Ready to Transform Your Health, Life and Body?

No More Diets -- GGG

Greens. Grains. Gorgeous. is open for enrollment!

Are you a busy, stressed out woman ready to finally get off the dieting train, the stressed out mindset, and the body frustration?  Are you ready to start living the gorgeous, calm, and radiant life you’re craving?  Well I created Greens. Grains. Gorgeous. just for you!

Over the course of this 12-week online transformational program, you will:Know how to eat for YOUR body, for the rest of your life — and never utter the word “Diet” again!Understand the roots of your cravings and demystify the workings and needs of your bodyBe empowered with stress management tools that will keep you more calm, balanced, energized, and happy — no matter what life throws your wayDetoxify your home, body, and life or harmful chemicals, patterns and practices that are making you sickStart living the GORGEOUS life you know you are meant to be living!Enroll by Monday, August 4th to get $400 worth of awesome bonuses, including:AN OPTIONAL EXCLUSIVE EXTENDED PAYMENT PLAN to make the program even more affordable!A GGG GIFT BAG full of my favorite wellness and beauty tools to get you started off right! (a $100 value)A PRIVATE 45-MINUTE SKYPE STATEGY SESSION WITH ME! We’ll discuss your goals in depth and develop a custom strategy to help you get the most out of your program! (a $150 value)PLUS, THE FIRST 10 PEOPLE TO ENROLL WILL RECEIVE AN UP24 BAND to help you track your movement, eating, and sleep, and keep you motivated throughout the program! (a $150 value)Click here to get all the program details, including a week-by-week breakdown of what we’ll cover.

 

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How to get over the guilt of self-care

By: Natasha Uspensky, CHHC

Prioritize Happiness
Last Monday, I woke up feeling a little “meh.” I had tons on my plate between clients, my upcoming program launch, and preparing for my trip home to Minneapolis, but I was feeling some resistance toward jumping into my super productive morning routine.

These days, I know that when that happens, it’s rarely for no reason.  When I feel “meh,” unmotivated, or run down, I know it’s because I haven’t been taking well enough care of myself.  I know what I need in those moments… SPACE.

So I did what I needed to do… I started the morning off nice and slow.  I meditated, did some pilates, journaled, made my favorite green superfood smoothie (click here for the recipe!), watched some news, and read.  I didn’t even start working until about 11am.  And it felt amazing.  As the morning went on, I felt more and more myself.  More and more taken care of.

But in the back of my mind (as well as the pit of my stomach), I had this aching feeling of guilt.  “But I have so much to do!” it insisted, “How can I justify wasting precious time like this?”

And there’s the clincher.  We all know we should be heeding the needs of our bodies and minds, but that guilty little voice just keeps getting in my way.  I see it every day with my clients, and that feeling just increases exponentially with the number of responsibilities that are on your plate.

School, work, kids, family, friends, even our fun social lives all end up taking precedence over our SELVES and our deepest needs.  And the second we think of putting ourselves first, we panic and guilt ourselves out of it.

I myself have been working through a little process of overcoming this guilt that I want to share with you.  Try it out and see how much more space you can create for yourself in your life!

1. Realize that you’re not being SELFISH.

A happier, calmer, more balanced you equals being more productive and less stressed out at work, being a better mother, partner, and friend, and makes you more able to take care of all the things in your life that require your attention.  Once you frame it that way, it’s a lot easier to see that you’re not being selfish by taking care of YOU, you’re just better equipping yourself to deal with what comes your way.

For me, this means reminding myself every day that I am a better counselor, a more moving wife, and a more productive entrepreneur in my business when I feel like I have the space to care for myself.  A happy me benefits everyone in my life!

2.  Take baby steps towards creating space.

You may not be able to go from stretched thin and overworked to taking the morning (or the whole day!) off to take care of yourself overnight.  Start small by creating little pockets of space for yourself.  Maybe it’s a long walk without your phone after lunch, or not checking your email after 7 or 8pm, or building 10 extra minutes into your morning for a mediation practice or some movement.

Resist the all or nothing mentality that can just keep you stuck in a rut.  The more space you create, the more you get used to the feeling and all it’s benefits, the less guilt you experience.

3. Notice the measurable impact.

Nothing kills off guilt like sound reason and justifications, right?  So make sure to notice, and even write down, the benefits you notice from your space-making.  Do you feel less annoyed by your coworkers on a day when you take time to meditate in the morning?  Are you more patient with your kids on a day when you took a long lunch and enjoyed some quiet time?  Are you more forgiving of your partner’s quirks after a night of staying in and rejuvenating yourself?

Making these connections is super important towards creating a new relationship to self-care.  Often times we feel great/happy/calm/connected, but don’t take the time to recognize what behaviors or choices contributed to our feeling that way!

For me, this means seeing how much more work I get done, and how much more I enjoy doing it, on days when I listen to what I need.

Share your experience with these steps and eliminating the guilt of self-care in the comments below!

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30 Day Greens. Grains. Gorgeous. Challenge!

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Before I tell you about the cool new project I’m working on, I want to share a little story with you.

Over the winter, when I was working on the first launch of my online program, Greens. Grains. Gorgeous., I got totally off my game.  I was so stressed out about all the deadlines, all the content I was working on, negotiating designers and clients and everything, that I completely abandoned all the little daily things that made me feel deliriously happy, balanced, and radiant.

I stopped taking my pup on long, head-clearing walks through gorgeous, peaceful Brooklyn Heights.  I stopped going to my favorite yoga classes 3 days a week.  I stopped taking the time to make myself delicious big lunches at home, and started ordering in more.  I stopped taking breaks throughout the day to read, watch a favorite show, or relax.  I stopped meditating regularly.

I was so overwhelmed by all the stuff I had to get done, that these little acts of self-care felt like luxuries, suddenly totally frivolous.  How could I possibly take an hour for lunch when I have to finish creating this module by tomorrow!  How can I possibly take an hour for a yoga class when I have three articles to write and an email to get out?

The result was about 2 months of misery.  I was totally off my game.  And it felt super disingenuous to be creating a program about balance and self-care from a place like that. Then I remembered, holy crap!  This is how I used to live all the time! Feeling guilty about making time for those little “luxuries” or simply not knowing what small steps I could take every day to help me feel energized, joyful, and, well, human.

I did a lot of work around getting myself back on track, but the way I did it was new to me.  Instead of waking up one morning and saying, “I’m going back to the healthy, radiant, chilled out me” and starting up all those habits again (which felt really daunting at the time), I gradually reincorporated each and every step that I knew felt phenomenal in my body and mind, until lo and behold, a month later, I was back and better than ever.  I was taking time for me, doing the things that felt amazing in my body, and getting a TON done.  And I’ve maintained this balance ever since!

This time around, as I get things in motion for launching GGG again in August, I am determined to take this same step-by-step approach.  When the sh*t hits the fan, as it so often does, we can’t always stay committed to the 10 daily things that make us feel great.  But we CAN commit to taking one or two daily steps that realign us with where we want to be.

With that in mind, starting July 1st, I’m hosting a 30-Day Greens. Grains. Gorgeous. Challenge just for you, and it’s totally free!

Each day, I’ll be posting a small but super powerful step that we can take together to feel more grounded, loved, healthy, radiant, and cared for.  Things like buying yourself some fresh flowers, making a green smoothie for breakfast, or taking a long walk after lunch. These steps may be small, but I promise you, they add up to a whole new way of living and caring for yourself.  They really do work.

I know from my work with clients that with a little structure, support and encouragement, you can create transformation in your life that you can see and feel! Click here to sign up for the challenge for free!

The best part is, at the end of the challenge, I’ll be giving away one full scholarship to Greens. Grains. Gorgeous. which is starting in August!!

I am so excited to share this process with you, and to have a go through a beautiful month of transformation together!  See you in July!

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How to LOVE your body and life!

By: Natasha Uspensky, CHHC

Greens. Grains. Gorgeous.

We spend so much of our lives wishing things were different — that we were skinner, richer, married, single, healthier, happier, more whole.

Here’s the truth of the matter: we are powerful.  We can change what we don’t like in our lives.  We can create a life we absolutely adore.  But we can’t do it through self-criticism, self-hatred, and self-doubt.  And we can’t do it alone.

True transformation comes from a place of love.  Hating your body won’t make you skinnier or motivate you to stick to a new healthy way of eating.  But learning to truly love your body means treating it with care, nourishing it, moving it, and allowing it plenty of time for rest, fun, and sensuality.  This is what leads to permanent changes in your health, your shape, how you look and feel.

Truly loving and caring for yourself attracts amazing things into your life — from more fulfilling relationships to a job you truly love.  It attracts more love, more joy, and more of what you really want than negative reinforcement ever could.  And best of all, it feels damn good.

I created Greens. Grains. Gorgeous. for women who are ready to transform their health and their lives through exquisite self-care, clarity, and powerful daily steps that add up to a whole world of change.  I created it for women who are ready to be done with dieting and deprivation once and for all.  For women who want to discover what makes their bodies tick, and what unique combination of eating, movement, and self-care help them look and feel phenomenal.

Are you ready to transform your health and life?There’s 1 week left to enroll in Greens. Grains. Gorgeous.!>> Click here to learn all there is to know about the program and how to start <<

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30 Day Greens. Grains. Gorgeous. Challenge!

By: Natasha Uspensky, CHHC

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Before I tell you about the cool new project I’m working on, I want to share a little story with you.

Over the winter, when I was working on the first launch of my online program, Greens. Grains. Gorgeous., I got totally off my game.  I was so stressed out about all the deadlines, all the content I was working on, negotiating designers and clients and everything, that I completely abandoned all the little daily things that made me feel deliriously happy, balanced, and radiant.

I stopped taking my pup on long, head-clearing walks through gorgeous, peaceful Brooklyn Heights.  I stopped going to my favorite yoga classes 3 days a week.  I stopped taking the time to make myself delicious big lunches at home, and started ordering in more.  I stopped taking breaks throughout the day to read, watch a favorite show, or relax.  I stopped meditating regularly.

I was so overwhelmed by all the stuff I had to get done, that these little acts of self-care felt like luxuries, suddenly totally frivolous.  How could I possibly take an hour for lunch when I have to finish creating this module by tomorrow!  How can I possibly take an hour for a yoga class when I have three articles to write and an email to get out?

The result was about 2 months of misery.  I was totally off my game.  And it felt super disingenuous to be creating a program about balance and self-care from a place like that. Then I remembered, holy crap!  This is how I used to live all the time! Feeling guilty about making time for those little “luxuries” or simply not knowing what small steps I could take every day to help me feel energized, joyful, and, well, human.

I did a lot of work around getting myself back on track, but the way I did it was new to me.  Instead of waking up one morning and saying, “I’m going back to the healthy, radiant, chilled out me” and starting up all those habits again (which felt really daunting at the time), I gradually reincorporated each and every step that I knew felt phenomenal in my body and mind, until lo and behold, a month later, I was back and better than ever.  I was taking time for me, doing the things that felt amazing in my body, and getting a TON done.  And I’ve maintained this balance ever since!

This time around, as I get things in motion for launching GGG again in August, I am determined to take this same step-by-step approach.  When the sh*t hits the fan, as it so often does, we can’t always stay committed to the 10 daily things that make us feel great.  But we CAN commit to taking one or two daily steps that realign us with where we want to be.

With that in mind, starting July 1st, I’m hosting a 30-Day Greens. Grains. Gorgeous. Challenge just for you, and it’s totally free!

Each day, I’ll be posting a small but super powerful step that we can take together to feel more grounded, loved, healthy, radiant, and cared for.  Things like buying yourself some fresh flowers, making a green smoothie for breakfast, or taking a long walk after lunch. These steps may be small, but I promise you, they add up to a whole new way of living and caring for yourself.  They really do work.

I know from my work with clients that with a little structure, support and encouragement, you can create transformation in your life that you can see and feel! Click here to sign up for the challenge for free!

The best part is, at the end of the challenge, I’ll be giving away one full scholarship to Greens. Grains. Gorgeous. which is starting in August!!

I am so excited to share this process with you, and to have a go through a beautiful month of transformation together!  See you in July!

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Ready to Transform Your Health, Life and Body?

No More Diets -- GGG

Greens. Grains. Gorgeous. is open for enrollment!

Are you a busy, stressed out woman ready to finally get off the dieting train, the stressed out mindset, and the body frustration?  Are you ready to start living the gorgeous, calm, and radiant life you’re craving?  Well I created Greens. Grains. Gorgeous. just for you!

Over the course of this 12-week online transformational program, you will:Know how to eat for YOUR body, for the rest of your life — and never utter the word “Diet” again!Understand the roots of your cravings and demystify the workings and needs of your bodyBe empowered with stress management tools that will keep you more calm, balanced, energized, and happy — no matter what life throws your wayDetoxify your home, body, and life or harmful chemicals, patterns and practices that are making you sickStart living the GORGEOUS life you know you are meant to be living!Enroll by Monday, August 4th to get $400 worth of awesome bonuses, including:AN OPTIONAL EXCLUSIVE EXTENDED PAYMENT PLAN to make the program even more affordable!A GGG GIFT BAG full of my favorite wellness and beauty tools to get you started off right! (a $100 value)A PRIVATE 45-MINUTE SKYPE STATEGY SESSION WITH ME! We’ll discuss your goals in depth and develop a custom strategy to help you get the most out of your program! (a $150 value)PLUS, THE FIRST 10 PEOPLE TO ENROLL WILL RECEIVE AN UP24 BAND to help you track your movement, eating, and sleep, and keep you motivated throughout the program! (a $150 value)Click here to get all the program details, including a week-by-week breakdown of what we’ll cover.

 

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How I Created My Dream Business (and Life!)

By: Natasha Uspensky, CHHC

Dream Business

This has been a month of reflection — on my life, my intentions, my mission, and my future. Some huge changes have been happening… getting pregnant, moving cross-country to Southern California.

And all of it has gotten me thinking about the choices I’ve made along the way that have led me here: with a dream business that allows me to help hundreds of women to love themselves and their bodies, and live a vibrant, healthy life; and a flexible schedule with plenty of time for my own self-care, fun, and travel.

The name of the game has really come down to one word: clarity.

When I first thought about leaving the performance world, I got super clear on what frustrated me most about that lifestyle: being poor, relying on my parents for financial support, needing to cater, wait tables, or babysit as a “day job” (which at times could feel so demeaning and uninspiring), constantly being subject to the criticism and scrutiny of the people I was auditioning for, and above all, feeling powerless.  My future felt totally in the hands of others.  This was my specific set of circumstances, but I know a lot of you can relate to feeling underpaid, undervalued, and uninspired.

In creating my vision for a whole new career path, I got clear on what I did want: financial freedom, independence, creating my own hours, time for creativity, the ability to make a real difference in the world, and above all, the power and agency to be in control of my own success — to work as much or as little as I wanted, and make as much or as little money as I needed to.

I mined my interests and passions, all of which invariably led me to the same place: holistic health, wellness, and counseling.  I enrolled in nutrition school, quit my babysitting day job, and while going through the program worked full-time in the admissions department of my school.  I launched NU Health & Wellness while I was still in school, and saw my first client 6 months into the program (I think I charged $50 an hour that first time!).  After 9 months, I had saved up enough to sustain myself and my new business for 6 months. I quit my day job, secured a beautiful office space in Soho, NYC, and was off and running.

In the beginning, I saw clients at all hours, and I felt like I couldn’t turn anyone away. It was a new business and I felt the pressure to grow grow grow. In just a matter of months, I was frazzled and stressed out. I wasn’t sleeping well, and I had this constant nagging feeling that I was forgetting something huge — all the time.

As I had before, I returned to my sense of clarity.  This was not what I had signed up for. This was not the plan.

I got clear on the hours I wanted to work and the schedule I wanted to have. I got organized. I stopped seeing late evening clients, and let go of my fear that people wouldn’t work with me if I didn’t bend over backwards to accommodate them.  I set a limit to how many clients I would take on at a time, and I started creating space in my day for other things I wanted to be doing — like yoga classes, self-care, and long lunches with friends.  Things were definitely feeling better.

About two years into my business, I had a steady stream of about 17-20 clients at a time, and had really developed a unique style of coaching, and philosophy of healthy eating and wellness entirely my own.  I saw my clients’ lives change before my eyes… it was truly the most fulfilled I had ever felt professionally.  The Organic Beauty was really growing into the healthy living destination I had envisioned it to be, and I got great feedback from thousands of readers.

And yet, again, something didn’t quite connect.  I found myself feeling a little less than excited on my busy work days, I felt tied to my office and my practice, and was always overcome with guilt when I left my clients for a week or two to go on vacation.  I wasn’t inspired to write as much as I wanted to, and felt like I just didn’t have the time or headspace to dedicate to the more creative aspects of my business. I had so much to share, and knew that I just couldn’t take on more private clients to share my teachings with, while maintaining the life I wanted.

A part of me felt like a fraud — here I was, teaching my clients to visualize and create their ideal lives and jobs, while I myself felt less than in-love with my work.

I knew that, yet again, it was back to the drawing board.  This time, my clarity came with a touch of guilt.  I realized that my path would not include a huge private practice that I had been working towards.  It wouldn’t include in-person sessions in a posh, high-profile Soho office. I had to rethink my entire business model.

Who was I to ask for more? Was I being ungrateful and chronically dissatisfied with my level of success?

I struggled with this a lot.  Who was I to ask for more? I had built a thriving business in just a couple of years… was I being ungrateful and chronically dissatisfied with my level of success?

No.  I was merely honoring my dream and my vision.  I was refusing to settle for anything less than exactly what I wanted.  And that is nothing to be ashamed of.

It was then that I created Greens. Grains. Gorgeous.a beautiful, comprehensive online program that took all the most effective teachings, tools, and practices that I shared with my private clients over the course of their 6-month programs, and condensed them into a 12-week, group format.  I jam-packed the program with customizations and extra content — many of which were things I wish I had time to get into with my private clients, but our 45-minute sessions just didn’t allow for.  I created the program I myself would want to take, a program I wish I had found when I was a busy, tired, sick, self-criticizing and insecure struggling to make it in the big city.

I knew that Greens. Grains. Gorgeous. would not only allow me to reach so many more women than I could possibly work with privately, but it would also afford me the flexibility to live exactly the life I want, which is such a huge theme of the program and all of my teachings.  This was my path to not only getting this message out to the world, but actually living it myself, every single day.

To make room for the program, I gradually moved my entire practice to Skype, slashed my number of private clients in half (which allowed me to only work privately with the women I knew I could help most), and hired another awesome counselor to take on some of the overflow.

I poured all of myself into the program, and relished all the creative aspects I could now spend so much time on.  I knew it couldn’t just be content-rich, it had to be a visually cohesive and luxurious experience. I got to pick the content that I knew my clients loved most — tons of time on intuitive healthy eating, overcoming cravings, and enjoyable movement, but also a huge theme of self-love, self-acceptance, and self-care throughout.  We could dig deeper into creating amazingly fulfilling relationships, mindfulness, and of course, making our careers exactly what we want them to be.  I got to create a program about living the life you want, not just eating more kale and doing more yoga.  It was such a labor of love.

As the enrollment period for the spring session comes to a close this week, I feel overcome with gratitude — towards this amazingly supportive community and the phenomenal women who I get to work with, and also towards myself, for returning to clarity over and over again as my business grew and evolved to become the best version of itself.

We spend so much time suffering through our lives and our work, telling ourselves that we’re “paying our dues” or that it will eventually get better. In the meantime, we feel like mere shells of the people we want to be.  It takes courage to stand up and say no more. To say “I deserve better than this.”  And to start taking steps towards what you really want.  I see my beautiful clients doing this every day — they’re quitting jobs they hate, getting promotions, starting their own dream businesses.  It is such an honor to be a part of their transformation, and to share a bit of mine with you.  It’s time to take a stand for what you want… you won’t regret it.  I know I haven’t!

 


Need some support in creating your dream life, health, and career?Enrollment for Greens. Grains. Gorgeous. ends this Friday!>> Click here for all the program details and how to enroll <<

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Free webinar: Eat for Less Stress!

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With all the work we do to manage our stress with exercise, yoga, meditation, we’re woefully unaware of the effect that the foods we eat have on our anxiety and overwhelm.  With just a few simple tweaks to your eating, you can make a huge difference in your emotional balance!

Sign up for my free webinar on Eating for Less Stress next week, with an intro by the incomparable Buddhist psychologist and life coach, Vanessa Scotto to learn:

What foods actually increase stress, overwhelm, and anxietyWhat foods create more create more calm, balance, and ease in your day!The 3 most important supplements for feeling your best, physically and emotionally

Sign up at: http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=EB54D687814D3C

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What would happen if you let go?

By: Natasha Uspensky, CHHC

What would happen if you let go of it?  Of the need to be perfect.  Of the fear of standing out. Of the plan. Of the self-criticism.  Of that crappy relationship or unfulfilling job.

A lot of my clients and readers who struggle with weight or their health are holding on to negative thought patterns, past experiences, or current habits that are holding them back.

When we’re in a place of “holding on,” our bodies and minds get a clear signal that we’re not safe. It’s not safe to lose the weight.  It’s not safe to get out of emergency mode and feel calm.  It’s not safe to put yourself out there.  It’s not safe to be happy.

But ask yourself this:  What would really happen if you let go? If you stopped worrying about being “good” all the time, and savored a delectable pastry from that lovely little French bakery you pass on your way home?  If you took a sick day and went to the spa, or enjoyed a little spa day at home?  If you didn’t answer your emails right when they came in, and committed to some tech-free time?  If you asked out that cutie in accounting?  If you booked that trip to Paris? If you signed up for that writing workshop or art class?

What would happen?  Would your world fall apart?  Would you instantly gain 10 pounds?  Would you get fired from your job?  No, no, and no.

The only thing that would happen is you feeling more free, more alive, more YOU.

Being “good” doesn’t make us feel more alive, but letting go every now and then totally does. {Tweet it!}

Last week I told you about the Greens. Grains. Gorgeous. 30 Day Challenge. Together, for the whole month of July, we’re going to take steps every day to feel more vibrant, more cared for, more free, and more you.  If you haven’t signed up yet, click here to join us for free!

In the comments below, share with us what you’re going to do this week to let go and experience more freedom in your life.

 

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How to LOVE your body and life!

By: Natasha Uspensky, CHHC

Greens. Grains. Gorgeous.

We spend so much of our lives wishing things were different — that we were skinner, richer, married, single, healthier, happier, more whole.

Here’s the truth of the matter: we are powerful.  We can change what we don’t like in our lives.  We can create a life we absolutely adore.  But we can’t do it through self-criticism, self-hatred, and self-doubt.  And we can’t do it alone.

True transformation comes from a place of love.  Hating your body won’t make you skinnier or motivate you to stick to a new healthy way of eating.  But learning to truly love your body means treating it with care, nourishing it, moving it, and allowing it plenty of time for rest, fun, and sensuality.  This is what leads to permanent changes in your health, your shape, how you look and feel.

Truly loving and caring for yourself attracts amazing things into your life — from more fulfilling relationships to a job you truly love.  It attracts more love, more joy, and more of what you really want than negative reinforcement ever could.  And best of all, it feels damn good.

I created Greens. Grains. Gorgeous. for women who are ready to transform their health and their lives through exquisite self-care, clarity, and powerful daily steps that add up to a whole world of change.  I created it for women who are ready to be done with dieting and deprivation once and for all.  For women who want to discover what makes their bodies tick, and what unique combination of eating, movement, and self-care help them look and feel phenomenal.

Are you ready to transform your health and life?There’s 1 week left to enroll in Greens. Grains. Gorgeous.!>> Click here to learn all there is to know about the program and how to start <<

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