The DAO guide to Intuitive Eating
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The DAO guide to Intuitive Eating

When I first heard of intuitive eating, I dismissed it as some hippie-dippie excuse to indulge a lack of willpower. When I bypassed my inner judge and listened to what dietitians had to say, I have gotten more curious. The more I see, the more I think that this could be a new chapter in my fitness journey.

This post will explain what is “intuitive eating” and the resources you can access to explore it on your own.

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My date with a dietitian – how to find one, why it matters
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My date with a dietitian – how to find one, why it matters

In this post, I want to address is the question of consulting with a dietitian or nutritionist in your fitness journey. We will talk about the difference between the two…

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Ignite your why to get what you want
Finding your higher purpose is the first step to changing your life on the inside and out.

Ignite your why to get what you want

In my post about leaving a toxic relationship, I talked about a jumping-off point. There is a basic crossroads here – you either accept where you are at, or don’t.…

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Are you in an unhealthy relationship?
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Are you in an unhealthy relationship?

How to know when you are in a toxic or abusive relationship*

This is a blog about health and fitness. Health is not, of course, in a vacuum – part of health is healthy relationships. And if those relationships are unhealthy or abusive, that impacts our physical and mental health. Ironically, my unhealthy relationship is responsible for this blog. Fitness has given me the confidence that the toxic relationship I was in completely tore down. It’s no longer something I do but it’s part of who I am. This experience is more common than people think- and it cuts across all racial, economic, and geographic lines. This is what I want to talk about this topic – because it’s too important to not talk about. 

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Your brain, the liar: how to stop negative thoughts from gaslighting you
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Your brain, the liar: how to stop negative thoughts from gaslighting you

If you are on a path to fitness, mental fitness is a critical pillar.  You can  only fix so much on the outside. The negativity you experience on the inside can sabotage years of efforts and weigh you down, literally. It is a proven fact that positive thinking and weight loss success are interrelated. Not only that, but mastering the art of guarding your mind can lead to better job success, relationships, and overall health. On the flip side, a negative mindset is associated with depression, weight gain, and disease

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Meditation for people who don’t have time to meditate
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Meditation for people who don’t have time to meditate

Who has time to meditate? Monks? And also, people who want to stay sane.

If you want to achieve next level fitness, the mental and spiritual element is a huge part of it. I am going to give you a simple guide to meditation, because I know you are too busy to meditate. And so am I.

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Executive summary of the Paleo diet
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Executive summary of the Paleo diet

The Paleo diet is the “sexy diet.” Definitely would be Samantha, if it were a Sex and the City character. The Paleo diet evokes images of ravenously devouring meat – sexy, right? I have been to Paleo-land and will definitely visit again. Here is what you need to know.

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Outlook
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Outlook

Outlook. After having done something, then meditate and visualize how you feel afterwards. Chances are that having come fresh off of taking action, you will want to do it again.

Remember this Mantra: You can’t change the body unless you first change your mind. This is the difference between people who lose weight quickly in the short term and people who make long-term, sustainable transformations. For the first group, it’s just about weight. For the second group, it’s about self-transformative change, on the inside and the outside.

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Action
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Action


Act. Action is the only way forward. Even if it’s an incremental 5 minute per day routine just so that you do it every day. Do or do not. There is no try.
Action is the only way forward. Just DAO it..

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Decision
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Decision


Decide. Make a decision – that is the “ D” in DAO. A decision to commit – or recommit – to change, to transformation, and to a new way of life. Even if that’s after a New Year’s resolution that has gone up in smoke.

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The DAO – Decision. Action. Outlook.
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The DAO – Decision. Action. Outlook.

The “DAO” of a “#fitprofessional” – A three-part framework that gives professional women a customizable plan of action for fitness success while balancing their career and relationships.

Do you want to get fit, but don’t have time to figure it out? My personal blog, DaoFitlife, and the upcoming book, is here for busy professionals who don’t have time to figure it out. I give you my insights on making fitness – physical AND spirtal – a sustainable part of your life.

If you are like me, you DON’T HAVE TIME to waste on spending hours in the gym OR to cook elaborate meals with obscure ingredients. Through years of my passion for fitness, I have accrued knowledge of what works – and more importantly, what is a waste of time. I can show you how you can revolve fitness around your life, instead of trying to do it the other way around.

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