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Create a Micro-environment of Health

Italy 096Spring is in the air full force and this time of year I love to clean out closets, cabinets and my garage. It is always necessary to clean out the old to make room for the new! Did you know that the most effective way to stay healthy is to clean out your refrigerator, pantry and freezer and eliminate the unhealthy foods and stock it with healthy food choices? This process will allow you to select something healthy next time you feel like snacking!

Items to have on hand for healthy eating include lean meats like chicken or turkey, canned tuna, hard cooked eggs or hummus.  A fruit bowl on the counter could include some bananas, apples and pears or have cut up fruit in the refrigerator such as pineapple, berries or cantaloupe melon. Handy snacking items for vegetables include cut up peppers, cucumbers, carrots, celery, small grape tomatoes and leaf lettuce, spinach or kale for salads. In the dairy section select high protein Greek yogurts and almond milk for smoothies which have fewer carbohydrates than regular milk. For healthy carbohydrates select better choices like oatmeal, quinoa, shredded wheat and high fiber crackers like Wasa or Triscuits and pitas or tortillas for sandwiches. I like Joseph’s brand for pitas and Mission gluten free tortillas for sandwiches.

By creating a micro-environment of health in your home and office you are on the road to creating better health for yourself and your loved ones! Here’s to a wonderful Spring & Memorial Day Weekend!

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Make Change this Year!

What Can You Change this Year!

Change brings growth. Yes, I agree, there is nothing like an old friend, old time movie or laughs about yesterday but change produces growth and keeps us alive!  So often we are stuck in our ways because we feel we cannot change (are afraid to change) or we don’t want to change. Change feels uncomfortable and creates stress.

When I work with a client about behavior change we acknowledge how hard it is to change and that it takes time, energy and planning. Habits form and the repetition feels comfortable so why change? Many of us become resistant to change and fight it at all costs. Actually, change can be liberating and produce new growth in your life.

Here are some tips on creating healthy change.

Select an area to change in your life – for example- Bring a healthy lunch to work 4 days a week. This is your overall goal and stating your goal can help you to CLARIFY what you want.

Once the goal is stated (and written down) focus on the goal and set up an action plan. The action steps alone will help you to FOCUS. The action steps for this goal include healthy grocery shopping a few times a week, planning your lunches and actually making them everyday to bring to work. Yes, you can see the planning and time involved.

Now reap the benefits of the result since the payoff is huge: healthy meals for lunch 4 days a week, less money spent on buying lunches and overall improved health in the long-term.

For 2013 I challenge you to create change. Start small with something simple like a new hairdo, re-arrangement of furniture in a room at home, a new workout routine or a new venue for date night. Then move on to something bigger like changing your work routine or health habits. Embrace change since it leads to personal growth and energizes our lives!

 

 

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Mindful Holiday Eating!

The holiday season is right around the corner, and this time of year is filled with family, friends, and laughter and of course good food! This month I am sharing with you the principles of mindful eating and how this can help get you through the holiday season looking and feeling great while still enjoying your favorite cuisine. According to Susan Albers, “mindful eating is not a diet. It is being more aware of your eating habits, the sensations your experience when you eat, and the thoughts and emotions that you have about food. It is more about how you eat than what you eat.” This article will give you plenty of tips on mindful eating! Read More…

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