoothie. CBD is something I have only recently incorporated into my diet (within the last 3 months) but it is now one of my most prized attributes. Ideally, once I've finished exercising and getting outdoors in the early morning, I come home to shower, stretch and enjoy a fresh green juice or my new favorite - cbd cocktail - while I take my other vitamins/supplements. Approx. four days a week I supplement with Max B Vitamin, Magnesium, Spirulina and Vitamin D. You can find these products and more here. I drink a ton of 9.5 pH kangen water throughout the morning and sip on my cbd juice while I begin my work day and check my cellphone for the first time. I usually intermittent fast until 12 noon or 1 o'clock and then prepare a smoothie bowl or big savory veggie bowl for myself. 

CBD promotes my mental clarity, concentration and well being. It ensures I feel relaxed, focused and energetic throughout the day. It also promotes an amazing night's sleep. A solid hit of 8-9 hours ensures I wake up feeling rested and rejuvenated. Fortunately, I am not currently dealing with any medical conditions or ailments - which is a beautiful blessing. That being said, I continue to take CBD daily to promote long-term preventative health. I am an avid believer in the health benefits of high quality cbd. I recommend CBD to every one of my closest friends, family members and private health coaching clients.

And now, I am here recommending daily CBD supplemtnation to each and every single one of you.


Trust me on this one. 



1. CBD oil does not get you high. Not even a little bit.

Although CBD, or cannabidiol, comes from the same cannabis plant that you would trim buds from to smoke, CBD contains only trace amounts (less than 0.3 %) of THC—the chemical component in marijuana that has psychoactive effects (makes you high.) CBD Oil is not cannabis or weed oil. (Although I do love and actively use both CBD and cannabis oil.) CBD contains cannabinoids, which are the naturally occurring chemicals within the hemp plant that are anti-inflammatory and patented by the U.S. government as a neuroprotectant and antioxidant.

According to Anjali Dsouza, M.D., of the District Center for Integrative Medicine, "Cannabinoids like CBD can help achieve and support a stable balance in our bodies. CBD is currently used in a wide range of clinical scenarios including cancer, multiple sclerosis, seizure disorders, traumatic brain injuries, insomnia, anxiety, and PTSD."

2. CBD hemp oil is not illegal. Not even a little bit. 

Cannabidiol oil is legal under United States federal law, regardless of a prescription or doctor's referral. You don't need to be a certain age of require a doctor's recommendation to use CBD oil daily. CBD oil is legal in all 50 states and over 40 countries around the world. It is most commonly sold in a concentrated tincture with oil and occasionally some extra flavoring, such as turmeric.

3. Is there such thing as Vegan CBD oil? 

As long as the CBD oil you're using is not combined with an animal derived oil (i.e. fish oil) most CBDs are 100% vegan. You'll want to look for all natural CBD with no additives or preservatives. This is very important. Your CBD should contain no synergistic cannabinoids, terpenes, essential oils or other compounds of the original plant. The CBD you use should be the highest grade product in the most pure and simple form. Glass bottles are best to avoid excessive plastic waste and maintain the freshness and quality of your oil. I share the exact brand of CBD oil I use below. 

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If nothing else, my hopes with my website are to encourage you to always consider a more holistic and natural option when seeking help or results from an exterior factor. 

In all aspects of your life - you contain the power and knowledge within you to act and live intuitively and in align with your body's natural ability to be healthy and whole.

Eat the foods that make you feel the best physically, morally, spiritually and energetically. Spend time with people who flow naturally into your life and inspire you to become the highest version of yourself. Spend time in nature and opt for plants, water and positive human connection over and above all else. When considering supplementing with anything in this life, be open minded and in tune with your body's wants and needs. There is no pill, powder, supplement or shake that is going to be your one answer. To change your inner state of physical/mental health and wellbeing, we often must change our external environment.  

In my eyes, there are two forms of nourishment to be considered at all times. Primary food and secondary food. Secondary food is the food we eat and water we drink. The plant foods - fruits, nuts, seeds and grains. And the high quality, living water. Primary foods, however, are more than what is on your plate. Healthy relationships, regular physical activity, a fulfilling career, a fulfilling sex life and a consistent spiritual practice can fill your soul and satisfy your health and hunger for life. I am not sharing this blog to tell you that CBD is your cure for one (or few) of the various health issues listed below. I am sharing with you that it is one healthful and holistic option. 


Record numbers of people in modern society, predominantly women, suffer from mild to extreme anxiety. Generalized Social Anxiety Disorder, or GAD, is one of the most common forms of anxiety disorders that impair quality of life. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 15 million adults in the United States have social phobia and about 6.8 million have a generalized anxiety disorder. Billions of dollars are spent every year on traditional treatments usually involves counseling and addictive tranquilizers to treat this condition, yet as the doctor writes out a prescription, he or she knows that the cause of the condition is unknown. Since human beings have lived with the fear response for all of time, we know there should be a way to heal anxiety naturally and healthfully. In my eyes, the best way to approach the mild-to-moderate types of anxiety is to treat it not as a disease, but as a challenge. I believe that you should use your emotions, not allow them to use you. The challenge for many is to bring the fear response back under control. Otherwise, anxiety can quickly becomes ingrained and over time, spiral downward. The anxious person begins to be afraid of being afraid, because he or she knows that they have no power against it.

In order to find the "answer" to anxiety, we must start by dealing with anxiety by healing its underlying causes. According to Deepak Chopra, If you suffer from anxiety, your mind has gotten into the habit of holding on to fear instead of letting the response follow its natural cycle. What you need to do is to get it back into its normal rhythm. Your body wants to respond naturally but is being held back. Left to itself, the fear response isn't mental; it's physical. There are three steps to get the body accustomed to being in charge of fear again.

1. Get out of your mind and back into your body.
2. Clear the fear response.
3. Calm the body into its natural state of relaxation.

As mentioned above, there is not one pill, powder, superfood or supplement that is going to be your answer for anxiety. Although, CBD may not be your "cure all" for anxiety, it may be the perfect all-natural, non-addictive supplement that will help you find calmness and clarity while you work on the underlying issues causing your anxiety in the first place. 

In a 2011 study, scientists wanted to study the effects of CBD on people with SAD. The scientists selected 24 people with this condition who had never received treatment for SAD then divided participants into two groups. One group received 600 mg of CBD while the control group received a placebo. The scientists then asked study participants to take part in a simulated public speaking test while researchers measured blood pressure, heart rate and other measurements of physiological and psychological stress.

The CBD group showed significantly reduced anxiety, cognitive impairment and discomfort in their speech performance. In comparison, those in the placebo group presented higher anxiety, cognitive impairment and discomfort.

CBD and other cannabis products have played a huge role in my recovery from anxiety and onset insomnia. CBD and meditation is the first recommendation I share with any friends, family or private clients who are dealing with anxiety or depression. Use CBD to create an environment for yourself that allows inner reflection and personal growth, and observe as your anxiety begins to dissolve from your current reality.

CBD + Digestive Aid

When the human body is out of homeostasis and it’s immune system is compromised, a number of things can happen. Due to chemotherapy and radiation, inflammation often runs rampant, and oxidative stress takes a toll on even the healthiest of cells.

A healthy appetite is vital to a healthy body, especially when the body is healing from illnesses that may decrease the appetite to the point of preventing the body from healing itself. CBD oil can be used to stimulate your appetite, according to the National Cancer Institute, because CBD binds to cannabinoid receptors in the body. Scientists believe these receptors play an important role in regulating feeding behavior. CBDs stimulate appetite when they dock onto these receptors.

A study conducted in 2011 shows that CBD has strong anti-inflammatory properties that can help those in cancer treatment. Additionally, as a patented neuro protectant and antioxidant, CBD helped to calm the body’s nervous system. This aids those suffering from a loss of appetite by slowing down firing signals and calming the digestive tract. 


CBDs bind to CB1 receptors in the body to relieve pain and soreness. CBD also has an anti-inflammatory effect that reduces swelling.

CBD eases nausea and vomiting. This is especially helpful for individuals enduring chemotherapy and other treatments for serious diseases, as well as pregnant woman who may be suffering from morning sickness.


The National Cancer Institute details several studies into the anti-tumor effects of CBD. One study in mice and rats suggest CBDs “may have a protective effect against the development of certain types of tumors.” CBD oil may do this by inducing tumor cell death, inhibiting cancer cell growth, and by controlling and then inhibiting the spread of cancer cells in our body.

One study by California Pacific Medical Center suggests CBD “turns off” the gene involved in the spread of breast cancer. These scientists found CBD inhibits ID-1, an action that prevents cancer cells from traveling long distances to distant tissues.

CBD AS AN Antipsychotic

CBD continues to surprise medical researchers with the variety of common health benefits it provides. An increasing number of scientists, physicians and consumers are learning about these health benefits and incorporating CBD into a healthy lifestyle plan. CBD also combats other psychological issues, including working as an antipsychotic to combat psychosis. Additionally, CBD works to reduce chronic anxiety and depression disorders. These benefits of CBD are also helpful for patients struggling with temporary anxiety and depression resulting from a more serious medical condition.



After months of research and personal experimentation, I am excited to share that NuLeaf CBD is the best CBD I have come across. 

NuLeaf Naturals wellness products are derived from specially bred therapeutic hemp (Cannabis Sativa) plants grown on licensed farms in Colorado, USA.Their products are whole-plant extracts, not synthetic and not an isolate of any kind. The plants used to manufacture their products are grown using organic and sustainable farming practices. NuLeaf utilizes advanced engineering processes to create premium cannabinoid wellness products with a full spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenes. They also use CO2 extraction systems as our primary tool for extracting the photo-nutrients from each plant. This method does not require heat or solvents, and the entire spectrum of cannabinoids are retained in the blend. They see their products from cultivation and processing to formulation and sale.

NuLeaf Naturals CBD wellness products are all natural with no additives or preservatives, and contain all the synergistic cannabinoids, terpenes, essential oils and other compounds of the original plant.

The company is also owned and run by close friends of mine who are equally as passionate about veganism and sustainability as myself. If you're going to make the investment in your immediate and lasting health with CBD products, NuLeaf CBD comes highly recommended by me and many others. You can shop their products below and use my name "amelia" at checkout to save 20% off your entire order. NuLeaf CBD is purchased by thousands around the world and shipped internationally. They offer free shipping for all orders within the US. Most orders are delivered within 2 – 3 business days


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The most important thing to remember is that every person's endocannabinoid system is unique. I reccomend experimenting with CBD to find a dose that works best for you and your body. Most people (myself included) report success with CBD with 10 drops of CBD which equals about 25mg of CBD


My favorite way to incorporate a healthy hit of vitamins, nutrients and cbd in my morning routine is my CBD Cocktail. This recipe is simple, easy to make and will flood your body with an abundance of mineral rich goodness. If you're not yet familiar with Dr. Anthony William, I highly suggest you read his book "Life Changing Foods" here. It is the best of the best on the market today. If you're already familiar with Dr. William's work, you know that fresh celery juice is the savior when it comes to chronic illness. Although Dr. William usually reccomend drinking celery juice plain, on an empty stomach, I sometimes get a little creative and incorporate one teaspoon of Hawaiian spirulina powder into my CBD Cocktail. This additive is completely optional and not needed to receive the full health benefits from the CBD and Celery. Here we go...




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This year, I spent THREE months backpacking through Asia, Indonesia and Sri Lanka with my closest girlfriends to explore new land, sea and surf. I ENDED UP EXTENDING MY ONE MONTH LONG TRIP TO THREE MONTHS AND ENDED MY ADVENTURE MORE INSPIRED AND MOTIVATED THAN EVER BEFORE.



Our first month in the Philippines was immeasurably incredible and unforgettable for the four of us. We surfed some of the best waves of our lives', dove, sailed, hiked, scuba-ed, volunteered, cleaned beaches and connected with new brothers and sisters from around the world.

Initially, my trip was planned to focus on diving, surfing and photography. However, as soon as I arrived to the Philippines I knew I was there to share a message. The build up of trash and widespread pollution throughout these islands was out of control. (Unfortunately, little did I know I would also be witnessing this same level of pollution, or worse, in many parts of Indonesia and as well as Sri Lanka in just a few months.)

It began to feel like for every ounce of natural beauty and breathtaking scenery we drank in, there were the same number (or more) of encounters with poverty, pollution and filth. Abandoned landfills left overfilled and overflowing sweating in the hot sun beneath hundred year old coconut treats and aqua blue skies. Mounds of washed up plastic, non-biodegradable trash and discarded manmade supplies piled higher than most local houses. Beautiful, laughing filipino children playing games in nearby rivers and streams as trash bags and plastic bottles sailed unnoticed among them. It was so difficult to see with my own eyes. These countries are being bombarded with hundreds of thousands of new tourists each year at the cost of their only remaining natural beauty. Cruise ships and commercial planes were entering the philippines left and right, while the land and sea is more polluted than ever before. I’ve attached a few photos of the trash being washed up on the ocean below. A majority of this pollution being discarded shoes, sandals, tooth brushes, plastic cutlery, water bottles, water bottle caps, children's toys, product packaging, micro plastics and fishing supplies. Witnessing this destruction in person was more horrifying than photos can depict. Many times, when we discard or chuck our trash, it does not end up where we expect. 


Did you know that it’s entirely legal to dump trash in the ocean? There are certain limitations made by the United States Coast Gaurd for what you can and cannot dump into the ocean from a specific distance to the shore. Although it is not permissable to dump any plastic into the ocean in 2018, it is perfectly acceptable to dump any raw sewage, paper, rags, glass, metal, bottles, or similar refuse, as long as you are at least 12 miles away from the nearest shoreline. Isn't that just f*cked up?! I could've died when I learned this for the firs time after reading a boat captain friend's USCG pamphlet last year. 

As if thats not shocking enough, there are minimal restrictions put on cruise ships and the garbage they are legally allowed to dump. When it comes to cruise ships, this trash adds up quickly. An average-sized cruise ship would house 3,000 passengers and crew. The largest cruise ships can have up to 5,000 passengers and crew. Of these cruise ships:

  • One average-sized cruise ship dumps about 30,000 gallons of human waste into the oceans each day. If that cruise ship is within three miles of a U.S. shoreline, the sewage must be treated, but if they are outside of three miles, they can dump raw, untreated sewage into the oceans.
  • In addition to the 30,000 gallons of sewage, each cruise ship dumps, on average, 255,000 gallons of gray water per day. Gray water includes water used for showers, laundry services, and dishwashing, and will contain soap and chemicals, even toxic chemicals used for photo-processing and dry-cleaning!
  • An average cruise ship will produce seven tons of garbage and solid waste every day! In a year, approximately 15 billion pounds of garbage is dumped into the oceans.
  • The pollution produced by the emissions of one cruise ship in one day equals that of about 12,000 automobiles.

* Quoted in U.S National Park Service; Mote Marine Lab, FL and “Garbage In, Garbage Out,” Audobon Magazine, Spt/Oct 1998.  from “Pocket Guide to Marine Debris,” The Ocean Conservancy, 2004

Feeling frustrated and unsure of what to do first, the girls and I made a promise to be a part of the resolution for the Philippines islands which are being consistently swarmed by thousands of new businesses, buildings, accommodations, stores, restaurants and attractions for tourists. Like ourselves. We only had 4 weeks in the Philippines, but we knew that was more than enough time to do our part in some way. Or at least get a little more clear on the severity of this trash epidemic. We joined local beach clean ups, volunteered with preservation and protection groups and avoided single use plastic like the plague. We immediately fell in the love with Philippines, and the sweet, hospitable filipino people, and collectively knew we needed to leave these islands in a better condition than when we arrived.



I haven’t purchased one bottled plastic water in over 2 years since first purchasing my Kangen water machine. So there is no way in heck I was going to start in the Philippines. Old plastic water bottles littered the beaches, streets and forests of the Philippines. We saw them floating in the ocean when we were traveling by boat, and saw them dragging along the ocean's floor when we were diving or SCUBA'ing. It felt as though it was killing us, in a sense. We couldn't help but worry about our homes in Hawaii and the pollution issue we dealt with already. Would Hawaii look just as polluted as these islands one day? Was there anythign we could do to stop that? Where do we even begin? First, we did everything in our power to avoid buying one SINGLE plastic water bottle while abroad and also maintained our health (and proper hydration) while backpacking through Southeast Asia, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. We also saved a bucket load of money on over priced water bottles and avoided hellaa' single use plastics by monitoring our food packaging, to-go containers, takeaway juices, cocktails etc. Now that I can reflect on our trip, I see how successful we were by making the efforts we did. I'll forever have memories of us ordering local vegan food in our nifty re-useable food containers and explaining time and time again to our restaurant servers that we didn't want or need plastic straws in our drinks because we already had ones here in our wallets. Just here. We'll show you. I'll share all of our sustainable travel tips below with the loving intention to inspire many of you, reading this right now, to do the same. Because, I am here, telling you that we just did it, and you can do it too. 

Although my time abroad is over for now, my mission is not. I’m here, writing this blog from my cell phone in an airport waiting room to share with you all that it can be done. Consciousness and mindfulness for our environment and our natural resources should not be placed on the back burner while we travel. You can see the world and save it too. I ask you to join me, and do exactly that. 

tips for your zero waste, ethical & eco friendly travel

Please feel free to comment on this blog or message me privately with any further suggestions or comments you may have. I would love to hear from you. 

  • Be creative. See what you can re-use, borrow, swap, buy second hand (on sites like Preloved) or make yourself. Don’t buy new if you don’t have to.
  • Cheaper is not always better. Go for the durable and degradable option.
  • Eat and pack close to nature. 
  • Pack light. It saves whatever transport mode you use, and yourself a ton of energy. Pack purposefully for the destination you’re traveling to. What do you really need? 
  • Stuff made from recycled-anything is always better than new. It helps to create awareness. BUT, it’s not the solution! Eventually, it still adds to the trash pile. Rethink – refuse – reuse – reduce – recycle – and if no other option… waste.
  • Buy from local providers to shorten the supply chain, which includes transportation energy cost, use of packaging, and benefits for those down at the bottom.
  • If you order online, kindly request to use little packaging and without plastic tape. Demand minimal, or better, NO packaging in general wherever you go. Buy online near you to avoid a package going from plane, to ship, to ferry, to truck, around the world.
  • Save a tree and some money and travel with e-books instead of books. Find them online at Audible or Amazon.com. Travel guides like lonely planet have gone digital too.
  • Support the small entrepreneurs and go against mass consumerism. We live in a demand-driven society. Help the good brands, without lobbying power and big advertisement budgets, to climb up the ladder. Demand plastic free and toxic free where you can. This way you say no to oil drilling, carbon emissions, and yes to a cleaner way of life. Then governments step in!
  • Don’t just buy something because a company says it’s ‘eco friendly’, ‘sustainable’, ‘organic’ or ‘green’. These have become fashion words. Certifications are a step in the right direction but don’t just take that for granted either. When a brand is a certified B-Corporation, it’s using business as a force for social, environmental, and economic good. So that’s a step in the good direction. Read labels, read stories, ask questions, and find out answers.
  • If you buy toiletries, buy in bulk to minimize package materials.


Traveling with your own water isn’t an option for everyone, but if you own a Kangen water machine, you’re in luck. The water produced by the Kangen Water machine is certified medical grade electronically reduced water. When you purchase a machine, the paperwork with medical grade certificate is included inside of the box which gives you access to travel with this water on a plane. Which is pretty f*cking cool if you ask me. Bring as much water as you’re able to carry and make sure to arrive early to TSA security gates to inform them of your medical water and answer any questions they may have. Usually, I just tell the first person I see at security that “I am traveling with medical grade water and have all necessary paperwork in my bag if you’d like to review it.” Sometimes, TSA requests to see the certificate, other times they do not. Often, TSA will ask to open the bottles and test the water (with a simple drug indicator strip) to ensure that you’re traveling with medical water and only that. It is a BLESSING to be 100,000 miles above sea level sipping on cold 9.5 pH Kangen water from my own reuse-able water bottle, let me tell you. 





I take my Hydroflask bottle everywhere I go. Everywhere. I mean that. So you can guarantee I bring two or three of them with me when I travel. I invested in a 64oz Hydroflask before my trip and brought two other, smaller hydroflask containerswith me as well. I love the 40oz bottles because they’re light and comfortable to carry around as well as the 22 oz. insulated tumblers which are amazing for smoothies, juices, coconut water and hot coffee/tea on the go. I know these bottles can quickly take up room in your bag, but you’ll never regret having them with you when it means saving money on free water fill-ups at hostels, home-stays, cafes and restaurants as well as keeping drinks hot or cold as you travel. Also, the more you carry your re-useable bottle with you, the less you’ll find yourself stuck in those last minute “I think I have to buy a bottle of water” situations. 

We brought our bottles everywhere and didn’t hesitate to politely ask staff or cafe servers to please fill up our bottles with filtered water from the kitchen. Most were happy to load us up with free filtered water, others asked that we pay a small fee (usually 50 pisos or $1) to fill up our large bottles. Which was a price we were happy to pay. We found filtered water everywhere. Ask and you shall recieve, we did exactly that. I’ll attach photos of the exact three bottles I traveled with below and highly suggest you consider “treating” yourself to the water bottle of a lifetime.



This is a major sustainability hack.Although it’s not something many people do, I try to live my life like every day is a picnic. When I’m home in Hawaii, I keep a bag or basket in my truck filled with empty (and clean!) mason jars, cutlery, chopsticks and to-go containers. When I’m out running errands or stuck in island traffic, I can grab salad, hot food, smoothies or green juice from local delis/health food shops without settling for single use plastic. As I use the jars/glasses/cutlery, I simply swap them out for a clean replacement and make sure to always carry extra containers for friends as well. 

While traveling, I packed a small clutch bag with ...

2 forks

2 spoons

2 sets of reuse-able chopsticks 

2 metal straws 

1 butter knife 


And ... you guessed it, I brought them everywhere with me. When I went out for the day, I threw the clutch in my day bag and enjoyed eating out at cafes/markets/food trucks without collecting plastic forks and knives everywhere I went. I learned the fun way that there is no greater feat than coming across a coconut tree and knowing you have a straw and spoon on hand at all times, ready to drink the delicious water and carve into the tender coco meat. 

As for food containers, I packed one large/medium container with a second small container packed inside it. I’ll attach a photo of the exact container I used below, but you can use any Tupperware you have on hand at your home. The containers were lightweight and easy to travel with. When I wasn’t using them, I’d stuff them with jewelry/headbands/beach glass and shove them in my big backpack. When I was using them, I would fill them with rice, soups, salad or fresh fruit from local markets/vendors and eat my meals as I wish- from the beach or on the boat. By bringing your own containers, you eliminate the need for wasteful to-go food containers, and also ensure that if you find a food you LOVE (and may not be able to find later in the day,) you can load up on a second serving and save it for dinner or dessert. 


Just as you would bring your own shopping bags to the grocery store to avoid plastic shopping bags, having extra cloth bags on hand while traveling was a huge help in the sustainability department. Extra bags are incredible for carrying fruit or snacks from the local markets, groceries, beach gear or even your reusable food containers/bottles. They also are wonderful for dirty clothes, damp bikinis or muddy shoes after an outdoor adventure. Whenever our dirty laundry piled up while traveling, we’d throw everything in a cloth bag and drop it off at the local laundromat where we would politely request that the clean laundry be returned to us in our cloth bag, rather than a new plastic bag.

Easy peasy. 


1. Turn off and unplug all of your lamps and household electronics. Electronics continue to use power even if they are turned off.

2. Turn off your water and gas valves. This helps to avoid waste water incase of leaks while abroad. 

3. Make sure to eat or give away all perishable food items before leaving home. Donate any left over foods to a local soup kitchen or food bank. 

4. Drop off your recycling and take out any garbage or compost! Make sure to properly recycle all of the packaging, plastic and cardboard boxes from the goodies you bought for your travels.


  • Fill up your water bottle with filtered water at any restaurant, cafe, hotel or accommodation. Many spas, yoga studios, coffee shops and tourist offices offer free filtered water to customers to avoid single use plastic. Some restaurants may ask you to pay a small price to fill up your bottle with their filtered or purified water. Remember to bring your water bottle, reusable cutlery, straws and extra tote bags with you every time you leave the hotel. 
  • Opt for sustainable transport such as walking, public transport (trains, buses, ferries) or renting a pedal bike while abroad. Enjoy finding creative ways to get around and take advantage of new exercise opportunities while exploring a new city or country. 
  • Choose Eco friendly resorts/Accommodations. Supporting accommodations that strive to have little impact on the environment and it’s natural resources means leaving behind a smaller footprint on your travels. Enjoy learning more about zero-waste/off-grid/sustainable living and ask to tour the property’s garden, compost area or water source to educate yourself further. 
  • Make efforts to shop at local food markets or purchase fresh (local) produce when traveling abroad. Bring your reusable bags out for the day and stock up on fresh fruit, veggies, herbs or coconuts as you go. Enjoying (and trying new types of) local fruits and veggies is one of my favorite ways to experience a new culture or location. I never consume meat or dairy while traveling abroad because these foods require the most water/land/resources by far and I do not wish to take away or negatively impact these countries that I am fortunate enough to travel to. Avoiding meat and dairy also promotes my lasting health and ensures that I do not fall ill from foreign bacteria or viruses while traveling. There are so many ways to experience a new country, such as local produce, music, surf, museums, hiking or art. Consuming meat or fish doesn’t need to be one of them. The food we eat has an impact on the land. Wether that land is in the local area, or thousands of miles away. Be aware of this always. I do my best to. 
  • Research local beach clean ups or charity events while on vacation. You can simply google search “beach clean up in ____” or “charity event in ___” and see what you come across. Community Facebook groups are another great place to connect with fellow travelers and inquire about new ways to get involved and give back to the beautiful destinations that share so much with you and your traveling companions. For example, search "Ubud Community Group" when traveling in Bali.



  • Zero Waste Snacks for Airplane/Travel (Raw Nuts, Seeds, Trail Mix, Granola, Dried Dates, Dried Bananas, Coconut Flakes, Bliss Balls, Sprouted Crackers, Salad, Fruit or Veggie Sticks if allowed.)
  • Reuse-able Food Containers/Thermoses. You can use these to pack airplane snacks and then continue to keep them with you throughout your travels as you empty them. 
  • Warm Clothes/Sweaters to wear on the plane (to avoid individual airplane blankets wrapped in plastic.)
  • Bamboo Tooth Brushes 
  • Reuse-able Cutlery (Fork, Knives, Spoon, Chopsticks etc.) 
  • Reuse-able Metal or Bamboo Drinking Straws  
  • Reuse-able Water Bottle 
  • Reuse-able Tumblr Cup (for coffee, tea or juices) 
  • Extra Canvas Tote Bags (for market shopping, laundry, beach bag or takeaway food. I usually pack 4-5 and roll them up tightly.)
  • Small 4 Oz. Spray Bottles with 2.5 pH Kangen Water and 6.0 pH beauty water to use as hand sanitizer, mouth wash, disinfectant, facial toner, moisturizer etc. while traveling. 
  • (For women) Menstrual Cup/Biodegradable Tampons (rather than non-recyclable tampons, pads, sanitary napkins)
  • Crystal Deodorant or Cream Deodorant in Glass Jar
  • Coconut Oil or Body Cream in Glass jar 
  • Zinc or Non Toxic Sunscreen in Glass or Biodegradable packaging 
  • Shampoo Bar or Soap wrapped in Paper 
  • Swiss Army Knife (to be packed in checked bags only) with scissors, tooth pick, knife, tweezers etc. 
  • Raincoat (to avoid having to purchase a plastic poncho in case of emergency)
  • Reuseable Batteries for Cameras/Electronics 
  • Dry Bag to carry electronics, cell phones, wallets and cameras in while on the boat or out in nature.



I always carry a silicone Menstrual (Moon) Cup with me while traveling and at home! I have been using a menstrual cup for three years now and could never imagine going back to single use tampons/pads or sanitary napkins. Not only do these products sit in landfills unable to break down for dozens of years after we use them once, they are expensive and take up so much space in my backpack when traveling for long periods of time. Some women love their moon cup right off the bat, while others have to experiment with a few sizes/shapes to ensure theirs is a comfortable fit. Here are three moon cups I reccomend or have used personally. Click on the image to learn more. 

Birth Control While Traveling? 

I personally choose to take no contraceptive pills or use an IUD. I opt for a hormone-free and all natural birth contraceptive method called the "Daysy" and I use it everyday while traveling and at home. Daysy is a fertility monitor computer that uses the fertility awareness method (FAM) by learning and tracking your menstrual cycle. With the Daysy device you can prevent or plan pregnancy. The Daysy shows you the exact days you are fertile or not fertile (with an accuracy of more than 99.3%.) 

The Daysy is all natural, free of side effects and requires no charting what so ever. It does it all for you. I love being able to prepare for my moon cycle while traveling and at home. Often times traveling comes with new emotional/physical difficulties and I love to be especially gentle with my body on the days leading up to my period. Also, the Daysy is small as can be and fits perfectly in a carry on bag, cosmetic bag or suitcase. 


  1. Every morning, you take your temperature underneath your tongue. 
  2. You confirm menstruation on the days you have it by simply clicking a button. 
  3. The Daysy evaluates your data and calculates your fertility status for the next 24 hours. The whole ordeal takes 60 seconds. 





Ideally, you'll want to buy luggage or backpacking equipment that is pre owned or sustainability made.I always make sure to avoid Leather, suede, Rayon and Polyester when purchasing clothes/bags/equipment. Borrowing luggage from a friend or former backpacker is another great option! If you're not able to track down someone who has what you need to borrow, websites like Preloved are great for buying supplies second hand. I've linked a few sustainable/vegan bags below that I love and reccomend if you choose to buy new. If you have any other suggestions for travel gear, please feel free to send me a message below. I'd love to include as many eco-options as possible. 




Go with consideration

Safe travels.

Happy Journey


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By stating what you want to be attract into your life, you are mentally and emotionally seeing and feeling it as true, irrespective of your current circumstances. By doing this we are re-training our subconscious mind and using the universal law of attraction to bring our desires it into our own life.

 Artwork by Isabel Bryna

Artwork by Isabel Bryna

Simply put, where our attention goes, energy flows. 


I’ve experienced incredible results in my own life by repeating positive affirmations on a daily basis. Not only has affirmative thinking helped me have a clearer vision of my personal goals, desires, wishes and wants, it has also taught me to practice mindfulness and live each day with an attitude of gratitude. 

I first learned about positive affirmations when I experienced anxiety for the first time in my life. I was 20 years old living on my own in Hawai’i. I felt completely overwhelmed with my college courses and was not fulfilled by my college curriculum or job. I was very broke, borrowing money from my parents and older sisters.  I was also single for the first time in months after having just ended my first ever “serious” relationship. I wasn’t used to sleeping alone at night and felt lonely for the first time in years. I would lay awake in bed for hours with a constant stream of negative thoughts, anxieties and worries run through my head. I didn't sleep. I let my negative mindset consume me. I had never dealt with anything like this before, so of course, the unfamiliar-ness and uncertainly was all I focused on. I would constantly complain about how tired I was during the day and then dread going to sleep at night, expecting another night of misery and upset. This went on for almost 6 months. I finally took matters into my own hands and began meditating each day for 10 minutes (I had recently learned about mediation through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the online holistic health coaching school I was studying at.) 

I was researching different mediation methods online when I came across Louise Hay’s website and began to read over her written affirmations for prosperity, growth and success. I fell in love with her words. I was drawn to the simplicity and comfort of these sentences. I grabbed a school note book and jotted down as many affirmations as I could fit on my paper. I brought the notebook to campus later that day and read the affirmations a dozen times. I had each line memorized by the evening. 

That night in bed, when I began to focus on my fears, insecurities and lack, I stopped myself and began to repeat Louis’s affirmation instead. I must’ve repeated the same 10 lines over a hundred times in my head that night. Eventually, I fell asleep. 

Every single night from them on out I would get into bed a few moments early and speak my favorite affirmations aloud to myself (quietly - so that my roommates in the room next door wouldn’t hear me.) Eventually, when I felt myself getting tired, I would repeat them in my head until I fell asleep. 

Soon enough, I stared writing my own affirmations. It has become a bit of a hobby since then. Everywhere I go I am jotting down words of positive affirmations and hanging pieces of paper with these words around my home, on my fridge, on the bathroom mirror, on my dashboard and in picture frames around my house. I have gifted many a sheet of personalized affirmations to friends and family during holidays/birthdays. I keep an updated sheet of affirmations in my wallet and am constantly typing new ones down on my iPhone’s notes. These days, I take my affirmations very seriously. 

Whenever thoughts of anxiousness or unsettlement creep back into my mind, I immediately resort to repeating my favorite phrases in my head. It’s become a form of self soothing, really.

If I am feeling ill, I affirm to myself “ I am healthy and full of energy. My body knows exactly what to do to promote my healing. I become healthier each day.” 

If I am overwhelmed with work or e-mails, I repeat “I am hardworking and focused. Everything that needs to be done is finished in divine timing. My work is always on time.” 

When I am on a flight that gets caught in terrifying turbulence, I close my eyes and repeat “ I am safe. I stay calm in moments of chaos. I ground myself through my breathe. I am protected at all times. I am so grateful to arrive to my destination safely.” 

You get the gist of it. 


 Artwork by Isabel Bryna

Artwork by Isabel Bryna


1. Close your eyes and get clear on your vision. Take time on this. Have a note book or journal nearby. Write a long list of everything you could ever desire. Your health, your relationships, your lifestyle, your wealth, your home, your travel plans, your family or your career. Write until you cannot possibly think of one more wish or want. Imagine your own paradise. There are no limits. 

  2. Choose affirmations that are most meaningful to you and your ideal reality. Are they focused on health? Happiness? Forgiveness? Wealth? Love? 

3. Get comfortable speaking them out loud. (I love to repeat my affirmations aloud while looking at myself in the mirror while making direct eye-contact. If you’re most comfortable doing this alone, find a quiet room or outdoor space where no one else will hear you. Speak with clarity and intention. Remember, you are speaking these words into existence. 

4. Repeat them often, when you are not busy with anything that may require your attention. There should be no TV, music or conversation in the background. Listen to yourself closely as speak these words. 

5. Be as relaxed as you can be. Take big, beautiful, juicy inhales through your nose and exhale out of your mouth in-between each affirmation. Bring your shoulders away from your ears. Release any burrowing between your eye brows. Relax. Breathe. Be gentle with yourself. 

4.Pay full attention to the words you are repeating. Your words are more important than anything else in this moment.

5. Have confidence and faith in what you are saying. It will bring faster results. This is huge. Realize that you are worthy of all you could ever desire. 

6. When writing (or speaking) your own affirmations, choose positive words with no negative connotations. For example, if you wish to lose weight, do not repeat, "I am not fat", or "I am losing weight." These are negative statements, bringing mental images of what you do not want into your mind. Instead, repeat ”I am getting slimmer each day", or "I am at my ideal weight now.” These words create positive images in your mind.

7. Always affirm, using the present tense, not the future tense. Saying, "I will be rich", means that you intend to be rich one day, in the indefinite future, but not now. It is more effective to say (and feel,) "I am rich now.” Remember, where attention goes, energy flows. So focus the energy of your subconscious on being rich now. 


I am overflowing with happiness.

I feel joy and contentment in this moment.

Each morning, I am happy and enthusiastic about myself, my life and my mindset.

I find joy and pleasure in the most simple things in my life.

I love being this happy. 

I have an beautiful sense of humor and love to share laughter with others.

Today I choose to be happier than ever before. 

I create my own happiness.

I am most beautiful when I am smiling. 

My happiness is infectious. The more time others spend with me, the happier they become.

I enjoy spending my time with friends and family who are as happy as I am. 

I rest in a state of bliss when I go to sleep.

I know all is well in my world.




Today I am more abundant than ever before.

I feel confidently that the universal power is working constantly to bring me everything I need.

Money flows easily to me.

Each morning when I wake I am eager to begin work and increase my personal prosperity.

I carry out work that is fulfilling to me and beneficial for the world around me.

I am open to new money coming into my life in ways I could not have imagined or expected.

I know that there are unlimited ways for me to welcome money into my life.

I am generous with money always.

I am excited to share money, because I am confident that my wealth is limitless and constantly growing.


Money supports my own happiness. With my money I will travel, create, provide for myself and be charitable.

I am using money to bless my own life.

I am using money to bless the life of my loved ones.

I am excited by other people receiving money and wealth.

I celebrate the fact that money is simply energy, always flowing in and out of my life.

I welcome money into my life with open arms and an open heart.

I always have more money coming in than I do coming out.

I am grateful to the universe for the abundance of prosperity that is mine today.

I have everything I could ever need.

I focus my thoughts on good fortunate and happiness for everyone in my life, including myself.

I am provided for.

I rich in all ways.



I love myself first and foremost. 

The most important relationship in my life is my relationship with myself. 

I prioritize myself and choose to spend time only with those who value me for myself.

I attract only positive people into my life. 

I attract relationships into my life that are meaningful and successful always. 

I welcome new friends into my life each day, knowing that I am always able to learn something from each person I meet. 

I attract a partner who is loving and gentle.

I attract a partner who is excited to share their love with me. 

I attract a partner who respects me and my body always. 

I am secure and I am safe in this relationship. 

I trust myself and my partner.

I know my inner wisdom is my best guide.

 Artwork by Isabel Bryna

Artwork by Isabel Bryna


I am beautiful.

I am strong. 

I am considerate.

I am kind.

I am gentle.

I am generous. 

I am loving. 

I am healthy. 

I have integrity.

I have compassion for everyone around me. 

I am reliable. I always do what I say.

I act from a place of love.

I act from a place of security. 

 I am self-reliant. 

I am independent. 

I am creative and persistent in everything I do. 

 I am energetic and enthusiastic. 

I am confident in myself. Confidence is my second nature.

 I always attract the best of circumstances and the most positive people in my life.

I fully accept myself and know that I am worthy of great things in life.

I deserve love.

I deserve happiness.

I am worthy. 

I am limitless. 



I am successful now. 

Today I accomplish more than ever before.

All of my ideas are wonderful. 

I am a hard worker. 

I am an efficient worker.

I am admired for my work ethic.

Each day I get closer to accomplishing all of my goals. 

I welcome all success into my life with open arms. 

I welcome new work and opportunities into my life. 

I love completing new tasks. 

I am excited to work. 

Each day I learn something new that benefits my success.

I share my success with those around me.

I surround myself with only successful people. 

I am proud of my success. 

 Artwork by Isabel Bryna

Artwork by Isabel Bryna


I am healthy. 

I am healed. 

I am whole. 

Health is my birthright. 

My body is working around the clock to keep me healthy and strong. 

I take pride in taking care of myself and my health. 

I express self love through the foods I eat and the thoughts I think. 

I am healthier than ever before. 

I am filled with energy and vitality. 

I am vibrant.

I am slim and fit.

I am at my healthiest weight. 

I have all of the energy I could ever need.

I exercise because I love my body and want to celebrate my personal fitness. 

I always drink enough water. I am hydrated.

I eat the best foods for my body. I love preparing healthy, home-cooked meals for myself. 

I love to eat foods that are colorful and vibrant. 

I feel well always. 

I listen lovingly to all of my body’s wants and needs.

I spend time with healthy and positive people. 

My partner is healthy and strong. 

My partner enjoys preparing us healthy meals. 

My partner and I encourage one another’s health and fitness.

I feel better than ever before. 

I feel alive. 




First things first. Sit down with a pen and piece of paper and write down everything you wish to accomplish in the new year. The most important thing to remember? Don't leave out a single thing. Let your dreams exceed your reality. You have to be confident in this. You are capable of creating the life you desire by design. You are capable of creating and ensuring your own health, happiness and wealth. You are capable. Read that. Speak that. Realize that. 

  • If you're looking to travel in the new year, write down the specific countries you will visit. Who will you travel with? How long will you travel for? What will you do on your travels? What will you see? 
  • If you're manifesting a raise at work this year, write down the exact amount of money you wish to start earning to the dollar. Then write down a list of things you will do with that increase of money in your bank account. How will the new money affect your life? How will it affect the life of those around you? Will you save, spend, share or donate? Will you travel? Invest? Where? Write it down. Be specific. 
  • If 2018 is the year you're going to get healthy, record exactly how you're going to achieve this health. Jot down the type of exercises classes you're going to attend, how often you're going to work out, the names of the health food stores you're going to start grocery shopping at, and the new vegan recipe blogs you're going to subscribe to.
  • If you're really excited about welcoming a new partner or intimate relationship into your life in 2018, focus on that. Have fun with this one. Close your eyes. Visualize your dream relationship down to the last detail. Picture being with the person you've always wanted to be with. Even if you haven't met them yet. Focus your attention on all of the specifics. How will he or she will make you feel? How will you express your love to this person?  How will you spend your time together? What will your first kiss be like? Your first date. Your first adventure together. Visualize it. Write it down. 


Next tip is quite simple. Be a part of something bigger than yourself. Do onto others (and the planet) what you wish for yourself. Adopt a vegan diet for environmental conservation or animal welfare purposes. Research local beach/nature clean ups or the Surfrider Foundation in your area. Reach out. Get involved. Call your local food bank or Meals on Wheels and sign up as a volunteer. Don't necessarily have time to give? Consider signing yourself up for a small monthly donations to the American Humane Society or the Wildlife Conservation charity. I love using Charitywatch.org to ensure the charities I am earning my money to are reputable and legitimate. 

What you put out into this world, you receive back into your own life ten fold. Which is good enough incentive, if you ask me. 

Share compassion, kindness and generosity. Sprinkle it everywhere you go. Know that the universal/higher power is working around the clock to bring back into your life what it is you focus your time and energy on the most. Give without expectation. It will be worth it. I promise you. 


As wonderful as it is to give and share your energy with others - It is equally as important to focus on yourself and your own continual growth. Whether you're in school or you're not, make it a priority to keep learning always. My oldest sister graduated college over five years ago and continues to enroll herself in group acting, improvisation and foreign languages classes in between her chaotic work and life schedule in NYC. I admire that so much. Sign up for classes in your community or an online school/training that you've always had your eyes on. Invest in yourself and your passions. 

Last month I signed up to take classes that would teach me how to better edit my photos and videos with Adobe Lightroom on a website called SkillShare. The website offers unlimited free classes for members on dozens of wide spread topics and subjects. What I anticipated was going to be me taking classes on photo editing and only photo editing, turned into me learning more about social media success, illustration and graphic design. I absolutely adore the website and reccomend it to all of my friends and digital nomads. I reached out to SkillShare before publishing this blog and am stoked to share that I have a homie hookup to give to you all. I highly reccomend their classes on ...

Fundamentals of Lightroom I: Organize Files and Boost Your Workflow

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This is one of my personal favorites. In case you're not well researched on financial freedom or mastering money - I'll drop a knowledge bomb for you here. You must have multiple sources of income in this day and age to ensure that you and your family are set financially for the years to come. Must. For anyone who values financial security and freedom, creating at least one additional stream of income is no longer a luxury. It is a necessity. 

Diversifying your streams of income is absolutely crucial to protect yourself and your family against the unavoidable ups and downs of our economy. When you rely on one source of income, such as a job or a business, you are taking a risk that many of the top financial advisers in the world advise against. This is one of the most important (and not-so-obvious) secrets of how the wealthy become - and stay - wealthy.  Unfortunately, it isn't exactly taught to the masses. 

Every person on this planet has unique gifts, abilities, life experiences and value to offer the world. And to be highly compensated for. Figure out the knowledge, passion, talent, experience, or ability you have that others will value and pay you for. Remember, what might be common knowledge to you isn’t for other people. If someone else is already doing it - that's okay. Your style/technique/approach may resonate with other individuals who didn't show interests before. 

As Tony Robbins wrote in Money: Master the Game, "one reason people succeed is that they have knowledge other people don't have. You pay your lawyer or your doctor for the knowledge and skills you lack." 

Increase your knowledge in a specific area. By learning more, you'll increase your individualized value. People will pay you to to teach them what you know or apply your new knowledge on their behalf.

If you haven't already, sign up for two free months of classes on skillshare here. Learn something new Or further educate yourself on something you've always been passionate about. Knowledge pays. Trust me. 

* For those of you who will ask (because just about everyone - myself included - is interested in money and how people earn what they do,) my monthly income is currently made up of 10 individual streams. I earn money by.. 

- Promoting an alkalized lifestyle/environmental sustainability and sharing Kangen Water Machines as an independent distributor for the Kangen company, Enagic 

- Offering private and semi-private holistic health and alternative medicine consultations online via skype /phone sessions

- Working as a student ambassador for the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the online health coaching school I graduated from before I began my holistic health business 

-  Social Media Influencer - working with vegan/ethical brands who sponsor me and my work and collaborating with companies who align with my personal business values to create content and share with a wide spread audience

- Working with Amazon Affiliates to share an entirely cruelty free and vegan shop with my online audience. 

- Sharing + Selling prints of my art (You can check them here on my new Etsy shop.)

- Private Yoga Instruction. I am a certified 200 hr yoga teacher and fly high yoga teacher. When I am (rarely) in one place for a significant period of time, I work with private clients and beginners interested in cultivating their own practice. 

- Guest Blogger/Online Ambassador - I share monthly blogs with brands like Midori Bikinis and work exclusively with some of my favorite companies (like Hydroflask) to promote their products. 

As you can see... its a little all over the board. But it is consistent, and stable and diversified. And really fun. It is what feels best for me and my "all over" lifestyle. I know that if I decide to no longer collaborate with one of these companies, or no longer continue to plant intention in one of my personal entrepreneurial endeavors, I have other options to keep me afloat while I meditate on the next move or adventure.

If you're interested in learning more about the work I do sharing Kangen machines INTERNATIONALLY or the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, reach out to me here. 

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Do something you might not normally. Act intuitively, of course, but don't be afraid to surprise yourself in the new year. Jump on board of a new business endeavor without explaining yourself to others, book the plane tickets for the trip you may not be able to fully afford, go vegan for a month (even if you can think of 25 reasons why it doesn't make sense to) or buy the Kangen machine that you've been telling me you want so badly for the last 6 months ;) 

Take a leap of faith.

Trust in yourself in 2018.

Trust in the magic of new beginnings. 


There is magic in the act of exercise. I promise you this. As someone who was never a talented or passionate athlete growing up, you must carry out a consistent exercise routine in your life in some way. Similar to having a second source of income, physical fitness is no longer a luxury, but a necessity for lasting wellbeing. There are undeniable rewards for mind, body and soul when you adopt a regular fitness routine into the chaos that is our everyday life. Its' not just about looking or feeling a certain way - there is great power in personal determination and strength. Hold yourself accountable, stick to your word and be make stronger than you were this time last year.

And speaking of training for that half marathon.... its starting to sound like a really great idea, actually, so I'm going to leave this here. 

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Take pride in the fact that you fortunate enough to be able to exercise in the first place.

Treat your body increasingly well in the new year. 


This ones a little far out, literally, but my mother recommended this tip for the new year blog and it seemed fitting. I often think about how little I know about our solar system and how disappointed I am because of it. They say, "in the end we only regret the chances we didn't take," but what if it's really the unlearned constellations that we regret the most? 

Study the stars and our creation. What we learn from the night sky may help us understand ourselves. 

Our solar system was formed over 4.55 billion years ago. It was created from a huge, interstellar cloud of gas, dust, and frozen ice. Eventually it collapsed into the shape of a huge disk. And now we're here living among it. The least we can do is download a constellation app. I like this one here.

Last thing on the stars; there is nothing more gorgeous and grounding than being constellation conscious. Some of my favorite memories as a child are sitting on my dad's porch and searching for Orion's Belt or being awoken by my mom in the middle of the night to drive down to the beach with my sisters in our bathrobes and watch the meteor shower from the hood of the car. 


Whether it was simply the fact that there were three of us growing up, or that we usually tended to have very different food preferences from a young age, my parents involved us in dinner preparations almost every night. I knew had to cook pasta, veggie burgers and grilled cheese sandwiches by the fourth grade. So as I grew older, cooking felt easy and natural. Since going to college and living on my own or with friends, I realize thats not the case for everyone. 

If you weren't taught how to cook as a child or young adult, Now is the time. Individuals who prepare their own food each week are more likely to be make cleaner eating choices. Not only are you often eating healthier than you would if you were eating your meals out of the house, you're saving a pretty penny each week when you purchase groceries rather than take out. List 5-10 of your favorite meals and make a promise to yourself that you'll learn how to cook them. Its a skill that you'll appreciate for life. Rest easy on a Sunday morning knowing that there's no need to leave the house or put on pants before the delivery man knocks on your door if you don't want to. You can stay in and eat in - with you as your own personal chef. 


Simple as stated. Treat yourself to a new set of water color paints, pull out your art supply bins from college, learn how to use a kiln, knit, crochet, buy an ukulele, or make a promise to write more poetry in the new year. Embodying you creativity means living life in a way that embraces your divine originality. Creativity makes unique connections between unlike ideas. Creativity allows us to appreciate and communicate the extra-ordinariness of the simplest, most every day acts and ideas. Creativity is universal and also your own. 


Last but certainly not least, let that sh*t go. Seriously. With full transparency, I will be the first to tell you all that I was a very, very materialistic teenager/young adult. I grew up working in high end retail and babysitting the children of Manhattan's elite, celebrities and international models. I saw many of the people around me spend undignified amounts of money on clothing, boots, watches and purses, so its what I considered normal for many years of my life. I would work all week at a clothing store to spend 90% of my pay check on new merchandise with my employee discount. 

I also grew up with two older sisters, and dozens of cousins, so hand-me-downs were something I recieved on a weekly basis. I kept everything. Hoarded, actually, would probably be a better name for it. I literally remember going through my closet(s) one year and talking to myself alone in my room trying to justify why I needed to hold onto the three sequined skirts I had managed to obtain (but never once wear) over the years. I found excuses and reasons for everything. "What if I mysteriously shrink 6 inches and these expensive pants from three summers ago fit me again?" "What if the mysterious yellow stains disappear from this blouse?" "What if sweater vest come back in style?" They won't. Trust me. Don't hold your breathe.

Declutter and create space. Make room for air and light and fresh energy in your home. Simply put, the less you own, the more you appreciate what you do have. Go through closest, drawers, basements, attics and boxes and cleanse. If you haven't touched (or thought about) something in the last 6 months, don't even bother opening up the box. Go through your closets and donate clothes. Have friends over for a clothing swap and challenge yourself to not "swap" all. Tell yourself that for every garbage bag full of possessions you give away, you can buy yourself one new item of clothing/goods. And then try really hard not to buy anything at all.

Feeling anxious? Or left with a feeling of lack? 

Let me assure you - the less you own. The easier it is to sell everything and move to an island. 









I started this blog in 2015. I've shared a lot of my story on this platform and many others. Yet I still receive many requests to share more about specific aspects of my lifestyle and career. How I make an income for myself, how I started my at-home business working as a holistic health coach, where I studied alternative medicine and how I became a drugless practitioner take up a bulk portion of those requests.

So here we go.. I'm a bit of a story teller. Bare with me or scroll down to the bottom for details on how you can earn your own certification. 


If you've been following my journey (or reading my blog since 2015,) you may know that I moved to Hawai'i at 19 on a solo journey to attend college at University of Hawai'i. Being entirely truthful and transparent, I had very little desire to attend college. Technically, when I moved to Hawai'i, I was a college transfer student. I had graduated high school 6 months early on Long Island, New York in 2012 and flew to the Seychelles Islands (a string of 115+ islands 1,000 miles off the coast of Madagascar) with Global Visions International for a marine conservation and coral preservation study abroad trip for 5 months. While I was on the islands, I essentially had to choose a college I wanted to attend in the fall and e-mail my mother my decision from a very grubby internet cafe. I had applied to an insane amount of colleges in Florida (maybe 12 or 13? I couldn't be bothered to be too picky) where I imagined I would be able to spend my weekends in the Florida Keys scuba diving and snorkeling with my very cute, very exotic cuban boyfriend (who of-course didn't exist, yet.) I heard back from the schools that had accepted me and made my decision to attend Florida International University for Marine Biology come the fall semester. My mother sent in a final acceptance letter on my behalf and I continued my blissed out days under the African sun falling in love with ocean conservation and the warm Seychellois waters. 

When it was time to pack my dive gear and moldy damp clothes into my rucksack and leave the Seychelles, I brainstormed every possible solution to my very serious problem - I could not leave this place. I didn't want to go anywhere else. Not home to NY and not to Miami, Florida to attend college either. I was very content with my dark chocolate tanned skin and 100+ logged scuba dives under my belt. College already appeared to be a inconvenience to the flexibility and solace that was my current life situation. 

Unfortunately, as most 18 year old girls with a whopping $16.50 remaining dollars in their saving's accounts do, I flew back home to live with my parents for a few months and enjoy the luxury of rent free living (ahh the jubilance.) I worked all summer teaching over-priced swim lessons to over-priced families in New York and then flew south to attend my first semester of college in the fall. If I attempt to reflect on my first semester of college in Miami, it sort've feels like I browned out for solid 4 months or so - which is a very good possibility considering the amount of partying I was participating in. I woke up tired, went to class, went to the library, sat on the computer, used all of my food card dollars on coffee and boba tea, went to spin class and then went home to binge watch some new series on Netflix or go out to some campus party/downtown club. It was a 360 rotation from my enriching life just 4 months ago. I rarely spent time at the beach, didn't dive for weeks on end and had trouble staying authentic to myself and my passions in such a conformed environment. 


By the time winter break finally arrived, I knew I wasn't going to last. I flew home for the holidays and packed as much of my belongings into my suitcase as possible. A "pre-move out" if you will. I sat both of my parents down at our living room table for breakfast one morning (my parents have been divorced and living apart since I was 4 years old, so this required significant effort) and explained to them that college in Miami was no longer serving me or my needs. It didn't go over easy, to say the least. By the end of our conversation my tears (there were many) and heartfelt justification of why I wanted to leave college worked its magic. Fortunately. My parents were going to support me leaving Miami, as long as I found a new college to attend by the upcoming fall. Wasn't exactly what I was hoping for, but felt good enough for me at the time.

So I celebrated New Years in New York and then flew back to Miami by myself to "get in and get out." I hauled a** in that dorm room. Let me tell you. I was in Miami for a total of 48 hours. I packed up every last belonging, de-pinned all 100 posters off my dorm room walls, dropped out of my college courses from the computer and said goodbye to the few friends who happened to be on campus that day. I flew back home to New York immediately and starting working full time while I researched other, (better) college locations. I met up with my high school guidance counselor (many mahalos to Mrs. Ritz who is an absolute gem) and asked her if anyone from my high school had attended college in Hawaii? She told me yes, two surfer boys in the grades above me had moved to Hawai'i in the recent years - Yup. That was good enough information for me.

I sat my parents down again, explained that I was going to apply to college at University of Hawai'i and held my breath as I awaited their response. They were (un-shockingly) not so ecstatic of the idea. Hawaii is too far they said, "you've never even been before," "we won't be able to afford to fly you back home for holidays," etc. etc. Eventually they warmed up to the idea after I explained to them how whole-heartedly excited I was to study with their marine biology department and showed them my acceptance letter. Soon enough, I was packing my bags yet again and buying a one way flight to O'ahu. I started at UH as a part-time student, while working as a nanny full-time with the intention of applying to become a Hawai'i state resident by the end of the year. I had to earn a certain amount of money on the books, show proof of long term employment and proof of residency before being granted official residency which would allow me to enroll as an "in-state student" at the university. Gaining residency over the course of a year slowed the whole "get as many college credits done as possible" process down a lot , but Hawai'i is in no rush at any time, and neither was I.


I loved my first few years living in Hawai'i. It is ... fragile to speak about in-depth online. Mainly out of my appreciation and respect for the locals and Native Hawaiians who have had so much taken away from them and seen so much devastation of their lands and oceans over the last 50 years. And also because, I am not a Hawaiian and never will be. The islands are seeing tremendous increases in population, tourism and pollution each year, and me promoting my free-spirited move to the islands on such a popular platform doesn't help anyone - and most certainly doesn't help the well-being of the islands, as I've been told time and time again over harsh email and DM messages. 

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Once I enrolled full time at UH the college grind started to take its toll on me yet again. I was studying biology, struggling to stay afloat of the school work and uninspired by so much of the curriculum that was being taught to me. I had always been an out of the classroom, hands on learner, and the only thing I was getting my hands on at UH was out-dated, second-hand text books. Although biology and marine conservation were monumental passions of mine, I was beginning to fall in love with nutrition and dietary health on the side - diving into plant based veganism and gobbling up all of the nutrition/ self health books I could get my hands on. Hawaii supported my healing tremendously.


I swapped my major to Food Science and Human Nutrition and was... disappointed yet again. Plain and simple, the information I was being taught was out-dated and incorrect. I literally remember a professor who had her PhD in nutritional science give a two day lecture on why "milk consumption promotes healthy bone growth and cell renewal due to it's high levels of calcium and phosphorus." I think I laughed aloud in the classroom and stood up in my seat to take a generous gulp of my morning green smoothie before stomping out the front door of the lecture hall. I couldnt believe I was taking out student loans for this. Can you say "government funded brainwashing" please? 

As the college semesters went on, so did my desire to branch out and experience something different. I was fully consumed by the world of health and wellness by this point. Watching hours of YouTube Videos online each week, listening to audiobooks on plant based health and detoxification, and experimenting with new super foods and raw vegan recipes in my kitchen. I started @SaltSandandSmoothies Instagram account and was running multiple free "21 Day Vegan Challenge" groups on facebook to inspire my friends and family back home to be more considerate of the foods they were welcoming into their bodies. I also spoke with my best friend, as well as my favorite holistic healer/ naturopathic doctor in New York and was referred by both of them to the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, an online school based out of NYC. According to them, Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) would support a much more intense and in-depth learning experience for my love of all things healthy and whole. 


So that was it then. I was going to find a way to make this happen. I did my research on IIN and discovered it was (and still is) the largest nutrition school in the world. Through its online learning platform, Integrative Nutrition has provided a global learning experience for over 100,000 students in over 150 countries worldwide. I signed up for a payment plan and enrolled as soon as I possibly could. 

I was still a full time student at UH when I began my schooling with IIN. I would *patiently* sit through lectures and classes on campus at UH and then rush home as soon as possible to sit down and enjoy IIN classes and work on my coursework and modules online. College was quickly beginning to feel like that one job you had that you really didn't like, but you were hesitant to quit because you were like "well I already work here." It was convenient to stay in the flow of classes and campus requirements, but it wasn't comfortable or fulfilling.

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At IIN, I felt that the curriculum was fresh, wide spread and unbiased. Their online school provided so much information on foods/health regimes/lifestyles from around the globe. I learned so much about so many world-wide dietary theories and beliefs. A majority of their curriculum is based on primary and secondary foods. Which is probably something you have not heard of before... Let me elaborate further. 


(I stole this excerpt from the IIN website. Thought it was quite dope.)


At Integrative Nutrition, we have a philosophy about food—it’s that everything we consider as a source of nutrition is really just a secondary source of nourishment. The foods you eat are secondary to all the other things that feed you—your relationships, career, spirituality, and exercise routine. Those are the things we call primary foods. All that we consider today as nutrition is really just a secondary source of energy.

Think back to a time when you were passionately in love. Everything was exciting. Colors were vibrant. Intimacy was magical. Your lover’s touch and feelings of exhilaration sustained you. You were floating on air, gazing into each other’s eyes. You forgot about food and were high on life. Remember when, as a child, you were playing outside, having fun? Suddenly, your mother announced dinner was ready, but you were not hungry at all. The passion of play took all of your attention. Sometimes we are fed not by food but by the energy in our lives.

These moments and feelings demonstrate that everything is food. We take in thousands of experiences in life that can fulfill us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. We hunger for play, touch, romance, intimacy, love, achievement, success, art, music, self-expression, leadership, excitement, adventure and spirituality. All of these elements are essential forms of nourishment. The extent to which we are able to incorporate them determines how enjoyable and worthwhile our lives feel.

I love that.

During my year long schooling at IIN I able to connect with class mates from around the world and work with multiple health professionals both on the phone and over the web. Although I was enrolled at IIN while attending college, I (somehow) made it work wonderfully. It was effortless,  because I was excited. The coursework was flexible and easy to handle for a hyper-motivated Capricorn like myself. It also worked really well with my constantly changing schedule. Living in Hawai'i and creating a "set schedule" is borderline impossible. Your day changes with the tropical weather, ocean tides and winter swell. I loved that I could enjoy IIN early in the morning before a hike with friends or late at night after finishing a college assignment. The schooling was modern and adaptable. IIN's curriculum is constantly being updated and advised so new information is being added to modules each month. Once I graduated from IIN, I began coaching immediately (only two clients at first.)

Soon after, I made the very difficult and very emotional decision to slowly transition away from the University of Hawaii. I finished my first semester as a junior and dis-enrolled from university. It is a sensitive subject for me to share, because I truly loved my time spent at UH and cannot imagine what my life would be like if I had not attended the college. This was most certainly not a decision that I rushed into or felt 100% sure of at any point or time. My parents had worked overtime and on the weekends their entire lives to ensure that we had every opportunity for learning and education that we could have ever asked for. All they ever wanted was to see their three daughters be healthy, happy and college graduates. My mother was the first and only of her five siblings to attend college and my dad has spent hundreds of hours sharing countless stories from his college career/studying abroad and the profound impact it had on his career as an artist and architect. My two older sisters had both graduated college. I was the only member of my immediate family who did not.

I knew that there was nothing more I wanted than to leave college and pursue a career in plant based nutrition full-time. I couldn't help but think my decision would disappoint those I loved the most. I spent a lot of time sharing these vulnerabilities and apprehensions with my older sisters - who were nothing but supportive throughout my entire college journey from Miami to Hawai'i. I also began mediating quite regularly at this time (after learning about the multitude of benefits from IIN.) I took time each evening to simply sit and be with the idea of leaving university once and for all. I tried not to weight the pros and cons so much as I did focus on visualizing how I would feel without the regulations and requirements of a college schedule in my life. I made the decision to drop out, finished my semester with a smile - grateful for the fact that I was even able to attend college in the first place - and quietly slipped off campus when summer vacation began, ready to set foot on my journey. Ready to share vibrant health and abundant living through holistic health and a plant based lifestyle. 


Not only did IIN teach me all about holistic healing and alternative medicine, it also taught me how to create this bussiness for myself. IIN  heavily emphasized that 100% of graduates are prepared and equipped to immediately begin work as a holistic health coach (if they choose to do so!) upon completion. Actually, IIN allows you to begin basic coaching early if you choose - once reaching the 6 month completion mark of their curriculum. The business trainings and coaching modules were exceptionally helpful. For someone like me who knew so little about where to begin health coaching and how to work towards self employment I felt they provided everything I needed to know and more to begin my business from the ground up. IIN included free business cards as well as a free website where I created my own domain and begin to advertise my work to clients around the world. 

After I finished my certification with IIN I was able to begin to generate an income for myself by working with private clients. At 19 years old. Which was stellar. Four years later, and I'm still doing it. Just on a much larger scale now. I offer online, skype, e-mail and in-person consultations. I carry out 6 month - 1 year long programs with numerous clients from all over the world and am constantly welcoming new clients into my realm of private coaching. Social media (Instagram, Facebook and my website) as well as personal marketing (sharing what I do for a living when people ask me) has allowed me to connect with men, women, families and teenagers from all corners of the globe. I am constantly sharing business cards or inviting friends/family/strangers to check out my blog and website. Creating this website has been an incredible outlet for me to promote my schooling and qualifications as a health coach.


Four years since graduation and the only word I have to best explain my experience at IIN is gratitude. Integrative Nutrition has allowed me to create a beautiful, enriched, unique and fulfilling life for myself. Every single morning when I wake up, I am excited to get to work. The school made me feel confident and comfortable knowing that I would be ready to take on clients coming from different backgrounds, health histories and lifestyles. It also instilled other significant values within me - spiritually, emotionally and mentally that supported me as I branded myself online and attracted an audience of over 150,000 souls from around the world.  


Each day I am thankful for the decision I made. Enrolling at IIN and leaving college at Univ. of Hawaii were monumental life moments for me. I'll never forget them in this lifetime.

What I didn't realize just four years ago is that the universe is constantly working to benefit you and your higher self, always.

 Every intuition, gut feeling or impulse you may feel, every day-dream, desire, vision - honor it, acknowledge it and take time to reflect on it. Will it benefit both your immediate and lasting happiness? Your life's purpose? Your love? Your desires?

Chances are, it most likely will. 


Since graduating  IIN and creating my online blog/brand I have received an outpour of questions and inquiries about the school and the enrollment process. The rad news? I became an enrollment ambassador for the school and am able to help answer questions as well as offer an exclusive discount to students who use with my name "Amelia Whelan" at both registration and enrollment. (The discount fluctuates quite frequently, so I won't share a set dollar point here, but it is a pretty penny saved on tuition believe you me. Always a few hundred dollars, at-least.)  

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Enroll now for  Class dates starting Monday, November 13 and Tuesday, January 16 (a day before my birthday ~ which is good luck if you ask me.)

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Cheers to health, happiness and self-employed goodness that benefits our planet as a whole. 

Love and light 


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These foods include all that foods that are no longer living or devoid of fiber and other nutrients. Meat, Dairy and Fish are three of these "foods" (although I personally do not consider them to be food.) Because meat is the dead flesh of a being that was once alive, it is top on my list of toxic foods to avoid. 

Meat and dairy contain animal protein, saturated fat, and, in some cases, carcinogenic compounds such as heterocyclic amines (HCA) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), which are formed during processing/cooking. Meat also contains hormones, which increase your cancer risk as well as many other chronic diseases. 

Meat, dairy products, and eggs all contain high levels of cholesterol and saturated fat and contribute to some of our top killers: heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and various types of cancer. Saturated fat is present in all meat and fish, even chicken and turkey cooked without the bird's skin on. Decades of scientific study have linked dietary cholesterol to cardiovascular disease — our country’s number-one cause of death, killing nearly 2,200 Americans daily. According to a study published by the ADA (American Diabetes Association,) people who eat high amounts of animal protein are 22% more likely to develop diabetes. Saturated fat has even been linked to breast cancer, as well as Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and cognitive decline


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports that 70% of all food poisoning is caused by contaminated animal flesh. Food borne diseases, such as E. Coli, Salmonella, and Campylobacter, cause an estimated 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations, and 5,000 deaths in the United States each year. These numbers are growing by the second. 

Eating meat puts you at a greater risk for food poisoning because animal products are often tainted with fecal contamination during slaughter or processing. Fecal contamination in chicken, especially, is a major problem we face today. According to a Consumer Reports study, 97 percent of raw chicken in U.S. supermarkets is contaminated with bacteria that could make customers sick. So if you eliminate animal products from your diet, you'll also be eliminating your exposure to the most common carrier of these bacteria. 

Simply put... Less Meat, Dairy, Fish and Eggs means less toxicity (and nasty sh*t) in the body. 



Consuming a diet centered around natural, whole foods grown from the earth is the most powerful step you can take towards immediate detoxification and cleansing.

Researchers have shown that a more plant-based diet may help prevent, treat, or reverse some of our leading causes of death, including heart diseasetype 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure.  Plant-based diet intervention groups have reported greater diet satisfaction than control groups, as well as improved digestion, increased energy, and better sleep, and significant improvement in their physical functioning, general health, vitality, and mental health. Studies have shown plant-based eating can improve not only body weight, blood sugar levels, and ability to control cholesterol, but also emotional states, including depression, anxiety, fatigue, sense of well-being, and daily functioning.

Only one way of eating has ever been proven to reverse heart disease in the majority of patients: a diet centered around whole plant foods. If that’s all a whole-food, plant-based diet could do—reverse our number-one killer—shouldn’t that be the default diet until proven otherwise? The fact it may also be effective in preventing, treating, and arresting other leading killers seems to make the case for plant-based eating simply overwhelming. (NutritionFacts.org)


Heavy metal toxicity — from metals such as mercury, aluminum, copper, cadmium, nickel, arsenic, and lead — represents one of the greatest threats to our health and well-being.”
— Anthony William author of Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal

Toxic heavy metals such as mercury, aluminum, copper, cadmium, lead, arsenic, nickel, chrome, alloy, and steel are hidden antagonizers that can find their way into our bodies and wreak havoc.  If you want to heal from chronic illness and symptoms, removing the heavy metals in your body and brain is an incredible place to start. Below I share some of the symptoms triggered by heavy metals, the history of heavy metals, and a heavy metal detox plan. 

Heavy Metal Toxicity Symptoms

Heavy metals can cause ADHD, ADD, autism, depression, OCD, mood disorders, Alzheimer’s, focus, concentration and memory loss issues, and much more. They can also increase any viral or bacterial issues you may be battling. Additionally, when viruses such as Epstein-Barr and shingles feed off toxic heavy metals, this can produce symptoms such as tingling, numbness, fatigue, anxiety, heart palpitations, ringing in the ears, dizziness and vertigo, as well as neck pain, knee pain, foot pain, pain in the back of the head, and a variety of other aches and pains that are often attributed to other causes.

It's virtually impossible not to take in a certain amount of these toxic heavy metals in our modern era, so it's vitally important to our health that we get them out before they can wreak further havoc on our health. 

Fortunately, it is quite easy and inexpensive to cleanse your body of heavy metals by adding certain supplemental foods to your diet. Similar to chelation therapy, a medical procedure that involves the administration of often-synthetic chelating agents that will bond with heavy metals in the body and remove them, these foods also electrically attract and bond with metals, but not the beneficial nutrients, and help eliminate them out of the body.

The following are eight simple foods that will likely reduce heavy metals toxicity in your body:

Hawaiian Spirulina: This edible blue-green algae draws out heavy metals from your brain, central nervous system, and liver, and soaks up heavy metals extracted by barley grass juice extract powder. Take 2 teaspoons mixed in water, coconut water, or juice. 

Barley grass juice extract powder: prepares the mercury for complete absorption by the spirulina. This nutritive grass has the ability to draw heavy metals out of your spleen, intestinal tract, pancreas, thyroid, and reproductive system. Drink 1-2 teaspoons mixed into coconut water or juice.

Cilantro: Goes deep into hard-to-reach places, extracting metals from yesteryear (so it’s great for that mercury inheritance you’re carrying around!). Blend one cup in a smoothie or juice, or add to salad or guacamole. 

Wild blueberries: Draw heavy metals out of your brain tissue, healing and repairing any gaps created by oxidation when the heavy metals are removed. It is important to use wild blueberries, as they possess unique phytonutrients with special detoxifying capabilities. The potent antioxidants in wild blueberries help reverse any oxidative damage left behind by the heavy metal removal. This is especially important for your brain tissue—in fact, wild blueberries are the most powerful food for halting or in some cases reversing Alzheimer’s and dementia. Eat at least one cup daily. Note: while cultivated blueberries are nutritious, they lack the metal-drawing ability of the wild blueberries. Wild blueberries can be found in the freezer section of most supermarkets.

Atlantic dulse: In addition to mercury, this edible seaweed binds to lead, aluminum, copper, cadmium, and nickel. Unlike other seaweeds, Atlantic dulse is a powerful force for removing mercury on its own. Atlantic dulse goes into deep, hidden places of the digestive tract and gut, seeking out mercury, binding to it, and never releasing it until it leaves the body. Eat two tablespoons of flakes daily, or an equal amount of strips if it’s in whole-leaf form. Note: As it comes from the ocean, if you are concerned about the dulse itself having mercury, be aware that Atlantic sea dulse will not release any mercury it might possess into the body. It holds on to the mercury as it works its way through, and even grabs onto other metals along the way and drives them out as well. Atlantic dulse is a critical part of the team because it can hang out near the finish line (i.e., our colon), waiting for the other foods that have been grabbing on to heavy metals along the way. It serves as emergency backup, helping ensure that all the heavy metals that made it as far as the colon actually leave the body.

(Anthony Williams)

Garlic: It is an antibacterial, antifungal, and antiparasitic food. Garlic binds heavy metals in the body and helps us to detox. Garlic is best consumed raw, but still presents detoxifying abilities when cooked. Always wait ~10 minutes after cutting or crushing garlic to cook it to best ensure that the allicin has formed.

Activated Charcoal: Activated charcoal actually uses a thin film on its outside surface to bind toxins and poisons. The porous surface has a negative electric charge that attracts positively charged toxins and poisons; it binds them, and escorts them out of your body through the elimination process of your intestines.

These foods are best (and most detoxifying) when combined with one another and enjoyed/digested within 24 hours. Each as many of these foods as possible each and every day for best results. 


What we put on our skin ends up in our bloodstream. 

Here are the 10 Ingredients you'll want to remove from your household (and beauty routine) immediately. Look for all natural alternatives that promote less toxicity in your everyday life. 

•  Parabens

What to look for: anything that ends with “paraben” like butylparaben, ethylparaben, methylparaben, propylparaben, etc.

Where they're found: Found in shampoos and other bath products, lotions and makeup

Why you should care: These popular preservatives mimic the hormone estrogen and are linked to cancer, reproductive toxicity, immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity and skin irritation. They may also increase the risk of breast cancer.

•  Formaldehyde

What to look for: Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine, 1,4 Dioxane and quarternium-15

Where it's found: Formaldehyde or formaldehyde-releasing preservatives are found in the Brazilian Blowout, other hair treatments and some nail polishes

Why you should care: Considered a known human carcinogen, this preservative was made famous by the “Brazilian Blowout.” It can also cause asthma if inhaled, neurotoxicity and developmental toxicity.

•  Fragrance

What to look for: This word on a label could mean between 10 and 300 different chemicals, but companies aren't required to list anything specific in their "fragrance" mixture. Be wary of any label that lists fragrance or "parfum."

Where it's found: Fragrance is found in everything from face cream to perfume to soap … basically any product with a scent.

Why you should care: Common synthetic fragrances contain hormone disrupters such as phthalates, which have been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer and reproductive problems like early puberty and the feminization of baby boys.

• Propylene Glycol

Where it's found: Propylene Glycol is found in many cosmetics and food products.

Why you should care: A science-y word for antifreeze, this chemical alters our skin structure so other chemicals can penetrate deeper, and it causes reproductive, brain and nervous system harm in animal studies.

•  Coal Tar Dyes

What to look for: “CI” followed by a 5 digit number

Where they're found: Found in many hair dyes, lipsticks and other cosmetic products.

Why you should care: Used extensively in cosmetics, coal tar dyes are a mixture of many chemicals that are derived from petroleum and cause cancer and neurotoxicity. These chemicals have been banned in food products.

•  Talc

Where it's found: Talc is found in powder products, such as eye shadow, baby powder, face powder, and other loose-mineral cosmetics.

Why you should care: This absorbent and anti-caking agent is known to be toxic and is linked to cancer. Asbestos-containing talc particles have been known to cause tumors in human ovaries and lungs.

• Mineral Oil

What to look for: Mineral oil, or anything that sounds like the word "petroleum" 

Where it's found: Mineral Oil is found in baby lotions, creams and skin ointments, as well as cosmetics.

Why you should care: This is a crude oil derived from the distillation of petroleum to produce gasoline. It is a known human carcinogen, and it also causes skin problems.

•  Aluminum Zirconium

What to look for: Any aluminum compound

Where it's found: Aluminum is found in antiperspirant products.

Why you should care: Used as the antiperspirant in deodorants, this heavy metal has been linked to the development of Alzheimer’s disease and has been found in breast cancer tumors. It is also a respiratory, neurological, and developmental toxin.

•  Sodium Laureth

What to look for: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

Where it's found: Sodium Laureth is found in most skin care and cosmetics, as well as household and car cleaners, and engine degreasers.

Why you should care: One of the most dangerous ingredients used in products, this chemical is linked to skin damage, eye damage and liver toxicity. It is also toxic to the environment.

•  BHA & BHT

What to look for: Butylated Hydroxyanisole, Butylated Hydroxytoluen

Where they're found: BHA/BHT is found in moisturizers and makeup.

Why you should care: Considered “a reasonable anticipated human carcinogen,” this chemical preservative interferes with normal reproductive system development and thyroid hormone levels. It can also cause skin depigmentation, liver damage, and stomach cancer in animal studies.




Pesticides can be found in the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink. They are found in our soil and even in our breast milk. These pesticides are the only toxic substances released intentionally into our environment to kill living things: to kill weeds (herbicides), insects (insecticides), fungus (fungicides), rodents (rodenticides), and others. They are used almost everywhere — not only in agricultural fields, but also in homes, parks, schools, buildings, forests, and roads. High levels of these chemicals are most commonly found in children, whose bodies and developing organs are particularly vulnerable. Children take in pesticides in the womb, at home and daycare, and on schools and playgrounds. Using MRI technology, researchers found that even low levels exposure to the widely used insecticide chlorpyrifos in utero caused irreversible brain damage (Toxic Action Center.)

The last place we need these sprays is on our food before it enters our body.

We purchased a Kangen machine that produces 2.5 pH (strong acidic) as well as 11.5 pH (strong alkaline) electronically reduced Ionized water that removes pesticides off our food before cosumption. Up to 80% removal of pesticides according to a study done by the National Institure of Health (PubMed.gov) 

 "After" photo of washing our fresh box of USDA Organic Pre-Washed Spinach (from Costco) in 11.5 and 2.5 pH water just a few days ago

"After" photo of washing our fresh box of USDA Organic Pre-Washed Spinach (from Costco) in 11.5 and 2.5 pH water just a few days ago

To remove pesticides with Kangen Water, we simply fill a large bowl/tub (or you could fill your entire kitchen sink!) with 11.5 pH water which emulsifies entirely with oil and removes oil based pesticides, insecticides, etc. off of our food and into the water. Allow vegetables to soak in this water for 3-5 minutes and clean off any evident dirt or buildup. Then we rinse our produce off under 2.5 pH water which eliminates dirt or bacteria left behind during the cleaning process.

Our food lasts noticeably longer in the fridge after we remove these waxy sprays, so we aim to wash all of our fresh market produce (and conventional organic produce) as soon as we get home from the store and keep it in the fridge already washed for the week ahead. 





Our skin is our largest organ, so it is no wonder we absorb more toxic exposure from showering in tap water than we do drinking it. 


Fluoride has been added into most drinking waters in the US since 1950. Now, almost all toothpastes, dental creams and drinking water in the US contains dangerous levels of flouride. Fluoride has been shown to cause..

Calcification of cartilage (the essential tissue for joint health) 

Degenerative osteoarthritis 

 Toxicity to the Thyroid (Fluoride is toxic to thyroid cells; it inhibits function and causes cell death)

Fertility complications (Higher levels of fluoride correspond to lower fertility rates, particularly with drinking/showering water levels) 

Effects on both male and female hormone levels/ hormonal health

Most water purification machines are not adequate for removing fluoride from water. Many require a separate pre-filter to be used during the process of efficient fluoride removal. We avoid fluorinated drinking water by using an in home water filtration system. I personally love and reccomend pre-filters for our Kangen machine made by a company called "IonFacuet." You can request a free water quality report for your local area below and see what contaminants you should be aware of in your local drinking water. Expect to hear back from them via email in 3-5 bussiness days. 


Chlorine is used to disinfect water used in our pools, pipes and showers. Chlorine’s potential toxicity is not limited to mold and fungus and has been linked to many serious health dangers for humans. Consider this... chlorine is toxic enough to be a chemical weapon and categorized as a “choking agent”. Inhalation of chlorine gas can cause difficulty breathing, chest pains, cough, eye irritation, increased heartbeat, rapid breathing, and death. 


To avoid chlorine in our Hawaii household, we use an ANESPA Shower filtration system that removes 99% of chlorine in our shower water. The ANESPA removes harmful chemicals such as chlorine, as well as dirt, bacteria and mold. It then re-mineralizes our shower water with natural hot spring rocks such as Tufa and powerstone. It simply connects to your regular shower head and re-diverts the water momentarily through the filtration system and mineral rocks before releasing it through your shower head or into your bathtub. A chemical free clean is always best. We purchased this machine with the intention of lessening our chemical exposure and curing my chronic dry skin/eczema. I have already noticed incredible topical changes within only 2 months. 


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Cheers to a lifetime on lasting health and vibrance! 

Let me know if this blog post helped or inspired you in anyway! I would love to hear more about your simple steps for detoxification in the comments below of on Instagram at @SaltSandandSmoothies.






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Invest in Expansion. 

These books, webpages, and podcasts have brought so much light and clarity into my life. 

I trust that they will do the same for you - If you are open to welcoming this illumination. With every page turned, you are encouraging a more thoughtful and knowledgeable life for yourself and all others around you. I invite you to welcome these titles into your life. Read one, or read them all. Become consumed by these books. Allow their stories and words to engulf you in a sea of consciousness. 

 I have read many books. Here are a list of the books that have stood out to me the most  


Money, and the Law of Attraction – Esther & Jerry Hicks

The Four Agreements – Don Miguel Ruiz

You Are a Badass – Jen Sincero

The Five Love Languages - Gary Chapman

Low Carb Fraud - T. Collin Campbell

How Not To Die - Dr. Michael Gregor

The Seven Laws of Spiritual Success – Deepak Chopra

Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert

Pussy – Regena Thomashauer

The China Study - T. Collin Campbell

Become What You Are - Alan Watts

The Starch Solution - Dr. John McDougall

My Sister's Keeper - Jodi Picoult

You Are a Badass at Making Money - Jen Sincero

World Peace Diet: Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony - Will Tuttle

The Book of Understanding – Osho
The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

The Celestine Prophecy – James Redfield

The Art of Communication – Thicht Naht Hanh

The Untethered Soul – Michael A. Singer

The Mastery of Love – Don Miguel Ruiz


The Magic of Conflict – Thomas Crum

Eat To Live - Dr. Joel Furhman

The End of Dieting: How to Live for Life - Joel Fuhrman

The Journey - Brandon Bays

Four Hour Work Week - Timothy Ferris

Clean Gut: The Breakthrough Plan for Eliminating the Root Cause of Disease and Revolutionizing Your Health - Alexander Junger

The Book of Women – Osho

Jitterbug Perfume – Tom Robbins

The Book: On The Taboo of Knowing Who You Are - Alan Watts

Nine Do It Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality – Pam Grout

Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition - T. Collin Campbell

The Power of Now: A Guidance to Spiritual Enlightenment - Eckhart Tolle

A New Earth – Eckhart Tolle

The Secret - Rhona Bryne

The Omnivore's Dilemma - Michael Pollan

The Pilgrimage – Paulo Coelho

How To Love – Marianne Williamson

A Return to Love – Marianne Williamson

Writing Down the Bones – Natalie Goldberg

Cosmos – Neil Degrasse Tyson

Ho'oponopono: The Hawaiian Forgiveness Ritual as the Key to your life's fulfillment - Ulrich E. Dupree

The Artists Way – Julia Cameron

Think and Grow Rich - Napolean Hill

The Autobiography of a Yogi – Paramahansa Yogananda

You Are The Universe- Deepak Chopra

The Yamas and Niyamas – Deborah Adele

Brida – Paulo Coelho

Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu

Jitterbug Perfume – Tom Robbins

Whatever Arises, Love that – Matt Kahn

Unleash the Power Within – Tony Robbins

The Way of Zen - Alan Watts

The Essential Rumi - Rumi

One Day My Soul Just Opened Up – Ilyana Vanzant

The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle

Astrophysics for People In a Hurry – Neil Degrasse Tyson

How to Win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnegie


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It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.








The art of bringing a thought form from an energetic state to the point of materializing in one’s present reality is dependent on energy, attitude and attention.

Define what exactly it is that you desire in the new year. Where our attention goes, the universal energy for manifestation flows. Write a list. Check it twice. Be specific.

Have faith that every single resolution on your list will be accomplished in the upcoming year. Read it over. Take a photo of it. Write it again. Read it again.





IN 2017...

I will spend my first ever full year living on the north shore of Kauai (which has been a dream of mine for the past decade)

I will complete writing and self publish my very first book

I will run my fourth marathon here in Hawaii

I will advance my yoga and meditation practice

I will buy my father and both of my sisters Kangen water machines

I will celebrate my fourth year thriving on a plant based vegan lifestyle (as well as my fourth year free of all medications/prescription drugs/birth control!)

I will create more meaningful relationships with authentic and awakened individuals. 

I will be more environmentally conscious and sustainable than ever before - eliminating all chemical products from our house hold and composting/gardening on a daily basis (we're so close to being there already!)

I will save over 350 animal's lives (which technically I've been doing for years, but is still pretty bad ass and worth mentioning if you ask me)

I will travel to Greece for the first time

I will buy myself an Anespa shower filter

I will become an actual auntie - manifesting that my older sister and her husband have their first baby.

I will spend hundreds of hours working with clients around the world by spreading the message of holistic health and alternative medicine

I will publish more - including content online, blog posts, plant based recipes and photographs of my journey throughout the year. 

I will live free from materialistic stress and financial burden. 

I will make more money in the upcoming year than I have made ever before

I will be healthier, happier and more conscious in 2017.



I asked 50,000 of you to graciously share your 2017 New Year's Resolutions with me. Mahalo to the many of you who felt inspired to share. Here are your resolutions. 

I will be a more conscious consumer.
— Tom
In 2017 I will attract a romantic relationship with a woman who is kind, educated, healthy and in love with herself
— Alex A.
In the New Year I will further embrace my quirkiness. I will get out of my head and into the world; less ego, more self. By embracing more of myself, I will have more time to focus on staying present in my daily life. I also know that this awareness I will culminate in the New Year will allow me to accomplish many goals such as staying focused and organized, being more self-confident, as well as being more intuitive and compassionate towards others.
— Kerry
In 2017 I will break up with my boyfriend and tell him that I am gay.

I will celebrate my sexuality and give thanks for the body/spirit/soul god has gifted me.
— Annonymous
This will be the year I invest in a Kangen machine.

I will help my father with his chronic headaches and help my mother loose weight.

I will apply for a job in San Fransisco and be overjoyed when I move to California to pursue my passions in graphic design.
— Todd
I will believe in myself.
I will believe in my spouse.
I will believe in our marriage.
— Derrek
This year I will travel to







and Costa Rica.
All of the places my brother and I dreamed about traveling to before his death. I will go to these places and I will bring my brother with me.
— Jack H.
In 2017, it is my goal to let go of ‘bad’ or ‘good’ days, to live in the present and be more grateful. I also want to continue to be vegan, and transition to a fully raw diet.

I have made a lot of progress since going vegan 2 years ago, and a lot of that is thanks to your site. So thank you Amelia, I hope 2017 is our best year yet!
— Alaina B.
My resolution for 2017 is to conceive our first child. We will have a healthy, easy, and smooth pregnancy that will give us a ridiculously cute, chubby, happy, vegan baby.

My resolution is to make 2017 the year when I perfect my plant based diet and give my body everything it needs to thrive. This will be the healthiest and happiest year for my family. We will all focus on sticking with a vegan lifestyle, encouraging others to adopt one, and alkalize our diets to fight off disease and sickness.

My resolution in 2017 is to spend more time in person with my sisters. When we are apart, I will remind myself that even though we are spread out across the country, we are all happy, healthy and will always have each other.

In 2017, I will rediscover my love of running again and lead by example when encouraging my husband and family to make exercise part of our daily lives.

My resolution for 2017 is to finish my first year of teaching feeling that it was a success, being energized for the next 20-something years of teaching, and to be heading off for a summer of traveling.

In 2017, I will graduate with my Masters in Teaching.

I will finish renovating our house. We will have enough equity on it to be able to take my in-laws name off of our loan.

My resolution for 2017 is to continue making my marriage a priority and for my husband and I to celebrate our 2nd year of marriage and 10th year of sharing our lives together, still madly in love.

In 2017, my husband will graduate with his bachelors degree, and begin in a career path where he is happy, enjoys his work, and has a positive impact in the world. He will earn a salary that allows our family to be comfortable, save for our future, and continue to travel.

In 2017, I will continue being happy and grateful for all the good in my life, and for all the good things coming.
— Annonymous
I will start my first organic vegetable garden!
I will drink a gallon of kangen water every single day! I will take time to test my pH. I will heavy metal cleanse. I will continue to work with my psychologist. I will begin to work with a personal trainer. I will see improvements in myself with each passing day.
— Liam
In the new year I will be vegan!

I will celebrate a new shift in my life - full of health, consciousness and compassion for ALL living beings.
— Karen
My new year resolution is to be more patient
more loving
more expressive
more generous
— Annonymous
In 2017 I will attract the partner of my dreams that I have been visualizing for the past three years. I will attract a relationship based on honesty and compassion for one another. I will feel comfortable with myself and with my partner in this relationship. I will spend my time with someone who is nurturing, strong, passionate, devoted, inspiring and inspired. I will fall in love with myself. I will fall in love with my partner.
— Francesca T.
In 2017 I want to be okay with being single and focus on my personal goals. In that way love will just come when it needs to
— Sofie D.
Expand my mind and not be closed off to religious ideas, but instead actively learn why people are religious and how it benefits them in their ritual practice.

To not just close people off.

To want less.
— Annonymous
I will not be in the power of another. My power will flow freely. I will be free to live my happiest and best unrestrained life. I will let go of negativity and project gratitude.
— Kailyn
Step out of my comfort zone as frequently as possible. Travel outside of the country. Become more calm and patient. Express more love and gratitude.
— Dev
Spend less time on technology and more time in the real world. To be productive and become more confident.
— Aneira
In 2017 I will donate 1/2 of my belongings. I have already started dividng the boxes and going through my closet. 50% of my clutter - to create space for new blessings.

This year I will celebrate my 50th birthday and will own less than I have ever before.

I will own less.

I will celebrate more.
— Kara
This 2017 I would like to travel more, finish my ebook and practice having more gratitude for everything in life
— Ashley
I will watch more TedTalks in 2017! You always watch TedTalks and listen to podcasts and I am so inspired by that! I will watch Ted Talks and I will share them on facebook so that I may one day do the same.
— Robert W,
In 2017 I will drink Spirulina tea every. single. day.

I mean that.
That sh*t changes my life.
Every. Single. Day.
— Harper
I want to continue to explore myself and the world in which I live. I want to make new friendships and grow the ones I have now. I want to stay calm and keep meditating throughout all the challenges life throws at me! Thank you for this!
— Maddie
In 2017 I will share myself physically with my partner for the first time. This is something I have hesitated to do for many years. 2017 will be the year that I express myself in new ways and make personal decisions for myself based on my own intuition and comfort - rather than be influenced by my family and others around me.
— Anonymous
Good health - physical! Build and develop new friendships that suit where I currently am in life. Find my passion.

I will also be manifesting Kangen water into my life... (I’m completely new to vision boards, gratitude, manifestation... So wish me luck. 2017 is all about goals for me).
— Dana
I will be a better parent.

I will spend more time watching and admiring my children.

I will learn from them and focus less on teaching them.

I will acknowledge my children as their own individual self, rather than the ideal child my wife and I have been trying to mold.
— Hannah
I want to use this year to focus on one aspect of the environment and help make it better. By that I want to use man made plastic in the ocean and reuse them into something else maybe frisbee
— Nainoa
I really want to lose weight and be more outgoing.
— Zoe S.
To be more aware of others and to get more involved in yoga/healthy living.
— Tiffany
I want to make more time for creativity.
— Jessica
I will rise above the hatred and negativity that surrounds me in my home environment.
— Annonymous
In 2017 I will sing in front of others.

I will cut my hair short - even though I’ve been afraid to ever since my ex boyfriend told me it would make me look “manly”

I will grocery shop and cook more meals at home.

I will put $100 away each week to save for travel, massages, sight seeing and exotic food. And I won’t be afraid to tell others what I am doing.

I will stretch more and incorporate meditation into my life for the first time. Thank you for inspiring me Amelia.
— Talia U.
To be more patient.

To be more kind.
— Annonymous
This year I will end all relationships in my life that are not continuously serving me.

I will prioritize my own happiness so that I am able to be the best version of myself - for my siblings, friends, lover and parents.
— Naomi R.
in 2017 I will hike to the top of Mount Everest. I have been preparing for almost six years.

I will finally quit my job and leave the unhealty work environment that I have resented for the past 24 months.

I will marry the woman of my dreams.

I will reconnect with my sister and her three children.

I will take time each week give thanks for the blessing in my life.
— Joel E.
To express my sexuality more.

To embody confidence and creativity.

To always time a moment and think before I speak.
— Dylan K.
This year will be ALL about my health. Amelia, You have inspired me to juice and focus my diet on whole foods and high quality water. This year I will juice 3 mornings a week (if not more,) and purchase a kangen water machine for my home. I also wish to bring juice to my neighbors each week and invest in a kangen machine for my father with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

This year I will better my health for the rest of my life
— Jaime I.
This year I am going to adopt a pet. I have spoken about it for years but have never committed to signing the paperwork at the shelter. This year I will bring home a new animal companion and show my children the importance of compassion towards animals and beings that are different than we.
— Jocelyn T.
I want to make enough money this year to pay my parents back for the four years of college they put me through ten years ago. I want to pay them back entirely and then buy them a trip to Italy for their anniversary. So that my father can reconnect with his family and my mother can leave the US for the first time in her life.
— George
Read atleast 12 books.

Volunteer at the animal shelter.

Make blessing bags for the homeless.
— Emily
Spend more time outdoors.

Finish the books on the bookshelf in my bed room.

Cook myself a meal at least once a day, every single day.

Buy a kangen water machine for myself and my children.
— Emily S.
My 2017 manifestations are

a new apartment. F*ck that a new HOUSE.

a new salary. Or a raise - a really big raise.

no more medication for my anxiety. I will learn how to deal with my anxiety through mindfullness and alternative medicine.

a new health regime.

a new and improved work
— Corrine
Follow my dream

Attend college in Hawaii in the fall
— Annonymous
I will stop drinking alcohol in 2017. Actually I started three weeks ago. I will be 100% sober in 2017
— Annoynmous
Read before bed

Find balance in my work and personal life

Start a daily journal to keep myself accountable for my actions and goals
— Jessalyn
To be a more conscious parent.
— Seeley W.
Practice yoga daily to become confident enough to teach!
— Holly
Be open to love. To giving it and receiving it

Broaden my education in areas that i have a passion for (conservation, ecology, veganism and animals)

Downsize. Live with what i only need (minimalist)

Travel to different places that i have a connection with

Make my body stronger inside and out (yoga and mediation)

Find what i love to do and do it for the rest of my life
— Grace T.
I will go VEGAN! I am so excited. I have actually started today. So that I can practice and when Sunday comes I will already be 3 days vegan!

Thank YOU for all of your knowledge, inspirationan and motivation. You have been such a light in my life.

I will also bike more. I would love to be able to bike to and from work each day. so
— Malia
I will save my soul.
— Annonymous
In 2017 I will give money to every single homeless person I see. Even if it is only a few coins.
I will give more money.
I will receive more money.
— Paul K.
I will adopt a faith
— Susanna
I will spend more time taking care of myself.

Not my children.

Not my parents.

Not my partner.

Not my boss.

I will take care of myself.
— Emily
Make a real effort to eliminate all oil from my diet including cooking oils
Stop eating out so much. Limit it to only special occasions
Make conscious choices in who I surround myself with
Limit drinking alcohol to only once a month or less
Scuba dive more often
Spend less time on social media
— Jenna M.
I will travel to the mainland and leave hawaii for the first time in my life.

I will try my hardest to be open minded and accepting of other’s ideas.

I will speak up for myself.

I will save money and be able to relieve some of the financial stress in my life.
— Moana
I will finally earn the raise I have been working for for ten months at my job.
I will reconnect with my brother and finally apologize for my actions.
My boyfriend will propose to me.
I will be married in 2017
— Alexa
We will learn how to do acro yoga in 2017

We will learn how to cook authentic ethiopian food.

We will learn each other’s love languages and spend more time communicating with one another.

We will learn how to teach others what we have learned.
— J and Elania
I will come out to my parents and my older brother.

I will enlist in the armed forces.

I will tell my parents that I do not want to go to college in the fall.

I will start dating the man of my dreams.
— Luke
I will adopt a plant based lifestyle.

I will serve as a positve example for my wife and our four children.

I will spend more time preparing healthy food for myself and my family.

I will learn how to grow my own vegetables and herbs.

I will learn to grow flowers for my wife.

I will teach my children about the importance of whole foods and natural, sustainable lifestyles.
— Alex J.
I will earn my first ever six figure salary in 2017.

My bank account and I are so very ready.
— Lola
Run a 10K. I’ve run 5/10Ks before, but I want to get back to running consistently without pain and knee injuries.

No chips or crackers. I want to stop eating processed chips and crackers for one year! This is going to be hard.

Do yoga/stretch consistently. I’m bad about sticking with this one because I prefer more cardio-intensive workouts but I want to start doing yoga regularly/all the time to help my knee and hip injuries, and my mind.
- Do a handstand.
- Do the splits.
- Go on a yoga retreat.

Go raw for one week.

Track what I eat every day. I’ve been doing this informally since 2015.

Read 2+ books a month.

Take classes to learn more.

Be more patient.

Say yes more… or to everything.

Volunteer in my community.

Document my year through photos/videos.
— Stephanie G.
In 2017 I will drop out of university.
— Tatum D.
This year I will complete my fifth year of college at University of Florida and graduate.

I will graduate with mention on the dean’s list.

I will move off campus and get my first “real” job in New York City.

My parents will be more proud of me then they have ever been before.
— Annoynmous
Make $500,00.

Start a savings account for my children.

Help my parents pay off their mortgage.

Help myself pay off my own mortgage.

Travel to Europe.

Donate time and financial support to my church and local humane society.
— Annonymous
I will learn more this year and manifest my own happiness.
I will pass all of my papers and graduate university.
I will make positive steps to minimising my carbon footprint.
I will care for this earth like it cares for me.
I will tell those I love that I love them more often (including myself).
— Kate A.
I will learn more about my culture.
— Honesty L.
I will experiment in the kitchen and cook/prepare every single one of your recipes Amelia!

I will share the gift of health with my sisters and step daughter.

I will be healthier and stronger then I was last year.
— Brooke
2017 will be my first ever year vegan! Thank you Amelia! You inspire so many of us to pay more attention to our actions and those action’s consequences.

I will be healthy and finally loose the weight.
I will hire you as my personal holistic health advisor.
I will educate myself on superfoods, meditation and clean drinking water.
I will overcome my binge eating disorder.
I will overcome my sleep disorder.
I am so ready for 2017 to be the most healing year of my life.
— Christa
I will travel to Japan and meet my mother’s extended family for the first time.

I will count my blessings always.
— Lee
I will earn enough money this year to buy a home in California for myself and my wife.

I will earn enough money to travel as I please.

I will earn enough money to no longer have to worry about bills and rent.
— Kyle
I want to make a vegan instagram.
— Jenna
In 2017 I will always find the light.

I will open my current situation to attract new success and learning.

I will be authentic to my spirit and soul.

I will be more awakened and aligned with my inner morals.
— Gabriella
I will open and run my first health food grocery store!
— James
I will forgive my father for the pain he has caused me. I will forgive my mother. I will forgive my older brother. I will forgive myself.
— Annoynous
A Fully healed healthy body
A book full of wisdom and soul to help heal humanity
A movement of people healing themselves
A start to ending all child abuse on the planet
A holistic healing centre, fueled by love that rebuilds the broken from the inside out .
An organic health food cafe “compassion cafe”
Global travel
And ..... A gentleman to share the above with ..... Only when my soul is complete enough on it’s own will he join me
— Sarah



Manifestations come about when you affirm your thoughts and goals from a place of a confidence and abundance.
I have SO much to be grateful for.

What will you be manifesting in the new year?



 $1.50 Cold Coconuts with Lime at Alchemy Cafe in Ubud, Bali

$1.50 Cold Coconuts with Lime at Alchemy Cafe in Ubud, Bali

First things first,

Here are my

Quick Bali Tips you NEED to Know

1. Don't overpack. You can buy everything you could ever need in Bali, plus a whole lot more. 

 Tegenungen Waterfall - Only 15 minute drive outside of Ubud 

Tegenungen Waterfall - Only 15 minute drive outside of Ubud 

2. Don't bring nice shoes, unless you plan to go somewhere...nice. Bali is dirty, dusty and full of potholes. From personal experience, comfortable walking shoes or rubber sandals are best. Preferably with flexible straps or bands. They'll get dirty within minutes, but you'll be able to easier slip them on and off when entering all households/restaurants/cafes throughout your day (which is expected of you in Indo.)

3. Consider saving the moped rental for another trip. Although mopeds are the cheapest and most accessible way to get around in Bali, there are SO many injuries and accidents involving tourists on motor bikes each day in Bali. Although they may only cost you $4 a day, the pain and lost skin from a leg in shorts grazed on the concrete may not be worth it. Bicycles and Taxi drivers (which cost as little as $10 a day) are my personal favorites. If you do rent a motor bike, drive safely and slowly and wear a helmet, Please. Because I love you.

 Rice Fields in Ubud, Bali

Rice Fields in Ubud, Bali

4. Barter. Always Barter. Always exchange your money into Rupiahs outside of the airport for better conversion rates, and always, always barter. 

5. Use Bookings.com to find home-stays, hotels, resorts and accommodations in Bali. Air BNB is not as commonly used in Indonesia, so Bookings.com is best for quick, last minute reservations as you travel. Just make sure tor read the fine print for their cancelation policy when booking a room in advance. Trust me, they can getcha' there. 

6. Learn some Balinese on your flight over! Quick Phrases like 

"Bagus" - Good

"Bagus Gali" - Very Good

"Inna" - Delicious/Yummy

"Singla pis" - No Money

"Singla can can" - No Problems

"Salamat pagi" - Good Morning

"Salamat Milan" - Good Evening 

"Terimah kasi" - Thank You

"Tidak" - No

And For The Veg Heads Out There...

Meat - Daging

Fish - Ikan

Milk - Susu

Butter - Mentega

Oil - Minyak

** Quick reminder, "Tidak" means "No."  

7. Travel consciously. Please, please, please do not use your hard earned holiday money to support companies that exploit animals in Indonesia. Elephant Riding, Dining with the Orangutans, Luwark Coffee Tasting, photographs with animals, visiting the Bali Zoo or Bali Aquarium are cruel and inhumane for the animals of Indonesia as well as the animals of the world. There are so many ways to experience a country while keeping the animals and environment in mind. When we support one zoo/aquarium/animal tourism center, we are using our dollar to vote and saying "Yes!" I support what this company is doing and will fund them in exchange for their service. Please take time to research which activities you and your friends/family are interested in paying for before you choose. Eco Friendly & Cruelty free activities include white water-rafting, Bike tours through the rice fields, jewelry making classes, vegetarian or vegan cooking classes, raw vegan dessert classes, yoga, meditation, balinese offering making, sound therapy, mandala drawing, holistic healing and so much more! Also, if you take time to explore Bali you are bound to see animals in their wild habitat, which provides for a more more natural learning experience. Monkeys roam free in the streets of Bali, so paying to "dine with monkeys" is paying to keep these animals in captivity. Which isn't necessary or fair. Everyone should be able to experience the fresh air and breathetaking outdoor scnery that Bali has to offer. 



feels like my second home in many ways. Although, I've only traveled there twice. I spoke about this in my previous Bali blog post, but the even the idea of Bali alone has always cultivated a deep sense of comfort and fulfillment strongly within me. Bali has always and will always have a very sacred space in my heart.  I enjoyed my summer of 2015  living in Ubud and completing my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Routes of Yoga School (read here) with my best girlfriend, Lacey. 

The moment I land in Denpasar, Ubud is always the first place on my mind. The markets, shopping, yoga studios, temples, vegan restaurants, holistic healers, spas, crystal shops and so much more are incomparable to just about everywhere else I have traveled. Lets start with the good stuff first, shall we?

The Ubud Market is a scene. Crowded, Chaotic, Loud, Unbearably Hot, Smelly (especially in the early mornings when the fish and meat is first laid out) and amazing - overflowing with any souvenir you could ever need plus 1,000 more that you don't. The  Ubud Market is best in the early mornings, when the sun is finally up, the streets are swept clean, daily offerings have been laid out and the woven baskets of fragrant flower petals and fresh palm leaves are being delivered to Ubud from the North of Bali by the truckload. In the mornings (usually 7am-10am) the market sells fruits, veggies, fish, meat and spices. Although the overly crowded cages of squawking chickens and putrid smelling dried fish is quite undesirable at first (actually, always, that is always undesirable,) the market in the morning is seriously gorgeous. After 10 am or so the market completely transforms to a busy souvenir market for tourists and Ubud day trippers. 

NOTE * Just about anything in the market can be purchased for 30,000 RP or less (Approx. 2 USD) Be confident in your bartering skills (even if you aren't so confident at all,) and know when to walk away! Because chances are, the market vendors will be calling you back to accept your offer. I have lucked out many times in the past and been able to purchase beautiful rings, beaded necklaces, tin hangings, wooden bowls, fresh vanilla bean and so much more for only a few dollars. Some vendors (women especially) will give you a harder time at the market place and tell you they need to "profit" off of your sale - If this is the case, just take time to "window shop" and choose for yourself who you would like to support and shop from that day. 


The Yoga in Ubud is phenomenal. I have only ventured to a few different studios in Ubud, because once I found what I was looking for, I felt very little desire to seek out other shalas and instructors around the area. 

Yoga Barn and Radiantly Alive are two of the most iconic studios in Ubud. Yoga Barn is a more westernized studio that offers private retreats, teacher trainings, holistic healing and much more on their secluded piece of luscious land in Central Ubud. Classes are usually $9 USD (with weekly discount cards available) and are often held in a stunning open space shala overlooking the river and Yoga Barn's own organic garden. 

Radiantly Alive is smaller studio in the heart of Ubud (just about 3 minutes down the road from the Ubud Market.) Similar to YB, Radiantly Alive also offers workshops, Teacher trainings and group classes. 

This summer I completed my 35 hour Fly High Yoga Teacher Training at Radiantly Alive. 


The food in Ubud is 90% of the reason why I go there. Never have I ever been to a town that offers as many incredibly delicious vegan and health foods as Ubud does. Where to begin..

Ah Yes, Alchemy Ubud is hands down one of the best restaurants I have ever had the pleasure of dining at ever before. Although this restaurant is entirely Raw Vegan, You wouldn't have guessed that they don't use a stove to prepare the food. Their 12 foot long salad bar is something that must be experienced in person to appreciate and understand. Their desserts are also next level. If you go to Alchemy you must get two slices of the Bannoffee Pie. One for yourself, and one to be put on dry ice and mailed to my door in Hawai'i. 

Warung Sopa is one of the best not-so-secret restaurants in Ubud. This entirely vegetarian (mostly vegan) restaurant is absolutely incredible and insanely cheap. High quality home cooked food at cheap prices. Order their Kitcheree ("No Ghee Please!") and 17 pieces of their vegan tomato quiche. You're welcome. 

Dayu's Vegetarian Warung is just a few feet down the road from Warung Sopa and is a serious gem. Also exceptionally cheap, and homey, with casual table and floor seating and a back-packer friendly vibe.

Pacha Mama Vegetarian Restaurant is another must! Delicious food and amazing tempeh tacos. 


Batu Empug Cottages (Absolutely amazing, we somehow managed to score an incredible deal as we were there for 2 weeks. Right down the road from Radiantly Alive and the Ubud Market. The swimming pool is such a treat in Ubud.)

Dewi Antaya Homestay (My second summer returning to this simple family-owned and operated homestay, and I of-course enjoyed every night. DA Is very cheap and very clean! Approx. $18 USD a night. Perfect walking distance to some of my favorite spots in Ubud! Madi and I Wayan are the sweetest owners, and you can tell them I sent you! )

Gayarti Bungalows (Located on Monkey Forest Road in Central Ubud was a little bit of a hidden gem when I first visited. We paid very little and stayed in a beautiful, older traditional balinese room. The pool, breakfast, cold coconuts and location was ideal. Since I fist stayed, they have recently remodeled and the prices have increased. If you're able to afford GB, I highly recommend.)

Stayed elsewhere in Ubud, but these are the only locations I feel are worth recommending

(More Ubud info below..)

 Fruit and Veggie Vendors outside of the Ubud Market first thing in the morning

Fruit and Veggie Vendors outside of the Ubud Market first thing in the morning

 Sunset Session at Single Fin Bar, Uluwatu

Sunset Session at Single Fin Bar, Uluwatu


But first things first, for all of those traveling to Uluwatu I ask that you PLEASE go out of your way for 5 minutes to make a stand for the life of another living being. During my time spent in Uluwatu I watched while a monkey suffered in an empty metal cage outside of the parking lot to enter Single Fin and the lookout at Uluwatu (Right before you pay the parking guard to enter - This is a VERY popular area, If you are going to Uluwatu, you WILL pass this cage.) I spoke to the monkey's "owner" numerous times throughout my stay and begged the owner to let me pay him for the monkey so that I could release him from the cage and bring him to a monkey sanctuary in Ubud. The monkey's owner was exceptionally rude and cruel - never feeding the monkey or bringing him water to drink inside of the cage. This monkey was forced to live behind bars and eat trash and bits of plastic as it was thrown into his cage by other tourists walking by. PLEASE stop into GALIH Homestay and Quick Mart and tell the owners that you will NOT be supporting their business due to the abusive treatment that this animal must endure. Mahalo

On the southern tip of Bali's peninsula, down the long winding roads, outside of the busy inner cities and among the dramatic sea cliffs, resides Uluwatu in all of its glory. If you surf, swim, SUP, kayak, sun bathe or just are there for the beachfront scenery - I can guarantee that Uluwatu will not disappoint. We spent a week in Uluwatu enjoying the surf, going for sunset runs to Single Fin bar to catch the sunset, soaking up the sunshine and sweating out the salt water on our mats at Yoga Searcher Bali. 


During my first trip to Uluwatu last summer, Lacey and I settled for a less luxurious living accommodation, and stayed at homestay just across the street from Padang Padang beach. The location and price were perfect, but unfortunately our room was not nice. Our mattresses most certainly had bed bugs, and the constant smell of sulfur from our toilet water was overwhelming at times. Since then, I had splurged a bit and usually end up staying at Uluwatu Surf Cottages 


In need of an escape from the moped traffic and city heat of Ubud (and in SERIOUS need of some ocean,) my mother and I traveled to the eastern side of Bali to Tulamben and Amed together. We hired a driver (and made sure his car had AC) before embarking on this long drive. We arrived later in the afternoon after driving through some gorgeous and lush Bali scenery. Amed is a small black sand beach town known for its fishing/diving and amazing volcano views. Although the black sand beaches a bit rocky and populated (with local families and fishing boats,) they are stunning. I was able to watch the full moon rise over the blank sand from where I sat on my yoga mat. We spend three days in Amed at Tradisi Villas (on the beach) and then three days in Tulamben (a town just a few miles up the road) at the Bali Dive Resort (also on the beach.)

The diving in Amed and Tulamben was incredible. I read online that the diving in Amed was best in Bali, and although I can't testify to that just yet (still have many reefs in Bali that I have not yet dove on,) I did experience my first ever swim with a MolaMola fish which was seriously remarkable. I also spent time diving on wrecks with reef sharks and octopus. I dove with Bali Adventure Divers and Bali Dive Resort. 


Via fastboat ferry (The more expensive and safer boats are made of Aluminum!) we traveled from Padang Bai, Bali to Gili Air Island. The Gilis are a string of three small islands off the coast of Lombok. Gili Meno is know for its white sand beaches and honey-moon crowd, Gili T for it's party and backpacker scene, and Gili Air for its small island feel - where no cars or motorized vehicles are permitted, but rather bicycles, electric bikes and horse carriages. Please MAKE SURE TO PACK LIGHTLY when traveling to the Gilis, as ferry boat's luggage packing techniques are questionable and more luggage means more weight. The less you have, the easier it is to carry around the island. Please do NOT pay drivers in horse carriages to transport you around the island. The horses are overworked, underfed and given very little "rest" time in between long days running on rock, sand and dirt. Bikes are available everywhere on the island and can be rented for as little as $3 a day. Also, the shopping on Gili Air isn't great. Quite overpriced and most certainly targeted at tourists. So save your money for the more pricier veg friendly food and humane, eco friendly actives such as free diving, snorkeling, glass bottom boats or Fly High Yoga. I spent three days on Gili Air completing my free diving certification with Free Dive Air and absolutely loved it! Highly recommend to anyone interested in learning more about open sea diving and using our bodies naturally to push boundaries. 


Captain Coconuts - Get the Vegan Nachos. Thank you. You're welcome. Also, don't forget to bring a suit when you dine! The owners are so sweet and usually invite you to hop in the cool if you'd like to cool down after you feast. 

Mowie's Bar - Vegetarian and Vegan food (Desserts included.) On the beach. Doesn't get much better than that. 

Pachamama Cafe - A little pricey but a whole lot of goodness for your buck. Rad atmosphere, hidden location off the beaten path and incredible food and smoothies. 


Captain Coconut's Hanging Bed Hostel - Must I say much more? For those on a budget and looking forward to meeting with fellow backpackers and travelers alike. Also attached to Captain Coco's amazing vegan and vegetarian restaurant.... so... You should probably stay here. 

Dwi Inn - Small, clean, cheap and near the beach. Wifi is rubbish but Hadi the owner is wonderful and very accommodating. Love that these cottages are located outside of town and in a more secluded part of the north/east side of Gili Air. 

Villa Resota - The swimming pool and spacious bedrooms are the selling point for Villa Resota. Although it is a little bit pricer than we would have preferred, the location is ideal - smack in the middle of town and with a gelato stand just outside the hotel's driveway (which serves three flavors of delicious vegan sorbet!)


After a very questionable five hour boat ride from the Gilis to Bali, my mother and I finally arrived back in Ubud with friends to enjoy our last few weeks surrounded by the rice fields, markets and yoga studios. Unfortunately, at this time I fell ill with dengue fever and was bed ridden for four days. Once I was feeling better and able to leave my homestay, I got busy. Here's what I got up to in Ubud. 

Sacred Colonics at Alchemy Holistic have seriously saved my life. Last summer, I was sick with a bad case of Bali Belly and trust me when I tell you that these colonics were my ONLY cure. The staff at Alchemy Holistic is the best of the best. Professional, experienced and determined to make you feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible. If you're going to pay anyone to shove anything up your you-know-where, you want it to be a hydro-colonic therapist from Alchemy Holistic. I pinky promise.

Ayurvedic Healers and Chakra healers are scattered throughout central Ubud. I highly recommend doing some research and looking into which healer you'd like to work with. Hour long consultations usually start at about 250,000 RP ($19 USD) and may help you to learn something you didn't already know about your health, energy force or lifestyle. 

Massages and spa therapies throughout Bali are also a must. Especially in Ubud, with 60 minute massages starting at $7 USD. If you're a more conscious spa goer, make sure to speak to your masseuse before your treatment begins and confirm that you wouldn't like any lotions or creams (most containing milk or other animal products) used, but rather coconut or lavender oil. Also take a moment to check ingredients in things like face masks or body scrubs to ensure that no honey, milk or yogurt is being used. Fortunately, many scrubs and masks are already vegan and comprised of natural ingredients such as sea salt, turmeric, brown sugar or essential oils. If you don't feel like risking it, feel free to bring your own lotions/creams/oils and ask the masseuse to use them during your treatment. 

Visit Ubud's Rice Fields. Although they're quite touristy, the view is unbeatable. I recommend hiring a driver to take you to the rice fields in the early morning on a weekday. Less crowds of tourists equals better photographs, of-course. Wear walking shoes and bring small bills for the donation boxes as you rice up the terraces. 

Visit Baith Els Christian Home for Children in Klungkun. Message them via Facebook and ask to set up a time for a visit. If you or your family are able to bring donations (of food, cleaning supplies, clothing, school supplies etc.) please make sure to speak to Baith-El's in advance and ask if there is anything in particular the children need at this time. Making a trip to this orphanage will not be a mistake. The children are insanely sweet and so heartfelt and absolutely love to have visitors stop by. If you're interested in setting up a visit but want to learn more, please feel free to email me personally. You will not regret it. 

This summer, My amazing mamma and her 5th grade art students from Long Island, NY custom designed hats for the 118 boys and girls at Baith-El Christian Home for Children. She brought them in two suitcases all the way from New York to Hong Kong to Bali. We spent the afternoon handing out over 100 pairs of rubber slippers, 125 hats (which clearly were a big hit) as well as clothing, food and notebooks. 

The children are so ridiculously sweet and gracious, holding each one of our hands and touching them to their forehead as a sign of respect. 


And a very special Mahalo to my incredible mother and sister for being the most amazing travel partners I could have asked for. I am very fortunate to have been able to experience so much of Indonesia with you both by my side. The most patient, considerate, relaxed and adventurous travelers in all of Bali, I love, love, love you! 



11 positive affirmations for when you're having a down day ...

Today I create a wonderful new day filled with adventure and excitement.

I am grateful for all of the beauty and wonder that surrounds me constantly, even when I am not looking.

Today I release all hurt and negativity in my life.

I am surrounded by love in my life always.

Today my self esteem is high, because I honor and acknowledge who I am as an individual.

My day always begins and ends with giving thanks and showing gratitude.

I attract positive, healthy and meaningful relationships into my life.

I am abundant. In all areas of my life, my wealth, my health and my happiness are overflowing.

I am diplomatic and intelligent. I inspire others with my passion for self growth and development.

I look within to seek fulfillment and joy.

Today I am connected to everyone else around me. I am never alone. We are all family, and the earth is our home.