The “WELLNESS” Confusion

 

Millions of mind numbing books and information, the never ending infomercials, the new and improved gummy, and the unnatural drive to want to be able to jump on a 10 foot box, has your head spinning in a million directions, and all you can say to yourself is “I don’t think we are in Kansas anymore Toto”.

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The so-called wellness revolution is in full force and not in the way that makes you feel good, and even has you guessing all that you have done and are wondering why it’s working for everyone but you. Trying to go through the piles and piles of information is simply exhausting!

STOP!

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Step back, take a deep breath, and remind yourself “it is going to be okay”.

 

The first step into any new adventure is to look at yourself in the way that you don’t want anyone to look at you. Why are you trying this, what is it going to do for me, where will it leave me, how is this going to help me in my ultimate goal.

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If you are like me, I have done and tried it all. The just not eating, the only drinking liquids, to weight watchers, to I totally give up and now I am depressed. The only good thing about my depression was I had no appetite and the weight fell off. Even being a registered nurse and knowing that what I was doing was going to affect me in ways I wouldn’t let myself think about, I did it anyway. I wanted to fit in the clothes that only a negative 0 could fit into.

 

Years of trying anything and everything: too much cardio, not enough cardio, some weights, but not heavy because I didn’t want to bulk and look like a guy. It was one quick fix after the other and let me tell you, the only thing I accomplished was letting my inner me think that I wasn’t good enough.

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Marketing has made me and I assume you feel like that, and now that you can’t listen to the radio, go to a bookstore, or even watch a TV show without something screaming at you about how you can change everything about you with this new and improved simple pill, potion, powder or skinny thinking movement, most are back to the proverbial drawing board.

 

Now is your time! Take a look at yourself and remember most importantly…

 

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YOU ARE ENOUGH!!

 

 

With that being said, how did I get there? The real and in-depth look of believing in yourself, enjoying the adventure, and getting to the best of you, wasn’t easy and it is continuous. First step, stop listening to the little voice that is telling you that you are not. You are perfect in your own way. Next, think about the for real result of a pill/potion. This more than wants to loose a few pounds. It’s about living a rich life of joy and feeling energized and taking in all that this life has to offer. Take the trip, go for a hike, swim with whatever animal that excites you. Once you start to think in a new mindset, watch how the world around you will fulfill you, and how your “wellness” will start to transform.

Thoughtfully,

Tracey

Just a Nut?

Walnuts not only taste great, they are also a rich source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. These are needed for normal growth and development, cognitive function and focus.  Studies also show they can help decrease symptoms of anxiety and depression, and assist in regulating our moods! Like most nuts, they can be easily added to your meals or snacks. Just chop and add to your favorite salad, vegetable dish, fruit, or dessert.walnut and leaves

The Relationship of a Lifetime

As a mom, you I am sure are like me in that you will do anything for your kids to have the best life ever! You sacrifice all that you are when they are born just for them to survive.  As time goes on you readjust your life to make sure they are happy and healthy and hitting milestone after milestone.  These little beings have all the love and support in the world

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We teach them the ABC’s and 123’s, we enroll them in dance classes or take them to ball practice and run around daily keeping them busy and learning everything!  Then on the way home we just settle for whatever nourishment is closest and fastest.  Leaving the impression that food is just food and as long as you get something to eat, you will be fine.

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What if we redirected that relationship and made it more powerful for them.  Intriguing them with wonderful aromas, having even more energy than they already had and challenging them to notice how good they feel, not only with their bodies, but with their minds and their entire being.  Introducing quality protein for their brains and body!  Encouraging complex carbohydrates that will also feed their brain and have so much clarity, they make it through their day making amazing decisions!  Respecting the relationship that they have with food will last a lifetime!

Here are just a few mood elevating foods that are not just for adults!

Blueberries… introducing them through going and picking them, to showing how cool the color can change from blue to purple.  These sweet little cuties pack a powerful punch of antioxidants and the anthocyanin’s which color the berries, delivers nutrient dense health benefits.

Walnuts… as with any nut/food these days, make sure there isn’t an allergy.  Walnuts are a rich source of Omega 3 fatty acids. These are the “good” fats that we want!  They decrease depression and anxiety, sharpen our focus, and help with regulating our moods.

Spinach…this leafy green is amazing!  This complex carbohydrate has iron, protein, vitamins and minerals.  Can be a fun way to introduce carbohydrates that are not the white, starchy, sugary kind.  And its fun to eat with your fingers!

Quinoa… this little protein goes a long way in growth and repair.  Replace white rice with this wonder of wonders.  Adding some of their favorite flavors with the quinoa is another way to include their decisions.

Honey… real, authentic, sweet for any oatmeal or snack.  White sugar is linked to cancer, obesity, depression and many other health hazards.  Educating about sugar addiction will save lives

images1The relationship of a lifetime.