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WEEKEND RECAP #35

Good morning, friends!  Did everyone have a nice holiday weekend?  Mine was really great, but I have to admit, it was really difficult to wake up this morning.  I was sleepy! photo 5My weekend started on Wednesday at noon (my office closed early), which was SO nice!  I ran errands that day, and started prepping for Thanksgiving.

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photo 1Thanksgiving was amazing!  We hosted, but it was a total group effort food wise.  Everything was delicious!  Here is a photo of our group on Thanksgiving.  My Mom and Dad accidentally got cut out of the group photo, but there is a cute one of them to make up for it.  :)

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photo 1Friday we went to Ventura, and completely relaxed at my parents house all day.  It was just what we all needed!  Saturday morning I met some girlfriends for coffee and a beach walk.  It was a gorgeous day, but the conversation was even better.  Isn't quality time with friends the best?!

We had a memorial service to attend on Saturday afternoon, and while it was very sad to lose a loved one, the service was beautiful.  I was so happy to have been there.

photo 3After the service I had an appointment to get my hair done.  I cut 8 inches off!!!  This is a huge deal for me, as I've had long hair for years.  I loved my long hair, but I am totally digging the short, simple cut.  So bouncy and fun!

photo 2 Sunday was church, then afterwards we all went downtown to do some small business shopping.  So fun!  After that, we headed back to Pasadena to unpack, and unwind.  As you can see, Charlie was quite chilly when we got home!  HA!

All in all, it was a FABULOUS holiday weekend!  I hope you all had a great one, and know how very grateful I am for each and every one of you!

xo.  Jen

 

 

 

KEEP CALM AND HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Good morning, friends!  Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and while I it can bring up a lot of feelings of gratitude, I know (from experience) that it can bring up a lot of stress, too.  Particularly around all of the decadent food!  Today I am here today to share some helpful tips on how to have a calm, joyous, and happy Thanksgiving. keep-calm-and-happy-thanksgiving--29

START WITH A GRATEFUL HEART

Gratitude is what Thanksgiving is all about, right?  When you wake up in the morning, before you do anything else, try placing your hand on your heart and simply close your eyes and breathe.  Imagine what your are thankful for.  If you can't think of anything in particular, that's totally okay.  Just  acknowledging your heartbeat and breath is glorious enough!  This is a great way to start any day, and can definitely set the tone for the holiday.

HYDRATE

Before your coffee or festive mimosa, drinks lots of water.  Think of it as a bath for your insides.  Start nice and clean for the day, and continue to drink water throughout.

MOVE YOUR BODY

I'm so excited to start Thanksgiving day with a morning walk!  Just like any other day, moving your body (whichever way feels comfortable to you) is great!  This can look like dancing in the kitchen while you're cooking, doing some gentle yoga, going for a run, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or even a leisurely stroll with your pup.

Side note: This is NOT to make up for food you will be consuming later.  In fact if you don't feel like exercising, and you'd rather do something else, do that.  Honor your body however it feels comfortable to YOU.  This is simply an extra way to show your body that you are grateful for her.  :)

DON'T DEPRIVE YOURSELF

Do you want mashed potatoes and gravy or your Grandma's famous dessert?  Have some!  Place a portion on you plate, eat slowly, savor it, and know that you can always have more if you're still hungry.  Plus, HELLO LEFTOVERS!  Yum!

ENJOY 

The holidays are about being with those your love and care about.  Enjoy the laughter of children, and the silly banter between adult siblings.  Cherish the stories your grandfather has told you 9,284,832 times because someday you may miss hearing them, and tell your family you love them, because that's what matters most.  And sometimes, being with those you want to spend time with isn't always possible.  So, for those of you that have to work or live far away, know that you are missed, and are in the hearts of many!

I hope these tips are helpful, and feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

With so much love and gratitude, Happy Thanksgiving!

xo.  Jen

P.S. I will be taking Friday off from posting to spend time with family.  See you Monday!

WEEKEND RECAP #33

Happy Monday!  How was your weekend?  Did you celebrate Halloween?  My weekend was very full, but really fun, too.  I have LOTS of photos, so I'm jumping right into it! photo 1

photo 1After work on Friday we jumped in the car and headed to Ventura!  My Dad's birthday was earlier in the week, so we went out for sushi that evening to celebrate.  My rainbow roll was delicious!

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photo 3Saturday morning, Greg, Charlie, and I went down to the beach.  It was a STUNNING day! The water was super glassy, and the sun was shining beautifully!  Greg decided to take a bunch of photos, and I am SO glad that he did!  He got some really great shots!  After our walk, we went and had a breakfast burrito on the pier (which ended up holding me over for the majority of the day).

photo 3Saturday afternoon I met up with some friends.  Starla and I have been best friends for 18 years (CRAZY how time flies), and I have know her cousin Jo for just as long, and we're all great friends!

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photo 1Saturday evening we went to a Halloween party.  Greg was a priest, I was a nun, and Charlie was a dinosaur.  My mom was the cutest kitten ever, and my dad was a USC coach.  :)

photo 2Sunday was church, lunch at Spencer Makenzie's (I got the ahi burger, and shared my fries with everyone), visiting with more friends, then heading home.  We spent the rest of the evening snuggling on the couch, and going to bed early (time change got me all mixed up, haha).

All in all, another fantastic weekend!  Tell me about yours!

xo.  Jen

WEEKEND RECAP #32

Good morning!  How was your weekend?  Mine was great!  I'll tell you all about it, but first I want to share the purpose behind why I do a "Weekend Recap."  The main reason is because I love the idea of sitting back and giving gratitude for the special times that I have, and get to share with others.  Whether it is a specific event, or just a yummy meal, it's all special to me. The second reason is that I don't share too much of my personal day-to-day life during the week, so it's fun to do a recap of what went on over the weekend. Okay, on to the weekend!

photo 1Friday evening was spent at home, turning the living room into a movie theater.  :)  We have an extra futon mattress that we brought out with a bunch of fluffy pillows and blankets, put on our pj's, and totally vegged.  It was so awesome to just relax!  I made stove-top popcorn (so simple) for us later, and we watched The Newsroom (our current fave).photo 3

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photo 2Saturday morning we all took a nice walk to Peet's for coffee, and ended up getting a bagel next door.  So weird, because normally I am not a bagel person (too much grain), but this is now the second time a bagel sounded perfect.  And it was!  I got a plain bagel with lox and all the fixings. So delicious!

photo 5For lunch we had the best salads!  So yummy!

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photo 2Saturday night we went to the Foo Fighters concert with friends.  They were given tickets (AMAZING seats) and asked us to go.  The show was absolutely incredible!  Definitely the best concert I have ever been to (and I've been to my good share).  We jammed, danced, and had the best time.  I feel really grateful!

photoSunday morning was spent doing a few things around the house and making a TJ's run.  My bestie Emma came to visit in the afternoon, and we had such a nice time chatting, sipping champagne, and having tostadas (her fave of all my dinner recipes, HA!).  Too funny, because we had matching manicures unbeknownst to us!  :)

All in all, another fabulous weekend!  May you all have a lovely week!

xo.  Jen

INTUITIVE EATING 101

food-salad-restaurant-person-mediumHi friends!  Today I am here to talk about intuitive eating.  We, as humans, are intuitive by nature, and I feel that absolutely extends to our eating.  However, we (myself included) don't always follow our intuition.  Intuitive eating is the idea that when we listen to and trust our bodies, we are naturally led to a way of eating that is best for us based on an individual level. Who likes being on a restrictive diet?  I see zero hands raised.  Intuitive eating is the opposite of dieting. Dieting leads us to believe that there are "good" foods and "bad" foods, and when we don't follow our diet strictly, we often feel guilty, and end up eating emotionally anyway.  No fun. P.S. I only know this because in the past, I HAVE BEEN THERE, way tooooo many times!

food-salad-dinner-eating-largeLet's take a deeper look at intuitive eating, and how we can all connect with our inner intuition on a deeper level.

  • Listen for your hunger.  Often times people eat because of one or more of the following reasons: the clock says it is 6:00pm and that is "dinner time," our friends are eating so we should join them, out of habit, etc.
  • Finish eating when you feel satisfied.  On a scale of 1 (starving, belly completely empty) - 10 (full, stuffed to the max), I feel best when I begin eating at a 3, and stop at a 7/8.  If we eat when we're famished, we tend to eat everything in sight, and very quickly and mindlessly.  When we eat when we're not hungry, more often than not, this is emotional and on a deeper level.  Something I always tell myself is "if you're still hungry in 30 minutes, eat again."  This always helps, and 99% of the time, I am not hungry later on.
  • Eat things that taste delicious, and make you feel nourished.  Food is not only a source of energy, but it is meant to be pleasurable!  I'm not saying every meal for the remainder of your life has to be a 5 star gourmet experience, but what I am saying is that it should taste good!  Studies have shown that when we truly enjoy our food, whether it is a bowl of Brussel sprouts or a slice of chocolate cake, it nourishes us on a greater cellular level.
  • Pay attention to how your body reacts.  Notice how your body feels after you eat.  Do you feel light with more energy, or sluggish and like you want to take a nap?  Do you feel saisfied, or like you need to eat 20 minutes later?  Any physical reactions (intestinal, headaches, etc.) may be a sign or an sensitivity or allergy.
  • Trust yourself.  We are all unique individuals, and we all require different types of food to fuel our bodies.  What works for one person, may not work for the next (hence why diets don't work).  Trust that your body knows what to do, and recognize when she will always provide you with the right nutrition.

photo 5 (2)Look at the photo above (taken on a trip to NYC with two of my favorite gal pals and fellow health coaches, Paige & Simi).  This is me.  All of me.  I'm not a size 2, nor do I have rock hard abs.  I have curves, soft skin, and strong legs.  I eat intuitively, I am STILL on my own personal journey and have days where I "feel all the feelings," but most importantly...I am happy and healthy.

I hope this post was helpful!  If you are interested in learning more about intuitive eating, health coaching, or just want to explore, I'd love to provide you with a consultation.  Can't wait to chat!

xo.  Jen