The weight loss industry is a big fat lie. People will tell you anything to sell you a product. Honestly, I’m over it. I used to believe that some people needed those <<insert here shake, bars, pills, tea, etc….>> to help them achieve their goals. But over the years I’ve learned otherwise. They are very …
It’s the season for giving right?? Well I thought I would share a list some favorite HEALTHY things – price ranges from $10+ so you may even find a stocking stuffer or two! (FYI most of these are Amazon but shop around to find the best prices). TOP HEALTHY GIFT ITEMS: Zoodle Spiralizer Egg Cooker …
Let’s talk holidays. Thanksgiving. Turkey. Desserts.Weight gain.Stress.Statistics are overwhelming when you look at how many people gain weight this time year….and then, when the New Year rolls around it takes them 60 days (SIXTY!!) to get BACK to where they were.No no no no no – this does not have to be you.I’m going to …
Well, it’s January and it’s time to get back in our groove right?
Routine. Back to work. School gets back in session. Cold weather keeps us IN a little more than usual? Or maybe you’re hitting the gym in an effort to combat some of the eating and drinking you did over the past few weeks?
Well I have the perfect program to help you get started RIGHT in 2018!
Most of my clients KNOW how to diet….let’s be honest, most of them have lost weight on diets many times before.
They’d rather do it the “right way” this time.
If that’s you, then THIS program is the exactly what you need.
No dieting. Just a whole food program designed to kick those sugar & carb cravings to the curb.
I’ve had people ask me, is it better to do a “detox” or focus on “eating clean”?
Why not do both?
THAT IS EXACTLY what the 21DSD is all about!
Whole and real foods.
No calorie counting.
No crazy exercise requirements.
Gluten free, soy free and sugar free – very allergy friendly.
Essentially, we cut out sugars & processed foods for the three weeks.
As a Certified Holistic Health Coach most of what I do is help my clients create a healthier lifestyle by focusing on clean eating, better meal planning & prep, learning to listen to their bodies, and eat more nutritionally dense foods…..all of this while living a normal (crazy, hectic, busy) life.
That is why the 21DSD totally appealed to me and why I chose to offer this “detox” for my clients.
Because when you “detox” correctly….there is NO DIFFERENCE between a “detox” and “clean eating”. Beware of anyone that tells you otherwise.
I would never recommend any crazy detox programs that require you to take a ton of supplements, juice all day long, or live on lemon juice and cayenne pepper water (ACK….remember that one?).
Not for me.
Not for my clients.
The 21DSD is a WHOLE FOOD program. It was designed to get you back on track with your clean eating goals, and RESET your tastebuds.
You WILL be amazed at how you feel after 21 days!
FALL IN LOVE with REAL FOOD.
It will change your life.
Have you ever wondered….what’s all the fuss about detoxing? Let me give you the lowdown…. Detoxing has become a popular way for people to: restore their health jumpstart their metabolism lose weight kick off a clean-eating program And when done right, detoxing does a great job of helping you achieve those goals. As long as it’s …
If you’re like most people you’re definitely FEELING that holiday bloat and ickiness that happens after a couple/few weeks of eating more junk that usual.
Parties, drinks, family functions and STRESS tend to hit us all at once.
Trust me. We all feel it.
It may be a good time to share a little more about how you can create a healthier INTUITIVE EATING lifestyle in 2018
(Or maybe you’re too stressed to deal? That’s OK too….I’ll share more in the coming weeks).
I promised I would lead you through the process I use with my private clients to help them begin to tune in to their bodies.
Before I go there let me remind you where I came from.If you’ve been following me for any time at all then you probably remember….I used to be a weight loss coach.Like straight up.What do we eat (or not eat) to get the scale to GO DOWN?THAT was the total focus.
Did I believe it was helping people be healthy? Sure.
Was I trying to help them learn how to eat better, move more and learn how to maintain that weight loss?
But one day I had an epiphany, it wasn’t really about weight and this tactic doesn’t really work.
Although the majority of Americans ARE overweight (60%+ actually), and will TELL you they don’t believe in dieting. That is what they end up doing.
It’s not because they want to.
It’s simply because, they don’t believe they know how to eat, much less lose weight…without a plan or diet.
That was me too. 😞
I was so “worried” about gaining back weight I had lost….I felt compelled to weekly weigh-ins, calorie/food counting, and quick bars or shakes to shave calories throughout the week so I could eat more on the weekends.
Once I started “unbelieving” everything I thought I knew about weight loss, weight maintenance and healthy eating (paleo anyone??)….
I had a breakdown.
If you don’t remember the whole story you can read more about it on my website <CLICK HERE>
The bottom line is, I FREAKED OUT.
I decided to take a year off of EVERYTHING. Weight loss coaching, scale watching, calorie counting.
No more My Fitness Pal.
No more meal replacements.
I decided to just BE. 😳
And that’s when it happened.
I began to HEAR what it was my body was trying to tell me.
So what IS INTUITIVE EATING?
Intuitive Eatingis a nutrition philosophy based on the premise that becoming more attuned to the body’s natural hunger signals is a more effective way to attain a healthy weight, rather than keeping track of the amounts of energy and fats in foods.
So what if you did that?
That is what I’m proposing.
What if, in 2018, you decided to do the UNdiet diet.
Now don’t get me wrong, learning to be healthy and lose weight using INTUITIVE EATING isn’t about eating any and everything.
It’s not about having a FREE TICKET to eat all the junk out there.
It’s actually the opposite.
It’s about being MORE mindful of everything you eat.
But it’s also about enjoying every. single. bite.
So here is some insight into my process and hopefully this will give you a place to start. I focus on the BASICS every single week, and when your my private client….we work hard to figure out how to make these things work in YOUR life. Regardless, the goal is to build our healthier habits, and healthier way of life…for the long term.
Remember, if you don’t see yourself doing it two years from now…..
It’s a diet.
BEGIN with the BASICS:
5 STEPS to create your INTUITIVE EATING lifestyle:
Step 1: Make the decision
Step 2: Give yourself permission to eat….for at least 6 months. Even better? A YEAR.
Step 3: It must be REAL FOOD. Commit to a period of time (2 weeks? 30 days? it’s different for everyone) where you eat UNLIMITED minimally processed and CLEAN. Low to no sugars, whole & real foods. How can we listen to our bodies if they are struggling to speak through the Diet Cokes, bagels and processed sandwich meats? Guess what…they can’t. Going through detox or cleanse is a necessary part of getting started with this new way of eating.
Step 4: Experimentation. What does your body crave after you’ve completed a detox or cleanse of some sort? This is different for everyone but at this point you are able to HEAR more of what your body is asking for.
Step 5: Learn how to self-check. How do you feel before you eat. Halfway through. After.
Annnnndddd…..Circle back around to the basics again. Where can you improve? What’s working…and what’s not?
Remember, this is a process. You will mess up. You will make mistakes.
Is there more? Oh yes, it’s never as easy as “five steps to health” but as you begin to release all judgement around your food choices, and learn to honor and LISTEN to your hunger and fullness cues…..
Your body will begin to respond.
You will lose weight.
You will feel more satisfied.
It all works together.
Are you ready to be your healthiest self?
I’m offering a new 21day Sugar Detox group in a couple weeks. This group is 100% VIRTUAL so you join us…..from the comfort of your own home.
Studies show that those who work with a Health Coach are more likely to have success. Add in the accountability aspect of a group and you are sure to see results.
Not sure a group is for you? I offer more personal coaching options including a 60 & 90 day 1:1 coaching option to continue your success AFTER the 21 day Sugar Detox is complete. Read more and sign up here: http://cheerfulhealthylife.com/angela-21dsd/
It’s hard to believe we’re already talking about the holidays….Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years….SNOW!?!? Well, not really snow here in the ATL but cooler weather for sure (FINALLY!) As we begin Thanksgiving week I want to remind you. You are in control. 👊👊👊 Even though it may not always feel like it. Sometimes…what should be a …
My favorite HEALTHY FATS! As promised in my newsletter, here is a list of healthy fats to eat in balance with healthy protein and healthy carbs in your daily diet and a little about each one so you know the benefits!• Avocado – Avocados are packed with healthy monounsaturated fats that contain oleic acid, which …
Summer is here! During the hot days ahead, it’s more important than ever to stay hydrated. In fact, studies show that millions of people are dehydrated every day and don’t realize it. Do you suffer from any of these common signs of dehydration?
Love & Health,
Cucumber, Basil & Ginger – A Refreshing “Mocktail”
You may have seen this in restaurants where they serve craft cocktails, and for good reason. It is a light, refreshing blend of flavors. Bonus: the combo also has a mild detoxification effect on our bodies. Plus, cucumbers have a whopping 96% water content and three awesome phytonutrients called cucurbitacins, lignans, and flavonoids that have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer benefits. They don’t say, “cool as a cucumber” for nothing!
• ½ of an English cucumber OR one small salad cucumber, cut in half and sliced thin
• 3 to 5 basil leaves, rubbed or “slapped” to release flavor
• 4 slices fresh ginger (or use sliced ginger in a jar)
• 32 ounces water
Rinse and prepare the first three ingredients. Drop into a 32-ounce or greater pitcher. Add the water. Let ingredients steep – the longer, the more flavor. You can store covered at room temperature or in the refrigerator. Serves four eight-ounce glasses.
• 4 cups chopped seedless watermelon
• 1 small salad cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
• 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped well
• 2 TBSP champagne vinegar
• ¼ cup chopped white or red onion (optional)
• 1 clove minced garlic
• 1 TBSP olive oil
• ½ tsp sea salt
Prepare all ingredients and place them all in a large bowl. Taking half of the bowl’s ingredients and using a mixer or food processor, blend half the mixture (you can make it chunky or smooth, depending on your preference). Transfer the blended mixture to another bowl. Blend the remaining half of the mixture, and add to the transferred bowl. Stores well covered in refrigerator for five days. Serve at room temperature or chilled. If you like, chop an additional small amount of the basil and sprinkle on top.
• ¼ seedless watermelon, cubed
• 1 cucumber, peeled and sliced
• 5 mint leaves
• ½ cup ice
Mix all ingredients in blender. Pour into Popsicle molds and freeze!
How much do you spend on your groceries each month??
🙄🙄🙄 <eye roll>
BUT c’mon, clean eating is expensive, right??
Well, not necessarily.
I do have some tips for you to keep it under control. This is one of the most frequent reasons I hear from people for not eating as healthy as they’d like to is that it’s too expensive.
It can certainly appear that way at first glance — but after a bit of evaluating you soon realize that eating healthy is absolutely possible on a budget. In fact, once you get the hang of it, it can be quite simple!
I’m going to share some of my tried-and-true tips on how to eat healthy without breaking the bank. Take these tips and make them habits in your life, and you’ll soon find you can successfully have a healthier kitchen without sacrificing a large chunk of your bank account.
Shop the perimeter. Think about it — all of the healthy items are on the outside perimeter of the store. For the most part, the inside aisles are the pre-packaged, boxed foods that typically aren’t ideal for a healthy lifestyle. – and they’re more expensive per serving. There are certainly some items you’ll need from the inside aisles, but the majority of the cart can be filled with items from the perimeter. So always start by shopping the perimeter of the store before you dive into the inside aisles.
Don’t get pre-cut items. Yes, it takes extra time, but buying pre-chopped onions or cut up fruit costs a significant amount more than buying a full cantaloupe and cutting it yourself.
Shop at different places. Wholesale stores such as Costco or Sams Club may be most beneficial to shop at for some healthy items, but probably not your entire grocery list. Scope out where you can get your staple items weekly. Are your veggies most affordable at the Farmers Market or Trader Joes? Is it most economical to get your grains and beans in the bulk aisle at Whole Foods? Shop around and find the best deals for what you need on a weekly basis.
Grow it at home. Are there some items you frequently eat that you can grow in your backyard or on your balcony? There are a tremendous amount of foods that you can easily grow at home, many of them you can even grow from scraps. Free is always great, right!? And when you grow it yourself, you know your food isn’t laden with harmful chemicals. So, what can you look into growing yourself?
Buy in season. In season vegetables and fruits are far less expensive, more nutritious and easier to find. Fruits are almost always on sale at conventional grocery stores – so check online to see where you can get berries half off or where you can stock up on fruit for the week.
Some produce costs more than others. Making the bulk of your produce the least expensive ones can keep your grocery bill down each week. Greens, carrots, apples, bananas and celery are among a few very inexpensive options. Balance those out with some more expensive broccoli, Brussels sprouts or berries, and you’re well on your way to eating healthy on a budget.
Want more info or need more personal suggestions? I’d love to chat. Let’s set up your free Discovery Consult and I can share more about how what I do….can help you get your healthy life under control for good.
One step. One day at a time. No restrictions. No “good” or “bad” food.
Just living your real life.
THIS is what I’m all about.
Love & Health,