Under my study as a Holistic Health Coach at Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the 4 tenets that we learn have a huge effect on our overall health & wellbeing are: careers, spirituality, physical activity & relationships. In addition to this, food has a huge impact on our wellbeing.
In our fast-paced world, it is easy to let one of these four areas fall down while others take centre stage.
Unhappy in a relationship?
Stuck in a career that is unfulfilling?
Lacking in physical activity?
Do you have an outlet beyond your family, friends, career & physical activity?
Spirituality could for you mean meditating, reading, bushwalking or even colouring in (the latest fad!). For me it’s reading every night – almost always fiction, something that is engaging but relaxing. I also love yoga, play hockey, & enjoy writing articles for my blog! I also enjoy trying new ingredients & making up recipes. It’s also ok to change what you enjoy, evolving your passions is a reflection of personal growth. In the last year, I have become more passionate about the environment, cutting down single use plastic & de-cluttering (hopefully to eventuate in minimalism).
Being a Health Coach does not replace a Doctor or Nutritionist. We try to get some balance in your life to achieve overall health & get to the root cause of issues. I love the analogy that if you have a pin tack in your foot, do you take a panadol or remove the tack?
In today’s society we often look for a quick fix which means masking the issue with a painkiller (when the cause could be muscular / stress / what we are eating). For example, a headache could be caused by sore muscles, which in turn is caused by stress. Don’t get me started on people who pop an indigestion pill when really they are just eating the wrong foods for their body.
I come from a family brimming with incredible Nurses & Doctors (as well as some of my closest friends) – their place in society is irreplaceable. Only recently my son had an infection that spread down both legs & needed antibiotics to heal. My younger son was born with a cyst near his eyebrow which needed to be surgically removed. My Dad had an emergency appendix removal last year. My Mum had a knee replacement last year. I opted to birth all three of my children in Hospital. You get the idea…
I feel passionate about my endeavours & practise what I preach. I want you to feel the same level of satisfaction & happiness when you succeed on an endeavour you set out to do -whether it’s to learn to cook, refine your diet, ditch single use plastic, leave an unhappy job, start a new sport, or work on a relationship.
I’m in the throes of reading a book called Pussy by Regena Thomashauer & ladies, she has really struck a chord when she tells you that every day you should do something that makes you feel happy – whether it’s playing some music you love, dressing in clothes that make you feel good, go for a walk on the beach & enjoy the sand between your toes & the sound of the waves; or eating foods that you feel nourishing you. To be totally clichéd – just do it!