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Guiding Principles for Wellness

Guiding Principles for Wellness 

  1. We all have an intuitive “guide” inside us that knows what we need to do and why we are struggling to do it.  We just need to get quiet and listen to that guide.  Sometimes we need help to hear that guide, through prayer, meditation, mindfulness practices and/or talking with someone.  This is true for all areas of wellness, including nutrition, physical activity, stress management, relationships, work/life balance, disease management etc.  Everything  you need is inside you!!!

  2. The ability to make changes that lead to greater wellness need to be based on a clear vision of how we want our wellness to look on a daily, weekly, seasonally and stage of life basis.  This vision keeps us on track through the challenges to changing our habits. I work with Clients to create this vision.

  3. We are all “bioindividual” meaning what works for one person doesn’t always work for another person. We all have different needs when it comes to food and there’s no “one right diet” for everyone, although the creators of these diets will try to convince you that their diet is the right one.

  4. A simple rule for every meal is that half of your plate should be fruits and veggies, a quarter of your plate should be a lean protein (chicken, fish, tofu, beans and rice, dairy if you eat dairy) and the other quarter can be a whole grain if you eat grains (quinoa, brown rice, steel cut oats).  Focus on getting half a plate of veggies!!

  5. The most important thing about food is to pick the highest quality foods you can.  Whether you choose to be Vegan, Paleo, GlutenFree or an Omnivore, reducing the processed foods, sugar, chemicals, hormones, antibiotics and pesticide residues in your diet is the best eating plan. 

  6. A good rule of thumb is the “90/10 Rule”…90% of the time we should eat “the way we know we should eat” and 10% of the time is reserved for birthday cake, holiday treats and other special times. Obviously there are exceptions to this, such as when someone has Celiac Disease, Diabetes or other conditions that really benefit from eliminating gluten, sugar etc.

  7. Exercise is non-negotiable.  If we don’t move our bodies in some way on most days of the week, we won’t be well.  We can find ways to move no matter what our physical limitations, abilities, age etc are.

  8. Don’t let yourself get too stressed out over making changes to improve your health.  The stress hormones of cortisol and adrenaline are not good for you.  If you are struggling, have the utmost compassion for yourself, figure out what went wrong and move forward with your plan.  Improving your health should be a marathon, not a sprint!