Radiance as a Lifestyle Strategy!

Posted on May 1, 2012

MW Women Tribe DancingIt's no big secret that I am a big fan of healthy strategies that move us toward feeling freakin’ fabulous inside and out.  This particular strategy that I’m talking about in this article addresses something that we all live with every day, yet most of us do not realize just how often we do it.  What’s worse is that we go about our days largely unaware of the intrusive and undesirable physiological consequences it has on our health. 

What exactly is it that I’m talking about anyway?

You feel good when you’re happy and carefree. Right?  Likewise, you feel awful when you’re in a negative state of mind --- sad, depressed, critical, angry, etc...

Is that just a coincidence, or could your body actually be telling you something?

180 healthy makeover

Posted on March 30, 2012

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In our culture, it’s supposedly more admirable for a woman to be self-less. 
That’s quite a word, isn’t it? 

Taking care of everyone else first, yourself last. Making sure everyone ELSE is enjoying themselves and feeling good, and making sure the boss or the clients are happy, or that we're getting as much done each day as possible. "Tuning in" and tending to the feelings of those around you. …meanwhile, "tuning out" from your own needs and treating yourself in a way that is, quite frankly, downright cold and cruel. 

In fact, we rush around seeking the satisfaction of checking things off on our TO-DO list and even thinking that we wish we had more time.  But, in actuality, it's not more time that we need; what we need is more pleasure in our life. 

Without experiencing pleasure in our life on a regular basis, I'm talking daily pleasure here ladies, then we leave ourselves wide open for irrational behavior around food and burnout symptoms, which on a physiological level can create negative responses in our brain that lead to fatigue, weight gain and depression.

Education Vessels

Posted on March 12, 2012

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Jane Thompson and Melanie Banayat

I attended an amazingly inspiring and educational health conference in Long Beach, California a week ago, and one morning me and my colleague (friend), Jane Thompson, took a nice brisk walk along the waterfront.  We brought our cameras with us to capture anything that caught our attention.  This “Education Vessels” sign just seemed to encapsulate the weekend for us so perfectly.


In fact, so many of the images along our walk made me think of my own journey back to health.  Many of the ships on the dock had names that reminded me of an analogy that I once heard from life coach, Bill Baren.  

Chocolate and Pasta and Bread…OH MY!

Posted on February 18, 2012

chocolate pieI Love FOOD!

Lately I’ve noticed that many people feel strongly inclined to clarify something about them selves to me, probably because they know I’m a health coach.  The conversation usually goes something like this, “You have to understand, Melanie, I really, really, REALLY love food!” 

Believe me when I say that I understand this huge, deep passion for food that they’re describing.  I can recall those same words coming from my mouth upon many occasions.  The last thing I ever wanted was to do was give up my FOOD!

BUT…There was one thing that I really didn’t like about food - the uncontrollable cravings.  Two of my weaknesses - Marie Callendar pies and Mountain Huckleberry ice cream!  And No matter how hard I tried, I never seemed to have enough will power to control my sugar cravings. On top of that I had to face my “perfectionist” self in the mirror feeling like a giant failure in that arena.

Ladies' Healthy Happy Hour in Prescott & Prescott Valley, Arizona

Posted on February 17, 2012

Watch Melanie Banayat, Shiri Briseno, and Karen vanPrice on the MORNING SCRAMBLE with Lew Rees and Tonya Mock on AZTV

Free Fitness and Nutrition Classes

Melanie Banayat from Miligirl Wellness, Shiri Briseno from Her Fitness, and Karen vanPrice from Heavenlyoga talk about the Ladies' Healthy Happy Hour on AZTV Morning Scramble. The classes take place in Prescott, Arizona, and Prescott Valley Arizona. 

Register for free

2012 New Years Resolution

Posted on January 4, 2012

MW happy new year!Ahhh, Change. It’s the most popular topic on the Internet this week, and probably for the remainder of the month. Some folks love resolutions; some call them intentions, rituals, goals or promises.

On the other hand I’ve noticed that there appears to be a New Years Resolution revolt going on all over the place – on Facebook, on blog posts, in newsletters, newspapers, etc…

Gulp… Do I dare admit that I happen to like resolutions?  I suppose it’s ‘cause I like viewing the new year as a blank canvas where I get to see measurable improvements as well as sweeping changes. When you sweep you can see your accomplishment instantly.

I do; however, choose one clear guiding word for the year that directs my actions toward changing old thoughts, patterns, beliefs, and behaviors.  Then I define what that word means to me.  Last year my word was “Simplify”.

2011 Year in Review:  Here’s how my guiding word played out...

Savory Tips to Foil the Holiday Hangover + FREE GIFT

Posted on December 1, 2011

Cauliflower mash image.jpgEat Only What You Can Savor
We certainly love a juicy holiday meal don't we?  And, Guess what?  We have another whole month of Holiday foods and desserts to experience, so enjoy your meals but eat only what you can savor.  No need to eat everything on the table...twice.

Follow Your Bliss
As the saying goes, you just can't please everyone, so stop trying to please everyone.  It's stressful to try to attend every single holiday dinner party that you've been invited to.  If indulging in too many holiday meals is not your idea of bliss then you can lovingly decline as many invitations as necessary to keep your blissful boundaries.  There are no hard fast rules that say you must spend every holiday with extended family.  You're even allowed to enjoy some alone time during the holidays if that's what will help you feel the joy in the season.

The Girl Effect

Posted on November 12, 2011

Miligirl Wellness Girl Effect

My daughter Mikhaila is 18 now.  I’m grateful that she didn’t need to worry about getting married by age 14.  She understood that she had the choice of where she wanted to go and what she might want to study in school. She knew that she needed to work hard to get into a college. She’s now attending a wonderful college studying industrial design.

In contrast, many young teenage girls in developing countries have few choices – in some cases, no choice at all in the direction her life takes.

This is what the Girl Effect is all about – giving the choice back to the girl and changing the course of history. This is where the western woman and her daughters can help make a difference!

We can start our own ripple effect! We can educate our girls on how to give back. We teach them about charity and compassion and about what it means to ‘pay it forward’. There is power in the girl, and every girl can make a difference.

Watch this video and feel the energy

What Men Really See When They Look at You

Posted on November 12, 2011

Miligirl Wellness squirrelsA stroll with the squirrels… Who Me? 

I took a walk through my neighborhood yesterday in the middle of the day - in the middle of the week - on a work day.  (giggle) I needed to get away from my home office for a little while. It was a very different kind of walk. In fact it was actually just a stroll to take in some sunshine and take notice of my surroundings.  I was intrigued by what I haven’t noticed before –Like the squirrels hustling around the big boulders searching for foods to fatten up for the cold winter season and listening to the rustling fall leaves below my feet. There was a time in my life when a “stroll” would have seemed like a lost opportunity to burn some calories or get my heart rate up.

I am so grateful I now have both the wisdom and the science to abandon the faulty belief systems that had me engaged in extreme fitness regimes and restricting diets. Now I know that the slow strolls are equally as important to my health as the fitness walks.

Is Your Health OUT OF ORDER?

Posted on October 26, 2011

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By Melanie Banayat
Holistic Health & Nutrition Coach

Most people have dreams and goals that they want to experience in their lifetime.  You know - the infamous "Bucket List".  However, if your health is out of order it’s going to make it a lot more difficult for you to find the energy to achieve those dreams and goals.

We live in a society where being highly successful in your career or personal life is a mixed blessing, because often times it comes at a price and that price usually begins with your health, followed by your relationships.

Here’s how it plays out - You notice that your daily energy is only a fraction of what it used to be, and the pounds are beginning to add up, eating habits that used to work are starting to fail you, you don’t feel as great as you could, and you haven’t slept well in several years.