Defining yourself- again

This past week I met with two health professionals who wanted to know what I did.  This wasn’t a type of elevator pitch situation.  This was an hour of talking ‘shop’, so to speak.  One was a physical therapist, the other a medical staff office manager both were starting to get very interested in integrated wellness.  Both thought that I basically told people how to eat in a more healthy manor.  Discussed food groups, calories, understand food labels, how to shop and how to throw together quick healthy meals. Yes, I do all those things, but more.  As a professional Wellness Coach I combine the skill of behavior change.  This means that whatever I may educate them with, there is a reason and a meaning which if they adhere to as a lifestyle, they may improve their quality of life.  When a person improves their quality of life they improve their mindset, body composition, movement, energy, joy and possibly a greater zest for life.  In general, people don’t like to change, but many people want to change. Change is not necessarily easy, but when faced with the options of choice, reduced guilt, possibilities and non judgmental approach,people will start to embrace change in a more tolerable way.

I explained that a past teacher of mine said ‘everything is everything’ – it is all connected.  How you eat affects how you think and your emotions.  How you think affects how you make choices around what to eat, how to move , how to be mindful and how you embrace your environment and those around you.  It is about creating balance.  It ain’t easy! It is a lifelong dance of creating the best steps to make you flow through life with your best foot forward.

So am I just a nutritionist, no.  Am I just a coach, no.  I am a combination of educator, supporter, cheerleader and  looking at the big picture type of a practitioner. To me it is a constant ying and yang of being mindful and aware of the choices one makes and how to practice them for the rest of your life. I suppose many years of doing what you do leads to experience and that is who I am.

How would you define yourself?

If you ever wanted to reach a little deeper or address health concerns ( think :excess gas or bloating, stress, inflammation or other), contact me to set up a complimentary phone consult to address your needs.

 

Be Well,

                Mary

 

Gift to You.

When Life Throws You a Curve Ball

Well, that is exactly what has happened to me. Not personally, but to loved ones.  It goes without saying I was, and am directly impacted making me a bit more distracted than I choose to be.  That being said, I had a holiday greeting to send out – that never happened.

So, my sincere wishes for you and yours for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2018!

Right now, I am still waiting for lemons to turn into lemonade, and with perseverance, hope and belief something positive will present itself. Of course, we all go through the ups and downs of life and sometimes  you can understand and expect ‘stuff’ to happen. Sometimes, there just aren’t any answers except that the universe has her own way of doing things.  Practicing positivity, patience and hope is very difficult when it is the holiday, emotions are tested and life just doesn’t seem worth it. Yet, all you need is a sunny day, an honest smile, a hug to make you know that just maybe around the next corner there will be a better moment. Step by step, being present and practicing gratitude really do help when answers don’t come. With all the turbulence in this world, I know I have a lot to be grateful for even when things look bleak.

I am also very grateful for all my clients and friends!  So my gift to you is 15% off all Metagenics products through March 1, 2018.(click Here)  Stock up on UltraMeal shakes, Clear Change Cleanse, PhytoMulti, Vitamin D3 or any of your other favorites. If you are looking for something in particular, contact me.  There are so many wonderful products to support you on your road to health and wellness.

As always, I promote first:

  1. A balanced lifestyle
  2. Eat a variety of whole foods
  3. Be active for at least a half hour a day
  4. Meditate- do some stress reduction
  5. Get your sleep

It has certainly helped me with the stress and demands thrown at me lately.  Remember, stocking up on good habits of health is like money in the bank.  It is there when you need it.  You can’t start using your savings ( money or health) if you haven’t planned or prepared for a bumpy patch. Yet, during those difficult times, it just may be your good habits of sleep, exercise and stress management that will support you until the road smooths out.

If you are in need of some lifestyle intervention – improved habits, food choices, food sensitivities, gut health or just renewed energy connect with me. Contact me for a complimentary phone session to discuss your desires for your wellness for 2018!

 

Cheers! Be Well,

Mary

 

 

 

Wishing you and yours a wonderful healthy and joyful holiday season. Love and be kind to yourself and others, be grateful and mindful of the many blessings you have. May 2018 offer an abundance of well-being and love.

Cheers,

Mary 

 

Weight Loss and Food Intolerance

Many of us struggle with trying new programs, or cutting back on calories, striving to reach weight and fitness goals. Some of us will succeed, some not. Unfortunately, the successful ones are the minority . Lifestyle is exactly that- a lifestyle for all times, not just a short term fix.

 

Over the past decade doctors and health professionals are becoming more and more focused on food sensitivities and intolerances. Research has found that when removing foods that were reactive to your specific body chemistry people felt healthier and they lost weight. Food intolerances involve brain chemicals that trigger food addiction, they alter the body’s individual rate of metabolism and it damages blood vessels that causes edema.   Some ‘healthy’ foods may not be right for YOU. Lettuce, kale, lamb, fish, olives, nuts and other ‘healthy’ food may not be health for your body chemistry.

 

In the past 50 years our diet has changed drastically. Our same digestive enzymes that were needed to digest fruit and vegetables and free range meats must now deal with huge amounts of preservatives, chemical fertilizers, insecticides and antibiotics in our foods. Our enzymes are depleted and our immune system takes over to protect us from the toxic consequences of the food we eat.

 

How does a food intolerance affect your ability to loose weight?   The offending food or chemical *” knocks the body’s biochemistry out of balance. As a result, the body becomes sluggish, the immunce system becomes impaired , the digestive track develops leaks, insulin and other hormones become imbalanced, and the body loses control of the neurotransmitters that control appetite.”   In short, your body is having difficulty keeping in balance .

 

*Your Hidden Food Allergies are Making You Fat Rudy Fivera, M.D., Rogger Davis Deutsch

 

A Different approach to increasing concerns

 

Being a holistic nutritionist for the past 17 years has introduced me to a number of people who struggle with weight loss along with inflammation, brain fog, digestive disturbances, diabetes and general fatigue. I do believe that lifestyle is medicine and being aware of personal patterns and creating a balance of clean eating, regular exercise, rest and relaxation and a bit of spiritual intervention can help clear up many basic issues. Most individuals are skeptical, most dive into deprivation only to turn to bingeing and a loss of self esteem and confidence. Our world has been consumed by replacing clean unadulterated foods with chemical fertilizers, antibiotics, GMO’s, soil depletion, additives and colorings.

 

I have found most of my clients feeling fabulous after a 10 or 25 day ‘cleanse’. It is a bit restrictive in the variety of foods one eats, but not restrictive in the amounts- no one ever goes hungry. Sugars, gluten, various vegetables, fruits, condiments ( think ketchup or bbq sauce) along with processed foods and fake sugars are eliminated. Is it suprising that most individuals feel fabulous? Is it surprising that most find this hard? It is not surprising the wake up call that every person has who does the cleanse and repeats it every year or so. You have given your body a break from processing foods that are not natural for our system. Yet, everybody is chemically different and has different needs.

 

 

 

Allergies vs. Sensitivity

Allergy vs. Sensitivity                                             

 

The term ‘allergy’ is often used as a catchall phrase to describe the body’s altered and excessive responses to otherwise harmless substances. However, a true allergic reaction is a function of the specific immune system while the broader category of intolerance is generally associated with nonspecific immunity.

Food intolerance is much more common than true food allergy. However, many people are unaware that they suffer from food intolerance because their symptoms may vary widely and often appear hours, or even days, after the causative agent is confirmed.

Some of the most healthy foods may be a cause for a food intolerance. Chicken, lettuce, watermelon, legumes, spinach , foods that we have heard are good for us, may be your trigger. Every person is unique and has an immune system that addresses individual habits and lifestyles.  Have you every had a nagging rash, or brain fog that doesn’t seem cause to run to the doctor but you just can’t seem to understand what is going on?  It could be eating too much of the same thing, or molds, over the counter ‘aids’ or even ‘functional’ foods/supplements like goji berry, aloe vera or others. Unfortunately, for some of us exposure to these elements may trigger chronic activation of the immune system.

 

Here is a list of some of the underlying symptoms of food intolerances:

Obesity

diabetes,

gastrointestinal disorders,

migraine headaches,

inflammation ,

ADD,

Infertility

Fatigue

Acne

Stuffy nose

Depression

Eczema

Asthma

And many others…..

If you are concerned that you may be one of the millions who suffer from a food intolerance, you may want to consider the ALCAT test. Contact me to set up an appointment or answer any questions.

In great health,

Mary

PS. Soon I will share with you my results from the ALCAT test and how it has made a difference in my well being.