New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are two of my favorite holidays!
Because it offers us a chance to reflect on the past and wipe the slate clean.
One of my favorite New Year’s Eve activities is to set the timer for 10 minutes and write down all my successes for the past year, big and small. It is empowering to see that I have successfully launched a kid into the college life, doubled the size of my business in one year (thank you to my clients and referral partners – old and new!), and seen my own markers for diabetes go down as I continue to manage my stress levels, eliminate sugars and grains from my diet, work on decreasing my coffee intake and, the best part, greatly improved my sleep! WOW!
What have YOU accomplished for yourself in 2015? I bet it is more than you realize.
Every morning I ride the train into Boston and what I notice, day in and day out, is how many people are either asleep on the 6 am train or holding on to a cup of coffee for dear life. What many people do not realize is that their morning cup of joe, while giving them a jolt to getting started, is actually contributing to their fatigue later in the morning.
Many people in todays society are under chronic stress. That stress may be physical from an underlying bacterial, viral or yeast infection, emotional from going to that job that they hate everyday or struggling to make ends meet or environmental from taking toxins into our bodies from contaminated food or the air we breathe and struggling to remove them.
Caffeine contributes to our stress.
People often say to me, “You don’t drink coffee?” Coffee has been come so ingrained into our culture that people are shocked to find out that I use coffee as an occasional treat. To find out why, visit my previous blog. So, how do I start my day?
Well, besides a little journaling and some reflective quiet time, I like to start my day with this concoction:
If you are always tired, easily gain weight, depressed, and struggle with PMS, look to your toothpaste. Many commercial brands of toothpaste contain fluoride. This is great for protecting your teeth but at what cost to your health?
With thyroid diseases of all types on the rise – hypo- and hyper-thyroidism, Graves’ Disease, and Hashimoto’s, items that are common place in our environment are making us sick and it’s time that we looked to our food, cleaning supplies and, yes, even our toothpaste, to find out why.
It’s summer and what is better than the farmer’s market? The peaches are coming from Georgia this time of year but I am NOT going to complain because this is my new favorite smoothie!
1 cup non-diary milk (almond, coconut, hemp, rice or even just water)
1/2 cup strawberries
1 kale leaf, stripped off it’s stem
1/4 avocado (get in that healthy fat!)
1 scoop vanilla PlantFusion protein powder
Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend. Add ice or water to thin it if it is too thick for you.
Inspired by Strawberry and Peach Smoothie from Clean Eating magazine May 2015.
I’m always looking for new smoothie flavor combinations. What’s your favorite?
What happens on vacation stays on vacation. Unfortunately, that does not seem to be the case. When we start making less than stellar food choices on a regular basis, we start craving those foods and it gets harder and harder to get back on track. Do you also notice how hard it is to get back into our routines after a vacation? Don’t let your summer vacation change your healthy nutrition and lifestyle choices.
Headaches come in all different types and sizes. There is the low-grade, nagging headache, the headache that hangs out just behind the eyes, the sinus pressure headache and, of course, the “Oh My God! Shoot me now!” pain of a migraine.
Know that these headaches are not just annoyances. Your kids did not CAUSE the headache by tearing through the living room while you are trying to suffer quietly on the couch. Headaches are a way of your body telling you that something is not right.
So, before you grab another over-the-counter pain reliever that will lead to your liver having to work in overtime and, possibly, to yet another headache. Listen to what your body is telling you and provide it with what it needs.
Stress can make us unwell. It wreaks havoc on our immune system and messes with our homone balance. It results in the release of actual molecules in our bodies that cause inflammation.
The worst part is, stress is a perception.
Kimberly Ferstler talks about how leaving her stress-filled life in New York City and becoming a farmer changed her life and her health. She shares with us the difference between organic and low spray and how you can give farming a try to see if it is something you would like to explore for yourself: