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3 Steps to Reduce Stress: A Must-Read for Women Over 40

Did you know that women are more likely to suffer from stress than men? Although it's something we "manage," it's not something to be taken lightly. Women over 40 should take serious steps to reduce their stress load not just for anti-aging and longevity factors, but also because it's a contributing factor for heart disease— a leading cause of death for women. 

Scary— I know. But how many times have you started a sentence with, "Things are just really busy right now?" For many of us, it's our motto! But the truth is, neglecting ourselves for the sake of an endless To Do List is a dangerous practice to get into. 

In the 3 Step Guide to Reducing Stress below, I'll walk you through some expert strategies to reduce your stress load and increase your nourishment so you can start living happier and healthier today. 

Step 1. Identify your stressors

Social media is flooded with moms volunteering at their kid’s school, becoming...

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7 Food Swaps to Crush Your Sugar & Carb Cravings

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...

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Hush Your Inner Chatter... and Listen

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...

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Change Your Story, Change Your Life

 

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...

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3 Secrets to Healthy Weight Loss— Without Giving Up Wine or Chocolate

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!

Limiting ourselves...

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4 Hidden Factors Affecting the Quality of Your Food

We all know that the quality of the food we consume greatly affects how we feel, our weight and of course, our overall health.

But have you considered that beyond the nutrients, there are other factors that influence the energy we receive from the food we consume?

4 Hidden Factors Affecting the Quality of Your Food

1. The Cook's Mood

There is a great magical realism book (adapted to a movie in 1992) from the Mexican author
Laura Esquivel called Like Water for Chocolate.

In it, the protagonist’s emotions become infused into her cooking, transmitting her feelings to everyone that eats her food. If Tita was feeling loved, everyone felt her passion. When she was sad, the tears that slipped into her stews made everyone cry.

We might not be living in a mystical Mexican village but – just like Tita – the energy a cook has
while preparing the food can affect how you receive and process it.

You can test this by consciously observing the...

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