Three Things You Can Do to Improve Your Health
Can I tell you something?
There’s something that I didn’t realize when I first started working one-on-one with people who want to make their health and wellness a priority, people who are sick of feeling less than amazing, and people who are confused about who to listen to for advice.
Here it is:
Most of us already know what we need to be doing to improve our health!
There is a lot of information (and misinformation) when it comes to the foods we eat. Just look at the variety of books in the ‘diet’ or ‘health’ section of Amazon. But when it comes down to it, we still know the basic things we should be doing to improve our health.
In fact, when I ask my clients “What are the top three things you think you could be doing, to improve your health?” I get similar answers each time:
- Be more active
- Stop eating .... (example: processed sugar) or stop drinking ... (example: soda)
- Eat more vegetables
We intuitively know how to make ourselves well.
But when it comes to following through? That’s where we fall apart.
And I know how this goes, because I have been there it, too. In fact, I still do from time-to-time! I might be a health coach, but I’m still human! I still love potato chips and dark chocolate, and sometimes I don’t eat as well as I know I can.
But I've learned are strategies on how to indulge without bingeing. And how to identify what I love about these things and find (or make) healthier versions of them.
This week, I’d like you to think about the obstacles that are stopping you from living a healthier lifestyle. Think about it, journal about it, reflect on it.
What obstacles are standing in your way?
Maybe you work long hours and cooking a healthy meal seems too time-consuming? Or maybe you feel that the price of healthy food is too high? Or maybe you just need a little motivation and accountability to start being active and exercising.
I recently found myself skipping more workouts that I usually do. I started a new strength training program and was feeling a little unsure of the newness of the exercises (to me) and having to venture into a part of my gym that I don't usually go to.
Luckily, the new program I started has a Facebook support group. And as if fate knew I needed an accountability buddy, I saw a post by another group member who not only lives in my town, but also goes to my gym, AND works with the same Pilates trainer that I do!
We met at the gym for the first time last week, had a great workout and plan to continue to work through our program together!
For some of you, your obstacles might run a bit deeper. Perhaps you aren’t sure if you really deserve to feel amazing. By pondering, journaling and reflecting, you can tap into these feelings. Once you become mindful of them, you can begin to work through those obstacles and discover what will help you build healthy practices that become habits.
Your job for the next seven days is to simply think, reflect, and journal on these obstacles. Knowing your obstacles, habits, and patterns will help you figure out how to work around them!
Hi I'm Naomi!
I’m a Functional Nutrition Health Coach and 21-Day Sugar Detox Coach for health-conscious women who suffer from unexplained weight gain.
I teach them how to stop chasing symptoms and find sustainable solutions by listening to their body and championing their own course so they can they can finally feel comfortable in their skin again.
I love running outdoors, connecting with like-minded people, and exploring the San Francisco Bay Area with my pup, Coco Pop.