No puzzle is complete without all the pieces – and this is the 4th out of the five puzzle pieces to healing from emotional eating. You can release not only the weight, but the food cravings that are keeping you from living the blissfully healthy life you DESERVE.

What affects your food affects your whole life, and what affects your life affects your food! Watch this video to find out how one of my clients recently made a simple decision that brought instant relief – and with it – saw food cravings melt away.

 

 

You are enough and you always have been. I would love to help you discover new tools that can help you break unhealthy thinking and behaviors and put you on the road to a Blissfully Healthy life. Request a free discovery session and let’s do this together.

With Love Always,
Coach Emmie

Coach Emmie,
Eating Psychology Coach, Motivational Speaker
Owner, Blissfully Healthy Women’s Wellness Center

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Have you ever started a diet only to have cravings derail your best efforts? Diets can even TRIGGER cravings – but the third puzzle piece to healing from emotional eating can actually turn off those cravings, helping you release weight… for good!

It’s not about the food. 

Diets can put our bodies out of balance. If you’re trying to release weight gained as a result of emotional eating, just “going on a diet” could actually backfire by depleting your body of nutrients it needs to stay in balance, or affecting your body’s thyroid, blood sugar and metabolism.

Watch this video to find out how you can get your body back in balance, so you can live the Blissfully Healthy life you deserve!

 

 

Obessed. Depressed. Ashamed. Have you been dieting for decades? Ugh. That was me!

After dieting for 20 years I was miserable, obsessed about food and weight, and down right ASHAMED that every diet I tried ended in more emotional eating and gaining the weight back plus some. 👉 Then I QUIT.

I quit dieting.

I learned the secrets to healing emotional eating and released 50 pounds in the process. I know there are so many women suffering in silence, just as I was. 💔 I invite you to download my free ebook, “Why Diets Don’t Work”. You can end the struggle. Let’s do this together. 💖💚🤗🌟

The most powerful support I can offer you is a no-cost discovery session. If you’re ready,let’s set up this appointment so we can talk more about your goals and what type of plan might be the best, healthiest way for you to get where you want to go.

With Love Always,
Coach Emmie

Coach Emmie,
Eating Psychology Coach, Motivational Speaker
Owner, Blissfully Healthy Women’s Wellness Center

Emotional Eating Coach - What is emotional eating?

 

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This week we’re focusing on the quick grab-n-go recipe, breakfast sausage bites! But don’t just leave these to breakfast, these little taste bites can be enjoyed as a quick snack, a hearty lunch alongside some steamed veggies or even for dinner over some zoodles alongside a side salad. The possibilities are endless!

Special thanks to one of our current members for this recipe!

Food Friday – Breakfast Sausage Bites

 

Breakfast Sausage Bites

  • 2 lbs ground meat (beef, chicken and/or turkey)
  • 4 tsp sage
  • 1 tsp himalayan sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1-1/2 tsp ground garlic
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 C coconut or avocado oil

Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Form into desired bite size balls.

In a large skillet warm up oil on medium heat. Place balls into skillet and cook until done, turning occasionally to brown on all sides. Drain on paper towels.

Serve alongside fresh spinach. These balls can be frozen and heated up on an as needed basis.

Consider making these as a breakfast hash, halving the recipe above and allowing meat to be in crumbles instead of ball form. Toss in sweet potato cubes and brown on all sides until cooked through. Place both the meat and the potatoes on paper towel to drain. Change it up a bit and add in some diced fresh onion, rosemary or even a couple red pepper flakes for a kick!

Happy Easter!

With the holiday’s coming, it can sometimes induce stress, anxiety or a ‘oh well’ attitude around food. Do you find that you tend to feel this way? We know that the holiday isn’t so much about food but about spending time with family and yet we put a lot of emphasis and stress on food causing all sorts of mental blocks for those of us who are emotional eaters.

So, this weekend, make a plan for yourself and stay on track! Here’s one of our favorite easy go-to’s. Serve it for breakfast, lunch or as a snack. You might consider making a big ol’ batch and bringing it with you to your upcoming even, this way you know there will be one thing you can eat and you can feel like you’re contributing as well!

recipe for healthy Coconut Quinoa
Coconut Quinoa
  • 2 cups quinoa
  • 1 cup of shredded coconut
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 TBSP cinnamon
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries (optional)
  • stevia or xylitol to taste preference

Soak quinoa in water for 20 minutes. Rinse and strain (this will help with removing the bitterness that can plague quinoa).

Cook with a 1:2 ratio of quinoa to water. For example, 2 cups quinoa, 4 cups water.
Bring water to a boil.
After water is boiling add a pinch of Pink Himalayan Sea Salt, and quinoa. Cover and turn off heat. Quinoa is done with water has absorbed and can be fluffed with a fork.
Add shredded coconut, cinnamon and stevia/xylitol to taste.

Top with blueberries

quinoa is a great substitute for a higher protein breakfast. For more added protein add in a scoop of your favorite clean protein powder (avoid whey, whenever possible!)

 

healthy dessert recipes mint chocolateOption 1: Mint Chocolate Pudding (serves 6):

  • ¼ cup chia seeds, whole or ground
  • 1 can whole-fat coconut milk (unsweetened)
  • 5 tbsp  cacao powder, unsweetened
  • Stevia or other low-glycemic sweetener
  • 5 large mint leaves

Instructions:  Empty the of can of coconut milk in a bowl and whisk until smooth. Add to blender whisked coconut milk, cacao powder, stevia and mint leaves. Blend until smooth and the mint leaves are blended completely into mixture. Pour back into large bowl and stir in chia seeds. If you prefer a smoother texture, use ground chia seeds (note: ground chia seeds may taste bitter).

healthy dessert recipes mint chocolate

Let sit for 10-15 minutes however, ideally overnight in the fridge.

Then top with a few fresh raspberries and enjoy!

 

 

 

Option 2: Mint Chocolate Pudding,
Protein Packed (serves 6)

  • 1 TBSP Collagen powder
  • 1 can full fat, coconut milk
  • 5 tbsp  cacao powder, unsweetened
  • Stevia or other low-glycemic sweetener
  • 5 large mint leaves

Instructions

In blender mix together entire can of coconut milk, cacao powder, stevia and mint leaves. Blend until smooth and the mint leaves are blended completely into mixture.  Pour into a medium sauce pan and whisk while simmering on low for about 5 minutes to melt the coconut milk and dissolve into the mixture.  When warm pour back into blender.  Turn on blender on a slow setting and slowly pour in the 1 TBSp gelatin. Blend for 30 seconds.  Pour into serving size cups.

Place in the fridge for several hours then enjoy!

Note: For those of you who aren’t sensitive to vanilla, a tsp of vanilla extract can help to really smooth out the flavor texture in this and allow the chocolate to pop just a tad bit more. 🙂

healthy dessert recipes mint chocolate

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

As most of you are gearing up for some Jameson and typical St. Patty’s Day foods, we thought we’d give you a healthy alternative to still keep you healthy but allow you to be green!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients

  • 5 Zucchini’s
  • 1 bunch, fresh parsley
  • 1 lb fresh green beans
  • 8 Celery stalks
  • 5 Kale leaves
  • 2 Cups Water
  • Salt & pepper, to taste

 

healthy St Patricks Day soup recipe

 

Begin by prepping all of the vegetables (rinse, drain, cut off ends) and then rough chop. In a large stock pot then layer the all the veggies starting with celery, green beans, zuchinni, kale and top with chopped parsley. Pour in water and steam for 10-15 minutes. You want to only lightly steam the vegetables until they are tender, but are still a vibrant green. Make sure to not overcook as you’ll lose some of the valuable nutrients. Then taking the entire pot’s contents put into a large blender, Vitamix or food processor. Make sure that the ingredients only fill about half of the container to allow for expansion, as hot foods can explode. If need-be, blend in batches.

 

healthy St Patricks Day soup recipe

Blend until smooth, garnishing with carrots, cilantro or cucumber slices and salt & pepper to taste.

This makes great leftovers and can be stored in the fridge up to 4 days, or in the freezer for longer periods of time.

healthy St Patricks Day soup recipe

Happy, Healthy St. Patrick’s Day!

Homemade Pho

Gluten & Dairy-Free

Serves 4-6

For a hearty, healthy night in with family. This dish combines all the senses with aromatics, full flavor and beautiful coloring. The broth can be prepared all day and all other ingredients can be added before serving. For quick go ahead, consider making chicken breasts ahead of time and storing in fridge. Pull out when preparing all of the toppings and allow to warm on counter. Broth will help to reheat chicken to warm for eating.

Ingredients

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts or meat of choice. In a large frying pan add one tablespoon of olive oil and cook meat until cooked through and tender. Move to side and allow to sit for 3 minutes for juices to redistribute. Slice lengthwise in thin strips.

Broth:
  • 2 qts. Chicken Broth
  • 2-3 Star Anise
  • 1 Tbsp. Coriander
  • Black Pepper Corns
  • Cumin Seeds
  • Fennel Seeds
  • 3 Cinnamon Sticks
  • Ginger root, peeled and sliced thinly (5 slices, appx.)
  • 4 Garlic Cloves
  • Himalayan Sea Salt (to taste)
  • In a crock pot, pour in bone broth. Place spices & herbs in cheese cloth and tie tightly. Cook broth on low for 12 hours. Remove spice & herb packet, and disregard. Check broth to make sure any seeds haven’t settled in broth. Remove with slotted spoon if needed.
Suggested toppings:
  • Pea pods
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • Green onions, sliced
  • Bean sprouts
  • Radishes, thinly sliced
  • Basil, julienned
  • Rice Noodles

Cook rice noodles according to package instructions. Drain and place in ice bath. Toss in ice water to stop cooking and to keep them from sticking.

Place noodles in a bowl, add chicken or meat, and choice of toppings. Ladle broth over everything. Serve warm and enjoy!

  • Do you hurt all over and cannot find the reason?
  • Are you tired of being so tired?
  • Have you tried everything to feel better without seeing results?

You might be surprised to learn the root cause could be what you’re eating, even if you eat well. Based on the experience of specialists in Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) these have four possible root causes. In this blog we will talk about the first root cause: Food Sensitivities

Signs that food sensitivities could be the culprit of your health struggles are:

  • Cognitive impairment;
  • Morning stiffness;
  • Insomnia;
  • Tender body points;
  • Sensitivity to light/sound;
  • Body aches;
  • Dry eyes;
  • Nausea;
  • Muscle pain;
  • Chronic headaches;
  • Poor bowel function;
  • Overwhelming fatigue;
  • Feeling cold;
  • Weight gain;
  • Inability to lose weight;
  • Massive and frequent sugar, caffeine and/or alcohol cravings;
  • Feeling blue, down or listless.

Avoiding foods that you are sensitive to may be the answer to help you feel a whole lot better!

The challenge with diagnosis of Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, IBS or migraines is that there is no solid understanding of the ROOT CAUSE of these issues.

  • Fibromyalgia is now the most common disorder seen by Rheumatologists after Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis.
  • Nearly 25% of patients seen as rheumatology clients are actually suffering from Fibromyalgia.
  • The average person suffering from Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome has gone 10 years before being diagnosed, they have seen 12 doctors, tried 15-18 medications and were put through unnecessary testing and operations for symptoms related to these conditions.
  • The Typical FMS patient looks healthy; no one can imagine that they are ill and in a great deal of pain.
  • As a result, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue patients often receive little empathy from family, friend or even health care practitioners.

At the age of 25 years-old, after years and years of personally struggling with migraines, fatigue and an overall lousy feeling my primary care doctor diagnosed me with IBS, migraines and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Yes ALL three! Initially I was so thankful to have a real diagnosis after 11-years of going from doctor to doctor, receiving blood test after blood test and not having any answers as to what was wrong. Countless doctors suggested that I was depressed and so they would say: “Here is an antidepressant.” They were right, after all, I WAS depressed after struggling with awful symptoms without answers for over a decade and I was starting to feel crazy that it was “all in my head” as one doctor told me. Receiving these diagnoses was massively edifying and at the same time they were another roadblock to figuring out how to reclaim my health.

These are diagnoses that have no real cure and specific protocol as to how to get the symptoms in remission. It was so miserable living with chronic grogginess, migraines and muscle aches that made it insurmountable to do simple daily tasks. I was filled with appreciation of having an answer and at the same time felt total despair of what it meant for the prognosis.

I found myself not ready to give up so I asked my doctor if food testing could be what was causing the symptoms. “No, your symptoms have nothing to do with food” is what my doctor said. I decided that I had to be my own health advocate, my gut told me (literally with IBS lol) my symptoms and food were connected. I was right!! My testing came back with an allergy to soy, barley and oats.

I took those foods out and I just could not believe the difference! I had energy! I released weight that had been stuck for years! My migraines were gone! I felt massively better. I noticed that oats and barley were the cause of my ‘IBS’. Avoiding those immediately meant I no longer suffered from IBS. I began to notice soy was the cause of my muscle aches and migraines so by avoiding all forms of soy I no longer struggled with those either! I still had daily fatigue but man was it great to be free of IBS and migraines!  (Want to find out if seemingly innocent foods are the reason for your health challenges too? Find our more about Food Sensitivity Testing.)

A new lease on life!

Then, I must be honest I was also got very angry that my doctor had blatantly told me that food could not be causing my symptoms. Angry that after years and years of suffering, the doctors did not help, they did not know food was the culprit the whole time! This, in part, created my passion for what I do now: Wellness Coaching and Food Sensitivity Testing with my company, Blissfully Healthy Women’s Wellness Center.

I continued to struggle with fatigue and finally in early 2016 after a 3-month relapse of fatigue and massive testing from various doctors; MS specialist, Rheumatologist, Neurologist, as well as working with several Naturopathic doctors all tests came back ‘healthy’ again. No adrenal fatigue, no candida overgrowth, no MS, no Lupus and no Rheumatoid Arthritis. While this was a blessing it still gave no answer to why I felt so tired all the time and since I had done all of the testing, the diagnosis of exclusion was: Fibromyalgia and being re-diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome as two separate conditions due to the significance of the daily fatigue.

I had a good cry, then wiped my tears away and decided that I would do what I need to feel better. I remembered how food testing, years ago had helped me feel so much better so I looked into different types of food testing. I discovered a different, highly effective, test that most doctors do not have access to, the FIT test and decided to give it a shot.

Two weeks later my test results came back and I was highly reactive to eggs, bananas, vanilla and a few others. No wonder! I ate a banana several times a day in my green smoothie, vanilla in my coffee in the morning and eggs for breakfast almost every day! No wonder I felt crummy!! I dived in and eliminated the foods. I felt so much more energy, the fatigue, asthma, body aches and joint pain were gone! Now I have so many more days without Fibromyalgia symptoms. All with answers to how to feel better from this amazing test. After my personal experience I knew I had make this available to my clients, I wanted them to feel their best too. During 2016 I was able to test over 53 clients, ALL of them reporting back how much better they feel with the knowledge they’ve gained and the lifestyle adjustments they’ve made. Symptoms have improved or have completely resolved in many cases–even symptoms they didn’t realize were connected to food sensitivities!

The biggest thing I can share with you if you are feeling hopeless is: Don’t stop until you achieve solutions! You deserve to feel your best.

If you’d love to achieve relief from your disruptive symptoms and discover the foods that are contributing to your health challenges, let’s find out if FIT Testing is the right fit for you.

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Sources:

Dr. Don Goldenberg, Chief of Rheumatology at Newton-Wellesley Hospital Fibromyalgia: Profile of Fibromyalgia Patients By Thomas K. Van Sistine, MD

The results are in!

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My 4 year old son Josiah has been showing a few small signs of food sensitivities. Eczema, bloating, and intermittent diarrhea. Knowing that food sensitivities run in our family, we decided to test him. It was so easy, just 1 simple finger prick and he was tested for 132 different foods to see what foods are causing reactivity.

I am so surprised by the results! NEVER would have been able to guess apples! This is why I am proud to offer this service to my clients at the Blissfully Healthy Center! It’s incredibly life changing by allowing for a specific plan of how to feel better!

Now we have his unique food plan to help him be as healthy as possible. Here’s the BEST news: By identifying his reactive foods, avoiding them as much as possible, he has the possibility of NOT being sensitive to some of these foods in the future!

If you would like to see how food sensitivity testing can help you feel better and release weight, we can help! Contact us and we will be in touch for an initial conversation!

Food sensitivity test results

No matter what your goal – from healthy lifestyle to releasing weight to your work life or home life or whatever the key to success is in finding your motivation and staying motivated all the way through the process. Don’t give up!

Here’s some “food for thought” — this week I am sharing with you my strategy for eating out : )

Last week I went out to dinner with my family to our favorite Mexican restaurant. Before we got there I had already decided what I really wanted to eat and what I would feel good about not having. I chose what I really wanted to eat.

Instead of having the full meal, I skipped the sides of rice and beans and enjoyed 2 delicious tacos! And guess what…it was plenty of food!

By allowing myself to eat what I really wanted to eat I found it easy to use portion control. By doing so I was able to enjoy my favorite food, the time with my family and I did not feel guilty afterwards.

Veggies? GOOD! But… all vegetables are not created equal. Eating Psychology Coach Emmie talks about carrots as they relate to a blissfully healthy approach to weight loss.