Video | Stress Reduction: Daydreaming + Mini-Vacations!

Want to harness that daydreaming energy for good. Why not take a mini-vacation every day, even in your most stressful moments?

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Five Signs You Should Hire A Health Coach

It’s the question I get all the time.

“So what exactly does a health coach do?”

An integrative health coach partners with you to achieve long-term health goals that line up with your most important values. 

And really honestly, a health coach is only as good as the sustainable results you see in your life.

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A Year Of Clarity - A Year Without Alcohol

My intention for 2017 was ADVENTURE. 

And adventurous it was.

I decided to follow my gut. To listen to my needs, my dreams, my wisdom. To go places I’ve never gone, learn things I’ve never learned, and achieve things I’ve never achieved! I did all of this over the past year and I’ve never felt more alive.

My adventure in 2017 was full of inspiration, roundedness, and risk all at the same time!

Unexpectedly it’s also brought incredible clarity.

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Five Tips to Travel Smart

Traveling used to be traumatic for me. Everything from carrying luggage to sitting on a plane for extended hours. Whatever my travel time was, double that for my recovery time. I became so frustrated with the recuperation because it took away from quality time meant for family and friends. 

Of course, some of the fatigue and pain with traveling comes from Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), an autoimmune condition that affects my energy and joints. My threshold for sitting in the same position or hauling a bag over my shoulder across the airport is comparatively low. But even still, traveling even to fun places (like Cancun for my honeymoon) felt tiring and burdensome.

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A Woman's Place - Wherever She Damn Well Chooses

A woman’s place should be wherever she damn well chooses. And wherever that place is, I hope she feels strong and healthy. 

I speak to women and serve women and care about the health of women because too often society has been taught not to.

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Know Your Rules So You Can Break Them

I’m a foodie. And we landed in New York City for a week.

New York seems to have a surplus of fresh foods - and a surplus of foods to indulge in.

Life is about balance. I’ve found the healthier I eat (healthy meaning fueling my body well, knowing what it does/does not tolerate) the better I feel. And I wanted to feel great, with lots of energy to explore the city!

I’ve learned to make all my own food rules so I can also know exactly when to break them.

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Five Myths of Meal Planning

So if you haven’t heard, I’m a meal prep skeptic. 

Oftentimes starting a meal plan or diet is done all at once and can feel overwhelming and time consuming.

Oftentimes doing meal prep can feel impossible.

While one-size-fits-all programs nearly are impossible for most people, meal planning doesn’t have to be!

Here are five myths about meal planning that don’t have to be true for you:

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An Unpopular Opinion: I'm A Meal Prep Skeptic

When I first heard of the meal prep trend I thought, This is too good to be true. People are telling me I can plan all my meals ahead of time, and it will be easy, fast, and healthy? No way in hell. Can you tell I’m a skeptic?

I'm not against the idea of eating clean or preparing meals. But I could not see a livable, long-term solution to the strict meal plans I saw in books and online.

So I decided to honor the most important cues my body taught me during the elimination diet: avoid gluten, heavily processed foods, artificially sweet foods, and greasy foods. I began to feel better about the meal planning process. These changes made a difference in how I felt and were livable most of the time. I learned that what I really needed was sufficient time to make the changes and to practice the new habits. I also needed time to feel how my body responded to the meal planning changes.

 

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Easy Green Zucchini Noodles - Hela's Simple Recipes

Like many of my dinners, this delicious green dish came together after scavenging in my fridge for leftovers. I found a zucchini, some guacamole, and leftover ingredients from a bean salad. I tossed them all together in 10 minutes and now it's my favorite go-to green meal.

And it's all gluten-free, dairy-free & plant based!

Now full disclosure:

**I am no chef! This recipe came together almost by accident (and honestly, the easyness is part of what I love)!

So please, if you have any suggestions send them my way! Otherwise, enjoy!

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