Happy New Year!
I hope you enjoyed the past holiday season, I certainly did. It was great to have all three of my boys’ home and under the same roof. The bonus was having family and friends visit and getting to spend time hanging out.
While our conversations weaved in many directions, one particular topic that was discussed the most was food and the desire to eat better in 2020. Whether it’s to lose weight or to improve our health, healthy eating is at the forefront of most new year’s resolutions.
This really excites me and has given me a direct path for 2020. As a certified nutrition health specialist, with more than 200 class-hours under my belt, I feel this is an area where I can at the very least, share the knowledge I’ve learned and eventually take it to another level. I’m still working on what that looks like: coaching, podcasts, you tube videos, etc., but I promise as I figure it out, you’ll be the first to know.
What does holistic mean?
Holistic means “whole” and through the classes I’ve taken- I’ve learned how food affects our total well-being (body, mind and spirit) and the impact it can have on our lives. Conversely, how we feel mentally and spiritually can greatly impact our food choices. Have you ever indulged when feeling stressed? Who hasn’t?
At the time my husband Larry died I really didn’t understand the physical impact grief was having on my body and my immune system. I truly thought grief was just an emotional issue to be dealt with through therapy and counseling.
I was naïve to the mind-body connection. Meanwhile, grief took its toll on me- spiritually, emotionally and physically. My adrenal glands (the ones that regulate the flight or fight response) were in overdrive and this eventually impacted my immune system, my thyroid and my whole metabolism.
The grief I faced also brought anxiety and depression into my life. I truly believe if I hadn’t taken care of myself by eating a healthy diet and following many stress-reducing wellness techniques, both these conditions could have escalated to a dangerous level.
What to expect in 2020
Listening to family and close friends as they share their struggles with me has renewed my passion for sharing the knowledge and training I received to be a Certified Holistic Nutrition Specialist.
Of course, the newsletter this year will still cover grief and the life challenges I face, but the emphasis will be on holistic nutrition to benefit our body, mind and spirit.
Below is a sneak preview of some of topics I plan to cover throughout the year. Some topics I’ve covered before, but I will revisit with more in depth information.
Top five topics for a healthy body
- Eat Whole Foods/ lots of Greens
- Drink plenty of water
- Limit Sugar
- Pay attention to serving sizes and portions
- Slow down, ENJOY your food
Top five topics for a healthy mind
- Sleep – are you getting enough?
- Move throughout the day
- Healing herbs
- State of Homeostasis
- Homeopathic remedies
Top five topics for a healthy spirit
- Meditation/Quiet Time
- Practice Forgiveness
- Letting Go
These are just a handful of topics I plan to cover. If there is a specific issue you would like me to focus on, please send an email to: email@example.com.
No matter what challenges you may be facing, we are going to help each other out to be the strongest, healthiest and happiest we can be!
Here’s to feeling our best in 2020!