I began using the label Courageously Healthy about a half year ago to describe my current approach to growing my life and my business. Maybe it's because I played the cowardly lion in my elementary school play (some day I'll post some video footage). Not quite sure where my brain came up with it, but Courageously Healthy felt right, so I ran with it.
Today I came across this definition for courage: The state or quality of mind or spirit that enables one to face danger or fear with self-possession, confidence, and resolution.
I call upon my valor often, especially when I have no idea what to do (...often). In my last blog entry I wrote about the importance of action. Thoughts and dreams are wonderful, but ascribing real action to them is what makes the magic, or results, happen. This knowledge gets me out of bed in the morning! I would prefer to stay in bed with my husband, but I know that If I don't exercise (almost daily) I get sad, I gain weight, my back issues flare up, and my life feels anxious and unsettled. I know that if I don't keep my workout clothes, sneakers and head phones near my bed, I may not make it out the door. I also know that 2 minutes into my walk I feel magically more awake and positive. I have badass music pumping in my ears and the vision I have for the way I'd like to live my life is coming true. It's a little victory!
I want you to be as courageous as a poker player with a royal flush when it comes to your health. I promise you will feel lighter and brighter sooner than you think. What's on your courageously healthy to-do list for tomorrow? I'd LOVELOVELOVE to hear, so pretty please share in the comments below? I will cheer you on.
If you are new today to my blog- welcome! This is part of a 30 day food and lifestyle sharing thingy I decided to do for fuuuuun. Friends and clients often ask me what the heck we eat, so I've been blogging about just that.
Berry almond smoothie.
One very ripe banana, frozen blueberries, strawberries, cherries and some of my home made almond milk. I also threw in about a tsp of spirulina, about 3 tsp of chia seeds and some love. Spirulina is a natural “algae” powder that is incredibly high in protein and nutrients. When harvested correctly from non-contaminated ponds and bodies of water, it is one of the most potent nutrient sources available. It is largely made up of protein and essential amino acids, and high in natural iron content. Love is... well you know what that is, sillyface.
Salad n' rice bowl with a poached egg on top. Man, this meal in my mind is perfect. It tastes delish and everything about it just screams yes! (I need to get out more, clearly.) Here's what's in it. You can completely make up your own concoction to make your mouth happy.
Wild rice (I made a BIG batch on Sunday night, so this is a leftova)
Salad greens (from our CSA)
About a tablespoon of capers
One poached egg
Dressing: lemon juice, olive oil, s&p.
Veggie stir fry with peanut sauce. This was another win.
I chopped up zuchinni, squash, carrots, red onion, garlic scape (From my csa- it's only in season for a couple of weeks, so hit your farmers market this weekend and grab some. Your mouth will be so happy.) and some left over cannelinni beans from yesterday's dinner. On the side I made the peanut sauce. Here's how I made it:
1 1/2 cups hot broth
4-5 tablespoons smooth natural peanut butter (sugar-free)
1 tablespoon Tamari sauce
Juice from one fresh lime
1 tablespoon of raw honey
I stirred it on the stove top and while the veggies were cooking it thickened a bit. I liked that it wasn't a thick sauce, the veggies and rice (more leftova wild rice) soaked it up quite nicely. Ivy LOVED it and dipped her veggies in more of the peanut sauce.
A note about the foods I choose:
I make it a priority to buy local and organic foods as much as I can. I plan for the week, buy in bulk, absolutely use my left overs and I get courageously creative with our meals to save time and money. Since avoiding GMOs and other questionable icky unnatural ingredients is important to me, I give it the attention it deserves. I feel that cheap food (I'll talk more about this later) is an illusion. Over time using quality organic foods has drastically changed our lives for the better. I'm not an expert, I'm just good at experimenting so I've learned a lot.
My mission as a health coach is to help you live a courageously healthy life that you love. I'm hearing from my clients that they simply want to feel better. They want to feel in control of their health. Not only is this possible, but it can be joyful. Small steps, big results. Lasting change takes time, but luckily life is long.
( I invite you to take a deep breath after reading that last sentence.)
Thanks for taking this 30 day journey with me! Let me know your thoughts along the way. Where are you with your health? What's in your way from having a healthy life?
I want to be a resource for you, so reach out and share your story!
You. Freakin. Rock.
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