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Health Coaching: The Key to Your Success

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Imagine this scenario:  You get your annual blood draw (blood sugar, A1C, cholesterol, triglycerides) at your doctor's office and upon reviewing your results with your doctor, you both can see that things are trending "worse" year after year. Your doctor is expressing concern and you are also worried because you don't want to go on medication or see your health decline. During your visit, your doctor gives you some examples on ways to improve your results - examples such as increasing exercise, reducing sugar consumption, eating more vegetables, managing stress, etc. 

Maybe the conversation was super helpful and you were energized by your doctor to start making changes right away! Surprisingly what ends up happening in most situations is either: 1. You start to make changes for a few weeks and they don't stick so you go back to your old habits 2. Even though you feel motivated, ultimately you never make any changes and live your life as if the conversation with your doctor never happened. The intention is there, but the follow-through is nonexistent.

It can be perplexing that these endings are most popular among people who truly care about their health and deeply desire to make changes. If this is you, you're not alone. In fact: Researchers say that, unfortunately, 97.3% of American adults get a failing grade on healthy lifestyle habits.  How do we get past this?

Enter in Health Coaching.  

Health coaching is what we do with our clients in every single appointment and utilizing it is completely transformative. What is health coaching and why is it so powerful? 

Health coaching literally bridges the gap between knowing what you want to be/should be doing and having yourself actually do it. Health coaching allows you to narrow your focus on what matters most to you and setting goals that help you get there. It uncovers barriers and gets you around them. Coaching provides accountability, consistency, and ongoing support so that you get the long lasting results you've always wanted.  

At Thrive Nutrition, we don't just offer nutrition and lifestyle advice and let you figure it out on your own. We help you take that advice into your life with health coaching to achieve and maintain good health. 

Posted on October 23, 2018 and filed under mindfulness.

A Tip for Finding Freedom From Worrying

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I was recently listening to a podcast recommended to me by a friend who happens to be a runner. It was episode 188 of The Running Lifestyle Show. The topic was actually acupuncture, which I'll definitely be sharing more about in the future. The thing that really grabbed me was right at the end, and I knew I wanted to share it with you!

Health is SO much more than nutrition. It's also about sleep, movement, taking time for yourself, finding joy in life, and reducing stress.

Worrying can be a source of stress for many people, including myself from time to time. You know that feeling when you lay down to sleep and your mind starts racing? Or you wake up in the middle of the night and that flight you have to take or important conversation you need to have pop into your head? Here's an approach shared by Kari on the podcast to help calm your worrying, reduce your stress, and improve your sleep.

When a worry arises, acknowledge it and determine a specific time you'll dedicate to thinking about it. If it's the middle of the night, you might determine you'll think about it at 7am when you wake up. This will hopefully allow you to fall back to sleep without trying to get rid of the worry completely.

When the time you're dedicating to the worry arrives, do the following forecasting exercise:

Worst case scenario: what is the absolute worst thing that could happen?

Best case scenario: what is the best thing that could happen?

Most likely: What is the most likely thing to happen?

Chances are, the worst case scenario will rarely happen, but this exercise will help you think through and prepare for whatever you're worrying about.

Here's an example of how this could be applied in real life based on something that often causes me to worry. Job interviews always tend to be stressful for me, even when I know I'm a great fit for the job. It feels like there is a lot of pressure to be absolutely perfect in these situations.

Worst case scenario: I don't get this particular job and I have to continue my search.

Best case scenario: The interview goes amazingly well and I get offered the job on the spot.

Most likely: There are things I could've done differently, but overall I feel good about how it went and I'll hear back from the hiring manager soon.

Now, whenever I'm starting to worry or hear someone else worrying, I can give this forecasting exercise a try. I hope you find it as useful in your life as I've found it to be in mine.

Posted on August 22, 2017 and filed under stress, mindfulness.