What is holistic nutrition?

In a nutshell, it is the whole body approach (body, mind, and spirit). Holistic nutrition recognizes that optimal health is so much more than eating good food. Taking a holistic
approach to health and wellness looks at how all parts of your life affect your health as a whole. Does stress at your job or in your relationship cause you to overeat? Does lack
of sleep or low energy prevent you from exercising? As you start incorporating what nutritional choices work best for you, you will start to see amazing benefits including:

*weight loss and weight management
*knowledge of how to effectively manage stress
*increased energy levels
*improved mood
*improved skin
*enhanced digestion and relief from constipation
*prevention of disease

I hate being active, is it necessary to be healthy?

A healthy body has excess energy that should be burned off in some form of exercise! Exercise has been shown to improve your mood and decrease feelings of depression,
anxiety and stress. Working out should be fun and enjoyable- There are many different forms of exercise, find what works for you! A daily walk with the dog can serve as both exercise and meditation. Or try a dance class, a running club, yoga, swimming, biking, weight lifting, etc... Try to be inspired instead of intimidated. Remember even the pro ultra-marathoners started with their first step, and celebrated their first victory mile! We all start somewhere.

I'm a picky eater. I feel like a healthy diet tastes bad but I love food, are there tasty alternatives to processed foods?

I get this question often and I am always puzzled by it! What does “a picky eater” like to eat anyways? I just assume pizza, burgers and other high-fat and highly processed items like candy and junk food.

If you tend to avoid whole foods in fear they are bland and tasteless, I assure you that isn’t ever the case in my world! Homemade veggie burgers are incredible with cashew cheese, grilled onions and a smoky bbq sauce. Vegan pizza is delicious without cheese and topped with a variety of toppings like pineapple, mushroom, peppers and more!
Whole wheat lasagna filled with cashew cheese and sautéed veggies makes for a standout dinner when served with a vegan cesar salad and garlic bread. The amount of healthy and delicious plant-based food is endless!

I also love the way my good friend got her son to eat greens. She blends mixed greens with frozen bananas, kiwi and dates and calls it the “Incredible Hulk” smoothie. Her son looks forward to his green smoothie every day to be more like his favorite superhero!

I have trouble feeling confident even though I physically look good, how can I bring out that inner confidence?

I can relate! Beyond self-love, confidence starts with trusting yourself. If you don’t trust yourself, it will be easy to be influenced by others and easy to not live your truth. This will always keep you seeking and uncertain of your decisions and puts other people in the driver’s seat of your life.

Some practices you can start incorporating now to start building your confidence include: not comparing yourself to others, make your own rules (this is your life- own it!), don’t confuse memory with facts (if you have memories of self-limiting beliefs about yourself, revisit them and try to gain a more accurate perspective on the events), and surrounding yourself with positive people who are already accomplishing things you want to do! I love the concept you are who you hang out with- expose yourself to different situations and push through the uncomfortable.

Once you have confidence in yourself, you’ll be amazing what you can accomplish! This is a big topic and a common theme that comes up when I am working with clients. I’ll be sure to make a more in-depth blog post about it soon.

I've tried meditating and can’t focus, how else can I control my mind?

I feel you! It’s been years of fine tuning my meditation practice and I still don’t have a completely quiet mind- and that’s okay! It is completely normal. The purpose of meditation isn’t that you will never drift away, but instead that you observe what is happening inside of you, and do that without judgement. You become present in yourself and connect back to yourself. As soon as you notice your thoughts slipping away, you are actually back in the present moment! Just bring yourself back- again, without judgement, and enjoy the meditation. Notice how you feel after the meditation, you will likely feel more balanced and peaceful afterwards, even if your mind went elsewhere during the experience.

I'm a very stressed person, nothing I've done helps, do you have new techniques?

Definitely! If you’ve already tried the obvious, I wonder if you have tried implanting some habits that help me combat the stresses of daily life:

1. Limit alcohol intake. While a glass of wine in the evening may seem to reduce stress, it can contribute to increased irritability, depression, anxiety, and interferes with REM-stage sleep.

2. Eat mindfully. Take the time each day to be fully present and enjoy a healthy meal. Put away your phone, turn off the TV, and fully focus on chewing each bite to a paste. This helps calm the mind, and as a bonus- improves digestion.

3. Practice gratitude. Identify three things you are grateful for each day and write them down. Some examples include your pet, good hair days, your job (even if it stresses you out at times!), easy access to fresh, healthy food, & knowing you have friends and family who care deeply about you.

4. Experiment with essential oils. I’m sure you’ve heard of aromatherapy before. There is a reason essential oils and aromatherapy have been used by alternative medicine practitioners for hundreds of years to address problems like stress, pain, and sleep issues. I personally can’t live without them.

Try inhaling them via a diffuser that disperses fragrance into the air, or by sprinkling a few drops on objects like your pillow at night. Essential oils can also be applied to the skin, used in bathing, or mixed into creams and lotions. I personally love Stress Away applied directly on my wrists during stressful days. Find out more here.

5. Reduce stressors (cause of stress). Maybe you find life is filled with too many demands and too little time. For the most part, these demands are ones you have chosen. Incorporating some time-management skills such as setting priorities, pacing yourself, delegating tasks when appropriate, and taking time out for yourself can be very effective in helping to free up time for relaxation.