T. Kari Mitchell - Lifestyle 120 Nourishing News  

April 2015   

April greetings, friends!

Thank you for your continued support, positive feedback and blessings as Nourishing News celebrates its fourth month!  If you are a new subscriber, past blogs and newsletters are archived on the Lifestyle 120 website and can be accessed by clicking here.  As always, please share my love and light with friends and relatives.

 Spring is definitely making a grand statement.  The warmer temperatures, the sweet-singing birds and the blooming bushes are all conspiring to delight our senses.  What are you doing this month to harmonize with nature?  

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Bloom!

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This is the Season of Increase

Are you feeling full of spring energy?  If not, now is the time to check in with yourself to see if any adjustments need to be made.  Perhaps you need to recommit to the goals you set at the beginning of the year?  Say, “yes!” to holding yourself accountable.  Maybe, you have experienced success and wish to expand by establishing new intentions?  Awesome!

Remember, you are not yet done!  We are all works in progress, forever developing—forever improving—forever growing.  We are provided opportunities throughout the year to begin anew.  As you scan the landscape and witness growth all around, I want to encourage you to  get in sync with spring and hum your own tune.  For more inspiration, see this week’s blog post.  (Click here to read “Resurrect Your Dreams.”)

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Eat for Energy

Color your plate!  Phytonutrients is a fancy word for the chemical properties naturally found in fruits and vegetables giving them their their pigment, scent and flavor.  Want to experience the vibrant energy of spring?  To get the boost you need, add phytonutrients throughout the day by eating a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables. This healthy practice will help replenish your body and provide the glow and go you desire to do your thing this spring.

Because spring is a busy season, it’s easy to fall into the trap of grabbing convenience foods while on the go.  And as you know, fast foods don’t provide the nutrients our bodies need to thrive.  Of course, there will be times when you have to succumb to the lure of a quick meal while out running errands, but it’s what you eat most of the time that matters.  Remember, balance is key.  If you could not avoid eating a not-so-nutritious lunch today, prepare a colorful, vitamin-rich late afternoon snack at home. See the recipe below. 

 

Mindful Snacking

We are all guilty on occasion of eating without thinking, even when we are at home. Maybe we munch chips to satisfy hunger.  However, do you ever wonder why you may be full but not satisfied after consuming the whole bag?  Because there are few nutrients in that bag of chips.  I have discovered that balanced snacking reduces cravings and leaves me feeling satisfied for extended periods of time.  See the recipe below.

 

If you need support with your wellness goals, let’s talk.  Schedule a FREE breakthrough session with me this week.  (Click here to schedule an appointment.)

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Nutritious Nuggets 

Hummus and veggie sticks make a quick, well-balanced, nutrient-packed snack.  Check out Red Pepper Hummus, a complimentary recipe from Lifestyle 120.  (Get recipe by clicking here.)

 

Regarding this month’s recipe, why are veggie sticks a healthier choice than chips or crackers?  Well, first of all, garbanzo beans (and other legumes) have a hefty carbohydrate count.  Pair that with chips and crackers and you’ve got way too many carbs for one snack.  Not to mention the additional fat, salt and calories that chips and crackers bring to the plate.  Conversely, paring the hummus with raw, sliced veggies balances your snack nutritionally because veggies are packed with vitamins, have few calories and a low carb count.  When preparing homemade hummus, consider adding a vegetable to the recipe for extra “balance.”  Mindful snacking will supply you with the energy you require to spring into action.

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Sip the Garden 

I am very excited about my first book, Sip the Garden: Fun, Easy Drinks for a Healthier Family, that was released on April 2.  Are you looking for a unique graduation, wedding, Mother’s Day, or summer birthday gift? Sip the Garden may be the perfect choice.  Give a gift of health.  Click here to find out more.

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Upcoming Events 

Check back periodically for Sip the Garden related events.

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Consider this: 

Can you imagine a life devoid of color?  Each season offers hues from the color spectrum for us to enjoy.  As we marvel at the visual display this spring, let’s continue to be thankful for life and for living in the midst of color.   

 

Love, peace and health,

  T. Kari Mitchell                                                                                                                            

Certified Holistic Health and Wellness Coach

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