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Tuesday Tip of the Week – 3/13/2018

Leaving your meals to chance can result in poor nutritional choices.

To avoid making a food folly, spend a few minutes in the evening planning your meals for the next day.  Take out any items that need to thaw, make sure you have all the ingredients you need, and portion out meals and snacks.

Even if you have to make some adjustments, with a little preplanning you will be more likely to stay on track with your nutritional goals.

 

If you need help coordinating your meal plan, I can help.  Contact me at achievewellness@ymail.com for a free email consultation.

 

 


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Tuesday Tip of the Week – Have a Snacking Plan

No matter how well you plan, prepare, and pack your meals, there will be times when something comes up that interrupts your best laid plans. An unexpected business call, a long line at the bank, or overtime at your child’s soccer game can mean you miss a meal or need an extra snack.

One of the tips I give my clients for this situation is to have a snack attack plan. I encourage my clients to make a list of quick healthy snacks they can pick up at the convenience store, coffee shop, or drug store. Then I suggest they keep the list on their phone. That way when the need for a snack arises they can dash into the store with a “shopping list” of acceptable treats. This not only saves them time by limiting the amount of time they spend looking for a snack but also prevents them from grabbing the closest possibly least nutritious option.

A few of the snacks I recommend are:

  • String cheese
  • Greek yogurt
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Low carb protein shakes
  • Apples

Or

  • Serving size hummus

Taking a few minutes to create your own list can ensure you make healthy choices on the go!


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Tuesday Tip of the Week – Have Some Fun

Sometimes we can get so caught up in striving to reach our goals that we forget to stop and smell the roses.

This week take and hour or two (maybe more) to do something that brings you joy. Whether you take a long walk, play a board game with family, indulge your creative side through painting or coloring, or even take in a sporting event allow yourself to let lose and have some fun.

If you do, you will find it easier to traverse the path to your goals.


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Tuesday Tip of the Week – Review Your Goals

Welcome to week #8 of 2018, the week when most “New Years resolutions” become a distant memory.

So, what about you?

Are you sticking to the goals you set for yourself this year?

Do you even remember the goals you boldly set for 2018?

This week is a great time to recommit to your goals. If you have not written out your goals, get them on paper. Next, set a reminder on your calendar to review your goals on a regular basis.  You can decide how often you review your goals but read them over at least once per month.

Once you have reviewed your goals, ask yourself, “Am I taking action to achieve my goals on a regular basis”?  Any action, however small, gets you a step closer to what you want to achieve.  Even baby steps are better than no steps.  However, if you are not paying attention to your goals life may get in the way and you might forget to take those steps.

I review my goals every 5 days.  I read each one and ask myself what I have done over the past few days to move closer toward successful achievement of the goal.

You do not have to be taking action on every goal every week.  For example, one of my goals is to take a painting class this year.  It is not a high priority goal and so I have been focusing my attention on my financial and career goals.  But, each week when I review my goals I see my painting class goal and am reminded that it is on my 2018 “to do” list.  Had I not committed it to paper and if I was not reviewing it regularly more likely than not it would not get done.

If you are serious about sticking to the goals you set for yourself this year, recommit to them by writing them down and reviewing them regularly.  Take action, even if it is just a tiny step, and your success is assured.

 

Need help recommitting or acting on your goals?  I can help you create an action plan that will get you moving in the right direction.  Email me at achievewellness@ymail.com for a complimentary 15 minute consultation.


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Tuesday Tip of the Week – Healthy Superbowl Tips

For many of my clients, the Superbowl is the first big test of their dietary resolve.

Chili, chips, dips, alcohol, and sweet treats can all add up and ruin all of the hard health and wellness work you’ve put in this year.

Fortunately, you can still enjoy the big game and stick to your diet goals, just follow a few simple tips:

  1. Make smart choices about what you eat.
    • Sure, potato chips and pepperoni pizza are delicious, but they can wreck your diet goals.  Look for tasty ways to satisfy your hunger while still staying healthy.  For example, substitute roasted vegetables for pepperoni on your pizza or choose whole grain crackers over potato chips.
    • Load up on fresh raw vegetables rather than pretzels or popcorn.
    • Replace fat laden dips with hummus, salsa, or use greek yogurt in place of sour cream in dip recipes.
    • Guacamole is another great dip option, but use it sparingly.  Remember even though it contains “healthy”  Omega-3 fatty acids it is still high in fat calories.
    • Skip extras like shredded cheese, sour cream, or barbeque sauces on you chili, nachos, or burger.
    • Try a grilled chicken breast in place of a hot dog or burger and skip the bun.
  2. Limit or avoid alcohol.
    • Alcohol not only adds nonessential calories, it can also lower your inhibitions and make you to eat more.
    • Replace alcohol with sparkling water flavored with lime or orange slices, iced tea, kombucha or a tasty mocktail.
    • If you absolutely must drink, limit your intake to no more than 1-2 drinks.
  3. Practice portion control.
    • It is okay to nibble on a few of your party favorites, but limit yourself to 2-3 special treats and if possible limit yourself to a single serving of each.  Check packaging for a serving size or use the chart below.
    • Another good trick is to eat 50% of what you normally would.  For example, if you would normally eat 4 slices of pizza, stop yourself a 2 slices or if you eat a large bowl of chili with corn bread, serve yourself a smaller bowl and cut the corn bread in half.

Following these tips may not save you total calories, but at least the calories you ingest will be healthier and serve your body better than traditional, less healthy options loaded with refined carbohydrates, saturated fats, and alcohol.

Check back on Thursday for some delicious Superbowl recipes to help you stay on track to a healthier lifestyle!

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How to Choose a Workout Buddy

A few days ago I recommended finding a buddy to workout with (Find a Buddy) to help keep you motivated, accountable, and give you support.

Who you choose as a workout buddy depends upon what type of partner you want.

Do you want someone to serve as a role-model or mentor for your fitness endeavors?      Then you may want to pick someone with a  more experience and expertise then you have.

Are you looking for someone to help push you to the next level in your fitness journey by serving as a spotter and maintaining your form?  If so, you choose a buddy with similar strength and skills as you.  Your workout buddy will expect you to be able to return the favor by spotting them and ensuring they perform exercises safely.

Perhaps you simply need someone to help keep you motivated and offer encouragement as you travel down your path to fitness.  In that case, a close friend, family member, or life coach may be all you need to reach your goals.

If you want a buddy to workout with look for someone who has similar goals and schedule.  If you want to get leaner and stronger and your partner wants to run a marathon, it is unlikely either of you will reach your goal.  It’s also essential that your workout buddy is as committed to the goal as you are.  Also, if you and your partner aren’t available at the same time then your workouts won’t workout.

Regardless of which type of workout buddy you choose make sure your partner has a positive supportive attitude.

Finding a workout buddy can keep you focused on your goals and help ensure your success.


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10 Small Steps To Improve Your Health in 2018

Every new year, many of us make health-related resolutions, such as to lose weight, stop smoking or run a marathon. While it is common to set high goals, experts say that setting smaller goals could do more for our health.

“Small steps are achievable and are easier to fit into your daily routine,” says James O. Hill, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. “They are less overwhelming than a big, sudden change.”

Here are 10 to try:

1. Make time everyday for physical activity.  Going to the gym is great, but using the stairs at the office, walking the dog, playing tag with your kids, or doing bodyweight exercise while watching TV are fabulous ways to be active without becoming a gymrat.  Shoot for at least 20-30 minutes of physical activities each day.

2. Take more small steps. Use a pedometer to count your daily steps; then add 2,000, the equivalent of one extra mile. Keep adding steps, 1,000 to 2,000 each month or so, until you take 10,000 steps on most days.

3. Eat breakfast. Breakfast eaters tend to weigh less and have better diets overall.   Try   egg white and veggie cups or a cottage cheese danish.

4. Switch three grain servings each day to whole grain. If you’re like the average American, you eat less than one whole grain serving a day.  Quinoa, slow-cooking oats, and whole grain bread are great options.

5. Have at least one green salad every day. Eating a salad (with low-fat or fat-free dressing) is filling and may help you eat less during the meal. It also counts toward your five daily cups of vegetables and fruits.

6. Trim the fat. Fat has a lot of calories, and calories count. Purchase lean meats, eat poultry without the skin, switch to lower-fat cheeses, use a nonstick pan with only a dab of oil or butter.

7. Consider calcium by including two or three daily servings of low-fat or fat-free milk or yogurt. Dairy calcium is good for bones and may also help you lose weight.

8. Downsize. The smaller the bag, bottle or bowl, the less you will eat.

9. Lose just 5 to 10 percent of your current weight. The health benefits are huge-lower blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and triglycerides.

10. Keep track of your eating. Write down everything you eat and look for problem spots. Often, just writing things down can help you eat less.  MyFitnessPal and MyPlate both have terrific FREE food journal apps.

 

 


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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.

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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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