Be Surrounded by Positive Energy

I wanted to write this post a few weeks ago, but then life got busy and next thing I know, it’s Memorial day weekend. I feel like I say this all the time, but how is time going by so fast! I seriously can’t keep up. I am so glad summer is here. I just want to wear dresses and not sweaters! Especially because I am getting bigger, so it’s just more comfortable anyway.

Last month, I went to Vegas for 3 days for Arbonne’s global training conference (GTC). I honestly look forward to this every single year. It’s funny, because when I first I tell people that I am going to Vegas, the reaction is usually something like, “How fun?! Do you gamble?” So, then I am like, “no, its for a conference” (I don’t actually like to gamble anyway..I like to see where my money goes..aka alcohol (normally) and food). And then they get bummed for me. Haha. I am sure under “normal” circumstances, a conference is super boring and one of those things you do for your work to either a. Get out of the office or b. Network. It’s never something anyone actually wants to do.

Actually, I really think Arbonne should change the name. Sure, I guess it’s technically a conference. But it’s basically just a huge event. Unless you are an Arbonne consultant, it’s hard to explain just how powerful and wonderful these 3 days are. First, you are in Vegas (which I love going, even being pregnant was totally fun) and second, it’s just a crazy fun and motivating experience. I learn a ton, every single year. And it’s never about products, fyi. It’s about me. Of course. during opening night new products are released which is always fun to watch. But the rest is personal development training and just being with other consultants.

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Be healthy and “well”thy and wise! (This is when my belly was just starting, and I could still get on/off floor with ease).

 

Usually when I go, I give myself an extra day or two to have some Vegas fun. But this year, I basically planned it so I will only be there for those 3 days. I flew in the night before and flew out right as it was over. But it was still my best time there, yet. I stayed in the Signature Suites at MGM (highly recommend, super nice), with my up-line. These women are the most generous and fun people I have ever met. I just wanted to absorb all of their success and influence. I have yet to meet another consultant, who doesn’t put fun first. It really is what keeps me a part of this company (because I am a crappy salesman, haha). Everyone is always smiling and having so much fun.

When you are constantly surrounded by people who are legitimately happy all the time, it makes you want what they have. So for 3 days, you are with these people and you are just absorbing their energy. I love being around just positive energy. “Most” people (outside of Arbonne or anything related) spend their days, just bitching all the time. Does anyone else notice this? Most people seem to be not happy with work, not happy with their current situation or just miserable. And because misery loves company, they always try to suck you into this (whether on purpose or just unconsciously). I understand the need to vent frustrations from time to time, but when its constant negative energy, its very draining on you. It might not even be something that you realize is going on. (I also spent a good chunk of my career in corporate life, where life is basically sucked out of you on a daily). But I see it in other industries too and just talking to everyday people. People generally love to complain about life stuff. No one talks about their accomplishments or how they plan on actually changing their situation, so they can actually be happy <<THIS.

This year, I reconnected with a childhood friend, who I haven’t seen in like 20 years at the airport. This totally blew my mind. I met new friends, just by hanging by the pool and chatting with other consultants about our life goals and how grateful we are to be part of such a supportive community. I connected with a new friend (Hey Karen!) from my health coaching classes, who I have only have met virtually.  I met up with friends from the other side of the country, who I only see once a year. All this in just a span of only 3 days. I connected with so many lovely people who share the same goal: to be happy and successful and who sincerely want to help others. I just left Vegas, feeling very loved and grateful.

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My beautiful friend, Karen. We have been video chatting for months and this is first time we met in person!

 

It wasn’t until I joined Arbonne, that I really put this into perspective. It wasn’t until I was with people, who actually enjoyed life and were happy, that I saw that there is this whole other world out there. People who choose what they do with their days, choose to live their lives how they want. People who actually choose happiness over everything else. I have had an Arbonne ID now for quite some time and I haven’t always been good about the selling and business part of it, but I have never ever thought of quitting. Why would I quit a culture that their sole mission is to want you to be happy.. with whatever that might entail? It like, I have this secret life outside of my day to day life. Which is silly, now that I think about it.

Having been a part of this community, has awakened something in me I didn’t know I had. It led me down the path I am in now. It led me to wanting to help people have this awakening too. I see the world differently now. I can see when people are just giving up on life and that makes me sad. I wish I could just shake them, and be like “there is more! Just need to get out of your comfort zone.” And that’s really what it is. Most people are afraid to try something new. Afraid to get out of their own way. Which, I totally get. I still force myself, every single day, to face my fears and go this unbeaten path of entrepreneurship. Its freaking scary and hard. But I know it’s ultimately worth it at the end. I need to do this for my family now. I have a son on the way. I want to be there for him, and watch him grow up. I want to actually be present in his life. I want him to watch his mommy succeed in forging her own path by helping others. I can’t spend my days, working long hours, and commuting 2 hours of my day. That, to me, is not being present for him. I know, that that life will make me miserable, which ultimately won’t make me a good mom. He deserves better than that. He deserves a mom, who is happy and creates a loving home, where there is an abundance of positive energy.

Success is not easy. For anyone. Read anyone’s success story. All they did was face their fears and kept plugging along with what felt right to them.

I am just glad that I figured this out, especially now that I am about to grow my family. I look forward to teaching my son (and future children) this lesson. Success is possible, but you have to actually work on it. But it will be worth it on the other end. Being able to truly live life, makes it worth it.

May Newsletter

Hi Friends,

How is your month of May so far! Look at me, I am on the ball so early this month (sort of, haha)! I think that is because my semester is over and I have some time back to think about other things. (Is it weird that I already miss it! I think its partly because I know I won’t be back til January. The students were so fun this semester).

Teaching and seeing how much they grew over the past semester (and year for some!) is always so cool to see. If I was never given the opportunity to teach, I would have never went down the path of health coaching. I really believe that certain things are put into your path for a reason. People are always so amazed when I tell them I am a professor. Because for my entire life, I was always so shy and very much of an introvert. Don’t be mistaken, that first year was the scariest and hardest thing ever. I still feel bad for those students during that first year. I had no idea what I was doing (honestly, there are days, where I still don’t, haha). Teaching (and really just the act of standing up in front of 30 people) completely took me out of my comfort zone. I was beet red every single time I got up front. It started with freshman chemistry labs…and then I was gifted the opportunity to teach nutrition…nutrition! The only thing I was told was to make sure there is some chemistry involved. :O This was a topic, I always secretly researched for my own health and curiosity. I read every healthy living blog and wanted to know about every diet. So when they told me that this was a course they wanted in the department, I jumped on it! It felt like, that was something I was meant to do. Have you ever had moments, where things are put in front of you and you just know “this is it!!” “This is what I have been waiting for?” But just didn’t know that was the thing you were waiting for? (hope that makes sense). That was it, and here we are. Sometimes dreams are fulfilled when you aren’t even sure what they are yet. You just have to know that everything is put in your path for a reason, even if you don’t know what it is at that moment. Things always have a strange way of working themselves out. Just be open to it and keep trying new and scary things. Now, I want everyone to have that feeling and to live healthier and more fulfilling lives.

And with that..I have a fun post about my favorite nutrition topic. Thanks as always for reading and your continued support of me in this journey. ooxoxox – Lia

“Let’s talk about fat”

Now, that my eating has basically normalized back to what it was pre-pregnancy (thank gooood), I wanted to share a post of fats because A. Its my favorite nutrition topic B. Love the science behind it..it all clicks! C. Fat things just taste better, right?!

Once, I started to learn the biochemistry about fats and what your body actually does after you eat them, I never understood why they got such a bad rap for so long. The science never backed up the “low fat” craze (which really started from the sugar industry and shady scientists).

Once I shifted my thinking, and stopping fearing fat (like we all did), my health actually improved. I lost weight, gained more muscle, got a ton of energy, my face finally cleared up and I regulated my hormones (which led to us finally getting pregnant!). Food just started to taste better! Also, I really missed butter. (Annnd, my husband lost about 60 lb this past year and I only buy him whole milk now, which he drinks about 2 gal/week of…just saying).

In my course, I teach a lot about fatty acids and cholesterol. Where they come from, what you body does with them, etc. I am not going to get into too much detail about here (I actually spend two weeks teaching about it), but yes, you need them to live.

Actually, you need more fat than you probably think you do.

A few of the main reasons you need fat in your life:

1. Every single cell in your body needs fat to hold themselves together. The membrane of each cell in your body is made up of fatty acids and cholesterol to hold all the gooey stuff inside the cell together and also to prevent unwanted things from entering the cell.

2.Cholesterol is needed to make a ton of hormones in your body, including estrogen, testosterone and progesterone, and even Vitamin D! Hormones are molecules that turn on/off important mechanisms in your body. Without them, you body just won’t work efficiently and a lot of health problems are actually due to hormone imbalances (and not enough people are talking about this!).

3. Another major reason you need fat is because its a very efficient energy source…so much so, that you body chooses fat to store because your body is very smart and stores something that is very efficient. It takes longer to digest and turn into energy, so if you eat fat, you actually feel full and stay full longer. No more needing to snack all time or overeat. You just feel more satisfied with your food.

4.Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. These are both essential nutrients that your body needs to survive, but you can’t make them. So, you have to eat them. Needed for your brain and inflammation protection.

5. Some vitamins won’t get absorbed and into your body if you don’t have fat accompanying them, like the vitamins A, D, E and K. These are quite important for their own reasons.

Now, let’s break some myths:

Myth 1. Fat makes you fat. This is true only if you eat too much carbs/sugar then what your body can handle, along with the fat. The driver for producing fat in your body is insulin (which is one of those important hormones!). One of insulin’s jobs is to literally tell your body to store fat, HOWEVER insulin is only triggered when it sees sugar in your blood. So, if you don’t eat sugar..insulin isn’t released..and the mechanism to store fat just isn’t there. This is simple biochemistry.

Myth 2. Dietary cholesterol increases your “cholesterol” levels in your blood, which could lead to heart problems. There has been no conclusive evidence of either cholesterol or saturated fat leading to heart disease. Lots of studies have been done, but it hasn’t been proven. For every small study that seems to “prove it,” there is more to say the opposite. Again, you actually need cholesterol to make a lot of important things in your body and also saturated fat is used for lots of important things (see reasons above). The “bad cholesterol” and “good cholesterol” your doctor checks for, are actually different things. (I can explain this too in a separate post, if interested). Actually, there are a lot of good studies that see an increase in “good cholesterol” if you eat more fat. “Bad cholesterol” is actually linked to excess sugar intake, not fat.

If you feel like “something is off” or you are tired all the time, trouble sleeping, constantly hungry, face is messed up or just can’t drop the weight, even though you are doing everything right? Check you fat intake. Are you still fearing it? Stop it. Full fat is good for you. Your body is probably asking for it, and you aren’t listening! If you are worried about the “extra calories”..DON’T. You will naturally eat less, if you are feeding your body with whole foods, including fat from real whole foods, like nature intended. Again, give your body what it actually needs and its smart enough to do the right things with it.

So, eat all the cheese, butter, avocados, coconut milk, nuts, full fat yogurt or dairy, ghee, bacon (uncured), olive oil, olives, eggs (with the yolk), hemp seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds, unsweetened mayo (or make your own!), grass-fed meats…I’m even seeing duck fat and lard coming back.

However, you still need to think quality over quantity, especially with animal-based foods. If you can swing it, go the grass-fed, organic route. It’s not just ethically better, but they really are more nutritionally dense than conventional. Also, real food first. Remember real fat, from real whole food sources is what your body wants and can use. You will naturally feel full and satisfied because you are eating real food. No processed or vegetable oils here.

Experiment to see what works for you. Everyone is so different. But if you need help navigating the food aisles, or what to eat, I am always here as your personal coach and friend.

Lia’s Favorite Product of the Month

The product I want to feature this month is a new one!! When I was in Vegas during the product launch and this came up on the big screen, I immediately got super excited!

The product is Mind Health, from the essentials line. For starters, its tastes really good, like really good (cherry lime flavor). Also, I think it really does work and it forces you to drink more water too. (I am totally drinking one right now, as I type this).

Its for when you have brain fog, can’t focus and just need to get your brain to work, so you can get stuff done. Love it! I seriously think this is me! I usually have this in my water (or a fizzy) and I do think I actually get more done because of it. Also, i swear it really does taste good.

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Happenings

Follow me here! Instagram @balancedlifewithlia

Arbonne products can be seen here! Liaplaner.arbonne.com

ALSO: I need some help from you guys! As part 

of my health coach training, I need to start practicing on real people. If you are interested in a free initial health consult with me (so I can practice), please let me know. I will be forever grateful! It can be over phone, in person (if local), or via video chat!

Want to be part of our terrific healthy living group to help you get (or stay) on track this summer? We have coaching, accountability partners, recipes and everything you need to help! Let me know. I will get you started right away!
(Bikini season will be here sooner then you realize!)

April Catch Up

(reprinted from April)
Hi Friends,

Sorry for losing touch this past month. I really feel like March came and went and I didn’t even have a chance to process it. And now, April is basically doing the same thing.

Things are super busy with me. I am flying through my nutrition program at IIN (which is fantastic, I am learning so much), teaching at night, trying to get through my day job..and trying not to forget my amazing Arbonne clients in the process (thanks for the patience guys!).

Oh and one more thing! I am 4.5 months pregnant. 🙂

Yep, many years and months of trying..it finally happened in January. We are very happy, but at the same time taking things day by day, as to not get overwhelmed. It probably helps that I barely have any extra mental energy most of the time. But, I know some of you were probably sensing something was up with me, haha.

I am due Oct 2, and I will write out a separate post talking about this!

 

“Good Carbs” 

Anyway..back to the nutrition stuff. It’s been hard coming up with an interesting topic this month,
mostly because my eating is totally out of whack right now. But one thing that has caught my attention these past few weeks were whole grains (I know..doesn’t sound that exciting, but hear me out)

This is coming from a sort of carb-fearing person because pre-pregnancy, I always felt like just by looking at carbs, they made me bloat, lost my focus..and gain weight. I never paid much attention to whole grains. Sure, I kept hearing from “nutrition experts” that they were good for you (but I still kinda ignored it).

Enter pregnancy and all new cravings…

I very much believe that cravings are your body’s way of telling you something, like if you are missing a nutrient or in need of a nutrient, your body is trying to tell you that..hence cravings. So..I get pregnant and then I instantly started craved carbs like crazy! Like, I was literally daydreaming of stealing someone’s bread out of their hand one day because I had to have it..right that second.
(I didn’t….so you know, I’m not that crazy).

I realized that it’s really my body’s way of telling me, it needs more energy (to prepare and make baby). Then, I watched an amazing lecture about whole grains, and how much more nutrition they contain..in addition to carbs. Now, at this point I am intrigued, because my body is literally yelling for carbs and I am also trying to supplement with as much nutrient dense food I can, because I figured in growing a human, you need to make sure you are loaded up.

What struck me specifically about whole grains, was how much more was in it besides the usual suspects of carbs/fiber. They are basically a solid source of minerals…like ones you don’t hear about much..like manganese. Then they started talking about different whole grains.
(side note: before this, whenever I heard “whole grains,” I just envisioned whole grain bread. Just me?)
Buckwheat, quinoa, brown rice, millet, etc..are actually really nutrient dense foods.

I’ve been obsessed with breakfast porridge lately. I was making just regular oatmeal, but then I
discovered you can make a “porridge” out of a lot of things. Buckwheat has been my new favorite (its also more filling than oatmeal). Took some practice getting it right, but it really is delicious (the one I got is from Thrive market). I top it with berries (organic because berries are loaded with chemicals, like 100’s of them!), drizzle with coconut nectar (I like the taste, maple syrup or raw honey would work too), and maybe some almonds and/or coconut flakes.

Fiber is your friend. You need to eat more of it, especially when eating carbs. It slows everything down in your intestines, so you don’t absorb sugar fast (which is what you want).
Fast sugar absorption = high blood sugar = bad.
Fiber is usually the piece people forget about or don’t understand why “sugar” from fruit is considered better. (Hint: It’s really the fiber component). Sugar is always sugar..no matter the source But if we could get it into our body slower, the better.

Minerals are also your friend. Minerals literally control every chemical reaction in your body, but they aren’t talked about enough. Sure, most people hear about the importance of electrolytes and hydrating..but that’s just one reason. Minerals keep your blood the right pH, your muscles working properly, your heart working properly, your digestion working properly, your metabolism working, etc..etc..etc…Eat lots of minerals and all of them!

Also, these bonus minerals are only found in real food. Nothing processed, at all. Hence, I tell my students and clients..real food first always. There is more to food then just the protein/carb/fat content. Lots more. If you are going to eat carbs…make them good ones.

 Lia’s Favorite Product of the Month

So, the products I want to tell you about this month are more like “aha!”
products for me. If you wear makeup…like at all, and you haven’t found
primers yet..you need to, like right now.

Disclaimer: I have always been skeptical of makeup primers in the past
because “I did not want one more thing on my face, ” you know what I
mean?

Then, I started to work long days. So first, I started with just the face
primer, and I realized that in addition to increased longevity of my face
makeup..it makes the makeup go on BETTER. Like, I cannot put
foundation on without it now because it doesn’t blend or melt on my
skin the same way! LIFE CHANGING. Also, the one from Arbonne,
literally feels like silk..no joke. This is amazing stuff here.

Then, I was very hesitate about the eye primer and it took me awhile to
even try it. But again..I was proven wrong. Longevity..yes, but it also
made my eye shadow go on BETTER and it even increased the color
pigment of the shadow, so it looked more professional and just better
overall. So now, I am a makeup primer convert and regardless of how
long my day is, I put them on.

Seriously, if you wear makeup at all, you need primer in your life. Your
makeup wearing life will be forever changed.

                      What’s new this month: 

Daily life musings can be found on Instagram @balancedlifewithlia

Arbonne products can be seen here! Liaplaner.arbonne.com

ALSO: I need some help from you guys! As part of my health coach training, I need to
start practicing on real people. If you are interested in a free initial health consult
with me (so I can practice), please let me know. I will be forever grateful! It can be
over phone, in person, or via video chat!



Want to be part of May’s healthy living group to help
you get (or stay) on track this spring? We have
coaching, accountability partners, recipes and
everything you need to help! Let me know. I will get
you started right away! (Bikini season will be here sooner then you realize!) 

Thanks for reading and your continued support of me
and my new journey!

xoxooxox   Lia

February Newsletter

(reprint from February)

First, I just wanted to say “thank you!” to everyone who expressed their encouragement and comments to my first ever newsletter last month. I was a bit nervous to hit “send” because I wasn’t sure how it was going to be received.

Embarking on new things and going out of one’s comfort zone is never easy. This was one of those moments for me. So thank you again for taking the time to read, comment, and for your lovely notes.

This month I really wanted to talk about the importance of quality over quantity of foods and dispelling the “calories in, calories out” myth.

To be honest, I can go on and on about this topic. In fact, majority of my course is about it. But I tried to keep it short and to the point! If you would like to know more, let me know!

I also included my recipe for my super, nutrient dense, smoothie that I make everyday and also my favorite product of the month!!

Hope you enjoy!

xoxoox
Lia

Food Energy

I think most people when they start on some sort of “diet” in the beginning, they begin the calorie counting or portion monitoring game. I know I was one of those people. Honestly, did it actually work? I mean, working for the long term? Probably not. You were probably left hungry and not satisfied.

It is ingrained in us the theory of “calories in, calories out.” Doctors are telling us to “eat less, move more.” As if this was an easy thing to do, and the “be all, end all” to our problems. But the reality is..its not so black and white as this.

Your body doesn’t look at foods as to how many calories it contains. Its looks at the quality, not the portion or lack of.

Your body is looking at foods from a nutrient prospective. How many nutrients can it absorb and utilize from this food? What can it use? Is it supplied with the right stuff it needs? Then it just eliminates what it can’t use. If a food doesn’t give your body what it needs, it will leave you feeling hungry, crappy and just not satisfied. Not fun. Let’s start with two main nutrients:

You use two different nutrients primarily for energy (ie: calorie source): Glucose (ie: sugar and carbs) and Fatty acids (ie: fats!) Yes, technically protein can be listed here too, but that’s more if you’re starving..or lost on a desert island with no food. So lets get back to carbs and fats.

The reality is your body needs constant energy to basically “do stuff” like, make cells, digest food, your metabolism, fighting off disease, etc! Basically things to keep you alive and well. This energy comes from glucose and fatty acids (FA). Your body manipulates them into energy it can actually use. We see it as calories because a calorie is just a way of telling you how much energy it contains.. HOWEVER….

The way your body digests, sees, and manipulates glucose into energy, opposed to FA…..is VERY different. So, can 1 calorie from a sugar really equal 1 calorie from a fat, if your body is looking and treating them completely different? Of course not!!

Half of my course is just explaining the difference in how your body treats carbs and fats. But in a nutshell..everyone’s body is unique. Most people are eating too much of one and not enough of the other one and their body feels it. Usually, its too much carbs, because there still a fear of fat that has been prevailing society for the past 40+ years..with no scientific evidence to back it up….(in fact, its the opposite).

If you are one of those “low fat” people and still feel like crap and can’t lose weight or feel tired all the time. You need to switch it up. Replace your carbs/sugars with fat. You body is literally requesting it. Check your energy levels again. See how you feel. Rinse, repeat.

Also, check the source. Processed food with random ingredients will be treated different then real food with real ingredients. You body understands real food and knows what to do with it. You will naturally eat the appropriate portions, if you eat real food. Eat when hungry, stop when full. Yes, its that simple.

You want to eat food that contains a much nutrients as possible and the least amount of that “other stuff.” If you eat real food and listen to how your body responds to it. (If you are still hungry..its not enough and vice/versa.” ) You will never have to count anything ever again and still maintain a healthy weight and feel fantastic.

Nutrient Dense Smoothie

For years, I have made a breakfast smoothie every. single. morning. For three reasons: 1. I do not have time to make/eat “real” breakfast.” 2. I want a healthy, quick thing to make me feel like I started my day on the right foot. 3. I want to be held over until lunch. This checks all of these boxes. I tend to make it on my way out the door and drink en route to work.

This is packed with all the nutrients you need, in an easy to drink, delicious..no need to think about it..way. You are welcome. 🙂

This is my recipe:
1 scoop Arbonne vanilla protein powder (all the amino acids, minerals, and vitamins)
1 scoop Arbonne protein boost (amino acids)
1/2 avocado (for fat, minerals and vitamins)
1/4 c frozen spinach (for minerals and vitamins)
1 tab ground flax seed (for fat and fiber)
Water or milk of choice, and blend!

To make fancy or added nutrients, can add of these fun bonuses:
1/4 c frozen berries (flavor, antioxidants, and vitamins)
1 tab hemp seeds, or chia seeds (fat and protein boost)
1 tab cacao butter (for fat and antioxidants)
1 tab cacao powder (for flavor and minerals)
1 tsp maca (superfood, good for hormone balancing)
1 tsp matcha (antioxidants and flavor)
1 tab coconut oil (fat and flavor
1 tab nut butter of choice (flavor, minerals, protein and fat)
1 scoop Arbonne Greens Balance (antioxidants, vitamins, minerals..lots of stuff)
1 scoop Arbonne Fiber boost (for fiber..to you know..makes things move…)

Lia’s Favorite Product of the Month

I wanted to showcase my favorite products, so I can give my experience and tell you a little bit more about them. This month is my all-time favorite thing: Arbonne’s Energy Fizz stick.

This is THE product I seriously can NOT go without. I keep packets in my purse, in my desk, my lunchbox…literally everywhere. Because I have a fear of not having one around when I need it (not joking).

What is it?
It contains B vitamins and electrolytes, as well as natural herbs and green tea extract. All to help wake you up and beat dehydration!! I love it because it forces me to drink more water (you just pour a packet into a glass/bottle water). It fizzes…you add in a straw and you feel very fancy.

This stuff literally wakes my brain up..gets rid of the fog..without making me jittery. It has a way of clearing my head and helping me focus on what needs to be done. It also somehow put me in a better mood (I think its because I am actually awake..lol) Hence, why I must make sure I always have them on hand. Like always.

Plus they actually taste really good. Two flavors (pomegranate and citrus). They did have blackberry over the holidays, which I hope they bring back.

I HIGHLY recommend this because it. just. works.

Want to be part of March’s healthy living group? Coaching, accountability partners, recipes and more! Let me know. I will get you started right away!
(Bikini season will be here sooner then you realize!)

January Newsletter


(reprint from January) 


Healthy Balanced Living

Hello there! Thank you for taking the time to read my 1st ever newsletter. I know how busy you are and you probably already get an overloaded inbox everyday, so this this means a lot to me. I had the idea of a newsletter because I thought it would be a quick thing for my friends to read.I recently started my certification course to be a certified health coach (super excited about!). The reason is that I’ve been teaching nutrition to college students for a few years now and saw how much I have helped them and I realized that I would love to be able to help more people outside of the classroom!

 
 


Food and feeling balanced

I decided on the tile of “Balanced Life” because the more I learn about healthy living and nutrition, the more I realize that there is not a “one size fits all” approach. The most important thing to just connect food to how it makes you feel. It sounds corny, but your body is very smart (and anyone who has studied biochem, knows this).
Most people don’t acknowledge this, and try to force themselves on a particular way of eating, even if their body is saying something completely different.
Nutrition is tied to literally every aspect of our life, to how we handle stress, acne, bloating, anxiety and also quality of sleep. Its just not about losing weight and disease prevention (which are of course, important too).
A big problem I see is that a lot people, just don’t know where to start or need need some guidance.
 


What I am doing

This past month I have embarked on Arbonne’s 30 days to healthy living program. This program is wonderful for those who don’t know where to start, want to lose some weight, feel tired all the time, or just because they feel crappy and stressed and can’t point their finger as to why….and need a starting point.Its a whole foods based approach (no counting anything) and while also eliminating possible allergen and inflammation-causing foods (like soy, gluten, dairy). Technically, you can do the whole plan without buying anything from Arbonne. But not everyone has time to prep every single meal from scratch, so it nice to have some things to help make the process easier.

I have been documenting the whole thing via Instagram @lovelylia15 (and some FB), if you would like to see what I have been eating 🙂

 

My experience

Hardest things to give up: cheese and alcohol. 
Surprising easiest: coffee and gluten 
 

I originally thought that with no coffee, I would feel really tired all day, but the reverse has actually happened. From not having my nightly cocktail and 1-2 cups a coffee/day, I have been sleeping better, so I am actually more awake during the day (and therefore don’t need the coffee). Which is why, I believe I haven’t missed it. 
 

Also, my mood and my general sense of calm has been much better. I usually feel very anxious most days. However, this month, I felt like I am just less stressed in general and feel just …calm. For example, one Friday night, (thanks to the rain), it took me 2 hours to get home. Normally, I would have ran in the house, extremely stressed from all the traffic and poured myself a martini. But I was fine. Annoyed yes…but not really upset about it. I actually acknowledged to myself how well I felt during this usually stressful situation. My anxiety as a whole as been fairly nonexistent, which is amazing to me.This plan was designed to decrease inflammation, eliminate possible allergenic foods, reset cravings, and just focus on eating real food again. What I am learning in my class is that all these things create a balance in your body again. It resets your mind as well. Food has a tremendous impact on your brain.


 
When you eat well, your body feels it and your brain works better. This should be common sense, but a lot people do not make the connection. It was just something I really took notice of this month. When I really thought about it, it made a lot of sense to me.

If you are interested in just hearing more about it, I would love to talk to you more. Just shoot me a message and we can just chat!

A new group starts Feb 5. I am going to keep going (with some modifications, but I feel too good to just go back to the way I was eating before.

(PS, and if you do decide to buy some Arbonne products, I can help you get 40-50% off!

If there are specific topics you would like to see in future additions, let me know too!

Thanks for reading!

oxoxox
Lia