Jan. 20. 2017
Written By:
McKel (Hill) Kooienga
McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Founder of Nutrition Stripped® and the Mindful Nutrition Method™

Hello, goal diggers.

Happy Friday guys! Wow, it’s been a week – a really good week (I got nominated for a Shorty Award!!!- more on this in this post). Today I’m continuing the NS Lifestyle series (we’ve almost covered all of the “Health Hexagon”!) by sharing the ninth pillar of health according to NS – Manifest. What does manifest mean? Manifesting 101: how to make your goals, your dreams, your visions a reality, i.e. how to live with the things you want and need most in your life to create a life you love, happiness, and content. Manifesting can look so different for each of us, and it should. From journaling, meditating, running, reciting positive mantras, talking with friends, having a support group, daydreaming, etc., all of these activities and behaviors can lead to manifesting what you want most in your life. I get it, this post may be a bit abstract, but roll with me here if you’re into it.

To catch you up to speed in case you missed it, the NS lifestyle is based on 10 areas of wellness that I think are vital to a balanced wellbeing. The first 6 are foundational and vital to feeling balanced and living whole, and the other 4 are supportive pillars that enhance your health once the first 6 are on lock. I’m not sure if I’ve ever shared the story about these little triangles I designed to represent the NS Health Hexagon + Lifestyle. This was a vision board-like activity to help me put images and symbols to things I wanted to “manifest” in life from colors, words, feelings, etc. This is just an example of what manifesting may look like. Quick recap of what they are:

♦ 01. SQUAD ♦ 02. STRESS ♦ 03. BODY ♦ 04. NOURISHMENT ♦ 05. LOVE ♦ 06. SLEEP ♦ 07. EXPLORE ♦ 08. CENTER ♦ 09. MANIFEST ♦ 10. NATURE

The summer of 2015 I read a book called The Secret, and it was essentially about the law of attraction, meaning what you put out in the world you get back. I’m a big believer of that, call it karma, call it the law of attraction, call it acting in good faith, or call it manifesting. Regardless of what you name it, I think the way we speak to ourselves and what we think has profound power in our mental wellbeing and how we ultimately act or what we become. Tony Robbins is a great inspiration of mine, from his coaching and facilitating massive shifts in people’s lives to his own personal routine with self care and making his dreams a reality. He talks often about his use of mantras, which I do every single morning, and the power of meditation in your routine. All of these can be ways to help you put “out” into the world what you want and what you need.

Okay, okay, so what does this actually look like? Have you ever had that weird experience where everything just “falls into place”, like it was just meant to be and/or it felt right? I’ve had that countless times in my life and hope to continue to be present enough to recognize those signs and moments. First, mantras. I love the use of mantras, there’s great power in words especially the stories we tell ourselves, the conversations we have in our mind, and how we speak to our body from negative to positive. Mantras can help you immediately shift potentially negative energy and self-talk to positive without the fluff – instead just a genuine belief and a “knowing”. For example try sitting with yourself when you’re feeling overwhelmed and repeat “I am calm, I am proactive not reactive, I handle stress well, I know how to say no, I know what my boundaries are, etc.” I could go on, but these are just some starter examples to get you going for what works for you. Of course, it’ll change moment by moment.

In the greater scheme of things, I journal to manifest big picture items. For example, every year during this month, I take massive amounts of time to organize my thoughts and assess my 3-5 year plan with Nutrition Stripped, i.e. where I want to be, how I want to contribute to this community, how I ultimately want to “show up” as a leader, and what I need to do to get me there. Sometimes I don’t know those answers and that’s okay. I allow for space so that things can come to me as they see fit.

Use journaling as an exercise to “say out loud” and put it out there what you want and what you need. Don’t be afraid to ask for it, I have a feeling you’ll be surprised when it comes into fruition. Regardless of what your practice looks like, we can all agree that our mind has power to move. Even if we’re just saying our dreams, wants, and needs out loud to ourselves, those ideas get ingrained in us and we start to take actions with those in mind, whether conscious or not. Our mental wellbeing has everything to do with nourishing our body, and it can be a way we positively “talk” to ourselves. It can also help shape the interaction we set up for ourselves, from eating nourishing whole foods to managing stress. Both send a message, so listen in.

So I’m curious, are you guys manifesting? If so, how? Have you told and asked the world/universe/whatever you’d like to call it for what you want and what you need? Are you listening into the signs and creating enough space to be present?

Speaking of manifesting…

A constant goal of mine I try to manifest is for Nutrition Stripped to reach even more people around the world, in a bigger way to help them feel healthier and happier, even if it’s just inspired to try a new healthy recipe. It’s a perfect example of manifestation gone right. This week, one morning I opened up my inbox and FLIPPED out to see Nutrition Stripped was nominated for a Shorty Award among some amazing folks! I’m so so so thankful to be nominated for the Shorty Awards: Honoring the Best in Social Media– Health & Wellness category.

WE got this Shorty Awards nomination together because I can’t do what I do, without you guys. So click to vote, it takes literally 2 clicks for us to keep spreading the NS lifestyle and mission to help others, like fire!

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