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Cleanse Enhancing Activities — January 30, 2018

Cleanse Enhancing Activities

Happy Tuesday!! Hope you are having an amazing day.  I am sending love out to you.

Today I want to go over a couple of topics for the cleanse I am doing.  What I have experienced and some activities that will help get through the cleanse.

Let’s go with the ugly first.  🙂    Doing this cleanse, I of course, have to stop the caffeine.  If you have ever tried to get off of soda or coffee you know the withdrawal symptoms.  And that is what I got to experience yesterday.  I had a great morning but as the day went on the increase of aches and pains started up.  Extreme headache by the afternoon.  The solution for me was to take some Excedrin and a nap.   When I woke up I felt great.  Day one down.

Now let’s go with the good.  To keep your body moving and eliminating waste you want to stay hydrated.  I mentioned before I use an app to remind me to drink water.  I have been staying in the upper 90 percentile of my water intake.

Along with staying hydrated I have flax seeds and chia seeds in my morning shake.  I love having shakes in the morning.  They are quick and convenient.  How can you go wrong?  If you want to make sure you are getting your fiber to keep things moving please try this flax seed cocktail compliments of HCI.

Drink the flax seed cocktail on an empty stomach in the morning and night.  You will want to buy ground flax seed.  Add 1 full teaspoon to 8oz of water.  Drink quickly.  If you let it sit too long it will coagulate.  Follow with a second glass of water to move toxins through the body.

The next activity I want to offer to you is to use a bath brush to brush off the dead skin cells from the body and get your blood circulating.  You want to do this every morning.  Use a brush that has a long handle, non-synthetic, hard bristled brush.  You want to use strokes starting with your feet and brushing towards your heart.  After dry brushing jump in the shower and start your day.

Last item I want to share is a cleansing recipe.  Again, this is compliments of HCI.

Baked Carrot Oven Fries
One bunch of organic carrots, unpeeled, washed, trimmed
2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
Sea Salt

This is the perfect side dish to satisfy that sweet tooth!
Heat over to 375. Chop the green leafy tops off the carrots. Line a baking
sheet with foil. Arrange carrots in a single layer on the baking sheet,
toss with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 25-30 minutes or
until carrots are golden brown where they touch the pan.

I would love to hear any feed back you may have.  If you enjoy the recipe or not.

Live Positive My Friends!!

 

 

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Laying the Ground Work for Victory — January 29, 2018

Laying the Ground Work for Victory

Happy Monday my fellow tribe members.  Hope everything is going absolutely wonderful for you.  I have started a 14 day reset cleanse and am pretty excited!  The first 2 days were all about laying the ground work.

This phase is all about identifying goals, setting up support, creating a schedule, preparing your home, and getting your mind right.  This phase is all about the foundation to success.  “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”  – Benjamin Franklin.

Let’s break this down.

  • Identifying goals – know why you want to cleanse and what are your expectations?  Identify what are some of the habits you want to reset and which ones you want to eliminate.
  • Setting up support – this is crucial.  Get friends, family, coach, or follow my podcast https://fccdl.in/3UlQTrqWx.  There will be times that you don’t want to keep going, days seem stressful that you will tell yourself lies and you just don’t want to do it another minute.  Having the people around you for support you will give you the encouragement you need to get out of the slump.
  • Creating a schedule – this is all about not having to rely on the primitive part of the brain.  You will be in more control of knowing when to eat and what to eat.
  • Preparing your home – put away or throw away any items that will be an obstacle for you, or a craving that will give into.  You don’t want these items to be around when you are going through a low moment.
  • Getting your mind right – this means clearing out all the negative thoughts and replacing them with motivating thoughts.  I did this by weighing myself at the start of the program and putting the scale away until the end.  Looking at that number with curiosity and not judgment.  Truly understanding that it is just a number; don’t make it mean anything more than that.  This is where coaching comes in.  We dig deep into what you are making it mean to you.  I invite you to check out a free coaching session https://calendly.com/livepositivelc/30min to see how it can help you.

Day 3, which is where I am today.  This is the beginning of phase 2.  Phase 2 covers the next 7 days.  Here is a list of what you “get” to eat.

  • whole, vegetables, leafy greens
  • whole fruits, berries, lemon water
  • brown rice, quinoa
  • beans, legumes, lentils
  • nuts, seeds, & nut butters
  • avocado & coconut oil
  • green tea, yerba mate
  • fish, chicken and turkey (stick with fish and poultry)
  • Stevia (only in moderation, no other sweeteners)

Here is your foundation to starting a great cleanse and getting your body back on track.  This is going to make you feel great and create energy you didn’t know you had.

Live Positive My Friends!!

Lace Up Your Sneakers and Get Moving — January 23, 2018

Lace Up Your Sneakers and Get Moving

Hello!! Hope you are having a fabulous day.  I know you are setting goals and rocking it.  I know I am.  I am making mistakes too and I am fine with that.  Each mistake I make is an experience for me to learn from.

I believe in having accountability partners to push me out of my comfort zone.  To give me challenges that will stretch me.  My latest push is in the public speaking arena. I did my first interview with a personal trainer from the area.  Her name is Sara Cobb and she was such a great sport.

These interviews that I will continue doing will be focused on Health and Wellness both physical and mental.  With each interview I will then blog about what nugget was brought out that I can then share with you all.  The information you may already know and needed to hear again to reignite your spark.  Or it may be something totally new to you that you can then integrate into your life.

Personal Fitness nugget I received from my interview with Sara Cobb, Personal Trainer with Gold’s Gym.

  • If you are just starting out on your weight loss journey the first step you should do is get yourself to the gym. Even if it is doing small amounts of cardio a day, movement can have a motivating effect on the body, mind and spirit.
  • Take one step at a time. Don’t make changes that can be overwhelming and lead to you quitting.
  • If you have already started and fallen into a rut, where you are self-sabotaging, to get back on track plan a future goal. Find something that inspires you that you have been wanting to do.  If you have something in the future that you can use as your focal point, then your changes of sticking with your plan increases.  For example: If you have a trip you want to take that will require a lot of walking or maybe hiking, keep that trip in mind when you hit the gym.  Future focus will lead you to where you want to go.

Check out the interview here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qvuM6l7OqM

I invite you to utilize the effect of an accountability partner in coaching.  Schedule your complimentary session https://calendly.com/livepositivelc/complimentarysession.

Live Positive My Friends!!

The Secret to Stress — January 19, 2018

The Secret to Stress

I want to talk to you about stress.  The definition of stress from dictionary.com is “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.” Or a humorous one that I enjoy is “The confusion created when one’s mind overrides the body’s basic desire to choke the living daylights out of somebody who desperately needs it”.

When we look at the definition from dictionary.com is states the mental or emotional strain resulting from an adverse circumstance.  Breaking down that statement I would have to disagree with this definition.  The reason for my difference of opinion is because circumstances are neutral.  This definition makes it sound like the stress is happening to us, not that we are creating it.

I have a story to share to demonstrate what I mean.  I was talking to someone the other day and they were feeling a little stressed and short on time.  They were in the middle of a move and had a long list of things to still get done.  They shared with me that they didn’t know if they would get it all done in time.  At this point I took a moment to have them step back and see that thought they just had.  “I don’t know if I will be able to get it all done”.  This thought is what was creating the stress, the move was just a set of tasks still needing to be completed.  I explained that what they needed to do is get clear on what still needs to be done and create a to do list.  To take this list a step further they could put time limits on each task.  Once you have completed this step all the drama and stress will go away, and you will have motivation and empowerment in its place.  Anyone that is feeling stress can step back and look at the thoughts they are generating and breakdown the necessary tasks or steps that need to be accomplished to alleviate their stress.

Another part of this is what are we making it mean?  When we are feeling stress over a job for example, the stress can truly be coming from a place of fear.  We may be setting out to impress our boss, client or colleagues.  That may be where our stress is being generated from, we don’t want to let anyone down, or we want to control how others see us.  Here is the most important advice I can give you.  We cannot control what others think of us and it is none of our business what they are thinking.

As a health coach I bring this topic up because stress can wreak havoc on our mental state, health and wellness state and lead us binge eating.  If this sounds like you I invite you to click this link, https://calendly.com/livepositivelc/30min, to schedule your complimentary mini session to discover the secrets to your stress.

Live Positive My Friends!

Diet From the Past to Protocol of the Future! — January 18, 2018

Diet From the Past to Protocol of the Future!

I started my dieting journey in the era of low fat/no fat.  This diet was a lot of pasta, breads and refined foods.  If the label read low grams of fat content it was allowed on my menu.  Another aspect of this diet era was eating more often.  So, let me break this down for you.  I was eating a bagel for breakfast, carrots for a snack, a lean cuisine meal for lunch, some Snack Wells cookies for afternoon snack and to finish it off a plate of spaghetti with bread for dinner.

As I watched my fat intake I was always hungry and craving more food.  I couldn’t understand why I wasn’t losing the weight.  I was following all the advice and watching fat intake along with calories.  This was so frustrating for me.

Fast forward 20 years and I now know that everything I was told prior on dieting was all wrong.  It wasn’t the fat consumption I should have been the most concerned about.  Before I get comments correcting me, I do what to state, saturated fat should always be monitored and avoided if possible.  But there are so many good fats that get a bad reputation.  My favorite sources of fat are avocado, nuts and coconut oil to name a few.  The problem with my diet previously was eating too much and too many processed carbs.

Today I aim to eat a protocol of no flour / no sugar.  I do not count calories.  I limit my meals to twice a day.  I have a window for eating and that is between 11am and 6pm.  I no longer snack.  But I do have exceptions, planned leisure eats.  I do keep a food journal to the extent of the amount of food and types of food I am consuming.  With this protocol I have greatly reduced the desire I had for food.

I do not only help people create a protocol for them and work through their emotions, but I do it for myself as well.  I work through my emotions daily to understand what I am thinking and the emotions that are being created.  I then work through the process of creating intentional thoughts that allows me to create the best life I can.

I invite you to schedule a complimentary mini-session to discuss your protocol and what tweaks can be done to increase your results, click the link now  https://calendly.com/livepositivelc/30min.

Check out my video answering the question “Why do I crave the bread in the breadbasket at restaurants?” https://www.facebook.com/livepositivelifestylecoaching/videos/1579139312132106/

Live Positive My Friends.

Act Now to Change Your Path — January 11, 2018

Act Now to Change Your Path

Being skinny is not just about looking good.  But about truly being healthy.  About having the life you want, with the energy you need to create your dreams.  I completely agree with loving the body you are in; however, you also need to consider the health implications that being overweight is doing to your body and your longevity.

State of Obesity website states in their fast facts, https://stateofobesity.org/fastfacts/, that five states have an adult obesity rate of 35% or higher.  This is a trend that individuals should look at and consider it on an individual level.  When you view it on such a large scale it doesn’t really hit home.  As if this isn’t about me, they are talking about someone else.  I challenge you to take an inventory of your life and your health.

Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • Am I at a healthy weight?
  • What is my BMI?
  • What is my eating protocol like?
  • How long have I been putting this off?
  • Do I have family members that care about me and would support me?

Only you know what your true health picture looks like.  If you have been putting this off more than a year, ask yourself when is the time to truly make change?  Time is something we never get back.  I put off making a permanent change for 23 years.  That is a lot of time wasted.  I could have accomplished so much more if I would have only acted 23 years ago.  I, however, do not beat myself up over this.  I am taking this information and helping as many people as I can with the information and experience I have.

Now take a moment and fast forward a year from now, five years from now, where do you truly want to be when it comes to your health.  Below is a snippet of consequences of obesity and health consequences.   I don not know where this compliation came from other than off of Facebook.  If you want to research the accuaracy of the list I encouarge you to do so.

Consequences of Obesity

Health Consequences

People who are obese, compared to those with a normal or health weight, are at increased risk for many serious diseases and health conditions, including the following

  • All causes of death (mortality)
  • High blood pressure (Hypertension)
  • High LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, or high levels of triglycerides (Dyslipidemia)
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Osteoarthritis (a breakdown of cartilage and bone with in a joint)
  • Sleep apnea and breathing problems
  • Some cancers (endometrial, breast, colon, kidney, gallbladder, and liver)
  • Low quality of life
  • Mental illness such as clinical depression, anxiety and other mental disorders
  • Body pain and difficulty with physical functioning

I invite you to act today and schedule a complimentary health coaching session, click the link https://calendly.com/livepositivelc/30min.  This is a 30-minute conversation to see what challenges you face, what your current mindset is and to make some shifts to get you started on a new path today.

Life Positive My Friends!!

 

The Tale of Two Hungers — January 9, 2018

The Tale of Two Hungers

It’s the middle of a busy, stressful work day.  Your stomach starts to growl.  You just had a snack can you still be hungry?

It depends.  Why do I say this?  Because there are two types of hunger; physical and emotional.  If you are having a stressful day it is more likely that you are stress eating and the hunger you think is physical is emotional.

The majority of food consumed is usually processed food loaded with carbs and sugars.  This means that your hormones such as ghrelin, leptin and insulin are not balanced.  The hunger you feel through out the day is mostly emotional/hormonal and not the actual physical hunger.

How do you know the difference?  Emotional/hormonal hunger is a very urgent feed me now, hysterical child syndrome going on versus a wave of being uncomfortable.  However; until you really get the hormones back in balance it is going to be hard to get hunger under control.

If you are interested in learning how to get your hormones balanced and hunger in order schedule your mini coaching session to explore the possibilities of a new you, click the link now, calendly.com/livepositivelc.

Live Positive My Friends!!

The Way to Achieve Success — January 5, 2018

The Way to Achieve Success

Journaling is a great way to keep a record of your life and events.  It helps you look back and reflect on what you have accomplished and what still needs to be accomplished.  This philosophy is the same with a food journal.  A food journal helps you keep track of what you are putting in your body so that you can reflect for necessary motivation or necessary course correction.

When I talk about keeping a food journal I am not talking about the ones where you put down every calorie, fat gram, fiber intake, sodium consumed.  I tried this and believe me it is time consuming and exhausting.

First, I do not keep track of all the calories, fats, fibers, etc. that I put in my body.  I have a protocol of no sugar, no flour.  Pretty easy huh?  I keep track of just the foods I am eating and the amounts.  Another thing I do is write out what I will eat, before I eat it.  This way I don’t have to worry about anything else but what is already planned.  No fuss, no drama.

If you are into making 2018 a year of results and successes keep a food journal and see what it will do for you.  If you want some accountability I invite you to schedule a mini coaching session with me, calendly.com/livepositivelc, and see what your year can really be!!

Live Positive My Friends!