6 Ways to Make Your Workday a Little Healthier

Daily workouts can be quite difficult to fit into the busy schedule, and often, this causes us to throw our hands up and give up altogether.  We can frequently have an all-or-nothing mindset when it comes to exercise, but this way of thinking is harming our health — so, let’s put it to rest today, and let’s talk about how we can do that. 

A workout doesn’t have to mean an hour and a half of sweating at the gym.  We can find ways to sprinkle wellness into our everyday lives, and we can even fit wellness into our workday.   

Here are a few ways to focus on wellness during your workday…   

1.Think about your transport methods 

Your workday essentially begins as soon as you leave your home in the mornings.  If at all possible, you could walk or cycle to work instead of using public transportation or your car.  Not only is this great exercise, but it’ll also allow you to start your day off in a much calmer way, rather than stuck in traffic.  If your workplace is too far to choose this plan, decide to park as far away from the building as possible.  Doing so will create the opportunity to walk a bit further, getting some extra steps in.  Also, ditch the elevator and take the stairs.  You’ll be amazed at the difference it’ll make over time! 

2. Make your office space greener 

An excellent way to lighten your mood at work is to make your workspace comfortable and inviting.  Find some plants that don’t need a lot of sunlight and add as many as you’d like to your office area.  Live plants will also assist in cleansing the air in your office, which is an added benefit to the beautiful scenery.  Aside from the greenery, keeping your office space clutter-free will help you feel more productive and less stressed.  So, creating an organization routine you can maintain will help keep your office space running smoothly.  Don’t forget the photos of the folks you love to lift your spirits, along with positive affirmations to visit daily! 

3.Work on your posture  

Good posture is a conscious effort we must make, especially when we slouch in office chairs for most of the day.  I know, I know — it’s more comfortable usually — but the long-term effects are not.  If you need a better chair, it is well worth the investment.  Look up ergonomic chairs and visit your local office supply store to try some out in person.  Good posture will assist you in concentrating better, and lessen those back aches you take home with you daily.   

4.Make use of your lunch break  

It’s time to stop working through your lunch break while you munch on a snack from the vending machine.  One of the best ways to add wellness into your workday is to bring a healthy lunch.  It doesn’t take much effort to make meals for the week on a Sunday afternoon — so head on over to Pinterest and look up some new, delicious looking healthy lunches you can start taking with you.  If there’s time, squeeze in a 10-minute walk after you eat for better digestion and a clearer mind.   

 

 5.Always have healthy snacks nearby  

I get it — sometimes when you’re racing against the clock to meet a deadline, you crave a sugar boost to keep you going.  Keeping healthy snacks in your office will help curb your snack cravings while not having to resort to the vending machine.  Dried fruit, nuts, dark chocolate or healthy granola bars are great options that will keep in your desk without going bad. 

6.Don’t forget to drink your water 

Ah, water.  It’s often so undervalued, but it is truly essential.  Staying hydrated will help your focus and give you natural energy.  Dehydration is one of the leading causes of tiredness, headaches, and cravings.  So, be sure to keep the water flowing throughout the day.  You won’t regret it.   

These are simple ways to begin implementing wellness into your workday every day.  You’ll find that the positive changes will reveal themselves quickly, and you’ll crave the good feelings, wanting more.  It’s not about perfection — true wellness is about finding ways to fit it into your schedule, and about making the best choice available with what you’re given.   

What are a few ways you plan to add some wellness into your workday?  Hit reply and let me know what’s on your mind.   

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Dark Chocolate Hearts

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Easy, peasy way to get your chocolate fix.  Combine the following ingredients for a decadent vegan treat.  Bet you can’t eat just one!    Thanks to Erin Yatsui for sharing!

Ingredients:

½ cup melted Coconut Oil

¼ cup organic 100% maple syrup

½ cup Cacao Powder (unsweetened)

¼ teaspoon real vanilla extract

Pinch of Salt

In a small bowl or 4 cup glass measuring cup (easier to pour!) whisk all the ingredients together until smooth. VERY smooth!

Pour chocolate into silicone candy mold of your choice. I chose a food grade silicone tray I found on Amazon.com.   Before you pour the chocolate into the trays, put the tray onto a cookie sheet. It’s a bit awkward to pick up the tray when it’s full of melted chocolate.   Then put the cookie sheet into the fridge. It should take about an hour for the chocolate to set.

Pop them out of the tray and enjoy!

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Autumn Foods That Ground You

Autumn has arrived, and the busy back-to-school season that’s quickly met with the hustle and bustle of the holidays is among us. If you’re anything like me, this last part of the year flies by in a wink. Because of this, it can feel like a time where your out of control schedule is controlling you. You’re pulled in many different directions, and you just want to sit down for a second to catch a break.

One of the beautiful things about nature is that it knows. It knows how insane this time of year gets and exactly what we need to find our way back to what we need from nature. So many grounding foods become available this season, and it’s of our highest benefit to take advantage of them. These foods can ground us and help us to re-balance when we are feeling out of control.

Here are a few of my favorites…

Pumpkin and squash

These are two traditional autumn foods, but they’re also exactly what we should be eating to ground ourselves. When you want some sweetness in your meal, these are the ideal way to achieve that and a much better alternative to chemical-laden artificially sweetened items. So, use that pumpkin you carved out for Halloween to create a healthy meal with the next day, you will feel oh so healthy and grounded while enjoying a delicious pumpkin dish.

Root vegetables

Vegetables that fall into this category are sweet potatoes, beets, carrots, turnips, garlic, and ginger. They add some great flavor to your meal and will make you feel rooted and grounded. Interesting how that works, right? Foods that grow as roots in the ground are naturally rooting and grounding to us. Nature is amazing.

Naturally Fermented Foods

Raw sauerkraut is perfect to add some sourness to your autumn meals, while also strengthening your gut health. Fermented foods don’t only make your meals taste great and assist with grounding you, but they also act as prebiotics and feed all the good bacteria in your gut. Some other naturally fermented food items include kimchi, kefir, kombucha, and pickles, to name a few.

Add on the proteins

Finding healthy, high-quality protein sources will be of benefit to you this time of year. Proteins that come from high-quality foods give you the nutrients you need to build strong muscle while also feeling more grounded. We tend to crave more substantial meals this time of year due to their grounding effect. Hearty stews and soups are among the most popular food items this season, and that’s exactly why. Are there any plant-based proteins you have meant to experiment with in the kitchen? Now is a perfect time to be adventurous and try something new.

Don’t pass up these delicious autumn foods that are not only enjoyable but beneficial to us in many ways. Aside from eating foods that naturally ground you, there are other ways you can enjoy feeling grounded. Being in nature has a natural grounding effect — so take a walk outside as often as possible to breathe in the crisp air and enjoy the colorful scenery. Breathing exercises help with feeling more grounded, so focus on your breathing throughout the day and take note on if you’re breathing freely or holding your breath often. When you notice you’re holding your breath, take a moment to practice a short breathing exercise.

Do you struggle with feeling grounded on most days? For me, meditation certainly keeps me connected. If you don’t have a meditation practice yet – today might be a good time to start. Take 5 minutes to sit quietly. Set a timer. Get comfortable. Bring your attention to your breath. See how that feels. Notice what comes up for you.   There. You did it. You meditated for 5 minutes. Yay!

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How to Keep a Slip-up from Derailing Your Health Goals

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Giving Yourself a Break is Healthy & Necessary

It happens to us all — you’ve been crushing your health goals, and things are going great. Until vacation rolls around, and the endless buffet on your cruise ship derails you…or so you think. We often feel shame afterward, and it’s common to let these “slip-ups” demotivate us. The important piece of this puzzle is learning how not to let such a thing hinder you and how to find your motivation to jump back on track.

Here are a few of my favorite slip-up hacks…

Don’t use a slip-up as an excuse.  When you have a cupcake that you have deemed forbidden to eat, an easy trap to fall into is turn it into a downward spiral. You feel as if you’ve already “messed up,” so what’s another cupcake, or three? This mindset often continues with the rest of your day — you’ll just turn it into a cheat day, you say. When you reason with yourself in this way, you can easily let one treat turn into an entire day or weekend of less than healthy eating choices.  Don’t let one treat spoil your plans; bounce right back and choose to balance your decision with a very healthy lunch or an extra side of greens at dinner.  Enjoy the cupcake, and move right along.

Observe and learn from your habits.  Instead of seeing your slip-up as a failure, find the lesson in it. Often people tend to identify with the mistakes or successes they experience. I invite you to look at the slip-up and search for the reasons behind it. Dig deep to find what triggered you to make the choices you did, which can also lead to finding a way to prevent it from becoming a habit in the future. Sometimes a fresh gelato on vacation is just a necessity!  But when habits creep in that derail your health plans on a regular basis, they are worth observing and learning from.

Seek out support from others. Feeling supported and being motivated by others is a great way to breeze past your slip-ups and get back in the health game. That’s exactly what I do as a Health Coach, and I’d love to chat with you about how I can help you reach your health goals and not get derailed.

When you’ve used these tips, and given yourself the pep-talk that you need, then you’re ready to move on from the slip-up and continue on your health journey. Small slips will no longer sabotage your motivation. Having the wisdom to see it for what it is, not let it keep you from pursuing your goals, is the fuel that will keep you on track for many years to come.

 

Only my Hairdresser knows for Sure

Good news!  My hairdresser is onboard.   Linda Dixon at Bangz in Winter Park has been coloring my hair since 1995!  We had this discussion a couple of years ago when I casually brought up the idea that I  wanted to let my hair go gray.  She looked at  me with “that look” and kind of shook her head and sort of said “No! You don’t want to do that!”.    It wasn’t just on her opinion alone.  Oh NO!  My girlfriends….ALL OF THEM….kind of decided that NO YOU SO DON”T WANT TO  DO THAT!  So, I did what all women of the 40ish age and not sure if I’m HOT or not do…….I went with them and continued to add chemicals to my hair, head , skin.  Whatever!  Why do we do that?   Who wrote the Rule Book  – that we THINK clearly states ” You  will color your hair until  you die so that you don’t look your age (ie your EXPERIENCE, your WISDOM, YOU! )   Huh??

Girlfriends!  I am over this!  I have had some really cool experiences since I have put it OUT there that I’m really going Nature Girl.    Can I just put in here too though….and this is kind of funny and maybe you are thinking it now. ….but my friend Kath asked me  (and I think she might have been seriously serious!)  when I told her I was going to let my hair go Natural.  That I was going Nature Girl…..she asked….”so!  Are you going to stop shaving your legs too????””    AS if !  I have my limits.  And besides ….as I approach my 50’s the hair on MY legs is not so much and I don’t have to shave everyday.  Plus it’s blond.  So the shaving thing is not such a big issue with me.    Too much info???   I could go on about shaving….but I won’t.  This is about going Gray.   You get to decide if you want to read this blog and be on this journey.  

One of my good friends was thinking of doing the very same thing.  She is only a few years older than me and she “thinks” that she might be about 90% gray.  So she thinks she might just go Platinum.   Girlfriend…you know who you are and I will support you 100000000%! 

Another friend of mine has been toying with the idea too.  She is in her late 50’s….super late 50’s if you know what I mean (she knows what I mean!).    She expressed her thoughts to her husband and he totally freaked…saying it would make her look old and why would she do that!  That comment bugged her….as it would you!  This friend of mine is GORGEOUS, FUNNY, SMART.  Who cares if she is gray?   She is ALL THAT SHE IS….which is AWESOME!  But she decided just yesterday that she will go gray when she is 70.  I support her decision.  She is sooooo cool! 

But I digress.  Linda said I would have to cut my hair short to get to the gray.  I am so not going there.  I love my long hair and I’m keeping it.   So I suggested to my fabulous hairdresser that maybe we LOW light my hair.  But not from the roots – from the grow out.  The color that we think might actually be my natural color.  She did that head shaking thing again.  So annoys me and makes me chuckle…kind of.  I asked her if that was maybe not in the flippin’  Rule Book.  And it’s not!  So I asked her if ANYONE has tried it.  Her answer was a quick and fast – NO no one has tried it.    Soooo I’m thinkin’….”Girl!  We could make  you famous.  Step outside the box.  There are a ton of women my age who are sick of being who they are not.  Help them get to gray ….to their real color.  In a cool and glorious way.”    Linda trimmed my hair today and I’m hoping she is still thinking about making this happen.  I will be her guinea pig. 

I searched high and low on the internet to find something….anything….on trying to let my years of colored hair…go natural….and guess what???? Nothin’…nada…So I want to be that girl that you can look to for support and cheerleading to make your hair be what it is.  To be the beautiful woman  you are……I am there for you! 

My friend today totally gets it and supports me.   Thanks LH!!   I support you too and I’ll be there for you when you turn 70 and decide to let your lovely white locks just be!  Who knows…maybe you’ll start sooner and come with me on this very fun, sexy, cool journey.  Because you know what Sista????  We are sooo hot!

xoxox

Gray Matters

Thanks for peaking in on my blog.  Let me give you a little glimpse of me.  You’ll know me better as time goes on.  I am approaching 50 – so hard to believe.  I’m healthier than ever.   No issues really (some of my friends and family could probably debate that!).    I eat super healthy, exercise, have fun….all that.  Life is pretty good.

Here’s the thing though.  I’m really getting sick of coloring the gray out of my hair.  I’ve been doing it since my 30’s and I’m OVER it!

So today I made a decision.  I’m going to let it go gray.  I think it will be fabulously beautiful.   Both my Mom and Grandmomi had gorgeous  gray hair.  I’m hoping that’s a good sign!

Here’s the other thing though.  The reaction I get when I tell people I’m going to my natural color.   One friend today told me – WHY???  Your hair looks beautiful the way it is.   And I thanked him.  But then I went on to tell him that I’m tired of putting all those nasty chemicals on my head every 6 weeks.  I’m in the Health Coaching business and I need to walk the talk!  Right?  I also wouldn’t mind saving some of that cash I spend on my head!    (Love my hairdresser though!  I’ve been with her since 1994!  I’m not sure if she is onboard yet.  I’m seeing her tomorrow so I will keep you posted!)

My girlfriends really don’t think it’s a good idea.  They say I’m too young to be gray.   One friend even said – “you are so beautiful!  Why would you want to age yourself  like that?”    Huh?  I’ve got some things to say about that too.  But I’ll leave that for another day.

Another friend who is also letting her hair go gray – says that people treat her differently – and not in a good way.

And my best friend, of course, is supporting me all the way.  It’s all about attitude and how one carries oneself.

So my plan is to keep a blog going on my hair with pictures, comments and any ideas anyone has along the way.   My aunt thinks this will be like “watching paint dry” ,  but I am also going to keep you posted on  eating for beauty, exercise tips and some juicy tidbits to get your glow back on!

And if YOU are thinkin’ about going on this natural journey, please send me you thoughts and ideas.  Life is about having fun, right?  Let’s go play!

Just keepin’ it REAL!

Last hair color:  Aug 6, 2010.  (That’s my side kick behind me!)