Pursuing Wellness

kb-pushupsWe want you to link assertiveness and wellness together in your mind. Wellness doesn’t come to passive people, it takes intention.  Yet, many are confused about what wellness is.  Many tend to think someone is well if they don’t get sick often and have a decent amount of energy.  However, the above description leaves out a major component of wellness; namely, fitness.

Many people are generally healthy but may struggle with everyday tasks like carrying their groceries up the stairs without getting winded.   On the other hand, many athletic people are destroying their health with poor nutrition and overtraining.  Finding a harmony between general health and fitness is rare; but, this harmony is where wellness is found. 

Pursuing wellness demands a balance of water, whole food, functional movement (which we call whole movement), and wise or selective supplementation.  If one only embraces one or two of the above then their wellbeing is shortchanged.  If one embraces all then they are on the right path.

We don’t want anyone wasting time with crap diets, garbage supplements, or fitness fads that won’t outlive their infomercial airtime.  Our practitioners and specialists will help you dial in your nutrition, take the right supplements, and help you select an appropriate physical training program you can do on your own or with a personal trainer. 

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napkin-coffeeResolutions almost never work and starting the New Year with one will most likely lead to failure and discouragement.  Instead, start with the specific results you want in 2017.  A resolution is a commitment to do or not do something.  Results are the consequence of doing or not doing something.  One can make a commitment and not follow through, but one cannot avoid the results from not following through.  Therefore, navigating to the desired outcome by taking the right steps is the crux of the matter.  Drafting a resolution or commitment doesn’t necessarily lead to taking the required choices to achieving that desired outcome, but a realistic and specific result achieved through a progressive plan of action is the best roadmap for transformation.

Three imperatives should stand out. 

1.Be specific.  What motivates you more?  Losing twenty pounds just because, or losing that weight to increase energy, self-confidence, and reduction of joint pain? 

2.Be realistic.  Burnout occurs when one attempts too much, too fast.   Losing a hundred pounds in one month in order to run a marathon the next is unhealthy, unattainable, and ridiculous.  Losing twenty pounds in two months and starting a gentle exercise routine is healthy, attainable, and sensible. 

3.Be progressive.  Setting a goal and hoping it comes to fruition is like throwing spaghetti against the wall to see if it will stick.  Instead, draft a step by step blueprint that incorporates near, mid, and long-term goals.  These goals act like markers on one’s path to transformation.  They interconnect and provide momentum. 

Are you already struggling with getting on the right track for 2017? Coaching will help.  Our practitioners and specialists are here to walk you through the above process and hold you accountable. 

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By: Dr. Shauna K. Young

52610753 - wallet full of moneyIt is said that necessity is the mother of invention; but in this case, moving was the mother of invention.

Fact: Food can get expensive. Especially if you are shopping primarily at the health food store and eating organic, grass-fed, GMO free, and otherwise healthy food. Just as a point of reference, my accountant that does my taxes has informed me that year after year I spend more money on food (for me and my dog) than I do on anything else (except rent). Yes it is more expensive to eat this way, but much less expensive than medical bills. There are blogs after blogs after blogs addressing this dilemma of healthy vs. expensive in various ways, and yet I found one way that worked really well – pretty much by accident.

Since I was moving in mid-August, I decided somewhere in late June that I would not buy a single additional item at the grocery store until I had eaten everything in my refrigerator and freezer. Not for a financial reason, but because… well… I just didn’t want to have to pack it.This seemly simple edict turned into quite the eye-opening experience. I figured that somewhere along the way I would run out of food and have to do some shopping, but surprisingly, it didn’t happen.

We are all creatures of habit I suppose, but I didn’t realize how bad I was about it! When I shop I try to get some new things into the rotation so I don’t get bored, but holy smokes I get a lot of stuff that winds up sitting in my frig! As a result, instead of eating things we have on hand we wind up re-shopping for our favorites that we’ve run out of and jamming it into our already overcrowded refrigerator and/or freezer. We then eat those meals again and the “different” stuff winds up languishing for even longer in cold storage. Instead of defrosting that pound of ground beef that’s been in the freezer for a month, you go get pre-made patties or meat that is already conveniently defrosted to save time. Making this “no shopping” rule made me see these “convenient” purchases and seriously rethink my buying habits.

Warning: If you decide to try this, you’re going to have to get a lot more creative. Even though you wind up putting some pretty odd combinations together, I was still impressed at how well they turned out. Maybe some people wouldn’t consider eggs, sweet potato fries and Kerrygold cheese to be an ideal combo, but put some of that been-in-the-refrigerator-door-forever hot sauce on that bad boy and you’ve got a meal!

When it came time to move, I had only one refrigerator bag of cold stuff. Just the door condiments; no actual food. I did it…

As glad as I was that I had less stuff to move, I was even more glad when my credit card bill arrived. My expenses are very easy to track. I use a credit card for everything then just pay that one bill at the end of the month. When it came in, I found that I had saved nearly $500 in food alone in that period of time. That (imho) is a LOT of money for one person, even if I do have good taste! My refrigerator and freezer were literally empty, but my checkbook was full.

When I went to restock my empty refrigerator I discovered that my thinking had changed. As opposed to getting all the “different” stuff, I found that I focused more on the things that I routinely eat. So now instead of having food merely cooling its heels in the freezer, I eat what I buy. If I want something “different” then, yes, that requires an additional trip to the store, but it isn’t taking up room and getting freezer burns until I get the wherewithal to cook it. I’m shopping a little more often, but at least its not sitting there costing money and going to waste.

So I’m challenging you: Try it! Right now. Don’t think “I’ll try this after my next shopping trip”, do it now. I’ll bet you’ll be shocked by how long it takes you just to eat what is in your refrigerator and freezer right this minute! Trust me, it will open your eyes and most likely change your buying habits. It was actually fun to have to get that creative with food, not to mention how much money gets put back into your banking account!

Personally I think that a nearly $500 savings was worth a few weird meals. MacGyver would be so proud… :)

Be Well:

Dr. Shauna