healthy people

Life Lessons From The Kitchen
I am so excited to be writing my first blog post with The Balanced Life!  I was unsure of which direction I wanted to take my first blog until a message came to me, surprisingly, while I was watching an episode of Chopped on The Food Network.  If you haven’t seen it, the show consists of three very short rounds that chefs compete in, in which they have to put together a complete meal based out of a basket of food that is picked for them.  While watching the show one evening I realized that there are some real life lessons being exhibited if you pay attention.
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Lost your motivation? Reclaim it now!

I often hear from clients that they struggle with motivation for a variety of reasons.  And I must admit that I do, too, from time to time.  What is it about that word “motivation” that can make us feel on top of the world and the bottom of the barrel?  Truth be told, I recently felt stuck and had a difficult time finding my motivation.  It was like I was resisting positivity in my life and had this invisible wall between me and my progress. 

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New Year, New You?

By: Dana Hampson, LPC-S, BCC

Each January, Runner’s World magazine (of which I am a subscriber) puts out their annual New Year, New You edition to kick the year off right. It’s chock full of articles and advice meant to motivate and inspire would-be runners to run and for experienced runners to take it to the next level, whatever that might be for each person. I like reading it. Sometimes I find something new and interesting. Since I’ve been running for over a decade now, most of the stuff I already know but it’s a good refresher. What it really does for me is encourages thought about what I’d like to do better as a runner, how I can improve in the next year, what I’ve done up until this point and what’s still on my bucket list to accomplish in the future.

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Reckon

The word “reckon” is most often heard when someone has contemplated a situation and made a decision.  In the Greek language this word is broken down more specifically to mean “to take and inventory, or to draw a conclusion.” 

As human beings, how often to we take inventory of our behavior and draw conclusions based on the desired outcome?  Let’s consider the behavior of people for a moment.

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Reflect, Renew, Reset

As we end the year 2015 and look forward to a new year in 2016, I can’t help but reflect on this past year and think about what went well, goals I achieved, and what did not. We all know that many people set New Year’s resolutions only to have them fail and fizzle out by the end of January. I know I’ve done that a time or two. I read this morning that goals fail for two reasons: fear of failure and lack of motivation. If I want to earn a college degree, thinking about it isn’t going to get the degree, registering for the first class is. Or if I want to be healthier, sitting on the couch thinking about it and feeling guilty is not going to get me there, exercise and healthier eating is.

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Self-Motivation

My family and I have recently moved into a different house. For those of you who have done this before, you are quite aware that it is a daunting task.  If packing the boxes wasn’t overwhelming enough, unpacking seems like a nightmare. It is such an exciting time, but one that also requires effort, patience, and a lot of hard work. While amidst this process, I am learning that at times, I lack motivation, especially when faced with a time-consuming process that cannot be completed immediately.  While I was happy to be moving in, I envisioned in my mind how perfect and arranged I wanted every room to be, but found it difficult to prioritize and have the motivation to put thoughts into action. 

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Slow Down and Take a Breath: The disease of Being Busy

During coffee with a friend, I have not seen in a month, we discussed the current state of our lives and that of family and mutual friends. However, throughout the entirely of the 45mins coffee break my friend continuously checked her phone, responded to emails, and complained of how busy she is all of the time. Hence, the reason I have not seen her in over a month. She was obviously frazzled and overwhelmed. I could not help but to feel sad for her. However, she is not alone in her quest to check all of the boxes all of the time.

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So, what is a dietitian, exactly?

“What is a dietitian?” It’s a question I hear a lot. Most people assume, thanks to the title, that we just make diets for people. While that can be true, dietitians are able to do so much more than create a diet for someone. Registered Dietitian Nutritionists are the food and nutrition experts.

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The 7 Habits

Many elementary schools have a leadership program that is based on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.The book published in 1989 by Stephen Covey has been an international best-seller for years, selling over 25 million copies worldwide.

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The Challenge To Connect

Just take a moment and consider how many “friends” you have? And don’t count the 500 plus social media “friends” you claim. How many can you name? How much time have you spent with them lately?  And how do you know they are “true friends?” This is a question exists in all stages of life: the young, middle aged, and the old.

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Top 6 Ways to Know How Much Is Too Much Sharing on Social Media #Selfies #Iloveme #noboundaries #selfimportant #likebutton #foodpictures

I’ve heard time and again that “today’s generation” is on technology and electronic devices too much these days.  Whether it’s Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Stream Video Gaming, etc., young people of today get the blame.  However, research shows that people of all ages share, read, and post on social media venues frequently.  And if you walk the streets of any U.S. city all the way to downtown Hong Kong, you’ll find many people staring at their phones and not apologizing for it. 

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Your Story

I spent this past weekend in one of my favorite Southern cities, Charleston, SC. I haven't been there in several years and was so excited to be back. I love history and Charleston practically oozes it. From the gorgeous homes to the cobblestone streets to the beautiful waterfront, it's a place all history buffs should visit in their lifetime. I went there to run a half marathon and had a great race on Saturday. The weather was perfect, I felt great, and ran well. As I ran along during the race, I marvelled not only at the amazing architercture and scenery but also the resilience of this city. In the mid 1800's alone, it endured multiple fires, an earthquake and the Civil War.  I thought about the story of Charleston and how it's grown and changed over the last two hundred plus years. It's history is tainted with the terrible atrocity of slavery and the years of struggle for equality and fairness. Yet, it has remained a testament to resilience and rebirth. I see the power of perserverance and opportunity every time I visit. 

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