I always liked the adage, “my house is clean enough to be healthy and dirty enough to be happy.” It considers both health and happiness. I believe this balance holds true for improving our own health. It’s not about being the perfect weight, it’s about being healthier and feeling better. Diets don’t work because once the goal is achieved, people fall back into old eating patterns and regain the weight.
Forming new lasting habits is like going into the dressing room and trying on many outfits to see which ones look and feel the best. We can fall in love with the notion of eating healthy, but buying, preparing, then eating new foods can be worse than putting on a size too small pair of jeans – awkward and uncomfortable. It takes curiosity, open-mindedness and a bit of humor to figure out what works for each of us.
As a nurse, diabetes educator and health coach who has worked with hundreds of people and groups, I know forming lasting healthy habits requires addressing the emotional, nutritional and time management aspects of life. I know it takes a shift in perspective, an open mind, and a willingness to look at things with new eyes in order to find what feels right and comfortable.
My blog will spotlight different areas of health, give you take-away points and useful tips to help you along your healthy way.