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10 Tips for Overwhelmed Moms to Cope Better With Anxiety

10 Tips for Overwhelmed Moms to Cope Better With Anxiety

Ever feel light headed, sick to your stomach, chest tightened and like you might just pass out or die?

Or have irrational fears like you’re kids going to die in their sleep or you might drive off the road and crash?

I’m assuming if you are reading this then you most likely have experienced some or all of those feelings or thoughts and perhaps, you are quite close friends with anxiety. I know, I am.

I’ve struggled with anxiety for my entire life and while there can be a lot of shame or hesitation to talk about it in today’s world, I am quite comfortable being open and honest about my struggle.

As I’ve gotten older I’ve learned that there are so many people that actually struggle with anxiety that I would have never expected. These people often seem extremely outgoing, confident, and like they really have their shit together, but once I really get to know them I realize we are more alike than I could have ever imagined. I find that it can be so comforting to share and connect with others about our struggles so we can feel a little less alone on this journey.

3 Mindset Shifts to Transform Your Relationship to Food & Your Body

I’ve spent most of my life struggling with my relationship to food and my body.

For years, I used food for comfort and to deal with stressful situations. It was a way to avoid my overwhelming feelings of not being good enough.

I always had a strong desire to lose weight and a belief that life would be so much better if I could reach my “ideal weight”.

In all honesty, I had never been overweight and was actually quite thin as a child, but I think I always had a distorted view of how my body looked compared to howI believed it should look.

I spent years trying all of the diets but I was never really able to stick with them long term which only fed my constant feelings of not being good enough.

How could I be good enough (or ever reach my lofty goals) if I couldn’t even manage to stick to a diet for more than just a few days and I couldn’t even lose an easy 10 pounds?

Looking back now, I can see how my mindset was completely off and my lack of confidence only got worse with each diet fail.

I’ve come to learn that there were many reasons outside of my control for why I had these beliefs and behaviors in the first place. I had definitely picked up on some thoughts and behaviors from many adult women in my life along with the intense pressure from the media and society to be thin and look a certain way.

So if you relate at all to struggling with your relationship to food or your body, please know it is not your fault. Also, please know that you can evolve and it all begins with changing your mindset.

So here are the three biggest mindset shifts I had to make in order to change my relationship to food and my body (and ultimately, to live a much healthier and happier life)

How to Create The Ultimate Nighttime Routine

I’ve always considered myself to be a night owl.

I’ve also always struggled with shutting off my mind so that I could fall asleep. The second my head would hit the pillow, my mind would race. I would start to think of all the things to do or all the things that scared me or even excited me. It’s like my mind instantly would rev up and go crazy.

I used to use alcohol, tylenol pm, comfort food, or binge watching tv until I was so tired that I’d finally just fall asleep. This would just make me feel horrible in the morning and then I’d be exhausted and droggy throughout the whole next day.

When I started to eat healthier and learn more about wellness I realized how important sleep was and I knew I had to start making sleep a priority. 

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always loved sleeping, but I wanted to find away to better fall asleep and sleep peacefully through the night. Over the years I’ve really learned that I need a good 8-9 hours to feel my best and have productive day. Before, I didn’t realize that I actually had the ability to fall asleep easier and get a better night of sleep by just creating a relaxing nighttime routine.

 

Here Are 3 Tips for Creating Your Ultimate Nighttime Routine:

1. Start Winding Down 1 Hour Before You’d Like To Fall Asleep  

This means turning off all electronics and television in order to let your mind begin to rest. Research has shown that the blue lights coming from these devices suppress the production of melatonin which can delay sleep and lead to less REM sleep. This can cause you to wake up still feeling tired even after 8 hours of sleep.

2. Do Something Nourishing For Your Mind, Body, & Soul

During this hour without electronics find rituals or routines that really make you feel good. Some amazing suggestions I love are:

  • Meditating
  • reading an actual book (something light, fun, or inspiring)

  • Journaling

  • Face mask

  • Light candles

  • Take a bath or shower

  • Diffuse calming essential oils

  • Mix with coconut or sesame oil with essential oils to massage all over your body

Find an activity that makes you feel relaxed and pampered right before bed and it will help you sleep like a baby.

3. Brain Dump & Gratitude

This step has been critical for me and has allowed me to fall asleep so much faster. First, I like to brain dump any to do’s for the next day or anything I am worried about. This allows me to not stress over it because I know it is written down and I can address it in the morning. After, I write a list of things I appreciate or am grateful for that day. I write as many things I can think of and usually feel at peace and happy right before bed.

 

Well, those are my simple yet VERY effective tips for creating the perfect nighttime routine to help you sleep peacefully.


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Tell Me - What do you do as part of your nighttime routine or what are you planning to change? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

10 Things I'm Obsessed With Friday

I've been wanting to start a series on the blog for a while to share all of my current obsessions with you. These are always my favorite types of posts from other bloggers so I figured, why not share my favs with you! 

This series will be bi-weekly or monthly sharing all of my latest foodie, self-care, spiritual, health, wellness, and maybe some random obsessions! I'd also love to hear from you about what you're obsessed with lately in the comments.

I just think it's so fun to share our favorite finds and tips with each other, you know? 

Anyways, here it goes...

How to Start Listening to Your Body & Eat Intuitively

I've written a whole post about Intuitive Eating, but I wanted to dive a little deeper into connecting with your body and actually listening to it.

So Why am I talking about Listening to Your Body & Intuitive Eating? 

Well, when we begin to listen to our body and give it what it wants, we begin to transform our relationship to food and our body. We are able to know when we are actually hungry for food vs. hungry to fill a void or distract ourselves. We are able to know when we are full and actually stop eating because we know that our body is satisfied. We are able to notice when we are feeling sad, mad, or happy and move through those feelings without the use of food. A huge benefit of listening to our body and eating intuitively is that we can finally stop looking to outside sources for the answer and start looking within. We can ditch dieting for good and nourish our body in ways we've forgotten were possible. 

At first it can seem quite simple, and you may have thoughts such as, "of course, I always listen to my body and it usually wants junk food!". These were my exact thoughts when I got started on this journey, so I totally get it.

The reality is our body wants to thrive and feel good, but we've become so good at numbing ourselves with food to avoid our feelings and we've lost connection with our physical sensations. 

When starting out on this journey my clients often say they don't even understand what it means to listen to their body. Really, all it means is to pause and actually tune in to the physical sensations and ask, "How am I feeling? What do I want?" Perhaps your chest feels tight or your stomach is growling, but you are so used to going through your busy day and ignoring your body's sensations that you don't even notice what your body is trying to tell you.

How to Stay Sane When Life Gets Hectic (+20 ways to practice self-care in 5 minutes or less)

"I’m just too busy."

"I have to work, clean, cook, pay the bills, etc."

"My partner, kids, pets always come first."

"Everything will fall apart of I don't do it all."

There’s a million excuses as to why we don’t take care of ourselves. And sometimes, there are very valid reasons or intense pressures which can make self-care or investing in yourself so hard.

It’s even more important to practice self-care when pressures are high. If you have a lot on your plate, you’re stressed to the max, and you are just zooming through each day on autopilot  eventually you’re body is going to crash.

You may get sick, start having digestive issues, headaches, fatigue, and the list could go on. Our bodies are not meant to be stressed out all the time and it will start to affect your body.

Now, it may seem like everyone on the internet is preaching about self-care and you just don’t have time to take an hour long bath or sit and read a novel - and trust me I get it!

The truth is all you need is 5 minutes a day to really nourish yourself in a way that brings you peace and joy and that simple act can make ALL the difference.

Are you Addicted to Being Busy and Overwhelmed?

I have a confession: I used to be extremely addicted to being busy and feeling overwhelmed. 

Now, I understand addiction is very serious and trust me, I don’t take this lightly.

For as long as I can remember, I have self-identified as being busy and overwhelmed. It wasn’t until recently that I started to become aware of the problem and realized that this had been going on for most of my life.

In today's society it is so common for people to almost brag about being busy. It’s often seen as a status symbol and as if we are more “worthy” because we are busy.

Have you ever asked someone how they’ve been and their almost automatic response is “extremely busy”?

I’m not going to lie, but this has been my response to this question for a while, especially since having children. And was I actually busy? Yes, I believe I was, but was it really necessary to be as busy as I was or felt? And did I need to emphasize that I was busy or could I just have answered the question with “Great. I’ve been doing a lot of awesome things”. I definitely think I could have had a better response and I believe it’s really all a matter of perspective.

But back to when I realized this was a huge issue for me.

I was working full-time, taking care of my 2 kids and a household of responsibilities (while my fiancé worked 70+ hours a week), taking college courses, and trying to obtain my health coaching certificate all while trying to start my health coaching business and running an Etsy shop on the side.

Just writing that out is pretty exhausting for me now.

During this time in my life (not too long ago), I began to get very nauseous, dizzy and my anxiety was extremely heightened. If one thing went wrong or I felt slightly criticized, I would quite literally lose my shit.

There were nights of binge-eating or drinking a little too much in order to just NOT think about everything for a second. After 2 weeks straight of feeling nauseous and dizzy I decided to pay a visit to my doctor.

The doctor visit went well. I wasn’t pregnant, suffering from vertigo, or any other serious illness or disease (all thoughts running through my head). My doctor simply said, “We may need to increase the dosage of my anxiety of medication”. I was shocked and horrified. Although I was prescribed medication, I was rarely taking it and definitely didn't want a higher dosage. 

I was studying health and holistic integrative nutrition and yet, I realized I was extremely unhealthy. I didn’t necessarily agree with the fact that I needed more medication. I just realized that I needed to prioritize myself and my health or else who knows what would happen.

Back then, I didn’t recognize my addiction to being busy or overwhelmed. I just thought I was doing what had to be done to get to where I needed to be. I also don’t regret trying to “do it all”, but I’ve come to realize that being busy and constantly overwhelmed is no way to live. Believe it or not, we actually do have a choice on whether we want to live this way or not.

When looking back on the last 10 years of my life, I’ve realized that I was always taking on more than I could handle and performing at a mediocre level in all areas of my life. Since I was SO busy, I made the excuse for myself that B’s in my classes were okay and my “meets expectations” on reviews at work were fine since I was just too busy to give my all anyway.

What I've recently discovered is that I have been avoiding and resisting myself and my life all along.

If I had more time to spare then I would have more time to think, more time to give, and more effort to put in. If I had more time to think, then I would have realized I was completely insecure, had a lot of unresolved emotional issues, and was extremely afraid of failure. If I had more time to give, then people would expect more of me, but what if I wasn’t able to meet their expectations? If I put more effort in and failed, then what excuse would I have?

I’ve spent the last year or so on a journey of self discovery. I’ve spent a lot of time meditating, reading and learning. I’ve realized that I no longer want to live in this fog of busyness and overwhelm. I would much rather feel my feelings and truly experience my life.

I haven’t figured out all of the answers. Sometimes I still take on too much. I even respond with “I’m so busy” from time to time. But each day, I am more aware and working towards a life of peace, presence, and fulfillment. And I truly believe it’s possible.

So, although I may not have a lot to offer you if you are struggling now too, I just to know you are not alone and there is another way.

I believe the first step in the journey is awareness and prioritizing self-care. And by being aware and prioritizing our self-care we can slowly start to change the way we live one day at a time.

SO TELL ME - do you struggle with being addicted to being busy & overwhelmed?

What to Do When You're Stressed to The Max

I don't know about you, but lately, I've been stressed to the max.

Between taking classes, kids after school activities, birthday parties, client calls, cleaning my house and running a business, sometimes I just need to breathe and recalibrate.

So even if you're stressed to the max right now, there are still small, practical steps you can take to cope with that stress and stay healthy.

So, why am I talking about stress?

Like it’s not enough to live with stress, now I’ve got to be talking about it too?! Agh.... not fun...!!!

But the truth is that it sure is important to acknowledge stress so you can reduce it or cope with it a little better.

Think of it like aiming for a 1% improvement....you may not be able to change the stressors in your life, but if you can manage the impact on your body 1% better, then you’ll stay healthier and more able to handle the stress.

Worthwhile, yes?

5 Ways to Nourish Yourself Without Food

Lately, I've been focusing on ways to really nourish myself in all areas of my life. 

I thought it was a great time to share some out-of-the-box ways to think about nourishing your body, mind and spirit…

But wait, why am I even using the word “nourishment” if I’m not talking about food?

That’s a great question!

The reason I am using the word nourishment outside of its regular foodie context is because we often find ourselves so over-focused on food that we forget about all the other simple and wonderful ways to nourish ourselves.

What does it mean to nourish myself without food?

We forget that taking a walk in the woods with our dog is calming and rejuvenating.

That lying on your bed listening to your favorite song while feeling the breeze kissing your face is soothing and relaxing.

That feeling the grass tickle your feet as you watch the clouds drift by is as good as meditation!

We actually “eat” all day with our senses… we “consume” our environment through touch, feel, taste, sound and sight.

Why Giving Up on Weight Loss May Just Be the Secret to Getting What You Truly Want

give up on weight loss

Before you roll your eyes and think, “I can’t give up on weight loss. I don’t want to be fat forever” please hear me out.

So many of my clients come to me wanting desperately to lose weight and finally reach their “ideal” weight.

But when I dig a little deeper and ask the question “What do you really want?”. Some of the answers I receive are vitality, acceptance, happiness, confidence, a partner, friendships, dream job, and so on.

Most of us believe that once we lose the weight we will have whatever outcome it is we are desperately craving (the guy, the dream job, happiness, ect.).

But the truth is that weight loss does not guarantee anything.

Unfortunately, our society and the media puts this false sense of hope in us that makes us believe that once we lose weight we can have or do whatever we want.

But what if we lose the weight and we still do not feel confident, or still cannot find that partner or dream job?

You may not believe it right now, but this is often what happens when people lose weight.

They come to realize that it actually was never the weight that was the real issue.

Often times there are so many underlying issues that go unresolved when we just focus on weight loss as our goal.

I think it’s time we approach our health and life differently.

I think it’s time we start working on our mental, emotional and physical health from a place of love out of a desire to truly be healthy and happy.

Once we can let go of our unrealistic expectations of reaching this arbitrary “ideal” weight, then I believe we can finally break free from the mental and emotional stress that we are putting on ourselves by obsessing over weight loss.


But wait, How do you actually stop obsessing over weight loss?

 

Here’s my 5 tips to get started shifting your mindset around weight loss:

1. Get Informed & Practice Self-Acceptance. There are quite a few books, podcasts, and blogs that are actually about transforming your relationship with food and your body without focusing on weight loss as the primary goal. I think the best way to start practicing self-love and acceptance is to learn how others have done it and surround yourself with like-minded people. Here are a few of my favorites resources:

Books: Health at Every Size, Intuitive Eating, Body Respect

Blogs: Isabel Foxen Duke, Be Nourished, The Balanced Blonde

Podcasts: Food Psych, Psychology of Eating

2. Ditch the scale: I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again, throw out your scale and stop letting the number on it define you.

3. Focus on Nourishment: Instead of your primary goal being weight loss, how about shifting your mindset and focusing on nourishment. When it’s time to eat ask yourself, “what will make me feel good and nourished?” Also, look at other areas of your life and ask yourself “What needs to be nourished?” Perhaps your relationships need extra attention or you need to tap into your creativity. This simple shift in thinking can really lead to living a more joy filled life.

4. Discover What You Really Want:  Now this one may be a challenge or you may be thinking “Duh! I know exactly what I want”. But, I want to ask you to pause for a moment and ask yourself “What do I think I will get once I lose weight.” As I mentioned earlier, there’s usually a much deeper reason we want to lose weight and it’s important to acknowledge what that is. If this doesn’t come easy to you and you’re just not sure what it is that you really want, I suggest to just start doing things that bring you joy and be curious and aware of what you desire in your life. You could set out to try new activities or travel and just be curious as to what you are lacking or craving in your life.

5. Go After What You Really Want: Now that you know what you want, it’s time to start going after that instead of waiting on the weight. If it’s a boyfriend you truly desire, you do not need to lose weight before you find him. Start dressing up and putting yourself out there just as you are. If you think once you lose the weight you will feel more confident, than instead why don’t  you try to start focusing on way to build up your self-confidence just as you are. A great start would be to read books or blogs and learn more about how you can develop self-confidence now.

 

The benefits of releasing the obsession with weight loss are endless. You may actually be happier, enjoy eating and exercising, feel more confident, have more energy, and finally embrace your true desires.
 

I really hope this blog has opened your eyes to new possibilities that you may not have even considered before. And if you’re still not loving the idea of giving up on weight loss, then I suggest making it a goal for it to not be your primary focus. It’s all about taking baby steps and learning how to shift our mindset around weight loss (which is no easy task!).

The truth is your weight does not define you and your weight will not give you what you truly want.   Only you can do that... and you already have everything you need right inside of you.

 



 

Now tell me below in the comments, how does it feel to think of letting go of the obsession with weight loss? 

The Secret Morning Activity that will Boost Your Energy in Just 3-Minutes

morning-energy

I'm super excited to share this simple technique that can help boost your energy first thing in the morning - WITHOUT even having to get out of bed! 

It's my favorite 3-minute body stretch that will have a powerful affect on your mood and body which may positively impact your whole day!

So, Why am I talking about a body stretch first thing in the morning?

We all know that waking up on the wrong side of the bed and getting a rushed start to the day where you’re racing out of the house with un-brushed teeth AND glugging down your coffee in the car is a bad sign.

Everyone wants to start their day on a good note, which means waking up in a good mood, calm and centered and energized for the day, which isn’t always the case, right?

So why not give your body that stretch it deserves first thing in the morning instead of waiting ALL day long to go and do the exact same stretch at the gym after work?

Here are the steps to this 3-minute energy boosting body stretch:

STEP 1: Set a happy alarm 5 minutes earlier than usual

Your body responds to messages you give it, so give it a happy ring to wake up to! Download your favorite song or nature sound and use that as your happy alarm sound. Set it for 5 minutes earlier than usual. Your body will thank you.

STEP 2: Start your body stretch as soon as you open your eyes

Often when we over-plan to stretch our bodies and take too long to pick out just the right exercise leggings or the right room to stretch in, by the time we are ready to start stretching we are demotivated or distracted or derailed....

So, carpe diem, seize the day by starting your stretch even before you get out of bed! (I mean, does it get any easier than that!?)


Laying down, simply stretch your legs out and reach your arms overhead and really stretch your body or sit up in bed and do the same, this time stretching your arms up to the ceiling.

STEP 3: Finish your body stretch right next to your bed
The KEY here is to honor these 3 minutes you have set aside to stretch your body.

So the trick is to FOCUS your attention inward, breathe DEEP inhales and exhales and stretch up to reach for the sky. You can clasp your fingers overhead to keep your hands together to deepen the stretch.

How will this 3-minute body stretch boost my energy?

You know how sometimes on a chilly morning you need to crank up your car a little more than usual to get the gas circulating faster?

The same is true for our bodies. All they really need to get going is a little kickstart for the day and a simple stretch as soon as you wake up will do it.

I bet you will feel different immediately and that energy boost will GIVE you the energy to make time to boost MORE energy. It’s a happy energy-boosting cycle!

If you are tired of waking up groggy and achy, then click here now to schedule a time to talk with me about more fast and easy ways to stretch your body back to health first thing in the morning.

I am here to help support you with more super easy energy-boosting activities!

What do you do to boost your energy in the morning? Do you think you'll give this body stretch a try? Please share in the comments below!!

Why Letting Go Of Judgment is Essential For Your Health

 

Ugh. I can’t believe I ate that whole cake, my diet begins tomorrow.

Wow, I’m so lazy. I didn’t work out again.

I have no self-control. I just can’t eat healthy.”

Do any of these thoughts sound familiar?

These are actual thoughts I used to have on a daily basis.

Time and time again my clients come to me with these same thoughts repeating over and over in their head.

We are all so judgmental and critical of ourselves.

It’s really time that we just give ourselves a break.

We are human. We are hard-working, busy, stressed out, and exhausted most of the time and it’s about time we start to take care of ourselves and just let ourselves off the hook every now and then.

You may be thinking that being judgmental and hard on yourself is what keeps you accountable on your health journey, but I’m going to ask you to put that thought on pause for a moment.

First of all, Is it working for you? Are you consistently eating healthy and working out?

I know for most of my clients this is not the case, so if it isn’t working perhaps a new way of thinking may be just what you need.

The truth is being judgmental and critical of ourselves all of the time is simply not empowering.

Most of the time our judgments leave us feeling discouraged, mad, and sad.

And when you’re feeling discouraged, mad, or sad - do you really feel like eating a salad or working out?

Most likely, the answer is no.

When we beat ourselves up for eating that whole bag of chips or that box of donuts, we are more likely to continue making less than healthy choices later on as well.

In my own personal experience, if I were to eat one “bad” thing, I would just end up saying, “Well, I suck, might as well eat some pizza and have some chocolate and start eating health tomorrow”. I would basically use the junk food as a way to comfort myself from my own judgements.

The thing is when we move away from judging ourselves for every little choice we make and move toward awareness and curiosity we aren’t left feeling defeated and we’re able to move on and make the next best choice for ourselves in the present moment.

When we are aware and curious of our choices, it is way more empowering to move forward making healthier choices more often than not.


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HERE ARE A FEW TIPS TO HELP YOU MOVE AWAY FROM JUDGEMENT & START FEELING MORE EMPOWERED TODAY:

Bless your food. Before eating, practice gratitude for your food. Appreciate what you have out front of you and realize the energy that this food will bring to your body.

Be curious. Ask yourself questions such as “Am I really hungry?” “Is this food what I truly desire?” “How am I feeling while I eat this?” “What lead me to eating this food?” By being curious, you are staying present in the moment and you are able to move away from judgement.

Choose again. If you start to judge your choices or feel bad about having negative thoughts about what you are eating simply choose again. Choose a different thought. You may think “I have no will power” and then catch yourself and transform that thought into “I wonder why I don’t believe I have will power to make the best decision for myself”. This simple change in thinking can really go a long way.

Use affirmations. Positive affirmations are a great way to train your mind to move away from negative and judgmental thoughts. You can choose a few affirmations and practice saying them daily or when you notice yourself starting to judge. A few great examples are “Nourishing myself is a joyful experience and I am worthy of the time spent on my healing” or “Every decision I make is the right one for me”.

Be compassionate. Have compassion for yourself and your choices. Stop beating yourself up and practice self-kindess and compassion for your naturally human, imperfect, beautiful self.  

 

What now?

Start practicing.

Meditate & observe your thoughts.

Start a journal to track your thoughts on a daily basis.

Use affirmations or mantras to shift your thoughts.

Schedule call with me & see how I can help you transform your thoughts from judgment to compassion.

 


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10 Simple Diet Changes to Uplevel Your Health

10 Simple Diet Changes to Uplevel Your Health

Do you feel like you are living a pretty healthy lifestyle, but you’d like to take it to the next level?

My clients are always looking for new simple habits that they can easily start implementing that will have a huge impact on their health.

It’s easy to get stuck in eating a certain way and sticking to our routines, but it’s also a good idea to change things up once and awhile.

This is especially important when you notice that you are lacking energy or having digestive issues.

I’ve compiled a list of some of the easiest ways to change up your diet for increased energy, better digestion, and increased metabolism.

3 Underrated But Potent Vitamins You Must Have in Your Life

3 Underrated But Potent Vitamins You Must Have in Your Life

It’s time I let you in on a little secret about 3 super potent vitamins that are crucial for our health and wellness yet we often overlook them... Can you guess what they are?

I’ll give you a clue: they are all around you, don’t cost a dime and are accessible at any time of day... That’s right! I’m talking about nature, fresh air and sunshine!

But first, why am I talking nature, fresh air and sunshine as vitamins?

Let me explain...

We are so conditioned to think that vitamins are something manufactured in a lab and labeled that we need to purchase in a bottle at a store that we forget to open our eyes and look all around us. Vitamins are everywhere!

10 Tips To Beat the Winter Blues

10 Tips To Beat the Winter Blues

After the joy of the holiday season ends, do you ever feel a case of the Winter Blues?

Living in Maine where it gets very cold and snowy (and I'm a summer girl at heart) I know, I sure do!  

I'd like to help you figure out some easy ways to combat that feeling we sometimes get when the leaves fall off the trees and the sun sets way too early and we start unpacking our winter gear in preparation for those hibernation months of winter...

But first, why am I talking about beating the winter blues?

Depending where you live—New York City versus Los Angeles—winter will either be something you dread or something that passes you by without noticing.

Sometimes even people who live in the warmer states like California experience cyclical changes that affect their moods and disposition.

How to Improve Your Ability to Focus & Why It's Important for Your Health & Wellness

How to Improve Your Ability to Focus & Why It's Important for Your Health & Wellness

In the world we live in today, it has become almost impossible to stay focused.

We are constantly bombarded with notification alerts, phone calls, e-mails, news stories, and the list goes on and on. 

Many people believe they are masters at multi-tasking and even thrive on chaos. I used to be one of those people.

While this may be true for some, studies have shown that it is far less productive to multi-task. 

When you are truly able to focus and be more present in your life, you will start to experience life in a whole new way.

You will feel more productive which in turn will make you feel happier and more successful.

You will also be able to appreciate and notice the little things that you may otherwise have not paid much attention to. 

When we really slow down and learn to focus we are able to accomplish more than we could have ever imagined.

How Prioritizing Your Self-Care Will Make You a Better Mama

How Prioritizing Your Self-Care Will Make You a Better Mama

As a mom, it can be a real struggle to do something for yourself.

We are usually running on very little sleep while trying to remember and do all the things to keep our little ones alive each day.

Due to personal insecurities, feelings of obligation and/or societal pressures, we can often feel guilty for wanting to do something for ourselves that doesn’t involve our children.

I spent years feeling guilty any time I had a babysitter or simply didn’t have a kid attached to hip. When I started to focus on my health and wellness, I began to realize that devoting my whole self to my kids was not only affecting my mental and physical health, but it really wasn’t benefiting anyone.

It’s important for our overall health to have some “me” time to nourish our mind, body, and soul. We are not mommy robots that can go on autopilot for all hours every single day. If we don’t start prioritizing our self-care we are likely going to reach a breaking point (aka serious mental breakdown).

Are You Tired of Being Tired? The Importance of Sleep & Tips to Improve Quality of Sleep

Are You Tired of Being Tired?  The Importance of Sleep & Tips to Improve Quality of Sleep

It is no longer cool to be functioning on little to no sleep. 

Studies have shown the importance of sleep and it is well accepted by most health professionals.

Yes, this is one area of wellness that most professionals can all agree is vital to sustaining your health (I say most, because there are always going to be people that will disagree for whatever reason).

So I'm sure you've heard this a million times, but let me ask you --- Do you honestly think you are getting enough sleep every night?

The reality is that most Americans KNOW the importance of sleep and that they should be getting more of it, but they just aren't doing it. 

Well, it's time to break the sleepless cycle. 

And if you're a new mom or breastfeeding and you're thinking "IF ONLY..." - Well, I get it. It can be a real struggle and I'm not here to provide any magical tips to get your baby to sleep through the night, but hopefully, I can offer you some perspective. 

How To Eliminate Stress From Your Crazy Busy Day

How To Eliminate Stress From Your Crazy Busy Day

There were days when it felt like the entire world was simply spinning 100 miles per hour. It seemed that no matter how fast I moved or worked, I still only tackled half of what needed to be done. It was actually insane.

That, my friend, was the past. Since then I have found ways to not only tackle my daily tasks but also how to get ahead and stay stress free.

Heads up! Some of these tasks are going to take commitment and effort. It’s not just a magical word or quick-fix deal. I have both immediate and long-term tips, but even the immediate ones aren’t simply a snap-of-the-finger fix. That’s why I’m telling you that in order to become stress free, it’s going to take commitment and effort.

Are you ready? Then let’s go!

The Magical Plate: A Guide to Balanced Meals

The Magical Plate: A Guide to Balanced Meals

“What’s for dinner tonight?” can become a question you dread to answer each night when you first start trying to eat healthy and you’re not quite sure what to put on your plate.

I created this simple guide to eating a balanced meal that will make you excited to create your “Magical Plate” for each meal.

The Magical Plate consists of ⅓ green vegetables, ⅓ high quality protein, ⅓ nutrient dense starchy vegetable or grain, and 1-3 tbsp of high quality fat. This gives you an easy frame work to develop healthy, balanced meals each day that will give you energy and help stabilize your blood sugar. 

 

Important tips to remember when creating your magical plate:

Be Flexible: Allow the template to shift and change according to your body wisdom.

Animal Protein: If you choose animal protein, measure it with the palm of your hand.

Eat Until Satisfied: Take your time while eating and only eat until you are 80% full.