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Feeling bloated? Here's how I reset my gut.

“It's a holiday weekend–– next week I'm going to start losing the weight...” 

“I think I might try out that diet my friend told me about...”

“I'm feeling super bloated lately, I think I need to go on a cleanse again...”

“Maybe I will call that weight loss company that sends out the packaged food…”

Is this you? 

Are the words “diet” and “weight loss” in your head, on repeat?

Do you look at some foods as GOOD or BAD?

Do you promise yourself when you look in the mirror that tomorrow will be the day?

And what usually happens? Well, tomorrow never really shows up. So here is the good news for you – forget tomorrow; TODAY is your day!

Whether you have a birthday, holiday, or special occasion THE TRUTH IS—THERE WILL NEVER BE A PERFECT DAY TO START.

But, what if you didn’t HAVE to be PERFECT? What if you could hit the RESET button every day you choose?

If...

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7 Steps to Releasing Emotional and Physical Pounds

All over the world, women struggle with their weight.

Years pass by and as those unwanted extra pounds continue to pile on, and you ask yourself— will anything ever work for me?

You try the latest diets, detox teas, exercise routines… Some of them worked, some of them didn't— but at the end of the day, nothing lasted forever and you're still not happy with your weight.

Have you ever considered that the secret to losing weight – permanently – is within you?

Now I am NOT suggesting that you beat yourself up even more than you already have. In fact, what I'm calling for— is exactly the opposite. 

Let me explain— because I know this sounds simplistic, and perhaps a little "woo-woo."

By learning how to truly love yourself (which is no small feat, btw), you unlock your hidden potential not only to lose weight permanently but embrace the life of your dreams.

What? How? Really? 

Because when we are in a state of self-compassion, we...

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Weight Loss for Women Over 40: 5 Steps To Success

The older we get, the more difficult it can be to lose weight naturally. Our metabolism can slow down, our less-than-healthy habits can become ingrained, and our hormonal imbalances can trigger intense cravings, stress, and emotional eating. 

Whether you’re looking to lose those stubborn 10 to 20 pounds or to lose a significant amount of weight, the success of your weight loss journey greatly depends on how you prepare for it.

In my years as a weight loss coach, I’ve discovered that, contrary to popular belief, losing weight is not just about food choices and exercising.

For real, long-lasting results when it comes to weight loss, women over 40 need to change their lives in every way. It is not only about what you eat – it’s also about how you think and how you feel.

Every journey starts with the first step.

If you are ready to truly change your life for the better and finally release that extra weight that’s been holding you...

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3 Secrets to THRIVE this Holiday Season

weight loss Dec 02, 2018

What if I told you that you could enjoy your holidays without feeling guilty for the wine you drank, the cookies you ate, or the heavy meals you consumed?

It’s possible, and here’s why:

Losing weight is just as much about HOW you eat, as it is about WHAT you eat. As a Healthy Lifestyle coach, I’ve witnessed this firsthand with dozens of clients.

Many women I work with know what they need to do to lose weight (exercise, eat healthier), but they still have trouble losing it and keeping it off. Why? Because of other factors.

The truth is, for women, weight loss is both a physical and spiritual journey.

So, are you ready to happily approach your holidays with ease, instead of stress?

Below are 3 Secrets to a Healthier, Happier Holiday

*As a special bonus, enjoy your FREE Ultimate Guide to THRIVE this Holiday Season at the end of this post!

1. Have Your Cake & Eat it Too–– Slowly

Are you quickly, secretly, shoving dessert into your mouth when...

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What Comes First: Loving Yourself or Losing the Weight?

Unfortunately, most women and girls suffer from some form of body shame.

It usually happens early on and stays with us throughout the rest of our lives. The majority of my clients struggle with body shame and being able to love themselves. They often say that they want to lose weight or get into shape so that they can be happy with themselves and feel better. 

However, my belief is that in order to lose the weight or get healthier you must learn to love yourself FIRST.

I spent the majority of my life hating my body. In elementary school, I was so skinny that I would get made fun of. Then when I hit puberty, I noticed my thighs were getting bigger and began rubbing together. Everything was changing, and even when I exercised more or deprived myself of food I still didn’t feel happy. Everywhere I looked there were images of beautiful women that were everything that I felt I wasn’t. As I look back at that little girl, I wish I...

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5 Common Mistakes That Slow Your Metabolism

I get it: metabolism is a tricky thing to comprehend. In fact, it took me years (and plenty of mistakes) before I really understood how brilliant our bodies actually are, and how I could best support my metabolism, rather than confuse it. 

What is "Metabolism" anyway?

 

Here's why it's confusing: your metabolism is not "a thing," (like an organ), but rather, a series of processes that, together, break down food and convert it into energy.

Based on many factors, your metabolism either functions optimally, or, it can become quite sluggish, which can lead to weight gain and discomfort.

I’ve broken down the 5 core metabolism mistakes we make in the hopes that YOU can better understand the way your brilliant body works, and harness its power for your benefit.

Mistake #1: Blaming “Genetics”

“I eat healthily and I exercise and I still can’t seem to lose the weight”— is a common frustration...

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The Real Reasons Why Fad Diets Don’t Work

Did you know that 98% of people who go on diets to lose weight gain their original weight back – and then some?

It goes like this:

You hear about the latest fad diet, check out some pretty amazing testimonials and before/after pics on Instagram, buy the food/pills/shakes/teas/membership required. You are PUMPED. This is going to be your triumphant attempt at losing the extra weight you’ve been struggling with for years.

Except, you don’t…

And so the cycle repeats itself as you get increasingly frustrated with your weight (and yourself) or give up and think that you’ll never be able to lose the weight.

I promise it’s not you.

Here are the top 3 real reasons why fad diets don’t work:

1. Your Body Thinks You’re Starving

The first problem with fad diets is that when you focus on losing weight – instead of fat – you lose sight of feeding your body with the right nutrients for it to function at its best.

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3 Ways to Make Fear Your Friend

Fear can be scary, I’m not even going to lie.

What I can say about fear – or any other emotion for that matter – is that you can SHIFT how you PERCEIVE it in order to make it more manageable. 

Fear comes in many shapes and forms; from fear of rejection or failure to fear of not being good enough or being embarrassed.

Maybe trying out new things makes you break out into a cold sweat, maybe the Psycho theme song plays in your head every time you see the scale… Whatever triggers that uncomfortable emotion in you, I am here to tell you, you can look at it another way.

When your trigger pops up and you feel afraid, how about instead of cowering, shutting down or looking the other way, you face it head on?

Making fear your FRIEND is one of the most powerful behaviors you can incorporate into your life.

This not only goes for weight loss, but for anything else that you struggle with, be it your job, your romantic relationships or standing up for yourself...

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What's your ECW?

Let me ask you something…

Where do you want to see yourself in 1 month, 3 months, 6 months?

How do you envision your ideal life?

Close your eyes and take a moment.

Picture your life exactly as you desire it.

Are you enjoying an afternoon with your family in a gorgeous, relaxing location?

Are you getting ready for a hot date or a fun girls night out?

Maybe you’re dancing away with your partner during a romantic vacation?

Or even finishing your first 10k!

Whatever your dream is, ask yourself why?

Why is this so important for you?

What will having that thing you are missing will do for you?

What will your life look like once you have it?

When you go through the process of uncovering your deepest motivations, digging deep until something truly touches you emotionally, you have found your Emotionally Charged Why (ECW).

Your Emotionally Charged Why (ECW) is the TRUE reason why you want to change.

Sounds simple, right?

Not so much…

Let’s say you want...

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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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