Thankful | Lean and Green Body® Blog

With Thanksgiving behind us, and the holidays and New Year approaching quickly, let’s take a moment and pause.

There seems to be such a rush this time of year, one holiday on to the next. Presents, parties, and an overfull schedule has us moving at a rapid pace.

Let’s pause and surround ourselves with gratitude for this amazing life we are living. Let go of any hardship, stress, worry and think about what you are grateful for.

Gratitude for our families, friends, and the community in which we surround ourselves.

Every year, my family gathers around the table at Thanksgiving and we take turns stating what we are grateful for that year. It always struck me as odd that we only do this once a year. Shouldn’t we be thinking about, and outwardly expressing these sentiments weekly or even daily?

If we don’t tell those around us that we are grateful for them, how will they know?

How will they know that the simple act of kindness they showed to you changed you?

I encourage you to all pause, and surround yourself with gratitude.

Think about 5 things you are truly grateful for each day.

One of my favorite parts of my morning routine (thank you Rachel Hollis for the idea) is writing down 5 things I am grateful for. Each day they may look slightly different, but they always put my life into perspective. I look at the list every morning and I say ‘wow, life is pretty great’. This helps me to create positive energy in the morning, and then bring that positive energy out into my day. My clients, and those I meet then feel that positivity and hopefully some of it rubs off on them, and they are able to pass it along.

Here are my 5 things for today…

  1. I am grateful for my husband, my partner in life.

  2. I’m grateful for this time each and every morning for myself, to pause and reflect.

  3. I am grateful for my dog Neera, who lays by my feet as I write this.

  4. I’m grateful that my business is doing so well, and I have the opportunity to share something that I am so passionate about with my community near and far.

  5. I am grateful for my family, and my friends who have turned into family.

What are your five things?

5 ways to get a better nights sleep…Starting Today!


According to the new Consumer Report, 27% of Americans have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep all night, and 68% of Americans have trouble with sleep at least once per week.

The numbers are high, and they continue to rise. Sleep is essential. Sleep allows our body to heal and repair our vital organs, it increases our productivity during the day, and boosts our immune system. 

Poor sleep is linked to weight gain, obesity, hormone disruption, poor eating habits, an increased risk for heart disease, stroke, and depression. 

5 ways to improve your sleep starting today!

1. Turn off all electronic devices a minimum of 60 minutes before bedtime and store them away from your bed. The blue light that is emitted from electronic devices, like our cell phones is harmful and disruptive to sleep. 

2. Journal for 5 + minutes before you go to sleep. Journaling before bed allows those     lingering thoughts and worries to get out of your head and onto the pages, allowing you to have a more restful sleep.

3. Use blackout curtains in your bedroom, and switch your lights to a dimmer. This signals to your body that it is time for rest. The blackout curtains can be very helpful to block out street lights, and can help provide a deeper sleep.

4. Sound machine. Using a sound machine (even a sound machine app on your phone) can help to block out excess noise, and soothe your mind and body into a more restful sleep. 

5. Cut off your caffeine by 2:00pm, at the latest. This will allow your body to absorb and utilize the remaining caffeine before you hit your pillow.