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5 Tips to Maintain your Weight and Sanity over the Holidays

5 Tips to Maintain your Weight and Sanity over the Holidays

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img_7532It’s that time of year again! The holidays have arrived and with them, Holiday parties, pastries, happy hours, you get the picture. I used to use the holidays as an excuse to go completely nuts with my diet. Then it would be my personal mission to join the millions of other people January 2nd who flock to the gym and get on the kale and dust diet, (eat my dust as I run by). By January 20th, I was miserable, and off the bandwagon once again.

This went on for years, until I started working with my health coach and became one myself. I no longer dred the holidays, the temptations, and the thought of kicking my own butt come January 2nd. I don’t feel the need to do that anymore since I don’t treat the holidays any different than I do the other 365 days of the year.

I have found setting expectations helps a lot though, so here are 5 tips that are easy to do, work for me and my clients, will leave you satisfied; never deprived, and just might change your mindset about what the holidays are all about.

Here are my holiday tips to keep you on track:

1-      Focus on the conversations. I used to be so focused on the food at these events that I would forget the whole reason I was excited about the holidays to begin with. They are a chance to really reflect on what we are grateful for and to appreciate and reconnect with family members. I love the spirit of the holidays, the love, the focus on things that matter like family. Food is fun and it’s great to have yummy options but it’s not why we get together and it's something you have everyday, no reason to make it the central focus.

2-      Bring a side dish you will enjoy. I love this one. Each year I try to bring something filled with veggies. This not only fills me up, and gives my body some much needed balanced nourishment on days like Thanksgiving, but it also gives me an opportunity to turn my family members on to new foods they may not have tried before. I have turned many a family member onto kale, beans, and sweet potatoes over the years. Try my Roasted Sweet Veggies Recipe or my Kale with Mushrooms and Truffle Oil Recipe, they are sure to be a hit!

3-      Go on fill up your plate with everything you want, one time. For Thanksgiving I have a rule. I can have whatever I want, but I can fill my plate just once. There is no going back for seconds, that is what leftovers are for.  I don't need to eat everything in one sitting and neither do you. I am usually satisfied after about half of my plate is cleared. If the urge to keep eating hits a bit later, I go back to my same plate and eat what is there. I don't fill it up, and then fill it up, and then fill it up again. I have ended too many Thanksgivings pacing the living room with my arms around my waist, in pain, for me to repeat that one. When I do overeat, I don't punish myself but I do try to really think about what that feels like, how uncomfortable I feel, so that I don’t repeat those behaviors the next time.

4-      Have dessert, but pick just one. For Thanksgiving I need Pecan Pie. My Mom learned the hard way not to disappoint on this one. I have to have a slice with a scoop of vanilla ice cream It’s the one time each year I eat Pie and Pecan it must be! No other dessert can compete. I go in ahead of time knowing this so that I don’t mindlessly eat all of the other desserts knowing it will all come back to the pecan pie anyway.

5-Be Grateful-this is such a great time of year. There are many people who are alone today, be thankful to be surrounded by friends and family. Be grateful to have some down time to enjoy your life for a few days. You only get a finite amount of Holidays to make memories with the people you care about, don't waste them totally fixated on something that doesn't really matter.

What are you grateful for this year? I'm grateful to have married the love of my life. I'm grateful that we are in the process of purchasing a home we will raise our family in. I'm grateful to my parents who have been a sounding board to us every step of the way. I'm grateful for my amazing friends. I'm grateful to be in training to become a yoga teacher. I'm grateful to you for reading this post and supporting me! Thank you for that.

Happy Thanksgiving! Have an amazing time wherever you plan to be!

 

 

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5 Tips to Maintain your Weight and Sanity over the Holidays

5 Tips to Maintain your Weight and Sanity over the Holidays

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img_7532It’s that time of year again! The holidays have arrived and with them, Holiday parties, pastries, happy hours, you get the picture. I used to use the holidays as an excuse to go completely nuts with my diet. Then it would be my personal mission to join the millions of other people January 2nd who flock to the gym and get on the kale and dust diet, (eat my dust as I run by). By January 20th, I was miserable, and off the bandwagon once again.

This went on for years, until I started working with my health coach and became one myself. I no longer dred the holidays, the temptations, and the thought of kicking my own butt come January 2nd. I don’t feel the need to do that anymore since I don’t treat the holidays any different than I do the other 365 days of the year.

I have found setting expectations helps a lot though, so here are 5 tips that are easy to do, work for me and my clients, will leave you satisfied; never deprived, and just might change your mindset about what the holidays are all about.

Here are my holiday tips to keep you on track:

1-      Focus on the conversations. I used to be so focused on the food at these events that I would forget the whole reason I was excited about the holidays to begin with. They are a chance to really reflect on what we are grateful for and to appreciate and reconnect with family members. I love the spirit of the holidays, the love, the focus on things that matter like family. Food is fun and it’s great to have yummy options but it’s not why we get together and it's something you have everyday, no reason to make it the central focus.

2-      Bring a side dish you will enjoy. I love this one. Each year I try to bring something filled with veggies. This not only fills me up, and gives my body some much needed balanced nourishment on days like Thanksgiving, but it also gives me an opportunity to turn my family members on to new foods they may not have tried before. I have turned many a family member onto kale, beans, and sweet potatoes over the years. Try my Roasted Sweet Veggies Recipe or my Kale with Mushrooms and Truffle Oil Recipe, they are sure to be a hit!

3-      Go on fill up your plate with everything you want, one time. For Thanksgiving I have a rule. I can have whatever I want, but I can fill my plate just once. There is no going back for seconds, that is what leftovers are for.  I don't need to eat everything in one sitting and neither do you. I am usually satisfied after about half of my plate is cleared. If the urge to keep eating hits a bit later, I go back to my same plate and eat what is there. I don't fill it up, and then fill it up, and then fill it up again. I have ended too many Thanksgivings pacing the living room with my arms around my waist, in pain, for me to repeat that one. When I do overeat, I don't punish myself but I do try to really think about what that feels like, how uncomfortable I feel, so that I don’t repeat those behaviors the next time.

4-      Have dessert, but pick just one. For Thanksgiving I need Pecan Pie. My Mom learned the hard way not to disappoint on this one. I have to have a slice with a scoop of vanilla ice cream It’s the one time each year I eat Pie and Pecan it must be! No other dessert can compete. I go in ahead of time knowing this so that I don’t mindlessly eat all of the other desserts knowing it will all come back to the pecan pie anyway.

5-Be Grateful-this is such a great time of year. There are many people who are alone today, be thankful to be surrounded by friends and family. Be grateful to have some down time to enjoy your life for a few days. You only get a finite amount of Holidays to make memories with the people you care about, don't waste them totally fixated on something that doesn't really matter.

What are you grateful for this year? I'm grateful to have married the love of my life. I'm grateful that we are in the process of purchasing a home we will raise our family in. I'm grateful to my parents who have been a sounding board to us every step of the way. I'm grateful for my amazing friends. I'm grateful to be in training to become a yoga teacher. I'm grateful to you for reading this post and supporting me! Thank you for that.

Happy Thanksgiving! Have an amazing time wherever you plan to be!

 

 

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Yoga Teacher Training Update Post Weekend 3

Yoga Teacher Training Update Post Weekend 3

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I just finished the third weekend in my yoga teacher training and while my hips are sore and my body is tired, my mind is very much alive. I'm sitting here in West Elm Market at Brooklyn Roasting Company's cafe drinking a coffee and having a Dough donut treat as I write this so I'm feeling very Blogger-ish and cool. The best part? They allow dogs so Bella is on my lap, it's funny that wherever we go, she gets way more attention than I do. :)photo-20Over the past few weekends I've learned about what yoga is not just on the physical level but on the life and spiritual level.  I've learned about sequencing, ways to find balance in the poses for the body, and ways to start assisting. I've also done a shit ton of yoga, day in and day out, yoga and relaxation and meditation have been built into my life.

This past weekend we had a discussion on Pema Chodrin's When Things Fall Apart one of the books on our reading list. Like most of the things I've been reading and practicing while at home, it's the group discussions that bring illumination to it. I realized in the discussion just how many people connect with her ideas and could use some help coming to terms with the fact that everything, both the good and bad, it's all okay. She gives you permission to not feel like you need to fix things, but just live in the moment. It's one of those books you can read at any time and find something to relate to, for me it was the perfect book at the perfect time in my life; let me tell you why.photo-22I'm injured. The week before training started, my right wrist started really hurting. If I'm being honest, it started hurting about a month before that but I ignored the whispers until it full on shouted at me to lay the hell off. So I did, for a few weeks, then when it wasn't really healing, I went right back to practicing, thinking fuck it, I'm not letting this hold me back. Guess what? It started getting worse, no surprise there, but worse to the point that even double wrapped with support my arm was shaking whenever I was in plank or push up pose. Needless to say, it was time for a doctor, and the orthopedic specialist I saw let me know that I need to stop thinking I can "walk on my hands", told me to rest it for  a few weeks and gave me a really annoying immobilizing sling brace that was specially fitted. Ligament issues, ugh. The good news, my wrist is still fine, so long as I lay off, stop trying be to a tough girl, and let my body heal itself.

After the doctors appointment, I broke down, called my mom and started crying on the streets of NYC. Really classy. It was a breaking point for me though. There is an aweful lot going on in my life right now (that I haven't even written about yet), and this brace, the order to stay off my hand, it was like the icing on the cake. All I could think about was how unfair it was when I've waited 3 years to do a yoga teacher training and now I couldn't even fully participate. Then this weekend, when we started talking about the book, I realized this too shall pass. All the overwhelm, all the feelings of everything happening good and bad at the same time, it would pass. And guess what? I'm not the only one who was injured this weekend. We yoga people have this tendency to push when we should pull back. So the teachers directed us to really slow it down, give 25 % instead of 125% how does that feel? Listen to the whispers. I could try to make my injury a good thing and recognize it as an opportunity to learn how to modify and how to take care of myself, to really get to the essence of the pose since I'm not in the thick of it. But that's not the point, the point isn't to try to make something better, it's just to acknowledge it for what it is.photo-21Here is the other thing the book and consequent discussion made me realize. All feelings are okay. We don't need to brush anything under the rug. It's okay to feel the way you feel, whether good or  bad. I've been stressing about a lot of the changes happening with my job, with where I'm living, with having every waking minute filled up with classwork, mental work, and physical work. The people I talk to about this keep stressing that it's all for good stuff so I shouldn't let the stress get to me. Okay yes, it's all for good reason so then I feel guilty for complaining about the stress. But after this weekend I realized that those comments were actually making me feel like my feelings were unacceptable. I felt like I was being invalidated. Though the book I realized that all the feelings, whether good or bad, are okay. It's natural to feel that way and that too shall pass.

When I was at the doctors, waiting to check out, the receptionist came up to me and saw I was reading. She asked me with a huge smile, "are you reading anything good?" I showed her the book, not thinking anything of it (hello the title is When Things Fall Apart Heart Advice for Difficult Times) her expression immediately changed, she did a double take, a look of concern coming across her face and blurted "well is it helping?"  I didn't know what she meant for a second, I thought the book was pretty cool, but then I realized oh god, she thinks I'm depressed I have to fix this. I explained that I had to read it for a training, nothing wrong here. Then I proceeded to cry on the street. See the problem there? Denying what you need, denying what you are feeling, means living inauthentically. Caring so much about what others think that you invalidate your own feelings and feel bad about yourself? No Bueno. Change takes time, relearning patterns and habits takes time. But me, I'm intrigued, and a book like this, it came at the perfect time into my life to help me accept just where I am, in this moment. Do any of these ideas resonate with you?

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Herb Club for Kids!

My friend Erin and I have recently started an herb club for kids! {Which I am learning a lot along with them!}  We haven’t decided on an official name for our club yet, but we have 9 members for now.  We are using a “curriculum” of sorts, which I will share what we are using at the […]

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Tea vs. Infusion: What’s The Difference?

Looking for Natural Living Link-Up? Click here! There’s nothing like having a cup of herbal tea for mere pleasure or for the purpose of good health.  Herbal teas are a favorite way for many people to enjoy the quality of nutritious herbs.  Herbal infusions are also a great way to consume herbs. So what’s the […]

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Grain Mill Giveaway!!!

 An important part of eating a healthier diet is making sure to get whole grains instead of refined processed white wheat.  But real whole wheat can go bad so quickly and the store bought variety is not always the freshest or healthiest.  The best thing to do is grind your own wheat and we are […]

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Your Grocery Budget Giveaway!

Today we have a giveaway for Your Grocery Budget Toolbox, written by Anne of Authentic Simplicity! Your Grocery Budget Toolbox was written to help you find the healthiest food possible at the best prices! You will learn: Once-A-Month Shopping A Practical Budget Price Lists and Price Caps Internet Shopping Strategies Resources for Healthy Food Resources […]

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Avoid Unsafe Flu Shots With Pepper Juice

Today we start the Raising Healthy Families Series!  FreeDigitalPhotos.net By Paula Miller of Whole Intentions  The FLU.  For the past few years no other word has struck as much fear during the winter months as this one. According to the media, the flu is right up there with the Black Plague of Death!   Avoid […]

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Dried Elderberries Now In Stock!

The Bulk Herb Store now has dried elderberries back in stock, just this day! Many of us have been waiting for this day! :)   From the Bulk Herb Store website, elderberries are used for: Indicated Usages – Internal: Allergies, Hay fever Colds, flu Constipation Emphysema, Pleurisy Fever Rheumatism Sinusitis Sore throat Spring tonic Indicated Usages […]

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Reader Testimony: Controlling Fibromyalgia and Weight Loss

This is a reader testimony from Carol of Silver Spring Acres   She has helped control her fibromyalgia and lost 40 lbs. in 5 months naturally! Carol has given me permission to share her story with you!  “I had also been in a major “Fibro Flare” that had lasted for months and was taking control of […]

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