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Reflections on turning 40

054: Reflections on turning 40

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I don’t know about you, but I grew up clinging to the myth that once a woman turned 40, life would be over (the black balloons at my mother’s 40th birthday made quite an impression apparently). And having turned 40 myself a week ago, I have to say my experience has taught me something quite different: Life is really stinking good at 40.

Unfortunately, our media culture cultivates a lot of fear around aging for a woman. Aging gracefully and optimistically, I believe, has a lot to do with the level of respect you have for your mind, body, and soul and I am a firm believer that the earlier we can start this conversation with our daughters and granddaughters, it is likely that we will save them from a lot of unnecessary pain and frustration has they grow older.

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How do we simplify and organize, so we can dedicate more time and energy to the things we say matter the most to us?

053: Simplifying Your Way to Health & Happiness

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We are now a full month into 2017 and I am curious how you are doing with your intentions to take better care of yourself this year?

I know many women charged into the New Year vowing to themselves that this year would be different; this year they will put their self-care at the top of their to-do list. A few weeks in many of these same women are recognizing that making themselves a priority is not as easy as it sounds. It means you have to make time and room in your schedule for yourself.

And…

Making time and making room in our schedule is no small task for most of us, life is really stinking full. So where do we start? How do we simplify and organize, so we can dedicate more time and energy to the things we say matter the most to us?

To help us confront these questions head-on, I have invited back to the Grace & Grit podcast, Evan Zislis, professional organizer extraordinaire to help us out.

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Veggie Power

052: Veggie Power

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Last week on the podcast I told you about the 1 thing you can remove from your diet to radically improve your health and happiness levels. That thing? Refined sugar.

This week on the podcast I talk about the 1 thing to ADD to your diet to dramatically improve your overall wellbeing. That thing? More vegetables.

If you don’t eat many veggies (a lot of people say they do, but they don’t) and you are looking for some inspiration, tips and tricks to eat more, check out this week’s podcast which is all about Veggie Power.

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The Sugar Smackdown

051: The Sugar Smackdown

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This is the time of year people are looking for the quick fixes that can unravel the damage they did over the past few months. And we are being honest about it, people are really looking for the quick fixes that will unravel not just a few months but years (even decades) of neglecting their health. If you know anything about the message and mission of Grace & Grit, you know I can’t stand the notion of quick fixes, mainly because habit change takes time (and quick fixes are short on time).

That being said, the body is an amazing organism and will respond quite quickly when shown a bit of TLC. When you purge from your diet the things that deplete you and replace those things with more of the stuff that nourishes you, you feel better, you look better, and you are motivated to keep doing better.

So in today’s podcast, I talk about the one thing that is toxic to everyone’s health and how to get it out of your diet for good. That thing is refined sugar.

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Setting Goals That Have Weight to Them in 2017

050: Setting Goals That Have Weight to Them in 2017

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A New Year is dawning, which for many women is a popular time to set or recommit to goals. Unfortunately, when it comes to health goals, many women are thinking too small…literally. Far too many health goals are based on aesthetics alone specifically, ones revolving around weight loss, which doesn’t create a ton of traction in the motivation department (at least not traction that extends beyond a few weeks).

In this week’s podcast, I dish out some “food for thought” when it comes to establishing health goals that are weighty enough to carry you all the way home to sublime health.

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Allowing Happiness

049: Allowing Happiness

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It may sound strange but a common thread I have witnessed (and personally experienced) with women who are trying to reclaim their health, is that they often struggle to allow happiness to enter fully into their life.

Women seem to be really good at sabotaging the “feel good” in their life in one of two ways:

1. They are more focused on doing than being; often maintaining schedules that are so busy, they simply do not have the time or awareness to feel happiness.

2. They have limiting beliefs around how much happiness they deserve, what is possible for their life, or even the belief that life must always be hard (and so it is).

Many women are especially good at robbing themselves of the joy of food when it comes to their efforts to improve their health.

This episode explores some strategies to help women to embrace the joy of healthy food and to help them build a tolerance for happiness in their lives in general.

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Conquering Resistance Around Exercise

048: Conquering Resistance Around Exercise

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Many women have a tremendous amount of resistance around exercising regularly, and I think there are two primary reasons for this:

#1: The diet and fitness culture has made exercise VERY difficult to navigate
#2: Many women solely exercise as a way to maintain or lose weight.

What if you started viewing exercise as a way of respecting your body’s nutritional needs rather than as a way to force your body into submission?

This episode of the podcast introduces the reasons we should really be giving our body a healthy dose of movement nutrition every single day and offers strategies for conquering the resistance you may have around it.

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Thriving Through the Holidays with Sara Bradford

047: Thriving Through the Holidays w/ Sara Bradford

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I am currently in the throws of teaching a new program this year that is really geared towards helping women maintain a high level of self-care during the holidays, and it is really something I should have started years ago. I was compelled to start this program because, every year during the holidays, I see women struggling more than any other time of the year to maintain their health standards.

They start putting their own self-care on the back burner to keep up with the demands of the season.

They allow boundaries to be crossed and far too many compromises around their own health to be made.

They do it all by rationalizing that they will do better come Jan 1. But …

January 1 comes and women are exhausted and sick (literally), because of all of the negotiating they did around they holidays, so they fail to do better. It is a painful cycle to watch, and I have watch it for too many years. Every year I joke that I am going to take February off because people are so crabby and bitter and sick, and I really believe a lot of that stems from what has happened around the holidays.

So…At 6am, every day for 1 month, I have a small but mighty group of women showing up on a live coaching call with me because they have committed to not losing themselves within the pile of stress & consumption that shows up simultaneously with the joy and celebration of the holidays.

And I wanted to extend a bit of holiday support to you as well, so today I have invited back to the show, my friend and nutritionist extraordinaire, Sara Bradford to discuss some of the specific challenges that show up around this time of year and how we can navigate them more successfully.

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Finding the Courage to Transform Your Life with Kate Courageous

046: Finding the Courage to Transform Your Life w/ Kate Courageous

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A lot of women this time of year are starting to think about how they are going to address their health concerns in 2017. Get ready because everywhere you look for the next several weeks, you are going to see ads for diets and exercise programs promising to help you reach your goals in the quickest way possible with the least amount of effort.

Wouldn’t it be nice if getting healthy was as simple as just addressing food and exercise? But it’s not. Food and exercise are slivers of the health pie, but they do not, by any means, complete it.

Sometimes the very thing that is standing in the way of a woman doing what needs to be done to reclaim her health and happiness is the very thing she is most terrified of addressing.

These are often the mountains standing in the way of true health, and none of these mountains can be conquered with clean food and a better strength program… to summit these mountains a woman needs a heavy dose of courage… Courage to honor who she is, what she wants and the courage to take action around making it possible.

So, I have invited life coach Kate Swoboda, also known as Kate Courageous to the show today to help us dive deeper into the topic of courage.

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Thank Your Way Back to Health

045: Thank Your Way Back to Health

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When was the last time you were grateful for the miracle that is your body?

Most women I work with are at war with their body, and I think in large part that is a direct result of the way they are talking to themselves about their body. You have heard me say this before: RESPECT BREEDS HEALTH. And when you go out of your way to be grateful for all of the things your body is doing right, you are a heck of a lot more likely to treat your body in a loving and respectful way.

Along these same lines, women are often telling themselves how hard it is to get healthy, rather than focusing on what a privilege it is to care for themselves in a healthy way. What a luxury that you are able to choose high-quality foods, make time to exercise and drink clean water. For many people in the world, these things are simply not an option.

You are living at a time when you have a choice in the level of care you administer to your body. How awesome is that? What a privilege that truly is!

If you want to improve your health, start with being grateful (often and much) for all that your body is doing right.

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