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Self-care Biz Tips for Bizy People: F = Forget About Barriers

Are you itching for a change but a little bit unsure as to whether you should leap into it? Are BARRIERS holding you back from making the change you desire? This is a good time to assess where you are in life right now and where you’d like to be in the future and what it would take to bridge that gap.

James Prochaska, author of Changing for Good: A Revolutionary Six-Stage Program for Overcoming Bad Habits and Moving Your Life Positively Forward  outlines predictable stages we go through when making a change. Are you in denial about making a change? Thinking about it? Planning how you will do it? In the process of making the change? Or have you already completed it? And looking forward to making another one?

Once you decide what stage you are in, it’s time to look at the BARRIERS that are holding you back from embracing change.  For me this is the big stumbling block so I have created a process you can try.

Determine what change lies ahead for you and write it as a Desire Statement on the top of a blank page.

Ex:  My desire is to retire in 5 years.  My desire is to change jobs.  My desire is to create my own nursing business.  My desire is to travel the world.

Create 2 columns below the Desire Statement.

Title column #1 “ Barriers”.   Title Column #2 “Possibilities”

In column #1, list 10 reasons why you can’t have what you desire.

Ex:  I can’t quit my job because I won’t have enough money to live on.

Now read this list and note how you feel.  Not great right?

In column #2, re-word each statement from column #1 as if it could happen.

Ex:  There are many different ways to make money that don’t require working for a boss.

Now read this list and note how you feel.  Better, right?

Fold the paper so the Barrier list faces back and the Possibilities list faces forward.

Hang this up where you will see it every day so you will be focusing on what is possible instead of what is holding you back.

If you know anything about the Law of Attraction, “like attracts like” and if you focus on positive possibilities you will naturally attract positivity into your life.  And the best bonus of all, you will have changed your attitude from negative to positive and will be attracting more positive people into your life as well.  Check out the book Ask and It is Given by Esther Hicks.

Doubt this could happen?  Just try it out for awhile and keep a record of all the progress you are making.  Start a “breaking barriers” journal.  You will be amazed at how those barriers will stop influencing you.

Here are 7 steps to help you tackle BARRIERS in your life.

B – Believe in yourself and the gifts you have to share with the world.  Only you have these gifts and others are waiting for you to share.

A – Adjust to living in a world where change happens all the time and is business as usual

R – Resist the temptation to be stuck in a job you don’t like because of the security of having a paycheck and benefits when there are other ways to achieve this

R – Resolve to listen to your intuition and what your body and mind are telling you to do.

I – Invest in the time to assess your situation, learn about other opportunities and take care of yourself

E – Examine barriers you are facing and determine if they are valid or negotiable

R – Rejoice in the fact that you have choices in life and you can be whomever you want to be and can do whatever you want to do to have a great life.

I coach high performing professionals who aren’t achieving what they want in life because of significant barriers.  Contact me if that is happening to you and you want help.

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So busy working on your “dream” career that you aren’t taking time for your most important asset – your health?  You know what they say – if you don’t have your health you don’t have anything!  So why not create a business plan to do just that. Here are 9 foolproof steps to guide you on the journey.

BIG DREAM Process

  1. Collect your own data.

Start paying attention to what other business leaders are doing to stay healthy.  Schedule a coffee date and ask them these questions:

  • How did you decide to integrate health practices into your business?
  • What was the biggest challenge you faced?
  • How did you overcome this challenge?
  • What was the biggest surprise you found?
  • What is your life like now vs before?
  1. What do you love to do that is healthy for you?

Pay attention to all the things YOU love to do. Which ones would benefit your health? This could be a relaxation strategy, or a physical activity, or a modification in your work schedule – you decide! If this becomes pleasurable rather than a chore, you are more apt to continue doing it for the long haul.

  1. Visualize doing it on a regular basis

Make it real for yourself by thinking about what it would “feel” like to actually integrate this into your day.  Are you feeling better? Do you have an overwhelming feeling that this really fits into your day?  If you get positive feedback then how willing are you to give more time and attention to taking action on it?

  1. Identify Barriers

Create a document with two columns.  Label one column “Barriers that stop me from doing what I love”.  Now list all the barriers that stand in your way of doing this for the rest of your life. Be honest and list at least 10 reasons.  Now reflect on how you feel when you read this list.

  1. Identify Possibilities

On the same sheet with two columns, label the second column with “Possibilities that could happen if there were no barriers”.   Now re-word each statement in the left column from what you can’t have to what you can have.

Ex:  Barrier = I don’t have the time to do what I want.

Possibility = I have more than enough time to make happen whatever I want.

  1. Focus on Possibilities not Barriers

Now reflect on the list of possibilities and how does reading it make you feel?  Which list gives you a good feeling?  Throw the list of barriers away and post the list of possibilities in a prominent location where you see it every day and remind you of how good it would feel.

  1. Set Your Intention

Once you have done the prep work, you are ready to set your intention on manifesting what you want to happen in your life.  Write it down and include an “end date” when you will have launched yourself into your new direction toward optimal health.

  1. Practice Visualizing

It is fine to set an intention and determine when that will happen, but sometimes we give up on our dreams because we don’t keep the fire alive.  Schedule a regular time to practice visualizing your big dream daily or weekly.  Back it up by creating a DREAM BOARD that hangs prominently where you see it every day to keep that picture alive in your head.

  1. Keep an Evidence Journal

If you do all these things how will you know if it is paying off?  In a journal, record all the baby steps and progress you have made moving forward toward your goal.  Some things may seem insignificant, but when you add them all up a bigger picture emerges.  Reflect on this regularly to provide evidence that your Big Dream is actually starting to manifest.

And that is how you bring BIG Health DREAMS into REALITY.

 

Enjoy the process and be well on your Journey!

 

How sharp is your brain and are you giving it the respect it deserves?  After all, without your brain you have nothing!  Just like you need a wellness program for your heart so you don’t have a heart attack, you also need a wellness program for your brain so you can keep working on all cylinders.

Just think about what your brain does for you every day:  paying attention, receiving and recognizing information, learning and remembering, communicating, solving problems, making decisions, supporting mobility and regulating emotions.  Are these not essential functions you can’t do without?

Here is something to consider.  The brain needs adequate blood flow to function optimally, and when blood flow is slowed or blocked—because the heart isn’t pumping properly or the arteries are filled with plaque—brain tissue can become damaged. Elevated blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar can all impair blood vessels leading to the brain and can cause strokes or mini-strokes that can lead to subsequent cognitive decline, called vascular dementia. 1

A well-fed, rested, and oxygenated brain is necessary for mental resilience and peak performance amid stress and uncertainty. When all other things are equal, mental resilience is the factor that really distinguishes top leaders. 2

What this means is in order to keep your brain in top shape, you need to pay special attention to issues like nutrition and exercise to prevent high blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugars which can also lead you down the path to obesity and Diabetes.  In other words, you need a wellness plan for your brain, not just for your body. Here are two important first steps.

FOOD and your Brain. 

Our food system is killing us. In the U.S., more than 2/3 of the population is now overweight or obese, and heart disease and stroke are killing more than 700,000 people every year. The food you eat not only has a direct impact on your physical health but your brain health as well.

Here are some tips:

  1. Plan ahead for what you will eat each day so you don’t get caught eating foods that cause you to be sluggish.
  2. Keep healthy “low glycemic” snacks in your desk and car when you get busy and are hungry.
  3. Consider a Food Diary to keep track of how different foods affect your mood and mental sharpness.
  4. Create a list of healthy brain foods that work for you and keep them in stock.
  5. Reduce sugar intake as too much is harmful to the brain, inducing inflammation, oxidative stress and poor insulin regulation.
  6. Nourish your brain with a plant-based high antioxidant diet with lots of fresh vegetables and fruits which can improve memory, learning and overall cognitive performance.

EXERCISE and your brain.

Research shows that physical exercise enhances cognitive function. One reason might be because it increases of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a protein that improves learning, memory and higher thinking by stimulating growth of new neurons and helping existing neurons stay alive. 3

People who exercise regularly and are physically fit have a much bigger hippocampus, which is your memory center. The more you walk, the bigger your hippocampus will get and the less you will be at risk for brain decline. One study showed that walking one mile a day lowers the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by 48%. 4, 5

If you are need a boost to get going, here is a simple plan to get yourself up and “walking” and building a new healthy brain habit.

Week 1:  Walk 3x/week for 10 mins

Week 2-7:  Increase the length of time you walk by 15 minutes each week until you reach 40 minutes

Maintenance:  Stay at 40 mins 3x/week

Surely you have a little time each day to walk, especially if it is a drug-free opportunity to sharpen your thinking.  Take charge of your brain health today, start making simple lifestyle choices related to food and exercise, and you can remain at the top of your game for as long as you desire.

  1. http://time.com/4931877/keep-brain-sharp-prevent-alzheimers/
  2. https://www.inc.com/leigh-buchanan/4-brain-superpowers-you-need-to-be-a-successful-leader.html
  3. https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-21099/7-natural-ways-to-boost-your-brain-power-sharpen-your-mind.html
  4. https://sharpbrains.com/blog/2015/11/04/can-you-grow-your-hippocampus-yes-heres-how-and-why-it-matters/
  5. http://www.pcrm.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/infographics/infographic-alzheimers-prevention.pdf

 

Spring Into Feeling Good Again

Spring is on the horizon and I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling a little plump around the middle.  Even though I try to be active during the winter months, I still am less mobile and seem to rely on “comfort foods” more often.

But the sun is getting higher in the sky, and this means it’s time to start recreating my usual wellness lifestyle that I have let slide a bit.  And one of the best ways I know how is to partner up with a bunch of other people feeling the same way and doing a “Sugar Buster” program together.  After all, if it wasn’t for my addiction to sugar, I wouldn’t be eating all that sweet stuff that sabotages me every time.

Benefits

Kiss your carb and sugar cravings goodbye

Increase your energy during the day

Have more restful sleep during the night

Learn to control cravings, hunger and mood swings by balancing blood sugar

Achieve a more healthy, glowing complexion from detoxing and proper nutrition

Understand healthy eating, proper nutrition, and what supplements to take

Save money on your grocery bill with our healthy, delicious smoothies and recipe ideas

Be more productive in your home life, work and business by feeling great and maintaining focus

Build confidence with your new healthy self

Connect with other like-minded people

What you will receive

Two 45 min LIVE Coaching Calls by Dr Karen Wolfe,  Q&A Style

Direct access to your own sugar buster coach.

5 Day RESET Sugar Buster Kit (no stimulants, no hunger)

Access to the Sugar Buster Online Forum for support and to connect with other participants for ideas and motivation.

Shopping lists & recipes that you can personalize for your tastes so you know exactly what to eat that’s enjoyable and keeps you healthy.

Handouts, and tons of other resources to continue on with your health goals.

Lifetime access to Sugar Buster resources – You can repeat the program as many times as you desire.

So what do you think?  Want to join me?  Click here and tell me why you want to join in.

Connect with Carol

I’ll give you a call and get you all signed up with the products you will need.

Deadline is March 1 and the actual 28-day program starts March 12.

Hope to hear from you soon!  Let’s do this thing!

 

 

FREE Webinar to Heal Your Gut

Your Microbiome: The Missing Link in Achieving Optimal Health
The microbiome is the community of trillions of bacteria that live in your digestive tract and elsewhere throughout your body. Collectively weighing about three pounds – the same weight as our brain.
When your microbiome is balanced, you have good digestion, clear thinking, balanced mood, and glowing overall health. When your microbiome goes out of balance, however, you risk such symptoms as brain fog, depression, anxiety, bad skin, insomnia, obesity, diabetes, and cancer.
Thursday, January 25th, 2018
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Join this Webinar and find out:
1. What the microbiome is, why it is your greatest wellness ally and why it is changing conventional medicine
2. What Functional Medicine is and how it is different than conventional medicine
3. 7 Ways to Build a Healthy Microbiome that can change your health dramatically
 Want to attend?  Click below to ask for the link to this FREE Webinar with Dr. Karen Wolfe, Wellness Physician

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3 Ways to Assess Your Wellness Literacy

Early in my nursing career, I remember developing frustration over taking care of patients who had conditions I sensed could have been prevented.  Of course I wasn’t taking the greatest care of myself either at that time.  What was really going on with me was not being true to myself by being a bedside nurse. I had an innate knowing that there had to be a better way to deal with my nursing career.  That “intuitive hit” propelled me away from the bedside and into the role of School Nurse which seemed a better fit for me.  I could now teach students, staff and parents how to stay healthy.  At least I thought I could.

What I soon discovered was I had a knowledge deficit.  I really didn’t know much about prevention and wellness, just all the medical skills of basic nursing.  That worked well for me doing clinical work in my job, but I was a novice at education.  I remember being asked to present a class on heart health by a science teacher, and because I was a nurse he assumed I knew everything about health.  As it turned out, he knew more than me and I was quite humbled by that experience.  I really felt I had let him down, was totally embarrassed and needed to correct that right away.  I knew I was not fully equipped to take on the role of prevention specialist, even tho I was a nurse.

So back to school I went to pursue everything and anything that was being offered on health education, prevention and wellness. And what I discovered was I had a lot to learn.  But I found it to be FUN and effortless and therefore knew I had found the type of nursing that I could excel at – Health and Wellness.  Before I knew it, I had completed a Masters Degree in Health Education and was perfectly poised to embark on my career as a wellness specialist.

Now back to the role of the traditional nurse.  Not everyone wants to abandon that role and I totally appreciate that.  After all I still believe nurses are awesome!  It is still the best background I could ever have pursued to get me to this next level which is a better fit for me.  We have a tremendous background on the workings of the body and illness and disease processes, but truth be told, we are not prevention specialists.

And yet, because we are nurses, people think we know everything there is about being healthy.  Today most people are looking for a way out from under all the drugs and surgeries that healthcare promotes, so I think nurses can become wellness advocates to help them find the way.  But first you need to assess for yourself if you have a knowledge deficit when it comes to wellness and prevention.  

So please answer these questions for yourself.

  1. Do you consider yourself an expert on how to prevent illness and disease?  YES   NO
  2. Do others expect you to know everything about how to stay healthy?   YES   NO
  3. Do you know more about taking care of diseases rather than keeping people well?  YES NO

Hopefully this was thought provoking.  My experience with nurses is they haven’t had the opportunity to focus on wellness because they are overwhelmed with all the chronic diseases they deal with daily.  So my invitation to you is to follow this Wellness Blog for Nurses http://allnurses.com/general-nursing-discussion/3-ways-to-1133982.html to start acquiring information and ideas that will help you build up your knowledge on how prevention works and how it will be the lifeline to a healthier future for our patients, ourselves, and the healthcare industry as well.

Optional FREE Bonus:  Here is a special Wellness Assessment that I use in my business that takes about 10 minutes and gives you 3 HIPAA certified reports that might be useful for you.  https://carolebert.usana.com/pwp/#/site/1009227/page/206504958

Health Risk Assessment

Healthy Lifestyle Plan

Nutrition Profile

And now please comment on whether people expect you to know everything about how to stay healthy even when you might not know, and how you handle that.  

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Time to Stop – Summer Sugar Shock

I know you are enjoying summer sun and fun and are in the mode of “whatever”.  I can break all the rules and indulge myself because who cares – it’s summer and I’m in a vacation state of mind.  That’s cool, but perhaps you have been over-indulging a bit with the sugar-rush that comes with a celebratory attitude.  Right?  I know I am doing that more now than usual.
What if I could offer you a sweet way out that fills your sweet tooth but doesn’t fill your body with that sweet toxin you just can’t seem to resist.
I’m excited to share with you the news that our 5-Day Sugar Buster Program, which I have used and promoted for the past 10 years (and it really works!) is NEW and IMPROVED and starts Sunday August 6.  Why is it new and improved?
Because it not only jump-starts a new healthy you in just 5 days, kills the carb and sugar cravings, adds back solid nutrition in the form of meal replacement shakes and cell-signaling technology in the vitamins provided, but also includes a “gut health” component which adds back good bacteria to set the stage for improved digestion.
Here are the features
Each “Sugar Buster RESET Kit” includes the following favorites:
5 days of “delicious” low-glycemic gluten-free meal replacement shakes
  • 8 Dutch Chocolate Nutrimeal™ single-serve packets
  • 7 French Vanilla Nutrimeal™ single-serve packets
5 AM and 5 PM HealthPak™ Vitamin packets

5 USANA® Probiotic stick packs to add back good bacteria to your gut

Helpful Program Guide with an easy schedule to follow and great whole food snack ideas

Here’s a short video of Dr. Karen Wolfe explaining the Kit to those of us who already use these products.  Thought you might like to see it too!

In addition there are 2 FREE calls with Dr. Karen for extra education and coaching, plus 28 days of followup emails for continued support.
But wait – there’s more!  I will offer optional wellness coaching for the full month so you will never be alone on this journey.
What’s not to love about all of these features!
And you won’t believe the new reduced cost. Just $99.95 plus tax and shipping.  Probably less than your grocery bill and meals out for 5 days.
Time to curb those carb cravings and get back on the path of healthy eating and releasing stubborn body fat.
Want to know more?  Connect with me by clicking the link below and I will schedule a call to answer all your questions.  Hope to hear back from you soon!

Deadline to register is July 26 so don’t miss out!

Thanks.

Carol

HURRY! Last day to “Be Healthy in 28 Days” before Spring

 TODAY IS THE LAST DAY to make the commitment to join our group of “28 day health seekers”.  We are a fun group who believe that our health is in our own hands and we decide how healthy we want to be.  But we also know it is challenging to do it by ourselves, so we seek support from like-minded and trustworthy people who know how to lead us and be by our side throughout the process.

We hope you will step into this opportunity knowing it will forever change the way you think about what you put into your body, how you move into an active lifestyle and how important having a support team is to the process.
TODAY IS THE LAST DAY to register for the 28-Day “BE HEALTHY” Challenge that starts March 6.  
 
Just to review:  Here are the BENEFITS you will receive when you participate in the program.
  • Free access to our team of wellness experts who have years of experience running successful programs
  • Access to a private closed Facebook group for support, sharing, answer questions, and build relationships
  • Complimentary one-on-one session with me to personalize your program to fit your lifestyle challenges, goals, etc
  • 28 days of high quality nutritionals to incorporate into your day (sugar-free smoothies with your choice of gluten-free, dairy-free or soy-free; low glycemic nutritious protein snack bars, vitamins customized to your needs, digestive health support as needed)
  • Shopping lists, recipes, menus, time-saving tips for low-glycemic meals to support optimal health
  • Daily support from videos, relaxation and sleep strategies, affirmations, movement activities, and more
  • Weekly group calls with Aura, Barbara, Heather and me for education and support
 Excited to join us?  Here are 2 steps to complete right now:
  1. Register TODAY February 22 so we have time to order your supplies.
  2. Schedule a call with me to answer your questions, discuss what goals you want to achieve, map out the perfect plan customized to your needs, and order your products.
Carol

Announcing a 28 Day Challenge that kicks butt!

I’ve sent you a few emails to remind you of our 28-Day Be Healthy Challenge and I suspect you are still on the fence about joining.  Time to decide.  Need a kick in the butt to get started?  Bend over – my size 10 foot is ready to provide you with a swift kick in the behind.  Did you feel that?  OK.  So let’s get started.  Tomorrow is the last day to register and I just know you want to join our group.  Right?  What are you waiting for?  At the bottom of this page is the registration link so “just do it”!  Remember, I’m doing it along with you too!
Join us for the 28-Day “BE HEALTHY” Challenge that starts March 6.  You won’t regret it!
Here’s what you will receive when you participate in the program.
  • Free access to our team of wellness experts who have years of experience running successful programs
  • Access to a private closed Facebook group for support, sharing, answer questions, and build relationships
  • Complimentary one-on-one session with me to personalize your program to fit your lifestyle challenges, goals, etc
  • 28 days of high quality nutritionals to incorporate into your day (sugar-free smoothies with your choice of gluten-free, dairy-free or soy-free; low glycemic nutritious protein snack bars, vitamins customized to your needs, digestive health support as needed)
  • Shopping lists, recipes, menus, time-saving tips for low-glycemic meals to support optimal health
  • Daily support from videos, relaxation and sleep strategies, affirmations, movement activities, and more
  • Weekly group calls with Aura, Barbara, Heather and me for education and support
Excited to join us?  Here are 2 steps to complete right now:
  1. Register by February 22 so we have time to order your supplies.
  2. Schedule a call with me to answer your questions, discuss what goals you want to achieve, map out the perfect plan customized to your needs, and order your products.

Amazing Opportunity for YOU from Top Wellness Experts

What if I told you that 4 top wellness experts are willing to give you their time and expertise to help you get healthier. Imagine if you were hiring just one wellness coach, how much that would cost.
Well 3 of my colleagues are working with me on offering you this amazing opportunity to jumpstart your health just in time for Spring to arrive and all we are charging you is the cost of the products used in this program.  No extra fees for us.  We are that willing to give of our time to help you start feeling more energized, lighter and eating clean again.  You know you have fallen off the wagon after Valentine’s Day, right?
Join us for the 28-Day “BE HEALTHY” Challenge that starts March 6.  You won’t regret it!

Here’s what you will receive when you participate in the program.

  • Free access to our team of wellness experts who have years of experience running successful programs
  • Access to a private closed Facebook group for support, sharing, answer questions, and build relationships
  • Complimentary one-on-one session with me to personalize your program to fit your lifestyle challenges, goals, etc
  • 28 days of high quality nutritionals to incorporate into your day (sugar-free smoothies with your choice of gluten-free, dairy-free or soy-free; low glycemic nutritious protein snack bars, vitamins customized to your needs, digestive health support as needed)
  • Shopping lists, recipes, menus, time-saving tips for low-glycemic meals to support optimal health
  • Daily support from videos, relaxation and sleep strategies, affirmations, movement activities, and more
  • Weekly group calls with Aura Martinez, Holistic Health Practitioner, Barbara Badolati, Lifestyle Coach and Yoga Practitioner, Heather Lee, Stress Specialist and me for education and support

Excited to join us?  Here are 2 steps to complete right now:

  1. Register by February 22 so we have time to order your supplies.
  2. Schedule a call with me to answer your questions, discuss what goals you want to achieve, map out the perfect plan customized to your needs, and order your products.