10 Health Tips for Teens

I want to share some “secrets” and health tips about being “skinny” with you.  They come from a video series I created called “The B.S. Of Skinny”.

Most of you are probably thinking, “What!  The B.S. of Skinny?”

Yes, but the “B.S.” does not stand for what you probably think it does. 🙂

The B.S. I am referring to is actually two different things: the Bogus Secrets and the Best Strategies.

First of all, let me tell you a bit about myself.  I was the “skinny” kid at school. This may sound  “perfect”, but it wasn’t fun at all. I was called “carpenter’s dream” because I was “flat as a board” and  “sticks” because my legs looked like two toothpicks.

Yeah…it was so much fun being “skinny”. 🙂 One of the reasons I was “skinny” was because I was very active… too active, according to my teachers.  Another reason: my genetics. Additionally, my mom fed us really healthy food!

I LOVE being healthy!  My whole career (for the last 25+ years) has been helping people become healthy, happy and whole!  And I especially love working with kids!  (I raised 16 of them… but that’s another story!)

So here is “The B.S. of Skinny” for Teens:

1. Bogus Secret:  “There is a Perfect Body.”

Best Strategy:  No, there is not! You were made perfectly for you.  All you have to do is take care of what you’ve been given and it will be perfect!


2. Bogus Secret:  “Skinny is sexy.”

Best Strategy:  Skinny is NOT sexy; it is DANGEROUS!  Your goal should not be to be “skinny” but to be healthy.

Did you know that anorexia is the third most common chronic illness in female teens?  AND did you know that everyone who is anorexic and does not get help, WILL die?  Here’s what happens with an eating disorder… you get:
dry skin
brittle nails
thinning hair that breaks or falls out
growth of fine body hair covering the entire body
tired easily
dizzy or faint
dehydrated (early wrinkles)
organ, heart and stomach damage
loss of tooth enamel (yellow, weak teeth)
bloating (so much for the “skinny” look!)
frequent sore throat and/or swollen glands
bloodshot eyes or dark circles under the eyes
sores or calluses on knuckles

Does any of that sound sexy?  NO! You have to eat to be healthy!


3. Bogus Secret:  “I have to work out like a maniac to be skinny.”

Best Strategy:  Actually, what you eat is 80% of what you look like. Exercise accounts for only 20%. So, the trick is to eat properly, plan ahead and practice healthy choices. So, what should you eat everyday?  I’m sure you’ve heard this a million times, but it is the truth. Eat lots of veggies, 2 – 3 servings of fruit, 2 – 4 servings of carbs (brown rice, potatoes, yams and corn, but NO WHEAT products), 3 – 4 servings of organic dairy, 2 – 3  servings of protein (red meat, white meat, fish, beans, lentils, eggs) and drink LOTS of water.


4. Bogus Secret:  “There are pills that will make me skinny.”

Best Strategy:  Nope. There are pills that will make you edgy, nervous, irritable, grouchy, and dehydrated; give you bad breath and gas; damage your organs and heart; but NONE that will make you skinny. Sorry.


5. Bogus Secret:  “Surely, no company would sell me something that is bad for me!”

Best Strategy:  Businesses are built to make profit. If it will sell, it will be sold. When you were a kid, you had to rely on your parents for your health. Now that you are older, you can start making some food choices of your own. Whatever you do, don’t waste your hard-earned money on “junk” food because that’s exactly what it is, no matter how healthy they tell you it is. Eat as closely to nature as you can (the list in #3).


6. Bogus Secret:  “Fat-free is better for you.”

Best Strategy:  Everyone needs healthy fats to have healthy hair, skin and even hormones. The trick is to eat healthy fats like avocado, nuts and nut butters, and organic virgin olive oil instead of whipping cream, hydrogenated fats (in most chips, chocolate bars, cookies, etc.) and burgers. Never opt for the “fat-free” stuff.


7. Bogus Secret:  “Sugar-free is better for you.”

Best Strategy:  You are far better off consuming real sugar (if you have to) than to eat sugar replacements. In truth, your body responds to sugar replacements in the same way it does to sugar, only the replacements are chemicals instead of the real thing. Always opt for the real thing.


8. Bogus Secret:  “I need to go to the doctor every time I have a cold or headache.”

Best Strategy:  Take care of yourself properly and you won’t have to go to a doctor very often at all. If possible, stay away from antibiotics. The more you take them, the less effective they will be when you really need them. AND some medications actually make you gain weight.


9. Bogus Secret: “If I take vitamins, I don’t need to eat properly.”

Best Strategy:  Vitamins are just a form of health insurance. Nothing beats eating properly. It is important to take vitamins so make sure to take quality vitamins.


10. Bogus Secret:  “If I just drink liquids all day, I’ll stay skinny.”

Best Strategy:  I know a lady that is about 250 pounds. She told me she does not know why she weighs so much when all she does is drink all day. I asked her what she drinks and she brought me a “cold coffee mix” that she puts in milk. She drinks about 6 of them a day.  Each drink has about 400 calories. She was drinking 2400 calories a day! The same thing can happen with special coffees, mixed cold drinks, etc. Stick to water! 

Just remember…You are Perfect the way you are!

Yeah, sure, you can probably work on some things…like all of us… BUT You are destined for great things, things only you can do. To do those great things, you need to be as healthy as possible!

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!


Wellness: A Total Health Method Approach


Wellness Is a Journey Not a Destination.

Wellness is Total Health: body, soul and spirit.  You cannot have a healthy body for long if you have unhealthy thoughts, behaviors, or feelings.  All three are integrated and therefore all three must be attended to in the search and acquisition of real health…and wellness.

Wellness is the “flow” of life in all areas of your being: your relationships, your finances, your work, your health, your faith and your mind.  The more they all flow together in harmony, the more “well” you are.