Humans are habitual creatures. We all have our habits and routines whether we realize it or not. We have our morning routines. Our work routines. Our eating habits and routines (good or bad). Our exercise habits and routines (which may be a lot or none at all). Our bedtime routines. Our parenting routines. Our marriage and relationship routines. You get the drift.
Now, for most of us, change one of those routines and it tends to completely throw us off. Heck, it may cause a certain degree of panic and anxiety too! This is why it can be so daunting to try and “get healthy”. Too often we “jump right in” to an exercise or eating program. We “detox” with nothing but shakes for a week and have 5 bowel movements a day and lose 9 pounds and think we did something great, only to return to square one a few days after the detox is over. We sign up for a gym membership and we go religiously for about 2 weeks. Then the excuses start taking over, “I’m too tired, I’ll go tomorrow”. Have you ever thought about how gyms make money? They make money off of people who sign up and don’t go! Imagine if every person who had an active membership to a local gym actually showed up on a regular basis….the gym would be packed to the brim! The big gyms sell more memberships than they could ever accommodate from a space perspective because they know that 90% of the people will FAIL to show up regularly—they really don’t care about your success. The more memberships they can sell is their bottom line. The same with “diet” programs. It’s always some drastic, poorly programmed or expensive program that may or may not result in weight loss and feeling better but you are either 100% committed or 0% committed with no room for anything in between. How many people have you heard say, “yeah, I need to get back into Weight Watchers”? Why do they say this? Because whatever results they had were TEMPORARY and the only way they can somewhat “manage” their weight and health is by some point counting system or whatever (sounds like an awful lot of work to me) but, like most programs, the majority of people don’t stick with it. I know there have been people who have had great results with programs such as Weight Watchers and if it works for you then, by all means, stick with it. But I have met many people who have been part of various diet and exercise programs who may experience some success and results only to eventually regress. The same thing goes with supplements. THERE ARE NO MAGIC SUPPLEMENTS. There ARE quite a few people out there selling health and weight loss supplements promising some life changing results, but, like other diet and exercise programs, the bottom line is money making. Also, if you are dependent on a supplement for energy, sleep or whatever that suggests that some else is off in your body. Supplements are supposed to be exactly that…a SUPPLEMENT. Achieving great health, lasting energy and living a vibrant life is NOT found in a bottle or a powder that costs an arm and a leg.
Living a Primal lifestyle will set you up for long term success and health with minimal effort. There are no counting points. There is no strict, set scheduled exercise program you HAVE to follow, OR ELSE! There are no fancy “must have” supplements promising extra energy or fat burning. Living a Primal lifestyle is living how we were designed to live. It is living as God and nature intended us to live. It programs your body to optimally express your genetic potential and be a lean, fat-burning beast with endless energy. We are designed to move frequently and stay generally active. We are engineered to lift heavy things and sprint once in a while. We are designed to eat REAL food that our body does not perceive as a poison (think gluten, high fructose corn syrup, and processed foods). We are designed to thrive from good sleep, the right amount of stress, healthy doses of sunshine and healthy social relationships. All of these components matter when pursuing optimal health. It’s not just the right workout program or just the right eating program. That being said, making the decision to “go Primal” can be somewhat daunting since we are habitual creatures with our routines. Also, you may not feel quite “educated” enough about a Primal lifestyle to know exactly where to start.
If you want to try a Primal lifestyle and don’t know where to start, I encourage you to consider hiring a certified Primal Health Coach (PHC) to get you started https://www.primalhealthcoach.com/find-a-coach/. He or she can work one-on-one with you to develop a personalized plan based off of primal concepts. The way I work with clients is I like to get to know the person. I want to know much more about them beyond just what they eat and how they do or don’t exercise. I want to know about stress levels, medical problems, sleep habits, relationships, work problems, etc so I can approach your plan to health from a holistic perspective. I understand people are not all the same and there is no “cookie cutter” program that works for everybody. Each client I work with gets a plan unique to him or her because each person is starting from a different place. I work with each person where they are and encourage and implement changes that we agree upon and then encourage, follow up and work with you as you break old habits and develop new and healthy habits. Some people can start off with multiple “drastic” changes and others need to start with just one or two initial goals and go from there. There are multiple benefits to having a PHC. Not only are they knowledgeable in living a Primal lifestyle but he/she is there to coach you, encourage you along the way and provide some accountability until you are ready to do it on your own.
If any of this sounds like something that might be right for you, please contact me and we can see about getting you on an individualized plan to better health. It is a small investment for lifelong health and vitality. http://parnhamhealthcoach.com/contact/