Updates Galore!

Before I share with you some juicy updates, I want to take a moment to honor this day.

You see a year ago today I came home from Sara’s yoga class.  It was an average Wednesday…until it wasn’t anymore.  A big ol’ envelope from Johns Hopkins University was waiting for me…my acceptance letter to a program I didn’t even remembered applying to.

And just like that, everything changed.

I don’t want to get too caught up in the past but I couldn’t let this day pass without honoring its significance to my journey.  Instead, I’ll share one of my favorite posts, written at the end of this week, last year.  And I’ll briefly talk about the difference a year makes.

Without Hopkins…I’d still be in a job that no longer served me (nor I, it).

Without the stress of this program… acknowledging my issues with food would have been delayed indefinitely.  <–insert PH joke about the counterfactual

Without my new colleagues and classmates…I’d still be questioning whether this sexual pleasure thing matters, hiding my shape in ill-fitting clothes, oblivious to so many facts of the world, and doing/believing countless other falsities.

Few things about the last 8 months has been easy.  I’ve felt crushing loneliness + isolation and fought demons that often paralyzed me.  Regardless, I’m still so ridiculously grateful for that Wednesday last year.  Because alongside those dark moments have been opportunities that may not otherwise have come, learning moments that I doubt I could have had anywhere else, and friends I never would have met.  So for all the dark moments, there were also light ones.  And hopefully I can continue to focus on those as I continue to heal myself.

I’ll wrap this up by saying thank you again…for coming with me every step of the way and for sharing every victory and every dark moment.

Now onto those updates…

Blog Updates

Check out my new and improved (and yes, updated) About Me and Passion by Kait pages.  The blogroll is next.

Business Updates

Though the main focus of this blog isn’t sex, writing about it is a huge part of my life.  So since ya’ll like my writing and some of you undoubtedly want to learn more, here are the latest places to find my writing:

  1. The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health
  2. Get Lusty for Couples
  3. PbK Newsletter 

And of course there’s my YouTube channel if you’d rather hear me talk about sex (with the occasional dance video tossed in there) rather than read about it.

Health Updates

Since much of last year’s hardship dealt with my wrists, I figured I’d let you know.  As expected, I’m still not at the level I was before my injury.  But some days I can flow through an entire yoga class without modifying.  That alone is huge and a point I wasn’t sure I’d get to ever again.  If anything, I’ve learned to listen to my body and scale back when I need to.  I definitely need to continue building strength + stability (something that was severely hindered by my foot injury in the fall) but I’m mostly happy with where I am today.

That’s all for now.  I’m not sure I’ll post again this week as I have some huge assignments due but there is definitely a giveaway scheduled for next week so be sure to check back then.

Yoga/beauty/life,

Kait xo

Qi’a™ Review

Now that I’m back, it’s time I do a little catch-up.  So let’s talk one of my favorite topics: food!

Far too long ago, the wonderful folks at Nature’s Path sent me some of their newest product: Qi’a Superfood Breakfast Cereal.  At this point I don’t even remember how I found out about Qi’a but I do remember being ridiculously excited and eager to try it.

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By now most of you know of my obsession with this company.  But just in case you need a reminder, here’s some of the reasons they rock:

“Nature’s Path is a family run, independent company that has been committed to organics and sustainability for over 25 years. Our goal is to be a trusted name for quality organic foods in every home – socially responsible, environmentally sustainable and financially viable. We are the number one producer of organic cereals in North America, with products ranging from breakfast cereals, granola, granola bars and waffles.

Nature's Path

All of Nature’s Path’s products are USDA certified organic, grown using a wholesome process using non-chemical agriculture. Furthermore, Nature’s Path is a founding member of the Non-GMO Project, a non-profit organization created by industry leaders to offer consumers a consistent choice for organic and natural products that are produced without genetic engineering or recombinant DNA technologies.” (emphasis added)  Source

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Qi’a (pronounced KEE-ah) is made from three nutrition superstars: chia, hemp, and buckwheat.  In other woods, each 2 Tbsp serving is chock full of plant-based goodness like protein (6 g), fiber (4g), iron, calcium, and Omega-3 fatty acids.  It’s also ridiculously low in sugar, ranging from 0-3g depending on the flavor.

Speaking of flavors, what are your options?  Well, you’ve got three: Original (og sugar), Apple Cinnamon (3g), and Cranberry Vanilla (3g).  You can probably tell by the above 2 photos which flavor I received.

Just in case, here’s another close-up (and my favorite photo from this shoot).

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The idea with Qi’a is that you mix 2 Tbsp with milk and let it gel, similar to chia pudding.  I personally wasn’t a fan of this approach, both because of the texture and because I didn’t feel full.  Then again, over the past few months I’ve come to realize that cereal generally doesn’t do it for me, even epic, calorie-dense bowls.

So instead of using it “as directed,” I got creative!

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My favorite way to use Qi’a on top of a bowl of either oatmeal or coconut milk yogurt, nuts/nut butter, and fruit.  <–or sometimes pumpkin, cinnamon, vanilla, and maple syrup…what can I say? It was fall!  One of the few dairy items I really miss is Greek yogurt, so from time-to-time I splurge on its non-dairy counterpart…and make bowls of deliciousness. Unfortunately, I’ve fond the nondairy version doesn’t keep me full quite as well as the Greek one did.  Enter Qi’a.  With its added boost of protein and fiber, I noticed myself feeling much fuller and more satisfied than if I had used, say, regular ole’ granola.

Because all yogurt bowls, diary or otherwise, need something crunchy on top!

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I also topped a couple of green smoothies with it.  This would have been awesome had I been eating said smoothie out of a bowl…with a spoon.  Because the flavor was phenomenal.  Just not while trying to drink out of a mason jar while driving to a different state.  Thankfully there was traffic so I could dig out the chunks of nutrition- and flavor-packed goodness.

At the end of the day, I would highly recommend Qi’a as a cereal/oatmeal/yogurt bowl/green smoothie topper.  Its heartier and healthier than most granola and adds great texture (read: crunch) + nutrition.  I can also see how awesome it would be on its own for my friends who aren’t super hungry in the morning. *coughAmandacough*  Or as a quick snack before or after workouts (or just because its delicious) to those who love the texture of chia gels and puddings.  Despite the fact that these latter uses weren’t for me, I had a ton of fun finding new ways to incorporate Qi’a into my diet!

This awesome product Qi’a can be found at some natural food grocers.  In addition, you can buy it online here, here, or here.

What do you think: is this a product you’d love to try?

Yoga/beauty/mmmm,

Kait o

Rising from the Shadows

Georgia sunrise

Georgia sunrise

Its been a while.

I’ve been in a bit of a black hole.

This is the first week I feel like I’m rising back up.  Up and out into the world.

Eschewing isolation.

Forgoing distance.

Opening my heart to those who’ve hurt me (to those I’ve hurt)…abandoned me (to those I’ve abandoned)…left me feeling alone (to those I left alone).

Recommitting to balance.  To finding peace…inner peace, that is.  The most beautiful kind of all.

Wedding fun with mom

Wedding fun with mom

Wedding fun

Wedding fun with the beau

Yea it’s been a while.

I had to undergo some growing pains…squeeze through a bit of dark & narrow.

I had more here…but firefox crashed and for some reason WordPress didn’t save.  This post took a lot out of me and while I want to recreate it, I’m not sure I could do the original justice.  Because the original was pure.  And because I”m working on relinquishing control…of letting go.  So instead of trying to recreate that which cannot be recreated, I’ll instead leave you with this…

Strike. Rise. Dance.One Billion Rising flash mob.

Strike. Rise. Dance.
One Billion Rising flash mob.

It’s been a while. 

And it’s been dark at times. 

But I’m ok.

I’m not great.  But with each day I grow a little stronger.

With each day I have a bit more hope.

And with each day my inner mean girl quiets a little bit more.

Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day

So it may have been a while.

And it may have been dark at times.

But I’m ok.

And I’m back.

Yoga/beauty/coming home,

Kait xo

The Best Advice I can Give

Be true to yourself dearies… honor what your body needs, really listen, and then ask for whatever help you need.

Doing this isn’t weakness.  It isn’t cowardice.  On the contrary, it’s the strongest statement of love + bravery you can make.

Yoga/beauty/guidance,

Kait xo