When you think about your health...
Let's get real for a minute here! When you think about your body... what do would you like it to look like in 6 months, if things were to go really well?
How well do your clothes fit? How much energy do you have? What amazing adventures are you taking? How confident are you? How strong is your relationship? How does your body feel?
Take some time and write this stuff down. What do you really want out of life? Comment below if you want (I promise to reply to every comment) or shoot me an email so we can discuss! I would love to hear from you!
This is important.
Where do you want to be? Tell me more about what your life would look like if you had the health you've visioned for yourself.
What would your life be like if all of these things were true? What would be the impact on you and your loved ones? How would it feel to create this amazing powerful body and this kind of health for you? Why is this important to you?...
Continuing on in the final part of this series, HOW you eat is almost as important as what you eat... today I want to talk about self-sabotage.
Today we’re going to something really fun and playful. Sometimes self-sabotage simply means we need to be BAD.
B.A.D. is an acronym that stands for:
B = Break free from your routine
A = Act naughty – doesn’t mean doing something dangerous… just something like calling in sick when you’re not sick… something like that
D = Do something fun and crazy
Sometimes, we just want to be BAD. I call this: Rebellious Inner Child Syndrome. It’s a way of rebelling against outside authority.
Most people don’t like being told what to do so we have our own mechanisms in place to rebel. Some of these mechanisms may be outdated, dysfunctional or self-destructive.
As a health-conscious adult, we may want to revise our strategy while still having the experience of being naughty.
It is natural that when we hear,...
Did you know that when you are relaxed you actually burn more fat? Say, whaaaat? Yep. It's true. And also, when you are stressed, you accumulate more fat. So. Let's work on this, shall we?
You know that bloated feeling? It might not be happening because of what you ate. It could be digestive stress - meaning it is HOW you are eating. Are you working like a crazy person, running at warp speed, constantly eating on the go, multitasking during the meal, engaging in negative gossip? These are all ways in which we feed the stress response. And by now we know (or at least we should know if we've been paying attention) that our bodies cannot digest food when we are in the stress response.
Of course we know that eating under stress has been ingrained into our day to day. It is not only commonplace, it’s socially acceptable and often a prerequisite for managing life as we know it. Stress is the opposite of relaxation. When do we feel stress? Mostly...
Who are you being when you eat? Do you eat when you're not actually hungry because it's noon and you're mentally programmed that at noon it's time to eat? Do you eat too little or too much for your body's energy needs?
My intention is for you to have a deeper understanding of this. So the place I want to start is what I call honoring hunger.
How do we honor hunger? Honoring hunger is about recognizing what happens internally before you get hungry. So Instead of waiting until you’re so hungry you could eat a horse, you tune into the internal signal that the body needs nourishment.
It’s kind of like the gas tank on your car. There’s a buffer zone when you get in the red. When the gas light first appears, depending on your car you may have 20-30 miles to go before you actually run out of gas and come to a stop.
We don’t want to wait until we run out of gas to eat. Because that’s when the crazy unleashes. That’s when you are...
How fast are you eating each meal? Have you implemented the 20-minute meal yet? It's free... and no one will even know you're doing it! Trust me. Let's keep slowing it all down!
Another huge tool that helps you lose weight while eating is putting your fork down between bites. Sounds simple, right? Well. It is.
If you consistently practice chewing your food, you’ll be amazed at how much better your digestion works, how much less you actually need to eat and how much more energy you'll feel. And all this happens because chewing is not only slowing down your eating but grinding up your food’s nutrients so you can properly absorb all the vitamins and minerals into your system!
In order to get in the habit of actually chewing our food enough to help the digestive system (which for many of us is a new phenomenon because we tend to just swallow our food superfast without chewing) try chewing each bite of food starting with your very next...
How quickly do you digest your emotions? Wait, what does that mean? Don't worry. I'm here to explain it to you - and help you reliably (and consistently) digest your emotions so you can get into a relaxed state before each meal.
To catch you up, we're looking at the 2nd tool in a 7-part series learning HOW you eat is just as important (if not more important) than WHAT you eat. If you haven't read the last post, click here to get up to speed!
Today I want to discuss eating in an emotional state. Have you ever had the experience of eating when you're super stressed out? Like there is just something you can't shake, can't get out of your head? And it's time to eat, but you're totally worked up and in the stress response? I mean, of course, you have. We ALL have been there.
So, because of what we're learning in this series, we know that our body can't digest food when it's in the stress response, right? It doesn't even make...
How do you feel when you hear me say, that sometimes, changing how you eat can really be more powerful than changing what you are actually eating?
Do you believe me? Are you thinking, "Um, no-way? Whaaat? That can't be true." But, it is! So, let me tell you a little story about one of my past clients...
Her name was Samantha, and she was a big deal marketing director. She was 47 years old, and she came to me for help with digestive issues. She had something that she called her "belly balloon." Her belly just ballooned out even though she worked out five times a week.
When I asked her a few questions about her eating habits, she told me that she would stop at Starbucks on her way to work and down a large frappuccino and an egg and cheese sandwich in the car while rushing through city traffic. And then for lunch, she'd run to the corner cafe and pick up a personal pizza and devour it in the elevator before...
Did you know that HOW you eat is just as important as WHAT you eat? Well, it is... Did you know that eating slower helps your body burn more fat? Well, it does!
Here's the deal. We spend so much time working and rushing and being stressed out that we hardly even breathe when we're eating, much less breathe deeply. And that, my friends, is the problem.
When we eat under stress, our bodies cannot digest the food we're shoving down our throats like angry birds. As far as your weight is concerned, taking a 5-minute break to gobble up a sandwich or even a salad is doing waaaay more harm than good! But, here's the good news; eating slower and more mindfully will help you burn more fat; no matter what you're eating! When I work with clients in my 90-Day Total Transformation Program, we dive deeply into this concept. Eating slower helps your body burn fat. Here are just a few of the tools we use.
By now you've hopefully received your 5 free recipe pack. (If you don't have it yet, click here!) And I truly hope you're enjoying your time in the kitchen! Those recipes are some pretty serious "go-to" meals around here. But even though they work for our family just the way they are, I know everybody is different. So I'm here to help you make the changes you want to suit your needs!
Let's get started with the Apple Pie Oatmeal... I get it, there are a LOT of carbs in oatmeal. I like to eat this for breakfast to level my blood sugar and then avoid carbohydrates as much as possible for the rest of the day. That being said, here are some easy ways to make changes to the meal:
How's your metabolism doing? Has it slowwwwed down in the past few years? Is it just sitting there on the couch begging you for a nap and a latte? Are you gaining inches where you never used to? Are things that used to keep the extra weight off, no longer working?
Don't worry. You are not alone. But - I've found a pretty simple (and affordable) solution... Stick with me. I won't let you down.
Here's the good news - it's really not that hard to get your body burning like a 20-something again. I dug up a list of some pretty tasty foods that are bound to boost your lackluster metabolism. Don't believe me? Try these for yourself!
And stay tuned because I've got a whole series lined up around tips and tricks to get your health exactly where you want it to be... yes, there will be recipes!
Here is a list of a few easy to find foods that actually BOOST your metabolism!!
Green tea (and green tea extract) can not only boost...