I recently went to a really famous business coach's seminar in NYC. About two weeks before the seminar, I received an email about applying to have a business make-over on stage.
I thought it might be fun. You know just for some cool ideas on what I can do next to generate some excitement and have fun!
So I applied. I was kind of nervous about the whole idea of being scrutinized up on stage and all. I am not shy but your business is your baby and I will defend my vision and my client's need for acceptance, tenderness and the time it take to make life altering changes with a vengeance ....hmmm!
Well I had no idea I was picked for the "hot seat" until I checked in! Oh my!
As I listened to the seminar anticipating my name being called I was able to calm myself knowing that I was really dedicated to creating the most effective business that serves my clients.
At 4:20 my name was called - I received a standing ovation even though I felt like the lamb being led to the slaughter - yeah a little dramatic...
What transpired over the next 15 minutes was less than encouraging. The coach scrutinized my business without knowing what I do or how I do it.
I was really discouraged by her comments. It was obvious that she didn't approve of my business model. She advised that I get rid of a lot of my programs. She also believed that I could advise my clients about their health in one afternoon and that would suffice - uh hello!!
As I left the stage less than happy with my niavely
volunteering myself to be critiqued by someone that didn't value health coaching or my method in doing so I realized.....I am happy to be me.
I like that I am very heart centered. That I treat each client as a precious individual. I really get to know each one of my people. I spend a lot of time walking in their shoes so I will really understand their journey.
The money is secondary and I am really glad about that. My clients feelings, history and results matter most!
It took being bullied to really cement that feeling for me.
Ya it's good to be me!
I read a ton of marketing material and blogs on self-improvement, mind-set and the power of positive intentions.
Some is to motivate me and some to help me be a better coach to my clients.
I have always been baffled as to why, when the solution is right in front of us, do we not take the bull by the horns and forge ahead.
Now I am a very logical person and sometimes grapple with other people's unhappiness and their unwillingness to make the change that will bring them into happiness.
I mean really. If you hate how much you weigh - well change your diet and exercise. Your boyfriend or husband a creep. Step away from the jerk.
Friend too needy and sucking the energy out of you? Tell the friend to knock it off or put some distance between the two of you.
But what if the fear is not the simple act of making the change but that the change might be worse or we may fail or we may make the same mistake again.
The bad that we know is for many people better than the thing we do not but can imagine.
I am hired to educate and to hold accountable my clients. At times I have been too nice and just let it slide but when I question their unwillingness to change they realize great strides.
They all get stuck, they all bristle at my insistence, they all want to stay in their comfy familiar situation. I get it.
I love the job of pushing people on. It suits me.
Change is not always easy, sometimes not perfect but always, movement is positive. Staying stuck in your unhappiness is easy, really!
I recently read an article in National Geographic that broke down our lives by task - sleeping, working, using the restroom, sitting in traffic and when it got down to it, we have only 20% of our lives to live.
What are you waiting for?
A, hell no!
I know I should be lady-like about it but really....
You can eat the food you love and be healthy. Really no lie.
I see recipes, buy cookbooks and magazines that are filled with "normal" recipes. I am a foodie. I love food and not just the healthy kind but....all of it!
I choose to be healthy.
So what's the key? Conversion!
Knowledge and conversion. You can take almost any recipe and make it healthy.
Yes there are a few exceptions and I need to erase... those.... from.... my.... mind.
You just need to know how to do it.
Milk, yogurt, sour creme, whipped cream - you can make anything that has these in the recipe and not use dairy. You can drink milkshakes and eat ice cream. No really I do and they are delicious and shhhhhh, good for you!
Any dish with meat in it can be made healthier by using a smaller portion and make mine antibiotic, hormone free and grass fed. Happy animals make healthy food, if you're a meat eater!
Wheat flour can be deliciously replaced with almond flour, rice flour or a who host of alternatives. Plus there are tons of super yummy gluten-free baked goods. Seriously, I have tried them and so has many of my unsuspecting dinner guest.
Sugar can be replaces with either raw organic sugar , honey, agave, stevia and fruit. There are tons of options.
Oh and in case you don't know me.....There are chocolates that are rockin' good for your health....!
So if you are really wanting to change your health in a natural and long termed way.
Convert! It is delicious and sooo easy!
You know, I am like everyone else.
I am long on "to do's' and short on time!
There's my business, volunteer work, my husband's two rental properties in New York that need constant attention, tax prep for family members and a few friends, my Mom's 79th birthday, my son and his girlfriend are here for a visit,the FAFSA forms that are due soon and my old Shepard Dog is having trouble going up and down the stairs. Pant pant!
I love a lot of action but it can take its toll on eating healthy!
Even though I spend almost all of my time helping busy woman find food that they will love to eat and that promotes good health, frequently I arrive at lunch or dinner and have no time to create what I planned for us to eat.
So this issue is dedicated to all of you out there that want easy, fast, yummy, healthy food.
Recipes and pictures are included: Enjoy!
Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings
Every time I make these I am amazed at how easy and delicious these little wings are.
They do take a while to bake so go take a bubble bath while you wait!
Ingredients: Don't blink or you will miss them 8-)
Organic chicken wings - as many as you can eat (oh and I guess you have to figure in the rest of the family)
We do about a pound per person, but we like to eat!
Lemon Pepper (I love Penzeys)
Preheat the oven to 325
Put olive oil on a cookie sheet.
Put chicken wings on the sheet and toss with olive oil.
Make sure they are in a single layer.
Generously cover with lemon pepper.
Bake until gooey and crispy.
Watch to make sure that they do not dry out!
Usually about 1 1/2 hours.
Noisy eating is encouraged!
Home-Made Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Who doesn't love french fries?
Who wants all that grease, salt and calories?
Sweet potatoes are packed with nutrients and are super cancer fighters because they are packed with beta carotene.
Preheat oven to 425.
Cover a cookie sheet or pizza pan with parchment paper.
Ingredients: Here's another long list!
Sweet potatoes - 1 per person
Coarse Sea Salt
Cut sweet potato into lengthwise disks
Cut discs into strips.
Place in a large bowl.
Sprinkle with olive oil and spices.
Lay out in a single layer on the baking sheet.
Bake for 20 minutes on one side,
flip fries and bake for another 15.
They will get crisp!
We eat with either apple cider vinegar, Annie's or Organicville's BBQ sauce or organic ketchup!
Sassy Soba Noodles
Wow I made this the other night in about 8 minutes.
1 lb package of Soba noodles
1/2 c Hazelnuts
4 Nori Sheets
2 T Toasted Sesame Oil
2 t agave
2 T sesame seeds
I added steamed broccoli but you can add any veggie, cooked shrimp or chicken.
Okay here goes.
Cook the noodles according to the directions.
While that is happening, throw everything else in the food processor - except the veggies or protein that you are going to add - and pulse until chopped but not pureed.
Hold on - here is the tricky part.......drain the noodles and rinse with water.
Pour back into the pot and add hazelnut mixture, veggies and meat if using and toss.
This smells so good that you will be eating it out of the pot!
We polished this off in about 5 minutes.
Add a salad and you have super quick and delicious meal!
It may be over so fast you forget that you ate dinner.
Okay this is a real recipe - those last three were cheating!
2 T olive oil
2 oz of organic, nitrate and hormone free bacon
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 medium onion, finely chopped
9 cups of chicken broth
2 t of Italian herbs
16 oz of spinach or cheese tortellini
1 28 oz can of tomatoes packed in puree
10 oz or about three huge handfuls of fresh spinach
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup of fresh Parmesan cheese
(I pass on cheese but is makes it yummy that is for sure)
Heat olive oil in a pan.
Add onions, bacon and garlic, saute.
Add chicken broth and herbs.
Bring to a boil and add tortellini.
Simmer uncovered until cooked - 10-12 minutes.
Stir in tomatoes and simmer for another 5 minutes.
Add spinach and cook until wilted.
Season to taste.
Ladle into bowl and sprinkle with cheese.
If you decide to save the leftovers don't be surprised that the tortellinis expand and become small couch pillows! 8-)
Sara Leah Chase's Cold Weather Cooking
(This is one of those cookbooks that no longer has a functioning binding, I have used it that much!)
Add a salad to any one of these quickies (except the fries) and you have a delicious meal.
Have a great week and remember.......
You Deserve to be Healthy!
I am a digestive health coach. I help my clients have more energy and a eliminate digestive problems by eating food they love!