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Declutter to Achieve Your Nutritional Goals – Purge Your Pantry

Last week we discussed how decluttering your environment can have a powerful positive affect on your life. From reducing stress and increasing productivity, to helping you feel happier, more optimistic and even improving the nutritional choices you make. If you want to review last week’s post or get caught up, click here.

Decluttering your kitchen makes preparing healthy meals faster and easier. When there is plenty of room in your fridge for healthy foods like vegetables, lean protein, nuts, and fruit you are more likely to choose those rather than eat processed junk food. The easier it is to navigate your pantry and cabinets the better the chance you will prepare nutritious meals as opposed to stopping for take out or ordering pizza.

Your task for last week was to clean out your refrigerator. I showed you what mine looked like before I cleaned it out and I promised to show you the after. So, here they are:

I make a habit of decluttering and cleaning my fridge every few months, so there wasn’t a big difference, however it is definitely easier to find what I am looking for post-cleaning.

Now, if you took the time last week to declutter your freezer as well as the fridge, bonus points to you. But if you didn’t, don’t worry, we will get to that in a few weeks.

Now, on to this week’s task. Much like the refrigerator, your pantry can become a collection of stale crackers, half-eaten bags of chips, expired cans of food, nutritional supplements you haven’t used in years, and cookbooks and magazines with recipes you will never actually cook. Over the next week, take 10-15 minutes each day to declutter 1 shelf in your pantry. Throw away anything that is expired or stale. If you have canned goods you won’t eat yourself, donate them to a local food bank. Use baskets and tiered organizers to make it easier to see what is in the pantry. Store nuts, grains, cereals, etc. in clear glass/plastic containers to keep them fresh and easy to find quickly. Don’t forget to label them so you remember what they are. Go through your cookbooks and magazines and tear out the recipes you use regularly and create a binder or computer file to store them neatly away. Wipe down the shelves and line them with shelf paper if you choose. I’m pretty OCD, so I alphabetize everything based on category: spices, canned goods, baking supplies, oils, etc. It makes finding things quick and easy, but it is a bit extreme.

Once you have your pantry decluttered, cleaned, and organized, take stock of what nutritious foods you still need to prepare healthy meals such as: grains, spices, nuts/seeds. Add these items to your shopping list.

Having a pantry that is organized and easy to navigate will make preparing nutritious and delicious meals faster, easier, and more enjoyable as well as keep you on track with your nutritional goals.

Until next week, happy decluttering!

Decluttering your kitchen is just one easy habit that will help you stay on track with your health and wellness goals. Building a series of healthy habits is the best way to maintain your goals for life. My nutritional coaching program is designed to teach you how to build a healthy nutrition routine that you can maintain for life. Learn more about how I can help you achieve a balanced and healthy lifestyle by visiting my website today!


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Start Your Week with a Healthy Plan

Will you:

  • Take a walk after dinner every night this week?
  • Eat more vegetables?
  • Quit smoking?
  • Devote 10-15 minutes to your meditation practice each day?
  • Cut back on your alcohol intake?
  • Take a yoga class?
  • Eat slowly and mindfully?
  • Get 6-8 hours of rest each night?

Feel free to share your answers in the comment section below or on our Facebook page.


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Meal Prep to Reach Your Goals

What ever your nutritional goals: weight loss, weight gain, eating more vegetables, or reducing your fat intake, taking time to preplan your meals or prep ingredients ahead of time is a great way to ensure you stay on track.

One of the biggest excuses I hear from clients about why the cannot follow their nutrition plan is, they don’t have the time or energy to cook. It is much easier to run through a drive through or pop a frozen pizza in the oven.

While a lack of time can be an issue for some of us, most of us waste at least 30-60 minutes each day on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, or watching reality TV. I am here to tell you that if you devote just 1-2 hours of your social media/tv time each week to prepping your meals for the week you will have more time and energy to achieve your nutritional goals (or any other goals).

Fuel your body with nutritious foods and you will be able to conquer the world!

Ok, maybe not the world but definitely your own personal goals, dreams, and desires.

So, how do I go about “meal prepping”, you ask.

Meal prepping can be as easy as simply doubling batch of something you are already making and then portioning it out into individual containers. You can easily pull the containers out of the fridge for quick meals during the week or put some in the freezer to eat later. I like this method for things like soup, grains like quinoa, rice, and oatmeal, roasted vegetables, and meat.

Another method is to take 15-20 minutes after dinner to put together breakfast and lunch for the next day. For example, if you cook an extra chicken breast for dinner, you can slice it and put it on top of some leafy greens and quinoa for a lunchtime salad. Also, you can prep some overnight oats for a fast delicious breakfast.

My favorite way to meal prep, is to take a few hours one day (I like Sunday) to prep my ingredients for the week. I wash and slice raw vegetables so they are easy to grab for snacks or salads. I grill 4-5 chicken breasts and 2-3lbs of ground turkey or other meat and portion them into individual containers so that I plenty of quick easy sources for protein. You can do this with beans and grains as well if you prefer a more vegetable protein based diet. I will steam or roast vegetables to use for breakfast egg bites, soups, or as a side dish. For me, this technique significantly reduces the time I spend cooking during the week. I simply mix and match a few containers from of the refrigerator, reheat and I’m done.

Once you get into the habit of prepping your meals, you will discover what methods work best for you. Then you can start to experiment with ways to make your favorite nutritious dishes ahead of time so you can have them on hand when you want them.

Meal prepping does take time, but it is an investment in your health, happiness, and success and it will improve your lifestyle waaaaay more than those crazy cat videos you’ve been watching.

If you need help learning how to get into the habit of meal prepping or how to create any other nutritional habit, our nutritional coaching plan can help! Check out our website at: https://procoach.app/wellnessphx.

Until next time, have a happy healthy day!


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Love Yourself, Reach Your Goals

What goals did you set for yourself this year? Do you want to: run a marathon, lose 20 pounds, get a new job, find your soulmate, pay off your credit cards, or buy a new home?

No matter what your goals are for 2019, you cannot expect to achieve them if you don’t believe you deserve them. Believing you deserve to make your goal a reality is a crucial step in reaching that goal and yet, I often find when working with clients it is missing from the goal setting equation!

Believing you deserve to have, be, or do anything you want is about loving yourself enough to allow yourself to have, be, or do whatever it is you are wanting.

If you do not love yourself, you will never have the power to press forward with your goal when the road gets rocky and challenges emerge. Instead, you will start to doubt yourself and your abilities and start believing the naysayers and negative Nancy’s’.

See if this sounds familiar:

“What was I thinking? I’ll never be able to lose weight. I don’t have the willpower.”

OR

” Mom was right. Men don’t make passes at girls who wear glasses.”

If you want to finally get on track to achieving your goals and stay on track you MUST start loving and believing in yourself!

Here is a little exercise to get you started:

  • Find a mirror. Any mirror will work, it can be the mirror in your bathroom, a hand mirror, or the visor mirror in your car. If you can’t find a mirror “selfie mode”on your phone will work.
  • Look at yourself in the mirror. Look directly into your own eyes. For some of you, this may be uncomfortable. Take a breath and power through. You CAN do this.
  • While looking into your eyes, state out loud at least 10 things you LOVE about yourself. They can be anything; physical attributes, habits, behaviors, attitudes, accomplishments…

“I love my soft silky hair.”

“I love that I am a hard worker.”

“I love that I am intelligent.”

“I love that I finished my work project ahead of schedule and got compliments from my boss.”

Be creative! Have fun! Enjoy the process. Allow yourself to feel good.

Do this exercise every day for a month and take notice of how your life starts to shift and your goals get closer to reality. You will be glad you did!

Let us know how the exercise worked for you, LIKE, us on Facebook and leave a message!

Until next time, have a happy healthy day!


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Keep Your Exercise Momentum Going

A few weeks ago, I shared a tool I like to use called an adherence chart (Be Accountable to Exercise).

The adherence chart in that post challenged you to get 3-4 hours of purposeful exercise a week. Click here to learn about purposeful exercise.

This week I would like to encourage you to stretch your boundaries and increase your weekly workout sessions to 5-7 hours per week.

Here is your new adherence chart:

purposeful-exercise-adherence-chart-2.pdf

Good luck and have fun!


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Success is in Your Hands

Take a moment to think about one of your goals. One of your BIG goals. Perhaps you want to run a marathon, lose 50 pounds, go back to school, find the love of your life, or move to a new city…

Now, think about why you have not achieved that goal yet.

If you are like most of us, you are avoiding committing time and energy to that goal, either consciously or unconsciously, out of fear. Fear of change, fear of failure, fear of what other people will think…

And that’s ok. Fear is a natural reaction to the unknown. But, now that you realize that some type of fear is blocking you from moving toward your goal, you have taken the first step to overcoming that fear. Give that fear a name, write it down.

For example:

“I am afraid that if I <insert goal> people will criticize me and tell me I am wrong/selfish/stupid/living in a fantasy world.”

Now that you have identified your fear, you can start taking steps to turning that fear into success.

You have played the, “What if…” game for awhile focusing on the fear, so you know how to play. It is time to turn the tables on fear and start playing the game to win!

Here’s how:

    Take the fear you identified earlier and rewrite it as a success:

      • It feels great to have <insert goal>! People congratulate me daily on my success and tell me I have inspired them to follow their aspirations.
  • Realizing that success is possible and focusing on the ultimate feelings of gratitude, happiness, and self-esteem that come from places the key to success directly in your hands. You are in charge of your success. You are in charge of achieving your goal. NOT the fear!
  • By looking your fear in the eye and telling it to “shove off”, you put yourself in control and allow yourself to start taking steps, even if they are small at first, down the road to success. In effect you:
  • And after all, isn’t that all you really need to do?

    PS-Once you have identified your fear and written it down, burn it as a symbol of your newfound courage and determination.

    Help inspire other readers conquer by writing your “statement of success” in the comments below.

    Until next time, have a happy healthy day!

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    Good Nutrition Can Get You to All of Your Goals

    No matter what your goals are this year: financial, career, relationships, or physical, good nutrition is a key step in achieving your goals. After all, how can you take action toward your goals if you are feeling sick, tired, and stressed out?

    Good nutrition provides the nutrients you need fuel your brain, give you energy, and keep you alert and focused on the the steps you need to take to reach your goal.

    Nutritional coaching can teach you how to eat to perform at your best mentally and physically. The better you perform, the faster and easier you will reach your goal.

    In nutritional coaching, you meet with your coach to assess your current nutritional and dietary situation and determine the next step in becoming a little bit better by introducing small achievable changes that, over time yield measurable results. With nutritional coaching you can stop dieting, learn to eat better, and be more focused and energetic.

    At Achieve Wellness, our clients meet with their coach via video conference or messenger once a month to discuss progress, identify challenges, and collaborate on what steps to take next. In addition, clients receive daily lessons and tips to help them stay on track. Coaches monitor progress and provide feedback as necessary throughout the process.

    Because I want you to achieve all of your goals this year, I am offering a special new year rate for the month of January!

    I am offering our 1-on-1 nutritional coaching program for $150/month (reg. $175/month) AND I am throwing in the initial consultation free of charge, that’s a $50 savings!

    Space in the program is limited to 10 people and at this price spaces will fill quickly, so don’t wait!

    Take a few minutes right now to fill out our new client survey and get on the path to reaching your goals in 2019!


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    3-2-1 SUCCESS!

    Happy December!  The year is almost over, but that doesn’t mean it is time to take a break from working toward your goals.  Whether you have financial goals, career goals, personal development goals, or health and fitness goals, take some time this month to work toward and even achieve some of your goals.

    I have created the exercise below to help you develop an action plan that will move you closer to your reaching your goal.  Remember, not every goal has to be a big, dramatic outcome goal.  For example, if your health goal is to ultimately lose 15 pounds,  you probably won’t be able to do it in a month (at least not in a healthy sustainable way).  However, you can set a few process goals such as doing 20 minutes of exercise 3-4x per week and eating 5-7 servings of vegetables daily.  Practicing the process goals will get you moving on the path to your ultimate outcome of losing 15 pounds.

    Let’s expand this example to this month’s exercise:

    3 things I will accomplish this month:

    1. Lose 3 pounds
    2. Stick to my holiday buying budget
    3. Read 1 personal development book

    2 actions I can take:

    1. Lose 3 pounds
      1. Exercise 20-30 minutes 3-4x per week
      2. Eat 6+ servings of vegetables daily
    2. Stick to holiday budget
      1. Buy gifts using only cash not credit
      2. Create a gift buying list and purchase only what is on the list
    3. Read 1 book
      1. Decide what book to read
      2. Read 15-20 minutes daily and take notes

    1 thing I can do today:

    1. Eat my veggies
    2. Write my gift buying list
    3. Get up 15 minutes early and read

     

    If you follow this 3-2-1 plan, I guarantee you will be on your way to achieving not only your monthly goals but your ultimate outcome goals as well.

    Good Luck!  Have Fun!  And remember, if you have questions or want assistance creating your goals, I am here to help.  Email me at achievewellness@ymail.com, or click the button below, to set up your 1-on-1 coaching session.  Together we can develop a personalized action plan to get you the success you deserve!

    1-on-1 Lifestyle Coaching session

    Spend time working 1-on-1 with a lifestyle coach to develop a personalized plan of action that will help you reach your goals. Sessions are 45 minutes and can be down via telephone or FaceTime.

    $75.00

     

     


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    Make a Connection to Move Forward

    Whether you call your higher power Spirit, Universe, God, Yahweh, Allah, or Goddess take a moment today to get quiet and make a connection to that higher power.

    Your Higher Power knows what you need to do to move forward in the direction of your goals AND it wants to help you do so, however if you are closed off from the wisdom and guidance of your Power you will not receive this knowledge and the path to successful achievement of your goals will be little red with roadblocks.

    In making a connection your Higher Power, you create a bond that puts you in the vibration of that higher power and allows you to hear the messages your Power sends to you and the trust you need to follow this message. Listen to what your Higher Power tells you, express gratitude for the message, and take steps to honor or follow the wisdom you receive.

    Each morning, I take a few moments to make this connection: I find a quiet place to sit, take a few breaths, clear extraneous thoughts from my mind, and ask the Universe, “What can I do today to be of service to others?” Then I listen for the Universe’s answer. Within a minute or two, I receive a message/thought from the Universe. Often it is an action I can take such as writing a blog, being more present with clients, or sharing my knowledge. Other times it is more of a thought or feeling, “Trust me”, “Relax and have fun”, or “Just be happy”. When I take the Universe’s advice my days flow smoothly and I am calm and relaxed. On the days I forget to follow my message the day inevitably has a few hitches and I feel anxious and rushed.

    Make connecting to your Higher Power a daily habit, learn to trust the messages you receive, and take action. I guarantee you will find the journey to your goal easier and more enjoyable.

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    Monday Motivation

    If you are like most of my friends, clients and coworkers, Monday is always a bit of a drag. I mean, how many times have you said, “TGIM?”

    Fortunately, there is a great way to beat the Monday Blues and get your week started on the right foot, play the gratitude game!

    Gratitude has a myriad of physical and psychological benefits which include: increased feelings of happiness, greater ability to relate to and get along with other people, better self-esteem, greater success in achieving goals, and a stronger immune system. Who couldn’t use a little of those things on a Monday?

    To play the game, make a list of at least 10 things for which you are grateful. Take a few minutes and do it right now. Write it on a sheet of paper, put it in the notes on your phone, or share it with others in the comments below, then notice how you feel after you are done. I guarantee you will feel happier and more positive about the week to come!

    Enjoy, have fun, and have a terrific week!

    PS- I am grateful you read this post 😉

    If you want more gratitude inspiration, visit our “Thank You Thursday” page