Reduce Your Cravings From The Cubicle

Reduce Your Cravings From The Cubicle

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I remember the never ending days of sitting at my desk, feeling cut off from the world; wondering why the clock was moving so slow. Tick. Tock.

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Do you ever find yourself with the afternoon crash, reaching for something sweet to get through your workday?

To pass the time, I remember taking a walk to refill my coffee ― for the third time, with extra pumpkin spice creamer. I would savor the sweet and spicy flavor, only to find myself wanting something more.

After searching for any spare change I could find, I found myself staring at the vending machine. Knowing there was nothing in there I really wanted, but I would settle on some salty pretzels, anyway, because what else.

After an hour, I would walk to the different departments, looking for someone to talk to, only to find them as miserable as I was.

Our addiction to the coffee cup and vending machine has nothing to do with those items; they only numb the pain from the real solution we are craving.

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Alcohol and weight loss: where does happy hour fit in?

Alcohol and weight loss: where does happy hour fit in?

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Can I still drink alcohol?

This may be one of the top 5 questions I hear from new clients; maybe you have been wondering too.

 

Alcohol and weight loss | Misty Shaheen

A few years ago, wine was like a food group in my diet. I would come home from work; put my son to bed and enjoy a glass of red and catch up to my favorite prime time drama.

Except it was never just one glass. One glass turned to two and before I knew it, the entire bottle was gone. Read more about me here.

You can absolutely still lose weight without giving up alcohol.

But let’s get to the bottom of this. 

  1. How often are you drinking?
  2. How much in one night?
  3. Is the alcohol getting you closer to your goal?

Once I started cutting back on my wine, I noticed it was never about the alcohol. 

What I really craved was connection because I was lonely and depressed.

If you are like me, you know exactly what to eat – that isn’t the problem. For some reason, you haven’t been able to stay consistent with a meal plan.

This is a connection problem.

You have become so disconnected with yourself, you are using food and alcohol to mask what is really going on.

I challenge you to sit with that craving for a few days to see where it is coming from and what exactly you are really craving.

Some questions to ask yourself:

  1. When did this start?
  2. Is there a trend when I drink? Who am I with?
  3. What would happen if I didn’t drink the wine?

When I stopped drinking so much, that is when my transformation happened. That is when I was able to really feel what was going on; the loneliness and the emptiness that I felt inside.

This can be anything you are addicted to.

To be completely transparent, I still have a glass of red or white wine when we go out to dinner. But I no longer drink on a weekly basis or feel the desire to.

For more tips on how to put yourself first, lose weight and feel like a goddess, download my ultimate self care guide.

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Save Cash and Calories: 5 Foods To Stop Buying

Save Cash and Calories: 5 Foods To Stop Buying

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When you go into the grocery store, it can be tough not to be pulled into all the clever marketing. You can buy pretty much anything, out of convenience. But there are some things you should stop wasting your money on.

These are simple things you can make at home, with very little effort, saving you tons of money, calories and even your health. Find out how to eat healthy on a budget HERE

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5 foods to stop wasting money on

1. Drink mixes

These are loaded with extra sugar, not to mention other chemicals you can’t pronounce. For pennies on the dollar, you can make your own lemonade or fruit infused waters. Koolaid, country time, gatorade and crystal light are all flavored sugar waters.

2. Salad dressings

Store bought dressings are usually made with high fructose corn syrup, extra sugar, sodium and preservatives. You can make your own dressings with vinegar, oil and spices like Italian seasoning, garlic or onion. You can make a divine avocado lime dressing in less time it takes to drive to the closest store.

3. Flavored instant oatmeal

I never understood instant oatmeal, because the old fashioned oats only take 5 minutes on a stovetop. Most instant oatmeals are filled with extra sugars. You are better to add your own fruit and natural sweeteners to save cash and calories, and it will taste better, too. Or try soaking oats overnight in the fridge, for instant breakfast.

4. Yogurt with fruit

Some store bought yogurt has more sugar than a candy bar. And here, you were trying to be healthy. Skip the single portions, go with plain Greek yogurt and add in your own fruit, nuts and some honey for sweetener.
Greek yogurt is higher in protein and will keep you from getting hungry, an hour later.

5. TV dinners

Another food you thought was healthy. TV dinners – even the healthy ones – are high in sodium and eaten too much can cause cholesterol levels to rise. A pound of chicken and some fresh veggies can be turned to a meal to feed 2-4 people for under $10. Say no to anything with high amounts of sodium.

 

For more tips, download the Clean Eating Budget Guide

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Master Your Mindset For Weight Loss

Master Your Mindset For Weight Loss

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Master Your MindsetAre you wondering what it really takes for long-term weight loss?

Are you tired of starting over, a new month, a new diet? That used to be me. I have tried it all – I have figured out what it really takes to lose weight and keep it off.

 

You want to lose weight. You want more energy. You desire more confidence and feeling good in your body.

Am I right?

Well, I can tell you – you can have it all and more.

You have everything it takes.

The only one that is stopping you is – YOU!

After struggling for years, I have learned what it takes for long-term weight loss, staying consistent and never counting calories, again.

Yes, I did use some tools, along the way, the tools are only as good as you using them. What it really takes is mastering your mindset.

There are 3 steps to mastering your mindset, for weight loss.
1. Connect to your core desires.

We all want different things, we are all driven by different motivators. If you are trying to hit a goal that is not yours, you will not be successful. Are you going after your own goals or your girlfriends?

Start writing down what you want for your life and create your vision.
2. Releasing the old.

You need to get clear about what is keeping you stuck and get rid of it. Is it fear? Is it because you failed so many other times? Is it self sabotage or comparing yourself to everyone else? Now you know what it is, you can release it. What happened yesterday does not matter; only today matters and you get to be better, today.

Clear out what is holding you back.
3. Creating a new reality for yourself.

What are you telling yourself? Are you telling yourself you will fail or are you filling yourself with success thoughts? Start filling your mind with inspiration that will motivate you to be your best.

Write out 5 affirmations to start your day.

Are you ready to release your old habits and create a new reality for yourself? Are you ready
to give up the calorie counter and lose weight for good?

What would it feel like to love your body, have total confidence and never go on the dreaded 4 letter word again – DIET?

It feels amazing. It feels liberating. Get freedom with food and freedom from feeling guilty for
the foods you put into your body.

 

 

Download the free worksheet to finally master your mindset.

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5 places to find new healthy recipes

5 places to find new healthy recipes

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All my favorite places to find new, healthy recipes, so you never get bored again.

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Do you ever get bored with your cooking? I get bored eating the same thing every day. I love to cook but often don’t have time for looking up new recipes. I even have a cupboard full of cookbooks!! As a busy mom, I just don’t have the time or energy to look up new recipes, every day.

Eating out is not a good option, for me. Often times, we go out for dinner and one look at the menu, I wish I would have just stayed home.

{Disclaimer: I almost never follow the recipe, exactly.}

 

Here are my top 5 places I find new recipes.

1. Pinterest

Who doesn’t love Pinterest? —> Follow me here http://Pinterest.com/mistyshaheen

I like to do a search of ingredients I have on hand and find a recipe, without running to the store. I have found so many good recipes, like zucchini noodles, ground turkey and kid-friendly breakfasts. I love the mobile app, because I usually only have my phone available, in the kitchen.

2. allrecipes.com

Before Pinterest came, All Recipes was my go to place on the internet. I still use it, sometimes, even now. Some of my favorite recipes have come from this site. I love the search feature where you can put in multiple ingredients I have on hand, and it will find recipes I can use.

3. Big oven android app

When I need something fast, I have the Big Oven app on my phone. This is great for Saturday morning pancakes.
4. Meal service like Blue Apron or Plated

I have used Blue Apron and did a review here. I really liked it, but it can be pricey, compared to the other options. It comes out to be about $20 a meal. They send you recipes, all the ingredients you need; you just need to cook it.
5. Digital meal planning like Emeals

I just started using Emeals, last week. And I love it! Fresh recipes, delivered through their app, custom grocery lists and is low cost. For $8-10 a month, you get a week’s worth of recipes, custom to your diet.

 

 

 

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Break Up With Boring Breakfast

Break Up With Boring Breakfast

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Break Up

You know how important breakfast is – or so you have been told… but…

You still don’t eat breakfast and if you do it is muffin and Starbucks coffee – costing you tons of calories and cash!

Starbucks lattes and blueberry muffins are not going to get you the ass you want and you won’t get the bikini boldy you are craving, either.

In 5 days, you will know the importance of breakfast and be well equipped with some new {non boring} breakfasts that will have you hopping out of bed. Not only will you be savoring your meal time, before work, you will be more focused and have energy to get through your to do list.

This is for you if:
**You skip breakfast
**You don’t have time for breakfast
**You want to lose weight
**You get bored with your food and recipes

// 5 days of fresh breakfast recipes
// Live stream videos
// Live Q&A
// Secret Facebook Group

So, what are you waiting for? Sign up here. We start on Monday, May 2.

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