I’m Back! Welcome to 2018 and Plant-Based Eating

Welcome to 2018! I am back! So I am wayyyyyyy late with this post. And to be honest I think it’s because with the new year starting I hit a wall, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do on this platform anymore. Did I really want to make it a lifestyle blog? Did I want it to be more writing central? So many questions flying about in my head. But I decided that at least while I figure that out I can just post about whatever I am really enjoying at the moment. And from late 2017 to now that would be plant-based eating. I have been a vegetarian for around 2 years and recently made the switch to a plant-based diet. I am not going to spew a ton of information (unless you would like me to) but if you are interested check out Peta’s website. As you may know food is one of my favorite things. From the cooking to the eating to the people you share the food with. I love every aspect of it. So when I started my plant-based diet I wanted to share my recipes on another platform… Instagram. Now you can find my recipes at @plantsandbenefits. On this platform, I share my recipes and the health benefits you find from using the ingredients I include in my recipes. Whether you are plant-based or not please check out the account for basic nutritional information and recipe ideas (because you can never have too many of those <3)

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I will be posting regularly again soon (Once a week- at least). Please let me know if you would like to see anything specific on the blog you can leave a comment down below or email my business email account at sophiaelisakat@gmail.com. 

Also if you would like more information on a plant-based/vegan diet on this platform for ex. my personal experience, any tips, book recommendations etc. please let me know 🙂 My Instagram is public so you can also message me there.

See you soon ❤

-Sophia

25 Facts about Me

New website design = New information about me 🙂

It’s been a year since I started my blog and I feel like you deserve to get to know me a little better 😉 So I have decided to share 25 facts about me!

Hope ya enjoy!

  1. My favorite dessert is chocolate.
  2. I am part Dutch.
  3. I want to eventually live in Europe… probably England…
  4. I LOVE the Christmas/Holiday season.
  5. I am a major Harry Potter Fan (the books and the movies).
  6. I have a major sweet tooth…
  7. Currently living in New York Cityyyyy
  8. I do not eat red meat.
  9. I love to write and dream of publishing a book.
  10. I really want to design my own dream home.
  11. When I am older I want a bunch of animals… dogs, cats, bunnies, horses, goats, chickens… ALL THE ANIMALS… basically gonna have a farm…
  12. I love to buy people presents, I just like to celebrate for any occasion 🙂
  13. I love to bake with all my heart.
  14. I am thinking about starting a YouTube channel.
  15. I love photography.
  16. I have a dog, a beagle, named Bishop.
  17. I love candles and being cozy.
  18. I love classic mystery books like Sherlock Holmes.
  19. I actually love Oatmeal Raisin cookies- they are my fave!!
  20. I enjoy doing puzzles… I am a grandma…
  21. If you didn’t believe #4 I have already bought a Christmas tree and watched two Xmas movies…. oh and I have already been playing Michael Bublé (sorry Thanksgiving fans)
  22. I love Tea… current fave is Trader Joe’s ‘Winter Wake Up’ tea.
  23. Fave Holiday movie is The Holiday!!
  24. Favorite places to shop are Zara, Urban Outfitters, and ASOS.
  25. I love to blog…. if ya didn’t already know 😉

 

I hope this helped you learn a little more about me 😉 if you related to anything share something in the comments below ❤

Let me know what you think 🙂

 

Carpe Diem.

 

-Sophia Kat ❤

 

 

 

Tips to De-Stress

Let me tell you… I am always stressing out about something – usually something completely insignificant. But because stressing out is not good I have really been trying different things to help me de-stress.

I am no health-care professional but I do have a few tips that help me de-stress and maybe they can help you too!

Tip #1: Take a Deep Breath

Before you go on to any of the other tips it important that you take a second to think and take a deep breath. Try to focus solely on your breathing – not what is stressing you out!

Now we move on to the other steps…

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Tip #2: Meditation

Try something that will calm you down, like meditation or yoga! Meditation has been proven to shrink the amygdala, the amygdala is where your fight or flight response takes place and therefore what causes stress in your brain. So the shrinking is good!

If you are new to meditation try out the app: Headspace. The app starts off with 10 free 3-minute meditation sessions that will help to relax your brain and body. Once those ten sessions are done you can buy monthly packages such as packages on stress or anxiety.

I have been using Headspace for a few months and have really seen the benefit! I think it is worth checking out 🙂

Tip #3: Yoga

Yoga, much like meditation, is a way to take your mind off something that is stressing you out and is also shown to help shrink the amygdala. Yoga is a great opportunity to focus on your breathing and stretching and ultimately focus on yourself. Sometimes we need moments like these – to refocus.

I was reached out to by the group that created the Best Yoga Mat Guide on Reviews.com. They informed me that their review guide was a great way for new yogis to be confident and comfortable on their yoga mat purchases, and I could not agree more! They surveyed over 100 yoga professionals and did plenty of research to determine the best yoga mats. They even categorized the mats so you can find the best yoga mat for your needs, whether it be budget friendly mats or eco-friendly and more!

Check them out here: 

Best Yoga Mat Review

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I wish I had stumbled across this guide before I purchased my mat! This is a great way to hear from professionals what the best mat is and be confident in your purchase. Check this guide out if you are on the lookout to buy a mat!

Tip #4: Do something you enjoy

Try to turn off your phone, get off the internet and all the pressures it may come with and focus on what you enjoy. This may be drawing, coloring, playing an instrument, listening to music, going for a walk, reading, baking etc.

The goal really is to just give yourself a little ‘me time’. Focus on yourself and what makes you feel good and happy and try to bring your focus back on to yourself rather than whatever you are stressing out about. And usually whatever you enjoy- that does not involve the internet- will relax you naturally!

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I hope these tips were helpful and gave you a little help next time you are stressing out about something! And don’t forget to check out Review.com’s guide for the Best Yoga Mat. The link is above!

I hope you enjoyed this post!

Carpe Diem.

-Phi ❤

Why I love Autumn

Ahhhh Autumn, easily my favorite season. I am quite the cozy and homey person so when the trees turn warm colors, sweater and scarves become all the range, candles are lit and hot beverages are sipped on… it is what I live for.

I thought for this mid-week post I would share a few of the things I absolutely love about Autumn… and hopefully you guys can relate as well!

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Let the list begin…

  • Pumpkins… need I say more?
  • Sweater and Scarf season
  • Hot drinks: Tea, Coffee, and Hot Chocolate
  • The leaves changing
  • The warm colors
  • Baking apple and pumpkin goodies
  • Boots
  • Spices in everything
  • Halloween
  • Talking about holidays…Christmas is around the corner 😉
  • Leather Jackets and Coats
  • Berry and Red Lipstick colors
  • Apple picking

 

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There is so much more to love about this season! I can’t wait to share all my autumnal baking and fashion posts that are to come this season! I hope you guys can relate to some of these things I love!

 

Also… how do we feel about two posts a week?

 

Carpe Diem.

 

-Phi ❤

 

 

 

 

Travel: Hiking in Santiago, Chile

YAY! Another travel post! I decided to expand on my travels in Santiago, Chile by talking about one of my favorite adventures there… a hike in Lo Barnochea!

 

My favorite way to do travel posts is to explain through pictures… which is what I will do this time as well 🙂

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Views from the top… This hike is from our hike of Lo Barnochea, which is a 6 mile total walk. Online it says it is a moderate hike but depending on the path you take it can definitely be a difficult (and very steep hike). Would not recommend if you don’t have heavy duty hiking shoes!

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Though the hike was a visible challenge ^^^ it was very enjoyable and was an adventure I won’t be forgetting anytime soon 🙂

Quick Tip: Follow the locals… they know the best routes 😉

The hike may feel difficult but it may truly be one of the best ways to really see Santiago, Chile. You get a beautiful overview of the entire suburb of Lo Barnochea, and what better way to visit Chile than among the mountains that surround Santiago.

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Hope you enjoyed this post!

Would you like to see more Santiago, Chile travel posts?

 

Carpe Diem.

 

-Phi ❤

Travel: Santiago, Chile ~ Mercado Central

Finally! The beginning of my travel series for Santiago, Chile has begun. For my first post on Santiago, I wanted to post on one of the most well-known tourist destinations in the area, The Mercado Central!!!

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A little bit about the market… Mercado Central is a large building in Santiago. The outside is a buttery yellow with beautiful arches and bustling with the days’ activity.  While the inside structure is made of wrought iron. The sculptures and the building itself are beautiful and a true masterpiece to behold. Past the architectural beauty, what the market is most well-known for is their fish! The perimeter of the building is surrounded by dozens and dozens of fish vendors and dozens of dozens of different types of fish and friendly fishmongers.

Past the architectural beauty, what the market is most well-known for is their fish! The perimeter of the building is surrounded by dozens and dozens of fish vendors and dozens of dozens of different types of fish and friendly fishmongers.

 

 

In the deep interior of the building, there are tons of little seafood restaurants to stop into! The waiters in the restaurants will try to coax you into their restaurants but a little tip is to look for the restaurant that is filled to the brim with locals -they know what is up 😉

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A huge plus of going to the Mercado Central is its proximity to the Plaza de Armas in Santiago – but that is for another post! Soon to come 🙂

The Mercado Central is a perfect place to stop by before exploring the whole of Santiago. You get a taste of the locals, the culture and get to explore one of the most active places in all of Santiago, Chile!

 

Hope you enjoyed this post and found it helpful!

Carpe Diem.

 

-Phi ❤

 

 

Travel: Great Falls, VA

Ahhh the beginning of my travel series!

I have so much more prepared for this series but since I was in Virginia I figured why not showcase some beautiful spots you might want to check out if you are ever here.

Great Falls, Virginia

Pictures speak 1,000 words so let them begin!

 

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I don’t want to talk too much about this… there is only so much you can say about a place…. you have to see it to believe it… hence the photos.

This is the perfect place for a hike with friends or family, the views are incredible from the cliffs to the designated overlooks. Multiple hiking trails are provided varying from easy to moderate to difficult difficulty.

If you are in Virginia and looking for some hiking trails to explore and a place to get a view of some beautiful water falls then this is the place to go!

 

Hope you enjoyed!

 

Carpe Diem.

-Phi ❤