My experiences with consuming nutrient-dense foods, maintaining restorative self-care practices, and exercise into my days has reaffirmed for me that real food and healthy lifestyle habits are powerful healing tools. Conventional medicine definitely has it’s place in our efforts to regain our health. Indeed, it is excellent in acute situations, but alone, it does not sustain lasting change for every day health and wellbeing. Rather, its main focus is on managing the symptoms through prescribing pharmaceuticals and invasive surgeries. Yet, I believe any illness can be improved or reversed by changing our mindset, adopting new lifestyle habits, managing stress, eliminating toxins and being active; and making these adjustments serves our bodies with what we need to heal and achieve vibrant health and wellbeing!
Due to my counseling background, I firmly believe that the thoughts and beliefs we hold about our health and what it will take to make us healthy are make or break in wellness. Mindset is the key to behavior change, period! If you don’t alter the way you think about your health, attempts at change won’t be lasting, leading to back to old
There is no “one size does not fit all” diet or way to exercise. Bio-individuality means that each body is unique with highly individualized nutritional requirements. Furthermore, our bodies always change as we enter new phases of life, requiring adjustments to what we eat and how we move. By listening to your body, it will guide you to the foods that best support your healing and health.
I believe that food is medicine and our food choices should be based on nutrient density rather than calories. For me, the ancestral approach offers a blueprint for foods that are rich in nutrients, such as pastured meats, wild caught fish and a colorful array of fruits and vegetables. Conversely, foods that are inflammatory or not well tolerated can be eliminated, including grains, dairy, sugar and legumes.
More than 2,000 years ago, Hippocrates famously stated, “All disease begins in the gut.” Intestinal health is critical to overall health and we now know that a “leaky gut” contributes to a vast assortment of diseases, including allergies, chronic fatigue, arthritis, mood disorders and autoimmune disease. By supporting intestinal health, and restoring the integrity of the gut barrier is of great importance.
Getting a good night’s sleep plays an important role in your physical wellbeing. Ongoing sleep deficiency can raise your risk of chronic health problems and may be detrimental to your mental wellbeing. Modifying your bedtime routine, can have a profound effect on your quality of sleep.
Making it a goal to include some sort of movement into your day can help control weight, help prevent or manage a wide range of health problems and concerns, boost energy levels, promote better sleep, lift your mood, and have fun!
By maintaining relaxing, life-affirming practices, we can reduce the toxic levels of stress in our over-burdened daily routines. Self-care is highly individualized and can include such activities as reading a book, taking a bath, maintaining a gratitude journal, spending time in nature, petting your dog, meditation, dancing, creative pursuits, working out, vacations, listening to music, spiritual practice, and date nights. Its about finding whatever rejuvenates you and nourishes your soul!
behaviors and a sense of defeat. Long term, sustainable change comes from developing awareness of our old mindsets and learning how to adopt new ways of thinking about our health, what we eat or how we live.