29 January 2015

Once upon a time

An obese person felt overwhelmed. She made a list of small healthy changes she could make, and then chose one small change the first day. That change was to wear a pedometer and track the number of steps she took each day, increasing that number by a mere 10% daily. Today I walked 4100 steps.

28 January 2015

Ready, Set, Go!

The best thing about beginnings is that we can make one whenever we need one. Many people choose New Years Day to start anew and work towards goals.  I choose today.

Today I will make a list of at least three things that I know I can do *right now* to improve my health, and then decide one ONE small change to begin right away.

27 July 2012

Moving my blog . .. recreating myself

As part of the program at Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN), students/graduates are given a website and blog. In the interest of consistency, I've moved my blog over there.

I invite you to come check it out by clicking here.

If you would like to keep in touch otherwise, you may use my new email by clicking here

22 June 2012

Everybody knows

With all apologies due to Leonard Cohen, I would like to take this opportunity to assert that everybody knows what they need to know in order to lose weight. Further, we all possess the tools needed in order to have a successful life! Sometimes accessing these tools is difficult, and misinformation is fed to us in order to sell products and distract us from our own wellness.

I came to these realizations about "everybody" because I eventually came to understand them about myself. Not being a super-hero or even a super villain (no matter what my daughter's friends say), I know that I can't be the only person with these powers.

We know that a healthy relationship with food requires that web treat it as fuel and not entertainment. We all know that what we absorb into our body becomes our body. We all know that our bodies need healthy, nutritious fuel and that garbage in makes us feel like garbage.  We all know that our bodies were developed/created/designed/evolved to be used and that if we don't exercise the body it can not effectively support that use.

We all know to eat when we're hungry and stop when we're satisfied. We all know that water is a necessity whether or not we enjoy drinking it. We all know that a junk food binge will not solve our problems. We all know that are internal organs are meant to work together in harmony and not to be "stapled," "sleeved," or otherwise surgically restricted.  We all know that diets don't work long-term and are not sustainable. We all know, at some level, that our own choices have led us to our current health and wellness.

At least I know these things. Doesn't everyone?

Why do we continually make these poor choices? How do we put all of this knowledge into action? Why doesn't it come naturally to us? This is what I am working on with my health coach and my counselor.

Obesity is at a epidemic level in America. Some people believe obesity is a disease. Some think it is a choice. I have come to believe it is a symptom of individual and often underlying emotional problems that have lead us to indulge in poor habits. In my case it is.

What do you think?

21 June 2012

Hello everyone,

I hope you are well, and that you are finding success along the path of your own wellness journey. I am writing because I’m very excited to share something new and good that is happening in my life.

I am training in a new career path, and I’m enrolled at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I am learning to become a Health Coach. I will be working with clients to help them to create a healthier and happier life, reduce stress, have more energy, and reach their health goals.

I will be supporting people to make step-by-step, easily integrated food and lifestyle choices. As you know, I have had an interest in health for many years and enjoy sharing this knowledge with my friends, colleagues and family. I wanted to increase these skills and learn, in a formal training program, how to live a better life through eating well and taking care of myself. And I have been receiving very detailed and careful instruction on how to counsel others. It’s an exciting time!

I have a special invitation for you - a free initial consultation session with me. You’ll have the opportunity to talk about your life, what you’ve always dreamed of, and the goals you’d like to accomplish for your health. It’s an opportunity to be heard and to get a sense of what it feels like to have more support in your life. You’ll also learn how to reach those goals by working with me in my Health Coaching Program.

This confidential session may very well be a turning point in your life. We can talk by phone or in-person, whichever is convenient for you. To schedule your session, please email me at lanieleec@yahoo.com. Or, you can visit my school website  and complete a health history form online. All information provided on the form is confidential and delivered directly to me via email. If you know of anybody else who might be interested, please share the website with them. Upon receipt of the completed form,  I will call  within 5 business days to set up a free consultation session. 

I look forward to hearing from some of you, and I hope you have a great day. Please also feel free to visit my website above to get a preview of what I am learning!

Thank you for helping me with my training,

01 June 2012

After 2 1/2 weeks of IIN training

I've been having so much fun with my IIN course and materials, that I forget to take time out to blog about it!

One lecture I watched this week was presented by Denise Lamothe, called "Taming of the Chew."
It's based on her book, and it had many valuable ideas about dealing with emotional eating. Two in particular that attracted me was derailing negative thinking by using "In Reality" statements and the other was herbal remedies by Dr. Bach.

Her advice to short-circuit negative thinking that leads to emotional eating, is to listen to it, recognize it and then tell yourself  - for instance - "I want a cookie, but Reality is I'm not hungry. Reality is that it would make me feel awful physically AND emotionally."  I haven't tried the Bach's herbal remedies yet, but I've asked around and they have gotten good reviews. I intend to learn a little more before I try them out myself. Let me know if you've had any experience with them!

One of the dietary changes I've made, is to have more meatless meals. These are mostly nothing fancy - I'll stir fry whatever veggies we have on hand and then serve them over brown rice or whole wheat pasta. I still eat meat occasionally, but now I realize that it's not intended to be part of every single meal. Tonight I'm going  to fix roast veggies. I'll cut up big chunks of zucchini and squash, onion, carrots, and parsnip, toss them with olive oil and seasoning, cover them and roast them for a half hour, uncover them and cook 20 - 30 more minutes. I hope they're yummy!

As I set up my business web page as required by the school, I am considering incorporating a book club about health issues. I tend to believe that every diet, exercise, self-help, or healthy lifestyle book out there has something of value in it. I just purchased one on my Kindle today called Whitewash by Joe Keon. I think this will be my June book since it happens to be the first of the month.  If you would like to read along , please join my new facebook page for group discussion.

The other dietary change I've made is to let go of my reliance on dairy foods. I will still eat them as a treat, but I realize now they are not nutritionally relevant to me. When I was pregnant, I was drinking a glass in the middle of the night whenever I woke up hungry, plus at least 2 glasses during the day. Did you know that even the organic milk with "no hormones added" is fraught with bovine pregnancy hormones? These hormones are designed in nature to make for fat, healthy calves!  Ten years later, my calves are fat enough, thank you very much!  Also these hormones are linked to all sorts of problems such as prostate cancer, women's reproductive cancer, childhood obesity, diabetes, and more. And I haven't even opened the book yet. While Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution is pushing to schools to stop selling sugary flavored milks to kids, it looks like we should stop serving milk altogether! This idea shocked me when I first heard it from Harvard nutrition professor Walter Willette, but what he says makes a lot of sense. Look at his suggested "My Plate" visual recommendations for wellness.

It incorporates everything that has worked for me in the past!

23 May 2012

Emotional eating

So, I felt compelled to buy a Dr. Pepper and small bag of chips on the way to my friend's house today. And then, of course, to eat them in the car. They did not make anything better. Now I can't even get the false sense of "taking care of myself" that I used to get out of a nice little binge. I guess that's progress.

Lots of tears today, but this too shall pass. I had some John Deer therapy mowing the large front lawn with the riding mower. Very meditative and no baby bunnies were harmed in the process. Lots of robins hopping around gathering fresh nesting material, though. Still have the back yard and the hard-to-get places.

Looking forward to swimming weather this weekend!