Mar 242015
 

Success Strategy - Motivation & Timing! - www.RadianceCentral.com

Are you trying to lose weight, eat healthier, get fit, or just want to take better care of yourself?

Motivation is key in determining your success! You can have all the information and tools in the world, but if you aren’t motivated, you won’t get anywhere.

Keeping motivated, plus timing is everything!

Recently I have found that it’s not only knowing what keeps me motivated, but having a strategy in place to be doing these things at specific times of the day/evening when I need it the most. For me, the late afternoons and evening are my “weakest hour(s),” where I find myself having cravings and temptations, procrastinating, making excuses, having the lowest amount of energy, and sometimes even doubting myself. Let’s just say this is the time of day where I’m looking for the biggest boost, and naturally, sugar cravings start setting in.

To counter this, I know exactly what keeps me motivated and on track – I find it’s activities that make me feel the best, and invigorate me, especially the activities that remind me that I’m alive. Examples of this is playing with my daughter (especially making her laugh!!), walking on the beach with my husband and daughter, exercising, gardening, exploring places I haven’t been to, drinking a fresh green juice, eating a big salad, taking a hot bath, reading, cleaning the house (for some reason cleaning out the refrigerator I find to be super motivating to eat healthy!), listening to music, catching up with a friend, etc. All these things help to shift my energy from fantasizing about chocolate bars, to getting up and doing something healthy, and that feels good.

First, know what activities will help keep you motivated. Then figure out the time of day (or evening) where you will need them the most.

My New Year’s goal was to get back into shape and get fit again! I was all excited about it, and I was even trying to exercise in the morning (which I’m not a morning person!). That obviously was short-lived, as I just mention, I’m not a morning person! Even though I’m not a morning person, my mornings are pretty straight forward, taking care of 1.5 year old keeps me busy, so I have no room for distraction, and cravings in the morning are very minimal, even non-existent. But come afternoon, especially when I hit a dip in energy, this is when I need help. At this time of day is when I actually need exercise the most, so why was I thinking of doing it in the morning when I needed it the least?! The same thing with my daily green juice. I used to drink it in the morning, but recently, I’ve moved it to the afternoons, at around 3pm when I would be craving chocolate. It works like a charm, I have the green juice, the chocolate cravings disappear, and next thing you know it, I’m getting my running shoes on for my afternoon exercise routine. It’s a domino effect of healthy activities, and amazingly enough, at a time of day that used to be my weakest.

Have you switched around any of your routines to a different time of day, and did it make a difference? What keeps you motivated?

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Mar 162015
 

How To Lose Weight Working At Night - www.RadianceCentral.com

How to lose weight while working overnight!

Recently I did a blog post/video about losing weight while you sleep. The video was talking about eating early and going to sleep early. I recieved a few questions about what to do if you work the night shift (late at night or overnight) and you can’t go to sleep early– what do you do??!!! How would one lose weight in this type of situation?

I will start off by saying that it’s always best to be sleeping early at night. It is healthier, but not everyone has this option. Either they have to work late into the night, or even over night. I myself have been in this situation while I was a university student. Back then, I went to school during the day, and bartended at night, and my shift ended either at 3am or 5am. I did this for about four years, it was brutal, but I was young at the time, and I survived!

Strategies on how to lose weight while working at night:

Get proper sleep to keep your appetite in check.

If you work at night, that means you are sleeping late into the morning, or all day. Make sure you are getting good quality sleep, and enough sleep. If you work the night shift and you’re tired, this can cause cravings and over eating. If you are too tired at work, you might compensate by eating too much. Getting enough sleep when you can will help to balance out your appetite and ward off cravings, and the need to overindulge in sugar and caffeine.

Even if you are working late at night or into the early morning, stop eating at least 2-3 hours before going to sleep.

To lose weight while you sleep, make sure your last meal is at least 2-3 hours before you go to sleep, this applies also to those working the night shift. You don’t want to be eating a big meal right when you get home from work and then going straight to sleep. Instead, if you want to lose weight while you sleep, you need to eat your last meal at least 2-3 hours before you go to bed. One thing that people overlook is the amount of time it takes to get home from work and how long it take to unwhind from work before going to sleep. Once you know the average time it takes from leaving work until you go to sleep, you’ll be able to figure out the optimal time to have your last meal.

Experiment with the size of the last meal you’re eating before going to sleep – you might be able to get away with eating less!

For some people, their last meal before going to sleep might need to be a good size meal, whereas others can get away with just having a light snack. Best to experiment with what works best for you. I would recommend first seeing what it’s like to eat a light last meal, and if it feels good, you don’t get hungry an hour or two later, and you have no problem falling asleep, then continue eating a light last meal. If you do get hungry soon after your last meal, or you are hungry by the time you go to sleep and it’s disrupting your sleep, then definitely increase the quantity or portion of your last meal. Pretty much you are aiming to have your last meal at least 2-3 hours before going to sleep, and that you don’t go to sleep hungry or needing a snack before going to sleep (you also don’t want to go to sleep too full either, so watch the portions, the less you eat before sleeping, the better!). Do some experiments to see how much food you really need!

Absolutely no snacking in between meals while working overnight!

I also recommend not snacking while working on the night shift, eat real meals, and no snacking in between! Also, never eat while you are working or doing things. Best to stop everything and be present with eating your food, you’ll eat much less.


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Mar 142015
 

 

Can't Stop Gaining Weight, Do This First! - www.RadianceCentral.com

Can’t Stop Gaining Weight? DO THIS FIRST!!

A lot of people come to me completely overwhelmed by “uncontrollable” weight gain. I know what it’s like, it feels like an ugly monster that’s impossible to tackle.

One thing that I have seen work over and over again is to first move the focus away from how you’re going to lose the weight, and instead work on putting a cap on the actual weight gain itself. There is a difference between the two, a subtle one, but a good enough difference that can very well influence one’s success or defeat.

If you find yourself overwhelmed, frazzled by the stress of losing weight, and paralyzed by a feeling of pressure – then start first with stopping the weight gain. Put the weight loss strategy aside (you’ll get to that later, I promise), and just focus on not putting on any more weight. I’m always amazed how my coaching clients’ body language or tone of voice changes when I tell them this, they go from utter stress and exasperation to a place of calm and certainty, instantaneously!

This doesn’t mean you’ll never lose the weight, or that it will take forever, in fact this is what will set you up to successfully, easily, and confidently lose weight. I think most people would agree that the best way to embark on anything is through calm and deliberate action, and not from a place of pressure, guilt, and feeling out of control.


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Mar 022015
 

how to lose 3 - 5 pounds easy - www.RadianceCentral

How to lose 3 – 5 pounds EASY!

One of the easiest ways to lose 3 – 5 pounds is to eat your last meal of the day as early as possible, but one detail most people overlook which is as important, is also to go to bed early. The two go hand in hand.

Aim to have your last meal of the day no later than 6pm or 7pm (and no snack after), and go to sleep 2 – 3 hours after that last meal. By going to bed early, you eliminate any chance of late night snacking which can interfere with weight loss success, or worse, any chance of having a second dinner!

Many people already know that if they eat dinner early, and not snack after dinner, this is the easiest way to lose weight, but many people’s attempts end in failure because they go to sleep too late, and by the time they go to sleep they’ve already had some sort of snack, or can’t fall asleep because they are too hungry.

This is the easiest way to start losing weight

So if you want to lose weight while you sleep (how cool is that??!!), then eat your dinner early, AND go to sleep early! Try this for a week, you’ll be amazed not only how easy it is to lose weight, but how refreshed and rejuvenated you’ll feel in the morning.


Want to do a Juice Fast? Join the next 10 Day Juice Fasting Program starting Tuesday, March 3, 2015!!! The program includes menu planners to transition on and off the fast, fasting outline, daily videos specifically made to guide you through the fast (20-40 minutes long each) and an online forum to connect with everyone from around the world doing the juice fast with you! Natasha is on the private Juice Fasting Forum daily answering questions and offering additional support! CLICK HERE to sign-up!

Feb 112015
 

A Treat Is Not A Cheat - www.RadianceCentral.com

Recently someone told me that a health guru was saying that “a treat is a cheat!” I have to say some of these messages put out by the health and diet industry can be quite extreme, disempowering, and just too over the top.

Do you want to be perfect, or do you want to be healthy?

This whole thing of “treats being cheats” reminds me of “dieting perfectionism,” which can do more harm than good. I see this a lot where people become consumed with doing a healthy diet 100% perfectly, as if there is no other way, and if they veto off their diet in the slightest way, they feel like they failed miserably. It’s a terrible place to be, and many find themselves constantly “starting over” because they “cheated” on their diet. It’s like nothing is ever good enough, and there’s always something that needs to be fixed and improved. And what will a 100% healthy diet without the occasional treat really do for you anyway? And what is “a treat is a cheat,” really about?!!!! I understand how bad cheating on a test is, or that cheating on your spouse is awful, but how is having a treat, cheating? Do you really want to live like that?

How many people do you know succeed from feeling like a failure?

I don’t know many people who can achieve real success and happiness if they’re always feeling guilty or like a failure. I know that these messages like “treats are cheats” are intented to somehow help or motivate people, but they just don’t. Now a days we’re bombarded by a whole lot of extreme ideas and views, and it’s important to stop and think about what we are telling ourselves and others, and question whether it creating value or not.


Want to do a cleanse??!!!! Join the next 7 Day Raw Food Challenge7 full days on a 100% raw food diet will definitely kick start a healthy diet, get the weight loss going, and make you feel and look great!! Once you sign-up, you’ll receive an ebook with Recipes, a full Menu Planner and Shopping List. Once the Challenge begins, you’ll have access to the Private Online Forum and Daily Videos specifically made for the 7 Day Raw Food Challenge. Click Here to join now!– The next 7 Day Raw Food Challenge starts Monday, February 16, 2015!!!