New Year New You! Part IV

If you’ve missed Balanced Beings Katie Bressack’s other posts on how to transform yourself and your diet in 2013 click here, here and here.  If you’ve been following her tips this is her last post but you can always head over to www.balanced-beings.com and follow her blog, which was chosen by the Psychology of Eating as one of the top 100 Health Blogs, to learn more holistic health tips and delicious recipes! 

Read on to Be Inspired,

Kelly

Thanks for all of you who have been following my New Year, New You weekly posts! In the past few weeks I have introduced goal setting and how you can commit to your healthy intentions in the New Year, how adding more greens to your diet helps to detox the body and some quick and easy ways you can transform your diet in the new Year.

Most of the posts have been about nutrition with a small element of self care. Today I am sharing how important self care is. I strongly believe that self care is just as important as the food you eat and the way you move your body.

When you take care of yourself, you make YOU a priority and everything in your life shifts. I like to remind my clients about the airplane analogy, when traveling with small children flight attendants stress putting on your oxygen mask first so you can take care of others once YOU are taken care of.

When you take care of your self and have a healthy loving relationship with yourself – your health improves, your relationships with others improves, the stress in your life declines and you have more energy.

Here are three quick ways you can start making you a priority today!

1. Just Be

Most of us spend a lot of time at our desks, taking care of our families and being busy doing “stuff.” This year try to be into a state of being. How would you like to feel this year?  Spend some time thinking about how this would look and feel in the new year. I really love the idea of journaling to discover your inner thoughts and desires.

2. Schedule You

Look at your calendar and figure out how you can take some time every day for you. Even if you just start with a few minutes a day, that is a great place to start. Then work up to five minutes, 30 minutes, a yoga class! maybe even a whole day.

3. Prioritize

Never cancel on you. If your best friend calls you up and wants to meet up at the time you have scheduled for you, let them know that you can’t but can another time. Treat your time the same way you would treat anything else on your calendar.

Taking care of you is the first mini step to take when you are working towards a healthier lifestyle. I realize that this is not the easiest thing to start doing but it really is a game changer when it comes to health.  Notice how you feel every day that you take time for you, over time you will notice how big of a difference it makes on an emotional, physical and spiritual level.

Simple Delish Recipe: Carrot Ginger Soup

soup

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Serves 4 
 
Grocery List:
6 Carrots
1 medium onion
1 teaspoon kosher salt
4 cups water
6-inch piece fresh ginger 
fresh parsley to garnish 
 
Directions: 
Wash, peel and cut carrots and onions into chunks. Place vegetables and salt in a pot. Add water, bring to a boil. Cover with a lid. Simmer on low heat for 25 minutes. Transfer soup into blender, adding water if necessary to achieve desired consistency When blending is done, squeeze juice from grated ginger and add to soup. If desired, garnish with parsley 
 
Tips:
1. For extra flavor, saute vegetables before cooking
2. Substitute carrots with squash, parsnip or beets.
3. Squash and beets need 35-40 minutes to cook

Katie Bressack, Board Certified Holistic Health Coach (CHHC, AADP). Owner of Balanced Beings,Vibrant Healthy Living For Busy Women. Katie left the corporate world to follow her passion to support busy women with nutrition and lifestyle counseling.

Get Katie’s free e-book today by visiting www.balanced-beings.com like Balanced Beings on facebook facebook/balancedbeings and follow her on twitter BalancedBeings7

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