For many people, the word "healthy" can create a feeling of overwhelm and stress. Most of us can agree that being healthy is a good thing and important, but on the other hand would also say that its complicated and unrealistic to maintain in daily life. I think there is a misconception that in order to maintain health, it has to be a hobby due to the perceived culture of the health community. Wellness does not have to be everyone's hobby, but it is everyone's responsibility. For this reason, I love showing others how to simplify overall wellness, making it sustainable and attainable resulting in a lifestyle, a default. We are the choice makers and managers of our bodies. They are gifts that we have been entrusted with! There is a lot that happens with health that we cannot control, but what we can control, let's do so with excellence. That means, making choices that allow our total body to thrive, and that includes not allowing bondage to food or fitness in any degree. My passion is to make "healthy" a lifestyle and not another box to check each day.
Navigating the pursuit of health can be confusing due to the vast amount of opinions, recommendations, and options. Everyone's health journey is unique, because you and your body are unique! My goal in 'A. Wellness Note' is to provide you with information in understandable terms that equips you to make knowledgable decisions for your health. I'll be balancing out the education with practical steps and goals each month. My hope is that, giving a month's time for each goal, these will build upon each other resulting in a lifestyle.
Each month will include seven categories that all have a specific purpose. Here's a little breakdown:
PREP IT DON’T SWEAT IT
You’ll receive a 1-2 week food prep plan. Food prep is the strategy of prepping elements of a meal – proteins, veggies, etc – to have them available to mix and match during the week as you please. This will not be an exact meal plan, but allows you to have clean, real food available to throw together when you are in a crunch.
FOOD IS FUEL
We all know that certain food is healthy or that we “should” be eating particular things. What we don’t know is the “why” behind it all. Let’s be honest, if you don’t know better, you probably won’t do better. The purpose of this category is to help increase your knowledge of what food does in and for your body.
WHAT THE HEALTH?
Big words, concepts, ideas, and supplements are thrown around in the health world making us feel overwhelmed because we feel like we should be following along, but we don’t understand them or why they are even important. This is where we will break down those things into everyday language, allowing you to understand it in a way that leaves you feeling equipped with knowledge for your unique health journey.
Having goals for wellness is good – they keep us on track and focused. However, they can be overwhelming when we make them too broad, complicated, or far-reaching. We will be focusing on one, simple goal a month. A month is a suitable time frame to alter priorities and habits, and when they start to build upon one another they can result in lifestyle change.
MORE THAN THE BOD
In order for overall health to be a lifestyle, the goal can’t just be about how you look. Positive body changes are a big plus when pursuing wellness, but in order for this to become a lifestyle, a new normal, a default, we must be sure that our mindset has been altered to approach fitness and nutrition in a healthy, sustainable way. We will address the heart and mind behind the pursuit of wellness.
LET’S GET PHYSICAL
There are so many amazing resources for workout plans and schedules, so I don’t need to recreate that here. However, I do believe that weight lifting/strength training is a key element missing in many people’s workout routine. Weight lifting is also one of the most popular topics I’m asked about on my Instagram concerning fitness. Each month, you’ll receive an upper body and lower body workout. This will avoid overwhelm and also allow you to build a library of weight lifting workouts.
You'll find bonus sections here and there that will be filled with additional practical tips, products I'm loving, or any extra info and insight that I think might benefit you in your wellness journey!