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Take Your Vitamins to Stay Healthy and Energetic this Holiday Season

The holidays can make it difficult to eat right.

Shopping, parties, and travel can wreak havoc on your ability to eat healthy, nutritious foods.  The increase in dietary refined carbohydrates, fats, and alcohol can result not only in an increase in weight, but lead to nutrient imbalances and even illness.

To ensure I get all of the necessary vitamins and minerals I need to stay healthy and active through the holidays, I supplement my diet with Daily Complete from Puretrim.

Daily Complete is a balanced blend of organic ingredients that provides 243 vitamins, minerals, fruits, vegetables, antioxidants, enzymes, amino acids, Mediterranean herbs, pure phytoplankton, and other important accessory nutrients to your body in one liquid ounce a day.  Daily Complete can also reduce holiday stress and give you more energy to enjoy the holidays.

Order your bottle of Daily Complete today and give yourself the gift of good health this holiday season.

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Build a Foundation for a Healthy New Year

A few days ago I was speaking with a potential client.  She said she did not want to get started with a diet and exercise plan until after the holidays.

On the surface, this may seem like a sound plan.  Why start a diet that you know you won’t be motivated to stick to?  After all who wants to count calories, skip the egg nog and buttered rum drinks, and miss a holiday party to meet their personal trainer.  NO ONE!

Personally, I think the holidays are the best time to start taking steps toward your health and fitness goals.

Losing weight and getting in shape are about more than just exercising and cutting calories, they are about making lasting lifestyle changes.  Making changes to your lifestyle does not happen over night, it takes time and practice.  The holiday season provides a terrific opportunity to start making these changes.  Waiting until the new year to initiate sudden, drastic changes can make reaching your health and fitness goals a daunting task.  The holiday season lets you begin to make small changes that lay a foundation for bigger changes down the road.

I have put together a few tips to help you establish lasting lifestyle changes this holiday season:

  • Start keeping a food journal.
    • A food journal will help you monitor the amount of calories and macronutrients (carbohydrates,protein, and fats) your are eating per day.  Seeing what and how much you are actually eating can be a wake up call and may help you start making better nutritional choices.
    • Even if you do not try to make any changes to your eating over the holidays, a food journal will get you into the habit of tracking and monitoring your new dietary program once the new year arrives.

I recommend either myfitnesspal or myplate to my clients.  Both have extensive nutrient data and basic food tracking on the free versions of the app.

  • Get 15-20 minutes of physical activity every day.
    • If you are planning to lose weight or improve your fitness in the new year, getting into the habit of working out on a regular basis will make going to the gym easier once January hits.  Taking a walk on your lunch break, using the stairs, doing exercises or stretching while watching TV, or riding your bike after dinner can get you into the habit of scheduling time in your personal calendar to exercise.  Once you begin to see how easy it is to find time to exercise and the better your start to feel physically and mentally the more likely you are to continue into the new year and even increase your workout time.
  • Pay attention you how you feel after you eat or drink.
    • The simple act of noticing how you feel after you eat or drink certain items can lead you to make wiser food and beverage choices.  If you notice that you are frequently fatigued, bloated, and distracted the day after binging on hot cocoa and Christmas cookies, you can use this knowledge to remind yourself to limit the amount of sugars and other carbohydrates you eat in a sitting.  If you notice that you’re always hungover the day after snogging several eggnogs at the office party it can serve as a reminder to drink fewer drinks or choose another alcoholic beverage.

This leads into our next tip:

  • Eat consciously.
    • Many of us mindlessly shovel food into our mouths without taking the time to consider what we are doing, especially when we are socializing. Practice becoming mindful of what and how much you are eating.  Pay attention to the experience of eating.   Before you eat ask yourself a few questions:
      • Will this help me reach my goals?
      • Do I really want to eat/drink this?
      • Am I hungry?
      • How will this make me feel tomorrow (sick, guilty, ashamed, terrific)?
    • You may ask yourself if eating a second slice of pumpkin pie helps you achieve your weight loss goal.  Even if your answer is, “NO, but I’m eating it anyhow”, you have created awareness about your eating habits and you can store this insight for use when the new year arrives.
  • Watch out for emotional eating (or not eating)
    • The holiday season can be stressful and this can cause us to eat and drink not to support our health but rather to satiate our emotions .  If you are one of those folks who gets extra anxious or emotional during the holidays, take note of your eating and drinking habits.  Consider whether your desire to eat an entire fruitcake is because you love fruitcake or because your stressed out about seeing your family on Christmas.
    • On the flip side, if you tend to lose your appetite when you are anxious, set a reminder to yourself to eat a little something every few hours, like a small handful nuts, a greek yogurt, or a few slices of turkey.  Not eating can be just as detrimental to your long term health goals as overeating.

Taking a moment or two to think about what we are about to eat gives us the opportunity to take responsibility for our eating choices, a skill you must master in order to adopt a healthy lifestyle in the new year.

Finally,

  • Make an effort to eat clean and healthy 80% of the time.
    • While you do not need to follow a diet during the holidays, making a deliberate attempt to make smart nutritional choices the majority of the time will help you counteract the effects of holiday eating and drinking. For example, if you know you have a big holiday party coming up, focus on eating foods that are low in calories but high in nutritional value, like lean protein and vegetables, for a few days ahead of time.  That way not only will you have offset some of the less nutritious choices (and calories) you may eat at the party, but you will feel like you’re indulging on a delicious treat rather than just another cookie.
    • Also, consider your portion sizes.  Chances are you will need to cut back on portions once you start the new year so start practicing now.  Rather than a heaping pile of mashed potatoes, try cutting the portion size by 1/3 or 1/2.

The great thing about adopting a few of these changes during the holiday season is that you do not have to be perfect.  Think of it as practice for the big event.  Because you have not attached these habits to a specific health goal yet, you can make mistakes, learn from them, and get better without feeling guilty or as if you have failed.

While practicing these tips throughout the holiday season may not result in weight loss  or improved your health, they may prevent you from gaining additional weight or even getting sick.  After all, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  In addition, you will have laid a strong foundation to build on for amazing health and fitness success in the new year.

 


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You Are Who You Are…

The experiences of your life, both good and bad, shape who you are.  To feel anger, sadness, regret, or hatred about those experiences means you must feel some level of those feelings about yourself.

In order to truly love and feel good about yourself, you must acknowledge and accept the negative experience as much as the positive ones.

 You do not need to be thrilled about them and you don’t have to dwell on or repeat them, but you do need to embrace and be grateful for the lessons they taught you, for without them you would not be you!


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The Power of “IS/ARE” statements

A few months ago, I wrote about the power of, “I AM” statements.  In that post, I suggested you use “I AM…” statements to help you powerfully manifest the life of your dreams.  In the eyes of The Universe, “I am” statements are statements of fact.  Whatever you say you are is what you are, as far as The Universe is concerned.  As a result, consciously making empowering, “I AM” statements can help shape and define your life.

The great thing about “I am” statements is you can use them to help improve your relationships with the people around you.  When you say things like, “We are…” or “They are…” you also call into existence more of the corresponding qualities.

For example, if you are talking about your coworkers and you say, “WE ARE a terrific team!”  You create an even better and more cohesive team.  Or in relation to your spouse, “He/She IS loving and supportive”, you are guaranteed to create even more love and support.

Remember, these types of statements do not need to be true NOW, they simply need to be positive beliefs you choose to manifest,

To be clear, “They are”, “He/she is”, or “We are” statements are not about changing other people.  We have no power to manifest or force change on others nor should we try.  Instead, these types of statements reframe our views or beliefs about the relationship with these individuals.  As you begin to react differently and more positively to the relationship the other person/people may also begin to react in a more positive way.  Or they may not.  Either way you will be in a better frame of mind and your inner peace and positivity are all that matter when it comes to achieving your dreams.

“Is/Are” statements are not an end all cure all.  If your boss acts like a jerk or your spouse is abusive, using “Is/Are” statements most likely will not miraculously make the situation better, but they may help you manifest a space for yourself that makes your life tolerable until you can create a plan to move on.

Now that you are aware of the power of, “IS/ARE” statements, think about some of the relationships your would like to reinforce or improve and then write down a few statements to support what you want to create.

Feel free to share your statements below to help inspire and motivate other readers.

Until next time:


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Love Yourself Today

As the week begins, we can easily get caught up in the hurry and chaos of the week.  While trying to meet all of our obligations and responsibilities to our family, friends, and coworkers, we often forget to stop and care for ourselves and our needs. 

 We forget to show ourselves some loving care.  

It is important to remember that caring for ourselves is not selfish, it is what is required to allow us to have the energy and focus we need to help those around us. 

 Taking time to love and care for ourselves is the best way to love and care for others.

So, today I encourage you to:


Until next time, have a happy, healthy day!


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GET OUT!!! (of your comfort zone)

Lately, I have been seeing a lot of blogs, Instagram posts, and tweets saying, “the magic happens outside of your comfort zone.”

Being as how I am not a great believer in coincidences, I think the Universe is trying to tell me something.  Hint, hint, wink, wink, nod, Rachel…  “HELLO???!!!!!”  And it got me thinking, “How can I get out of my den of safety and shake things up a bit?”

I know I am not alone in this, most of us “play it safe” in one area of our life or another, however if we want to achieve the goals we have created for ourselves sometimes we must take a trip into the unknown territory just outside of our comfort zone.  We can find a variety of reasons (aka excuses) to stay huddled in our safe place.

Think about some of your goals.  Which ones are dancing just outside of your grasp because you won’t cross the threshold to the discomfort zone?

Here are a few examples:

  • “I want to lose weight, but…
    • I can’t give up bread, chocolate, wine…
    • I don’t have time to exercise.  
    • I never keep it off anyhow, so why bother.
  • I want to get a new job, but…
    • I don’t have the right skills.        
    • I can’t afford to go back to school.          
    • I need to make money to pay my bills, I can’t change jobs now.
  • I want to write a novel, but…
    • I don’t have time to write.  
    • I don’t know how to get it published.                
    • What if it gets panned by critics?

Do any of these sound familiar?

In looking at my own goals, I found a ton of excuses to stay in my cozy little safe zone.  As a result, I came up with a little game to help myself break out of my complacency and start moving in the direction of successfully reaching my goals.

The first thing I did was pick a goal where I was playing it safe:                                                           

Sell 500 copies of, Cooking with Your Canine.

Admittedly, I picked a goal that was not too scary to start out with, so “yes”, I played it safe not playing it safe.

Next, I thought of 3 actions I could take outside of my comfort zone that would help me on my quest:

  • Talk to a local store about carrying my book.                                                          
  • Send a press release to local media outlets including newspapers and news shows.                                                                                                                              
  • Ask friends and clients to help promote the book.

Finally, I acted on each action over the course of 3 days:

  • Day 1, I asked 3 friends to post a link to the book on their social media accounts.                                                                                                                            
    • One person did.  Not a great success, but success none the less.
  • Day 2, I requested a press release be written through a vendor on Fiverr.          
    • I should have the release in 1-2 days.  That’s one baby step outside the comfort zone. 
  • Day 3, I spoke with the manager of a local store about selling my book.                                                                                                                                   
    • He said, “they were not interested at this time, but to check back in the fall”.  Yep, a little bit of a failure, but I still achieved the goal of getting out of my comfort zone, so I’m calling that part of it a win!

Surprise, surprise!!!  I stepped out of my comfort zone and nothing terrible happened!!!  The overall results of this “trip” remain to be seen, but at least I proved to myself and the Universe that I am willing to make the effort to be a little uncomfortable.

Now it’s your turn.  Which of your goals are you not achieving because you are making excuses to stay safe?  Pick one and create 2-3 actions that exist outside of your comfort zone to help support the goal.  You don’t have to take big leaps of faith right away, try something as simple as making a phone call to a potential client, cutting back on your “favorite” food for a few days, or saying, “good morning” to a stranger.  Once you have thought of your actions put them on your “To Do” list right away and get them done!

For me, this game was a little scary and it will probably be scary for you as well.  That’s a good thing!!!!  It means you are committed to working outside your comfort zone and allowing the magic of life to flow to you!

Good luck!

Until next time, have a happy, healthy day!

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What Are You Grateful RIGHT NOW?

 

As I write this, I am sitting on my patio on a sunny, 80 degree afternoon while sipping a glass of wine, and listening to the birds sing and chirp merrily.  It is blissful and I am grateful.

There are so many things to be grateful for every moment of every day that we can often take some of life’s simple pleasures for granted.  But, if we take a few short moments each day to stop and reflect on what we have to be thankful for in that moment, we can begin to see how truly fortunate we are, even if that particular instant is not one of our best or happiest.  Finding things to express gratitude for, even the smallest things, opens us up to receive many more circumstances, events, and individuals for which to be grateful.  It is a not so vicious cycle…

When I wake up in the morning, I set a reminder on my phone for a random time of day that will focus my attention on being grateful then and there!  When I do this, without exception, my day gets better, I feel happier, inspired, relaxed, and work becomes easier and more enjoyable.  

It is a great way to give yourself a non-caffeinated pick me up!

Try it!  You will be amazed at your results!

So without further ado, here is what I am grateful for right now:

  1. I am grateful for sunny days.
  2. I am grateful that my ears allow me to hear the birds singing.
  3. I am grateful for my glass of wine.
  4. I am grateful for my faithful dog, Jake.
  5. I am grateful it is warm outside.
  6. I am grateful for the beautiful flowers blooming in my yard.
  7. I am grateful I live in a quiet, peaceful, and friendly neighborhood.
  8. I am grateful to the Universe for the creative inspiration to write this post.
  9. I am grateful I awoke to this amazing day.
  10. I am grateful to YOU for reading this blog!

Until next time, have a happy, healthy, grateful day!!!

 

 


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Events vs. emotions – Which Do You Choose?

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Take a moment to reflect on the question..  You may even want to take a few days to really stop and think about it.

We all have those days where things are going along swimmingly, we are happy, optimistic, and enjoying life.  Then, out of no where, something happens, out car breaks down, we lose a client, or the barista makes our coffee not to our specifications and “BAM!” our day is ruined.  Now, we feel irritated, stressed out, and drained.

I see this all of the time on social media.  People have “amazing lives”, a terrific spouse, great kids, a job they love, and an awesome car.  They post about it constantly.  Then one day something bad happens, they get sick, into a car accident, or a meeting does not go as planned and suddenly the last 10 months have been hell!!!  Wait, 3 days ago life was perfect, now its been a disaster forever!!!!  What the heck happened?  Basically, these people let the events in their life dictate their emotions.  The negative event yielded  negative emotions.

To be clear, there is NOTHING wrong with having and expressing emotions.  After all, if we are not meant to express them then we would not have them in the first place.  However, letting negative emotions determine the quality of the day or life you live can be detrimental.  

Bemoaning, dwelling on, and dramatizing negative circumstances, events, and people that come into our lives not only attracts more of those things into our lives through the Law of Attraction, but also dooms us to live in sadness, anger, frustration, and anxiety until we eventually encounter a positive event (which we always do).

It has taken me years to learn this lesson, and I continue to work on it every day.  For most of my life I allowed unpleasant and adverse circumstances to trap me in fear, loneliness, anger, and stress.  Even an imagined slight could cause me to sink into depression or angst.  Slowly, I have become conscious of the pattern and made efforts to change the way I react.  These days when I experience a troublesome situation, I stop, take a breath, and think, “Do I want this to ruin my day?”  More often than not the answer is a resounding, “NO!”  I can then make an intentional effort to refocus my mind and emotions to things that are more pleasant and uplifting.    So, rather than the event creating negative emotions, I allow my emotions to defuse the event and keep me in a more positive state of mind.

If you are already adept at letting your emotions determine the events in your life, congratulations!    Please share your tips and tricks in the comments below.  There are plenty of us that can put them to good use.

If you are not as easily able to prevent events from adversely influencing your emotions, it’s ok.  Just know it takes time and a conscious, deliberate effort to create the change.  You will get there you just need to focus and be patient and forgiving to yourself.

Keep in mind that this whole thing works in reverse:  If you dwell and nurture positive, uplifting, joyous, and grateful emotions you will inevitably manifest more events to express happiness, gratitude, and excitement for.

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