What if you were good enough?

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What if you were good enough just the way you are?

I meet so many women who struggle with their weight, who always seem to be on a diet, fighting those last few pounds. They’re unhappy, they’ve got low self-esteem, and they think that the only thing that can fix it is to drop the extra weight from their hips, belly, and thighs.

But what if we didn’t live that way? What if there was an alternative?

What if we decided that where we are is perfect, and we don’t have to change unless we want to?

Think about it:  when you’re constantly at war with your body, you’re bound to be unhappy. Miserable, even. But imagine if you could know, with absolute certainty, that your body would always stay the same size and shape. That, regardless of effort, you’d look exactly the same.

Would you still ditch your friends to go to the gym? Would you still hide at home, feeling ashamed of your body? Would you still hate shopping, because nothing seems to fit right and we all know those clothes are only made for runway models, anyway?

Or would you decide to love yourself, completely and fully, exactly as you are right now.

We never know what we have until it’s gone. So many of my clients will tell me, “You know, I was thinner as a kid, but when I think back to that time, I was totally uncomfortable in my own skin. I felt so fat. I wish I knew then just how beautiful I was, how lucky I was to have that body.” And while you’re hating your body now, I can guarantee that there’s a future you out there thinking the exact same thing:  I wish I would’ve appreciated my body the way it was.

So, let’s ditch the self-loathing, shall we? Body confidence, body positivity, and body acceptance are all the rage now.

Time to jump on the bandwagon, ladies.

I mean, what’ve you got to lose, really? Except maybe all the unhappiness, the killer workouts at the gym (literally), and that terrible diet you’ve been clinging to with hopes that this will “finally be the one”.

You know what’s really awesome about this concept, too, though? As soon as you start accepting yourself, you relax, which actually promotes weight loss, since so many of us eat away our stress, not to mention that stress hormones cause increased belly fat storage.

And then you start to love yourself, which leads to tuning into your body, listening to what it wants, and taking better care of yourself. Resulting in – wouldn’t ya know it?! – WEIGHT LOSS.

I know, it’s radical and crazy, so let me present a fourth, but by no means final, benefit, just to further my case here:  the reason the diets you’ve tried haven’t worked so far is because you’ve been trying too hard. Yup, I said trying too hard.

When we do super-fast cardio at the gym to burn calories and fat? Our bodies are actually going into fat storage mode. (Slower workouts are better for fat burning).

When we diet and hold ourselves to strict “do not eat” lists? We crave those foods and then binge on them. And when we fall off the wagon? We beat ourselves up for our “failure”, which usually leads to some pretty hefty emotional eating.

Alright, I’ve made a pretty strong case here, I think. Now, the only thing left for you to do is choose, so what’s it gonna be? Perpetual body shaming and unhappiness, or self-love, joy, and FREEDOM (finally).

Guest Post by Shannon Lagasse.

Shannon Lagasse jpeg Bio: Shannon Lagasse, certified holistic health coach and emotional eating expert, teaches women struggling with low self-esteem and an unhealthy relationship with food how to love themselves, create their ideal body, and live a fantastically awesome life. By coming from a focus on pleasure and getting to the heart of their issues, Shannon’s clients are empowered to find freedom from food fears and fulfill their deepest desires. To learn more about working with Shannon, grab your complimentary Food Freedom Kit, and to receive her inspirational weekly articles on natural ways to get the body and life you want, visit her website:  www.HungerforHappiness.com.

 

 

 

 

An Interview with Wellness Expert Arielle Fierman Haspel

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Arielle Fierman is a Board Certified Health and Nutrition Coach, Recipe Developer, Speaker and Host.

She creates delicious, easy-to-make recipes that taste just like your favorite foods but are “healthified” so you look AND feel amazing after eating them. We only get one body, so I’m here to help you fall in love with YOUR body (fast)!
 
She’s been featured on The Dr. Oz Show, Glamour Magazine, NBC’s “Today in New York,” CBS’ “Starts With You,” Daily Candy, Crazy Sexy Life, Veria Living TV, Bloomberg Businessweek.
 
In today’s episode we talk about how she got started on her journey as an entrepreneur, why she loves cooking so much and her top wellness tips for you.
 
You can check out Arielle’s website here and sign up for her newsletter! http://www.bewellwitharielle.com/
 
 
 

How to Create Your Ideal Financial Life

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When was the last time you looked at your numbers – both your income AND your expenses – without feeling a hint of worry, stomach knots, or fear?

 
If that seems far fetched, you’re not alone. For many of us, it’s just a way of life.
 
But what would it be like if you didn’t have those money fears anymore?
 
What would it be like if every time you looked at your finances, you felt… ease?
 
Imagine feeling deeply confident around money. Calm. Even empowered.
 
Last week, I introduced you to a mentor of mine, Sherold Barr.
 
Sherold is on a mission to help smart, passionate, impact-driven women to break through their money blocks and learn how to give money the attention it deserves, without letting fear get in the way. She explains, “Because I know that when you clear your blocks and beliefs, money flows.”
 
Don’t you love that?
 
When you change your money beliefs, amazingly other parts of your life fall into place.
 
Here’s the really juicy part about all of this: Sherold has just opened her Smart Women Make Money program and is making a special offer for $100 off through the end of the day! The next group class begins on July 28, 2014.
 
And believe me…this is a class you don’t want to miss!
 
I’ve taken it myself a number of times, and each time, I get something more out of it.
 

This is the last time Sherold is offering a price of $398 so I encourage you to jump on this now. In July the early bird rate will go up to $497.
 
Here’s what you get:

  • 3 live group coaching calls with Sherold where she helps you bust through any limiting belief or fear you have about money.  Her time for these group-coaching calls is valued at $750 but you get it for the early bird price of $398.

 

  • Support from Sherold and the other members in the private Facebook community that is super supportive.

 

  • 7 weeks of rock-solid content around creating financial freedom.

 

  • Once you sign up for the program, you are in it for life. She’s always adding more great content to keep you earning and manifesting.
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Smart Women Make Money will be the catalyst to help you clear out your negative money beliefs so that you can pursue your dreams.
 
Here’s what Smart Women Make Money participants say you would miss if you don’t take this course.
 
“It’s like a deep-clean for your money house. Going all the way down in the basement and cleaning out the junk so you can start fresh and clean.”
 
“This is a no-nonsense, no bullshit program if you are serious abut changing your financial life.”
 
Will this be your time that you stop settling and decide that you are ready to earn and manifest more money in your life?
 
Click here now to sign up.
 
If you have questions about the program or aren’t sure about the decision, feel free to send me an email! I’ve worked with Sherold personally and am happy to answer any q’s.
 
Peace and prosperity,
Alexis

 

 

Best Kale Salad Recipe Ever

best kale salad recipe ever

 

This kale salad recipe is perfect to add to any dinner! Love it in the summer and was a perfect compliment to this salmon and mango dish.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 large bunch fresh kale, rinsed, washed and torn into pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 dollop Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup good olive oil
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries

 

How-To:

  • In the bottom of a large wooden salad bowl, make the dressing by mixing the smashed garlic cloves, olive oil, Dijon mustard and lemon juice
  • Place washed and torn kale leaves in bowl and toss with the dressing
  • Cover the kale mixture and refrigerate for 1-2 hours
  • Toast the almonds by placing them on a roasting pan in the oven at 250 degrees for approximately 5 minutes
  • When ready to serve, sprinkle the almonds, Parmesan and cranberries over the salad

 

Serve on a beautiful platter and enjoy!

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