Welcome to Color Yourself Well! Here you can begin a journey to the happiest, healthiest life you desire. During our partnership we will explore aspects of your life that already make you happy and how to nurture them. We will discover aspects of your life that could make you happy with a different attitude about them and we will implement strategies to add more activities that you enjoy. I don’t yet know what that looks like for you- this is a highly individualized process. You will have to put in some work but I’m here along the way to give suggestions and guidance and provide the map for your trip. This is just a little insight into my philosophy on health.
I don’t claim to have all the answers. I don’t really claim to have any answers. But I’m a problem solver. Together with some effort we will solve the problem of your unhappy, unhealthy life.
While each program is totally individualized to you some of the principles we work with include nutrition, exercise and movement, stress management and mindfulness, play, self-esteem and worth and living unapologetically as your truest self.
When it comes to nutrition I believe we should eat as many whole foods as possible and avoid processed foods, even those processed foods with real, whole food ingredients. Just because a snack bar is raw or paleo or vegan does not mean it can replace the nutrients found in an actual whole food. Don’t fall into that trap like I have in the past. Foods should be nutrient dense and paired with other foods to get the most out of all of them. If this is a huge diet switch to you, you will quickly notice great changes in how you look and feel. If you have been eating mostly this way for a while and have hit a plateau it will take a little more work to notice those changes. That’s when we start working with adjusting energy balance and macronutrient ratios. Energy balance refers the amount of calories you take in versus the amount you burn while macronutrients are the proteins, fats and carbs that make up your total calorie intake. Some people respond better to high carb diets while others feel better on higher fat. I think once protein requirements are determined they should stay fairly constant and the other two macros should be manipulated. The tricky part of macronutrient ratios is to not neglect micronutrients, which are vitamins, minerals and other compounds you need in much smaller amounts but are key to so many bodily functions. These are typically most abundant in foods of bright colors like vegetables.
Exercise and movement may sound like interchangeable terms but they have very different purposes. Movement is much more basic and broad. Walking, hiking, dancing, stretching, cooking, cleaning- anything that isn’t sitting down is movement. As much of your day as possible should be some form of movement. If you sit for your job you should be incorporating movement no less than twice an hour. Exercise in my opinion is more structured and planned with a goal in mind. Exercise is a routine you follow for the specific purpose of improving cardiovascular heath, gaining strength or muscle mass, burning fat, improving at a sport or skill. Both are vital to health and both should be enjoyable. What I find enjoyable may not be fun to you. What you enjoy now might one day become torture. Once you understand the fundamentals of what your body needs and what is required for certain goals, you can change your routine when things get stale.
Stress management is the hardest to talk about in broad terms as far as techniques and approaching it. So I’m not really going to. I like coloring and yoga and rubbing my dog’s head like a stressball and going outside and dancing. We will use some of these modalities but if they aren’t for you we will modify!
Living unapologetically as your truest self and improving self-esteem, self-worth, self-image, self-talk- it can go one of two ways. It can all fall into place as you balance your nutrition and movement and stress or you can lose touch with yourself as you make those changes and have to work twice as hard to love yourself. The latter happened to me. Either way we will get through it and you will come out the most bodacious, boss babe you can be!
You might not need work in all of these areas. We will look at the overall picture of your life and focus most heavily on what you choose and make small changes and tweaks to areas that you are already doing well in.