Hippocrates Lifestyle Medicine Coach
Hippocrates Health Educator, Lifestyle Medicine Coach and Bikram Yoga teacher. Former Microsoft Certified System Engineer, System Admin, Trainer, Author and Writer, wife of the most wonderful guy in the world and mother to four cats and a dog.
Lifestyle Medicine Coaching
You have probably heard of coaching however not necessarily Lifestyle Medicine Coaching. In general, Coaches are skilled professionals that support you in changing your perspective, beliefs and help you find hidden patterns that hold you back achieving your goals or desired outcomes in your own life.
A coach assists you in making break-through experiences with your toughest challenges. Lifestyle Medicine Coaching focuses on the full lifestyle-spectrum for a well rounded and healthy, happy and balanced you.
Explore, Embrace, Grow
What I Do
As a Hippocrates Lifestyle Medicine Coach I will help you accomplish changes that you have not been able to do on your own.
As a Hippocrates Lifestyle Medicine Coach I will help you transform your lifestyle in a way that is personally meaningful and fulfilling. Exploring, Embracing and Growing means that we (you and I together) will embark on a journey to uncover and then spark that person within you that you are meant to be. You might learn something new, adopt a new mindset and let go of some old belief structures. How would you like to shed your old patterns of unwanted habits and self-defeating behaviors?
Are you ready to write a new chapter in your life? How about letting go of negative lifestyle habits that are so deeply ingrained that you might not even be aware of their existence?
As a Hippocrates Health Educator and Hippocrates Lifestyle Medicine Coach I know for fact that proper nutrition is the base for a healthy mind, body and spirit.
Our Modern Lifestyle
Today’s top diseases include badly managed chronic stress, (we are all more thinly stretched then ever), a plethora of unhealthy lifestyle choices (like diets devoid of nutrition), inactivity due to low energy (as result of non-nutritive diets & stress) and the physical effects of environmental toxicity as well as poor or toxic relationships in our personal or professional lives.
As a Hippocrates Lifestyle Medicine Coach I will partner with you to put you on the path of a vibrant, joyful and active live. Nobody needs a coach, however if you want to make changes, you might want a coach. A coach can bring fresh thinking and help you identify and focus on the things that matter in your life. Think about it, do you know of any successful athlete that doesn’t have a coach?
I am here to help you find and forge your own path
Ready for a change?
Where will you be five years from now if you keep doing what you are doing now?
With my support you can:
-set and accomplish goals in an empowering and exciting way
-strive to achieve and maintain your ideal weight
-increase your energy levels and feel great in your body
-learn about superior foods and how to incorporate them
-improve your personal relationships
-discover the confidence to create the life you want
-create lasting lifestyle mindset shifts that will stay with you for the rest of your life
-love yourself first and foremost and have a positive, powerful impact on the world around you
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My Tips for a Vibrant & Age-Defying Life
Amazing what 8 hrs of uninterrupted sleep can do for your body. Your body goes into a cleaning/renewal cycle every night around 9-10 p.m. and continues to clean every organ & body system through about 10-11 a.m. the next morning. If we are up late, or eat late at night we interrupt this cycle. To get the maximum restorative effect of the body’s natural cycle, get that shut-eye!
2. AVOID ALL MEATS
Yes, mankind may have been eating meat (hence the omnivore) throughout time, however, today’s meat is just not what your ancestors used to eat. With the invention of synthetic growth hormones, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and many other chemicals that end up in our ground water, they can also end up in your beef. I recommend avoiding all meats and meat products such as milk, yogurt, kefir, butter, ice cream, eggs etc. to give your body the best chance to flourish into old age and avoid disease.
Is this going to guarantee that your foods are completely clean and healthy? No, of course not, however your chances of eating a food laden with chemicals are much less likely. Did you know that red peppers have are sprayed on average with over 100 different chemicals? That is absolutely incredible. Make sure you purchase organic especially all fruits and veggies that have thin skin like peppers, tomatoes, peaches, grapes, apples, etc. Bananas and avocados in comparison have thick skins and would be the better choice to buy conventional if you have to chose between the two. Just think of this: the more we buy organic, the more we send a message to producers what our choices are. The market will follow. It only takes 5% of consumers to make a change for producers to pay attention.
Especially the dark leafy ones. My favorite A’s are: Arugula, Avocado and Asparagus. Eat them in abundance, as they are good for your body. Arugula is actually considered a cruciferous vegetable like broccoli and brussel sprouts containing sulforaphane which has anti-cancer properties. Avocados are full of glutathione, a very powerful antioxidant made up of three amino acids glycine, glutamine and cysteine. Asparagus, can you say superfood? Asparagus has many benefits including reducing inflammation caused by rheumatism, reducing the risk of neurodegenerative disease and helps increase cell production to name a few. I should mention that it is best to consume all of the foods raw in order to get the most benefit!
Having one piece of fruit a day is ok if you are not having a disease. Even though fruit has many health benefits, if you are sick, especially the fruit sugar (fructose) does not do your body good. Fruit this day has been so hybridized that the sugar content is between 30-50 times higher than what it was before being manipulated. Add the mono culture, depleting our soil means depleted vitamins and minerals. Biomedical engineers at Duke University found that Metastatic cancer gorges on fructose in the liver. Just note, the medical establishment agrees that ALL sugars feed cancer, so be your own judge.
Nuts and seeds are nutritional powerhouses for the body. However, they are protected by enzyme inhibitors which can create havoc in your digestive system. Just think beans! Sprouting your nuts and seeds releases the enzyme inhibitors and will activate nutrients and make them more bio-available to your body and digestible with much less discomfort!
That is going back to #4 above, eating green foods like Avocado, Asparagus and Arugula. But also Sweet Red Peppers, Red Cabbage, Brussel Sprouts, Onions, Scallions, Garlic, Ginger, Swiss Chard and spices like Cayenne, Cinnamon, herbs like Oregano, Basil and Peppermint. The list goes on, there are many foods that have medicinal properties to support our bodies. Chose your foods wisely.
Before you sit down to eat your meal, take five deep breaths to oxygenate and settle down. Chew every bite about 20 times (yes I know, its a challenge!) to break open the cell walls of the food and allowing our saliva (enzymes like lipase and amylase) to “pre-digest” food already in your mouth. The chewing sends messages to the stomach and intestines and gets the whole peristaltic movement going. The more you chew, the more you break down the food, the easier it will be for our digestive juices to break down the food into smaller particles. If you swallow a glob, your stomach acid will only be able to access the outside of the glob, it will not break it down and the food will sit like a rock in your stomach. Let’s not talk about what happens after that, you already know. Did I say constipation? Chew, chew, chew, it doesn’t matter how much you eat if you can’t absorb anything. Plus here are some additional recommendations:
- Don’t eat when you are upset
- Don’t eat in a business meeting
- Don’t eat and drive
When I grew up we never had water with our meals, drinking with meals was not introduced to me until I moved to America. When you drink with your meals you are diluting your digestive juices. Matter of fact, it is a good practice to stop drinking at least 15 minutes before a meal (ok to have sips of water if you need to take pills, supplements) and try not to drink for at least 1 hour after having a meal. Now hang on for this – avoid liquids for at least 3 hours after you have eaten protein and 2 hours if you were eating beans or seeds so your stomach can fully digest and absorb the nutrients.
The latest studies from Harvard and the National Sleep Foundation show that walking/exercising before going to bed will help you get a better night sleep. Walking helps reduce stress and anxiety and aids digestion by oxygenating the body. Especially if you have chronic insomia, go for a walk before going to bed. Within a couple of weeks of this ritual you should be able to fall asleep faster, sleep longer and improve your sleep quality. Give it a try, my husband and I often go for walks at night and Gidget our dog loves it too!
With the exception of not drinking around meals, you want to try drink at least half your body weight in ounces. Example, if you weigh 160 lbs your body needs approximately 80 ounces of water a day. We perspire two cups (16oz) just being here on a daily basis. If you exercise (and live in Florida) it is recommended to increase another 25%. Now, if you slam your water, most of it will pass right through you. It is best to sip water at a rate of 1 cup per 30 minutes in order to let the tissues absorb the water. Any excess gets ignored. As we age we have a tendency to drink less and less so it is imperative to pay attention to your water intake. Being dehydrated only 3% witll already affect your body system and 5% will affect your brain function negatively. Consider mineralizing your water using liquid mineral supplements to get the most benefit. Reconstituted water does not have minerals in it as it would be occuring in nature, just some food for thought. This is where green juices made with a base of cucumber and celery help out tremendously by adding natural sodium, vitamins and minerals. Green juices count as hydration, whereas coffee and sports drinks do not. Herbal teas are neutral, they do not devoid your body of hydration but do not add either. Best is to go with mineralized water, green juices or the occasional coconut water straight from a coconut.
12. MAKE YOUR FOOD TASTE GOOD
That’s a no brainer but easier said then done! The best advice I can give here is that when you find a recipe you like, safe it to a file/folder where you keep all your favorites. For kids its ok to add fruit to sweeten juices, for adults I like to add dressings, sauces, herbs and spices to mix it up. It’s hard to resist the temptation of ready-made-foods that are created by food scientists that understand how our brains work. Chain restaurants do not have cooks in the kitchen, they have chemists figuring out what makes our brains tick. Sugar, fat and salt is a lethal combination that tricks our brain into overeating. The key is to plan and pre-prep your own yummy & healthy versions of home made foods so you know there is always something ready to eat at home. Your body will thank you by staying vibrant and slow down aging with all the support you are giving it.