Stress is my favorite topic to teach others about because its something that impacts everyone in such various ways that not all understood or appreciated. Experience in studying stress has taught me that we cannot always avoid it, but we can manage it. Stress relief doesn’t mean you are avoiding or eliminating it, but without the proper tools to manage it, it becomes our #1 predator. In other words, we are our own worst enemy. Stress is good at progressing the aging process, which comes with illness, injury and disease. The reason I love teaching others about stress is because the positive impact is so much greater on health and fitness once an appreciation and understanding has been identified and management has been implemented. You can eat clean and train mean all the live long day, but if you’re not managing your stress, it could all be for naught.
What is Mindful eating? It is the practice of connecting to the experience of eating, not just repeating the motions of bite & chew, bite & chew without consideration of the actual experience. Mindful eating is a practice I work with clients to accomplish and master so that intuitive eating is achieved. Intuitive eating is the ability to identify nutrition and satiation through the messaging of our own bodies’ reactions. Believe it or not, there can come a day where you look at a plate of cookies and do not desire it, and in fact, the thought may even turn you off completely.
Whether you work remotely from your own home, or on the 28th floor of a downtown skyscraper, staying healthy on the job can be challenging. People who work in an office tend to box themselves into a small space around their desk and computer. They often share eating spaces with others, work under fluorescent lights, don’t get fresh air or natural sunlight most of the day, and are often in a hunched, sitting position most of the day staring at a computer or talking on the phone. Office jobs provide many benefits, too, and if you picked the right industry for yourself, then you’re probably very happy with your actual work. People who work in office environments usually co-work with a team with which members often share talents, drive and/or or passion. Office and team environments can be healthy in that it presents us with challenges, which become learning and growth opportunities. Mentally, this keeps us sharp.
When I think about Easter, I’m reminded of my childhood and how we’d squirm around in church anticipating the moment we get home to tear the house apart in search of our baskets. We’d pull up into the driveway and my Mom would turn around and face all four of us in the car; simultaneously unbuckling our seatbelts in such madness it sounded like a stampede of horses running on pavement. She’d tell us to sit back down because she had to go inside and “make sure the bunny came”. Worst liar ever. But we didn’t care. The amount of sugar we were about to destroy left us with little room to worry about who arranged and left the basket.
“Our environment, the world in which we live and work, is a mirror of our attitudes and expectations.” Earl Nightingale
Conditioned beliefs can be one of the biggest obstacles interfering with our health and fitness goals, believe it or not. They are also some of the hardest to uncover and change, but it can be done and, in my opinion, should be the FIRST thing you do before venturing off on a weight loss journey or targeting specific health goals.
This time of year used to bring out a whole other personality in me. It was like one day I was Meg from Married With Children (per the usual) and as soon as that one day after halloween came and everyone turned on the Christmas music I magically transformed into Marcy. It’s as if I had been cursed as a child by some evil witch who didn’t like my parents (and who were clearly jealous of my crazy beauty and talent) to turn into an absolutely annoying, overzealous holiday alien for two months just speeding around in a trance buying crap, cooking crap, and singing crap and then when the holiday music stopped the spell wore off and my trance was broken but I’d be in this depressed spell for a month sort of wondering what happened to my life for eight weeks.
Continue reading ‘Tis the Season for Love, Family & Gratitude (and political arguments, white American entitlement, greed, selfies, alcoholism, weight gain and going into massive debt) ((and scoffing))
Here we go! Every candy company on planet earth is now making a killing due to skyrocketing sales for Halloween. And while they are making millions of dollars, you are beginning your downward spiral of holiday stress and weight gain. A lot of people assume this starts with Thanksgiving because we literally eat until we hate ourselves, crying in a fetal position with our pants unbuttoned. And, ultimately, the real blame gets put on Christmas because it has all the traditions that last the entire month of December: marshmallow snowmen, hot cocoa, eggnog, alcohol, baking cookies and decorating gingerbread houses, parties and family gatherings etc etc yada-yada. All of which you HAVE to do because it’s “tradition” and you simply can’t have a true, genuine holiday experience without all of the above. And, per the usual, Christmas and December get the blame… and around the corner its the savior of all holidays; New Years Eve. The magical time-stamp of promise and hope that the layers will miraculously be shed if you make a goal at midnight…. so you allow yourself to make excuses until then. But guess what man, you don’t gain your “winter coat” in December. Do you really want to know how this all starts?