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Kathleen
7:11 pm

A Series of Prescriptions #3 -- Sounds of Silence

So far you have been prescribed daily doses of gratitude and movement.  This week’s prescription is all about silence and stillness.  It might seem odd since you recently received a prescription that told you to get up and move, that you are now being asked to practice being still and silent, but bear with me and you will soon see how the pieces all begin to fall into place.   We live in a very noisy world.  For the most part, no matter where we go we are surrounded with noise and movement of all kinds. All of our senses are bombarded on a pretty constant basis with lights, noise, and motion which our incredible brains somehow process and make sense of in order for us to make informed choices.  However, all of that input into our very sensory bodies can really make our brains feel a little overwhelmed and a bit overly noisy itself.  Read More

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Kathleen
1:29 pm

A Series of Prescriptions Part 2:  A Body In Motion…

I hope you did well with last week’s prescription!   This week’s focus will be on movement.  All living things move, grow and change,  and we, dear friends, are meant to do the same.  And while the focus of this week’s prescription will be on physical movement, always remember that as living beings we are intended to move emotionally, cognitively and spiritually as well.  No matter what our age, movement in all its variations should be a part of the daily health care that we practice in order to live our lives expansively. Spend just a moment sitting outside watching nature.  Be as still and quiet as you can.   At first it may appear as if everything is as still as you are, but as your eyes settle and your brain slows down you will begin to see the constant dance of movement in front of you.  Read More

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Kathleen
8:19 pm

Lesson of the Red Crayon

...Whenever we are trying to make lifestyle changes to support our health and life/work balance simply telling ourselves  to “eat healthy” or “exercise more” is too big of a task, and the overwhelm of seeing the huge task looming before us gets us stuck.  What exactly does “eat healthy” mean?  What does “exercise more” look like?  And how exactly do I “manage stress”. .... Read More

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Kathleen
4:00 am

Tips for Clean Eating

The holidays are over and the new year is among us.  A special and exciting time where we make ambitious plans for our next twelve months and dream of the possibilities. 


The most popular resolution is improving health, and we usually are quite ready after the holidays.  As tasty as the holiday tidings are, they leave us feeling a little less on track with our goals than we'd like.  Those new healthy resolutions don't have to be complicated, and they don't have to end before February even arrives.  The key to looking and feeling your best is to keep it uncomplicated and simply focus on clean eating. 

 

In case you've heard the term "clean eating" but haven't quite understood what it means --clean eating is all about consuming healthy, whole foods and cutting out as much processed “food” as possible. Whether you’re ready to jumpstart your clean eating now or you’re wondering what it takes to get started, I’ve got super-simple steps for a no-fail progression into clean eating to share with you:

 

1. Know Your WHY

Whether you’re determined to race in the Boston Marathon next year, or you have seen first-hand the how not eating well affects the health and well-being of loved ones -- whatever it is that is motivating you to eat clean, bring it into your direct focus so you will be more successful in sticking to your clean eating plan.

 

 2. Take A Good Long Look 

Before you begin your clean eating journey, it helps to journal about what you’re eating before beginning. This way, you can truly see what it is you’re eating and look for patterns. After the stressful end of week push at the office, you might notice you’re more prone to ordering pizza, or maybe you notice that while you crave salty foods like chips and you feel good while eating them, you get a not so good feeling overall after you have indulged.

 

3. Don't Give Anything Up -- Just Crowd It Out

When people make changes to things in their lives such as a change to their eating habits, they can set themselves up for significant failures if they don’t take it step by step. I always find that the worst thing I think to myself is that I cannot have something.  That immediately makes me feel "deprived" and my new resolution takes on a negative vibe.  Instead crowd those highly processed foods out of your diet and right off of your plate, by  filling your plate with more and more whole clean foods. 

 

And instead of saying "I can't eat that", say to yourself, "I choose not to eat that".  See and feel the shift in energy from negative to positive.  

 

Don’t just say you’ll stop eating desserts forever. Instead, set a goal of only eating one small dessert and go from there.  Add in those healthy, nutritious foods and soon you will not even notice that you are not eating the dessert.

 

4. Clean Out the Pantry

Sadly, most American pantries are filled with processed foods.  A good rule of thumb is to cut out anything that contains more than five ingredients on the label, and anything unnatural should go.  It can be expensive to toss what you just purchased.  Give away or  use what you have, but replace what you use with healthier options.

 

5. Ring Around the Grocery Store

We’re creatures of habit, every one of us. When we go to the supermarket, we usually follow the same path every time. Shake things up and head straight for the produce section. You really should be avoiding almost all of the middle aisles of your supermarket anyway because that’s where those processed food pitfalls lurk!  Instead make a circuit around the perimeter of the supermarket and only go into the center aisles that contain the items you truly need.  Eventually you will find that you rarely venture into the center. 

 

6. Master Meal Prep

One of the easiest ways to dive right into clean eating is to prep your meals. You’ll find tons of healthy meal prep plans online that even give you shopping lists to use. If time is a factor, look for crockpot recipes that use whole foods.  Simply add your ingredients together in the morning and come home to a hot, delicious, clean and healthy meal every night!

 

And if you are looking for more inspiration sign up to receive my free e-book:

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Kathleen
4:00 am

Grounding Is Not Just for Wires

Autumn has arrived, and for many that means the busy back-to-school season that's quickly met with the hustle and bustle of the holidays, collides into one fast moving train.  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.  Read More

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Kathleen
4:00 am

Tips for Handling Cravings

When you think about food cravings, typically the first thing that comes to mind would be some type of junk food.  Something that is high in calories, low in nutrients, processed and quite unhealthy.  Is that what you tend to crave when a craving kicks in?  What is your go-to craving -- Read More

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Kathleen
4:00 am

Hey Baby It’s Chilly/Rainy/Dark Outside!

Indoor Workouts You Can Do When The Season Changes During the long, warm summer days, nothing is as enjoyable as an outdoor run in the sunshine, taking a dip in the local pool or rolling out your yoga mat in your favorite local park. But when the Autumn breeze starts blowing, the days get shorter, temperatures drop or the rain starts to pitter patter, we have to get creative and intentional about indoor workouts to get us through the upcoming months. Read More

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Kathleen
4:00 am

How to Keep a Slip-Up from De-Railing Your Health Goals

It happens to us all -- you’ve been crushing your health goals, and things are going great.  But then vacation rolls around, and the endless buffet on your cruise ship derails you...or so you think.  Read More

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Kathleen
8:54 am

5 Steps to Take Today to Reduce Stress

I don’t know about the rest of you, but the past few weeks have been a little too high on the stress meter.  And we all know that living with a heightened stress level is so very unhealthy.  So for those of you in the same boat, here are my top 5 strategies for getting my stress level under control: Read More

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Kathleen
12:45 pm

Stuck in Place

Do you have those areas in your house that you walk past every day but rarely see?  I have just such a place by my backdoor.  I go in and out of that door countless times a day, but rarely do I "see" the things stored on the shelves just beside the door on the porch.  The collection of shoes, gardening tools, treasures from nature lay in a hodgepodge type of organization.  If I need my clippers I know exactly where they are; however, to the untrained eye, finding my clippers would involve a 15-minute search. One day this past week, as I was coming into the house, something in the hodgepodge of belongings looked odd. Read More

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