New Year Resolutions Don’t Work – Here’s Why

Do you set New Year Resolutions? Many of us set them based on something we don’t want in our life. Maybe you don’t want those extra pounds or don’t want to smoke or don’t want sugar cravings. It is only natural for us to want to fight against what is not working in our life. Yet, fighting against it does not lead to lasting change. I believe we need to love change into existence. That means finding the gift in what you have right now !!

Maybe you want to lose a few pounds, but what about your body do you appreciate right now? How could being “lighter”  bring more joy in to your life?

I learned some really amazing  lessons from the wonderful Louise Hay about creating change based on love. I hope these affirmations help you bring more joy and love and peace into your life.

“Self-approval and self-acceptance in the now are the main keys to positive changes in every area of our lives.” – Louise Hay

“Every thought we think is creating our future. ” ~ Louise Hay

“Love is always the answer to healing of any sort.” ~ Louise Hay

“No matter where we live on the planet or how difficult our situation seems to be, we have the ability to overcome and transcend our circumstances.” ~ Louise Hay

“Be willing to take the first step, no matter how small it is. Concentrate on the fact that you are willing to learn. Absolute miracles will happen.” ~ Louise Hay

“I will not be distracted by noise, chatter, or setbacks. Patience, commitment, grace, and purpose will guide me.” ― Louise L. Hay

My very favorite one is …..

“When we expand our thinking and beliefs our love flows freely. When we contract we shut ourselves off. Can you remember the last time when you were in love? Your heart went ahhh!! It was such a wonderful feeling. It is the same with loving yourself except that you will never leave once you have your love for yourself.It’s with you for the rest of your life, so you want to make it the best relationship that you can have.” ~ Louise Hay

In my coaching work I focus on Asset-Based Change (I call it the ABC’s of lifestyle shifts). We find your strengths and build on those and begin the process of the lasting change you desire. CLICK HERE to learn about my one-on-one coaching.

Lifestyle Medicine Matters

Lifestyle medicine is what my focus is going to be in 2018. When I was in medical School I didn’t receive any training in lifestyle assessment and change. I would talk about risk factors for disease, but never had the time or expertise to provide clear guidance on how to effectively reduce  the risk I so freely talked about. This was a missed an opportunity and the reason I now focus on personalized lifestyle assessment and coaching.

My focus for 2018 is to support individuals to make huge strides in their health outcomes with a new model of lifestyle coaching.

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So many of our health problems can be greatly resolved simply by deciding what to eat, how to manage stress, how to improve sleep quality and how to move our bodies (to name a few), This is the core of lifestyle medicine. Hippocrates, The father of modern medicine said, ‘Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.’

My vision for my professional work has been “to change the focus of healthcare to creating health” and the truth us, this will  result in lower costs, improved outcomes and enhanced well-being. It’s all about lifestyle. This includes what we eat, how we move, the quality of our sleep, hoe we manage stress, our support systems and

Simply knowing that one has an increased disease risk is not enough to change behavior. Recent research suggests that it is not. Though knowledge may be power, it often takes more than awareness of risk for us to make meaningful lifestyle changes.

I love to create tailored lifestyle prescriptions that are personalized for each client.

I am now doing private  phone sessions to help you set your lifestyle plan. CLICK HERE to book a session and set YOUR lifestyle plan for 2018.

Life Perspectives From 30 Plus Years As A Wellness Seeker

I don’t often write about my musings on life. Usually I am teaching the  latest exciting news about health and nutrition such as the miracle of the microbiome or the science of epigenetics or the teachings of Functional Medicine. Today is different.

I just found out that a fabulously fit, amazingly healthy young man had a brain bleed while hiking and it stopped me in my tracks. How could that happen? His life is forever changed in an instant. Yes, I am sure he will make a huge recovery from his brain injury but the truth is that could happen to any of us at any time, so I wanted to muse on the notion of living in the moment.

Being a wellness seeker is about being able to live fully in the moment. Feeling clear headed and energetic and vibrant so that each moment counts. I have never said this out loud, but I think we need to bring the concept of mindfulness front and center in our health and wellness teaching.

Being a wellness seeker is NOT about deprivation now for a brighter tomorrow. Some people live this way but I recommend we change that perspective. Living for tomorrow is a missed opportunity!

Here is what I know for sure . The meaning of anything is about being fully present while you do it.

This is a big leap for me as being a competitive athlete growing up, I was always delaying gratification for the hope of a better future! Perhaps it is living longer and realizing how precious life is that has shifted my perspective.

What do you think?