Why I Stopped Making New Year’s Resolutions…

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Happy New Year! It’s 2015! I can’t believe it. It seems like 2014 flew by. First off, I just want to take this time to tell you how much I appreciate you. I know your time is valuable and hopefully you have enjoyed, and will continue to enjoy what I have to offer. I try to come from the heart and offer insights based on my own personal experience. Which is why today, I’d like to address New Year’s Resolutions. 10348596_10203050103604592_2510653650768517687_n

Have you ever actually stuck to any of the resolutions you have made? I know I never have. January 1st comes around, and I sit down with my journal, and excitedly write down all of my goals for the year… and then never look at them again. I don’t even remember half of what I wrote down last year! Well, there’s a reason New Year’s Resolutions don’t stick.

One of my favorite authors, Wayne Dyer, explains it this way: When you make a New Year’s Resolution, you are asking yourself to make a year-long commitment, which is extremely difficult!  Say you want to lose 20 pounds this year, so to do so, you resolve to give up sugar. You’ve basically just told yourself, “I’m not going to eat sugar for an entire year.” That’s just setting yourself up for failure, because honestly, who can do that?! Then, the moment you do eat sugar, you give up your resolution, attributing it to some personality weakness or character flaw. News flash: There’s nothing wrong with you! You just set an unrealistic expectation.

Instead, Dr. Dyer recommends attacking goals in a day-to-day mode. Instead of saying, “I’m gong to lose 20 pounds this year,” tell yourself, “I’m going to walk 20 minutes today.” Or, “I’m gong to drink 64 ounces of water today.” These mini goals are much more doable, don’t you think?

That’s why this year, I’m committing to, “One Simple Change.” In the coming weeks, you will hear much more about this, and I invite you to join me! Every month, I’m committing to One Simple Change. This month, I am gong to stretch for 10 minutes a day. They say it takes 21 days to form a habit. I’m giving you 30. Imagine, taking on one new habit a month. That’s 12 new healthy lifestyle habits by next year! Imagine where you will be in 2016!

Happy New Year!!!

PS. Now I want to hear from you! What One Simple Change you are you taking on in January?

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Tis the Season of Making Memories… Not Pumpkin Bread!

What is the first thing you think about when someone asks you, “What is your favorite thing about the holidays?” Often, I get answers such as, “Grandma’s Yams, Uncle Bill’s prize winning gravy or Mom’s World Famous Latkes;” basically, anything that has to do with food! It is not surprising that people put on weight over the holidays…. everything usually revolves around something edible or drinkable. There is the baking, the holiday parties, and office treats. Let’s not forget to mention things you wouldn’t normally, but now you absolutely HAVE to eat, because they put the word pumpkin, peppermint or eggnog in front of it. What if you focused on something else this holiday season? What if you focused on making memories instead of pumpkin bread?

You have five senses: taste, touch, smell, hearing and sight. As we previously discussed, taste seems to get most of the attention around the holidays. If you think about it though, a lot of our memories are made using the other four senses as well. How about we give taste a rest and focus on the other senses instead? What would the holidays look like then? Let’s explore this idea:

Touch: Think about the things around the holidays that you can physically feel. Bing Crosby makes reference to “Jack Frost nipping at your nose,” in his famous holiday classic White Christmas. Some examples are:

Curling up with your loved ones under a cozy blanket, in front of a fire, on a crisp winter’s night.

Cuddling with your pet, stroking it’s fur and just relaxing after a long day.

Taking a hot bubble bath (I know I said to ease off of taste, but I think adding a glass of wine here will make you feel really good!).

Hugging and kissing your loved ones as often as you can.

Making homemade holiday decorations with your kids.

Smell: Sometimes the best part of baking all of those holiday goodies, is the smells they leave behind. You can be in the middle of a restaurant, get a whiff of cinnamon and apples, and it brings you back to the last Thanksgiving at grandma’s. Here are some examples of using smell:

Lighting candles or getting air fresheners in your favorite holiday scents.

Since we are so obsessed with everything pumpkin, peppermint, or eggnog, how about getting a bubble bath in one of those scents?

Standing in front of a Christmas tree and just breath deeply! Or go up to the mountains and take in the fresh air!

Try this Hot Spiced Cider recipe from Betty Crocker. Not only will it warm you up, but it will make your house smell amazing!!!

Hot Spiced Cider

There’s nothing like warm, spicy apple cider to break the ice when you’re entertaining on a chilly day.

PREP TIME: 15 Minutes

TOTAL TIME: 15 Minutes

SERVINGS: 6

Ingredients

6 cups apple cider

1/2 teaspoon whole cloves

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

3 cinnamon sticks

In a 3-quart saucepan, heat ingredients to boiling over medium-high heat. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered 10 minutes.

Before serving, strain cider mixture to remove cloves and cinnamon, if desired. Serve hot.

From Betty Crocker Online: www.BettyCrocker.com

Hearing: Part of the fun of the holidays is turning on your radio and rocking out to your favorite holiday classics! Or how about when your child comes home singing the same version of “Dreidel Dreidel Dreidel,” that you learned when you were his or her age? This holiday season:

Listen to holiday music.

Tell stories to kids about the true meaning of the holidays. Or have everyone share their favorite holiday memory.

Take in the laughter and the excitement. Focus on the joy the holidays bring, especially to your kids.

Tell someone you love them everyday. Chances are, they will tell you they love you back, and that’s a wonderful thing to hear everyday, not just around the holidays.

Sight: At the end of the day, there’s nothing better then spending time and making precious memories with the people you care about most.

Visit with family and friends. For some people, the holidays are the only time they get to see certain people. Take advantage and really enjoy that time.

Take your children to look at holiday decorations. Decorate your own house.

Watch holiday movies.

Record home movies of your kids decorating the house, opening their presents, and anything else holiday related. These will be your favorite holiday movies for years to come.

Hopefully, these ideas will distract you from the non-stop eating that occurs from Thanksgiving to New Years! Also, remember that the holidays are also about giving.  When you find that you have over-done it in the kitchen, donate some of that extra food to the local food bank. Instead of sending your child to school with homemade cookies for his or her teacher, make a donation in that teacher’s honor.  Purchase $5 gift cards to any fast food place and give them out to people you see in need.  Take the time to be grateful for all that you had this year.

These things are what the holidays are really about. It’s about making memories with the people you love. Focus on these things and you will be so caught up in the holiday spirit, you won’t even think twice about Aunt Betty’s special fudge. You’ll just be so happy to see Aunt Betty!

Happy Holidays!!

I’d love to hear from you! What are some of your favorite holiday traditions that don’t involve food? 

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Tis the Season…

It’s November! Thanksgiving is soon, and then Christmas/Hanukah and then New Years! Oh my!

The holidays are usually about family, fun and food…lots and lots of food! Last I read, the average person gains about 7 pounds over the holidays (the “holidays” being defined as Thanksgiving to New Year’s). However, this does not need to be the case. Studies have shown that if you indulged on only those three days (Thanksgiving, Christmas/Hanukah/Kwanza, and New Years), you would not gain weight. The problem is, when people start eating on Thanksgiving and eat their way until New Years. Between the office parties, holiday parties, family gatherings, and yummy holiday treats popping up at your favorite coffee shops, it’s a nonstop, all you can eat, time of year! They you wake up with a sugar hangover and belly bloat, causing you to make the dreaded New Year’s Resolution: “Lose 10 pounds!” Now is that really a positive way to start the year?

I’m here to change all of that! Start thinking about it now. Start getting into shape now – clean up your diet, bump up the exercise, drink more water. Between now and New Year’s Eve, I’ll be sending out tips and tricks from my Holiday Survival Guide… my gift for my loyal email subscribers. I will not be posting them on the blog, so if you want these fabulous tips to help get you through the holidays, without derailing your healthy lifestyle habits, sign up a get on my list!

I’m here to help you make this a healthy, happy, and fabulous holiday season!

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It Starts With One Small Change…

Confession time… I’ve always been “on a diet.” When I was younger, I just assumed that’s how it worked. If you wanted to be thin and healthy, you had to be “on a diet.” So I became a dietitian. Makes sense right? Become an expert on how to be thin and healthy.

Then I started trying every diet in the book. I wanted to be educated of course. I needed to know what my clients were talking about and be able to say, “I’ve done it. I know how it works.”  I’ll be honest, as much as nutrition and health are passions of mine, it can be exhausting having that much information in my head. And it all conflicts! Eat this, wait, no eat that… Sure it works, but only temporarily. Then you give up and try something else. Does this sound familiar to anyone else?

QuoteMy practice, and my life, took a turn for the better when I gave up putting myself and my clients “on a diet,” and just began implementing one or two small changes. It’s simple, for the most part it’s easy, and you can feel and see the difference.

Last time I shared about how I started drinking more water. This month, I’m committing to exercising 5 days a week. Next month, I’m going to make sure I have protein with breakfast. This is how you develop lifestyle habits. There is no such thing as “get rich quick,” and there’s no such thing as a “magic weight loss bullet.” As Jim Rohn says, “The only way things are going to change for me is when I change.”

So over to you… what’s one simple change you are willing to make in the next 30 days? Drink more water? Walk more? Cut down on your sugar intake? Let me know and keep me posted on how it’s working for you!

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Is Your Business Thriving?

6776471497_ea42f761cd_mIf your answer is no, then my next question would be, are you thriving?

I had the pleasure of chatting with long time friend and amazing personal trainer Jeff Phillips. He was telling me that one of the benefits his clients get from working with him is a clearer head and better mental outlook to take on the day. Problems seem much easier to tackle when you are feeling fit and energized!

How are you feeling on a daily basis? How is your health? How is that effecting how you deal with the issues that arise in your business and how you operate from day to day? How is this effecting your relationships with your current and potential clients? Are you vibrant and full of life, ready to take on whatever they throw at you? Or are you running late to meetings and missing deadlines because you just don’t have the energy to handle the workload?

Imagine 2 scenarios:

A) You’re running late to work, so you skip breakfast. By the time lunch rolls around, you’re starving. On your way to a meeting, you drive through a fast food place and order a burger, fries and a large diet coke because you need the caffeine to stay awake. How do you think you are going to feel when you get to that meeting? How is that going to effect your first impression on this potential client?

B) You’re running late to work, so you grab a hard-boiled egg and a banana to eat on the way. By mid-morning you are starting to get a little hungry, so you eat the pack of almonds you have stashed in your desk drawer. On your way to a meeting, you run into a sandwich shop and grab a turkey sandwich on wheat bread with extra veggies. You’re blood sugars haven’t been on a roller coaster ride, like in scenario A, so you don’t need to caffeine. You opt for a large bottle of water. How do you think you are going to feel when you get to that meeting? How is that going to effect your first impression on this potential client?

If things are not going as you would like in your business, or in your life in general, take a look at what’s going on with your health and nutrition. Are you getting enough sleep? Are you drinking enough water? Getting the right amount of nutrients from fruits and vegetables? See if there are small changes you can make, and notice the changes in your ability to take on the day! There is always going to be a crisis or meltdown at work when you’re running on 4 hours of sleep, caffeine and sugar!

I want to hear from you! How are you health habits effecting how you do business?