I just got back from my morning walk with Miss Penelope, my canine walking companion.
My morning walks with P are sacred, it sets the tone for the day, feels right, and as the weather is shifting to cooler mornings, I am in bliss (so is she!).
Our walks are podcast listening time for me. Oh my gosh I am so in love with podcasts! Do you listen to them? I got hooked a few years ago and find a new one I am obsessed with weekly. This morning I listened to Chalene Johnson, she is a total firecracker and is kicking ass in business and life. This particular episode was about goal setting and, oh man, it got my fire burning! I couldn’t wait to get home and sit down with my goal setting notebook (yes, that actually exists) and set this new goal planning strategy in action!
September is a fantastic month to set your sites on what you really want. It’s like January 1st all over again. We can also very easily get swept up in all of the September obligations. Summer is over. Truth. Holidays will be knocking down our door in no time. Ugh. What can you do right now to welcome greater wellness into your life and not allow September to turn into December without a single shift of wellness.
Here are three healthy fall tips that I have been using in my practice for years! Changing your life around food requires simple shifts to move the dial just enough to make a difference. Start with these three right now 🙂
1. Commit to spending one hour each week to plan your food.
The biggest epidemic I see in my practice is a lack of planning. If you fail to plan you plan to fail, ugh that was so high school gym teacher of me! It’s true though, and it is the single most important thing that sets apart clients that succeed with their health goals and clients that struggle. All you need to do for the next month is schedule one hour into your calendar to plan out what food you will prepare and eat for the week. Something like this:
BREAKFAST: Green Smoothies
See that, I just grabbed a few recipes from my archives and planned my food for the week. You can totally do it too!
2. Try one new recipe each week. Just one
You get into food ruts. I know. I do too. You also get overwhelmed by options. I know. I do too. Keep things simple and challenge yourself enough to prepare ONE new recipe each week. It will stretch your culinary muscles and throw a little excitement into your food routine. If you are committed to a lifestyle change, and aching for true wellness, leave room for exploration in the kitchen. BUT, don’t overthink this. Analysis Paralysis will become your greatest enemy here, you don’t need to pin 800 new recipes, you just need to make ONE. Sometimes I go totally rogue, will open up one of my billion cookbooks and flip to a random page and make that recipe.
3. Do one thing each week that is pure joyful self care.
So this isn’t directly food related but is just as important. Schedule into your calendar right now ONE self care activity each week. I started taking this new tap class a few months ago, it brings me so much joy. I laugh, I challenge myself, my brain and body get a great workout, and above all else it feels like radical self care. I make this class a priority, 90 minutes a week. What can you do each week that would feel really good? A 20 minute walk around your neighborhood each morning? One hour of Mommy time each week, get a mani/pedi, take a bath, read that book that’s been on your nightstand for 6 months? If you can step into pleasure, embrace self care, and participate in a joyful activity the food stuff feels easier.
Step into action RIGHT NOW! Post in the comment section below your one new recipe you will try this week. No excuses here, just pick one and go for it!
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