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Life is full of little adjustments.

 

This week I reached out to a client because I did not receive his details for the week. He told me that his work partner was out of the office and nothing he normally did could happen so he just threw in the towel and was starting over the next week. As I was paddle boarding on the last day of our vacation, it was windy and there were lots of boats in the area. I was having to constantly change the side I was paddling on to adjust for the wind. I had to move from my feet to my knees on several occasions to keep from falling away due to the boat wake. All of these little adjustments reminded me that this is life. There are lots of moving parts that need constant adjustments to either keep us on track or get us back on track. If you have ever been in a canoe, kayak, or sail boat you will understand the constant changes that are made to adjust. When you drive a car, small adjustments of the steering wheel are being made every few seconds to stay in the middle of the road. After years of experience you don’t even notice these adjustments, because they become automatic. The more you practice adjusting to the changes the more automatic they will become. Learning how to make adjustments easily is a skill that can be used in every aspect of life. If work problems happen and you can’t leave the office for lunch, you adjust by asking a coworker to pick up lunch since they are going out anyway. You make the protein shake you have stored in your desk as a backup and make sure to pack your lunch tomorrow in case the same thing happens. Your baby sitter quits and now you are left to find a new sitter quickly. You call in a few favors with friends and family so you  have time to research a new sitter.  There is always a way to solve the problem. It does not have to be perfect, it just needs to be progress.

 

If you are ready to learn how to make those little adjustments automatic to improve your health and quality of life then contact me at backtobasicsjody@gmail.com or complete the contact form at www.foodisenergy.com

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When did food become confusing ?

In the past few weeks I have had multiple conversations with both men and women on the topic of food relationships. When did eating for a healthy body become so confusing ? If you were born in the 60’s and 70’s then you have spent a lifetime being brainwashed with the media on what is considered healthy. One day eggs are healthy, then they were not. Butter was good, then it was bad. Fats were thought to make people fat, then came along the non fat trend and Americans became even more unhealthy. Convenience became the big push when both parents went into the work force. if you were born in the 80’s and 90’s you grew up when the snack food and frozen food sections grew just as fast as the number of fast food restaurants. If you were born in the 2000’s then you grew up with all the conveniences you could ever imagine and had to learn self control from the very beginning. The reason food is so confusing is due to a few reasons :

  1. The results from various studies are often misleading. These studies often look at foods in a vacuum rather than part of an entire diet.
  2. Every person is unique and so are their nutritional needs
  3. The quality of our food supply has changed over the past 40 years
  4. The food offerings have changed drastically over the past 40 years with convenience being the driving factors
  5. Medications are given to children at a younger age altering their gut health and immune system

The first step in improving ones health is to learn to have a good relationship with food. Food is energy, not the enemy. The number of food sensitivities and allergies continues to grow. I work with clients every day who have difficulty processing certain foods and ingredients. Consuming foods closest to their natural state is ideal with little or minimum processing. When foods are processed they are typically stripped of their natural nutrients and often have these lost nutrients added back in . Although the food companies are trying to add the nutrients back in that are lost it is not possible to match them in their natural state.

If you are ready to  improve your relationship with food to understand the best foods for your body, contact me today for your free health assessment at www.foodisenergy.com or call 316-650-9437.

 

This article was written by Jody Vinson, IIN certified Nutrition Health Coach & ACE Certified Personal Trainer.

 

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Midlife Crisis – It’s never late to improve your health

 

 

Midlife crisis by definition is an emotional crisis of identity and self-confidence that can occur in early middle age. Most people agree this is the age between 40-55 years of age. Women often struggle to understand what their role is if they have been the primary caregiver and now they are empty nesters. Men often reevaluate their career and relationships at this time. The one thing that both sexes typically agree on is that this is a time when their health becomes more important. Your body is going through some normal changes that may be causing problems. Menopause can be the trigger for women where men go through changes typically associated with less muscle mass and more body fat. The habits you had in the past are finally catching up and your body has had enough. Health becomes a priority but where do you start? Many people find themselves 20, 50, 100 + pounds overweight which can be overwhelming. Some people can clearly remember their younger selves as the high school or college athlete with a strong and flexible body. Life hits hard with job responsibilities, family, relocations and even caring for parents. Today’s demanding life with the convenience of technology forces many people to feel like they are on call 24/7.

Getting started is the most difficult part. Checking your ego at the door and being open and honest are the most important tools when embarking on your health journey. What you thought you knew may not be as accurate as you think. As a health coach and personal trainer my job is to be up to date on the most recent studies coming from the medical community. Every person is different so when you read about a program that may have been highly successful for one person but is not working for you, it does not mean you are doing anything wrong, it might not be the right program for you. On the flip side change takes time. If it was easy and fast everybody would be doing it. Anything that requires multiple habit changes will take commitment, consistency, and time. It is never too late to improve your health, so start today.

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Losing weight is not the problem, maintaining it is

If you ask an adult that wants to lose weight if they have been successful at losing weight in the past the answer will be an astounding YES. Most adults are able to stick to a “diet” to lose weight for a set number of weeks or to reach a goal such as a wedding or a big birthday celebration. The difficult part is not losing the weight but knowing how to live a full life and maintain the weight loss. As we get older the methods of exercising more and eating smaller portions no longer works. The biggest differences as we age are the changes that occur naturally as part of the aging process. Understanding the factors that affect weight loss and knowing how to adjust them to allow for a good quality of life can be challenging. Hormones such as testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, Vitamin D, and insulin are large factors in the recipe for weight loss. As a personal trainer there are many benefits to physical fitness, but large amounts of weight loss for most people is not typical especially when you are over the age of 40. If your body is balanced hormonally then your body will respond differently to certain foods versus the person that is insulin resistance and Vitamin D deficient. The maintenance phase is where you show yourself that you have the ability to have a good quality of life on your terms. Contact me today if you want to learn more.

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Make every day like Hair Day

Every woman I talk to loves when they have their hair appointment. Something about a fresh cut, style, and maybe even color to make you feel your best. What is it about hair day that makes the day all better ? Someone is pampering you by washing your hair with just the right amount of pressure and massage. All you have to do is sit in the beauty chair and let someone fuss all over you. The end product is perfectly styled hair and a relaxed client ready to take on the world. How do you duplicate the feeling of stepping out of the beauty salon when you leave your house every morning ? The first step is to show yourself some self love by taking a few extra minutes in the morning to wake up properly, not like you are being shot out of a cannon. Savor the smell, taste, and warmth of your morning coffee or tea. Take the time to have a nutritious breakfast, pack your lunch and walk out the door ready to tackle whatever the day throws at you. 5 minutes could make the difference in the morning between a great day or running out the door with a protein bar in your pocket and a frozen meal in your hand for lunch. It does not have to take a lot of time, but it should be purposeful. Taking a few minutes to show yourself that you care by planning for a successful day can be as simple as 1 (take a few deep breaths when you are getting ready in the morning), 2 enjoy a nutritious meal to start the day, and 3 plan for a successful day by having all your ducks in a row from packing lunch, making sure to have the proper paperwork, computer, etc. to succeed that day. Start each day on your terms with the intention of having a great day.

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What did 2018 teach you ?

Every year it is natural to reflect on the previous year and look forward to the following year. Some people make resolutions or goals for the next year. This year how about trying a different approach? Instead of going through the same process and ending up with the same results, let’s look at it in a new way. Let’s take a common situation such as the New Year’s Diet. Each year millions of people start on their New Year’s diet to shed the pounds they gained over the holidays as well as the pounds that have accumulated over the last 20 years. A fad diet is not going to fix it, but it can be a start if you have a different mindset. Everybody is in a different stage of change, but if you have a timeframe such as 30, 60 or even 90 days to be “good” then you can go back to your old habits you will be in the same situation next year at this time and probably have even more weight to lose. You may have even picked up other problems such as diabetes, high cholesterol or thyroid problems. Instead of making excuses this year, make plans. Learn what makes you tick and work within those boundaries. Understand what you are willing to give up and what you are not. You are a continuous work in progress and perfection is not the goal but consistency is. Look at this next year as a time to learn and apply this new knowledge to your best investment, YOU.

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Rome was not built in a day

Rome was not built in a day……..

 

When starting any new health program ,the challenges typically start with what you ARE willing to do versus the things you are NOT willing to do . Both of these concepts both start with discipline, funny how that works. Many of my clients beat themselves up for the habits they may not be willing to change. This may include eating certain foods, amount of time allocated to sleep, etc. Instead of looking at the short falls I would rather focus on the positive changes that are being made such as reducing the amount of processed foods, the increase in water consumption, and the mental shift to focusing on the aspects that affect your health. Little changes happen every day which equal big changes over time.  I have a client that constantly reminds me that Rome was not built in a day. As a health coach and personal trainer, I help clients to see the positive changes they are making and if they are struggling then we troubleshoot these challenges together. Some people can easily get in their workouts because they enjoy the feeling they get after each session, but struggle to make those other lifestyle changes that will give them better results in the gym. Others can change their nutrition, but have a difficult time adding exercise to their schedule. Everybody has their own challenges but learning how to fit all the pieces together to reach your goals CAN be an enjoyable and valuable learning experience with the right coach. There is no reason to fight the battle alone. Contact me today at www.foodisenergy.com or call/text me directly at 316-650-9437 to set up your FREE health assessment today. You don’t want to go through another holiday season dodging family pictures, being confused on what to eat, and not understanding what is going on in your body. Make the next 12 weeks the time you changed your outlook on your health once and for all.

 

Sincerely, Your coach Jody Vinson

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New Season = New Challenges

Every time the seasons change there are new obstacles to overcome. Fall brings changes in temperature, new foods in season, Football Season begins and new shows start up on tv. Are you one of those people that did great in the summer with your healthy living plan, but when cooler weather hits you abandon all those habits you created and fall into cheese dip and beer while watching your favorite football teams. When the weather changes the other big obstacle is allergies. Fall can be tough on people that suffer from allergies such as mold and ragweed. If your body is full of processed junk then it is inflamed and not able to fight off the histamine reaction your body has to protect itself. If you are eating more nutrient rich foods, getting adequate sleep, staying hydrated and building muscle then you are better armed to keep the effects of the environment far away from you. Certain foods are better at fighting the fall allergies than others. Eating foods that are natural antihistamines such as apples, onion, and garlic are a great way to feel better by using food as medicine. Start using food the way nature intended.

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The dangers of low caloric diets

I am seeing a trend with my female clients for very low calorie diets. They are not trying to consume a low number of calories on purpose, but that is what is happening. The only tools most people have when it comes to losing weight are to exercise more and eat less. At certain times in your life that works, but for the majority of women over the age of 35 that does not work and can even cause damage. The first problem is a lowered resting metabolic rate which means you are burning less calories at rest. The next problem is that your body steals energy from somewhere in your body because it needs a certain amount to make this machine of a body run. Where does it get it from ? It varies from person to person but in my experience I am finding that it tends to use up muscle tissue. I have noticed that these ladies consuming a low calorie diet are also having a larger number of injuries from hair line fractures (the famous boot) as well as muscle strains and sprains. It may partly due to the fact that the cognitive function is impaired (fuzzy brain) and the number of trips, falls, and ditsy moves are increasing. I also believe it is due to a diet lacking in valuable vitamins and nutrients so the muscles, bones, and other body tissues are less strong. When I am improve my client’s diets they have more energy, improved sleep quality, better recovery, and improved body composition. All of these benefits are from the change in caloric intake and food choices. Is it rocket science ? No, but it is consistent changes that make a HUGE difference in how my clients feel and perform every day. We have been brainwashed for years that fat is bad, carbs are bad, grilled meat is bad, eggs are bad, butter is bad, blah, blah, blah !!! I don’t blame the medical profession for these guidelines, but it is time for change. We have to look at what we DO know is true and then start looking at how each of our individual bodies respond. We know that we need a combination of protein, fats, and carbs, but the exact amounts will vary based on several factors. We know that whole foods are better than processed foods. We know that exercise is beneficial and some form can be done by everyone. We need to stop overanalyzing everything and do what we know on a CONSISTENT basis while tracking our process.

 

If you want a certified health coach and personal trainer  that will call you out on your excuses, help you trouble shoot your challenges, and celebrate your successes I would love to work with you. If you want a coach to fix all your problems without having to put in any effort, don’t call me because I am not the coach for you. If you are serious about making some changes and truly improving your health so you can enjoy this 1 life you were given then call me anytime. Here is my cell phone 316-650-9437 so no excuses.

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Healthy does not have to be painful

I work with both men and women to get them feeling their best. Most people think in order to improve their health it has to be a painful regiment of exhausting workout sessions and flavorless foods. This is very far from the truth. The biggest obstacle is understanding what each individual person needs at this time in their life. Men and women are completely different animals when it comes to nutritional needs and for women their needs change throughout the month when they are having fluctuations in hormones. The first step is to determine where you are in during your health journey and stages of change. There is very important as it helps to set the expectations so you can feel empowered by your successes rather than defeated. Before you jump on that next restrictive diet that will not result in long term success contact me for your own personal health history so we can develop a long term success plan together. Send an email to backtobasicsjody@gmail.com with the header – Painless Healthy Plan