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If you've got a soda habit you can't kick, try crowding it out. It can feel overwhelming, depressing, and impossible to think about giving up your favorite soft drink altogether. So start with a smaller change. Add different, healthier beverages to your routine. And find some new-to-you beverages that nourish your body, leave you feeling better, and reduce the number of times you reach for the … [Read more...] about Got a Soda Habit You Can’t Kick?
When I think about what health coaching did for me as a client, I look around my home in amazement, and with a sense of peace. I had been stuck for a long time in one particular area of my life. But I never considered how it might be affecting my health, because it wasn't in an obvious "health" area such as nutrition or exercise. When I enrolled in the professional health coach training … [Read more...] about What Health Coaching Did for Me
Deep inside, we all want to be heard and valued for who we are. We want to express ourselves. And we do not want to be judged. But how often does that happen? Awareness of the Need to be Heard Last fall, I volunteered at the Unity Project hosted by my church, which fronts a busy street at the edge of a university campus. So when a stranger walked toward me from the sidewalk, curious to … [Read more...] about In Life, We All Want to Be Heard
The Slippery Slope often appears out of nowhere, just when you think you're coasting along on the journey to good health. You're eating the right things, moving the right ways, doing all the right things, and T.H.E.N. You're not. I fell down the Slippery Slope this week. Monday brought the first day of Spring, and with it the first seasonal allergy attack I've had in nearly three … [Read more...] about Beware the Slippery Slope in Self-Care
When starting or staying true to a healthier lifestyle, one must have deal breakers. Right? Boundaries. Lines that cannot be crossed, at least not often. Perhaps you've set out to change the way you eat or decided to get more exercise. Maybe you're swearing off fast food. Or you're planning to take 10,000 steps per day. Or you aim to get 7+ hours of sleep each night. How strong is … [Read more...] about What Are Your Deal Breakers for a Healthy Lifestyle?
Vision Boards help people clarify their desires, quiet their negative voices, and keep focused when willpower wanes. And they're fun to make. The start of a new year, when we're looking ahead to creating a better lifestyle, is a great time to make Vision Boards, and the ways to do it are endless. I wanted my first vision board to represent my priorities of my faith, my family, and my … [Read more...] about Vision Boards: The Why and How