For me it’s Merry Christmas & a Very Happy New Year

A few of my favorite healthy tips are…

Ditch and Switch.  Ditch the refined foods and switch them with healthier options.  For example, instead of using refined white flour and/or sugar, use almond flour or coconut sugar instead.  There are many alternatives to choose from, and you can most definitely find one that you will love – and I bet you nobody will even notice!  Aside from the sweets, you can also trade out white rice or mashed potatoes with creating cauliflower rice or mashed “potatoes” out of cauliflower.

Fresh Herbs and Spices.  You can really dress up a meal by adding fresh herbs and spices to it – I personally use them every time I cook.  It’s incredibly affordable and simple to keep a small, fresh herb garden growing in your kitchen window, and you will always have direct access to fresh herbs.  Even better, there are incredible health properties in many of the herbs and spices we use and love.  Many of our favorite holiday spices are greatly beneficial for our health and a strong immune system, which is certainly helpful during cold and flu season.  Cinnamon, turmeric, cloves, and nutmeg are a few of these popular holiday spices that you will reap healthy benefits from, so find a place for them in your recipes anywhere you can!

Use Different Dishes.  One of my favorite, most powerful tools to stay on track with my health goals is getting creative with portion control.  Instead of using dinner-sized plates, which we tend to fill, use smaller plates.  Use a mid-sized saucer or salad plate for your dinner plate( I actually use a salad plate all the time), and then go back for seconds if needed.  A lot of the overeating that we do is mindless, habitual eating because it’s in front of us and we were taught to clean our plates.  Taking this temptation away helps tremendously, and you’ll very quickly learn how much you actually need to feel satisfied – I guarantee it is less than you are used to!

With these simple tips, you’ll be well on your way to not entering January feeling bloated, discouraged and off track.  A truly healthy life revolves around balance – and finding your own personal balance
will take trial and error. Balance doesn’t mean you never eat fudge again (that won’t happen here for sure), but it means you choose when you eat it and savor every bite!

I have been so blessed this year.  It has been a year of recovery from my stroke, a year of figuring out who I really am in this realm of coaching and a year of the new normal.  I am still very passionate about coaching and supporting your efforts to be the best version of healthy you can be…but it was a year of learning moderation and balance for me too.  Becoming more mindful of my choices and eating with intention.  

My Christmas wish for you is the same…dig in this year…get to know you! Reach out for support on the journey…I am here for you!

 
Cheryl Love
Health Coach/Personal Trainer
 
 
When you change nothing, nothing will change

When you change nothing, nothing will change

Recently I found a little calendar that had some amazing monthly pages!  I have to share one with you.(with a few add ins)
 Written by Suzy Toronto, the calendar is called “Always Color Outside the Lines”
Make Each Day Ridiculously Amazing!
I believe with all my heart that if I want to have an incredible day, it’s my responsibility to make it happen.  I need to convince myself that no matter what stands in my way,I am going to make it ridiculously amazing.
Believe me …I know that can be  tall order.
Some days just getting out of bed seems to trigger a chain of events that is pretty much as far from amazing as you can get.  (You know, it’s those mornings that start out like a washing machine on a spin cycle. And you can’t decide if the world is trying to kill you or make you stronger!)
 

 

But it really is up to me(and you) to how the rest of the day rolls out from there.  (Agreed?)
I force myself to put on a wacky smile (does make you feel better), even when it i not easy to do.  Because I believe attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure – it encourage me to play in the puddles rather than complain about the rain.
AND you know the best part?  An outlook like that is contagious! It spills over onto everyone and everything and floods your world with positive energy, making “amazing day” the new standard.
The bottom line is this:  When you change nothing, nothing will change! (how true is that!) But with a new attitude, you can really make a difference.  So don’t just “Have a nice day”  make is ridiculously AMAZING!
I totally want your days to be amazing!How do you make your days amazing? Leave a comment and share!
I need this….gratitude awareness!  Do you?

I need this….gratitude awareness! Do you?

Want to know a simple secret to happiness?

Gratitude.
Yes, it’s really that
simple.
It is very beneficial
to write down the things in your life for which you are grateful.  It can
be as simple as a beautiful flower you saw on a walk or as profound as the love
you have for your family. It can instantly put you in a new state of happiness
and awareness of all your blessings.  When you do this on a day that is particularly
trying, it actually has the power to change the direction of your entire day!
There is nothing more
powerful to change your perspective than to be grateful. Life is always
presenting challenges and ups and downs. We are constantly living with a
challenge, getting past a challenge or starting a challenge.  Our
character and strength have continuous opportunities to grow.
Sometimes it is hard
to understand why we have these challenges. Some examples might be:
·       Why does my friend have cancer?
·       Why do small children become sick and suffer?
·       Why is that customer so difficult to deal with?
Regardless of the
scope or size of the challenge, there is always one thing challenges have in
common: the opportunity to grow. No matter how bad things are in our lives,
there is always a reason to be grateful. By focusing on our purpose and
blessings, we are able to put the negativity in its place.  When the
negative becomes our sole focus that is what we will find, and we will become
self involved and swallowed up by the problems.
By focusing on what
is good and right in our life, the bad things recede and become smaller and we
experience an opportunity for growth.
 Thoughts of
gratitude:
Be Thankful
    Be
thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,
    If
you did, what would there be to look forward to?
    Be
thankful when you don’t know something
   
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.
    Be
thankful for the difficult times.
   
During those times you grow.
    Be
thankful for your limitations
   
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.
    Be
thankful for each new challenge
   
Because it will build your strength and character.
    Be
thankful for your mistakes
   
They will teach you valuable lessons.
    Be
thankful when you’re tired and weary
   
Because it means you’ve made a difference.
    It
is easy to be thankful for the good things.
    A
life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
   
also thankful for the setbacks.
   
GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.
   
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
   
and they can become your blessings.
    ~
Author Unknown ~
Gratitude list for the day….
I am grateful for
abundance today…
the sunshine
bright ideas
a loving spouse
little hugs and BIG
good mornings
opportunities
friends
I’d love to hear how
gratitude shifted a negative or bad day for you? Share with me below!  AND
write in your journal daily with your gratitude every evening!
Have an amazing day!
In health,
Cheryl Love
Imagine Fit ©2015

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