“Wellness” isn’t about a destination or achieving some state of being…it is about the being. It is the verb. The living of wellness. Knowing that what works for one person - what wellness is to someone else - might not be what it is for you.
Last summer, my husband and I spent 2.5 months abroad backpacking from one European city to the next. I have been wanting to put into words for a while now what the trip meant to me, however it's hard to express. As cliche as it sounds, I guess you could say I "found myself."
Oprah's Super Soul Conversations podcast came up in not only one, but two of my client meetings last week. It's a powerful show for so many reasons, but a recent episode in particular piqued a personal "aha" moment (as Oprah would say).
Over the past couple of years, I have done a lot of work on myself. Or should I say, a lot of work on my mentality. I have never believed so firmly in the power of the mind - our thoughts - and how they work to create our reality.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of being a vendor at the Richmond Weddings Winter Expo. This of course got me thinking how we can use nutrition and holistic health to achieve that feeling we are going for on the big day.
Last week, at the start of the New Year, I wanted to gain some clarity on not only what my business is about, but how I truly envision helping others. What exactly does it mean to be a holistic health coach, and how does this pertain to my audience and clientele? Therefore, I put pen to paper - a powerful tool - and this is what flowed freely from my intuition. This is my message, and I thought it important to share.
The New Year normally marks a time of both reflection and change. For me, it used to signify the ultimate "diet and exercise" cycle in which I found myself stuck. Quite frankly, the cycle mentality is exhausting. If you have already made a resolution along these lines, you might just be caught in one too. And for the record, I no longer set resolutions (after years of unsuccessful attempts), but a mantra instead. An over-arching theme which tends to set the daily tone for person I want to be.
I was talking to a health coaching client the other day, and we both agreed that just because it was the holiday season, does not mean we should throw caution to the wind and "eat all the sugar." We want to indulge and enjoy (especially during this time of year), but there is a way to do it (and certain ingredients you can use) to maintain balance, even add a little nutrition, while avoiding the crashes and cravings that come with overeating the sweet stuff.
The holidays always seem to bring up that age-old question about navigating social situations; it is something I get asked a lot about. What and how much to eat are always two major concerns, especially when out at parties where the fare is less likely to be healthy.
I love the above infographic and use it often when meal planning. Depending on the season, it helps to pinpoint those fruits and vegetables we should be consuming. Nutrition and health are not only about what you eat, but how you eat.
Mindset Matters. About yourself, your health, and your everyday experiences. I now know that achieving your best self reaches far beyond eating right and exercise. You can workout each day, consume all the kale and blueberries, but if your mind is not in a positive place, it can hinder your health goals.
When I hear people talk about what they ate on Thanksgiving day, the language sounds a lot like "so stuffed," "had to unbutton my pants," "too many mashed potatoes," accompanied by guilt-laden moans and groans.