Think Healthy Eating and Exercise Are Enough? Think Again!

Friday, October 29, 2010 by Guest Bloggers
Guest blog post writen by Debi Silber, MS, RD, WHC "The Mojo Coach"

Think healthy eating and exercise are enough? While they’re definitely steps in the right direction, it’s not enough in order to look, feel and live your best.

Have you ever noticed how you may be eating well but a stressful situation encourages you to binge? Maybe you’ve lost energy and enthusiasm for your current exercise routine because of struggles within your relationships. If this sounds familiar, here’s why.

While we’re all unique, our needs fall within six areas and it’s when these areas are strengthened that we look, feel and live our best. These six areas are:
  • Nutrition/maintain weight loss
  • Fitness
  • Stress control
  • Emotional health
  • Relationship wellness
  • Spirituality
This is why a one-size-fits-all approach to health and wellness doesn’t work. It’s only when we strengthen the areas that we struggle with most do we create lasting change and improved health and wellness.

Let’s start with nutrition/maintain weight loss. It’s important to discover what causes your eating struggles in the first place. Is it your choices, your portions or your habits? Ask yourself questions to find out if healthier options or preplanning would help. With your portions, are you “super sizing,” “economy sizing” or “value-mealing?” With your eating habits, are you eating emotionally, binging, socially or mindlessly eating? Are you using food to find comfort, soothe, numb, calm or relax? When you’ve identified what drives your eating behaviors you’re able to move towards creating healthier habits.

Next, take a look at your “fitness personality.”
What motivates you to work out? Have you found an exercise routine you enjoy? Do your workouts bring results? Have you created the perfect workout plan for you, based on your current fitness level, your needs, goals, budget and time?

Next, take a look at your stress. While your level of stress may not change, the way you react to it certainly can. For example, picture two people sitting in traffic. It’s the same event for both but one driver may be catching up on phone calls, listening to music and enjoying some time alone to unwind, while the other may be cursing, banging on the steering wheel and drowning in a sea of stress induced hormones. It’s the same situation for both, but it’s their perspectives that create health and wellness...or illness and disease.

It’s also important to take a look at your relationships.
Supportive, nurturing, positive relationships are actually good for best natural health! The love, support and friendship we get from these relationships have been found to strengthen our immune system, similar to immune health vitamins, which offers total body protection.

Negative relationships on the other hand cause significant physical, mental and emotional wear and tear. If your goal is to become your personal best, it’s crucial to see how those in your life are contributing towards your goal.

Finally, take a look at your spirituality.
What brings you joy, passion and purpose? What are your unique gifts, strengths and talents? Are you pursuing these things and if not…why?

While healthy eating and exercise are vital to looking, feeling and living your best, true health and wellness involves nurturing your total body, mind and spirit.

Debi Silber, MS, RD, WHC The Mojo Coach is a Registered Dietitian with a Master's in Nutrition. She's a Personal Trainer, Whole Health Coach, speaker and author of The Lifestyle Fitness Program: A Six Part Plan So Every Mom Can Look, Feel and Live Her Best (recommended by Parenting Magazine and Jack Canfield, Co-Author the Best Selling Chicken Soup for the Soul series and The Success Principles). See more from Debi at TheMojoCoach.com.
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