Your Roadmap To Better Health

Your roadmap to better health isn’t easy, but it is possible and worth more than everything you have. Have you ever heard the saying, “Health is wealth”? Or how about, “If you don’t have your health, you have nothing.” There is truth in those sayings. Just ask anyone who has experienced a life-threatening emergency or has had a life-altering and debilitating illness or injury. In these situations, fear becomes real and it takes some people those very instances to wake up to the reality that when their health is under attack, they lose out on many important things in life. It’s incredibly frustrating and difficult to manage life in these states not just physically but also emotionally. You might be someone who is able to imagine this.

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The Revolution Has Begun.

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The Revolution Has Begun. Really.

Literally, decades of time and experiences have lead me to this Revolution, and yet it feels like a blink of an eye. Before I get ahead of myself though, I need to tell you where it all began.

Throughout households across America, children started coming home from school to a house empty of adults. Upon entering they immediately turned the television set on and grabbed the processed packaged and yet so convenient snacks from the cupboard. Heck, a soda goes well with this also, so better grab that as well! The fast convenience food revolution began its path towards our destruction.

On televisions sets, commercials were directly marketing to children, alerting them of the next toy or snack they needed to have. Though, not all kids stayed watching. They found the new shiny thing – the internet. A place they can go to watch any video they like or read anything they stumble across before their parents walk into the room. That is certainly a scary thought, isn’t it?! Introducing the 1980s-2000s.

Now that I have your attention…I’ll name a few of the other issues that have since developed further and are grounds for joining the Revolution:

  • Our physical beings and the widespread development of diabetes, cancer, hypertension, and other diseases related to poor diet, lifestyle, and lack of physical fitness.
  • The American diet and the real cost to our health.
  • Our emotions. The importance of emotional intelligence in our personal and professional relationships that aren’t brought to light in schools.
  • Our medical system. For-profit health and the consequences of an industry led by insurance and pharmaceutical companies. We do not have a wellness industry, but rather an illness industry.
  • Media, Marketing, Internet and Social Media
    • People are stressed for time and are being bombarded by constant noise.
    • Everyone’s an expert and yet no ones an actual expert.
    • Values that are born out of consumerism/debt that cause depression and loneliness.
    • Misinformation is everywhere regarding health & wellness.
    • Body images portrayed as healthy, strong, or beautiful are giving false impressions and bad messages.

When I started down this journey, I began with nutritional therapy. It seemed like the right step as I was leaving a long culinary and restaurant career. After working with so many clients on their nutrition, I knew I wanted to create something more.

The first step was the decision to improve the quality of my life.

I decided to move from Las Vegas to the slower paced German town of New Braunfels, Texas. Who doesn’t like The Wurstfest!?

The second step to my journey was to change the concept of my business and then to also modify the approach that I’d been employing towards my clients. I had success with clients but I also realized that people become resistant when being told what to do when they don’t want to do it. It’s just natural. A person needs to learn the lessons for themselves to really learn them. My job is now of a coach. I’m here to guide you towards seeing your “truth” and to show you ways to get to where you decide you want to go.

Now, what I’m talking about is dealing with our overall well being. This means that I work with the little picture where it’s connected to the bigger picture of your health – through your mind, body, AND nutrition. Why? Because it is all connected, silly.

You see, working with your physical fitness won’t get you peak results unless we also work on your nutrition. You might be having problems with your weight due to your ideas surrounding food that you’ve always had. We would work together to help you change your thoughts into more positive and unlimited ones through the use of cognitive behavioral techniques (the mind). Do you see where I’m going here?!

The change to Revolution Wellness is the next logical step to my journey of learning and compassion for myself and to others. Come join the Revolution!

Are You Thriving in Life?

Are you thriving in your life?  Thriving is all about growth, flourishing and prospering.  The spring season reminds us of how nature thrives.  However, when I look around most humans are not “thriving”.

Research on well-being concludes that only about 20% of adults have a strong sense of purpose and are fully satisfied with their lives. Less than 10% strongly believe their lives are ideal and most people are stressed out and burned out. Unfortunately, all of this stress harms biological function and increases susceptibility to chronic diseases.

To make matters worse, most people feel too depleted, mentally and physically, to create a healthy way of life that would make them feel better.  A whopping less than 5% of adults engage in the health behaviors that actually prevent diabetes, heart disease and obesity.

People are not exercising regularly, maintaining healthy weight or enjoying plentiful fruits and veggies. Not only do people feel lousy physically and emotionally, but they are also dealing with chronic diseases that cost them financially.

While your doctor wants you to thrive, sadly they don’t have time to help you, other than to prescribe medicine and send you on your way, leaving you to figure out how to do it all by yourself.  We know that there are other dedicated professionals who are well-trained to zoom in on one area such as fitness, nutrition, or emotional health. However, you are navigating the complex web of your life and now you are in pursuit of good health goals too.  Who do you turn to when you feel overwhelmed by it all?

You cannot solve your problems with the same level of thiking that created them.

We also can’t improve health very well when we are in a stressed-out state. Instead, cultivating a thriving mind is necessary to attain a healthy body. Combining a whole-life focus with scientifically validated techniques to change your mind is the work of a well-trained health and wellness coach. Their work is now backed by more than 200 scientific studies.

In 2017, the ICHWC (The International Consortium of Health & Wellness Coaching) consulted widely, developed a broad consensus, created national standards, and formed a partnership with the National Board of Medical Examiners in May 2016 to launch the program and certification in this exciting and growing field.

Here are some tactics to use to get you thriving:

Imagine a life of thriving

A first coaching step is to envision yourself engaged in a life of thriving. A personal vision is like setting a compass. It sets the direction and purpose for your mind-changing adventure. Perhaps you imagine a day where you are calm and energized, enjoying instead of dreading the overflow of work projects, while attending beautifully and creatively to one task at a time.

You are no longer feeling stuck in a chronic state of criticism or self doubt and are feeling grateful for what is good and what you have. Making time most days for physical activity feels good, and you are cooking and savoring delicious and healthy meals with your loved ones on most evenings.

Stretch your mind

The heart of a good coaching session is the mind-stretching part. It’s a creative process whereby your coach helps you experience an insight, or an “aha moment.” It could be a shift in perspective or discovery of a blind spot. Over time these small shifts add up to a whole new mindset, and you outgrow your old one.

The brain can grow new pathways, in fact about 1 millimeter a day. Over time those pathways enable new habits that make a big difference. Think about it, exercise calms you down. Good food energizes your brain.  Now you can focus without distraction and you see more good than bad in yourself and others.  Careful now, you might find out that your life is thriving!

While your mind stretches, so do your capacities. Your new neural pathways allow you to become more creative. You will find strengths and resources that were previously underemployed. You can now leverage positive feelings to balance your stress and and get more done, more quickly, and with more enjoyment.

Learn to coach yourself

What you learn from a wellness coach is how to coach yourself. You learn how to become a personal visionary.  The most effective mix of your personal habits will help to develop your vision.  Then, small daily experiments will lead you to discover your own personal formula.  You will learn how to change your own mind, 1 millimeter at a time.

Now is the right time to engage a wellness coach to help boost you from merely surviving to a life of thriving. The cost is similar to a personal fitness trainer or nutritionist, many of whom also offer wellness coaching. Ask if your employer offers health and wellness coaching services.

If not now, when? Go for now. You will only regret it, if you never try.

If you’ve made it this far down on the page, we have an announcement coming soon! We are in the process of making some big changes!  Check us out very soon to discover the new us!!  

What Is The Definition of Moderation in Nutrition

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What is your definition of moderation in nutrition?  One of the most common pieces of dieting advice is to eat “everything in moderation.” Apparently, people often have a skewed sense of what “moderation” means, says a new University of Georgia study. Researchers asked the study participants two questions:

1) How many cookies do you think you should eat in one sitting?
2) How many cookies would you consider to be a moderate serving?

Nearly 70 percent of the subjects defined a “moderate” serving as larger than what they thought they “should” eat. On average, people guessed you should eat only two cookies at a time—but that eating three cookies would pass for eating in moderation.

The researchers also surveyed the study participants about what kinds of junk food they preferred, and what they counted as a moderate portion size for each type of food.

Both findings came to the conclusion that the more someone liked a food, the more generous they would be with their definition of a moderate serving size!

The problem here is that moderation in nutrition is, admittedly, a vague concept. The definition merely says “avoidance of excess or extremes, especially in one’s behavior or political opinions”. It also lists synonyms like “self-restraint and self-discipline” leaving one open to a bit of interpretation, doesn’t it? Where does your self-restraint kick in compared to mine?  That’s because it’s really an opinion and it’s woven into our self-control. That can be good or not so good, depending on where you fall on that scale.

The upside to it is that it’s a great way to avoid completely prohibiting certain foods. Research suggests may lead to disordered eating and weight gain. But without any concrete guidelines, what is moderation?!

It’s hard to tell whether you’re overeating or not.

Here’s a specific guideline to follow and it’s simple: Only 10 to 20 percent of your total daily calories should come from junk food. You know, eat what you want, but not everything you’ve ever wanted to eat.

You’ll want to plan ahead too.

For instance, you’re going to be particularly strategic about where your 10 to 20 percent goes, save it for breakfast or after a workout. Eat the meal in the morning and your body will use it as fuel as you go about your day. Post-workout is also a great time, as that’s when your metabolism is elevated and your body needs additional carbs and protein (even in the form of a slice of pizza if necessary).

In practice…

Think of it this way, this means that you can order the pasta, but eat half and hold off on the bread. Share a dessert instead of having one to yourself. That will allow you to indulge—helping you to stick to your healthy eating plan in the long term—without overdoing it.

Find out how many calories you need in a day. For example, if you might need 2,500 calories, and 250 to 500 of those can come from whatever treats you want—no guilt necessary.

If you need some guidance on the concept of moderation in nutrition, I’d be happy to help! Many of our food choices are connected to habits, mistaken information, reward, emotional comfort, denial, and even possibly painful memories.  I work with people who want to change their habits but find it more difficult than they realize.

Learn more about our Nutrition Coaching

How To Eat Healthier When You Don’t Have The Time

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What should you do if you want to eat healthier but have all the reasons and excuses not too? We all start with the best intentions: bookmarking healthier recipes, picking up kale and quinoa at the grocery store, and you’ve even bought one of those healthier Insta-Pots everyone’s been talking about!

Then something happens. You get slammed with a huge work project, you find yourself taking care of sick kids (or parents), or you spend all day running errands. Whatever the reason, life often leaves us no time or energy to prepare meals. What happens then?  Do you decide to hit a drive-thru or phone for a pizza, which leaves you feeling bloated and discouraged about ever eating healthy again?

Common Obstacles You May Have

These may be some of the reasons that you can’t eat healthier:

  • You don’t have time.
  • It’s not anything you believe is important.
  • You’re starving and grab what is convenient.
  • You don’t do any planning until you’re hungry.
  • You cook for you and your family and they are picky eaters.
  • Your cooking skills are lacking and nothing ever tastes very good.
  • You don’t have a wide variety of things you can cook.
  • You eat out a lot because of the people at work with.
  • It’s too hard to cook for yourself and so much easier to just buy something.
  • Other things seem more important, so you don’t spend the time or energy thinking about food.
  • You don’t enjoy grocery shopping.
  • Cooking for yourself seems like too much trouble.
  • And so on…

Where To Start

Pick two of these healthier alternatives each week:

  • Drink water all week and nothing else
  • Drink tea (any kind, but unsweetened)
  • Eat veggies as a snack (with hummus if you like) – carrots, broccoli pieces, cauliflower, cucumber
  • Eat fruits & raw nuts as a snack
  • Have a vegetable as a side dish during at least one of your meals
  • Add some nuts, berries and/or ground flaxseeds to your usual breakfast (cereal or oats, for example)
  • Let’s take one example: you’re going to eat carrots & hummus or an apple and almond butter for afternoon snacks this week.

Bonus Points

Take ten minutes to rid your home and office of all junk foods. Go through the fridge and pantry and toss out cookies, candy, chips, pastries, ice cream, etc. Then, buy one or two healthier snacks to replace them.

Healthy Restaurant Options

Look for healthier alternatives at the places you normally eat or find other places that have good healthy alternatives. Many restaurants now offer lighter fare on their menus, often with calorie counts. Take a look at restaurant menus online to see which ones provide the best options before you head out.

Then consider these tips when ordering:

Eat a small salad or broth-based soup first. It’s a nutritious and filling start to your meal that will help you consume fewer calories overall. Drink a glass of lemon water before beginning your meal.

Choose veggie-based entrees or those with baked, broiled or grilled fish or skinless chicken. Look for meals that aren’t greasy or oily. For example, instead of ordering cheese-covered chicken enchiladas, get the grilled chicken or grilled fish tacos. Choose foods without creamy sauces or heavy gravies. Ask to substitute veggies or a salad rather than have fries, coleslaw or butter-laden mashed potatoes.

Portions served at restaurants can be too big. See if smaller portions are available. Restaurants often offer “half” salads or sandwiches upon request. Or, take home one-third to half of the meal. Do it before you begin eating, this will remove your temptation to eat more. If you crave dessert, opt for fresh fruit or sorbet it’s healthier!

Better Fast-Food Choices

Eating fast food doesn’t mean you have to down a fatty cheeseburger and salty fries. There are a variety of menu options where you can find healthier picks. Many fast-food restaurants also have their menus, with calorie counts online.

Smart, quick and easy meals are places where you have more control over what goes into your order. At a sandwich shop, it’s easy to make healthy adjustments such as extra veggies and whole wheat or whole grain bread. (Plus, they also often have salads and soups.)

Ethnic eateries that offer build-your-own bowls, vegetarian options or grilled meat and vegetable plates are good bets, too.

But if you’re passing through a traditional drive-thru, keep these tips in mind:

  • Avoid fried food (e.g., french fries, onion rings, chicken strips, and nuggets).
  • A grilled skinless chicken breast is lower in saturated fat than a burger.
  • A burger without the bun – will limit bad carbs.
  • Order the smallest sizes — don’t “supersize” anything. Ordering the kid’s menu version of your favorite fast food can give you the taste you crave with far fewer calories.
  • Skip calorie-heavy sides and toppings.
  • Bypass all sugary drinks in favor of water or unsweetened tea.

Convenient Home-Cooked Meal Kits

If the time it takes to find recipes, plan what you’re going to eat for a week and grocery shop is what’s holding you back from eating healthier meals at home, there’s an easy solution: try meal subscription boxes.

There are tons of different companies that box up multiple meals’ worth of groceries and deliver them to your house each week. The cost is more than if you did the meal planning and shopping for yourself, but many find the convenience worth it. You can save some money though, by not buying ingredients that go unused and sit in the fridge just to go in the garbage.

Whether you’re dining out or eating in, it’s important to think about a balanced diet. That means making sure you’re getting a good mix of lean protein, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and healthy low-fat dairy.

With such a wide range of convenient meal options available — and the information you need to make smart, heart-healthy choices — you can feel good about what you eat even when life gets busy.

Use A Recipe Service

Lots of grocery stores are offering home delivery these days, and many of them have complete weekly meal plans you can sign up for. You get the exact groceries you need for the recipes on the plan, and instructions for how to pull them together.

Choose Quality

The majority of your diet should come from nutrient-dense foods that let you accomplish more with less. Avoid sugar and empty calories, instead, focus on making sure each snack and meal packs as much punch as possible. Remember, you’re going for fueling your body and mind so you can accomplish more.

Limit Alcohol

As tempting as it can be to indulge in a happy hour drink after work, it’s one of the worst ways to add calories to your diet.  Sorry.  While the occasional drink or two won’t hurt, it’s important to moderate your alcohol consumption, especially if the rest of your diet is severely lacking.

If you take care of your mind and body, you’ll find you’re more productive and have more energy throughout the day. You’ll also keep yourself healthy, which will allow you to avoid visits to the doctor and ongoing illnesses. When you take care of yourself, it is not just your health that benefits — your business will too.

Learn more about our Nutrition Coaching

Healthier Employees: Why Your Small Business Needs Them

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Whether you’re an owner of a small business or even employed by one – nutrition, fitness and stress relief needs to be addressed by the employer.  Why?  Do businesses want to succeed?  Do they want to be profitable?  Same goes for the employees here. Let me first throw some massive statistics at you, then you’ll understand why you need healthier employees!

Statistics

Each year in the United States productivity losses linked to absenteeism cost employers $225.8 BILLION, or $1,685 per employee. Four of the ten most expensive health conditions for U.S. employers are related to heart disease and stroke, including high blood pressure, heart attack, diabetes, and chest pain. (Source: CDC, International Monetary Fund)

Full-time workers in the United States who are overweight or obese and have other chronic health problems miss about 450 million more days of work than healthy workers.  This costs more than $153 Billion a year in lost productivity. (Source: 2011 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index)

It really does make a difference

Companies that have exemplary safety, health and environmental programs outperformed the S&P 500 by between 3 and 5 percent. Workers who ate healthful meals and exercised on a regular basis had better job performance and lower absenteeism. (Source: research from the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO), Brigham Young University and the Center for Health Research at Healthways)

Research also shows employees who eat healthy all day long were 25 percent more likely to have higher job performance.  Those who eat five or more servings of fruit and vegetables at least four times a week were 20 percent more likely to be more productive.

Overall, absenteeism was 27 percent lower for those workers who ate healthily and regularly exercised. Their job performance was 11 percent higher than their peers who were obese.

In Summary

Overweight workers experienced lower job performance and higher absenteeism. According to a Quantum Workplace report, employees are 14 percent more engaged when provided time off to recharge. Workers are 10 percent more engaged when provided healthy food options. And when they are provided time for healthy activities and a flexible schedule they are 18 percent more engaged.

Large employers have bought into the idea but struggle to measure the exact impact. According to a Willis survey, 93 percent believe that healthier employees are more productive, yet very few are measuring the impact of productivity on employees’ absenteeism, FMLA, and presenteeism.

More importantly, it’s time to look closer at the productivity and happiness of your workforce no matter how big or small.  At Revolution Wellness, we work with individuals as well as groups providing education, counseling, and coaching to not only benefit your valuable team members but also your livelihood!  Contact us today!

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You’re Not Eating Enough When Working Out

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You’re not eating enough when working out.  Many women are overworking their bodies with exercise while massively restricting their carbs. To our detriment, some women believe what they are doing is actually good for them. I’m here to tell you that it isn’t. Here’s why.

Diet’s don’t work. Restricting calories and carbohydrates is only a temporary solution, whereas making healthy choices a normal habitual part of your lifestyle is. Working out and severely limiting calories and carbs will burn through all the muscle that you think you are building, leaving you with just bones and skin. You aren’t eating enough while working out. You see, our bodies need carbs to run on. I’ve found that when most people think of carbs they think carbs are “bad”. In reality, carbs are not the enemy, they never have been. In fact, they are necessary for good health!

You think I just told you that eating pizza, french fries, bread, and pastries are all okay, don’t you?! Sadly, that’s where most people have the wrong information. Healthy carbs don’t include fried foods, white bread or even pizza, but do include foods like every single vegetable on the planet, sweet potatoes, quinoa, whole grains, fruits, rice, oats, beans, and legumes. Look, the occasional slice of pizza is okay! Just not all the time!

When women work out, we are so scared that we will gain weight that we tend to undereat, when in reality we should be eating more, higher quality whole foods. Our food is energy, and to build muscle and lose fat we all need healthy carbohydrates.

My advice is to keep working hard, but learn to accept yourself for who you are no matter what you look like and you’ll find yourself to be in a much happier place. This doesn’t give a green light to let ourselves become obese or for that matter overweight either. Love yourself for who you are not what you look like.

We should always strive to grow in all ways, and that actually includes taking care of our bodies for our health. We only have one body, and it’s condition directly impacts all aspects of our lives. It’s not healthy to be too skinny, nor is it healthy to be way overweight either. We are all more than just our bodies, whether you are short and stocky, tall and pear-shaped, or supermodel looking. Take care of all of yourself in all ways and make it a priority today!

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Five Reasons to Quit Sugar Now

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Five Reasons to Quit Sugar Now

Here are the five reasons to quit sugar now.  Below we explain why it’s so important to cut back on your sugar intake—and take back control of your health. Over three-quarters of packaged food, today comes with copious amounts of added sweeteners, making it easy to overindulge, even if you pass on dessert. Most Americans eat over 82 grams of sugar daily, which is triple the amount recommended by the American Heart Association. Over the course of a year, that equals 150 pounds of added sugars per person. Feeling gross yet?

Top Five Dangers of Added Sugar
It’s time to resolve to cut your sugar consumption levels down this year. Below are five health risks of overeating sugar and sugar substitutes, and the damage that they wreak on your body.

1. Driving Force Behind Type 2 (and Type 3) Diabetes

The results are in, eating too much sweet stuff raises your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. According to the CDC, an estimated 100 million Americans have the disease, and millions more are at risk. Insulin resistance is the trigger for diabetes, and foods filled with fat and sugar reduce your sensitivity to insulin.  In other words, your blood sugar levels go unchecked.

Sugary drinks tend to be the most dangerous. When the British Medical Journal conducted an analysis of fruit juice and soda, they found that even eight daily ounces raised diabetes risk by 13 percent. Likewise, research published in PLOS One shows that every extra 150 calories of sugar (the amount in a single can of soda) every day increases diabetes risk by one percent, compared to just 0.1 percent for non-sugar calories.

New evidence from the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology shows that sugar-filled diets might increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, the link between insulin resistance and Alzheimer’s is so strong that some scientists are considering renaming the disease as “type 3 diabetes.” Quit sugar now.

2. Promotes Addiction and Brain Fog

Sugar is eight times more addictive than cocaine! That’s what research from Princeton is reporting about the sinister side of sugar. Your body craves this sweet substance like it’s a drug because, well, it is. And like many other drugs, sugar only hurts your body in the process.

The taste of sugar triggers signals in your brain that light up its reward pathway and create a surge of feel-good hormones. Too much stimulation reduces their effectiveness, meaning you start needing larger amounts of sugar to feel the same way. Likewise, sugar-induced insulin resistance weakens the synaptic connections between brain cells, leading to impaired cognition, higher depression rates, and emotional mood swings that leave you depleted.  Are you ready to quit sugar now?

3. Develops into Dangerous Belly Fat

Eating refined sugar overloads your liver with fructose, and anything you don’t immediately burn is turned into fat—predominately around your belly. Not only does this leave you looking bloated, but it also leads to lingering health challenges. In fact, reports from Harvard reveal that abdominal fat can raise your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, strokes, and premature death.  Quit sugar now.

4. Triggers Premature Aging

Wrinkly, saggy skin is hardly the fresh start you want this year. Yet, sugary snacks might make it a reality. A study conducted at Dartmouth Medical School states that overindulging on sugar leads to glycation, a process where excess sugar molecules attach to collagen fibers, causing them to lose flexibility and strength. As a result, your skin loses elasticity and becomes more vulnerable to skin damage and sagging. A high-sugar diet also deactivates your body’s natural antioxidant enzymes, which leaves you more susceptible to sun damage and skin cancers.  Do we have to say it again?  Quit sugar now.

5. Zaps the “Good” Bacteria in Your Gut

Your digestive system is a zoo of beneficial bacteria that keep things functioning as they should. Research funded by the American Cancer Society shows that sugar alters gut bacteria in ways that affect mental performance and potentially raise toxin levels in your bloodstream. Because most sugars are digested without microbial help, these hungry bugs turn to nibble on your intestinal lining instead. Permeating this barrier allows food particles into the rest of your body, which can cause inflammation and fungal growth like candida.

Further research from Tel Aviv University also shows that artificial sugar might promote the growth of harmful gut bacteria, which can lead to irritation, allergies and skin conditions, as well as digestive distress.

This Year, Cut Out Sugar for Better Health. The facts don’t lie. Sugar is terrible for your health, and cutting it out only does your body a huge favor.  So, commit to eating less sugar and you’ll experience profound benefits in the process.

Quit sugar.

Everyone Needs To See A Nutritionist

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You’re overlooking a huge piece of your health and don’t even know it.

You crush it a the gym at least twice a week. You make chiropractor appointments, dental cleanings, eye exams, and yearly visits to your doctor. Heck, you may even get your nails done every couple of weeks and your hair styled once a month. There are some who get weekly or monthly massages to eliminate their sore stressed bodies. Chances are there is one important appointment that you’re not making for yourself – a visit with a nutritionist.

A Nutritionist is an expert and you’re not.

You might be thinking that nutritionists are only needed if you find out you have diabetes or your doctor recommends it. You might even say, “professional athletes or bodybuilders need nutritionists, but not me”. The reality is much different than this though. One of the most important things that keeps a body running is something most of us do at least 3-4 times every single day of life (eating) – yet we give little thought to what we put into our bodies and what it does to them over time.

You can do it yourself…again and yet again.

When you have a cavity in your tooth, you go to the dentist to have it fixed. The pain in your mouth tells you that this problem needs to be fixed now! Your body feels fine…sure you’ve put on 15 pounds since the baby was born and never got rid of it, but why go to someone to fix it? All you need to do is go on another diet and walk more. Right?

Not exactly, packing on weight over time is a symptom of usually one thing, that you’ve been consuming too many calories for the amount of energy you need. Most likely this is a habit for you. Extra calories equal extra fat. But here’s the problem, this isn’t your first diet. This diet is just one of many you’ve been on. You know how to get the weight off because you always have.  Then time goes on, and you gain it back.  Don’t you? People who go on diet after diet after diet, aren’t doing themselves any favors. In fact, what they have is an eating disorder.

Nutritionists are experts of the digestive system.

Look at it this way, what an ophthalmologist does for your eyes, a nutritionist does to keep your digestive system and body running smoothly, all the while making sure you’re getting the proper nutrients and helping you tailor an eating plan that works best for you.

Everybody should make an appointment with a nutritionist at least twice a year. Especially, if there are the telltale signs like these:

  • You’re having skin issues or allergy symptoms.
  • You are irregular.
  • You’ve tried every diet out there and are waiting for the next big one
  • You get heartburn and acid reflux
  • You’ve been diagnosed with high cholesterol, pre-diabetes, or diabetes
  • You’re doing everything right, and you still can’t lose weight
  • You’ve decided to train for a marathon and don’t know what to eat
  • You’re constantly thinking about food
  • You overeat or binge when you feel emotional
  • You have mood swings or energy crashes during the day
  • You want babies
  • You just had a baby
  • You crave carbohydrates or sugar
  • Sleeping throughout the night has become a problem
  • You don’t want to feed your family processed foods, but who has the time?!