WHAT IS MEDITATION FOR YOU? 🧘♀️⠀ º⠀ Meditation for me is not always just sitting and breathing. Don't get me wrong, starting my day sitting and just breathing for ten minutes has changed my life. But MOVING meditations are powerful for me. ⠀ º⠀ My top moving mediations are :⠀ 🏃♀️Walking alone in nature⠀ 🏊Swimming lengths ⠀ 🏄♀️Surfing ⠀ 👩🍳In the kitchen. Cutting something into small cubes, picking herbs; the small focused repetitive tasks. ⠀ 🐋Watching the ocean⠀ 🍓Picking berries⠀ º⠀ Where do you find you calm? ⬇️⬇️⠀ ⠀ ⠀ 📸: @noellekjones on film ⠀
REAL TALK⠀ ⠀ Some days are just plain hard. I don't have any shiny upside to it. The only goal on days like these are to face the day and survive. ⠀ º⠀ One step at a time. ⠀ One breathe at a time. ⠀ I can do this. ⠀ You can do this. ⠀ We can do hard things. ⠀ º⠀ When I am having super down days and family and friends send me personal words of comfort and strength or a quote they think may lift my spirits, these beautiful words can be just what I needed to hear to give me strength. ⠀ º⠀ So to those that need it today as I do. ⠀ º⠀ One step at a time. ⠀ One breathe at a time. ⠀ You can do this. ⠀ We can do hard things. ⠀ º⠀ Tag anyone who needs to hear this today. Because you may not realize how much of a difference it can make to someone struggling, and let's be honest were all struggling with SOMETHING. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ #lyme #lymewarrior #lymedontkillmyvibe #battlinglyme
Im obsessed with cacao nibs. And they have a fascinating secret molecule. ⠀ º⠀ What are Cacao Nibs? They are minimally processed raw pieces of cacao bean used to make chocolate. They give you a chocolaty flavour and epic crunch to your meal but without the added sugar! ⠀ º⠀ FOOD FACT time! Cacao contains the mood improver, anandamide – known as the BLISS MOLECULE, which creates a feeling of euphoria. HOW COOL IS THAT?! Thats why chocolate makes you feel all warm and cozy and mellow inside. Its also really high in magnesium which is KEY in reducing the stress on your nervous system. And we all live in a world where our nervous systems are stressed out with non stop stimulus! ⠀ º⠀ PSA. Don't eat the nibs on their own. You're going to think, "damn these are so tasty in smoothie bowls and granola topping I'm going to just eat a handful of them for chocolatey goodness." I'll save you the experience, Don't do it! They taste terribly bitter on their own! But mix them with a smoothie bowl and some magic happens!!
BRAIN 🧠FOG ⠀ ∆⠀ Lyme gives me terrible brain fog. Some days it’s not there at all. Some days it’s subtle and I forget conversations, appointments, or can’t find the words I’m looking for. ⠀ ∆⠀ Some days it feels like someone turned the power off upstairs. I can sit in the bath looking at a blank wall for hours. I can’t write a single sentence for an email. (More on this feeling in my @cbc.sports article-link in bio). ⠀ ∆⠀ This summer I was at the farmers market casually doing my rounds at my fave booths and when I went back to my car I realized I didn’t have my keys. I then realized I didn’t have my keys, phone OR wallet! I had forgotten my keys, wallet and phone at THREE DIFFERENT STALLS around the market. Thank god for nice strangers. ⠀ ∆⠀ Brain fog has been infuriating for years. So recently J and I decided to start to laugh it off. Exchange frustration for hilarity! ⠀ ∆⠀ Unpacked all the groceries including pantry items (chips/granola/dry pasta) INTO the fridge. LAUGH. ⠀ ∆⠀ House keys left in the front door overnight. LAUGH. ⠀ ∆⠀ Is this you too? Anyone else struggling with chronic illness, Lyme, or maybe even pregnancy brain fog what's your most hilarious moment ? ⠀ Let me know ⬇️⬇️ and let’s all exchange frustration for laughter for a minute together! ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ #lyme #lymewarrior #lymedisease #lymedontkillmyvibe #battlinglyme
I AM NOT OKAY WITH MOST WELLNESS ACCOUNTS. ⠀ ∆⠀ The ones that are FaceTuned followed by a quote about authenticity. NO. The wellness accounts that spout drinking a skinny tea to get thin, 30 day juice fasts, or losing weight by switching out peanut butter for... AIR to have less calories. Wellness to me isn't about counting calories at all, ever. You should enjoy food not count it. If you need to count anything, count nutrients! All these accounts have done, is switch the word "diet" with "wellness". Let that sink it. ⠀ ∆⠀ This 🤚Is 🤚Not 🤚Wellness.⠀ This 🤚 Is 🤚Not 🤚What 🤚I 🤚Stand 🤚For.⠀ ∆⠀ I believe wellness is getting quiet and listening to your body and what it’s asking for. Wellness is resting, and self care. And that on some days self care means eating super clean. And some days honestly self care means inviting your best friend over and drinking wine and chocolate cake and laughing till you cry. ⠀ ∆⠀ Wellness is "how is your mental health doing?". ⠀ Wellness is not how thin you are but are you happy in your body? Do you feel strong and inspired to be your best self? ⠀ Wellness is not GF because it's trendy. It's nourishing your body with nutrient dense real foods. ⠀ Wellness is cultivating your passions and your desires and carving time for them. ⠀ Wellness is aligning yourself with people who love and support you unconditionally. It’s working at loving yourself unconditionally. ⠀ ∆⠀ WELLness. Being WELL. Physical Body. Mental Body. Emotional Body. Spiritual Body. Not a diet. Not negative self talk to look like a magazine tells you you should. Never a number on a scale. ⠀ ∆⠀ You won’t find wellness is at the bottom of a skinny tea or a supplement bottle. ⠀ True wellness is the hard work. Im still doing the work. I'll always be doing the work. Self growth is never done. It's a journey. It's a mindset. But it’s oh so worth it. ⠀ ⠀ 📸: @johannagouw⠀ ⠀ ⠀
The words of fear behind this photo: ⠀ ∆⠀ I am exhausted to the bone. I have had body pain all day and ignored it. I'm in mental turmoil. I am struggling with "should". That dangerous word. ⠀ ∆⠀ In my mind I'm thinking, okay J and I are in a hotel for the night we “should” be sitting on a beach with some wine and watching the sunset. Romance. Going for a hike. Evening Ocean skinny dip swims. We “Should” be doing fun things. ⠀ ∆⠀ What my reality was? Sushi in bed. Snacks in bed. And binge watching billions.⠀ ∆⠀ I rolled over and told J what I was feeling. And that my mind was racked with SHOULD'S. And then he just asked me these series of questions: ⠀ ∆⠀ "Jones what is your focus right now?" Healing. ⠀ "How do you feel right now?" ⠀ Terrible. ⠀ "Do you even have the energy to do those things you or we ‘should’ be doing?" ⠀ No not even close. ⠀ "And what do you need to do so you can do those things in the future?" ⠀ Sleep. ⠀ ⠀ "Right". He says with a smile. ⠀ Oh. Right. ⠀ Kisses me goodnight and we fall asleep.⠀ ∆⠀ What "shoulds" are you struggling with right now? ⬇️⬇️⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ #lyme #lymewarrior #lymedontkillmyvibe #lymedisease
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SPANISH 🍠TORTILLA 🥚WITH 🍠YAMMERS 🥚⠀ º⠀ Eggs ⠀ Onion ⠀ Yams ⠀ Salt and pepper⠀ º⠀ THAT'S IT THAT'S ALL. ⠀ º⠀ 3 simple unassuming everyday ingredients. But somehow when you combine them in just the right way it becomes magic. Spanish Tortillas or Tortilla Espanola is a classic Spanish tapas dish. It's usually made with potatoes but massive spoiler that I'm sure is going to cause uproar...I don't like potatoes! 🤷♀️ I mean unless its French fries or my moms mashed potatoes at christmas, but that's it! Confession, I've never bought potatoes while grocery shopping...ever. So Yams for me it is!⠀ º⠀ Super easy dinner⠀ Super easy brunch⠀ Super easy tapas with a glass of wine⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀
Sometimes the most ordinary everyday casual moments are the ones that capture your heart. ⠀ We’re not chasing goals or climbing mountains. ⠀ We’re cuddled in a blanket in the cool morning air. ⠀ With the relaxed tone of lazy lake days in our hearts. ⠀ I’m so grateful to @noellekjones for capturing this small, quiet, ordinary moment. ⠀ The way J is gazing at me while I read with quiet love warms my heart and makes me feel seen and loved. ⠀ ⠀ 📸: @noellekjones on film
YOU • CANNOT • CONNECT • THE • DOTS • LOOKING • FORWARDS • YOU • CAN • ONLY • CONNECT • THEM • LOOKING • BACKWARDS -Steve Jobs ⠀ º⠀ This summer when I was on the Sunshine Coast strolling up a pier, a memory cake flooding back to me: ⠀ º⠀ I was maybe 8 years old, on the coast with my family when my uncle took us down to the pier. He taught me how to set a crab trap. I lowered it in a waited. When my scrawny arms pulled the cage up, I had caught a crab!! ⠀ º⠀ I felt as if I’d won the lottery. ⠀ º⠀ That evening we cooked em up, ate them with all the melted butter in the world. My first crab. ⠀ º⠀ I remember laying in bed that night thinking how purely magical of a day it was. To catch our food in the ocean, to know where it came from and what it took to arrive on my plate. I remembered how much more I enjoyed my meal, how I was willing to try a new exotic dish, and how grateful I felt while eating it. ⠀ º⠀ Reminiscing on this feeling make me realize that maybe in our childhood innocence we are always who we are meant to become?⠀ º⠀ Maybe our memories of what lit us up inside as children hold clues to who we are meant to be now and what we are truly passionate about. ⠀ º⠀ This looking glass into my past make me giggle out loud at how accurately it depicts who I am today. ⠀ º⠀ Does anyone else have memories as a child that act as beginning dots to who you are today?⠀ • ➖ • ➖ • 🌟⠀ ⠀ 📸 : @noellekjones on film⠀ ⠀
SOME ❌ DAYS❌ HEALING❌ IS ❌REALLY ❌F*ing ❌HARD!⠀ º⠀ Behind the lens of this photo:⠀ I woke up and felt great. I powered through some writing projects while drinking my morning coffee in the backyard. So when my sister (in law) asked me if I'd like to go hang with family and help her do errands and snuggle my brand new niece, I thought "Hell yes! Today I can do this!!”⠀ º⠀ Then, in a blink of an eye as I was right about to leave, what felt like a 30 foot wave hit me and pulled me under. I was hit with the wave of dizziness, nausea, my brain hurt and my body ached to the bone. The invisible hand reached inside me and turned my power switch OFF. In the very last minute I had to cancel. I hate having to CANCEL, it kind of feels like I've failed. ⠀ º⠀ All I could do was lay in the sun, have a cry out of frustration and pain and remind myself to breathe. I know these waves will likely pass in an hour or two, I get them every day. But Oh Man, the loss of control over my body that I feel is a hard one to deal with these days. Lyme doesn’t care if I had plans. ⠀ º⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ #lyme #lymewarrior #lymedontkillmyvibe #battlinglyme
MY 🌹VERY 🍰FIRST 🌹WEDDING 🍰CAKE ⠀ For my very first friend. ⠀ And you know what it WAS the best day ever!⠀ º ⠀ By special request: "As much as I love your healthy guilt free treats and such, I want carrot cake with REAL CREAM CHEESE ICING" -The Bride! Coming right up pal!⠀ º⠀ Classic Carrot Cake with bourbon Cream Cheese Icing. Adapted from @bonappetitmag recipe. Topped with Pineapple Flowers and fresh flowers from mama @johannagouw garden. The very same garden that was the playground of our childhood, how perfect! ⠀ º⠀ I LOVE decorating cakes. Which is comical because I don't actually like cake! 🤷♀️⠀ But oh man is it the most fun and meditative art project for me. ⠀ º⠀ Fabulously perfect cake topper from @theduostudio ⠀
THE ☀️SUN ☀️IS ☀️HEALING. ☀️⠀ º⠀ The morning summer hot sun beaming on my face, it's rays beating into my chest. ⠀ º⠀ The rays from our burning hot ball in the sky feel as if they are permeating into my lungs and healing them. It truly does. I struggle a lot these days with chest pain and Air hunger. Meaning I can't get a full breathe no matter how hard I try. It feels like I am hanging out at massive elevation. ⠀ º⠀ And oh baby. When the warm sun is just right, it takes away all of my chest pain. Nature is miraculous. Nature is healing. ⠀ º⠀ Any others out there battling with lyme find this? ⬇️⬇️⠀ ⠀ 📸: @noellekjones ⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ #lyme #lymewarrior #lymedontkillmyvibe ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀
NOW 🌱 THATS 🌱A 🌱GARDEN 🌱SALAD! ⠀ Now that’s farm to table baby. ⠀ Nature is miraculous. ⠀ º⠀ Lately my evenings look like: ⠀ 5pm hmm dinner⠀ Walk outside and see what’s ready to be harvested⠀ Pick a handful of romaine/arugula/kale/tomatoes/radishes/herbs...⠀ Feel BLOWN AWAY by how AMAZING nature is. How I was hungry, I walked outside and now I have freaking food. Gets me every time. ⠀ Whisper to my veggies how amazing they are!! (Seen here ⬆️) you cant blame me. I’m a 7 (and 3) on the enneagram: The Enthusiast! Meaning I get real enthused about these things! Currently the most enthused with my garden and enneagram personality facts! ⠀ Have you taken the enneagram? What number are you? Any other 3s or 7s out there?! ⬇️⬇️⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀
IF A CHERRY AND A LEMON HAD A BABY: TART🍋FREAKING🍒CHERRIES.⠀ º⠀ Tart cherries are amazing and I only discovered them THIS SUMMER. They taste like a cherry and a lemon had a baby and I’m obsessed. But GET THIS:⠀ º⠀ Tart cherries can decrease muscle soreness and inflammation after workouts and increase your recovery time. UM WHY DID I NOT KNOW THIS IN SPORT. Probably why the fabulous @biosteel uses Tart Cherry as a key ingredient in their supplements. ⠀ º⠀ They can help you sleep! Mmm sleep. Tart Cherries are rich in melatonin (your sleep hormone) and also anthocyanins and tryptophan which both help your body create its own melatonin! Boom! Studies showed that drinking a daily dose of tart cherry juice seems to be just as, if not more, effective at reducing insomnia than valerian and melatonin — the two most studied natural products for insomnia! Woah. ⠀ º⠀ They are also massively high in antioxidants (most red/blue/purple foods are!) meaning they make my list for brain superfoods! ⠀ ⠀ º⠀ you can typically get tart cherry juice at local health food stores as well like @community @blushlane @planet organic. Just make sure there is no sugar added and its pure tart cherries baby. 🍒⠀
TART 🍒FREAKING 🍋CHERRIES 🍒⠀ Nature has the most gorgeous colour palate right at our fingertips! ⠀ º⠀ This summer I blended up fresh picked tart cherries (pitted) and black currants in my @vitamixca and voila! This gorgeous juice! I mixed a few ounces with @sodastreamcanada soda water for the most refreshing summer drink. ⠀ º⠀ FOOD HACK: I’ll be freezing this fresh juice in ice cube trays so this winter I can add it to a mug of hot water for currant cherry tea in the winter to help stave off colds when I’m feeling under the weather. The mixture is so high in vitamin C than it can help give your immune system the added boost it needs during flu season! ⠀ ⠀ 📸: @noellekjones ⠀ ⠀
I AM A 🐝BUSY-AHOLIC🐝⠀ I’m working on it. ⠀ º⠀ As my fave author/wisdom-giver/truth seeker @brenebrown says: “We convince ourselves that if we stay busy enough and keep moving reality won’t be able to keep up. So we stay in front of the truth about how tired, scared, confused, overwhelmed we feel.” ⠀ º⠀ This is SO me. When I came out of sport I was so broken (with what I now know is and was Lyme). The second that I gained any energy back I went full speed again. I ran to NYC and pretty much didn’t stop running for 9 months. I was so pissed off/scared/lonely about my body and all of these scary symptoms I was quietly experiencing that I played my most comfortable habit on repeat: BE SO BUSY YOU DON’T HAVE TIME TO THINK OR FEEL OR PROCESS OR REFLECT. ⠀ º⠀ Even when I go on vacation I am busy. I buzz from thing to thing. Hike, swim, surf, read a whole book, make a cool dinner…All the things I am keeping busy with are FUN for sure. But it’s still busy. it’s not stillness. Never stillness. ⠀ º⠀ Lyme has made me look at my busy-aholicness right in the eyes and face it. My body (and lyme) has pretty much told me “STOP IT ALL or else I’ll make you even worse, just watch me.” Like a small child pushing boundaries, I’ve tried to call BS on this and say “oh yeah, just watch ME!”. Turns out this is not and empty threat from my body. It WILL follow through on its promise, I’ve learned the hard way. ⠀ º⠀ My goal this summer was to just BE. ⠀ BE still. BE quiet. I know it’s what I desperately need. But my god is it ever anxiety inducing. ⠀ ⠀
“BUT 🤷♀️WHAT 🤷♀️ARE 🤷♀️YOU 🤷♀️DOING!?"⠀ This is the most cringeworthy question I've been asked for months now. What people are trying to ask is what job I have, what project I'm starting. What I really want to answer with is beam with pride about my big plans. But instead here in my unusual answer. ⠀ º⠀ I've bravely pressed pause on the driving, the goal achieving, the non stop ambition to fully focus on healing. Health is the pillar upon which everything stands. Everything I want to achieve relies on being able to trust that my health is a strong pillar below my feet. The last few years this pillar has felt more like quicksand. Why do I believe this is this brave? Because we live in a society that rewards and praises how busy you are, your merits, your accolades. It’s easy to boast about how much you’re DOING. Its not easy to boast about how little your "accomplishing". ⠀ º⠀ Switching this focus has been one of the hardest challenges I’ve ever faced. It flies in the face of every part of me I know. I am working EVERY DAY at reminding myself that focusing all my energy into health, into rest, in play, into healing, into being; is just as worthy as doing. ⠀ º #joneslife #lymewarrior #lymedontkillmyvibe
In a recent interview I gave, I was asked the question: "What advice would you give your 12 year old self?"⠀ º⠀ After the interview I started thinking, it would be amazing to have advice right now from future Arianne? Some sage wisdom from 40 year old me to my 28 year old self. ⠀ º⠀ Then the article came out and I read my words in print: ⠀ º⠀ To my 12 year old self: “The power of believing in yourself is so much stronger than the limits that anyone will ever place on you. Be yourself. Be authentically apologetically yourself."⠀ º⠀ I was completely taken aback. I felt like this was exactly what I needed to hear today, in this moment. ⠀ º⠀ What would you tell you 12 year old self? And is that wisdom applicable to you today as it was to me?⠀ º⠀ 📸: @johannagouw ⠀ ⠀
This is a weekly staple right now in the Jones Kitchen! ⠀ @minimalistbaker knocked it out of the park with this ⠀ SUPER CLEANSING SLAW WITH ROSEMARY DRESSING. Hell yeah it is! ⠀ º⠀ This recipe has got most of the detoxifying heavy hitters in it: ⠀ Crucipherous veggies (cabbage) ✔⠀ Cilantro ✔Garlic ✔(super liver support)⠀ Fennel (helps your digestion!)✔⠀ Celery ✔⠀ Beets (Helps cleanse your blood)✔⠀ Rosemary ✔⠀ Apple Cider Vinegar (good fermenties for your belly) ✔⠀ Lemon Juice ✔⠀ º⠀ Ive been topping it with some avocado cilantro crema, some black beans and eating it as a full meal! ⠀ º⠀ What are your go to weekly staples right now!?
For a decade people called us DENARIANNE. We were glued at the hip and we finished each others sentences. ⠀ ∞⠀ There was a 6 year time period when we were both competing in LUGE where we saw each-other every day. ⠀ ∞⠀ She was my cheerleader, my motivator, and my bullshit caller. We've never had a fight. She makes me laugh harder than anything else in life, I (no joke) once fell down the stairs I was laughing so hard with her. If we’re in a room together we’re usually snuggling. I've recently realized I show love with physical touch and food! ⠀ ∞⠀ When I was diagnosed with Lyme she bought me a Lime and inscribed a motivational message on it. It’s now hard as a rock and will remain in my kitchen forever. ⠀ ∞⠀ When we were 13/14 years old, I went travelling for 3 months and we wrote each other a letter EVERY DAY FOR THREE MONTHS! Let me tell you this letter is GOLD now; Teenage angst and friendship captured forever. ⠀ ∞⠀ I couldn’t be more proud to stand next to her today on her wedding.⠀ ∞⠀ Always take time to tell the people you love the most how much you love them. Let this be your reminder! Tag your best pals below ☺️💛⠀
Hemp 🌱Mylk 🌱⠀⠀ º⠀⠀ "How would I even make nut mylk? That seems hard? ⠀⠀ I can just buy the carton at the store. ⠀ “I don't really like nut milks that much."⠀⠀ º⠀⠀ Have you ever thought any of these things? Here to change your mind this fine Friday! 🙌⠀⠀ º⠀⠀ First off, this will take you 5 mins to make, its SO easy and SO delicious, no need be intimidated anymore.⠀⠀ º⠀⠀ I don't like store bough nut milks for the most part either, I think almond milk at the store tastes like cardboard. THIS does not taste like cardboard! It creamy and delicious on granola and in smoothies! AND it's full of protein and anti-inflammatory fats! ⠀⠀ º⠀⠀ Plant Powered fact. Did you know that 1 Tablespoon of hemp seeds has as much protein as an egg. BAM! ⠀⠀ º⠀⠀ 1 cups hemp hearts⠀⠀ 4 cups filtered water ⠀⠀ 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract ⠀⠀ 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon⠀⠀ 2 Mejdool dates⠀⠀ Pinch sea salt ⠀⠀ º⠀⠀ Put all ingredients into high-speed blender and blend until smooth. ENJOY! ⠀⠀ º⠀⠀ You can strain it though a nut milk bag if you want it really thin like mylk. But no need if you're just using it in granola and smoothies! ⠀⠀
When was the last time you stopped to smell the flowers. Like truly smelled then and appreciated how wonderful that sensation is?? ⠀ º⠀ Here is your reminder to do so this week! Take 30 seconds and just breathe in nature and appreciate its wonder okay? I promise it will change your entire day. ⠀ º⠀ Oh my gosh nature is healing and magical!⠀ º⠀ 📸: @johannagouw ⠀
SUPER ✨ FOOD ✨SMOOTHIE ✨BOWL! ⠀ º⠀ This is my go to comfort food right now! Last Sunday I ate this in bed 🙊. ⠀⠀ º⠀ I'm obsessed with dishes that taste EPIC and are literally SUPER LOADING your body with nutrients! º⠀ Hemp seeds (plant based protein powerhouse!) ✔⠀⠀ Chaga Mushrooms🍄 (support your immune system) ✔⠀⠀ Wild blueberries (antioxidant flood into your bod!) ✔⠀⠀ Collagen protein (happy bones, gut, skin, hair...)✔⠀⠀ Goji berries ✔⠀⠀ Cacao nibs (makes you feel blissed out, for real it has the "bliss" molecule) ✔⠀⠀ Spinach ✔⠀⠀ Banana ✔⠀⠀ º⠀ Anyone have any fave smoothie bowls I need to try...possibly while in bed ☺️ ?