I thought I would be done by now!

Have you ever set a goal and didn’t achieve it in the time you thought? Of course! We have all done that. I actually don’t enjoy setting goals because of that reason. I continue to set them anyway.

In July, I posted I was in the process of weaning off my bio-identical hormones. I tried.  I was hoping to be off by my September birthday…didn’t make it. The afternoon that I posted

Do everything you can to bring pleasure into your life right now!!!❤️

I went back on my bio-identical. I slept well that night. Everything is a process.

Dr. Christiane Northrup just wrote a wonderful article, Traditional Herbs or Bio-identical Which is better?

I am SO grateful for the post. “My position  on this particular issue is the same as it has always been. Use the modality that works for you. And that could be traditional herbs or bioidentical hormones! Though different, both are good choices.”

  This is my life and I want to FEEL MY BEST!

Optimal Health is a Process…

  • I have cut my coffee in half because it was affecting my sleep. I didn’t eliminate it because I love and enjoy one delicious organic cup in the morning.
  • I have added a green smoothie to my day.
  • I walk George the dog in the morning without my glasses to absorb nutrients and sunshine through my eyes.
  • I eat a low-glycemic diet with tons of vegetables.
  • I take the best supplements on the planet.
  • I choose happiness over crankiness.
Eat a ton of vegetables!

Eat a ton of vegetables!

I am a work in progress. What do you do to feel your best? I would love to hear!

 

Do everything you can to bring pleasure into your life right now!!!❤️

Do everything you can to bring pleasure into your life right now!!!❤️

Words of advice from a trusted mentor.  As many of you know, I have been weaning off my bio-identical hormones for the past couple of months.  I have been using a new product, A-ma-ta by Dr. Christiane Northrup to help me with the transition.

I have been doing really well while on vacation, less stress more time to relax etc. I have been totally off the hormones for 2 weeks and I thought I was done. The past week, I haven’t slept well and I am started to forget things etc… I reached out to my friend yesterday who understands this whole hormonal process and her words. “Do everything you can to bring pleasure into your life right now!!!❤️”

Fabulous advice which makes me nervous. I am really good at pushing through. What can I do to bring pleasure?  I took an epsom salt bath last night, I went to OutdoorFit this morning and laughed with my friends while lunging and curling. I have decided to slow down and enjoy the simple things in my life. It doesn’t need to be all done today. What do you like to do for fun and pleasure? I would love to know. I need some ideas:)

Optimal Health= Low-glycemic diet+exercise+high quality supplements+pleasure!

Love,

Mary

PS. I am taking Fit & Fabulous…Aging Optional on the road! Fifty and Fat to Fit and Fabulous!  I will be posting times and places soon.

Ease, Grace, Simplicity

Ease, Grace, Simplicity

It is a new day!

We are back from vacation and tomorrow it will be two months until the Big 60! Now is the time to make a few simple changes so I will be really Fit and Fabulous!!!

We spent the weekend at my sister Patty’s house. She took great care of us which was so nice. I noticed that she calmly makes her meals. I on the other hand feel agitated when cooking and I am eating while I am cooking and cleaning up.

A FEW SIMPLE CHANGES CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE~

  • I am no longer eating while cooking or cleaning up.
  • I am keeping a food journal. I have tried before and quit after a short time. Keeping a journal also prevents you from popping food into your mouth. I will look into apps. Anyone have a suggestion? I am new to apps:)
  • I will be easy on myself. I will continue to enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning and a glass of wine at night!

This morning, I made scrambled eggs from the farmer’s market with organic mozzarella cheese over a bed of greens. I had a lovely cup of organic coffee with half and half. I took my high quality supplements along with A-ma-ta. (NEWS FLASH! I AM OFF THE BIO-IDENTICAL HORMONES! MORE ON THAT IN ANOTHER POST.)

George the dog and I went to the park. We ran/walked and then a 9 minute workout. This is a before shot. We were not quite as pretty when we finished.

MARY AND GEORGE

Optimal Health = Low-glycemic diet + exercise + high quality supplements! EASY PEASY!

Please leave a comment. I would love to hear from you. What changes are you working on?

Roasted Chicken on Mixed Greens, Cashews, Bacon and Orange Dressing!

Low-glycemic eating keeps your blood sugar stable, your hormones happy and promotes great health!I  follow a low-glycemic diet with very little grains.

Here is a typical lunch, bacon is an added bonus. I usually have left-over dinner on a bed of greens. I have been making different dressings to keep the salad interesting!

Salad dressing:

Juice of one orange

Juice 1/2 Lime

2 tsp maple syrup

1/4 cup olive oil

salt and pepper

Whisk it together and serve!

Roasted Chicken on mixed greens with cashews and no-nitrate bacon!

Roasted Chicken on mixed greens with cashews, no-nitrate bacon topped with a orange lime dressing!

I posted last week that I started on A-MA-TA, Dr. Northrup’s new product to help with Menopause symptoms. I am slowly weaning off my bio-identical hormones and so far so good. I am also doing the healthy gut protocol to help with the process.

Health Coach Tip!

Low Glycemic Diet +Exercise + High Quality Supplements = Optimal Health!

The importance of hanging with healthy friends!

I had 2 of my friends come over this morning. We had a small cup of coffee while we talked about getting off of coffee. We did Dr. Mark Hyman’s 10 day detox together two months ago and now we have slipped back to some of our old ways. I think it is important to connect and raise each other up.

As you know, if you read my last post, I would like to get off my bio-identical hormones and replace it with a-ma-ta. A-ma-ta is Dr. Northrup’s new product which is  an plant from Thailand that has been used for years to support women’s health through Menopause.  Dr. Northrup was having a Live facebook Q&A and I asked her about it being an adaptogenic substance. Here is her response. “There are 2 kinds of estrogen receptors– alpha and beta. Those things that combine with the alpha receptor results in cellular growth. Those that combine with the BEta receptor actually PROTECT the tissue. Pueraria mirifica ( in amata), acts as a SERUM ( selective estrogen receptor modulator) thus protecting bones and breast tissue. But providing the “good” benefits of estrogen without the risks. No other phytoestrogen on the planet is as effective as the unique ones found in PM.”

I am excited to get started!

I called my friends because I know I want to clean up my diet, so I have the best opportunity of getting off the hormones. I do so much better if I am connected to a group. Accountability is a good thing. I am going to reduce the caffeine , alcohol in my diet  and focus on feeling my very best!

I will be posting helpful tips along they way not only to support myself  but also to raise each other up.

Health Coach Tip

My morning smoothie

(based loosely on  Dr. Hyman’s recipe.)

2 cups of coconut water

1 spoonful of organic nut butter (changes…almond or cashew)

1/2 organic lemon (Vitamix is amazing..I throw the whole thing in)

1/4 avocado

3 scoops of (Usana’s Nutrimeal Free)

1 packet Probiotic (I love Usana’s because you don’t need to refrigerate it)

1 scoop of Fibergy (“this product not only has fiber to help with detoxification but also prebiotics which feed the probiotics and make it easier for them to populate your intestines.” Thank you Dr. Deb Kern for that info.)

1 scoop of organic ground golden flax seed (provides omega 3 fatty acids , more FIBER and I like the golden color!)

I buy the coconut water, lemons, avocado, flax seeds at Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s. The Usana products you can get here.

smoothie

Morning Smoothie!