Holidays, Conversations, Family, Food, Stress & More

Holidays, Conversations, Family, Food, Stress & More

Holidays, Conversations, Family, Food, Stress & More

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A holiday involving food inevitably brings up the conversation around diets, weight loss, and what’s “healthy.”

You know the conversations I’m talking about… “you’ve lost weight, what are you doing? My brothers sisters best friends neighbors did xyz diet, you should try it, etc”

As part of this list, chances are at some point you have been in a season of life where you are focusing on your eating habits. Whether you are in that season or not right now, you do not have to join in these conversations.

Nutrition should be custom to your needs, not someone else’s.

Let’s talk today on the podcast about handling these situations.

The beauty of the human body is that we all respond to food differently.

Instead of joining in the discussion of what diet to do in January… spend your day eating the food on your plate, knowing that you are working towards what is best for you and your body.

Just because that family member encourages you to try a diet, does not mean you have to join in the conversation.

How To Respond When Asked About Your Food Choices:

  • “I’m glad you’re seeing results; I’m currently focusing on what is best for my body.”
  • “I appreciate the conversation, but I’m not on a diet; I’m focused on the long term.”
  • “Great for you! I’ll be here to cheer you on as you continue on your health journey.”

TLDR, you do not need to engage in the diet talk with family if you don’t want to. Just because you’re looking out for yourself, doesn’t mean you need to give those quick fixes the time of day.

I have an important question for you: What food are you most excited to eat this week?

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Hey There, I’m Kristin! I coach women to make small changes in their daily nutrition to become the best version of themselves.

A Healthy Lifestyle Doesn't Have to Be Complicated

Holidays, Conversations, Family, Food, Stress & More

Your Health Shouldn’t Wait Until January

Your Health Shouldn’t Wait Until January

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“I’ll start in January” is one of the most common phrases I hear these days.

This week I am sharing my story of eating 16-20 cookies on December 16th and weighing in for a fitness contest on December 17, 2013. While it might seem crazy, this moment changed everything for my long-term health journey.

It started with little changes and little habits to add up to significant results. It wasn’t a matter of going all in the first 10 days, or even the first two weeks. Part of me waited until January to truly go all in.

However, for the month of December I made small changes such as replacing a pack of cookies for snacks with a smoothie, eating over night oats instead of poptarts for breakfast.

2013-2022

When I look back at the changes over the last 9 years, it didn’t stop with the weight loss. I went from losing 40lbs to another pregnancy, getting my anxiety under control and learning to truly listen to my body. There was a half marathon, learning to love lifting weights, gut issues, and setting a healthy foundation for my family.

Each step of the way is a learning process but the learning process doesn’t start unless you start.

Do you still think it’s not a good time to put your health first? Listen to this episode and let me know what you think.

Don’t wait until January, your health is more important than that. Come join our free Kick Start a Healthy Holidays Community and join us for November to focus on those little habits.

ABOUT ME

Hey There, I’m Kristin! I coach women to make small changes in their daily nutrition to become the best version of themselves.

A Healthy Lifestyle Doesn't Have to Be Complicated

Holidays, Conversations, Family, Food, Stress & More

Building a Healthy Lifestyle Shouldn’t be Complicated

Building a Healthy Lifestyle Shouldn’t be Complicated

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Building a long-term healthy lifestyle can be overwhelming. Take one look at Pinterest, and you can see 1000 different rules about how you should eat, move, etc.

The truth is, most of those come back to 3 core habits:

  • Movement
  • Hydration
  • Whole Foods

Ultimately, these three core habits will build the foundation for a healthy lifestyle, no matter your goal. A goal, such as having more energy, could result in weight loss. A goal to reduce cholesterol could result in more energy.

Today, on the podcast, we’re digging into each of these habits and how they can contribute to your overall health

It Takes On Average 66 Days To Form A Healthy Lifestyle Habit

Time to bust some myths. While many people like to declare that it takes 21 days to form a habit, research suggests habits take an average of 66 days to become actual habits. What you do now will play a part in how your 2022 wraps up and 2023 kicks off.

Starting now with 70ish days left in the year can make a big difference in having a healthy holiday season.

Come Kick Start A Healthy Holiday Season With Us

If you are ready to focus on these three core habits, come to Kick Start a Healthy Holiday Season with the Be Your Best Self Community. Starting on November 1st, we will focus on THREE core daily habits: drinking your water, moving for 30 minutes a day & eating a vegetable. 😉.

All for free, you get recipes, motivation, tips in the kitchen, and two awesome giveaways (hint: one is a free month of nutrition coaching).

 

ABOUT ME

Hey There, I’m Kristin! I coach women to make small changes in their daily nutrition to become the best version of themselves.

A Healthy Lifestyle Doesn't Have to Be Complicated

Getting Started With Meal Prepping & Meal Planning

Getting Started With Meal Prepping & Meal Planning

Getting Started With Meal Prepping & Meal Planning

One of the most underrated ways to stick to healthy eating habits is meal planning and meal prepping. However, sometimes meal prep can get a bad reputation for being a boring way to make lunch for yourself or a way to waste your Sunday afternoon. Getting started with meal prepping doesn’t have to be overwhelming and it can benefit you more than you might think.

Meal prepping can make life easier, help you stay on track with your goals, and take A LOT of thinking out of your week. Our brains work enough during the week; any chance to give it a break helps more than you might think.

The most important thing to remember is that there are so many levels of meal prep. It doesn’t have to be an all-in or waste your Sunday situation.

Let’s chat on the podcast today about getting started with meal prepping and meal planning.

Basic Levels of Planning

If you have any form of a nutrition goal, you should be doing SOME level of meal planning. It doesn’t have to be detailed for 21 meals a week, but being able to look at your plan for the week and know what you will eat for most of your meals. This not only helps you stay on track but also helps you plan your grocery trips.

When it comes to meal prep, you don’t have to go all in. Something as simple as organizing your fridge to make sure you have all of the ingredients you need for your weekly meals is a basic level of meal prep.

You don’t have to have everything pre-cooked or in fancy meal prep containers, just organized with recipes so you know exactly what is needed when you start to cook. Not only does this take the thinking out of your evening, but it takes the panic of missing ingredients out too.

This is a great way to get started meal prepping. Just take the baby step, plan and organize your week.

Next Level Prepping

Moving up to the next level of meal prep means getting things organized but also cleaned and maybe partially cooked.

For example, if you plan on eating 3-5 meals with chicken throughout the week, get all of the chicken cooked at the start of the week. By doing this level of prepping, you’re able to take some of the cooking steps out of the recipe you’re making. This can save you time throughout the week.

Another piece of next level prepping is washing and cutting up your fruits and veggies. Ultimately, the goal is to take the hard part out of eating healthy. By having fruits and veggies cut and ready to go, there are less excuses to keep from eating unhealthier foods.

All-In Meal Prepping

This is where meal prepping can get a negative reputation… the all-in mentality. There is the cute meal-prep containers, the hours spent on Sunday and meals planned every moment of the day.

Granted, it doesn’t have to be that way. There are ways to cut down on the amount of time spent and meals needed to be cooked.

My number one tip is to stick with one type of protein. Instead of cooking 3 or 4 different proteins, pick one protein and cook it 3 to 4 ways. For example, chicken can be made into chicken salad, a salad with chicken on it, taco bowls, nachos, chicken Alfredo, etc. This way, you won’t get bored with your food every day, but don’t have to spend as much time cooking on Sunday.

Tell me in the comments below, are you going to get started with meal prepping? What level of meal prepper are you?

ABOUT ME

Hey There, I’m Kristin! I coach women to make small changes in their daily nutrition to become the best version of themselves.

Getting Started With Meal Prep

Getting Started With Meal Prepping & Meal Planning

Finding an Accountability Partner For Your Health Goals

Finding an Accountability Partner For Your Health Goals

Did you know you are 65% more likely to hit your goals if you have an accountability partner?

Today I shared my story of having an accountability partner and the difference it made in my health journey nine years ago.

I also shared three ways you can find your accountability partner that doesn’t involve begging 😜

Why Does Having An Accountability Partner Matter?

How many times have you declared to your social media that you will lose weight… only to give up shortly after?

The most common conversation with potential clients is, “I know what to do; I just can’t make it happen.”

Do you know what the missing piece is?

Accountability.

My Story With Accountability

Nine years ago, I entered a weight loss competition at my office. My best friend and I spent the next four months competing against each other for that first-place spot.

Technically speaking, she beat me, but in reality, we both won.

Without her by my side, I most likely would’ve given up. Almost every day, we chatted about what we were eating, what we were doing to move our bodies, and most importantly, pushing each other to be a better version of ourselves.

Research suggests that you are 65% more likely to succeed at your goals if you have an accountability partner.

65% more likely to succeed without an accountability partner. Think about that. 

I recognize how lucky I am to have her by my side during that contest; I know for certain I wouldn’t have kept going without her.

Where To Get An Accountability Partner

That’s EXACTLY why Nutrition Confidence comes with a community…. that group of people to chat about food, push you through the bad days and encourage you on the good days.

What if this time it was different? What if this was the last time you restarted your health journey? The doors for Nutrition Confidence are only open until Sunday. We start as a group on Monday, October 3rd.  

ABOUT ME

Hey There, I’m Kristin! I coach women to make small changes in their daily nutrition to become the best version of themselves.

Finding An Accountability Partner

Getting Started With Meal Prepping & Meal Planning

Don’t Wait Until Monday To Start Your Diet

Don’t Wait Until Monday To Start Your Diet

This week’s topic couldn’t have been more relevant to kick start [most of] the second half of 2022… Why Not Now?

In this episode of Be Your Best Self Health Chats, we talk about what’s holding you back on your health and nutrition goals and how you can get started today WITHOUT overwhelming yourself.

It’s easy to “wait until Monday to start your diet” or “wait until we get past a certain date” to start our weight loss goal or diet. That’s hurting instead of helping you.

Don’t Wait Until Monday To Start Your Diet.

By waiting, we’re just continuing to make excuses as to why we shouldn’t do it. We can come up with 1,000 reasons why it’s better not to do it right now. In reality, the sooner we get started, the better we will feel.

You will always find an excuse to put it off. There could be Summer vacation, back to school, holidays, etc.

Instead, break it down into one habit at a time.

Start With a Realistic Change.

My one-on-one clients and I often pick one new habit to start today and focus on that for the next week. By the time Monday rolls around you’ll already be on your way to a healthier lifestyle.

Habits I love working on starting with:

Instead of going all in, focusing on one habit will make an overall lifestyle change more manageable.

Listen to the podcast for more information on why you should not wait until Monday to start your diet. Instead of waiting until Monday, ask yourself… Why not now?

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Enjoy this week’s episode of Be Your Best Self Health Chats.

ABOUT ME

Hey There, I’m Kristin! I coach women to make small changes in their daily nutrition to become the best version of themselves.

Why You Shouldn't Wait Until Monday to Start Your Diet