Top 3 Success Blockers

 

Do you have a happy place? Do you take time to recharge?
 
Everyone needs to recharge their batteries. We do not have a never ending supply of energy. If you don’t rest, sleep and take mental down time you will burn out. No amount of coffee is going to keep you productive. Your mind will dull and you will crash and burn. I consider this to be a success blocker.
 
Top 3 Success Blockers
 
1. Busy Work. There was a day when I was working all the time but not getting anywhere. My busy work phase was in large part due to the fact that I had no idea which task was going to bring me results.
 
I was seeing all my tasks as equally important, and I had to get them all done.
 
You must choose your top priorities. Which tasks will bring you money? This has to be your top priority. Without making money you can’t stay in business. 
 
Examine your networking, is it really getting you the results you want?  If you want to be known in your area as a healthy eating specialist, network in person. If you are promoting an online program, skip the local networking and spend more time on social media platforms. 
 
I used to network a couple of times per week, and although I met some amazing people, it didn’t do anything for my business. But, adding key words to my website has gotten me tons of business. Time is valuable, don’t waste it.
 
Schedule blocks of time to get your important tasks done. Work in 90 minute segments and do not allow interruptions. Remember Parkinsons Law, the job will stretch to the time you give it, stay focused on the task until complete. 
 
Watch out for procrastination, ask yourself why you are procrastinating. Is it because you don’t know how to do it, it’s overwhelming, or you are feeling uninspired? Ask for help, break it down into sizeable tasks and create chunks of time. 
 
2. Self Doubt. Nothing will kill your business more than blending in and playing small. You are unique for a reason, don’t be afraid to show it. I remember when I was first starting out I used to look at what other health coaches were doing to make sure I was doing it right. 
 
You have a vision, follow it, don’t be afraid to pave the way to your greatness. 
 
Tell your story and create it into a brand that people are inspired by. You can’t connect with everyone but you will connect with those who share a similar story. Don’t be afraid to tell it and be yourself. 
 
3. Lack of follow-though.  How many times have you had a great idea only to later see someone else do it? Why them and not you? They followed through!
 
Stay consistent, dreams don’t become reality by dreaming. The magic happens when a consistent process of dedicated action is applied to the things that matter most in your life. And make no mistake. Massive hard work is required.
 

When you get committed on such a level, the sky is literally the limit. That is what has turned the impossible into the possible and is what makes the difference between a LEGENDARY life and an ordinary one.
 
We have a lot more power than we often give ourselves credit for. All we have to do is want it badly enough. That part is up to you.
 
Here’s to doing what actually matters – to you and to the world!
 
I know that when you surround yourself with greatness you become greater. That is why I have put together a program of powerful tools and some real powerhouse instructors. 
 
Everyone needs a strategic plan and support to give them the confidence to go out and work their dream.
 
Feel free to share with me your comments. I look forward to hearing from you.

How to Make Cashew Milk

Recipe for Cashew Milk

Ingredients

1 Cup Raw Cashews

3 Cups Water

Options

1 tsp raw honey

2 tsp vanilla 

Pinch sea salt or Himalayan

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Directions

Soak cashews with all ingredients for at least 4 hours

Pulverize in a high powered blender, I use a vitamix

No need to strain

Refridgerate and enjoy! Use within a week. You can make a smaller batch, just reduce ingredients to half. 

Why Do Products Stop Working?

This weekend my church postponed their planned sermon in light of what is happening in the world…a time to re-evaluate what is important. 
 
When Jesus was asked what is the greatest commandment of them all,
he said…
 
“Love God above all else”
and  
“Love thy neighbor as one loves thy self”
 
The world can be ugly and chaotic and if we are not careful we can get roped into the uglyness.
 
You often hear me tell you to be true to yourself and to get your career in alignment with your core beliefs. Sometimes we just need to focus on sharing a message of caring as well.
 
Life is happening all around us, we can’t live with blinders on. Keep love in your hearts for all people. How does that feel?
 
That’s where we do our part by holding onto the light and don’t join in the darkness. We need to take self assessments and see what is going on inside of ourselves. 
 
The inside matters…more than the outside! But as long as we are going there, I recently passed by my mirror and noticed my outside. Being so focused on building the Academy I lost sight of my own balance. I eat healthy and take walks everyday so how is it that I gained a few pounds?
 
Sometimes we plateau, it’s like when your hair product stops working or your favorite skin care isn’t doing its thing anymore. You need to switch it up. 
 
Our bodies naturally build up a tolerance to the products we use and foods we ingest regularly. We can even develop a sensitivity to certain foods.  These foods then have to be eliminated for a period of time before trying to reintroduce them into the diet.
 
We need to reboot the inside of our bodies. Change up our food regimen and do a good housecleaning inside our own Temple. Remember, your body is a Temple. Sometimes we forget to treat it as such. 
 
In the Academy our students will be receiving a Done-for-You Cleanse program. Most of the students will be doing the cleanse along with me, starting July 25th. How would you like to join us? 
 
Have you noticed you or your clients hitting a wall? Why after a few months do your clients see a lull in their results?  Have you had clients return to you and their progress mysteriously slows down?  Or maybe this has even happened to you.  
 
I am a big believer that a cleanse/detox can give you the boost you need. 
 
The first time that I did a cleanse I was amazed at how it helped me to discover my addiction to certain foods, and helped me to eliminate headaches! This is big if you have ever suffered that fate! Overall I just truly felt better. 
 
I was sold! Then I started sharing with my clients and they were telling me they were amazed at the results. Naturally, I had to share it with my tribe of coaches and now in the Academy. This is such a great service to add to your programs or as a cooking class add on. 
 
Doing a detox in the summer is the perfect boost. No matter how healthy we eat or try to be, we still accumulate toxins. 
Clean Eating cleanse
 
Detoxing gives your body an opportunity to reset. It eliminates the sludge that has built up and lets you start fresh. 
 
From the beginning of time man has fasted. This gives your body and mind a break. By eating only fruits and vegetables, which are fast burning, your digestive system gets a rest. 
 
The body has the remarkable ability to heal itself
 
We have a private ongoing facebook group for support and questions so you won’t be alone.
 
If you have considered trying a cleanse in the past this may be the perfect opportunity for you to jump in.
I personally really love these groups and challenges. The one thing that I feel strongly about is that it’s very hard to succeed alone. Getting support and having a team are so important!
I’m super excited to have the chance to work with you. Find out more about the program and get a little incentive coupon below to get you started! 
 
Want to join us for a 14 Day Cleanse?
 
Become more in tune with your Body, Mind and Spirit
 
Give yourself a reset 
Fill yourself with fresh food,
and loving kindness
 
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Cleanse group starts July 25th
 
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Top 10 Gentle Sweeteners

 

 

My Top 10 Favorite Sweeteners 

All sweeteners are still a form of sugar (except Stevia) and should be used sparingly, but we all need a little sweetness in life. Use responsibly 😉 

 

decorative stevia plan for an angle of a page, white background square image.Stevia

This leafy herb has been used for centuries by native South Americans. The extract from stevia is 100 to 300 times sweeter than white sugar. It can be used in cooking, baking and beverages, does not affect blood sugar levels and has zero calories. Stevia is available in a powder or liquid form. Try to look for green or brown liquids or powders, the white and clear versions are more refined but are also more readily available.  a jar of honey against white background.

Raw Organic Honey

One of the oldest natural sweeteners, honey is sweeter than sugar. Depending on the plant source, honey can have a range of flavors, from dark and strongly flavored to light and mildly flavored. Raw honey contains small amounts of enzymes, minerals and vitamins. Some vegans choose not to eat honey, as it is a byproduct of bees.

Maple Syrup

Maple syrup is made from boiled-down maple tree sap and contains many minerals. 40 gallons of sap are needed to make one gallon of maple syrup. It adds a pleasant flavor to foods and is great for baking. Be sure to buy 100% pure maple syrup and not maple-flavored corn syrup. 

Coconut Sugar

A cut is made on the flower of the coconut palm and the liquid sap is collected into containers.The sap is then placed under heat until most of the water has evaporated.The minerals Iron, Zinc, Calcium and Potassium, along with some short chain fatty acids, polyphenols and antioxidants are maintained in this process and has some health benefits. It also contains a fiber called inulin, which may slow glucose absorption and explain why coconut sugar has a lower glycemic index than regular table sugar.

Molasses

Organic molasses is probably the most nutritious sweetener derived from sugar cane or sugar beet, and is made by a process of clarifying and blending the extracted juices. The longer the juice is boiled, the less sweet, more nutritious and darker the product is. Molasses imparts a very distinct flavor to food. Blackstrap molasses, the most nutritious variety, is a good source of iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium.

Brown Rice Syrup

This product consists of brown rice that has been ground and cooked, converting the starches to maltose. Brown rice syrup tastes like moderately sweet butterscotch and is quite delicious. In recipes, you may have to use up to 50% more brown rice syrup than sugar and reduce the amount of other liquids. 

Date Sugar

Date sugar consists of finely ground, dehydrated dates, utilizing this fruit’s vitamin, mineral and fiber content. If you like the taste of dates, this will definitely appeal to you. Date sugar can be used as a direct replacement for sugar and comes in a granulated form.

Medjool Dates

It has been said that eating just 3 dates a day, being loaded with fiber can improve your digestion and their  high levels of iron can also help prevent and treat anemia. Dates also contain magnesium, manganese, and selenium which has been shown to help reduce your risk of cancer and keep your bones and blood strong. Dates provide a natural energy boost and provide enough potassium to help lower cholesterol. Plus, they taste great! 

Birch Sugar

Also referred to as xylitol, this natural sugar substitute can be made from tree fiber or corncobs and occurs naturally in many fruits and mushrooms. Birch sugar is sweet, yet low on the glycemic index and can be used by those with diabetes and hypoglycemia. It has 40% fewer calories than sugar, prevents tooth decay and repairs tooth enamel. 

Sucanat

Short for Sugar Cane Natural, this brand-name product consists of evaporated organic cane juice made through a mechanical rather than a chemical process, and thus less refined, retaining many of sugarcane’s original vitamins and minerals. It has a grainy texture and can be used in place of white sugar.

You don’t need to buy them all, just pick a couple you like. Get used to using them in your desserts and you will enjoy them even more! 

What does Your Mirror Say

Girl sits in front of a mirror in which it is reflected, and on the table are lit candles
To quote an old Grateful Dead song…” What a long strange trip it’s been“!
 
I have been a health coach for nine years and although I have loved every minute of it, some of the hard lessons I could have done without. 
 
I think it’s like having children. Often times I think that our children are our biggest mirrors, we learn so much about ourselves by looking at them. 
 
Like the time my little two year old stormed across the floor saying; “sh#*, sh#*, sh#*!” I would have told anyone that I didn’t curse, up until that day. Pretty sure I was the only one she was mimicking. 
 
Our businesses are like our kids in much the same way, as they are also mirrors.
 
The biggest thing that I learned about myself through the journey of creating my business was that sometimes I am not balanced. I spend so much time in “give mode”, that when I charge my clients I start feeling like I need to do more. On it’s own this would be a good thing, because I give 100% but it doesn’t always build your bank account. 
 
The other thing that I learned about myself was that I am too creative for my own good. I tend to go from one thing to another, never staying rooted in one project long enough to see it bloom. 
 
It’s great to create, but you have to then shift to promotion mode. While promoting you must shelve all creating of other projects or you will never get anywhere.
 
Let me repeat that, you must do nothing else but promote after creating.
 
If you feel like an octopus going in all different directions at once, it’s probably because you are switching back and forth between create and promote. You have to be in one place or the other…PERIOD!
 
It’s hard to digest that our career and how we handle it is a reflection of our inner selves. 
 
Maybe you keep changing directions, always trying to figure out how you contribute to the world and then never seeing anything to completion.
 
The truth is your career is not separate from the rest of your life, it’s a part of your life. We all want to make a difference in the world, we want to spread love and understanding. The sticky part can be when you feel this passion, but haven’t a clue how to get your message out to the world.
 
We need to check in with ourselves and see where our resistance is. If you are hiding a low self esteem you may not think your work is good enough. Or maybe you have always had a money struggle so now you don’t know how to charge. 
 
Your career is meant to connect with your passion, but business is business. So many health coaches just don’t know the steps. They have more passion than business going on and this is keeping them in lack.  
 
You need a system to follow, like a road map that brings you to success!
 
It’s really important to have a system and stick with it. In my new training that launches very soon, we will uncover this. Like I said, I learned the hard way what to do and not do when it comes to promoting your business. 
 
Lately, I must say that it’s like the clouds parted and I can see straight to the sun. I can’t remember the last time I have been this focused and charged about my work.  I want that for you also, crystal clarity. I don’t want you to have to go through years of struggle to see the sun. 
 
In the next few weeks, I will unveil the new training program. It’s hard to not jump the gun and let the cat out of the bag. It feels like hiding presents, you can’t stop thinking about it and you want to share!
 
I do believe that each and everyone of us is put on this earth for a reason. Deep down I know you believe it too, but you may be trying to quiet that voice in your head. You may be going through the motions of working but not feeling fulfilled.
 
Before we speak again, write down a list of what you love, what you’re passionate about. It doesn’t have to be about work but it will help. Then write down where you are now? 
 
Do you love what you do, but you are just not making enough money at it?  Or are you feeling stuck and in a rut? 
 
I think work should look like a yoga pose. You learn how to find your edge, we call it “gentle discomfort.”  You won’t progress unless you are pushing just a little past your edge. Oh and then you breathe..
 
Stay tuned to unwrap the present. I seriously can’t wait!
 
 
 

Turning the corner

As you know last week I made a very consious choice to move away from some things in my life that were causing me to be overwhelmed.
 
I think we all do it, take on more than we should. Even those who I know are really good at saying NO and taking care of themselves, fall into this trap from time to time. That’s why even though I admitted my crash I am also admitting that I am grateful for it.
 
There were sirens going off in my head and all things were pointing to disaster. I was having trouble sleeping, going to bed too late but still getting up before the birds, and then too tired to exercise. My eating was off, meaning I really didn’t care, and my energy was suffering from this. I could feel the garbage in my brain was building.
 
God knows YOU would never have a day like this, right? 
 
I only share this with you to let you know that if this should ever happen to you that you are not crazy. It happens to all of us. 
 
It’s ironic that at times like this, when life gets the better of you, the better things are the first things we let go of. The very things you need to be doing are the things you avoid. Like sleep, healthy food, exercise and quiet time in reflection. 
 
Instead we usually overindulge by eating junk, having another glass of wine, not working out…anything to lick the wounds. 
 
The crash brought about the lightbulb moment to listen to my own advice, “What you put in your mind becomes greater.” Garbage in, garbage out.
 
When I turned the corner it was because I buckled down, dropped things off my schedule and streamlined my day. I remembered that my body is a TEMPLE and I need to honor it.
 
I now begin every day with reflection and positive reading, I got back on my meal plans having them pre-written for the week, and went back to getting a walk in every day. I started getting more sleep by changing my bedtime ritual, in bed by 10 pm with no electronics, only an uplifting book. 
 
Even if you’re not in the middle of a drama, most of us live very fast paced lives. Piling stressful thoughts and unhealthy fuel into our bodies only makes us feel more frazzled. We want to eat healthier, but with our schedules don’t seem to fit it in. We have all “good intentions” of cooking healthier but then we default to the same ol’e recipes.
 
I often hear from people that they fantasize if they had a healthy chef come to their home and do the cooking, they would be more than willing to eat that way.
 
The secret is really so simple you don’t need a chef, you just need a plan. That is why I have dropped everything else in my career, to focus only on the cooking classes. These are not just any cooking classes though, they are classes to Certify you to teach healthy cooking classes! 
 
Stay tuned for more exciting details coming soon! I can’t wait to share it with you.

The Raw Truth Uncovered

This morning I crashed, no, not a car crash but an inner crash. It was pretty raw. Crashing is never pretty, but then pretty is fleeting and hard to hold onto.

Nine years of HARD work to help people change their lives. Trying relentlessly to fill classes both in cooking, yoga and my coaching practice. The struggle is real, the marketing is never ending and the trying to look perfect is unforgiving.

I used to fill classes easily. Why so hard now? Am I missing something?

When you keep praying to God to give you answers you better be willing to listen.

I’ve heard that the definition of insanity is, doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results. That has been me, in so many areas of my life.

Apparently I don’t like change, but it is the one thing that will ALWAYS happen. There is no avoiding change.

The trick is to navigate change in a way that brings us to a place that we chose to be.

When you have grown up in drama you live by default accepting pittance from people and sometimes even yourself.

We are all wonderful creations from God and need to remember that.

Crashing will remind you of this if you are willing to deal with the pain and then let it help you rebuild.

This morning no one showed up for yoga. I have actually been teaching for 12 years but lately not very well.

How can you teach when you are losing yourself? Yoga is a journey of self-exploration, but if me as the teacher is not willing to go there I am not teaching. For the last couple of weeks my inner self has been hurting my classes.

There has been so much family drama since the beginning of this year. When my stepfather of 48 years died it was a tremendous loss. I will spare you the details, but losing someone you felt was your father only to later find out that you were not considered blood but the rest of your family was, creates a second level of pain. It creates a whole new level of loss that I have not navigated well.

Adding this to the fact that only three years earlier my biological father had a stroke and handed all his worldly goods to a friend of his and doesn’t really speak to my brother or I now.

I questioned what it all meant. I felt small and unimportant in life. I felt like an orphan.

I still don’t have the answers but I do know that maybe it was what I needed to bring about the crash. I probably needed this to bring about the change and the shedding of what is not serving me any longer.

I am sure my students felt it. To be a great teacher or leader of anything you don’t need to be perfect, but you do need to be real. I was trying to push through and teach anyway. What I needed was to take a hiatus. You can’t give what you don’t have.

Now the raw exploring begins…Am I doing my clients any service? Not really. Over the years I just kept adding services but never letting anything go.

Apparently, I think I have some kind of magical time clock, which gives me more hours than anyone else.

In reality to have a life of balance and a business that I can enjoy again, I need to let go and move on.

That said, I will no longer be coaching clients, my current clients are being referred to my colleague.

For now we will still have yoga at 9am on Thursday’s. If you want to do a power class or do chanting you should go to another studio, but if you want to go on a journey of change, being able to define who you are, think more clearly and over all feel better then come share the time with me.

In the meantime I will be solely focusing on putting together my new coaches certification cooking course. It has been something that I have been putting together on the side. Many of you have already purchased some of my Done-for-You programs and watched webinars. The unveiling of the new curriculum will be coming soon.

RAW is ugly but it is real. Now I can move onto my work that is in alignment with where I am today.

The coaching that I did in the past was enjoyable. I loved hearing from people that I helped change their lives. I was trying to hold onto that.

Don’t be a mental packrat. Let go, grow and develop into all you are meant to be today. Just because you let something go doesn’t mean you are failing it means you have mastered and are moving up.

I feel freer and lighter already. Talk soon.

 

Sherri

 

 

 

Farro Salad with Mushrooms, Asparagus and Spring Greens

Winner of "Best Plate" Flavors 2013 at the Palm Beach Equestrian Center

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. Farro
  •   5 cups salted water
  •   1 bunch of asparagus, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
  • Small pint mushrooms (any type)
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 – 3 cloves garlic

•   2 cups chopped fresh spring greens (watercress, arugula)

•   1/2 cup chopped fresh basil

•   1/2 cup finely chopped Italian parsley

  •   1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • Salt and pepper
  • Dress with Mushroom and Sage oil from “Olive you More” Store (optional) 

Directions

  1. Cook farro in a pot of boiling salted water until tender, about 25-30 minutes. Drain, and rinse in colander under cold water.
  2. Saute in this order; onions, carrots, celery, asparagus, mushrooms and garlic
  3. Combine farro with sauted veggies.
  4. Add greens, oil and vinegar.
  5. Season with salt and pepper, dress with oil
  6. Garnish with shaved ricotta salata cheese  (optional)