If there are people out there who are looking to get healthy, but don't know where to start, or feel like they'll be shamed, I hope that they see the mannequins of people who look like them and realize that they are not alone. There's an entire market of people just like you wanting the same thing.
You are your thoughts, habits, and actions. The only way to change your life is to change yourself.
We always think that it takes years for crap food to do any real damage, but the truth is the garbage we put in our body is poison. It starts hurting us the moment it hits our lips and it doesn't stop till we clean it from our lives. Don't get me wrong, an occasional "treat" is one thing... a lifestyle of trash is something else. Everything in moderation... but our bodies are vehicles and need the proper fuel to make it work smoothly.
We have officially started our new lives. We all have our resolutions stated, our diets, our business plans, our ideas for what ever our dreams may be. I have heard a lot of talk on radio stations, and of course the memes are in full swing, but you know what I mostly noticed. It's all negative, self deprecating, designed to fail talk.
If you are on your path to a healthier you. Whether it's weight-loss, substance abuse, or even getting a better job, be careful of your peers. Be careful of those who seem to always lead you down the path of the dark side... with those cookies. You know the voices that you hear in your head that say it's ok... you can just have one... well, they are hard enough to ignore. When you hear them from those who love you it's even more challenging.
"You're right, anything can happen, and if you're going to imagine things happening. Imagine good things."
No one wants to "do the work" anymore. When you look at the check out line magazines, the random ads on the internet or TV, or a million books in the bookstores and they are all "get..... quick". It doesn't matter what it is. Get rich, lose weight... find the perfect man. It's all about the here and now moment.
Health coaching is about helping people understand their options. Teaching them about the way food breaks down in the body, and making sure to keep them motivated and ready to make the changes that they need. If a person has a medical problem they should be referred out to a medical professional. You can still continue to coach and keep them on target, but you must stay within your wheelhouse, or you could cause more harm than good.
You don't realize that a treat is seeing your son's face light up when you have a race into school because you can keep up with him. A treat as a mom is hiding in a crevice for hide n seek that previously you couldn't fit. Being able to carry the giant child that your baby has become up the stairs without getting winded. All of those things are treats. A stack of pancakes.. that's just a distraction.
Most people don't realize that a good amount of American's are malnourished. Now, I'm not just talking about those starving and living on the streets. I'm talking about those that live off of fast food and snacks. Have you ever looked at the side panel of the food that we eat? I don't just mean the calories, or fat intake. I'm not even talking about the protein or sugar, though they both play a huge role, I'm talking about actual vitamins and minerals. A lot of our packaged foods don't even have a label for anything more than iron, sodium or maybe potassium.