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DO I HAVE TO?

September 27, 2017
Honest Health Fog

Growing up I said the phrase, “Do I have to?”, quite a bit (sorry Mom!). It was normally reserved for when I had to take out the garbage, sweep the floors or apologize to my sister.

 

I’d like to think that the moaning mindset of have to naturally went away and I grew into a perfect adult who knew better. Spoiler alert: I did not.

 

I’ve had to actively shift my mindset to a more productive and beneficial thought process that is actually quite simple. Instead of saying, “have to”, I now say “get to”. Now, that may not seem like a big, life-changing statement but hear me out. In college, I first heard this “get to” jargon and it didn’t really stand out to me at first. I was caught up in the frenzy and excitement of living in a new country and making new friends that everything was perceived as an amazing opportunity or privilege. It wasn’t until the shiny newness of it all wore off that I felt challenged in my heart by what that statement really meant – It’s a shift from obligation to choice. It’s empowering.

 

I don’t have to be a kind person but I choose to be one. I don’t have to show up to meetings or to a coffee date with a friend but I choose to be a reliable person. I don’t have to work hard but I want to feel accomplished in my career and life, so I do. I don’t have to exercise but I want to be strong and independent until the day I’m no longer on this earth. I don’t have to eat well but I choose to honour my body and fuel it with what it needs and not over stuff it which can be the easier or tempting option.

 

Life is a beautiful opportunity and privilege. I choose to embrace it and enjoy it, not feel obligated or dragged down by it. Now, obviously, there are things that we truly have to do as adults that are unavoidable like paying rent/mortgage, taxes ect. Even in those situations, I would challenge you to shift that mindset from, “I have to pay rent/taxes”, to “I have a place to live! Wow! I am so grateful and I have a job that helps me pay for it!”.

 

It also looks like practicing gratitude and counting all the good in your life instead of the negative. Instead of focusing on what isn’t going well, it’s looking for opportunities to change the situation and make it into something you can smile at.

 

It does take time but I promise that it is well worth the practice.

 

I’d love to hear what you’re grateful for or what area of your life you could start implementing this mind-shift down below in the comment section.

 

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LETTING GO OF PERFECTION

September 13, 2017
Honest Health

There is something you should know about me. I’m a planner…a colour coding enthusiasts and check list fiend. My brain thinks in a default setting of getting stuff done. It is a core characteristic of who I am. Don’t even get me started on pro’s and con’s lists….*swoon*

 

I need to continually remind myself to relax and embrace the flow of life. Things will not always go to plan now matter how organized and well intentioned I am.

 

One way that this really shows up is in my physical health. I’ve struggled with body image and my relationship with food since high school. I have gone through long stretches of time where I am very regimented and strict and other times where I couldn’t remember the last time I did something healthy for myself.

 

This past year and a bit have taught me a lot about myself and letting go of the unrealistic, strict and sometimes unkind standards that I was holding myself to. Life has become a lot more enjoyable by giving myself permission to be imperfect.

 

Now how, you may ask do I reconcile the A-type, list loving personality with the new laid back, permission giving approach to life? Well…it’s not been the most glamorous transition. Mainly I repeat to myself these two very simple thoughts:

 

1- “Be kind to yourself (or body, or personality etc), she gets you from A to B.”

2- Perfection is not obtainable but excellence is.

 

How does implementing those two thoughts look? It can be as simple as catching a negative thought spiral; stopping and saying a positive thing about myself or what I’ve done. It could also be activated when I notice I’m comparing myself to other people and their seemingly perfect life. In those moments I remind myself that I’m seeing a beautifully curated moment of their life. I try to quickly follow up those thoughts of comparison by saying something that I like or admire about them to keep myself from getting bitter or jealous. I want to always champion people on and genuinely celebrate their success or accomplishments.

 

I hope today’s musing has been helpful for someone out there. We are all just doing our best and by simply giving yourself permission to be a work in progress is a great first step to a more balanced heart and mind.

 

Did you see how I snuck a list in there? #CantStopWontStop

 

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Food

DATE & PECAN PORRIDGE

September 6, 2017
Honest Health Date Oatmeal

I am one of those people who completely loves autumn. It is my favourite season. The colours, the light, crisp air and comfy sweaters or jumpers to cuddle in.

 

One thing that I’ve struggled with is finding breakfasts that match my desire for cozy when I usually grab a bowl of granola or cereal in the morning or a simple slice of toast.

 

I have enjoyed oatmeal my whole life but I find that I get in a rut and it can become very dull and repetitive. Around this time last year, I stumbled upon a delicious recipe that not only is original but it is truly yummy. It can be served warm (which is how I prefer it) or because you can prepare it ahead of time you could equally enjoy it cold like an overnight oats situation.

 

Here is the link to the recipe over on Nutrition Stripped. McKel is a culinary inspiration and I have made quite a few of her recipes and I would highly recommend checking it out!

 

Which blogs do you love for healthy food inspiration and recipes? I’d love some recommendations.

 

Now, please excuse me as I go make myself a warm cup of cinnamon apple tea and cuddle under some blankets

 

Cheers to Autumn!

 

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CASHEW & GINGER ENERGY BALLS

December 31, 2016


Thinking about making 2017 your best year yet? Stick around to the end of the post for info on how to get started!

I made these beauties the other day on a whim. I was an hour (okay, 2 hours!) into a Youtube foodie viewing spiral and saw that Deliciously Ella had posted a few videos on her new energy balls. She has three to choose from. A hazelnut & raisin, cacao & almond and the cashew & ginger. I watched all of them and decided then and there to get up and make some. Luckily I had all the ingredients and chose to try the cashew and ginger ones first. There are only 4 ingredients for these and from start to finish (including washing up) it took 15 mins! #Winning

They have just the right amount of ginger for me and feel like a treat while not being too decadent all at the same time. I wrapped a few up for one of my clients I was meeting up with later that day and knew she would enjoy them.

The video is above and easy to follow. If you give them a try, gimmie a shout out in the comments below. Which one sounds the best to you?

GingerEnergyBalls

I’m going to Scotland in the new year by train (yes, train!) and love knowing that I will have some healthy snacks to munch on.

I may seem a bit crazy to take time out of my holidays to journey by train but hear me out- the English countryside zooming past, a cup of tea and a journal with 4 hours to reflect on 2016 and to plan and dream about 2017. Also, it was cheaper and easier than getting out to the airport at 5am!

I cannot wait to share photos and thoughts from my time away. I have been dreaming of Scotland since I landed in the UK. I have this pull to the highlands. It seems so magical and dreamy. Can I get an ‘amen’ for that accent too?!I die! No? Just me? Okay…

I have space for 4 more clients starting in January. These spots won’t last long! A typical session with me looks like the following:

-Setting goals that feel exciting, empowering and that will truly benefit you.

-Learn about new foods, meal planning and how to keep it fun and healthy.

-Healing your relationship with food and taking your power back.

-Cultivate confidence in yourself and abilities

-Having a space that is safe and judgment free.

If you want to hear more, you can click over to this page to schedule a free 50-minute consultation to see if Health Coaching is for you.  

Happy New Year!

XO

Amanda

Food

ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH FRITTATA

June 24, 2016
Frittata

Today I am sharing possibly the easiest and tastiest meal I’ve made in a while.

I’m not usually a fan of eggs in quantities over two (quiche is my nemesis!), but for some reason when I saw this recipe I had to give it a go. Continue Reading

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DRY BRUSHING

May 18, 2016
Dry Brushes

I’ve picked up a new habit this year… at first I was hesitant, but I’m now a convert to the world of dry brushing.

What, you ask, is dry brushing? Well, it’s an ancient treatment of rubbing a dry bristle brush over your skin in circular motions to help exfoliate/slough off dry, dead skin. Continue Reading