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Spring is here and it’s time to cleanse. Do you have your coach yet?

First, let’s talk about why spring is such a great time to detox your body. As our days get longer, and as we are reenergized by the sun, and all of nature is coming into bloom, it’s only natural for us to want to take part in that awakening. We have a desire to feel refreshed, healthy, and whole. That, in turn, means that we also have a desire to shed the things that are holding us down or are making us feel less than whole.

Steps to a cleaner, healthier, lifestyle

Baby steps you can take to a lifestyle that is both manageable and enjoyable is the best way to achieve your goal. Little steps allow you ease into your new choices, then as your positive changes become more enjoyable, they become habit-forming.

Cleansing: why it works as a first step

First, I’ll just say that not all cleanses are equal, and even with that in mind, a cleanse is not for everyone. Generally speaking, I prefer to start my clients out with a food cleanse, which I affectionately call “Detox 101.” The reason why it works so well is that it’s doable. Since you get to eat during this program, it’s not so extreme, nor is it a shock to your body. However, it is a commitment, and since you will be making some changes to your diet during this time, it is challenging. Therefore, I always recommend giving it some serious thought before you begin, and take time to really think about your goals. After all,

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”

– Antoine de Saint Exupery

 

How a coach can help you:

Making a change in your life can be hard. When it comes to finding a good, nutritional balance; for some, this can be a lifelong battle. But it doesn’t have to be. The right Nutritional Health Coach will:

Thoroughly assess your needs…

Everyone is different, and therefore, each of us has specific nutritional needs. A careful assessment will ensure that your next steps will be the right ones for you.

Select a program that meets your needs

A certified nutritional health coach will be able to determine the best program to start you on, depending on your assessment—and the best program will be customized to your specific needs.

Guide you and hold you accountable

Now that you have a plan, you need a guide… someone to mentor you and be there for you whether it’s a good day, or a not so good day. Your coach is that person that will help you get from one level to the next.

Why Maryanne?

That’s me! But first, I will tell you that I may not be the coach for you. Why would I tell you this, do you think? Well… because the relationship we will build is personal and deep. Here are some things that might make me the best coach for you:

I will sincerely care about you and that you get what you want out of our time together.

That said, I will need you to be committed to the idea better health.

 

Warm, calm, and kind.

I will not yell at you. I will not offend you (at least not on purpose ;))… and you may not think of me as tough. However. You will work hard, and at the end of the day, I think you will take great joy in that.

Hardworking and Tenacious.

I’m the coach who will not give up on you, which is why your commitment is important to me. You need to be sure that this is something you really want—for you, and you, alone.

Direct

I am an excellent listener, and I have been accused of being direct, so with that in mind, I will very likely remind you of things that you said, as part of the accountability program.

Thoughtful and Sincere

I will encourage you when you’re struggling. I’ve been there myself, and I know how to help you work through it! I will also encourage you when you’re succeeding. I will know the ways to make sure you stay on track—and get you back on track, should you fall off—sincerely!

I don’t care about the status quo. I care about your bio-individuality.

Everybody is unique—nutritionally speaking. I want to recognize your uniqueness—that’s your bio-individuality. It’s what works for you. I will help you fine-tune your bio-individuality to help you be at your very best.

I follow a plan, I’m well organized, and I have high standards.

So… maybe organization isn’t your middle name. Don’t worry. I’m not the one who will make you feel bad about it. But I will be on task and ready to go, so you will need to show up. Having high standards means that you have expectations for yourself and for others. If that sounds like it will work you, then together we can reach your goals.

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Nutrients, Vitamins, and Supplements For Our Skin, and How We Take Them In

Most of us know about how certain vitamins and supplements can benefit our skin, such as Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin D, and Biotin, but what may not be as commonly known is how the foods that we eat along with the lotions and other topical treatments may affect us.
 

Having a balanced, high-alkaline diet that includes the following is a great start:

  • Lots of leafy greens such kale, spinach, chard, and collard greens contain vitamins A, B, and C to help restore your skin, nails, and hair.

  • Beans—especially kidney beans and lentils are easy to digest, high in protein and are low glycemic.

  • Salmon contains Omega-3 fatty acids that will help make your hair shinier and keep your skin hydrated, and vitamin B-12 helps to make nails strong.

  • Fruits such as berries, cherries and oranges offer vitamin C, improve blood circulation, and strengthens collagen in your skin to help keep it vibrant and wrinkle-free.

  • Whole grains such as brown rice and quinoa are fiber and protein-rich, and offer the benefits of important vitamins and minerals such as manganese, magnesium along with antioxidants that protect the body and its cells from damaging free radicals.

A few superfoods

  • Chia Seeds – contains omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and calcium

  • 70 % Dark Chocolate – contains antioxidants that reduce inflammation

  • Sweet potatoes – high in antioxidants and vitamins A and C

  • Spirulina powder - can be taken orally or it can be applied topically as a mask. It offers numerous benefits such anti-aging, detoxification, protects against free radicals, and can remove dark eye shadows and dryness.

  • Turmeric powder – can be taken orally (it’s used in many Indian and Thai curry dishes), or can be applied as a mask that you mix with honey and organic yogurt or egg whites. Skin benefits are greater when applied topically, though you may want to test it first to be sure that the color works well your skin tone! For best skin results, use Kasturi turmeric (curcuma aromatica) for your mask. It offers the same benefits to your skin but will not stain. Please note, however, it should only be used topically. Don’t eat this one! Turmeric reduces acne, is a great antioxidant, fights free radicals (molecules that ravage and age our skin), and helps to normalize uneven skin tone among other benefits.

A brief note on these wonderful foods I mentioned—try as best as you can to stick with organic fruits, nuts and veggies, and if possible, choose wild salmon over farm-raised.

All that said, diet is only part of the picture when it comes to giving your body what it needs for healthy skin, hair and nails, as not all vitamins and nutrients from what you ingest will go toward the benefit of these areas.

 

So what are the benefits of topical skin treatments, you ask? Many!

  • Retinoids, a.k.a. vitamin A derivatives help to prevent and reduce wrinkles and fade brown spots. They should be applied at night since sunlight generally cancels the effects and benefits of vitamin A.

  • Vitamin C cream is a great all-around anti-ager that fights free radicals and helps keep your skin firm and reduces spots. Use it in conjunction with Vitamin A creams for best results.

Body wraps and facials

Dead sea mud contains seventeen trace minerals including a healthy dose of magnesium. Dead sea body wraps draw toxins from your body and at the same time, your skin absorbs the benefits from these minerals—especially the magnesium. Dead Sea mud will help to improve your skin’s elasticity, and will decrease wrinkles and reduce pores. Wraps and facials can help you feel great, too, since naturally, you’ll feel better, having removed so many toxins from your skin!

Get plenty of sleep, exercise, and drink your water.

There are many benefits to getting proper rest and a good amount of exercise, along with drinking lots of water. Sleep will help your mood, your metabolism, and yes—even your skin! All organs, including your skin need rest to give your body the chance to rebuild, and exercise improves blood flow and increases the flow of oxygen your body needs. Water obviously hydrates and replenishes us. Your body and your skin will thank you for giving it what it needs!

If you have questions, or if you’re looking for a program to help you get on the right track, get in touch with me directly. Or, if you have comments you’d like to share, please post them here. I'd love to get your thoughts!


 

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Lighten Up and Feel Great. Why Weight Control is About Lifestyle Choices.

Learning to Love Your Body

As strange as it might sound, being comfortable in your skin starts with your attitude about yourself. In other words, the person that you see when you look in the mirror might seem different to you than the person that you know you are inside… or you may feel that one reflects the other.

How do you really feel about what’s inside? As you learn to give yourself the love you deserve on every level, you begin to realize the importance of showing your physical body the loving kindness and respect that it deserves.

It’s been said that our bodies are our temples. What does this mean? If we were to think of it in spiritual terms, a temple is a place of worship. These places are usually treated with great reverence and care because this is a way to provide a peaceful, serene, and nurturing environment for the purpose of contemplation and the pursuit of a higher purpose.

So just as a messy or dirty temple is not conducive to pursuing higher matters, a body that is cluttered with toxins, unhealthy fats and chemicals is going to have some challenges with being a great host to the person that inhabits it. A body that is being given proper and healthful nutrients along with exercise and good rest will typically function better on every level. The brain will have the opportunity to think more clearly. The liver and kidney will be less taxed, and so will work better and more smoothly, and the same is true for the other organs and systems.


Each way in which the body is given care and attention helps to expand its opportunity to create the best possible environment for its person. And just as the person needs a happy, healthy body; the body needs a happy, healthy spirit. So you see, they really do reflect one another, and depend on one another.

If you have had a tendency to put yourself down or talk or think negatively about particular parts of your body, it’s a good idea to be aware of this tendency so that you can nip it in the bud. If, for example, you say something such as, “I hate my thighs,” then it’s important to see how that negative talk about yourself can be damaging and self-sabotaging. Instead, tell yourself that you love your thighs because they are a part of your body that you love, and for which you are grateful. As you take these little steps to create a positive attitude about yourself, your new and wonderful self-image will carry you forward on the path to a happier, healthier, and more physically fit you.

Start small and make a few simple changes at a time.

By simply making some easy adjustments in your daily routine, you will begin to notice some positive changes in the way you feel, and if you’re trying to lose weight, you will likely start to see the pounds drop off as well. By starting with small changes, and then moving on to new ones as you become more comfortable with your adjustments, you’ll realize the benefits of a gradual approach. It’s about developing better habits that you can live with and enjoy as opposed to a crash diet that just isn’t realistic.

So for example, if you live close to your place of work, but you usually drive, you might consider walking to work when the weather is nice. In terms of your diet, maybe you currently eat a number of processed foods, or maybe you’re accustomed to eating rich foods.

In regards to processed foods, there are many more in the average American’s diet than is typically realized. Generally speaking, by making some small dietary modifications over time, you can learn through your observations what foods work best for you.

Now that I’ve said that… there is a great way to jumpstart your journey to a healthier lifestyle. A manageable food cleanse gives your body the break it needs and rids you of toxins that have been building up inside—making it easier to break away from the unhealthy habits that have been holding you back.

My Detox 101 program is your ticket! If you’re ready to get on board, contact me for a free consultation via telephone or the contact form below. Questions, or thoughts you’d like to share? Please feel free to comment and join the discussion. Looking forward to hearing from you!

 

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