15 Ideas of How To Be Unapologetically Healthy

Nutrition

15 Ideas of How To Be Unapologetically Healthy

Hell yes to October! Not only is it one of the most health-focused months, but it kicks off the last quarter of the year and an opportunity to create health, personal growth, and wellness goals. This is my first year leading my free program the Last 90-Days of Being Unapologetically Healthy and this entails learning to advocate your needs in nutrition, energy, and more. Before we dive in, think about adopting the following...

  1. Be curious. What areas in your life can you focus on to create change to be a better, calmer, more refreshed person? Whose help do you need? What resources do you need to review? What questions do you need to ask? I create the most personal growth and change when I explore the above and ask myself the right questions.
  2. Be selfish. If something is not a "Hell Yes!" then I'm sorry, tell them "No".
  3. Sleep. Seriously. It's the secret sauce of health, and if you sleep enough, you will eat less, think more clearly and communicate better in the relationships that need you the most. Go to bed.
  4. Drink less. Have you ever been curious as to where and what you would do with the time, energy and money you spend on alcohol? For fun, here is a calculator to play around with
  5. Drink more. Water. Hydration is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to optimize your hormone function, insulin and health. Just don't overdo it before bed.
  6. Take your vitamins. And not just any vitamins. Make sure the vitamins you choose are 3rd party tested, for example, these, and that you are educated on what nutrients you need. As someone with an autoimmune disease, I take targeted supplements for my gut health (probiotic, L-glutamine), magnesium to improve blood sugar control and sleep/stress, B vitamins to fill nutrient gaps, improve mood and cravings, and CBD. Do not assume you need what I take. If you need guidance, email me. I'll help you identify some of your supplement needs.
  7. Play. Block off time in your to-do list and calendar and get out there and play. My love just gifted us stand up paddle boards for our anniversary and that's easily my happiest place on the planet right now. You don't need to live by an ocean to enjoy some water. I head to Hoover Dam in Westerville, OH every weekend I can.
  8. Let go. Let go of the things that are weighing you down, and this may entail forgiving someone or even forgiving yourself.
  9. Eat well. We don't need to strive for perfection, but more so, progress. Above all, look at your poop. Pay attention to how food makes you feel, what your bowels look like and make sure you go daily. Notice what foods spike your blood sugar.  The foods I am most sensitive to (garbanzo beans, gluten, and sweet potatoes) cause the most insulin resistance and blood sugar swings. I am not alone in the observation either, as it's supported in research. Check out Robb Wolf's book, Wired to Eat, to learn more.
  10. Ask. Ask questions so you can get the best care. This is asking questions when you are out to eat (omit standard dressings to avoid canola oil, what's gluten-free, etc), as well as asking questions in your community from how to parent your best, dose insulin, meal plan and more.
  11. Spend time with the right peeps. Surround yourself with those who help you be the best version of yourself. Relationships change over our lifetime, and some friendships are everlasting while others aren't. It's okay that some aren't.
  12. Value the lessons in your (blood sugar) mistakes. Mistakes are okay; they’re the stepping stones of progress.  Appreciate the journey of learning, growing and improving.
  13. Be grateful. Practice gratitude daily. I do this at night before I fall asleep. Last night I was grateful for insulin, my friends and my diabetes community.
  14. Be generous. This was a resolution for me in 2019, and indeed this year I've been absolutely the most generous with my time, money and talents. The reward can't be put into words. Be generous, perform random acts of kindness, pay it forward. You won't regret it.
  15. Compete. Compete with an earlier version of yourself. In my last 90 day program, I help with a plan to provide structure, leading to growth and success. I am excited for you to create some magic. Remember, the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.