Health Is More Than Eating Nutritious Food

Health is more than eating nutritious food. It’s about the choices we make every day. Exercise or sit home and watch television? How about that invitation from friends to get together? Join them or stay home and read a book? And, lazy Sunday mornings when faced with a choice of staying in bed or getting up and heading out to an inspirational message at church? What about financial decisions? Stay in this job or leave? Does the money justify the stress? Health is more than eating nutritious food; it’s about the choices we make every day.

Do you know the answers to the questions above? Let’s take them one at a time:

  1. Exercise or sit home watching television. That depends on what’s been going on in your life. If you’ve been exercising regularly, and you’ve had a difficult, busy, crazy day, then sitting at home and watching a mindless television show might be the perfect choice. If you’ve been sitting at home watching mindless television for weeks, months, and years on end, turn off the TV and get moving!
  2. Going out with friends or staying home. Have you been out with friends several times this week? Then it’s a good idea to stay home. Some people like spending time alone, and if you’ve chosen to be alone most of the week, then going out with friends is probably a better choice. Building and nurturing relationships is valuable. Friendship and laughter can be the best medicine. Find a happy balance between solitude and activity. This goes for outgoing, party-loving people as well … Too little solitude and you’re likely to lose track of who you are and where you want to go. Go out and have fun, but make time for quiet as well.
  3. Stay home or go to church. Yeah. Luxuriate with a latte and newspaper while still sleepy-faced and in your jams, or dressed properly for church and out the door, coffee in hand? I’m sure you’ve caught on by now that the theme of the day is balance. There are days when sleepy-face with a latte wins out. I pick one day a week to give myself the gift of nothing scheduled in the morning because an unscheduled morning is one of my favorite things, and sometimes the only day available is Sunday, but I do try to make it to Unity Church of Overland Park because the message is so often pertinent to whatever is going on in my life at the time. If you choose the latte and sleepy-face over church on a regular basis, think about finding a church that has a message that resonates with your soul. It can be a life-changer.
  4. Financial decisions. I’ve been fortunate to have had the opportunity of getting hooked on big salaries and benefits packages, but have recognized the mental and spiritual cost of staying in those positions before spending got out of hand. (I was a Market Researcher at a major pharmaceutical company. Their lack of ethics was evident even in the 90s.)I always had a sense of financial responsibility (osmosis! my mother was a bookkeeper) I was able to take lower-paying positions that suited my lifestyle better because my house payment was reasonable and I had very little debt. (Not that the high salary wasn’t tempting!)
    It’s never easy to walk away from a good-paying position, and in this economy it’s not a good idea to walk away from any position without another one lined up. If you’re unhappy in your current career situation, look for ways to improve it. If you decide you need to change your position, and you’re not in a financial position to make the change, work on a budget plan that will get you where you need to be. In the meantime, are there opportunities at work to improve your situation?
    Whether you are able to change careers or are trying to improve the situation you’re in, identify what you love about your work and what you don’t, and what hobbies you enjoy. What is it that interests you? After you’ve worked with these questions, use your answers to help you find a career path that fits you. Listen to your intuition–Let your gut be your guide!
    Basically, that’s how I decided on my new career as a Health Coach and began training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. It began when I realized that my boss would eventually move on, and I had no idea what my position would look like when he left, so I decided to be proactive and figure out what I wanted to do. I identified what I love about my current job: problem solving, talking with people and making their day better, being part of a group, and the diversity of people I meet. Outside of work I love my continuing journey to better health, and have always been crazy curious about nutriton, health and fitness. We spend so much of our time at work that it’s time to realize we can take control of what our work looks like.

Health is so much more than nutritious food, and a Health Counselor is so much more than healthy recipes. For more information on how a Health Coach can help you, go to


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