How’s Your Focus?

Years ago I walked into Leroy’s coffee shop and from behind the counter Jill Berger greeted me with “Hi, Jody. How’s your focus?”

Astonished, because I’d just been thinking deeply about that very subject, I replied “a little fuzzy.”

Her smile widened, “Actually, I mean your car,” she said.

Whoops. I reported the Focus was dandy, although not so great in the snow.

My mental focus, however, was a little cloudy. I was working on my Masters Degree and needed a dependable supply of concentration. Soon thereafter I strategized and implemented a few focus-improving changes – protein and water intake topped the list.

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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…

additional resources 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.

Read More Here 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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