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5 Sure-Fire Ways to Spark Your Inspiration

Each of us finds inspiration in our own way. Some find it pouring over the pages of a glossy food magazine; some find it walking along the beach; others find their inspiration among friends. However you find inspiration, it’s oh-so-important to keep that spark of inspiration bright when striving for your Best Day Ever. For me, I find inspiration in my friends, hiking, and reading. I read 55 books a year, plus am always perusing Next Issue (the “Netflix for magazines”), so I am reading a LOT! Getting inspired is really about taking time for yourself – nurture your interests; care for your body; find time to reflect. It’s what Stephen Covey calls Sharpen the Saw in his book “7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”  But what if you seem to have lost your inspiration? How can you get it back? Here are five ideas to help you rekindle your spark. Get a library card: I know some people who haven’t set foot in a library since they were a kid, but today’s libraries are a wealth of inspiration! Not only can you find a book (or e-book) to broaden your personal development, you can browse magazines for your next crafting project, check out DVDs to educate and entertain, and even download music to lift your spirits. Get connected: We all need that human connection and joining a networking group can connect us to people who inspire and motivate us. I’ve benefitted greatly from my Mastermind Group of women entrepreneurs who have helped me take my business to new heights. Even if you think you are an introvert, the synergy from networking with like-minded folks from your industry or another interest can generate the juice you need to accomplish your next goal. If business networking isn’t your thing try a fitness class, a mom’s group or volunteer for a nonprofit. Get creative: “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron is by now what you might consider a classic in creative inspiration. Filled with exercises to stoke your creative fire – from writing to drawing to going to movies – over the course of 12 weeks. I love this book because it engages the reader in activities. We can’t create without doing, and this book requires action. Get your sweat on: Moving is an ideal way to shake things up! I get some of my best ideas when I’m on the move. Whether it’s a walk with a friend, a hard-core workout at the gym, or gentle yoga to wind down and reflect at day’s end, getting out of your seat and out of your routine will allow your mind space to work on its next spark of inspiration. Volunteer: If you already volunteer your time or have in the past, then you are familiar with those feel good vibes. There’s no denying that it feels good to give your time helping others. But there’s more to it than that. Studies show that it’s physically good for you as well. It can help lower your blood pressure and reduce stress and anxiety. You can also find new meaning, importance, and direction by helping the lives of others. How do you find inspiration? Let me know in the comments below.

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5 Sure-Fire Ways to Spark Your Inspiration

Each of us finds inspiration in our own way. Some find it pouring over the pages of a glossy food...

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January Reset Starts Tomorrow

Do you want 2017 to be different? Do you want happiness and health to effortlessly flow? The key is to make it habit based. Join us in forming new habits and forming new neural pathways to make 2017 your best year yet.  I don't know about you but I've already let sugar back into my life after promising myself I would kick it to the curb. Time to bring in the big guns: the BDE community! I can count on them to laugh, support and cheerlead as I dump sugar again. The accountability is the missing link. We're dumping sugar, giving our liver a break and re-acquainting ourselves with our comfy mattresses.  Learn more and sign up here.  Specifically, your Best Day Ever starts with: Adequate rest – This might not be 8 hours, but it’s most likely more than you’re doing now. Seven hours of uninterrupted sleep is ideal. Limited alcohol – Yes, this is a tough one for many type-A personalities and social butterflies but alcohol slows down our metabolism and disrupts our sleep, making us foggy the next day. You may not even know you’re in a fog because that fog has become your ‘normal’. Limited dairy – Cheese tastes delicious. If I was marooned on a desert island, I would probably be fine if I had an endless supply of cheese and sourdough bread. Our bodies do not love cheese or most dairy for that matter. So, your best day ever doesn’t include a lot of cheese or milk or cream. It can include kefir and some greek yogurts. Veggies at every meal – If you focus on the veggies first, the rest of the food falls in line. Aim to get 50% veggies at every meal and then fill in the protein and fats after that. Some delicious grass fed butter (Kerrygold) on most veggies makes them taste amazing or olive oil + salt/pepper + lemon juice? Yum! Healthy fats – Healthy fats often come in the form of a supplement, from fish oil to evening primrose oil to Barleans Total Omega and our brains run off of fats. Unless you’re eating fish daily, you’re probably not getting enough. Get a supplement and start moisturizing your skin from the inside out and helping your mood swings and brain functioning. No sugar – No sugar at all. Ever. Sorry. I know you love it. I love it too. That’s why it’s more addicting than cocaine (really; check the citations at the bottom). Cut out honey too. I want it. You want it. And it just keeps our body dependent on sugar and craving sweets. Supplements – Generally, I’m a fan of getting all of our nutrients from food and, in some cases, this isn’t possible. Some vitamins that we are often low in are Vitamin D (unless you’re in Hawaii or California or Arizona, you’re probably low in D), iron, and B vitamins. You can confirm all of your levels with a test you order yourself here or ask your Doctor to order them. Wheat is not your friend – Gluten free is a trend but really, most gluten free things like gluten free bread or crackers are just substituting one grain for another. The reason wheat is not your friend doesn’t have so much to do with the actual wheat (though the wheat we eat now is not the wheat our grandparents ate!) as much as what the wheat is usually in: pasta, doughnuts, bread and sweets. Try to stick to the ancient grains like farro, amaryth, quinoa and more. They often have amino acids our bodies crave and some building blocks for protein. Community is key – Study after study has shown that community and a close group of friends extends life, makes you happier and even can make you skinnier (or, fatter).  Checking with friends helps you reach your goals faster and more consistently too so if you’re starting a new habit, doing it with others makes it easier. Ultimately, my nutrition philosophy is baby steps to better. If you’re eating biscuits and gravy for breakfast, washing it down with coffee and International Delights Creamer and then drinking 3 Diet Cokes and enjoying those breadsticks with lunch and dinner, I won’t ask you to cut everything out cold turkey. We’ll work to change out some of those Cokes for tea or sparkling water, change out the International Delights Creamer for Nutpod + stevia and add some protein for breakfast. If you’re already gluten free, drinking water, and eschew all sugars, then we’ll focus on your lifestyle habits like sleep and meditation. I’m a believer in progress, not perfection. Does that sound good to you? Sign up for support, cheerleading and accountability here.

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January Reset Starts Tomorrow

Do you want 2017 to be different? Do you want happiness and health to effortlessly flow? The key...

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Friday Vibes 01.13.17

  Friday Vibes takes a spin around the web and weaves together pieces for living your best life. Here are a few things I'm majorly crushing on this week. Mantra: I am grateful for all that is unfolding in my life and all that is yet to come. Media: Do you have high blood pressure? Here are 15 things you can do to work on lowering your blood pressure naturally.  Munch: This High protein oatmeal will give you all the energy you need for those tough workouts.  Meditate: Enhance your meditation experience by practicing with a mala. Here's how to choose the right one. Motivate: It's a simple reminder to work for what you want. Where's your hustle? (photo cred: Playful Pixie Studio)

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Friday Vibes 01.13.17

  Friday Vibes takes a spin around the web and weaves together pieces for living your best life. ...

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Building a Better Breakfast to Fuel Your Best Day Ever

A friend of mine recently started experimenting with what she eats for breakfast. Her usual bagel, cereal, the occasional muffin, or nothing more than a latte was leaving her ravenous well before lunchtime and often feeling shaky or foggy-headed. I recommended that she try getting more protein at breakfast to improve her energy levels. While she was reluctant to try it at first, because a protein breakfast seemed too “heavy,” she found herself instantly feeling better and even lost a few pounds. Do I have your attention now? My friend’s experience is backed up by a recent study that found those who ate a considerable amount of protein for breakfast stabilized their blood sugar (no more shakiness or foggy head) and ate fewer calories overall during the day, leading to better body composition (fat loss) over time. Still not convinced? Eating breakfast kick-starts your metabolism helping you burn calories throughout the day and it also gives you energy and brainpower allowing you to perform better at work. So what makes for a delicious, protein-packed breakfast? Here are a few ideas, some that seems like traditional breakfast fare, and some that may feel like you’re skipping straight to lunch. Give them all a try, and don’t be surprised if you find a new favorite way to break your fast! 4 possibly surprising breakfast ideas Soup – Believe it or not, soup is an ideal breakfast meal, especially if it’s not the over-processed canned variety. Bone broth is an especially good pick – it’s loaded with protein, healthy fats and minerals, and makes a great base for many of your homemade soups. Eggs – Remember the marketing jingle “The Incredible Edible Egg?” Well, it turns out that’s more than just a tagline, eggs pack a nutritional punch. The whites of the egg are 60% protein, and the yolks contain all of the B vitamins as well as healthy omega-3 fats. For that reason, eat the whole egg, and not just the whites. If you can get eggs from hens raised on organic feed and/or free range, these varieties often provide greater nutritional value. Add some spinach and turn it into eggs florentine to get your veggies in early.  Greek Yogurt – Thick, creamy Greek yogurt has more protein than your typical yogurt – at least twice as much. Pair the yogurt with a few walnuts or almonds for added protein and crunch. The caveat with yogurt is that it must be the plain, unsweetened variety, otherwise, there’s too much added sugar. Sweeten your plain yogurt with a handful of strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries. Beans – Yes, beans. In other cultures, it’s not unusual to eat to beans at breakfast, and the classic Mexican dish Huevos Rancheros combines eggs, beans, and veggies into a to-die-for first meal that packs a protein punch. Try this for Sunday brunch in place of French Toast and see how energized you feel throughout the day!  (Photo credit via cookieandkate.com) Best Day Ever Coffee – If you absolutely don’t have time in your morning routine to squeeze in your protein, try our favorite coffee recipe. It’s a delicious pick-me-up that contains 18 grams of protein and some brain-loving medium chain triglycerides. 1 cup (8-12 ounces) black brewed coffee (as local and organic as you can find for freshness and antioxidant qualities) 1 scoop MCT Powder (fave brand: Quest) 2 scoops Collagen Protein  Optional: Adaptogenic Herbs (fave brand: Longevity Coffee Blast) and Best Day Ever mug. Sources:http://www.prevention.com/food/eat-protein-morning-burn-fat http://paleoleap.com/eat-this-bone-broth/http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=92#healthbenefitshttp://healthyeating.sfgate.com/much-protein-yogurt-6135.htmlhttp://cookieandkate.com/2013/huevos-rancheros-avocado-salsa-verde/

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Building a Better Breakfast to Fuel Your Best Day Ever

A friend of mine recently started experimenting with what she eats for breakfast. Her usual bagel...

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Friday Vibes 01.06.17

  Friday Vibes takes a spin around the web and weaves together pieces for living your best life. Here are a few things I'm majorly crushing on this week. Mantra: I am stronger than the challenge. And the challenge is making me even stronger. Major: I saw this company on Shark Tank a while back and now I’m seeing these awesome home shirts everywhere. I think it’s time to cave and get one for Washington.  Munch: Step aside avocado toast. Avocado POTATO toast is the new sheriff in town.  Motivate: Keeping a food journal may help you shed those extra pounds. One study shows that those who keep food journals lose twice as much weight.  Move: Bodyweight Tabatas are workouts you can do at home with no equipment. A Tabata is a high-intensity workout where you do 20 seconds of work, then rest for 10 seconds, repeating the series for 8 rounds. It’s only 4 minutes of work but let me tell you, it’s a butt-kicker! The beauty is that you can do any exercise you want like planks, burpees, push-ups, lunges, squats, jump rope, you name it. More Tabata inspiration on the Peanut Butter Fingers blog.

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Friday Vibes 01.06.17

  Friday Vibes takes a spin around the web and weaves together pieces for living your best life. ...

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