So you’re ready to change your lifestyle
This week will be a little different from normal. We wont be talking specifically about hair.
So you’re ready to change your lifestyle?
I talk quite a bit about how hair and health are connected and i get countless inquiries on where to start when it comes to this. Whether its virtual or in person, i have many people that express that they are ready to change their lifestyle, not only so they can start to feel better, but because they want to see changes in their hair. Most believe that the place to start is FOOD! While that seems like the obvious answer, it is not always the case.
After being my own case study for the last 5 years or so, and working with clients. I have found that simply changing what I eat does not equate to a healthier lifestyle. In many ways, the negative coping skill are still there, but are manifested in other forms. I was still an emotional eater and didn’t know why. I lived in the mindset of all or nothing, I was obsessive, so i restricted my food, counted calories/macros/micros and sugar down to the gram, scrutinized my weight, i worked out like a maniac and after it all, and I isolated myself so that I wouldn’t be “tempted” to eat badly. I still wasn’t happy or healthy (mentally/emotionally) While my options, by way of food, may have been “healthier”, my behaviors and patterns were still toxic. On the outside, I looked really good and even felt good, physically. Unfortunately when I look back with more understanding eyes, none of it was for me. It was all to keep up appearances and once I started, I was afraid that if I fell off I’d be considered a failure and a fraud. I also felt like, at that point, its what people expected from me. Doing things for others and not myself has been a recurring pattern for me. And just because I was eating plant based, didn’t change that. Now, here I am, just about 6 years later, in therapy and feeling better than ever. And I havent had to count ONE single calorie to get here! Uncovering and dealing with certain issues and buried emotional trauma has been tough, but worth it.
Not addressing the psychological part of the lifestyle change can lead to feelings of shame and guilt. It also makes it easier to gravitate towards quick fixes and fad diets. In my coaching practices I encourage my clients to build a small network around them selves that help them to tailor a more customized approach to individual change.
Some of the professionals to consider in your network would be:
-primary medical doctor
When it comes to making lasting lifestyle changes or addressing certain habits/patterns/behaviors. It is extremely important to start with the MIND and to find out what your individual body needs to thrive. Understanding the psychology behind these things is what will help bring awareness to what you’re doing and hopefully lead to conscious decisions to make more lasting changes where applicable to your individual life.
Don’t let the world shame you into living off green smoothies and kale chips to solve all your health problems. Food, while its a good start, is not the only component to health and wellness.
As a stress, mindset and gut health coach. I can help point you in the right direction and offer weekly encouragement and accountability. Book your consultation today.