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Secrets to Self-Care

With the spread of COVID-19, now more than ever self-care is critical.

I’m used to working alone – in my home office – but if being away from an office or corporate environment is new to you, what can you do?

In my BE FREE Blueprint® emotional (and spiritual) health is one of the six key principles. Self-care is about maintaining a healthy mental state. Right now let’s focus on that.

Here are some ideas to maintain sanity during these challenging times of social distancing.

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Listen to my Neily on Nutrition Facebook Live on this topic. Continue reading

Avocado or Asparagus: Embrace Your Difference

Back in my younger days I was obsessed with achieving a certain size…a number on the scale—a number I would never, could never achieve because physically and physiologically I didn’t have the DNA—it isn’t in my genes.

I remember longing for my mom’s lean legs versus inheriting my dad’s thick thighs.

Why do people struggle with such things— Continue reading

Why My Shoes Are Purple – My Secret Weapon For Exercising

Many love exercising.

Many don’t.

Many do it because they know they should.

Many do it so they can eat what they want.

Here’s a thought. What would happen if you told an exerciser they could not exercise? Think they would gain weight? Probably not. They might even lose weight. Research indicates there’s a subconscious part of us that knows or calculates how much to eat.

With exercise it’s not surprising people eat more…often it’s the thought, I deserve this!”

Back to our topic…

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How to Stop a Snack Attack

On a weekly coaching call in my 12-week BE FREE™ program, Carly discussed challenges with eating. For example, snacking…though she may not be hungry. Typical reasons being she was procrastinating or bored, frustrated, sad, or tempted by what lured her to the kitchen. She was wondering how to stop a snack attack.

Before our work together these mid-afternoon occurrences led to some unhealthy choices…particularly sweets. The extra calories prevented Carly from reaching her health goals. Continue reading

Chuck the Cheating Mentality

No more cheating (yourself, that is) …

…with limiting words and choices that keep you from success.

Some days the smallest of choices, like eating a coworker’s birthday cake, can feel sinful, even gluttonous—in our minds. How is it we beat ourselves up over something that is not a genuine betrayal? Yet we call ourselves cheaters when we veer from our dietary goals—as if it were literally a sin.

For me, cheating is one of those cringe-worthy words that when I hear it, it is like nails on a chalkboard. (shivers!)

I’m sure you’ve heard the word in reference to a food splurge: Cheat. Cheat meal. Cheat day.

But should cheating and eating be words we associate together? Continue reading

Self-Care: From Cranky to Calm in Six Weeks

Women have a nurturing quality—it’s coded into our DNA and destines us to care for others ahead of ourselves. Self-care does not come easily. Instead, we steal from our own needs to care for others—our partner, kids, family, friends, and even our pets.

Do you have a tendency to do this? If so, let me share one of my favorite client stories with you. Continue reading

Hi, my name is Neily – today is a special day

Today is a special day—an anniversary I acknowledge every year, but not publicly. This is a first, a vulnerable moment.

Thirty years ago was my last drink. Yes, I was a mere child (smile), barely old enough to drink. I will never forget the day, the event, what I was doing, who I was with—at least most of it.

I was living in a wonderful near North high rise condo in my hometown Chicago, had a terrific job with the NCR Corporation, and had everything going for me, sort of. Continue reading

What makes you happy? | Introducing Neily’s Happiness Jar

What inspired Neily’s Happiness Jar was a blog post. I thought it was the end of 2015 but upon reading my notes I came across this written January 3, 2016: “Read a post shared by Rebecca Scritchfield today about Elizabeth Gilbert’s happiness jar. Every day at the end of the day she jots down the happiest moment and puts it in a jar—an old apothecary jar. I might have to do this in the morning instead b/c that’s my quiet time. But I’m starting it today (and retroactively 1/1 and 1/2).”

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