Spring Equinox!

SPRING!

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Now that we've gotten so close to the warmer weather and sunny days, despite the new snow that piled up yesterday here in NYC, I think we can all agree we have the same feeling...time to make some changes!

What does the season of Spring mean to you?! For me, it's cleaning house. Every spring, my mom would open the doors and all of the windows and let fresh air in and we would clean everything. Granted this happened whether it was spring or not but it helped that it was sunny and you could feel the new air coming in and making the whole house feel more fresh!  This is something I still do to this day!

Now I know the new year (NYE) is the time to make resolutions and goals so...that means that Spring is the time to make sure you are implementing these positive mindsets you've been talking about for 3 months! I've got some ideas to throw at you that I think will make this Spring even more enjoyable. 
 

 

5 Ways to 'Spring Clean' Your Health:

 

1) Throw it out: Get rid of the clutter in your bedroom, your cupboards, your fridge and even your life! Look around you and take inventory of the things you need in your day to day life. Do you really think you're going to wear that dress that doesn't fit anymore? One of my mottos is to "live minimally."

2) Make a list: Write out your goals, shopping lists, to-do's. Getting organized in your mind helps you do more with your time and if you have a list when you shop then you will be less likely to buy needless stuff/food.

3) Keep Track: Recording the foods your consume and how they make you feel will make a huge impact in your life! It will help you see if there is a food you are sensitive to. If you are going through digestive issues, like most people and my clients are, I highly suggest you start doing this asap. Email me for a copy of the journal I send to my clients to utilize.

4) Commit to Something: One thing I read a long time ago that has resonated with me in every single area of my life is "there is freedom in commitment." I hope this helps you to make a commitment to your health that will only help you in the long run!

5) Start Your Day: I know tons of people who don't even know how to get their day started. They ask questions like; "Do i eat breakfast?" "Do I fast?" "What should I be eating in the first place?" My suggestion is to try one thing at a time. If you want to try fasting, I can help you do that. If you want to just drink a cup of coffee, then I have suggestions on how to make that coffee amazing! If you want to eat eggs everyday (that's me) then I can help you make sure they are the healthiest eggs you can eat!

Just start your day. Get it going. Make that list. Throw away that muffin and eat a piece of fruit. Commit to your day because this day will never be here again and we are all here to help one another live our best lives <3

In health,
Marielle

September

Summer isn’t over just because it’s Labor Day!

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Happy September Everyone! I do not want summer to end, but the promise of a new season is so exciting! This month is always a starting point in our calendar years. We are so used to starting grade school or college. Some people travel in the beginning part of the fall. A lot of people move at this time. The summer is still here even though it’s starting to feel like fall and we have a ton of hot days ahead to enjoy getting Vitamin D!

I just moved to another part of Brooklyn and couldn't be happier! Beginning my September in a new place makes me feel fresh and rejuvenated. I threw out a bunch of old stuff and clothes that don't fit anymore and moved on! It feels like a spring cleaning.

And that’s essentially what I want you to do! I am going to call it a ‘Fall Refresh.’  

Since we are heading into a new season (September 21st), take some time (before we all get so busy) and pay attention to what you are eating and how it’s making you feel. Do you notice a difference after you eat dairy/gluten or drink too much? I know I do! I still get surprised when my body reacts certain ways to things and I know it has a lot to do with whatever I ate/did earlier in the day or even how I am feeling emotionally. I know this change for me has been a positive one because I have been feeling amazing these days. Getting so much sleep and enjoying a new environment has had a huge impact on my wellbeing. 

My suggestion is to give things a try and explore.  Go to the farmers markets and pick out a vegetable you haven't eaten before. My mom just reminded me about how much I love beet salad. I completely forgot about it! It’s so easy to make and it’s so damn good for you with all that iron and fiber.

What do you like to cook? Do you food prep at all? I tend to make things that taste better cold or are super easy to reheat. If you didn't know already, I am paleo.  That means I don’t eat grains, legumes, dairy and barely any sugar. There are more restrictions based on what you're looking to do, but that’s hard enough for me at the moment.  I will slowly add in organ meat. Restrictions are tough. Having an autoimmune disease is difficult! Food sensitivities/allergies suck! But, I know what is best for me and this way of eating makes me feel incredible!

Reply with ideas that you have or things you are wanting to try and I will create some easy recipes for you guys.

In love and health,

Marielle

5 Ways to Move Forward!

With the new year is upon us we all like to think ahead and get excited about planning what's next. Like taking a trip or maybe you're getting married. There are always big life events that make each year an event in and of itself. But what about the little things?! Like those goals that keep coming back every year and keep reminding us that we need to make this one particular change.

Every year, 81% of New Year's resolutions fail. How sad is that?!? 

I mean come on, we are all adults here (or I'd like to think we are). We can do this! We can put away the cookies and fit in a work out today. And most f-ing days for that matter. If it means enough to you, you'll make time for it. You know this to be so true so don't lie to yourself anymore!

Trust me that I am not where I thought I'd be going into 2017. I am in a better place but there are changes that I really want to stick this time around. I began looking in all of the areas of my life where I have not been succeeding. Why am I not leading the life that I want? I should be the epitome of wellness but I continue to let myself down. I have decided to take more responsibility for my overall well-being in this coming year. I am the only one who can make myself truly happy. But hey, I am not one to get offended if my friend slaps a cookie out of my hand because I'd do the same to her! Spend time with friends and loved ones that will be supportive of what you need. 

Trust yourself that you can make these changes once and for all!!!!

Here are 5 ways to reach your goals this coming year:

1) Think about what it is you truly want

Sit down with a pen and paper and consider what matters most to you present day. Set your intentions with the New Moon before the end of 2016. As the moon becomes full, your power of commitment grows as well.

2) Give yourself time

Stop thinking of a whole calendar year as the timeline for your goals. When you think of each task you've completed in your life, it didn't all happen within 365 days. Give yourself appropriate time frames. I suggest starting with monthly goals. It takes 21 days to change a habit so 30 days is enough time to commit to any change.

*Consider doing Whole30 with me!!! =)

3) Be confident!

Believe in yourself first of all! Be honest about your limitations and be open to the unexpected. Things are never what they seem at first. You will most likely surprise yourself in the end! ;)

4) See it!

Make a vision board! Put together ideas and things you see happening for yourself. Look at it everyday. See mine on instagram. It changes from time to time but it's a constant reminder that I believe in my work and the love I have for my life.

5) Manifest it!

Write it all down. Re-write it and read it when you feel like inspiring yourself. Remember why you wanted this thing so badly in the first place. 

With love and health,

Marielle