5 Steps to Healthier Eating in the New Year with Milk & Eggs

5 Steps to Healthier Eating in the New Year | The Organic Beauty Blog

We all seem to start every new year with the best of intentions for eating healthier, losing weight, or getting more energy.  But so often that goal can feel so huge and nebulous.. where do I start? What is healthy eating? Should I start a cleanse or a new diet?  Oftentimes, our overcomplicating or overthinking of this relatively simple concept can suck the resolve right out of us.  And after a few well-intentioned weeks, we’re right back where we started… Tired, bloated, and squeezed into jeans that feel too tight.

What I always tell my nutrition clients is this: healthy eating is SO much easier than the media and diet industry make it out to be.  You don’t need a diet, or a detox, or a book to tell you the common sense food rules that govern great health.

Michael Pollan put it best:

Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.

There.  That’s IT.  Seriously.

But I know we need a little more guidance than that, so here are my 5 simple steps that you can start doing right now, that will make eating healthier and feeling better an immediate reality.

Free webinar: Eat for Less Stress!

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With all the work we do to manage our stress with exercise, yoga, meditation, we’re woefully unaware of the effect that the foods we eat have on our anxiety and overwhelm.  With just a few simple tweaks to your eating, you can make a huge difference in your emotional balance!

Sign up for my free webinar on Eating for Less Stress next week, with an intro by the incomparable Buddhist psychologist and life coach, Vanessa Scotto to learn:

  • What foods actually increase stress, overwhelm, and anxiety
  • What foods create more create more calm, balance, and ease in your day!
  • The 3 most important supplements for feeling your best, physically and emotionally

Sign up at: http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=EB54D687814D3C

5 Vata-Balancing Tips for Fall

By: Natasha Uspensky, CHHC

 

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Ayurveda is the single most complete and comprehensive holistic approach to health and wellness, which allows us to live, eat, and move in harmony with our own unique bodies, the seasons, and our environment.  Though I am not a fan of diets or one-size-fits-all approaches, I have definitely found that Ayurveda gives us some amazing guiding principles for living the healthiest and happiest life possible, while still taking into account the vastly different experiences we have from one body to the next.

If you have not yet found your Ayurvedic type, or dosha, click here to take the assessment. It can change everything for you!

Each season has a characteristic predominant dosha, which means that if you share that dosha, you can experience a destabilizing effect if you’re not taking steps to actively balance your body.  This can cause compromised immunity (leading to colds and flus), feeling scattered or ungrounded, feeling more emotional or stressed, and even experiencing digestive issues, inflammation, breakouts and other skin issues.

How to get over the guilt of self-care

By: Natasha Uspensky, CHHC

Prioritize Happiness
Last Monday, I woke up feeling a little “meh.” I had tons on my plate between clients, my upcoming program launch, and preparing for my trip home to Minneapolis, but I was feeling some resistance toward jumping into my super productive morning routine.

These days, I know that when that happens, it’s rarely for no reason.  When I feel “meh,” unmotivated, or run down, I know it’s because I haven’t been taking well enough care of myself.  I know what I need in those moments… SPACE.

What would happen if you let go?

By: Natasha Uspensky, CHHC

What would happen if you let go of it?  Of the need to be perfect.  Of the fear of standing out. Of the plan. Of the self-criticism.  Of that crappy relationship or unfulfilling job.

A lot of my clients and readers who struggle with weight or their health are holding on to negative thought patterns, past experiences, or current habits that are holding them back.

When we’re in a place of “holding on,” our bodies and minds get a clear signal that we’re not safe. It’s not safe to lose the weight.  It’s not safe to get out of emergency mode and feel calm.  It’s not safe to put yourself out there.  It’s not safe to be happy.

Our fave healthy reads!

By: Natasha Uspensky, CHHC

The stack of books on my night stand just keeps growing and growing with all these awesome wellness books that I just can’t get enough of!  From creating miracles in your life, and acting in alignment with how you want to feel, to eating for a perfect period, and having a super healthy, natural pregnancy… There’s so much to choose from!

Here’s what I’m reading now:

30 Day Greens. Grains. Gorgeous. Challenge!

By: Natasha Uspensky, CHHC

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Before I tell you about the cool new project I’m working on, I want to share a little story with you.

Over the winter, when I was working on the first launch of my online program, Greens. Grains. Gorgeous., I got totally off my game.  I was so stressed out about all the deadlines, all the content I was working on, negotiating designers and clients and everything, that I completely abandoned all the little daily things that made me feel deliriously happy, balanced, and radiant.

I stopped taking my pup on long, head-clearing walks through gorgeous, peaceful Brooklyn Heights.  I stopped going to my favorite yoga classes 3 days a week.  I stopped taking the time to make myself delicious big lunches at home, and started ordering in more.  I stopped taking breaks throughout the day to read, watch a favorite show, or relax.  I stopped meditating regularly.

I was so overwhelmed by all the stuff I had to get done, that these little acts of self-care felt like luxuries, suddenly totally frivolous.  How could I possibly take an hour for lunch when I have to finish creating this module by tomorrow!  How can I possibly take an hour for a yoga class when I have three articles to write and an email to get out?

Make Your Own Almond Milk in 2 Minutes Flat!

By: Natasha Uspensky, CHHC

In my perpetual quest to for the cleanest, most natural eating and lifestyle, I’m always looking for the next step to take to go even further, even healthier, even deeper.  I went dairy-free several years ago, and haven’t really missed it.  Organic almond milk and coconut milk are daily staples in our house, and I can’t even imagine ever drinking real milk again!

Seeking Fabulous Interns!

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The Organic Beauty and NU Health & Wellness is hiring interns for Fall/Winter 2013!

If you’re a wellness junkie, aspiring blogger, designer, or marketing/PR guru, we’ve got a place for you, and would love to bring you onto the team! Must be fabulous, passionate about your area of expertise, and eager to add some amazing work to your portfolio.

The Deets:

Blogger and Social Media Beauty
-Location: Anywhere
-Hours: 5-10 hrs a week (flexible) spent on two weekly blog posts, regular social media updates
-Wellness, health, and/or natural beauty junkie
-Excellent writer with ability to match tone and style of the OB brand
-Great with Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook

PR/Marketing Beauty
-Location: Anywhere, though NYC-area preferred
-Hours: 5 hrs a week (flexible) spent on reaching out to blogs and media outlets (print, web, TV, radio) for interviews and posts, marketing for upcoming program launch
-Marketing/PR student or recent grad, with strong writing skills and ability to match tone and style of the OB brand

Graphic Design Beauty
-Location: Anywhere, though NYC-area preferred
-Hours: 5 hrs a week (flexible) spent on assisting our graphic designer with creating graphics and templates for the blog, website, and marketing materials.
-Experience with Photoshop and Illustrator

Internships are unpaid, with opportunity for paid positions in Winter 2014!

Email natasha@nuhealthandwellness.com with your resume, relevant samples of your work, and some information on why you’re a great fit for The Organic Beauty and NU Health & Wellness!