September 22, 2011

Getting Unstuck

A couple of weeks ago, I made a really good decision.

I quit a very decent and good job recently---simply because it wasn't the right fit for me.

While that may not sound very profound, it was for me. It has not been a pattern for me to make this type of decision in my life. It is completely unfamiliar and it was very uncomfortable, actually.

But you know what? It wasn't so bad compared to the months of agony I spent trying to release myself from something that wasn't working for me. 

The debating, deliberating, hypothesizing, theorizing, justifying, rationalizing----now THOSE were torture.

September 14, 2011

A Drink of Water Before Bed

When I first saw this ad, I did a double take. And then I took a picture of it, because if it captured my interest, I thought it would make a great blog post.

Dream Water.

As in, water with sleep aids added to help you sleep. 

Really? REALLY?!

I checked out the website for this product and it's fairly typical marketing--the problem (you can't sleep, in fact 50-70 million Americans share the same problem!) and the way this product will work to help with this problem.

Here's my take: this water won't work for me simply because I'll have to pee during the night from drinking it before bed! 

The ingredients are "natural" and not horrible: GABA helps you relax, Melatonin helps induce sleep and 5 HTP promotes sleep and relaxation --per the SleepWater website

I, however, am not a fan of relying on anything on a consistent basis to help remedy anything that ails me. I am a complex human being and no single issue in my life is caused by one single thing nor solved by any one magic solution.

So, I take my own advice and deconstruct the issue. Disturbed, interrupted sleep. What are the causes? What are my stressors? What are my coping skills? Which are working? Which aren't?

I can say beyond the shadow of a doubt that one of the reasons my sleep is interrupted is from drinking water too late at night. I'll scratch that habit, and prospects of buying this product, off my to-do list.

Salty Sweet Breakfast Quinoa

Some folks love salty.

Some like sweet.

Combined? Magical.

The salted pumpkin seeds and sweet maple syrup make this a breakfast to savor! It's my take on my Oh-So-Easy-Oatmeal recipe using quinoa instead. You might have heard about this grain-like wonder (pronounced KEEN-WAH) that has an amazing array of amino acids and no wheat-like properties for those with Celiac's disease or wheat-intolerance and sensitivities. 

Don't know if wheat is a sworn enemy of your gut?

September 6, 2011

Dillan's Kick-Butt Kale Salad

It's totally true that I took most of this recipe from the Whole Earth Center's Kale Salad but I added some of my own touches to it. If you're ever in Princeton, NJ--get your butt over to the Whole Earth Center and eat yourself some of the original raw salad that inspired my creation!

Like good health coaches, we brought some "healthy" along with us to our pond-side vacation this past weekend in Lincolnville, ME. The best way to enjoy any party is to make sure you bring something healthy to contribute to whatever the other guests provide--that way, no matter what else is there, you know you are getting your veggies in. It felt so good to give the folks in attendance some nutrient-packed goodness to wash down the homemade magaritas, hearty laughs and soothing sun rays.

Here was our contribution:

Standing Too Long in One Place?

Don't be like these guys:

Mushrooms love to stand still.

Mushrooms tout tremendous health benefits (folic acid, potassium, riboflavin, niacin and selenium, to name a bunch) so they are obviously good things to eat.

Emulating them? Not so much.

Mushrooms need to stay put in order to grow all their delicious nutrients but you? You need to MOVE to GROW!

I recently spent a lot of time and energy trying to get my feet unrooted and moving forward in an area of my life. After giving it lots of thought and doing my best to walk my talk as a good health coach, I made a great move and was handsomely rewarded with tons of support from the Universe. The very next day on my run, I saw these mushrooms and thought, "wow. That was me, dude. I was stuck too long in one place."

Are you feeling stagnant? Frustrated? Depressed? Anxious?

You might be standing or staying too long in one place. 
The wrong place.

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