Enjoy a Little Sweetness!

It has taken me a few years to realize that my eating habits are connected to my emotions. If things are not going well for me it is usually written all over my waistline. On those days when I need a little extra sweetness to conquer the stress I go straight for the container of Ben and Jerry’s.

Rest assured that Ben and Jerry’s is not a good companion for a lady who is already lactose intolerant!  

But over the year I have recognized that when I am beginning to crave something that disagrees with me not to ignore it but to substitute it with something better.

My better is the Sweetest Smoothie! A refreshing chocolate bar in glass that is a  nutritious beverage for post recovery after your daily yoga practice or  tough workout in the gym. It will satisfy your sweet tooth in an instant and fill you full of delightful goodness.

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Give it a sip and let me know what you think! Did it hit your sweet spot?

Give Yourself the List of Love

A little love goes a long way and the best gift you give to yourself is to take simple steps to nourish your mind, body, and spirit. The more you begin to make time to replenish your spirit the more you begin to build the confidence and self-esteem to tap into your fullest potential.

I understand it’s hard to make time for yourself each day when you wear so many hats from the parental duties, the work that comes home with you,  on top of that  you are probably the chef, and cleaner. It is at the end of the night that you can be exhausted from the grocery duties, people pleasing, and in the end not enough time for you.

What if you created a list of ten simple things that you could do in a week to nourish your soul and rejuvenate your spirit?  It doesn’t have to be something as luxurious as a day at the spa but just simple and affordable ways that will make your week better.

My list is simple:

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It is when you begin to nourish the core that is you that you feel more inspired to conquer your day, make better choices towards your health, and have that necessary stress release throughout your busy week. It’s the little things that can brighten the day and you deserve to enjoy those small special moments just for you.

What would your list look like?

Reflecting on Your Week

One of the greatest factors in reaching our goals is visualizing and taking the necessary steps to achieve them. It maybe getting on the road to good health, planning for your first marathon, or just learning the basics to healthy cooking.  All of these are attainable goals and with consistent effort you will be on the right track to reaching them.

Your well-being is one of the most important when it comes to your overall health, your goals, and raising the bar for what you want to do next in your life. One of the best ways to stay on track and evaluate the direction that you are heading in reaching towards your goals is checking in with yourself.

Take a few minutes every Sunday to journal about your week. It is a nice way to stay focused on all the good in your life and what you can strive to do better. Here is a list of simple questions to help you evaluate your week and write about in your own journal.

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Opening a journal and writing can be one of the greatest ways to get to know yourself better, maintain focus on your goals, and help you to make the small changes necessary to improve your life. Pick up a pen, grab your notebook, and write! I look forward to hearing about your progress and how writing in a weekly journal has been working for you.

Tips for a Merry Active Holiday Season

As we enter the final week leading up to the holiday season we focus on everything from the gifts, the turkey, and keeping grandma away from spiking the punch bowl. We are thrown together with our families more than usual and if you live in a winter city prone to snowy cold weather it is enough to drive most people stir crazy.

The good food, too much booze, the same conversations, family feuds, and children running a muck throughout the house can be enough for the truest of patient saints to lose their halo. Many of us dream of a bartender serving endless martinis day and night just to survive the holiday season.

As much as we love our families they are also the same people who can drive us crazy. A simple way to break from this rut is to change it up. Get outside and play!

Yes! It’s cold! Yes! Snow is on the ground! 

Put on your hats. Put on your mitts. Put on your snow suits. Put on your Winter boots.

It doesn’t have to be a fashion show. You do not have to look like a Sears catalog model or the cutest snow bunny.  All you have to do is bundle up and have fun. It is one of the most inexpensive ways for you to enjoy your family  this holiday season and reap the benefits of going outside.

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Simple and effective ways to inhale the fresh winter air as you raise your heart level  with the added bonus of a huge smile to your face. Take a few hours to break from the electronics, the phones, and the he said she said of the holiday season. Just taking the time to get outside is a great way to reconnect with our loved ones without the holiday drama and put the spirit back into the holiday’s.

Make Your Well Being a Priority for 2017

Almost every year people sit down with their list of New Years Resolutions with high optimism for change and a brighter future. A typical list usually focuses on losing weight, making more money, fostering new relationships, and living the dream of travelling the world.

However, the problem with these lists is they are already set-up for failure because there is no list set-up to focus on how to achieve these specific goals. We creates lists that highlight our achievements but we fail to make the important lists that step us in the right direction to achieving our goals whether it be losing ten pounds or creating a higher stream of wealth.

The number one thing that should be on your list  for 2017 is making your well-being your number one priority. It is by creating a healthy routine for yourself that sets you up to achieve your goals and dreams.  Imagine a  healthier version of  yourself  when you  have more energy, more time, and unwavering tenacity to reach further for your goals. You begin to set yourself up for new possibilities and achievements.

Here are three simple ways to make your well-being the number one priority for 2017.

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A simple and effective way to begin your New Year by giving yourself the gift of good health, energy, and rest.  Wishing you the best this holiday season!

Hydrating Holiday Cocktail Tips

Over the holiday season we are bound to have a little too much good cheer! It is part of the celebration and fun time among friends. However, the boozy headache the next day is never a welcome addition to the holiday season.

It is during this time of season we should check-in to make sure we are staying hydrated and headache free. Especially if we are in the throes of socializing, decorating, baking, and shopping. The better you feel the less stress you will feel in the long run over the holidays.

A simple and effective solution to all of this is sitting right in front of you. It’s called a glass of water.  The perfect gift you can give yourself is ensuring you are staying hydrated it not only does wonders for your skin but keeps your body moving in the right direction.

The best way to stay hydrated is begin first thing in the with one simple glass in the and continue to hydrate through most of the day. The trick is to taper down in the evening if you are waking up in the middle of the night for a bathroom run that means you are probably drinking too much of that beautiful H2O. This can create havoc on your restful slumber  and contribute to you feeling more tired when you wake-up in the morning.

However, with that being said if you are at a late night party staying hydrated is key to a good time the next morning! If you are going to indulge with a few cocktails make sure you  piggyback with a glass of water. The goal is to wake-up the next morning without feeling   feel like Santa’s reindeer ran across your head.

If you choose to booze here are some simple tips to keep you hydrated throughout the holiday season.

 

 

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Have a wonderful holiday season!  Just remember if you have too much of a good time call Santa’s Taxi Service for a safe drive home. 

Also don’t forget I am  still seeking submissions for an upcoming compilation of essays focusing on positive leaders in your community.  Visit here for more information https://darciecameron.com/2016/11/14/call-for-submissions/ 

Healthy Holiday Dining Tips

The holiday season has quickly dashed upon us with Christmas Parties, Potlucks, and good times amongst friends. It can be difficult to maintain a healthy balance in our diet when cheese trays dance in front of us, cookies sparkle in the office staff room, and one more glass of wine is always good when laughing with friends.

I am very guilty of over indulging during the holiday season and in fact once upon a time  went up a pant size in one night.  So to spare you the indignity of waking up in the morning only to discover that none of your pants fit and no matter how hard you try to button those jeans while rolling across the bedroom floor. It becomes a sobbing realization that  your pants have reached limited capacity and there is no longer any room availability for you.

Take heart and learn from me! Just follow these  simple tips that still allow for you to indulge without having to wear your holiday stretchy pants.

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May you have a wonderful time over this beautiful holiday season!

Also don’t forget I am  still seeking submissions for an upcoming compilation of essays focusing on positive leaders in your community.  Visit here for more information https://darciecameron.com/2016/11/14/call-for-submissions/