No recipe? No time? No problem.

No recipe? No time? No problem.

Does any of this self-talk sound familiar to you? ...

"I'm not a good cook...

or

"I don't to cook...

or

"I don't have time to cook every day...

or

"I don't have any good recipes...

"...so eating healthy is just too hard!"


We hear this kind of thing often from women and we know that when you feel this way, it truly can create a mental block to eating healthier. 


And, we get it! Not everyone is connected to what Jill calls your 'Inner Chef Diva' and maybe you don't even want to be and that's okay.


The challenge though is that it's pretty hard to look and feel your best if you aren't taking charge of what you eat at least 80% of the time. 


Which is why we want to offer you up some simple 'no-recipe, minimal time, minimal cooking' Euro Meal ideas for the summer.

the single most powerful eating strategy

the single most powerful eating strategy

I had an hour before picking up the kids from school with a work list three hours long. 

It would have been so easy for me to push through and hammer out the list while eating lunch at my desk. Or do a quick grab and graze in the kitchen. Or even skip lunch altogether. My default is to do those things. 

Why? Because I still listen to that voice that says my "to-do list" is more productive and more important than to take 5-10 minutes to sit and eat my lunch. Do you feel that way sometimes?

I feel this way more than I care to admit. 

But here's the thing: I also know I will not be as productive in my work if I don't take 5-10 minutes to sit and eat. I will lose energy and get irritable by 4pm. My cravings for sugar and junk dramatically increase when I skip lunch. I feel resentful and frustrated at the end of those days when I don't take breaks or downtime. And in all honesty, my list will *never* be done. I will always find one more thing to-do. 

So years ago, I started to practice something that has changed me for the better.

Do you know about the history of the Reset?

Do you know about the history of the Reset?

With so many diets and cleanses and health programs in the world today, we often hear clients ask...

Which one is the best? Which one will work for me? What makes one better than another? 

It's enough to make you want to not invest in any of them and just keep doing what you're doing, even though what you're doing might not be giving you the strategy, support or accountability to achieve your goals.

It's why we want to share the fun back story of the 14-Day Reset, so you know why thousands of women like you have joined us and why so many keep coming back to Reset with us each season. 

So, here's the scoop...

In case you don't recognize those two guys above, they are Jordan Rubin and Dr. Josh Axe, creators of the wildly popular Ancient Nutrition products you see all over the web and in stores these days. They are also NYT Best-Selling authors. Jordan was the founder of Garden of Life, one of the most successful supplement lines around. Dr. Axe is the founder of draxe.com, one of the most popular online health resources today, with over 17 million monthly visits to his website. You may have seen him on Dr. Oz a few times too! They are undoubtedly two of the top natural health experts in the world.

We're a little giddy over here. Here's why...

We're a little giddy over here. Here's why...

We're just a little giddy over here. Why you ask? 


Well because we were included in this month's issue of our favorite no-hype health and fitness magazine, that's why!

Snag yourself this issue and check out Angelle's 2-page spread where she's asked to share her thoughts for an article called 'A Mindful Approach to Food Journaling'. Better yet, get yourself a subscription. We imagine you'll love this magazine as much as we do! 

The best part is the conversation being written about mindful eating + living.

Mother's Day Musings + how to show up more patiently in your life...

Mother's Day Musings + how to show up more patiently in your life...

I sat across from my two 17-year old boys at the table we were sharing for our Mother's Day brunch earlier today. They have grown to be 6'3" and are bright and kind and handsome and funny and driven.


These two are juniors in high school and starting to talk seriously about college. My 19-year old daughter just finished her freshman year of college and as I write this is exploring Thailand with a professor and a group of young adults I've never even met. 


As I sat there, watching my boys eat plates full of the delicious food from the buffet at The Laundry, one of my very favorite farm-to-table restaurants, I listened to the Mama across the aisle repeatedly telling her little guy who looked to be about 3-years old to 'please come out from under the table'. She finally lured him out using a sing-songy voice.  I smiled at the familiarity of it as I was jokingly trying to get my guys to stop arguing about whose elbow was crossing the 'middle line' of the table and taking up too much of the other's space. 

7 Tips for Breaking Up with Sugar

7 Tips for Breaking Up with Sugar

I loved sugar and it seemed to love me. I could eat as much of it as I wanted and I didn’t gain weight. It was a beautiful mutually satisfying relationship.


At least that’s what I thought. Until I realized I was just using sugar and sugar was, well, creating all kinds of havoc in my body.


Those Reese’s Cups and Oreo cookies and the bowls of Peanut Butter Cap’n’Crunch, not to mention the endless stream of Mountain Dew, were not treating me quite as well as I thought after all.


It wasn’t weight gain that led me to reevaluate my relationship with sugar, instead it was what I now call Hormonal Havoc that led to us eventually breaking up.

you're busy taking care of everyone else, who's taking care of you?

you're busy taking care of everyone else, who's taking care of you?

It was a Sunday night. Kids off to sleep. My husband and I finally had time together, just the two of us. We got cozy in bed...


...and proceeded to spread all kinds of papers across the covers. Then we opened up our laptops and pulled up the 3 baseball schedules, a track schedule, the list with end-of-the-year school events and our work schedules and we started mapping out the next 2.5 months of our life. (not exactly the hot date night you were thinking I was going to be writing about in this post is it??!!) 


We're not Google Calendar people. We're old-school pen and paper people. Hubby had snagged a calendar at the hardware store and that night we put pen to paper and quickly filled it up. Oh Nelly, did we fill it up.


After pretty much every little daily box was filled in, we looked at it and saw only 3 free weeknights and one open weekend for the next 2.5 months. 


A few years back, this would have sent me right into what Angelle and I call Fight + Flee mode. With stress hormones rushing through my body, wondering when and how to make it all work. Creating all the scenarios...and frankly lots of drama about how insanely busy life is. 

 

send them your light, not your worry

send them your light, not your worry

When I was just barely 29, right in the midst of chronic fatigue and not long before an intense episode of depression that landed me in the hospital for a week, I remember going to a doctor. She was a lovely woman and she was leading the way in integrative medicine, helping people get at the root cause of their illness.

At one point, I told her my husband and I wanted to start a family within the next year. I will always remember the expression on her face in that second. It embodied worry. That sad smile and look in her eyes about whether I could get pregnant and sustain a pregnancy and be healthy and happy felt like a big huge sack of sand had been dropped in my lap.