Can You Learn to Love the Plateau?

You’ve committed to [whittling your middle, developing stronger muscles, increasing your stamina, etc.]. You have a plan. You have a coach to help you along (hopefully!). You’ve got this!

Hitting the plateau is a necessary step along your path towards your goal, no matter what it is. Think of it a well-deserved rest spot. Take advantage of it. This flat area of no movement is now your baseline level. If you don’t spend time there and truly embrace it, you’re likely to slip back into old patterns.

Health coaching moment: The best way to make changes isn’t what you think

Health coaching moment: The best way to make changes isn’t what you think

When it comes down to it, there is no one perfect way to make changes in your life. Let this sink in and you’ve just saved yourself the need to read the scores of books out there on habit change. (I know—I read them.)

The gist of it is: Know yourself. Recognize what situations are fraught with feelings—and which you’re neutral about. And to the extent you can, remember that it’s all just an experiment.

The Final 3 Health + Wellness Myths: Bust These and Be Free!

The Final 3 Health + Wellness Myths: Bust These and Be Free!

Here are the final three health myths I’ll be sharing with you, but there are still many more out there, leading people astray.

I’m feeling better knowing that these can help clear up your confusion about where to put your efforts to get the most benefits. If you’re still unsure, you can always reach out for help!

Myth: If you've got "bad" genes, you're screwed

You have fixed heritable traits (think: your hair and eye color) but many of your genes turn on or off only in response to signals they receive from their environment. This is the study of epigenetics. In other words, just because something runs in your family, it doesn’t mean you’re destined to share it. 

Around 80% of the determining factors comes from your lifestyle (as families often share those, you can see how it may look like it's in your genes!).

Elevating your habits across The 5 Facets can help your genes activate the pathways to energetic health. 

Myth: Trying to burn body fat, tone your muscles, or do anything health-related is work

If by work, you mean effort, then this isn't a complete myth. There is effort involved when you try anything new. But that doesn't mean it can't be enjoyable, too. And once you have the habit in place, you'll gain more energy from it than you expended. 

Back to the idea of enjoying it: Glamour, pleasure, and fun are not superfluous in the context of your health and wellness. Drudgery will not make you radiant. Being bored with how you eat or exhausted by how you move isn’t going to advance you along the path to wellness. And when it comes down to it, what’s the point of being suffused with energy and glowing health if you’re living a humdrum existence? 

Myth: Your thoughts have no effect on your body

Maybe you do kinda believe in the placebo effect, but you can't get behind a deeper mind-body connection. It's too woo-woo. You don't see how your thoughts about what you do and who you are can have real physiological effects.

Consider this: Your thoughts affect your emotions which affect your choices which, in turn, have quantifiable physical effects on your body. For example, you think that you're an indulgent slacker with no willpower, which makes you feel sad and ashamed, so you turn to your favorite pint of ice cream to assuage your pain and stuff your feelings down, and then your body has to deal with the surge of sugar that's flooding your system, which it does by releasing insulin to clear it out of your bloodstream and into your body fat for storage.

Can't Love Kale? There's Another Way

Can't Love Kale? There's Another Way

Focusing on the Nourish Facet can transform your life. Eating real, nutrient-dense food is easily one of the most effective ways to optimize your body shape, enjoy consistent energy, and age wonderfully. You know this.

But what if—despite this knowledge—you simply can’t stomach kale?

Or maybe it’s not kale. It could be shiitake mushrooms or blueberries or sweet potatoes. It’s any food that’s touted as being “super” and is filled with vitamins, minerals, and other magical phytonutrients, yet you just don’t like the taste, texture, or both. (Many of us feel this way about one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet: liver.)

I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: There are no superfoods.

If you don’t like kale, I’m sure there’s another leafy green you actually do like (that’s chard in the picture, by the way). Blueberries aren’t the only foods that are high in polyphenols—you can indulge in other brightly colored produce and relax. If sweet potatoes are too orange-tasting for you (yes, people have told me this), there are other colors you might prefer, or you can enjoy another root vegetable. Why have rutabagas fallen out of favor? Let’s bring back rutabagas!

Because here’s the thing: Pleasure is a big part of nourishing yourself.

Quality Counts! Let it help you look and feel good in your skin

Quality Counts! Let it help you look and feel good in your skin

You have spoken. The most common complaint I heard from you about your health and wellness is that you don't like the way your body looks, especially as you age. You feel like your upper arms jiggle too much. Or you moan about the slab you can grab around your waist. Maybe it’s your saddlebags or droopy derriere—or maybe it’s all of the above.

It makes me sad. How much time and energy have you spent in your life trying to change your body? If you actually looked and felt good in your body, what wonderful things you could do?