OPTIMAL HEALTH IS ATTAINABLE
Through more than a decade of research, education and incorporating positive healthy changes that work for my body and fit into my life, I have achieved optimal health. Gone are the days of infections, colds, anxiety, viruses and fatigue for me. No longer do I need to drag myself to a doctor when I can barely get out of bed, wait for hours feeling like death only to then move as quick as a really ill person can move for another agonizing wait at the pharmacy. That was me at least once a year. And I had to tote my very young son with me and dole out co-pay after co-pay, meanwhile I was unable to earn any money because I was too sick to go to work. In addition to the yearly bouts of bronchitis, I also had chronic upper respiratory infections, bladder infections, yeast infections and a few kidney infections. Every year my eye sight grew worse and my teeth would yield new cavities. But that is all in my past. I have not fallen that ill in over eleven years! I literally feel like a teenager again, look the best of my life and my productivity is beyond what I had thought possible. Yet I am calm and happy and my quality of life is sky high.
I achieved this vigor by turning my illness promoting lifestyle into my own personal healthstyle. I focused on improving my health, not my appearance. Once I began providing my body with the nutrients and care it so desperately needed an enhanced appearance was a bonus side effect. I quickly slimmed down from a size 12 to a size 4 in less than eight months just by ditching processed foods and eating real unprocessed foods instead. My skin color turned from a reddish hue to a healthy peachy-brown glow. My hair and nails were no longer dry and brittle. My eye sight and oral health stopped deteriorating.
With these amazing results I became passionate, well okay…fanatical, about telling everyone I could how I improved my health, increased my energy, productivity and happiness and how I kicked those recurring infections goodbye and decreased excessive stress & anxiety. For credibility I earned a Master’s in Human Nutrition degree. I started my Master’s program believing that food was the most important aspect of health and I finished my Master’s program with the knowledge that food, stress management, exercise and sleep are all equally important components of health.
Optimal health is a basic human right.
But we are seemingly plagued by disease, illness and everyday feelings of blah. And we are constantly bombarded by the next hot trend promising to save everyone from this illness, disease and despair. Often the next hot trend is a little pill. We swallow it diligently without even questioning its contents or side effects. Or the next hot trend is expensive at home fitness equipment. We dutifully hurry and purchase this equipment and there it sits for weeks, months and years with little to no use. Sometimes the next hot trend requires depriving oneself of vital nutrients like fat. We try so hard to eat exactly what this other person eats and then feel like a failure when we cave in and eat that delicious piece of cheese. We turn to pills to help us sleep and to manage our stress, anxiety and depression. Health trends come and go and the one thing they all have in common is that they don’t work long term for most people because there are several important components to health, not just one. You will not reach optimal health by mega dosing on any one nutrient. You do not need to purchase expensive equipment to achieve optimal health. Insomnia and excessive stress go hand in hand and a pill is not going to fully correct either and will most always bring about undesirable side effects.
You too can achieve optimal health by simply changing the way you meet your daily habits of survival: food, stress management, sleep, exercise and personal hygiene. It is easy in theory but can be difficult to navigate without knowing the best resources, information and products. And this is where I can help you save lots of time and money. Let my eleven years of obsessive reading, writing, researching and trial & error be your guide to finding your own personal healthstyle and becoming the most fabulous version of you.
I already fell for many of the health industry tricks so you don’t have to. Along my way I sometimes fell into food industry marketing traps. For example, at first I quickly jumped on the organic bandwagon, until I learned to always read the list of ingredients and be aware of what is in my food. There I was in Whole Foods with a package of organic fig newton cookies manufactured by a very well respected brand in my hands reading “organic high fructose corn syrup” as one of the first few ingredients in the product. My stomach churned as I realized I had been blindly paying a lot of money for this package of fig newton cookies. And I was giving them to my child under the impression that I was providing him with healthy snack. I felt cheated and deceived. I leaped right off the organic bandwagon and found a better way to choose my foods. I wanted the highest quality, best tasting, most nutrient dense food at the lowest prices. I wanted to help bring about change to a convoluted food industry by using my spending dollars. And so I began to purchase my food at farmers markets and patronized local producers rather than corporations that were okay with selling me organic high fructose corn syrup at a premium price. I found buying produce at a farmers market is drastically more cost effective than purchasing produce from a grocery store. And I found my balance with local, fresh foods and pre-packaged foods.
I can show you how to select the best foods at the best prices while enjoying the benefits of global commerce that provides us with access to decadent, non-local foods. Optimal Health with Grace is not about depriving yourself of anything but rather leaning to make the most conscious choices that work for you in each unique situation. Optimal Health with Grace is about finding your personal balance in all areas of health. My personal food balance is eating about 95% real food / 5% processed foods.
Not only will you learn the how of optimal health, I will also teach you the WHY of optimal health. An important aspect for success with making life long changes that is often omitted in health advice. While earning my Master’s in Human Nutrition degree I gained a solid foundation of cellular processes as the study of nutrition is essentially the study of cellular metabolism. And I learned that many cellular and bodily processes can be understood by most people, not just medical professionals. Explaining the why of lifestyle choices and the negative/positive impacts on health is far more likely to prompt change than simply telling people what and what not to do. Optimal Health with Grace will empower you with the why of health.
A few years ago I was given the opportunity to use my experience and education and develop and teach the Optimal Health with Grace series as a corporate wellness training program. For the past year and a half I have been teaching my colleagues how to find their own personal healthstyle and achieve optimal health. The series has been so successful and now I am ready to reach outside the corporate market and help more people create, implement and develop their very own healthstyle. I have converted the Optimal Health with Grace corporate training series into online courses.
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