Self Care + Coconut Avocado Deep Conditioning Hair & Face Mask

February 27, 2016

 

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Happy weekend all!

It was a crazy week for me. I’m always is trying to manage my day job with my nutrition studies along with keeping this website up to date with amazing recipes such as this one!  For me, balance is essential but it can often be put on the back burner when I’m stuck in the chaos of life. Do you know what I mean?

That’s why self-care is a priority for me.  Years ago, when I was dealing with high anxiety due to my high stress lifestyle, I finally learned that taking some time for self-care would be critical for my healing process.

Self-care, in my definition, is the practice of acts of kindness to yourself.  Us women, in particular, give-give-give out to the world, more than we often receive back. And self-care is a way to reward and recharge ourselves and to top ourselves back up.

I try to practice self-care on a daily basis but I, in particular, spend my Saturday mornings and Sunday evenings specifically in this practice.  Here is how that looks for me:

DAILY:
:: up at 5:15am for 30 minutes of exercise
:: work on nutrition case studies and/or website (believe it or not, this energizes me)
:: dry brushing followed by essential oil + epsom salt bath (3-5 days per week)
:: 10-20 of mindfulness (meditation, listen to podcast, listen to meditative music, repeating mantras)
:: holistic dental care practice (oil pulling, tongue scraping, essential oils)
:: diffusing essential oils 1 hour before bedtime
:: reading positive, inspirational books before bedtime
:: phone on airplane mode starting at 9pm
:: sleeping between 9:30-10:30 pm

SATURDAY MORNINGS:
:: listen to inspiring podcasts & books
:: work on blog-posts and bi-weekly newsletters
:: 1.5 hours of yoga
:: long coffees with my husband
:: sleep in until 8am

SUNDAY DAY/EVENINGS:
:: meal prep for the week
:: 30-45 minutes of exercise
:: 1-2 hours of meal prep which is essential for a productive and balanced week
:: spa night (weekly hair & face mask – recipe below)
:: connect with family
:: sleep in until 8am (sometimes up a bit earlier)
:: long coffees with my husband

This is quite the list!  Keep in mind that this is a practice that I have held consciously for 5-6 years now and it is exactly that, a practice. I hope that my list of self-care rituals inspires you to add into your own life.

This recipe is made with 100% plant-based ingredients which have the best sources of fat, protein, vitamins and minerals making it great for our skin and hair. In fact, this recipe is totally edible and it tastes yummy!

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ingredients
1 avocado
1 TB. raw Honey
1 banana
1 can organic coconut milk – full fat
1 tablespoon of avocado or liquid coconut oil*

*For even more deep conditioning, you could add 1/4 of oil but because I have fine and relatively soft hair, I am keeping the amount minimal.

directions
Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

This makes a significant amount so I freeze mine into small jars/bags (1/2 cup each) and take out every Saturday for my Sunday self-care day. You can increase the amount depending on the length of hair.

For application: apply the portion to wet, freshly rinsed hair (and, at the same time, put a thin slather onto your face). If available, cover with a reusable plastic cap and wrap with a warm towel. Keep on for up to one hour. Wash, condition and away you go!

Now it’s your turn: which one of my self-care practices could you incorporate into your life?  Tell me in the comments below!