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This Changed My Life

About 15 years ago, I had a melt down – physical, emotional, mental, spiritual.

I’m not going to get into the gory details in this post, but I mention it because it was really a pivotal moment in my life.

It was the melt down that gave me the motivation to seek help and change.

It was the moment I knew things needed to be different, even if I wasn’t sure how that was going to look.

It’s often said that out of the mud, springs the beautiful lotus – or it’s often the really difficult times that give us the true gifts and true opportunities.

During my moments of searching, I started to ask myself what I was looking for – what did I want?

As I got a bit clearer, I came across an exciting opportunity – the opportunity to study at what is now the world’s largest holistic health and nutrition school in the world – The Institute for Integreative Nutrition

During my time of difficulty, I knew I wanted to study nutrition, but I also knew that real health included our food, our relationships, our career, our spiritual practices, etc. So, when the IIN catalog fell into my hands, I knew it was the right thing.

Here is what makes this program truly unique and top notch:

  • It teaches all the dietary theories
  • It takes into account each person’s individual makeup
  • It teaches about cooking and self care
  • It incorporates practical business training to get you working with paying clients, often before even graduating!
  • It provides free ongoing support after graduation

Woohoo! “Sign me up!” I said.

Now, as a graduate I enjoy a fabulous, well-paying career doing what I love to do.

The possibilities are endless, with opportunities to work in many different venues and niches.

As a graduate and an Ambassador for the school, I am still closely connected to the school, receive continued support, and help others make the decision about whether this is the right program for them.

On top of the amazing education and career opportunity, is the fact that IIN taught me about how to best feed my body and my life. This is not the dry, counting calories and fat grams of most diet programs, but a way of learning what works for you as a whole being – mind, body and soul.

It taught me how to create amazing health for myself AND how to guide my clients to do the same.

Some of the many gifts I received from my experience at this school include:

  • Real, practical tools to transition into a new career
  • An in-depth education on making better choices around food and lifestyle
  • Greater freedom and income potential
  • Simple yet profound ways to understand nutrition on many different levels
  • Training to actually make a difference on a global level (WOW!)
  • Pleasurable, practical ways to make a positive impact on my health

The end product of doing a program like this is not just better nutrition, but a life transformed.

Life is short, and it can also be very sweet.

Too sweet to wast precious time and energy on things that don’t really make you feel good!

Too sweet to be bogged down by stress and fatigue, and not be able to thoroughly enjoy it!

If any of this resonates with you, you can call the school to set up a FREE consultation with a counselor today: (877) 730-5444.

Be sure to let them know I sent you, so that you can take advantage of any current friends and family discounts, like the $500 tuition scholarship being offered until September 15th, 2010!

As an Ambassador, I am also offering complimentary career change strategy sessions to any of my readers, friends, clients and contacts. In this session, we design a personalized overview of your potential new career in the holistic health field. There is absolutely no pressure or expectation with this session, it is just an opportunity to explore the possibilities and get your questions answered.

Contact me to set this up: (831) 601-3282, devana108@gmail.com

To your continued health and happiness,

Ana

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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 orĀ  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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I just spent 3 magical days and nights filled with yoga, music and nature . . . and not a whole lot of sleep. Although I had fun beyond my expectations, the high energy of riding on adrenaline is stressful to the body – even when it is good stress.

When tougher times hit, or you become so busy your head spins, the stress can be compounded by difficult emotions or extra mental and physical demands.

Stress is stress and, if you are alive and breathing, it is also inevitable. You can’t avoid it, so you might as well learn the secrets to surviving and thriving, right?

Over the many years (and many stresses), I have discovered some fantastic and super simple ways to create resilience. And a resilient body is a stress-proof body.

Does this mean you can be immune to stress completely? No, but it means you can bounce back with energy, and really get the most out of your life without constantly being in recovery mode and feeling like you are a victim of life, or like you have been hit by a truck.

When stress-proofing your body, I believe in the holistic model, which means addressing all aspects of you – body, mind, emotions, spirit.

In this article, I want to begin with your foundation – your physical body.

Below are 3 simple steps to creating a rock solid physical foundation.

1. Eat Well

This is a huge piece of the resilience pie. If you are eating processed, chemicalized, dry (no water content), nutrientless, packaged or fast food, you are way overdrawn in your resilience bank.

This is like putting Kool-Aid in your gas tank and expecting your car to run well, if at all. With this image in mind, it becomes a little easier to see how what you put into your body can have a bigger effect than you thought.

So, what are stress-proofing foods? Well, generally these are brightly colored plant foods, organic whenever possible, full of water, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Whenever I include more of these in my diet particularly in easy ways like green smoothies, vegetable juices and salads, my body bounces back from set-backsĀ  in ways that astound me.

Yes, you need protein, fats, and good carbohydrates, but fresh (raw) plant foods actually have these in them. Leafy greens are especially potent stress-busting foods. So, by putting emphasis on abundant veggies and some high octane fruit like berries, you have your bases covered way more than if you rely on a bag of pretzels.

2. Move Freely

Another piece to the physical part of resilience is moving. We are not just brains, we are bodies that have a brain. In modern day living it can be easy to live above the neck and wonder why our bodies are breaking down.

You need to give your body love. And one of the ways you give it love is to move it!

Moving your body also has a way of connecting you to a sense of peace, purpose and inspiration. I often find that my moments of greatest inspiration are during or after movement – especially if I am in nature.

Your body loves to move, I promise. So dance, walk, run, climb, wiggle, stretch, garden, bike, swim – enjoy your amazing body. When you start to enjoy and use your body, immunity increases, blood flows, toxins are released, good hormones are triggered. Find what you love and do it!

3. Relax Often

Moving is soooo important, and so is relax time. One of the reasons I love yoga so much is because it is really quite an efficient practice. It exercises the body, but it also includes relaxation, spiritual connection, calming the mind, oxygenation, detoxification and immune system support. This is a big part of why I was able to get away with less sleep while on my 3 day trip – because I was doing so much yoga!

If you are pushing, pushing, pushing, you need to find time to relax. This is the time when our body repairs and restores. If you can get some bites of relaxation in everyday, you will find your body getting more and more stress-proof.

Body resilience is really a beautiful thing. It means less sick days, depression, fatigue and even weight gain, and more vitality, joy, health and lightness.

If you want to learn more about how stress-proofing your body can naturally lead you to a healthy weight and joy in your life, be sure to sign up for my upcoming F.REE teleclass:

Secrets to Natural Weight Loss & Body Love

Click here to register and learn more.

love and health,

Ana