With heart health month in full swing, I want to talk about your heart – the one that drives your passions, energy, and drive. I’m talking about the emotional side of your heart.
If we want to experience wholeness in our lives, we must address the whole person. That includes your mind, body, and spirit.
If you’re reading this right now, it is not an accident. There’s a reason. If for nothing else, I want you to understand that there is hope for your situation. Whether you are experiencing pain, anxiety, depression, or if you’ve simply stopped dreaming about how good your life could possibly be due to a sense of hopelessness, allow me to give you some hope today.
For years, I’ve been studying the human body and mind…
To help me understand it in a way that allows me to work with other people.
To help them uncover the underlying issues that are causing disease and chronic illness.
In that time, I’ve tried a whole plethora of healing modalities (so many I actually wrote a book on them). While some of the strategies worked well for many years, others were only quick fixes.
Are you relying on drugs (that may only be masking your symptoms)? Are you not ready to give up when your doctors have told you that you just have to live with it?
If so, you’re in the right place. So stay with me!
You see, I was that frustrated and discouraged person who became afraid of nothing when it pertained to my health. I was willing to try anything to get well. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired.
Because of that emotional exhaustion (or emotional illness), I became physically ill. So how does your heart impact your physical wellness?
Emotional Illness Drives Physical Illness
Poor health is not inevitable as you age. While we all have the potential of getting sick, it doesn’t have to be the norm.
Free yourself from the belief that you have to get sick before you die. Illness and stress is simply the result of a crazy, fast-paced world.
The people I work with on a regular basis are experiencing not only physical symptoms, but they are suffering from emotional illness.
Emotional illness includes low self-esteem, lack of confidence, anxiety, depression. And many times, it drives physical illness.
Did you know that before this global pandemic 2 out of 3 Americans were seeking help for some sort of emotional stress?
In fact, 3 out of 4 hospitalizations are stress-related. Stress can cause symptoms like fatigue, headaches, muscle tension, decreased sex drive, nervousness… And can even drive physical disease in the body!
If you’re only looking at your physical body for the answers, then you’re missing part of the picture. You are not your body. You are a result of your thoughts and your habits.
Our life is a reflection of the things we think about most.
Whatever you believe, you will take action on.
One of the biggest dilemmas we face is our resistance to our negative emotions.
We are taught that some emotions are good and some emotions are bad. The truth is, we are the ones that give emotions meaning.
When we get an uncomfortable physical reaction that comes from an emotion, we have a natural tendency to try to get rid of it. This creates a negative pattern or habit. When we stuff our emotions and ignore them, we create an imbalance in our body.
This isn’t always your fault.
You grew up with certain beliefs, attitudes, and reactions based on the way you were raised. Just because you’ve been responding in a certain way your entire life doesn’t mean it’s serving you well.
How to Overcome Emotional Resistance
I want to help you uncover some of the things that may be causing you pain from an emotional standpoint that could be leading to physical pain in your body. So let’s get to the heart of things and address a few different types of emotional resistance that lead to physical resistance and prevent you from progressing in your health.
The most common emotional patterns my clients get stuck with include:
Researching habitually and nervously
Stopping when there is a crisis
Setting unrealistic expectations
If you sense that you fall into one or all of these categories, use the strategies below to help you overcome emotional resistance. These are especially important if you’re experiencing physical symptoms in your body. Many times, these emotional tendencies will lead to physical reactions.
Trust Your Intuition Over The Research
One thing that keeps us stuck is our “need” to research everything. We feel that we must have it all figured out before we take action. As a result, we grow more nervous and anxious. The Internet has told us the worst case scenario and we’ve already made it up in our minds that we’re dying.
The problem with this research approach is that you’ll overwhelm your brain with information, leaving you no space to actually think.
Sometimes, we have to trust our intuition.
When we are constantly researching, we’re expecting that we will find the answer suddenly.
When suddenly doesn’t come, we feel frustrated. You don’t have to know everything before you start your health journey.
Procrastination is another form of emotional resistance that keeps us stuck.
We typically procrastinate because the task seems like it will be daunting or something that’s not fun.
We are motivated by love, potential, fun, and meaning. And many times, we procrastinate out of fear. We end up saying we can figure it out on our own instead of hiring a mentor. Or we end up doing a lot of busy work that never moves us toward our goals.
The emotion that stands in the way when it comes to procrastination is usually fear and uncertainty.
The key to moving past this is understanding that you don’t have to do everything on your to-do list to move the needle forward.
Just take one step forward.
Once you commit to that first 15 minutes, it’s a lot easier to take action and continue the task through to completion. Again, you want to get clear on the actions that are going to move the needle for you.
Stop Making Excuses & Ignore The Drama
This next one will catch you by surprise!
Do you have something that you feel like you can’t move past?
That’s drama, and almost every single one of my clients get distracted with it.
When you start moving forward and progressing with your goals, something is going to happen. Something will stand in your way. It could be your child misbehaving, pulling you away to handle their issues. It could also be a major crisis at work that demands your immediate attention. Your car may break down, and you can’t get to the gym as easily.
These excuses are one of the biggest forms of resistance.
It is simply your brain trying to keep you safe. This is one of the biggest reasons people stay stuck in their health. Don’t miss this! When this happens to you, ignore the drama!
See it for what it is, resolve the issue, and keep moving forward.
Have Realistic Expectations
I know you think you’re special, and you may be inclined to magical thinking since you are special.
But this magical thinking will get you nowhere when it comes to results.
Some people have unrealistic expectations when it comes to their change and transformation (i.e. losing 20 pounds without changing diet or exercise regimens).
You are going to have to do something different if you want different results.
There is no such thing as calorie free donuts, as you may like to believe. These unrealistic stories you’re telling yourself are keeping you in a state of emotional resistance.
You cannot skip the rules. You cannot keep starting over on Monday. And you cannot meditate or imagine that the results will just show up and expect it to happen.
Let me friendly slap you back into reality and tell you that you’re going to have to do the work. Show up every single day no matter what. Set the goal, and stick to it. That is what will get you the results.
Push Through The Panic Stage
Panic happens when you feel like nothing is working.
Have you started to change a few things? You’re expecting massive transformation almost immediately, but results are slow to come. Maybe you started losing a little bit of weight, but you hit a plateau.
Let me caution you by saying… Do not interpret this and tell yourself something is wrong.
When you experience this type of panic, you will start looking for other answers.
“I must be doing it wrong. I should have known this wouldn’t work.”
Stand confident and continue taking action. Consistency is the key when it comes to pushing through this stage of panic. When you make healthy decisions, your results will come. When you push through this stage of panic, you will get your breakthrough.
Ready to Overcome Your Emotional Resistance?
Emotional resistance is the #1 reason people stay in a painful pattern. In my program, I share 13 different ways to help you push through these painful patterns and overcome emotional resistance.
While you’ll never get rid of resistance, the key is to learn how to push through the resistance. Acknowledge its presence and continue moving forward, taking action every step of the way.
Interested in learning if my program is right for you? Click here to schedule a discovery call with me.
This time of year, we tend to lose focus on the things that really matter. There are so many other things happening – family gatherings, holiday shopping, closing out the year strong.
But this time of the year is a fantastic time to refocus on your goals.
When was the last time you thought about your goals?
It’s often said, the things you think about regularly become your reality .
Recently, I had to remind myself of that saying because my enemies, negative thoughts, and worries started to creep in.
This happens to the best and worst of us – even if we do practice mindfulness and meditation on a regular basis.
There’s a missing connection to your physical health that you may often ignore.
There’s a reason why I intentionally block out time every morning to meditate and plan out my day to help me reach my goals. It’s also why I’m careful about who I surround myself with on a daily basis. I want to make sure I’m choosing people who live life in a super positive light.
Case Study: The Impact Of Your Thoughts On Your Health
One of my clients started her health journey two years ago. She was sitting on the couch staring into her phone all day long, gaining weight, entering into menopause, and had no energy. It took all her energy to peel herself off the couch to cook dinner for her kids and husband. To be honest, life was looking a little bleak for my client. And her attitude towards life was less than lovely.
Unfortunately, her hormones were out of control and impacted her life greatly. She wasn’t pleasant to live with. But she’s not the only one to experience what that feels like.
Focusing On Your Physical Health
Fast forward to 2 years later… She started focusing on her physical health and is living an amazing life now. She’s lost her excess body fat, working out on a regular basis, eating organic foods, and serving healthy meals to her family with joy. She’s an entrepreneur and ministering to those in need. It truly is a life she could only dream of from her couch just a couple of years ago.
She called me recently and wanted to talk about her health. She’s been on a protocol to help balance a little issue with her gut and hormones. We’ve been using an amazing protocol to shrink some little tumors. What a miracle!
But a few days before we spoke on the phone, she sent me photos of her weight gain. She even felt like her tumor was growing. It was difficult to tell though because she felt so bloated and distended.
During our call, I could hear the distress in her voice.
Now the cleanse protocol she was on was a doozy! She was getting rid of some pretty nasty bugs, and her body was feeling it.
I had to ask some tough questions.
What do you want?
Do you want your tumors to shrink or grow?
Or do you want to lose more weight and set a new goal for that?
Do you believe you are actually setting yourself up to gain weight when you feel like you’re doing everything right?
And she began to tell me the areas where she felt like she was slacking off. These weren’t major things, but they could have been playing a role.
But the biggest thing I noticed is that she felt defeated. She felt like she had been putting all the right things in, but she just wasn’t making any progress.
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Recommendations To Get Mental Health Back Into Health
I see this same story over and over with my clients. Here’s what I recommended: do the things you know to do.
If you’re walking less and it was working for you to walk more, then walk more.
If you slacked off on your water intake, then you know what to do. Drink more water.
And if you’re doing a gut cleansing protocol and you’re not working on your gut from the outside by doing things like castor oil packs and coffee enemas, then hop to it! I know it’s not fun, but it’s a small part of the process that is going to get you amazing results.
But the biggest piece of advice I gave her was this…Focus on what you want; not what you currently have. See yourself without these tumors and these bugs.
Focus On What You Want
What would your life look like if you didn’t have tumors? If you didn’t have the excess inflammation and body fat you want to get rid of?
And when those negative thoughts arise, do you have something you can actually grab hold of and believe in? To replace those negative thoughts?
What is one positive thing you can say?
For my client, she can say…I’m shrinking my tumors every day. I’m getting rid of toxins and inflammation everyday. I am reaching my health goals… Fill in the blank for yourself here. What are the things you want in your life?
Within a few days, she called me absolutely astonished.
There was one day when she didn’t feel her best and felt like she was drained of her energy. But she said she could not believe how many toxins her mind could hold onto in the form of physical toxins in her body. “I’m actually reaching my goals by just shifting my thoughts.”
When you practice managing your mind, you are going to create the future you want.
So if your thought life is not what it needs to be, I want you to practice shifting that today. Because you can have what you believe. And I’ll take it a step further and say you will have what you believe. It’s a well-proven strategy.
Missing Connection To Your Physical Health
If you’re looking for similar results to this in your life, this is the kind of work I do with my clients – helping you find the missing connection to your physical health.
It’s not all about supplements, lab tests, and eating the right foods.
It’s about helping you create your future in your mind so you can have it in reality.
We all need people who will call us out when we’re not doing the things we should be; when we’re living too much in our head, worrying, trying to figure out everything logically, it just doesn’t work. We have to set ourselves up for success by managing our minds first. Then we can make those a part of our reality
I meet a lot of people who are working on their health at varying degrees.
Some people even say they’re willing to do anything to get well.
But when it comes down to it, anything doesn’t mean anything.
This blog is a little bit of tough love mixed with truth. As a health and wellness coach, I have to be tough with my clients. While it may be hard to hear, my clients oftentimes tell me how much they appreciate that.
In today’s blog, I’m revealing 4 common objections to natural medicine I frequently hear from business professionals.
Common Objections to Natural Medicine
Here are the most common objections to natural medicine I hear from people on a regular basis. These objections get in the way of potential treatment.
1. Natural Healing Seems Too Simple To Work
The first objection I commonly hear to natural medicine is… It’s too simple to work! They aren’t willing to try simple natural approaches because they seem too simple and natural to work.
Now, I’m not here to push or pressure anything on anyone. But if I make a suggestion and it’s not heard, I’ve learned to accept the fact that they may not be ready. I’m here to help anyone who is willing to help themselves. But that’s about where I draw the line.
I recently talked to a lady with a rare condition; unfortunately, there is no medicine that will treat her condition. Instead of giving her the same runaround her doctors gave here, I encouraged her to do a few simple things at home (including taking other tests to potentially expose the underlying root of her condition). Simple.
God created everything we need to heal our bodies, and He placed it right here on this Earth for us to access. If natural medicine can solve your body’s failing system but Western medicine can’t, then why not look to the things God provided on this Earth?
If you think the simple answer is too simple, then remember this… The simplest explanation may be the best.
(Western medicine often focuses on treating the symptoms. Natural medicine focuses on addressing the root cause. If you want a “simple” process to discover (and then treat) your illness, let’s chat. I’m here for you!)
2. I Don’t Have The Money To Invest In Myself
The second objection I hear from people who don’t want to explore natural medicine is “I don’t have the time or money to invest in myself”. People are not willing to invest in themselves.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve met several individuals who are paying over $1,000 for health insurance, and it’s still not getting them the answers they need. As a matter of fact, their health keeps failing. Why? Because they’re not addressing the root cause of their condition. The number of medications are increasing. Their health is worse. And they are being told they need to remove organs (i.e. gallbladder and even their thyroid, etc.).
I have a serious problem with this.
I know the other side of this story – partly because that was my story.
Doctors told me that medication was the only way out of my illness and that I must remove organs.
Thank God I kept all my organs, but I spent many years suffering with medication after medication – not getting well and worse than that, feeling hopeless.
So why do I hear this objection to natural medicine?
Because people justify that they’ve already invested in their health insurance and that should solve their problem.
Many of these same people could see huge transformations if they adjusted their mindset and tried natural medicine.
Yes, it is out of pocket.
Yes, it is an investment.
And yes, you may even have to take out a loan.
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But is it worth saving your own thyroid, gallbladder, or kidney from being removed?
These organs are saved every day with natural medicine. And they are removed every day with conventional medicine because instead of addressing the root, conventional medicine says the organ is bad. It’s “causing you problems” so it’s necessary to cut it out.
I’m here to tell you from personal experience from myself with a saved gallbladder and other clients who’ve experienced similar stories with natural medicine. In most cases, these organs aren’t bad.
The lifestyles that have led to diseased organs is the problem.
Once you address the root of the condition, the body can heal itself.
Determine Whether Or Not You Are Worth The Investment
You have to determine whether or not you are worth the investment.
You pay $1,000 a month for insurance that doesn’t work for you. Another $1,000 for a cell phone every one to two years. And you pay a mortgage every month to put a roof over your head. And you have the money to put your child in dance class and karate. You do this because you want a quality life. And there is nothing greater than your health.
Without your health, you have nothing.
Here’s the truth… Health insurance doesn’t cover natural medicine. It is an out-of-pocket investment. You will pay out of pocket for your lab tests, consulting fees, and your care provider’s knowledge. It can cost you thousands of dollars. But it can also save your life.
Is the investment worth it to you?
That’s up to you to decide.
I know for me it was.
3. I Don’t Have Time
Onto the next objection to natural medicine… They don’t have time.
I used to think I didn’t have time for help too – until my health took my time.
Gallbladder attacks that would rob me from going to work. Exhaustion that would prevent me from enjoying time with friends or socially engaging. And brain fog that would keep me stuck on a task for hours when it should have taken a few short minutes. I was constantly cleaning up messes because I couldn’t pay attention.
Some days, I couldn’t even hold on to a water glass. I would walk in my kitchen, and my cabinet doors would be open because I forgot to close them. I would hit the floor crying.
Have you been there?
I was too busy trying to be busy with life to even notice that I didn’t have a life. My time was being robbed because I was going in a circle most of my day.
Have you ever experienced this?
I certainly hope that’s not your story, but you can also prevent that from being your story today too. You have a choice to take care of your health now, or you may be required to take care of it later. The thing with natural health and healing is that it’s great as a preventative. Once the damage is done, it’s a little more difficult to take care of yourself and a lot more work (but it still may be possible to see complete healing).
4. I Don’t Think Natural Health Works For Me
The last of four objectsions to natural medicine is they’ve already tried natural health, and it doesn’t work for them.
Here’s the thing… Most people I meet on a regular basis have gone semi-gluten- and dairy-free. They’ve removed part of the inflammatory foods. Maybe even done over-the-counter so-called detoxes that left them in the bathroom for a week while flushing out their colon (P.S. That is not a detox by the way, and you don’t have to subject yourself to those types of things. That is not natural health.)
You can try all the wonderful things like removing inflammatory foods, exercising on a daily basis, reducing your stress, dealing with relationship issues, and even replacing your medicine cabinet with essential oils. Most of the people I work with have already taken a few good healthy steps in that right direction. But they’re still dealing with chronic pain, headaches, weight and metabolism issues, fatigue, anxiety, and depression.
There is likely an underlying condition that you haven’t addressed.
It doesn’t mean natural medicine and natural health doesn’t work.
It means your limited knowledge or understanding of natural health and medicine is not enough. I told you this blog was going to be a tough love post.
When you work with someone to help you get to the root of your health issues, they can help you investigate things like underlying food sensitivities that may be impacting your nutrition, hormone imbalances, toxicity, closed drainage systems, poor immune health, or cellular damage.
A lady recently told me that she is going to die from a specific cancer because she has the specific gene for that cancer.
Unfortunately, this depressing, hopeless mindset is something I hear often.
With genetic testing on the rise, people jump to conclusions that if their genes say they are bound for disease, it means they are without a doubt going to end up with it.
The truth is…
Our thoughts drive our beliefs.
And our beliefs drive our decisions.
Our decisions drive our actions.
And our actions drive our results.
Mindset plays a big role in whether we rid our bodies of disease or we live free of disease. It’s powerful.
So when it comes to what plays a bigger role in our future health – genetics vs mindset – we need to look at the facts.
If we believe that we will be sick when we die, it will likely become a self-fulfilling prophecy, and we’ll be sick when we die.
Genetics vs Mindset: Which Plays a Bigger Role in Your Future Health?
Generational diseases are a result of us doing things that allow our genes to express in a certain way. The study of epigenetics proves that to us. We have a choice in how our genes express themselves.
Just because you come from a background of diabetes, breast cancer, or other known diseases, it doesn’t mean you have to have them.
“We don’t have to get the disease simply because we have the gene.”
Many times, we falsely believe we’re cursed to live with a particular disease process because we rightfully inherited it from our ancestors. Only about 10% of disease is genetically based. If we work on improving our diet, exercising more, and removing toxins and stressors, we can stop disease in its tracks.
We either drive disease or drive health.
Mindset Plays A Bigger Role
The study of epigenetics and the bible both tell us we can choose life or death, blessing or the curse.
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue. And those who love it will eat its fruit.”
How do we do this?
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
I love it when science lines up with the Bible.
Truth is… The Bible tells us what to eat (Genesis 9:3), what to think (Colassians 3:2), and what to meditate on (Philippians 4:8).
This isn’t your average health article.
I want to empower you to take control over your health today.
It all starts with shifting your mindset.
Know and believe that you are not doomed just because every family member that’s recently passed died of cancer.
I remember when a close family member did genetic testing. He has a propensity for diabetes, arthritis, and other pretty yucky disease processes, according to his genetic makeup. His dad even had cancer. Other family members suffered from alzheimers, aneurysms, and other things that “run in the family.” Without stress, toxins, and environmental factors that drive those disease processes, he can choose to live in health.
You may have heard of a case where a person is completely healthy until they go through a traumatic experience, and then they get sick. It’s not just some crazy coincidence.
Many people I work with have some sort of traumatic event that took place before they found themselves in a sick enough state where they felt it was necessary to seek someone to help them.
It’s the straw that broke the camel’s back, if you will.
Those genes existed all along. They just needed the right stressful event to express themselves. Stress does crazy things to the body and the mind.
In my world of functional diagnostic nutrition, we like to call this “metabolic chaos.”
But what does this term mean? Metabolic chaos is a term that describes the breakdown of the body after it encounters physical, emotional, and chemical stress. That stress causes normal processes in the body to start getting a little chaotic.
This looks different in all people.
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All our body parts are interconnected. We are an entire being – mind, body, and spirit… Not just separate parts attached to each other.
And everyone has a weak link – whether it’s your gut, hormones, or headaches. It’s just how you uniquely express stress in your unique physical body. When left unchecked, this is what leads to disease.
Where Metabolic Chaos Arises From
Metabolic chaos can arise from many different stressful situations. Many times, it’s an emotional stress, but not always. We live in a state of chronic stress – pollution and smog, traffic jams, electromagnetic frequencies, harmful chemicals and pesticides sprayed on our foods, loads of sugar, relationship stress, financial stress, loss. Our immune system suffers when we’re chronically stressed like this.
So if we come into contact with a true invader like a pathogen in the form of a virus, bacteria, parasite, or even a physical injury, our body reaches a point where enough is enough.
This is the perfect storm for disease processes to rear their ugly head(s).
Then the diagnosis comes, along with the medication, and potentially the surgery…
You get the point.
The thing is… Propensity for disease is there.
It’s in our genes, it always has been.
But we have a choice as to whether or not we express those genes.
So what if you’re in the middle of your perfect storm of metabolic chaos?
When eliminating stress, think about your relationships and emotional stressors. Also, consider the physical stress.
Are you creating metabolic chaos by the toxins around or inside you?
This could be…
Foods you choose
Words you speak
Products you put on your skin
Toxic cookware and cleaning products
Simply not expelling toxins properly by moving your body, sweating, and eliminating waste (pooping) like you should
Feeling a Little Overwhelmed?
Feeling a little overwhelmed on how you can eliminate some of the metabolic chaos in your life?
That’s normal. I’ve been there, and I’ve helped many others who once felt the same way.
Let’s change that for you too!
I have a simple 90-day program that will give you the basics of how to clean up your lifestyle to help you eliminate stress before it turns to disease. This program was created for those looking for a way to prevent or stop disease in its tracks before it ever begins. It provides you the tools you need to live a life of health for the rest of your life.
A lot of people comment or send me messages with some of the following questions:
How are you so consistent with your health? Do you ever slip up? How do you have the time to do it all?
Can I let you in on a little secret? It’s not all rainbows and unicorns.
I struggle sometimes and am not consistent.
Yes, even health coaches like myself struggle!
Here’s the thing… Believe it or not, it’s not about perfection; it’s about showing up everyday. Because consistency is the key and maintaining it is very difficult, I developed the 3 stage framework to reclaim your health.
Excuses Busy Professionals Use to NOT Invest in Their Health
When I talk about investing in your health, I’m not just talking about hiring a health and wellness coach like myself. I’m talking about investing in the right foods, the right workout programs or gyms, and in yourself.
Here are the top excuses busy professionals use to not invest in their health:
They don’t have the time. No one has more than 24 hours in a day. If you cannot fit it all in 24 hours, it means you need to reassess what’s important and manage time accordingly.
They can’t give up their will or desire for certain foods. Don’t want to give up pastas, cheeses, alcohol, and other junk foods? Giving up these foods does not equate to giving up on life.
They don’t have the money. We find the money to support what is important to us. Are you willing to stand in line for the new iPhone, order a daily latte at Starbucks, or purchase a new TV because your old one broke? That indicates to me that you’re willing to trade your health for something that will only grant temporary satisfaction.
Difference Between Excuses and Reasons
An excuse is never a reason for doing or not doing something, but a reason may appear to be an excuse. When I work with my clients, I do not accept their excuses. People oftentimes confuse excuses for reasons, so I want to be real clear on the difference.
Excuses are explanations that justify or defend reasoning. They do not hold any strength when tested.
Conversely, a reason is a cause for a decision.
See the difference?
EXCUSE: I don’t have time to commit to my health. I’m too busy with work, taking care of the kids, and am just exhausted at the end of the day.
REASON:Right now, I am prioritizing taking care of my sick mother; consequently, I can only commit to a maximum of 30-minutes a day to focus on my health – exercise, mediation, etc. Once my mother heals, I’ll be able to commit more time.
3 Stage Framework to Reclaim Your Health
I usually hear excuses from individuals who do not have a framework or a ladder to climb out of their pit of negativity. This is why I developed my 3 stage framework to reclaim your health. Although every client has their own unique needs, we use this framework to develop a custom plan for each client and see incredible results because of it.
Eat for YOUR body, not someone else’s body. Learn the foods and combinations that serve your unique body, and focus on that instead of what someone else tells you is good for them.
Uncover hidden stressors. We all know stress is bad for us. Until we understand what the source of our stress is, we cannot deal with it.
Master your mindset. Use the most powerful machine on the planet – your brain – to manage your body and your life the way you want it to work out.
Let’s dive into the details!
Stage 1: Eat for YOUR Body
The first stage in the 3 stages to reclaim your health framework is to decide to eat for your body. Figure out which foods work right for your body – not your neighbor’s, sister’s, or the TV infomercial guru’s body. When you fuel yourself with the right foods, it functions more efficiently and gives you freedom from cravings. Then, you know you are fueling up your body with the right foods.
I teach a simple method based on your own personal metabolic type that you can use long-term. Counting calories, macros, or weighing your food isn’t sustainable or realistic for busy professionals like yourself. This simple method helps you understand how to balance your plate appropriately so you…
Feel satisfied Stabilize your moods Have no cravings Don’t feel like you’re crashing after meals
When you experience that freedom, it means you’ve balanced your blood sugars well (which balances your weight and metabolism).
There are Alternative Foods for Any Food
Before I became a health consultant and coach, I was a junk food junkie… Bread, cheese, pizza, fries… You name it. I craved it!
But these were the exact things that were keeping me sick.
If you’re struggling to give up foods that are harmful to your body, I totally get it. Now that I’ve been doing this for so long, I don’t have any cravings and have even found replacement foods.
Thankfully, there are now alternatives for everything. You can still have your pasta and tacos; you just have to find the right alternatives that work for your body.
Stage 2: Uncover Hidden Stressors
The second stage in the 3 stages to reclaim your health framework is to uncover your hidden stressors. When I start working with you as a client, I use functional lab tests to evaluate your hormones, immune health, digestion, and detoxification systems. We then discover underlying imbalances preventing you from looking and feeling your best.
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These tests allow us to peel back the layers and reveal the root cause of your disease. You’ll understand the why behind certain symptoms – which is much more important than the what.
I recently worked with a couple who were both in their 70s; the husband recently texted me that he feels better than when he was 30! That’s the transformation you can experience when you uncover hidden stressors. You can experience victory in your health journey!
The third and final stage in the 3 stages to reclaim your health is to master your mindset. Learn how to honor your body’s needs so it will honor you back. When you master your mindset, you create peace with your past so you can move forward in joy and happiness.
Shifting the way you think about your health and your future is one of the most important things you can do to achieve and maintain health and happiness.
Remember, short-term solutions do not produce long-term results. Shifting your mindset is a long-term solution.
Building a strong foundation from a whole body perspective will give you the total transformation you’ve been longing for in your mind and body.
When I was a hospital consultant, I travelled all around the world – flying every Monday and Friday. It would have been so easy to let my circumstances take over my health journey. And for a while, it did! I felt like I never had enough time and worked myself into illness.
It wasn’t until I shifted my mindset and prioritized my health that I saw consistent change and a move in the direction I wanted to be. Even though I was flying, working 60 hours a week, writing my book, and working on my health and wellness journey, I decided that “I” was “my priority.”
I scheduled and planned everything – including staying in hotels where my room included a kitchen so I could cook my own meals. This choice enabled me to have consistency.
Who else lives by their calendar? Following a routine forces you to be consistent, so schedule your routine on your calendar and follow it. If you do not follow it, it will lead to a slippery slope where you begin to create a mistrust in yourself (and eventually self-sabotage).
Health is Your Greatest Asset
What would having your health do for you?
You don’t have to be sick before you die. It’s your choice to reclaim your health – your greatest asset. Learn how to take care of yourself with my 3 stage framework. Then clean out some of the excuses you’re using now to take action. Those excuses are lies that only make you feel good temporarily.
When your health is in line, you’re going to be successful in every area of your life.
Ready to reclaim your health? I help busy professionals recover hormone health and balance weight and metabolism so they can shine with confidence and energy needed for success. Let’s chat to protect your greatest asset!
Think back to before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. What was your daily routine like? If you’re anything like me, it was busy.
As an entrepreneur, I know there is always work to be done. This is true even if you’re not a business owner. Many of us have running to-do lists of things that we hope to get done once things wind down. So, when Stay-At-Home orders were put in place, it seemed like a great time to finally start checking things off this list.
Afterall, we should all have more free time now…right?
In reality, working at home because of the Stay-At-Home order – if you are not already someone who works from home – doesn’t necessarily mean things slow down. In fact, they might be busier than before.
So while you’re operating at a faster pace, build a healthy morning routine to foster energy and take care of yourself again.
The Quick Path to Burnout
Lately, we’ve been consumed with tackling those projects we feel like we should have extra time for. At the same time, requests for online meetings have consumed our calendars – keeping us professionally and personally connected in a physically and somewhat personally disconnected time.
If you’re like me, you’re probably bouncing from one video call to the next for 12+ hours a day. Whatever it is… We all have things absorbing our days. Being wound in this non-stop routine can set anyone up for a quick path to burnout.
If you’re feeling like you’re on the quick path to burnout, you’re not alone!
Trust me, I was feeling it too.
After about a month of long days sitting at the computer, I realized something had to change. I decided to make some work-life boundaries to avoid burnout and maintain my own health.
And you can too!
Setting Healthy Boundaries to Prevent Burnout
What is filling your calendar that is causing you stress? Once you identify that filler, the next step is to set a healthy boundary around it to prevent burnout.
Personally, I’m only allowing for one networking-type event each day.
That’s my boundary.
I know you might be hesitant to say “no” to things that feel like obligations. But only you can make your wellness a priority. It’s okay to push others out if your schedule is getting overbooked.
Here are a few things I encourage you to consider when setting healthy boundaries during this time:
Plan your day, and stick to it. When your calendar is full, it’s full. Remember, you’re responsible for your own happiness. Prepare your day in a way that brings you happiness. Planning allows you to respond, rather than react.
Be true to yourself. Maintaining your integrity starts with staying true to your own values first.
Be honest with others. If you can’t commit to something, then say “no” rather than committing to something out of guilt, obligation, or fear of what others may think. Let your “yes” mean YES and your “no” mean NO.
Ask for help if you need it. Surround yourself with those who support you. You’re not alone.
Take time out everyday for a little quiet time and self-care. Block out the noise, and turn off those pesky notifications. It’s not always easy to take time out of of each day for yourself; however, when we’re intentional about our daily routines, this becomes possible.
Become more intentional about your daily routines first thing in the morning.
Build a Healthy Morning Routine
So how do you build a healthy morning routine?
For me, it all starts the moment my feet hit the floor. I usually give myself 2 to 3 hours of time to focus on myself in the mornings before I start my day with the rest of the world.
We are all different. What works for me won’t work the same way for you.
You have to customize your approach to wellness.
So, I want to give you some ideas for how to get started in building your own personal morning routine that keeps you grounded:
Practice gratitude and prayer Focus within and meditate Visualize your day Stimulate your mind Get in some morning movement
Practice Gratitude and Prayer
From the moment we wake up, we choose what energy we want to bring with us throughout our day. If you’re looking for a way to foster optimistic energy, practice gratitude journaling and/or prayer.
A recent scientific study found that people who reflect on things they’re thankful for through gratitude letters have better long-term mental health than those who don’t.
What would having a more positive outlook do for you?
Let me know in the comments below.
Focus Within & Meditate
Many people rush into their day without taking time to center themselves.
If we don’t take time to fill up our own cup first, we won’t have anything to share with others.
You can’t pour from an empty cup!
For this reason, one of the most powerful ways to prevent burnout is to start your day by finding wellness within and meditating.
In last month’s blog I introduced you to several tools that allow you to decompress and focus within, such as meditation and breathwork. Many business professionals like you worry that they don’t have the time to do these practices. The truth is, it doesn’t have to take much time at all!
In fact, meditation is so powerful that it takes only a few moments each day to reap plenty of benefits, including…
Relaxation of the mind and body Decreased muscle tension and stress Improved sleep Better focus and concentration Improved digestion Lower blood pressure Improved mental health Increased intuition
The best part is, you can practice meditation or breathwork anywhere at any time.
Spend time honoring your body each morning by focusing within.
Visualize Your Day
When was the last time you paused to ask yourself, “How do I want to show up today?” or “What do I want my day to look like?”
These simple questions can have a transformational impact on your whole day. When we visualize something enough, it can become our reality.
Have you heard of a self-fulfilling prophecy? It’s the idea that if we constantly focus on the negative, then we will see that come alive in our lives. So many people are there, right now, living in fear. Being stuck in a pattern of negative thoughts can have a negative impact in your body and life.
Instead of putting your energy into what you’re afraid of, harness that energy into what you’re hopeful for instead. Break free of this negative pattern as early in the day as possible so you can set yourself up for success.
Stimulate Your Mind
When was the last time you did something to stimulate your mind? Most of us go throughout our day on auto-pilot out of habit. A thoughtful path to health and wellness often requires intellectual and spiritual growth. If we aren’t learning, we aren’t growing.
Challenge yourself to read or learn something new every day to stimulate your mind and encourage learning and growth. This can be as simple as reading a few pages of a book each morning. Of course, make sure whatever you’re reading is enjoyable so that you’ll be motivated to continue each day.
If your reading list isn’t exciting you and you’re looking for suggestions, check out my book, Healed His Way. It’s about my personal journey overcoming health struggles through approaches to healing that aren’t typically addressed in mainstream Western medicine. I put a lot of research and passion into writing it to help others like you.
Get In Some Morning Movement
More than any other time of day, mornings can be a fantastic time to get in some movement. For one thing, there are fewer distractions! Messages, emails, and meetings aren’t fighting for your attention this early.
Another incentive to start your mornings with movement can be inspired by one of Newton’s general laws of physics…
“An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion” – Isaac Newton
In other words, when we start our days with movement, we are more likely to honor our bodies with movement all day long.
To add to the list, have you ever heard of the runner’s high? Personally, I’ve never experienced it first-hand because I’m not much for running. But in general, exercise improves my mood and energy and probably yours too. This occurs because the brain is producing endorphins that make us feel good.
Try to get in some morning movement to start the day in a good mood. You will likely sustain your energy all day long.
The Time Is NOW to Build A Morning Routine
If you haven’t been able to check off all the things on your to-do list in the past month, don’t be too hard on yourself. We have all felt burnt out from trying to take on so much without taking time for our own wellness.
Give yourself some grace, and don’t give up!
Now is the time for you to step back into your power.
Create healthy boundaries and start to build a morning routine. It’s so much easier to do the right things later in the day when you’ve started the day with something healthy.
Don’t worry about how much time you spend for yourself at first. Just start somewhere,and do what works for you. When you put these tools to use, you’ll surprise yourself with just how much you can accomplish.
If you’ve been struggling with burnout and have been having trouble focusing on your goals, you’re not alone. This month, I sat down with Megan Warren, a fellow practitioner, to talk about different ways to build routines to benefit our own health and the health of our clients.