Wellness Tips of the Week!

A note from your president,

Are you practicing your poses and runway walking daily? I see many of you all on social media representing the school so well. Thank you to everyone who participated in the Pearl Magazine cover challenge. I see you all shining. Help us spread the word about our scholarship that ends on Aug 14th. Let’s keep up the good work ladies!

Light & love,

Empress Yana

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 Food Suggestions:

What you eat is also important as a model. Instead of restricting yourself from food or focusing on what you cannot eat. Let’s explore food. Let’s celebrate the various spices, cheeses, vegetables, meats, and fruits from all over the world.

My favorite place to shop for food is the farmers market. I can count on one thing, FRESH! As a chef, I would love to hear from you. What recipes would you like more of? Please email: staff@aladynamedpearl.com

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This week we are eating

Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Total Time: 30 mins

Prep: 10 mins

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

1/2 c. sweet chili sauce

1/3 c. low-sodium soy sauce

Juice of 1 lime

3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1 tbsp. Sriracha

2 tsp. freshly grated ginger

2 cloves garlic, minced

3 boneless skinless chicken breasts

12 leaves romaine or butterhead lettuce, for cups

1/2 red onion, thinly sliced

1 carrot, shredded

1 tbsp. freshly chopped cilantro

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine chili sauce, soy sauce, lime juice, oil, Sriracha, ginger, and garlic. Whisk to combine. Add chicken breasts to bowl and toss with marinade.
  2. Heat a large grill pan over medium heat. Add chicken breasts and cook until golden with grill marks and no pink remaining, 8 to 10 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate to let rest, then thinly slice.
  3. Build your lettuce cups: Fill lettuce cups with chicken and garnish with onion, carrot, and cilantro before serving.

Serve!

Wellness Tips of the Week!

A note from our President of the Pearls, Empress Yana

How can Self-Compassion Helps Balance Your Mental Wellness

Self-compassion is about learning to be kind to yourself and to be self-forgiving of the flaws we all have, and the mistakes we all make as human beings. It is the ultimate form of self-love and a prerequisite to real self-confidence. Many people are so controlled by their inner critic that they find the idea of self-compassion to be something they don’t deserve. I highly recommend the book Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff as a way to train yourself into a more self-loving mindset. A chapter a week will alter your view on yourself in a few short months. If the idea of being kind to yourself seems impossible, seeking out the help of a trained mental health professional may be in order.

Emotional Wellness – Create a Self care kit: Distract Yourself From Negative Thoughts

Stewing over upsetting events only makes us feel worse, as brooding is surprisingly damaging to our mental health. When you find yourself stuck in a cycle of brooding and stewing, disrupt the urge to brood by developing a zero-tolerance attitude toward your repetitive, distressing thoughts. As soon as the thought begins, distract yourself by engaging in a task that requires concentration. Try listing your favorite foods, the names of your favorite comedy shows, or the order of songs on a playlist. Provided you catch it quickly, distracting yourself for two minutes is
sufficient for the distressing thought to recede and for your mood to recover.

 

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 Food Suggestions:

What you eat is also important as a model. Instead of restricting yourself from food or focusing on what you cannot eat. Let’s explore food. Let’s celebrate the various spices, cheeses, vegetables, meats, and fruits from all over the world.

My favorite place to shop for food is the farmers market. I can count on one thing, FRESH! As a chef, I would love to hear from you. What recipes would you like more of? Please email: staff@aladynamedpearl.com

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This week we are eating

Mango Salsa

Total Time: 15 mins

Prep: 15 mins

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

1 ripe mango, diced

1 ripe avocado, diced

1 c. quartered grape tomatoes

1 small jalapeño, finely chopped

¼ red onion, finely chopped

2 tbsp. freshly chopped cilantro

Juice of 1 lime

2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil

Kosher salt

Tortilla chips, for serving

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a large bowl and season with salt. Toss gently to combine and serve with chips.

Serve!

Wellness Tips of the Week!

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 Food Suggestions:

What you eat is also important as a model. Instead of restricting yourself from food or focusing on what you cannot eat. Let’s explore food. Let’s celebrate the various spices, cheeses, vegetables, meats, and fruits from all over the world.

My favorite place to shop for food is the farmers market. I can count on one thing, FRESH! As a chef, I would love to hear from you. What recipes would you like more of? Please email: staff@aladynamedpearl.com

Attn : ForkWithMe

This week we are eating

Caprese Stuffed Avocados

Total Time: 25 mins

Prep: 10 mins

Cook Time: 10 mins

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

2 avocados, pitted

1/2 c. cherry tomatoes, halved

1/2 c. chopped fresh mozzarella

Italian seasoning

Balsamic vinegar

Extra-virgin olive oil

kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Basil, for garnish

Directions:

  1. Scoop out avocados, leaving a small border. Dice avocado and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, toss diced avocado with tomatoes, mozzarella, Italian seasoning, balsamic, and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Divide salad among 4 avocado halves and garnish with basil.

Serve!

Wellness Tips of the Week!

Your Mental Wellness Can Be Altered Due To What You Eat-

Fill your diet with healthy vegetables, fruits, unprocessed grains, and high quality protein to keep your body and your brain as happy as possible. Every week I include a healthy recipe for you to try and add to your meal plans. When your body doesn’t get all of the nutrients it needs, or you fill up on processed and/or sugary foods, the hormones that control your mood and even thoughts can become unbalanced. Eating a healthy, balanced diet goes far beyond looking good. Bringing clean, nutritious food into your body can greatly affect your sense of balance and wellness.

Emotional Wellness – Create a Self-care Kit:

What do you do for yourself when you are down? Build a list of at least five self-care practices that you can use both proactively and reactively. These can include stretching, an artistic pursuit, time in nature, or a conversation with a loved one, just to name a few. Share your list with a few loved ones and create a conversation about your list. What is your favorite self-care practice for your emotional well-being?

Send your replies to: staff@aladynamedpearl.com

Attn: Empress Yana

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Food Suggestions:

What you eat is important as a model. Instead of restricting yourself from food or focusing on what you cannot eat. Let’s explore food. Let’s celebrate the various spices, cheeses, vegetables, meats, and fruits from all over the world. My favorite place to shop for food is the farmers market. I can count on one thing, FRESH! As a chef, I would love to hear from you. What recipes would you like more of? 

Please email:

staff@aladynamedpearl.com

Attn : ForkWithMe

This week we are eating

Mexican Corn on the Cob

1. Light a grill. On a sheet pan, toss the corn with the oil, then season with salt and pepper.

2. In a small bowl, stir together 2⁄3 cup of the cotija cheese with the mayo, sour cream, cilantro, lime zest and chile powder to combine. 

3. Place the corn on the hottest part of the grill and cook, turning as needed, until cooked through and charred, 8 to 10 minutes.

4. Remove the corn from the grill and immediately brush each cob liberally with the cheese mixture and transfer to a platter. Garnish each cob with a sprinkle of the remaining 1⁄3 cup of cheese and more cilantro, then serve with lime wedges.

Serve!

WELLNESS TIPS OF THE WEEK

A note from our President of the Pearls, Empress Yana

Mental Wellness Activities to Increase Peaceful Mindset

Your mind is like a garden, you must tend to it and snatch out the weeds. Sometimes your phone is a huge distraction form spending required alone time. One of the best things you can do for your mental well-being is spend less time on your mobile phone. Even if it is just for a couple of hours a day, take some time away from the device. The cell phone may be an integral part of your life yet, you should not let it take over your life. Use the electronic only if you need to contact family or friends. The ever-present ringing, vibrating alerts, and reminders will only increase your stress levels. Not only will it be difficult for you to get a good night’s rest, but also you might experience symptoms of depression. Going on social media on and off for hours at a time is not good for the nerves, eyes, and your neck muscles. Maybe you are not consumed with existential dread. It does not matter. When you see that others are happy and their lives are amazing, you will start feeling envious and develop a feeling of insecurity. Use your phone only for basic functions.  If it is possible, stay off the mobile phone for some time per day. It will benefit your mental health.

Why is Emotional Wellness Important?

As a model, you will get rejection. Everyone will not see the talent in you, this may cause you to feel down about yourself. This is normal; however, you can help yourself by maintaining a positive outlook on your life/goals. Yes, you are beautiful and yes you have talent, but you will not get every casting you go try out for. Instead, develop a positive mindset. You must be your own cheerleader. Remember your good deeds. Give yourself credit for the good you do for yourself, friends, family, and the world. Forgive yourself. Everyone makes mistakes. Learn from them and move on. Do not dwell on the negative outcome. Lastly, explore your ideas of how you want to build your life and work every day to achieve your own personal goals.

Physical Fitness: 

As a model, it is important to stay fit and eat healthy.

Exercising everyday is key to over all health.

Spend 60 minutes each day being active.

Switch it up! For example:

(Design your own quarantine workout schedule)

Monday-Yoga

Tuesday- Run

Wednesday- Pilates

Thursday-Strength Training

Friday-Hip hop class

Relax on the weekend!

Soak in a bath!

Rest

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 Food Suggestions:

What you eat is also important as a model. Instead of restricting yourself from food or focusing on what you cannot eat. Let’s explore food. Let’s celebrate the various spices, cheeses, vegetables, meats, and fruits from all over the world.

My favorite place to shop for food is the farmers market. I can count on one thing, FRESH! As a chef, I would love to hear from you. What recipes would you like more of? Please email: staff@aladynamedpearl.com

Attn : ForkWithMe

This week we are eating

Indian Vegetable Curry

Total Time: 50 mins

Prep: 15 mins

Cook Time: 35 mins

Serves 6

Ingredients:

1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed

1 medium eggplant, cubed

1 green bell pepper, chopped

1 red bell pepper, chopped

2 carrots, chopped

1 onion, chopped

1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons olive oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric

1 tablespoon curry powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons sea salt

3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained

3 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon blanched almonds

1 zucchini, sliced

2 tablespoons raisins

1 cup orange juice

10 ounces spinach

Directions:

In a large Dutch oven, place sweet potato, eggplant, peppers, carrots, onion, and three tablespoons oil. Sauté over medium heat for 5 minutes.

In a medium saucepan place 3 tablespoons olive oil, garlic, turmeric, curry powder, cinnamon, salt and pepper and sauté over medium heat for 3 minutes.

Pour garlic and spice mixture into the Dutch oven with vegetables in it. Add the garbanzo beans, almonds, zucchini, raisins, and orange juice. Simmer 20 minutes, covered.

Add spinach to pot and cook for 5 more minutes.

Serve!