As I looked out the window, I noticed a doe laying down in the grass. What struck me as odd was that it was 1:00pm. Ordinarily, I would see deer around dusk, but I had never seen one laying down in the afternoon.
In the past, I might have walked away and never put another thought to it, and went back to my busy life and my never ending to-do lists.
But today, I paused.
I reflected on why this momma might be resting in the middle of the day. I got curious. Was she simply tired? I stood there long enough that I decided to see if she would stay there while I quickly grabbed my phone. As you can see, I was able to take a photo without disturbing her at all.
Occasionally, we would look at each other and then she would look away. I could tell that she was focused. There was so much peace in that moment. Deeper than just smelling the roses. I felt her energy and my guess is that she was nesting and getting ready to birth. It is spring after all!
Do you ever feel helpless to your sugar & carb cravings?
You walk into the grocery store with the best intentions and then you walk past the bakery and the smell hypnotizes you, or you’re standing at the checkout line and the candy bars scream your name?
Maybe you grew up having ice cream after dinner and you can’t imagine not having something sweet after your meal.
Or perhaps you are in the middle of a project and you find yourself staring at your pantry even when you know you are not hungry so that you can feel better? Can you relate? You are not alone.
The above scenarios are not random.
They are my own personal experiences.
As a child, I don’t remember ever having any cravings that made me feel out of control.
But as I got older, things changed.
I started to feel like I had NO CHOICE and sometimes, I knew I was emotionally stuffing my feelings. Other times, it felt like my body was seriously craving carbs and sugar.
As a health coach, the #1...
Do you ever feel like you’re too tired, too busy, too lazy to start doing what you know you need to do to lose weight and/or live the healthy life you want?
Your work demands too much, your kids don’t give you a break, your life is too chaotic. Maybe you’re too embarrassed about your weight or lack of experience to hit the gym; you just know people are laughing at you or making snide comments behind your back.
Here comes the truth: Whatever you tell yourself that keeps you from leading the healthy life you want is a lie.
In fact, most of the time outside factors play a very small role in limiting our ability to lead a healthy life.
The stories we tell ourselves shape our perception of ourselves, our reality and set our limitations.
You become what you believe.
We are the stories we tell ourselves.
Our perception of our experience, not the experience per se, shape how we see the world and the place we choose for ourselves in it.
And it’s not just...
How many times do we think about making a change, but never quite get around to it?
For many of us, the changes we've been wanting to make have been staring us in the face for YEARS. But life gets in the way. Kids happen, crises occur, and our goals get sidelined over and over again.
And listen, all of these obstacles are very real— but with the right tools, you can learn to move through them with ease.
One of one of the most life-changing struggles we can ever conquer is learning how to manage our thoughts.
I know it's not easy.
With our lives spinning faster each day, it’s easy to get lost in the constant inner chatter we have with ourselves, letting our thoughts run free like a pack of wild hyenas.
Most of us get to a point in which we don’t even identify destructive dialogues or take time to consider how our thoughts affect our mood, our mindset, our relationships and our lives.
Gaining clarity in our thoughts is one of the greatest gifts we can give...
So many people believe that in order to achieve healthy weight loss, they have completely give up the things they love, their guilty pleasures like wine and chocolate.
Well guess what:
I'm a transformational health coach, and I love dark chocolate, salty potato chips, and a good cabernet sauvignon.
Shocking, I know!
This "all or nothing" approach does nothing but creates impossible standards that set us up for guilt, shame, and disappointment.
Here are my top 3 secrets to a healthy, balanced lifestyle:
1. The 80/20 Rule
A lot of people think that in order to be healthy, you have to aim to eat perfectly 100% of the time.
But in my training and experience, it's more like an 80/20 rule.
80% of the time I try to eat seasonal, mostly plant-based whole food meals that nourish my body.
20% of the time I don't worry about what I'm eating and I just enjoy life.
80% of the time I try to eat home cooked food.
20% of the time I order whatever I want!