The health and wellness industry is in a constant state of change, making it difficult to navigate. There is so much information out there and even more is discovered every day, but a lot of it is contradicting.
I find that it’s easiest to stick to the basics, so I have shared below a few effective concepts that I learned in health coaching school. I promise that if you follow these simple steps, you’ll be on your way to a more vibrant, healthy, you!
Health is a journey, not a destination. I thought it was possible over time to reach a perfect state of health. But because our body, mindset and environment are always changing we need to constantly adapt. Being healthy requires us to be present. It requires us to be aware of the decisions we make on a daily basis. It’s a process. It’s a practice.
We never get good at anything unless we practice. Once you reach a point when you’re feeling your absolute best, you need to keep doing the things you’ve been doing in order to stay there. It takes awareness and commitment every single day to make decisions that will ultimately create a healthy lifestyle that is sustainable.
Bio-individuality. This is the idea that each of us has unique food and lifestyle needs. What works for one person could have the complete opposite effect on another, which is why fad diets and the one-size fits all approaches aren’t sustainable. Just like we all have different taste in fashion, music, and movies, we tend to gravitate toward different foods and activities based on what we inherently know to be beneficial for us. This means you need to look within and listen to your body’s messages to understand what it needs and what it thrives on. There is no one right diet that works for everyone. I encourage you to explore what works best for you and to trust your body. You can’t fail at a diet that you create for your unique self!
Primary foods. It’s not just the food that we eat that impacts our health, but all of the factors present in our daily lives. Healthy relationships, a fulfilling career, regular physical activity, and spiritual awareness are essential forms of nourishment. When these lifestyle factors are balanced, the food that we eat becomes secondary because we are fulfilled in other ways.
Have you ever been so excited about something that you couldn’t even eat? When your primary food is full, you thrive – actual food stays secondary, providing support to be healthy and to do the things you love. Determine your level of satisfaction in each of these categories and identify where to spend more time and energy to create balance.
Deconstructing cravings. Most of us associate cravings with weakness, but in reality, they’re important messages from your body to guide you in maintaining balance. When you experience a craving, deconstruct it. Take notice of when you have these cravings and how you are feeling in the moment. Awareness will help you to identify trends and expose what triggers your cravings so that you can be more proactive the next time around.
Maybe you’re dehydrated? Or maybe you’re trying to fill a void? Being dissatisfied with a relationship, being bored, stressed, uninspired by your job, or lacking a spiritual practice may all cause emotional eating. Take inventory when you experience cravings to identify and treat the root cause rather than the symptom. Our body is incredibly smart. It knows what we need for optimal health – we just need to listen to it.
Crowding out. What I love most about this concept is that it’s not a diet. It’s not about counting calories or macros. It’s not about what you shouldn’t eat, but rather what you should be eating. It’s about creating sustainable changes through positive reinforcement. By eating and drinking foods that are good for you, you will have less room and desire for unhealthy foods. More fruits, vegetables, and water will naturally lead to less caffeine, sugar, and processed food. Simply put – you will crowd out the unhealthy food from your diet.
I can’t wait for you to take these concepts and put them into action!
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*These concepts are coined by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.