Home Bound Tips to Stay in Balance
Get Real about Love Advice
This is Renee Piane -The Love Designer and his wild worldwide virus is slowing us all down to reset. It all seems so surreal like a bad dream. It’s finally hitting us that this virus is keeping the world homebound for a while. It’s only been a couple of weeks in quarantine, and we all are just starting to get in a new flow. I think the shock has turned into a big wake up call for many of us that are suddenly thrown together with our family’s full time and we are all reinventing our day to day living. We need to be patient, loving and creative.
This a time to slow down and evaluate our lives and giving us an opportunity to examine our priorities. We are so blessed we live in this beautiful community, and I’m so grateful for our local Ralphs and Trader Joes to get our supplies much easier than most people in LA. We all have been figuring out how to keep ourselves balanced while staying safe. Thanks to the power of the internet, information, and classes of all kinds are available to keep informed. Learning something new and keeping your mind active are great ways to stave off cabin fever. Here are a few tips to consider during our home confinement:
Food, Fitness, and Deeper Connections
I’m sure we all are cooking more than normal, we need to be creative to spread out our food supply and try new recipes to keep it interesting. Personally, I have been baking healthy treats, soups, salads, and veggies ahead of time to have options ready to go so I don’t eat junk food. I know many people are “eating their feelings” and many are getting “Fluffy!” Can you relate?
The experts say eating warmer foods and drinking warm (teas and coffee) is best to fight the virus. I make food that I can create a few meals with the leftovers. For example, I will bake chicken with carrots and veggies, then use the extra chicken to make chicken salad or a delicious soup by adding bone broth and more vegetables, beans, or rice.
I have also been making lots of easy homemade soups by sautéing organic onions, carrots celery in olive oil first then adding mixed organic veggies: broccoli, zucchini, butternut squash, and cauliflower (add your favorites) and boil those in water until soft. I add coconut milk, red curry and blend it all together to taste. This soup is delicious, healthy and creamy. I freeze half for another meal. WATCH MY VIDEO about this soup magic: https://vimeo.com/403933107
For a healthy treat for people that are gluten and dairy-free, I have one of my easy recipes that are low in carbs and sugar. This delicious muffin recipe is made with an almond meal from Trader Joes. These muffins are great for the whole family. Here is the simple recipe that makes plenty of muffins. Let me know what you think.
Gluten and Grain-Free Muffins
Mix Dry Ingredients in a bowl: 2 cups almond meal
2 teaspoons baking powder and ½ tsp Salt
Wet Ingredients (in a blender)
4 eggs, 1 cup ripe bananas, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 cup of any of these ingredients
* Organic pumpkin in a can (Lowest in calories) * Fresh butternut squash cooked * Baked Sweet potato, ¼ cup of olive oil (or oil of your choice) Blend together. Add stevia, maple syrup, brown or white sugar to taste. Mix both together.
-Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Bake in a muffin pan with paper baking cups sprayed lightly with coconut oil. Add nuts, dark chocolate pieces, seeds… Bake 20-25 minutes© Yummy
FITNESS (for the Body and the Mind)
The biggest frustration is being quarantined and not having the option to go to the gym for our fitness classes and getting out and about. Take 30-minute walks near your home to get some sunshine and move your body. Exercise has proven to help with anxiety, and with all the shocking news updates, working out is one of the best ways to release the overwhelming stress. Meditation is very impactful as well. I went online to find free workouts and have learned some great new moves to tone various body parts that tend to sag. Take time to tune in on YouTube with just a floor matt or a rug to keep your body moving and your endorphins going.
Here are some great classes to explore 24/7 for FREE
30-Minute No-Equipment Barre Sculpting Workout– https://bit.ly/3dzv70q
Yoga for Beginners /20 Minute Yoga Workout–https://youtu.be/v7AYKMP6rOE
15-Minute Beginner Workout — No Equipment Needed https://bit.ly/3dBB1y8
FREE 21 Day Meditation Experience with Oprah and Depok https://chopracentermeditation.com/
The most important thing is staying close to family and friends that you haven’t had the time to talk to in a long time. We have set up weekly calls on Zoom or Facetime with our families and close friends to connect.
I like to express my feelings verbally to my loved ones. I have had time to have many deep conversations communicating with my family members about memories and learning their childhood stories.
Recently, one of my aunts were telling me fascinating stories about my grandparents and great aunts who lived through wars and diseases like this. In those times they had little food, medicines or any of the technology we have today. I am sure our children will be telling their children about how our world survived this Corona Virus pandemic someday. I wonder what the next generations will be telling their children about your family history, about our love story and how they learned about community, the world and love through this experience? It’s a great time to be sharing tales from your family lineage to get passed down.
I like to think about the good that will prevail if we all step up and offer a hand to someone in need, be kind and considerate to our neighbors and offer assistance. I ask myself …What changes will we all make to make our world a better place? To stay safe? What are the deeper lessons we are all learning about ourselves? How can we deepen our relationships? What can we do to make a difference? How can we deal with this world epidemic in a more positive way?
With the family Snuggle up, read, learn a new craft, create a vision board, do a good deed, thank people who are working to stock our food and healing the sick, write cards to people you love, watch inspiring movies, send happy thoughts to others, keep the faith, summon your strength, write a blog and pray as a family. Clean out old drawers and closets, take naps, hug your kids, appreciate your partner more…
If your single, make an online profile, meet people online and get to know each other by phone and facetime. Have online happy hours, read relationship books, create a new online profile, clean out your love nest and get your place ready for love. Take my online courses, support your business associates, cook something new, count your blessings each day and stay connected if you are lonely. Ask me for support. Let’s all pray more, be compassionate, be grateful for our blessings and stay home to save our own lives and those we love. Blessing to us all. We are all in this together!
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic. Have a burning question? In a love “situation?” Need help with any dating concerns or have a relationship challenge? Need an Image makeover? Ready to find Love? Send in your questions to: Renee@ReneePiane.com or connect with me at my office at 310 827-1100.
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