Changing Your Mind About Living Well: My Thoughts on Sustainable Lifestyle Changes

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Last month, the media covered the story of Biggest Loser contest winners and their weight gain over the years after the show ended. Before I read the story, I was hopeful.

For once, I wanted to see the media cover what I’ve felt in my heart to be true for years after working with clients on their own wellness journeys.  I wanted the story to share that making long-term, sustainable change occurs not just with diet and exercise alone. But instead, the story talked about a lower metabolic rate that was contributed to by their weight-loss. What a letdown. Number one, a lower metabolic rate after weight loss is not new news. And number two, the “answer” was disappointing in that it lacked any true insight and illustrates the essence of why our health is failing here in the US and abroad. We’re not focusing on what really makes a difference.

The key for anyone taking on any sort of long-term health plan is the need to train your brain for healthier thinking about yourself and your life.

I tell all of my new clients that the work that we do is only based on roughly 10% food and nutrition education and the other 90% focuses on thoughts and habits. Information on healthy eating, albeit not all of it good, is free. Go online. Go to the library. Everywhere you turn, someone has a plan for you to live a healthier life.

Lack of information is not the problem. Even if you get overwhelmed by the barrage of information and have a case of “analysis paralysis,” the basics have not (and most likely will never) change. Eat more vegetables and fruits, stick with lean and clean proteins, know your good fats, and if you chose grains, make them whole. Oh yeah – and move more.

So if it’s not a lack of information, what is it? (more…)

Spring Cleaning Your One True Home…Your Body

Spring 2016 Detox DatesJanuary is a great month for metabolic detoxification. But you can do yours in April for a good ol’ Spring Cleaning!

Every year, my husband Craig and I participate in a personalized version of a month-long metabolic detoxification program.  We typically do this in the month of January as it’s a good time to help break our food and drink cravings created from our Thanksgiving-through-Christmas holiday eating. We do this to gain the energy we need to get back to the gym and to implement our New Year’s resolutions (flossing daily makes the list every year).  We do this to give our adrenals (coffee) and digestive system (cheese) a time out to build up our reserves for optimal health and function. And all of this allows for our bodies to get reset back to their normal weight versus the post-holiday gain.

Here’s what we do.  (more…)

Imperfectly Authentic: When the Health Coach Needs Coaching

Authenticity QuoteLast night, I had a terrible night’s sleep. I woke up around 2 in the morning, moved to the couch because hearing my husband sleep was making me angry (sorry honey – I know it’s not your fault) and proceeded to toss and turn until close to 4AM. My shirt was annoying me and I felt it was making me hot so I took that off. The legs on my sweatpants were riding up to my knees and felt too tight around my calves. And my shins were extremely itchy to the point where I sprayed them with Benadryl spray to make it stop. Everything was annoying! It was too bright outside with the snow, the light coming from the kitchen nightlight was in my eyes, the humidifier was making too much noise, and my eight-year-old woke up with a bad dream.

The most frustrating part of all of this is that I really wanted to sleep. So very badly. Our schedule at work for today is very full so I knew that I was going to need to bring my A-game. Instead, things were looking like I was going to be bringing my “Three cups of coffee game”. As is the case when I find myself restless and unable to sleep, I know to check in and see if I can ask myself why. The closer I can get to understanding what is literally keeping me awake at night, the sooner I can usually find myself nodding off and getting back to sleep. (more…)

Fartlek Training…Say It With Me Now

ClaireFART – lek training. Lol. I’m letting my inner six-year old out with saying that one a few times. So first off, yes, this is a real thing. It is a Swedish word that means “speed play” and also happens to be a handy technique for people that are looking to increase their walking or running pace.
Runners live by numbers and are constantly trying to improve their splits, race times and PRs (personal records for those non-running folks). Walkers aren’t usually as focused on their times but it’s my thought that they should be. Why? It could be the difference between a walk that counts as exercise and a walk that’s just a stroll. And that’s where you want to be to experience the benefits of cardiovascular exercise .  (more…)