It’s common to feel digestive discomfort (bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, nausea) or fatigue after eating, but it should not be the norm.
The gut allows nutrients to pass into the body and provides a barrier against harmful organisms. When this happens correctly, you feel energized and refreshed after meals.
If that’s not the case for you, you may benefit from a few simple guidelines known to improve digestion and ease symptoms like abdominal pain and swelling, mental fog, intestinal gas, and fatigue.
These are not rules, in that you have to follow them for the rest of your life, but becoming aware of how you eat certain foods together to improve digestion can help, especially if you suffer from digestive disorders like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Combining foods to improve digestion works because our food (carbs, fats, and proteins) digests at different speeds and requires different digestive enzymes to break it down. You can create a little war inside if you eat foods that have different requirements for digestion and absorption… especially if you have underlying digestive problems added to the mix.
Food combining guidelines
Leafy greens and non-starchy vegetables contain their own digestive enzymes and can be paired with any meal.
Citrus fruits, spices, and herbs are neutral foods and can be paired with any foods. Many of them aid in digestion. Use lemon, grapefruit, apple cider vinegar, ginger, garlic, oregano, basil, cilantro, and other healing herbs to add flavor and improve the health of your digestive system.
Eat fruit away from starchy carbs
Fruit, grains, and other carbohydrates (like potatoes and legumes) have a similar digestive rate, so they will compete with one another and lead to fermentation in the gut, which causes gas and bloating. The grain or starch will win this battle and the fruit will be left in the gut to putrefy and ferment while it waits its turn to be digested.
Instead, try fruit with nuts, or eat it alone. Its simple sugars will digest very rapidly. It’s best to eat it about 30 minutes to 1 hour before or after meals.
Some people also do well with fruit smoothies since the fruit is already broken down and it can be easily digested along with chia seeds, avocado, greens, and plant based proteins. Chewing your smoothies will also help you release the digestive juices necessary to digest with ease.
Eat melon alone because it has a quick fermentation process and can cause bloating when eaten with any other food.
Pair protein with non-starchy vegetables
Protein needs an acidic environment and plenty of digestive enzymes to break down and digest. It can be paired with cabbage, broccoli, greens, peppers, or other non-starchy vegetables because they have their own digestive enzymes.
Many people can digest protein well with starch. A lot of this will depend on the health of your digestive system, blood sugar imbalances, and your metabolic type. People with thyroid or adrenal disorders may need more carbohydrates with protein to help support energy.
When eating protein with a carbohydrate-rich meal, pay attention to whether or not your stomach feels heavy or you feel foggy and tired after meals. This is a sign that you had too much starch with your protein.
Pair starch with healthy fats and vegetables
Grains, potatoes, plantains, and legumes play nice together at mealtime and all need an alkaline environment for digestion. They also pair well with non-starchy vegetables.
Limit liquids during meals
Digestive enzymes are formed in the mouth when we chew our food. Drinking water or any other beverage with your meals can dilute these digestive enzymes and slow digestion. Drink water outside of meals and sip room temperature water with your meals. You can add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar before meals and drink it about 30 minutes before you eat to improve digestion.
What if you still have digestive upset after meals?
Digestive upset can still happen if we overeat or if we don’t combine foods appropriately. It’s natural to want to reach for an over-the-counter remedy to give you a little relief.
Here’s a few more things you can try:
Raw apple cider vinegar helps rebalance the pH in your gut to help you digest better. Try 1-3 teaspoons in 4 oz of water.
Digestive enzymes before meals are beneficial if you know you have consistent issues. You may also try 2 capsules after meals that cause bloating.
Ginger tea before or after a meal can help calm nausea and bloating and relieve constipation
If you have indigestion after a meal, you can add a pinch of baking soda to about 4 oz of warm water to neutralize the acid.
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If you’re struggling with food sensitivities, low energy, thyroid disease, autoimmune conditions, or weight gain, it could all be related to poor gut health and particularly leaky gut.
Functional lab tests and a good professional assessment can be life-giving if you have chronic digestive issues or health problems.
You may not know this, but Estrogen dominance is on the rise.
Part of my role as a health and wellness coach is to look at hormone tests every day. And everyday, I see more and more estrogen dominance when I start investigating my clients’ hormone imbalance.
Many times, this imbalance gets overlooked on a standard blood test. It’s not only the cause of irregular menstrual cycles and PMS symptoms, but it can be related to issues like weight gain, decreased sleep, increased appetite, low energy, insulin resistance, low libido, and even mood disorders like depression in both men and women.
When my husband and I first started investigating our hormone health, we discovered we both were estrogen dominant.
And we’re not alone in that!
So many people experience this same type of hormonal imbalance.
For me, I knew my hormones were out of sync. It started when I got on birth control at the age of 11 to manage my debilitating cycles. Although birth control seemed to help, I wish I had known about the negative impact that daily pill had on my health long-term.
So why are you hearing more about estrogen dominance in the health sphere? And how do you manage it before it results in permanent damage? I’m covering all that in this blog.
What Is Estrogen Dominance?
In general, estrogen dominance means that your estrogen levels are high relative to other sex hormones. We particularly look at the estrogen to progesterone ratio in women and compare to testosterone in men. It’s a delicate balance between having too much or too little estrogen. And this is true for all the hormones!
The great news is, it doesn’t happen overnight.
And in most cases, it is preventable and reversible.
If you don’t get your estrogen dominance under control, it can contribute to a variety of health issues, such as the following:
Hormone driven cancers like breast cancer
Tumor-like growths like fibroids
Autoimmune conditions like hashimotos
Yeast and bacteria overgrowth and drive conditions like candida
So, how do you treat this hormone imbalance? I’ve put together a couple of tips that you can start to implement today.
Decrease Your Exposure
It’s nearly impossible to totally eliminate our exposure to these hormone disruptors, but you can take small action steps to help. Try any of the following to decrease your exposure:
Opt for Pyrex dishes and glass containers instead of plastic food containers (i.e. tupperware).
Make the switch to non-toxic beauty products. Unfortunately, a lot of the makeup and body lotions that women are using today have hormone disruptors in them – especially those plumpers. They are filled with these fake estrogens.
Use non-toxic cleaners for your home instead of toxic chemicals. They not only smell better, but they’re safer for your home.
Use a water purifier so you limit the exposure to toxic metals and chemicals in your drinking water. Our body is about 70% water. It’s vital that you care about what you’re putting in your body – starting with your water.
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Detox Your Body
Depending on the severity of your estrogen dominance, I may recommend a complete detox protocol where we strategically remove all the toxins impacting your body’s balance. If you’d like to explore what a detox would look like for you, schedule a discovery call here.
Love Your Liver
When you’re cleaning up these toxins, it’s also important to address the health of your liver. One of the liver’s jobs is to get rid of excess estrogen. If you fully support the liver by making sure its drainage pathways are open, then you’ll more easily eliminate the toxins you’re exposed to on a regular basis that could otherwise raise your estrogen levels.
To support healthy estrogen levels by loving your liver, you can:
Eat naturally detoxifying foods that support your liver, like lemons, beets, and grapefruit.
Consume foods that regulate estrogen levels, like broccoli, cauliflower, kale, brussel sprouts, and arugula.
Use castor oil packs to naturally detox the body. It helps you sleep better, improves bowel movements (which helps you release old estrogen), helps with digestion, and reduces stress by activating that rest/digest state in the body. It has so many benefits.
Experiencing Estrogen Dominance?
If you’re experiencing hormone imbalance and it appears that you have estrogen dominance, these tips will not be enough (at least with my experience working with dozens of clients).
If you suspect you may have a hormonal imbalance and you want to gain access to the right lab tests and resources to help you get it under control, then take the time to schedule an appointment with me today. This could mean the difference between living a life traveling from appointment to appointment and experiencing freedom.
Are you dealing with a metabolism issue? That may not be easy to answer at face value. If you’re experiencing low energy, fatigue, brain fog, poor memory, and digestive symptoms, that may be an indicator for something more. The symptoms above paired with cold hands/feet, dry skin, and hair loss could be signs of a hypoactive thyroid. Many clients don’t seem to be getting better with their medications. Others experience the symptoms of a hypoactive thyroid, but their labs fall into normal ranges – indicating a normal thyroid. Then a few are masking each symptom separately with medications and supplements. We’re quick to blame the thyroid here, but it’s usually not the only piece to the puzzle – even if there is damage to the thyroid or an underlying autoimmune condition destroying the thyroid. If you’re searching for out-of-the-box therapies or want more for your life than pills and medications, discover where you should put your focus to heal your thyroid.
Find The Root Of Your Problem To Address Your Thyroid Issues
Our thyroid is the master of our metabolism; however, the symptoms we’re experiencing may not be caused by the thyroid alone. Instead of investigating the underlying causes – an imbalance of the gut, brain, adrenal glands, and/or cellular health within the body – we may be left with lingering symptoms. When we see a metabolism issue, we often blame the thyroid and treat those symptoms alone. When that doesn’t work, we typically get referred out to someone who “specializes in” a specific organ or condition. Unfortunately the root of the problem is never addressed. This is why people believe we must get sick before we die and that disease is inevitable. The truth is… If we address the underlying cause of our issues, then we can have a much healthier life.
Studying Your Thyroid From A Holistic Standpoint
Addressing the thyroid, or any other organ for that matter, from a holistic standpoint allows us to look at the person as a whole (instead of treating symptoms). When we approach the body in this way, it allows us to uncover imbalances that are leading to dysfunction in these organs. A thyroid problem is not always a thyroid problem. If we look at all the organ systems like the immune system, digestion, detoxification pathways, the nervous system, and even emotional health, we will uncover the stress that is actually leading to disease. When we uncover this stress and work to bring healing in those weak areas, we bring balance into the body. This balance gives us the results we are looking for as a side effect of good health. Of course, there’s a systematic process to accomplish this. That’s why so many people fail when they try to do it on their own. Most people I talk to have spent thousands of dollars trying to figure out their health on their own, when they could have hired a mentor to guide them through the process instead. Skip the heartache and empty wallet that comes with DIYing your health. Schedule some time to chat about your health with me today.
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Why Is Thyroid Health Vital?
Your thyroid health regulates metabolism and energy production in the cells. It’s important for tissue repair, cardiovascular health, bone density, cholesterol levels, temperature regulation, and energy levels.
Two Types of Thyroid Conditions
When it comes to thyroid health, there are two different types of conditions – primary and secondary.
Primary Thyroid Condition
A primary thyroid condition is when the gland itself is not functioning at optimal levels. In these cases, medical supervision is required. When you include healthy lifestyle factors through nutrition, proper supplementation, the reduction of deficiencies, the use of stress reduction techniques, and gut healing strategies, you will improve your primary thyroid condition.
Secondary Thyroid Condition
A secondary thyroid condition is caused by toxicity from other areas in the body. This can also be due to chronic stress and inflammation in the body. Since this type of thyroid condition is caused by poor lifestyle habits or toxicity, medications typically will not bring the thyroid into balance because the thyroid isn’t the problem. The key here is bringing balance into all the organ systems of the body so you can experience health. When you address this from a holistic standpoint, medication may not be needed.
What Areas Should You Focus On When Healing Your Thyroid Health?
When someone comes to me with thyroid, metabolism, energy, or even autoimmunity, these are my biggest areas of focus:
Thyroid communication starts in the brain. The hypothalamus responds to the low thyroid hormone in the body and secretes thyrotropin releasing hormones (TRH). It sends a message to the pituitary gland to secrete thyroid stimulating hormones (TSH). TSH stimulates the thyroid to release more thyroid hormones into the bloodstream to bring the levels up. Keep in mind, TSH is a pituitary marker – not a thyroid marker. If your doctor is only looking at TSH to measure the health of your thyroid, you will not receive accurate results as to whether or not your thyroid is making enough hormones. Looking at TSH alone is a shot in the dark and does not give an accurate picture of thyroid health. Instead, acquire a full thyroid panel, and work with someone who understands how to interpret it to help you function optimally. You can see the type of results this type of investigation will give someone by reading Tina’s story here .
Your Adrenal Glands
Your adrenal glands play a big role here as well; they also get their messages from the hypothalamus and pituitary. They not only help to manage stress, but they also help regulate blood sugar and control mineral levels. Our adrenal glands are taking a toll due to the chronic state of stress we are in. Everything from mental and emotional stress to physical stress to environmental stress to internal stress inside the body… The adrenals are responsible for keeping the body in balance. Right now, they are overstressed – releasing large amounts of cortisol. The body then begins to break down. It will cause your thyroid gland to slow down so it can conserve energy. Your big takeaway here is that you must address your stress and your adrenal health if you want your thyroid to respond fully. Unfortunately, you may miss this point because you may not feel stressed. That doesn’t mean your adrenals aren’t stressed. The body wants to maintain balance; help it by addressing those disease processes from a holistic standpoint.
The liver is responsible for the conversion of T4 (inactive thyroid hormone) to your active form of thyroid T3. If there’s a problem with this conversion, then the T3 will remain low – leading to symptoms related to a hypoactive thyroid. This hormone gives your body fuel. When it’s low, you feel sluggish. The liver also produces a substance called thyroid binding globulin – which prevents thyroid hormones from being immediately absorbed into the cells surrounding the thyroid gland. In addition, the liver distributes and transports thyroid binding globulin into other areas of the body. When there’s a malfunction in this area, it can cause the T3 levels to appear high or low. Thankfully, there’s a sweet spot when it comes to your hormones. You don’t want them too high or too low. When the liver is doing its job, these thyroid hormones will come into balance. Utilize functional lab tests to discover if you have a liver issue and map out a healing plan with me.
My favorite area to talk about is the gut because as Hippocrates said, “it is the window to disease”. This is foundational when it comes to thyroid health. 20% of the free T3 that is used by the body is produced in the gut. Your good friendly bacteria play a huge role in the conversion of your active T3. Your gut is made up of billions of bacteria; they can either help us or harm us. The good bacteria helps to nourish us. On the other hand, bad bacteria produce toxins that make us sick. Poor diet, inflammation, medications, toxicity, food sensitivities, and low stomach acid can stress the gut. It leads to a condition called leaky gut – which allows toxins and other unwanted particles to pass into circulation. This puts stress on the immune system and causes an inflammatory response throughout the body. When food proteins spill into circulation where they don’t belong, the body begins to elicit an attack. Many of these food proteins look very similar to our organs, so the body may begin to attack specific organ systems. This leads to autoimmunity. And autoimmunity does not go away. While you can live symptom-free with autoimmunity, it is a condition you must work on to remain healthy.
My Recommendations For Healing Your Thyroid Health
If you want to start healing your thyroid health, here’s what I recommend:
Work with someone to access the right lab tests. Your doctor orders a lab test as a way to diagnose and treat a specific symptom or condition. Those lab tests do not address underlying causes of disease. Functional practitioners, like myself, use lab tests to see a clear picture of what may be causing a disease or condition. You want to make sure you address your brain, adrenals, liver, and gut.
Throw out the processed foods and focus on nutrient-dense foods that heal the organs. Try to include more good healthy grass-fed meats, organ meats, wild-caught fish, healthy fats (like ghee, coconut oil, avocado), dark leafy greens, and colorful vegetables into your diet.
Get your ZZZ’s. Get in bed by 10pm. The first half of the night is when the body is repaired, and the second half is for the brain. Don’t skip this!
Eliminate stress – not just emotional stress. Make sure you’re addressing physical stress as well as internal stress. The internal stress will require that you invest in yourself by hiring a guide. If you’ve been spinning your wheels for years trying to figure out how to get healthy on your own, and you’re still stuck in the same place you were years ago, it’s time to address your health in a holistic way. What is your other option? Are you going to spend the next five years doing the very same things that get you nowhere? What would your life look like if you actually reached your health goals? If you’re ready to tackle your thyroid, metabolism issues, autoimmunity, or any other chronic condition head-on, schedule a discovery call with me to strategize a game plan.
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.
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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?
What comes to mind when you think about your picture-perfect image of health?
Do you picture a specific person?
Maybe an authority in the health and wellness community comes to mind. When we start our fitness journeys, many of us look to others who already have what we want for direction. We think… “If I can just do exactly what she does, then I’ll look and feel like she does too.”
Like a recipe, we start cooking up that picture-perfect image of health. We add each ingredient and follow each step exactly as the “recipe” calls for.
But, after a few months of hard work, we find that our results are lacking. Our image of health still doesn’t compare to that of our idols. We wonder…
Did I add too much of one ingredient by accident?
Did I make a mistake?
What am I forgetting?
Before we get into my 5 practical tips to achieving your health goals, we need to look at what the original diet looked like and why returning to the original diet can help you to reach those goals…
The Original Diet Was A Flexible One
Our ancestors likely got their food through hunting or foraging. They didn’t have grocery stores with a variety of food options year-round. With changing seasons, the types of food available to them changed. Our natural eating patterns are meant to change depending on our environment and our body’s needs.
Processed foods and foods sprayed with poisons and pesticides weren’t on the menu for our earliest relatives either. The original diet consisted of eating patterns that revolved around things found in nature.
Today, all the latest fad diets promise tremendous results for anyone who can stick to a strict set of rules-all the time, no matter what season it is, or what our body truly needs at any given moment. This can easily set anyone up for failure.
We were created to eat intelligently. It is the imbalance in our bodies when these diets do not give us what we actually need that has brought about cravings and the desire to eat foods that were not originally even meant to be eaten. While some people may adjust to digesting the altered foods of our modern society, others might benefit from eliminating foods that cannot be naturally processed or cause inflammation.
Fad diets do not consider the individual. How can we expect keto, paleo, or low carb to be the answer for everyone if we are all built differently?
Keeping An Open Mind Towards “Fad Diets”
Instead of treating fad diets like a religion, I approach them with an open mind. I try to understand what goes on in someone’s body when they alter their nutrition in a certain way, and make adjustments that are in-line with their natural needs.
Instead of subscribing to a particular diet, opt for the customization and flexibility you need to maximize your results and keep doing so overtime.
5 Practical Tips to Achieving Your Health Goals
Now that you understand why focusing on your unique biology is important for getting the most out of your health and wellness plans, let’s talk about these 5 practical tips to achieving your health goals.
“Success is the maximum utilization of the ability you have”
1. Get Crystal Clear on Your Goals by Making Them SMART
If you are not sure exactly what you want then you will never get it. What do I mean by getting clear with your goals?
They must be SMART – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-bound.
More importantly, they must be SMART for you. Your goals may change overtime, but for now, start SMART where you are.
This time, when you think of your picture-perfect image of health, imagine the best possible version of yourself. How does this version of you feel? What do you look like? How far into the future will it be before you get there?
Remember to be realistic and specific to you.
2. Understand and State Your “Why”
If you were going shopping for a new outfit for an important business meeting, would you just buy the first thing you saw in the window displayed on the manikin? Even if the outfit looks great in the display, it might not look the same way once you try it on.
You need to have a goal in mind for what that new outfit is going to achieve. If the outfit on display is too flashy or too dull for the goal, it might hurt your chances for reaching that goal. So, you wouldn’t just go ahead and buy it anyway.
Think about your wellness plans the same way. Don’t just purchase a meal plan for the sake of purchasing a meal plan. Figure out what your BIG motivator is. Are you wanting to get healthy or to lose weight? Why is it important for you to get healthy or lose weight? Why is that meal plan so important for reaching those goals?
Once you figure out your “why,” you’ll be more prepared to customize a flexible plan that fits you and your specific needs. Without your “why”, you risk wasting your time on a plan that is miss-matched with your intentions.
3. Set Yourself Up To Take Action
Next, you need to set yourself up to take action. Are you a doer or a sayer? I have phone calls with sayers almost every single day. I want to talk to the doers.
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The doers are the ones who are ready to take action toward weight loss, nutrition, fitness, and shifting their mindset so they can live their best life. If you dabble, you will only get mediocre results.
Stop and ask yourself, “are my words embodying my own truth, or someone else’s?”
Already set your SMART goals and identified your “why”, but you are stuck in taking action? Then it’s time to consider if you are using your unique strengths to their fullest capacity.
You can be a doer in many ways. You don’t have to do a workout at the same time as someone else. If you have more energy in the mornings, get your fitness in before work. If you have more energy after dinner, get in a bike ride with the family in the evenings.
Leverage your unique strengths and preferences to take action.
4. Take Clear Assessments of Your Results
Think back to item number one when I said you need SMART goals. My question for you here is… How are you measuring your progress? Are you measuring weight loss in inches or body fat percentage? Are you doing blood tests or other lab testing to see if you got rid of some of the pathogens that could be causing you pain, gas, bloating, or diarrhea?
When we set goals, we must clearly assess the results to know if we are on the path to success.
The way you measure your improvements may be very different from how someone else measures theirs. That is totally okay. But the most inaccurate form of measurement comes when we compare our progress to that of others. This will not give you a clear assessment of yourself. Your journey is your own.
5. Be Ready to Change Your Routine
If you are giving it everything you’ve got and you are still not getting the results you want, then it’s time to change up the routine until you find what works. Everyone’s body is unique, and we are designed to adapt and change with the seasons. You must find what works for you and continue to listen to your body as your environment and needs shift over time.
Changing routine isn’t always easy.
But it becomes easier once we realize that many of the routines we follow do not actually serve us. Once we break free of routines that don’t serve us, we can open up to a healthy life that serves our greatest wellness potential.
Making a Serious Commitment to Yourself
Shift happens when you make a serious commitment to yourself. We shift when the pain of remaining the same becomes greater than the discomfort change initially brings.
So let me ask you… What is one thing in your life you can use right now as leverage to facilitate change?
Are you having pain in your legs and knees because of your weight? Are you feeling a lack of strength because of poor nutrition? Is your doctor warning you about diabetes or other disease processes that may arise if you don’t start eating right and exercising more?
Change starts with a decision. The outcome you receive follows the choice you make.
A one-size-fits-all fitness plan acts as a temporary Band-Aid for the things your body and soul actually need. There is irreplaceable value in working with someone like myself who understands the science behind creating a unique plan for a person, including nutrition, exercise, stress reduction techniques, supplements, toxin removal, and the ability to shift mindset.
That’s exactly why I do what I do!
I help people change their lives every day through this process.
You don’t have to idolize the lives of those you see online. You don’t even have to ask for their workouts and meal plans. Just get clear on what you want, find the leverage to change, take action, and tweak things along the way.
Start with the five steps I outlined and let me know how you do. If you’re ready to have a mentor who prioritizes you and your personal journey to wellness, fill out a discovery call form here. I’ve had years of experience identifying personalized approaches to wellness for others, and I’ll be so happy to do the same with you.