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The Last Diet Plan You’ll Ever Need

Paleo, vegan, vegetarian, raw foods, or pegan?

The number one question I get asked by my health coaching clients is, “What diet should I be on?” And my answer is always the same, “The one that works for you.”

People are so busy trying to follow the latest trends that they don’t take the time to figure out what actually works for their bodies.

We are all unique. What works well for you may not work for someone else. I think there are some tried and true theories that are good for everyone; add more vegetables, drink more water, cut out the sugar, and stop eating processed crap. But whether to follow a specific diet plan is a very individual thing.

Let’s face it, there’s a new diet book out it seems like every day. And there’s always a celebrity touting the latest plan that helped them shed weight. That’s fine for that celebrity, but that doesn’t mean it will work for you.

The best diet is the one that helps you get to and maintain a healthy weight, one that gives you energy and makes you feel vibrant, and one that helps to manage or eliminate health concerns such as high blood pressure or diabetes.

So then how does one know what to eat?

First, start paying attention to what you eat and how you feel after you eat it. If you have diarrhea every time you eat dairy, that might be a clue that dairy is not your friend.

One of the saddest days of my life was when I realized I couldn’t eat M&Ms any more. Every time I ate them I got a migraine. Okay, maybe one of the saddest days of my life is an exaggeration, but, it was pretty traumatic to an M&M lover. Still, I knew that they were the culprit of my pain and so I gave them up.

I also don’t eat dairy. I noticed that whenever I had it, I would have stomach issues. It was only through paying attention to what I was eating that I figured that out and once I stopped eating dairy, the issues went away.

Start writing down what you eat, even for just a week, and then write down how you feel. If you are feeling lethargic, have headaches, or have gastrointestinal issues, see if you can link it back to the food you are eating.

If you can stand to do an elimination diet, that may help you pinpoint the foods that are giving you trouble. There are lots of ways to do an elimination diet (you can find information on how to get started in my book Your Best Year Yet! 365 Days of Little Changes That Add Up to Big Results! available now at amazon.com) and doing the diet can help you really figure out what foods are working for you and what foods are not working for you.

Have you ever been here? Your friend orders the latest and greatest diet book, follows the plan, and loses 40 pounds! Then, you get the same book, follow the same plan, and lose 10? It may not be that you did something wrong, or even that the book is wrong, it just may not be the right plan for you.

Instead of following along with each new thing that comes by, try figuring out what uniquely works for your unique self. Sure, you can find lots of information on Google, but Google doesn’t know how much you sleep, your blood type, your stress level, what allergies you may have. So skip the Googling and be your own search engine. Search for what makes you feel your best and stick with that.

Need help? That’s why I’m here. Contact me TODAY for your free health consultation, karen@thecaringcoachingcenter.com. No obligation, no hard sell, just a chance to some health and wellness information that is unique to YOU!

Take care of yourself, be nice to yourself, and be well. And until next time – veg in, don’t veg out.

Karen

Karen Ann Kennedy’s commitment to wellness and service is at the heart of her life and career. As a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a decorated United States Army veteran, and a longtime Human Resources Director, it is only natural that Karen would launch The Caring Coaching Center, to support others in reaching their health, fitness, and lifestyle goals. As the company’s President, CEO, and “Coach in Chief,” Karen provides individual, group, and corporate health and wellness coaching that is flexible, fun, and free of denial. As Karen likes to say: “Little changes. BIG results!”

Thanks to her studies at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the world’s largest nutrition school, Karen is well versed in the importance of nutrition and healthy living. Karen also has extensive experience in compassionately coaching and counseling others through her work in human resources and volunteer management, having worked in this industry for over 20 years.

Karen shares her knowledge and passion for healthy living as a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Known for her bright smile, boundless energy, and approachability, Karen is an in-demand speaker who has presented training programs for many prestigious organizations and schools in the Philadelphia area, including The National Constitution Center, The Urban League of Philadelphia, Constitution High School, Planned Parenthood of New Jersey, The Penn Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, City Year of Greater Philadelphia, and the Upper Darby School District.

Karen is also a decorated veteran of the United States Army, serving her country for eight years including a tour of duty in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, and now residing in Ocean City, New Jersey, Karen offers Caring Coaching to clients nationwide. In addition to coaching, she loves cooking, marathon running, and writing her blog, Carrots Don’t Scream When You Boil Them.

Karen is also the author of Your Best Year Yet! 365 Days of Little Changes that Add Up to Big Results! Available on http://www.amazon.com.

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Happy New Year!

No, that is not a typo, I really am wishing you Happy (2nd half) of the New Year!

June has always been a special month for me, not just because it always signaled the end of school and because my birthday is in June, but because I always view June as a kind of reset so I can finish the year off strong.

People get so excited about the New Year and they make lots of preparations to reach their goals and see their resolutions come to fruition; but as most of you probably know, somewhere down the road (usually around March or April) we start to fall off the proverbial wagon, and we end up starting the next new year with the same set of resolutions we had in the past year.
Right around the middle of May (now) I start to prepare for the second half of the year in a similar way to how I prepared for the beginning of the year. Here are a few tips to help you finish the year strong.

1. Revisit your goals from January and see how much progress you’ve made. Now is the time to either check it off the list, “table” it for now, or shift it around. Perhaps you need more time to achieve the goal, more resources, or other things have become more of a priority.

2. Refocus your goals. If you are still committed to seeing your goal through this year, you’ve got 6 months to make it happen. Now is the time to pull out that planner and start scheduling activities that will help you reach your goal. You cannot hope that you will be successful, success is something you have to plan for.

3. Refresh yourself. Summer is usually the time when people go on holiday or just slow down their pace and try to relax. It’s important while you are working hard to reach your goals that you are also building in time to relax and keep your physical, spiritual, and mental health in tip top shape.

4. Regroup. If you’re anything like me, you may find that you’ve got at least a dozen or so half-started projects. Now is the time to regroup on all the things that you may have started but never finished. Before you decide whether to pick these projects back up, take some time to examine what made you fall off course in the first place. You may have started something that you weren’t full prepared to take on, or something that you didn’t really want to do but felt that you had to do.

5. Restore good habits. If you started off the New Year with a set of healthy habits that have somehow fallen to the wayside, now is the time to restore those good habits so you can finish off the year feeling healthy and fit. This will also help you to have those healthy habits ingrained before the end of the year when the holidays threaten to derail your health plans.

6. Reset. At the end of May, hold your own private New Year’s Eve celebration. Make yourself a nice dinner, pop open a small bottle of bubbly, and hit the reset button. Start June off with the same excitement and enthusiasm that you show on January 1st.

While you’re at it, now is a GREAT time to pick up my book, Your Best Year Yet! 365 Days of Little Changes That Add Up to Big Results! available now @ http://www.amazon.com.
In the second half of the year, we’ll be covering:

• Fitness
• Relationships
• Meditation and relaxation
• Learning
• Cooking
• Practicing gratitude
• Reflection and a reset for the new year

Check out some of the reviews that Best Year has received.

“I’m not even sure where to begin because I love, love, LOVE this book so much. This go-to guide is a game changer for anyone who is ready to make some seriously awesome upgrades to his/her life.”

“Finish the year off strong or start the new year right and BUY THIS BOOK.”

“Sure, it’s a book. But more than that, it’s a daily inspiration to being a better person.”

“This book was a fantastic buy.”

“This is an excellent book. It is the best daily guide to making changes in one’s life that I’ve seen so far. I would definitely recommend this book.”

So, how about it? Let’s finish the year off strong together.

Take care of yourself, be nice to yourself, and be well. And until next time – veg in, don’t veg out.

Karen

Have you heard the news? Health coaching is now available through Skype! Receive personalized health coaching from the comfort of your own home. Haven’t gotten your FREE health history consultation yet? Just email me at karen@thecaringcoachingcenter.com to get started.

Karen Ann Kennedy’s commitment to wellness and service is at the heart of her life and career. As a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a decorated United States Army veteran, and a longtime Human Resources Director, it is only natural that Karen would launch The Caring Coaching Center, to support others in reaching their health, fitness, and lifestyle goals. As the company’s President, CEO, and “Coach in Chief,” Karen provides individual, group, and corporate health and wellness coaching that is flexible, fun, and free of denial. As Karen likes to say: “Little changes. BIG results!”

Thanks to her studies at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the world’s largest nutrition school, Karen is well versed in the importance of nutrition and healthy living. Karen also has extensive experience in compassionately coaching and counseling others through her work in human resources and volunteer management, having worked in this industry for over 20 years.

Karen shares her knowledge and passion for healthy living as a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Known for her bright smile, boundless energy, and approachability, Karen is an in-demand speaker who has presented training programs for many prestigious organizations and schools in the Philadelphia area, including The National Constitution Center, The Urban League of Philadelphia, Constitution High School, Planned Parenthood of New Jersey, The Penn Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, City Year of Greater Philadelphia, and the Upper Darby School District.

Karen is also a decorated veteran of the United States Army, serving her country for eight years including a tour of duty in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, and now residing in Ocean City, New Jersey, Karen offers Caring Coaching to clients nationwide. In addition to coaching, she loves cooking, marathon running, and writing her blog, Carrots Don’t Scream When You Boil Them.

Karen is also the author of Your Best Year Yet! 365 Days of Little Changes that Add Up to Big Results! Available on http://www.amazon.com.

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10 Things to Know About Avocados

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Do you love avocados? I do! I was thinking about them today since they are such a staple in Mexican cooking and today is May 5th – Cinco de Mayo. Avocados are versatile, healthy, and just plain delicious. Before anyone says, “But they’re a fat,” let me say that yes – they are… a HEALTHY fat! By the way, fat doesn’t make you fat, but that’s another blog for another day.

Here are 10 cool things to know about avocados:

1. Avocados are actually a fruit, not a vegetable. They are the fruit of the avocado tree.
2. Avocados can weigh anywhere from 8 ounces to up to three pounds.
3. Avocados have folate, potassium, and vitamins B5, B6, C, E, and K.
4. The average-sized avocado is about 322 calories.
5. Avocados are low in sugar.
6. Avocados are rich in fiber, with a medium-sized avocado containing about 10 grams.
7. The Hass avocado is the most popular variety.
8. An avocado has more potassium than a banana.
9. California produces about 90% of the nation’s avocados.
10. It takes 14 – 18 months to grow a single California avocado.

How do you know when your avocado is ripe? Avocados can ripen quickly and easily go from too hard to too mushy. So how can you tell when your avocado is ready to eat? If you place your thumb at the top of the fruit where the stem is and press gently, your avocado should have a little “give.” If it’s rock hard, you may have to take it home and let it soften up. If it’s incredibly mushy, you may want to take a pass on it.

Avocados are for more than just guacamole. I love guacamole. I could eat my body weight in it! But there’s so much more to avocados than just guac.

Try slicing your avocado and putting it on some  multigrain toast drizzled with a little olive oil or hot sauce for a satisfying breakfast.

Try dicing it and mixing it some mango, tomato, a little bit of jalapeno, a little lime juice, cilantro, and a splash of vinegar for a lovely salsa that goes great with fish.

Make a delicious vegan chocolate pudding by mixing 2 large avocados with ½ cup cacao powder, 3 tablespoons of agave nectar, ¼ cup coconut milk, ad 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Blend everything well and chill in the fridge before serving. Delicious!

There you have it! The amazing avocado.

Want more recipes and great tips like this? Sure you do! Hop on over to http://www.thecaringcoachingcenter.com and sign up for my monthly newsletter.

Happy Cinco de Mayo, and please, if you plan to have a margarita, or two, or three, don’t drink and drive.

Take care of yourself, be nice to yourself, and be well. And until next time – veg in, don’t veg out!

Karen Ann Kennedy’s commitment to wellness and service is at the heart of her life and career. As a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a decorated United States Army veteran, and a longtime Human Resources Director, it is only natural that Karen would launch The Caring Coaching Center, to support others in reaching their health, fitness, and lifestyle goals. As the company’s President, CEO, and “Coach in Chief,” Karen provides individual, group, and corporate health and wellness coaching that is flexible, fun, and free of denial. As Karen likes to say: “Little changes. BIG results!”

Thanks to her studies at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the world’s largest nutrition school, Karen is well versed in the importance of nutrition and healthy living. Karen also has extensive experience in compassionately coaching and counseling others through her work in human resources and volunteer management, having worked in this industry for over 20 years.

Karen shares her knowledge and passion for healthy living as a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Known for her bright smile, boundless energy, and approachability, Karen is an in-demand speaker who has presented training programs for many prestigious organizations and schools in the Philadelphia area, including The National Constitution Center, The Urban League of Philadelphia, Constitution High School, Planned Parenthood of New Jersey, The Penn Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, City Year of Greater Philadelphia, and the Upper Darby School District.

Karen is also a decorated veteran of the United States Army, serving her country for eight years including a tour of duty in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm.

Born, raised, and still residing in her beloved hometown of Philadelphia, Karen offers Caring Coaching to clients nationwide. In addition to coaching, she loves cooking, marathon running, and writing her blog, Carrots Don’t Scream When You Boil Them. Her first book, Your Best Year Yet! was published in September 2014, and is available now @ Amazon.com.

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