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.
Rather watch a 7 minute video with the same information….
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.
Many fearful emotions have been surfacing across our communities over the past couple of weeks. One of the most powerful things you can do during this time to maintain a lifestyle of health and wellness is to learn how to decompress during stressful events like the COVID-19 Stay-At-Home order.
Let’s start by naming the source of those fearful emotions that seem to control us in times of uncertainty.
We are social animals by nature. We thrive in environments where we can interact with the world and the people within it. But right now, social distancing is essential during the COVID-19 pandemic, so our in-person interactions are limited.
When we’re alone, we try to fill our biological need for social connection. For many of us, it’s instinctual to turn to social media. But what we don’t realize is that too much of a good thing can have negative effects.
When we spend too much time on social media, it doesn’t take long before we’re overwhelmed and bombarded with frightening news from all over the world. Even if we’re safe physically, we can find ourselves feeling immense fear and emotionally drained.
If you’ve been experiencing anxiety that you can’t seem to shake, then I want to share with you the science-backed approaches that I use with my clients (and myself) to decompress by focusing within.
When we wake up in the morning, many of us tend to reach for our phones. Although we may have good intentions when doing this – whether it’s checking the time or looking at our calendar to plan for the day – it’s very easy to get swept up in notifications.
We begin reading frightening news articles and warning posts on social media, and before we know it, within 5 minutes of waking up…
Our shoulders and face are tense, our heart is pounding, and we’re breathing shallow and fast.
These are physiological signs of fear.
I want to encourage you to go within. Ask yourself…
“What are my actions doing to me emotionally?”
Are you actually afraid, or are your social media interactions driving you into a physiological fear response?
To reset your mind, focus intently within yourself and on your immediate surroundings. Remind yourself to come from a place of hope and gratitude. You can start by using some simple approaches to induce a more relaxed state.
How To Decompress During Stressful Events
So how can you shift yourself into a more relaxed state? Here are a few ways to decompress during stressful events such as a Stay-At-Home order. It all starts by focusing within yourself.
Give Your Immune System A Boost
One of the best ways to decompress is by naturally boosting your immune system. Many people take these simple tips for granted, but when you put them into action there is no denying the results! Here are a few easy ways to get started.
Be Present in Nature
One of the most overlooked ways to boost the immune system is by getting out in nature! It’s really that simple. Take a visit to your local park for some fresh air and sunlight.
Being present in nature helps you to decompress in two major ways.
First, the vitamin D you take in will give your immune system an energy boost.
And second, being consumed by natural beauty will help you ground yourself in the present moment – and away from stress. Plus, nature has its own immune system that helps us boost ours.
Nourish Your Body
Ensuring your body gets the external nourishment it needs is just one way to boost your immune system. The other way is by giving your body internal nourishment.
Hydrate well. Make sure you’re staying hydrated by drinking plenty of pure water.
Eat well. Focus on eating whole foods.
Sleep well. And be serious about getting enough quality sleep each night.
These small changes will go a very long way in helping you boost your immune system and make it easier to decompress during stressful events. On April 20th, I’m launching a free 5-Day At Home Quarantine Resetwhere I will coach you on how to…
Stay focused on your nutrition (even though your routine has been disrupted)
Balance your plate and remove some of the inflammatory foods
Include more fresh, whole foods into your diet
Decompress during these times of stress
You’ll also receive recipes, tracking sheets, and support by yours truly!
When people tell you to unplug, they normally mean to stop staring at your electronics.
But I mean this literally. Unplug!
Turn off your WiFi router. Unplug your tech. Turn off your phone.
Many people already know that electronics can impact us emotionally by exposing us to content that makes us anxious. But they also impact us physically through radiation.
WiFi And Wellness
The wireless technology we use to communicate everyday exposes us to in electromagnetic radiation (EMR). Radios, microwaves, and even the sun’s UV rays emit EMR waves.
Energy from natural sources like the sun is good for us. But once again, too much of a good thing can cause us harm. That’s why we get sunburn when we’re out in the sun too long. Being overexposed to the sun’s rays causes damage to the DNA in our skin cells.
How is sunburn anything like EMR from our tech devices? Years ago, we didn’t know that UV radiation could lead to skin cancer. Today, we know.
Experts don’t know the full impact of newly introduced 5G radiation on our health yet, it’s still under active research.
Take some time each week to decompress and focus on wellness within by unplugging.
Reset Your Nervous System
As I always say, our bodies are intelligent machines. They want to help us stay well. We have inherent biological responses in the body that are designed to keep us alive when we’re under stress. This is called the fight or flight response.
When we enter into a state of panic, the body physically prepares us to fight or run from the stressor. Our earliest ancestors were mostly afraid of predatory animals. If they saw a tiger, they ran from it for their own safety.
But in modern times, these fight-or-flight responses typically don’t arise in response to tigers. When we panic, it can often be because of things that we can’t necessarily run from.
In this case, you’ll want to reset your nervous system. The easiest way to do this is through deep breathing. It’s simple, and can be done anywhere at any time.
The Box Breathing Approach
The Box Breathing Method is an approach to deep breathing that Navy Seals use. How does it work?
Breathe in for a count of 4 …
Hold for 4 …
Breathe out for 4 …
Hold for 4 …
Repeat this for a minute, and work your way up to longer periods of time. Focus on filling your stomach with air rather than puffing out your chest or shoulders. When breathing out, focus on pulling your belly button in towards your spine.
By doing this simple breath work, we are sending a powerful physical message through our body to tell our brain it’s okay to relax.
I’ve done this exercise with a room full of type A business professionals who spend most of their day on-edge. After 1 minute of this powerful breathing technique, the entire dynamic of the room shifts to calm.
Try it out and see how well it will work for you too.
[8:46] Boost Your Immune System [10:03] Take Precautions With WiFi [10:40] Deep Breathing Work
Take Action Now for a Healthy Future
[14:19] Engage In Positive Relationships [15:22] Drink Water & Eat Whole Foods [15:41] Get Enough Sleep
You don’t have to wait for inner peace to arrive on its own. You can focus on wellness within today!
If you’re interested in customizing any of these decompression techniques for yourself, then you’ll want to be a part of my free 5-Day “At Home” Quarantine Resetwhere I’ll coach you on your nutrition, stress reduction, metabolism, and sleep habits. While you can’t control everything outside your home, you can control your health.
And do it all while taking care of our families and work responsibilities.
With time, practice, coaching, and the right resources, we can all learn how to juggle these things…
But sometimes, a wrench is occasionally thrown into the mix – something we couldn’t have planned for or expected.
Right now, many of us are experiencing major changes in our normal routines as a result of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Our gyms and yoga studios are closed, in-person social activities and faith services have come to a halt, our children are home during the day, and our work is being conducted remotely or not at all. So much unexpected change all at once can lead to a great deal of stress and impact our health goals.
Juggling just became a whole lotmore difficult.
If you’ve dropped the ball on some of your health and wellness practices, don’t let it stay on the floor! In this blog, I’m going to tell you about 3 simple ways to stop sabotaging your health goals – no matter what life throws at you (even a pandemic).
3 Simple Ways To Stop Sabotaging Your Health Goals
In times of stress, it’s very easy to overlook the things that are sabotaging your health goals. Here are 3 simple ways to avoid setting yourself back.
1. Stop Ignoring Yourself
The most important thing that so many people forget during their health and wellness journeys is themselves. Yes, that’s right! People leave themselves out of the equation. When was the last time you turned off auto-pilot to evaluate your mindset or tune into your body’s signals?
As you might already know if you’ve read my blog about stress, it can weaken your body’s immune system and disrupt your normal sleeping behavior. If you ignore your body’s stress signals, you are creating major limitations for yourself; you may find that you don’t have enough energy to complete your normal workouts or that you can’t get enough rest for recovery.
Instead of ignoring your feelings and hoping they will go away on their own, acknowledge them, adapt. This will allow you to begin counteracting their negative effects through nutrition or mindfulness practices.
Rather listen to an 8 minute video with the same information?
Use The Mind-Body Connection
Sometimes, the best way to stop ignoring yourself is to start talking to yourself. Okay – maybe not out loud if you’re in a public place. But this pandemic has created an incredible opportunity for you to retreat and rest.. Everything that we think, feel, and believe can affect our body’s biological health. This is called the mind-body connection. In this way, speaking negatively to ourselves can have a negative biological impact.
Instead, take full advantage of the way that your brain and body share a common chemical language by encouraging yourself to take an optimistic outlook mentally. This will foster energy from inside to reclaim your physical health. I’ve worked with many clients over the years to improve their mindsets and help them reach their visions of health and wellness using this approach.
Make Time For Wellness
When you’re focused on everything you can’t control, it is easy to forget the one thing that you can control: yourself.
For many around the world, we now have Stay-At-Home orders (or at least recommendations for social distancing). You can spend that extra time that you would otherwise by commuting or working and watch that TV series you’ve been meaning to watch. But after a few days of missing your regular exercise, your body will begin to express its needs to you. You may start to feel sluggish or tense. Don’t ignore it.
Here are a couple tips to make time for wellness (especially during this season):
Take Supplements Every Single Day
Take supplements everyday. Make it part of your routine, just like your morning cup of coffee. If you need help figuring out what your body needs, I can help direct you.
Eat Whole Foods. Use the time you would be commuting to cook your meals at home. You’ve been gifted this large amount of time to focus on you.
Implement More Movement
Implement more movement into your daily schedule. If you typically walk or bike to work and now you have been told not to commute in, this is something you don’t have control over. If you normally go to the gym before or after work and it’s now closed, the same is true. Try walking up and down your stairs if the weather is bad. See how many times you can climb them! Have your kids or spouse join you as you “climb the mountain”. Access tons of at-home workouts (many of which have been made free due to COVID-19). Take your conference calls on a walk (Zoom is available on mobile).
Spend Time In Nature
Get outside and spend time in nature. Lately, I’ve been focused on getting outside and in some sunlight. It’s amazing the healing properties that nature has. In fact, it boosts your immune system for up to 30 days. Take a walk or bike ride outside during the time you would normally be commuting to work. Your body will thank you.
Focus On Your Mindset
Meditate, breathe, and pray. Calm the nervous system by introducing rhythmic breathing and focusing on what the Lord is teaching you in this season.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Phillippians 4:6-7
No matter what life throws at you, you can always make time to take care of yourself. Energy is always present – don’t sabotage your wellness by letting it go to waste!
2. Avoid Comparing Yourself To Others
In times of uncertainty, many people turn to health and wellness experts on social media to see what they are doing to stay on track. They start comparing their own workouts, meal plans, sleep schedule, or supplements to those of others; however, this could sabotage your path to wellness.
How? Well comparison isn’t just the thief of joy; it can also be a major roadblock to reaching your wellness goals because what works for others, isn’t going to work the same way for you. One approach can bring phenomenal results for one person, while the same exact approach may not work at all on the next person. This is true particularly in regard to nutrition.
Not convinced? Let’s talk about exactly why comparing yourself to others is not a beneficial use of your time and energy…
Understand We Are All Built Differently
When it comes to everything from our muscle fibers and nutritional needs to our stressors and preferences, we are all different. This is why abiding by a one-size-fits-all plan will eventually lead you to a dead end.
Believe me! I’ve tried them all.
The truth is, we don’t all have the same genetics, body composition, environment, or disease processes. Because of this, building a health plan is a lot like cooking from a recipe. To make the best meal, you don’t always follow the recipe exactly to a “T”. Instead, the ingredients need to be adjusted to satisfy whoever you’re serving.
You wouldn’t give your lactose-intolerant friend your smoothie recipe that includes yogurt. No matter how delicious it is to you, it would cause them major discomfort. Instead, you substitute yogurt for something their body can easily digest, like almond milk.
The same is true when it comes to following a wellness plan. You don’t need an expert’s meal plan filled with a variety of boxed foods; their workout plan also may not be right for your body. These things will not serve you to the fullest capacity. In fact, it might even do more harm than good.
Instead, stop sabotaging your health goals by focusing on your own personalized approach to wellness.
3. Don’t Push Off Your Priorities
Now, breaking free of the comparison trap to focus on yourself doesn’t mean that you have to walk down your path to wellness all on your own! In fact, you should do your best to surround yourself with others that will hold you accountable.
Why is accountability so important? It is one of the most essential ways to help us avoid pushing off our health priorities.
When we set SMART goals for ourselves (check out #1 on last month’s blog post for how to set SMART goals!) and then life throws something unexpected our way, it is only natural for us to want to postpone our initial timeline for reaching that goal. Sometimes, this can’t be helped. But other times, we just need a friendly reminder to prioritize what is most important: our wellness.
“Be stubborn about your goals, and flexible about your methods”
Sticking to your priorities doesn’t mean that you have to carry out the plan exactly as you initially intended. But it does mean getting them done – one way or another. Releasing yourself from an all-or-nothing mentality will ensure you’re not stagnant in your progress towards wellness.
It is harder to let ourselves down when we know others are rooting for us too.
If you are having trouble finding others to foster accountability with in-person because of social-distancing or other circumstances, there are several other approaches you can take. For example, you can start a virtual accountability group with family or friends online with daily, weekly, or monthly check-ins.
Another great way to stay accountable is through having a health and wellness expert like myself coach you through your journey. I found this to be incredibly useful in my own journey, and that is why I am so excited to be a source of accountability for others like you. It makes all the difference.
I don’t say this to scare you, but COVID-19 won’t be the last illness that sweeps the world. Are you ready to step up and take care of your body, so you don’t have to worry about the next pandemic coming around (at least as much)? Fill out a discovery call form here if you’re ready to talk more with me about holding yourself accountable to your health goals and protecting your future.
P.S. Over the last couple days, I’ve been posting a lot of COVID-19 related things on my social media accounts to reduce stress and improve your immune system. Are you following me?
On the inside, the only thing sweet was the sugar that filled my belly from my sugar addiction – the candies, cookies, brownies, cake, and ice cream.
At one point, I thought… “there’s nothing wrong. It wasn’t the sugar or anything else. There was simply something going on that I would suffer with for the rest of my life.”
Health or the lack of health doesn’t always show itself on the outside. From the naked eye, you would have never thought I was suffering. I’m not a complainer, so none of my friends or family were aware that I was suffering in silence.
This same story is one that many people experience, but it doesn’t have to be your story forever.
Silently Suffering with Toxic Burden Doesn’t Have to Be Your Story
I think about my grandfather who was diagnosed with a rare cancer the day before his death. He had been silently suffering with toxic burden, and for how long, no one knows!
It’s interesting now that I’ve experienced my silent suffering, I can see it clearly in the people I interact with.
Today, I watch people with their energy-depleted faces. I physically see their tired eyes, dull skin, and pain on their faces. I hear the hurt in their words. And I can see the suffering through their tough exterior.
Maybe it’s a gift I gained because I know it so well.
When we’re like this, we feel there’s no hope. We’re trying to feel better. But everything we try seems to fail us… once again.
The thing is, you don’t have to suffer in silence anymore.
There’s hope, life, and light at the end of the tunnel. Your story is just getting started…
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Getting Out of the Cycle when You’re Suffering
How do you get out of this cycle? I spent many years throwing every supplement I could possibly get my hands on at many of the symptoms I was experiencing, hoping to get well.
I call this a hodgepodge approach now.
Fighting symptoms with supplements is no better than fighting them with medication.
We hear a lot about root cause analysis in today’s health and wellness world. The truth is, we may not always know the exact root of a person’s illness. Why is this?
We come into contact with stressors on a daily basis that may or may not push us over the edge enough to drive a disease process. It’s my experience that a major life stressor can be the turning point for someone when it comes to illness. Major life stressors might include moving to a new city, changing jobs, growing your family, divorce, or a death in the family.
So how does all this work?
Those who want to heal the body naturally from the inside out would likely work on things like detoxification, gut healing, and hormone balance.
In the event that cleaning up a person’s environment doesn’t work, then I, or other wellness practitioners, will do a little more detective work.
This usually happens when we discover that there is an environmental culprit preventing you from getting well. For example, this could look like constant exposure to mold or allergens in a person’s environment. It can be viral infections, parasites, or any number of other invaders.
Maybe you’re holding on to extra body fat that won’t seem to budge. Did you know there’s much more than diet and exercise when it comes to weight loss? That’s why we have an obesity epidemic on our hands.
Cancer & Toxic Overload
What about more serious illness like cancer? The C-word – cancer – is one that seems to creep into our lives. I recently lost my grandfather due to cancer. Like I said previously, he silently suffered for a long time. I’m sure of it. He even seemed to be in severe pain last time we were together.
As my family is recovering from this loss due to cancer, here are some things that I want you to think about today.
Cancer is Preventable
Did you know that we can prevent cancer if we live a life of health? I also don’t imagine that cancer has to be a death sentence, although many people do die from it.
“More people live off cancer than die from it.”
Our bodies are in a very acidic state as a whole. We also lack nutrients, are depleted in our hormones, in toxic overload, and are bogged down with life stressors.
Did you know that when many oncologists are interviewed they say they would not subject themselves or their family members to the same treatments they give their patients?
Isn’t that a shocking statement?
The truth is, whether it’s cancer, autoimmunity, diabetes, or high blood pressure, treatment with medications is no fun.
What if you could prevent diseases like this though?
What if basic lifestyle adjustments could actually be what would bring the body back into balance so these symptoms and the underlying disease could clear up?
Would it be worth it to you to give up those sodas and drive thru window meals to get rid of some of the things that are preventing you from feeling your best?
Choosing Health Over Sickness
I know that’s what it took for me. And that’s what it takes for the people I work with today. It’s a simple decision we can make every day to choose health or sickness.
It’s your choice.
I remember meeting a man about 5 or so years ago. During our conversation, I mentioned that I don’t get sick. He said, “You can’t say that. That’s ridiculous!”
Well as ridiculous as it is, it was true.
If you’re at your wit’s end with your health – whether it’s your weight or you’re experiencing a more complex issue – there’s hope for your story.
Improvement is possible when you partner with someone who can help you.
If you resonate with the information I shared today, I’ve designed programs that allow us to work together anywhere from 90 days to 9 months or longer, if you choose. I’d love to take some time to get to know your story a little better – whether you want to work with me in one of my programs or become part of the Chelsie Ward Wellness community by commenting below. It’s time to take action and reclaim your health.
Healing doesn’t take place overnight.
If you feel like you’re doing all the right things and still aren’t seeing improvement in your symptoms or your weight won’t budge, it means you may need to dig deeper to find the cause.
I help busy, healthy-minded people like you get to the root and restore your gut and hormone health so you can feel good in your skin and live your best life in joy!
Thomas Edison – the inventor of the light bulb and – once said, “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will educate his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”
Edison had a good point – prevention is the best medicine. But there’s an issue with his statement. Many don’t think anything is wrong with them until they feel unwell. As a health and wellness practitioner, I see more people that are feeling less than their best and less people who want to prevent disease. When they come to me, they are too far in their disease to bypass some sort of preventive medicine or natural intervention.
It’s time to tune in to your body’s signals.
As someone who believes that God provided everything on this earth for our wellness, my methods include course correction and working with natural substances (or supplements), which in my experience, gives individuals a whole new life.
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Using Medicine for Healing
I desire to see others thriving and well – not just managing their symptoms. When I was studying to become a nurse, I never realized I would learn so much about what I didn’t like about conventional medicine. Let’s take a look at how to use conventional medicine and God’s medicine for healing.
I realized my patients were just like me – suffering with no end in sight without some medication to mask the symptoms, surgery to explore a little further, or remove an organ that had failed.
I knew from the very beginning this type of treatment didn’t resonate with me.
What I didn’t realize at the beginning is that I had a choice, and so do you.
It was when I became sick that I started looking for treatments outside of conventional medicine.
Before I go any further, please hear me loud and clear… I believe there is a time and place for conventional medicine. But I also believe that the “pill for the ill” world we live in has us in a heap of trouble.
Did you know (at the time of this writing) the 3rd leading cause of death is medical error? That’s shocking to say the least!
Why do we continue to trust in man’s medicine over God’s medicine? Everything we need to heal our bodies has been placed on this earth in nature. The medicines we need are found on the earth, and their leaves are to be used for healing (Ezekiel 47:12).
“And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither, nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.”
I see this type of medicine work every day of my life.
I watch people with chronic illness transform before my very eyes – people who have been on prescription medications for 20 years suddenly heal their bodies naturally. Plus, they don’t need their prescriptions anymore.
I’ve watched countless clients be released from their doctors care, not because I told them to, but because the numbers on their lab tests literally reversed after implementing natural healing methodologies.
What a miracle!
If you want to kickstart your 2020 goals, I’m starting a free 5-day challenge that focuses on the area many have problems losing – the spare tire. Over those 5 days, we’ll also look at the communication signals that drive inflammation and disease your body
If you’ve been stressed recently (a divorce, a big move, an illness, or a loss), it can negatively impact your adrenal health. It’s time to slow down and rest a little to recuperate. Listen to your body. There are herbal mixtures that can bring healing to your adrenals and rescue you during those high stress times. One of my favorites is a simple amino acid called l-theanine.
3. Adjust Length of Workouts If You’re Exhausted
Exhausted after your workouts? Complete exhaustion after a workout is your body’s signal that you’re doing too much and pushing yourself too hard.
This is especially common in individuals workout out for over an hour a day. Adjust the lengths of your workouts to shorter increments until you feel more energized.
Not everyone is in a place physically that they should push to the max on a daily basis. Learn to rest when your body is telling you it’s exhausted.
When we declutter our lives, we declutter our minds.
4. Create a Bedtime Routine
If you feel wired before bed and feel like you can’t fall asleep easily, it’s time to pay attention to your bedtime routine.
We enforce bedtime wind-down with our children, but we quickly dismiss bedtime routines as adults. Turn off technology an hour before bed, take a warm bath, read a relaxing book, and prep a healthy lunch for work for the next day.
Do something to chill out.
5. Take a Breather
Stressed at work? Maybe you need to walk away and take a breather. Literally, walk away and do some deep breathing. I call this “box breathing.”
Breathe in 4 counts, hold 4 counts, breathe out 4 counts, hold 4 counts.
Repeat this for at least 1 minute and work your way up to longer periods over time.
Work to fill your belly, not your chest, with air. This will calm your nervous system. If you do this on a regular basis, you will find that you’re naturally more calm during stressful times.
These are a few ways you can tune in to your body to give it what it needs throughout the day.
Stress is a driver of disease.
As a nation, we are chronically stressed. Stress is not only emotional, but it is chemical, physical, and even goes on inside our bodies. It can be a fight with our partner, a bad work relationship, traffic jams on our commutes, eating inflammatory foods, and even illness in our bodies.
Think about the things you come in contact with on a daily basis that your body perceives as stress. I encourage you to slow down on a regular basis.
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