The “food-attitude” connection

I took this photo last Wednesday. I’m not big into selfies but I was trying to capture a moment: I’m sitting on a bench outside a bodywork clinic owned by one of my very best childhood friends, across the street from my childhood dance studio watching the older, advanced class progress through a jazz warm up. I’ve done that warm up a zillion times myself.
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I’m waiting for my son to finish his dance class and, as I sit, I realize how things come full circle. How am I this “grown up” version of me and why don’t I feel much different? I contemplate how weird this seems, watching these dancers in a place that I spent most of my formative years, a place that sparked my passion for body movement and teaching others. I’m listening to an IIN lecture by health guru Victoria Moran on how to live a charmed life. She says this:”The stories of our lives are not about what actually happened. It’s about what you FEEL about what happened.” And so it is. It matters less about what you do than what you feel about what you do.

So how do I feel? In general, I’m prone to worry. I worry a lot about upsetting people, not making the right choice, not making any choice, not taking action, taking action hastily…you get the picture. My worry is my biggest personal health ailment. But in this moment, I do feel charmed. Life is sweet.

I’ve learned so much through my studies at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition so far (I’m not even half done yet!) about dietary theories, coaching techniques and holistic wellness practices but my biggest takeaway is the realization that, for me, food changes my attitude. When I eat better, I feel better. When I feel better, I think better. When I think positively, I know I’m attracting more ‘good’ into my life. Perhaps you, too, find yourself wanting to change your attitude. Have you thought about first changing how and what you eat?
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Early morning coffee alternatives

They say moving is in the top three life stresses, just under death of a loved one and divorce. I’m feeling it. As a creature of habit, it’s hard being some place new. I say this is the reason I started drinking coffee again. Earlier this year, I gave up caffeine as an experiment to see if I would, in fact, feel better for it (I did). I’m now finding it’s become a habit again. With the fall season approaching (pumpkin spice latte or chai tea, anyone?), I want to make sure I scale back enough that a coffee is an indulgence, something to savor, rather than a necessity or a lifeline. I don’t think coffee is bad for you – it’s not (it all boils down to individuality). But if you are looking to cut caffeine, reduce acidity or just try something new, here are three coffee alternatives that have worked for me before:

To initially wean myself from coffee, I tried this: Teeccino Caramel Dandilion Herbal Coffee Tee Bags.  It’s sweetened with dates, this smells and tastes really good. For a stronger brew, use two tea bags. This coffee-like tea contains dandelion and chicory root, carob, dates, almonds and figs (75 percent organic). It smells amazing (very much like caramel!) and tastes pretty good, too. If you like a big cup, make sure you use two bags so you aren’t left with a weaker brew. You still get antioxidants plus potassium and soluble fiber, without the acidity of regular coffee.

Dandy Blend is more like an instant coffee—it’s a powder that dissolves in water and you can drink it hot or cold. It’s more cost effective than the Teeccino and you can easily control how strong you want it and feels and tastes more like regular cup of coffee. It tastes better than it smells. This semi-sweet herbal blend is made from the extracts of dandelion, chicory and beet root plus barely and rye. It’s gluten free and non-gmo.

With immune-boosting, digestive-soothing properties, my current favorite early morning wake up is ginger lemon “tea.” I’ve tried it three ways: Simmering ginger in a pot and adding fresh squeezed lemon juice (a more traditional method of making ginger tea); Blending the ginger and lemon in a VitaMix (or other high-powered blender) with water and strain with a cheese cloth; Juicing the ginger and lemon into a concentrate to which boiling water is added (my preferred method).

Interested in reasons why you might want to consider cutting coffee? Check out this article from Mark Hyman, MD. Mark Hyman is a physician, educator, Founder and Director of the UltraWellness Center, Leader in Functional Medicine—and a guest lecturer for the Institute for Integrative Nutrition!

What’s your favorite non-coffee morning drink?

 

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YOU are the authority of your own body

Hey, guess what? You are an authority. Yep, that’s right. YOU are the authority of your own body. There is no one else that knows your body in the way that you do and guess what? No one ever will.

Your body can (and does!) tell you exactly what it needs regarding food, exercise and rest. Cravings? Exhaustion? Digestive issues? Skin problems? These are all ways your body communicates with you. All you have to do is listen!

It’s my job as a future health coach to help you figure out what your body is telling you and guide you in taking action steps to achieve and maintain your wellness goals.

View yourself as an authority and you’ll be more inclined to care for yourself with respect. Be empowered and practice being an advocate for your own body and wellbeing. But just like any new skill, it takes time before it becomes second nature.

Speak up and ask questions whether at the doctor’s office, at the gym or with your health coach. I personally love to get questions from training clients as it’s much more valuable for them to understand the “whys” rather than the “how tos.”

If there is one thing I wish to teach people (and hope I already do in my Pilates and Booty Barre classes) is that it’s on you to make the change. No one else can do it for you. But you don’t have to do it alone. I’m thrilled to start working with health coaching clients soon! I’d love to help you change your body and more importantly how you FEEL about your body both internally and externally.

So go on, be that authority today. Act as if your life depends on it…because it does!Relaxing Exercises On Beach At Sunset