How to set and stick to your goals – Goalsetting for the Fearless!

Our family goal and vision-board for our upcoming 2020 overseas holiday. Sometimes you just have to throw your knapsack over the wall!

I was always fairly good at manifesting things in my life, but pretty crap at goal-setting.  But recently I learned a way of goal-setting that is profoundly effective, and I’ve been using it since November last year with stunning results.

I think it’s a really important skill to develop if you want to do anything important in your life like reverse chronic disease, lose weight or achieve your financial and lifestyle goals.

Over the past 7 years I’ve changed my life in profound ways.  The first thing I did was transform my health.  Without my health I could barely even think of anything beyond getting through a day of work.  My battle with fatigue was constant.

My health transformation really didn’t take too long.  I radically changed my diet to a low-fat raw vegan diet, focussing predominantly on raw fruits and vegetables and minimal nuts and seeds.  I also now eat a small quantity of cooked legumes and some sweet potato.  I feel a million bucks, am in my right-sized body and I have more energy than I had when I was 5 – enough to run 2 businesses, and manage a household with two teenage boys and a husband.  Life is busy and beautiful.

If you want to learn more about transforming your health then you might like to check out my Fresh Start 90-Day Program or my book The Raw Warrior’s Ultimate Kickstart Guide.

Once I did that, I focussed on healing my emotional eating and food addiction.  I set a goal that I would be free of these tendencies within 2 years.  That was back in 2015, and I’m happy to say I have found exactly what I needed and have recovered in this area.

Then, with all that extra headspace I have started to work on transforming our finances.  About 10 years ago we were able to make some massive inroads in this area when I put myself through the Spending Planner program that I now guide people through.

Within 2 years we managed to pay $50k off our mortgage and purchase 2 investment properties and basically not worry about unpaid bills over the next 8 years.

It made a massive difference to my relationship with my husband, since there had been a few resentments and stress build-up over money.

Our recent goal-setting exercise on paying off our mortgage super-fast! There’s no way I could do this without our Spending Planner program.

Fast forward to today and we’re setting big goals again for our finances, something I simply couldn’t do without the budgeting nous that I have today and the benefit of the Spending Planner.

The Best way to write goals

Writing goals is an exercise that most people shy away from and it’s one where we need the most exercise.  Our goal-setting muscles are often pretty flabby, so we need to work at toning them.

Here’s my recommendation for toning your goal-setting muscles…

Every day, morning and night (on first waking and last thing at night) write 3 goals in a goal journal.  You need to write them in a very specific way, but they don’t have to be the same goals every day.  This is about getting practice in just setting goals – being bold, and getting in touch with your goals every single day.

Here’s how you should write them…

“I (past-tense verb) (your goal here) (some emotional language here or even just before your stated goal) by (date)”

Here’s an example…

“I meditated every day for a whole month and it made me feel super present, relaxed by Feb 30 2018.”

and another…

“I saved $22k for our incredible European holiday by 21st August 2020”

You get the picture.

You can set goals of any description, so why not start practicing today.

I have some really great money-saving and budgeting tips on my Face book page at BrightSpendersSpending Planners.   Come over and like my page if you’re interested in tips.

And if you’d like to know more about how we transformed our finances 10 years ago and how I help others do the same then you can check out my website at BrightSpenders.com.

Also, let me know how you do your goal-setting.  Do you find it difficult to stick to your goals?  Struggle with money issues?  Let me know in the comments below…

 

Optimum Nutriforce Extractor Review #2

Watch me make Strawberry Banana Mint Smoothie and ground chia meal in my new Optimum Nutriforce Extractor!

I really like the simplicity of this machine, which makes smoothies, sauces, plant-based milks, nicecreams and ground nut and seed meals.

It has a ‘suction-cup’ base so that it never moves around on the counter when it’s working hard.

It comes with two different sized canisters, a small and a large, and two different styles of blade assemblies, one for blending and one for grinding (nuts and seeds, coffee beans etc).

I love that there is a small-sized canister because this means that you can make a small amount of something, like a salad dressing.  In a large blender it’s difficult to blend a small amount because the ingredients need to cover the blades, and sometimes you don’t have enough to make it work.

I also love that you can use the same canister to make your recipe and then put a lid on it and take it to work with you, to save on extra washing up.

It’s also compact enough to pack away, so that you don’t have to leave it on the counter top if you prefer clutter-free spaces in your kitchen.

Hope you enjoy my video!  Let me know what you think and if you have any questions, please post them in the comments below and I’ll get back to you.

Some great little tips for big results!

I was asked to contribute something for this beautiful infographic, giving tips on how to create healthy lifestyle changes through small actions.

The main focus is on how food, sleep, and exercise can affect our body and, more specially, our metabolism. The small choices that we make everyday can really impact our bodies in more ways than we know. 

Cellular function and NAD+, which you can learn more about here, is a perfect example. Apart from discussing the science behind healthy living, the graphic also features some personal advice, including a tip of my very own. Here’s the little, big tip that ended up being featured…

Here’s the little, big tip they took from what I’d sent them…

“The pure water found in fruits and veggies is the most nourishing kind of water you can consume.  Try eating a day of only fruit and leafy greens, then switch to a day of cooked foo.  You’ll notice a profound difference in your hydration levels.”

The pure water in fruits and vegetables is distilled water.  Distilled water is so beneficial because it has the power to draw toxins into it and carry those toxins out of your body.

I hope you have a read of this infographic and glean some pocket tip that you can take with you today!

 

Salty Crunchy Cravings on a raw vegan diet?

I used to get terrible cravings for salty, crunchy foods on my fruit-based low-fat raw vegan diet. So much so that I would binge on crackers and chips, and this would completely derail me.

In today’s vlog I share about how I resolved them…

Cravings generally mean that you’re body is missing something in terms of nutrients. If you don’t have one already I put together this free one page Raw Vegan Balanced Nutrition Checklist, which you can use to make sure you’re getting all your nutrient needs met on a raw vegan diet.

But basically, if you’re not eating enough greens in your diet you’re likely to crave salty foods because what you’re really craving is sodium.

Greens like celery, cucumbers, zucchinis, leafy green veggies are very high in sodium so try to include them at most of your meals. Greens combine beautifully with fruits of all kinds.  Put them in smoothies, juices or simply mix them in with your fruits in a salad.

Sometimes simply by adding a little tamari or miso to your salad dressing you can really satisfy those cravings for salt.  I have found that including a very small amount of these types of foods has allowed me to stay on track eating my high raw vegan diet.  I used to try to avoid them altogether and it just ended up making me crazy for unhealthy cooked salty vegan foods.

To satisfy the craving for crunchy foods, try mixing up a big bowl of chopped celery and apple.

How have you handled your cravings?  Let me know your thoughts on this topic below. Feel free to ask any questions too!

Optimum Nutriforce Extractor Review

Watch me make banana mylk and ground flax meal in my new Optimum Nutriforce Extractor!

I really like the simplicity of this machine, which makes smoothies, sauces, plant-based milks, nicecreams and ground nut and seed meals.

It has a ‘suction-cup’ base so that it never moves around on the counter when it’s working hard.

It comes with two different sized canisters, a small and a large, and two different styles of blade assemblies, one for blending and one for grinding (nuts and seeds, coffee beans etc).

I love that there is a small-sized canister because this means that you can make a small amount of something, like a salad dressing.  In a large blender it’s difficult to blend a small amount because the ingredients need to cover the blades, and sometimes you don’t have enough to make it work.

I also love that you can use the same canister to make your recipe and then put a lid on it and take it to work with you, to save on extra washing up.

It’s also compact enough to pack away, so that you don’t have to leave it on the counter top if you prefer clutter-free spaces in your kitchen.

Hope you enjoy my video!  Let me know what you think and if you have any questions, please post them in the comments below and I’ll get back to you.

Recipe – Raw Vegan Porridge

This week I’m bringing you a recipe for my favourite raw vegan breakfast indulgence. 

Honestly, after you’ve tried this you’ll never want to eat oatmeal again.  This is just so, so good.  This recipe is one of my Fresh Start Program recipes, but it’s so good I’d love to share with all my beautiful people 🙂

But before I get to that a quick announcement.  Real Raw Nutrition has landed placement in the top 17 raw vegan blogs!  The list is actually for the Top 50, but we’re in the top 20 – Woohoo!  You can check out all the other blogs HERE.

Low Fat Raw Vegan Porridge

Raw Vegan Porridge

So, so, so good.  You’ll need a food processor for this recipe or you could just use your blender on a pulse setting, but you don’t want to over blend it.

Ingredients:

3 bananas (chopped)

2 apples (chopped)

1-2 stalks celery, trimmed (optional)

½ tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp cardamom

½ tsp mixed spice

1tbsp Ground flax or chia

Toppings of your choice – Coconut yoghurt, Dried coconut flakes, chopped cucumber (My favorite!).

Directions: 

Put 2.5 of the chopped bananas and 1.5 of the chopped apples in your food processor with the spices.  Add in the chopped celery if you would like.  Process until it is the texture of porridge, not completely smooth.  Pour into a pretty bowl.  Now add some finely chopped banana and apple from the remaining fruit to the top and also any other toppings you favour.  You will never feel like you need hot cereal again.

How would you make this raw vegan porridge even better?  Feel free to share your ideas below in the comments section.

If you know someone who’d love this recipe please feel free to share it with them.  Sharing’s caring 🙂