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8 Habits That Zap Your Vitality

Imagine I were interviewing you right now and asked, “Can you give me a few examples of how your current lifestyle makes it hard to feel the best you’ve ever felt?” Take a minute to think if you need. What’s rolling around in your mind in response? What would we have to talk about? What is “the best you’ve ever felt” exactly? The fact is, many people begin their health journeys with fairly singular (or maybe even simple) goals. They want to lose weight. They want to build muscle. They want to tackle a lifestyle related disease. These are all significant, formidable aims. However, on the path to weight loss, for instance, clients tell me they feel more energy than they ever have. Over time, the sensation grows. As they take on each negative habit, their experience (and understanding) of vitality expands. The journey yields much deeper benefits than they’d first imagined. Likewise, it obliges them to question choices and messages in their lives they never connected with wellbeing in the past. With all this in mind, what are the habits that either foster or hamper vitality? Check out these eight practices and add your own observations about what compromises your energy and vitality.


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5 Lifestyle Factors That Keep You Fat

Now that I have your attention... No, it’s not the kind of title you’re used to seeing on our blog. (Let me get to that point in a minute actually.) As a weight loss division, we talk (and write) a lot about what it takes to lose fat. We very much want you and every one of our clients to succeed in that enterprise. In the midst of all the nutrition and fitness education, however, we as dietitians, trainers and weight loss coaches often find ourselves seeing interesting “lifestyle” themes in our clients’ stories that appear to play a significant role in their weight related journeys. They’re the practices, inclinations and assumptions that figure into the first part of any success story. What got us here? What happened along the road of life that led us to gain weight we never wanted? What did we somehow (often unconsciously) learn to accept in our lives that gradually eroded our health and wellbeing? Next, of course, in any success story comes the reckoning – and the resulting turn around. What shook us awake? What recognitions opened us to see our lifestyles in a new way and helped us become willing to embrace new changes and attitudes? What did we learn to revise in our lifestyles that allowed us to lose the weight and gain a more energetic, healthier life?


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