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Cinco De Mayo Vibes - NEW Taco Recipe!

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NEW taco recipe, just in time for Cinco De Mayo!  The flavor is festive and super healthy. 

 Ingredients:

½ Head of purple cabbage

1 Red pepper

1 Mango

½ Sweet onion or purple onion

¼ Cup of cilantro

3-4 Portobello mushrooms

3 Limes

3-4 Tablespoons of honey

Get Your Vibes garlic cashew dip

Tortillas of your choice

Hoisin sauce

Olive Oil

Garlic powder

Pepper

Cumin

Salt

Start by shredding the purple, chopping the red pepper, onion, cilantro and mango.  Toss it in a large bowl.  Squeeze the juice from the limes (same a half of one for garnish or extra juice on top of the taco) in the bowl, add in the honey, about 1 teaspoon of cumin or more, ½ teaspoon or more of garlic powder and salt and pepper to your liking. Mix it really well, add in more lime, honey, or spices if you needed.

Thinly slice the portobello mushrooms, add them to a pan with a little olive oil.  Add in 3-4 tablespoons of hoisin sauce and sauté.  Add in some garlic powder, salt and pepper, combine on the stovetop until the mushrooms have absorbed the sauce and spices.  Once the mushrooms are done set them aside.  Warm your tortillas and add the GYV garlic cashew dip as a base, place the cabbage mixture on top, then add the mushrooms and feel free to garnish with more cilantro and fresh lime. 

It’s easy, healthy and really delicious!  Enjoy!

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Vibe Sesh: Derrick Morgan - NFL Linebacker, Social Investor and Plant-Based Athlete

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Since 2010 you've seen him on the field every Sunday for Tennessee Titans but outside of playing in the NFL Derrick Morgan is tackling some impactful issues.  He gives back to his communities by making social investments and during his football camps he incorporates STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), to highlight opportunities outside of football.  He's shown support for medical cannabis research and is outspoken about our countries social issues.  Needless to say, he is busy creating intentional change in his communities.  Oh, and did I mention he is plant-based too?

Super Bowl Appetite

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With Super Bowl LIII happening this weekend I wanted to take the time to share some of our favorite Get Your Vibes recipes along with a few others!

Events like the Super Bowl, often times have the ability to derail our diets and set us up to get out of our healthy routine and before we know it, it’s 2-3 days of bad eating. At Get Your Vibes we believe in creating sustainable habits and the healthiest version of your favorite foods so that you can enjoy the food you love while feeling and looking your best AND still achieve your nutritional/health goals!

Below are links to some of my favorite game day foods that won’t get you off track and are sure to be a hit at any party!

Who do you have winning the Super Bowl? Since I live in LA I am pulling for the Rams! Enjoy the game (and the commercials) everyone!

Southwester Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Pulled “pork” Portobello Sammies

Get Your Vibes Garlic Cashew Dip

From Whole Living Lauren - Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

From Minimalist Bake - Vegan Queso

From My Bowl - Vegan Seven Layer Dip

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Southwestern Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

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I am constantly coming up with plant-based meals that satisfy every meat eaters tastes.  I do this because a lot of the clients I work with are professional athletes and their physical exertion, but also appetite in general is something that a salad can’t always fill (depends who you ask though)!  When I speak to people who are having difficulty transitioning a lot of them mention they feel like their meals are miss the center piece on their plate that meat normally fills, so I am here to fix that! 

I really love mushrooms because they are so versatile, great texture and a filled with some amazing health benefits.  For starters they are high in B vitamins which helps with energy, metabolism, stress and much more.  They contain copper and selenium which help support, grow and develop connective tissue repair and aid in a healthy thyroid gland.  I could go on, but you get the point.  I have a lot of recipes where the superstar of the dish is the shroom and this is no different!  The flavor is spot on, the cumin gives it such a nice pop, its hearty and you can get creative with the side dishes, I decided to serve it with creamed corn and green beans.  Enjoy this plant-based meal, I hope you like it as much as I did!

Here is what you’ll need:

Serves 2

  • 2 large Portobello mushrooms

  • 1 can of black beans (BPA free can)

  • 1 red pepper

  • ½ sweet onion

  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil

  • ¼ cup of barbecue sauce (I used Annie’s vegan barbecue sauce)

  • 1 teaspoon of cumin

  • Garlic powder (to taste)

  • Salt

  • Pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375, gently clean the Portobello mushrooms and scrape clean the insides. Distribute the barbecue sauce evenly in the Portobello’s and add a dash of salt and pepper. Bake for 20 minutes. 

While the Portobello’s are baking, rinse the black beans in a strainer and set aside.  Chop the sweet onion and red pepper and sauté in pan with olive oil. Once the onion and pepper have caramelized a little add in the black beans, cumin, garlic powder, salt and pepper to your liking and combine.  Cover with lids and let the flavors cook together for 5-10 minutes.

 Take the Portobello’s out of the oven and put them on a plate.  Once plated add the black bean mixture evenly into the two Portobello’s.  I topped mine with the Get Your Vibes garlic cashew sauce and served it with a side of vegan creamed corn and green beans, and it also tastes really good with a side of sweet potatoes too, all the flavors work really well together! This dish is really hearty and with satisfy every vegan and meat eaters hunger!  

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Vibe Sesh: Ashley LaBarrie - Co-founder of the clothing brand Dimepiece

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There are people in this world when you are around them your energy, mood and spirit is automatically lifted, they have you feeling like you can do anything in this world!  Ashley LaBarrie is one of those people.  Ashley, is the co-founder of the iconic clothing brand Dimepiece, which speaks and stands for equality for all.  Ashley’s upbringing is one that was built on spirituality, having a strong vision and belief that no matter where life takes you as long as you have your vision you have everything you need. There is a lot of wisdom in this interview and I am so excited to share it with our Vibe tribe.  Here is a warm welcome to our Vibe Sesh with Ashley LaBarrie.

Portobello Pulled Pork Sammie

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One of the fun things I enjoy about being plant based is recreating recipes that people would have never imagined being possible to make with plants.  My most recent creation is a pulled pork sandwich and I didn’t use any meat substitutes, I used plants!  Often times I feel like vegans use a lot of meat substitutes that are filled with gluten, wheat, soy, and other fillers that aren’t very good for us and can cause digestion complications, breakouts and other skin issues.  The superstar of this dish are Portobello mushrooms for the Get Your Vibes Portobello Pulled Pork Sammie!

With the season transitioning to fall this is the perfect recipe for a lazy day or night at home.  I enjoyed mine on a Sunday curled up on the couch watching football!

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Here is what you’ll need:

Serves 4-5 (or two sammies for two-three people, I definitely had seconds!) 

  • 6 Portobello mushrooms

  • Bag of buns (preferably gluten free)

  • 1-2 bunches of scallions

  • 3-4 cloves of minced garlic

  • Vegan Barbecue Sauce (I used Annie’s sweet and spicy)

  • Hoisin sauce (majority of the brands are vegan)

  • Olive oil

  • Sesame oil

  • Liquid aminos or soy sauce  

  • Vegan mayo

  • Cucumber

  • 1 medium red onion

  • Sesame seeds

  • S&P

Directions:

You want to start by preheating the oven to 350.  Thinly slice the Portobello mushrooms and add them to a baking pan or sheet.  Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of sesame oil, a sprinkle of salt and pepper, and combine.  Bake the mushrooms for 20-25 minutes.  While the shrooms are baking heat up 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of sesame oil on the stove top.  Add the minced garlic and about 1 BIG handful of chopped scallions (save some for the sammies) to the pan and sauté until golden brown.  Once the mushrooms are done add them to the pan and mix them in with the scallions and garlic.   After it’s been mixed add ¼ cup of barbecue sauce and ¼ of hoisin sauce, and 1-2 tablespoons of liquid aminos.  Combine, keep on low heat and let the flavors marinate together.  Toast the buns, add a layer of mayo to the top and bottom, thinly slice cucumber and red onion and add to the bottom bun, portion the shredded mushroom mixture on the buns, top with scallions and sesame seeds and serve!

I served mine with a side of sweet chipotle potatoes chips and it was delish!

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Nice Cream Vibes

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Happy National Ice Cream Day!

Who doesn’t love a nice bowl of ice cream?  And even as a Plant Based Nutritionist I enjoy a bowl of “nice” cream whenever I can but no ice cream for me. 

The Get Your Vibes version of ice cream is dairy free, and it's made with whole, real, ingredients.  I bet if people knew what was really in ice cream they would eat a lot less of it.  I know it would be horrible of me to ruin ice cream for you on National Ice Cream day with a list of horrible toxic ingredients and informing you that there is quite a bit of pus in dairy and ice cream you’re eating due to the amount of infections that dairy cows endure, so I will just link to those sources and let you do your own research.    

Now let’s get to the good stuff, Get Your Vibes Nice Cream!!!!  This recipe is so health that you could eat it for lunch!  Yes, Nice Cream for lunch!  The ingredients will have you feeling and looking your best, you will need a blender, but other than that no complicated ice cream maker.  The recipe and directions are listed below.  Enjoy and may this Nice Cream help you Get Your Vibes!

Ingredients:

Serves 2 (or if you’re like me, then serves 1, I can eat a huge bowl of this, lol)

  • 4 frozen bananas

  • 2 teaspoons of cacao

  • 2 tablespoons of wildflower honey or coconut nectar

  • 3-4 tablespoons of almond or peanut butter

  • ¼ cup of unsweetened almond milk or water (depending on your blender you may need more)

For the topping you can use whatever you like but this is what I enjoyed

  • 3-4 tablespoons of coconut flakes

  • 3-4 tablespoons of raw pistachios

  • 3-4 tablespoons of Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips

Directions:

Place all the ingredients in a blender (with the exception of the toppings) and blend.  Depending on the strength of your blender, pause it, scrape down the sides and continue to blend!  Transfer from the blender into a bowl, add the toppings and enjoy!

Not only is this recipe incredibly healthy but it’s cruelty free!  So on this National Ice Cream Day I hope you’re inspired to try a kinder version of this delicious treat!

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Miso Detox Soup

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I am a big believer in have a few solid recipes that you can rely on during the week and this soup is definitely one of those!  It's hella hearty, super detoxifying, loaded with beneficial vibes and healing properties.

It's also a very simple and easy recipe, that you can make with any of your favorite veggies.  See below and enjoy!

Ingredients:  

3-4 cups of your favorite vegetables, I used: sweet potato, carrot, celery, asparagus, red pepper, mushrooms, zucchini, sweet onion and avocado for topping. You can't go wrong with any vegetable! 

1 tablespoon of miso, I love the Miso Master brand, they have awesome varieties, all organic and non GMO and they have low sodium options, I buy the mellow white miso, here is a link to their products, you can find them at most whole foods too! https://www.great-eastern-sun.com/shop/miso-master-

1-2 tablespoons of hemp seeds

1-2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast

1-2 tablespoons of pumpkin seeds (optional) 

1 teaspoon of garlic powder

S & P to taste

1/4 cup of Wild Brine, (optional but AMAZING health benefits)

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Method:

Start by boiling some water in a pot, I'd say 5 cups, maybe more, maybe less depending how you like your soup.  Place your steamer basket in the pot and then place your vegetables in the basket, let them for 15-20 or until tender.  Remove the basket.  Save the water from your steamed vegetables, turn the burner off, add in the miso, garlic powder and S&P, if most of your water has been absorbed then add in some more water.  Whisk the miso until it's dissolved, it's important to make sure the water isn't too hot and the burner is off so that it doesn't destroy the enzymes and minerals in the miso.  Place the veggies in a bowl, pour the miso broth over them and then top with your hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds and avocado!

Hemp seeds are the staple superfood in this dish.  These seeds are a gift!  By definition these seed are: "Considered a complete protein, hemp seed delivers 5 grams of protein in a 2 Tbsp serving, making them a great addition to vegan and vegetarian diets. Hemp is truly a super food providing a perfect balance of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids in each serving. These fatty acids promote heart health, lower triglycerides, work to reduce inflammation, promote brain health, and support the immune system. Low in carbohydrates, hemp seeds are ideal for those following the paleo diet or who need to be carb conscious for their health."

This dish is stacked with so many beneficial ingredients and is great was to maintain your health or to get it back on track!

Cashew Garlic Dip

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Recently I had the opportunity to go on Lunch Break Live with Jane Velez Mitchell and share one of my favorite Get Your Vibes recipes, the always versatile and super easy Cashew Garlic Dip!

If you missed it, you can watch the interview live here!

I like to make this recipe at the start of each week because I enjoy adding a dollop on my salads, soups, toast and have it ready as a dip for any impromptu hang outs at my house.  It’s convenient and has great flavor.


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Start by soaking the cashews in 2 ½ cups in hot water for about 45 minutes to an hour.  Drain the cashews but save at least 1 cup of water, it’s important that all the cashews are covered by the hot water.  In a high-powered blender or nutribullet, add the cashews, cloves of garlic, black pepper, salt, lemon juice, nutritional yeast and then add the cashew water and blend!

It really is that easy!  I love to plate it and serve it as a crudité plate, as a spread on a sandwich as opposed to mayo, and like I mentioned earlier I love adding a dollop on top of my salad, soup or even a pasta dish, it also is a great replacement for sour cream!  So, as you see its simple, healthy and there are so many ways to enjoy it!

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups of cashews

2-3 cloves of garlic (depending on your flavor pallet)

Juice of 1 lemon

½ teaspoon of black pepper

¼ teaspoon of sea salt

¼ cup of nutritional yeast

 

 

Vibe Sesh: Amobi Okugo - Professional Soccer Player and Founder of a Frugal Athlete

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Often times society, the media or our professions, only highlight one of our many layers as people.  Whether it’s what we do for work, what we said, or our public image, we can sometimes experience just a small fragment of a dynamic and multilayered person.  But, as the digital and social media era has evolved, so have our opportunities to share our passions outside of our professions.  You may know Amobi Okugo, as the veteran professional soccer player (keep in mind he is still only 26), but as you begin to peel back the layers, Amobi, who is the founder of a Frugal Athlete, reveals he is a multifaceted, forward thinking, entrepreneurial, student, and a business savvy, investor.  A soccer player first, Okugo, attributes his drive to his first generation Nigerian-American upbringing and his long term aspirations to help keep him focused on his goals both on and off the field.  

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Take a seat and settle in for this month’s Vibe Sesh with Amobi Okugo. 

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Q: What was it like growing up Amobi Okugo?

A: I would say growing up it was a unique experience. As a first generation Nigerian-American, it definitely wasn't the standard American upbringing. I wouldn't change it for the world but growing up it was a lot different from most of my friends. I'm the oldest of four siblings and I would say me and my brother closest to me definitely had it harder than my two youngest siblings. 

How connected are you to your Nigerian roots?

I feel that I'm very connected to my Nigerian roots. We grew up being raised the Nigerian way. Eating Nigerian food, going to Nigerian events, sticking to Nigerian customs. I think if you ask any 1st-2nd generation Nigerian American they will have had very similar upbringings. I would like to be more connected by going back to the motherland more consistently and becoming fluent in my native tongue. Although I can understand the language completely , my cousins back home still kill me when I try to speak Igbo or pidgin English. 

What are some of your earliest soccer memories?

The earliest soccer memories I have was going to the park with my dad and playing soccer until I would get tired and cry.  I remember my family members gathering around for the 94 world cup and rooting for Nigeria. Then again in the 96 olympics, I think my parents still have the VHS tapes of those games. 

What was it about the sport of soccer that you were drawn to?

Soccer was always going to be the sport I played, just growing up Nigerian, it's the number one sport. A couple of my uncles played at a high level so it was decided if I was going to go into sports, soccer was the first choice. Luckily, I ended up loving it from day one. For me, the constant movement and flow of soccer is the best thing about it. No standing around and you are always thinking.

You were drafted after your freshman year at UCLA.  Was the decision to go pro after one year of college difficult for you?

It was very weird to be honest, I had the opportunity to go pro right before I went to UCLA and decided  to go to UCLA.  Our team had a great season and fortunately a lot of guys from our team had the opportunity to pursue a professional career.  After the season, everything happened very fast but I knew I wanted to go pro even though I loved my time at UCLA no matter how short it was, I didn't have any difficulty making the decision.

You are now with your 4th team the Portland Timbers, you started your career with the Philadelphia Union and had stints with Orlando City and Sporting Kansas City. At 26, you have amassed over 150 appearances in all competitions professionally, including representing the United States in the 2012 Olympics.  What have you learned from being a professional athlete? 

The one thing I learned from being a professional athlete is that all you can do is all you can do and all you can do is enough. As an athlete some things may not go your way but, if you give it your all, and continue to perfect your craft more often than not good things will happen. You may not be able to control how someone views you or how a call may go but you can control the hard work you put into your job. If you do that, your chance will come. It may not be at the moment you ask for it but it will eventually come, your job then is to be ready for when it eventually does come. 

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Where did the idea of a Frugal Athlete come from?

Frugal Athlete really stemmed from my interest for business and finance. It didn't really register until I saw the ESPN 30 for 30 Broke, documentary that highlighted different athletes that lost their money. It led me to try and find athletes that were smarter with their money but I kept coming across people that lost it all or guys like Lebron James and Kobe Bryant who would never have to worry about their post career. Frugal Athlete, really came about because I wanted to highlight different athletes that were prudent financially and promote those guys. 

Where do you see the biggest gap in financial literacy, especially as it relates to professional athletes?

For me, I think the biggest gap is in the information. I feel that it's very hard for professional athletes to understand exactly how their money works. On top of that, when you are making substantial amounts of money at that age you don't have the discipline to sit down and actually take the time to learn how to properly manage your money. 

Where and how did you develop your financial habits?

Growing up my parents taught me good financial habits. I've always been a pretty business savvy guy. For me, I think I developed most by just reading different sports business, financial books. 

How important is it for you to plan for your future outside of soccer?

I think it's very important personally for me to plan my future outside of soccer. If you think about it, your professional career at best is about 15 years. If you start playing at 20, you are done by 35. You still have another 30 years before you are considered a senior citizen. You have your family to think about. The worst thing a player can do is not think about their transition, because once you are done playing no one really cares about you as a retired player. As a professional you are very fortunate to be in the position you are in so you want to have fun and make the best of it but at the same time it's important to map out your plan. 

What is some financial advice that you can offer anyone, not just athletes?

Be disciplined in your budget. I think that can apply to anyone, if you stick to a planned budget you can achieve a lot in your quest to a stable financial situation and build stability within your financial playbook. I think sticking to your budget is the jumpstart to building everything else. If you can't even stick to a simple budget than it's going to be hard for more complex things like investing and stuff like that. 

How do you see the financial landscape evolving for professional athletes

It's really evolving. You see a lot of professional athletes showing enthusiasm in venture capital , investing, and having more say in how the make their money work for them. It's really cool to see how professional athletes are growing in this financial sector. 

 

You are currently in school pursuing a degree in Organizational Leader, with a minor in Business Administration and have the goal of going to graduate school too.  How important is it to you to complete your college education?

It's very important. My parents came to the states for me and my siblings to have a better upbringing than they had. Education is very important for our family because it's something no one can take away from you. It was a battle convincing my mom to let me go pro when the opportunity came, but I promised I would finish my degree so it's cool to finally finish for not only myself but for the sacrifices my parents made.

Between soccer, a Frugal Athlete and school, how do you find your center and balance?

I try to keep to a schedule. Obviously soccer comes first and I put all my time into soccer when it calls for it but when I have downtime I make a conscious effort to not be lazy and plan out my schedule to commit to school and Frugal athlete. Time management is key 

What are Vibes to you?

Vibes to me are positive experiences whether that means like "oh he's good vibes or the vibe was cool" I just think of vibes as positive experiences like no negative energy no stress no drama

How do you Get Your Vibes?

I get my vibes from family, friends, and  soccer. I think your vibes come from within by having a positive mindset but for me personally I know I'm always going to have good vibes when I'm around those three things.

Where can we connect with you?

Twitter: @amobisays

Instagram: @amobisays

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Get Your Vibes Snack Collection

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Our snack collection is here!  A lot of work has gone into this and we are so happy that we can finally share it with everyone!  Right now the line consists of some of the favorite snacks of our clients and it will continue to evolve as the company grows.  We will have seasonal snacks and nut free snacks, we will have you covered!  

Everything IS gluten free and soy free.  All of the snacks are plant based so you don't have to worry about animal product and animal by product.  We keep it very simple, clean and whole.  Our goal is to help elevate your vibrational frequency through our products and content, we want you thinking and evolving towards your very best self.  All of our products are uniquely designed with specific intentions to help you Get Your Vibes.

As Get Your Vibes grows so will our products and the things we offer.  Our body and snack collection will continue to rise with you!  We also look forward to having seasonal items to help you Get Your Vibes around the holidays! 

All items will begin shipping within 1-2 weeks of the order date and you will receive a conformation email when the items have shipped!  

Head on over to the Vibe Shop and check out our snack collection and Get Your Vibes!  Click the photo below and happy shopping!

 

 

Vibe of The Week: Make Your Morning Work for You!

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I hope everyone had a great weekend and is ready for an even better week!  Morning is such a precious time of day, everything is crisp, fresh and open for possibility.  It's an important time to prepare for a successful day as well.  Having a morning routine will not only help your focus but it will allow you to face the day with calmness and an inner peace.  We don’t want to be frazzled in the morning because that sets us up for a frazzled day, we want to be focused and mentally ready to accomplish and adapt to whatever the day brings.  We can’t prepare for what is going to happen, we can only prepare ourselves.  So what is your morning routine like?

A few things that I find to be really helpful in the morning are having a set of non-negotiables, you do this every morning no matter where you are.

1) Wake up with an attitude of gratitude.  When you place your feet on the ground, say, think and feel what you are grateful for, it can be anything!  We always have room for more gratitude in our life and starting the day being grateful sets a positive tone.

2) Hydrate!  No exceptions.  All Get Your Vibes clients drink at least 24-32 ounces of room temperature to warm water with lemon every morning.  After sleeping it is especially important to start the day with water, nothing else before the water should go in your body.  If you're on the road make sure you have water with you and a lemon if you'd like, I travel with both and I always feel like it helps me stay on track with I travel with my water and lemon.

3) Have some quiet time.  Whether it’s to journal, meditate or make a to-do list, setting aside 20-30 minutes to gather your thoughts, quiet the mind and mentally check in with yourself is extremely important.  This will help you think more clearly, see things as the really are and help you react or not react to things.  A chaotic mind is a mind that makes mistakes, quiet the mind so that you can think clearly and be creative.

4) Do not check emails or social media right away, wait!  Many of us sleep with our phones close to our bed because of the convenience of an alarm clock, so we are tempted to lay in bed and check emails, IG, FB, and maybe like a tweet or two all before we even get out of bed?!  Nope, that’s no way to start the day.  You want to feel refreshed and have a clear mind before attending to any emails.  

I hope these simple but easy to include tips 

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Vibe Sesh: Alyonka Larionov - Producer, Host, and Champion of Flaws.

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Whether she realizes it or not, it’s clear why Alyonka Larionov, has been so successful.  Authenticity, she said, is key.  Her career as a sports reporter, host and producer has taken her many places, from the Pittsburg Penguins, to the New York Rangers, Brooklyn Nets, VICE and now, as the Founder of the Untitled Female Project.  The Untitled Female Project, is built on three pillars: Tell Your Story, Speak Your Truth and Champion Flaws.  Her journey as a kid from Moscow, to moving to the United States for her dad’s NHL career, where he won three Stanley Cups with Detroit, she found her voice and has used it to build a social platform.  It’s her ability to be unapologetically real, develop an ever evolving self-awareness and speak her truth, that has carried her through to live her most authentic life. 

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Get your pen and paper ready because you're going to want to take notes on this Vibe Sesh with Alyonka Larionov.....

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Q: What was it like growing up Alyonka Larionov?

It was a lot of moving. A lot of new schools. A lot of hockey games. A lot of tennis, singing, and performing. A fair amount of travel and summers spent in Moscow. Around 5th grade I realized I was an immigrant and different from the other kids at school. From there I began conforming with the American culture in order to fit in. My safe space was in the presence of kids of athletes- we all understood each other without having to say much.

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You had a very successful career as a sports reporter, working for major networks like TSN, MSG Network, covering the New York Rangers, Brooklyn Nets, reporting for VICE Sports, what are some of the lessons or experiences that you can reflect on and maybe still carry with you today from your time as a reporter and host?

It’s wild to see these glamorous and “successful” media companies all in one sentence. I suppose I never viewed my career as a successful one because I jumped from place to place and always felt that there was more to do than what I was doing. I made a point to leap when the confinement became too restrictive. One of the main lessons I learned is that nobody cares about you as much as you can care about yourself. Meaning, if you don’t look out for you, nobody will. It’s especially tough as a woman in a male-dominated industry to speak out in favor of your needs, desires, and rewards. Women tend to play down their successes, providing outside reasons or “help” for doing a good job, or they will not ask for a raise because they feel undeserving, or they will not ask for a particular story, interview, or stand behind an idea for fear of being assertive and/or difficult. It took me many years to learn that I have to speak for myself and ask for what I want, need and desire. And most importantly, to take credit where credit is deserved. With all of these experiences I’ve received a free education in various aspects of the business. My advice is to ask questions and to act sponge-like in every environment. The only reason I was able to jump from job to job is because of my being able to be adaptable and to learn on the job. There is no shame in not knowing something and/or asking a “stupid” question. That’s the only way you learn and if anything, it shows the uppers that you’re willing to do the work. Lastly, working at VICE made me aware of the bubble in which I was living. Yes, I was practicing self-awareness and personal growth, but it’s hard to care about what’s going on in the news or in the real world when you’re not on the ground. Speaking directly with communities, afterwhich I’d travel to see the realities of the world, changed my perspective forever. I also learned the power of cold-calling and cold-emailing. Tim Ferriss talks about this where it’s important to set yourself a goal to reach an unreachable person. Chances are, if you do the work, you can reach pretty much anybody.

Do you feel like your path to sports broadcasting and covering hockey was almost predetermined because of your upbringing?

Yes and no. No, because I don’t particularly like sports. I will usually avoid them at all costs. There are infinite activities I would rather do. This of course excludes watching my Brother play hockey or any other close friend who is a professional athlete. Yes, because I am interested in the human condition and have been since childhood. I covered hockey because it provided a window into my father’s life and it gave us a topic to discuss. If you look back on my career, I never actually covered the sports aspect of it. It was more personality driven.

Many people would have said you’re crazy to leave a career in sports, what was it that drove your choice change your path?

I needed to get away from testosterone. In the corporate setting, in the media setting and especially in the locker room setting. After nearly a decade in the industry, I felt completely stripped of my femininity which had a direct correlation to my eating disorder. There were a lot of reasons for why I wanted to hide my body. I don’t consider myself an attractive woman but the objectification of women is real, and frankly speaking, I couldn’t take it anymore. Another reason was that I was tired of having to change my personality. When I started auditioning for entertainment gigs, the feedback suggested that I be less cerebral, more bubbly, and fun. My intellect, or curiosity, or ability to hold up a conversation on multiple topics, was considered insufficient to hold up an entertainment job. I suppose one could say I didn’t play the game well enough, but I’m not one to play games. I wanted to step away from my career to see where my natural course of life would take me. I’m not sure I chose the sports reporting career by choice. I think it came from a hurt and vengeful place. After which pride took over and I overstayed my trajectory because I didn’t want to “fail”, or walk away from a seemingly “good thing”.

Where did your desire for documenting and telling stories come from?

I think the documenting came from a lack of permanence. Because I moved around so much, I never felt like I had a home. Documenting things provided me the opportunity to take things with me once I moved; pictures, videos, scrapbooks, artwork, letters, notes, cards. I take everything and I have boxes. My boxes always moved with me. My desire to tell stories was based on a survival mechanism. Because I moved so many times, I had to find a way to connect with people quickly, otherwise it would make it that much harder to make friends. Telling stories gave me an opportunity to connect with people, but also, being a great storyteller also means listening to others stories. Asking questions. Allowing others to share their world. It creates connections and relationships. Both stem from a need to survive.

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Tell us about the Untitled Female Project and the Tell Your Story podcast?

The Untitled Female Project was something I had wanted to start many years ago. I have journal entries, email exchanges, and website mock-ups dating back to my days with the Pittsburgh Penguins (2008). As the years went on, I refined the message and it’s foundation. For majority of my career, I wasn’t able to tell the stories I wanted to tell, or to tell them in a way that I felt would provide a deeper window into a person or place. Everything had to be on brand. And everything had my face and name attached to it (which is why I eventually jumped to production). UF gave me the opportunity to stand as an Untitled Female and to find my voice without boundaries. It was an opportunity for me to reconnect with my femininity, the women in my life, and probably most importantly, my inner-child and inner-voice. The platform stands on three pillars: Tell Your Story, Speak Your Truth and Champion Flaws. Each pillar provides a safe space for human connection. The Podcast is run through the Tell Your Story pillar where guests can speak about their life lessons-learned, truths, and flaws. For me, it’s an opportunity to interview in the way I’ve always dreamed of interviewing. Without limitations. And I can book the guests my heart desires. The Contributor narrative is run through the Speak Your Truth, where people can send in their stories, their tool kits, their lessons-learned, or participate in the UF Chat. Our UF CIRCLES are run through the Champion Flaws pillar where we provide a physical safe space for gatherings (men, women, children, co-ed) to openly discuss specific topics. I am also gearing up to launch one-on-one sessions if people choose to engage on a deeper level after a UF CIRCLE.

For people who are wanting to create content and build a platform, what advice would you give them?

Authenticity is the key to success. As mentioned, it’s hard to use your authentic voice when working within the confines of a corporation, but if you have the ability to share your authentic self through your social media, blog, or personal website, DO!

In a time where people share so much online and often only share their highlights, your social media platform comes with a purpose.  You choose to share your eating disorder recovery and also be open about your career and growth.  Why is that important to you?

I feel that we’ve lost touch with responsibility and accountability. Social media has provided the opportunity for ANYONE to create a brand, a name, and I suppose, even a career. Technology has provided connectivity. So with that in mind, we have a lot of people who have voices that are heard world-wide, but their message does not come from an authentic and/or genuine space. What that creates is a false image and a false “product” which followers consume. We’ve seen a rise in anxiety and depression in the Gen Z generation. Research doesn’t necessarily point the finger to social media, however, it is correlated, and I for one believe that it has a huge influence on the well-being of people. Meaning, we see these glamorous lives but we don’t see below the iceberg and oftentimes, shit gets messy underneath. I’ve been guilty of this. For 10 years I hid the fact that I was battling with anorexia. I posted images of myself which were not inline with my personal story. In my personal life I was hurting and slowly dying. To the outside world, I was thriving. That is SO dangerous. Irresponsible. And an abuse of power, privilege and status. I certainly don’t have as many followers as many of the influencers do nowadays, but it’s enough that once I started speaking openly about my eating disorder, and went ahead and erased my entire timeline to post authentic, REAL images and narratives, my inbox filled up with THANK YOUS. And, I can’t believe I feel the same as you. And, I too suffer from xyz. And, thank you for speaking out. And, I thought you had it good. And there’s your answer. Everyone has their shit. I’m not saying we need to overshare that but it’s important to showcase that there is no such thing as PERFECT and there is no such thing as TOTAL BLISS. We cannot keep selling the idea that positive thinking = total happiness. We are not robots. We are human beings and we will inevitably have good and bad days. And as one of my podcast guests said (hi Will Reeve), “life has a funny way of getting in the way”. I think awareness is key. Knowing that a Content 5 on a 1-10 scale meter (10 being HAPPY) is a good way of living. But I’ve still got a lot of work to do to get that message across. Ps. if you feel inclined to use your Voice, please use it for good and that does not mean posting a never-ending highlight reel.

It takes a lot of courage to be raw and as open as you are when it comes to your recovery.  Do you feel that it has helped your recovery and what was it that made you want to be so open about it?

I felt I had to be open about it. If I were to stick to the rules I mentioned about and I wanted to live what I speak; authenticity, transparency, vulnerability, accountability, responsibility, etc. then how could I continue having a presence on social media and platform that asks people for Stories, Truths, Flaws, if I didn’t do the same thing???  It felt nauseating, actually. I was living a lie and I didn’t want to carry that lie anymore. And honestly, at a certain point in any illness, carrying that secret becomes unbearable, heavy, suffocating, and debilitating. You either Speak Your Truth or you don’t. There’s no in between. And I try to practice that in all facets of life. The important thing to remember, however, that it MUST come from a space of Love and never Fear. It has definitely helped my Recovery. Not so much in my sharing and receiving encouragement but more when I receive feedback. Personal stories. Moments where others feel like they are seen, heard, and that they matter. A mental illness is an incredibly lonely disease. The human condition IS loneliness. So if I can alleviate some of that pain then it makes my telling my story completely worth it.

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How do you find your balance in life?

In my podcast I always ask my guests, ‘what is the lesson that took you the longest to learn?’ I feel that one of my answer to that question would be finding balance. I’ve been thinking a lot about balance and I feel that I’m moving toward the direction that finding balance insinuates that once you get there, you’ve accomplished something, as if it’s some sort of destination. I think as is anything in life, our paths are always a journey. Therefore, this destination of balance is something potentially unreachable and maybe even a waste of time. I’d rather see it as something that is in my periphery, and I’m aware of. I like it. I might even gravitate toward it, but it’s not something I necessarily strive for, otherwise I lose focus on all the other blessings in my life, and potentially, will be that much more blind-sided when life inevitably gets in the way.

How do you champion your flaws?

By talking about them! By bringing them up. By sharing experiences of where i’ve wronged people, or have hurt people, or myself. Champion Flaws is about awareness. I think we have a poor relationship with the word flaw, as if to have one, means that we are less of a human being. In fact, that couldn’t be further from the truth. The more flawed we are, the more human we are. But again, awareness is key. For example, one of my flaws is that I tend to over-work. This is learned behavior and has caused me much success but also much grief. So, when I find myself in a space of over-exertion, fatigue, less time with friends and family, and most importantly, less time for ME, I make a point to slot in some type of activity that allows me to step away from the workload. There isn’t much that works but one thing I ALWAYS find time for is art + film. So I slot that in as often as I need in order to function as a human being without hitting total exhaustion.

The lingo is: hi flaw, I see you, you do not define me, but you are a part of me, at times helping, at times hurting. And when you hurt, I need some time away. Awareness. Also, in speaking about our flaws they lose power over us and oftentimes we find ourselves in a community with like-minded, flawed humans. It makes life a tad bit easier.

If you were to give advice to your 10-year-old self what would it be?

You’re not too much. You’re not not enough. Your thinking mind is beautiful. Your kind heart is rare. Your curious disposition is spectacular. Your intuition is your guiding-light. And your empathic disposition is your Core. Not advice. You can’t advise someone, really. You can only help them see their gifts. Those were mine. Are mine. And I wish I had heard that more often. I didn’t. So I say that to myself now but it took me a long time to get here.

How do you stand in your power?

By Telling My Story. By Speaking My Truth. By Championing My Flaws. And by Leading with Love. Always Love. Love is power. So stand in a space of Love.

What are Vibes to you?

Energy!  I base all of my personal decisions off of energy. Whether it’s choosing a job, a friend, a partner, walking down a certain street, booking travel, etc. It’s all about energy. Which I suppose stems in hearing and listening to your intuition. If you’re connected and/or attuned to the vibes around you, you’re prone to make better decisions. You’re also prone to give off better vibes, too.

How do you Get Your Vibes??

I believe they exist in all of us, it’s all about fine-tuning. When I need to tap into my energy source and/or my intuition, I use a couple techniques to get myself aligned with my Core. Writing has always been an incredible practice for me. I call it free therapy. Walking (without music, podcast, phone conversation) is also incredibly grounding. I can’t run at the moment because of my Recovery process, but long runs used to clear my energetic pathways and it would give way to ideas, thoughts, solutions, etc. Yoga has stepped into that space. Museums + Art. Taking quiet time to observe something moves the energetic fields, stimulating creativity, solutions, etc. Same with films. They move me. Creating a new vibe. It’s all about fluidity. All of these are slow movements without heavy exertion or forceful creativity. It’s just opening space to accept what’s there.

Where can we connect with you? 

Twitter: @alyonkalarionov

Instagram: @_alyonka Facebook: Alyonka Larionov

UF:

Twitter/IG/FB: @untitledfemale

Email: UF@theuntitledfemaleproject.com if you want to Contribute and/or Attend a CIRCLE. Podast: Tell Your Story with Alyonka Larionov (iTunes Pod Store)

Vibe of The Week: Live with Love.

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Living in todays world can be disheartening at times.  In a 24 hour news cycle that is constantly delivering tragic, heartbreaking and fearsome stories, it can get to anyone after awhile.   Often times our natural reaction is to respond with fear and anxiety but this type of reaction doesn’t serve us or anyone around is, there is zero benefit.  So what can we do to prevent creating more fear and anxiety?  Learn to be love, to create and respond with love.  

This way of living and thinking is one that usually has to be relearned at some point in our lives but it is never too late to learn and change.  When we live with love, we respond with compassion, empathy and kindness. These feeling are much more beneficial for you and those around you.  They are productive and don’t evoke negativity or create more anxious feelings.  Everyone wins with love.

A great way to start creating awareness is when negative feelings or thoughts arrive, teach yourself to pause, and mindfully replace the negative with love, grace, compassion for yourself and others.  Like most things, reteaching yourself takes time but living with love creates a life of gratitude and abundance, we when learn to live with love we will an opportunity for growth, perhaps where we once saw fear.  

Studies show that our physical and mental health will also improve when we live with love and positivity.  When our self-talk and self thought is positive we experience less stress and this improves our cardiovascular health, we are immune systems are stronger, we are able to fight of the common cold and our coping skills improve.  Your life span can increase, while depression rates decrease, so why not improve your mental and physical health and live with love!

We hope you enjoy this Vibe of The Week and that you are able to apply it to your life and Get Your Vibes!

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Veggie Stir-Fry with Cashew Garlic Sauce

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If you haven’t noticed many of the Get Your Vibes recipes are extremely simple and easy to incorporate into busy nights.  And that is no mistake, life happens and we get busy but our health shouldn’t be jeopardized because we get busy.  This recipes is traditional with a fun twist, the cashew garlic sauce is amazing, try not to drink it…. but for real tho.  See below for the recipe!

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Let’s get started:

Serves 2

Stir-Fry:

1 cup sprouted rice

1/4 cup thinly sliced carrots

1/4 cup chopped celery

1/4 cup chopped broccoli 

1/4 cup sliced zucchini 

1/4 cup chopped mushrooms

1/4 cup green cabbage

chopped sweet onion, to your liking

1 garlic cloves 

1/4 cup liquid aminos

1-2 tablespoons coconut oil

scallions for flavor and garnish

cilantro for flavor and garnish 

Cashew Garlic Sauce:

1/2 cup of soaked cashews

1/2 lemon

2 garlic cloves 

few tablespoons of water

 

Instructions:

Start by soaking the cashews, you can soak them for 2-4 hours, if you forget or don’t have time to soak, just place them in boiling water until the are soft and can be punctured with a fork.  You’ll want to start cooking your rice, use your rice cooker or place 1 cup of rice in about 1 1/2 to 2 cups of water and let cook.  Once you have the cashews set aside and the rice going, use a teflon free skillet or wok, add the coconut oil and place on the lowest heat.  Chop your veggies and add to the wok, with the exception of the green cabbage, set that aside until the end, let the veggies cook on low to medium heat.  While your veggies are cooking add the cashews to a magic bullet or a blender of you don’t have a MB.  Add the 2 cloves of garlic, squeeze in the 1/2 lemon (be cautious of seeds) and add in a few tablespoons of water and blend.  If the sauce is too think then add in more water until it reaches desired consistency, I prefer a pourable sauce, one that I can drizzle on top, not too thick.  Set the sauce aside and check on the rice and then add the minced garlic clove, green cabbage and 1/4 cup liquid amigos to the veggies.  I also like my veggies with some crunch so I cooked them on low the entire time.   Plate the rice, place the stir-fry veggies on top, then top with a light sprinkle of scallions and cilantro, drizzle the cashew garlic sauce, sprinkle the rest of the scallions and cilantro and boom… Ya done and you’re about to Get Your Vibes with this dish!  This dish is filling, kids love it, dudes love it, its healthy, simply and filled with good vibes.  Enjoy and please leave any comments or questions below!

Vibe of The Week: Seek Within.

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We only have a few months of 2017 left and I am feeling incredibly motivated, positive and looking forward to what the rest of 2017 holds for us as a collective and for Get Your Vibes.  The other day I thought to myself how I felt like I would work better if I had a little more balance in my life, that if I had more balance then my working hours would count more and I'd work more efficiently.  Whenever I am looking to make changers in my outer world, I try to look at how I can make the changes with my inner self.  If I am looking to have more stability, I think of a ways that my inner self and actions can be stable, instead of seeking and reaching for things in the outer world or a person for that stability.  The same goes for balance, I look at where I can give more of that to myself with my choices, my inner thought and my actions.

When we look inward for what we are seeking we will evolve and grow.  When we reach for things in the material world, we are often left disappointed because they only temporarily fix and fill any void.  However, when we go inward we are revealing new layers and strengthening our mental fortitude, our wisdom and intuition.   

Bottomline; The more you go within, the stronger you will be, the stronger your intuition will be, you'll have a better relationship with yourself and all aspects of your life will improve. 

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New Product Alert: Magnesium Oil Muscle Spray

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First off, let's start by saying THANK YOU!!  You all have made the Vibe Shop a huge success, I was blown away by all the orders and we sold out within our first week.  I can't even begin to describe the appreciation we have for everyone supporting the Get Your Vibes movement.  We plan on having more items and snacks on the site in the coming months and we look forward to growing and evolving with our clients and customers.  

Speaking of new items, we are really excited to share our latest product, Magnesium Oil Muscle Spray.  This gem will help you Get Your Vibes in a number of ways!   All of our clients who are professional athletes love to use it but you certainly don't have to be an athlete, it will impact your health in a number of ways, the benefits are on a broad spectrum.  I use it daily, I spray the sole's of my feet every night before I go to bed and it's worked wonders!  

Magnesium is a vital mineral for our wellbeing and this product is so clean and pure, I know you are going to let it too.  Visit our shop to learn more and Get Your Vibes!

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Calling all athletes, gym rats and health nuts this spray is for you! 

Did you know that nearly 75% of Americans are deficient of the magical mineral, magnesium?  Magnesium plays a role in nearly 300 enzymes in the human body.  These enzymes impact how the body functions on a daily basis, everything from metabolic functions, which influence everything from how our body manufactures our DNA, to muscle soreness and the production of important hormones in the body.   Most Americans lack magnesium in their diet because today's soil isn't abundant in minerals like it once was.  When you supplement with clean, pure magnesium, like our spray, your body benefits in a variety of ways.  Your energy will increase, you become less irritable, improve sleep, relieves chronic pain and elevates muscle soreness, eases headaches and migraines, regulates blood sugar, boosts immune system, helps support a healthy libido, improves memory and cognitive function, supports antioxidant systems, the list goes on and that's because magnesium really is a magic mineral!  

When applied to the skin, magnesium oil is absorbed rapidly and effectively boosts magnesium levels in the body. This effect restores healthy levels of magnesium to muscles but also the cells.  This spray is vegan, cruelty free and filled with Good Vibes.

Directions: Apply daily before bedtime by spraying soles of feet and any sore muscles.  This is great to use for a professional massage as well or add it to your bathtub and prepare to relax and Get Your Vibes!  The bottle is TSA travel size compliant, two ounce container, perfect for traveling. External use only, do not spray on face. 

 

The information presented here is not intended to diagnose or treat a disease or medical condition.

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Vibe of The Week: Keep It Real With Yourself.

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One of the things I've learned on this journey with Get Your Vibes is how important it is to be real with yourself.  When you're starting a business, or any new adventure that has passion driving it, it can be hard to see things from an objective view.  This can prevent necessary moves from being made or tasks being completed.  This week, let's all focus on keeping it real, especially ourselves. 

When keeping it real, it's best to do it and be positive about it, keeping it real is a good thing, so be happy!  We always have room to grow, there are so many ways we can be better.  When we think from a positive, open, eager place, we position ourselves to align with positive, fulfilling, and new opportunities.  This helps keep the fire lit, because when you are trying to Get Your Vibes, you are always striving to be and do better.  

It's important to understand that we are never done learning, we can always learn more.  Be real, be real with yourself and open to new possibilities coming to you.  Try not to judge your path, this will allow you to see things as they are and not how we or others perceive them to be.  

Learn to trust yourself and your intuition.  Keep it real with yourself, because if you can't keep it real with you, then who can you keep it real with?

Use the hashtag #VOTW and show us how you Get Your Vibes!

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