Today’s blogger is Holistic Health Coach, Rachel Kieffer who is going to show us how to make healthy easting easy. Rachel is from New York who owns Healthnutgirl. She helps women create a healthy relationship with food and their body and fall in love with a healthy life.
Make Eating Healthy EASY!
Who wants to spend hours in the kitchen every day slaving over elaborate meals? Not me!
I am a busy mom of an energetic 7 year old boy with a full work and life schedule. As a holistic nutritionist I know and teach the importance of preparing daily healthy meals. The best thing you can do to improve your health is make your own meals from fresh and whole ingredients.
You will be able to know exactly what goes into your meals, make choices and changes that can support your health and the life you want to create and teach your family healthy eating habits. Preparing your daily meals can become an act of self-care and self-love.
There are many strategies that can help you make your meal preparations and healthy eating easier and quicker. Here are a few that I use and teach my clients:
Keep unhealthy food out!
Or at least out of sight. If the cookies and crisps are on the kitchen counter you will eat them! I keep a bowl of fruit on my kitchen table and even my son will reach for a fruit when he wants a snack.
Friend you fridge!
What do you see when you first open your fridge? To make your fridge work for you and not against you rearrange it to put the healthiest foods front and center!
Keep bowls with washed fruit on the top shelf. Keep sliced vegetables for snacking and dips in clear containers. Keep washed and chopped greens for salads, cooking and smoothies in clear bags in plain sight.
Drinking enough water will energize you, help your body cleanse and get rid of toxins and will improve a staggering list of health conditions. To help you remember to hydrate keep a large pitcher full of water somewhere visible.
Infuse it with one or more of the following: sliced cucumbers, fresh mint leaves, sliced strawberries, sliced lemon, sliced lime, sliced orange, fresh rosemary, fresh sage. Experiment with flavor combination and create your own signature “spa water”.
Plan and prep!
Plan your weekly meals and once or twice a week wash, slice and chop veggies for your weekly recipes, it will greatly shorten the meal preparation time. Enlist family members to help you or invite your friends to a “vegetable cutting party”, where everyone brings a basket of veggies, chops them together while listening music and goes home with veggies ready for salads, cooking and freezing!
No time for prepping? Buy your veggies already chopped and sliced, fresh or frozen.
Cook a large roast chicken and divide it up for a few meals. Make a double portion of grilled fish and freeze half for an easy “heat and serve” meal. Cook a large batch of chickpeas and freeze in portioned freezer bags for easy soups and curries. Keep canned beans (I prefer organic and salt free) for easy quick meals.
Eating more whole grains will give you important nutrients, lots of fiber, a sense of fullness and it will help stabilize your blood sugar levels and reduce cravings for sweets. Some grains cook faster than others and I like to keep them on hand: quinoa takes 15 minutes, whole grain pasta (there are many gluten free varieties) takes 8-10 minutes and whole wheat couscous is ready in 5 minutes.
Sometimes you just want to enjoy a meal in a restaurant or get take-away when you’re too tired or busy to prepare your own meals. Make a list of your favourite restaurants with their healthier meal options and your favourite take-away places with their more wholesome selections and carry it in your bag.
When you’re hungry and tired it can be hard to make a healthy choice, so use this list as a healthy alternative menu. When you feel like indulging, enjoy it without guilt, you have my permission.
Remember to make healthy eating enjoyable and fun, include your favuorites and don’t try to be perfect, just surround yourself with healthy choices and reach for them more often and you will make great progress!
A note from Honey
Thank you Rachel for sharing those tips on making healthy eating easy. We could all do with a bit of that!
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Healthy hug 🙂
Is this your Mind COP?
Yesterday you met your own mind COP by imagining what you mind COP looked like, sounds like, wears…
Maybe one of these?
Today we are going to look at how your mind COP will catch those criminal negative thoughts and keep your mind safe. For the past week you have been keeping a note of your negative mind chatter in your notebook. Now is the time to have a good look at what you have written and start working on making some changes to how that chatter might make you feel bad.
Let’s see mind COP in action.
Catch them: You’ve been catching mind chatter for nearly a week. You should have a pretty good idea of what yours is saying to you and who your criminals are.
Own them: These are your thoughts. You created them. You can acknowledge them. Consider them and choose whether to discard them or whether to arrest them.
Protect yourself: You protect yourself by arresting the negative thoughts, examining the evidence and deciding whether to charge them or give them a warning.
Here’s an example based on the losing your job example negative thoughts we looked at yesterday. Read each thought from left to right to see how Mind COP works.
|‘I should have worked harder’
||I did work hard though
||Maybe they didn’t really appreciate me?
|‘Why didn’t I take that course to learn more’
||I did a lot of development in that role
||This is a chance to learn something new
|‘I’m no good’
||Is everything I’ve ever done no good?
||I’ve achieved a lot
||With those that love me?
||I matter to the people that matter to me
||I was one of 10
||I will find a better fit
|‘I’m not clever’
||I was the problem solver
||I need a new challenge
|‘I’ll never get another job’
||Have you tried?
||I wonder what job I will love?
You can see how Mind COP is examining each thought and looking at it in a different way. One thought does not make a truth. One thought may seek evidence from the subconscious to support it, but Mind COP doesn’t fall for this.
Mind COP is objective and realizes that thoughts tell stories but their alibi is weak when questioned. Mind COP wants to hear from the witnesses and sort out those criminal negative thoughts.
You tell fibs
You see when you tell think a negative thought it’s probably not true and your Mind Cop might make this face!
So the next time those pesky criminal negative thoughts are doing a ‘wrong un’ in your mind, just see them scarper when Mind COP comes along and bangs them to rights.
Your time is precious, don’t waste it
How much of your precious life are you going to spend thinking negatively?
Think about it, how much time are you going to think about negative situations, obsess about the things that went wrong it your life, worry about things that happen or might never happen? Two hours a day? Which is 14 hours a week. Which is 60 hours a month. Which is 730 hours a year. Which is 30 DAYS A YEAR of feeling bad. What could you do in 30 days? A lot! In our example of losing the job, that is 30 days of enjoying the freedom of not working and exploring options for a new career whilst feeling happier.
Life is full of twists and turns, ups and downs and change. By learning to manage your thoughts you will be more resilient in the tough times and happier on the whole. You are not your past, your current situation or what people say about you. You are so much more than that and you can shine.
- Write your own table of negative mind chatter in the same format as above and set your mind COP to work
- Read your gratitude list often
- See you tomorrow
Happy hug 🙂
We all have two minds…
Did you know that your mind has two parts? The conscious and the subconscious. The conscious mind could be called the more rational. It makes decisions based on logic and chooses our behaviour. Most of the time in day to day life we operate in a conscious state. The conscious part of our brain is the smaller less powerful part (although still very powerful!). The conscious part lets us work, study, operate on a daily basis.
The dominant part of the mind is the subconscious. We access the subconscious naturally when we ‘daydream’, drift off to sleep or feel strong instinct. The subconscious is powerful when we dream. It tries to make sense of all the information it has absorbed or is processing.
The subconscious is like a blank canvas when we are born. We take in around 2 million pieces of information a day, which is far too much for the conscious mind to process. So the subconscious stores in using sight, smell, taste, sound and feelings. It codes our life experiences in this way which is why both good and bad experiences can have smells or noises attached to them. All this goes on automatically so we don’t really have much control about our built in ‘coding’.
So the phrase ‘in two minds’ is literally that. When we are making a decision we might use the conscious mind to think about it logically but the subconscious mind will be the more feeling part. Kind of like head and heart centred thinking.
How you can harness the power of your subconscious mind….
The subconscious is there to protect us and always acts in the way it thinks is best for us. This can become a problem if its ‘coding’ is not helpful. For example, it has learnt that when you are scared or worried you should have a panic attack, or when you are sad you should eat for comfort. People get confused about why they are behaving in a way that is not helpful or they can’t control. This is because the subconscious is the more powerful force and is leading behaviour.
You can use will power to try and beat an issue, but will power comes from the conscious mind so may only be temporary. Long lasting change needs to be made in the subconscious.
To access the subconscious mind and make changes you need to relax the conscious mind. You can do this with Hypnotherapy (trance hypnosis) or NLP (waking hypnosis). Once the conscious mind is relaxed, the subconscious is present and changes can be made. Sort of like recoding (in a safe and pleasant way).
You will experience wonderful relaxing feelings and connect to the subconscious part of your mind. The part that seems to be on a whole different level and you experience different thoughts that sometimes you can’t even put into words.
Change your life….
People often live with issues that make them seriously unhappy or make their lives less enjoyable. Panic attacks, weight issues, anxiety, smoking, confidence, depression, self-esteem, sleep, stress can all be changed for the better. A good Hypnotherapist or NLP Practitioner will work with you to make the changes that are necessary for you. It isn’t as simple as saying to the subconscious ‘change this’. The subconscious is like a child. It needs to believe what is being said, it needs to feel its the right thing to do.
Children operate in the subconscious a lot! They have wonderful imagination and intuition. They respond to stories which appeal to the subconscious and significant changes can be made to their lives meaning happier childhoods and lasting change through to adulthood.
The subconscious is also like a sponge for storing positivity as well as negativity. So accessing your subconscious for confidence to help with presentations, interviews, exams and sporting situations is really cool. This is what successful people do regularly! Just ask Tony Robbins 🙂
Get in touch so I can help you or your child.
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