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How I Healed my immune system & quit getting sick. Part One

This is the first in an 8-part journey toward a healthier immune system and a healthier you. Getting healthy was what led me to go back to school to become a certified health coach. I love helping people see that it doesn’t have to be complicated, and they don’t have to change everything at once. Focus on a couple of small things a month and, one step at a time, you’ll begin to ache less, have more energy, be more focused … and your immune system will be doing a happy dance!

In my experience, no one journey is the same. Test ideas and if they don’t work, we can look for another solution.

Part One: I Fed the Critters in My Gut the Food They Thrive On

I used to have horrible allergies and caught colds and bronchitis regularly. I’ve even had pneumonia a few times. Now? I can’t remember when the last cold was, but it didn’t sink into my chest leaving me gasping for air, coughing, wheezing, sweating one minute and chills the next. And, it was gone in two days!

Allergies? I occasionally get itchy eyes and sneeze, but no wheezing or asthma in years! The eye thing tends to happen when one of my neighbors uses fabric softener sheets. I still have issues with perfumes and chemicals, but I don’t think that’s an over-reactive immune system, rather a healthy one … it knows those chemicals are bad for us!

Add in to crowd out! The founder of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Joshua Rosenthal, has taught this concept since 1992, long before the explosion of interest in wellness went mainstream. That’s where I went to school and learned the concept.

Americans really do love junk food and that makes it hard to stick to a healthy plan. Everywhere you look there’s a decadent photograph of unhealthy food!

So, instead of changing everything at once, choose to go slow and start by adding in one thing that’s good for you. You might try adding in an apple. (I love a good Gala!) Think about how happy you’ll make your body when you toss in the thousands of eensy teensy micronutrients in that apple … I guarantee you’re not getting them in your multivitamin!

Want to take it to the next level? Eat a handful of nuts with the apple. Whoa! Now, you’ve created an amazing burst of nutrition the likes of which have been unknown to your cells! Clean protein! Healthy fat! Fiber!!! Your microbiome will be feasting!

Microbiome is the term for the trillions of bacteria, bacteriophage, fungi, protozoa and viruses that live in your gut. Keep in mind that there is a well-orchestrated balance of good guys and bad guys in your microbiome. The good guys love the nutrients and fiber from plants, and we want a LOT of the good guys!

Overly processed and chemically-laden foods (artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners, artificial colors, and a ton of other additives) do NOT support healthy gut flora.

How does this impact your immune system? Your gut, and its critters, is the seat of your immune system’s soul. By feeding it with clean, real food you are making your immune system happy by supporting the good guys and challenging the bad ones.

A happy immune system is much more likely to step up and do its job of recognizing and destroying intruders. Rather than focus on ‘boosting’ your immune system, it’s helpful to think of it as bringing into balance. You don’t want an over- or under-reactive immune system. In one case it unleashes a defense system that attacks your own healthy cells (autoimmune), pollen or peanuts (for example). In the case of an under-reactive system, not much of a defense is launched and we catch colds, bronchitis, strep, pneumonia, etc.

Back to ‘adding in.’ Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables is the key. Different varieties of plants feed different critters. Some might like the hundreds or thousands of nutrients in an apple and others the nutrients in strawberries or blueberries. Spinach might feed one type, while celery feeds another. The fiber in raspberries may be the perfect food for that little guy in the corner.

Here are some ideas for how to add in good food:

  • Have a tray of veggies with dip out on the table while preparing dinner. It’s the only thing you and the family can munch on before dinner.  Have celery and carrot sticks, cauliflower and broccoli, cherry tomatoes and radishes already washed and sliced. You can also have dips such as guacamole or salsa … even ranch.
  • When you cook at home more often you control the quality of ingredients. Notice I said more, not exclusively.
  • If you don’t know how to cook, try borrowing a kid’s cookbook from the library. They have great basics! Chop! Chop! is a great magazine that is designed for families to learn how to cook healthy foods. Check it out! chopchopfamily.org
  • Try the nuts and fruit above instead of a candy bar. I know the feeling when the vending machine starts calling my name … having raisins and nuts nearby can make all the difference whether it’s in your desk drawer, purse, or the console of your car.
  • A quick run through the grocery store for a rotisserie chicken and salad is a better choice than burgers or tacos from a fast food restaurant. Try adding something you’ve never eaten before to the salad. Oh, come on … Just put a bit on the side!

So much of the time, articles about eating healthy remark on how expensive it can be. It’s true that a burrito from Amy’s is more expensive than a Hot Pocket, but when you learn how to prepare simple things yourself, you cut the cost drastically.

Beans and whole grains are cheap. Buy organic from the dirty dozen list and buy the clean fifteen conventionally. Be aware that the list changes from year to year, so check back occasionally.

Give your immune system the nutrition it needs by adding in something healthy every week or month and crowding out the things that disrupt it. You will be on the way to creating the next best version of yourself … All painlessly and one step at a time!

If you’d like more ideas on how to add in the good stuff and crowd out the bad, check out my book, No Kale Required: Healthy Eating Ideas for the Rest of Us.

If you’d like to arrange a free health conversation, click here, or fill out the contact me at the top of the page.

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The Health Coach Learns a Thing or Two

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As a coach, I am always on a quest to gain ever more insight into both personal and professional growth. So, recently I read the book The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan and listened to over 30 episodes of Geoff Woods’ The One Thing podcast. I immediately recognized how their program would improve the outcome of my approach to wellness; Choose one thing to change, make it simple, do it until it’s a habit, then choose the next change.

The One Thing program added fuel to my One Simple Change philosophy! They recommend setting a time on your calendar when you focus only on that change, and track it for 66 days! Only then do you choose your next thing. They recommend choosing something that will make everything else easier or unnecessary. Just so you know, it’s often not the first thing you choose, but as you move through the process, an awareness grows and you wonder why you didn’t see it from the beginning! (No snickers from the peanut gallery when you hear my Ah Ha! moment!)

I journal every day. It’s been my practice for over ten years and has led me to new levels of self-awareness. However, it sometimes takes awhile. 😉 My first 66-Day Challenge was to plan what I’ll eat during the week on Saturday, shop and cook over the weekend, then each morning plan my day’s food by putting it into my tracking app. (I use Carb Manager, but My Fitness Pal works great as well.)

I printed out my 66-Day Challenge chart, stuck it on the fridge, and found some gold stickers … I was pumped! I started on September 1st and did it religiously for several days! Trouble was … I didn’t follow the plan!

Ah Ha! … I now have TWO 66-Day Challenge charts on the fridge: One is for creating the plan and the other is for FOLLOWING the plan! I now have gold stars on both, and the result? The weight loss stall that I was experiencing is over and I’ve added 3 pounds to the loss column!

I have to follow a low-oxalate, diary free, gluten free diet. I’m sure you can imagine that my food list is restrictive. Recently, despite my former edict that Keto was the devil, I decided that my food list would probably work best within the framework of a Clean Keto plan (I was close to it anyway) and it’s been working quite well for me. I don’t experience cravings, have tons of energy, no longer feel like an afternoon nap is necessary, my fasting blood sugar is in the 80’s (it used to be 102) and to date I’ve lost over 14 pounds.

More importantly is the sense of calm that I feel. The lack of cravings is totally unreal! I can sit with friends, surrounded by chips and salsa, bread on the table, or the most delectable-looking desserts and I DO NOT CRAVE THEM! I am no longer eating after dinner and that allows my body to rest better at night. I learned that I don’t need to be full or worried about the next time I will eat because my blood sugar is stable. I feel calm.

Speaking of going out with friends, there are Keto-friendly alcohols. Not that I indulge often, but a flavored vodka with plain soda water, dry white or red wine, or a whiskey on the rocks … yup!

In The One Thing, they compare your one thing to the lead domino … knock it down and all the dominoes behind it fall down seemingly without effort. Strangely, because of my one thing, creating a meal plan, I am better able to focus on everything else in my day. My office is more organized, my home is more organized, this blog got written … I do not feel like I’m crazy busy chasing things every moment. I know it sounds a little strange, but my entire being, mental and physical has relaxed. The dominoes keep falling!

Prior to Clean Keto and the One Thing, I ate a primarily Mediterranean Diet and when I tried to lose weight I was overcome with cravings and could barely move the scale. If there was a chip in front of me, I was going to eat it. I couldn’t stay out of gluten even knowing it wasn’t good for me.

Today, I eat better quality EVERYTHING, in the right proportions, and find it quite simple. I cook meals that I’ve always made, minus the heavy carbohydrates.

Oh, and I take my Juice Plus+ Blends every single day! Those capsules, brimming with over 30 varieties of fruits, berries and vegetables, add to my nutrition in such a big way … I would never go without them!

Here’s a sampling of my week: pastured organic chicken cacciatore, mashed cauliflower, broccoli with butter, wild caught salmon with butter, garlic and lemon, organic grass fed steak, organic grass fed meatloaf, cabbage soup made with organic grass fed ground beef, pastured organic chicken wings, blueberries and organic cream, homemade waffles with no-sugar-added ice cream, organic pumpkin seeds, raw coconut butter, and coffee with organic cream.

I’ll update you as I go along and let you know how things are progressing. I am hopeful that everything will continue to get better and better!

Would you like to learn more about how to identify your One Thing? Would you like to learn more about what diet might be a solution for you? Please fill out the contact form and I’ll get back with you.

You can get the book for free by listening to the podcast. You’ll get a PDF of the book by following the simple directions. Find it here! (Listen to the first episode and they tell you what to do.)

Best,
NancyO

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Willpower & Discipline … Ugh!

First, let’s talk about change. It’s hard! By the time we’re 50 and older, we’re darned stuck in our ways, right?!

In order to make changes last, we have to learn about how to effectively use discipline and willpower. In his book, The One Thing, Gary Keller says what we need is a new habit, not discipline nor willpower. Toss in enough discipline for a short time, while the habit kicks in, and we won’t need to rely on it to continue the behavior. Think about it: You don’t use discipline to brush your teeth, make coffee, get out the door on your way to work, put on your seat belt or start the car and put it in drive. Why? Because they’re all habits!

As he points out in the book, “… who would want to be, ‘disciplined’ anyway? The very thought of having your every behavior molded and maintained by training seems frighteningly impossible on one hand and utterly boring on the other.”

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What about willpower? Mr. Keller shares research stating that we have a daily reserve of willpower and over the course of the day, it is depleted every time we use if for something, regardless of how trivial. It’s a powerful thing, until it needs a nap! Kathleen Vohs, in Prevention magazine (2009) used the analogy of it being like gasoline in your car. Every time you start and/or run your car’s engine, you use some of your gas and eventually your tank is empty.

Willpower is the same … resist that donut at 8AM, the French fries at lunch, bite your tongue throughout the day, and when it’s 9PM and you’re relaxing … BAM! the ice cream or potato chips begin their siren call just when your willpower is at its lowest.

In The One Thing, Keller shares research showing that when our willpower runs out, we revert to our default settings. Understanding those settings is a step toward awareness but is not the answer. Managing our ‘tank’ of willpower is the solution. In the book, he points out several things that deplete willpower: Suppressing emotions, or impulses, restraining aggression, resisting temptation, trying to impress or doing something you don’t want to do. Some of those are obvious willpower guzzlers but taking tests and filtering distractions surprised me.

I understand that taking tests can be stressful, and as such, made sense once I thought about it, but filtering distractions was an AHA! moment for me. As someone with ADHD, I never realized how filtering distractions was one of my major guzzlers, leaving me exhausted! A couple of other things on the list rang true for ADHD as well: suppressing impulses and doing things one doesn’t enjoy are big challenges. Knowing that they guzzle willpower means scheduling them when the tank is full!

Other important factors in filling your tank include staying rested and healthy eating. Eating properly, and at the right time sets you up for success.

My willpower plan is to do important things first and try to set up meetings for later in the day. However, it rarely works that my mid mornings aren’t planned out, so when I get home in the afternoon, I take a 20-30-minute nap. (Alexa, set an alarm for 3:30!) That mental break, and energy charge, tops off my tank so that I can finish up the important stuff while still taking advantage of a reasonable bedtime.

There are so many planning tools available that finding one that works for you, studying your willpower’s timing and your focused needs, will probably require designing and redesigning your daily plan several times. Also, we change, and our priorities change, often leading to a new plan.

I highly recommend Gary Keller’s book, The One Thing. Read it, listen to it, work with it and see where it leads. There’s also a podcast and planning sheets. Check it all out here!

As always, I love giving presentations on wellness. Check out my offerings here, and check the calendar for what’s coming up. You can learn more about Juice Plus+ here for the simplest change!

Shred 10 … Detox from What?

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I get asked, “Why detox? What am I detoxing from? Doesn’t my liver handle that?” Let me answer these, and probably more questions you might have about this Shred 10 I keep talking about.

First, the 10 Day Shred … it isn’t about losing ten pounds, although you will probably lose some weight if you have weight to lose. And, yes, your liver handles a LOT, but our livers are being tasked with detoxifying a frightening number of chemicals … many more than the liver has evolved to filter. Babies have measurable levels of BPA, amongshred 10, health coach, toxins, detox, detox diet, health coach near me, health coach kansas city other chemicals in their bloodstream. We are bombarded by pesticides, herbicides, pollution particles that the EPA finds acceptable, but our livers aren’t quite as sure! Children are ingesting the hormones that get added to dairy cows and livestock. Even with the best of intentions, eating everything organic, and even vegan, doesn’t exclude you from the ravages of modern life.

One answer is to join me in the next Shred 10. My team has one every month! That’s ten days of eating clean to help shred the toxins, and shredding unhealthy lifestyle habits while building healthy ones, and you might even shred a few pounds while you’re at it. I’ll be hosting a Shred 10 Grocery Store Tour if this is all new to you, and a Celebration Happy Hour! Come on out and meet and network with professionals, moms, and people who struggle with the same things … may shred 10, health coach, toxins, detox, detox diet, health coach near me, health coach kansas citybe one will be super awesome at one piece of the shred, and you’ll be super audacious at another … Together, you’ll rock it out!

Another thing, none of us is perfect. When a friend started doing this she had no idea what gluten was, or where to look for it, but she did everything else and felt great! Now, she’s done one every month for over a year, and she definitely knows what gluten is. What you learn is how to eat healthy food, and isn’t that really what it’s all about? Let’s take healthy back!

This month we’re starting on July 9th, so you’ll want to connect soon so that you can order what you need to make it happen. Plan on the Grocery Store Tour on Sunday the 8th at 3:00. We’ll determine location based on where everyone lives. The Celebration Happy Hour will be 4:30-630, again in a convenient location, on Wednesday, July 18th. Can’t wait to see everyone!

And, you can do this long distance if you’re not in the Kansas City area! We have a fun private Facebook Group, with contests, motivation, recipes and more! There’s a fitness instructor and me, your health coach!

Just hit the Contact Me button, and let me know you want in on the next Shred 10, and I’ll get you more information.

Have you liked my Facebook page? https://www.facebook.com/NancyOglesbyWellness/

Build a Stairway to a Healthy Lifestyle

Creating a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be difficult. We make it challenging by delving into a multitude of changes all at once. Instead of beginning a new diet, adding in a regimented exercise program, instantly drinking half your weight in ounces of water and signing up for transcendental meditation, take a few days to figure out a more logical action plan … a more sustainable approach.

I’ve found that the best way to do this is to find a few hours, split up if  necessary, to sit down and reflect and journal about what you want to change. What are the reasons for the change? Your reasons could be many, or singular. Maybe you want to lose weight, impact a health condition or boost your energy. Often people want to make changes in order to avoid a specific disease for which they have a genetic predisposition.

When you focus on the reason for the changes, you can get clear about the starting point. Rather than doing everything at once and failing at the one or two-month mark, you can start building habits that will support your intended outcome. Let’s say you are prone to kidney stones. An obvious first step would be to drink more water. Once you build that habit you can move on to another. Maybe there’s a food element involved in the development of your kidney stones. In this case, removing certain foods from your diet makes sense.

Let’s build a stairway to great health, one step at a time. As a Certified Health Coach I can help you identify and successfully achieve your healthy living goals. Check out my other blog posts and the Coaching section of my website for more. I have a toolbox full of things that will help you achieve your goals. Use the Contact Me section and let’s make it happen!

My mission is to support you in creating the healthy lifestyle you desire.

 

 

Pizza and Beer

_0jpjeqtsyg-carissa-ganPizza and beer? Really? What in the world does that have to do with living a healthy and fit lifestyle?

Wellness isn’t just about the food we eat or the exercises we do, it’s about joy and loving life, and if pizza is your favorite food, you will be stressed out and miserable when you see it in the grocery store, advertised in magazines, or when you’re out with friends and they order that extra-large, cheesy deliciousness and the server plops it down right in front of you so that the smell of the fresh-baked crust and those fabulous toppings drifts right up your nose!

So, we need to be realistic. Pizza doesn’t have to be on the list of foods you can never indulge in, but you can’t have it every day either. The solution? Eat healthy during the week and splurge on pizza and beer on Friday or Saturday night. Choose a time when you will really enjoy it and you’ll get an enthusiastic, “Go for it!” from me.

The key is to choose healthy foods during the week and keep your portions in check. What a terrific reward. Bada Bing!kindle-cover

To learn more about healthy eating, check out my book No Kale Required: Healthy Eating Ideas for the Rest of Us available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

 

Craving Something Unhealthy?

Well, I was too! I wasn’t craving the worst thing, Campbell’s Vegetarian Vegetable Soup, but there are things on the ingredient list that just don’t work for me. The corn is most likely GMO which is a controversial subject, but I choose to err on the side of caution and avoid it when possible. And the pasta is made with wheat which I try my best to avoid because it causes me grief, and eggs (probably not pastured and who knows what the chickens ate) and sugar which shouldn’t be necessary to cut the acidity of the tomatoes because there are carrots in the soup.

All of which left me in the lurch so I started checking around and found Amy’s Organic Fat Free Vegetable Soup which was delicious once I added a squirt of olive oil, but pricey at around $3.60/can. That can was enough for one nice-sized bowl and I definitely bought it, then found it for a around $2.50 online through Walmart.

One day a few weeks ago I was walking through the grocery store and spotted a package of mixed veggies. That’s something I hadn’t looked at or purchased in years, but the picture got my attention because it is exactly what’s in Campbell’s or Amy’s vegetable soup. The light bulb came on! I checked out the ingredients on Amy’s can and knew that with a can of tomatoes and a few spices I could duplicate the veggie soup of my craving! And, it works! Here’s how:

  • 1 large can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 bag of frozen mixed veggies
  • 1/3 bag of frozen organic corn*
  • 1/2 bag of frozen edamame*
  • 1/2 bag of frozen spinach
  • 1-2T reduced sodium tamari or soy sauce
  • Dehydrated onion flakes, celery salt, garlic powder, salt, pepper to taste

Delicious, and lots of it! The bowl in the front was today's lunch served with some watermelon slices. YUM!

Delicious, and lots of it! The bowl in the front was today’s lunch served with some watermelon slices. YUM!

Using a large pot, put all of the ingredients together along with 1 1/2 tomato cans of water. Heat it all up and then simmer for a couple of hours.
I like extra corn and wanted a bit of protein thrown in. Use organic when possible and practical. You can use onions, garlic and celery, I just didn’t happen to have any on hand when I put mine together.
The second time I made it I cleaned out the bits and pieces of veggies in my freezer and added some okra, peas and kale. Play with it and enjoy!

So, the moral of the story is, you don’t have to pay a fortune for a healthy version, nor does it have to be difficult to create. I’d love the challenge of finding healthy alternatives for you. Visit my website http://www.nancyoglesby.com and click on Contact Me.

Bon Apetite!

 

There’s More to Good Health than …

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What do you think drives good health? Do you automatically think about diet and exercise? Those are definitely two important elements of health, but there are some others you might not realize have a big impact as well: Spirituality, community, self-esteem and self-worth.

It might seem a bit cumbersome to try to tackle all of those in one blog post, but in reality it’s quite simple and they can all be accomplished easily if you add one activity into your life: Volunteering.

When you volunteer you become a part of a community of people that have at least one interest in common with you. Because you are sharing yourself with others, helping someone or something, you begin to feel good about yourself and as a result your self-esteem and self-worth expand.

As many of you know, I volunteer at an animal shelter and I am rewarded by the friendships and camaraderie with staff and volunteers, the joy of seeing pets find their forever families and having the opportunity to spend time with some of these precious animals. I go home feeling happier and more in balance than you can imagine … There’s not much that’s healthier than that!unplug

I have friends who help cook and serve meals at a homeless shelter, play games with families at Ronald McDonald house, help with gardening at non-profits, usher at church, serve as prayer chaplains to their congregations, support staff at battered women’s shelters, help out seniors who need home repairs, greet people visiting someone in the hospital and re-shelve books at the library.

There are so many opportunities, some formal, some just in the moment. In my neighborhood little magical things happen:

  • Someone is late getting home and their garbage cans are put back.
  • Snow magically disappears from a sidewalk and/or driveway.
  • Newspapers are on front porches instead of in the driveway.
  • Tree limbs are removed or grass is cut.
  • Perennials are given away.

So, make healthy choices when it comes to food and exercise, but don’t neglect that spiritual side that craves connection. Take it to the streets and be the change!

Stick Your Landing – AAA Method

gymnast nadiaYou know how exciting it is when Olympic level gymnasts stick their landing? The commentators and crowd go crazy and the gymnast just beams with pride! What an amazing sense of satisfaction they experience. You also know that they don’t always succeed. As a matter of fact, they probably take a step back more often than not.

What’s the key to that perfect landing? Practice and a willingness to adjust. Champion gymnasts don’t dig in their heels and refuse to change while expecting to stick that landing. They don’t go to the store looking for a magic ‘landing’ pill. They get with their coach, analyze, adjust and go back out and try again.

Changing habits for better health is no different. You’re not going to get healthy by doing the same thing that brought you to obesity or disease. There isn’t a magic pill that will make you healthy, although the pharmaceutical and supplement industries would like you to think otherwise. What will change the course of your health?gymnast 3

The AAA Method

What are the triple A’s?

  1. Attempt the change
  2. Analyze the results
  3. Adjust the plan

How do you succeed? By choosing one habit at a time until you are sticking the landing 80% of the time. That’s when it’s become second nature. For example:

You are 50 pounds overweight, have arthritis, asthma and absolutely no energy. Your coach determines that you need to do several things including adding in a fitness plan, eliminating dairy and wheat, journaling and reducing your reliance on processed carbohydrates. Together you choose one of these things to focus on and you develop a plan. Next you attempt the change, get together to discuss the challenges and successes, analyze the results and adjust the plan. Then you go back to the first A and continue the process until it becomes second nature. That’s when you add in the second change.

gymnast 4You don’t have to work with a certified health coach, but we are trained to identify what’s causing our clients to experience challenges and we have a wealth of experience at finding solutions that will work within a client’s lifestyle.

I would be honored to help you stick that landing! Together we’ll determine the number and frequency of your 30-minute telephone sessions. Some clients do great with a session every two weeks, others are more reassured with weekly sessions in the beginning. There are no contracts to sign. Come in for one session or ten … It’s up to you. If you’d like to discuss coaching further, please email me at: nancy@healthworkskc.com

Thanks!
Nancy Oglesby, the Practical Health Coach
Simplifying Healthy Lifestyle Choices™

Get Happy! (The Practical Health Coach says, “It’s way easier to be healthy when you’re happy.”)

It’s hard to be healthy if you’re unhappy. Motivation is harder, discipline is harder, well, life is harder. The last thing we want when we’re down is to challenge ourselves.

I’ve never been a miserable person, but today I’m a happy kind of person. It began when I decided to start my day with positivity. I’d love to take credit, but credit goes to a book that seemed to jump off the shelf at Borders one day about 8 years ago: Jeffrey Gitomer’s Little Gold Book of YES! Attitude. The book seemed to be screaming at me a lot of the time, but it started the habit that changed my life.

Mr. Gitomer suggests that we spend a bit of time reading positive, inspirational things every day for 10-15 minutes. When I read empowering messages I must make notes or write about what I’m experiencing in the moment. That is what led to my journaling habit.

There are a lot of people telling us to journal, begin a gratitude practice, change our thinking and change our minds, but for me, at that time, the whole thing seemed so new and fresh and I felt at home with the idea of reading motivational material daily. I am so grateful that I did, and you will be too.

It’s important to learn ways to raise your happiness level. Jeffrey Gitomer’s book is one way. Another is Shawn Achor’s book The Happiness Advantage. In this book, Mr. Achor talks about how putting positivity first improves intelligence, creativity, productivity and energy. He calls this the Happiness Advantage and during one of my favorite TED talks he outlined a simple process designed to achieve results in 21 days. (Watch the video. It could be the best twelve minutes of your life!)

Every day list three things you’re grateful for, journal on a positive experience that occurred in the last 24 hours, exercise, meditate, and perform an act of kindness such as sending a positive email praising or thanking someone in your social, family or work network.

I can attest to most the suggestions as I regularly journal and most days there is a lot of gratitude. I also exercise gently every morning, and meditate on many days. Wouldn’t you like to get happier? Who wouldn’t?

It’s easy to effect a change toward a better, more focused brain! For more information, I recommend one, or both of the books above. (At the very least, watch the video.)

Blessings,
Nancy Oglesby, The Practical Health Coach
simplifying healthy lifestyle changes™

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