Earth Candy- Sourcing Natural Ingredients, Health Benefits
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As you many of you already know life simply inspires me. Living in LA can be incredible at the same time time while becoming an entrepreneur in the fitness/ wellness industry it can be taxing, having to re-center myself daily while going back to nature’s source for daily Inspo. From colors to textures, traveling, fitness and natural remedies. I love having a cabinet full of yummy go to’s in my kitchen that reminds me of our roots, literally lol. Having natural products you can throw on just about anything to spice things up.

Being in my 30’s Im always trying to take the best care of myself and starting within. Life as a personal trainer and blogger can be really physically demanding. From really early mornings to engaging my mind and body in my work. The backend which not many see is another beast. From programming, studying, creating and training it’s a mental game and being alert and focused can really dictate my success.

Turmeric has scientifically proven health benefits. From preventing Alzheimer’s and Cancer. It’s a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant and may also help improve symptoms of depression and arthritis. Maca powder known to boost and improve energy while reducing blood pressure and fighting free radicals. Figs which are good source of fibre and calcium while also helps with lowering cholesterol and blood sugar levels and blueberries being the king of antioxidant helps protect cells from damage caused by free radicals. Cacao Nibs not only add’s that delicious chocolaty taste and crunchy texture but again packed with antioxidants, magnesium and. natural source that act’s as a mood enhancer. Of course we can’t forget Açaí Berries another source of antioxidants used the base. I used Sambazon Acai frozen individual packets ready to blend with your favorite fruits and veggies.

Next time you’re at the supermarket make sure to stock up on healthy go to’s that you can use interchangeably in your recipes. It’s always fun to discover new things while getting all the benefits!

-Ashiko

Nourishing Your Life - Finding Balance In Your Kitchen
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Having come from a background of modeling where my weight and measurements would dictate my success and eventually happiness. The relationship I had with food is not one which you would ever consider balanced until recently that is. It’s nearing a year now since I made the decision to start studying sports medicine which lead me to pulling back from modeling. By doing this it gave me a safe place and rather permission to evolve mentally, spiritually and to physically take on a new form. I knew if really wanted to put on muscle I would have to do it on my own terms. Now weighing heavier and appearing more toned my energy has drastically improved along with the physical capabilities I’ve adapted too. Im not an athlete by sport but rather one that takes on physical demands. It wasn’t long after studying I realized I could train, nourish and recover like one.

Food is such an important component to athletic performance. It’s also the driving source to any energy we exude. It dictates our emotional state to physical capabilities.

One of my go to meals shown in the photo above not only because of the simplicity in preparation and clean taste but also because of how easy it is to digest; cod, broccolini and quinoa. Cod is one of my favorite fish to eat. Not only because of the mild taste and meaty texture, it contains essential vitamins and minerals while low in mercury and relatively high in Omega- 3 fatty acids. High in protein and low in fat. Personally I have better experience digesting broccolini rather than traditional broccoli. It’s one of those vegetables that expend in your stomach and if your sensitive may feel bloating while others have no symptoms. It’s mild, has a sweet earthy taste and packed with vitamins and minerals. Quinoa, gluten free, high in protein and fibre. It also contains sufficient amounts of all 9 essential amino acids along.

We should all strive to find balance in our lives for that is where we can find joy in the simple things

-Ashiko

Wanderlust- Never Lost And Always Found
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Several weeks ago a friend and I sat on a near by patio at a local cafe sipping almond milk latte’s, while we talked about life, adventures and travel; okay we talked about our happy place. From their time folded and we had our first adventure planned out. He showed me images from one of his recent trips to the Mojave Desert. I’m always amazed that within a few hours you can literally feel like you’re in another world. That idea alone sets my soul on fire!

As a few weeks went by, we had it all planned out. We were desert bound. There’s something about the air as soon as you leave LA. For me it’s a sense of freedom… I feel lighter, more centered not mention creative. I simply feel alive. I can’t stress enough how important it is to re-energize your soul. I used to be a person that would hang around waiting for others to plan something or I would just hang out letting time pass thinking that was enough. Until I went down a new path in life, one which I met myself front and center. My time became more valuable, my heart had a new awareness of happiness and my soul craved adventure.

It was my first time hiking the sand dunes. I’ve heard the expression “God’s Country” and well this was exactly that. It’s where I felt closer to my beloved father, who I was and who I am. Im not sure if Im explaining myself accurately, but there’s this feeling I get being vulnerable in the outdoors that excite’s and also frightens me. I can feel how the climate affects my body and mental state. While walking through the untouched land hearing all the peculiar noises unsure if there’s going to be a poisonous snake that could bite you and if that happens the fear of what to do. After all we were so far out and no hospital would be close enough should we urgently need one.

As we trekked the sand dunes I realized something. That as evolved and skilled as I’ve become in life and the outdoors, Im still connected to the woman that feared the unknown. The person that was scared to take risks, worried I would be too out of my comfort zone. Well it lasted a moment, then realizing it was just a state of mind and I had the option to have full control.

If you haven’t been to the Mojave desert then I highly suggest you go! Make sure you take enough water and layers to keep yourself protected from the sun and later cool air. The wind will blow the sand unexpectedly so a buff or bandana is a must. I recommend taking trekking poles, they’re extremely useful when hiking up the slippery sand and when coming down reducing the impact to your knees. I hope this place brings you clarity and a new found respect for mother nature .

With each day we grow, with each experience we evolve and with each adventure we set ourselves free

-Ashiko

Dear Diary... "Honesty"

A few years ago I was involved in a highly toxic relationship which anchored me to the feeling of worthlessness. It wasn’t a foreign feeling either. With both physical and emotional abuse present, I chose to keep it. He didn’t mean to do it, he wasn’t in the right frame of mind, he loves me… I’ll heal and we can go back to how things were or better yet I pressured him, it’s my fault. I had ever excuse in the book. It was in my nature to do anything to just go back to how things were even if it wasn’t healthy but I could manage it. I would compartmenatilze constantly as it temporarily went away, and came back like a bad dream.

I was confused and felt victim, after all it was done to me. I had a choice to leave or stay. I stayed. I always wanted to feel loved, coming from a broken home it’s what I’ve craved and being in a relationship with a highly emotional recovering addict made me feel secure. Can any of you relate? All I ever wanted was to feel validated…needed. I get asked often what’s my “why”. To share my life and journey with you, in hopes I can help you, bring you comfort, teach you or inspire you to take control of your life to do the work and put yourself front and center of your issues. I wish for no one to experience what I have. I wish for no one to feel what I do and have. And I want to share with you the growth and beauty from over coming tragedy to let you know there is a bright light at the end. You can not rewrite what was but you sure can try everyday to make a change and be that change but you have to do the work.

I decided to go down a different path in life, after slowly rebuilding my self worth non which was done by looking in a mirror and saying “I love you” rather saying what I saw. I developed true compassion for myself during 2 years spent in self improvement workshops, it was then that I had some profound discoveries. I started to fall in love with myself, wanting to protect myself, make myself happy. I was ready to start living for me… and so my journey began as I emerged myself in nature reflecting and rebuilding my min, body and soul.

-Ashiko

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Empowering Humanity With Northern Fashion
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Less than a year ago I entered a new chapter in my life, fueled by the desire to connect and break down the walls we put up… I put up. I want others to see us for who we truly are, where we come from and the aspirations we have. After realigning my values and more importantly sticking by them I soon made the decision to change careers after modeling for 16 years to study sports medicine. During my studies I developed a passion for the outdoors, hiking. While hiking long distance trails and camping in freezing temps, I guess you can say I discovered and learned more about myself more than I had. I’ve teamed up with Northern Fashion, a brand that supports woman and girl’s to stand tall and raise their voice. Northern Fashion is a brand that believes we have the power and the resources at our disposal more than ever before, and encourages woman to take control of the narrative and language used to describe us int he workplace at school and beyond. The T-Shirts can be found at the market at Macy’s in 12 Oaks Mall, and also online at www.northernfashion.com! With so many cute statement’s, from emotional to passionate, bossy to being a leader. We have to stick together, teach each other and more importantly support each other.

Make sure to get your T-Shirt and tag @northern.fashion @ashikowestguard for a repost!

Thank you so much guys for all your continued love and support! I feel it ;)

-Ashiko