Confessions of a Health Coach
By Susan Caudle
November 21, 2021
We love to go to Branson Missouri. I am not sure if it is because that is where my husband Randy and I went for our honeymoon 40 years ago or because my children and I clogged there many years back. Yes, we clogged. Maybe it is the entertainment, shopping, or Silver Dollar City.
Do you have a place where food is part of the experience?
Silver Dollar City is that place. My husband was asked one time to describe Silver Dollar City in 2 words and his answer was Cinnamon Bread. They have become known for it so well that they built a separate building for it.
Then there is the big country breakfast. I can leave off the biscuit and gravy, but those apple turnovers. Don’t forget the potato bowls with sausage. You get my drift.
So here is my confession, I not only got off the wagon I said goodbye to it. I have been to Silver Dollar City before and behaved but for some reason, if I get started eating bad, then I continue to eat bad. I don’t know if you can relate. This was Fall and the Pumpkin Patch festival. We were with friends, and I just put caution to the wind and went for it.
What do you do when this happens?
Give yourself grace. Don’t beat yourself up. There are enough people doing that to us already. As I was told in a meeting recently never invalidate anyone else or yourself. We all have our short comings. Mine is food and exercise. Two important areas but something I continue to struggle with. When I say struggle then I am saying that it does not come naturally.
Startover. It is important to plan. Find someone you can be accountable to or someone who motivates you. For me it was my roommate at the conference I went to for the new Athleisure Wear Company I am a part of. She is doing 75 hard. If you aren’t familiar with it, you do two 45-minute workouts a day and one must be outside (no matter the weather), she has cut out sugar and reads 10 pages of an actual book per day. She also drinks 1 gallon of water per day for 75 days straight or you must start over. It helped me to refocus and say I can do more.
So now the Holidays are coming.
Are there things during the holidays that pull you away from a healthy lifestyle? I know there are for me. It will take a little effort to find ways to take an old recipe and adjust to make it better. The Clean Eating couple has some recipes that I find I can adjust.
If nothing else control the portions. If you start to feel your stomach full then you are full. Get a smaller plate to put the food on. That way you won’t overload.
Make sure you get the right food for you. Remember food is a fuel and we want to put the right fuel in the tank. There are certain foods that I am reactive to, Peaches and Yeast are the biggest. Knowing this, I can avoid them. If you are not sure what these are either keep a food journal or I can get you set up with a blood test.
Confession can be good. Only we can take control of our health and what that looks like. I am 62 and want to have the energy to live life at its best.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and may God bless you and your family.