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Celebrate the Small Stuff

one thing we sometimes forget to do when mapping out a HUGE goal we have... whether that's a health/fitness goal, weight loss goal, business venture, family goal, etc. is CELEBRATE the wins along the way.

it’s something I learned which helped me tremendously on my health journey. simply celebrating small successes. so. with every 5 pounds, I would treat myself to something...

  • a full body massage

  • a new facial mask I have been eyeing

  • an avocado t-shirt

  • a pair of @JCrew shorts to show off my hard work

  • a night to binge watch my favorite tv series (don't judge, it's currently Castle)

here’s the kicker though, I did this ONLY with my health journey or with the kids goals… not with my business. what?!?

that’s completely bonkers, right? but with every goal I set for myself with my virtual brain + gut health business… I would break a HUGE goal down into bite size bits. and when I crossed off one of the smaller bits, I would simply rush to go to the...

Twin Mom/Boss Babe Life Hack: Schedule Your Week!

It may sound a wee bit, like, duh... schedule your life. And you may not even do it... or you may only schedule a few things, thinking "I'll just remember ___ (insert mundane task) ___."

However, if we are being real here... if it's not scheduled, it is 86% likely to get missed by miss. So, I schedule it.

Which brings me to this HEALTH HACK: Schedule Your Week!

How?

Well. I simply take 20 minutes to look at my calendar for the next six days and write out my, well, "ta das" as I call them. The reason I call them "ta-da" is because it's a miracle when I get them all crossed off the list... I'll actually say, TA DA!!!!!.

{ plus. I love to cross things off my LIST, it's strangely satisfying... am I right? }

 

MY TIPS:

  • Schedule your life + what you value... you don't want to miss anything!

    “The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule but to schedule your priorities.”— Stephen Covey

What you are scheduling for you this week... what's...

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup (Low Carb Style)

one of my absolute favorite things to do is to wake up early on Saturday morning and attend a local farmer’s market. I have absolutely NO idea why exactly… it’s not like we visited lots of farmer’s markets growing up. actually, I think my first ever farmer’s market was when I living down in the West Indies.

I remember one of my friends invited me to the local market down in the metropolis of Basseterre on the island of St. Kitts. it was a small market filled with local finds, fresh fish displayed on the side walk and goat heads hanging. I was in AWE!!! and I loved every minute of it. gathering fresh coconut bread and produce I haven’t even tried before let alone known what they were… hello, bread fruit! that’s delicious.

anywho. when I moved back state-side with the hubster, one of the traditions we created was to attend local markets on the weekend… and being in Raleigh, NC I got SPOILED! they have freaking phenomenal...

HEALTHY TRAVEL TIPS: staying on track while moving cross-country

okay.

friend. first thing is first… it took me a long time to be able to breathe + write this. why? well. we relocated (once again) from the deep South to the Pacific Northwest. relocating isn’t something that’s new to the hubster + I. one of my nickname’s in the family is the “Cajun Gypsy” which is rightfully earned because over the course of our marriage (12 wonderful years), we have lived in two countries… 8 states (one state, twice)… and 12 homes.

however, this travel was a wee bit different. how? well. instead of moving DIRECTLY to our new location which is Washington, we had a three week transition period in Idaho for the hubster’s work. it was odd. packing boxes for our new home in Washington… for our three week stay in Idaho… and a 3 day road trip.

plus. when the movers arrived, they didn’t really understand the boxes labeled WASHINGTON and IDAHO. and packed ALL the boxes in the moving truck (even...

LIFE PLOT TWIST: from ER Veterinarian to Wellness Coach

Love.
Can I share with you a wee little secret? Well. It's not a little... it's a huge God-sized dream in my heart.  But it may explain why I spend endless hours working on my craft... Can you even call Brain + Gut Health exploration a craft?

Anywho.
Focus Amber.


VIEW OF OUR LAKE PROPERTY

The thing is... I love it.  Honestly I spend hours pouring myself into my work because I love it and I love making YOU (my tribe) happy + helping other women tweak their daily habits to live a more vibrant + productive life.

However, here's the secret... it's not the only dream in my heart.   YIKES!  My God-sized dream is to own/operate an equine therapy ranch or a resort of sorts on our lake property.  A place where kids who need a wee bit more attention receive equine therapy... and while therapy is in session, their parents + I chat about nutrition - about household products - about mindset - about, well, Brain + Gut Health and steps they can do at home for their...

Lot less ATTA... a wee bit more GRATTA!

Take a beat to unplug from social media... the tele... what have you + spend a few moments in silence.  Reflecting on the day... and the good which came to be.

Did you grab groceries... bump into an old friend... get a letter in the mail which made you smile... stumbled upon a hilarious quote... wore two socks without holes in the toes... progressed in your handstand project... able to spend a few minutes coloring with your littles... got told "I love you"...

some thing GOOD happened... no matter how big or small

Trust me, I have had some pretty shy-tee days with a lot of roadblocks and mountains to climb... but the point is to shift your focus to the good... see the good.  There's something there.

Which brings me to this HEALTH HACK: End the day with gratitude!

Now. Remember... 
You are sitting in silence. Focusing on the good at the end of the day. You will want to write them down in a journal... not on the back of a receipt, but get an actual...

Popeye was on to Something... Eating Leafy Greens!

In the book, “The Better Brain Solution” it mentions eating a cup of green leafy vegetables every day will make you (on average) 11 years physiologically younger than someone who doesn’t!


{ did you hear that... someone just shut the front door }


Some leafy greens include: spinach, kale, brussels, swiss chard, etc.  Now, I like to sneak spinach/kale into smoothies... toss them into scrambled eggs... serve as a big sass salad with a droopy egg on top. DELICIOUS!!!

Anywho. 
Leafy greens are loaded with fiber. vitamin K. folate. potassium. antioxidants. anti-inflammatory props and so much more.

How do you sneak leafy greens into YOUR plate? Need ideas, love.  Just ask belowor drop me an email...

NOTE:  one of my superpowers is getting my kids to eat veggies (the other superpower is speaking pig Latin fluently.) ightra?!?

Which brings me to this HEALTH HACK: Aim for at least 1 cup of leafy greens a day!

In case you need...

How Making Your Bed Helps Your Productivity

In a 2014 commencement speech at University of Texas at Austin, Admiral McRaven said:


“If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another.
By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.”

Anywho.  This brings me to the HEALTH HACK: Make Your Bed Each Morning

Powerful words, love. The simple task of making your bed first thing in the morning also has been linked to increased productivity, lowering one's stress level and improving one's mood as well as better quality of sleep.


It's a small task. Why not try... for a week to see how making your bed FIRST thing in the morning helps you! You in?  If you want to watch the video... here you go!

 

MY TIPS:

  • Reduce the throw pillows to maybe...

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

alright.

we are going to get the huge elephant out of the room FIRST... this recipe calls for dairy.  { GASP OF HORROR }.  it's true.  I said it... there.  in our household, we strive to keep dairy off our plates, but it happens.  we are human + before the Gillies, our 5yr old twins entered our world... mama + daddy loved them some dairy, particularly cheese.  

it wasn't until our journey into optimal brain + gut health, I realized MY belly doesn't tolerate dairy products well.  um... Amber, let's be real.  I knew my body didn't tolerate dairy well early on in life... for instance: 

1.  unfortunate incident at boyfriend (now hubster) family's fishing cabin... where I was meeting everyone for the first time + they served me homemade vanilla ice cream by the GALLON.  it may not be a gallon size but it took a toll on my gut + there is a hilarious story which developed from there.

2.  at a veterinary job interview, I met my...

My typical FAST-BREAKER

dudes + dudettes.

one question I tend to get DAILY is how do I typically break my fast!  well.  let's pump the breaks love.  first.  if you want to know why I tend to skip breakfast, you can score the details HERE

otherwise, let's move on.... shall we?  

now.  I love a good breakfast which includes:  eggs, avocado and leafy greens... it's one of my FAVORITE ways to kick off my nutrition; however, with this summer's schedule.  I am finding it a wee bit challenging to travel with my droopy eggs in a bowl.  and avocado doesn't really keep well in the ice-chest.  

that being said, I needed something to keep me FUELED UP with our fast-paced summer routine + energized to throughout the mid-morning/afternoon until I could hanker down for lunch... and lunch is typically around 2-3pm and is a BIG SASS COBB SALAD!  

anywho. 

I wanted to make sure the smoothie contained a few key things for optimal brain health... blueberries,...

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