My Top Nutrition Hack...

My Top Nutrition Hack...
It’s nutrition hack day … and I’ve got a tip that will give you a major payoff both right now and into the future.

But first, I need to start with a big question.

When you sit down to eat, do you pay attention to your food and how your body feels while you’re eating?

Or … are you chowing down in front of the TV or while scrolling your phone/computer?

Paying attention to how you fuel your body – and being INTENTIONAL about your food choices – can seriously transform your results.

By being intentional, I mean paying attention to:

  • Where your food comes from,
  • How you prepare and serve it,
  • What it tastes like and how satisfying it is (every bite), and
  • How it makes you feel after you eat it.
Check this out! According to a government study, the average person spends 2½ hours a day eating. 

BUT for more than half of that time, we’re not paying attention to what we’re doing – we’re watching TV, working, on our phones, reading, etc.

More than HALF. 

The problem with that is that being intentional helps you figure out which foods are working FOR YOU or AGAINST YOU.

By that I mean, meals that keep you feeling fuller, longer … or make you feel bloated, blah, tired, and/or hungry two hours later.

Try this: For the next few days, really pay attention to your food. 

  • Before you eat, think about where the food came from and how it was prepared.
  • Take a moment to think about what purpose it is serving for your body, health, and goals.
  • Taste and enjoy every bite.
  • Notice if/when you feel full or satisfied.
  • Note how you feel 1-2 hours later.
You might be (you will be!) surprised at what you discover.

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How would you rate your eating skills?

How would you rate your eating skills?
If you had to grade yourself today – right now! – on your eating and nutrition skills, would you get an A, B, C … or …?

(haha: I’m talking about “healthy” eating here, for the record.)

Most of us think of eating/nutrition as something we should just automatically KNOW about …

… or we even label them as virtues.

EXAMPLE: I can’t even count how many times clients have told me they have been “good” or “bad” when it comes to food. 

But there really ARE skills involved – things like meal planning, grocery shopping, meal prep (aka cooking!), knowing which foods fill you up, which ones make you feel hungry, etc.

Understanding portion sizes is also a skill.

Some of us were never taught these things growing up! Or we’ve been taught so many conflicting things, it’s hard to know WHAT to believe.

Focusing on building these skills is a GREAT mindset switch. 

It is empowering (vs. restricting) because it’s not about deprivation – it’s about creating a healthy and fit lifestyle that you actually enjoy.

A few more learnable skills (obviously this depends on your goals & lifestyle):

  • Finding 3-4 breakfast options that taste great and keep you filled up till lunchtime (This is a yummy, healthy choice Plant-base Meal Replacement
  • Knowing how to meal prep during busy weeks
  • Protein: understanding how to make sure you’re getting enough for your goals
  • Veggies: finding ways to work them into your meals (most of us don’t eat enough of them!) One scoop of these greens fills in the gaps and supports healthy gut, immune system, and natural energy! https://m.lfstps.com/Tt5G2/Wipqa
  • Getting great at once-weekly grocery shopping (& streamlining it so you can get in and out fast)
  • Discovering snacks that satisfy you AND don’t derail your progress
Taking time to master these kinds of skills will move you closer to your goals … and give you a foundation that will last you a lifetime. I'm here to help on your wellness journey! Reach out with any questions.

Just something to think about!

p.s.
If you need assistance in this area, my 28-Day Total Body Transformation gives you a simple blueprint for eating healthy, prepping for the week, and setting you up for success! Learn more HERE.

Yours in health,
Colleen Riddle, ACE Certified Personal Trainer
Young Living Gold Independent Distributor 
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Easy, Healthy Meal....

Easy, Healthy Meal....
My husband cooks 98% of our meals (yes, I’m a VERY lucky woman)! One of my goals is to cook a little more often and try new, healthy meals. This turned out awesome, and it was so easy. 
Side note, usually when I try to surprise my husband with cooking, I screw it up, LOL (burning something, undercooking something, too bland, etc).🤣

If you are like me, OR if you are an expert in the kitchen, try this yummy recipe!

Just chop up the veggies and whisk together the sauce – and you’ll have a delicious teriyaki-style dinner in less than 30 minutes.
(For a heartier meal, serve this with rice or quinoa).

Cashew-Shrimp Sheet Pan Dinner
(serves 4)
• 12 oz (340 g) broccoli florets 
• 1 diced bell pepper
• 1 medium sweet onion, chopped
• 2 Tbsp avocado oil
• 2-3 pinches each of sea salt and pepper
• 2 Tbsp coconut or liquid aminos
• 2 Tbsp orange juice (I used 10 drops YL Orange Essential Oil)
• Dash of hot sauce
• 1 lb (450 g) peeled and deveined large shrimp (fresh or thawed from frozen)
• ¾ cup (90 g) raw cashews
Preheat your oven to 400ºF/200ºC and line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, toss together the broccoli, bell pepper, and onion with the oil, salt, and pepper. Pour onto the sheet pan and place in the oven, and roast for 10-12 minutes.

While that’s cooking, prepare your sauce. In a small bowl, whisk together the aminos, orange juice, and hot sauce.
Remove the vegetables from the oven and add the shrimp and cashews to the sheet pan. Drizzle the pan contents with the sauce and stir to combine. Place back in the oven and roast until the shrimp are cooked through, 5-7 minutes.

Remove from the oven and serve. DELICIOUS!

🤔
Do you love to cook, or are you like me?⬇️.


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St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Shake

St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Shake
🍀You’re in luck – check out this delicious, healthy Shamrock Shake recipe, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day!

● 1 cup creamy oat milk (or cashew or almond)
● 1-2 handful of baby spinach 
● ½ large frozen banana, sliced (I prefer half an avocado 🥑)
● ¼ tsp pure peppermint extract (or 1 drop YL Vitality Peppermint Essential Oil)
● Sprinkle of cacao nibs
● OPTIONAL: 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
● OPTIONAL: ¼ cup of Greek yogurt and/or 1 tbsp honey

Pour the oat milk into a high-speed blender and add the spinach. Blitz until well combined and then add the banana, peppermint extract, and optional ingredients. Blend until smooth. Pour into a tall glass over ice, and sprinkle with the cacao nibs. Yum!

Let us know if you make this...or if you change up the ingredients share with us!👇👇🍀🍀
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The real cause of your cravings...

The real cause of your cravings...

Just popping in with a little check-in! 
 
How are you doing today? 
 
How did you sleep last night … have you gotten in any workouts this week … are you focusing on whole foods … and how is your mood?
 
I’m asking because all of that is RELATED. 
 
When just one of those things is out of whack, it can throw everything else out of whack right along with it!

  • A bad night of sleep can throw your hunger hormones out of balance, making you feel hungry … even if you’ve eaten enough
  • A stressful day can leave you exhausted and craving comfort foods (and tempt you to skip your workout)
  • Lack of activity can drain your energy and also leave you tossing and turning
  • Eating too close to bedtime can make it hard to sleep
  • And on and on and on!
So … if you’re having one of “those days” … try taking a step back to look at the bigger picture – and then take ONE ACTION to help you feel better (and get back on track).
 
Some ideas:
 
  • Go outside for a brisk walk and fresh air – or make time for a workout 
  • Take 5-10 minutes to sit in a quiet space and do breathing exercises (I grab a favorite essential oil to enhance this)
  • Make sure your next meal is healthy & made of whole foods (including veggies!)
  • Double-check your water intake for the day
This can be like hitting the “reset” button on your day and will help you make better choices moving forward.
 
What’s ONE action you can count on to RESET your day? Keep this in your back pocket in case you need it! Message me if you use one of these this week!
 
Having a “big picture” viewpoint can make all the difference in your fitness/wellness – and it’s just ONE REASON why working with an experienced coach can help you get the results you want!
 
Not only will you have a complete roadmap to success, but also the accountability, support, motivation, and experience to help you feel great every step of the way.
 
Yours in health,
Colleen Riddle, ACE Certified Personal Trainer
Young Living Gold Independent Distributor 
Join my Facebook Group for more wellness info!  Wellness With Colleen
850-598-7263
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