Be Rebellious & Love Yourself

Over this past weekend I spent some time catching up on my some of my favorite health bloggers sites. My favorite, and one of my biggest role models in this industry, Elise of Kale & Chocolate, had posted an article that really hit home for me and I wanted to share with all of you; especially during this holiday season. The article is all about embracing your flaws and loving yourself. Below is an excerpt of the article;

“A few days ago, I had just come in from a run and was doing my early morning stretch-and-Instagram scroll when I came across this startling image on my friend Sarah’s Instagram page. In it, you see a young woman on a train. She’s staring into the middle distance and on the wall next to her is a flyer that reads, “In a society that profits from your self-doubt, liking yourself is a rebellious act.” While I’ve never thought about it in those terms, I was taken aback by the truth in this statement. I’m a recovering perfectionist and over-thinker. I know what it is to doubt my choices, my habits, and myself. I’m very familiar with that tough inner critic. So the thought of standing up and saying “I like myself” feels terrifying and, yes, a little rebellious.”

– See more at: http://kaleandchocolate.com/the-truth-about-liking-yourself-why-it-matters/#sthash.tuaPQdj4.dpuf

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Elise continues the article by being “rebellious” and sharing with her readers a few of what she believes are her strong strengths and encourages her readers to do the same. I am very passionate about the topic of self-love and today I am going to share a few of mine below:

  1. Dedicated: I am very loyal and caring to those in my life that are close to me; family and friends.
  2. Creature of Habit: I like routines, schedules and planning. This keeps me on track, organized and feeling my best.
  3. Amateur Chef: I love cooking and experimenting with recipes in order to make them my own. I love fresh food and sharing my creations with family and friends.
  4. Adult Athlete: I consider myself in good shape and fit. I am fortunate to be able to try any class without fear of failure or discouragement.

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I would love to hear from all of you! Comment below with one of your favorite traits or share this post on your Facebook page and add your favorite trait in the posting and start a revolution of self-love this holiday season!

Fall Back Into a Routine

September means back to school and for most people it is motivation to fall back into a healthy routine. This time of year is known for goal setting and getting back on track in the health and fitness department. There is no need for drastic cleanses and stressful diet guidelines; below are some easy steps you can take to get started!

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  • Drink LOTS of Water: Carry a large water bottle with you all day and make sure you refill it 3 or 4 times. Shake things up by slicing up a lemon or lime to add flavor.
  • Cut Out Processed Foods: as much as possible – stick to the vegetables, fruit, whole grains, nuts, seeds and proteins.
    • Make a trip to your farmers market for fresh produce or head to your local orchard to go apple picking
  • Meal Plan: Use those Sunday afternoons to cook and prepare breakfast and lunch for the week. This will save you lots of time in the mornings and ensure you eat healthy meals and avoid going out. Don’t forget to pack healthy snacks as well!
  • Reduce Stress: Find little ways throughout the day to reduce your stress levels. Take a walk around campus or the office; simply practice mindful breathing, or journal for a few minutes to get out your thoughts.
  • Move Your Body: Make an effort & hold yourself accountable to get moving a few days a week. Find a workout that excites you and treat it like an appointment or work meeting you cannot miss.
  • Treat Yourself: Make sure you take time for some self-care. Do not become too hard on yourself or too self-restricting.
  • Hire a Health Coach: Not only can a health coach educate you and help you focus on your goals, but they’ll hold you accountable too!

Interested in using a health coach to get you back on track this fall and ready for the upcoming holiday season? (yes, it sneaks up fast!)

Sign up for a free first consultation here: michellemariemcg.com

Exciting News!! I am officially a Certified Holistic Health Coach

This week I have some exciting news to share with everyone. After six months studying at IIN (Institute of Integrative Nutrition), I am officially certified as a Holistic Health & Wellness Coach and can begin to take on clients. I have studied over a hundred dietary theories as well as how all aspects of one’s life affect how we look at and think about food.

So, what is a Holistic Health & Wellness Coach and what can I do to help you?

I take a holistic approach to health coaching; meaning I look at all aspects of your life to help you regain control over food and weight issues. I realize that not one way of eating works for everyone and I am excited to find the best approach for each of my clients in order for them to feel their best. I am here to be a guide and supportive mentor who empowers you to take responsibility for your health and achievement of your personal wellness goals. Some common areas where I may help you could include weight management, food cravings, sleep, energy, stress management, digestion, an basic nutrition skills & habits just to name a few…

Your first free consultation will consist of an hour long session to get to know one another and understand your goals and desires. If you believe we are a great fit we can pick a program and plan to start your health journey to happiness and balance.

If you or someone you know is interested check out my new website; Michelle Marie Holistic Health Coaching for lots more information and contact me at michellemariemcg@gmail.com to schedule your first consultation! I am looking forward to sharing my knowledge and helping so many of you gain freedom from food and find happiness in life!

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4 Easy Ways to Start Listening to Your Body

One of the most important lessons I have learned in life is to always listen to your body. What does this mean?

In life; especially the society we are in today, there is constant pressure to look and act a certain way. I believe everyone feels this in some shape or form. I urge everyone to take a step back and think about what pressures you feel and most importantly why. Most of the time, the “why” is superficial and adjusting some of your actions might be a great way to relieve stress.

Listening to your body is the most honest and easiest way to step back and really feel your best. Below are the four easiest ways to start listening to your body:

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1. Move your body in a way that you LOVE
Don’t wake up everyday dreading your workout. Find a class or a routine that really motivates you. This might require adjusting your idea of a “good workout.” Not all workouts have to be cardio driven or intense. Try out a yoga or barre class or get creative and try a dance or boxing class.

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2. Eat until you are 75% full
Most of us are guilty of over eating. We have this “clean plate” mentality; but really leftovers are also great to have! The best advice is to eat slower, really chew each bite and appreciate the flavors. Eating slower will allow your mind to catch up to your body sending you signals of becoming full.

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3. Do not be afraid to REST
We are all human and rest days are SO important. When you are run down and over tired take a day off from exercising! Your body needs time to relax and allow the muscles to heal – take the morning to sleep in or the afternoon to spend time with friends and family instead.

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4. Take away the pressure
Live the 90/10 rule or even the 80/20 rule; we can’t all be perfect all the time. Strive towards healthy eating and living habits 80-90% of the time and then allow yourself to enjoy WITHOUT guilt the wine and pizza 10-20% of the time. Life is all about happiness and enjoying the moment so don’t let your “rules” get in the way of having some fun!