Setting Better Goals

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Photo by Ryan McGuire via gratisography.

Here’s a question for you: are you bad at following through on your health goals, or is it that you’re bad at setting goals?

 

In my coaching practice, many clients tell me that they’re bad at the follow through. They try a diet, they try to meditate, they try to exercise, and they can’t seem to stick to it. Now any sort of generalization like “I’m bad at keeping goals” raises some red flags, so my follow-up question is usually “well, what goals did you set?” The reply completely explains the source of the issue….

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Your Guide to Probiotic Foods & Supplements

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Our bodies are covered in bacteria. I know. Gross. But it’s actually a really good thing – the bacteria in our guts and on our skin help us develop our immune system, in harves nutrients from our food, and helps prevent skin conditions like eczema!

 

The incredible importance of our microbiome, and it’s intimate connection with the food that we eat means there are a lot of products and supplements out there that claim to be providing the probiotics that you need for a healthy digestive system. But do their claims live up to the hype?

 

In today’s post, we’ll take a look at which foods have probiotics (and how to prepare them), if and how to take probiotic supplements, how to avoid probiotic scams, and learn about probiotic’s lesser-known (but very important) counterpart, the prebiotic.

 

It’s time to be good to the bacteria in your belly!

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A Question to Ask Yourself

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Happy Sunday!

 

Hope you are all having a beautiful day, wherever you are! I write about eating and living well each week for my Sunday newsletter. This week’s message is particularly powerful for transforming your daily habits and bringing healthier practices into your life, so I wanted to share it with you all here.

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Thanks so much for reading and for being part of the Happy Healthy Human community.

 

-Sam

 

Thank goodness- we’ve made it to February! Now we can drop all the stress and worry about “starting the New Year’s right”, and we can get down to the business of simply living well.
How do you stay well without all the guidelines and rigidity of daily diet, workout, and life goals? You ask yourself one simple question throughout your day:
What does this pizza/work task/workout/insert item here give back to me? 
Here’s why this question is incredibly powerful:
Asking yourself this question helps you appreciate all of the things you do to keep yourself well, while weeding out the extras in your life that just don’t contribute to your health and wellbeing.

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Beat the winter blues

 

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Winter Sunrise photo by Ryan McGuire courtesy of imcreater.com

Hellllooooo Winter.

I spent all of last weekend huddled inside my house because of the freezing temps and some work deadlines. While I enjoyed and needed this break, after 2 days, I was ready to re-enter the world again. The only problem? Even though my brain was ready to get moving, my body was NOT having it. I felt tired and lazy in a way I haven’t felt in a long time…well actually…in a way I hadn’t felt since last winter! We all know it’s true….

It’s hard to be active and exercise during the winter.

No one wants to be out in the cold.  I learned the hard way this week that the winter wind is that much worse when you’re going 10 mph on the bike, and even more importantly, it can be downright dangerous to run or bike in icy conditions. Then there’s that whole daylight savings thing…it’s dark when many of us leave work, which puts a damper on post-work outdoor time.

But it’s not just the weather that’s holding us back. Our body’s seasonal clock and attitudes can dampen our motivation, too.

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Turn Distress into Eustress

 

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Photo by Wellington Sanipe via unsplash.com

Yes, yes, yes, stress is important, nay, necessary for survival. Despite being a biological system critical for our health and wellbeing, however, the human stress response is a rather blunt instrument. We have the same surge of adrenaline, cortisol, and norepinephrine each time we encounter a stresser, whether it be an injury, a verbal attack, exercise, or anxiety about a future event. Even though these very different situations require different responses, our body’s chemistry treats them essentially equally.
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Wiggle your way to health

What do Erik Carlson and Jason Derulo have in common?

Well, not much. But they do share an appreciation of a good wiggle.

 

Today, I’m not talking about rap or insects, I’m actually talking about the random movement generator used in computer algorithms and robotics.

Okay stick with me, this actually does relate to your health.
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How to Enjoy Cooking

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I mentioned in last week’s newsletter that I had an interesting conversation with friends where we realized that half of us really enjoy cooking – we find it to be a meditative, relaxing process – while the other half feel that cooking is tiring, difficult, and simply not worth the time. What I realized after that conversation, though, was that I haven’t always loved cooking like I do now.  Long ago, I was a slow, inefficient cook that was cooking out of need, rather than pleasure.

 

But as with any new skill, learning to enjoy cooking takes time. It takes a little more brain space until your muscle memory can kick in and you can relax into a flow as a you cook. Similar again to any other skill you’re learning, the important thing is to not give up before you reach the other side. Because once you do, cooking can be a refuge and a way to relax. In my opinion, cooking (and enjoying cooking) is one of the best skills to have because Americans who cook spend almost 60 minutes per day preparing food! Imagine how great it would be if you LOVED those 60 minutes instead of dreading them – it would be an extra hour of your day that is full of happiness, an extra 7 hours per week, and 364 hours per year.  In a day and age where every second counts….that’s a lot of time spent doing something you enjoy.  Continue reading…


Welcome to Fall: Your Vata Season Survival Guide

fall vata season photo Photo Credit: Stephy Pariande from unsplash.com

 

Welcome to Fall! I love the fact that the air in North Carolina has turned crisp and cool, and we’re no longer living in 100% humidity. But that influx of wind also signifies the return of Vata season, which is typified by dryness, fast movement, and lightness. A major change from the heavy and hot summer air. Continue reading…