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Author: Deanna Wilcox

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How to Decide When It’s Best to Say YES or NO

HELLO AGAIN! You may remember in my last post that I spoke of a number of changes going on in the Thriving with Deanna household.  We have since completed the sale of our home and moved into our temporary living situation.  We also broke ground at our new home site and the actual house construction will even start this week (sooo exciting and completely overwhelming at times too).  I won't go into too many details, but this whole process has added so many changes and challenges opportunities that it's taking some major adjusting and adapting.  I honestly feel some days that I'm barely scraping by to keep all the things "balanced" and "flowing."  It actually feels a bit more like some risky juggling at times.  The...

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9 Tips for Minimalism & Decluttering

It’s been a few weeks since my last post…I’ve missed you!    Seriously, though, I have been feeling a bit disconnected.  When I welcomed you here last year to my brand new website, I told you there may be times that I would have to prioritize other things (over the blog) in my life.  And, that's been the case recently.  In February, I had the flu, at the same time we were beginning to ready our home to put it on the market for sale.  It took me a full 3 weeks to truly feel like myself again after being sick.  During that time, less than 3 days after our house went on the market for showings, we were under contract. YAY!!!  That meant I immediately...

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Subtle Shifts for More (Food) Freedom

Okay, today I want to jump right into business.   There are some subtle shifts that you could make today that may make a gigantic difference in how things are going for you.  They have to do with CHOICE.   I’m going to break this down with an example of a conversation...

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Those may be COMMON symptoms, but they’re not NORMAL

You know what I see happening a lot?   We accept things that are common as “NORMAL”.  We hear our friends and family talking about things they experience similar to us or someone else we know and begin to think these COMMON things are “NORMAL”.   In fact, I can’t tell you the number of times I have been asked on my health journey about some of the symptoms I have experienced and when I mention brain fog, I hear, “Oh I have that all the time too!”  My response is, “THAT’S NOT NORMAL!”   Here is a list of COMMON health complaints I often see accepted as NORMAL: Bloating Not having a daily bowel movement Having frequent loose bowel movements Heartburn/acid reflux Brain fog Fatigue Amenorrhea Headaches Acne Eczema Feeling shaky,...

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Acknowledge Yourself

I am writing this post in encouragement of YOU today!   You are a WONDER!  You are here for good! You have a purpose!   On one of the forms I use with my clients in preparation for a coaching session, there is a statement for them to complete that says, “I acknowledge myself for…”   Almost EVERY SINGLE CLIENT who completes the form for the first time says something like, “That’s an interesting question,” “I don’t know how to answer that,” “I’m not sure what this means.”  Honestly – I’ve played with the idea of changing the question a bit to add clarity, but I actually don’t think it’s an issue with understanding what it really means.  I think it’s simply that we don’t ask our ourselves or get asked...

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What I’m digging this week: Warming Curry Bowl!

Okay - I know I've told you I'm not a recipe creator, but every once in a while, something I experiment with is just too simple and delicious not to share.  I posted one of my totally amateur food photos on Instagram and Facebook the other day because I like to provide food inspiration sometimes.  People like to know what I eat as a health coach, but as I've shared before, we eat rather simply, so it's not always super exciting.  Occasionally, however, I create something that I think may be worth sharing my super simple recipe for.  And this warming bowl of curry is one of them!   The way I make eating real food sustainable and easy is to create a freezer stash of proteins...

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To Everything There is a Time and Season

Over the last several weeks, I've been thinking a lot about this topic: To everything there is a time and season.   You know, it seems that we often feel like once we achieve something, that should be it, right?   Done!  Checked off the list!  Moving on, never to deal with this again!     Sound about right??!   Yet, here's what things usually look like on the journey:                   And then, we may feel we have reached our goal, only to have to go through similar (but different) journeys with the same types of goals again (and perhaps again and again).  Some feel like this is failure, which is often coupled with a sense of shame.  We can't figure out what's wrong with us because we are comparing ourselves with the curated scenes we see...

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Tips for Finding YOUR Food Freedom

Food Freedom: This is such a big topic and one that really hits close to home for me, especially having a history of an eating disorder.  It’s one where I have so much to say that the thoughts and ideas I have start swirling so fast and furious in my mind that sometimes it’s hard for me to speak coherently on the topic.  I’m going to try to provide you with some key information, though, that has been incredibly helpful to my clients and to myself in our journeys to food freedom.   First, what does food freedom even mean?   Well, it is likely to LOOK & FEEL different for each one of us, but it’s the same basic premise for most.   I like to think of it as having...

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Why Safer Self Care Products Matter

I hope I'm doing a good job communicating to you all here on the blog that lots and lots of things can contribute to, or detract from, our health and happiness.  Food and exercise, which are often at the forefront of the conversations around health, are only just a fraction of what we want to take into consideration.  Of course, I think both food and exercise are incredibly important for our health as well.  In fact, food is often a great place to start with our health journey.  Why?  Because a huge part of our health, and even our happiness, is related to our gut microbiome, and the foods we eat have a significant impact on that.  BUT so do many other things, which is...

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A Health Update and My Why

If you’re on Instagram, then you’ve probably heard of the “Best Nine” that is common at the end of each December.  If not, it’s just a collage of the 9 most-liked photos you've posted throughout the year .  If you don’t already follow me on Instagram, please do!  It’s my favorite social media app.  I often post daily about whatever may be going on or something that is on my mind.  I also use the stories feature over there to some degree as well, often to share things I'm not sharing anywhere else.  My most-liked Instagram photo for 2017 was the Sunflower Seed Butter Fat Bombs, which also found their way onto the blog.  It really surprised me, though, because I’m simply not a food blogger. ...

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