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Nutrition, Fitness, and Wellness articles for busy women who want to lead a healthy, fulfilled life they love.

Happiness is an Inside Job: Interview With Robin Thomas

Happiness is an Inside Job: Interview With Robin Thomas

I recently had the opportunity to interview Robin Thomas, a happiness coach who loves helping people find what truly makes them happy. Robin studied happiness for 22 years, and now she wants to share her tips for finding true happy feelings with those around her. 

Robin has experience in coaching, healing, energy medicine, teaching, and more, and she takes everything she has learned along the way with her to her sessions. After over a year of distancing, I think we can all learn something from a real happiness coach!

So what exactly is a happiness coach? Robin specializes in the “recharge” piece of our Eat, Move & Recharge triangle, and she helps people reconnect with the internal piece of themselves that brings true happiness. 

Her job is to teach people how to get in touch with their feelings, look inside themselves, and find the happiness that lives within. 

If the past 15 months have taught us anything, it’s that life is going to keep happening, and there will be plenty of lemons coming your way. The reality is that life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you respond to it. Learning to respond with gratitude and positivity will help you feel more joy and find happiness within. 

Robin says that women innately know that connection is a crucial part of dealing with stress, so building relationships is important to our happiness. Connection starts with being kind to yourself. When we’re compassionate with ourselves, we’re more likely to show compassion to others and build those crucial connections that bring us joy.

One tip for building those connections is being aware of how you give constructive criticism. My son’s karate sensei taught me that the best way to give feedback is to use the sandwich method. Start by pointing out something the person is doing great so that they feel confident in their abilities. Next, give your feedback for how they can do better. Then, finish off with a compliment so that they still feel confident, but also know what they need to work on. So next time you have to remind someone to take out the trash, remember to point out two positive things, too. :)

One thing I notice when I start to work with new clients is that they often struggle with feeling overwhelmed by the journey that they face. We break down every new habit they’re building into four simple steps: knowing where they’re at, deciding where they want to go, beginning the process of working on it, and finding a way to make their new routine stick. 

Robin agrees that knowing where to start can be really difficult, and she says that the easiest and simplest way to start your search for happiness is to be kind to yourself. She says that if you feel overwhelmed and everything around you seems to be going wrong, remind yourself of what is going right. Celebrate your wins, even if it’s just getting up each day when you don't feel like it. 

Focus your energy on gratitude, look for the things going right, and start each day with a kind word towards yourself. 

Meeting yourself where you are is so important to finding happiness within. Even on your worst days, find something to be grateful for, even if it’s just a bed to come home to. Don’t set the bar at 10,000 feet when you’re starting at ground level–take things one step at a time. 

If you’d like to get in touch with Robin, you can reach her at Fierce Happy Women Facebook Page, Phoenix Rising Healings Facebook Page, or email her at phoenixrisinghealings@gmail.com

If you haven’t already downloaded my e-book, it’s full of tips that can help you to find success as you begin or continue your journey to health and happiness! Click here to download it now.

 

Don’t forget! Sign up for our September Perfect Pairings event before July, and you’ll save 25% with code SEPT21. If you’re like me and love wine and delicious food, you’ll definitely want to be a part of this great event, so get your ticket here and invite a friend to join you!

 

What wins, big or small, are you celebrating today?! Let me know in the comments!

 

 

 

Posted - 6/22/21 (Tue) Read more...

 

3 Tips to Take the Pain Out of Lunch Prep

3 Tips to Take the Pain Out of Lunch Prep

Are you the go-to chef for your family and yourself? If so, you’re probably familiar with the routine of recycling the same few lunches over and over. Of course, you want variety in your lunches, but the reality is that you just don’t know what to make. 

Here are three tips to take the pain out of lunch prep with new and quick meal ideas!

 

  1. Cook once, eat twice.

I love to make double portions of dinner, especially the protein and vegetables that take a while to cook. I put half in a container to be used for the next day’s lunch and add in different seasonings and sauces. Adding a little variety keeps us all from feeling like we’re eating the same things over and over, and I still get the benefit of spending less time in the kitchen for lunch prep!

  1. Try out a mason jar recipe. 

You’ve probably seen the concept for mason jar salads, and I think they’re brilliant! Using mason jars is a great way to have salads fresh and ready to go. Of course, if you know me, you know that I always say life is too short to eat grilled chicken salads every day, and that’s true. Even if you’re not a salad lover, mason jars can still be for you! Check out Pinterest, and you’ll find so many ideas for other recipes that are made and stored in mason jars for fresh keeping and easy transportation. 

My tip for using mason jars for quick lunches is to add your heaviest ingredient first. Whether it’s chopped chicken, steak, or tofu, put your heaviest ingredient on the bottom and continue to layer your ingredients from heaviest to lightest. This will keep your mason jar salad from becoming squished and soggy. I personally prefer to keep my dressing on the side so they don’t sit and soak in. You can just add the dressing when you’re ready to eat, give it a shake, and it’s good to go!

  1. Don’t give up on take out. 

You probably equate takeout with high sodium and guilty feelings, but it shouldn’t be that way! There are so many takeout options that are both fast and healthy. I personally love to take a trip to my local deli and get a wrap. Wraps are great options because there’s less bread, so the flavor of the filling really gets a chance to shine through. Now that the weather is warming up, light, bright, and flavorful food is on my mind, and a wrap perfectly fits the description. If you’re not a fan of the tortilla style wraps, there are tons of other options - cheese wraps, egg white wraps, etc.

A wrap with turkey breast, vegetables, and spices is a great option to wrap up in aluminum foil and keep ready to go. Create new combos each time to add more flavor and keep lunch interesting, like combining ham and turkey or adding in hot peppers for extra flavor.

Step outside your comfort zone, and you might just find new flavors that you love!

If you have food sensitivities that need a little extra attention, you can always reach out to me, and I would love to brainstorm new lunch ideas with you!

I recently launched my e-book that is full of creative ideas for healthy living, so if you haven’t already, be sure to check it out! It covers everything from setting goals if you’re just getting started to healthy travel hacks for those that need some tips to help them out. Click here to download it now!

I also have a special offer available that you will NOT want to miss out on: sign up for our September Perfect Pairings event before July and save 25% with code SEPT21. If you’re like me and love wine and delicious food, you’ll definitely want to be a part of this great event, so get your ticket here and invite a friend to join you!

What’s your go-to lunch to whip up? Let me know in the comments! 

 

 

Posted - 6/15/21 (Tue) Read more...

 

Developing Routines That Serve You

Developing Routines That Serve You

When beginning your health journey, you’ll find out pretty quickly that the routines you set can either make or break your success. The habits that you form can be the things that help you finally reach your goals, or they can be a hindrance to ever getting there. 

Why do our routines matter so much in the long run? Because the reality is that most of us don’t have the time or patience to carefully think through every tiny detail of our day. When you think about it, there are tons of things we do on autopilot! Consider your morning routine, for example. When you roll over, turn off your alarm, brush your teeth, or wake up the kids, you’re probably set in your routine and doing those things automatically. 

Working on autopilot sometimes is a good thing, for the most part! It gives you bandwidth in your brain to think about other important things.

One of my go-to morning routines is breakfast. I wake up hungry, and no one wants a cranky Dawn! However, mornings around my house can be a little chaotic, so it’s not exactly the best time to be making a gourmet meal. To combat this, I’ve started making a shake before I go to bed so that it’s in the fridge ready to go the next day. Doing the prep work early makes the breakfast portion of my morning routine go smoothly, and it keeps me from reaching for sugary pre-packaged breakfast options just because it’s fast. 

Once I have my breakfast choice for the day down, and my kiddo is on his way, I head downstairs for my morning workout. I plan my workout the night before as well, and having a solid plan helps me get moving right away without hesitating. I don’t have to stop each morning and spend time thinking about what I want to do next. My brain already knows! 

Because I know I’m not a morning person, I am intentional in setting routines that will make it easy for me to make healthy and productive choices each morning. 

There will be times when we’re too busy to give much thought to what the healthy choice is, and already having those routines ready to go will make those moments so much easier!

My challenge to you is to identify the areas in your life where things get busy and making the healthy choice gets put on the backburner. Once you know where you’re most likely to struggle, you can start creating routines that will help you push through those moments. Maybe you have to make lunches every day, so doing some prep work the night before would make mornings less hectic. Maybe your evenings are packed full of extracurriculars, and cooking twice as much food every other day would help you do just a little bit of meal prepping so that every night doesn’t need a full dinner. 

In order to help my future self out, I always keep a bowl of shredded chicken in the fridge and ready to go. It’s such a versatile option that I can add to lunches and dinners when I need something fast, and having that prepared already makes busy mealtimes that much easier. I do the same thing with different flavors of sausages that can easily be added to a burrito or some stir fry. Doing the prep work ahead of time will help you establish a routine where you make the choices that most benefit you! 

This week, consider challenging spots in your life where you can either update or reinforce a habit so that your routines serve you better. Changing just one small thing at a time will make a big difference overall! 

If you haven’t yet, be sure to download my guide right here to get you started on your journey! If you can’t have a nutrition coach in your pocket every step of your day helping you make the best decisions for your health, this is the next best thing. :) Download it now to kickstart your journey!

I also have a special offer available that you will NOT want to miss out on: sign up for our September Perfect Pairings event before July and save 25% with code SEPT21. If you’re like me and love wine and delicious food, you’ll definitely want to be a part of this great event, so get your ticket here and invite a friend to join you!

What areas of your day do you most struggle with needing a routine? Let me know in the comments! 

 

 

Posted - 6/08/21 (Tue) Read more...

 

Do You Need a Mid-Year Reset?

Do You Need a Mid-Year Reset?

As we slowly start to emerge from our post-pandemic cocoons, a lot of us have new (and old) habits coming with us. With this fresh start after isolating ourselves for so long comes a new opportunity. While we start to go back to normal, consider for yourself which habits are serving you and which really are not. 

Which of your habits would you like to keep? Which could use a reset? This is a great time to be honest with ourselves and have a mid-year reset. We don’t have to wait until New Year's Eve to make commitments to ourselves about our health; every day gives us that opportunity, and since we’re starting to come back into society, now is the perfect time!

Over the past six months, I’ve gotten into the habit of tracking my meals, and I’m so happy that I’ve reached that rhythm! I know some people are great at intuitive eating, but unfortunately, that’s just not me. When I don’t track my food, I have a tendency to reach for whatever is around me, so I’ve found that pre-planning and keeping track of my meals makes it easier for me to stick to my goals. 

Being more mindful of the food that I’m eating is one habit I picked up during the pandemic that I will definitely be taking with me!

I've also developed a habit of working out in the house since my gym was shut down for so long. I really enjoy not having a commute to my gym, though I do miss being around people. While I’ll definitely keep some of my workouts in-house, I plan to rebalance my home workout habit a little and get back into some of my favorite studios. 

Over the past year, I haven’t dedicated as much time to the things that recharge me and I have definitely had times where my stress got the best of me. Now that I’m fully vaccinated, I’m excited to recommit to my recharge time! The first thing I did after getting fully vaccinated was schedule a massage, and I really looked forward to getting back to that. I’m also scheduling dinners and coffee outings with my girlfriends, and it feels great to catch up again in-person. 

Some of the things that bring me joy are re-entering my schedule now that I’m fully vaccinated and doing a mid-year reset. Now it’s your turn: what brings you joy, and how will you incorporate it into your routine?

I hope that you’ll be bringing some new positive habits out of the pandemic. At the same time, I also hope that you’re loving getting to go back to some favorite old routines, as well! 

My challenge to you this week is to be mindful of the habits you have that serve you, and stick with those! If you think a mid-year reset might be just the thing for you, I’m offering a reset special that I think would be a great fit! We’ll have two sessions where we talk about where you are, what you need to change, and how you can reach your goal in a practical, actionable, and healthy way. If you are ready for a reset, send me a message or drop a comment below, and I’ll reply with all the details. 

If you’re ready to make a change, reach out to me for your reset sessions and be sure to download my guide right here to get you started on your journey! 

 

I also have a special offer available for my early birds out there: sign up for our September Perfect Pairings event before July and save 25% with code SEPT21. Don’t miss out on this night of food, wine, and great fun – get your ticket here!

 

Will you continue working out at home, or are you excited to be back in the gym? Let me know in the comments! 

 

 

Posted - 6/01/21 (Tue) Read more...

 

Taking Control After Divorce

Taking Control After Divorce

Welcome to a new feature from Dawn!  We like to collaborate with other wonderful professionals to share information and perspectives that are outside my scope of practice.  This helps to expand everyone’s view on a variety of subjects. 

Today, I am sharing a blog with you from Suzanne Thelen, Founder of The Divorce Squad (https://divorcesquad.com/), a community that provides support and resources for women before/during/after divorce. You will find great information from me as well as many other needed resource. Please visit her site to learn more.

 

Taking Control After Divorce

By Suzanne Thelen, Founder of Divorce Squad

When going through a divorce, everything can feel like it’s completely out of control.  The life you were leading is no more.  Your home space has changed.  Your relationship has ended.  Your confidence may be down, or completely shattered.  And while you’re going through a divorce, you may just feel lost.  While these feelings are all normal and typical, it’s easy to focus on all of the things that have changed and that you can’t control, and that’s not healthy or helpful to your progress to a better place.  

Taking control of your life after divorce takes a lot of time and is comprised of many little steps.  One such step is to spend time each day focusing on the things you can control.  And one thing you can absolutely control every day, is what you put into your body.  How we feel and what we eat are very connected.  Sometimes we eat because we feel happy.  Sometimes we eat because we feel sad.  Sometimes what we eat makes us feel sad.  And sometimes what we eat makes us feel happy.  Being aware of this relationship is important. 

Start to take notice of your patterns…..how are you using food, and how is it making you feel.

If you don’t like how you feel, make a change!  Decide you’re going to incorporate a new and healthy habit into your life.  For me, I simply started trying to drink more water.  Then I added in a healthy morning smoothie.  Every morning, I really look forward to this.  Find a heathy morning option you enjoy and incorporate that into your daily routine.  Adding things is always more fun than eliminating, but eliminating can me necessary.

I love coffee.  But too much caffeine can cause me to feel anxious and jittery.  I decided to cut back on my beloved afternoon coffees to help with anxiety, as well as help me sleep better at night.  I also love wine.  But wine can make you feel a bit sluggish the next day, and for me sluggish = yucky = sad.  So while I still enjoy my wine, I limit when and how much.  I never drink wine if I’m feeling sad.  I only enjoy it in a celebratory fashion.  That’s it.

Finally, know that if you’re not an expert on what you should eat, should not eat, what you should drink and not drink, that’s okay.  I’m not an expert either and don’t need to be.  Utilize the amazing resources available in books, podcasts as well as the expertise and support from a coach (like Dawn) to help you along your journey.  Every day you will feel more and more control over your choices, and with this your confidence will grow, along with a positive feeling about the direction your life is headed.  You can do this!

Posted - 5/26/21 (Wed) Read more...

 

Finding Time for Yourself During a Busy Season

Finding Time for Yourself During a Busy Season

With the school year coming to an end, schedules all around are filling up fast, making this one of the busiest times of year. Balancing family, work, and your own personal “me-time” becomes increasingly more difficult, and, of course, the busier things get, the more you can really benefit from a break for self-care! 

I recently had my second COVID vaccine and wasn’t feeling totally up to doing my typical Thursday morning Facebook Live, so I postponed until Friday. Even though my schedule says that Thursdays are for Facebook Live, I had to take a step back and consider what’s really important. I like to stick to my routines as much as possible, but sometimes it’s important to consider if sticking with your schedule is really doing more harm than good. 

I am a huge proponent of accountability and sticking with your scheduled responsibilities, but it’s also crucial to know when it’s time to take a step back and take a break. 

When things start to get really busy, it’s important to consider your responsibilities and routines and decide if your current schedule is really what’s best for you. Consider whether each thing on your to-do list is really a good use of your energy, or whether it would be more beneficial to take time to recharge so that you can replenish that energy and complete all of your health goals. As much as we want to keep going when things are busy, it’s really hard to do that when our energy is depleted. 

When we allow ourselves to reach a point where we’re truly drained, we’re more susceptible to giving in to temptations, like reaching for our own personal kryptonite food (buffalo chicken pizza for me - just a phone call away!) or skipping the time we’ve dedicated for a workout (snooze button, anyone?). Instead, giving yourself time to recharge will keep your energy levels high enough to complete everything on your to-do list. 

The reality is that you have to put on your own mask before you can help others!

We feel a lot of responsibility to take care of others in our life, so choosing to put your own health first sometimes can be a really difficult decision. As hard as it can be to say yes to me-time, the decision to practice self-care will ultimately help you stay healthy and keep your energy levels high so that you can do everything that’s important to you. 

It can be tough to make the choice to take care of ourselves. If you think that having a solid support group of women who are also determined to learn to make healthy decisions for themselves would be beneficial for you, I encourage you to check out my group Never Diet Again! In it, you’ll find the support you need and great conversations that can help keep you on track towards your goals. Join today here! 

 

Do you give yourself plenty of time to recharge? Let me know in the comments! 

 

 

 

 

Posted - 5/25/21 (Tue) Read more...

 

What Recharging in a Healthy Way Really Looks Like

What Recharging in a Healthy Way Really Looks Like

You’ve probably heard from me (many times) that practicing self-care isn’t selfish–it’s a crucial part of bettering your health and showing your family to do the same! The problem, however, is that the phrase “self-care” gets thrown around a lot, but what does it really mean? 

There are plenty of healthy ways to recharge your body and mind. Today, I’m sharing my thoughts on positive methods for recharging, and I would love to hear your thoughts, too!

Personally, I’m an ambivert. I enjoy being around others but typically, my recharge time is solo or with a close friend. I’m super excited to be fully vaccinated, and one thing I’m looking forward to is scheduling my first massage in 14 months! Having a professional pamper and care for me is part of my personal self-care routine. 

Getting a massage, foam rolling, or stretching helps me to keep my body in a place where I feel comfortable moving freely. 

A few of my self-care practices are weather-dependent, and I’m so grateful for warmer days making it possible to spend time outside! I recently made a reservation at a local restaurant with a patio that I’ve been wanting to try. Sitting out on the deck with great food and company is just one way that I take care of myself by practicing self-care!

When I’m feeling a little more in-tune with my extroverted side, I love having Friday night dinner with a couple of girlfriends! We can also move this outside, and spending time with friends and enjoying fresh air gives me a double-dose of the self-care my body and mind need! 

There is no one right way to recharge. The “healthy” way to recharge is by doing anything that feeds your soul and brings you joy! 

Anything that helps you set a good example for your family and leaves you feeling great can be a form of self-care. When you’re looking for the best way to care for your body and mind, consider what really feeds your soul. Is it being outdoors? Try an afternoon hike somewhere new! Is it time spent with friends who keep you smiling? Make plans to grab lunch with your loved ones!

 

If you think that great company might be a form of self-care for you, you might be interested in our upcoming event, a virtual gastropub and beer dinner! Tomorrow is the last day to sign up before doors close, so grab a friend and plan to attend! Click here for the link to sign up. 

 

Interested in learning more about healthy living and breaking down health myths? Download my free guide today to read about 7 lies we often hear about nutrition! Click here to download now!

 

How do you practice self-care in a healthy and effective way? Let me know in the comments! 

Posted - 5/18/21 (Tue) Read more...

 

How Taking Responsibility for Your Health Leaves a Legacy for Generations

How Taking Responsibility for Your Health Leaves a Legacy for Generations

I love working with people who have drawn a line in the sand and decided they’re ready for real change. As we all start to re-emerge post-pandemic, many of us are looking at what changes we need to make. Many people are coming to a point where they are ready to start prioritizing their own health so that they can live life to its fullest and experience everything that brings them real joy. I love getting to be a part of that journey! It might sound self-centered to anyone who spends more time focusing on others, but it is time. Self-care is extremely important to a full life. 

The truth is, you have to put the mask on yourself first before you can really help anyone else!

I recently had a fascinating conversation yesterday about the link between health and responsibility. Sure, investing in yourself may seem like a selfish decision from a distance...but a closer look will show that choosing to invest in your health is actually a responsibility you have to yourself. 

When you make healthy decisions, you’re doing your body and mind a service. You’ll feel so much better and have the energy to really enjoy every moment of life instead of feeling constantly run down and in need of a nap. At the same time, you’re also making a statement to your kids, to your spouse, to anyone around you who might make a note of your choices. Making healthy choices sets a good example for others to follow. 

Your choices could have the power to break generational unhealthy lifestyles and trade them in for healthy living!

Being a living example of the positive impact of healthy choices makes it possible for our children to understand how to take care of themselves so that they don’t struggle in the same ways that we have. Choosing your health and setting an example is one way to leave your legacy for others. 

The next time you feel guilty for heading to the gym or spending a little extra on groceries so that you can have fresh produce on your table, remember that the healthy decisions we make for ourselves aren’t really just for ourselves. They’re for our family, our friends, and the world!

When we show that having fun means time spent outside and moving, we’re giving examples of what family time can look like outside of watching a screen. My own 16 year old son will ask for us all to go out and play pickleball, and I absolutely love that! That is my evidence in my own life that the healthy decisions I make do leave an impact on those around me. 

There are times when we really need a break.  When we choose to take one, we show our children that setting healthy boundaries is absolutely okay, and I would argue that, as parents, it’s our job to make sure they know that! 

Speaking with our pocketbooks also makes a statement to what we value. Paying for dinner at a restaurant with healthy options shows that we’re willing to invest in our bodies and gives just one more example of how we can practice that. 

It’s not just about taking care of ourselves. It’s about being good world citizens!

I would love to hear your thoughts on this discussion and whether you think investing in your own health leaves a legacy for future generations. I’d love to have a healthy, respectful debate in the comments, so don’t be afraid to share your opinion!

Do you think your healthy choices can leave a legacy for future generations to follow? Let me know in the comments!

 

Posted - 5/11/21 (Tue) Read more...

 

How Prioritizing Joy Helps With Your Journey to “Healthy”

How Prioritizing Joy Helps With Your Journey to “Healthy”

No matter where we go in society, products are being advertised to us, many of them with some kind of slogan about helping with weight loss or muscle gain. These “health” products are advertised each time we walk in a grocery store, turn on our televisions, or even drive down a highway with billboards gazing down on us. There are so many products that claim to be the key to health, but what does that even mean?

Unfortunately, as much as they might claim otherwise, none of these “Just do this!” products and programs are really going to instantly transport you to perfect health. There is no easy button, no silver bullet, no magic pill on the market. 

And that’s because “healthy” isn’t a destination. It’s a journey! 

Thankfully, we don’t need magic beans to get into good health. What we really need is a lifestyle built around healthy habits, including the real keys: consistency and persistency. Little steps will take you on your own journey to health where you decide what “healthy” looks like. 

We all know that our diets and exercise routines will make a significant impact in our health, but recharging is often left out of the formula for perfect health. Recharging is just as important as choosing healthy foods and making time for exercise. 

I prioritize recharging for myself because I know it’s an important piece of my own journey of health!

One way that I recharge is making time for travel. Traveling is one of my favorite things to do, but unfortunately, the pandemic changed my routines so that I couldn’t go to new places or see new things for a long time. I recently received my first COVID shot, and I’ll be getting my next tomorrow, and that has created so much light at the end of the tunnel for me! Soon, I’ll be back to feeling comfortable enough to travel again and recharging in a way that fulfills me, and I know that will be really great for my mindset. You can reflect on the season of life that you’re currently in and see what kind of recharge you need right now, too. 

My challenge to anyone who is looking for a healthy way to recharge is to find some small, positive things that bring you joy, and make a habit of doing them over and over again until those small, positive experiences add up to a significant improvement in your own happiness! 

Making time to do the things that make us feel happy is so important to finding true joy and recharging our minds. 

It doesn’t have to be a huge trip or major event that sparks joy for you. It may just be seeing someone you’ve been meaning to visit or going to a restaurant you’ve been wanting to try. There are so many things that can make a positive difference in your life if you seek them out!

You may wonder what this has to do with your health goals, but the truth is that if you aren’t happy, you aren’t going to be able to follow through with your health plans for yourself. Life is too short to follow diets that make you miserable. Focus on what brings you joy, and let that joy fuel your progress!

What are you looking forward to doing to bring yourself some joy? Let me know in the comments! 

 

Posted - 5/04/21 (Tue) Read more...

 

What Does “Healthy” Really Mean?

What Does “Healthy” Really Mean?

Each week, I hear from women who have decided it’s time to prioritize their health so that they can continue to do the things that bring them joy. They need someone to help them plan their journey and begin the process, and the best part of my job is getting to be that person! When women come to me, they will often tell me that their goal is to be healthy. It’s a word we throw around a lot, but what does the word “healthy” even mean? 

A lot of people are really passionate about how they define health, and everyone is going to have a different definition. Some people consider “healthy” to mean fasting until noon, removing carbs from their diet, eliminating inflammatory foods, or any other number of complicated, unsustainable tricks. I consider sustainable change to be one of the most important parts of reclaiming your health. Crash diets will eventually do just that: crash. Sustainable changes become a part of your lifestyle so that your new habits stick. With my support, women can say goodbye to diet culture and never diet again!

It's important to understand before you start your journey that “healthy” will mean something different to everyone. You will want to settle on your own definition, and set your own health goals. No one else should dictate what healthy looks like for you. 

The truth is that “healthy” does not mean skinny, or that you’ll never have health problems, or that you have to eat salads for every meal. 

If you’ve heard my story, you might know that I have multiple joint replacements. This means that my version of “healthy” means that I need to stay a little bit light on my feet to avoid putting extra pressure on my joints. Healthy to me means being able to enjoy a long hike with friends without having to spend the rest of the day napping to recover. In order to do that, I prioritize strength and stamina, and I try to eat plenty of foods that give me energy, don’t upset my digestive system, and never leave me feeling regretful. 

I also prioritize my mental health and give myself plenty of time to breathe and do the things I enjoy. I spend as much time as possible outside with sunshine and fresh air, and sometimes that’s as simple as bringing my lunch out on our deck. I make time to get together with friends because that socializing brings me joy. To me, healthy is a balance of all of these things that take care of my body and make me happy! 

I would love to hear what healthy means to you in your journey. I would also love to hear any crazy ideas you’ve heard that are supposed to make you “healthy” so that we can figure out together if they’re true! My favorite part of my job is helping women plan how they can enjoy their journey called “healthy.” 

If you’re beginning or working on your healthy journey and want to try out a healthy recipe, enjoy some socialization, and enjoy delicious wine at the same time, join us for our next Perfect Pairings event! You can sign up here and experience the fun side of health with us on May 21st. 

What does “healthy” look like for you? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

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