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Playing with my "sisters" during our photo shoot

About one month ago I took a BIG leap.

I mean big.

In one of the worst economic times since the great depression, I have continued to pour my heart and soul into a business I love.

And you know what?

We’re growing.

How can it be that businesses small and large are folding all over the place, yet a holistic health business can prosper?

Well, it comes back to that big leap.

About 2 months ago, I followed my heart and my passion and invested in a program that I knew would support me and my business in ways I could not even imagine.

Now, my rational self said,

“Are you crazy???”

“How much do you want to spend on this program?”

“Where will you get the money?”

And on and on . . .

But you know what I did?

I got out of my own way.

I allowed my intuition to guide me, and allowed my trust that everything works out perfectly to push me forward.

So I said “yes” to myself and to my vision even in the face of what seemed like a crazy decision . . .

And I am so glad I did.

You see the program has only just begun, and I have already received transformation and value like I never could have imagined. My energy is better, my body seems to be growing younger, my relationships have improved and my business is thriving.

That is the beauty of jumping in when you hear the calling; of following your gut instinct or  your heart; of making YOU important – no matter what your doubt demons or other people say.

Because the truth is, unconsciously they may not want you to grow or be successful or get healthy. If you stay as you are, even if you are unhappy, that is what is comfortable to others (and to you).

So, I am here to give you that gentle nudge and say

“If not now, when?”

“If not you, who?”

Life is too short to play small.

Life is too short to not taste the nectar that exists just outside your comfort zone.

I may not be an economist or expert investor, but I can confidently say that the absolute BEST investment you can ever make is in  YOU.

There is no joy in a body that is sick.

Wealth cannot be fully enjoyed in a state of illness or pain.

It is literally impossible to live your passion when you don’t have enough energy to just get through the day . . .

I often see the trepidation in my prospective clients eyes, and I have had that same trepidation myself, but I have never had a client turn around and say to me “God, I wish I hadn’t invested in myself, what a waste.”

Quite the opposite. They usually gush that they would have paid any amount to achieve the health, clarity and joy they reach at the end of their programs.

Likewise, the more I am willing to invest in myself, the more I see flow to me in return.

When you have health, when you glow, when you are out of pain, when you have energy, when your moods are balanced, when your skin and eyes are clear and bright, when you have body confidence . . . you literally attract better relationships, opportunities, career possibilities and resources.

I am a true believer in the law of attraction as I witness how it works in my own life and the lives of others.

Be what you want before it is actually manifest, and it will come quickly.

It takes faith, but it works.

Connecting to my "true self" in Santa Monica

Because of my “big leap” I found my true self while on retreat with 9 other powerful women and our very powerful “leader”, Rose Cole.

Nothing is more valuable than this.

As powerful women in this program we have been “upping our game” with holistic nutrition, personal exploration, cleansing and more.

All in the name of shining our light in the brightest way possible to be of service in a bigger way.

I can’t tell you how amazing the experience of real investment has been, but I wanted to share a bit about this with you in order to show  you that anything IS possible . . .

That you ARE worth it . . .

That you have a bright light to shine . . .

You just need to start honoring your body as the temple that it is.

Don’t be afraid to invest in yourself, after all, you are really all you have.

If you feel ready to take a big leap and invest in your future in a big way, I invite you to apply for one of just 3 spots available through the rest of the year for my Private Platinum Health Coaching Retreat. This intensive is by application only. You get to spend an entire day with a holistic health pro (that’s me!) to unlock your unique radiant body code, and get all the tools to look (and feel) younger, experience abundant energy, shed excess weight and jump start your get-healthy journey to results that really last.

Learn more and download your application here.

with love and healthy inspiration,

Ana

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I am asked all the time about my training, and how I do what I do as a holistic health and nutrition coach. And I am always happy to share because getting my training and setting forth on this amazing path was such a pivotal moment in my life that I will never forget!

Prior to starting my life path in holistic health, I was lost, pretty darn unhappy, and my physical health was in bad shape. I knew there had to be more to life than feeling miserable, tired, dissatisfied with myself, and not feeling like I was making a difference or making a living.

After hitting rock bottom nearly 11 years ago while living in New York, I came across the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) and never looked back.

Well, in truth, I had some hesitations about how to pay for this amazing and unique program, whether it would it be worth the time and money, and other such limiters that we often put on ourselves when presented with an opportunity to expand.

Looking back now, I will be forever grateful that I let my intuition do the guidance. Once I started the program, I saw immediately how this education, community and opportunity was going to profoundly impact my life, for the rest of my life.

Because the school teaches about making your tuition back from the start, I saw that my investment was really just that: A true investment in myself and my future.

I was soon able to ditch my “starving artist” restaurant job for my new career as a Holistic Health & Nutrition Coach. Yay!

IIN is really about so much more than just nutrition. It teaches a very holistic model where relationships, career, self-care, physical activity and spirituality are all addressed. This is definitely a piece of what sets it apart from any other school in the world.

Here I am 11 years later, continuing to live my dream of supporting others while supporting myself! Sometimes it really does feel like a dream.

Better still, after all this time, I am still very connected with the school and the community. I even had the opportunity to go to Costa Rica last year for a special alumni conference!

What does all this mean for you?

Well, now that the school offers a revolutionary distance learning program, you can take advantage of this phenomenal training and community no matter where you live for much less investment.

Distance learning allows you access to a world-class training under the mentorship of the most well-known holistic health and wellness experts in the world, including Deepak Chopra, Andrew Weil, Debbie Ford, Dr. Mark Hyman and David Wolfe, all from the comfort of home.

As an ambassador for the school, I am able to offer special bonuses every now and again to anyone I refer to the school. And this month I have 2 “Ring in the New Year” $500 scholarships available for the next session. These scholarships are given on a first come first serve basis and apply only when you register before December 31st, 2010.

Sessions fill up quickly, so I encourage you to act if this is speaking to you. I invite you to either contact me directly for a complimentary holistic career consultation at devana108@gmail.com, or contact Julia in admissions for a no-obligation informational interview.

Call her at 1-877-730-5444 or email her at CoachJulia@integrativenutrition.com.

We are at a critical time in history. The nation is in a serious health crisis, things are radically shifting economically and spiritually. These are exciting times, and I feel that my experience at IIN has been pivotal in my being able to move forward in a powerful way.

If you have the sense that you are meant to be a positive force in this world, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with myself or Julie. We can both answer any questions you may have.

Yours in inspired health and service,

Ana

PS: you may view a PDF version of the IIN catalog by clicking the link below:

http://media.integrativenutrition.com/uploads/marketing/media/IIN_Catalog_Spring2010.pdf

Read FAQ’s here

Click here to see how distance learners are enjoying this unique education all over the world!

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Yes, this recipe really DOES taste and smell a whole lot like pizza!

This is a rich, delicious and satisfying main dish salad that promises to please.

The recipe uses raw goat cheddar, which is unpastuerized and has all the enzymes and nutrients that we expect to be in our pasteurized dairy, but are not. It is much easier on the digestive track that  gluey pasteurized cheese.

2 cups baby arugula
3 cups chopped Romaine, washed and dried
1-2 ripe heirloom tomatoes, chopped
4-5 unsulfured sun-dried tomatoes (soaked until soft & chopped)
3-4 oz. raw goat cheddar cheese (available at most health food stores – really delicious!)
1/4 cup fresh  chopped basil
1 tbsp. chopped fresh oregano or dried
2-3 sun-dried black olives, minced
1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
Celtic salt and pepper to taste

Mix everything together, adjust flavors to personal taste, and ENJOY with gusto!

Variations: I added raw corn kernals cut off the cobb, grated zucchini and other summer vegetables for variety. Use your imagination.

Interested in getting lean, energized and healthy inside and out eating amazingly delicious foods like this?

In my 10-week Body Transformation Coaching Program, you get loads of tips, tricks, and recipes to make getting in your best shape ever fun and delicious. Learn more here.

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Ah, sugar, sweet sugar.

It seems so benign and docile as a white powder would, but as a former sugar addict, I know what it’s capable of.

And a lot of it’s not that pretty.

Now, I don’t like to demonize foods, but if we look at the fact that most sugar is not a food, but a highly refined chemical produced from a food, I feel a little better about sharing its dirty truths. : )

“Mood-damaging, personality-bending, health-destroying, confusion creating – Research reveals that repeatedly overconsuming sweeteners, dessert foods and quickie carbs wreaks havoc on your blood sugar levels, overstimulates insulin release, triggers inflammation, and could contribute to more than 150 health problems, including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, polycystic ovary syndrome, severe PMS, failing memory, mental confusion, Candida, sexual dysfunction, infertility, wrinkles, acne, depression, anxiety, migraines and early aging.” (excerpted from Sugar Shock, by Connie Bennett)

Whew! No wonder I felt so awful.

So rather than focusing on the negative, let’s move on to 6 easy steps to Stop Singing the Sugar Blues, shall we?

  1. Reduce or eliminate coffee – Yup, I know the coffee drinkers out there are not too happy about this step, but the truth is, the ups and downs of caffeine (especially from coffee), include dehydration and blood sugar swings, causing sugar cravings to be more frequent. Try DandyBlend or  Teechino, a great rich drink you brew just like coffee.
  2. Drink water – Sometimes sweet cravings are a sign of dehydration, Before you go for sugar, have a glass of water and wait to see what happens. Bonus tip: add a drop of flavored stevia to satisfy the sweet tooth without upsetting blood sugar.
  3. Eliminate fat-free or low-fat foods – I ate tons of these in the height of my sugar head days, but these (fake) foods contain high amounts of sugar to make up for the lack of flavor and fat. Eat full fat whole foods and you will find you need less to satisfy.
  4. Eat sweet vegetables and fruit – They are sweet, healthy and delicious. Try winter squash, carrots, beets, yams, onions, parsnips and lower sugar fruit like berries, apples and grapefruit.
  5. Get exercise – Start with simple activities like walking or yoga. Start with 10 minutes a day and gradually increase. Moving your body helps release feel-good hormones, which means you will be less likely to look to sugar.
  6. Slow down and find sweetness in non-food ways! – Your body does not biologically need sugar, but it does long for hugs, time with friends, time outdoors, workouts, massages, etc. When life becomes sweet enough itself, no additives are needed!

If you are really struggling with sugar and cravings, check out my 10-week Body Transformation Virtual Group Coaching Program, which focuses on getting the sugar out and the sweetness into your life, so you can enjoy a slim, stress-free and energized body and life. Learn more here.

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In yoga there is a law that states: “where attention goes energy flows“.

So, whatever you are present to is what is fed, what flowers, what grows.

This can be applied to just about any area of your life.

But what I want to focus on here is how presence relates to your metabolism, energy, digestion and your health.

First, let’s just look at what presence is and how it works.

It has been scientifically proven that we can affect anything simply by observing it and paying attention to it. You can affect another’s behavior by observing them.

We might call this self-consciousness, but this phenomenon has also been shown in animals, planets and more.

You may have even noticed for yourself that when you are in nature, observing the beauty around you, that you experience an almost immediate sense of relaxation and well being.

Well, this emotional responsiveness to what we put our attention on also relates to our body and to our metabolism.

When you eat with awareness and really fully choose presence with your meals, research has shown that you actually assimilate more nutrients, digest better and boost your metabolism.

Digestion, in fact, begins in the head! Wow!

Now, you may be saying “big deal, I don’t have time for this”, or “I don’t really care”.

Well, I encourage you to listen up because if you wish to maximize the nutrition from the food you eat, increase your energy, burn more calories without getting on the treadmill, get more enjoyment from your food and prevent overeating, this is THE tip you can start right away for profound results.

Without presence in the act of eating, you will experience less enzymatic action in the gut and be more likely to experience digestive problems (even if you don’t “feel” them), bowel disorders, lowered immunity, and fatigue. Not to mention you will most likely hold onto weight, have more difficulty losing excess weight AND overeat.

YIKES!

In order to take full advantage of the metabolic power of presence, you must give your full attention to eating. This means no TV, no reading, no computer, no eating while you work or while you drive. Be fully present.

Now, the slight exception to this would be eating in the presence of others. This is fine and even beneficial. Sharing a relaxed meal with family or friends is still supporting the attention being on your food and the act of eating.

Your Action Step:

For the next week be totally 100% present to your meals (and snacks). Remove all distractions and commit to this with your whole self.

Create a relaxing atmosphere alone or with others. If you are at work, step away from your desk.

Notice your food, smell it, look at it, really taste it, chew it, breath it.

Really make this a meditation.

Extra credit: Now if at some point during the week you choose to indulge in or binge on a “forbidden” food, be totally present.

DO NOT leave the building. Pay attention to what happens when you actually scoop the ice cream out of the container into a beautiful bowl, create a calm and comfortable environment and sit down, while enjoying it slowly.

If you are eating low quality ice cream, you will most likely put it down pretty quickly. : )

Even if you are eating the good stuff, you will most likely be satisfied with less.

This is not easy, I know, so be gentle with yourself.

I encourage you to try this, and please leave a comment below to let me know how it goes!

with love,

Ana

p.s. Are you ready to get serious about boosting  your body’s natural healing powers, boosting your metabolism, increasing energy, raising  your vibration and living a fulfilling, joy-filled life all from the comfort of your own home?

In my Total Body Transformation Program homestudy course, I walk you through step by step in how to reach your goals and become energized & radiant, naturally.

Questions? Please email me at devana108@gmail.com

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OVitamin Pro

I love finding great health supportive resources and products that I can share with you, and OVitamin Pro is one recent find very worth passing on. With hundreds, if not thousands of online supplement stores, quality products, helpful customer service and reliable information can be tough to find. When I found OVitamin Pro, I knew I had stumbled onto something great!

A couple of my preferred professional-grade supplement lines, Apex Energetics and Biotics Research, are normally only available through health care professionals. And for good reason, they require guidance and knowledge to get the right benefits. Well, OVitamin Pro offers these two lines as well as other very high quality professional grade supplements, including Life Wave Glutathione patches, which are fantastic for detox and boosting immunity.

The really great thing about OVitamin Pro is the support and solid articles they provide to educate you about the products. And if shipping rates typically deter you from ordering online, OVitamin Pro offers the hard to beat $1 shipping on any order!

Being that I work with many of my clients from all over, often by phone or internet, I love that there is a resource for you to get the high quality products I use and recommend to get the results you desire. One of my favorites is Adaptocrine by Apex, an herbal adaptogenic complex that helps anyone keep stress response from wreaking havoc on their health.

If you are at familiar with my work, you  know the effects of stress can be so destructive to just about any function of your body from sleep and detoxification to healthy weight loss, blood sugar levels, heart disease, inflammation, digestion, immunity and even cancer.

I suggest checking out OVitamin Pro, cruising their user friendly site, and be sure to check out all the great articles and helpful information they offer.

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The single most important thing you can do everyday to effortlessly release weight (and keep it off), boost mood, balance hormones and support proper detoxification is to engage in daily “renewal rituals”.

Renewal rituals are activities that allow the body to release the negative energy and emotions from stress that actually build up in your body’s tissues. These are the emotions that leave you feeling depressed, anxious, craving sweets or junk, and holding onto fat.

 

If you don’t “process” these negative energies and stress build-ups, then your body will intuitively find another way. Nine times out of ten this involves seeking comfort from food (especially sugar and carbs), alcohol, cigarettes or other “drugs”.

Your body and brain are craving what I call a “rebooting”, and if you don’t provide the “renewal ritual” to clear the slate, you will find yourself emptying the cookie jar, ice cream container, bon bon box or whatever your comfort of choice might be.

The sugar will give a temporary lift, but then you will be back to square one, wanting more and more, and feeling horrible about yourself for your lack of “willpower”.

 

Over the course of the day our bodies, minds and spirits are like  sponges that soak up the messages, energies, emotions and psychic toxicity of all those around us. You may feel you do really well with your eating and self care until the end of the day when all self-control seems to go out the window. It’s not hunger or lack of willpower that knock you off the wagon. It’s stress!

 

A renewal ritual is something that connects you to your breath, body and soul. In holistic medicine, it is  known that when you connect to the soul or spirit, you release positive endorphins and reduce stress hormones. And excess stress hormones are what make your body hold onto fat and age more quickly.

I suggest you partake in a “renewal ritual” at least 1 time per day (ideally 2 times per day – morning and before dinner) since the endorphin boost lasts for only about 8 hours.

 

Your assignment:

 

Make sure to schedule some ME time for yourself daily.  Put it in your calendar, make it a priority. No one will do this for you, and yet you will be a better mother, employee, business owner, lover, friend, sister, basket weaver, whatever, if you commit to this ritual.

Try some meditation, Yoga, walking, deep breathing, prayer, dancing, bath time, tai chi, or whatever your spirit is calling for. Even just 5 minutes will do the trick, but 15 or 20 is even better.

 

Leave me a note below to let me know how it goes!

 

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With much love and inspired health!

 

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