3 Steps to Take Control of Your Own Health

Nope, it’s not always genetic. You are in charge of you own health. Period.

I’m currently enrolled in the Nutritional Therapy Institute in Denver. The program relies heavily on the science behind the food we eat, what it’s doing to our cells, how it’s interacting within our blood stream, organs, intestines and how our environment and lifestyle choices greatly determines the state of our overall health.

My day job involves marketing to healthcare organizations, physicians and care managers, IPA’s (Independent Physician Associations). My company provides interoperability and practice management solutions, all in the name of better patient outcomes.

How in the hell do the two relate to one another? So much it’s scary!

50% of the healthcare costs are going to 5% of the patient population. In other words, the chronically ill are costing billions, while rising healthcare costs are felt across the board.

YIKES! But, what the heck can we DO about it?!

Start taking control of Your Own Health! It’s that simple. Just take control of it it, starting right now. Not sure how?

3 steps to Take Control of Your Own Health

1. Start making healthier food choices. Sounds SOOOO easy, but I know it’s not. Convenience, taste, time, availability all come into play here. Start small – incorporating one piece of fruit into your day, one vegetable. Cut out one soda per day. Work up to it, as opposed to just banning all of the bad cold turkey. Start small & start now (here’s a YouTube video from my Happy Kitchen talking a bit about this).

Colfax 1/2 Marathon!
Colfax 1/2 Marathon!

2. Start moving. Again, sounds SUPER easy to do, but all of the factors listed above (especially time) rear their ugly heads. Don’t overwhelm yourself with crazy, lofty goals you won’t accomplish. I’m going to run 10 miles 3 times a week! Well, if you barely run 2 now, that seems cray! (Above is me running my first 1/2 a marathon….that took me 16 weeks to train for! It was hard!) Start with a 10 minute walk everyday and build up to a mile. Give yourself realistic goals you can meet and feel good about. With our sedentary lives, it’s so important to start incorporating movement into every day. And lots of it!

3. Stop making excuses. It won’t happen over night, but the more you find excuses to not take charge of your health, not make healthier decisions, the worse your well-being will be. Don’t beat yourself up if you have a bad day or miss a workout. Just make sure you don’t make that the norm. Every day you start new, make the most out of it!

Healthy is a lifestyle….live it well! Have questions? Feel free to reach out or comment.

Happy Health!

Motivation

Happy Day 1 of the #mindbodyyogachallenge!

Today’s theme: motivation

Today’s affirmation: I have the motivation within myself to do anything I put my mind to.

Yoga Assignment: 5 sun salutations in a row

Motivation can be fleeting. You get really excited about a workout routine, a new project, a goal. It can be hard to keep up the stamina though!

That’s what today is about….asking yourself what motivates you? What challenges you in a way that propels you forward?

I set my alarm early (5:50 MST), got up to do a 20 min yoga flow that ended with 5 sun salutations (today’s Yoga Assignment for you!) When I start my day with yoga, I feel so energized, focused, ready to begin! Plus, knowing that it was Day 1 of this challenge got me pumped. What motivates you? Are you motivated by others? By music? By money? What gets you up and raring to go?

There’s motivation in motivating, so try 5 sun salutations in a row and see how you feel! Follow me @clawrencester & @mamaste on instagram along our 21 day challenge. There’s strength in numbers!!

Not sure how to do a sun salutation? Check out these step-by-step instructions: Sun Salutation or check out Mamaste Yoga’s Facebook page.

Happy Monday!