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About Healthy Living

"Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens."

Kahlil Gibran

Why we need a
new approach


however, our bodies don't know the difference. Whether you are being attacked by a T-rex or in a heated argument with your spouse, your body responds the same way. And so we find ourselves in a constant, chronic state of Reptile Brain.

Life is stressful.

Not only do we endure major stressors like death, moving, having children, changing jobs, divorce, etc...

We also endure minor stressors on a daily, sometimes hourly basis. Things like "will my child be bullied today?" "did my boss like my presentation?" "should I have eaten that cookie if I didn't get my morning walk?"... chronic stress is endemic in our society!

Stress triggers Reptile Brain.

Stress causes the body to respond as though it is under attack. The sympathetic nervous system releases adrenaline and cortisol, increases blood pressure, tenses muscles, decreases digestion... moreover, our rational mind gets turned off, and we enter a state of perpetual reaction (as opposed to responding)...this can be referred to as The Reptile Brain. When in a truly life-threatening situation, this response is needed!...

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The Whole Health Personal Program

Healthy Living starts with Mindfulness.

Mindfulness takes us out of Reptile Brain. It helps us identify our stress triggers and habits. It teaches us to respond instead of react. It slows down our lives just enough for us to recognize how our bodies respond to stress. And it allows for pauses large enough for us to take back control of our lives.

Mindfulness starts with Healthy Living.

When we adjust our lifestyle, even in almost imperceptible ways, our minds are stimulated. Like brushing your teeth with your non-dominant hand, new neurons get fired and the mind and body "wake up" to their surroundings. New neuropathways get formed, leading to new habits, fed by the stimulation of the body's response to a different choice.

Whole Health Coaching offers mindfulness and meditation training along with and as a supplement to new approaches to healthy living. Menu planning and prescriptive exercise routines can be explored as part of your custom experience; these are not, however, essential to the formula for success. Rather, you will be coached towards your healthiest life by exploring your whole self. Will you lose weight? Probably. Will you make healthier food choices? Almost definitely. But these will be side effects of the journey. It is a journey of self-discovery and a return to self-love and respect, where stress has its place but not the stage, where bodies are reinvigorated and minds are stimulated, where life is fully embraced and fully felt.

Whole Health is Mindfulness and Healthy Living.

So, what are you waiting for?!

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