Wedding Bliss

I am back! As some of you may know, I took a little bit of a leave the past couple months because I just got married! Thank you for being patient with me while I took some time for myself. But now I am back and ready to dive in!

Throughout this past year since I began my Bridal Wellness program, I have received a lot of questions about it such as:

  • Why do you want to work with brides?
  • Is this just to help them look good or fit into their wedding dress?
  • How will brides benefit from your work?
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I have always answered these questions with the same few answers but as I took some time off to prepare for our wedding, I really truly was able to think about these questions. Today I want to share my wedding experience with you and hopefully this will help you understand a little bit more about why I want to work with brides. And no it is not just to help them fit into their dress for one day. It is so much more.

As I have always said to my clients, and to any folks out there interested in what I do, I want to help brides to destress, feel confident and enjoy every moment of their wedding day and life afterwards. So what did this look like on our wedding day? Let me tell you.

Our wedding day was magical. I know many people say that about their wedding but it truly was. The planning phases of the wedding weren't always enjoyable. We didn't always see eye to eye on certain decisions that were being made but at some point you have to pick and choose your battles. Some things just aren't worth stressing over. During the last couple weeks before the wedding, I started to feel the stress. I hadn't before but now we were on crunch time and waited until the last minute to do a lot of things. We had some little hiccups along the way, but we either fixed them or just said "it is out of our hands" and brushed it off. During these last few weeks, I would spend 5-20 minutes a day breathing and meditating as well as exercising daily. Let me tell you, this was a game changer for me! It is so important to take some time for yourself!

So what did our wedding day look like? Absolutely perfect. Yes maybe the DJ didn't play every song we wanted to, my nephews (the ring bearers) were running around like crazy men, nobody really understood what to do with the guestbook, the best man almost broke the microphone, we almost forgot to cut the cake, we had that crazy uncle who guests think is a wedding crasher and I am sure I could probably go on. But the truth is, those "bad" things that I just listed weren't bad at all. They weren't in the timeline or schedule but they made the wedding what it was. When I look back on our wedding, I don't regret one single thing. I don't think anything wrong happened. It was a perfect night. I married the man of my dreams and had a night that I will never forget with my family and friends. Ladies, that is what a wedding is all about. It is not about perfection or competition, it is about LOVE. I received 3 pieces of advice on our wedding day that I share with everyone and those are:

1. "Any nerves you may feel prior to walking down the aisle, once that door is open and you see Paul, all those nerves will melt away." 

2. "Take a few minutes during the night to step outside away from all the people and be alone in each others love." 

3. "Step back and take a minute to look around the room at all of the people that came out to share in your love."

So why do I want to work with brides to be? As a holistic health coach I focus on the whole person and their needs as a bride. Maybe they want to lose a few pounds to feel confident on their wedding day. I will help them achieve this but not by crash dieting, by eating healthy and exercising. I help women with lifestyle changes. My goal is for them to take these healthy practices into their marriage. I, also, focus on stress relief practices. This differs for each person. These practices will help in the planning process of a wedding, the wedding day itself, but more importantly, life after the wedding day.

I hope that this little blog helped you understand why I work with brides. A wedding is such an exciting time but it is just one day. Marriage is the rest of your life. I want every woman to go into their marriage healthy, happy and full of love and joy.

Until next time.

XOXO

Lisa Catherine KENNY

Lisa@lisacatherinecoaching.com

www.LisaCatherineCoaching.com

 

Photography by: Lauren Mudrock Photography

6 Steps to Begin Intuitive Eating

We live in a world where everyone is going, going, going all the time. Fast food is prevalent in our country because nobody has time to sit down and enjoy a meal. Maybe this is you. How do you feel after scarfing down a Big Mac in 2 minutes while running to your next meeting? So many people can't even remember what they had to eat that day because they rush through every meal. 

Someone once told me a story about a client they had that was trying to loose weight but absolutely LOVED Big Macs. He couldn't go a day without eating one. He would go through the drive through and devour it before he got to his next meeting. He told his coach that he is just would not give up his daily Big Macs, they are too delicious. So the coach told him that he could keep eating those Big Macs but instead of eating them while drive, pull over in a parking lot and spend about 20 minutes eating and really chewing and enjoying the Big Mac. So the man did what his coach said. In a couple weeks when the coach followed up with the man, he asked him "how are you doing?" The client responded by telling him that he gave up eating Big Macs!! The coach asked "why?". It was because he actually took the time to savor the taste of them instead of eating it on the go and he did not like the way it tasted! AMAZING! That, my friends, is the start to intuitive eating. 

Intuitive eating takes time, especially for people that are on the go all the time. So here are a few steps to begin the process of intuitive eating:

1. Listen to Your Hunger

Are you truly hungry? Or do you eat at the same time every day just because you are used to it. You may think you are hungry, but maybe you haven't drank enough water that day. Listen to your hunger. Eat when you are truly hungry.

2. Find Time

If you are one of those people that eat on the go or in the car, pull into a parking lot and eat or find a bench to sit on. If it takes you 5 minutes to eat, try spending 10 minutes enjoying your meal to start. After you have tried 10 minutes, try 15 minutes and so on and so on.

3. Breath

Before you eat, take a few breaths in through your nose and out through your nose. This will help calm your body before eating. 

4. CHEW!

Digestion starts in your mouth. Make sure you are chewing your food well before swallowing. Savor the taste of your food.

5. Be Present

Turn off your cell phone, tv, iPad, anything that can distract you. Truly be present. Enjoy this time you have to sit down, relax and enjoy your food and those that accompany you.

6. Pay Attention to Your Body

After eating a meal, listen to your body. Some people are intolerant or even allergic to certain foods and have no idea because they eat too fast and don't pay attention to the signals their body is telling them. 

 

I hope these tips can start you off on your intuitive eating journey! If you have any questions or would like more information on going deeper into intuitive eating, please don't hesitate to contact me.

 

Have a fabulous day!

 

xoxo

Lisa Catherine

Lisa@LisaCatherineCoaching.com

www.LisaCatherineCoaching.com

484-889-0079

 

Food and Mental Health

I had the privilege to sit down with the owner and founder of The Wildflower Chef, Emily Scott, the other day. The Wildflower Chef offers a solution for anyone in Chester County who is ready to take back their time while taking their health and diet into their own hands by offering organic meal delivery. It was a pleasure to speak with someone who shares the same passion about healthy eating and living as I do. I wanted to share an article written by Emily about how food relates to your mental health. 

Food and Mental Health

By Chef Emily Scott, The Wildflower Chef


Food is more than just something that keeps us alive. It is personal, complicated, and unfortunately, it can often cause anxiety. For many of us, we grew up thinking that "dieting" is a normal way of life, and that our bodies aren't good enough unless we're carefully controlling portions and chomping on celery 24/7. 


You might even be one of those people whose guilt spirals out of control after one splurge... "I ate a chocolate chip cookie, I guess I'll eat an entire bag of chips now." There's no denying it: How we eat plays a direct role in how we feel, act, and live our lives.

So, how do we make food a POSITIVE experience? At The Wildflower Chef, we believe that an honest, no-cheats, no excuses approach to food is the answer. Learn about the ingredients you buy, understand how they are grown, and make the ethical and responsible choice with that information. Purchase organic ingredients because it matters! Think about the individual ingredients that go into the foods you eat, and decide if they are going to have a positive or negative effect in your body.

When food becomes less about calories and serving sizes, and more about what you are getting (nutrients and antioxidants vs. fat grams and sugar), it is easier to make the decision that you know will benefit you most. Trust the quality of the food you eat, and suddenly your relationship with it becomes honest and true.

 

 

I hope you enjoyed getting to know The Wildflower Chef a little more and the work that she does, I know I did. Keep a lookout for The Wildflower Chef and Lisa Catherine Coaching as we hope to team up in the future and offer services packed with healthy options for you to live the healthiest and happiest life you can.

 

XOXO 

Lisa Catherine

 

To stay updated with the happenings of The Wildflower Chef, here are some links that may be helpful:

Chef Emily Scott posts weekly food inspiration, recipes, and tips on her blog, found here: http://www.thewildflowerchef.com/blog

Or, sign up for tips and recipes mailed right to your inbox, plus a free Plant-Based Meal Guide by signing up here: http://eepurl.com/cdnqQH

The Wildflower Chef provides organic meal delivery in Chester County, PA and surrounding areas:

http://www.thewildflowerchef.com/organicmealdelivery.html

The Wildflower Chef also offers a guided Seasonal Meal Planning Program to assist home cooks in preparing healthful meals, with wholesome ingredients, right at home:

http://www.thewildflowerchef.com/store/c3/Seasonal_Meal_Planning_Programs.html

 

Contact:

thewildflowerchef.com

emily@thewildflowerchef.com

610-715-8159

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Simple Steps to Manage Holiday Stress

It's that time of year again! I don't know about you but after Halloween is over, I tend to skip Thanksgiving and automatically start to think about Christmas. For me, I start thinking about everything I love about Christmas time; the smells, the sounds, family, cookie exchanges, cutting down our christmas tree, decorating, lights and so much more!

For those of you that know me, I am a Christmas fanatic!! However, the one thing I dislike is the stress that goes into it. In Great Britain, the word holiday means the same thing as vacation. For many, the holidays are not a time of rest, relaxation and joy, they are a time of stress, anger and anxiety. Planning for the holidays can leave many feeling impatient, cranky and sometimes even a little depressed. When the realities of day-to-day life conflict with our efforts to make the holiday season perfect, stress results.

Here are some examples of holiday stressors and what you can do to minimize the stress so that you can have a relaxing, enjoyable and joyous holiday season:

 

Holiday Shopping Stress

 

  • Ask people what they want instead of trying to find the "perfect" gift.
  • Shop early, when there is more of a selection and sales.
  • Online shop! 
  • Stick to a budget and do not stray from it.
  • If you are crafty, make some of your gifts.

Hosting Stress

  • Cook and freeze foods ahead of time.
  • Ask others to bring a dish instead of preparing everything yourself.
  • If you don't like to cook, don't feel like you have to! You can cater or go out to eat, it's not cheating. The holidays are a time to be with family and friends and not stress over the food that you are eating. It is a time to be thankful.

Scheduling Time with Family and Friends

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  • Simplify holiday commitments and traditions. Discuss what family traditions are most important to you and your family. It is okay to reevaluate past traditions. One of the biggest stressors for many people are traditions. Some members of families are so set on certain family traditions and not willing to stray from them that sometimes it can push people away. Everyone's life changes and family has to be willing to adapt to that.
  • Allow time for yourself. Don't get caught up in the season for giving. Taking care of yourself is just as important, if not more important, as taking care and giving to others. Without your health and happiness, how can you make others happy?
  • Don't over schedule yourself. The holidays should be a time of relaxation and joy. Remember, holiday means vacation. 
  • Make sure to tell your family members about your other commitments so you are not struggling to meet their expectations.
  • Do not travel during rush hour.
  • When traveling long distances, make sure to stop and rest.

Conscious Eating

  • Avoid overeating. I know this is always a tricky one to do around the holidays. However, overeating can quickly turn into a slippery slope that you do not want to go down. 
  • Avoid starving yourself before a holiday party or meal. This will lead to overeating and eating foods that may not be the healthiest option.
  • Continue to exercise and watch your diet. Many people stop going to the gym around the holiday when, in reality, this is the most crucial time to continue to go to the gym. I know the holidays are a busy and stressful time but exercising relieves stress. Build your workout into your schedule so that you don't have an excuse not to go.

Manage Your Time

  • Set priorities and let go of impossible goals.
  • Stop and breath! Set aside some time during the day to relax and appreciate all of your hard work.
  • Take time you need to finish tasks that are important to you. You don't have to complete everything at once. Set priorities and goals that are attainable. 
  • Ask your kids or your significant other to help! Don't do everything on your own.
  • Listen to your body and rest when it tells you to.

 

The holidays don't have to be a stressful time. It is meant to be a vacation, a time to be spent with your loved ones. If you find yourself getting too stressed, stop, breath, and think about what the holidays are really about. I love the holiday season because there is always so much love and magic in the air. I have stopped trying to live up to the stereotypical "Christmas craziness" and started relaxing and enjoying every second of the season. Enjoy the time you can spend with your family and friends during the magical holiday season.

I hope you have an amazing, stress free holiday season everyone!!

Until next time!

xoxo

Lisa Catherine