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October 21, 2021

The “No Diet” Approach to Health

As promised last week, I’ll present the last 5 principles of Intuitive Eating. In review, the first five are: Reject the Diet Mentality Honor Your H

October 14, 2021

Diets vs. Intuitive Eating

Diet: a regimen of eating and drinking sparingly so as to reduce one’s weight; to eat sparingly or according to prescribed rules. (Merriam-Webs

October 7, 2021

This Weather is Making Me Tired

Some of us haven’t seen the sun in…well, days. There’s been so much rain that I’ve been looking around town to see if anyone is building an ar

September 30, 2021

Knocking Excuses Down for the Loss

If you’ve been reading my blog for the past year, you probably recall the weekly countdown to the birth of baby Angelos. We followed his size in the

September 23, 2021

Have Fun While Staying the Course

Yes, it truly is possible to do both. Many believe it’s an EITHER, OR situation. This past week I received the following text: “Down 1 pound 🙂

September 16, 2021

Celebrate September with Food

Now that we’ve gotten past the almost official end of summer, Labor Day weekend, thoughts of pumpkins and turkeys begin to dance in our heads. Not.

September 9, 2021

Pinky, the Ice Cream Truck

Last Sunday I was outside and heard the familiar sound of an ice cream truck in the neighborhood. I hadn’t seen one of these in…well, quite a long

September 2, 2021

Delicious Memories and a Recipe

I recently received a head of green cabbage as a gift. Now, I’m not one to buy cabbage, although I like it on occasion. Roasting it seemed like a go

August 26, 2021

Love Chocolate

The good news is that chocolate is actually healthy for us. The bad news is that we must be selective in the quality of chocolate we choose in order f

August 23, 2021

Chocolate Nut Clusters

1 cup bittersweet (at least 70% cacao) chocolate, chopped or wafers 1 cup raw almonds                                           

Delay, Don’t Deny

Welcome to May, the month of lilacs, celebrating mom, and getting out the summer wardrobe.

If the mention of summer wardrobe makes you break out in a sweat, relax. We’ve got this!

I have a simple solution to help you gain confidence and improve your self-control for what you may think of as “willpower.”

A recent study on stress in America found that West Coasters report using meditation and yoga more to manage their stress. Easterners tend to drink more alcohol.  

Midwesterners, who report lower stress levels, (YAH!), are more likely to turn to family and friends than other regions.

We are also more likely to state a lack of “willpower” and confidence as factors that prevent healthy behaviors.

Here’s a trick to improve your self-control: DELAY. DON’T DENY.

Example: Let’s say you’re relaxing after dinner and your mind begins to dwell on the chocolate cake (or whatever tends to distract you) that you know is in the kitchen.

You’re trying to read and you keep hearing the little voice in your head that is shouting about the cake. You know darn well that if you go in the kitchen, it won’t be to visit the vegetable bin.

YOU FEEL CONTROLLED BY THE CHOCOLATE CAKE.

This is when you delay eating the cake. Much of the time, if we think we are hungry, we are really thirsty. BEFORE you eat the cake, pour a big glass of water and go back to what you were doing and drink it.

You can always go back and eat the AMAZING cake. The piece may be smaller than it would have been. Or, you may decide to enjoy that piece of cake tomorrow when you are not about to go to bed.

Self-control is a learned skill that improves over time. If you don’t notice much change at first, keep practicing. You will master this!    

I use this technique often in the grocery when I stumble across an item that is not the most nutritionally sound, say, dark chocolate salted caramels.

I know that if the caramels come home, I’m going to eat them. That’s when I hit the DELAY button and move on, knowing that I can always come back and put them in the cart later.

Guess what? I typically forget about them. SUCCESS!

Do I feel denied? Not at all. I feel more control in a world where we really have very little. 

Use this trick anytime you know that you will be less stressed by delaying your action.

If you’d like to learn more about living a life of abundance, while still accomplishing your health and weight goals, email me TODAY. (Don’t delay on this, since you’ll feel more stress later when you try on those summer clothes.)

Cheers,
Carol

“Self-control is one mark of a mature person; it applies to control of language, physical treatment of others, and the appetites of the body.”–Joseph B. Wirthlin

How Do You Celebrate Spring?

I find the recent arrival of spring weather to be motivating.

For example, my “To Do” list includes, and is not limited to:

  • Clear away fall leaves that keep appearing in the tulip beds
  • Prepare my vegetable garden for planting
  • Toss some pansies into a planter
  • Wash windows
  • Hang out at the park with Sophie (the dog)

This is all in addition to the regular daily stuff that happens. 

And I feel the need to get it all done NOW. Can you relate?  

My guess is that I’m not alone here. My guess is that this similar way of thinking shows up when getting (back) onboard the health and fitness train.

Yep, let’s hit the gym, cut out all the sugar and caffeine, stock the vegetable bin full of vegetables we’ve never heard of, and cut out the snacks.

All at once. All in order to wear those summer clothes that are about to make their seasonal appearance.

AGH! Does it really need to be this way?

Answer: No, it doesn’t.

Consider this: What could you do today to feel better about how you look and feel, without stressing over the process and feeling deprived?

Ideas: (Choose ONE)

  • Drink one less cup of coffee, with a little less sugar
  • Enjoy your snack of a small tossed salad instead of Oreos and milk
  • Take a short walk during your lunch break or after dinner—with your dog if you have one
  • Take your refillable water bottle with you everywhere and remember to drink the water
  • Eat your sandwich open face with only one piece of bread and extra lettuce

It is possible to enjoy your life (and food!) and get results that are impactful for you. 

Be realistic. Be honest. Be patient.

Just as I must break my spring chores down into increments, (except for going to the park with Sophie) so must you break down your health goals into smaller, achievable ones.  

If you get stuck and need help with your plan, I’m here to help. Send me an email and we’ll schedule a free strategy session to get you wearing your seasonal favorites.

Live abundantly,
Carol

 “The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.” —J. Pierpont Morgan

Frittata in a Mug

Serves 1

  • ½ cup packed fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons cottage cheese
  • ¼ cup grated cheese
  • 4 grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • pinch of sea salt
  • black pepper to taste

Combine the spinach and water in a microwave-safe mug or ramekin. Microwave on full power for 1 minute. Drain off excess water.

Stir in the remaining ingredients with a fork until everything is combined. Microwave on high power for 30 seconds. Stir, then microwave for another 60-90 seconds or until eggs are set to your liking.

Alternatives

Use any vegetables you have on hand that you would typically mix in scrambled eggs or an omelet. Ideas: green onions, mushrooms, ham, sweet peppers, hot peppers, etc. I happened to be out of tomatoes when I made it, which is why you can’t find them in the photo. 🙂

If you avoid dairy, omit the cheeses and add in more vegetables or use a dairy free cheese.

Top with avocado slices or salsa.

Celebrate New Life

About two decades or so ago, a construction worker appeared at my pharmacy consultation window looking for advice.

He needed help falling asleep, and he was looking for it in the form of a drug. I walked around to the front of the pharmacy, as I often did, in order to have a more private conversation. I escaped momentarily from the ringing phones, drive-thru bells, and as many other distractions as possible.

My focus was on this patient and his specific challenge, and I shifted into health/life coach mode.

The questions that I presented to him:

*What is happening in your life currently that is unsettling?

*How are your relationships?

*Even though you have a physical job, do you get any recreational exercise?

*How much caffeine or alcohol do you consume, and when is that happening in your day?

*What does your bedtime routine look like, and is it consistent?

*Does your life bring you happiness and fulfillment?

Together, we brought to light that the relationship with his girlfriend was making him crazy, which stressed him out, which sent him to the local bar, which led to an increase in alcohol consumption, which led to rotten sleep habits. His life was not fulfilling, nor was it making him happy. He was not living healthy, and he wanted a new life.

He left without buying a sleep-aid, after giving me a big bear hug of thanks.

In that brief conversation, we got real, and he found clarity.

When asked how long I’ve been practicing as a health/life coach, I realize I’ve been at it as long as I’ve been a pharmacist.

Your health is about what you eat, how much you move and so much more. It’s about your life.

The only life you have is NOW. Let’s get real about that.

What’s holding you back from being who you need to be in order to stare down those Twinkies, jelly beans, and various food addictions?

What if you could eliminate some current habits and let go of those medications?

What if…we had a real conversation so you could get really clear about what it would take to enjoy your life today, as opposed to “someday, when…?”

As we approach Easter Sunday and the celebration of new life, I’d love to help you figure out what “new life” looks like for you. Email me and we’ll schedule a call—my Easter gift to you.

Easter blessings,
Carol

“You make a new life by making new choices.”—Sean Stephenson