Healing: Mind, Body, Spirit

The Aftermath

Sugar….sugar…sugar. It is taking over the minds, and now bodies, of women, men, and children every where.

Well, it is that season. It starts with Halloween. (honestly, about three or four weeks before with stocking up on bags of candy that you end up needing to buy more of anyway, doesn’t it?) It starts with one candy bar. The snack sized one. Then, just one more. Then, perhaps, you feel you just want to help get rid of them being in the house. Once they are out of the house, you tell yourself, wont eat them any more.

Yet, that’s not what happens is it? Next, you are asking for soda instead of water. Then you are stopping in the candy isle at the store to refresh your diminished home or desk supply. Heck, why not both? Soon, you’ve added five pounds, feel bloated and uncomfortable. Your sleep changes, your digestion changes, and you have completely fallen off of that latest diet you started just a month ago. You feel terrible, and out of control. 

Familiar story? It’s familiar to me as well, this is the time of year I hear the most frustration around lack of control with sugar. I experienced it personally and know how completely you can lose control.

Just a few short years ago I learned about how incredibly addictive sugar is. Once I became conscious of it, I started putting controls into place to stop myself from losing that control. However, it does take practice and discipline to get there.

Here are a few steps to put into place to reduce sugar cravings and get back on track.

1. Drink plenty of water. I always recommend 1/2 your body weight in ounces. To make this easy, carry a water bottle with you every where you go.

2. Get plenty of rest. When you stop eating sugar, you are going to crave it. You may experience headaches, body aches, stomach cramps, diarrhea, among other side effects of detox. Rest will help your body cope through the transition.

3. Eliminate all sources of sugar. From candy to fruit juice. Stop. All of it.

4. Stay present. Sometimes a craving for sugar actually comes from an emotional imbalance, such as anxiety, depression, fear, or sadness. Trying to stay as focused on what is happening right this minute and not what happened or might happen may alleviate your craving.

5. Move your body. Exercise will help your body to flush the sugar out, get the blood flowing, reduce tension, improve your immunity.

There are many ways to get over the strong cravings for sugar, but these are some of my own favorites. The biggest thing I can suggest above all of these is practice forgiveness with yourself. What is done is done, you can only change what you do from here forward. Let go of the past, stay present, listen to and honor your body.

 

4 Cups Coconut Milk
16 ounces Pumpkin Puree
1 Cup Brown Rice, cooked as directed
1/2 Cup Maple Syrup
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp each ground ginger, sea salt
2 Organic Cage Free eggs
1/2 tsp Real Vanilla Extract

Preheat oven to 375.

In a large saucepan, bring to a boil the milk, pumpkin, rice, syrup, and spices, stirring constantly.

Reduce heat to simmer for 5 minutes.
Remove from heat.

Beat eggs and vanilla in a large bowl. Slowly stir in hot pumpkin mix. Mix together very well and pour into a greased 2 quart casserole dish.

Bake for 45 – 50 minutes or until set. Serve warm.

 

Serves up to 14. Makes a great breakfast dish!

From chocolates and caramels to bubble gum and suckers, the ghoulish sugary snacks are everywhere! It seems from the first of October until the holidays are passed, we are surrounded by these treats.

Even the most prepared health guru can be sabotaged during the hectic holidays! Our very own Seasoned Mom Health Coach, Tammi Hoerner, offers some simple tools to make the holiday challenges a tad bit easier.

Say BOOto the cravings, bingeing, and over-stuffing for you and your tykes!

Healthy Halloween

Healthy Halloweens Start At Home

1. Hydrate – A well hydrated body is like putting on a sugar deterring Bat-Cape – giving you super hero powers to resist the urge to munch. Even awareness around ensuring your children are hydrated is incredibly important. A good rule of thumb is 1/2 your body weight in ounces.

2. Lay a Solid Foundation – For your sake as well as for the children, eat a healthful meal filled with nourishing veggies before you set foot near any event or venture out to Trick-or-Treat.

3. Explain Moderation – and then practice what you preach. One of the biggest rules in moving forward to live a more healthful life involves creating a rule of 80/20 or 90/10 – and a large portion of self forgiveness. It really is okay to indulge from time to time. It’s knowing when and how to stop that is important.

4. Opt for home made healthier versions – instead of store bought processed junk food – there are recipes widely available on the internet for healthier versions of our favorite treats. I suggest following The Nourished Life or following us on Facebook.

5. Breathe – Stress is a common reason many reach for munchies. And, I know this will surprise you, the holidays ARE STRESSFUL! Taking on a practice of meditation, self care, and simply taking a break to breathe will ease the stress, often enough to avoid bingeing on terrible for you food-like substances.

Now that you have your super hero Seasoned Mom tools for a Healthy Halloween, sit back, and take the time to enjoy the feast, beautiful fall season, and – most importantly – YOUR KIDDOS!

Wellness and the Real World

90% of the time, I live in a pink bubble. I never watch the news, listen to the radio, or read any local papers. Why? To allow myself control over how I feel. I am not carrying the weight of the world. Literally. This is one of my chosen steps to reach my own healthy balance in life.

Taking steps to be well is a journey for practically everyone. For myself, it’s been a very long journey, but I feel I am reaching the right road in this life, living in service to others, working to help others to heal their own bodies. I have found my own health & wellness through whole natural foods, working toward stronger relationships in my family and friends circles, creating and pursuing a career that I am deeply passionate about, and being completely honest with myself, so that I can fully show up when I am in the world.

The journey toward wellness might start with a single step, but I am finding that it always ripples outward. Once you know it’s not easy to un-know. Are you feeding your body foods that heal or foods that kill, are you moving your body, are you taking steps to overcome the challenges you’ve been given physically and emotionally?

Each of us here at New Beginnings brings tools to help you to do just these things, whether it is to gain optimal health, reduce pain or tension, increase mobility and range of motion, to address skin problems, weight challenges, digestive disorders, allergies, fertility, or your own self image, we have a practitioner or group of practitioners here who can help you.

We are located in Englewood, Colorado but many of our services are available via telesession, such a health coaching. If you are ready to begin your own journey toward wellness, we are happy to support you. Connect either by phone or website listed below.

http://www.newbeginningshealthwellness.com

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