I set my alarm for 5:15 AM as I glanced over at my dresser to make sure that I had everything that I needed in the morning.
Check! It was all there.
My pants, socks, sports bra, long-sleeve shirt and quarter-zip pullover were neatly folded waiting to be put on for my morning run. I crawled into bed a bit earlier than normal, pulling the covers up and checking the alarm just one more time.
I had a running date.
A friend had been inquiring on Facebook to see if anyone was interested in joining her on morning runs a few days per week. The distance, pace, and frequency aligned with what I was looking for and so with that, I sent a message. “I’m in.” (more…)
The month of August has always felt a bit melancholy to me. Always a fan of school and the fall, I relish the cooler days and the rhythm of life that September brings. But this year, after a major health scare, every day feels a bit more poignant if it isn’t well spent.
Being present to life in the moment is a gift that we can all too often take for granted. Instead of focusing on what we have, we look to the “someday.” The truth is we may not get that someday, especially if we’re not taking full advantage of the moments that we have to make changes NOW.
When it comes to eating well and moving more, many clients create timelines around upcoming events and dates that they’re anticipating -certainly understandable as we are a very social and food-oriented culture. If you’ve got a big vacation coming up, you wait until you return. If you have a busy social month, you may wait until it’s over. But, if you’re always waiting for time to pass to fit health into your life, it may not happen. You have to make it work.
So, this August, while summer is still in full effect and you’re in the in-between – wait no more! Seize the day and do some stuff that’ll have you feeling better mentally and physically before September starts. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
1) Check out a local farmers’ market and grab some fresh, organic produce. There is truly something special about locally grown vegetables – from the way that they taste to knowing that they were grown by people that really care about what they’re doing.
2) Try a new-to-you outdoor activity. Have you been wanting to try paddleboarding? How about blowing off some dust on that bicycle of yours? Find a trail you’ve never been on before for a hike or kayak down a local river. There are so many options!
3) NOW is the time get some vitamin D and boy does it feel good when you do. Head outside in short-sleeves and shorts to get some sun on that skin. 10 minutes will help to boost your vitamin D and give you that happy, summer feeling!
4) Eat outdoors. Have you ever noticed that when your body is a bit warmer, you feel a little less like eating a lot of food? If you’re feeling a bit warm, vegetables and lighter fare may feel like exactly what you need.
5) Don’t wait to get started. Sometimes, we may treat the entirety of summer as one big vacation. While I can appreciate the idea of wanting to go with the flow and relax, we may be a bit too disconnected from healthy eating as cookouts and camping reign supreme. Be sure to stay focused on lean and clean proteins along with fresh vegetables all summer long. And with all of the sweet fruits in season, swap out sugar-laden treats with “nature’s candy.”
As I say quite often, our health is the ultimate expression of all of the choices that we make. And the best time to make those choices is now.
Guest Blog by Barbara A. Luepke
HealTHY Mind, HealTHY Body, HealTHY Spirit
With these thoughts, I have gravitated toward asking myself: what practices can I put into place to nourish each of them? Yes, PRACTICE. Practice is the process you create and maintain to obtain a positive result.
For Mind: I believe clearing the clutter (in mind and surroundings), being present and in the moment, remaining focused, flexible and productive, building resilience, and fostering positivity daily have huge impacts on not only your own life, but those around you.
For Body: I think of many things, such as: what can I sustain, consistently, to keep my body in its best shape? Exercise is one form, adequate sleep is another, but I also think of the products I am using on my body and what I am supplying my body on the inside. Being forever mindful of all of these has helped me to choose, with intention, things that have proven to be effective toward my goal of a healthy, mobile meat skeleton. J
For Spirit: I find an attitude of gratitude, being forgiving, being open to new experiences and opportunities, being joyful, laughing and meditating are of great impact on connecting with a higher power. The genuine energy of each of these increases your awareness and assists you in connecting on a deeper level, spiritually.
Now that I have shared a little background on my thoughts of a healthy Mind, Body and Spirit, come peruse the hand picked and hand made organic products I have chosen to benefit yours – including bath and body specialties, teas, culinary oils and seasonings.
Dark chocolate, deskercises, dance, daily tea and new experiences are just some of what is on my 2017 list, what is on yours?
Wishing you all a healthy and joyful new year ~
Barbara A. Luepke
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…)
January 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…)