Healthy and Happy Lifestyle
Last summer I started a new and exciting chapter in my life. I enrolled in a yearlong training program to become a Health Coach. Today, I am an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. For many years I've been interested in nutrition and healthy eating. My goal was to learn the best foods to eat to stay as healthy as possible. In the first couple of months of my training I learned a tremendous amount about nutrition and diets, but most importantly, I learned that these two aspects play a small part in your overall wellness. Health isn’t only about being free of disease or having a “perfect” diet, it’s about finding physical, emotional and spiritual balance. Just like in yoga!
Many of us have questions such as:
Why do some diets work better than others?
Why was it easier to stick to a diet when you were younger?
Why does one diet cause you to lose weight and makes someone else gain weight?
These are all thought-provoking questions and the answer is quite simple.
We are all different!
The foundation of the IIN program is the concept of bio-individuality, meaning, you are unique!
It may seem intuitive. Of course, we are all different. However, realising this fact and putting it into practice are two very different things.
For the most part, it is easier to blend in, go with the flow or hop on the latest trend train. Whether that’s by eating the same foods, engaging in the same activities or wearing the same clothes as someone else, we are not being true to ourselves.
It’s worth the effort to figure out just how unique you truly are. Be patient though, it may take some time. We are constantly changing and discovering new things about ourselves. Finding balance in your life requires you to look inwards and listen to your body’s wants and needs, explore and discover which activities fulfil you and who are your favorite people.
For some people, following rules and changing habits are easy. If this is not your case, consider then that these rules may not be right for you instead of blaming yourself. There are general guidelines from which we can all benefit. Ultimately, you are responsible for fine-tuning the details until you find what works best for you to support your life and nourish your body to feel the best you possibly can.
Remember that being healthy and feeling great aren’t limited to the foods you eat. Your overall well-being is about creating balance in all aspects of your life. Maintaining good relationships, getting quality sleep, staying active, and having a sense of purpose are just a few key factors. Learn to be comfortable with who you are and know that all things are temporary. As you change physically, emotionally and spiritually so will your wants and needs.
Here are a few simple tips to get you started:
Drink more water
Eat more vegetables and fruit
Get enough sleep
Give someone a hug
Practice yoga or meditate
I can’t wait to share more with you about how to achieve a healthy and happy lifestyle!