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Guess what? Today I launched my new health coaching site!

Check me out here: www.erikasheffer.com.

 

And I have a SECOND announcement! I’ve launched a brand new program:

<<<  Thrive & Come Alive  >>>

HAY GURL! Feel free to dive in and get comfortable… but bear with me as we’re still making some changes and updating pages :).

This program is a 6-month health & body transformation program that is very near and dear to my heart.

In this program I’m really diving deep with my clients on what their desires and true needs are.

It’s come to my attention that in our daily lives we’re so bombarded with constant noise and chatter. Our thoughts are many times not our own, but instead something we read in a magazine or see on TV. We begin to shape these opinions and ideas of what our bodies are supposed to look or feel like, or what our lives should be based on what society tells us. By doing this, we are literally rejecting our own inner alarms, pressing snooze over and over and over and over…

But I’m here to take a stand for you and say enough is enough.

No more ignoring our bodies, our spirits or our minds. The time has come for women to become the heroine’s of their own lives; the time has come to take back control of our health and happiness. The time has come to get intimate with our health and understand our own bodies. After all, it’s the only place we have to live…

I spent so many years of my life in utter pain and despair, and you can read more about my story on my new site or here on my About page… but I look back and it breaks my heart to be completely honest with you. Today I see so many old Erika’s walking around… with chronic bloating, headaches, joint pain, allergies, adult acne, anxiety and stress. I look into their eyes and I see the past me, and these are the women I’ve stepped up to fight for. They reach out to me in e-mails, on Instagram and Twitter… I want you to know that I hear you, and I’m here to fight with you.

In those days, I was unknowingly desperate for support. I truly just needed someone to take me by the hand, love me, but challenge me to be better and put myself first. I hardly had an ounce of fight left in me, but it was the least I could do to not completely give in and whither away.

This is what I am doing for my clients. I’m holding these women to a higher standard because I know the women they will become once they understand how to get a handle on their health. I see the potential in them to create positive ripple effects in the world once they really take care of themselves and heal.

There’s so much more you can read about the program on my new site, but I wanted to tell you that I currently have 10 complimentary Discovery Sessions available to those who are ready to work with me. In these 45-minute calls or Skype dates, we’ll really discuss what YOU need and desire. And together we’ll create transformational healing. Schedule your complimentary Discovery Session here.

The woman who puts herself first, and invests in her health and life, will have the opportunity to create whatever life she desires.

Now is your time to say “YES” to you, and finally live the life you want. I can’t wait to work with you!

XO,
E

PS - I’m working on an e-book right now and also a video series that will be available to all, so stay tuned!
PPS - What does this mean for Style Activist, you may be asking? Everything here will remain the same, and it will function as a blog as it was meant to. My coaching business will be over on www.erikasheffer.com, and you’ll notice that the “Work With Me” tab in my nav bar will take you directly to that site. You’ll also notice that most of my social media platforms will switch over to just my name, but no need to panic or change a thing! I feel this is the best way to serve both my readership and my clients. Thank you all for understanding!

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I’ve been searching for a very long time for a company that could support my idea that juice cleansing and detoxing doesn’t have to mean starvation. I see so many women jump on the juice cleanse train with motives that only include losing weight and shrinking the number on the scale. Please throw away your scale already…

I want to encourage you to change your mindset behind cleansing. So many of you have e-mailed me about starting up a post-summer cleanse. So let’s get something straight: this is not about weight loss or dropping a pant size. In all honesty, you may lose a pound or two, if anything, and it will all come right back when you start eating whole foods again… but this is not what it’s about. Cleansing is about loving your body. It’s about going into all the rooms and clearing out the junk, and allowing for radiant light to rush in. Your organs, blood, lymphatic system, and skin are the rooms. Organic, whole nutrition is the light. When you truly cleanse with the right intentions, you cannot help but feel lighter on the inside, and empowered on the outside. Love has to be the ultimate reason behind the clear-out.

I recently went through my entire closet… all 8×8 of it. The energy I would spend just finding something to wear was incredibly exhausting at times. The majority of what my closet contained did not make me feel beautiful, and if I’m honest with myself, I probably hated 70% of my then wardrobe. Old, ratty pieces, pants too big, shirts too small, stained pieces, pieces I marked “take to the tailor” 3 years ago… I finally came to a point where I said enough (!!!!!!) and then I filled four large trash bags of everything that I didn’t love. If it didn’t make me feel absolutely beautiful, in the bag it went. Byyyeeee. Oh, the relief I felt watching those bags go out the front door was liberating.

Imagine the energy your body spends maneuvering around all the junk housed in our bodies. We fill the closets, cabinets, and rooms with crap over the years… processed junk foods, sugar, refined carbs, clogging fats… We’re exposed to toxins every single day. Whether it’s in the plastic water bottles we drink out of, polluted air in the city, tap water, aluminum deodorant, pesticides, insecticides, and the list goes on. Our rooms become constipated and we wonder why our skin breaks out, or why the bloating never goes away, or why our minds are foggy, and our moods ever-changing.

Cleanse the negativity. Cleanse the gunk. Cleanse the toxins. Cleanse with intention. Cleanse with love.

This is not about being obsessive or neurotic. It’s about adapting strategy and thinking smart. You have the keys to all the rooms, it’s time to clear out the crap and cobwebs.

If you’ve never done a cleanse, and are looking to try one, or if you DID do a cleanse in the past, and watched it fail miserably the second you had the go-ahead to jump back into your old routine again, I’m here to help. I’ve been there. (Secret: one time a few years ago, I did a mail-ordered 3-day juice cleanse, and as soon as it was all over on the last day, I went out to dinner with Kyle and ate sick amounts of bread and butter. It wasn’t pretty.)

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TAKE ACTION! Here’s my approach to hitting the reset button & cleansing…

1. Decide why you want to cleanse. Is it your skin that seems to be breaking out real bad lately? Or is your bathroom schedule totally out of whack? The truth is, we ALL need to cleanse on a regular basis. The need for it will never end. But understanding your intentions first will really help you get in the right mindset before you begin.

2. Arm yourself with plenty of alkaline pH water, stock up your fridge with your preferred cleanse or reset program, and have on hand cleanse-approved snacks for hangry moments. I chose (and LOVED) the Metabolism Kit from Urban Remedy because it included smoothies with plenty of fiber AND real food  like no-oatmeal cookies, spring rolls, and DELISH salads that I added organic raw nuts to for extra fuel. I even added some a la Carte Meal Replacement Shakes to my order because I knew I would need the extra calories. On a given day, I consume a lot of food because I am so active in Crossfit and my daily life (see: mom of two pit bull puppies). Not eating is simply not an option for me because I have programmed my metabolism to burn at a very high rate. But cleansing is also a top priority for me. I believe as an athlete, you can have the best of both worlds. During my three day cleanse I had yummy Nosh snacks on hand to get me through the day and keep my metabolism going, without spikes or crashes.

3. Practice mindfulness. This is incredibly important, and unfortunately probably the most overlooked. So many of us mindlessly put food in our mouths, while simultaneously driving, texting, or watching TV. We’re eating without paying any attention to what is going on inside our bodies. During your reset, pay attention. Open your eyes. Own up to your decisions. Your life is here and now, and the sooner you begin to understand your body, its triggers and pain points, the better your life will be. Trust me, this is huge. I’ve gotten to the point where I can tell if the food I ate at a restaurant had an unlisted ingredient that disagrees with my body. I can literally feel the difference and the effects of sugar in my body versus a wholesome, balanced organic meal almost instantaneously. This took years of practice and trial-and-error, but I’m so grateful now for my persistence.

4. Relax. Read. Get outside. Listen to relaxing music. Lay in a hammock. Get a massage. Meditate. Chill out. And check out Urban Remedy’s site on how to end your cleanse the right way here.

Let me know if you decide to try a reset or cleanse program now that summer’s coming to an end and the new season approaches. Now is as good a time as any!

 

 

I was graciously gifted my Urban Remedy kit, but they didn’t pay me to say all these nice things about them. All opinions and copy are my own. Don’t get it twisted ;)

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I’m so excited to be working with Idealust, ya’ll! Jesse and Becky have created an awesome space for creative entrepreneurs to come for mega-doses of inspiration. It’s a bold place for gusty go-getters that desire freedom, happiness and purpose for their own lives. I’m totally obsessed, and so very grateful to be asked to contribute to this online space. Their beliefs and ideas totally line up with mine. I’ll be sharing my tips on health, fitness, nutrition for entrepreneurs and busy-bees over there regularly. Here’s my first piece, head over to Idealust to read the entire article…


There are a few ways to look at eating healthy. Most see it as a necessary evil, others like to pretend it’s an idea that doesn’t exist (YOLO?), and some of us, though not the majority, totally dig it. Yay for us!

I’m here to convince you to eat healthy, totally dig it and go back for seconds.

As a multi-passionate health coach and entrepreneur who is infamous for biting off more than she can chew (pun intended), I have to admit that eating healthy hasn’t always been something I’ve enjoyed. It used to be daunting and I would worry incessantly about what I “shouldn’t” eat. Plus, I felt like it took up an enormous amount of time that I didn’t have. This makes me sad looking back because choosing to have a healthy life should not feel like this at all. It should be a celebration of your body, your unique, incredible, intelligent self. You can’t trade your body in like a car. You only have one. So we must give the machine the fuel that it needs to function properly so that we can make creative magic happen in our respective fields. Now, I cherish the privilege I have to choose from an abundance of beautiful, nutrient-rich foods.

I challenge you to lean in, listen up and make the decision to change the way you think about eating well. It is not a chore; now it’s an expression of self-love. In my health coaching practice I challenge my clients to ask themselves the uncomfortable questions: If you don’t take care of yourself, who will? Your body is the only place you have to live, where will you go if it gives out? Be empowered and choose health.

Here are 5 go-to healthy meals for you go-getters…

Read the rest of the article over here!

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This post originally appeared in my weekly newsletter, but it received a lot of positive feedback so I wanted to share it here with you all! If you want more of this kind of real-life honesty and inspiration sent directly to your inbox every Tuesday, you can sign up for my newsletter here


 

“You’re only given one little spark of madness, you mustn’t lose it.”
-Robin Williams

Do you have spark?

When I heard of Robin William’s passing, my heart became ever so heavy. Depression is a widely misunderstood dis-ease that I wish to shed some light on.

I have a secret: I struggled with depression.

On the outside, there were no red flags in my life. No one abused me. I never tried drugs. My parents are still married. I never went a day without three meals. We always had a roof over our heads. We had nice things, went on vacation. We were as normal as normal could be.

But inside me, within the walls of my own head, a war was waging. And I did not love myself, or see any value in the person who looked back at me in my reflection.

By the way, I don’t want this letter to depress you, it will empower you! This story has a happy ending… stay with me :)

Depression forms in many different ways. We all have our demons, but how we handle them is exactly how we allow them to manifest their ugly heads.

Do you believe that you have spark? What do you see when you look in the mirror? Do you see value? Potential?

Right when I enrolled at IIN to become a health coach, I was in a deep, dark depression. I visited a naturopathic doctor in my area for what was going on months of painful bloating, acne and numerous digestive issues. He tested me in all sorts of weird ways, mumbled words I did not understand, and scribbled on his sad, bendy pad of yellow paper. Feeling anxious and curious, I finally blurted out “So, are you going to tell me what’s wrong or is this a big waste of time?” I’ve since worked on my elegance… ;). His ice blue eyes fluttered, and then he raised his chin. The doctor looked me square in the eyes, took a step forward and gently took hold of both of my hands. He said, “Erika, do you believe that you deserve love?” Tears streamed down my face, I fumbled and though I opened my mouth, no words came out.

He sent me on my way with some words to repeat to myself 3x daily. The instruction was clear that I needed to look at myself in the mirror while doing so, and place my right hand on my heart. “I deserve to be loved, I deserve to be loved, I deserve to be loved…”

At the time I did not understand it, any of it. This was years ago… but now I know full well that if you do not love yourself, if you do not practice fervent self-love amidst the chaos of this hurting world, anyone can fall victim to depression.

YOU have spark, so much spark. There is absolutely no one on this planet like you. No one with your same characteristics, or with that same giggle. No one with the same eyes or toes. You cannot be replaced and you have incredible life and love to breathe into the lives of countless others. Do you believe that?

Moreover, there is a direct correlation from the food we eat to the way our colon works to the function of our pineal gland, and brain. Fact: did you know that your colon produces MORE seratonin than your brain does? Seratonin is the primary contributor to feelings of happiness. Did you hear that? Your COLON makes you either happy or sad. What you EAT determines your happiness! Amazing.

I talk a lot about this with my clients in my health coaching practice, but here is what I want you to know: health is all-inclusive, all-encompassing. When you fix one thing, you cannot help but fix everything. Everything is connected.

So the words that you speak to yourself should hold as much value as the food that you put in your mouth.

If there are times that you feel worthless after finding yourself in a dark hole of instagram-comparison, know that there is someone here who believes in you. I believe in you even when you do not believe in yourself. We are rooting for you.

Your spark is glowing so bright; it’s mad, it’s wild, if only you will recognize it.

TAKE ACTION NOW:
No matter the mood, the day or circumstance, repeat these words aloud to yourself every morning after you wake and at night before bed, while looking at yourself in the mirror with your hand over your heart. This is going to feel funny if you’ve never done something like this before, do it anyway:

  • “I can achieve greatness.”
  • “My body is beautiful; brimming with energy, overflowing with joy, love and brilliance.”
  • “I forgive those who have harmed me in my past and peacefully detach from them.”*
  • “My ability to conquer challenges is limitless; my potential to succeed is infinite.”*
  • “Today, I abandon my old habits and take up new, more positive ones.”*

Now I am free, alive and refreshed! I feel so lucky to be able to share my story with you. I hope you can benefit from it in some way.

Choose health today, the all-inclusive kind. Love your body, your soul, your mind and your spirit. There’s only one you.

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This isn’t what it looks like, guys. I am definitely not trying to make junk food healthier. See the kale salad included? I’ve got my priorities straight, I swear.

Ok, but seriously, the weekend is here and you want your health food to be a little more interesting, right? I’m all about living a little. Did someone say nachos? Oh yes.

Plantain Chip Nachos from Against All Grain. Change nothing. Make extra because this will go quick.

Kale Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette  from Damn Delicious. Change nothing except swap the agave for local honey or organic maple syrup. Not a fan of agave and it’s processed BS. Also, I would probably go for organic dried cranberries instead of pomegranates, just thinking about the crunch is making my teeth hurt. I’m a sissy.

Cauliflower Bread Sticks from ifoodreal. Use Organic Valley cheese, it’s my grocery story pick. Or visit your local farmer for grassfed cheese, a chedder/pepperjack combo would be delish. And I usually go for Amy’s marinara.

Salted Banana Almond Ice Cream from Comfy Belly. Do you even have to ask? That’s what I thought.

 

Happy weekend! xo

 

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