As the days turn into weeks and months, it can be easy to get caught up in the every day grind. We sometimes forget important things in our lives that make us who we are or find ourselves taking for granted those people who stay by our sides. I know that I do, which is the direct reason for this post.
On this day of Thanksgiving, I would like to personally take time to show gratitude for the special people in my life. This has been one of the greatest years that I've had, without a doubt. I opened the doors of Shore Nutrition & Wellness and I've never looked back. I am doing what I love, growing, learning, helping as many people as I possibly can and truly enjoying every single day. What could be better?
I would have never been able to accomplish any of this without the following people:
What are your greatest blessings? When was the last time you let them know?
In Giving & Thanks,
Have you ever seen the #jerf on Instagram? It's everywhere, so I googled it. I had no idea it stood for: Just Eat Real Food, but what a profound, yet easy concept. I decided that when it comes to our health, in order to K.I.S.S we need to J.E.R.F.
Here are some ways to do so:
I will leave you with the JERF manifesto:
What is Real Food?
To Homegrown & Healthy,
How far is our society from just using food & drink as a means to nourish and fuel our body?
Nowadays, what we consume can take on multiple responsibilities, most of them completely toxic. We use it to self-medicate, to repress feelings, to overcome boredom, to procrastinate, to de-stress, to comfort, the list goes on and on...
One of my goals in working with a client is to get to the root cause of their issues around food, not just the "what," but the "why." I find this to be the fastest way to success.
So what are primary foods? They are aspects of our lives that either contribute to our happiness or misery. Some examples are:
Let's say, for example, I'm working with a young woman who initially comes to me for fat loss and fatigue. We move on to accomplish those goals and then some. But, it's still not enough. She keeps having body aches or pain on a daily basis, she feel depressed. Come to find out, she is in a toxic, abusive relationship at home and feels trapped. Regardless of what I physically do with this woman, she will never get well until she resolves that issue and breaks free from the abuse. That type of nourishment will always come before food.
Personally, I have seen the power of primary foods in my own life. The first career I had was not in line with my internal values, and my body was reacting accordingly. I became very sick, I stopped menstruating, was diagnosed with autoimmune and had large bouts of anxiety and depression. I was so focused on food during that time, but it wasn't what I needed. I felt like I had to continue doing what I was supposed to do as opposed to what I truly wanted to do in my heart. As soon as I freed myself from those restrictions, my journey to healing from within began and now I am on to help others! I have never found more joy in my career. Looking back, I can see why some of my habits were the way that they were. It makes sense.
I now ask that you take a moment and reflect on where you are with your health. Are you happy? How did you get there?
You may want to physically look better or perform optimally in the gym, but take a look at where you are nourished. Do you give, receive and feel loved on a daily basis? Are you happy at work, at home and moving your body in a way that feels good to you? Do you feel connected, grounded and have a sense of purpose each day? All of these things are absolutely critical on the path to your best sense of self.
I will leave you with this food for thought:
“How would your life be different if you were conscious about the food you ate, the people you surround yourself with, and the media you watch, listen to, or read? Let today be the day...You pay attention to what you feed your mind, your body, and your life. Create a nourishing environment conducive to your growth and well-being today.” -Steve Maraboli
To Wholefully You,
P.S. Friendly reminder * I am only offering complimentary initial consultations from now until the end of 2014. If you or someone you know is interested be sure to contact me as soon as possible. I will help to make the holidays happy & healthy!
Being obese is not genetic.
I'm sure many of you may think that's a very controversial statement, but that's what I believe to be true.
I do think that we are genetically pre-disposed to many things in regards to our health, including obesity. But I think that the want and will to overcome those conditions are what really sets us a part from others in our family line.
Take, for example, the son of a mother who is deceased from obesity/heart disease and a father who is extremely overweight. One would think the odds are against the son, but I don't feel that way. To me, those who are in generations before us do not determine what our destiny is based on theirs. That son has a choice to create his own future and mold his own life. If he makes goals for fat loss, has a plan and works towards it every single day- there is no way he will not be successful, regardless. I am sick of hearing "I'm fat but it's not my fault, it's in my genes..." Genetics don't determine how heavy you are, but they do play a role in how you can gain or lose weight. They also can't stop you from working harder in order to see results.
I recently had an interaction with a client who was feeling discouraged, depressed and hopeless. He is young, obese and comes from 2 parents who are the same. When I started to dig deeper and get to the bottom of what his childhood was really like, I realized a pattern. Most of his meals were eaten alone, he was consuming the same foods as his parents because that's all that was in the house, and now he has similar habits to them and a ton of negative energy while eating, which has carried on into his adulthood. He binges, is completely addicted to food and uses it to self medicate. A classic case of nurture over nature.
I explained to him that although it feels like he was set up for failure, it doesn't have to be his fate. He can stop self-sabotaging and if he chooses, his dreams can be greater than his genes.
Some things to remember when it comes to our health and family lines:
Here is an excerpt from a very blunt post of a guy who was formerly obese, and now has became fit:
"Medical condition? It’s the dance of chicken and egg. Genetics? Maybe genetics loaded the gun, but you pulled the f*ing trigger and reloaded twice."
The bottom line is when diet and exercise are done the right way, you can change your DNA. No more excuses!
To The Next Generation,