Health Coaching Business Update!

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A few of you have been asking what the next steps are now that I am a Certified Health Coach so I thought I would share an email that I sent out to a few of my closest friends and family that I think summarizes it pretty well.  Sharing now with my blog and facebook family 🙂

Dear Friends and Family –

First, I want to say a huge thank you to all of those who have supported me through my health and wellness journey…from my overzealous Facebook posts, to my optimistically valuable blog postings and even through my non-stop willingness to talk about health and fitness, a huge THANK YOU! Secondly, as many of you know, this has been a significant journey for me over the last few years and my passion for preventative health and wellness continues to grow. I am so excited to be sharing some news with you regarding my next steps in this journey.

After receiving my certification in Health Coaching from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, I partnered with a team of like-minded coaches, known as the Wellness Warriors. This team has inspired me and motivated me to continue on this journey and make an impact in the life of others. The Wellness Warriors team is committed to empowering others to live their best life through personalized health & fitness coaching, working together as strong, passionate individuals to help others live a healthy, happy, fulfilling life. To learn more about the team, check us out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheWellnessWarriors#!/TheWellnessWarriors.

Furthermore, my intent of this email is to build awareness and visibility of what I am doing to encourage you to reach out if you are looking to take control of your health or if you know someone who is ready for this journey, I would be forever grateful for your recommendation. If you know me, you know I have always been one that loves helping others and to be honest after being in a management position for the past 6 months, I am learning that helping and developing people truly inspires me and makes me feel “alive”.Health coaching is a similar concept and one that I am excited to pursue alongside my full time career!

I have a few different websites right now but my main site is www.mindfulhealthyliving.comand this is where you can follow me, get inspired, catch up on blog postings, new product information, how to schedule a free initial consultation, etc. The second website is my Team Beachbody site, which is the company I am partnering with to leverage my health coaching. I will be recommending and selling products, such as Shakeology which is a meal replacement, done-for-you meal plans, fitness programs and much more.I am here to support health and fitness goals for each and every one of my customers. Feel free to take a look around both sites and please let me know if you have any questions or just want to chat, I would love to talk!

Thank you again for your support and I look forward to the path ahead!

Sincerely,

Lacey Maiman

www.mindfulhealthyliving.com

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IIN Conference!

Had an amazing time at the IIN conference this weekend. So many inspiring health and wellness experts came to speak this weekend, from Deepak Chopra to Arianna Huffington and Dr. Northrop, it was incredible! Some of the biggest takeaways from the weekend were:
1) Get your sleep! At least 7-8 hours a night
2) Make yourself a priority…take time to exercise/plan meals/relax/etc. This will make you a better parent, spouse sibling, and friend
3) 75% of diseases are preventative and typically stressed induced
and lastly…
4) YOU are responsible for your OWN HAPPINESS!

Key takeaways from the weekend that I hope will continue to resonate with you as they are for me!

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Health Coaching Website Launched!

So excited to announce my website has launched!  Please find more information regarding my approach to Health Coaching and how to set-up your free initial consultation with me.  Please visit http://lmaiman.healthcoach.integrativenutrition.com

Think About Your Food Today…

Mindful Eating

“Contemplating our food for a few seconds before eating, and eating in mindfulness, can bring us much happiness” Thich Nhat Hanh

Mindless eating can lead to poor food choices, often foods high in sugar and fat and allow us to become disconnected with what we are eating and how it makes us feel. If we just take time before we eat our meals and become mindful of what we are putting in our bodies we can really start to make that mind/body connection. The intent here is to slow down, enjoy the taste, digest and metabolize all those wonderful nutrients you are eating. Learning what this feels like and practicing it in your everyday life is so important.

I challenge you today, and every other day, to be mindful of the foods you are eating and how it makes you feel. Keeping a daily journal can be a very helpful exercise in making this an everyday habit.

Cheers to Mindful, Healthy Living!

Food for Thought – Primary vs. Secondary Foods

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A lot of what we have been learning at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition has been very eye opening and educational for me.  This being said, everything I have learned thus far has been incredibly exciting but one of the most powerful concepts that has stuck with me and I feel is a very important concept to share is the difference between Primary and Secondary Foods.

What are Primary and Secondary Foods? 

Primary foods become what surrounds us and makes us who we are; specifically, our relationships, career, physical activity, and spirituality.  When one of these is out of whack or just plain stinky at the time, it can throw our entire emotional well being off, ultimately disrupting our plans to maintain a healthy, well balanced lifestyle.

Secondary foods become the food we eat on our plates that nourish our body.  When our primary foods are balanced, the secondary foods become, well, secondary and we don’t eat because we are stressed, bored or just sad, we eat because our body requires the nourishment.  This makes perfect sense to me knowing the effects that my primary foods can have on my health and well-being and eventually my secondary foods. 

For example, from 2010-2011, I went through a period of time where I felt that my life was misplaced. I was in a long distance relationship debating for over a year whether or not to move and change my career and leave my family and friends.  I also had a job that was extremely stressful and taxing. It was an incredibly overwhelming and exhausting time for me.  I ate fast food once a day, went out with my friends on the weekends overindulging on adult beverages, half assed my workouts because I didn’t have the motivation to get a good sweat going and ultimately felt incredibly defeated at the end of the day. 

It was a never ending cycle, until one day I woke up.  I decided to do something for myself and change my life for the better.  I had no idea the happiness it would bring to me at the time but I decided to take a chance as I knew something needed to change.  I made the decision to pick up and move closer to my boyfriend.  I found a job that was a positive move in my career, I found happiness and contentment living in the same city with the person I loved and knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with, I continued to develop and grow my relationships with my family and friends despite the distance and I worked on creating a healthy balance between everything I know now as “primary foods”.  I can happily say that I finally feel that I am on the right path to a happier and healthier me.  INN has taught me so much over the past several months, one being that primary foods certainly make a difference!

I challenge you to take this time to reflect on your primary foods and see what areas you can improve on.  Your health and happiness will naturally fall into place.  The nutrition aspect is a work in progress but as a Health Coach in training, I am confident myself or another Health Coach you feel comfortable with will guide you and teach you the fundamentals of nutrition that work best for your body, creating a healthier, happier YOU!  

Here are a few ways to reflect and work on balancing out your primary foods:

1)      Allow yourself to evaluate your relationships.  Is there an area that needs attention, perhaps a friendship that needs repair?

2)      Is your job stressful and leaving you feeling anxious when you try to sleep at night?  It may be time to re-evaluate and see if there is another option for you within the same field/company.  Talk to your manager and communicate how you are feeling. It may just be as simple as getting up from your desk and taking a few 10 minute walks throughout the day to relax. 

3)      Have you been out of the “work-out” routine for so long and can’t seem to be inspired to get back in it?  Start slow, do a few things here and there to get your heart rate elevated.  Keep a log of your activity each day and document how you feel.  Read fitness blogs, magazines, talk to other fitness gurus in your office – get inspired!

4)      Spirituality – this is always a touchy subject for me as I feel that this topic is very personal.  Keep on doing what you’re doing and consider exploring if you feel so inclined. 🙂 

Cheers to Mindful, Healthy Living!!

Balancing Act…

balanceWhat I have learned in the last few weeks has had a huge impact on me. It makes so much sense and is very simple. Health is not just about one’s diet and fitness level alone but rather supplemented with a true balance in one’s relationships, career, social life, spiritually, finances, and education – a more holistic approach to bringing joy and satisfaction into one’s life.

Often times we are so focused on our outside appearance but how often do we actually sit down and evaluate the way we feel inside. Is our job stressing us out? Are we involved in toxic relationships? Have we lost sight of any spirituality that use to make us feel connected?

For me personally, I have spent the last few weeks reflecting on this and working to establish this balance. When I am stressed, I crave sugar. How can I control the stress at work and reduce my cravings for sugar? When I don’t sleep I tend to eat carbohydrates like they are going out of style (this is actually a very common response to sleepiness for that quick sugar rush). Many things can contribute to us overeating and ultimately regretting our food choices, but what’s at the core of that?

Listening to our bodies is the first step. Know that the way we deal with our relationships, careers, spirituality and so forth can ultimately affect our nutrition and fitness level. Be mindful of your habits and take note of how you feel at those particular moments. If you find yourself eating something unwarranted regularly, take note of it, this may be what your body wants but not what it needs.