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4 Eating Tips to Boost Your Energy

I’ve been working hard at boosting my natural energy levels after a stressful fall season. I know that when I feel good physically, I feel better emotionally and mentally, too; that’s why I started by focusing on my fitness. I’ve enlisted my son to join me on my bike rides to keep me accountable, and it’s working! I’m feeling better already. I’ve also discovered four tips to boost your energy that are food-focused that have been making a huge difference in the short time I’ve been doing them: it’s managing my glucose spikes. 

Let’s Talk About Glucose

Just before Thanksgiving, I happened to listen to a podcast interview of Jessie Inchauspé, a French biochemist and the author of The Glucose Goddess Method: A 4-Week Guide to Cutting Cravings, Getting Your Energy Back, and Feeling Amazing and Glucose Revolution:  The Life Changing Power of Balancing Your Blood Sugar.  

Her science-backed nutrition hacks...

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Where to Start When Your Energy Is Low

Low energy can happen for a variety of reasons, especially at this time of year. Around the holidays there is less daylight (in the northern hemisphere), there are a lot of expectations, traditions to keep up with, and it’s harder to fit in time to recharge. Then there are the rest of life’s twists and turns that may be zapping your energy, like work, health issues, or taking care of family. My own energy has been in the dumps lately, which is why I’ve been turning to what works for me to refill my energetic cup. 

Three Types of Energy

In my High Performance curriculum I use for life coaching, we spend time first on clarifying who you want to be and what you want to be doing with your life. Then we move on to the topic of energy, because if you don’t have the mental, physical, and emotional energy to be doing what you want to be doing, you won’t get far. Read more about the three types of energy here

It doesn’t matter if your goal is...

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Easy Ways to Eat More Fruit and Veggies

As a coach, my goal is to help you live your most Extraordinary Life; one that brings you joy, is fulfilling, and is not only aligned with your innermost goals and desires, but one that sees those dreams come true. So why am I talking about your diet?! Well, a life like that takes energy! Mental, physical, and emotional energy all feed into how you feel each day, which then translates into how you greet each day. Is it with enthusiasm or the doldrums? Feeding your body the right way is one piece of the puzzle, and most of us could use some help when it comes to eating more produce. 

Read more about how to increase the different types of energy.

You Already Know It’s Good For You

Everywhere you turn, health and wellness experts are telling you to eat more fruits and vegetables. You don’t need me to tell you that they are full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. And I’m sure you already know that people who eat more fruits and vegetables live longer,...

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The Right Way to Detox

Maintaining your physical, mental, and emotional energy is crucial to successfully pursuing your dreams. If you've been experiencing sluggishness in any of these areas, this post is for you. Often, women are enticed to find the best detox method to boost their energy, only to stumble upon questionable detox diets or "cleansing teas" that leave them feeling physically depleted and gross.

To detoxify and enhance your energy levels effectively, it's essential to steer clear of fads. Instead, focus on cleansing your body, mind, and environment so that you can feel your absolute best and make progress towards your dreams each day. Trust me, this approach is far superior to subjecting yourself to a week of cayenne pepper and lemon juice!

Your Body's Natural Detoxification Process

Contrary to what supplement companies and paid endorsements may claim, the truth is that you don't need to eliminate toxins from your body. This is because your body possesses an intricate and remarkable built-in...

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10 Reasons Why You're Tired all the Time

Are you feeling tired all the time? While it’s not realistic to feel energetic 24/7, regularly feeling drained and tired will take a toll. I know when my energy is low, I find it harder to accomplish regular tasks, let alone work on my goals. Medical reasons aside (thanks, menopause!), you may have fallen prey to sneaky energy-zappers in your daily routine. Eliminate these, and you’ll see your energy rebound in no time! 

10 Things Secretly Draining Your Energy

  1. Lack of Movement. It may seem counterintuitive that using energy to exercise or go for a walk will increase your energy, it’s true! Moving your body boosts the oxygen levels in your blood and gives you a boost of feel-good hormones. Throw in some motivational music, getting outdoors, or exercising with friends, and you’ll feel energized in no time. 
  2. Processed Carbs. By design, carbohydrates are designed to provide your body with a quick source of energy. Unfortunately, processed and refined...
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Do You Have Decision Fatigue?

Have you ever had a day where you started off strong, but later found yourself abandoning your workout plans and flopping on the couch with a bowl of ice cream? Decision fatigue might be the culprit behind this temporary loss of willpower. Once you understand why it’s happening, you can get ahead of decision fatigue and see your goals through to success - even when Friends reruns are calling your name.  

Understanding Decision Fatigue

Research shows that the more decisions we make throughout the day, the more our capacity for willpower and self-control diminishes. This means that after a long day at work, an eventful outing, or during moments of heightened stress, making choices becomes particularly challenging. Whether it's choosing between going for a walk or indulging in a Friends marathon, we often opt for the path of least resistance. While decision fatigue can hinder our ability to maintain healthy habits and stay on track, acknowledging its existence empowers...

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How Stress is Affecting Your Physical Well-Being

Stress is an inevitable part of our lives, and we all experience it in different ways. Whether it's due to work pressure, personal relationships, or financial issues, stress can take a toll on your physical and mental health. While occasional stress is a normal part of life, chronic stress can have severe consequences on your physical well-being. 

Stress originates when your body/mind experiences a threat. The threat could be real (being chased by a bear or losing your job), or it could be a perceived threat (i.e. lying awake worrying “what if” every night). No matter the threat,  your nervous system responds by sounding an alarm and preparing the body to respond quickly. The reactions include increased heart rate and breathing, surges of hormones, and increased blood pressure to name a few. 

These responses are meant to help in short-term “fight or flight” situations to increase your chances of survival. Unfortunately, in the modern world full...

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Your Diet Could Be Sabotaging Your Focus

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It’s not easy to find focus in our world of smartphones and constant distractions, and I bet most people would like to improve their ability to stay on-task. There are lots of external ways to improve your focus, but today I want to talk about internal factors that could be affecting your mental clarity. More specifically, how your diet could be sabotaging your ability to focus. 

Focus for the Win

When you have improved focus, you’ll see benefits in every area of your life, including in the actions you take toward your goals and dreams. You’ll find it easier to: 

  • Set goals based on your own preferences and desires
  • Make choices with certainty
  • Find the path that will lead you to the things you want
  • Find motivation to do the things required to achieve your larger goals

In contrast, mental clutter can keep the brain from accomplishing straightforward tasks that you want to do. Setting your brain up to better focus...

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Let Go Of The Past For a Clearer Future


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We’ve all done things or had things happen to us in the past that we’d regret or would rather forget. Life isn’t always easy and can leave us with emotional scars or baggage. It’s up to us to heal the best we can, and thankfully there are many tools to do that. When you hold on to the past, it brings overwhelm and mental clutter into the present as you deal with people and situations around us. Letting go of what hurt you then will help you move forward clearly and openly now. 

Whether the past is holding you back consciously or subconsciously, it’s worth the effort to uncover what it is so you can let it go. Recognizing it is the first step, and there are so many benefits to doing the work to let go of that negativity. Letting go of the past is a positive, kind act for yourself, and the following are just some of the benefits that you’ll experience from doing so. 

Release the...

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Clean Up Your Mental Clutter


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Back when the pandemic really hit and the kids were stuck in their rooms every day doing schoolwork, my daughter’s mental health took a hit. Her room got very little natural light, so we switched my brighter office with her bedroom and it helped a lot. Now that she is gone to college, though, it’s time for me to switch back. The back and forth has involved a fair bit of physical decluttering, and I feel so much lighter with less “stuff” to manage. The same principle works in your brain, too. When you clean up your mental clutter, your mind has more space to work and play in. 

Some signs that your mental clutter is bogging you down are feelings of overwhelm or being over-stimulated, confused, and even disoriented when it comes to everyday life and decisions. Our modern world moves quickly, and with quick access to the internet and social media, it’s easy to become over-stimulated. Just as we need to...

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