YOUR mindset becomes THEIR mindset

I have always known I wanted Narra to have a better relationship with food than I did as a child.

With the help of the new nutrition program I’m using, I’ve really had to check myself and see if anything I was saying or doing right now that was something I’d want HER to do or say about food.

So now….

instead of saying something is a cheat, it’s a TREAT!

instead of having to drink water, we GET TO drink water!

instead of having treats to cheer us up when we are sad, we have special treats to help us CELEBRATE the good times we are already having!

YOUR mindset becomes THEIR mindset.

What mindsets around food are you living that you want your kids to carry on? What isn’t working that you’d like help changing?

💌corinneahansen@gmail.com

You Are a Storyteller

I am a storyteller.

I’ve always been called to tell stories that once upon a time after high school, I majored in creative writing to hone my skills in University.

I would struggle to write poetry, I would struggle to write in Filipino, I would struggle to find the words to make that A- on papers I couldn’t care less about for a future I was convinced had to be mine because everyone else around me had those goals.

Deep down inside, I knew better. I knew I was meant for MORE. More than the grades, and the glory of graduating from University.

I should have known when that assignment came to me, that assignment to write a reflection paper from a significant experience of my past, and the way it just unfolded from my heart with tears and light and love and darkness. Everything. I should have known the stories I was meant to tell were MINE because of how moved I felt when I wrote one of the most difficult stories of my life.

It was the story of the abuse I had experienced as a child. The story of how my innocence was taken from me and how it had changed my life and my family’s. But it was written in the third person.

It flowed and it was out there. But it was unresolved. I didn’t even have the courage to outright say it was me in the story. It was me. I was the 5 year old girl who danced and played with cousins while they were there but who was taken advantage of when she had no friends and was just looking for someone to play with.

Time went on, life went on and little did I know how much those 6 months of abuse would contribute to the person I am today. To the goals I would then have for my life, for my vision of family that would drive me to share my demons and USE THEM as stories to say: YES. You can do what I do too.

My stories, YOUR stories, they are always changing. Because this life is not OVER. If you are here, there is still a chance to turn it all around. There is still a shining light of HOPE and POWER that I hope you know you can step into at anytime.

It is YOURS. But you have to BELIEVE and you have to SURRENDER.

This is what coaching has done for me. This miraculous gift of healing not just physically from my diabetes and high blood pressure, but mentally from my anxiety and depression. And now this gift.. the gift of spiritual healing of my soul. From the stories that have broken many, but instead coaching has given me the platform to share it and USE it for good.

It’s a gift I want to give to as many as I can.

I’m looking for 3 women to personally mentor as coach on my team. To USE their stories for good, to help them start with LOVE for themselves so they can love others, and to feel so freaking aligned doing what they do so that the abundance they crave rolls out of them as effortlessly as that paper came from me.

If this speaks to you, if you feel you and I are connected, I need you to reach out and message me or drop a 🙏 in the comments below.

I know you’ve been waiting for something. This is it.

corinneahansen@gmail.com

It’s Okay to Ask for Help

It’s really embarrassing for me to write this. But I have been emotionally GORGING on food all day.

It’s really embarrassing because just the day before I posted about how awesome it is to be home and experience every one of Narra’s frustrations and victories.

But this morning it was just too much. Too too much. Too much crying. Too much pulling. Too much tugging at me. Too much THREE YEAR OLD. And I was just too much TIRED.

And if it weren’t for a friendly neighbour-turned-family who stopped by (thank you June) and gave me a hug and let me feel SAFE enough to just let my tears fall…

If it weren’t for my actual family (thank you Sherri and Oliver) for taking us out on an adventure today so I wouldn’t have to be alone again with Narra’s crying…

If it weren’t for my best friend (looking at you Amie) checking in on me and I on her and just laughing on the phone about husband hilarities for the brief 10 minutes of alone time I got today while Narra watched TV…

If it weren’t for the challengers and friends I got to check in with (Kate, Shley and Jessica) who are in this with me, who are ready, willing and PSYCHED to be coached…

I might’ve just emotionally eaten the WHOLE goshdarn house.

I don’t always know where I’m going. I don’t always know what I’m doing. But for the hour I am doing my workout, the hour I am FORCED for my OWN GOOD to do something for me because of COACHING, for the minutes I check into my groups and post my sweaty selfies, my mind is clear. I am SAFE. I feel LOVED above all else by the person who makes all the SH!T happen: Me.

So today, despite my relapse back into emotional eating, I recognize myself for being a great coach, mother, and WOMAN today. For sharing my imperfections and exhaustions with motherhood and life, for not being afraid to ASK FOR HELP and let myself cry and show my vulnerabilities.

There is a lesson in every moment of chaos and calamity. And the lesson here: It’s okay to not be okay. A shitty day does not make a shitty life. I know this because the sun will come out tomorrow. It always does.

And people ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS are ready to help if you just ask.

So lady, if you’re suffering in silence and you’re waiting for someone to reach out and ask you if you need help, summon up the brave badass ovary power I know you have and REACH OUT. You got this girl.

Help, LOVE and energy is always available to those who ASK.

I’m here for you and I’m ready to help. Just ask.

Have you ever failed a test?

Day 72/80 Can you believe I’m NOT where I want to be on this journey? ❌

I woke up today and I could just FEEL something was going to happen. Because I had been putting something off. I was living in FEAR.

My blood sugars had been STELLAR. So much, in fact, that I thought I could stop testing my blood sugars and even put off testing my #a1c (diabetic report card) for 6 months.

I was afraid to check my blood sugars because I was afraid to know if they had gone up.

I got my report card back and for the first time in years, my A1C was out of range. I had failed my test.

It felt like a punch to my gut. I have been eating healthy, working out and doing everything I needed to be doing. Why was this happening?

But our bodies CHANGE. We don’t always know why. And that’s okay.

For a split second there I wanted to blame the test, blame my body, blame MYSELF. Maybe I could have done better. Maybe I could have done more.

But the last thing my body or yours needs is more unhealthy stress on it. Instead, I am choosing to focus on the POSITIVES.

1️⃣ Thank goodness I tested when I did! Now I know there is a problem!

2️⃣ I’m so grateful for the tools I have! Shakeology, my workouts, my eating plan which I can customize to help me reach my goal of a normal A1C again.

3️⃣I’ve reached normal levels before, I can do it AGAIN.

4️⃣ I have a great doctor who supports how I take control of my health.

5️⃣ This is a great opportunity to show others struggling with high blood sugars that they can get theirs under control too!

Now that I’m seeing clearly again, my WHY is front and centre:

I am here to help myself and help others with chronic medical conditions find the tools they need to meet their health goals for themselves but also for their families.

I have seen with my own two eyes what not ignoring the “dirt” or medical problems you have can do to your life and the lives of your family members.

I may have been afraid to see it before, but I’m ready to face it NOW.

It’s time to clean up the house I call MY BODY.

I am READY. Are you?

If you or a family member of yours wants more information on how to be connected to the tools I will be using to get my diabetes back under control, I’m a message away.

💌corinneahansen@gmail.com

Squash is my BAE

If you follow me on Facebook or IG, you know I’m a MAJOR squash fan. I usually have it roasted and with salt and pepper, sort of as a potato replacement for my meals..

I’m a diabetic VERY FAMILIAR with counting carbohydrates but since finding the 21 Day Fix, all I have to do now is count CONTAINERS! Yay!

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I love the eating plan because you fill your containers with REAL low glycemic index food AND the portion control is taken care of (portion control is where I fail).

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Another area I fail in, keeping my carbs low. I LOVE BREAD, GRAINS and RICE! But I know how it affects my mood and my blood sugars so I try to keep it within my allotted 2 YELLOW containers a day with the Portion Fix eating system. 

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It used to be VERY difficult to do.. until I found SQUASH.

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Yes!! Tastes like a yellow but it goes in your GREEN (veggie) container. And really, you can never have too many veggies.

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Last week I put out a call for help on my personal Facebook page for more SQUASH recipes and this is what I decided to have for lunch this week:


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I get by with a little help from my friends. 🎵

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Here’s one for all the Instant-Potheads 😉 out there.

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Ruby’s Squash Soup (Converted to IP by Katherine) [tweaked to match Corinne’s laziness levels]

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Ingredients:

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1 medium onion (chopped finely)

2 medium acorn squash (or any squash, peeled and cubed, about 5-6 cups)

3 medium carrots (peeled, chopped)

1 medium Apple (peeled, cores, chopped)

1 litre vegetable or chicken broth

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

1 Tbsp olive oil (or any oil of your choice)

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Method:

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1. Turn on IP. Press SAUTE button. Once pot is warm, add oil and onion. Sauté until onions are translucent.

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2. Add carrots to pot, squash and apple to the pot. Sauté for 4-5 minutes.

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3. Add broth, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix contents of pot.

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4. Put the lid on the pot. Make sure the dial on the top of the pot is set to SEALING. Press CANCEL on front of pot.

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5. Press the MANUAL button and + or – until the pot reads 10 minutes.

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6. Walk away. Play with your kids. Do some crocheting or bullet journaling and forget about the soup.

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7. Once the pot comes to pressure it will count down from 10 minutes.

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8. It will BEEP once done but let it sit in the pot for 20 mins until it reads L0:20. This is the Non Pressure Release. You can skip this part and do a Quick Release but letting it sit in the pot makes it so you don’t have to blend the soup. This is where my laziness comes in.

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9. Set dial to VENTING to release any left over pressure in pot. The pot will open EASILY if there is no pressure left.

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10. Serve and enjoy. Make your family and guests think you were simmering this soup all day long. 💖😉🍵

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There you have it!!!

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And now I have it!! For lunch. All week long. 😋 Yayyyy!!!

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21 Day Fix: 2 cups = 2 greens

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Want more recipes like this? Want to see what I’m doing EVERYDAY (yeah, I kind of post A LOT haha), follow me on Facebook and let me know if you’ve tried this recipe!!