When I get asked that inevitable social question of, “What do you do?” there is often a moment or two of awkward silence before the words can get organized in my brain enough to travel to and from my mouth. The truth is that I still struggle describing what exactly it is that I do. I do health and wellness coaching, but really what does that mean? With such a wide variety of philosophies floating around the health community I find that saying that I’m a health and wellness coach doesn’t exactly cut it. So I wanted to get down to the nitty grit of what I think Simple Soulful Health (and what I do) is really about.
So what is it?
The opportunity to increase access to your health wealth through education, self love and accountability
Less confusion…more intuition
Less guessing…more listening
Less judgement…more curiosity
Simple = Attainable. Finding a sense of health doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, the more stripped down to the basics you can be the better off you are. One of the biggest challenges many of us face in changing our lifestyle choices is the sheer magnitude of the complicated and contradictory information that is floating around the health community.
Should I be a vegetarian or go no carb?
Is running or weight training best for my health?
It’s easy to get lost in the sea of too much information with not enough guidance to make sense out of it all. In our work together we take you back to the basics. What is simple? Eating whole, real food that makes you feel good, moving your body in a way that challenges you and also brings you joy, and above ALL, listening to the greatest personal health expert there is. YOU. We make small, but powerful changes in your mindset and daily routine that allows for a greater level of listening. You will find yourself beginning to connect and understand your body on a deeper level.
You are perfect. In this moment in time, at this weight, with these problems and those fears and this sadness…you are perfect. You entered this life with purpose and gifts to share with the world and it is time for you to turn towards them, ignite yourself into compassionate action and fully step in. There is more to being human than what we can scientifically explain. We all know this because we all have that voice inside of us that speaks to us only when we are silent enough to hear it. The one that comes from a place we can’t explain. Sometimes it whispers and sometimes it screams, but all of us have had moments when we wish we would have listened.
Our thriving potential is directly aligned with our capacity to listen, be present and loving to ourselves. I will say that again. Our thriving potential is directly aligned with our capacity to listen, be present and loving to OURSELVES. Self love provides the foundation for every single choice we make as we move through our days. Being clear about the difference between selfish and self-full acts takes some practice. In our sessions together I will ask you to be willing to love yourself as much as you do others. I will ask you to prioritize your health and needs and I will even ask you to be willing to love the parts of yourself you would rather keep hidden under wraps. To me, being soulful means to be deeply in touch with and appreciate the entirety of all that makes up the exquisite person you are.
Our bodies expression of health is largely the accumulation and result of patterns we have cultivated over time. Genetics play a role, but they do not necessarily have to be determining factors. The environment we set up for ourselves and swim around in daily turns out to have a much greater impact on our experience of health than the conglomeration of genes we were gifted from our family. Patterns, in and of themselves, are essential components in the art of being human. They provide reliable and predictable results that ensure a known outcome. The interesting thing is that we are often more likely to stick to a a pattern that has a reliable NEGATIVE outcome simply because we know and understand the result. This is a habit.
Habits are unconscious, repetitive actions that are taken regardless of the benefit (or harm) of the outcome. Repeatedly eating food that makes you feel bad is a habit. Rituals, however, harness the power of choice. They are conscious, heart connected and chosen patterns made with the intention of feeding our health wealth. Drinking lemon water upon awakening every morning is a ritual. In our sessions together we will explore nutrition, body movement and habits. We will establish nourishing rituals that reengage that power of choice and allow unconscious habits that do not serve your health fall away.
This can be a game changer.
The 21 day myth…and why I work with people for 3 months.
Simply put, small but repeated healthful choices, over a longer period of time, can significantly change the foundation of your health and avoid the dangerous yo-yo effect that is common with making extreme changes.
A study published in the European Journal of Psychology shows that changing a specific behavior, with the goal of making it an automatic act, takes anywhere between 18-254 days. The magical mythical number of creating a new habit in 21 days that is touted in the health community only speaks to the MINIMUM possible time frame. For most of us, changing a habit that has been in our daily lives will likely take much longer. Many of us already have experience with the 7, 11 or 21 day fast, cleanse, diet, workout, etc, etc. that may feel great in week 2, but by the time we make it to the end our old habits are screaming for attention again. We become a ping pong ball bouncing back and forth between our habits and our ‘programs’. 3 months allows for full integration of the changes you are seeking to make and ensures long lasting benefits.
When I work with clients we carefully choose sustainable acts of change that can have a huge impact on your experience of health. As one takes hold as automatic we add another…slowly building your tool box and daily routine to consist of self-FULL routines. It doesn’t matter if you are looking to lose weight, make peace with food, finally get regular with your exercise or change your relationship with your body…we all know that the slow and steady tortoise wins the race.