The Golden Rule tells us to "Love thy neighbor as thyself," which translated means to take care of others as well as we care for ourselves. We as women go over and above caring for others. But have you noticed that we don't go over and above caring for ourselves? In fact, we are often hardest on ourselves. We make excuses such as, "I don't have time," or "that costs too much." We continually find the strength to give to others, sometimes having to reach down into the depths of our souls. We give our all at our work, to our families, cooking, cleaning, chauffeuring, bath times, play times, quality times, volunteering, helping others, the list goes on. And we are stressed.
Is this you? It was me not so long ago. I loved others so much and me so little that I eventually developed chronic fatigue. I was over tired, over weight, and over stressed. So tell me, as you live your life each day, are you loving you? Are you loving your neighbor as yourself, or...
Do you find it hard to stay with your health goals during the holiday season? It can be difficult with all of the holiday parties (with loads of comfort foods!) to attend, family gatherings to show up to, and the stress of time being limited. Wish some tools in your belt, you can conquer the holidays without getting too far off track from your health goals.
Prepare yourself for the coming season. Go ahead and visit those Pinterest boards you pinned forever ago, find some healthy, easy recipes that can be your staples during this busy season, and get familiar with them. Prepare your plan for the week ahead of time and stick to it.
Also, prepare what you will allow. Are you going by the 90/10 rule where you eat healthy 90% of the time and splurge on that slice of pie 10% of the time? Prepare your mind off what you will allow, so that you know ahead of time what's "okay."
Ask for accountability, if you need it. If having someone holding you accountable will keep you on...
There are different sides of the road here during the holiday season - the side that loves and looks forward to this time of year, and the side that feels anxiety, loneliness, and frustration during this time of year. This could be caused by many factors, such as a family that doesn't get along and causes friction at family gatherings.
There are things you can do to keep your gratitude and joy flowing this season. Let's go ahead and set some intentions of how you will do this, so that you can be prepared when the season arrives.
I'll share with you a few of my favorite ways to stay nourished and grateful this season:
- Don't let the hustle and bustle get to you. This season doesn't have to be a blur. Find one of your favorite ways to slow down and connect, and do this daily. This could be a morning prayer/meditation, daily journaling, a morning yoga practice, or anything that fills you. What will it be? I like to do a morning devotional with a cup of coffee or t...
I love fall in Montana! And those of you that live here know exactly what I am talking about! Montana has it's own exquisite beauty, and there is nothing quite like going for a walk outdoors to enjoy the sight and smells of fall here in the Treasure State. Whether my view is overlooking harvested fields or the golden color of changing Tamaracks, it's hard not to be grateful that I live here!
Gratitude is one of the most powerful ways that we have to change our perception. From the many negative things going on in the world today that is constantly being put in front of us on the news and via social media to our own thoughts inside of our heads, it is easy for our mindsets to hit the bottom of the barrel. Especially when the stress of the holiday season is coming at us like a freight train.
When we make an effort to show appreciation to others, we make them smile. They get that warm and fuzzy feeling inside that makes them happy and shows value of their presence...
Have you been feeling guilty about not working out as much as you want lately? Once Summer is over, it is easy to rely on those loose sweaters and oversized coats to hide our figure while we indulge a little too much in the holiday feasts.
The end of the year is a busy time for all of us, so it is understandable if you are finding it difficult to be at the gym at 6 am 5 days a week. And let's face it, if you live in the northern part of the country like me, it's pretty hard to leave that nice warm bed to go out when the temperature starts to drop! But you are not alone! There are plenty of things you can do to sneak in exercise throughout the day!
1. Take the steps
2. While you are on the phone pace around your office or stretch your legs
3. Squats while brushing your teeth
4. Take an a walk each night after dinner to enjoy the breeze
5. Go outside play with your kids or grandkids
These are some quick easy ways to get you on the move! Think about some of your favorite ways...
Do you feel out of control when it comes to your cravings? Have you not found an effective way to manage them just yet - an effective one at least?
I know how hard it is! I've been there Sister! When I was fighting my Chronic Fatigue and Anemia, I craved energy. And at the time, energy equalled sugar. I couldn't get enough sugar because for a little while at least I would be able to have enough energy to cook dinner, do the dishes, or most importantly, play with my daughter! Little did I know that the relief that I got from the sugar was supporting the very diseases I was trying to fight! Not to mention the weight gain that came along with it!
What are you doing to combat those cravings? Beating these cravings is a major factor in losing weight and better health. We have all tried different methods to get over those cravings, but we ultimately give in. So how do you control those cravings? With the holidays coming up just around th...
Have you ever left the grocery store to drive home, pulled into your driveway, and realized you zoned out the entire time? Your body knew where to go out of habit and luckily you made it home safely! But this is a perfect example of mindless habits. Same goes for our automatic eating habits.
Do you ever automatically reach for that bowl of ice cream after supper and realize that you don't actually WANT it, you are just reaching for it out of habit?
We all have our own eating habits! I used to reach for a couple of cookies every morning to go with my coffee. Not quite the breakfast of champions, was it? Becoming mindful of these habits is the first step in rearranging your habits and creating new, healthier ones that make you feel great!
Tomorrow, be mindful of each thing you eat. Examine what was going on around you, or in you when you chose to eat anything that may not align with your health goals. What are your typically doing when you find y...
When it comes to eating healthy, the emphasis goes beyond just carbs, fat, protein, and calories. It even goes beyond food groups!
When you make the conscious decision to start eating healthier foods, it’s important to pay attention to what’s in your food.
Did you know that the nutritional value of most our produce has decreased over the last few decades? The food we eat no longer gives us the nourishment it used to, requiring us to seek other sources of vital nutrients.
This is due to the increasingly more common use of pesticides and genetically modified foods (GMOs).
By consuming organic food as often as possible and choosing foods that are locally grown, you can minimize the effect of pesticides and GMOs in your diet!
Beware These Foods: The Dirty Dozen
These foods have been named as the most likely to be contaminated by pesticides. If you’re on a budget, these are the foods you want to prioritize buying organic.
Do you feel confused by all of the contradictory health information you’re constantly being berated with? You certainly are not alone. Fads are always on the rise (and then the inevitable fall), but luckily, there are some sound, sure-fire ways to live a healthier life — no trends needed. In fact, ditch the fad and diet mindset once and for all. You don’t need them. Instead, focus on long-term lifestyle changes and implementing small changes over time to build up to your long-term goals. You will be much more likely to succeed this way, and it is much more enjoyable of a process.
Let’s dig into some that you can start doing today…
1. Map out your goals. When we live life without a plan, the days turn into years… and before we know it, we’ve been saying for the past five years that we wanted to start “blank.” What are the health goals you have for yourself? What is your reason for wanting to reach these goals? Focus on how you want to feel, and map out...
Quick quiz: how many portions are in a bag of snack-size whole grain crackers? Or a small bottle of locally-pressed juice? Or a lunchbox pack of granola bars?
Hint: it’s not “one.” Often, the above products contain two or two-and-a-half servings per package.
Can YOU Eat Just One?
Sure, you could go ahead and enjoy just half the bag, but are you really going to do that?
Don’t beat yourself up if the answer is no. If you place food in front of most people, they tend to eat it all. It’s just the way we’re wired.
The Perils of Supersizing
Eating too much food in one sitting is hard on your body. Here’s why:
Food is meant to be eaten throughout the day. Overdosing on too much food at one time causes pain, upset, and sluggish digestion.
A surge of glucose is released into your blood. Your pancreas has to work overtime, pumping insulin through the body to absorb all that extra glucose. This can make you feel spacey, weak, irritable, or headachy.