Owning Your Food Choices

Last week, I was eating lunch with my coworkers and someone made the comment that I should start eating "real" food.  I'm confused by what they meant by the term, real.  I mean, I was eating a delicious salad with homemade sweet potato fries (yum) and homemade dressing.  Back when I was going through my binge eating and dieting issues, this comment would have thrown me into a whirlwind of negative thoughts and actions.

On Leggings and Body Image

This past weekend, I overheard women discussing leggings, who should wear them, and who should not.  I was annoyed (to say the least) that it was two women discussing this.  I wonder why young girls are going on diets and talking about how much they hate their bodies.  Can't we all just wear whatever makes us feel comfortable and confident without someone judging us?

Bingeing and Restricting

I feel as though there are two major opposing forces in the health and wellness world right now: diet mentality versus intuitive eating.  One person is telling you to go Paleo or do Whole30 and the other is telling you to "simply" listen to your body.  There are too many dietary theories out there and I'm so over feeling like there is a right and wrong way to eat.  Who's with me?

Size Don't Matter

Last weekend, my roommate and I went shopping for her back-to-school outfit (she's a teacher).  We ended up going to her favorite store in the mall and she ended buying three pieces of clothing, one dress and two shirts.  You would think that they'd all be the same size but NOPE.  Each item was a completely different size.  She and I were both surprised but this goes to show that the tag on your clothing DEFINITELY does not define who you are.

Living In The Flow

The only quote that can describe my week last week is: "Well, that didn't go as planned."  A series of minor events happened last week made me reevaluate my long-term goals and actions on how to get there.  The Universe is funny that way, you think you have it all figured out, and then BAM.  The Universe sends you something and you have nothing left to do but step back and let go.

What Are Your Cravings Telling You?

Last week was stressful for me and I found myself craving really sugary foods.  I knew that I was craving chocolate and other sweets all week because of my increased stress levels.  

Sometimes, we feel ashamed of our cravings and think we are craving certain foods because we have no willpower.  When we have cravings, it does not necessarily mean we have zero willpower. It simply means that our bodies are out of balance.  Below are the most common reasons for cravings so that you can better understand what your body is trying to tell you.

Stress Less in the Kitchen

I see a lot of people wanting to cook for themselves but not getting anywhere because they are overthinking it.  When it comes to meal prepping or just cooking in general, keep it simple and use ingredients that you love.  Here are a few ideas that you can use this week to ensure that you are keeping it simple in the kitchen and fueling your body with nourishing, whole foods.

Stop Making Excuses

I have been a holistic health coach for almost a year now and have started my own business coaching clients, writing, and speaking.  Before I started my own business, I had many excuses that held me back from getting started.  Below are the most common excuses that we make when it comes to starting something new.  Check in with yourself this week and see which excuse you are constantly making.  How can you shift your mindset this week so that you are taking more actions instead of making more excuses?

Conquering Fears

Last week, I was fortunate enough to enjoy a "friendcation" with my best friends from college.  We took a girl's trip out west and ventured through different parts of Arizona and Utah.  I had never been out west and I was super pumped to experience it for the first time with my bffs.  We hiked, swam, and enjoyed a night out in the town we were staying.  On this trip, I conquered my fear of heights and it got me thinking about how good it feels when you overcome something you once were afraid of.

Counting Calories Is For The Birds

I remember when I used to count every single calorie that went into my body.  I used one of those apps for your phone to track what I had every time ate something.  At the end of the day, I would be either over or under my calorie limit and would mentally note if I needed to increase or decrease my consumption the next day.  I had no problem keeping track of what I ate, but I always felt a little guilty for going over 1,200 calories in a day (or whatever that number is supposed to be).  

Intuitive Eating

There are sooo many diets out there telling you what to eat and when to eat.  One diet tells you to eat a lot of carbs and the next is telling you carbs are pretty much evil.  

Before I reached a place where I could eat intuitively, I got sucked into these diets all. the. time.  You name it, I tried it.  I went Paleo, vegan, dairy-free, and I tried intermittent fasting.  None of these diets worked for me.  I was not thriving because I was constantly stressed about what I was going to eat and if it was within the diet guidelines.

Why I Don't Want Abs

Our society is obsessed with fitness and having the “perfect” physique.  Look in any health or fitness magazine and there will be pictures of “fit” people that, whether we are aware of it or not, change the way we look at ourselves.  We are unconsciously being influenced and our minds are being shaped by what we see in books, magazines, websites, and on TV.  Unfortunately, comparing ourselves to what is in the media can have a negative effect on our own body image.

How to Meal Prep and Still Enjoy Your Sunday

Hello there!  I hope you enjoyed your weekend and are starting your week on a positive note.  Today, I'd like to discuss easy ways to meal prep on the weekend so you can still enjoy your Saturday or Sunday adventuring and relaxing.

Investing in Ourselves

Oh how I enjoy Monday's off from my day job.  This morning, I was able to relax, go for a run/walk, and enjoy a slow afternoon of coffee and writing.  I am feeling refreshed and recharged for the week ahead.  I hope that wherever you are, you are enjoying a slow day as well!

This past week, I've been thinking about what we choose to invest in.  A client of mine recently brought up the fact that she does not understand why people do not invest in themselves, both with their time and money.

What Are Your Priorities?

Hello, lovely.  It's a new week!  It's time to stay motivated and start the week on a positive note.

I don't know about you, but I felt slightly overwhelmed the past two weeks.  My schedule was complete craziness and I had zero motivation to get anything done.  I knew my lack of motivation stemmed from being too busy so I decided to take a step back and reevaluate my priorities.