Have you been trying to get healthy, but just can't seem to get lasting results?
Maybe you've even tried a few diets, and had some success, but just bounce back to being tired, sick, unhappy with your weight and frustrated by skin problems.
True health can't be achieved with just your diet or just with exercise. We are complicated organisms, and there are many factors that contribute to our health.
If you are trying to improve your health to have more energy and vitality, and you just can't seem to make it happen, then you may be sabotaging yourself in one of these five areas.
1) You are not getting enough sleep.
I can hear you now. "Of course I'm not getting enough sleep! I don't have time for that."
"Nah, my sleep is fine. I mean, yeah I'm tired a lot, and I have bags under my eyes, and can have a hard time focusing sometimes, and more sleep would be nice, but I get as much sleep as anyone else I know. Being tired is just part of life these days, but it's not like I'm sleep deprived."
If that second paragraph sounds like you, then there's a good chance you're mildly sleep deprived.
The thing is, the human body needs sleep. Your body does most of its healing work while you are sleeping. If you're not getting enough sleep, then your body cannot fully heal. Eat a healthy diet, exercise all you want, take supplements, drink coffee, do whatever you want to trick yourself into not feeling tired, but if you are skipping out on good sleep, then you are robbing your body of true health. Your body cannot efficiently use all of that wonderful food, or those great supplements, nor can it fully utilize your exercise if it is fatigued from lack of sleep.
If you care about your health enough to do all of those other things, then do yourself and your body a favor and give yourself permission to get a full night of sleep every night, and even take naps in the day when you need them.
By giving your body and your mind adequate rest you find that you will be more productive during your working hours, and you will be in a much better mood for working and playing during the day. You can get through your to-do list much more quickly because your brain is actually functioning better. You will be more patient with your co-workers, kids, and spouses, and you can be more engaged with them throughout the day.
2) You are stressed
Stress is such a constant part of our lives. It has even become a badge of honor for many people. We all sit around at coffee shops talking about how busy we are, and how much we do and how stressful life is. What good is that doing any of us?
Stress, if left unchecked, will wreak havoc on your health.
In its intended form, stress is a very good thing. The stress response is what lets your body know it needs to react to something. It is responsible for the fight or flight reaction that keeps us out of danger. When our ancestors were alive, a quick stress response was what saved one man from a tiger, while the man next to him wasn't so lucky.
The problem is, our bodies do not distinguish emotional stress from "a tiger is trying to kill me" stress. It's all just stress to your body. So when you're afraid about that meeting, or you're overwhelmed because you have too many things to do today and you still haven't gotten dinner ready, or you're raging at the other drivers on the road, you are putting your body through a similar trauma as if you were running from a tiger. Allowing yourself to get stressed over so many issues floods your body with stress hormones that are only supposed to be used in an emergency. These chemicals, when overused, wear the body down.
You will become increasingly fatigued, you will get sick more often, you can become depressed or irritable, your hormones won't work properly, and it will affect your weight (either become over or under weight). Your skin will break out in things like acne, eczema, psoriasis, rashes and hives. I call this your skin's SOS signal, trying to get you to pay attention to the symptoms your body is giving you that you need to slow down.
Stress is not something to take lightly. In a couple of days I will be sending you an email dedicated entirely to giving you practical ways to manage and reduce your stress.
Often times, our stress responses have become an entrenched habit, and you need a little bit of extra help changing those habits. If you would like some support in that process enter your information in the Work With Me tab so we can see how I can be helpful to you.
3) Your self-talk
STOP. I really really want you to pay attention to this section.
If you are not used to paying attention to your own self talk, then you might be tempted to breeze past this one and move on. Please don't. If you only read ONE of these tips, make it this one.
Self talk is insidious because we often don't even notice the way we talk to ourselves, and yet the effects of our self-talk will weave their way through every aspect of our being and either bring strength, light and joy, or fear, depression, anger and disappointment.
I want you to try something. Close your eyes and picture the things you need to do in order to get healthy; picture cooking and eating healthy food, exercising, and using natural self care and cleaning products. What are you saying to yourself about those things. Are you negative or cynical about any of it? Now picture yourself already at your goal. You are living a healthy lifestyle, you have energy, you are healthy, you rarely get sick, and you love what you see when you look in the mirror. Now pay attention to the words you say about being that person. Is there any push back? I want you to pay extra close attention to your "jokes" about all of this.
You know what I'm talking about. All of the jokes about crunchy hipsters, and about gross healthy food (my dad used to call my mom's smoothies swill before he was assimilated), what jokes do you make about people who exercise or buy all organic and green products. These may seem like only jokes to you, but they still have an effect.
Do you remember in the stress section when I talked about how your body doesn't really perceive a difference between "I'm late for work" stress and "a tiger is going to eat me" stress? Well your self talk is similar. If you make negative jokes about people who are living the life you would like to have, your mind will still accept it as your truth. You can't tell your mind you're "just joking". Those kinds of jokes are often your way of saying how you feel without having to actually say how you feel.
When you have these stories and beliefs in your mind, they will direct your actions. So if your internal dialogue is mainly one that discourages doing things to get healthy, then you will stay stuck. You will have to use a tremendous amount of will power to overcome those little voices in your head telling you that you don't want to do this, and that will burn you out. Fortunately, we can also use self talk to our advantage.
Think about ONE of the things you would really like to accomplish. Make it something super specific. I'll pick the example of eating a healthy breakfast every morning to start the day. You might say something like, "I don't have time for that". You will probably have to rearrange your morning a bit to make time for something like eating a good breakfast. So how do you find that extra time? You could wake up earlier, you could lay out your clothes the night before, you could even lay out some of the items for breakfast the night before so it's easy to get it ready in the morning. The problem is, all the planning in the world won't help if you have an inner voice telling you not to bother.
So, what we will do, is create an alternative phrase about eating a healthy breakfast to repeat to yourself until it takes root. Lets use, "I deserve the benefits of a healthy breakfast". A healthy breakfast sets you up with energy, focus, and better emotions. It also kick starts your metabolism for the day. You deserve to be healthy, you deserve to live with energy and vitality. So when your little voice is complaining about the extra effort it takes to give yourself an healthy breakfast, just remind yourself that you deserve the benefits.
When I work with my clients we devote an entire module to reprogramming your self talk and inner beliefs that are keeping you from your goals, because it is that vital to success.
4) Your eating and drinking habits
Here's how I explained it to my son. Your body has little workers inside it (your cells) and they have different jobs. Some are construction workers, some are soldiers, some are messengers, there are hundreds of different jobs. Sometimes bad guys also get into our bodies. They break things, they kill the good guys and they wreak a lot of havoc. The good guys and the bad guys both use different tools. The food you eat is what provides those tools. Some food gives weapons to the soldiers and building materials to the construction workers. Some food gives weapons of mass destruction to the bad guys.
If you give your body the right tools it can do it's job properly to keep you healthy. The simplest way to make sure you are giving your body the tools it needs is to eat "real food". What's "real food"? Real food is food that is still as close to its natural state as possible. Fresh fruits and vegetables, grass fed meat, good fats; these will give your body the good tools it needs to start rebuilding your skin.
You also HAVE to keep your body hydrated to function well. This means drinking plenty of water, but there is more to hydration than just water. You also want to include water rich foods like fruits and vegetables. I also encourage at least one glass of mineral water every day. Our current food supply is lacking in many trace minerals due to poor soil management, and mineral water is a great way to counter that. Other hydration sources include bone broth, coconut water and tea.
5) Your Self Care and Cleaning Products
This is so important to me that I created an entire business around it. I started making natural skincare products for my baby's sensitive skin. When I was pregnant, and the doctors were giving me pamphlets telling me to stop using certain cleaning products, and to buy special detergents and soaps for myself and later for my baby, I started to wonder why. Why, if these things are dangerous for baby, are they okay for slightly older children, or even adults? Then I went to a class where I learned how to make my own cleaning products. Then, when my son was a baby and suffering from severe diaper rashes I tapped into my biochemistry knowledge and my understanding of natural healing to make him an awesome diaper cream. Soon I was making most of our personal care and cleaning products, and if I couldn't make it I was buying natural alternatives, and I'm so glad I did.
When my oldest was 3 I found out that he is predisposed to asthma, and his skin is very sensitive to certain allergens and chemicals. It was never a problem because our environment at home had never aggravated him; it wasn't until we started visiting relatives that I discovered his sensitivities. Having a green home had saved me a considerable amount of stress, and kept my son healthy, when I know things could have been so different. We could have been doing constant breathing treatments (like I did as a child), and we could have been having to rely on anti-histamines and steroid creams to keep his skin from breaking out.
So many of my customers and clients come to me with chronic skin issues that they just can't seem to solve. They often notice drastic improvements after using natural skincare that's designed to nourish the skin, rather than just cover up the problem.
Using green cleaning products also gives a noticeable change. Many conventional cleaning chemicals leave you feeling dizzy and fatigued, but natural cleaning products can actually be very invigorating due to the botanical extracts in them, and they don't leave behind toxic residues that can harm your respiratory system and skin over time.
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Did one of these areas stick out to you? When you were reading it did you have an AHA! moment of "that's totally me"?
Any one of these issues will keep you from having the health, energy and vitality that you want (and deserve).
Maybe you already knew all of this, but still can't seem to get the success you want. Over the next few days you will be receiving emails that go into more details and give practical tips on how to make changes in each of these 5 areas.
The thing is, the habits that keep us stuck in these 5 areas are often deeply entrenched and it is very difficult to change those habits by yourself. Getting support is one of the best things you can do for yourself in your health journey.
I would love to offer you the support you need to finally reach your health goals. Schedule a free Health Assessment and we can narrow down exactly where you are sabotaging yourself and figure out the best action for you to take moving forward in your health journey.
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