Living on Adrenaline

Just the other day I was visiting someone in the hospital and I drove around for twenty five minutes looking for a parking space. The hospital was packed. The rooms were completely filled. I was overwhelmed with how many sick people there were in my community and this was just one of the two hospitals near me. My heart goes out to each and everyone of them and the universe continues to pull me to make a change.

Holistic Health and Nutrition are far more popular today than ever before. More and more people are turning to nutrition and food to heal their bodies. Yet, we are still facing a crisis in both men and women’s health. It’s time we get to the bottom of it. It is time to look deeper into the “why”.

Both men and women today are living a frantic double shift of work day and night. We are working twice as many hours as our ancestors. I’m witnessing this with both my male and female clients. They are overwhelmed with emails, afraid to take vacation for fear of more work when they return, not saying “No” for fear of what people may think. We are living on adrenaline trying to be all things to all people. And its taking a toll on our health. Its affecting our partners, our children, our siblings, and parents.

So why do we do it? Because we care. It comes from a very beautiful place. We deeply care about the ones we love and want to please them. It’s because we have such beautiful hearts. For some, it’s because a long time ago we made up a story that we were not good enough the way we are. We aren’t pretty enough, slim enough, tall enough, smart enough, on time enough, etc. We spend our lives trying to please everyone so they never have to feel rejected or unloved. Trying to be all things to all people can have physical, mental and emotional consequences.

But is not just the multiple health consequences of living this way thats concerning. Its that we live our life so out of touch with our beautiful hearts. And, lost in a cloud of false belief that we aren’t enough. Too many people have lost their sense of place in this world. too many people have lost their purpose.

But the return to that sense of place is possible. A return to true presence, to true connection with our bodies and with one another. A place where there is gratitude, a place where there is calm, no anxiety, no migraines, no lack of sleep, no depression. It is time for a positive internal transformation. And that time needs to begin RIGHT NOW.

We have about 50 trillion cells in our body. The way they work is to communicate with each other. And they way they communicate is through nutrients. They get these nutrients through food. And when we live life this fast paced and full of adrenaline we compromise the way we nourish ourselves.  We aren’t getting enough nutrients for these basic biochemical processes to function. This could effect our happiness, stress reduction, ability to sleep or your ability to burn body fat. Thus, leading to weight gain and other health issues.

So what drives us in our fast paced world we created for ourselves? Adrenaline (caffeine), stress and pressure.  If you don’t believe you are enough you will live your life like you don’t have enough. You will constantly be in pursuit of having and gaining more and more.  True happiness will never be met. By doing this you put your body in a stress response, releasing many chemical reactions that lead to hormone imbalances and symptoms. Often we turn to caffeine, alcohol, and other quick fixes to help. But, this does the opposite. By bringing balance back in to our bodies, we can begin to bring balance into our life, and vise versa.

It’s time to love ourselves first. We’ve all heard that we have to help ourselves before we can be of service to others. It’s true. We need to be present with ourselves to truly be present with the ones we love.  So take a breath, slow down and stop trying to be all things to all people and be present for the ones who matter. Especially YOU.

My mission is to educate and inspire and enhance your health and happiness, and to create a ripple effect that transforms you, your family, your friends and the world.

LOts of LOve,

Lauren

The Missing Link in Nutrition

As a Holistic Nutrition Coach I always felt there was something missing in my approach to helping people. For some people there were a few nutritional tweaks but for others it wasn’t so easy. Although I had great results, it seemed so superficial at times. Deep down I felt there was more to health than what we put in our bodies.  Believe me, I am extremely passionate about what we put in our bodies, but my gut was telling me there is more to the story of good health.

It wasn’t long after that I discovered the psychology of eating and became a Certified Eating Psychology Coach. This was the game changer. This was the answer I’ve been searching for!

Eating psychology helped me connect with my clients on a deeper level. Many health issues like depression, anxiety, fatigue and digestive issues, weight gain or inability to lose weight are not always directly related to diet. What’s going on emotionally is equally important. Helping people find much needed pleasure, happiness in life is one of the best things about my job. That alone can alleviate unwanted symptoms, and combined with a healthy diet and lifestyle, It’s complete nourishment.

But the ultimate reward is guiding those to their purpose in life, and teaching them how to love and except the beautiful being they are. With this happiness follows, and the body goes into a relaxation response. When we are in a relaxation response we heal emotionally and physically.  To see the personal transformation one makes in my office is so rewarding! I get to witness some beautiful journeys. Finding your passion or calling in this world can have profound affects on your health. This is my purpose on earth and with the exception of my children, fills my soul like nothing else. Although improving one’s health through various holistic and nutritional approaches is something I am passionate about, Eating Psychology is the icing on the cake!

Bringing mind, body and soul together through physical and emotional nutritional strategies, is a cutting edge approach to health.  It’s the missing link in nutrition. So if your having unwanted symptoms and your feeling confused because you feel your doing it all right, maybe its time to take a deeper look into where life is calling you. What’s life asking of you? How and why is your body getting your attention?

As important as these can be, there is more to life than being “Vegan” or “Gluten Free”.  At least I’d like to think so.

LOts of LOve,

Lauren

Welcome To My Blog!

Whenever I speak to people about what I do, they are always intrigued by “Eating Psychology” and how it can relate to health.  So I thought I would post about this first.

What is Eating Psychology?

Often times, eating challenges and health challenges are connected to work, money issues, relationships, family, intimacy, life stress and so much more. By working on the places more relevant and personal to you, success is easily achieved. Mind Body Nutrition advances the practice of clinical nutrition by exploring the psychophysiology of how thoughts, feelings, and beliefs impact nutritional metabolism and health.  It goes far beyond classic nutrition by focusing on the fascinating connections between the brain, and the body, and behavior.

Simply put, WHAT we eat is only half of the story of good nutrition. The other half is who we are as eaters. Mind Body Nutrition reveals how stress physiology, the relaxation response, breathing, awareness, pleasure, meal timing and much more, influence digestion, and calorie burning. And, it offers practical results oriented strategies for the most commonly seen health issues of our times.

Eating Psychology is an empowering and transformational approach that is designed for anyone who eats. Each one of us has a fascinating and ever changing relationship with food. Eating Psychology concerns the primary importance of this relationship. Our relationship with food often mimics our relationship with life. It also affirms that our relationship with food has important lessons to teach us if we choose to listen.

Eating Psychology is a place where we can fully explore some of the personal dimensions that impact food, weight, and various health related concerns.

What is your relationship with food like? Is it similar to your relationship with life?

LOts of LOve,

Lauren