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We talk a lot about romantic relationships in the month of February, but what about the relationships we have with ourselves? How comfortable are you with your body? Do you feel that being sexy is just for your partner in the bedroom or do you believe being sexy is natural and beautiful? These questions came to me this Sunday with all the buzz surrounding the Super Bowl halftime show.
You see, I am a Latin woman. And with a Dominican grandmother and Cuban-Dominican mother, I could tell you a thing or two about strong independent women. I was raised with the belief that being sexy was empowerment. That being a woman meant you were strong. It meant you worked hard and you were capable of doing anything. I believe a woman can be respected, intelligent, take no shit all while rocking her high heels.
Feeling comfortable with our bodies is natural AND empowering. It saddens me to see women with no self-love. But you must realize that it starts with you ladies. You have to power to empower yourselves and it is a spark waiting to be ignited.
Tips on reclaiming the relationship you have with yourself:
1. Accept yourself as a sexual being
2. Empower yourself with fashion
3. Create a sexy playlist and dance on your own
4. Take bubble baths
5. Create me-time, get to know yourself
6. Get moving, get sweaty
7. Treat yourself to an outing
8. Buy yourself flowers
9. Have a boudoir photoshoot
10. Go to the spa
|Spiced Brisket with Cranberries|
Servings 8 Serving Size 3 ounces beef and 2 tablespoons sauce2 teaspoons olive oil1 2-pound beef brisket, all visible fat discarded1 teaspoon dried oregano (crumbled)1/2 teaspoon garlic powder1/4 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon black pepper ((coarsely ground preferred))1/2 cup fat-free, low-sodium beef broth1 cup barbecue sauce (lowest sodium available)1 cup whole cranberries1/3 cup firmly packed dark brown sugarDirectionsHeat the oil in the pressure cooker on sauté. Cook the brisket on both sides, or until browned. Turn off the pressure cooker. In a small bowl, stir together the oregano, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle the mixture over the beef. Pour the broth around the beef. Pour the barbecue sauce over the beef. Secure the lid. Cook on high pressure for 55 minutes. Allow the pressure to release naturally for 15 minutes, then quickly release any remaining pressure.Transfer the beef to a glass baking dish. Cover and refrigerate. Pour the accumulated juices into a glass bowl. Cover and refrigerate.Just before serving time, preheat the oven to 300°F. Remove the beef from the refrigerator. Very thinly slice the beef across the grain. Put it in the baking dish. Skim off the fat from the refrigerated juices. Pour 1 cup of the juices over the beef. Bake, tightly covered, for 45 minutes to 1 hour.Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, cook 1 cup of the juices over medium-high heat. Add the cranberries and brown sugar. Cook until the cranberries pop and are soft, stirring occasionally. Drizzle the sauce over the beef.
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|A MOVE TO REMEMBER |
The 100’sTo get into position, lie on your back with your knees bent, then lift your feet off the floor into table top position (your knees should be stacked above your hips and bent at a 90-degree angle, your lower legs parallel to the floor). Point your toes, squeeze your heels together, and extend your legs straight and forward to about a 65-degree angle—for more of a challenge, you bring your legs a bit lower to the ground.Lift your head and shoulders off the mat and extend your arms by your side. Hold this position throughout the exercise.With your arms straight out by your sides, begin pumping your arms up and down using your triceps, inhaling through the nose for five pumps and exhaling out of the mouth for five pumps for a total of 10 times. “This is why it’s called the hundreds,” says Rich. How fast your arms move will depend on how fast you’re breathing, and every individual (and instructor) is different, says Rich. (If you’re just starting out, she recommends a medium to fast pace, as shown.)Now for a few form notes: With every inhale, imagine the belly button is pulling in towards the floor (this is called the Pilates scoop), and with your exhale try to pull in even deeper, says Rich.Keep your shoulders wide and slide your shoulder blades down your back.You can modify if you need to, too: “If you have a sensitive back, keep knees bent in table top position,” says Rich. “If you have a sensitive neck, feel free to keep your head down.”Chances are, you’ll start feeling the burn way before you hit 100. SOURCE
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