Eating to Live, Living to Eat

August 26, 2011 – An excerpt from Peninsula Pulse

I’m sitting at my desk. It’s mid-afternoon, and my energy’s crashing. My mind feels slow and blurry. I’d like a nap, but I have to keep working and get some more productive hours in. I reach for…

buy alli orlistat online us pharmacy My bottle of water. I almost always keep a filled 27 oz. water bottle with me. Mine happens to be a Kleen Kanteen, because I like the stainless steel bottle (durability and no plasticky chemicals) and the leak proof lid. A source of protein. Nuts are easy to always have on hand, delicious, and quickly do the trick. Nuts can get expensive, but buying them in bulk reduces the cost significantly. Fresh fruit’s great too: put an apple in your bag for later.

Jody Jessup, a registered dietitian and professional psychotherapist who specializes in nutrition counseling, provided a fantastic analogy: “We wouldn’t dream of putting the wrong fuel in our vehicle. It can be a really cumbersome, expensive fix.”

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What is Integrative Personal Wellness Coaching?

It is my observation that in order to build satisfying and lasting solutions to problems we encounter, we benefit from examining and fine tuning the broader picture of our life. Issues we struggle with fit into a ‘larger context’. That larger context I speak of includes six vital areas important to a full and thriving life experience; the emotional, intellectual, physical, spiritual, creative and social. Integrative personal wellness coaching focuses on strengthening and ‘integrating’ all six areas while attending to the problem that brought to me in the first place.
I knew a kindergarten teacher who took her 5 year olds out birdwatching in the park near school. She taught the kids to find birds by first scanning carefully the entire tree and then beginning to look for general, then specific movement until a bird was spotted. Most of us want to just look for the bird and struggle to find it without taking into account the whole picture.
Integrative personal wellness coaching scans the larger picture of your life to see where nourishment is needed, be that emotional nourishment, creative nourishment, physical, intellectual, spiritual or social nourishment. We keep fine tuning together until the problem that brought you to me in the first place has a solution that satisfies you and a base to better support it.

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Can you explain what the non-diet approach is?

Absolutely! The non-diet approach focuses on metabolic health and overall well being rather than the number on the scale being the primary focus.
We know restrictive diets don’t work – I can talk about that in a future post. The non-diet approach assumes (correctly) that the body will find its natural weight as one eats in response to hunger and fullness. We focus on meal composition and timing so that your blood sugar works to support you. Satiety becomes an important gauge as to when you have had enough, refocusing the reliance on inner cues rather than external rules. Physical cues of hunger and satiety are valued, not overruled.
Nutrition education empowers your decision making and sense of stability. All food is legalized and acceptable; it is self-regulated, internally cued, and non-restrained. Exercise for the sake of weight loss is replaced with movement that brings you a sense of pleasure. Size acceptance and body trust are additional components. Harsh judgments about what bodies should look like have created a nation of women (men, too) who have lost confidence living in their bodies, with self worth wrapped up around how we look instead of who we are and what we bring to the world. We do not find happiness by changing our body to fit the culture, but by changing our attitude toward self and never forsaking our natural body form. The perfect body is unachievable–and the inevitable consequence of this impossible dream is powerlessness and failure.
I am passionate about undoing that cultural trap; one that implies we can’t feel good until we look good. The non-diet approach has a philosophy that resonates with my own – that we hunger more for full lives than perfect bodies, so lets optimize our health and take up all the space we deserve in a full life.

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