Ladies and Gentlemen, CHEMISTRY is more important than CALORIES!

Here are the top 10 problem areas and mistakes I see people make when trying to “eat healthy” and lose weight.

Hope it helps…LMK 😉

  1. Eating too much protein
  2. Excessive stress/cortisol
  3. Not including liquid calories (shakes, packaged meals, fancy coffees, energy drinks)
  4. Dairy: milk, cheese, butter, whey, yogurt
  5. Fruit
  6. Damaged, tired and toxic liver (which controls metabolism, sugar/fat burning, detox, etc)
  7. Lack of adequate sleep
  8. Overeating/Emotional Eating: eating past physical hunger
  9. Alcohol
  10. Nuts, legumes, beans, seeds and flours/oils

What if I told you that there’s a way to balance your hormones, reduce stress and feelings of overwhelm, improve your sleep, make you feel more calm and centered, increase productivity and help grow new brain cells plus lose weight (belly fat in particular)!?

AND…what if I told you it doesn’t require painful exercise, sweating and you can do it in your jammies!?

I’m sure you’d WANT IN – or at least want to know what it is.

This may be hard to believe, but I’m here to tell you that “working in” is just as important as “working out”. Science has shown that incorporating periods of calm and restoration in our lives is not only critical for physical and emotional health but is also surprisingly invigorating and energizing! What an interesting paradox:)

That’s why I want to share with you a new healthy habit that is part of my healthy lifestyle, anti-aging, happiness and wellness routine: Guided Meditation.

I know, I know, if you’re like me I’m sure your first reaction is to say:

I know meditation is supposed to be good for me but I can’t sit still or stop my mind from thinking!

I gotcha. That why as a fellow Type-A personality and ambitious person, I like to use the Guided Meditation technique because I can get all the amazing benefits of meditation but I find it much more user-friendly and therefore I actually do it – as opposed to what has happened to me in a typical meditation session in the past where I find I’m secretly plotting my escape or I feel like I’m being tortured as I count down the minutes until it’s over and I can “get on with my real life” and my To-Do List!

It’s been said that there are as many types of meditation as there are ways to make an egg. (I like that one!)

Guided meditation is thought to be the easiest style to learn, especially for people who can’t sit still or stop their minds. In a typical Guided Meditation class, all you do is sit down, get comfy, close your eyes and listen to your facilitator or “guide” who will lead you in where and how to focus your thoughts and attention.

Check Out These Documented and Scientific Benefits of Meditation (with NO known side-effects btw!)

  • Decreases stress and anxiety
  • Decreases loneliness
  • Decreases panic attacks
  • Improves memory, brain function, focus, productivity and growth of new brain cells
  • Improves mood and normal neurotransmitter function
  • Contributes to hormonal balance and weight loss
  • Increases self-awareness and ability to identify emotions/feelings and needs
  • Improves sleep quality
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Reduces pain
  • Releases muscle tension
  • Lowers risk of heart attack and stroke
  • Increases intuition, self-trust and confidence
  • Increases ability to be present, grounded and peaceful
  • Just makes you happier:)

So I hope this article at least got you curious to see if meditation might be able to help you better achieve your goals. I suggest you stay open-minded. It very well might be not only easier but more enjoyable than you thought and you might even be pleasantly and surprisingly blissed out 😉

To join me in a Guided Meditation and TRY IT FOR YOURSELF click here

Anybody who knows me knows I’m super active, busy and ambitious but I wanted to share with you a little habit I’ve been doing that might surprise you. I do it every morning and it takes only 5 minutes but is super POWERFUL and sets the tone for my entire day:

No matter how BUSY I am, each morning at the very start of my day after I make my bed and let my puppy, Charlotte out, I sit down and try to just be still for 5 minutes.

This is where I am consciously not “doing” anything:  I don’t read, go thru paperwork, write my to-do list, look at my very full calendar or even think about the day ahead. Instead I just try to SIT and just “be”, to allow my mind to just be open, clear and receptive. 

You see I’ve learned that we can not hear our intuition and higher selves (or God) if we’re so busy running around all the time and engaging our mind with all the “noise” and external distractions. It’s no wonder we all feel so stressed and overwhelmed these days.

If you feel like from the moment you wake up until your head finally hits the pillow you find yourself reacting to people and situations around you or you’re constantly putting out fires and racing against the clock then this is for YOU!

I don’t know about you, but I feel this is no way to live. I find I’m the most unhappy when I feel like I’m constantly “reacting” to events in my life instead of “responding” from a calm, clear and confident core and my little 5-minute centering habit helps me do that – even if it’s just for a little while!! 🙂

After that I take another 1-2 minutes and go into my heart and write down 3 things I am grateful for.

This instantly connects me to the good in my world now – despite whatever challenges I’m dealing with at the time or what I feel might be missing. It lines my energy up in the right direction and like you always hear me say:  “Everything is ENERGY!”

I will admit, on days that things are going well, it’s easy to do but on the days I’m in a bad mood it can be really difficult yet THOSE are the very days I need this Fit Tip the most because that’s when I need to turn my energy around to the positive!

So I’ll tell you my secret for the days when I’m feeling down and just plain “not grateful”:

On the tough days I just reduce it to basics like:

  1. I’m grateful for clean air to breath
  2. A warm place to sleep
  3. Food in my belly.

So simple but wow, what a game-changer.

Bottom Line: We get what we focus on whether we like it or not so focus on stuff you want MORE of!

So I encourage YOU to try this for yourself. Time it. Take 5 MINUTES: get still and quiet and just stay open and then consciously feel gratitude and appreciation in your heart. I guarantee it’s the fastest (and cheapest!) way to feel good and start creating more of what you want in life!

JOIN ME at my monthly meditation series! CLICK HERE for more info or to sign up!

I hope this inspires you – let me know!

xxx

Amy

Take a look at this Self-Care list that one of my good friends and mentors shared with me.

Numbers 3, 6 and 7 are my most challenging ones. Which ones are yours?

Please feel free to print and post this list on your desktop to remind yourself that there’s only one YOU and you deserve some TLC!;)

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Time and time again I hear of people upset and frustrated that they are “eating healthy” but still can’t loose weight. Here are 6 common foods that I often see as the culprits.

These foods usually cause people to hold on to the extra pounds because they are all higher in actual carbohydrates than people realize. ALL carbohydrates increase blood sugar and cause the body to produce insulin, the fat-storage hormone, to process them and clear them out of the blood.

  1. Dairy – Yogurt – Milk – Whey -Cheese
  2. Nuts – Nut Flours – Nut Butters
  3. Gluten-Free Products
  4. Artificial/Fake Sweeteners
  5. Starchy Veggies – Corn – Peas – Potatoes – Squash – Carrots – Beets
  6. Beans and Legumes – Hummus – Tabbouleh

You’ve heard me say it before but worth repeating:

To feel your best and get the lean and healthy body you want, you MUST understand some simple biology of how proteins, fats and carbohydrates actually work in your body. It’s not complicated but it’s critical!

Once you understand that not all calories are created equal, you will realize being fit and at your ideal body weight is not just a matter of “calories in and calories out”. This is an out-dated, hypothesis that we now know is inaccurate. We are not robots. Our bodies are WAY more complicated and dynamic than that! Rather, we now know there is a specific hormonal and chemical reaction to the different macronutrients in food which directly determines both your body weight and your moods. And please read your labels so you know what you are actually putting into your body! 

You don’t have to quit your day job to be fit. Just a little knowledge (of the hard science) goes a long way 🙂

If you are familiar with any of my work, previous articles, eBooks, workshops or webinars, then you know my philosophy is that a very important part of health these days is having the ability to resist the urge to quickly believe 2-minute, sensationalized sound bites on the news or the latest fad diet your brother’s neighbor’s friend is doing and instead learn the basics of how your body actually works and then using your own logic and body symptoms to know what’s best for you.

I’ve found the diet that works best for me – and apparently thousands and thousands of others, is following a natural, real food, low carbohydrate, moderate protein and high fat diet.

Research shows that It’s not only the most effective for fat loss and high energy but also in helping treat and often reverse various ailments including:

  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Acid Reflux (GERD)
  • High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
  • Heart Disease
  • Depression
  • Epilepsy
  • MS
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Skin problems
  • Longevity
  • Mood disorders
  • Energy problems
  • Low blood sugar/hypoglycemia

However a common fear I still hear from some people is that they are still conditioned with the faulty belief that eating saturated fat and cholesterol might actually be bad for health.

A look back at the evolution of the science of diet and health shows that traditionally people had always eaten diets with adequate amounts of natural healthy fats and minimal starchy carbs, grains, processed foods and sugars. And they certainly had much better health markers than we have today to show for it!

Time and time again, hard science has disproved the out-dated hypothesis that eating foods with cholesterol and saturated fat cause heart disease and illness.

There’s volumes and VOLUMES of published, high-quality research on this. If you’re interested to see if it might be right for you I encourage you to check out the HFLC diet.

Here’s a great article to get you started!