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How to Cope When The Walls Seem to Be Closing In

judy finelli

It's been some time since I've sat down to blog and create stuff that I actually felt like sharing with the world.  As many of you know, I'm not one to put work out without meaning or purpose attached to it. I'm also a very private person in many ways but when something happens in my life that needs to come to light in order for me to move forward, I am not very shy to express it.

If you are new to my blog, I aim to write about nutrition, wellness, and lifestyle topics that I hope will be helpful to you. I also share personal posts here and there of relevance because I never like to sugar coat the real shit that comes up from time to time.

So this is where I've been and realize that..

They'll inevitably be times in life when the walls feel like they are closing in and the road ahead seems unclear.

I firmly believe that when this happens, courage and love are beckoned to keep the mind clear to figure out what to do next. I also believe that having faith and optimism are equally important in order to not lose perspective of what truly matters.

 I participated in the #BornandMade Campaign a couple years ago.. seems more poignant today than it did then.   

I participated in the #BornandMade Campaign a couple years ago.. seems more poignant today than it did then.


So this is what I know for sure (Oprah has just now entered my line of thought)..

No one goes into a deeply, loving relationship thinking that things will fail.  I think we typically go into any partnership with optimism and joy that all will be okay and that anything that may come could be overcome..together.  It's an awesome feeling, right? Comforting even, I would say.  

It's fucking scary as shit when you realize that things are not what they used to be..that things are not what you both want them to be.. Or worse..

It's even scarier when kids are in the picture and you have to dissect every action and decision in order to be 100% sure that you are doing right by them AT ALL TIMES.  Then you pray that you are doing the right thing as parents and as individuals and once again, hope for the best.

The path I was on has changed and I need to continue believing that it is in the best interest of all involved.  I need to believe that all will be fine regardless of what the road ahead looks like; and that I'll continue to handle it with grace, courage, love, patience and even with the occasional tears that will certainly fall.

If you are going through some kind of transition in your life, especially in your relationship (s), rest assured that all you are feeling will pass.  It'll get better each day even when it feels like you are alone in the world and no one understands how lonely you truly feel.

Coping with change and the feeling that the walls are closing in on you is a scary thing for sure but it can also be liberating once your perspective shifts to a more positive state. When it does, here are some things I think are helpful:

  1. Make your overall wellness your top priority.. keep moving, stay busy and don't forget to nourish yourself and give yourself extra love.

  2. Make time for nature and connect with the world around you.

  3. Find your tribe.. your true friends will always be there and so will your family (if you have a supportive one)

  4. Connect with professionals such as coaches, counselors, therapists, etc. who can unbiasedly give you direction when you feel out of sorts.

  5. Keep a journal of what's going on.. what's in your heart? The times when you feel your most vulnerable and lonely, are perfect for spilling it all on those pages.

  6. Don't feel obligated to explain yourself to anyone who asks "what's wrong?".. do and say what feels right. Period. 

  7. Sit with your feelings and grieve.. cry if you have to and release it all.


I hope this post resonates with you somehow; and if it does please share it and let me know your thoughts in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you.. 








5 Tips to Improve the Way You Eat

judy finelli

In this short guide, I'll give you tips to improve the way you eat and hopefully the way you feel as a result.  I'm a firm believer that you are what you eat; or at least that your energy is deeply affected by what you choose to consume. 

Have you ever stopped to notice how you feel when you eat certain foods?

In doing so, have you wondered why certain foods make you feel sluggish while others uplift your energy?  The truth is that food has energy and if you are eating processed foods full of sugar and artificial ingredients, chances are that you'll feel pretty crappy as a result.  

So here are 5 tips to Improve the  Way You Eat that'll lead to better health and wellness overall.  The first is the biggest one. It's the foundation to making better nutritional choices and if you master it, the steps that follow will help keep you on track even when you feel like you are tempted by the smell of greasy fries and burgers on your way home from work.

1. Food Affects Your Mood:    

Become curious about the relationship between your emotions, energy level, and how what you eat impact each other and thereby how it affects you. Keep a daily food journal for at least a month and be amazed by what mindfulness of daily consumption can do to improve your  overall healthy and wellness.

2.  Protein: Plant vs. Animal //Which is right for you?

Ask yourself what kind of protein works best for you by observing how your body breaks down animal protein vs. plant protein. How do you feel after eating, red meat, chicken, fish, etc. This will give you a clear idea of what dietary lifestyle may be a better fit for your needs. Is it vegan? Paleo? A bit of both?

3. Love Your Greens:                                                                                           

Being mindful to add quality, dark leafy greens to your meals is really a game changer.  What do I mean by quality, dark leafy greens, you may be thinking? What you really want to consume are greens that are loaded with nutrients that your body will find useful and you'll actually feel the difference as you continue to consume them as part of your dietary lifestyle.  Think swiss chard, kale, and spinach for example.

4. Get to Know Your Carbohydrates:

Carbohydrates are either your friend or foe depending on how you were raised and what you are accustomed to. If you were raised on white rice or pasta, it may be tough to get used to eating whole grains. But slowly implementing grains like quinoa and brown rice to your dietary lifestyle will make the transition from processed white starches to wholesome grains a positive one because most people benefit greatly from this change in the long run. Your body and waistline will thank you.               

5. Choose Water with Lemon:

 Adding lemon to your water is a great way to detoxify your liver and may help your metabolism run more efficiently.  In fact, beginning your day with warm water with lemon (sans honey or sugar) before breakfast or any meal for that matter, can lower your blood sugar. To learn more about the benefits of water lemon water, head over to this blog post I wrote back in April, The Mighty Lemon.     

Bonus tip:

 Buy Organic & local whenever possible:

 Consider choosing food that has been locally grown and raised (if you consume animal protein) as well as organic. Doing so means that your food has not traveled tons of miles to get to your plate, nor has it been exposed to toxins on its way to you that you can simply do without (because who wants them anyway??).  So become super familiar with you local farmer's markets and support your local farmers. 


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xx Jude


How to Relieve Stress

judy finelli

Sometimes all we need is to relieve stress by taking  time out for ourselves without feeling the guilt. With two active children, I completely get it. It's not that you don't love them or love being with them, it's just that.. 

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