There are many holidays throughout the year that bring families and friends together to celebrate. This means endless amounts of comfort food, drinks and traditions. Great, right? Right! Parties and gatherings don't have to be a reason for you to derail and go off program or an excuse for you to stay home and hide in your organic bubble. Here are 4 simple strategies for surviving the 4th this year while maintaining your healthy and fit lifestyle.
1. Never go to a party hungry: I am putting this one first because it's definitely the most important. You are only setting yourself up for failure as the tables of food and drink will literally talk to you as soon as you arrive. Plus, if you decide to have a drink on an empty stomach? You will be non-stop munching all night. Have a hearty snack about 60 to 90 minutes before and it'll be smooth sailing. An apple with almond butter, shake, or 2 hardboiled eggs are all great options. Focus on protein with a little bit of fat and you will be able to make better choices at the picnic.
2. 1 for 1: Speaking of drinks, for every alcoholic beverage you consume, have a glass of water or seltzer with lime in between. This will help you stay hydrated, monitor how many drinks you're actually having and also feel a lot better the next day. Plus, with the lime no one will even know you are the smartest one at the party.
3. Be the activity coordinator: Most of the time when people get together they end up sitting around, eating and drinking their faces off. Which can be fun and entertaining in and of itself. But why not add some games and activities to the BBQ? Set up a volleyball net, flag football game, or even charades. Not only does this get everyone up, moving and laughing, but it takes all the focus off of the food and drink alone. Fun and friendly competition beats the hell out of french fries and foot long hot dogs.
4. Practice staying mindful: Ask yourself - what does this holiday really mean? When we take a step back and really think about it, the answers are astounding. We are gathering on the 4th of July as a celebration of independence, our nation's birthday and that we are all "family" who takes pride in our country. Let us focus on the freedom we have as citizens of the Unites States and celebrate all of the wonderful opportunities that we are presented with each day.
I know the week ahead is filled with tons of celebrations for a lot of people, so I hope that these suggestions make it just a little bit easier for you to find ways that satisfy your need to party. Remember all it really comes down to is finding the balance that works for you. Happy 4th of July!
"Celebrate we will, for life is short but sweet for certain." DMB
In Love & Liberty,
Many people have different reasons as to why they accomplish certain goals, and give up on the rest. But when it comes to your health, what really drives you to want to succeed?
For me, my motives have changed as I've gotten older. I'm absolutely a product of my raise, so my initial reason, without even realizing, was I wanted to be athletic and keep up with my teammates. I played sports all year long and if I got sick or hurt, I was benched. That was enough for me to make a conscious effort to take care of myself, to avoid temptations and stay on the right path . As I continued to grow into a woman, I became inundated with all sorts of media and my perceptions started to change. It was then I felt like in order to be fully accepted I had to be skinny, count calories, but also manage my highly active lifestyle. That's what all the television shows and magazines said, and I placed my value in those concepts. Unfortunately, it lasted for a majority of my life until about 3 years ago, when things started to take a turn. Now I have embraced the want to be strong, fit and able to continuously push my limits from before. This has luckily become widely accepted and embraced in today's day and age. However, the strong vs. skinny struggle is still real for all women, and for a long time, my mind and body internally battled.
It wasn't until recently that I have solidified my reasons for why I wake up each day and chose my health and happiness. The truth is, I believe in wellness, not sickness. I think putting everything else aside, prevention is the absolute solution to most disease we have in this world, including cancer. Nutritional Genomics is the future of medicine.
Food does matter. Proper supplementation matters. Managing your stress and becoming aware of what you are genetically disposed to is most important. Do you know what you are up against as you age? I have one parent who is healthy, active, energetic and then I have another who has symptoms showing the opposite. I believe my future lies in my hands and that goes far beyond what I see in the mirror each day. Of course I want to look and feel good, but my inner drive goes much, much deeper than vanity.
What I know for sure is that life is only worth living if you feel alive. Regardless of what motivates me, I've made a commitment to use the knowledge I have to choose wellness. It's not easy and I must be reminded every single day, but I know it's promise that will always be worth keeping.
To Your Best Summer Yet,
Celiac Disease is on the rise and recent studies have shown that since the 1950's our statistics have almost quadrupled. However, most people think that if they are not diagnosed with Celiac then they are in the clear, which is the farthest thing from the truth. We are now coming to understand that 1 in 3 are suffering from Gluten Sensitivity, which can go untreated and undiagnosed for years.
Some of the conditions associated with any type of gluten intolerance are as follows:
Inflammatory Diseases (Arthritis)
& much more
Ultimately, if you are not diagnosed with Celiac or GS but suffer from any one of the issues mentioned above, I would highly suggest doing a 2 week elimination diet to monitor how your body reacts. It could be exactly what you need to see any type of clinical improvements in your overall health and vitality.
For more information please check out these excellent resources: Grain Brain by Dr. Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. Davis. Also here is a comprehensive guide from The Healthy Apple on how to live a gluten-free lifestyle.
To Your Best Week,
Hello Ladies. If you haven't seen my post yet published on MindBodyGreen, you can check it out here. It's filled with daily self-care practices that will serve as a great reminder. Go ahead, give it a go and share it with all of the important women in your life.
To make sure the men don't feel left out, this post is dedicated to simple, small changes that can be made in order to protect their health as well. How many commercials do you see on a daily basis regarding low T? The truth is, low testosterone is currently an epidemic. There are a lot of chronically tired, over worked and very stressed guys out there who are suffering in their 20's, 30's, 40's and beyond. Avoiding medication is critical if possible, especially at first. I suggest trying natural ways to increase your testosterone, before taking that plunge. Make sure you talk to your doctor and figure out the best option for you.
From a holistic perspective, there are certain nutrients that can help increase the natural production of your own T. Most of the time, when a man finds out he is low in testosterone, he is depleted of many of these very necessary vitamins and minerals. There are specialized tests you can take as well that will tell you exactly what your body is in need of right now.
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Also, making sure you are getting 7.5 to 8 hours of sleep every night, training smart, nourishing your body with the right protein, carb, fat ratio and finding ways to reduce stress are equally as important. It sounds simple, but these lifestyle suggestions will only help benefit you in the long run as you work towards balancing your hormones.
We live in a world where both men and women are suffering to feel energetic and vital, so it's time to put yourself and your health first. We innately know more than we think we do! It's a matter of listening to your body and what it is trying to tell you.
To Your Best Life,
I used to be against any type of cleansing whatsoever. But, now that I am more knowledgeable on the subject, I definitely believe with the right kind of whole food detox (and not a radical juice or fasting program), a cleanse is an absolute necessity to jumpstart any person's plan.
There are many benefits that you will almost instantaneously see and feel but here are a few to mention:
You're now wondering where do I sign, right?
There's virtually no reason not to cleanse and I always suggest 4 times a year; with every season change. As we are coming into summer, now would be a great time to get 7 days behind you and see for yourself just how valuable this tool can be in your overall health and vitality!
Contact me for more information or with any questions or concerns. I promise it will be one of the best things you do for yourself in the long run.
Has coconut oil become a part of your daily regime?
There are so many different uses for this versatile healthy fat, yet most people haven't added it as a staple in their diet. Coconut oil is great for your thyroid, brain, immune system, skin, detoxification and literally supports and protects every organ in your body.
Making healthy stir fry's and blending it in coffee are 2 of my favorite ways to get my coconut fix.
For a more in depth look to the benefits of coconut (and what other oils to stay away from) check out this article below:
The Coconut Oil Secret
In Good Health,