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Wait a minute…what about me?

Over the summer, I’ve been working on a bunch of changes to my business. A new website (which officially launched this week! Check it out at http://www.appetitesforlife.com), new programs, new logo, business cards, and the planning of a women’s retreat this October. Just typing it all makes me tired.  But I love what I do, and if all I do helps one person feel better, it is all worth it.

With all the hustle and bustle, on top of being a mom of two young girls and a house keeper, I often times I hear my body crying, “wait a minute…what about me?”  See, even as a health coach, sometimes it is hard to practice what I preach. Sometimes it is hard to not cut a corner here and there (take out for dinner, letting the dishes sit in the sink, closing the playroom door and walking away from the gigantic mess).  Sometimes, just sometimes, I am just too tired. I am sure you understand.  That is why I dedicate my career to helping women reclaim their energy. Because a lot of moms, like myself, have the amazing ability to juggle a thousand things at a time (while chewing gum, braiding hair and making grocery lists in your head).  But that isn’t always a good thing. And we need support.

A major part of reclaiming your energy is surrendering to your body. Sometimes, instead of pushing through and trying to get it

Be still my soul be still

A major part of reclaiming your energy is surrendering to your body.

all done, it is better to just STOP. AND. BE.STILL.  One of my favorite songs by Kari Jobe says “Be still my soul be still.”  As I play that song, I am reminded that is OKAY to stop everything I am doing, and just BE STILL.  Our bodies need attention too. Heck, they are answering our mental, emotional, and physical demands 24/7.  It’s necessary to give your body a break. Listen to when it quietly says “wait a minute…what about me?” if you don’t, the voice will get louder, and then shout in pain, exhaustion, and finally disease. You don’t want to wait that long to respond.

What are some ways to take care of your body?  Well, if you find your mind racing too fast with a laundry list of things that need to get done (including the many loads of laundry!), it is time to still your mind and meditate, pray or just sit and listen to your favorite music.  If you notice your body is tight, painful or achy, it is time to be still and rest.  If you notice your stomach is not receiving food well causing bloat, belching, gas and reflux, it is time to take a look at your diet, and make necessary changes.

Your job needs attention. Your children need attention. Your house needs attention.  SO DOES YOUR BODY.

Take my advice (and I will try to as well!). Take things one at a time. Nothing is that urgent it cannot wait an hour or a day (except of course picking the kids up from school on time!).  My new website was planned for August – I launched it this week – a month later than planned. It’s okay. Everything worked out. In the meantime, I took moments to show my body I cared.

Foods For Fuel

Young woman and a healthy diet conceptAre you tired of feeling tired? You may be getting 7-9 hours of sleep every night but still not feeling refreshed and happy in the morning. Everyone knows that food is the fuel for our bodies and has a major impact on how we feel on a daily basis. You may not know it but the foods you are consuming can be making you feel slow and sluggish throughout the day. Here are the top 10 best types of food to incorporate in your meals to feel more awake and satisfied:

  • Greek yogurt with fresh fruit : Just a half-cup of Greek yogurt contains around 11 grams of protein to keep you energized and full. Then for a touch of sweetness, just add some fresh fruit like strawberries or blueberries that will satisfy one’s sweet tooth and keep you happier all day.
  • Almonds : Almonds contain magnesium that helps the body not feel tired and sluggish and boosts up your mood.
  • Salmon: Elevates energy levels and mood because it contains omega 3 fatty acids. Just 3 ounces of salmon contains about 23 mg of magnesium.
  • Banana:  Contains fiber and protein but most importantly it’s packed with POTASSIUM that keeps you active (best to consume pre or post workout).
  • Chia seeds:  Loaded with fiber, protein, omega-3, calcium and micronutrients (Zinc, Vitamin B2, Niacin and Thiamine), which keeps your heart healthy and strong. Best way to incorporate it in your meal is to put 1-2 tablespoons in a smoothie or yogurt.
  • Water: When we are dehydrated our body and mind can mistake dehydration for hunger and tiredness so when you drink ample water your body is replenished and able to move better.
  • Fresh fruit:  Keeps blood sugar levels in check and packed with fiber to keep you full and refreshed without needing a nap.
  • Frozen vegetables:  Although fresh vegetables are important to consume in the diet, when vegetables sit in the market  for too long the nutrients in the vegetables start to die and disappear because light and oxygen kills nutrients in fresh produce. However, when it comes to frozen foods, farmers quickly freeze the produce, which locks in nutrients that helps boost energy and keep us healthier.
  • Healthy Fat foods: Many people may look at fat as being all bad however your body needs healthy fats in order to absorb antioxidants into your bloodstream and keep your body going. Avocados and olive oil are just a few healthy fatty foods that provide your body with substantial amount of energy.
  • Eat more REAL food: Keep away from processed foods and artificial juices and turn to real fruit and vegetables fresh from the market or your garden. Also eat more whole grains such as steel-cut oatmeal, quinoa, brown rice or whole rye. Whole grains contain much more fiber that will keep you full and energized throughout the day.

So the next time you are tempted to grab your second or third cup of coffee, take a step back and think about ways to get the same amount of energy (with fewer calories) in a healthy and more appetizing way. Your body will thank you!

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