Why I Do What I do

Posted on Jan 9, 2018 | 0 comments

Why I Do What I do

    I was at the orthodontist today waiting for my son to get his braces on and was trying to stay entertained between my phone, magazines and the tv in the waiting room.  As a health coach, I really enjoy watching cooking shows and there is always some tip or trick I can learn to apply in my own kitchen or with clients.  However, in two separate shows today (it was a long appointment) I found waves of different emotions washing over me.  The people cooking on the show were using things like white bread, cream cheese, and store-bought ranch packets.  What’s so bad about that you might ask.  Everything is bad about it!  It contradicts everything I teach, everything I stand for and believe in and it infuriates me that these types of food are what is modeled day in and day out for people.  No wonder the vast majority of society are overweight, sick, tired, anxious, depressed and bombarded with various other medical conditions.  I know you are probably thinking, it’s just 3 ingredients.  It’s not just these 3 ingredients, these are just a small example of a wider spread epidemic.  At the end of my son’s appointment, we proceed to get have the information session where they talk to us about brushing, flossing and what not to eat and all that.  The women (and I am not picking on her) advises to stay away from hard chips but something like a Cheeto puff would be okay.  Not in my universe are Cheeto puffs okay.  Yet another example of where we have become so blind to what we are putting in our bodies.  Want another example?  You should see the handouts and advice that clients have shown me from very well known organizations and agencies.  Supposed experts in their fields of heart health and diabetes, the foods they recommend are ridiculous for the average person let alone someone with a serious medical condition.  No one should be eating margarine, snack crackers, sugar free cookies, white flour and the like. Last but not least (and then I will get off my soapbox for now) are all the “quick fix” methods that are marketed toward people.  This especially makes me livid.  People who want to be healthier are in a delicate place mentally and emotionally and many of these companies falsely promise unrealistic results.  Even if a person achieves results, they will not be maintainable until the food, mindset and lifestyle issues are addressed. However, no one tells them this and they try the magic pill only to have it not work.  They have failed again.  Do you know what that does do a person psychologically?  That is why it makes me so angry.  Now, some products out there are powerful TOOLS and should be viewed as such.  It is like having a toolbox and each tool is ONE piece of the total picture of optimal health and wellness.  No one piece ever holds the answer 100%. This is what balance is all about. This is why I do what I do…I help people wade through the mountains...

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New Year, New Goals

Posted on Jan 3, 2018 | 0 comments

New Year, New Goals

  Happy New Year! First, I want to welcome you to 2018 and encourage you to make it your best year yet! Face what is holding you back and decide, once and for all, to put yourself and your wellness into first place priority in your life.  It is not selfish and it truly allows you to bring 100% into your work, home and relationships.  The old cliche is true; you cannot pour from an empty cup. Most people starting off a new year have goals in mind to begin January 1.  Many revolve around food and fitness and while this is awesome, how many are still going strong months later?  Unfortunately, studies show that by February, 80% of people have already failed to keep their resolutions.  The big question is why? I personally believe it is for several reasons that I will share with you in order to empower you to be successful this year. 1) They go it alone:  Accountability is vital for success. Hire a health coach like me (shameless plug), find an exercise buddy or accountability partner that you check in with for 5 minutes each day.  It is much harder to let someone else down vs. ourselves.  Bring someone along with you on your journey and see how you can each benefit one another in the process. 2)  They don’t write it down: A goal not written down is simply a dream.  It is imperative that we write down our goals and have them around us constantly to keep us focused and in check.  It can be a journal, post it notes, pop up reminders on your smartphone, vision board…there are countless tools to get our goals out of our heads and written down.  That is the very first step in making them a reality in your life. 3)  They don’t prepare: You cannot be successful with a goal without the proper planning and preparations.  For example, if your goal is to eat better but you have not taken the junk food out of the fridge and pantry, you are far less likely to be successful.  Same goes for any other goal, you must first write it down and then document a plan of execution. What actionable steps will you take (daily, weekly, etc) to move yourself toward your goal?  Take a calendar and break down your day into buckets of time in which you will work on your goal with total focus. 4)  They don’t have daily activities to help keep them on track: To achieve a goal I already mentioned about keeping it in front of you constantly.  From there you want to have daily activities to keep yourself focused and accountable.  Some ideas can include; daily 5 minute accountability partner phone call or text, morning or evening journaling, and to do lists (be careful here, I like to have the goal broken so far down into baby steps that your “to do” list for the day may have 1-3 things that you can get accomplished). 5)  They don’t re-evaluate as they go:  Don’t feel that just because you put time and...

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