To start things off, can you tell us about an "Aha" moment that has happened to you with your own health journey?
My “aha” moment came to me when I was sitting at my desk at my previous job - I was on the brink of turning 39, had two young kids, and while I was living a seemingly happy existence, I was unfulfilled. I spent 50+ hours per week away from my kids and husband, at a job that I didn’t like, and was simply going through the motions to get by. I knew I was meant for more and I knew I couldn’t sit at this job for the next 20+ years of my life simply because it was the “responsible” thing to do. I have always been interested in health, nutrition, fitness and wellness, but had only pursued them as hobbies, until a dear friend of mine posted about a Health Coach Training Certification program through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN). I reached out to her to get more information, and in that conversation I decided it was time to pursue something for myself, to put my needs on my own priority list, and to listen to my desires. Making the decision to sign-up for that certification program was the catalyst of change in my life.
How did that impact you?
That decision catapulted me into a new trajectory of my life, where I was completely clear that this was my calling, and I was passionate about sharing with others. I knew that if I could design a life I love by putting myself on my own radar, then it was my duty to share this and inspire other women to do the same. I began to look at wellbeing from an entirely different lens, where instead of focusing externally - on food and diet, I began to focus inward and learned the importance of heeding to my emotional wellbeing.
What would you say was a silver lining to the experience?
The silver lining was how much better I felt, and how I felt whole. For so long, I felt broken or like there was something wrong with me because I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do with my life, and saying “yes” to myself and enrolling in IIN changed the entire trajectory of my life. From the first module, it was an epiphany and it became crystal clear this was the path I was meant to be on, and I could help others to experience the same. I felt it down to my core that this is my mission in life, and I want to help others to experience this profound fulfillment, happiness, and ultimately - freedom - freedom to design a life you love.
How does this shape the way you help others in your business?
It’s the crux of everything! If you do not put yourself on your own radar, then your health and wellbeing will suffer greatly. You have to feed and nourish your soul from the inside out.
What is the message you are sharing in the forthcoming book, It's Not About the Food?
My chapter is about Boundaries and Emotional Wellbeing. The message I am sharing is about feeding and nourishing your emotional wellbeing. Eradicate the word “diet” from your vocabulary, and instead focus on redefining what balance, success and being healthy looks like for you dependent upon what stage of life you are in. These definitions are meant to change over time, as you grow and evolve, and when you set and adhere to the boundaries you’ve put in place, then you are creating an avenue to support your ultimate success. Your emotional wellbeing is the primary pillar that holds the key to you thriving in body, mind, and soul, and when you begin to not only become aware of it, but put practices in place to feed and nourish your emotional health, then you are on the path to designing a life you love to live.
OK, now for a few fun questions! Where do you live and what do you do there - for work and for fun?
I live in Santa Monica, CA, with my husband, two children, and two dogs.
What is a surprising food you just love to eat?
Dark chocolate with mint or dark chocolate covered almonds. Okay, anything dark chocolate... except coconut.
One thing people would be surprised to know about you?
That I lived in Israel for a year, and volunteered in the Israeli Army. (Although that was 25 years ago!) Also, I do not like cooking, which may come as a surprise, as a Health Coach.
Thank you! Where can people find you to learn more about you?
You can find me over at melissarosenstock.com and over on Instagram @melrosenstock_healthcoach
Get your copy of the free worksheet - with actionable steps from all the authors including Melissa - and a find a link to buy the book by clicking here or clicking the image.
Grab your sneakers, take a few deep breaths, and join me for an adventure in Southern California.
What is the role between the environment and your health? It's all connected, and I want to take you for a deep dive into your earth body and how to care for it. Get a little sneak peak into basic environmental urban planning concepts AND how this all ties into our own healthy lives.
Experience the Southern California 2019 super bloom through your ears, and why this is relevant to us and our health. Nature is awesome and it can heal us, and by connecting we can be inspired to move our bodies and take care of ourselves.
This spring time focused episode will give you ideas on how to connect with the energy of the spring and how the healthy pillar of flowers can bring your health and well-being.
Want to learn more about my pillars of health? Consider joining my Wheel of the Year program, Small Steps, Big Magic, Crafting a life that sparkles!
The truth is I'm always excited when I make these podcasts. I know that talking about "structure" probably sounds really boring, but it's actually so interesting to break it down and actually understand what it's doing in our lives - whether we look at it or not!
I'm not the kind of person who wants any more commitment in my life... between getting married and then having kids, my commitment allotment is ALL used up. I can't even pick a meal plan to commit to!! LOL
If you want to understand the basic premise behind:
Then listen up to this episode! Because there are some basic rules you need to understand as to how and why these work (or don't work).
All structure needs to be found in balance with flexibility. This is the secret to success!
So grad your headphones, slip on your tennis shoes and join me in my magical place for a stroll in the woods, to learn and open up and have fun together!!
Oops! I interrupted this podcast with episode 13B (all about the Konmarie way and how you can apply this to your health!)... and this one never got posted!!! Oh well, better late than never!
Let's just jump right in and figure out how ending the blame game will transform your life and health! Here are just a few possibilities...
An invitation to walk with me...
And let's contemplate the pillar of health: FLOWERS
I'll explore how this pillar of health affects us in so many ways...
I'm very excited for a new direction I'll be taking with my inbox inspiration!
I've been wondering "what to do about my emails" for a while. I had a good routine going for a while, and then I had several books come out, and those gave me great focus. And then... I got a little stuck.
But as I've been developing content for my podcast and also for my pagan inspired health coaching program, I've been struck by inspiration for my emails!
All of my health coaching now follows the Wheel of the Year, which is essentially celebration of the cycles of the seasons. Now, don't get me wrong, I still do all the same things, like helping you tune into your body, overcome emotional eating, get more sleep, gain energy, focus on self care, and generally make your life awesome. However, now there is a beautiful thread of awareness of the natural world around you as you do it!
I also thought I'd push myself to tune in more to the cycle of the moon, something I love to do, but also can lose track of when I get busy.
Both the moon and the seasons are great for helping us to slow down and connect with ourselves, with the world, with our communities, and more.
So, it was stroke obvious genius when I realized my emails should follow the same rhythm!
If you are even 10% as excited as I am, you should definitely say YES to some sparkle in your inbox!!!
Plant Magic 101
There are so many ways that we can be in touch with the spirit of the plants around us. On some level, we are always and forever connected with them. Have fun with this quick and easy herbal vinegar infusion, which you can then use in cooking, salad dressings, or even just taking as a tincture, in a mixed drink or cocktail or mocktail, or even as a shot!
It is soooooo easy to make your own herbal tinctures! All you need to do is find some herbals or fruits, and soak them in hard alcohol. It is honestly that easy! They can be used medicinally, or as flavorings in mixologist mixolgy fun, mocktails, cocktails, you name it! Can you be a witch? Yes, you can! I'll teach you how!
A poem by Rumi for Valentine's Day:
Whoever acts with respect will get respect.
Whoever brings sweetness
will be served almond cake.
This Valentine's Day I think we can say that we deserve both, don't we? Respect AND almond cake!! And, yes, you can have both. (And you can lose weight, too.)
In this episode I don't recite any poems, though I should probably start to do so! However, I talk about all the many reasons why I love Valentine's Day, and how you can learn to love Valentine's Day, too (if you don't already).
I also explain why glitter is so good for you, and how you can put it to use in your own life.
And, of course, I always tie it back in with how you can craft a life that sparkles, and how to stay on track for natural weight loss while you celebrate life and live in rhythm with the seasons!
#smallsteps #bigmagic #alifethatsparkles
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It's sooooo easy to fall into the trap of blaming certain things or people for what is happening to us. Sometimes this is helpful, when it helps you take the pressure of yourself, but sometimes it is hurtful, when it disempowers or distracts us.
Looking at letting go, or forgiving, is a powerful way to shift the blame.
How does forgiveness fit into what we are eating and reaching our ideal, natural weight? It's at the heart of the matter!
The women I work with are done dieting. They are tired of feeling like eating makes them a failure. They are ready to forgive themselves for falling off the wagon with all the diets of the past, and forgive themselves for ever thinking that a diet would bring them what they desired.
I, too, have worked on forgiveness. I used to binge on sugar and swear it off only to binge again days later. It takes forgiveness to stop that cycle. It takes forgiveness to move to something more simple and more powerful.
Have listen to how you can apply this approach in your own life!!!
*I promise I will never share your email address with anyone.