You just had a super stressful day at work and all you want is to go home, put on your sweats, and eat a pint of ice cream. Sound familiar?
Your friend just told you about the latest diet craze that you should try where you eat everything but _____ (fill in blank with carbs, fat, meat, Twinkies, anything white). You give it a go and deprive yourself of everything you enjoy and eventually the cravings get to you and you eat _____ (carbs, fat, meat, Twinkies, anything white) until you’re sick!
After years of trying all kinds of diets and restricting myself in order to reach a certain weight or body type, I eventually realized through my holistic health coaching program with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, that creating a healthy life is not about restricting yourself from foods you “shouldn’t” eat and forcing yourself to do mindless exercise that bores the crap out of you.
I am here to tell you you CAN have chocolate. Carbs are not your enemy (and fat definitely isn’t)! Your health depends on a lot more than what you eat and how long you spent on the treadmill this week.
A couple weeks ago when driving home I happened to have my radio on the Clark Howard Show when I heard a lady call in to discuss her new career venture idea. She was 53 years old and considering going back to school for kitchen and bath remodeling because she felt there was a lot of opportunity in the industry. She was leaving behind her previous career path and going to take on a whole new skill set. (As an aside, the lady also mentioned she had ZERO money saved for retirement). Immediately, Clark Howard changed the course of the conversation and asked the lady why, at her age, she would want to abandon the skills she has built up to pursue something completely different. Clark suggested she utilize the skill set she had built and get creative to create a new job for herself, considering she had an entrepreneurial quality.
The timing of this call-in, and the fact that I was listening to talk radio at all, is a bit ironic because I had been considering a big life change.
I was considering quitting my job with no guarantees, living off my small savings, learning to code, and pursuing my desires to start my own company and make a positive impact in the world.
We are conditioned to believe we should go to school, get a steady job, work for the money, and save for retirement. Although I think this is the desired path for many, it just wasn’t sitting well with me.9 Comments
One of the latest trends that continues to pick up steam is supporting small-scale organic (or naturally grown) farmers by purchasing produce, meat, and eggs locally. This is the first year that I have taken part in a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) in which I receive a box of fresh produce every other week from a farmer in the Atlanta area. While many of my health conscious friends are familiar with the importance of organic/sustainable practices and purchasing foods from local suppliers, I have found that many also haven’t heard of many of the options that are out there or do not know how to find them.
This post is dedicated to explaining how/where/why I purchase foods locally and how you can get involved!
The Beauty Detox Solution just arrived in the mail! I followed Kimberly Snyder via Youtube videos over a year ago and saw her again recently when she published her new book. She currently works with many celebrities day-to-day and on-set and has created her signature Glowing Green Smoothie, or “GGS” by her faithful. I have been interested in juicing and green smoothies, so I picked up her book to see what her philosophy and plan was all about. Read More3 Comments
I found this Veggie Tumeric Quinoa on Kimberly Snyder’s blog which I recommend checking out. I made it over the weekend and really like it. I doubled the recipe so that I would have a lot for the week (I tend to eat the same thing for lunch for the week). I also added cinnamon because I LOVE it and like the flavor more. Today I also squeezed some fresh lemon on top! Play around with it and find the flavors you like.Leave a Comment