When Health Is Lost

"When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost."  -Billy Graham

 

 

To my readers who have been struggling with health issues:  Oh I have so many things I want to tell you!  Having travelled the health/illness journey for 9 years with my daughter and my own journey for nearly a year, I want to spare you from the heartache and the despair.  Because the truth is, how you view your health has everything to do with your wellness.  Your path to health is something you are working out daily.  You are moving towards health. Your positive mindset and willingness to dig in, is what will propel you towards health. 

So this month, I want to share some of the things I have learned over the past 9 years. Yes, keep doing the physical things: eat well, sleep well, move well., but add these mental exercises to them:

1.  Decide today that you are moving towards health.
2.  Remind yourself that you are smart and can figure this out.
3.  Each day is a new opportunity for learning more about your mind and body.
4.  Be open to trying something new.
5.  How you view your health has everything to do with how healthy you are.
6.  Ask other people how they have maintained or regained their health.
7.  Think big picture. If you mess up today, start over tomorrow.
8.  You are not a victim.
9.  When you learn something new, teach it to someone else.
10. It's usually not just one thing that restores health, but a combination of small steps.
11. Gather a good support network around you.
12. Layer your life with things other than physical health: friendships, faith, service, and self-sacrifice.
13. Your health does not determine if you are good or bad.
14. Trust that God has a plan for your life.

And finally, remember, you are not alone.  I am here for you. Need someone to talk to? Need someone to listen?  Give me a call!

Spring Cleaning

"They’re sure housework won’t kill you, but why take the chance?” 

-Author Unknown

The above quote is true in part. In all my years of Nursing, I never saw anyone die from cleaning. However, I’d say it’s worth the effort.  But what about Spring Cleaning? If you've ever done it, you know it can be quite taxing on the body. I must admit, it’s been a while since I have participated in this once semi-yearly routine. Back in the day when I was home full time with small children, my dear friend/neighbor (Susie) and I encouraged each other in this seemingly forgotten practice. Alas, it has once again gone by the wayside. But this year, I mean to bring it back! No, I’m not going to hang rugs over a clothes line and whack the dust out of them (clothes lines also seem to have gone by the wayside). But I am going to take some time to think about some of the hidden areas in my house, my body and my heart. 

Keep reading and take a whack at it for yourself. 

CLEAN HOUSE

Kitchen countertops- Keep them clean and smelling great with diluted lemon juice in a spray bottle. 

Disposal- It takes a hit on a regular basis. Freeze lemon and orange rinds with vinegar or water in ice cube trays and run them through your disposal for 10 seconds. 

Dishwasher- Place 2 cups of white vinegar in a dishwasher safe bowl on the top shelf. Run your dishwasher without any dishes to remove the funky smell of this much-used appliance. 

Cast-iron skillets- Pour some club soda in the pan while still warm so the food particles don't stick. 

Tub- Cut a grapefruit, lemon or orange in half, sprinkle each half with salt or baking soda and squeeze as you’re cleaning. Rinse with water. Take a deep breath in! Mmmm! 

Wood furniture- Mix 1 cup olive oil with 1⁄2 cup lemon juice. Rub into furniture with a soft cloth. 

Laundry- Add 1⁄2 cup of lemon juice to your rinse cycle for brighter colors, super white whites and a clean lemon scent. 

Smelly room- (perhaps a teenage boy's room?) Get rid of tough odors with a bowl of vinegar in the room overnight. 

Carpets and rugs-(pets?) Sprinkle them with some baking soda and vacuum after 15 minutes. 

Windows- Ditch the blue stuff. Mix 1⁄4 cup vinegar with 2 cups water in a spray bottle. Spray windows and wipe with newspaper (yes, newspaper-it really does work). 

 

 

CLEAN BODY

Lungs- Step outside as often as possible and take a deep inhale in from your gut/belly goes out! Crack the windows of your home for 5 minutes/day.

Mouth- Buy (and use) a tongue scraper.

Gut- Consider using a probiotic for a healthy gut. And/or eat fermented foods: homemade pickles, sauerkraut, kimchi, yogurt, sourdough bread.
Increase your fiber: eat more fruits (w/skin), legumes and beans (and increase your water at the same time). Eat the skin on your sweet potato. Eat beans or lentils as your main protein for a meal 2x/week. Add lettuce and tomato to your sandwhich instead of cheese. Snack on hummus and veggies. Add garbanzo beans to your salad. Eat oatmeal for breakfast.

Liver- Support your liver: eat beets, artichokes, bone broth, egg yolks, and olive oil. Drink dandelion tea instead of coffee. Oh, and ditch the alcohol.
Switch to a whole foods diet by eliminating processed foods (anything with a label on it).

Get to a Farmers’ Market for some fresh, local produce.

CLEAN HEART

Spend your first waking moments each day thanking God for a new day.

Read the Gospel of John.

Pray for others.

Volunteer your time.

Think of others before yourself.

Apologize.

Forgive others.

Be kind.

Love deeply.

Smile. 

 

SPRING CLEANING SPECIAL FROM YOUR FOOD FIGHT. LLC

A Health Consultation with me is always FREE.  When you schedule your free session with me in April or May and then sign up for a 6 month program, you will receive either one free session (pay for 11, but get 12 sessions) OR a free in home pantry assessment with recommendations. Your choice! 

PLUS: I will be teaching a new class on Tuesday, April 17, 2018,  6-7:30 pm at Green Top Grocery, 901 East Washington St., Bloomington IL. 

Life is Sweet (Step away from the sugar bowl!)

Come find out why sugar has a hold on you and what you can do about it!

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Hashi What?!

"Health is not valued till sickness comes." Thomas Fuller

As I recently lay on my bathroom floor with a paramedic over me, administering much needed pain medication for a kidney stone, he asked if I have any health conditions. According to my foggy memory, our conversation was short. I said, "Hashimoto's" and I heard him distantly say, "What is THAT?" No one in my bathroom answered him. Why? Because none of the other EMT/Paramedics likely knew the answer. And yet, it's the most common autoimmune condition in the U.S. In fact, many people don't even know they have it. They have simply been told they are hypothyroid. The symptoms of Hashi that initially catch your attention are the symptoms of hypothyroid: fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, and poor concentration, to name a few.

As a Health Coach, I see women who are at varying places on the health continuum. But Hashimoto's (Hashi) is one illness that really catches my attention, because I see a lot of it. Did you know that one in five women will develop Hashimoto's Thyroiditis in her lifetime?

Seriously, what IS Hashimoto's anyway??

What really concerns me is the lack of understanding around Hashimoto's. Our local newspaper ran a half page article on it a month ago. I saw the headline and thought, "FINALLY!" Then I read the article and thought, "Typical". If you read such an article you would be led to believe that all you have to do for Hashi is pop a pill and you'll be fine. I'd like to add my two cents.

First, let's get to the original question. What is Hashimoto's? According to Dr. Izabella Wentz, Pharma FASCP, in her book, Hashimoto's Protocol, "If you have Hashimoto's, the immune system recognizes the thyroid gland as a foreign invader and launches an immune response against it as if it were an invading virus, bacteria, or other pathogen. This autoimmune destruction of the thyroid gland eventually results in the thyroid gland no longer being able to produce sufficient thyroid hormone. This in turn leads to a hypothyroid condition."

What I have found in my practice, is that most women think as long as they take their thyroid medication they are treating their Hashi. This simply is not true. Yes, thyroid medication treats hypothyroidism. If you're on it, stay on it until your doctor says you can go off of it. But did you know that 95% of all hypothyroidism is caused by Hashi? Pills won't treat or change that.

So what's a woman to do? Before you make any changes, I suggest you work with an integrative physician to determine what triggered your Hashi (i.e. environmental pollutants, food, etc?) You also can make some key food and lifestyle choices that will lead to a healthier you, no matter whether you have Hashi or not.

Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

REMOVE

grain (wheat, corn, rice)refined sugarconventional dairy and meat foods that are genetically modified processed foods

toxic chemicals (personal care products/household cleaning products)

REPLACE (add in)whole foods; grass fed, organic meat and dairycolorful fruits and veggies (lots of them: think rainbow)healthy fats like extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), coconut oil, walnut oil, nuts/seeds fermented foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, yogurt, picklesexercise, daily stress reduction, prayer, good sleep hygiene

REPAIR

supplements specific to your needs

REBALANCE

begin taking a probiotic

As I said, all of this can be overwhelming. If you're newly diagnosed or just need someone to talk to about addressing your Hashi, email me or give me a call. Or maybe you know someone with Hashi. Let them know I'm here to help. I have implemented many of the above suggestions and am seeing a reversal of my symptoms. It feels good to be taking measures to return to a healthy me. I'd love to help you do the same.

You're not in this alone. I'm literally in the ring with you on this one! Renee

I will be teaching my class, Your Food Fight: Food Your Greatest Weapon at Green Top Grocery on March 20th at 6pm. It's loaded with good information for women on maintaining/regaining your health. Email or call me by March 13 if you or someone you know would like to attend. Space is limited. It's FREE! GREEN TOP GROCERY 921 E. Washington St. Bloomington IL, 61701 Renee@yourfoodfight.com 309-825-0424

"I can't eat that." (and other weight loss food lies we tell ourselves)

“In two decades I've lost a total of 789 pounds. I should be hanging from a charm bracelet.” Erma Bombeck

It sounds like Erma believed a few lies about weight loss. I wonder how many you have believed through the years. I don't mean to rain on your Valentine's Day parade, but there are a few things I think you should know no matter what time of year it is. Maybe you'll find yourself among some of these common myths.

Lie #1: "I'm going to cut calories and exercise to get into that dress."

The Truth: Cutting calories below your resting metabolic rate-the number of calories your body needs simply to function tell your body it's starving, which results in burning muscle (not good!) for energy + slowing your metabolism down=loss of muscle mass and weight gain. So if you are exercising, make sure you’re eating more calories than your resting metabolic rate. (Search "resting metabolic rate" and you'll find a calculator to figure out what yours is).

Lie #2: "It doesn't matter what I eat, as long as I keep my calories super low."

The Truth: The 'calories in/calories burned' idea simply doesn’t work. Just take a look around. Consider all the people you know who restricted calories for years and have had a yo-yo experience with their dress size. Losing weight is a matter of what you eat. Some simple guidelines to start: Limit your grains (wheat, corn, rice), reduce your refined sugar to less than 25 g/day, increase your water (1/2 your body weight in ounces/day), increase your green veggies, and enjoy the sweetness of relationships with others.

Lie #3: "I'm cutting out all fat so I don't get fat!"

The Truth: The growing obesity epidemic is evidence that low-fat diets don't work. America has had a LOVE affair with this way of eating since the 1970's AND we are bigger and sicker than we have ever been. When you eat good fats (extra virgin olive oil, walnut oil, coconut oil, macadamia nut oil, seeds, and nuts), you increase your fat burning capacity. And yes, while fat has more calories, adding healthy fats into your diet will also make you feel full quicker.

Lie #4: "I need to lose weight, so I'm not going to eat carbs."

The Truth: Chances are when you think of carbohydrates, you think of bread, pasta, cake, and cookies. Reducing/avoiding these is definitely a good idea, but do you realize that vegetables and fruits are carbs? Did you know that they are filled with something called phytonutrients (chemicals that contain powerful antioxidants that reduce inflammation)? Simple carbohydrates (like refined sugar) enter your bloodstream quickly and if they aren't used right away, they are stored as fat. Complex carbohydrates (beans, legumes, nuts) are absorbed more slowly, allowing more time for your body to use them. You also need to consider the glycemic load of the food you eat-the effect of a total meal on your blood sugar. The glycemic load takes into account how all the foods work together to affect you. Mixing beans and vegetables provide a low glycemic load, while spaghetti + sauce has a high glycemic load. So pick your carbs wisely: veggies, fruits, beans, nuts, and seeds. Combine them with a healthy fat, and you can feel good about what you’re eating.

Lie #5: “High Fructose Corn Syrup is the same as sugar.”

The Truth: High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is absorbed very quickly into your cells and leads to the production of triglycerides and cholesterol. And here's the real kicker...when your body processes sugar, your brain gets the message that it's full. But with HFCS, your brain gets that message very slowly, so you tend to overeat and gain weight. Check labels for HFCS.

Lie #6: “I use artificial sweeteners so that I don’t gain weight.”

The Truth: The general problem with artificial sweeteners is that your brain doesn’t know the difference between them and real sugar, so it tells the pancreas to release insulin. Insulin then gets all fired up, waiting for the sugar that never arrives. In a sense, insulin demands the brain for sugar creating hunger. Bottom line, artificial sweeteners, at the very least, have been associated with overeating and obesity.

Hopefully, this clears a few things up. If you have questions, remember it costs nothing to sit down with me for the first time.

I’d love to know what works for you. Tell me your weight loss success story!

And as far as Valentine's Day is concerned, no matter where you are in life and relationships, know that you are loved beyond measure by Almighty God! Renee

 

 

Resolutions

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. C. S. Lewis

Happy New Year!! Have you made any New Year's resolutions? Personally, I am a resolution maker and a resolution keeper. Years ago I resolved to purchase all the birthday cards for our nieces and nephews (13 total) in the first week of January, put their monetary gift inside, address the envelope and put a stamp on it (use "forever" stamps...I learned the hard way). When their birthday rolls around, I just write a note and it's ready to be mailed. Consequently, through age 18 all our nieces and nephews have received a timely card with a gift from Aunt Renee and Uncle David. Feel free to borrow that one!

Another year I resolved to pack all of our Christmas decorations away in red/green boxes. To this day, I love to see them on the shelves in our garage....come December 1 I always know where everything is.

And many, many years ago I resolved to spend my first hour(s) of the day with God in Bible reading and prayer. It's the most precious part of my day.

I share these 3 ideas to show you that you don't have to "remake" yourself starting January 1st. Pick one thing you want to do in the new year, one thing you want to change, a new habit you want to form and do it. Keep it simple, practical. Just imagine, if you do this every year in 10 years you will have 10 solid things you have changed.

If you want to form a new habit, attach it to something you already do. Maybe you want to dry brush before you shower every morning tto stimulate your lymph system, but never remember to do it until you are already IN the shower. You could say, When I finish my morning coffee, I will dry brush for 5 minutes. Refine it even further and say, When I put my coffee cup down, I will pick up my dry brush.

Different but similar, when I turned 49 I purposed to try 50 new fruits and veggies before I turned 50. It was an interesting year. I never realized how many things I had never tried!

So what will it be for you? A resolution? A new habit? A personal challenge? Let me know what you’re planning to do, I really would like to know.

 

Healthy Eating Through The Holidays

The reason that most major goals are not achieved is that we spend our time doing second things first. -Robert J. Mccain

OK! We have our orders....first things first! As you enter into the Christmas season you will have plenty of opportunities to make healthy food and lifestyle choices (first things) or make choices that are not so good for you. Ultimately these will be your decisions, but I'd like to give you some ideas for navigating through the season and keeping your health as a priority.

1. Eat a little bit BEFORE you go to a party. If you go hungry, you may be tempted to park yourself at the snack table and finish off every dip, cake, and cookie.

2. Don't skip meals. You'll only be tempted to overeat later.

3. If you're going to a potluck, bring a healthy dish (and be sure to have some of it!)

4. For parties where you walk around and mingle, keep a cup/glass of water in your hand. You can't eat off a plate if you have a plate in one hand and your drink in the other. Therefore, you can pick up one thing to eat off the food table and walk away.

5. Practice these 3 little words. No. Thank. You. You don't have to eat everything that is offered to you. You don't even have to give a reason as to why you are declining. Just a simple, "No thank you" will do.

6. Increase your vegetable intake during the season. Not only will they fill you up, but you will be giving your body some much-needed nourishment.7. Be the last one in line. The food will look far less appealing after everyone else has had a crack at it!

8. Don't neglect exercise! You may not have time to keep up with vigorous workouts at the gym, but at least keep moving by taking the stairs, walking as much as possible and/or doing "half" your workout at the gym.

9. Practice self-care. Sit down and put your feet up for 15 minutes, take a 20-30 minute nap, soak in a nice hot bath.

10. You don't have to be perfect, just make better choices more often. If you overindulge, move forward and get back on track the next day.

11. "Fill up" on a good conversation. At a party, make it your mission to learn one new thing about every person you interact with. Ask lots of questions,  keep the conversation going.

12. Be a helpful guest. Assist your host by picking up those empty plates/cups, filling up empty serving dishes and offering to hang up guests' coats.

13. Focus on the reason for the season. Christmas is a remembrance of the birth of Jesus. God loves you so much that He sent Jesus to die in your place, to pay the debt for your sin that you could never pay. Accepting Jesus' sacrifice for you is the source of eternal life. Though you may die on earth, you will live forever with God in Heaven.

Now THAT'S keeping first things first!

 

Beyond The Gratitude Journal

“It’s one thing to be grateful. It’s another to give thanks. Gratitude is what you feel. Thanksgiving is what you do.” –Tim Keller

Our minds automatically go to "Thanksgiving" this time of year. I love the above quote because it seems gratitude is something altogether different than Thanksgiving. You know that ad: "What's in your wallet?" Well, today I ask you, "What's in your heart?" If you look inside and don't see gratitude, keep reading. Gratitude is something that needs to be cultivated within you. Without it we take life and people for granted. But don't think this only affects others. Research shows that people who regularly practice gratitude feel more alive, sleep better, express more compassion and kindness, and even have stronger immune systems. Try some of the following gratitude suggestions and see how much better YOU and others feel:

*Print a calendar off for the month of November. Have at least one family member write something they are grateful for each day. Read them at your Thanksgiving dinner on November 23.

*Create a year of gratitude. Set a jar on your kitchen counter. When you feel grateful for someone or some thing, write it down and put it in the jar. Read them out loud each month.

*Go "criticizing, judging and complaining free" for one month.

*Give at least one genuine compliment daily.

*Turn a negative into a positive. Change "It's so COLD outside." to "Look how beautiful it is out there."

*Be mindful of self criticism. Tell yourself, "I'm doing the best I can right now."

*Stay away from "always" and "never" statements.

*Find yourself in a bad situation? Consider what you might learn from it.

*Watch your tone. If you can't pick up your phone and sound genuinely delighted to talk to someone, let it go to voice mail and call them back later.

*Smile more. Smile with your mouth and your eyes. The movement of these facial muscles releases chemicals in your brain that cause you to feel positive and happy. Now you're in a perfect position to tell someone you're grateful for them!

*And yes, there's always the gratitude journal. Include people, situations, and things. But also include feelings, tastes, smells and kindnesses shown to you by others.

 

Portion Distortion

Hello and welcome Autumn!

Question: How many servings are in a bag of snack-size whole grain crackers? Or a small bottle of your favorite all natural juice? Or that 2 pack of granola bars you snack on?

Hint: It's not “one.” Often, the above products contain two or two-and-a-half servings per package.

Can YOU Eat Just One? More than likely you aren't going to eat half of a snack bag. If you place food in front of most people, they tend to eat it all. Remember the 1980's Lays Potato Chips ad, "Bet you can't eat just one"? They were playing on our need to finish what's in front of us. And it worked. Guess what? It still works!

The Dangers of Supersizing: Snacks aren't the only thing we need to be concerned about. Our meals have gotten bigger over the years and restaurants typically give us enough for 2 meals. Eating too much food in one sitting is hard on your body. Here’s why:

• Food is meant to be spread throughout the day. Eating too much food at one time causes pain, bloating, and slow digestion.

• When a lot of glucose is released into your blood your pancreas has to work overtime, pumping insulin through the body to try to move the glucose into your cells. This can make you feel spacey, weak, grouchy, and/or leave you with quite a headache.

• Thinking there is some type of emergency, your adrenal glands go into “fight or flight” mode and release adrenaline and cortisol, which is the body’s natural response to stress. Over time, this leaves you with an expanding waistline.

• When your blood sugar levels finally drop, you can experience cravings for more food—especially sugar and carbs.

• Research has shown that the immune system is affected for at least five hours after consuming large amounts of simple carbohydrates, leaving you open to getting sick more easily.

5 Tips to Kick Portion Distortion

• Don’t over order – go for salads, soups, and appetizers, which are typically more reasonably sized than entrees. If you do order an entre, eat half and take home half of it for another meal.

• Choose high-fiber foods like vegetables, fruits, beans, and whole grains to keep you feeling full and energized.

• Chew well to aid digestion and give your brain time to register you’re full before you overeat. It takes 20 minutes for your brain to tell you you're full!

• Drink enough water throughout the day. Often we mistake thirst for hunger.

• Carry your own snacks. Stock up on snack-sized containers and fill them with baby carrots, air- popped popcorn, or nuts.

 

Stress Management

“Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.” ~ Charles Spurgeon

Previously we addressed Time Management. Now let’s take a look at its cousin, Stress Management. After all, lack of Time Management can easily lead to Stress Management problems. What is stress? What is its effect on your body?  And what can you do about it?

What is stress? We've all seen the "stress tests" where you circle the number of events that have occurred in your life in the past year-good and bad- tally them up, receive your score and somehow from that number determine that you are or are not stressed. It seems, therefore, that stress can come from healthy and unhealthy things, events and people in our lives.From a medical perspective, stress is a physical, mental, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension.

How does stress affect me? Your mindset may be, "I'll address that later when I have time." I urge you to reconsider this approach. While you continue on your high-stress path in life, the effects of stress are not slowing down. What you can't see is the changing ratio of good and bad bacteria in your gut causing bloating, reflux, and ulcers; the large amounts of cortisol being excreted from your adrenal glands leading to insulin resistance, adrenal fatigue and autoimmune disorders; or the constricted blood flow leading to headaches, stroke and/or heart disease.

So...what's a woman to do?

LIVE WELL: Be honest with yourself. You don't need to tally up the amount of stress in your life. Simply take a good honest look at all that you have going on. Do you have time in your life for quiet reflection? Are you constantly on the go? How do you handle interruptions in your day? Are you more irritable? Short tempered? Do you have stomach issues? Headaches? Fatigue? Not sleeping well? Poor memory? Low libido? All of these could be the effects of high stress.

Tell someone. You're not Superwoman. A shared burden is half the burden. Reach out to a trusted friend, counselor or therapist.

Socialize.  Don’t spend too much time alone. Get a group of friends together.  Make dinner. Linger longer at the table and enjoy good conversation.

Take the focus off of yourself. Volunteer. Reach out to someone in need. Practice your faith.

SLEEP WELL: Get 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Turn off all screens 1 hour prior to bedtime, read a book instead (one with actual paper pages).Soak in an Epsom Salt bath (2 cups added to a tub of water) for 15 minutes. Eat a palm-full of cherries and almonds before bed.

EAT WELL: Eat whole foods as much as possible. 80% of your plate should be colorful veggies, 20% is protein. Drizzle olive oil over your veggies for your fat. Don't skip meals.

Maxine says, "Stressed is desserts spelled backwards." Don’t’ fall for it. Limit the sweet stuff!

MOVE WELL: Stretch, take a walk, ride a bike, go for a run, get back to the gym, sit outdoors, breathe deep, laugh out loud, sing, hum.

 

Time Management

“The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is. C.S. Lewis

Do you find yourself saying or thinking things like: “I’m too busy“, “I just don’t have enough time”, “The month went so fast!” or “I could use a 25 hour day”? Do you really need more time or do you need to better manage the time you have? As C.S. Lewis points out, time is the great equalizer, we all are given 60 minutes in an hour and 24 hours in a day.

True “Time Management” is not a matter of the amount of time you have, it’s how you manage the time you’re given. Undoubtedly there are people and things in your life that you highly value. Understanding who and what they are is the key to addressing your supposed lack of time. When you clearly establish your values you are able to attach the things that you do to the things that are important to you. In this way, the things you do hold value and time is not an issue.

Here’s an exercise to make this happen. Although the following steps are simple, they will require some soul searching to accomplish. This also requires that you get absolutely clear on what you value most in life and what you do with your time. Okay, here it is:

First, write down everything you do in 24 hours. Everything. (ie, drink coffee, read newspaper, text, talk on phone, get dressed, pray, drive to work, eat lunch, check email, work on project, watch TV, etc)

Next, write down 5 things you value most in life. Think BIG- relationships, faith, work, health, people etc.

Now compare your list of your 5 top values to your daily activities.   Do your daily activities support the things you value?

If not- START ELIMINATING ACTIVITIES- one by one.

Give the above exercise a try and see how much better you feel about the 24 hours you are given each day. Here are a few extra ideas for time management:

• Do you have multiple big projects? Pick your top 3. Do the hardest one first. Give yourself a reasonable amount of time to accomplish it and move on to the next one.

• Ask for help. You don’t have to be a lone ranger. Ask a friend to help you on a project and in return you can help her with something on her list.

• Tell someone what you’re doing and ask to be held accountable.

• Take time to relax. Take a break in between projects. Breathe deeply from you abdomen. (not your chest!)

How did this go?  Were you able to cross something off your list?

 

 

Email me and let me know how it went.

renee@yourfoodfight.com