On occasion we all get off our game. Sometimes life with kids or our jobs just makes us feel like we have little time for ourselves. Remember on the airplane they tell you to put your own oxygen mask on first? Well, we need to fill our tank before we are any good to others. Many of my clients feel that they don’t have time to exercise or eat right. Together we put together a plan to take overwhelm out of it and keep it simple. Some of the things we focus on are…
Top Ten Tips to stay in balance:
- While the theory to, Eat three meals a day with very little snacking is the most common way for people to feel sustained energy without hunger it is not for everyone, every individual needs to observe and listen to their own body to understand it’s unique needs.
- Watch portion control. On a scale of 1 to 10, eat to a 7. Not too full and not too hungry.
- Know that all food has different energy and eat according to your current needs. When you are feeling sluggish you need foods that increase your energy and when you are feeling flighty you need grounding foods.
- Approach eating with mindfulness and reverence, before your meals take a few slow breathes to calm your mind and appreciate your food.
- Chew slowly and thoroughly, sitting in a calm atmosphere and allowing yourself the pleasure of enjoying what you eat.
- Eat whole foods, stay away from processed foods, artificial sweeteners, caffeine, sugar, and of coarse alcohol and tobacco. Drink plenty of water and eat plenty of vegetables, fruits, whole-grains, and beans. Cooking at home gives you control over the ingredients as opposed to eating out, focus on freshness while keeping ingredients organic to eliminate adding toxins to your body.
- Take quiet time, everyone should take at least 15 minutes to themselves in silence everyday to recharge. You will be able to see things clearer with your heart and mind stilled, your intuitive sense heightens and you will feel clear and confident. While you’re at it, count your blessings. It’s not a bad idea to physically write them down, start a gratitude journal.
- Laugh everyday!
- Give someone a hug
- Exercise at least four days a week. Give yoga a try. It is the only form of exercise that massages your internal organs, works your body and helps to calm your mind all at the same time. How’s that for a time saver?
Sounds simple right? These tips are easy so why don’t we always do it. Sometimes we have emotions that get in the way of our plans. Maybe the food is comforting, or we have other things going on in our life that are draining our energy so we don’t exercise. This is what a health coach does. We help you determine the underlying reasons why we sabotage ourselves. It isn’t about counting calories. When you become in balance, your life, your body and your mind all come to homeostasis.
Sherri Mraz also known as the Cookin’ Yogi, works with clients privately and in groups to improve their health. She teaches healthy cooking classes, yoga and is a public speaker. Sherri has trained at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NYC and is certified through Teachers College Columbia University and by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP). She is also registered with the Yoga Alliance at the advanced teacher level, a member of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and studied at The Hippocrates Health Institute. She studied ancient nutritional wisdom, and the latest diet and healthy lifestyle trends with renowned experts such as Dr. Mehmet Oz, Deepak Chopra, Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Walter Willet, Dr. Anne Marie Colbin, and Dr. Neal Bernard. Please contact her at Sherri@CookinYogi.com or visit her website at www.CookinYogi.com