E-Letter for Optimal Living
Vol.6, Issue 1
In This Issue
The Lion Roars!
Where in the World is Bev?
Academy Awards Challenge
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Website of the Month
The Lion ROARS!
We had such a pleasant abnormally warm winter that I am all turned around. I have already packed away many winter sweaters, boots, and have dug out spring sweatshirts! I painted two rooms and am decluttering as if I'm in "spring cleaning" mode!" Then of course, reality hit along with a winter storm, and I find myself making soup and digging out those sweaters again as if it were autumn! But it isn't… it's spring! Or maybe it's the start of winter! Can you see why I am all mixed up? Whatever it is, March is definitely coming in like a lion! And I need to respond like a trooper!
Ultimately, when we get "mixed up" we need to be ready, have some common sense, and be equipped with the right attitude.
Readiness means having the skills, tools, and ability to deal with what I'm facing (wear boots, drive slower, check the road reports, shovel a lot, etc.) Common sense means not going out when I don't have to. The right attitude means being thankful for these four seasons instead of grumbling, as many people are doing as I speak. It also means embracing all of the challenges with a "can-do" attitude.
Coaching is like that, too. As a coach I like to prepare my clients with skills to be ready to face situations in life so they make the best decisions. Common sense means taking time to pause and see the big picture and ask ourselves some basic questions, like "How important is this?" or "What would happen if I didn't do this task?" The right attitude is most important because it can sway you into seeing the silver lining in every cloud. As your coach, I would hold you accountable to your goals, facilitate powerful conversations, and challenge you to get the job done despite obstacles.
More and more people are hiring coaches to accomplish their goals, and finding that this is the kickstart they need to move forward in their lives. One of the best parts about coaching is that we do it over the phone, so we can schedule it anytime, anywhere!
If you are curious about coaching, please call me at 701-610-9529 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I would be happy to give you a free consultation, which includes a free coaching sample so you can see what coaching entails. There is no obligation to buy anything - I consider it a pleasure to share this effective technique with you, as well as meet one more person on this planet!
Where in the World is Bev?
I have not sent out my E-Letter for a few months, so truly you deserve an explanation.
I have taken a position as Field Coordinator with The Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy, which is based out of Bismarck. I have a plentiful background in public health (17 years) and have always had a passion for changing health policy for healthier living so this is a natural fit for me. As a Field Coordinator for 23 health departments across the state, I also am able to use my coaching as I assist tobacco prevention coordinators in writing grants and learning a variety of skills for their challenging jobs. One of my personal motivations for taking this job was to seek revenge on the tobacco companies whose insidious product took my father from me at the age of 10. I truly despise tobacco companies for continuing to add addictive substances to tobacco to make it hard for people to quit, and ultimately leading them to disease and death. I feel blessed to be a part of the organization that is working to make our state tobacco and smoke-free. For more information, please visit our website, www.BreatheND.com
When I am not working there, I am providing consulting, private coaching and motivational speaking services. Here is my March schedule:
University of North Dakota
The Academy Awards: Take my Acting Challenge!
As the Oscars recently wrapped up, I had an idea. I am going to challenge you to become an actor. Think about a character you have seen in a movie that touched you for some reason. What would it take you to "be" that person or take on that person's admirable characteristic (s)? Example: say you admire a character who speaks out against injustice, and you are a person who usually doesn't because of shyness or because you don't want to get involved. Could you "act" as if you were that outspoken actor the next time you came across a situation where a voice was needed? What about being quiet when you normally talk alot? I think about actors like Morgan Freeman who often play the strong, silent type. Could you button up and let others do the talking while you keep your thoughts to yourself? Find the actor who has the quality you admire and see if you can emulate that characteristic. You may find that in stepping outside of who are perceive you are may take you to a deeper life experience. Act it out enough times, and guess what… you may become that person you admire and desire to be. (Disclaimer: Please don't pick some crazed "shoot 'em up" gunman or a serial killer, please.)
Readers: if you take my challenge, please send me your "new character", the movie, and how your experience went and I will post it in my next E-Letter!
Another Academy… The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (or why Dietitians are Better than Quick Weight Loss Scammers)
My nutrition organization, the American Dietetic Association changed its name in January. Here is the rationale for the name change: "The new name, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, was chosen because it promotes the strong science background and academic expertise of our members, primarily registered dietitians. Nutrition science underpins wellness, prevention, and treatment," said registered dietitian and Academy President Sylvia Escott-Stump, MA, RD, LDN.
As I see a multitude of crazy diets and supplements out there, I am continually amazed at how people will so quickly plunk down hard-earned money on products that promise rapid weight loss without ANY scientific basis to those claims, yet squawk about paying Licensed Registered Dietitians such as myself any amount of money for solid, evidence-based medical nutrition therapy. Yes, I realize that we don't promise weight loss of 10# a week (because it is pretty tough to mobilize that much fat that quickly and we don't like to lie.) Our products aren't sexy-sounding (African Mango, LipoFuze, Meltrx, etc.) so instead we promote boring things like fruits and vegetables, exercise and portion control. What we do that is different though, is look beyond the food for "drivers." You see, food is usually not the issue. For most people food is simply the response or the coping mechanism to something so much bigger.
In my 24 years as a dietitian, I would say the most common "drivers" for overeating or emotional eating are stress and unhappiness. Tackle them and the drive to overeat changes. If you think this describes you, call me for a free coaching sample and I would be honored to give you a free session to show you how I operate. There's no obligation and no high-pressure sales from me - it's just a chance for you to check me out. Email me at email@example.com or call me at 701-610-9529 for a free sample.
RECOMMENDED WEBSITE OF THE MONTH:
For those of you who like to track your intake and your physical activity, this is a great "tracking site" and it's free! Check it out!
In closing, please ponder this quote as we move into Spring….
If we had no winter,
the spring would not be so pleasant;
if we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
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