How To Know If You Are Ready For A Change: 3 Major Signs To Look For

How To Know If You Are Ready For A Change: 3 Major Signs To Look For

T.S. Eliot said it so eloquently:

“The end of all exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”

Life is an odyssey and we are meant to change our environment (every so often) in order to grow, learn and explore different sides of ourselves, and of the world around us.

If you are currently at a phase in your life where you feel as it is about time for you to venture out of your comfort zone and move on in life, this self-check list is designed to help you decide whether or not it is time for you to make a change.


3 major signs you’re ready to move on (or move out from your current life situation):


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1️⃣ You no longer relate to your current environment

Whether it’s your home, your job, the relationship you’re in, even your town (or country): something in your life feels out of sync with your goals for the future. But to know confidently what you truly want, you should be very very honest with yourself and create a plan.

I advise you to take a pen and paper and write it all down: imagine how do you want your life to look like six months from now, one year from now, and a couple of years from now? Will staying where you are move you closer to where you want to be, or shift you backwards? And how would that feel? In both situations.

For many of us, change feels equally exciting and terrifying. And righteously so!

Change is scary. We are creatures of habit and is in our dna (thanks to our critter brain) to rationalize ourselves out of moving on just because we are accustomed to being in the same environment. Please revisit what you wrote in your journal and be open and honest with yourself: does it make you happy and excited to wake up every day where you are? If the answer is ‘no’, it’s time for you to move on, and move forward to whatever it is that makes you happy and excited. Regardless of how drastic or subtle this change may look like for you.

2️⃣ You intuitively feel that life has plans for you and that you can’t optimize them fully if you don’t make a major leap forward.

It’s simply not possible to stay where we are and simultaneously move forward. Marching in one place doesn’t shift us from where we are. And it doesn’t give us clarity either. Thinking and planning our next move is crucial, and you need to be mindful and strategic about it. Often, the actual execution may take longer than you desire. However, despite how long it takes, change comes from engagement, not just thought. 

My favorite motto (that always pushes me through stagnation): “If you want something you‘ve never had, you must be willing to do something you‘ve never done.’

@ Thomas Jefferson


3️⃣You constantly receive signs from the Universe that is time for you to change your life.

  • Perhaps you keep stumbling over new job offers
  • Perhaps you continiously bump into quotes or sayings (or even blogposts like this one) that motivate you to seize change
  • Perhaps you frequently find yourself scrolling on social media (or pininterest) looking for home interior, or travel destinations, or different job alternatives
  • Perhaps you see ads for educational programs that align with your true passions in life
  • Perhaps a friend recommends you a book or podcast that resonate with your current situation, and inspire you to take action

Whatever it is, go for it. Your intuition knows best. Trust your gut, trust the Universe, and trust that there is no “right” time to make change. It will always be “now”.

Really hope those 3 tips are useful, please let me know in the comments below. Also, if you suddenly think of somebody who needs the extra push to make things happen for them, forward and share a long.

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Ana-Maria


Why Dieting Never Works

Why Dieting Never Works

Hello Beautiful Soul!:)

If you landed on this page, it is probably because you have tried dieting before and it hasn’t worked. Not only that, most likely dieting left you feeling more frustrated than ever, and utterly demotivated to try it again. Why? Because dieting is never the answer. But I completely understand, because I have been there myself! And I was completely lost, until I learned how to rephrase the question from: “how can I lose (more) weight” to “how to love myself and nurture myself,” and, as a result, restructure my whole mentality about food and exercise. What helped me heal from years of battling body dismorphia and chronic under-eating was the epiphany that, in order to fix my obsessions with food, I needed to heal my relationship to my body first and develop an internal confidence that doesn’t depend on external validation.

Once I aligned my internal confidence to my external projection, everything else naturally settled into place. I learned how to nurture myself properly, to maximize my fitness and mental performance, and how to become more peaceful and mindful with regular meditation practice.


And You Can DO It Too!

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In this 90-day program you will receive:

  • on-going support from me (via emails and weekly check-ins)
  • new meditation recording each week to help destress your mind and assist you to visualize your end goals with more precision and excitement
  • a customized eating plan that is tailored to your individual needs,
  • a short exercise routine you can do at home (per your request)


You will not only lose weight, but will feel more energized, vibrant and happier.

Before booking, please allow me to emphasize that carrying more weight that feels comfortable usually means some sort of imbalance between yourself and your body. However, my job is not to assist you to chase an unrealistic weight-goal for your frame, but to help you arrive and maintain at the weight that is uniquely perfect for you. I will guide you not simply towards losing weight, but towards releasing trapped energy and fears. Once you do that, your weight would naturally arrive at its optimal shape.

If your intuition tells you to enroll, please don’t dismiss this voice by saying that you “don’t have time”. Time is never “right,” unless you decide it to be.

I am here to motivate, coach, support and facilitate the stepping blocks of your journey.

You are way more powerful than you might give yourself credit for. Allow me to help you connect to your power. You will transform your life! ❤

~With love and care,

Ana-Maria

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Boost Your Energy With Green Tea: Quick Brain-Enhancing Recipe You Can Make At Home

Boost Your Energy With Green Tea: Quick Brain-Enhancing Recipe You Can Make At Home
Matcha Latte made at home with no sweetener and MCT oil
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If you are looking for an alternative energy drink that is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on your brain, try this recipe!

You only need a blender and few ingredients. Gets done in less than a minute!

Theanine is an amino acid present in matcha green tea and possesses anti-anxiolytic properties, which assists in boosting alpha waves in the brain. For reference, matcha tea has only 40-50 grams of caffeine/per serving whereas a cup of regular coffee has 80-140 grams.

Green tea is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have a multitude of health benefits including cancer and cardiovascular disease prevention, improved brain function, cholesterol-lowering effects, and more. Green tea contains polyphenols, which include flavanols, flavandiols, flavonoids, and phenolic acids.

The reason I add MCT oil (I mention it in this article as well) is because it is quickly released as energy. MCT oil (derived from coconut) consists of medium-chain fatty acids that can be rapidly broken down and sent directly to the liver to be metabolized and turned into energy, making them readily available to be used as fuel and less likely to be stored as fat. Medium-chain fatty acids don’t produce an insulin spike in your bloodstream, so there’s no blood sugar roller coaster when you eat them.

Ingredients

  • A teaspoon of matcha powder
  • A teaspoon of MCT oil (I explain its benefits on the brain in this article)
  • A cup of boiled water (you can mix it with warm almond or coconut milk as well)
  • A dash of cinnamon

Blend everything together and enjoy! 

To sweeten it: you can add stevia or monk fruit (both natural sweeteners derived from plants) or blend it two dates.

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Blend everything together and enjoy!

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Festive Fruit Cake (Gluten-Free/Vegan)

Festive Fruit Cake (Gluten-Free/Vegan)

In my health coaching practice, I advise my clients to eat predominantly low-sugar fruits like berries (and eat starchy carbs and grains in moderation). However, the foundation of a balanced diet (in my belief), is balance. A balance that leaves room for occasional culinary indulgences and treats. =)

This cake is rich and decadent but doesn’t require any baking. You need to leave it in your fridge overnight so please take this in consideration before you decide to prepare it.

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Ingredients:

  • Four cups of gluten-free old-fashioned oats
  • Organic applesauce with berries
  • 1/4 cup of cacao nibs
  • 2 tablespoons of raw tahini
  • Few large carrots
  • 3-4 frozen bananas (need to be ripe)
  • A cup of raspberries
  • 2-3 tablespoons of raw coconut flour
  • A teaspoon of Himalayan salt
  • Cinnamon and nutmeg to taste
  • A tablespoon of cacao/or carob powder

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, mix the oats with boiled water. Once they soften, savor them with salt and spices, and place the mixture in a cake pan (I used one with a rectangular shape)
  2. Add the applause on top (the whole jar) and sprinkle the cacao nibs on top
  3. Place your bananas in a blender (you may need to add some liquid; I used almond milk) and blend them until they form a creamy consistency resembling ice-cream. Add on top of layer 2
  4. Place the raspberries in the same blender you just used (again, you may need some liquid) and add the raspberry sauce on top of layer 3. I mixed it with some cacao powder
  5. Clean your blender from the banana-raspberry cream you just created and add the carrots. Blend them alone and then add the tahini. You will create a delicious paste (just a warning!:)). Place on top of layer 4
  6. If you wish, you can blend two more bananas to add one more layer of sweetness. Regardless, this is the time time to add your coconut flour so that all layers stick together and form a thick consistency.
  7. For the final layer, I leave it up to you to unleash your imagination and decorate the cake anyway you desire. I used dried and fresh fruit.:)

Voila! Here you have it: a seven-layered-no-bake cake. I hope you enjoy it and, if you want more, make sure to check out my other cake recipes.

Bon appetit!:)

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