Healthy Eating is a Full Time Gig

A commitment to healthy eating takes time and repetition plus it takes practice.  I have been committed to eating healthy for quite some time and every day I get better but I still discover triggers that catapult me into making choices that do not contribute to my health journey.

Recently I have been traveling for work.  Many of my trips are day trips.  I have noticed that even though I pack my lunch and snacks I like to stop at gas stations and fast food restaurants.  So yesterday I got curious about these habits.

Why, if I like the foods I packed and I am prepared do I feel the need to buy myself food at a gas station or fast food restaurant?

Well after thinking about it I discovered that in my past this has been the fun part of traveling that I get to eat out and buy beef jerky or French fries.  I also discovered that when I am traveling I view it as an adventure and I do not want to eat my normal day to day food.

So yesterday in the parking lot of Whataburger I prayed for love, strength, and will.  I ate my packed lunch and I made a promise to myself.  From this moment forward I will plan ahead and when I am scheduled to travel I will buy foods that make me feel good but that differ from what I normally eat so that I can feed my adventurous spirit, literally with fun foods that are good for me.

I invite you to get curious.  If you want to eat healthily, what are your triggers?  Find a way to fulfill your needs in a healthy way.  Get creative!

I am rooting for you!

Hummus

Having a salad at most of your meals is the easiest and best way to take in fiber, Vitamins A-D, minerals, antioxidants, and many other nutrients.  Add leafy greens with a variety of veggies.

Since we eat so many salads at our house it is imperative to find new twists and tasty ways to enjoy so my family does not get bored.  One of the best ways is to add a side of hummus to our salad yummy!!! I am known for my hummus so I want to share with you my latest recipe.  I hope you will try it and I invite you to enjoy it with a fresh and colorful salad.

Please note that I am the type of chef that puts a little of this and sprinkles a little of that so I will do my best to recreate accurate amounts for you in a recipe, but you may have to bring your creative side to the table

 

1 Lemon Juiced

1 tsp cumin

1 tbsp Braggs or low sodium soy sauce

2-3 garlic cloves crushed or minced

¼ cup olive oil

2 cups of chickpeas (garbanzo beans) cooked

You may need to add ¼ cup of water to smooth out the consistency (sometimes I just add another juice from a lemon and/or a splash of more olive oil instead) it is up to you.

Blend all ingredients and enjoy!! Let me know if you try it and what you think.  Wishing you well.

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Love What You Have NOW!

What is the fastest way to live the life of your dreams?  It is so simple it is hard.

Love what is in front of you right now.  Love the challenges, love your job even if you hate it, love your partner even if there are differences, love your family even if they are difficult, love where you live, love who you are with, love everything around you.

Loving what is and feeling gratitude for your life is the one thing that will catapult you into the life of your dreams.

We are so backward in thinking we will love our life when……   We must love our life now! Love it now! I promise you this love and gratitude for what is present in your life whether it is good or bad will shake up your life and create an environment where only what you love enters.

It is challenging but must be done if you are serious about loving your life.  What do you have to lose?  I am rooting for you!

Watch Your Mind & Be Mindful!

It is very easy to get caught up in routine and simply go through the motions throughout your day.  Do you ever experience moments where you got from point A to point B and you are not sure how you did it? This is very common for us to tune out and just go through the motions.

I want to suggest a different reality.  How might your life be different if you made a conscious effort to be present each moment?

Would you do things differently?

I find that when we are in tune and present in the moment there are so many hidden jewels in the moment.  We tune out for many reasons; maybe out of boredom, taking things for granted, or even because we are unhappy and just want to get through it.  Do not be afraid to face all of these situations.  If you are bored, why?  If you are taking moments for granted, STOP! This is your life and you only get one chance to live this moment.  If you are unhappy, why?  Do not be afraid to face your unhappiness.  If you do not stop to question why you are unhappy there is no hope for change.

I invite you to be super aware of your mind as much as you can for one week.  Pay attention and get curious.  Be an investigator, who is assessing the situation and begin to ask yourself, “What is working?” & “What is not working.”  You are an amazing expert of, YOU.  If you pay attention and allow the opportunity you can enjoy your life more and be proactive in creating the life that is perfect for you.

Let me know how it goes.  I am always rooting for you! Karla

Get Creative w/ Your Exercising

Are your romantic notions about exercise stopping you from exercising?  When I am working with patients and clients regarding exercise I hear many different reasons why exercise is not possible.  I hear, “I am not able to make it to the gym, it is too far.”, “I don’t have a 30 min stretch in my day for exercise.”, “I do not have the right clothes.”, “My house is too small.”, “I am not in shape.”, “I’m too tired.”, “I don’t have any workout videos.” and so many other things.

I have found that our romantic notions get in the way of being active.  There are no rules with exercise.  It does not have to be a certain amount of time or look a certain way.  You can wake up and do 10 minutes of yoga. During your work day you can do 50 jumping jacks whenever you think about it.  Whenever you encounter stairs you can take 5 minutes to climb stairs.  You can go on a walk during your lunch break.  You can dance to three songs whenever you can squeeze it in.  You can do (5) 30 second sprints before dinner.  You can jump rope for 3 minutes anytime you have some spare time.  You can keep a small trampoline in your room and jump on it whenever you think of it.

I hope I am inspiring you to say “YES” to exercise.  Get creative.  Do wall sits when you think of it.  Play hopscotch with your kids.  Do squats and lunges down the hallway.  Try to accomplish a certain amount of push ups throughout the day. Do Zumba on YouTube.  There is so much on YouTube, take advantage.

The sky is the limit.  Do not stay idle because you don’t have a fancy gym outfit and you can’t drive to a gym and work out for a full hour.  Work with your life.  Get creative and find ways to move.

That is the secret, that is all that is needed, lets get MOVING and EXERCISING.  Please let me know if you find what works for you.  I am rooting for you and praying for your success!