A few things happened recently that made me realize the importance of diet and lifestyle and …ahem listening to my own advice.
So like most folks, the pandemic and winter took its toll and I put on a bit of weight, nothing critical, but a few pounds from my happy weight.
My happy weight is when my underwear or jeans don’t dig in by the way.
As a health coach, I encourage clients to tune in and pay attention.
Having done the work myself, I knew exactly what I did to put the weight on and I knew exactly what I had to do to get it off.
Except… this time it wasn’t quite working as it always had. For some reason, despite my best efforts, the scale wasn’t budging. My body wasn’t responding the same as it usually did.
That’s when I realized I’d dropped not just one but a couple of balls.
The key is to juggle and keep as many balls in the air as you can. It’s normal and human (and even desirable) to drop a couple of balls from time to time… The key is to remember to pick them up again.
Those of you that have worked with me know what all the balls are; nutrient dense foods, probiotic or naturally fermented foods, healthy fats, fiber, enough water, good quality sleep, regular movement, stress management, self-kindness…
I dropped the exercise ball.
My dog Frieda has been my faithful walking partner for almost 15 years. On several cold damp days instead of giving me her familiar nudge that it was time for a walk, she chose to stay in her cozy bed . And so I went from computer to couch to bed, not good.
The other realization was a red flag my body gave me in the form of cold sores. Not just one little blister – my mouth exploded into a horrid mass of painful blisters.
I can go years without getting cold sores because I’ve pretty much figured out what I need to do to keep my immune system strong. I try to manage stress, I work at getting enough sleep and of course, nutrient-dense wholesome food.
When I thought back, I realized I haven’t been quite as diligent as I could have been.
I got a little lazy and dropped the nutrition ball (embarrassing).
My go-to when I want to super nourish myself are smoothies
Smoothies are the easiest way I’ve found to maximize my nutrition and to get a wide variety of nutrient-dense vegetables in at breakfast.
Let’s face it; it takes dedication to eat greens at breakfast.
Something I hadn’t done in a while, I couldn’t remember the last time I’d pulled out my blender to make a smoothie.
After just a few days of more conscious nourishment, and picking up the balls, my body responded.
The weight started dropping off again, the cold sores cleared up and my energy returned.
The moral of this story is that there is no magic bullet. There’s no magic food or exercise or meditation.
For those of you that haven’t worked with me yet, I challenge you to try just one week of superfood smoothies and just see how you feel.
Pay attention to your energy, your sleep, your weight, your bowels, your skin…
Will I make smoothies everyday for the rest of my life – No! But hopefully I’ll wake up a little sooner the next time my body starts giving me signs.
Just because food and lifestyle are not patentable does not mean they aren’t powerful tools to ensure resilience and vitality.
You have a lot of power and control when it comes to your health and preventing disease and infection. You don’t have to be a victim of your genes or of whatever infection is going around.
It’s up to you to pick up the balls.
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Presented by Kim L’Ecuyer Bsc, R.H.N.
As a Registered Holistic Nutrition consultant and certified Metabolic Balance coach, Kim is passionate about food, health and prevention. She particularly loves inspiring folks to love the foods that will love them back.
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