A New Year with New Beginnings

Feeling very excited about the new year and all that it has in store, I peeked in my new daily meditation book at January 1st to preview what I would be practicing this coming Tuesday morning:

“Beginnings hold the promise of new lessons to be learned, new territory to be explored, and old lessons to be recalled, practiced and appreciated.  Beginnings hold ambiguity, promise, fear and hope.”

Beginning a new year, we begin to take an inventory of the past year, good and bad, lessons we learned, pain we may of experienced, and we move forward with new intentions, new perspectives, and all sorts of new goals.  I love this time of year.  As a health coach, I live for these kinds of moments; moving forward, making positive changes, and working towards a more fulfilling life.  Motivation is huge come January 1st, and I want to encourage that motivation…

From now until January 15th I will be offering some SERIOUS DISCOUNTS on my health coaching programs, up to 50% off!!  I want to support you during your new transitions while working towards your new years resolutions, and what better way to do that then to offer my services at a discounted rate.

Want to find out more?  Start by scheduling a FREE 30 minute health consultation to talk about your personal goals and to find out which program would be the perfect fit for you!  I will only be taking on a small number of clients at this discounted rate, so message me today to find out more and to set up your health consultation.

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Wishing you a fridge full of greens, an abundance of healthy recipes, and lots of laughter in your new year.  Thank you for your continuous support.

with love and new beginnings,

Amanda

A Scholarship from The Institute From Integrative Nutrition

It’s that time of year that we are all beginning to think about new years resolutions.  What shifts can we make in our own lives or daily practices that will improve our health and happiness, our business, or the well being of our loved ones?

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When I begin to think of my resolutions for this year, it makes me think back to April of 2011 when I received my welcome package from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition after signing up for their health coaching certification program.  I had no idea the influence that it was going to have on my life.  Today, I am working passionately as a holistic health coach, guiding others through a similar transition that I experienced during this program; learning about whole foods, experiencing changes in eating habits, increasing a focus on real nourishment in my life, and finding an overall balance.  I am forever grateful for everything that this program taught me, which is why I love sharing it with others.

With that said, I have some exciting news… The Institute for Integrative Nutrition is offering one of their biggest scholarships yet..

If you enroll between now and December 31st, you can receive $1,500 off your tuition cost.

If you ever find yourself daydreaming about a change in career, feel a desire to help others work towards a healthier, more fulfilling life, or simply want to learn more about health an wellness for you and your family, I encourage you to consider this program.

All you have to do is call (877) 733-1520 and mention that I referred you.  You will automatically receive $1,000 off by using my name (Amanda Carney), and another $500 off if you pay in full at the time of enrollment.

If you have any questions, please email me at amandajcarney@gmail.com.  I would love to help in any way that I can.

Also, make sure to check out IIN’s new program guide which is filled with information about becoming a health coach.

Have a safe, happy and loving new year!

 

with love and making a difference,

Amanda

Setting Morning Intentions

How you live your morning is how you live your day.

Read that again, just to make sure you have fully absorbed it.

Got it?  Ok… So, how do you live your mornings?

During the night, our bodies cleanse, detox and repair, doing all of the work to keep us healthy, happy, and functioning properly.  After hours of not eating or drinking, we wake up thirsty and hungry.  So, after working all night, it is only right to give the body the best fuel we can offer.

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My morning routine consists of a tall glass of water, some hot water with lemon and cayenne (continues the detoxing), and a green smoothie or juice when the hunger pangs begin.  This routine ensures that I am hydrated, properly cleaned out, and that I am offering my body nutritious fuel.  It also helps to set the tone for the rest of my day, encouraging me to choose healthy and nutritious foods.

This kind of routine, or some variation of it, is one that I recommend to all of my clients, and I have seen dramatic changes in many lives with these simple suggestions.  I know that a new routine always starts out as work because it is a change in our usual patterns, but with time, when you begin to feel better, a routine like this becomes just as normal as brushing your teeth or taking your dog for a walk.

After about a year of practice at this, I am confident to say that I have fully commited to this routine.  For me, that water and green smoothie complete my morning, and I tend to feel a bit off balance when I am not able to incorporate them.

In this belief, that how you live your mornings is how you live your day, I have always focused on the fuel, the foods that you are ingesting in the morning, but what about a spiritual practice?  If your mornings are filled with stress and anxiety, you can drink all of the green smoothies you want, but that stress is going to overflow into the many aspects of your day.  And we all know what stress does to the body, right?  It’s not a pretty thing, and we don’t deserve it.

In celebration of admitting my morning routine not really being a routine anymore (yay to green smoothies!), I have decided to commit to a new routine with a more spiritual focus.

I know that when I take time to meditate in the morning, I feel better all day long.  I know that journaling helps me to sort through my worries, my stress and my emotional pains.  I know that yoga and stretching help me to release tension and help to get me into the present moment.  I know that reading and learning helps me to grow as a student, as a teacher.  I know that reading and posting inspirational quotes is an enjoyable way to share some of what I learn daily.  So, if I know that these things nourish me, why aren’t I doing them on a consistent basis?  Well, I’m not sure.  Maybe for the same reasons that I didn’t begin drinking green smoothies every single day as soon as I learned all of their health benefits. But, I feel ready to commit to my spiritual health, which is why I am sharing this post with you.  I am ready to take time every morning to get present, get grounded, get passionate, and feel grateful for all that surrounds me at each moment.

I loved Jackie’s idea of making a calendar to stay on track with her meditation, so I decided to make one myself, as a visual commitment to look at every day.  Every morning, I will do AT LEAST 2 of these things that nourish me.  I invite you to do the same.my sacred mornings calendar

Do you have practices that you feel nourished by but you are having trouble weaving them into your everyday life?  Maybe you have never tried some of the things I mentioned but feel intrigued to find balance and nourishment in new ways?  Either way, I invite you to join me in committing to something, anything, that you deserve every morning.

If you do decide to join me on this, I would love to know what you are committing to.  Let me know in the comments below or feel free to message me on Facebook if you prefer to share privately.

with love and a commitment to health,

Amanda

Sautéed Cabbage with Tomatoes and Hemp Seeds

You will need :

2 cups shredded cabbage

2 cloves garlic, sliced

½ cup diced tomatoes

2 tablespoons hemp seeds

¼ cup low sodium vegetable broth

olive oil

salt and pepper

red pepper flakes

Begin by adding olive oil and sliced garlic to a fry pan over medium heat.  When garlic begins to turn brown (after a few minutes) add the diced tomatoes and sprinkle with salt, pepper and red pepper flake.  Cook for a few minutes, until tomatoes soften.

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Add cabbage and vegetable broth to the pan and cover.  After about 2 minutes, check the cabbage and mix everything together.  Continue cooking, covered, until the cabbage is cooked through and soft, usually just another few minutes.

Serve hot, and top with a sprinkle of hemp seeds.

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This is a great dish because it’s quick, easy, and super delicious and nutritious.  Cabbage is an awesome veggie known for its cholesterol lowering benefits, is loaded with antioxidants and fights inflammation in the body.  It has been shown in many studies to prevent and fight cancer.

Hemp seeds are a complete protein, one that is easily assimilated in the body.  These seeds are full of the awesome Omega-3’s that promote brain function and fight inflammation.

So eat up!! And get some cabbage in your life!

with love and cruciferous veggies,

Amanda

A Shift In Perspective

Have you ever heard certain words strung together, words that fit together so perfectly that when you hear them, you experience a shift in consciousness?  One simple sentence that can change the way that you feel?  And possibly even the way that you will face each day going forward?  Well, I had a moment just like this in my yoga class this morning.  A few simple words that were strung together so perfectly, I felt them ignite my inner spirit.

Theresa referred to it as “flipping the emotion”, a way to change your perspective in any given moment.

“If you are uncomfortable with something, find something about it that makes you comfortable”. 

A little reminder at a gas station.. yoga is a way of living, and it is everywhere.

A little reminder at a gas station.. yoga is a way of living, and it is everywhere.

Whoa.

It all made sense.  At any given moment, I am in control of how I feel.  It is up to me.  And it is up to you, too.  This stuff is good, like, really good.

When I asked her about it after class, she explained that in any given moment, you have the ability to bring yourself out of discomfort by a simple shift in interpretation.  How you are internalizing a situation will effect how you feel in it, and by taking a step back and shifting your position, you gain the ability to see the beauty in everything.

“It doesn’t need to be a big shift, but just enough to change your perspective”.

The real magic in this thought process is the possibility to re-train our bodies to live this way.  Imagine if we all were able to take a step back and find the comfort, beauty and love in everyday living?  This magical stuff is right in front of us everyday, but sometimes we get so caught up in “the destination” that we forget to enjoy the ride getting there.  Find comfort in knowing that when we are uncomfortable, we are growing.

Where will you find comfort in uncomfortable situations?  Will it be your breath?  Your interpretation? Your knowing that the universe has placed you exactly where you are supposed to be?  Beginning to find comfort in everything that we do will open us up to a more passionate way of living and growing.

I hope that these words have touched you like they have touched me.  If so, hang them on your wall (I know I did).  Post them on fbook.  Tweet them.  We could all use a little reminder from time to time.

If you are in the Orlando area, I would highly suggest stopping by College Park Yoga and taking a class.  It is a beautiful place overflowing with love and gratitude.

with love and finding comfort,

Amanda