Exercise

The Path to Healing and Health

Your body is designed to heal itself.  It is actually quite incredible when you really think about it…I mean really think about it.

In order for your body to begin the journey to healing and health it has to be in the right environment and have the right tools; an un-inflamed environment and provided with enough vitamins, minerals, fats, phytonutrients, water, etc.

Let’s look at inflammation first.

Inflammation is a good thing when the body is responding to an injury or infection.  It’s role is to protect the tissue and bring blood and immunity to the area of trouble.

Chronic inflammation, however, is not good.  It damages body tissues and leads to illness.  A body that is inflamed cannot begin the healing process.  It needs a break.  It needs to rest.  It’s kind of like being in a constant state of panic.  Can you imagine how exhausting that would be for you emotionally to constantly be in a state of panic?  This is similar to your body being in a constant state of inflammation.

What causes chronic inflammation?

1.  Stress
2.  Lack of exercise
3. Poor genetic expression
4.  Exposure to toxins such as cigarette smoke, environmental toxins, pesticides, herbicides, etc.
5. Poor diet, fast foods and sugar
6.  Emotional tension.

This chart is complimentary of Monterey Bay Holistic.

What can you do to avoid or fix chronic inflammation so your body can begin on the path of  healing and health?

1.  Learn how to manage stress properly…not a glass of wine.  🙂  Try going for a walk, talking to a friend, helping someone less fortunate than yourself, doing yoga, reading a good book, play an instrument, take up a hobby…do anything you LOVE to do.

2.  Start moving!  Practice N.E.A.T.  and incorporate at least 30 minutes of planned movement into your day, every day.

3. Don’t let your genes be an excuse for illness or dis-eases!  Your genes DO NOT have to determine your future health.  More about that coming soon…

4.  Quit smoking.  Do not work in a toxic environment or at least do everything in your power to clean it up; get an air purifier, open windows for fresh air, etc.  Eat organic foods.  Drink purified water.

5.  Eat at least 6 servings of fruits and vegetables a day.  A serving is one piece of fruit or 1 cup of veggies or cut up fruit.  Also, gluten and wheat are incredibly inflammation producing foods.  Avoid them if you can.

6.  Get rid of the toxic people in your life.  If you can’t then at least read some books or take a course on how to deal with difficult people and do not let them get under your skin.

OK, let’s take a look at the tools your body needs to heal itself and get healthy.

Can you imagine starting to build a house without the proper tools.  Perhaps you have no nails so you use twigs.  Perhaps you have no concrete so you use clay.  Silly, isn’t it?  And yet this is what we do to our bodies every day.

Here are the main tools you need to heal yourself and get healthy:

1.  Water; at least 8 cups a day.
2.  Vitamins, minerals, pytonutrients and antioxidants; from fruits and veggies and a superb quality supplement.  If you want information about a certified supplement, let me know.
3.  Carbohydrates; primarily from your fruits, veggies and grains.
4.  Protein; eggs, organic meats, dairy, legumes, beans.
5.  Fats; avocados, fish, supplements.

Give your body a break from inflammation….and keep it away!
Give your body the tools it needs to heal itself and watch the magic begin!
Your body, your mind and your emotions will thank you for years to come!

Stronger Resolution

I have a stronger resolution to educate, encourage and empower others to live a healthy and well life.

As I was in a shuttle on my way back home this past weekend from 3 days of learning from our company’s Chief Scientific Officer and many other incredible business leaders, I had a conversation with the driver of the shuttle; a beautiful young mom and recent gastric bypass surgery patient.  She has lost 250 pounds in the last year after her surgery.  This is the second young lady (under 30) that I’ve heard the same story from in the last 2 months.    Both ladies said that if they had the proper education, support and encouragement, they would have opted to lose weight and get healthy the proper way.  What is required of them now after the surgery is far more difficult than if they had only learned how to eat and what to eat before.  This broke my heart.

With all the scads of information out there I didn’t really understand how someone would not have everything they need to lose weight and become healthy.  I realize after 15 years of nutritional consulting and 10 years of personal training that it is not the education that changes people, it is the behavour modification coaching, accountability practices and continual support and encouragement that changes people.

   It is true that there is a very small percentage of the population (under 3%) that do manage to take control of their weight and health all on their own.  The rest of us, whether we like it or not, need someone to help keep us accountable and encourage us to keep moving forward regardless of how fast or slow we are moving toward the goal we’ve set for ourselves.

These truths apply not only to losing weight and getting healthy but also to all of life.  We need each other. We need people to help us.  We need to be humble enough to admit we can not do it by ourselves.  You will know if you are not one of the 3% of the population that does not need the above if you’ve tried several times to reach your weight goals and have failed.

My goal with all my one-on-one clients is to provide not only helpful, applicable information for their overall health, but also to provide tools, support, encouragement and accountability.  My promise to you is that I will be there for you even when you are struggling and don’t believe in yourself.  I am only a phone call away.

I encourage you to step out in faith that you CAN do it, CONACT me and get started TODAY!

I also encourage you to find a friend that you can partner with in your journey.  Someone you can trust to stay positive even when you are not.  Someone who loves you regardless of your performance.  If you don’t have that person, I will be that person.

Today truly is the first day of the rest of your life…
what direction are you choosing to take?

Power to Achieve Your Goals

 1 in 3 of us will set the same goals for our New Years Resolutions year after year after year.  Health goals are consistently in the top 3 with losing weight usually being the first.

We read the list to the left and laugh…mostly because it reminds us of ourselves.  Why is it that over 1/2 of us will not stick to our goals until even 1/2 the year is over?

 

Here are the steps to making a goal livable, enjoyable and achievable.

1.  Believe that you CAN make changes to your health and be successful.  This sounds silly, but without an unwavering belief that you CAN do it, you will fail.  Believe that you are worth it.  Believe that you have the self-discipline to treat your body with the love and respect it deserves.

If this is your area of struggle, I encourage you to start by renewing your mind…by filling it with positive, encouraging and empowering thoughts about yourself and your abilities.  Even if you’ve failed hundreds of times, every day is a new day and a new beginning.  Time was created exactly for that reason; so that you can decide at any point in time that from this point forward, things are going to be different for you.  Every second, every minute, every hour, every day, every week, every month,  and every year is God’s way of giving you multitudes of chances to start over.

2.  Be thankful for your past failures and for your future successes.  Every failure has brought you closer to your success because every failure brings you closer to being sick and tired of being sick and tired.  And being thankful in advance for your future success will help to deepen your belief in your ability to do what you’ve set out to do.

How do you show gratitude for your journey so far?  By not beating yourself up for failing in the past and by being thankful for where you are right now at this point in your life where you’ve now decided to move forward in courage and in belief.  Say it out loud…several times a day if you need to.  Don’t apologize for your failures.  Don’t make excuses.  Don’t talk about them with anyone anymore.

3.  Be happy TODAY.  Don’t wait until you’ve accomplished your goals.  Choose to be happy today and every day as you are working toward your goals.  Your chances of success are significantly higher if you are happy.  Your body releases the “happy hormone” when your mood is happy.  This hormone helps you sleep, keeps you healthy and helps you keep your mind focused and keeps discouragement and depression far away.

Part of the joy is the journey itself.  Definitely the learning is in the journey and not the destination.  The personal growth you will experience by persevering is the real gift and something no one can ever take away from you.  As one of my mentors so wisely said, “There is no maturity in a miracle”.  The maturity only takes place in the journey.

Believe….Be Thankful…Be Happy!

 

Lose Weight By NOT Exercising?

Yes!  It is called N.E.A.T.

Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis.

Basically, in a nutshell, it means to get off your butt and move!  Not gym membership kind of move, but just good ol’ fashioned moving.  Easy to do…Easy not to do.  Here are a few ideas:

Stuff like turning up the music and vacuuming with a bit of vigor, wiggling while washing dishes, dancing while dusting…you get the idea.

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