My top 5 tips for health happiness & weight loss

Have you ever wondered what it really takes to get healthy and feel amazing?

Of course you have…we all have.

There are so many diet books out there telling you what to eat (or not to eat) and magazines telling you to “do this or don’t do that”.  With so much conflicting information out there I know it can be overwhelming and confusing to separate fact….from fad.

During my studies at the IIN (Institute for Integrative Nutrition), through my own life experience, and through years of coaching…I’ve discovered that our health isn’t just about what we eat.


I know, that probably isn’t such a big surprise to you.

It’s about so much more than that.  As you can imagine most people aren’t overeating, overweight and struggling with health issues because they’re hungry.   It isn’t that simple.

It’s about how our body works as a whole.

It’s about how our lifestyle impacts our health.

It’s about our quality of living.

How happy are you? How well-rounded is your life? What’s falling off the metaphorical plate?

I want to take a minute today to break down for you really simply what it takes to look good, feel great, and get to a place of optimal health.

Here are the top 5 things you need to know and do to kickstart your health and feel amazing:

  1. Commit to your success. So often, we have surface reasons for why we want to get healthy. We say, “I want to lose those last 10 lbs. so I can look good at my reunion,” when, in reality, it goes much deeper than that. You have to figure out what’s motivating you and what will keep you motivated as you create new healthy habits.
  2. Discover which foods fuel you. There is no one diet that works for everyone. You have to take the time to figure out which foods work for your unique body. This means looking for food allergies, intolerances, and sensitivities, then adjusting your diet to accommodate for these things.
  3. Practice self-care. I don’t know anyone who couldn’t use a little more time for themselves. In this busy world we live in, it’s hard to get a moment to relax. It seems like the more time passes, the more we have on our plates, the more things accumulate on our to do lists. Taking time for yourself – to just rest and BE – is super important in becoming a healthier, happier person.
  4. Exercise regularly. This is something that’s talked about a lot but is often put on the back burner. You need to take time to move your body – but that doesn’t mean that you have to go to the gym. Figure out what works best for YOU. Do you enjoy dancing? Outdoor activities? Sports? Fitness classes? Find an activity that works for you, and stick with it. Your body will love you for it.
  5. Get your body back in balance. With the amount of toxicity in our environments and processed foods in our diets, it’s easy for our bodies to get out of whack. If you find yourself tired often or easily gaining weight, this is usually due to blood sugar imbalances. Learning how to bring your blood sugar back into balance so your body can optimize the sugars you’re consuming is something you’ve really gotta know in order to be the healthiest version of yourself.

These are just a few of the components of living a healthy life, but they’re up there on the list of the best things you can do for yourself and your health.

In the next couple of weeks I’m going to offer you my “14-day Clean Eating Jumpstart”program. This is an e-book program I developed for my 1:1 personal clients.  We use this to get their new “clean eating & whole foods lifestyle” started strong so when we begin working together.  The  goal is to help them feel (and SEE) some immediate success (including weight loss)….all while eating whole & real foods.

I believe you can THRIVE but I also know that you are looking for guidelines, meal plans, recipes and INSTRUCTIONS on how to do this…..so I’m going to give you an opportunity to see how we use this program successfully.

Be on the lookout for more details soon – you won’t want to miss.

In the meantime, here is another great recipe idea for you!! I would consider this a clean eating & whole food option….it is simple & easy to prepare, which is a BONUS for us all, right?


from Dashing Dish by Katie Farrell
(Shred 10 compliant)

For the dressing:
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
Pinch of ground gingerFor the salad:
1 cup cooked chicken breast, chopped or shredded
1 cup shelled edamame beans, cooked according to package directions and cooled
2 medium bell peppers, diced
1 cup shredded carrots
4 cups tricolor coleslaw mix
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
3 green onions, chopped, optional
1/4 cup toasted almonds, optional
1 tablespoon sesame seeds, optional



  1. Mix the garlic, soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, and ginger in a small bowl to make the dressing.
  2. Place the chicken, edamame, bell peppers, carrots, and coleslaw mix in a large bowl. Toss to combine.
  3. Add the dressing to the salad, and combine until the salad is fully coated. Add the cilantro, and mix again.
  4. Sprinkle the green onions, toasted almonds, and sesame seeds on top, if desired.
  5. Serve immediately, or let it chill for the best taste possible.


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