Our health is not a destination, it is a journey.  Enjoy the journey.

A Note From Karen

$FIRSTNAME$, I remember when I first was diagnosed with GERD.  I really thought that if I figured out what was causing it, I would feel great all the time.  I really did think that getting healthier was a destination.  I thought once i figured it out, that was it.  But I was wrong.  Our bodies are beautiful creations.  They are constantly growing and changing.  Therefore what we need and feel will always be changing.  I am feeling the best I have in my life, but I am not 100% every day. I am now learning to enjoy the journey of listening to my body, experimenting with new things and foods.  (My latest is incorporating meditation into my life.)  

I no longer have chronic acid reflux but one a rare occasion experience minor acid reflux.  But now instead of trying to cover it up, I stop and try to figure out what is causing it.  I usually can tie it back to something I ate in the last 48 hours.  Sometimes I can't, but I know my body is telling me to do a little more self-care.  I realize that my body really is trying to take care of me.  It isn't trying to make me feel bad.  It is trying to find homeostasis, a balance.  I realize that all those years it was doing its best to keep me as well as possible, in spite of the foods I was feeding it and the exercise I was giving it.

Take time to celebrate your body.  It may not be perfect, but it is doing the best it can.

6 Keys to a Healthier Lifestyle

Sometimes it can feel overwhelming to make changes to your health.  You are tired of feeling poorly, but where do you start.  Make it easier by keeping these 6 Keys to a healthier life in mind.

1) Listen to Your Body
We get so busy with our day-to-day lives, we can easily stop paying attention to our bodies.  Our bodies are intelligent.  They are designed to live in balance.  Think about it.  Your body does what it needs to in order to keep a normal temperature of 98.6 degrees.  When you are cold, you start to shiver.  You get a fever and you start sweating.  Our bodies are even designed to stop eating when we are full and eat when we are hungry.  
I encourage you to stop and pay attention to your body.  Does it need down time?  Does it need water?  Do you need to find a way to move more?  If it is craving something, what and why?  Taking a few minutes to check in with yourself is so important.
2) Eat Real Food
One of the best things you can do is to stop eating processed foods and sugar.  Neither one gives you the nutrients your body needs.  The chemicals in the processed foods can cause your body signals to get messed up.  And sugar...well sugar is an addictive substance that you will continue to need more and more of in order for it to give you that sugar high.  It causes problems with hormones, insulin resistance and much more.  Whenever possible choose foods that do not have labels.  It is a good rule of thumb in order to eat as many real foods as possible.
3) Keep the Big Picture in Mind
Sometimes it can get so easy to go overboard and think that the only way to be healthy is to do everything just right.  That is an impossible expectation. It creates a barrier to making changes to your diet or lifestyle. Just do one thing as a step toward better health.  Then another and another, each step will take you closer and closer to your health goals.  You want to eat and move to live, not live to eat and move.
4) Stop Covering Up Symptoms
A symptom, no matter what it is, can be a clue to an imbalance in your body, but we have a tendency to use drugs to stop a symptom. Have a stomach ache...take an antacid.  Have a headache...take an aspirin or ibuprofen.  But what is that headache telling you?  Are you dehydrated?  Are you stressed?  Did you eat a food that your are sensitive too?  Are you overscheduled?  Do you have poor posture?  Are your hormones out of balance?  Yes, it can be many things, but the key is to pay attention.  Your symptoms are signs from your body that you need to make a change.  When you cover up the symptoms, they don't go away.  Something will become out of balance.
5) Seek Information, Help & Support
There is an abundance of information out there.  Seek a trusted source for your concern.  It may be your medical doctor, a personal trainer, a chiropractor, natural path or health coach or a combination of all of them.  But find someone who can help you sort through all of the information to help you figure out what is right for you.  Find support in friends and family as well. When you are surrounded by people that don't take their health seriously, it is so easy fall into that trap.  Find people who are trying to eat well, move more, and de-stress.  It will rub off on you.
6)  Commit to a Healthy Lifestyle
Make a commitment. Decide today. Don't fall for the get health in 2 days type of quick schemes that are out there.  Find your why? Then you need to be in this for the long haul.  Changing your attitude toward health, eating, and exercise will be the key to keeping healthy.  There were be some starts and stops, but it will get easier as it becomes are part of what you do and who you are.  Your body and mind will thank you.
So which of these keys will you start with today.  Pick on of the six and take one step toward a healthier life.

Tiny Tip

Stop right now and assess your body and mindset.  Start from your head and slowly work your way down. How do you feel?  Anything hurt?  If so, why?  Hungry or Full?  Thirsty?  Tired?  Stressed? What is your body telling you?  Now, before you do anything else.  Do one nice thing for yourself.  Do this everyday and it will become easier to listen to your body.

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