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Pantry Clean-Out!!!!!

It’s time for a pantry clean-out.  Most people don’t even think about cleaning out their pantry but I had to.  The timing was right for a lot of reasons.  One, I’ve been doing a lot of research lately and I wanted to clean up my diet.  Two, my A-game organization skills were clearly slacking.  And three, I needed to shorten my meal-prep time.  Sounds logical, right?  I thought so too.  So here’s what my pantry looked like before I started.

Looks organized, but trust me, it’s kind of messy.  I tried to place like-foods near each other – breakfast,  snacks, dinner prep, things for a party etc.  This set-up has worked for quite a long time.  Since we’ve moved into this house, really.  The thing I notice when I look at these shelves, though, is that everything is just, put on a shelf.  There really is no organization.  Some things are hidden behind other things, the stuff on the bottom seems to get lost and the foods that I have at eye level may not be the healthiest.  So what did I do?  I literally took everything off the shelves.

Everything was put on the floor so I could go through it all, one item at a time.  This allowed me to get a sense of the space I have available. Doing this took some time, but let me tell you, it was so worth it!  I cannot tell you how much stuff I had that was expired.  Seriously!  I’m talking stuff back to 2015!

After clearing out all the junk and the stuff that was too old to even open, I had to develop a plan.  How was I going to get all my food back on the shelf without it looking like it did before?  I did not want to go back to where I was before and I did not want to have things expiring without me even knowing it.  I knew I needed some help and I knew I needed a few things to help me organize and prep in a way that would work.  Two things immediately came to mind – baskets and snack size bags.  These were the easiest “tools” I could find to help me get e started.

The baskets I got at my local department store for less than $10.  They came in two sizes so I grabbed both.  I didn’t realize it, but I would use them for two different reasons.

The taller, more square baskets I decided I would use for tossing things in.  Prepped foods that would be great for grab-and-go, like granola bars and bagged snacks.  I also used these for putting like-items together, like seasonings.  The shorter, longer baskets I decided I would use more for keeping things together.  Like toppings for my yogurt and salad additions.  Easy peezy!

The other tool I grabbed was snack size Ziploc bags.  The snack size ones.

These I knew would be good for prepping the grab-and-go foods.  I had pretzels, sweet potato and beet chips, sweet potato chips, trail mix and nuts.  Once the snacks were prepped, I tossed them all in one of the taller baskets.

So what did the end result look like?  Well, here it is!  Clean, organized, put together and ready for the taking.  I felt a sense of accomplishment.  I felt at peace.  I felt like I could take on the world.

Ok, no, I’m just kidding.  But I did feel like my life was organized again and like I would be able to eat healthy and not feel guilty about what I’m putting into my body.

If you’re still with me, you probably are wondering if you could do this too.  Trust me, you can.  All you need is some time, some energy and maybe a little bit of money.

This project was definitely something I loved doing and it was fun for me.  If you need help going through this exercise, let’s schedule a meet-up.  I’d be happy to come over and help you do your own pantry clean-out.





Are You Trying?

Do you get asked this question?

It could pertain to anything.  And I think this question comes up for kids more than adults.  When it comes to sports or homework or chores around the house.  But for me, it comes up in a completely different way.

I get asked this question because people want to know if I’m starting a family.  Yup.  I get asked this question on a pretty regular basis.  I’m at an age where a lot of people think it’s strange that I don’t have kids yet.  Growing up in a small town in Massachusetts, it was normal to date, get married and immediately start a family.  However, that was not my path.

Don’t get me wrong, I like kids.  But my husband and I have a 24-hour rule – we an only babysit for 24-hours.  It’s a existing joke, but it’s true.  And we have this rule because we feel, right now, there is a bigger reason for us being on this planet.  If kids are in our future, then they will be in our path eventually.  For us, it’s that simple.  If it’s meant to be, it will be.

Bringing kids into our life is an exciting idea.  It makes us smile.  And we both know that we can be great parents.  But for me, the idea brings on a bit of anxiety.  Ok, a lot of anxiety.  Why?  Because I want to be a great parent.  I want to be there, fully, for my kids.  Right now, I don’t think I can do that.  There are a lot of reasons, but they don’t really need to be explained for the purposes of this post.  What I’m really here to do, is talk about this question.

Asking this question has caused anxiety for me from time to time.  I get anxious because I don’t know how to respond to it.  I also get anxious because because deep down, I question myself.  Sometimes when I get asked this question, I don’t feel like I’m doing enough or like I’m not good enough.  I have even questioned the path I’m on.  I have even thought this question is just as bad as the other side – “Are you pregnant?” But ultimately, every time, I feel stress.  Recently, I’ve come up with a few tips for myself to deal with this stress…to deal with this question.

First and foremost, I need to remember to breathe.  I take a breathe when I’m asked this question because it allows time to think.  I need to think about how I’m going to respond so I don’t fly off the handle.  Depending on who asks me this question, it can come off differently – pushy, rude, aggressive, curious.  And my mood will have a direct correlation to how I respond.  Breathing first helps.

Second, I take it into context.  Is your mom asking this question because she wants grandkids?  Is your friend asking because he/she is curious?  Everything depends on who is asking the question.  The person doing the asking has their own reasons for asking, which I may not know right away.  The context of the conversation will help showcase those reasons.

Lastly, be kind.  I have been in this situation many times and it’s hard to not be kind.  Being asked this question may make you immediately feel defensive.  I know I have felt that way before.  And yes, there have been times when I have responded in a not-so-kind way.  Responding with kindness is easier for everyone in the end.

Despite this question being asked in so many different ways, by so many different people, it’s still a hard question to be asked.  Yes, I want to have kids, but I want to have them on my own terms.  And it has to work for the lifestyle within my family and that means my husband and I.

Moral of my story, if you’re going to ask this question, be considerate to who you’re asking it to.  They may struggle with the answer.  They might feel uncomfortable with the question.  And they might not be in a place where they can even answer.  Your best bet…steer clear of the question.


So…What’s Up With the Salt?

Literally, what’s up with the salt?!  I’m not talking about table salt.  I’m talking about the pink stuff.  The Himalayan salt that everyone seems to be raving about lately.  I was curious so I recently went to experience it for myself.

I went to visit a dear friend (and true member of my tribe) this past weekend and we decided it might be fun to try out one of the salt caves nearby.  We chose Salt of the Earth, located in Woodburry, Connecticut, mainly because of a Groupon, but hey, it was close and looked cool.  Sadly, I do not have any pictures of the inside because they had a “no phone” policy.  However, I come with me on a journey while I tell you what it was like…

Walk inside and you immediately feel a sense of peace.  There is tranquil music playing, loads of Himalayan salt everywhere and a fish take at the front desk.  Even the bathrooms are gorgeous!  They have an ocean theme, which I love because salt water seems to heal everything for me.  The waiting room has dim lighting, comfortable oversized armchairs and for your feet, an infrared pad.

Let me tell you about this infrared heating pad. It was so amazing!  You take your shoes off, place your feet inside and feel warmth.  The pad emits invisible waves of energy that help the inner tissues, muscles and bones of the body.  I typically have very sore feet and using this bed for even a short period of time helped relax the muscles in my feet and legs.  I almost wanted to use it the entire time I was waiting for my treatment.  Infrared heath therapy also helps improve circulation and eases pain in joints.  After that experience, I’m definitely thinking about getting one!


Since we had a Groupon, we received the salt bed treatment.  It’s like a tube that you lay down in.  There is a sheet that is in between you and the salt.  The treatment lasts about 20 minutes and while you’re in the bed, there is a fan that blows salt all around you.  You are completely surrounded and it feels so cool.  While you’re lying down, you can put headphones on and listen to music that helps you get into a zone and meditate.  During the time I was in the tube, I shut my eyes and completely took in everything that was happening around me.  The salt was blowing, I listened to the music and let my mind wander.  Let me tell you, it was the best meditation session I’ve ever had.  When the session ended, I felt an inner sense of calm…and my lips tasted like I had been at the beach all day!  It is definitely something you have to experience yourself.

When we got home, I started to research the benefits of Himalayan salt. I always knew that a salt lamp will put negative ions out into the air and add a sense of balance to the area you have the lamp.  But what else does it do?

Himalayan salt improves respiration.  I can hear all my fellow asthmatics shouting “Woo-Hoo!” now!  The salt will help clear out sinus infections and can loosen mucus in the nasal cavities.  I can testify that the salt really does improve your breathing.  When I was done with my treatment, the congestion in my nose was almost completely gone.

The salt can also stimulate circulation.  Improving circulation can help the blood flow a bit more and will relax your muscles.  Dr. Oz even recommends mixing a bit with coconut oil and an essential oil and using it as a scrub in the shower.  It’s so soothing!

It purifies the air.  This I knew.  I have one in my bedroom and it helps me sleep so well.  The lamp I have attracts air pollutants and takes them out of the air.  The salt absorbs those pollutants so they don’t affect my health as much as they normally would.  Fantastic!

Himalayan salt affects you internally too.  It has more vitamins and minerals than other salts, like table salt or sea salt.  We use it in our cooking when a recipe calls for salt because we want better options.

Who knew it would lying in a salt bed would be so good?  Unfortunately I won’t have a chance to go back to Salt of the Earth, but I am definitely going to find a place when I got home.  Think of the possibilities!  I’ll be calling my girls to go with me!  Who wants to come?


Good Carbs vs. Bad Carbs

I always hear people talking about carbs, how carbs are bad for you and how you shouldn’t eat them.  But, there’s a difference in carbs.  I find many people don’t acknowledge the difference and don’t realize there are some good carbs out there.

To start, let’s talk about what a carbohydrate actually is.  A carbohydrate is a compound found in foods that contain sugars or starches.  It can be broken down to release energy.

good carbohydrate has a slower rate of absorption which means you don’t get the spike insulin, but rather it helps maintain more natural insulin levels.  It’s also not processed and is only one ingredient.  Think of the produce section in the market you shop – fruits and veggies.

bad carbohydrate is just the opposite.  When eaten, it gives a drastic increase in insulin in the blood which can sometimes cause jitteriness and the crash later on.  This drastic increase can cause more fat stores.  Why?  Because insulin is the hormone that helps create the fat stores.  Remember, fat doesn’t necessarily make you fat, carbohydrates can.

Now you’ll see from my picture above that I’ve got a picture of both.  On the left, we’ve got cherries.  All natural, organic, one ingredient and there is a lot less in the bag, so portion control comes into play.  On the right, we have cheese crackers.  Processed, definitely not organic and look how much is in that bag?!  Clearly different, right?

So what do  the bad carbs do to your body?  As I mentioned before, bad carbs cause the spike in insulin, then resulting in the additional fat stores.  I know this first-hand and am trying to fix it now.  I myself am what is known as a “carbaholic”, or someone that loves carbs and am obsessed.  Thinking back on my life, growing up I loved pasta, cookies, crackers…you get the picture.  Now that I know the difference, it’s helped me not be so afraid of eating fruit and vegetables.

One of my favorite lists comparing the good carbs versus the bad carbs is on my Pinterest page.  On that same board, you can find many ideas for clean snacks, food swaps and much more.  Make sure to connect with me on Pinterest as new content is always being posted.  Now that you know there’s a difference, feel comfortable choosing the good carbs when you’re doing your shopping.

I’m sharing this message about carbs today because I want to help you avoid or counteract what these bad carbs can do to your body.  And if you need more intensive help, ask me how my Eliminate to Feel Great Program can help you learn what foods (including carbs) affect your body on a deeper level.



My Story

Have you ever really thought about “your story”?  I hadn’t really given it much thought.  A few years ago, I was asked to share my story and I had to really think back.  It all started where everyone’s story begins…at birth.

I was born with asthma.  No one knew it initially, but a few years after I arrived, they found out.  I was sick and in the hospital just about every six months until age 4.  Maybe even a little later.  My  mom jokingly told the doctors to “keep me until they figured out what was wrong”.  Nice, right?!  But it worked.  Needless to say, they found out I had asthma.

Because I was sick all the time, I never wanted to eat.  I had absolutely no appetite and was SUPER skinny.  I mean, I looked like I was sickly.  I can remember a picture taken of me when I was around age seven.  I was on vacation with my family on Cape Cod, playing with my sister in the pool and wearing my two-piece bathing suit.  You could see my ribs.  It was not good.  I was scrawny.  Here’s a picture of my dad and I at our Father / Daughter Dance.  My face is very thin and I was very pale.

About a year later, things started to change.  My asthma started to get better and I discovered something so amazing, I thought I’d lose my mind.  I learned what food was.  Yes, I’m kidding.  My parents fed me, but I found my appetite.  I would eat anything and just about everything.  I LOVED food!  I remember on Sunday mornings after church, my family and I would go to a specific restaurant for breakfast.  Sadly, this restaurant is no longer in business and my parents jokingly blame my sister and I for that.  We could literally clean out the whole buffet if we wanted to.  I definitely found my appetite!

Thankfully despite this appetite, I was active.  I played soccer in the Fall and Winter and soccer and softball in the Spring and Summer.  If I wasn’t this active, I would have gained weight a lot faster than I did.  My parents were happy I had gained a few pounds, though.  Because I was so active, dinners were quick – pasta dinner, fast food, microwaveable meals.  If it was cheap and fast, my family probably had it.  Strangely, I remember having lots of orange soda too.  Odd.

My journey in sports continued through my Sophomore year of high school.  In my Junior year, I stopped being so active because I had to get a job.  I needed things, like a car, gas money, clothes, etc.  My jobs during this time kept me active – I was a janitor, an umpire, a cashier and bagger at a market.  I continued to have jobs like this in college, but that experience with food was much different.  Let’s just say, I won’t forget those steak and cheese subs at 11:30PM.  And adult beverages were everywhere.  It was not good for my waistline.  And being short didn’t help things.  Unfortunately, I didn’t notice my body was changing yet.

After college, my activity level continued, but I was only working.  At a normal check up with my doctor, she noticed a mole.  She did a biopsy and initially the test came back inconclusive.  The C-word popped up in our appointments.  I’m not going to lie, I was nervous.  All I said was “Let me have hair for my wedding”.  Because I only cared about looking good, not feeling good. I was 28 years old, I was the highest my weight has ever been, I was on medicine for high blood pressure and about to be put on medicine for high cholesterol.  Yet, I still didn’t notice something was wrong.

I finally started to notice on a trip to Las Vegas.  We went with friends, including a friend that had a baby shortly before and was already back to her pre-baby weight.  And then I realized, I would be the “fat girl next to the skinny girl at the pool”.  This is what I was telling myself.  Yes,  it was negative self-talk that got me started, but hey, at least I got started.  In a quick 90 days, I lost two dress sizes and 15lbs.  I had changed my eating habits, got myself exercising and off the medications.  Even my asthma was better.  I was feeling like I was on Cloud 9.  Fitness became my drug of choice.  I couldn’t stop and didn’t want to stop.  I ended up losing 25lbs since my journey started and more importantly, I learned what it was like to be HEALTHY!

This was a comparison from our wedding day to our second trip to Las Vegas.  I had changed a lot.  And even since then, I’ve continued to chance.  I have since put some weight back on, but have learned that life is about peaks and valleys and what we do with the challenges that we face.  My work schedule is different now and I have to find time to fit in the health activities that I love.  I make compromises to make it work for me.  Today, my mindset is healthier and I’m happier for the journey I’ve gone down.  Each one of us has a gift to give others and for me, I’ve found living a healthy life is my passion.  I want to help others find the same and if my story can inspire just one person, then I’ve done my job.

If you have read through to the end, that means you’re still here with me.  I hope I’ve helped inspire you in someway.  If I can help more, I’d love to.  Comment below or contact me to set up a time to chat.  Together, we can help you find the life you were meant to live.

Need More Activity in Your Desk Job?

I’ve been working a desk job for the past 13 years and I’ve just recently learned how important being healthy really is.  That includes proper nutrition AND physical activity.  You probably already know, but a lack of physical activity can create an onset of many health risks.  Unfortunately, you cannot have one without the other.

For many people with a full time job, it can be very hard to fit in any type of physical activity and therefore they rely solely on nutrition during the week.  Trust me, I get it.  If you have a demanding full time job like me, your focus the majority of the time is at work or dealing with the demands of your household.  If you’re in a corporate setting, it can be even more challenging.

Many people in a corporate work environment, like myself, sitting more than 5 hours a day.  Yes, I said 5 hours.  Crazy, right?  We’re either working at our desk or in meetings the majority of the day.  Unfortunately this sitting can lead to decreased longevity, among other things.  The American Journal of Preventative Medicine actually found that sitting for long stretches of time can increase our risk for heart disease and cancer.  What’s even more shocking is that even if people had physical activity in their lives, their lifespan was still shortened because of the extended periods of sitting.

I don’t know about you, but I definitely want to live a long, healthy, happy life.  So what do we do to slow the aging process?  One way to do this is to switch to a standing desk or one that can be adjusted throughout the day.  While many corporate offices do not have this luxury yet, I believe there is a movement to go in this direction.  The organization I work for not only has adjustable desks, it also has walk stations where individuals can walk at a slow pace while they work.  I should consider myself lucky.

Another way to get in some activity during your day is to change up your meetings.  Switch from meetings in a conference room to mobile meetings and hold your meetings on the go.  This mobile meeting allows for business activities to take place while allowing small groups for people to get moving.  Think of it in the Spring or Summer – get in some fresh air and get work done!  It’s the best of both worlds, really.

Unfortunately, both of these options may not work for you.  If that’s the case and you just cannot find time to leave your desk, why not get in some activity at your desk.  For starters, make sure you’re sitting with the best posture you have.  This means sitting up straight with your abdominal muscles engaged.  Sitting like this helps you strengthen your core and can help to reduce the early onset of cancer.

Want to kick it up a notch?  Do some leg lifts while at sitting.  This will not only work the strongest muscle group in your body – your legs – but also your core.  If you keep weights or stretch bands at your desk, you can even add some intensity.  You can do even more too!  Just think about squats, tricep dips and wall push-ups just to name a few.

The biggest recommendation I have for you is to stand and stretch at least once an hour.  Stretch your arms and legs as both areas of your body may get stiff.  Whatever you decide, make sure you at least attempt to factor in some physical activity throughout your day.  It can be as little or as much as you want, but I promise you, your body and mind will thank you later.

I’d love to hear what activities you fit in during your workday!  Comment below to share some ideas.

Listen to Your Body…It Knows What It’s Talking About

Ever heard someone tell you to listen to your body?  Yup, I have heard that all the time.  Yet, how often do we really listen to it?!  Not much, I bet.

I am one of those people that don’t listen to it often and sometimes it kicks me in the boo-tay!  Let me give you an example…

A while ago, for the first time that I can ever remember, my lymph nodes under my chin swelled up.  Like I’m talking the size of grapes.  They hurt, it was sensitive to the touch and I literally felt exhausted all the time.  Instead of working out like I normally do, I decided to listen to my body.  It was probably the best thing for me too because I found out I had some sort of infection going on.  This was a wake up call for me because it was my body’s way of telling me to slow down.

For me, life is always crazy busy.  Sometimes I like it and sometimes I don’t.  I work a full time job with an hour and a half commute every day, I’m a part time health coach and a part time Stylist with Stella & Dot.  I also have a house to run, we’re trying to start a family and I want to make time for my friends and family.  My time is thin but I love supporting people, volunteering my time and energy and giving my all.  But sometimes, I need to take a step back and remember that I matter too.

My husband calls it “Pell Mell” when you’re pushing the pedal to the metal and going 120 in a 65 mile per hour zone.  I tend to push it a little too hard and you might too.  Sometimes taking more than just one rest day is ok.  Most of us want everything life has to offer, but make sure to take a second and see the bigger picture.  Is it worth it to go Pell Mell just to make yourself stressed out and sick?  I say no.

Moral of my story…take a day for YOU every now and then.  It will help you relax, recover and be ready to support the people around you again with a fresh sense of stability.  What does your next YOU day look like?

What to Drink Before, During and After Your Workout

Have you ever wondered what you should be eating and drinking before your workouts?  Well, I might have the answer for you!

Beachbody Performance is a set of supplements that will help you turbocharge your results, perform better and recover faster.  It is full of plant-based nutrients too!  It was designed by Harvard-trained scientists and is shown to improve energy, stamina, strength, focus and recovery.

Before your workout, Energize is exactly what you need to power through your toughest workout.  I take Energize before every workout to help me focus, push harder and last throughout the entire workout without wanting to give up.  The key ingredients are

  • Beta-alanine – an amino acid that helps reduce lactic acid buildup in your muscles
  • Low-dose caffeine from green tea
  • Quercetin – a phytonutrient that helps improve endurance and delay exercise-induced muscle fatigue

If you’ve ever struggled with low energy, no motivation or lack of focus, this is just the product you need.  Literally, when I take it, I feel like Super Woman.  When I don’t, I feel like a slug.

During my workout, I tend to drink water.  However, there are some workouts where water is just not enough.  That’s where Hydrate comes into play.  Hydrate gives me the extra boost during my workout that I need.

Typical sports drinks have way too much sugar and artificial ingredients that can actually dehydrate you.  The EXACT opposite of what those drinks are supposed to do.  They key ingredients are:

  • A blend of sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium to help maintain the body’s ideal fluid balance
  • Quercetin
  • Low-dose carbohydrates made from natural sugars

Hydrate is specifically formulated with the ideal ratio of carbs, electrolytes and water to replace what’s lost during a tough workout.  It’s the perfect drink during my workout to help me stay hydrated and power through that tough workout.

So what about after?  Well, there are two beverages that I highly recommend – Recover and Recharge.

Have you ever gotten the post workout soreness?  Either right after or the next day?  Recover helps combat that soreness so you can speed up your recovery time, increase muscle growth and restore your strength faster.  The key ingredients are:

  • Pomegranate extract which helps manage that exercise-induced muscle sorenes
  • 20 grams of protein
  • BCAAs – amino acids that help promote muscle synthesis and support muscle regrowth

It comes in a chocolate flavor and is absolutely delicious.  It’s like having a treat after your workout.

The other beverage, Recharge, supports your body overnight to continue fighting that exercise-induced muscle soreness.  It’s like your body is working while you sleep!  This is the prime time for your muscles to recharge so you can keep pushing the next day.  The key ingredients are:

  • Tart Cherry Extract – similar to an anti-inflammatory, this ingredient naturally helps your body heal
  • 20 grams of micellar casein – a slow-release protein that boosts overnight recovery
  • BCAAs

Now, keep in mind, I am not a nutritionist and I am not a doctor.  However, these products were developed by scientists and doctors and tested by NSF International.  That being said, these products work and I can say that because I’ve used them and continue to use them.

If you want to know more about each product, click on the hyperlink above and feel free to ask questions!  I’ll answer what I can and help you decide if these products are right for you!


I’m from the United States and “freedom” used to be something that people come to this country for.  However, as I grow up, I’m learning that freedom is not about where you live…it’s about your life and how it’s lived!


In the United States, the majority of the citizens work 40-hour work weeks, have to pay for someone else to watch their children and have to limit the time they spend with their family.  To me, this is NOT what freedom should be about.  Freedom should be about being able to live your life to the fullest, make choices instead of decisions and have all the time you want to do whatever it is you want.

I became an entrepreneur because I want to be able to live free…and I mean truly free! Don’t get me wrong, I love my job and the company I work for, but I don’t get to do a lot of the things I’d like to do because I spend the majority of my time there.  Becoming an entrepreneur and finding my tribe has shown me that soon enough, I WILL be truly free!

One of the things I did when I became an entrepreneur is set my “why”.  Our why can be anything we want and it can be multiple things…and I can assure you, our why is REAL!  Our why is why are on this planet, why we choose to make our lives better and why we do what we do in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness!  Ok, so I got a bit historical on you, but it’s true!!!

My why consists of multiple things:

  • I want to live debt free
  • I want to be able to travel without limits
  • I want to raise healthy children and not have someone else raise them (personal preference)
  • I want to be able to make my own hours
  • I want to be able to stay inside when it’s cold and dark outside
  • I want to be able to dye my hair any color I want…even purple
  • I want to wake up without an alarm clock
  • I want to eat breakfast with my husband every morning
  • I want to have the ability to let my creativity fly
  • I want to have an office without any walls
And the list keeps growing!  I could go on and on, but these are just some of my reasons why I do what I do.  It took a very long time to get here, though.  I will tell you, I did not find my passion over night.  Are you just starting to find yours?  What direction are you heading?  I’d love to hear more about what your passion is and what your why is!  Comment below!

Confessions of an Emotional Eater

Have you ever been stressed and just want your favorite cheat food?  For me, it’s sweets that I crave.  Like chocolate or cookies.  For others, it might be something salty, like chips, or crunchy like pretzels.  And if you go even further, it might be an adult beverage.  Here’s my question to you…when you get stressed, what do you do?

For me, I usually eat…and I eat poorly.  My cravings vary too.  Sometimes I just want to eat everything in sight whileother days, I just need that one bite.  When it’s bad, it’s really bad.  Anything can set me off when I have these bad days.  It can be meetings all days at work, no

t being productive at all because of the ebb and flow of the day or even something as simple as the wind blowing my hair the wrong way.

When I have one of these days, I always want to grab that bottle of wine and pour myself one glass.  Instead, I try to have a better plan.  Something like doing a little school work, reading a book or getting my workout in.  And I don’t get too down on myself if I have one glass of wine while I do the better task.  Why?  Because it’s all about balance.

The moral of my story is that no matter how stressed you get, no matter how much life gets you down, always remember that you are on a journey and there will be peaks and valleys.  Try to stick to your plan as much as possible but don’t beat yourselfup if you decide to have a treat once in a while.  You can have your cake and eat it too…just watch out for how big your slice is.

Are you an emotional eater too?  What’s your go-to food or beverage when you get like this?  Put yourself out there by commenting below.  I promise you, it will help you relieve some stress just by typing it out.

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