My name is Allison Nichols and I am a Certified Holistic Health and Nutrition Counselor through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. I specialize in working with individuals to heal their bodies and to cultivate a carefree relationship with food. To have more vibrant, natural energy by transitioning to a whole food, often Paleo, diet.
The Halloween Candy finally made it into my house last Friday after we took my son Trick or Treating at Dada’s office.
And I’ve been eating it ever since.
It’s sad when you look into your child’s Halloween bucket and realize that you’ve eaten ALL of the good candy…and then you find yourself getting excited for actual Halloween when he’ll get more…so you can eat more after he goes to bed…
There’s nothing wrong with Halloween Candy. It’s one of those foods that makes me feel happy and I believe it’s important to have a good balance of foods that make you feel happy in your diet.
But when you realize that you’re already plotting what candies you’re going to eat on Halloween night after kid bedtime like an evil villain (muahahaha!), it’s time to reevaluate.
This is one of the reasons I’m running the Pre-Holiday Nutritional Reset starting the day after Halloween: to reexamine the balance between the foods that make me feel happy and the foods that make me feel good physically.
What is the Nutritional Reset exactly? It’s a 21-day online, paleo, whole food cleanse (phew! That’s a mouthful!). A virtual group program designed to get you eating the foods that keep you happy and healthy both physically and emotionally.
During the Nutritional Reset, we eat all whole foods, which means that this program can be good for everyone: women, men, breastfeeding moms & pregnant ladies (with some personalized adjustments).
The Nutritional Reset is about strengthening your inner body cues and experimenting to find a way of eating that truly works for you— no matter who you are, no matter your stresses in life.
It’s about healing your body and your relationship with foods. And eating the foods that keep you feeling balanced and happy– and also the foods that keep you feeling physically healthy.
You can expect clearer thinking, more energy, a better outlook and peace of mind around food (among other things).
If you want to head into the holidays feeling prepared to make mindful, healthy food choices, you should consider joining us!
It’s that time of year again.
Time for a Nutritional Reset!
I always think of fall as a time for a fresh start. Maybe it’s the leaves falling off the trees, maybe it’s remembering that feeling of going back to school.
After having my daughter over the summer, I’ve been craving a fresh start when it comes to food. Like most of you, I know what I need to be eating to feel my best, but I have a really hard time actually eating those foods. It could be mom-exhaustion, it could be hormones, it could be that I’m trying to do it by myself. No matter how hard I try to focus on the foods that I know make me feel great, it seems almost impossible to get those foods on my plate.
Making healthy changes to you diet is usually easier when you have support.
Sometimes we all need a little push to get back into that healthy eating routine (or to create that routine) that helps us feel like our best self.
Working toward a common goal in a community of like-minded people helps hold you accountable, which will help you start focused and motivated to reach your goals.
So I’m hosting a Pre-Holiday Nutritional Reset starting Wednesday, February 1st.
Join me for a Pre-Holiday Nutritional Reset
On that day, you’ll get access to private webinars, daily motivational emails and an online forum to connect with other Resetters. I’ll be offering three Live Google Hangouts (one each week) for you to chat, ask questions and get support. You’ll also get webinars that will cover the “why” behind the Nutritional Reset, how to create your own healing diet, how to deconstruct your cravings and how to continue your healthy eating after the 21 days.
What makes the Nutritional Reset different from other Paleo Cleanses and Detoxes is that you have the support of a Certified Holistic Nutrition Counselor. Not only do you get a Cleanse Guide, Webinars and Daily Emails, you also get access to an exclusive Facebook group to give you all the personal encouragement and guidance that you need.
Here’s what others have experienced:
Feeling lighter and more clear-headed. You’ll have used whole, real foods to detoxify your body.
Feeling amazing energy. You’ll have more stable energy throughout the day.
Getting rid of sugar cravings! Find the balance to enjoy ALL kinds of foods.
Not to be a Debbie Downer…but Fall is just around the corner– whether you like it or not.
Kiddos are going back to school and work is probably ramping up, which means you are getting exponentially busier and you may feel like you don’t have as much time as you need to get ALL of the things done.
When you start to feel like you don’t have the time, your health is often the first thing to get pushed aside. You don’t have time to be active. You don’t have time to prepare healthy meals. It’s a very normal reaction– especially when you have other people counting on you to get certain things done (whether it’s your family or your job).
At times like this, I always think of a quote I read somewhere on the internet a while back. It goes something like this: “Instead of saying ‘I don’t have time,’ try saying ‘it’s not a priority’ and see how that feels.” It may sound harsh, but the reality is that there is always time for the things that are important to you. You make time for the things that are important to you.
I don’t want to stress you out.
If you realize that exercise and healthy eating aren’t as big of a priority as you thought they were, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.
I DO want to help you if you feel like healthy eating and exercise are a priority, but you’re struggling to figure out how to balance them in your busy life.
That’s why I created my new Virtual Health Coaching program– to help busy people MAKE time for their health. To help you find that balance so that you can feel like you’re able to put effort into your health goals, even with your busy schedule. The Virtual Health Coaching program is completely online– set weekly goals, check in and get support on YOUR schedule.
Don’t let a busy Fall get in the way of your health goals– sign up for Virtual Health Coaching today! Read more and sign up by clicking the link below.
After having my second child a few weeks ago, it’s come to my attention how hard it can be to make time for healthy eating. Healthy eating looks different from person to person, of course, but I didn’t realize how big a difference there would be for me going from one child to two.
Even though our second is still mostly eating and sleeping, the life-shift that you go through from one child to two adds a whole new layer of stress (not to mention the return of sleep deprivation and a breastfeeding appetite) that made it more challenging for me to plan meals and to cook. The week after our daughter was born was filled with way more takeout turkey clubs and chocolate chip cookies than fruits and vegetables.
In the past, I would have set a goal to “eat clean” or get more strict with my Paleo diet, but honestly setting a goal like that right now would add even MORE stress to my life. And I’m all about taking the stress OUT of eating– for myself and my clients.
SO instead of setting that kind of goal, I gently reminded myself how good I feel when I’m eating the healthier foods that I love. And I’ve worked to crowd out some of the chocolate chip cookies with high-quality protein and vegetables. I opted for making one small change rather than further stressing myself out by setting rigid food goals. And I feel pretty darn good about both the veggies and the chocolate chip cookies.
When you’re under a lot of stress, sometimes NOT adding anything to your figurative plate is the best approach. We often feel that in order to get control of our lives, we need to get control of our diets, but getting this control usually adds more stress and backfires.
Be kind and gentle with yourself and allow yourself to slowly make small changes when you’re under stress. Your body and brain will thank you.
It’s here! The Virtual Health Coaching Membership!
If you’re a busy person looking for support and accountability on YOUR terms in a way that fits in with YOUR schedule, join my Virtual Health Coaching Community!
I decided to create this program because more and more people have been asking for support that works with their super busy schedules– content that they can go over on their own time ( i.e. in bed), and access to me that makes sense for their lives (i.e. NOT talking on the phone, but connecting through an app.)
The Virtual Health Coaching Membership Includes:
12 Week Virtual Health Coaching Kickstart program– 12 weekly email lessons to give you all of the tools that you need to create a new, healthy lifestyle and reach your goals.
Food and activity tracking through the Nudge App to empower you to stay on track and engaged throughout the program. The Nudge App syncs with your fitness trackers and allows you to track your food and water intake and also stay connected with your health coach (Allison) pretty much 24/7.
Unlimited Email Support and easy access to Allison via the Nudge Tracking and Health Coaching App
Weekly open office hours with Allison where you can call in to ask questions and get support.
Exclusive, members-only content (like giveaways, coupons, discounts and other goodies!)
Personalized support from a professional Health Coach that works with your busy schedule.
Who is this for?
The Virtual Health Coaching Membership is for anyone looking to make a significant change in their diet and lifestyle to reach their health and/or weight loss goals.
For busy people who can’t always make time for phone sessions.
For those that way to create a new, healthy lifestyle, or personalized healing diet with the support of a professional health coach.
Why a Virtual Health Coaching Membership?
Everyone is busy these days– but being busy shouldn’t be the one thing that keeps you from getting the support that you need. This virtual health coaching program will help you set goals, and hold you accountable for reaching these goals while fitting easily into your busy schedule.
With this Virtual Health Coaching Membership, I provide an email lesson each week for 12 weeks. Each lesson will touch on an important aspect of healthy eating, healing your gut and your relationship with food to give you the tools that you need to create your new, healthy lifestyle and reach your health and weight loss goals.
You’ll learn more about:
The importance of emphasizing anti-inflammatory whole foods in your diet.
Easy ways to integrate more fruits and veggies into your day.
How following a traditional diet can help you heal your body and your mind.
How to create a diet that truly works for you and honors your bioindividuality.
Why having a good relationship with food is critical to long-term health and happiness
And much more!
After the first 12 weeks, you’ll continue to receive personalized guidance and exclusive members-only content.
This membership is completely online.
All it requires is that you have a computer, an email address, and a Smartphone to download the Nudge App (if you’d like to track food and activity this way and stay connected with me.)
The investment in this virtual health coaching membership is $35.00 per month $20.00 per month as a special introductory.offer! Enroll any time that you want and start the following week! There is no obligation– you can cancel at any time.
During last week’s blizzard, I decided to throw together something fun for breakfast.
I took inventory of my baking ingredients and decided to improvise some muffins. I’m usually wary of using ONLY coconut flour in a recipe– I’ve had too many muffins and cookies come out super dry and NOT tasty, but I decided to go for it and add some banana with the hopes that the bananas would keep the muffins nice and moist.
And they did!
My 2-year-old and I ate a bunch of these while watching the snow come down outside. A special breakfast treat filled with healthy fats and some natural sugars.