6 Brain Hacks to Boost Your Motivation

“I’ll start on Monday.”

-Myself and every other human at some point in our lives

If you have ever said to yourself “I just need to get motivated,” you can appreciate that motivation often feels like this elusive unicorn of a thing. Comes and goes when it pleases, requiring you to pounce on it because who knows how long it is going to stick around.

What if I told you this doesn’t have to be the case? What if I told you that how you think about motivation is actually only half the story? Read on, my friends, read on. [Cue the eery and whimsical music that plays when Aladdin peels open the treasure chest to reveal all the riches inside…]

A dietitian’s top 10 personal food guidelines…and why you should find your own.

“You gotta nourish to flourish.”

 

As a dietitian, I often get asked about my own eating habits and the “food rules” I live by.  I struggle with my response for two reasons:

  1. I hate rules, especially when it comes to food. It is important to reframe them as guidelines or practices.
  2. It doesn’t really matter what I eat. What matters is what YOUR body wants you to eat.

Stressed?? Be sure to support this hormone…and here’s how.

“You can do anything but you can’t do everything.”

 

There are certain times of year when we feel especially stretched – financial, emotionally, time-wise, etc. And during the holidays seems to be one of them. And I totally get it! There’s plenty of reason to be stressed.

8 ways to politely say “NO” to food pushers

“You’re not going to have any of my stuffing?? But I made it just for YOU!”

– Grandmothers everywhere

 

We’ve all been there. You’ve got this super slick plan for how you are going to navigate the holidays and not overdo it this year. Because you are 100% NOT overdoing it.

Until Grandma guilt trips you into another piece of pie.

15 Tips for Tricky Holiday Food Situations

“I can’t eat another bite.” [5 seconds later…] “Oh look, pie!”

– Everyone on Thanksgiving

The months of November and December are notorious for being challenging. With all the indulgent foods, sweets, and adult bevvies…temptation is everywhere. ALL. THE. TIME. The holidays can really derail even the most focused of individuals.

So I say, “Not this year holidays…not this year.”

From chubby kid to lifestyle coach: A dietitian’s tell-all

Loving ourselves through the process of owning our story is the bravest thing we’ll ever do.”

– Brene’ Brown

We live in a world of wellness that is validated by the before and after shot. The left side showing a sad, unfulfilled human in poor lighting with poor posture. On the right, a radiant individual, smiling, shoulders pulled back with confidence, and a six pack chiseled into their midsection…usually with “6 months later” or something along those lines as the caption.

I see this story all the time. My Instagram feed is inundated with this story. This story is everywhere.

But that is not MY story.

5 questions to help remove the stress from stress eating

“Stressed is DESSERTS spelled backward.”

– An ironic truth that has been turned into a refrigerator magnet…

Eating and nourishing our bodies are a part of the human experience. And as a dietitian, I recognize that there are times when not every nutrition choice is driven by physical hunger. For instance, my birthday was a couple weekends ago… you think that carrot cake cupcake (that I look forward to every year) was a response to my stomach growling?? Hard no. Definitely not. That was sheer bliss and an intentional choice to indulge and celebrate. So that I did. And enjoyed every flippin’ bite. But that was definitely not driven by physical hunger.

Want to manage your weight but sick of counting calories? Try this instead.

“Counting calories is my jam. So much fun. Super easy to stick with.”

– Said No One. Ever.

Okay, before I dive in, let me start by saying…counting calories DOES work for some people! So why am I knocking it then?? Because. Rarely does someone count calories for a lifetime. Can you imagine?? How exhausting. And counting calories puts the emphasis on a tiny part of the nutrition picture – food in, energy out. It does not prioritize quality, tuning into one’s body, or enjoying the human experience of nourishing your body. All of which are necessary for long-term weight maintenance.