Vacation Zen: Unwind in just 10-15 Minutes with Meditation and Yoga

Vacation Zen: Unwind in just 10-15 Minutes with Meditation and Yoga

Going on vacation can be a much-needed break from our busy lives, but it can also disrupt our regular self-care routine. If you’re looking to incorporate some mindfulness and movement into your vacation, here’s a quick 10-15 minute meditation and yoga routine that you can do almost anywhere.

Start with a 5-Minute Mindful Meditation

Find a quiet spot and take a seat. Close your eyes and listen to the sounds around you: the ocean waves, the birds, and any other natural sounds. Focus on your breath and feel it moving in and out of your body. Take a few deep breaths and as you exhale, release any tension in your body. Then, practice gratitude for being able to travel and experience new things. Take a moment to reflect on what you’re grateful for in your life right now.

Set an Intention in Child’s Pose

From the seated position, move into child’s pose. Take a few breaths here, then come up onto your hands and knees for a few rounds of Cat-Cow. Inhale and arch your back, exhale and round your spine. After 10 rounds, come back to a neutral spine and hold a plank for 10-15 seconds. Lower down to cobra for another 10-15 seconds, then move into downward dog for 10-15 seconds. Repeat this sequence 1-3 times, depending on how much time you have.

Move into Warrior Poses

From the final child’s pose, come up into mountain pose. From here, move into warrior 1, holding the pose for 10-15 seconds. Then, move into warrior 2, holding for another 10-15 seconds. Repeat this sequence on the other side. Finally, settle back into a forward fold and bring yourself into downward dog. End the routine with one final cobra and child’s pose.

The Benefits of a Quick Meditation and Yoga Routine

This routine is designed to help you create lymphatic flow, no matter where you are. This is great especially after a long flight! The mindful meditation can help you reduce stress and improve your overall mental health, while the yoga poses can help you stretch out any tension in your body and promote detoxification (which is super important when you are traveling). By setting an intention and expressing gratitude, you can start your day on a positive note and carry that energy with you throughout the rest of your vacation.

Yoga Pose Instructions

Child’s Pose:

  1. Start on your hands and knees, with your wrists under your shoulders and your knees under your hips.
  2. Bring your big toes together and separate your knees wide apart.
  3. Lower your hips back towards your heels and stretch your arms forward, resting your forehead on the mat.
  4. Relax your entire body and take deep breaths in and out through your nose.


  1. Start on your hands and knees, with your wrists under your shoulders and your knees under your hips.
  2. Inhale and arch your back, lifting your tailbone and head up towards the ceiling. This is Cow pose.
  3. Exhale and round your spine, tucking your tailbone under and bringing your chin towards your chest. This is Cat pose.
  4. Repeat for 10 rounds, moving smoothly between the two poses with each inhale and exhale.


  1. Start on your hands and knees, with your wrists under your shoulders and your knees under your hips.
  2. Step your feet back one at a time, coming into a straight line from your head to your heels.
  3. Engage your core and keep your shoulders directly over your wrists.
  4. Hold for 10-15 seconds, breathing deeply.


  1. Lie on your stomach with your hands under your shoulders, elbows close to your sides, and your forehead resting on the mat.
  2. Press into your hands and lift your chest and head off the mat, keeping your shoulders down and your elbows close to your sides.
  3. Keep your legs and feet active, pressing the tops of your feet into the mat.
  4. Hold for 10-15 seconds, breathing deeply.

Downward Dog:

  1. Start on your hands and knees, with your wrists under your shoulders and your knees under your hips.
  2. Lift your hips up and back, straightening your arms and legs and coming into an inverted V-shape.
  3. Spread your fingers wide and press your hands into the mat.
  4. Press your heels towards the floor and lengthen through your spine.
  5. Hold for 10-15 seconds, breathing deeply.

Mountain Pose:

  1. Stand with your feet hip-width apart, toes pointing forward.
  2. Spread your toes and press evenly into the soles of your feet.
  3. Lengthen through your spine and engage your core.
  4. Roll your shoulders back and down, and lift your chest.
  5. Bring your palms together in front of your heart.

Warrior 1:

  1. Start in mountain pose.
  2. Step your left foot back about 3-4 feet, turning it out slightly to the left.
  3. Bend your right knee, keeping it directly over your ankle.
  4. Lift your arms overhead, reaching towards the sky.
  5. Keep your hips facing forward and your back leg straight and strong.
  6. Hold for 10-15 seconds, then repeat on the other side.

Warrior 2:

  1. Start in mountain pose.
  2. Step your left foot back about 3-4 feet, turning it out to the left.
  3. Bend your right knee, keeping it directly over your ankle.
  4. Extend your arms out to the sides, parallel to the floor.
  5. Turn your head to gaze over your right hand.
  6. Keep your hips facing forward and your back leg straight and strong.
  7. Hold for 10-15 seconds, then repeat on the other side.

Forward Fold:

  1. Stand with your feet hip-width apart, toes pointing forward.
  2. Hinge forward at the hips, keeping your spine straight.
  3. Bring your hands to the floor, or rest them on your shins or thighs.
  4. Relax your neck and shoulders.
  5. Hold for a few deep breaths.

Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or a beginner, give this routine a try and see how it makes you feel. Ps. I cannot make a post about yoga without mentioning my dear friend, healer, and favorite yoga instructor, Amanda Rush! If you are in the Siouxland (Iowa) area, check her out -if not, her IG has a lot of great content about mindfulness and motherhood – give her a follow.

Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog post is for educational and informational purposes only. The author is not a licensed healthcare professional or yoga teacher, and the exercises and recommendations presented here may not be suitable for everyone. Before starting any new exercise routine, please consult with your healthcare provider or a qualified yoga instructor to ensure that it is safe and appropriate for your individual needs. The author assumes no responsibility or liability for any injuries or damages that may occur as a result of following the information provided in this blog post.

Spring Equinox & Letting Shit Go

Spring Equinox & Letting Shit Go

I attended a peaceful yoga/meditation class with Amanda Rush on Tuesday evening. The class was in celebration of the spring equinox. Amanda mentioned something during the meditation that caught my attention. She referred to spring as the new year. The focus was on creating a new beginning and letting go of all garbage from the past year. At first, this was weird for me, as I had already attempted this in January! You know… “New Year, New Me!!!” Only to quickly get knocked back down on my ass, leaving the rest of the month incredibly dense. 

Amanda’s words sparked some curiosity in me. I began to wonder about the connection between spring and the new year. I spent the next two days researching the history of the calendar, astrological years, lunar years, etc. 

What I learned was on point with what I was thinking.

Spring equinox is the beginning of a new astrological year, and up until the Julian calendar went into effect, March 25th was the original beginning of each new calendar year. This makes sense as spring starts the beginning of everything in nature; however, a long ass time ago, a roman emperor who was superstitious about numbers decided to add two more months to the calendar and screw up all of the days. 

Honestly, I have read so much and I can’t find a legitimate reason for changing the calendar that makes sense. I did read that January was named after Janus, the Roman god of all beginnings. Cool story bro… I don’t know about you, but I look around in January and see nothing new in nature beginning (at least in the US Midwest).

Could this be why most “new year’s resolutions” don’t work out? Or, possibly, why the baggage from the previous year(s) tend to linger? Here we all are, in the dead of winter (when the rest of nature is dormant), some of us drowning in seasonal depression, setting intentions and goals to be healthier, more organized, and better versions of ourselves, only to fall on our faces! I don’t know about you, but usually, by spring, I say screw it and hope for better things to come the next year. 

I thought it didn’t work.

Shortly after the meditation, where I had asked god to help me let all things go and look at this spring as a new beginning, I found myself crying on the bedroom floor. “Would you look at that” I thought to myself, “the meditation didn’t work.”

That was until I realized, this wasn’t depression. This was my soul literally cleansing and letting go of everything I had held onto for so long.

This was unlike any other time (women tend to cry often, but this was different). I literally felt all of the baggage leaving my body until a moment where there was nothing left. 

Then I seen the light.

It felt rough in the moment, but as soon as I came to a more stable place, I could feel as though the universe had finally given me a clean slate to work with. Was this rock-bottom or a bomb-ass cleanse? Did the meditation actually work? I can tell you this: my throat hurts, my eyes are puffy, and my head is now killing me, but I have never felt more clean and optimistic about the future. 

I have been through some crap in my life, but at no point had I ever asked, in a meditative state, to be able to let it all go. When the universe delivered, and I let it all go, I soon realized how much I had been carrying. My tears cleansed my spirit as the spring showers cleanse mother nature.

What if?

I wonder what would happen if we all could align our goals, new intentions, and growth with the seasons of nature. What if we let spring wash away all of the shit from the year before, not just in the weather but in our minds, bodies, and spirits? What if we then ushered in all of the new, pleasant things, dreams, and goals into our lives along with the spring equinox and the blooming of the flowers?

I think if you want to get more organized, eat cleaner, or exercise more, or ask to let go of the baggage you have been holding onto, forget January (did I mention that month sucks?) The TIME IS NOW. 

Don’t be discouraged if your New Year’s goals didn’t work out. Everything in nature was going against you. Try again this spring, and see how it goes. 

I’m leaving the previous notion that new beginnings are the first of the calendar year, and I’m celebrating with spring equinox. I’m taking the goldfish too… Who’s coming with me?

That was referencing Jerry McGuire for those of you who didn’t get it 🙂

I did a similar Tik Tok series on this experience. Feel free to check it out.. and if you want to do a Nutritional Cleanse this spring… I just so happened to have created an entire program, and it’s available on Amazon! Keep scrolling…..

You don’t have to fight any fight alone, seek help whether you are asking god, or the universe, attending meditations, energy healing, or seeking professional help from a counselor or psychologist.

The information I have provided in this article is of my own personal experience and is not meant as medical or mental health advice. I am not a doctor and I am not making claims that this tool will heal you or even work for you. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis please visit your nearest hospital or call 911.

If you or someone you know may be struggling with suicidal thoughts, you can call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) any time, day or night, or chat online. Their Crisis Text Line also provides free, 24/7, confidential support via text message to people in crisis when they dial 741741.

Spring Cleaning For Your Body: Eat Clean 21

Spring Equinox Cleanse
Eat Clean 21 | Now Available On Amazon

Eat Clean 21 | Now Available On Amazon

I am excited to announce the release of my latest book, “Eat Clean 21: A 21-Day Detox and Nutritional Cleanse.” The program was initially available as a digital download on this website. Clients who participated in the original version of this program had great results! They experienced weight loss, increased energy, clearer skin, and higher levels of cognitive functioning.

The new and improved program is published on Amazon as both paperback and Kindle!

What is this cleanse?

The basis of my detox and nutritional philosophy remains the same: eat real food and nourish the body, do not starve it. Diets are usually a scam and/or an unsustainable way to make changes to your health. Many cleanse, diet, and detox programs on the market can leave you feeling miserable! The Eat Clean 21 program is not a die. It’s unlike any other cleanse. It’s a 21-day introduction to a clean, whole-food-eating way of life. With my program, there’s no calorie counting or fasting involved – just a focus on reconnecting with real, nourishing food. You’ll feel satisfied and energized throughout the 21-day program.

Who is it for?

Anyone who wants to start or continue a healing journey! Whether you’re looking to reset your metabolism, kickstart your weight loss journey, improve your cognition, or heal your digestive system, the Eat Clean 21 can help! It’s one of the only cleanse programs that truly support your body’s needs without leaving you feeling hungry, moody, or deprived!

What do I eat on the cleanse?

During the program, you will be eliminating some highly processed foods and toxic food groups, but you will be replacing those things with foods extremely high in nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Clients who have participated in the program felt so full and nourished. As a result, they barely noticed they had eliminated anything! I even had a client state that they had difficulty eating junk food after the cleanse! Eventually, processed food just doesn’t taste good anymore!

If you are looking to improve your health, lose weight, think better, and feel better – this program is for you!

A Guide to Skin Detoxing for You and Your Family

A Guide to Skin Detoxing for You and Your Family

Hey there beauties! In today’s world, our skin is constantly getting shat on by toxins from everyday products. Let’s dive in to learn how you can protect your body from excess toxicity while simultaneously introducing beneficial types of toxins into your diet.

What is skin detoxing and why should you do it?

So, what is skin detoxing, and why the heck should you do it? Skin detoxing refers to the process of cleansing your skin to remove the toxins that have settled within it. Ideally, you should detox your skin at least twice a year. I like to focus on detoxing before the summer and fall seasons start, as this is when my skin is more likely to become oily and break out.

Toxins in cosmetics and skincare products

You may think that your favorite beauty products are the sh*t when it comes to improving the condition of your skin, but that’s not always the case. Many popular makeup and cleansing products on the market can wreak havoc on your skin and fill your body with toxic chemicals. By detoxing your skin, you can help to remove the following toxins from your skin left there by beauty products: Resorcinol, Hydroquinone, Parabens, Sulfates, Triclosan, Silicones, and Paraffin wax. Who wants those things getting into their bloodstream? Not me.

Toxins in household cleaners

If you really want to protect your skin from toxins, then you’ll also need to pay attention to the household cleaners that you’re using. Many household cleaners contain harmful toxins like Dioxane, Ethylene glycol, and Triclosan that can negatively impact the quality of your skin when it comes in contact with the cleaner and by absorbing chemicals in the air.

Okay, So How Do I Detox My Skin?

Now, here are five badass ways to detox your skin: 1 – Detox Diet: A detox diet is a healthy eating plan that helps to remove toxins from your liver and digestive tract. When you nourish your body, you can enhance the body’s natural detoxification process. Oh, by the way, did I mention that I wrote a whole flipping book about detoxing? It’s actually a 21-day nutritional cleanse with a done-for-you meal plan, mouth-watering recipes, and loads of other great resources to help your body naturally detox. You can grab the Eat Clean 21 Program here or head to the menu at the top of the page to learn more! 2 – Exercise: Regular exercise helps to flush out toxins from your body through sweat and by increasing circulation. 3 – Drink water: Drinking water helps to flush out toxins from your body. 4 – Sleep: Getting enough sleep is essential for detoxing your skin. Your body repairs and regenerates your skin cells while you sleep, which helps to remove toxins from your body. 5 – Skin Care: Use natural skin care products that don’t contain harmful chemicals. This will help to prevent your skin from absorbing the toxins mentioned above.. 6, Try Dry Brushing: It’s a bit like using a giant toothbrush on your body, but instead of toothpaste, you use nothing but the bristles to work their magic (be sure to choose one with natural bristles, like this one HERE).

How To Dry Brush Your Skin:

The deal is simple: grab a brush with stiff bristles and get to work, starting from your feet and working your way up to your heart with a gentle circular motion, then hop in the shower to wash away all of the yuck!

So, there you have it, gorgeous! Now you know how to protect your skin from harmful toxins while introducing beneficial types of toxins into your diet. Happy skin cleansing, babes!

Detoxify Skin

What You Need To Know About The MTHFR Gene Mutation!

What You Need To Know About The MTHFR Gene Mutation!

Your body needs the methylation cycle to operate properly. If you have an MTHFR gene mutation, it might interfere with your methylation cycles and make it more difficult for you to eliminate toxins causing numerous physical and mental health issues. 


What are MTHFR enzymes and MTHFR Gene Mutations?

MTHFR stands for methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase – a crazy long word! 

The MTHFR enzyme helps convert folate (B9) into its active form – 5-MTHF, and we all have the MTHFR gene that makes this happen. But, if you have a mutation, you might not get enough MTHFR enzyme action, which means your methylation process gets all messed up, and you’ll start to see a whole bunch of health issues.

Unfortunately, these mutations are very common. Approximately 50% of the US population carries at least one MTHFR gene mutation, including me.

What exactly is Methylation?

Your methylation cycle is important AF, it’s like the MVP of your body’s ability to detox from the baddies like toxins, chemicals, parasites, and mold. If your methylation is messed up, it can affect different processes in your body, and you could end up with a ton of different issues.

Methylation Process

The process of methylation is a chain reaction that involves bonding methyl groups to different molecules. These methyl groups turn one molecule into a totally different molecule with specific functions. When a methyl group is removed, it deactivates that function. For instance, MTHFR converts the folic acid found in food (vitamin B9) into folate by attaching a methyl group to it, which is the starting point for your methylation cycle.

One critical methylation process is converting homocysteine to methionine, which detoxifies your body, repairs cells, builds proteins, and helps with inflammation. Your liver then breaks down the methionine into an inflammation-fighting agent called SAM-e (s-adenosylmethionine), which helps to break down neurotransmitters and assist in repairing cells.

The most important thing to remember is that glutathione, your body’s most powerful detoxifier, is produced from methionine. So, if you can’t convert homocysteine into methionine, you’re stuck with low levels of glutathione and high levels of homocysteine and your body is left holding on to many toxins that you are exposed to, which can lead to a ton of health problems like heart disease, osteoporosis, and some neurological diseases.

Research shows that people with autoimmune disease and cancer tend to have lower levels of glutathione than those without those conditions, indicating that they may have an MTHFR gene mutation and many toxic substances in their bodies.


How to Discover if You Have an MTHFR Mutation

To find out if you’ve got an MTHFR mutation, you can visit your doctor to talk about testing options. You can get a blood test to see if you have the MTHFR gene, and if it’s present, it tells you that you’ve got a mutation. You can also do a methylation pathway test, which analyzes five key methylation pathways, including cysteine, glycine, dopamine, serotonin, and methylation itself.


Common Signs that MAY Indicate a MTHFR Mutation

The signs that you might have an MTHFR mutation are hidden behind other conditions, but some of them include poor response to supplements, fibromyalgia, and anxiety. You might also experience mood disorders and depression related to serotonin deficiency, increased allergies and asthma due to a lack of methylation, and increased risk of birth defects when pregnant due to DNA methylation issues.

According to Robin Berzin, MD in this article, some common symptoms of MTHFR Gene Mutation include: 

  • ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
  • Autism
  • Autoimmune disease and thyroid issues
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Colon Cancer
  • Digestive Issues, including IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
  • Hormonal issues, including PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)
  • Migraines
  • Schizophrenia

The Good News: Our Genes Are Not Our Destiny

Epigenetics is the study of how genes are turned on or off and it has been my favorite topic in my educational journey. It basically means that even if you have crappy genes, you can control how much that impacts your health by making better choices today! Environmental changes such as diet, exercise, exposure to toxins, and medications can influence our genes and traits. Nutrition in particular, influences genetic expression. That is, certain genes can be turned “on” or “off” like a light switch depending on what you eat. This is why personalized nutrition is so dang important. Studies using identical twins with autoimmune disorders showed the risk of getting an autoimmune disease is only 1/4 dependent on nature (genes) and 3/4 dependent on nurture (environmental factors), which means our genes are not our destiny. There are some steps you can take to decrease complications from MTHFR gene mutation.

Holistic Treatments For The MTHFR Gene Mutation and poor methylation

According to research,  it’s possible to aid your methylation process. Here are 5 things you can do.

  1. Eat Clean & Green

Consume organic folate rich foods such as dark leafy greens, asparagus, calf’s liver, broccoli, cauliflower, beets, celery, avocados, lentils! Fill your diet with a healthy amount of vitamin B6 foods such as spinach, bell peppers, garlic, tuna, bananas, & cabbage. Check out these recipes! 

  1. Supplements

Pre-methylated B vitamins: folate in its pre-methylated form (5MTHF) and B6+B12 in their active form

Other supplements that support the MTHFR gene mutation include: magnesium, vitamin d, and glutathione.

(Always check with your provider to see what is best for you).

  1. Support Detoxification

Because poor methylation contributes to reduced detoxification, it’s important to support your body’s natural detoxification. Feel free to check out my 21-Day Transformational Nutrition Cleanse for help with removing toxins from your body and home. If you are unable to purchase the cleanse, simply follow this guide: Eat Real Food (see more about this in my nutrition philosophy)

  1. Manage Stress With Lifestyle Changes

An imbalance of neurotransmitter levels, which can affect mood and irritability when stressed, is more likely in those with MTHFR mutations. In fact, high levels of stress can worsen MTHFR mutation symptoms. To reduce overall stress, start a meditation routine, write in a journal, spend time in nature, and volunteer. Discovering the activities that help you unwind, stay grounded, and decompress are the most critical in helping you manage your personal stress levels on a daily basis.

  1. Decrease Alcohol Intake

Alcohol intake increases detoxification demands on the liver. Methylation processes may already be impaired in those with MTHFR gene mutations, so only consuming alcohol in moderation—up to one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men—is recommended.

It’s worth noting that not all MTHFR gene mutations are created equal, and some may be more clinically significant than others. If you’re concerned about your MTHFR status, it’s best to consult with a qualified healthcare professional who can help guide you through the appropriate testing and treatment options.

I will update this article as I learn more. Be sure to check back frequently if you are on the MTHFR journey, or consider applying for health coaching with me for the latest education in holistic health.

MTHFR Gene Mutation

This article and information provided by Jessica Carrier on this website and as part of her products is not meant to heal, diagnose, or treat any medical or mental illness. Jessica Carrier is not a medical doctor and the information contained in this article is meant to be educational. Jessica encourages you to do your own research and talk to your doctor before starting any diet or supplement regimen, as some foods and supplements can cause negative reactions with certain medications. The links contained in this article may be affiliate links and may not be. See the full disclaimer here.