Wow, it's June Already!

Originally posted on June 2, 2015

Wow!  It's JUNE already!  I can't believe 2015 is almost half gone!

I have one client who is just 2 sessions away from "graduating" from her 6 month program, it seems like just last week that we started.  Except there was about 3 feet of new snow on the ground then, and now I've got fruits and veggies growing in my sunny back yard.  A lot can change in such a short span of time.

leafy greens

I've noticed something with my coaching clients, that no matter how bad they think things are going for them, as soon as they make the commitment to themselves to get healthy, they start immediately!  As soon as they leave me from the initial health consultation, they start to feel better, and more in control.  They don't know yet what is in store for them, other than I am here to support them through this 6 month (or 3 month) program.  They don't know what I will be doing for or with them, they don't know if I'm going to tell them to live only off of air for 6 months.  What they *do* know, is that they WANT to get healthy, and they will do whatever it takes.  When they turn up to their first session, they'll tell me all the changes they've made already, and we hadn't even started!  It's a delightfully inspiring phenomenon, and it's what keeps me going.  

So, what is "healthy"?  What does "healthy" look like to you?  What does "healthy" mean? 

Dictionary.com defines healthy thus:  adjective, healthier, healthiest.

1.  possessing or enjoying good health or a sound and vigorous mentality: 
a healthy body; a healthy mind.
2. pertaining to or characteristic of good health, or a sound and vigorous mind:a healthy appearance; healthy attitudes.
3. conducive to good health; healthful: healthy recreations.
4. prosperous or sound: a healthy business.
5. Informal. fairly large: I bought a healthy number of books.
 
If you were to close your eyes (after you finish reading at least this next paragraph!), and picture yourself as healthy, what do you look like?  Are you slimmer than you are now?  Are you heavier?  Are you well muscled, or more rounded?  Are your eyes sparkly, and your hair shining?  
 
ok, close your eyes and see yourself healthy...I'll wait...
 
Is healthy just aesthetics?  Or is it more than that?  Sure, you can look at someone who has clear eyes, no puffiness, no redness, no yellow tinge in the whites, no dark circles, and you can see that they are healthy.  Or have a very clever make-up regime.  You can look at someone's hair, and see that it's not frizzy (except those of us cursed with curly hair!  No matter what we do, in some weather systems, it's going to be frizzy!), not full of spit ends, not dry and crunchy, not flat and lifeless and it's got a nice shine to it.  This could also be a sign of health, or a sign that they spend a lot of money on products.  
 
But what's going on on the inside?  Do you ever suffer discomfort and bloating after eating certain foods?  Do you have trouble sleeping at night?  Do you often get tension or migraine headaches?  Do you suffer fibromyalgia or other unexplained pain?  Do you have bouts of depression, or moments of debilitating self doubt?  Fashion choices, make up and hair products can cover up and create a healthy looking exterior, but it's what's going on on the inside that really matters.  You can be a curvy woman, and be healthy.  You can be skinny and be unhealthy.  Your insides will not lie.  
 
How do you feel?  Now be honest with yourself.  No matter what your current body type, how do you feel?  If you have any of the above complaints, and you don't know why, and your doctor doesn't know why, perhaps a health coach (that would be me!) can help you narrow it down?  I've been there.  I understand the confusion, the frustration, the pain, and the depression of chronic disease that doctors just don't understand.  I can't diagnose, I'm not a doctor, nor am I a phlebotomist or laboratory tech.  I can support you while you work with your doctor(s) to figure it all out.  I've got the time to sit and listen to you and make sustainable suggestions that the doctors don't have.  I've learned over 100 different dietary theories, whereas doctors do not learn nutrition in medical school.  I can give you 12 - 50 minute sessions, with lifestyle tweaks, and healthy recipes and new foods to try.  A doctor can give you a 10 minute rushed appointment, and a prescription for a new drug that they really don't know much about.  It's not the doctor's fault, it's how our current sick care is set up.  They learn pharmaceuticals, and they're given 10 minutes per patient per appointment, and you're allowed to ask exactly 2 questions, if you have more than that, you'll have to make another appointment!
 
Doctors are great, I have the utmost respect for anyone who endures and survives the grueling training, and hours, months, and years of no sleep and only having enough time to eat a chocolate bar on the run.  If you are in a car accident, or break your arm, or have any other emergency, this is what doctors are good at. Nutrition and lifestyle coaching?  Not so much.  Me, I don't know how to set a bone, or do brain surgery.  I'm an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach.  I know Primary Foods and Secondary Foods.  I know several different coaching methods, and dietary theories.  I know that there's not one diet that'll work for everyone, but there's one thing that all the diets that *do* work have in common.  Whole, natural, nutritionally dense foods.  The stuff that Mother Nature made for us.  
 
If you have enough doctors, and now you want to get healthy, not just take more pills, make an appointment for a free health consultation.   

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