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AN EASY WAY TO MAKE LIFE AMAZING
This month, I want to share another part of a summer chapter of my upcoming book with you (I'm only 4 chapters away from finishing my rough draft!)
I'm sharing this chapter with you because it outlines one of the easiest, fastest ways to boost your health. It has nothing to do with food, and everything to do with Primary Food. Remember, Primary Food refers to those things that feed our soul.
The one simple activity outlined below may have more of a positive influence on your health than a home-cooked meal of tofu and broccoli. And yes, you can eat chocolate while you're doing the activity, if you wish!
Building Your Gratitude Muscle
This connection with the universe became crystal clear to me once I started supporting women in my private health counseling practice.
An example of a client New
& Good might be, “Last night I went out with friends.
We had an amazing time and we ate tons of great food (the chocolate
cake was especially amazing!). I talked about things that I haven’t
been able to share with them before. It was an amazing night, and
I put myself first for once. I got home late, but last night was just
what I needed.”
After trying to get out
of answering the question, these clients may say something like, “Well,
I hung out with my friends last night… which was fun…
but I was totally bad… I ate terrible things for dinner…
like chocolate cake, which I'm not supposed to have... and I didn’t
get a chance to get to the gym… and I got home late so I didn’t
get a chance to do the dishes, so I’m totally behind, and I
didn’t sleep well because I didn’t finish my to-do list
because of dinner. I’m not doing well at all.”
Each client had a similar
night out with friends… but one woman lusciously revels in her
experience while the other beats herself up for what she didn’t
accomplish because of the social occasion.
half-full” kind of women.
However, I find that most
women (and yes, I'm including myself in this equation) spend much
of our lives focusing on what we haven’t accomplished…
haven’t done for ourselves… didn’t do for our families…
didn’t buy… didn’t experience…can’t
do. We tend to forget (or gloss over) all the things we actually have
to appreciate. And we have a lot to appreciate.
Simply cultivating an attitude
of gratitude will make you feel more content, more optimistic, less
stressed, and yes… even healthier! This month, let’s
focus on what’s going right instead of what’s going wrong!
3. You can journal at night as a relaxing end to the day. You can journal in the morning as a reflective start to the day. You can journal at lunchtime as a good midday break. You can journal on the subway ride home as a great transition from work to home.
When I first started
keeping a gratitude journal, I had trouble coming up with a daily
list of 3-5 items. But soon, I had more New & Goods
than I knew what to do with! Here's an real life example of
one of my gratitude lists:
4. Do a random act
of kindness. Doing a surprise good deed for a stranger will
bring you good luck all day. Some ideas: pay a toll for the car behind
you, let someone go ahead of you in the grocery line, open the door
I want to hear from you! Email me and let me know what you have to be grateful about today. Or... let me know one thing you want to ask the universe for today. If you put it out there in an email, it's much more likely to come true.
** If more than 100 readers email me in response to these questions, I will send all of you a special thank-you gift. So pass the newsletter along and encourage your friends and colleagues to email me.
Last month, I received 70+ responses to my "What Kind of Eater Are You?" survey. Thanks to everyone who responded. This month, I'd love to hear from 100 people. So, let's go nuts!
Corporate Wellness Education
If you're looking for a speaker for your next event, look no further. My seminars are extremely informative, entertaining, and interactive. After a company books me once, they ask me back again and again. That's because I personalize all of the events and fill them with takeaways. My seminars are motivational, but they're also practical and useful.
For more info: http://www.bostonhealthcoach.com/programs_corporate.html
To see where I'm speaking this month, visit my events page.
Health Food Store Tours
There will be no tours this summer (I'm taking a break!) but you can take a tour in the comfort of your own home by buying my new "Healthy Shopper" DVD!
If you'd really like to take a live tour this summer, just email me and I'll be delighted to link you up with another health counselor in the area.
Even health counselors need a summer break, so we're taking a summer break from teleclasses for the months of July and August. We'll reconvene in September with a great joint-teleclass between Elizabeth Johnson and myself.
September 7 - "Spill It!: Build a Juicy Life By Asking For What You (Really) Want!"
Do you feel dejected when your 'obvious' requests aren't acted on? Do you feel under-appreciated when you don't receive the raise you'd been hoping for? 'How did this happen?' you wonder, all the while feeling lost and misunderstood.
Lament no more! This teleclass is designed to teach you how to live your life more fully by claiming your authentic inner wants and needs.
By learning the art and importance of honest requests, you will gain increased confidence in yourself and experience compelling personal success.
Online Nutrition Program for Marathon Runners
Are you a marathon runner who is confused about what to eat during your training season? The "Peak Performance Nutrition Program" (PPNP) is an online program that teaches you the dietary changes you need to make during your 18-week training season. Read a sample PPNP issue!
The fall marathon programs already started, but if you'd like to get in on the action, we can get you caught up in no time.
Maine PPNP started May 30 - sign up
NIKE 26.2 PPNP started June 20 - sign up
Dublin PPNP started June 27 - sign up
New York PPNP started July 4 - sign up
I used to hate grocery shopping.
Then I set foot in Whole Foods Market, and my entire shopping experience changed!
These days, I love taking clients up and down the aisles during my health food store tours.
My goal is to help them overcome any food phobias, branch out beyond their 'traditional' food picks, and fall in love with all of the fun food options available each season.
even if you don't live in the Boston area, you can take one of my
health food store tours!
So, if you're looking for a way to get out of your food ruts, feel more confident about making healthy choices, and just get inspired about shopping again...
Check out my new DVD!
The "Healthy Shopper" DVD costs only $15 (less than the cost of a takeout meal!).
If you'd like to read more about the DVD before you buy, click here.
BATHING SUIT SEASON IS HERE!
In preparation for bathing suit season, I did a cleanse in April.
I then wrote an e-book that outlines the cleansing process so that you, my reader, could try a cleanse of your own.
This is the perfect time of year to cleanse. So, don't hesitate!
Here's an email I received last month from a reader who bought the Cleanse e-book:
"I'm glad I found you and your site. I read your spring cleanse book. It is very simple and easy, which is wonderful as I have always been scared off by the "nothing but spring water" fasts and highly complicated prescriptions. The book is very motivating and inspiring." - M.B.
I asked one of my clients (who just finished a 6-month program with me) to give some feedback on her experience. This is what she had to say:
"Honestly, I wish I had done something like this ten years ago. I think you are an amazing person. Your ability to make people feel like they have known you forever is truly amazing.
You immediately won my trust and made me feel like you were one of my best friends. You are clearly sincere, and it is so obvious that you love what you do, that it makes it much easier to open up and dump all of my problems on your lap.
I also appreciate the fact that you deal with all issues, not just the ones relating to food. I am definitely going to miss our conversations, and your warm calming effect on my brain.
I have seen an abundance of positive changes in myself over the past six months that I never would have anticipated when I began working with you.
Most importantly, I am learning to be good to myself and listen to my body. I have definitely had an improvement in my bowel functions, which has been a very big problem for me, for a long time.
Mentally, learning to be good to myself has had the biggest impact on how I feel."
Sue R., Individual Phone Client
RECIPE OF THE MONTH:
Christi's Coconut Smoothie
It's been hot to quite hot in Boston the past few weeks, and I'm having trouble finding foods that I want to eat. I'm only craving cool, juicy foods... like smoothies.
This month, I wanted to share one of my new smoothie concoctions with you.
This is a great mini-meal if you get home too late to have dinner... or if you need a fast, on-the-go breakfast option.
The frozen fruit makes it thicker and gives it a "frostie" kind of texture.
I never measure my smoothie ingredients, so these are just my best guess. You may want to adjust the amounts to suit your taste buds.
Check out the other new summer recipes on my site!
ABOUT CHRISTI LEHNER
Christi Lehner, H.H.C., AADP, is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. A Holistic Health Counselor is a nutritionist and life coach all rolled up into one.
Christi studied Eastern/Western nutrition and modern health counseling at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City and earned a B.A. in Honors in Communication Arts from Villanova Universty.
Christi's goal is to help people fall in love with healthy eating, juicy living, and guilt-free self-care. Christi is a three-time marathoner and triathlete, an avid pianist, and a newly converted Red Sox and Patriots fan.
She is the author of the forthcoming book You Don't Have to be Superwoman to be Healthy: 52 Ways to Reclaim Your Health.
To read more fun facts and stories about Christi, click here.
Christi can be reached at email@example.com or 617.492.6450.
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Note: the information in this newsletter is presented for educational purposes only. This information is not intended as a substitute for diagnosis and treatment by a licensed professional. To suggest topics for future "Nourishing News" issues, please contact me.
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