Healthy Lifestyle Philosophy

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What you focus on expands…and I’m not just talking philosophically here ladies

Have you ever heard the phrase “what you focus on expands”?  When I started to really do a lot of work on myself, this was something that came up a lot.  Lately, I’ve been thinking about this pretty consistently.  I have some clients that are doing all the right things to lose weight and yet it just isn’t coming off.

If they were working with a dietician they might look to see if the ratio of carbohydrates to fat to protein was correct (and I’m not saying that substituting fast burning carbohydrates for slow burning ones isn’t a technique that I might employ) however, with a Certified Health Coach, we look at things in another way.

See, it’s not just about what you eat, it’s about how you FEEL.  You could be eating all the right things and not seeing the results that you expect, because all you’re focusing on is how you HAVEN’T been able to lose the weight and how frustrated you are.

Think about this – what would it mean if you lost the weight?  I had a client a few years ago that was losing weight at an amazing pace and then just stalled.  When I asked her what she thought might be going on, she said “I’m almost at the weight that I was at the last time I was in a relationship”.  Talking about it a little more we discovered that she just wasn’t sure if she was ready to handle the extra attention from men that she was getting as she was slimming down.  She was afraid of getting hurt.

Many of us hang on to baggage for many reasons, this might not be yours.  But, what is?  Sometimes the extra weight functions as a barrier from others in the world.  Who hurt you? What are you scared of?  What are you protecting yourself from?  On the other hand – why are you comfortable at this weight?  How is being uncomfortable serving you?  Do you feel deserving of living the life you are imagining for yourself?

Think about it.

Cheers to your good health!


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Getting back on track – without junky diets

After the end of a long, lazy (although more often than not hectic) summer on Cape Cod many women approach me wanting to get “back on track”. Many report weight gain, lethargy and frustration with their health goals. Many of us think that it should be easier to lose weight in the summer- typical foods used to aid in weight loss are more readily available in the summer than the winter. Just think of all of the fruits, summer vegetables and salads that many of us consume during this time of year.

However, summer is also the time that for all our good intentions, we don’t workout as much. We go out to eat a lot more and spend a lot more time grilling outside with our friends (and all the “fixins” that go along with this sort of activity).

At this time of the year, many of us turn to fad diets or quick weight loss fixes, because we are at our most desperate at this time – frustrated because we had to hide behind clothes because our bathing suit didn’t fit the way we wanted it to this summer, or, it did at the beginning of the summer, but not anymore.

With this in mind, I thought that it might be a wonderful time to give you some “do’s” and “don’ts” of healthy weight loss:

  • Stay away from diets that say “don’t eat (name the food)”: this type of diet focuses on restriction, which is never sustainable over the long term.
  • Stay away from diets that say “Only eat (name the food): this is also focusing on restricting yourself.
  • Don’t choose a diet that says that you have to eat a specific brand of boxed food: Mostly because there are a lot of preservatives in these foods – you can learn to make smart portion sizes with the right amount of nutrition for you without living in a diet box for the rest of your life. What would someone who lost their weight using these foods do once they got to goal? They wouldn’t have any idea how to prepare foods for their body type that were healthy and usually go back to old ways, which lands them back in the spot that they were in before.
  • Do make up your mind to get some sort of movement in daily: this will help you focus on the fact that you are making good choices for yourself and your health on a daily basis.

As a health coach, I work with women to help them achieve their health goals without denial, discipline and most of all, with FUN! Good luck on your health journey.

For more simple tips like these or to learn more about what I do as a health coach, please visit http://www.ElementalHealthandWellness.com.