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Don’t rely on healthy decisions

Imagine that every morning, you had to decide whether or not to get out of bed, and whether or not to go to work. Wouldn’t you spend an hour under the covers bargaining with yourself, and more often than not, go back to sleep? Imagine that every day you had to weigh the pros and cons of dental hygiene. Would you brush your teeth as often as you currently do? Probably not! Most of what we do in our daily lives is actually defined by rules that were established for us or that we have established for ourselves. But what about healthy decisions?Hands tearing paper with pros and cons. Healthy decisions are hard

You CAN’T make healthy decisions all the time!

The problem for most of us when we commit to eating healthier or being more active, is that we have fantastic goals, and a pretty good idea of how to reach them. Yet when it comes to putting everything into practice, we make the huge mistake of relying on good decision making and self-control. We can make good decisions quite often, but not all the time, and even if we could, it would be draining. We have self-control most of the time, but not all the time, and again, it’s exhausting.

If you want to stick to your new year’s resolutions in 2018, you have to make your new behaviors what I would call “no-brainers”. You have to remove the decision making from your daily life, so that you can free up your brain and not get consumed by your new lifestyle. You have probably experienced this: when you go on a diet, all you think about all day long is food! This is tolerable for a week or two, but who can handle it for much longer?

Set your health into “auto-pilot”

How can you do things differently? It’s easy! You have to set up rules for yourself and for the new behaviors that you are trying to adopt. There is a “rule” that tells you to go to work 5 days a week, that’s how it is, you don’t have to think about it. You might complain sometimes and it does not mean that it’s easy every single day, but it’s a no-brainer, you HAVE to go to work.

Blackboard with "Time for Change" written in white chalk

Do the same with your new lifestyle. Take 30 minutes tonight and establish a few rules for weeks to come. Not too many rules, not too harsh, and not too complicated to remember. Make sure those rules make sense TO YOU. They don’t have to make sense to anyone else! Write them down and if you need sticky notes all over your house/car/desk, go ahead. The idea is to make a decision now, so that your brain does not get a chance to negotiate later on.

Rules that work for me

Over the years, I have implemented many rules for myself, because I find the internal debate exhausting, and I know for a fact that at least 50% of the time, I’ll end up making the decision that’s the easiest, rather than the best for me. Some of my rules are:
– No taking the elevator unless I go higher than 15 floors or can’t find the stairs.
– No driving if the distance is under 1.5 mile.
– No store-bought sweets unless they have been made by an independent baker (exception made for the Starbucks Lemon Pound cake, don’t ask me why!).
– No latte unless I am getting coffee with a friend.

As you can see, those rules have nothing to do with USDA recommendations. They are completely random but they help ME reach my wellness goals, year after year. They are easy to remember, easy for me to follow. They don’t require much self-control or will-power anymore. The key is: it’s my rule, I follow it.

Get to work NOW, relax later

Find your own rules. Start with 1 or 2 and make sure they are not too hard to follow. They will evolve with time and you can get tougher when you are ready. Remember, we talk about this in last week’s article: don’t deprive yourself!

Let me know if you need suggestions or if you want some help on how to define the best rules. To make it even easier for yourself, find rules that you can have in common with someone else. Share this article with your friends and see if you can set up something with a buddy. Being accountable makes the room for compromise even tinier.

You can do this. Trust yourself. 2018 will be the year you stick with your healthy resolutions

It will be easier if you do it with a buddy! Share this article and get a friend on board!

 


PLEASE REMEMBER, I AM NOT A DOCTOR AND I DON’T KNOW YOUR PERSONAL CIRCUMSTANCES. THIS INFORMATION CANNOT BE USED AS A SUBSTITUTE TO MEDICAL ADVICE, DIAGNOSIS OR TREATMENT.

©2018 Allons-y Coaching, LLC – Seattle, WA – All rights in all media reserved.

You want to lose weight? Start eating more!

Of the good stuff, that is…

It’s January. You have decided to lose weight again. Remember, you had the same new year’s resolution last year! There is one thing you can do that will make all the difference this year. It won’t cost you a penny and it won’t make you sweat. Just read on…

Why we fail at losing weight

If we proceed as usual, here is what most of us will do this January. We’ll stop eating the foods we enjoy (because they are supposedly not healthy) and we’ll go on a strict diet to make sure we drop pounds quickly. There is a good chance we’ll get the feeling that we are doing the right thing, because it will be HARD! We’ll get a sense of pride and achievement. Very rewarding! Not to mention encouraging numbers on the scale. At first anyway… Until we get stressed at work, or too tired, or it’s our birthday, or it’s raining outside. Then we will take a break, try again, give up altogether. When will we try again? Next Monday? Next summer? Maybe next year? We will keep trying, we will keep failing, and we will keep looking for a solution.

Lady upset and discouraged because she cannot lose weight

Guts and brain can easily be trained

Let’s do things differently this year. Let’s stop focusing solely on eliminating what’s unhealthy for us. We need to start focusing more on adding what we know is healthy. If we add plenty of healthy low-calorie foods to our day, we will naturally end up reducing the amount of junk food we eat. We won’t really notice, but it will happen. First, because we will be less hungry. And second, because little by little, our body will get trained to appreciate better foods.

Our body and guts get used to what we give them. We just have to train them. It takes a couple of weeks to feel the difference. Many of my clients thought they would never like veggies, and yet, now, they crave them! I received a text one night from a client who had just “caught herself” grabbing a handful of raw spinach in the fridge. She could not believe it! But I wasn’t surprised. That’s how our body works. Give your body more of the right stuff and it will start asking for it. By the way, it works with children too :-).

How to eat more of the good stuff?

Here are some ideas to add some “healthy” into your day:
– add a bowl of homemade soup to your day (if not homemade, make sure there is no added sugar in it and it’s low sodium)
– at every meal, fill up half of your plate with lettuce or green veggies, and eat that green half first
– drink a large glass of water when you get up in the morning, and before each meal or snack
– eat a cup of plain yogurt each day (with fruits, or with low-sugar granola, or with a banana, nuts, and raisins)
– snack on an apple before bed every night
– eat one orange for breakfast every morning (on top of what you usually eat for breakfast)
– have hard-boiled eggs handy in your fridge for a snack

Those are just a few examples. I can give you many more if you want; just shoot me an email.

Find ways to remember

Now be careful! The fact that those healthy “add-on’s” don’t require much will-power, makes them easy to forget. When you decide to eliminate all sweets from your life, it’s pretty much all you can think of, because you are starving and frustrated. But when you decide to eat an apple every night, you might just forget about it because it’s not that big of a deal. So make sure you track your new healthy habits, in your planner, in a spreadsheet or with an app… Whatever you prefer. Visualizing your goals every day will keep your good resolutions from falling off your radar.

Health Coach Fitness Goal Tracking Spreadsheet with mug of coffee

Not only will the tracking allow you to stay focused, but it will also provide you a sense of achievement, despite the lack of “real” challenge.

Don’t add too much to your tracking chart at first. Otherwise, there won’t be room left for the food you really enjoy, and you will be back to square one, deprived and frustrated. It’s best to start with 2 or 3 items, and once they are part of your daily routine, add a couple more, and so on. Until one day, you will look back and realize that your day and your stomach have very little room left for junk 🙂

Don’t do it alone!

For tips and weekly challenges to help you in your wellness journey, like my Facebook page and follow this blog. And if you need more support to establish a healthier lifestyle, contact me. We will see what would be the best way for you to succeed.

 


PLEASE REMEMBER, I AM NOT A DOCTOR AND I DON’T KNOW YOUR PERSONAL CIRCUMSTANCES. THIS INFORMATION CANNOT BE USED AS A SUBSTITUTE TO MEDICAL ADVICE, DIAGNOSIS OR TREATMENT.

©2018 Allons-y Coaching, LLC – Seattle, WA – All rights in all media reserved.

Down after the holidays? 3 tips to recharge

You had been looking forward to the holidays and the time off, and here you are, beginning of January, all blue and moody. More tired than ever, overwhelmed by the year ahead, behind at work and in your emails, and way ahead when it comes to the pounds you have gained.

Don’t worry, you are not alone! And if you take the time to refocus your energy on what really matters in terms of wellness, you will be able to tackle everything beautifully, and set yourself up for success.

There are 3 things you can do right now to make 2018 a healthier year.

Woman on coach exhausted after holiday shopping

Clean up your calendar

Sit down in front of your calendar and go through every event scheduled for January. Ask yourself: “Do I look forward to this?” “Why is it in my calendar?” “Could I delete or reschedule it?” “Could I change it slightly so that I would actually look forward to it?” “If it’s something I look forward to, could I schedule it more often?”

The idea is to do more of the things you look forward to, and less of the draining stuff. It sounds obvious, but if you actually go through an entire month, you will ask yourself questions about your priorities in life, the reasons why you do things, and what really brings you joy and energy. Don’t try to skip events because they are recurring. Make the effort to question every single one of them.

This is your time, your life, and every moment is worth a slice of your attention. If you end up deleting a few events, postponing a few more (who knows, you might be able to postpone them indefinitely!), you will carve some time to relax or do things that help you recharge your batteries.

Clean up your room 😉

Take a look at your sleep routine and environment and again, ask yourself the right questions. Are your sleeping conditions offering you the best chances to rest and recharge? Are there easy steps you could take to make your sleep more restorative?

You can tweak your environment. Adding shades, using darker linen, making sure no tiny lights are blinking, turning off all your devices or putting them under covers, etc. You can isolate yourself more. Using earplugs, eye masks, closing a door, setting your phone on airplane/night mode, and asking others to respect your sleep as much as you respect theirs.

Little girl sleeping peacefully with teddy bearSometimes, it’s your bedtime routine that you can improve. We often focus on our children, never skipping their story or bath time. But what about us? How are we getting ready for the night? Turning off screens an hour before bedtime is not only for teenagers :-)! And as we grow older, some habits that were fine before might start working against us. For me, chocolate, alcohol, meat or screen time at night have started making it hard to sleep. I am not here to give you one-size-fits-all solutions. But if you look closely at what you are doing around bedtime, what helps you sleep well and what doesn’t, you will be able to make small changes, sleep better and wake up rested in the morning.

Clean up your cart

Next time you grocery shop, proceed as usual until you check out. Then, stop and look into your cart. Pick 2 items that you know are unhealthy for you. Put them back where they belong and replace them with 2 types of vegetables or fruits, fresh or frozen. Make sure you pick replacements that you will eat. Because the whole point is not only to eliminate some foods that bring you down, but also to add foods that will increase your energy level. Fruits and veggies will do that. If you get into the habit of making them more available in your kitchen, you will naturally end up consuming them more.

If you are not quite sure what is and what is not healthy for you when you look at your cart, feel free to shoot me an email. I have ways to help you through your grocery shopping list and will be happy to share some tips with you.

This is just the beginning of many steps you can take to become healthier and happier in 2018. If you want to see all the tips I will share regularly this month, join me on Facebook and if you enjoy reading articles like this one, follow this blog and share with your friends, they will probably enjoy it too!

 


PLEASE REMEMBER, I AM NOT A DOCTOR AND I DON’T KNOW YOUR PERSONAL CIRCUMSTANCES. THIS INFORMATION CANNOT BE USED AS A SUBSTITUTE TO MEDICAL ADVICE, DIAGNOSIS OR TREATMENT.

©2018 Allons-y Coaching, LLC – Seattle, WA – All rights in all media reserved.

3 steps to healthy holidays

So you’ve made your decision! You won’t fall off the wagon over the holidays, right? This blog series should help you! We have already reviewed 4 simple strategies to stay healthy: dealing with unreliable stomachs, reducing unhealthy behaviors, targeting drinks, and finding methods to be selective and mindful during this busy season.

Happy and relaxed bicyclist using no handsNow there is one last thing we need to do if we don’t want a big mess to clean up in January: PREPARE. Prepare so we don’t eat like a horse and drink like a fish for 3 weeks straight. Prepare to get some exercise in our busy holiday schedule. Prepare to make sure we sleep and relax when we need to.

Now don’t fret! Preparing doesn’t mean that we have to start running 10 miles a day or go on a cleanse – although, you can do that if you want to! What I have in mind won’t be that hard! Let me tell you how you can spend a few minutes on this today using 3 easy steps to prepare, and then freewheel into the festivities.

Why prepare?

If we don’t plan for some of the holiday temptations, we will have to react on the spot when they arise. The problem with “reacting” is that it involves emotions and will-power. Emotions are quite unpredictable. Will-power is a limited resource. We all have will-power, and if you are reading those lines, my guess is that you actually do have a huge lot of it. But relying on will-power all the time is draining, and the strongest of us end up giving in.

That’s why preparation is key. When we prepare, we give ourselves a chance to control situations and respond to them rather than react impulsively and be ruled by them.

I won’t go into a very detailed preparation process in this article. We will just see how and why planning works. If you want to learn simple and effective techniques to prepare for your holiday struggles, I have lots of resources and will be happy to walk you through the process. I can also give many examples and strategies that my clients or myself have used successfully in the past. Just get in touch with me using the contact form on my site!

1. Identify – 2. Plan – 3. Embrace

Good preparation doesn’t take forever. First, you identify the health struggles you might run into. Just pausing and visualizing specific challenges is about half of the work done. Let me give you an example. During the holidays, I won’t walk much because I won’t take the kids to school, swim practice, etc. Walking is my main exercise. If I cut it in half, that’s an issue.

Once you identify a challenge, think about a reasonable and pleasant way to handle it. Two very important words here: reasonable and pleasant. If we set the bar too high, we will fail, feel like crap, and give up altogether. If we forget to focus on pleasure, we will hate our holidays, feel discouraged, and give up again. So if I go back to my walking challenge, I could say I’ll replace walking with running or attending a boot camp class. But heh… I know I won’t enjoy that very much. So instead, I’ll plan on brisk walking in the neighborhood every time I call my family (during the holidays, there is a lot of calling going on!). It’s simple enough, it doesn’t add to my busy schedule, and I enjoy walking, so I know it won’t be a burden.

Whatever decision you make, be proud that you have a plan in the first place. Don’t feel guilty that it might not be perfect or that you are cutting yourself some slack. Remember that if you don’t have a plan, you will most likely fall off the wagon all together, so feel good about finding a compromise. Will I walk as much as usual over the holidays? Maybe. Maybe not. What counts is that I will walk.

Notepad with torn pages to show that wellness plan has been edited

Don’t forget to adjust your plan

You too will find good compromises to handle tricky situations. You might not get it right the first time around. If you see that you can’t follow through with your plan, don’t blame yourself. Blame your plan. Go back to it and find a more suitable compromise. And always remember: make your goal reachable and enjoyable.

Prepare with me, for free!

If you want to hear about simple & effective methods to stay healthy until the end of the year (and after!), why don’t you request a Complimentary Healthy Lifestyle Kick-Off Consultation? We can talk about your goals and go over the strategies that other people have already been using successfully when preparing for challenging situations. Not to mention the free resources you will be able to download and an exclusive discount to one of my most popular Wellness Programs. Watch the video now, it will only be live for a limited time.

Disclaimer

None of my content, articles, services, or product are intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness or disease. The information provided in my services, programs, and classes is not intended to take the place of advice from your medical professional, licensed dietitian, or nutritionist. You are solely responsible for your health care and activity choices.

To stay healthy, focus!

One great way to stay healthy over the holidays, is to stay focused on what really matters to YOU. Why? Because this season is filled with temptations, invitations, solicitations, all of which lead to more stress, less sleep, and extra food & drink. As you can imagine, those don’t score very well on your health record. Not to mention the fact that because you are so busy, you can’t even find time to think about self-care. So, how can you avoid to lose your mind (and your health) during this stressful and busy time?

Camera lens focusing on target point in landscape

Don’t do things mindlessly

We have already mentioned food in our Healthy Holidays – TIP #1 and drinks in the Healthy Holidays – TIP #3. Now if we want to tackle the holidays in a healthy way this year, we have to be mindful not only of what we put in our body, but of every single thing we do.

Whether it’s sending holiday greeting cards, going to parties, or volunteering for charities, being truly aware of every single “decision” we make will help us be more selective. We will reduce stress, frustration, exhaustion, and even limit accumulating extra pounds.

Concentrate on what/who really matters

I am not saying “do only what you really wanna do”. Let’s be realistic, there are people we want to make happy, good deeds we can’t pass on, and chores we can’t avoid. But if we CHOOSE the things we do, there is a good chance we will eliminate a portion of our season’s load. And no matter how big or small that portion is, it will always help us with stress, sleep, and waistline!

It takes practice to be mindful though. So let’s not wait until the last minute. Let’s reflect NOW on what we usually do during the holidays, and ask ourselves:

  • Do I really want to do this?
  • Why is it important to me?
  • Will I feel better after I have done it or will I feel worse?
  • What will happen if I don’t do it?

Sometimes we do things to please others, to advance our career, to feel accomplished, to avoid guilt, or for the pleasure. Those (and many others) are all very good reasons to do what we do! And no one besides ourselves should be judging our own personal motivations. But when we do things just because we assume we should, or because we have always done it this way, or “just ‘cuz”… that’s when it’s worth pausing for a second, and taking the time to make a mindful decision.

You don’t have to please everybody

Just say no written on tree trunkOne big drive for our actions is wanting to make people happy, especially during the holidays. And that’s commendable; we want to make the world a better place, right? But can we take a second to make sure that what we are about to do will really bring joy around us? Is there maybe another way to spread the love, or another time? What if we say “no” once in a while? Will that make a big difference?

If you find it hard to pick what is and isn’t important to you, ask yourself who the people are who matter the most in your life. Don’t answer “my family, my friends, my loved ones…” Write down their names. Make a list of specific people you care the most about. And those who don’t make it on your list, well, maybe you can see them in January! Do the same for causes, charities, traditions. Come up with a list and stick to it. And if you feel that being selective and prioritizing is a tough thing to do on your own, send me a note (stella@allonsycoaching.com). I can give you some tips and help you through the process.

Cut yourself some slack!

It’s all about being selective and making decisions rather than going with the crazy flow of things. Mindfulness. That’s what it is. And once you have decided that a certain party, a certain food, a certain group of people, or even a certain cause lies toward the bottom of your priority list, stick to your decision and DON’T FEEL GUILTY. You are not Santa Claus! You don’t have a flying reindeer (do you?). You cannot do it all and please them all while caring for your health and happiness. Let go of what doesn’t matter THAT much (even if it’s still important to you) and throw yourself entirely into what/who counts the most. You will be able to make things more special and exceptional, because you won’t be stretched so thin. Try it this year, and let me know how it works for you!

And don’t forget to share this article if you think some of your friends might be overwhelmed too. THAT is not going to add stress to your day, it’s just one click! And it will help others be more selective and less stressed out too. So, here you go, one good deed checked already! 😉

That’s it!

If you want more tips like this before the holidays, you should like my Facebook Page. You can also follow me on Instagram.

As always, if you feel that you need a bit of extra help figuring out what to do and how to do it, contact me or make an appointment for a FREE 20-minute consultation. I’ll be happy to chat with you and see how you can stack all the odds in your favor. Allons-y! Let’s Go!


PLEASE REMEMBER, I AM NOT A DOCTOR AND I DON’T KNOW YOUR PERSONAL CIRCUMSTANCES. THIS INFORMATION CANNOT BE USED AS A SUBSTITUTE TO MEDICAL ADVICE, DIAGNOSIS OR TREATMENT.

©2017 Allons-y Coaching, LLC – Seattle, WA – All rights in all media reserved.

The ONE thing to do for your health

Holidays are a tough time for our healthy routines. Some of us have a straightforward attitude toward the season, which can be summed up like this: “No way I’ll deprive myself of the delicious holiday goodies. I’ll check back with my body in January and work twice as hard in the new year.”

And I’ll be honest with you, if that’s YOUR line of thinking, I don’t blame you!

The ONE thing you should focus on

Now if you plan on eating all you want until the end of the year and collapse on the couch rather than sweat on your favorite gym’s elliptical, may I still suggest that you try one thing? Just one thing! Do you think you could keep an eye on your drinks? Oh, I hear some of you already: “I don’t drink! I’m off the hook!” Well, actually, I am not just talking alcoholic beverages here. I am talking juices, sugary drinks, enhanced coffee, etc.

Lady drinking coffee during holiday season

Beverages can add so many calories to your diet!

Yep! Keeping an eye on liquids will go a long way toward staying healthy during the holidays. Here is why.

Know what you drink!

Let’s consider that an average person needs about 2200 calories per day. If you take 3 meals per day, that’s about 700 calories per meal, right? Did you know that a medium size eggnog latte has about 450 calories? Same thing for a peppermint mocha! 12 oz of apple juice have about 180 calories, even more than 12 oz of beer.

I am not asking you to track calories during the holidays. Oh no, far from it! But if you know approximately how many calories are in the beverages you consume during the holidays, it might scare you a bit. And you might end up cutting a few. You know, the ones that are actually not THAT DELICIOUS!

Here is the thing with drinks. We have a tendency to wolf them down without really noticing and without getting much pleasure from them. Yet, drink 1 piña colada and 2 sodas tonight and you will swallow the equivalent of a meal calorie wise. Not to mention the effect of alcohol on your system, but that will be material for another article.

Tweak your drinking habits

So here is what I suggest: write down a list of the beverages you usually consume and their approximate calorie content. Here is a list to help you, with average values:

  • 16 oz hot chocolate: 320
  • 7 oz Gin & Tonic: 200
  • 16 oz latte: 190
  • 12 oz apple juice: 180
  • 12 oz lemonade: 170
  • 12 oz beer: 160
  • 8 oz whole milk: 150
  • 12 oz regular cola: 140
  • 5 oz glass of wine: 120
  • 4 oz Martini: 120
  • 12 oz sports drink: 100
  • 12 oz unsweetened iced tea: 2
  • water: 0
  • sparkling water: 0
  • unsweetened tea: 0
  • black coffee: 0

For more, you can go to USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference

You can also use the Alcohol calorie calculator from the US Department of Health and Human Services. Very convenient!

Having your own list will help you identify the most “risky” drinks. Next time you are about to drink one or the other from your list, just think twice about it and ask yourself a few questions:

– Do I really want this drink? Will I really enjoy it?

– Could I pick a smaller size and still be satisfied and happy?

– Is this drink worth the calorie content? If yes, could I cut my snack, or maybe skip dessert?

– Can I replace this drink with one that would be healthier and/or “lighter”?

– Can I make this same drink healthier and lighter by using slightly different ingredients?

– Am I drinking this because I am thirsty? If the answer is yes, drink WATER!

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Are there forbidden drinks?

Holiday celebration with two glasses filled with a wine-based cocktailI won’t go into the detail of each type of drink, but I would like to add a word of caution regarding diet sodas. Yes, their calorie content is very low or negligible. BUT! Because they are so sweet, they make you crave sugar, they make you want more, and they don’t quench your thirst. So don’t try to replace all drinks with diet sodas. It might help a bit, but not that much in the long term. Instead, whenever you can, favor the following beverages: water or sparkling water (plain or with a slice of lime or lemon), herbal tea, unsweetened iced or hot tea, black coffee (decaf or not). If you are hesitating between a cocktail and a glass of wine or a beer, your best bet is usually to go for the wine or beer. And stay away from sports drinks, unless your workout is quite intense and lasts an hour or more.

Again, I am not telling you “stop drinking”, “no alcohol!”, “no sodas!”. Although honestly, I am not far from suggesting the latter, sorry! But be aware of their effect on your health and on your weight. Because sometimes, they are not worth it.

Strategies to drink less

I have very specific strategies that my clients have successfully used to reduce their drink consumption in real life situations. I have summed them up in a 25-minute video that you will soon be able to watch. In this webinar, I give you what I believe is, for most people, THE most efficient technique to stay healthy during the holidays. Stay tuned and follow this blog to make sure you get a heads up as soon as the video goes live!

That’s it!

If you want more tips like this before the holidays, you should like my Facebook Page. You can also follow me on Instagram. And if you think this article can be helpful to someone you know, please share! Together, we are healthier 🙂

As always, if you feel that you need a bit of extra help figuring out what to do and how to do it, contact me or make an appointment for a FREE 20-minute consultation. I’ll be happy to chat with you and see how you can stack all the odds in your favor. Allons-y! Let’s Go!

 


PLEASE REMEMBER, I AM NOT A DOCTOR AND I DON’T KNOW YOUR PERSONAL CIRCUMSTANCES. THIS INFORMATION CANNOT BE USED AS A SUBSTITUTE TO MEDICAL ADVICE, DIAGNOSIS OR TREATMENT.

©2017 Allons-y Coaching, LLC – Seattle, WA – All rights in all media reserved.

My true motivation for coaching

Today is a big day for me! I am celebrating my one-year anniversary as a Certified Health Coach. After being involved in nutrition and coaching part-time for years, I finally decided last year to focus 100% on my passion. So I studied, got accredited by the American Council on Exercise (ACE), acquired my business license, and got to do what I really love day in and day out: help people become healthier, thanks to a gentle French approach. Yay!!!

I am getting ready to celebrate this anniversary with my husband and 3 daughters, but first, I want to tell you why I got into the health industry in the first place. It’s actually because I got scared out of my wits!

Stella Loichot, Certified Health Coach, scared by confusing health trends

Scary stuff all around

It’s pretty clear that more and more people are trying to be healthy. Health and wellness are super trendy. They are all over the internet, on TV, in books, magazines, everywhere. And yet, so many of us struggle the reach our health goals. Why is that?

Well, of course, there are many reasons, one of which is that there is so much information everywhere, and especially so much crap, that it makes it impossible to sift through all the junk, focus on what really matters, and get back to common sense. So we try all kinds of tricks, diets, workout programs, and of course, we fail. Not because we are not good enough… but because this is not the way to do it! Don’t get me wrong. There is sensible and wise advice out there. Unfortunately, it’s mostly lost amidst foolish recommendations and completely out-of-reach expectations.

What you’ve been told is wrong

The general trend is to have you believe that if you want to be healthy and keep your weight under control, you have to deprive yourself, be on a diet, sweat on a treadmill. In short, you have to suffer and “be good.” This message is wrong! And it has devastating effects, on people in general and on women in particular. And it’s actually when I realized firsthand the impact it has on teenage girls (my daughters and their friends!) that it became clear to me that I HAD to jump into the fray and do something about it. I really wanted to set the record straight and show that there is a different approach to wellness, a practical approach that works in the long term.

There is another way to be healthy

The framework I want to share with you is a wellness program that relies as little as possible on self-control and will-power. Instead of self-control, we rely on establishing good habits by tweaking our environment and focusing on pleasure. Pleasure in eating, in moving, in social connections, in sleeping, and most importantly, pleasure without guilt. It might seem counter-intuitive and it often takes time for my clients to embrace that system, but in the long run, this approach is the only way for many people to succeed.

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Let me be clear though, it still takes work! One has to learn, build awareness, think outside the box, and be patient because it takes time to slowly change all those little things in your daily life that will make a huge difference in the end. It’s not straight-forward, because there is no “one-size-fits-all” rule that you can follow. You have to be willing to create your own rules, your own balance, your own lifestyle. You have to reinvent some of your routines and change your environment so that it’s supporting your goals in the long run. And you have to consciously make health a habit rather than a struggle.

With some help, we can all do it!

And that’s why I became a Health Coach. Because I want to help people through that process. I want to help YOU through this. Provide you with as much (or as little!) support as you need, and give you all the tools and tips that will make the whole journey easier, smoother and more efficient. I want to help you make health part of yourself rather than make it an extra burden in your life and busy schedule. That’s what drives me. I want to help change lives, one at a time, and this is exactly what happens when I work with clients. I can see it with my own eyes, and this is why I love my job so much!

That’s it!

If you have been thinking about being healthier or losing some weight, email me, I’d be happy to hear from you! And don’t forget to share your own tips or remarks in the comment section, because together, we are healthier:-). To receive an email every time I write a new blog post, follow this blog!

Of course, if you feel that you need a help figuring out what to do and how to do it, contact me or make an appointment for a FREE 20-minute consultation. I’ll be honored to chat with you and see how you can stack all the odds in your favor. Allons-y! Let’s Go!

 


PLEASE REMEMBER, I AM NOT A DOCTOR AND I DON’T KNOW YOUR PERSONAL CIRCUMSTANCES. THIS INFORMATION CANNOT BE USED AS A SUBSTITUTE TO MEDICAL ADVICE, DIAGNOSIS OR TREATMENT.

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