January 6th: You are not a failure!

You know what I’m talking about.  You started on January 1st, rearing to go on the new you.  Whether that be to move more or eat better, your ducks were in a row.  Then, last night, after a long day at work and feeling the stress of life creeping back in, you dove into a bag of chips or cookies while watching your favorite show.

You look around you and everyone else seems to have it together.  You are surrounded by:

  • The mom sporting yoga pants in perfect shape with 4 kids getting into her new shiny SUV…
  • The couple working out together who seem to never fight or tire of one another
  • Or the guy at work that spends long hours at his desk getting mountains of work done and still finds time to stay trim and fit…

Some days it feels like EVERYONE is doing better than you, right?  STOP right there!!!

Perception is often not reality.  Want to know their secret?  Guess what, they’re struggling too.  How do I know? Because I coach many of them.

Everyone Else is NOT okay and you fit right in.  Life is messy, imperfect, wonderful and yet faulted in many ways.  Life is full of ups and downs, hangnails, laughter, alarms blaring when we are sound asleep, funny memories, wrinkles, decisions, jobs, kids, pets, temptations, songs, (fill in the blank) for all of us.

Which means that Everyone is NOT always doing okay.  Sit with that for a second.  STOP worrying about being the only person who doesn’t have it “all together.” I remember a poem I read that said, there will always be someone smarter, more together, faster, fitter, etc.  You are who you are for a reason and it is time to work on just you!

Instead, START:

  • to work on the areas of your life that you can influence
  • work on fitness and nutrition goals that are actually realistic and attainable
  • feel good about what you are doing right everyday, no matter how small
  • Learn to be OK with being “not OK”
  • Let things be messy

Perhaps today is your day to wear the baby barf pants to the grocery store to fill a prescription.  Or it is your day to chase your dog down the street in your heels as he escapes when you get home from work.  You won’t be the first one to do that, nor the last. You are normal right along with the rest of us.

I’m here to help:

Small Group coaching is starting THIS MONTH. Online Small Group Nutrition Coaching and Nutrition Seminars at Trails Recreation Center.  Contact me for more information about either at eatlivefit@hotmail.com or via eatlivefit.net.

 

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

As you celebrate the season this year, here’s a quick reminder to move.  Yes, the treats abound everywhere..so make sure to make time to move your body.  The president is doing it too!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/obama-koko-head-stairs-hawaii_5679f680e4b06fa6887f6636

FYI, we did this hike on our trip to Hawaii a few years ago.  Fabulous views but tough as nails!

I am grateful for each and everyone of you and look forward to helping you thrive in 2016!

Sincerely,

Jo Ellen

“Stay Ahead of the Holiday Gain” workshop

Come learn fitness and nutrition tips to keep your holiday season from giving you the gift of added weight.

It’s the last two days to register for the “Stay Ahead of the Gain” workshop.  See details in the link below. Register online or in person at the Trails Recreation Center.

Stay Ahead of the Gain

 

Are you ready?

Real Food is ingredients

Only a few spots left for October’s BTY Nutrition Coaching – all online.

Lasting nutrition tools and focus.  Come join me on this journey.

 Time to bring the focus Back To You

 BTY: Small Group Coaching from eatlivefit.net

As a Certified Nutrition Coach, I will be providing online support through weekly conference calls, videos, a private social media group, and motivational texts.  Topics include:

  • Eating real food, limiting additives

  • How to balance the right fats, protein and carbohydrates

  • Keys to avoiding sugar and cravings

  • Helpful hints to make every meal simple and nutrient dense

  • and much more…

Cost: $85 per person for 4 weeks of coaching

Introductory price $69 per person

Interested?

Contact me at eatlivefit@hotmail.com

or at (707) 408-3359

Sessions begin October 1, 2015

Which has the most sugar?

This weekend at an event, I posed this question:

Which of these has the most sugar?

Sugar

The contenders were:

  • 1 medium apple

  • 3/4 cup blueberries (approx)

  • 1 serving of Candy Corn (measly 12 corns)

What’s your guess?  Before you read on, give us your guess in the comments section.
Did you add your response?  What are you waiting for?  Join the debate.

 

 

 

Okay, you are clear to read on….The most common response was the candy corn.  Some began to question their answer and after some thought, changed it to the Apple.  Then there were the ones that felt it was a trick question and went for the blueberries, just because it didn’t seem like the obvious answer.
Now you really want to weigh in, right?  The comment section is open for your vote.

 

 

 

Ironically, all three have about the same sugar content, 28-30 grams.  Here are several things to consider.
  1. Which has the largest quantity in the serving size?  The apple is the choice for quantity of food.  It has the largest serving size for the sugar content.
  2. Which is the most nutrient dense option?  There are two here, the apple and the blueberries.  Both have fiber still intact (peel) and are full of quality nutrients and vitamins that will satisfy cravings, keep you fuller longer and give your body the “most bang for your buck.”  A side benefit is the fact that these added nutrients will reduce the impact on your blood sugar.  When you mix these all together, your blood sugar does not SPIKE as high, thus no downsliding in energy later.
  3. What type of sugar is in each?  NONE of the three contain white, processed, sugar.  Yes it is true, the candy corn are made with honey. The fruits are primarily natural fructose.  So less processed versions of the dreaded “sugar.”  Your body will breakdown all three to glucose for cell energy, however, the candy corn will cause the largest spike in blood sugar since it doesn’t contain any other valuable nutrients to slow down the sugar absorption.  Hint, energy low the quickest, fastest burnoff also which means you will be hungry much sooner.
This is just the “tip of the iceberg” in Titanic terms for nutrition.
If you would like to find out more about sugar and how to manage it, especially the hidden sources, I am here to help.

 

New!!! Online Group Nutrition Coaching

 

If your nutrition plan has a number of days in the title, better ask yourself what you are trying to accomplish by doing it.

Lasting nutrition tools and focus.  Come join me on this journey.

Time to bring the focus Back To You (BTY)

Introducing

 BTY: Small Group Coaching from eatlivefit.net

As a Certified Nutrition Coach, I will be providing online support through weekly conference calls, videos, a private social media group, and motivational texts.  Topics include:

  • Eating real food, limiting additives

  • How to balance the right fats, protein and carbohydrates

  • Keys to avoiding sugar and cravings

  • Helpful hints to make every meal simple and nutrient dense

  • and much more…

Cost: $85 per person for 4 weeks of coaching

Introductory price $69 per person

Interested?

Contact me at eatlivefit@hotmail.com

or at (707) 408-3359

Sessions begin October 1, 2015

New!!! Online Group Nutrition Coaching

Candy Store Eating

Sound familiar?

Time to bring the focus Back To You (BTY)

Introducing

 BTY: Small Group Coaching from eatlivefit.net

As a Certified Nutrition Coach, I will be providing online support through weekly conference calls, videos, a private social media group, and motivational texts.  Topics include:

  • Eating real food, limiting additives

  • How to balance the right fats, protein and carbohydrates

  • Keys to avoiding sugar and cravings

  • Helpful hints to make every meal simple and nutrient dense

  • and much more…

Cost: $85 per person for 4 weeks of coaching

Introductory price $69 per person

Interested? Contact me at eatlivefit@hotmail.com

or at (707) 408-3359

Sessions begin October 1, 2015