Stress: The Body’s Biggest Toxin?!


Trust it. Believe it.

I’m having a Flash 4-Day Sale on my Fall Clean Eating Detox Program, so I wanted to let you all know about it and take a second to discuss how this signature detox is not just about the food on your plate.  The greatest success at weight loss, at a boosted immune system, and at health, is achieved when you focus as much energy on your food choices as you do on evaluating the other areas of your life that are not serving you. This is a key aspect of not just my detox program, but also in how I approach all of my holistic health coaching clients (see my post on holistic health for a detailed picture of my health philosophy). In my program, I provide you with my personal unlimited support as well as an awesome Tool Kit that guides you through the steps to incorporating good self-care into your 11-day experience (and that you can take into the rest of your life)! It’s a pretty nifty package that my clients have loved!

Detoxing on an emotional level, as well as a physical one, will help you
truly begin to thrive again.

So many of us need to step back and take a little time for ourselves. In our go-go-go society, we’re always thinking about the next task, how to manage the next crisis, and how to side-step the one after that. We are so busy. In some ways, that’s great – I’m all for living a full life! – but at times, it becomes detrimental to our health and happiness.destress for the holidays

How often do you feel like you’re actually living in the present moment? Not 10 minutes before, not an hour from now, but JUST THIS SECOND? It’s hard to do, isn’t it?

When was the last time you did something to take care of you? Did you find yourself feeling guilty about it?

Our busy lives are often quite downright stressful. Did you know that stress is actually one of the biggest toxins that we fight? Stress finds its way into our daily life far too easily and far too often.

Stress ramps up our adrenal glands’ cortisol production, which over time, can lead to things like weight gain (and stubborn weight loss), chronic fatigue, and immune suppression.

No matter how healthy you pile your plate each day and how many time you hit the gym each week, if you’re experiencing chronic stress and not taking the proper time to de-frazzle yourself, it will be hard to look and feel good. I’ve experienced this firsthand on too many occasions – when my stress levels skyrocket and I “forget about me” – my digestion gets wonky, my body aches all over (you would not believe the knots I get in my back!), my skin breaks out, and I get irritable, especially when it starts affecting my sleep. It’s not fun. My body is essentially calling out to me that it’s experiencing toxic stress overload!

When I finally get the message, I know it’s time to regroup, break out a few more healthy meals designed to naturally cleanse my body, take time to journal, take a nice long soaking bath, and do something special to rejuvenate my body, mind, and spirit.

Enter the holiday season coming up. Talk about stress-central (unfortunately). I know it’s not supposed to be that way, but for many of us, including myself, it often is. It’s coming fast, but now is the perfect time to get a jump-start on them instead, and enter the holiday season stress-free, re-centered, de-frazzled, and feeling downright fabulous in your skinny jeans and new winter top!

Before the winter festivities hit full force, take a moment for you.
Honor your body and slow down.
Learn the tools to GET YOU IN THE GROOVE and GET YOUR BODY FEELING GREAT not only for the holiday season, but FOR LIFE.

You deserve it!

Revitalize Your Body with Clean Eating for 11 Days – NO fasting, NO juice cleansing, NO deprivation. Just lots of whole foods and simple delicious recipes that get you on track! Plus, I’m there to support you every step of the way!

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FLASH 4 DAY SALE STARTS TODAY! JUST $39.95!
GRAB IT BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!

Contact me for details (drsarah@holisticshapeup.com), and learn more and sign up here: http://www.holisticshapeup.com/revitalize-your-body-fall-program

Renew & Revitalize Fall Clean Eating Program

Take this moment, right now, to take stock of what might be holding you back when it comes to making positive changes to your lifestyle. Try to journal about your challenges and your obstacles. Get to the bottom of it. This is your opportunity to stop hiding behind your excuses and take action. There was never a better time than now. Enter this holiday season feeling your best ever!

   

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What is YOUR Happy? Plus, My 5 Tips to Get Happy Now

“There is no path to happiness. Happiness IS the path.”

Gautama Buddha
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When was the last time you took a minute to really think about what makes you happy?

For me, the past two years included a lot of time spent contemplating life and happiness, as I began making my decision to stray from the traditional path most doctors take after medical school and instead build my own path to create a career that I want and that reflects who I am and what I love.

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So far, it’s been a scary but exciting process trying to knock down all the weeds, briers, (and even a few trees) that exist just off the smooth, paved road to residency and beyond (not that residency is easy by any means – believe me- my fiance is a first year resident! Nonetheless, it is a fairly well-laid out, step-by-step process). At times, I’ve even gotten really stuck, pricked, and down-trodden; however, I recently realized that those times tend to occur during a single mindset: when I lose sight of “my happy” – the picture of what I really want for my self and my life.

It’s so easy for us to get caught up in our day-to-day lives and just keep going with the flow, without much thought beyond what needs to get done and how much there is to do, that we forget to take care of ourselves in the process. However, if you never even make time for you, you certainly won’t be taking time to assess your goals, path, or happiness –> which is crucial to your health, well-being..and well, your happiness!

Along with getting caught up in the whirlwind of everyday life, it can sometimes be difficult to separate society’s version of happiness and what your life “should” be like from what you, at your heart and soul, truly desire. Society tends to project this image of happiness that is full of:

  • enormous wealth
  • unattainable beauty and body size
  • lots of expensive stuff
  • fame and attention and ego
  • power, and
  • often as having one talent or passion that basically defines you

Although I’ve gotten much better at recognizing when lose sight of adequate self-care and what I want vs. what society says I should want, it’s still quite easy to fall into that trap. This is one reason why I feel it’s very important for each of us to contemplate our own answers to questions like:

  • who am I?
  • what is my truth?
  • what is my version of success?
  • and what is my happy?

You need to define happiness on your own terms.

And while it’s vital to work towards your goals and toward future happiness, we still need be happy today. This is a lesson I’ve learned through the process of my education – on the pre-med and med-school treadmill, it became second nature to just keep my head down and worry about whatever came next, thinking happiness (and actually living) should just be deferred until I reached the end. Big mistake. I feel like I missed out on a lot of my early-mid-20’s. Besides, how do we know if we have tomorrow, much less years down the road? We each need to cultivate happiness now, in addition to working toward a smiling, content future.

Happiness has been said to be the key to life.

20130926-155756.jpg Here are five steps I’ve incorporated to find MY happy and cultivate it in my life each day:

  1. Write a “My Happiness Note” – take an active, participant role in your happiness. Take 10-20 minutes and write out the core things that make you happy and that you need (and even what you want to be able to say you did/lived for when you reach your later years).
    Mine include: constant world travel; a solid, close family life; a flexible daily/weekly career & routine to allow for my many (and always evolving) passions; a need for daily self-improvement…and helping others to do the same; and adequate financial security to allow me to help provide for family, get quality food, a decent roof over my head, healthcare and other essentials (like paying the essential bills), and to let me travel and see the globe.
    You can also include other things like activities or hobbies that make you feel good – for example, I know I need to make time each week for exercise and to relax by myself in order for me to stay sane and centered.
  2. Accept yourself, in all your flaws and amazing-ness. You are who you are meant to be and where you are meant to be in this moment. Stop thinking you “should be further” than you are. Tell yourself that you are enough (because you are).
  3. Ask a question. When you’re struggling to make a big decision or with not having something you want, ask yourself: Will getting that thing (or saying yes/no to that decision) make me happy? Then ask yourself: Can I be happy if I don’t achieve/do/have that?
  4. Practice gratitude. You will be happier. By focusing on bringing a sense of gratitude into my life each day, I realize just how much there is to be thankful for. Try keeping a gratitude journal – I like to keep mine by my bed and write down a few things I’m grateful for each day before I go to sleep.
  5. Share it. Others want to see you happy and will actually feed off of it. Have you ever noticed how much happier you become when you hang around others who are joyful and smiling? It’s probably the best thing that’s contagious.

So, as we begin to fully transition into autumn, now is a great time to reflect on the seasons past and assess where we are now. Take some time for you this weekend to get yourself feeling refreshed, light, and grinning from ear to ear. You deserve it.

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What is YOUR happy? Do you have any tips to cultivating a greater sense of happiness in your life? Share below!