Stressed OUT??? How daily stress can impact your Body weight, health, Sex drive, happiness and more.
Happy December beautiful people,
Have you ever heard of "chronic stress"? It is not the kind of stress that hits us hard and then just goes away, it nudges us with small consistent doses that pile up over time. It is the missed meeting, the rushed car ride, the unsettling comment made by your partner or friend. It’s the missed lunch, the physically stressful HIIT workout and the coming home to top it off with an insulin spike (aka a sugary glass of wine), but the grand finale is the worst...a demoralizing hit of playing the comparison game as you scroll instagram and watch super model moms make homemade almond milk in a pristine kitchen in Hawaii. No wonder we feel stressed!
I am so glad that we are in a time where talking about being grateful or #blessed is a trendy part of our culture, just like yoga or sustainable food sourcing. Anytime there is a trend towards happiness, self discovery, love and appreciation, I am in. These trendy practices have been around forever of course, but I feel today people are seeking more then ever before. We are in challenging times and with the abundance of social and news media, we are no longer in a bubble where ignorance is bliss. We need to focus on what is good in the world just to keep the faith. If you and your family are lucky enough to be safe and well fed on this planet then you have every reason to be grateful. It feels like we should be in a constant state of "how the heck did I get so lucky" and what can I do to help others find safety and health care. But sometimes we get caught in the day to day and even if logically we have the perspective, we may not always feel gratitude in our hearts.
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To be honest I don't really like the term "cheat meal", you don't need to cheat, you can just choose. It's not cheating when you are the boss of your own body and you have the ability to make your own rules and your own choices. But lets face it, some foods taste soooo good, they just sadly don't make us feel that great.
Well guess what? This snack taste like a delicious plate of nachos...yet it is a delicious plate of whole foods...no dairy, no gluten, no CHIPS. YESSSSSSS!
Truth be told I totally stole this recipe from a client and friend (Deanna gave me the go ahead to share). She took the ingredients from my 21 Day Body RESET Mexican sweet potato and rearranged them into nacho format. Truly genius. I have posted the recipes for both the Mexican sweet potato and the no-cheat nachos below! Give them a try and let me know what you think. xo Anna
Has this ever happened to you? You are feeling good on a particular plan or regime. You can tell things are changing and shifting, you are feeling accomplished. Yet all of a sudden you get an urge... you want to sabotage, cheat or reward yourself in a way that is not productive. WHY?!!!
Don't worry this is normal.
If this has happened to you, you are not alone. It is the natural cycle of change and human behaviour. This is precisely why so many start projects or journeys and do not finish them. Because change is not always comfortable. Change takes push and perseverance. The ability to pick yourself up, brush yourself off and keep going. Remember, things happen it is not a picture perfect journey, but if is something you really wanton desire, power though.
It is ok to be uncomfortable!
Challenge creates change (in other words: NO Challenge, NO Change). We cannot level up if do not challenge ourself to push to that next level. Challenge is uncomfortable...that is why it is a challenge. Don't be afraid to get into the nitty gritty, dig deep and feel uncomfortable. You got this!
“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”- Muhammed Ali
For the Smoothie Bowl
If you are like me, you may find it more challenging to stay on track in the summer. I always stay true to what I preach, I do fuel my body with healthy food, I try to listen to my body and eat when I am hungry and stop when I am full. That being said summer is a lot more adventurous and a lot less regimented then winter for me (does anyone else feel more disciplined and fit in the winter then the summer?). One of the best ways to eat healthy on the go and in social situations in to prepare a big, beautiful and sharable meal.
Of course I would love to say that everyday I wake up at 4am (Deepak Chopra style) and meditate for 2 hours, ommm'in and humming in perfect rhythm with the universe, but of course it doesn't go that way and lets be honest, I don't really want to wake up at 4am. Although I do think morning meditations are the best (15-30 minutes is just fine), it is just that sometimes it don't happen as planned. Sometimes I have to fit it in at a random place or time. Check out 9 ways that I sneak in my daily meditation no matter what. Remember, you can’t do it wrong, you own your practice. Take a deep breath and gift yourself the present moment.
"My body is busy. My mind is not."
When I heard this quote from one of my favourite spiritual teachers Deepak Chopra, I immediately thought BINGO! That is exactly how I want to be! Chopra travels all over the world as an author, public speaker and spiritual leader, he is a busy man to say the least and I am sure he could feel stressed if he wanted to. Instead, when Oprah asked him how he handles being so busy he explained that while his body is busy traveling around the world, he mind is not busy, in his mind he is always at ease.
This is exactly what I have being working towards all year (remember I declared this the year of next level health and wellness). I love to be physically "busy". Teaching, connecting and coaching brings me joy, happiness, purpose and it is a creative outlet. On the other hand I don't want to feel maxed out, stressed or overwhelmed by my schedule. To go next level in any aspect of life you must gain control of your mind, recognizing chaos is created in our heads and although we can't control what happens in the outside world, we can control how I react and feel about it.
Exercise is so important for that deep Mind-Body Connection.
Exercise is not all about punishing yourself, burning calories and trying to change the way you look. It is a deep connection and respect for the amazing home for your soul..your body.
There was a time where I thought the harder the workout the better. As a young personal trainer I assumed every workout should be hard and killer. That is what people pay for right??? No, not really. People pay for results and you can get great results (if not better results) by working smarter not harder. I know that saying is such a cliche, I actually just cringed, but, it is true. By smarter I mean correct, focused, and effective. Workouts that make you feel good, that make you feel strong and motivated.
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