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My biggest regret in business

As someone who has been full time for a year in her business, I wanted to reflect back on something that has been on my mind as of late.  There have been many lessons thus far and I’m sure there are many more to come.  However, one thing stands out in my mind and I feel like it is the big elephant in the room in the online coaching world.  
Every day I log in to my social media accounts and take a quick glance at the posts.  It’s usually one offer after the other, sporadically filled with genuine posts filled with value, questions or advice.  I think of how I used to perceive this as I got started in business and everyone seemed to have the magic pill that was going to skyrocket my business to the elusive 10k months.
As a newbie with a heart filled to the brim with desire to serve and to make good money, I fell for the pitches hook, line and sinker.  With each new opt-in I would be so excited to learn the “process” that was going to help me finally “make it” in my business.  But after each webinar, video series, workbook, ebook, etc. I was left feeling like I was no further along to discovering the secret.  So I began to purchase courses…again with the same mindset of “this is going to be it! this course is going to be the thing that will help me skyrocket my business.”  And again…I would put the teachings into practice but still my business did not get the results that I wanted.  
So then I went even further….I sucked up my fear and signed up for business coach.  I paid more than I had ever invested in my life and omg it was scary as fuck.  
Now, this is about the time you expect me to say that my life changed and my business skyrocketed to awesomeness.  Well, no it didn’t.  
No, it wasn’t my business coach’s fault.  She is great at what she does.  The reason my business didn’t have the results is because I hadn’t dealt with the deep internal stuff first!  This is the HUGE elephant in the room when it comes to the coaching industry!!!  My deepest regret is that I didn’t hire the life coach FIRST.  
Why?
Because all the business expertise in the world is not going to help you if you don’t have the solid foundation of manifestation, belief in yourself, and self-confidence.  No sales funnel is going to work when you have limiting beliefs and ties to the past holding you back.  No sales technique is going to change the fact that you don’t feel like you truly deserve success or you don’t believe that you can actually have the money you desire.  No course or passive income strategy is going to work if you can’t believe in yourself when no one else does or when it looks like it’s not going to happen for you.
Life Coaching is remarkably powerful because it challenges you, forces you to grow, and helps you go bigger than you ever thought possible.  
Yes, there is a point in time to pay attention to the experts on marketing, sales funnels, sales etc.  BUT if you haven’t done the work with an expert in making you grow internally….then I have a strong feeling it’s not going to work out so great for you.  Yes there are the rare few who do make money without doing the work I speak of, but usually they end up getting a life coach at some point because the money doesn’t end up satisfying them on a deep internal level.
If you are wanting to be successful, I cannot recommend enough that you look into hiring a life coach who challenges you…who makes you believe in yourself…who will force you to go deeper…who you feel and know in your bones is going to leave you transformed….
Going without one is like building a house on sand…it’s on unsteady foundation and you may never fully get the house up before it is swept away.  Do yourself a favor….opt to build your house on a solid foundation…invest in a life coach that is going to help you transform internally.  Because internal transformation is what truly is going to skyrocket your success.

xoxo,

Megan

P.S. If you are ready to do the internal work, I’m have 2 spots available in my private coaching practice.  Schedule your free call with me and let’s get to chatting about what possibilities are waiting for you.

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The Dangers of Busy-Ness



So often we fill our lives with stuff.

Whether it’s plans with friends, shopping, travel, hanging out with family, work, etc. etc. All of these things seem to be great on the surface.  However, when we pause to actually examine it, this busy-ness is just a form of distraction from listening to our own inner guidance system (GPS).  The ironic part is that we feel like we are listening to our intuition but instead we are actually living in a distracted realm of avoidance & fear.

My twenties have been full of times like this.  Times where I would pack my schedule with school, work, and social events in order to avoid just being with myself.  Do you find yourself doing that??  I would do what I could to keep myself busy in order to distract myself from the lack of fulfillment I was feeling in my life.  

To an outsider, my life looked great.  However, looks can be deceiving.  What those people didn’t see behind the smoke screen of busy-ness, was declining health, stress overload, depression & loneliness.  I would like awake at night wondering when I was finally going to start feeling satisfied and truly happy with my life…if ever.

I truly felt, deep down, that I was meant for so much more, but I had no clue what that actually meant.  It was in the nighttime stillness that my own inner guidance would finally have a space to be heard.  I would do my best to drown it out with distractions like drinking, reading, watching TV or texting, but eventually I was forced to listen.  And I was forced to listen in a big way!

Me health crashed & burned not just once, but, three times from the age of 22 to 26!  Each time, I was forced to slow down & admit to myself that something needed to change.  I was forced to acknowledge that my life wasn’t the sunshine and roses that I portrayed to the world and I was forced to finally listen and dig deep.

My point in all of this is to ask you to examine your life.  Where are you distracting yourself amongst the work, friends, travel, family, dating, etc.  It’s time to stop all the busy-ness and start listening to your inner GPS.  

I know it can be totally scary!  Sometimes when we tune in, it can bring up some scary shit.  You may realize that some major life changes are in order.  But I can promise you that tuning in now is A LOT better than being forced to listen.  So make a point to take time for silence & stillness.  Make time to listen.  Your inner guidance system won’t steer you wrong & it’s there waiting to give you guidance that will take your life from just busy…to fabulous.

xoxo,

Megan

P.S. I’d love to hear what you think! Comment with ways that you may have been distracting yourself & commit to tuning in to your own inner GPS!

Recipes, Reviews

Recipe Review: Paleo Panna Cotta



For this week’s gluten-free, dairy-free, recipe review, I decided to relive last summer’s Paris trip with some Panna Cotta!  

Now, the presentation isn’t quite as good, I’ll admit…but damn… I loved this version of Panna Cotta better.  Why?  Because it didn’t make my body rebel like the Paris version did.  

Dairy tends to make my body rebel and that is definitely no bueno!  This version is great because it is totally dairy free and gluten free!  A win-win combination in my book and hopefully yours too!

I highly recommend measuring out the gelatin because I eyeballed it and my dessert turned out a bit grainy…still yummy…but grainy.  I also highly recommend topping this with some of your favorite berries for some added deliciousness or even adding some lemon zest and lemon extract (or lemon essential oil) to the mixture before cooling to get a nice lemony twist to this dessert!

You can access the full recipe here at the Detoxinista website!  I really like her vibe and will definitely be testing out more of her recipes on the blog because the Panna Cotta was so delicious.

P.S. This Panna Cotta is also refined sugar free! Woot Woot!

P.P.S. I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below!

xoxo

Megan

What you will need for this recipe:

– 4 small ramekins

– Coconut Cream (13oz can)

– Maple syrup (100% pure)

– Vanilla Extract

– Grass-fed gelatin (I like Great Lakes brand)

Optional: Fruit toppings



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Recipe: Perfectly Roasted Vegetables



I love roasted vegetables….I love the ease of making them and I love how they continue to hold up their flavor all week long.  You will usually find me roasting vegetables a few times a month because they make a great quick lunch for me whenever I’m working from home.  The fun part of this recipe is that you can switch up the veggies to your preferences or to whatever veggies are currently in season.  Personally, I like having zucchini, squash, bell peppers, mushrooms and potatoes in my mix.  I will say that there are some veggies best left un-roasted.  For example, spinach and green beans are best left out of the roasting pan.  Trust me I’ve tried and these vegetables do not hold up well!  I hope you enjoy the recipe below!  I’ve included the basics and you can just adjust it all depending on how many vegetables you are roasting at a time.

Ingredients:

– 3 large zucchini

– 2 yellow squash

– ~2 cups of small white or red potatoes

– 3 big bell peppers

– 1 pack of pre-sliced crimini mushrooms

– EVOO

– Balsamic Vinegar

– Garlic & Herb Seasoning ( I like Primal Palate)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Farenhiet 

2. Cut up all of your vegetables into chunks and place in a big bowl (sometimes I need to use two bowls depending on how many veggies I’m roasting)

3. Drizzle olive oil & Balsamic Vinegar over the veggies (be generous with the oil)

4. Toss the veggies to coat them

5. Use parchment paper on a cookie sheet(s)….Spread vegetables out evenly onto the cookie sheets covered in parchment paper.

6. Season with garlic & herb seasoning

7. Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes at 375.

8. Stir the vegetables and increase the oven temperature to 400 degrees.  

9. Roast for another 15 minutes or until the potatoes are soft.  

10. Pull out of the oven, serve and enjoy! 

There you have it! That’s my recipe for yummy roasted vegetables!  I like to enjoy these with my favorite adobo chicken thighs or with a good cooked fish!  I’d love to hear in the comments below what you think of the recipe….Enjoy!

xoxo

Megan

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Recipe Review: Chocolate Superfood Smoothie



Original Recipe and a Review of this Superfood Protein Powder!

This week has been super nuts in the Megan Alena household.  Between taking care of my mom’s dog lily, hosting, and both the hubby and I working lots of hours, things have been hectic.  My body has been letting me know as of late how much it disproves of this hectic lifestyle complete with nightly glasses of wine and this week was time to do something about it.  I mean, I literally talk about listening to your body each day on the social medias so one must not be a hypocrite about teachings.  

While I still screw up from time to time, I like to think that I know better than to ignore my body when it starts to really let me know that it’s time to clean up my food act.  Whenever that happens, smoothies tend to be my go-to.  I just love the feeling of nutrition seeping into my body that drinking a good smoothie gives me.  It’s like I just took nutrient-packed stuff and injected it straight into my veins…it feels so good!  Now, if you have been following me for a while, you know I got suckered into doing the whole Beachbody thing for a hot second and the Shakeology stuff was my go-to smoothie addition.  Since Beachbody and I are no longer simpatico, I’ve been on the lookout for a replacement for the expensive pouch of powder that is Shakeology.  

My search took me to Amazon (as all good searches do) and I sifted through product after product looking for something that wasn’t loaded with dairy, sugar, and suspicious ingredients.  After what seemed like a freaking eon of searching, I finally landed on the page for this Pure Foods Protein Powder.  I will admit that I was super leery at first because the name Pure Foods just seemed like another marketing ploy to make me think that something was healthy when it clearly was NOT….but as I read through the description and the ingredients, my skepticism was abated enough to want to give it a shot.  So I loaded it into my cart and patiently waited the one day for it to arrive on my doorstep (Have I mentioned that I freaking LOVE Amazon PRIME?!).

Once it arrived, I was pleasantly surprised to see that you get quite a bit of protein powder for the price and the package is easily resealable and labeled well.  Immediately my eyes went to the ingredients list and Nutrition label on the back of the bag and let me just say how impressed I was that the ingredients were displayed in large font and prominently so that they can be seen without the use of a freaking magnifying glass!  On top of that, there were only 8 ingredients and I actually could pronounce AND recognize EVERY SINGLE ONE!  

Now, on to the Nutrition label….everything was super easy to read and I absolutely adored that this protein powder comes with probiotics and has only 1 gram of sugar.  In case you haven’t noticed, a majority of protein powders out in the market are loaded with sugar so that they don’t taste like you are drinking a mixture of soil, dirt, and other nasty un-identifiable substances.  The one downside here is that the serving size is in grams instead of cups or ounces….like I have no freaking clue what 32grams looks like in my little protein scooper that I use.  But oh well….a scoop tends to be the general serving size for protein powders so I just went with it.  

Nutrition labels and Ingredients lists definitely get me all excited but, let’s be honest, for the other 99% of the population the only thing that truly matters is the taste.  So off I went to make my first smoothie with this bag of brown glory powder.  For my first attempt, I followed the recipe that they give on the back of the bag and that I’ve included for you below.  Once blended, I have to say that I was really impressed with the flavor…not too sweet and definitely not super grainy like some other protein powders I’ve tried.  The chocolate enhanced the flavor of the bananas and berries while not being totally overwhelming.  I will say that I don’t think I could drink just the powder and water alone since that would definitely be a bit grainy.  Overall, I am super happy with this powder and each day that I have a smoothie with it leaves me feeling satisfied for hours after.  

I definitely encourage you to give this baby a try for yourself and you can find it on Amazon here.  Best of all, I received an email from the owner not too long after purchasing that contained more recipes and was super freaking nice!  Gotta love supporting small businesses that actually give a crap what their customers are putting into their bodies.  Have you tried this protein powder??  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!  What about any other favorite powders out there that I should give a fair shot?  

For now, this company and this powder have my vote and I’m one satisfied gluten-free, dairy-free customer!

xoxo

Megan



Chocolate Smoothie:

Combine all the ingredients.  Blend and enjoy!

Ingredients:

 – 1 banana

     – 1/2 cup frozen berries

     – 1-2 handfuls of greens

     – 1 scoop of Protein Powder

     – 1/2 cup Almond/Cashew milk (unsweetened)

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The Confusing World of Growing Your Coaching Business



     Many of my followers are familiar with the online coaching world.  Whether it is life coaching, business coaching, wellness coaching, MLM, etc., social media has become a shit storm of whose life looks the most perfect.  As a wellness coach and spiritual entrepreneur, I often times feel like I am jumping up and down on social media trying to yell louder than the other coaches “Pick me! Pick me!” while making sure that my life looks as perfect as possible.

I believe it’s a common assumption that any sign of weakness indicates to potential customers that our products or services are total crap and don’t work at all.  The funny thing is, the coaching industry has become a little like Hollywood….full of superficial glitz and glamour while everyone sees the big elephant in the room…most of it is all a smoke screen of perfection.  It’s almost as if coaches compete as to what unbelievable results they can promise or obtain in the hope of selling the most tickets to the show (aka their courses and coaching packages).  Meanwhile, the rest of us sit back and vacillate from wanting nothing more than the “perfect” lives we see portrayed and pretending like we don’t care.

I know that I’ve definitely fallen into the trap.  I watch all these other entrepreneurs in groups talk about how much money they are making with such little effort or how their business exploded just from one magical practice (that they of course are trying to sell you) and my inner critic runs wild with mean banter and comparison that always finds me lacking.  I sit there and wonder “what am I doing wrong?” or “what is wrong with me?” and stew in feelings of being not good enough and frustration with where I am at.

When I first, started my business, these claims made me feel powerful and like anything was possible but now they just leave me feeling frustrated and upset.  The worst part of it all is that I then immediately feel guilty for feeling frustrated and think to myself, “crap! this is exactly why I’m not making the money I want!  I need to celebrate these people otherwise I’m blocking money!”    So by the end of my little foray into the world of Coaching & self-help on social media, I’m left feeling like a broke, inadequate loser who will never succeed.

However, I am really good at noticing my patterns (thank god!) and have noticed a need for a change.  I can see through the smoke screen now and I call BS.  It’s time to put our real, authentic selves forward…not just a carefully crafted image of who we think our ideal clients will most buy into.  Now, I’m not saying you need to show every down day or every negative event, but I am saying, let’s stop being freaking Stepford coaches and return to our real and raw roots.

I mean, I’m a freaking nutritionist and wellness coach and I still sometimes manage to sabotage myself and my health.  Just because I teach body positivity doesn’t mean that I don’t have days where I have a hard time looking in the mirror and loving what I see.  But you see….there is the beauty…I still have those days but I am OK with that because it gives me a beautiful opportunity to learn and grow!  When I need to face those struggles and I manage to shift and prevail, I am given the wonderful gift of knowledge that I can then share with clients who need it.

So for all of those coaches and spiritual entrepreneurs out there who feel like you are behind or not good enough because you aren’t having the 10K, 20K, 100K+ launches….YOU ARE RIGHT WHERE YOU NEED TO BE!  Comparison is the thief of joy and just remember that those coaches who appear to be “perfect” are still human beings with very real struggles.  Hey, I have my shit together when it comes to maintaining and getting to ideal weight, but I am still very much a work in progress when it comes to business.  Just like the business coach who has their ability to earn multiple six figures down pat may still massively struggle in the health or love department.

Choose to remove yourself from the overdone portrayal of perfection and show up as the authentic you.  I’m pretty sure your ideal clients will love you even more.

xoxo

Megan

P.S. I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!  How are you perfectly imperfect?  Do you struggle with the images of perfection posted online?

Reviews

Recipe Review: Dark Chocolate Cake Brownies from Against All Grain



Welcome to the first of many recipe and product reviews on the blog!  

I had been getting multiple requests on social media to post recipes soooo without further ado….here is the first recipe review!  I plan on doing at least one review each week for the blog and additional reviews for those on my email list each week.  

To start out the fun, I decided to go with a recipe from one of my favorite food bloggers, Danielle Walker of Against All Grain.  Now, let me just say, there is a reason this lady is famous…her recipes are seriously THE FREAKING BOMB and this one was no exception.  

I’d been craving chocolate lately…ooookkkk….so maybe I crave chocolate more than just lately….but that is beside the point.  I wanted chocolate and thought these brownies looked delicious!  So I opened up my cookbook and got to work making these beauties and let me just say….holy fucking hell in a handbasket!  These brownies are so freaking good I thought my head was going to explode from the deliciousness.  

I like to think of myself as a dessert connoisseur and these were so good!  I would definitely pay money for these at a restaurant.  The brownies took a little longer than the recipe called for to cook (~ an extra 5 minutes) but it was no big deal.  I also didn’t have palm shortening so I used my earth balance vegan butter instead.  I also just microwaved the chocolate and butter together for a minute and stirred until it was all melted instead of using the broiler method.  I’m all for making things as easy as possible and trying to figure out the double broiler seemed way to complicated for my taste.  

Even a day later, these brownies taste like a freaking gift from the gods.  I highly encourage you to test these out yourself…although be forewarned…you will want to eat more than one! The best part is that these babies are gluten free, grain free, dairy free AND refined sugar free but you can’t even tell because they are so stinkin good!  

I’d love to know in the comments what you think?? Are you a chocolate lover like me?? Are there any specific types of recipes that you want to see featured??

P.S.  I totally paired this with a glass of pinot and it absolutely paired nicely 😉 

Enjoy!

xoxo

Megan

















If you absolutely love this recipe, you can find even more great ones in her cookbook!  Purchase your copy of this awesome cookbook here!

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5 Ways to Manifest Your Soul Mate

Many people are on a search for love.  We are told that all of our problems will resolve if we only found our one true love and soul mate. While it is wonderful to experience the companionship and growth that come from a loving relationship, it is very important to remember that the most important relationship we have is with ourselves.  True healing and happiness come from within us and not from external sources.

 

That being said, I know the deep longing people feel for a meaningful relationship.  For years I would hope that I would meet the one person that made my heart sing.  I never understood why things always went awry in the boy department.  It wasn’t until I started a journey of self love that I began to attract the right people into my life.  Listed below are a combination of tools I used to attract the rockstar of a man that is my soulmate.

 

  1. I Made Room

The art of Feng Shui states that clutter can block vital energy & lead to a lack of manifestation.  In order to send a message to the universe that I was ready and open for love, I made space in my bedroom and life.  By cleaning up my schedule and cleaning out my nightstands and closet, I energetically made room for that special someone to come into my life.

If you have every second of your day scheduled and you are overstressed, this is a big fat sign to the universe saying “I’m too busy for a guy right now, so don’t send me a relationship.”  We don’t want that now do we?  When you make time and space in your life for a relationship, you will see the value in having alone time (until you find your love) and you will send the message to the universe that you are ready and open for love.

 

  1. Recognize Negative Patterns

When I looked back at my failed dates and relationships, I noticed certain patterns that needed to heal if I wanted the man of my dreams.  For example, my low self-esteem and terrible body image led me to attract guys that also suffered from the same issues.  I attracted relationships that were toxic and ultimately unfulfilling.  I also noticed that I had the pattern of holding in my wants and needs in order to appear easy going and “cool.”  This bad pattern only served to drown relationships because I wasn’t being authentic or shining my light.

It’s important for you to look back on your past relationships and notice any negative patterns that stem from your thoughts, perceptions and actions.  Really take a long look at your patterns in relationships but please do so through the eyes of compassion & forgiveness instead of judgment.

 

  1. Forgive and Let Go

Practicing forgiveness is so important in order to manifest the man of your dreams.  Only through forgiving the past can we let go of negative energy and clear the way for manifestation.  Try this tool to help clear away past events or hurts that need forgiveness.

– Find a comfortable and quiet place where you won’t be disturbed.

– Take a seat with a pad of paper and a pen

– Take a couple deep breaths

– Begin to list any past memories that caused any mental, emotional or physical pain.  List everything out that you can possibly remember.  This includes past arguments, being teased or bullied, embarrassing situations, mistakes, being physically harmed in any way, etc.  You may feel emotions well up as these memories come to light so please be gentle with yourself.

– Once you have your list, take some more deep breaths to calm and center yourself.

– Read the first item on the list and bring that situation/memory to mind.  Holding that memory in your mind, say “I release you, I forgive you, I love you.”

– Continue to do this for each item on the list (repeating it for some items if necessary) until you feel a sense of peace when looking at each statement.

 

  1. Make Your List

Now comes the fun part!  Take a piece of fancy paper (or write this in your journal) and list out all of the things that you want in your ideal partner.  The reflection, self-love, and forgiveness exercises will really help you see the qualities and characteristics you truly want in your soulmate.  Have fun making this list and tell self-judgement to take a hike during this exercise.

 

  1. Bring Out an Attitude of Gratitude

Having gratitude is so important when you are trying to manifest your dream partner.  Every date I went on, I expressed gratitude to the universe for the opportunity to get to know another human being.  Even if the date didn’t go well, I focused on things to be grateful for instead of feeling down in the dumps.

Another important exercise is to go through your life and list all of the things you are grateful for.  For example, I listed gratitude for my pink barbie convertible I had as a little girl, my intelligence, my travels while playing softball, everything I could think of up to my cute fluffy puppy that was sitting at the end of my bed as I wrote.  Give yourself at least half an hour for this exercise because we all have many things in our lives to be grateful for.  A grateful heart is like a big shining light to the universe that says, “I am ready for my dream mate!”

 

So there you have it.  These are five tools that you can use to manifest your dream partner.  Each of these tools absolutely worked for me and I know they will work for you!

xoxo

Megan

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One of My Favorite Recipes



It’s been a while since I posted so I thought I would kick off another bout of blogging with one of my absolute favorite recipes!  This orange chicken is absolutely delicious and full of yummy ingredients.  I’m a huge fan of Danielle Walker’s recipes and this recipe is sure not to disappoint.  Even those who love Chinese take-out will be hard pressed to find fault with this recipe.  As someone with Celiac disease, Chinese food is typically a no-go.  It’s always an awesome treat when I discover recipes that will allow me to enjoy the Chinese food I used to eat pre-Celiac.  Make this recipe and you absolutely won’t be disappointed!!

xoxo

Megan





I’d love to know your thoughts on this recipe!!  Comment below with what you think!!

P.S.  I highly recommend her cookbook…you can find it on amazon here.

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All About Inflammation!

This week I want to riff on the Big I…Inflammation! This one word is a hot topic in the health and wellness industry because of the newest research on the wide-reaching affects of inflammation in the body. You see, there are two types of inflammation. The first is acute inflammation and is actually good for us! Acute inflammation is the body’s way of defending itself against intruders and healing itself when injured. I like to imagine little cell soldiers kicking butt in my body whenever I am feeling sick ;).

The second form of inflammation is chronic inflammation. This is the big bad wolf and scary thing we think of whenever we hear the word “inflammation” mentioned in health or wellness spheres. Chronic inflammation is dangerous to the body and has been linked to all of the major killers known today. When we are suffering from chronic inflammation, our little cell soldiers are working overtime and doing something that they were not designed to do. This is where we run into the problems. To help you better understand chronic inflammation and avoid it, here are the five biggest causes of chronic inflammation and what to do about it!

1. Stress
I’m sure you all have heard by now the detriments of stress. Just like inflammation, acute stress isn’t bad, but chronic stress is a BIG No No! When we remain in the chronic stress threshold for too long, our bodies are taxed and unable to adequately function. As if there weren’t enough reasons to avoid and/or deal with stress already, the fact that it plays a role in chronic inflammation is definitely a good reason! Instead of going into details on the How of the situation, I am going to give you tools that I use to combat stress.

My favorite stress buster is mediation. I’m sure you heard of it. However, so many people still refuse to use such an easy, affordable and time saving tool. You see, meditation does not have to be sitting on a pillow chanting “OM” for an hour. It can be for sure, but meditative benefits can be reaped in as little as five minutes of meditation a day. Don’t know how to meditate? Next time you are feeling stressed, focus on your breathe for five minutes….Take deep breathes in and out and focus on nothing but your breathing. Guided meditations are easily available on youtube and there are plenty of resources for you to find a meditation practice that works for you. So No Excuses!

Another favorite stress buster is exercise. When I am engaging in exercise that challenges me and that I like, I am combating inflammation and stress at the same time! Talk about a great double whammy! Stress in and of itself can be a newsletter topic so I will leave you with these two tips for now.

2. Poor Diet
Obviously a poor diet is a source of chronic inflammation because the body isn’t receiving the nutrients it needs to support the immune system and fight off the free radicals in your body. When you are consistently eating fast food, foods high in trans fats, processed foods, etc. your poor body is working overtime. To prevent chronic inflammation, a diet rich in produce, healthy fats, complex carbs, and antibiotic-free protein is key! If you need help with that….see the bottom of the newsletter for instructions on how to work with me!

3. Environmental Toxins
In today’s environment, we are consistently exposed to toxins. Usually our body does a good job of handling them, but prolonged exposure can definitely lead to inflammation. The presence of heavy metals or other toxins in the body, tax the immune system and the body shifts from an acute attack on the toxins to a low grade and continual attack. Common toxins include pesticides, pollution, plastics, chemicals, air fresheners, glues, adhesives, latex, and synthetic fibers. It is so important to pay attention to the labels of things that you purchase and bring into your environment. Stay away from harsh chemicals and try to buy organic products whenever possible. You obviously can’t avoid all toxins but buying consciously can absolutely make a huge difference!

4. Undiagnosed Food Allergies/Sensitivities
This one is another big cause of inflammation! So many people in today’s day and age are living with undiagnosed food allergies or sensitivities. When you keep eating foods that you are allergic or sensitive to, your body has to fight to try and digest them. Left untreated, these allergies/sensitivities can lead to leaky gut. This causes even more inflammation in the body…definitely something you don’t want! If you haven’t been tested for food allergies or sensitivities, I highly recommend an elimination protocol and a test. There are two forms of tests…blood and skin prick. Either is fine, just educate yourself and become aware of the foods that your body doesn’t like!

5. Lifestyle
Last but not least is lifestyle. Lifestyle means the things that you do in your life that are causing chronic inflammation. Common lifestyle triggers are smoking, excessive drinking, and lack of sleep. Obviously, smoking is BAD for you and is a really horrible thing for you to do to your body. So if you smoke…QUIT NOW! What do I mean by excessive drinking? Are you having more than 4-5 drinks a week? Multiple drinks a night? Consistently? While it may not seem like that big of a deal to have a couple beers or glasses of wine after work each day….it is affecting your body in a negative way. Your liver needs to work over time with the extra drinks and alcohol is toxic to the body. I’m not saying don’t ever drink again…but do yourself a favor and cut down on the drinking. Your body will thank you..I promise!

Lack of sleep is another big No No. The body needs sleep in order to survive. While we sleep, the cells in our body are still working away and a lot of repair work is done. Without adequate rest, you are setting yourself up for a host of medical issues, chronic inflammation being one of them. While it may not seem like a big deal to stay up late consistently, we cannot make up sleep. So that whole idea of catching up on sleep on the weekend is totally false. Start making your sleep a priority and get at least 6-8 hours of sleep a night. Some people may even need more sleep than that…so pay attention to what your body needs. If you are feeling tired all of the time, it is a big red flag that your body is slipping into or is already in chronic inflammation. Make your sleep a priority this week and watch how your mood, energy, and immunity boosts!

There you have it….the top 5 causes of chronic inflammation! If you felt uneasy about any of these, it is likely that your intuition is telling you something! Make some of the suggested changes and you will be doing your body a big favor! For those of you already suffering from chronic inflammation, I can help you! You don’t need to stay in that state forever!

Massive Love,

Megan