Welcome to Wonderland

Quinn recently had the major honor of being featured on The Wellness Wonderland Radio show hosted by the amazing Katie Dalebout, who we admire and adore.  She is an absolute doll who is has immersed herself in the world of wellness and walks her talk at every step.

This girl has built an incredible website, started a rad radio show, AND created a web series called Two Peas in a Pod with her bestie, Jess (they credit us as one of their inspirations [we're beaming with pride])

Quinn and Katie chatted about a bunch of stuff like what’s next for {Healthy} Cooking Camp, self care, weight loss, acne, cooking, the dalai lama, building a holistic business, Ayurvedic medicine, farming, flirting, fashion-show-dance parties and more!

Listen to the radio show below, and check out Katie over at the The Wellness Wonderland.  We recommend that you get to know her now, because this girls’s gonna to be a major wellness power player.  Pretty soon, we’ll all be living in Katie’s Wellness Wonderland and loving every minute.

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Read this before you freak out about bikini season

Spring is finally here, thank god! Though the promise of trading in your heavy sweaters for sundresses is exciting, we know the idea of needing to get into a bathing suit in a few months can bring up some serious anxiety.

But the last thing we want for you to is to get caught up in some crazy diet that’s going to send you to crazy-town with no lasting results (remember last year?). If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the years it’s that depriving and restricting ourselves to be “bikini ready” is no fun at all, and rarely works.

Even when we want to be thin so badly, and we convince ourselves that suffering for just 4 weeks will be completely worth it, we last 3 days and then find ourselves a billion Banana Bread Muffins later, feeling embarrassed and like a total failure. So instead of letting you make the same mistake you’ve made year after year, we wanted to bring in some back up to set you on a completely new path. One that’s fun, sane and actually works.

You may know our girl Sarah Jenks, but if you don’t, she’s a badass when it comes to helping women create a life they love and a body they adore.  Sarah’s approach is completely counterintuitive and probably not something you’ve tried before so we wanted to do an interview with her so you can get in on the awesomeness.

CLICK HERE get her totally FREE training series on how to Live More and Weigh Less.

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HCC: Sarah, I’m so excited to jam with you about this tricky topic of “weight loss”. Diving right in, can you tell us a little about yourself and how your approach to weight loss is different?

SJ: I’m so excited to share this info with your ladies! Thanks so much for the opportunity. I work with women who’ve been struggling with their weight for years (and find that traditional diets don’t work for them) finally shed the extra weight by creating a fun, meaningful and romantic life. I find that most women have been taught that if they can “buckle down” and muster up enough willpower that they can lose a lot of weight in a short amount of time. And though it’s hard to admit, a lot of us think that losing 20 or 30 pounds is what’s going finally make us feel beautiful, carefree and happy.

We think that weighing less will make our lives better, I call this the “Weigh Less, Live More” mentality. But so many of us use food to feel entertained, comfortable and loved. So when we’re waiting for our lives to begin when we’re thin, our lives aren’t super interesting, and we eat to cope with boredom, challenges, anxiety and loneliness.

I teach my clients how to create a fun, meaningful and romantic life NOW, not 20 pounds from now.

Not only do these women start having a blast and are finally seeing the goals they’ve had for years (like new businesses and meeting their soul mate) come true but they no longer need food to keep them entertained so they naturally shed those extra pounds without counting calories or stepping foot on a treadmill. I call this the Live More, Weigh Less philosophy.

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HCC: How did you get started as a coach?

SJ: When I was about 10 years old, the kids at school made fun of me for being fat, so I went to Weight Watchers to lose weight. Starting then I had this idea that losing weight would be the magic pill for happiness. So I was on and off diets almost every other week, but I could never stick to anything because I had no “willpower”.

By the time I was in my early 20’s my life felt like it was falling apart. I was in a job I hated, I could barely make rent every month, I was picking fights with my boyfriend, was embarrassed to be naked in front of him and spent most days medicating my misery with food and alcohol. I was starting to lose friends and came really close to being dumped by the man of my dreams.

One day, on the third day of my seven day juice cleanse I ate a whole bag of Dove Chocolate Promises while hiding in the supply closet at work. That’s when I realized that if the whole diet thing was gonna work, it would’ve happened by now. So I started looking for a new approach.

Very quickly I realized that I thought my life was terrible because I was fat, but the truth was that my life sucked because I was putting in no effort, and the misery was causing my nightly binges.

So I started consciously having more fun, working on my relationship and shifting things at work. Pretty quickly my life did a 180. My man proposed, I got promoted at work, I made tons of new friends and enrolled in nutrition school. And the thirty extra pounds I was carrying around melted away. It was awesome. I was so floored by this new way of doing things that I’ve created a movement around helping women understand and use this new approach to weight loss called Live More Weigh Less.

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HCC: What’s the first step someone should take to start living more and weighing less?

SJ: First of all, it’s really important to have a plan or a roadmap for how to do this right. When we’ve spent our whole lives doing things one way, it’s easy to get caught up in the diet cycle and lose our way again. I’ve actually made a really cool video training that’s totally free that your ladies can check out. They can get instant access HERE.

In the first video I lay a very simple but important step-by-step roadmap to creating an amazing life and body you adore.

The next thing you need to do is just have as much fun as possible, I can’t stress the importance of this enough. Dance wildly in your kitchen, call up a girlfriend and go for a walk, get a back massage, watch a funny movie, take off on an impromptu road trip, paint, sing and skip.  When you’re having a blast, I guarantee you’ll stop overeating.

The third thing I’d recommend is finding a group of women who are on the same path. We’ve got so many incredible women participating in the video training, it’s a great place to connect with people, get inspiration and support.

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HCC: What do you say to someone who is dying to lose weight fast to get into a bathing suit?

SJ: This is a toughy because I know how real that desire can feel, but the way I see it, you have a choice. You can spend your life trying to accomplish this goal of being thin by restricting and depriving your food, which almost always results in more anxiety and depression than you’re already feeling, with little to no results at the end. Or you can put down your obsession, and start focusing your energy on what really matters like having fun, shifting things at work and working on your relationship.

You’ll quickly see that life can be amazing, even if you don’t look like a swimsuit model. Plus, you’ll naturally move to your ideal weight. And what’s awesome is that maintaining it is super easy because you’re not on some crazy diet.

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We know we’d rather spend the next few months going on adventures and having as much fun as possible, you?

We’ve had the opportunity to get a sneak peek into Sarah’s FREE training videos and they’re awesome. It’s totally free for you, so check it out.

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Click HERE for instant access

Any questions about Sarah Jenks or her Live More, Weigh Less program?  Let us know in the comments below.

How Cooking Heals Compulsive Eating

And now, a guest blog post from our friend, Isabel FoxendukeABOUT-1024x768

And I’m using the term “compulsive eating” to describe any thoughtless, quick, impulsive decisions around food, that occur in reaction to stress, deprivation or what I like to call “energy-bunny mode.”

Many women, and in particular “type-A,” second-shift, perfectionistic dieters, often find themselves turning to the refrigerator when they’ve just had enough, and can’t take it anymore.

You know what I’m talking about: STRESS EATING. The kind of eating that you do standing up in front of the refrigerator, or at the secret candy bowl in the back of your office. I am not kidding, at certain points in my life, I would actually sneak food into the women’s bathroom at work, just because I needed a break.

If this is familiar to you at all, I’m about to give you the best tip ever: MAKE. TIME. TO. COOK.

Cooking is this magic activity that we partake in to truly nourish ourselves, both physically and emotionally, so we don’t burn out and end up facedown in a pan of brownie batter for no reason. It works in a few ways…

1. Cooking is one of the most primary human acts of self-care. Emotional Eating is, by definition, a self-care deficit. We are putting a band-aid on a bullet wound, instead of dealing with what’s actually going on. When we start to practice radical self-care, emotional eating naturally dissipates.

2. Cooking cultivates gratitude and patience. When we becomes intimately related with the physical labor involved in making a meal (going to the grocery store, picking the ripest vegetable, cutting and measuring) we can not help but to appreciate our food in a new way. We stop taking what we eat for granted. It’s no longer a substance to be abused, but a substance to be honored.

3. Cooking helps us slow down & simply RELAX. In the right mindset, cooking is a meditation — a time away from our computers, when we pay attention to the simple things. (And if you find cooking kinda stressful, because you’re afraid you’re gonna have to “resist” sticking your fingers in every mixing bowl, download my guide, “How To Not Eat Chocolate Cake” — I wrote it for you.)

Isabel Foxen Duke helps women make peace with their bodies, so they can stop obsessing about food and start living again (or for the first time). Your weight dramas are scared of her. For more articles, visit www.IsabelFoxenDuke.com and download How To Not Eat Chocolate Cake. You can also follow her on Twitter @IsabelFoxenDuke and Facebook.com/