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add coconut oil to your coffee to boost your brain and ROCK YOUR TASTE BUDS!

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You’d have to be living under a rock to have not heard about all the amazing benefits of regularly consuming coconut oil! (Ok, if you’ve been living under a rock, take a peek at this article.)

We as an American society are finally starting to (once again) see that healthy fats are essential to healthy living.

I’ve been looking for ways to sneak more coconut oil into my life and so I got SUPER excited when I stumbled across a coffee recipe with a generous addition of coconut oil.

Have you tried adding coconut oil to your coffee yet? If you haven’t, then you’re possibly feeling like me two days ago: A little grossed out at the thought adding oil to your coffee. But if you try it, you’ll be like me today … OBSESSED.

But, besides tasting AMAZING, here’s the best part …

THIS COFFEE DRINK COULD BOOST YOUR MEMORY AND ENERGY!

What happens when you consume coconut oil on a regular basis? Dr. Axe’s web site lists 20 great benefits and side effects. They all interest me, since I want to be as healthy as possible. But two points about coconut oil in particular make me SUPER happy:

Improves Memory and Brain Function – In a 2004 study published in the journal of Neurobiology of Aging, they found that the MCFA’s found in coconut oil improved the memory problems in their older subjects.

Across all the patients there was a marked improvement in their recall ability after taking this fatty acid. As the MCFA’s are absorbed easily in the body and can be accessed in the brain without the use of insulin, they are able to fuel brain cells more efficiently.

Improves Energy and Endurance – Coconut oil is easy to digest, but also produces a longer sustained energy and increases your metabolism. When taking a quality non-processed coconut oil, you can get the most benefit as it’s MCFA’s are sent directly to the liver to be converted into energy!

Today, many triathletes will use coconut oil as their source of fuels during training and races for long distance events.”

Ok, so now that we’ve seen WHY you might want to start your day with coconut oil, let’s get on to the good part.

HERE’S HOW TO MAKE INSANELY YUMMY COFFEE

  • Take your mug of hot black coffee, and pour it into a blender. (I make my coffee in a French Press … but it doesn’t matter how you prefer to make yours. Any unsweetened coffee will do.)
  • Add in 2 tbs of high-quality coconut oil
  • Add in a tsp of cocoa powder and a dash of cinnamon
  • If you like sweet coffee, add in a heaping tsp of honey (I like mine to have the bee pollen in it for added nutritional benefits).
  • Blend for a minute.

You’ll end up with a frothy drink that tastes like HEAVEN and is SO good for you. Plus, since the coconut oil isn’t cold like coffee creamer or milk, it doesn’t cool off your coffee.

You could easily mix up a larger batch of this and save it in your cabinet. It doesn’t need to be refrigerated. And of course, you can opt to leave out the honey if you don’t want to add any sweetener … or add more if you prefer your coffee super sweet.

Try it!!! And then tell me what you think!

Warmly,
Kate

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GIVEAWAY THIS WEEKEND — ENTER TO WIN A T!

I’m giving away a ridiculously CUTE tshirt!!! All you have to do to enter is head over to my instagram account and tag two friends you think would like a shirt. That’s it! I’ll choose a random winner on Monday.

You can choose from the cropped t, the short sleeve t, or the 3/4 sleeve t.

Check them all our here:
http://www.dearfemalephotographer.com/colle…/for-your-office

Go enter the contest here:
www.instagram.com/kate_callahan_photography

And lastly:
Have a wonderful weekend!

Warmly,
Kate

 

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do you have a morning ritual?

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Have you ever read the morning rituals of people like Tim Ferris or Tony Robbins? When I read what their mornings look like, I feel one part pumped up and encouraged to develop my own amazing morning routine … but more parts just plain old like a huge morning loser!

I’m working on it. And my morning ritual has definitely improved over the years.

Here’s what mornings currently look like:

  1. Wake up at 7. Maybe  7:14. Or, maybe even 7:32. It all depends on whether or not I can convince “Morning Kate” to not hit the snooze button over and over again. “Evening Kate” is always determined to get cracking right at 7. But “Morning Kate” doesn’t care about productivity. She likes SLEEP.
  2. Oil pull. I use either Olive Oil or Coconut Oil and swish it around my mouth for 15 minutes or so while I make my bed and boil water. (Check out the benefits of oil pulling.)
  3. Hot lemon water. I drink a large mug of hot lemon water while I prepare coffee in a french press. (Check out the benefits of warm lemon water in the morning.)
  4. Morning facial. I typically shower at night, so in the morning, I use a witch hazel solution for my face, neck, and chest and then apply a mixture of oils to my skin.
  5. While the oil is settling into my skin, I sit down and drink my coffee and read my Bible for 15 to 20 minutes. I use this time to meditate on the day and set a few goals for what I’d like to accomplish. I often paint with water colors in my art journal during this time as well. Typically the painting goes along with what I’ve been reading in my Bible and it helps me to meditate on the information. Depending on what time I actually got up that morning and what I’ll be doing that day, I sometimes spend up to an hour on this portion of my morning ritual.
  6. Breakfast. I typically eat eggs and avocado, or a smoothie.
  7. Makeup and hair. By now the oils have sunk into my skin and I’m ready for some loose powder and blush. Maybe some mascara. And if I’m feeling particularly fancy, possibly some eye makeup. My hair either goes up into a messy bun or I leave it down in messy waves. All in all, this portion of the morning takes about 5 minutes.
  8. Get dressed. If I’m headed out the door, I’ll put on clothes I picked out the night before. If I’m going to be working from home all morning, I’ll typically throw on some comfy clothes and hit the computer.

So there it is … my morning ritual. I’d like it to start earlier. I’d like it to include aerobic exercise. But for now, my body seems to prefer exercise in the afternoon or evening. I’d also like it to include pilates and egoscue exercises. For now, those get done in the evening since “Morning Kate” just doesn’t care about them at all : )

What about you? What do your mornings look like?

 

p.s. Here are 6 morning rituals successful people typically do every day.

 

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have you ever tried a laughter meditation?

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No doubt you’ve heard the saying that “laughter is the best medicine.” I’d always heard it, too … but I didn’t really believe it. That is, until I read the book Anatomy of an Illness by Norman Cousins. Mr. Cousins details how daily doses of laugher (along with high doses of Vitamin C) cured of him an illness that was slowly but surely leading him to the grave.

Mr. Cousin’s book completely changed the way I view illness.

Researchers around the world agree with the idea that laughter can truly benefit the body.

A Huffington Post article highlights that laughter can …

  • improve short term memory
  • lower levels of cortisol, the “stress hormone”
  • burn calories (!!)
  • protect against heart disease

Gaiam Life reports that laughter can boost Tcells, which “are specialized immune system cells just waiting in your body for activation. When you laugh, you activate T cells that immediately begin to help you fight off sickness.”

A recent Psychology Today article highlights that laughter can not only reduce pain and better equip us to tolerate discomfort, but it reduces sugar levels, increasing glucose tolerance in diabetics and non diabetics alike. Additionally, it helps your blood vessels function better.

But what if there’s nothing funny in your life right at this moment? Can you still laugh and reap all the above-mentioned benefits?

I stumbled onto something new … laughter meditation. I tried it. And it felt good. (Although, my neighbors probably think I’m insane!)

Try it out. And then leave a comment. Did it make you feel good?

Warmly,
Kate

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how to help your clients relax in front of your camera: a must-watch for photographers

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As a portrait photographer, one of my biggest challenges is figuring out how to help people feel at ease when they stand before my camera. It’s AMAZING the things I can see when I peer through my viewfinder. I see the looks of panic. Fear. Self-hatred. Shame. Shyness. Insecurity. Sometimes it just makes me want to put my camera down and hug the individual.

How can I help them? I want to help them … not just so that I can do a great job as their photographer … but so that I can show them how beautiful they really are.

I stumbled across a TED talk by psychologist Anna Rowley and photographer Peter Hurley. And it BLEW my mind.

One of the interesting phenomenons Hurley highlights is that people have a major fear of being in front of the camera, but they then they’ll turn around and take (and post) endless selfies. Why?

When you take a selfie, YOU have decided to take the picture. YOU are in control. But when a photographer is behind the lens, it’s the photographer who is in control.

So as photographers, we need to help our clients!  But how?

Anna Rowley and Peter Hurley say it’s by helping them focus on their inner truth. They began what they call “psyphotology,” a way of asking questions while an individual is being photographed to help them let go and feel confident and relaxed in their photos. Watch the video … it’s worth it!

Happy Friday!
Kate

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