How to Reach Your 2020 Nutrition Goals

We all start the year with the best intentions. I know you want to crush those goals for 2020! I can imagine you are starting this new year feeling overwhelmed with enthusiasm. You’re ready to move towards your nutrition goals full. steam. AHEAD!

I’m rooting for you, because I also know what a huge difference a change in diet and lifestyle can make. Making it a priority to eat better has changed my body and my mind. It has helped with my anxiety, made a drastic difference in my skin, helped balance my hormones, and gotten my gut on track for good.

Knowing how much this change has helped me, I get so fired up when I hear that other people have a goal to cultivate a healthier lifestyle. I want to see you win! But I also know what stands in your way. That’s why today I wanted to share with you a suggestion that could make or break your ability to meet your nutrition goals.

The suggestion is simple: hire an expert!

When your toilet overflows, you call a plumber.

When you need a cavity filled, you go to a dentist.

When you’re buying a home, you enlist the help of a realtor.

So when you’re ready to overhaul the way you eat, why not hire a nutritionist? Someone who is trained in nutrition has a lot to offer. If you haven’t considered the benefits before, you may want to dig deeper. The reasons, after all, back up why it’s such a good idea in the first place.

Education. Yes, your nutrition professional is (should be – double check this!) educated, but that’s not what I’m talking about. What’s really great about working with a professional is that they get a chance to educate you. With this gained knowledge, you will have the tools you need to make a long-lasting change. Plus, knowledge is so empowering! With enough of it you will be able to make your own educated decisions in the future, even after the experience of working with a professional is over.

Support. The ultimate goal of a nutrition professional is not to work with you forever. The goal is to support you on your journey as much as possible to ensure your success. This person can cheer you on and help keep you moving toward your goal with enthusiasm. Not only that, but they can provide you with the tools you need to make this a sustained change, and not one that lasts only as long as your motivation does.

Accountability. This is one of the most powerful tools available when creating a change. Being held accountable can be the key to so many people meeting their goals! Some of us just need that person. I know when I began working out, I loved having a trainer because they kept me accountable for the work I was doing. High accountability reduces excuses. If you are someone who struggles with this in particular, hiring a professional is really going to help you.

If you are ready to turn your 2020 goals into full gear, I hope you will seriously consider hiring an expert! If your goal is not necessarily nutrition, remember that hiring an expert to help you is transferable across all your other goals. Consider it a short-term investment in a long-term change.

I hope you work hard in 2020 for what you want, and let great things happen for you!

How to Feel More AWAKE (without caffeine)

One thing I promise never to do in my posts is copy and paste lists found on the internet. What a snooze that would be- for you and for me!

That’s why today’s post is about actual techniques I use to feel more awake – sans caffeine. And trust me, I need ’em.

I am one of those people who can hardly get myself on the go in the morning without a cup of coffee (or 3). I don’t hold it against myself. It’s a vice I acknowledge, and for the most part, accept.

But staying hydrated is also vital to my health and my goals. I can’t be chugging coffee all day long! Eventually I hit that “between 2 and 4 pm” lull of energy.

Here’s what I do about it: 

Dab essential oils under my nose. I like tea tree and peppermint the best because they have an energizing but at the same time relaxing effect on me. It brings about a peaceful sort of happy in me. Sometimes I will put a couple dabs on my temples as well.

Eat light. I started noticing years ago that the heavier or more carb-concentrated my lunches were, the more tired I felt going back to work. Think about it: your body is putting so much work into just digesting your food – no wonder you feel energy depleted! I no longer put myself into food comas on my lunch break. And that doesn’t always mean a salad (I do love a good salad though). Fish and greens is a favorite, like salmon and asparagus or trout and spinach!

Using a roller ball. Sometimes I suspect that a part of my sluggishness is actually a result of the toxins, bound up in my tight muscles, taking their toll. Using a roller ball to loosen the muscle releases the toxins, and then I drink some water to flush them out! Really works like a charm for me.

Make plans, exciting plans. Plans for the evening, plans for the week ended, plans for the next vacation. Once the creative part of my brain is being used, I feel more lively. Plus you just might make some plans you are excited about, which in turn usually helps me feel more alert!

Get some fresh air. The outdoors are healing place. Step outside of where you are, both mentally and physically. Allow the warm embrace of the sun to rejuvenate you, if the weather permits it. This is an obvious but truly often underutilized.

Let’s be honest: caffeine will always have it’s time and place in my routine, but I’m glad to have alternatives when I need them.

What refreshes you guys midday?