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Making Better Choices

If you are looking to make some changes to improve your overall wellness and fitness, it is worthwhile to note that 80% is what you eat, and 20% is your fitness activity. That is why becoming aware of your nutrition habits, and how what you eat and drink makes you FEEL, can be the most important game changer.

If you consider that no food or drink is totally off limits - there are definitely a range of choices out there - you can then shift your thinking to "what are the best choices I can consistently make for me, to help me reach my goals".

Look at it like this:

The foods you choose MOST OFTEN should be the ones that make you feel, and function, your best! These foods provide you with the macro and micro nutrients your body needs to fuel your brain, your nervous system, handle physical demands and cope with stressful demands.

There are also foods that you may choose SOMETIMES, not every day - more because they are convenient, or easy. These choices don't leave you feeling your best, but may in the moment be good enough.

Then there are the foods that you crave, are part of traditions, remind you of childhood, are socially significant, culturally meaningful and are about so much more than what the nutritional value is comprised of! These are the food and drinks that you choose INFREQUENTLY, once in a very long while, and you do so mindfully, knowing they leave you feeling less than great.
Consistency is KEY

Making changes to our lifestyle is not easy. Especially when we hope to see results quickly or instantly. Start with small changes, manageable and tangible - increase your water intake by one glass, walk every other day for 10 minutes, add a vegetable every day to your lunch - NOTICE how these positive changes impact how you FEEL.  Then let those positive feelings help you make the next better choice to add to your day!

Change your habits change your life  -  with one better choice at a time!
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What Are You Waiting For?

You have been trying on your own to meet your nutrition and wellness goals, and it just isn't happening. Finding and maintaining your optimal body weight isn't easy.  There is so much information out there it is hard to navigate the myths.  Are you ready?  If you are ready to make the commitment, I am here to help you, and we can start TODAY! I am not telling you it is going to be easy, but I am telling you it will be worth it. Start today!
How Your Stress Interferes with Losing Weight

You feel like you are doing all the right things, but you are still not losing weight - what's going on?  STRESS: Cortisol, Betatrophin and your brain are working against you.  

In this article "Why Does Chronic Stress Make Losing Weight More Difficult" By Christopher Bergland, Psychology Today, some fascinating facts are revealed, providing sound scientific evidence and support for the importance of meeting your well-weight goals with mindfulness, movement and healthy eating.

I love the whole article, and recommend reading it beginning to end, but the two main points I want you to consider:

#1  "What can be done to break the chronic stress and weight-gain cycle? I would recommend a dual-pronged approach of stress management through mindfulness meditation and regular
exercise to burn fat. Kick-starting an exercise routine will burn calories and also lower stress
hormones.  Obviously, to reduce body fat and lose weight, you have to balance your calories in-calories out by exercising more and not overeating. Luckily, by becoming proactive about mindfulness, exercise, and stress reduction simultaneously you can create an upward spiral that increases metabolism and facilitates weight loss."

#2  "In 2011, Elissa Epel, who was one of the original researchers to identify the link between cortisol secretion and abdominal fat, conducted a study on the benefits of mindfulness meditation, lowering cortisol, and reducing body fat. Her findings suggest improvements in mindfulness,  stress management, and lower cortisol were associated with reductions in abdominal fat.  Mindfulness, meditation, and exercise appear to be an effective triad for minimizing stress and improving your ability to successfully lose weight."

Wellness is a complete and total concept. Your body and its' systems want to operate in balance and you have to be the one to help yourself - yoga, fitness, nutrition.