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Health behavior change is NOT fun or easy, and it's NOT about your willpower.

I bet you know this already, otherwise you wouldn’t be here reading this. Making health behavior changes is HARD. It can even feel impossible.

 

A poll from 2010 found that only about 16% of adults reported successful health-related improvements. Of that 16%, 20% had improvements in weight loss, 15% started a regular exercise program, 10% improved their diets, and 7% reduced stress levels (1). Given this started with 16%, these are very small numbers!

 

Of those polled that sought to start their new year on a positive note by making changes like these, 78% of them who made health related resolutions noted significant obstacles that prevented them from meeting their goals. These obstacles included willpower, simply making changes, and being under too much stress to change (1).

 

These numbers are from 8 years ago, and in that time chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes, heart disease and neurodegenerative diseases have continued to rise in prevalence, signifying our challenges for getting healthy persist.

 

Making lifestyle and health behavior changes does not happen overnight.

 

It’s also not about willpower, even though we tend to blame our lack of it for failing to meet our goals.

 

The cards are stacked against us as we are bombarded with messages from the media to eat this and not that, look like this to be happy and successful, work harder faster and longer because that’s what success is all about… and much much more.

 

THIS mentality is what the problem is. Those that profit have brilliantly crafted a society in which they continue to profit, leaving the rest of us unhealthy, exhausted, and ready to give up.

 

There is another way.

 

Last week I divulged some of my personal health problems, and shared part of my journey with you. I say some and part because to be honest, I’m still working on piecing together the puzzle of my story for myself.

 

As I continue to heal, I’ll share more along the way. Writing about it and sharing it with you is certainly part of my healing process, so thank you for being a part of it, and sharing my journey with me.

 

Identifying the root causes leading to my rock bottom moment in urgent care isn’t easy. In part because there are so many (I mean countless) reasons why things took that nasty, yet faithful turn leading up to that event in 2016.

 

Often we have to hit our lowest low before we wake up and make changes. Change is awful, and it is less scary than feeling awful because at least we have become familiar with (therefore comfortable with) feeling like ass. 

 

We think we’ll change when we are ready. We are never really ready. Something just happens that gives us no choice. I’m thankful for that.

 

If I didn’t hit that bottom, today I might still be in a job that made me miserable. I’d still be starving myself leaving me completely obsessed with food and eating and therefore completely NOT present in all my interactions with others (business, personal, etc.). Those that know me well were even surprised to hear this part of it. Honest truth right now… it makes me sad and regretful that I missed out on so much of my life. Sure I’ve had great times, great experiences, a successful career, BUT I never enjoyed any of it like I could have had I addressed my health problems from the get go instead of letting them progress and take over my life.

 

Maybe I should have gone into acting. I played it all off so well in spite of how horrible I felt ALL THE TIME.

 

Of course I didn’t talk about all of this because if I did I knew I’d have to change my behavior and I wasn’t ready to do that. I never would have been ready so the universe created the perfect storm of situations (or really I likely manifested it all myself and the universe simply provided what I was unconsciously asking for, yes I believe in this stuff).

 

The good news is you don’t have to hit rock bottom. You don’t have to be forced to change.

 

You can take the bull by the horns and decide you’ve had enough. It’s time to be the version of you that you know you can be. The version of you the world deserves to see. We are each granted gifts that we are meant to share with the world. That’s why we are here. Denying your truth by remaining trapped in your uncomfortable comfort zone (funny how our comfort zones are actually our most uncomfortable places, think about it) is denying others the benefits of your true gifts.

 

Start your journey now, before you are forced to. You can make that decision. You have the power to change your life, to feel as good as you know you should, and to beat that rock bottom moment to the punch.

 

I can help guide you on your journey. I'd be honored to share it with you! To get started, schedule your strategy session via the button below. I'm looking forward to talking to you!

 

 

"Your nutritional needs are as unique as your fingerprint, and they are dictated by your individual biochemistry. As a functional and clinical nutritionist, I can help you interpret your body's nutrient needs and customize a plan to reach your health and wellness goals. This is personalized nutrition."
-Jennifer Caryn Brand, MPH, MS, CNS, Functional and Clinical Nutritionist
 


Wishing you a delicious weekend!



Jennifer
Functional and Clinical Nutritionist

 

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Nutrition and Stress - Managing Stress Equals Success!

Photo credit:  Kat Jayne

Photo credit: Kat Jayne

Have you seen those articles written about wildly successful people and how they have morning routines? They all vary greatly, from checking email first thing to clear out their inbox of junk mail, meditating, exercising, catching the news, putting something nourishing into their body (let’s all do this one), and more.

 

Doing whatever is it that nourishes your mind, body and spirit before you dig in to start the part of your day where you are responsible for things other than yourself is important for setting yourself up for success. It’s true that you can’t take care of others until you take care of yourself. This is why wildly successful people have MORNING routines to get centered, motivated, inspired, and to get the creative juices flowing, while tuning out extraneous ‘noise’ and negativity that may be lurking in the wings.

 

How do you get started each day? Do you do something positive to set the tone for your day? I have a variety of strategies. Mornings are my toughest time. I wake up anxious most days. My routine helps alleviate much of my anxiety. One aspect of my routine involves listening to an inspiring mentor. Enter Darren Hardy and his Darren Daily. It’s free, short, inspiring, and fun to listen to.

 

A favorite Darren Daily of mine was about bottling up emotions (stress) and how this leads to adverse effects, even illness. He’s right! Stress from any source, whether it’s physical, emotional, or mental, creates a series of chemical reactions in the body. These reactions are meant to be temporary, and when this happens chronically, it can result in inflammation, an underlying cause of chronic disease. That’s right, stress can cause chronic disease and illness.

 

What can you do? Set yourself up to succeed by creating a routine for yourself. Preparing for the day can help alleviate stress associated with feeling disorganized and unprepared.

 

From a nutritional perspective (of course there are dietary interventions to help!) we can include foods in our diet that contain nutrients to support our pathways involved in our responses to stress. We can also practice lifestyle strategies to manage stress levels, and exercise is one of those strategies.

 

For foods containing nutrients that support stress pathways -->> click here <<--

 

For lifestyle tips to help manage stress -->> click here <<--

 

For lifestyle tips to help incorporate exercise into your routine -->> click here <<--

 

 "Your nutritional needs are as unique as your fingerprint, and they are dictated by your individual biochemistry. As a functional and clinical nutritionist, I can help you interpret your body's nutrient needs and customize a plan to reach your health and wellness goals. This is personalized nutrition."
-Jennifer Caryn Brand, MPH, MS, CNS, Clinical Nutritionist


 
Wishing you a delicious weekend!



Jennifer
Functional and Clinical Nutritionist

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