Pills and Skills

What happens when people visit the doctor these days? Patients enter the doctor’s

office, get pills but no self-help skills, leave the doctor, pop the pills and return next

month for a stronger dose…and everyone just gets sicker. Does this sound familiar to


Prescription ads tells you to “Ask your doctor if this pill is right for you,” but how

often do you ask? Knowing what you’re putting in your body is important, so keep

these points in mind

  1. Different individuals require different dosages. Pills are designed and tested on averages, but that may not always represent you.
  2. Beware the cocktail effect of pills. Pills can be partnered unsafely with other drugs It’s not uncommon for people, especially as they age, to be on multiple prescriptions, but using drugs in combinations is not the way they were tested and approved. If this “cocktail effect” has never been tested, no one knows how it’s going to affect you.
  3. Is it the drug or the disease? When a person is on a variety of pills to treat different highs and lows, it’s incredibly difficult for a doctor to sort out which of the patient’s symptoms are due to the underlying illness or due to the side of effects of the pills.

So, what’s a person to do? Abandon pills? No, absolutely not! But what we, as patients need to learn is the “Pills-and-Skills Model of Healthcare.” As Dr. Sears says, “the best way to lower your pill bill is to raise your self-help skills .” The Pills-and-SkillsModel means changing your mind-set from “Doctor, what can I take?” to “Doctor, whatcan I do.”

This means, rather than listening to the pharmaceutical ads saying “Ask your doctor if this pill is right for you”, ask your doctor “What can I do to change my health and health outcome?”.

My doctor said that only about 5% of patients actually do this and make the change. Let’s change those numbers! It will require work; eating healthy foods, moving more, socializing, stress relief, and more, but those are lifestyle changes that you can learn to enjoy and is much better than living with possible side effects from medications and a shorter healthspan. You can make the change!

Do you need help making these changes? Let’s talk. Schedule a coaching session and let’s make a plan. Schedule.

adapted from Dr Sears Wellness Institute with permission

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Whether you are trying to be the healthiest you can be or address specific nutritional needs, vitamins can give you the nutrients your body may be missing. Find out which supplement is best for you!

Van and I are Independent Shaklee Distributors and love helping people live healthier lives. feel free to ask us questions – lisa@yieldingaction.com or visit our website at https://pws.shaklee.com/yieldingaction

Why Yes, Coffee is Good for Me!

When i was growing up, my grandmother (Mamame) would drink her morning coffee out a pretty china cups with a matching saucer and I would always ask for some, to which she replied “No…coffee stunts your growth”. Later…that morning….Her now cold cup of coffee would be sitting on the table and she would then let me drink it. Hmmmm I guess only hot coffee would stunt my growth?? It makes me grin just remembering.

But the truth is, it doesn’t stunt your growth or put hair on your chest (something else I was told) and with much joy several new studies have shown that coffee may actually have some health benefits. As with all things – moderation is key. So, maybe don’t drink the whole pot by yourself.

Possible Benefits:

  • Drinking moderate amounts 2-3 cups a day has been linked with longer lifespan
  • Some studies have shown the possibility of lower risk of heart disease
  • Lower risk of diabetes (Type 2)
  • Less chance of Gout
  • Lower risk of Parkinsons
  • Less risk of Liver disease
  • Improved cognitive function
  • Decreased chronic inflammation

Antioxidants are thought to be part of the reason for the health benefits, but they aren’t completely sure why. Before you get too excited, this does not include heavily sweetened, whip cream topped coffee drinks, and some studies showed espresso to be an exception. But otherwise, drink up. Well up to 3 cups.


Sources: WebMD, Harvard Health, Mayo Clinic, healthline.

Awww Nuts!!!

Awww nuts man!! I can’t eat nuts…don’t you know they are loaded with fat!! OK, Let’s talk about fat then!

  • Fat is a nutrient like protein, carbohydrates, minerals, and vitamins.
  • Fat is part of every cell in your body.
  • Fat supplies energy you need fat to be able to absorb certain vitamins (A, D, E, K)
  • Fat helps you have healthy skin and hair at is digested slowly, making you feel more full
  • Fat makes food taste good
  • Fat makes up 60% of brain tissue.
  • Among other things, healthy fats help your heart and your brain to function optimally, so we don’t want to avoid fats altogether.
  • Fat is needed to build cell membranes, the vital exterior of each cell, and the sheaths surrounding nerves. It is essential for blood clotting, muscle movement, and inflammation.

 You may consider skipping the nuts because of the fat content, but I’d like you to reconsider.  The main thing is moderation!  

What about Saturated Fat?

There is a lot of debate these days regarding saturated fat and some saturated fat is important to our bodies, but don’t go crazy.  Use in moderation and be wise, including coconut oil.  When possible it is probably still wise to choose unsaturated fats like olive oil and NEVER choose hydrogenated fats!!

Here is a great video from SciShow, one of my favorite resources!

One Pan Candied Nuts – The Minimalist Baker

Time: 14 minutes

Ease: simple

Review:  This is a quick and easy sweet snack.  It isn’t too sweet, just a touch.  If you are used to very sweet candied nuts, you may be a little disappointed, but it is a good treat to ease yourself into cutting back on sugars while still having a sweet treat.  It is very easy to make and would be a great gift or food to take to parties.

Make sure to taste the nuts to get the appropriate seasoning.

Roasted Curried Cashews – Eating Well Magazine

Time: About an hour

Ease: Simple

Review: Don’t think “Curry, I don’t like curry”, this snack is really different, the lemon juice gives it a tangy flavor and the curry doesn’t scream curry.  My husband who usually prefers sweet things really liked this snack.  I think it will become a regular in our home!  You could experiment with other seasonings that may go well with lemon juice, which you make a paste with.

Tips:  Different types of curry will change the flavor.  I personally like a sweet curry, but this is the basic curry from the grocery.  Try going to a spice shop and experiment with different types of curry or try making your own blend.

When looking for curry recipes to make your own spice blend try searching British sites, like BBC or Google UK.  The British know their curry!

Pistachio Pesto – Lidia’s Italy

Time: 10-20 minutes, including prep time

Ease: Simple

Review: I love pesto and as pesto goes, this is pretty good.  Watch your salt levels with this dish and taste along the way to balance the flavors; garlic, basil, etc.  The flavor is a little different and has a hint of pistachio flavor, which I don’t mind because they are basically the crack of the nut world!  The recipe is meant to be made into a pasta dish, but I used it as a spread and that worked very well.  Easy to make and a nice flavor.

Lisa received her Health Coach Certification from the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute, founded by world-renowned physician and author, Dr. William Sears. The Institute is a leader in science-based health and wellness education that focuses on the four pillars of health; Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude, and Nutrition (L.E.A.N.). A certification by the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute is obtained only after completing the extensive course work and meeting all requirements. Once certified, a Health Coach possesses the knowledge, tools, and resources to make a positive difference in the health of others.

The information in this blog is educational and not meant to diagnose, treat, or mitigate symptoms.

I offer individual coaching sessions and virtual health coach sessions through Zoom, if you are not local, as well as group sessions, workshops, and special events. I would love to help you on your journey towards health and wellness. Contact me for more information.

My husband and I are also Independent Shaklee Distributors to learn more visit https://pws.shaklee.com/yieldingaction – one of the leading providers of premium-quality, natural, nutrition, personal care, and household products.

Don’t forget to take you Healthprint !

All photos are by me, Lisa Wright Burbach –  Feel free to share, but please give credit to the source.  Thank you.

#nuts #nutrition #healthyfats #healthyliving

Wheel of Health: Spirituality

Wellness is made up of all the different parts of our lives and works sort of like a wheel. When one area is out of balance, it is like having a flat tire, and our wheel doesn’t spin easily, causing all kinds of problems. When our life is in balance, our wellness wheel is round, spinning freely, taking us where we want to go.

The World Health Organization describes “Health” as: Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

More simply put, when our mind, body, and spirit are in order, we are in a state of Wellness or Health.

One of the tools I use as a Health Coach is a the Wheel of Health. Each segment of the wheel indicates areas that need balance. When all areas are simultaneously in balance, we are in our most Well state, barring outside factors.

One of the most overlooked segments is “Spirituality.” Studies are beginning to show a greater connection between Mind, Body, and Spirit. While there is still much to learn, these studies show that people who consider their spiritual lives as an essential part of life benefit in their bodies and minds as well.

  • Reduction in stress
  • Lower levels of depression. Primarily thought to be due to renewed hope.
  • Improved immune system
  • A greater sense of peace
  • An increased overall feeling of wellbeing in general
  • A greater sense of positivity
  • Improved coronary health
  • Increased Life Span
  • Increased Health Span
  • Reduction in pain – Chronic stress leads to inflammation, reduction in stress can reduce inflammation resulting in a reduction in pain.

In the book, The Blue Zones, author Dan Buettner discovered that all 7 of the most long-lived people groups in the world pay attention to their spiritual life and reap the benefits listed above. One thought is that the ability to relinquish stress and difficulty to a higher power allows them to reduce overall stress.

A study led by Dr. Dean Ornish studied individuals with significant coronary heart disease. This study found that the progression or regression of their heart disease was significantly impacted by their spiritual wellbeing.

What about you? What about me? I find that spirituality can be complicated in our society. I have Judeo/Christian beliefs and sometimes I may be “defined” by others as a result.

By “define,” I mean that there are times when some people may develop a preconceived “storyline” of what they think that I feel, think, or believe. When this happens, it prevents a genuine relationship from forming and creates distance.

Let’s get to know one another before writing that “storyline”. Was I kind, loving, helpful, and generous? This is what I want to be asked! It’s what I ask. This also leads to another segment in the Wheel of Health, “Social Wellness”. It all works together, including the times when we disagree.

My faith is my own. Yet…I find that I do sometimes worry about what others will think, I write my own storyline of what I think they feel about me. In many ways, I create more stress for myself in my spirituality than if I’d just embrace my own faith. Do you?

Sometimes it looks like living between the tension of these sentiments:

  • “You are too religious”.
  • “You aren’t spiritual enough”.
  • “you are intolerant”.
  • “You are too tolerant”.
  • “you aren’t open-minded”.
  • “You are too open-minded”.

If we spend our lives trying to please everyone, we will create more stress for ourselves and never “own” our own faith. We will be tossed to and fro, so to speak. This is a time when having a spiritual life will be detrimental to your health rather than beneficial. It becomes more of a set of prescriptions than a genuine spiritual life.

As you work on your Spiritual Wellness, it needs to bring you to a place of peace. This is when you begin to reap the mental and physical benefits. The bottom line is that we have to accept ourselves – all of ourselves. Your health and wellness begins here!

By the way, it also means not trying to control another person’s spirituality. If you are worried about someone’s faith position, keep in mind that love and kindness will go much farther in their hearts than anger, hatred, and rejection. It is also crucial to your own Wellness.

If your spiritual life leads to anger, hatred, wickedness, and ill-will, then I question your spiritual life. If your spiritual life leads to peace, understanding, compassion, and a willingness to serve others, then well done. You are on your road to balanced Wellness.

Lisa received her Health Coach Certification from the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute, founded by world-renowned physician and author, Dr. William Sears. The Institute is a leader in science-based health and wellness education that focuses on the four pillars of health; Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude, and Nutrition (L.E.A.N.). A certification by the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute is obtained only after completing the extensive course work and meeting all requirements. Once certified, a Health Coach possesses the knowledge, tools, and resources to make a positive difference in the health of others.

The information in this blog is educational and not meant to diagnose, treat, or mitigate symptoms.

Van and Lisa are also Independent Shaklee Distributors helping people live younger longer.

10 Ways to Reuse

Recycling is important, but our goal is not to recycle more but to use less. Did you know that only 9% of the world’s recyclables end up getting recycled?? The rest ends up in landfills!!

Start by asking yourself “Do I really need this?”, I know we want things, but as we get used to living a less wasteful life we find that our wants change. We simply want less stuff! Here are a few tips to get you started:

  1. Mason Jars! I love to keep my pantry staples in Mason Jars. I find it keeps it neat, easy to find, and helps keep pesky bugs away! We use them for leftovers, pantry items, bag clips…endless uses! Plus it looks all #mariekondo – esque! Makes my Monica side happy too – “Freinds” reference!
  2. Reusable sandwich bags. I’ve tried several brands and really love the Lunchskins bags and the Stasher bags. The Stasher bags are great for cheese and wet items. We take them hiking, store items in them, take them in the car etc. Quick tip: Use a Chalk Marker to write the contents on the bags, you can then erase it and write the next item that goes in the bag.
  3. Reusable cutlery set. My husband and I both carry a roll-up pouch that contains a spoon, fork, and chopsticks and we added a knife, metal straw, and cloth napkin over time. I really like the Numu set because the for tines stab well and are spaced far enough apart to allow for easy cleaning.
  4. Reusable water bottle!!!! This is an easy adjustment and can make a huge difference! In the US 1500 bottles are tossed a second – not day, SECOND. I like the insulated metal bottles the best, keeps my drink cool all day even in a hot car. Or hot. When I’m hiking I will take hot tea for an afternoon break. We like Hydroflask.
  5. Concentrated Cleaners As a Shaklee distributor I really appreciated products that use fewer bottles etc. By using concentrated cleaners in reusable bottles you can help keep 1000’s of plastic bottles out of landfills and hazardous waste sites. We use Basic H2.
  6. Reusable Grocery Bags, there is some debate about this. Some are concerned that the process of making the bags combined with the waste from old bags is such a large concern that it negates what we are trying to accomplish. My husband works with landfills, however, and he says plastic bags are the bane to landfills. They escape, end up in oceans, all over the landfill, and never break down. I think choosing wisely and really using them makes a difference. Quick tip: Forgot to take them into the store? Just ask the bagger to put your items straight into the cart and them bag them when you get to your car.
  7. Glass Storage Jars. Outside of Mason jars we also use rectangular storage containers for leftovers. Most have plastic lids with silicone seals, but it’s still a step in the right direction. It allows us to reuse while also guarding against leaching from plastics. The lid rarely touches anything. Plus you can safely re-heat in them and even freeze them. I like the ones from Ikea – OK…I like everything from Ikea, but thes work well and are cheapy cheapy!
  8. Make your own rags. Old clothes and towels that wear out end up in landfills. Instead, try using pinking shears and cutting them into squares to use for cleaning. We use rags instead of paper towels. It takes a little adjusting, but once you’re used to you almost forget about paper towels completely. Quick Tip: Pinking sheers (those rigged scissors that look like Jack-o-Lantern teeth) help keep the rags from getting stringy and unraveling as quickly.
  9. Reusable Make up remover pads. This is something I have come to love!! Something like this. Mine are soft and white cloth rounds and work great. They get stained after a while, especially if you use it for mascara, but they wash up well and I figure they are on display so it doesn’t matter if they get stained. But please don’t use bleach – it is a dangerous product for your health. We use Nature Bright.
  10. Cloth Napkins. We have used cloth napkins for years and I love it. Actually…be warned…it becomes a sort of addiction, like…oooooOOOO I need ones for every season!!! But we are trying to cut back right? Right? I have napkins that were my grandmother’s and my mother’s. We just keep them in a bin in the dining room and grab and go. Plus I have Nature Bright, mentioned above, and I can keep them stain-free!

Once you start reusing it becomes easier and easier and more a natural part of your lifestyle. You’ll think of many more ways to reuse every day.

Share your reusable hacks with us!

Ahhh Fresh Air: It matters for your health.

Ok…yes…I still have dishes in the sink. It’s OK, no one is perfect. But I do have my window open!! YAY – open windows make me happy!!! They also help make me healthy!!

The home is potentially the most dangerous place you go because of the high levels of indoor pollution, which are toxic gases and particles trapped in your home. They can lead to things like asthma, emphysema, eye irritation, nose irritation, throat irritation, headaches, nausea and more.

Some things you can do to help reduce the poor Indoor Air Quality in your home are switch to non-toxic cleaners like Shaklee Get Clean, keep a clean home- I know it sounds silly, but it helps…even if you don’t put your dishes away until the next morning. Use appliances properly, ditch the air freshener- really!! read all the little fine print – this stuff is dangerous! Ditch those scented candles too unless you know the wick and scent are safe, use proper ventilation and choose safer carpet and furnishings which can give off harmful VOCs and one thing that can help, in addition to these, is to open your windows.

Did you know?? The Environmental Protection Agency lists your home and office as one of the top 5 environmental health concerns??? With possible negative impacts lasting years!!

Did you know?? Consistent cleaning of your home can greatly reduce bacteria and viruses in your home without using bleach and germicides!

Did you know?? A person who spends just 15 minutes cleaning the shower with conventional cleaners could inhale 3 times the acute exposure limit!!

Opening your windows just 10-15 minutes a day can greatly reduce your poor indoor air quality (IAQ), no matter what season-even when it’s cold outside.

It’s just a few minutes, even 5 minutes helps, and won’t impact your heating or cooling bill, just your health. Why?

So throw open that sash – you know, the window, and let that air in and out!! Grandma was right!

Breathe and enjoy!

#greencleaning #healthyliving #shaklee #freshair #nontoxic #nontoxichome #breatheeasy #livewell #selfcare #homemaking #domesticity #greenliving #greengeek

Lisa received her Health Coach Certification from the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute, founded by world-renowned physician and author, Dr. William Sears. The Institute is a leader in science-based health and wellness education that focuses on the four pillars of health; Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude and Nutrition (L.E.A.N.). A certification by the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute is obtained only after completing the extensive course work and meeting all requirements. Once certified, a Health Coach possesses the knowledge, tools, and resources to make a positive difference in the health of others.

The information in this blog is educational and not meant to diagnose, treat, or mitigate symptoms.

Van and Lisa are also Independent Shaklee Distributors helping people live younger longer.

To Count or Not to Count? Calories that is.

By: Lisa Wright Burbach

I really love the combination of Mindful Eating and Traffic Light eating. The two together help us move into being aware of the foods we eat and why we are eating, help us slow down, feel our hunger cues, and choose more wisely. With this style of eating, we don’t always need to count calories, but it does take learning to listen to our bodies and make a wise choice.

Mindful Eating:

Mindfulness is the capacity to bring full attention and awareness to one’s experience, in the moment, without judgment. Mindful Eating brings mindfulness to food choice and the experience of eating. Mindful Eating helps us become aware of our thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations related to eating, reconnecting us with our innate inner wisdom about hunger and satiety.” – Center for Mindful Eating

Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean counting calories, monitoring fat content, or analyzing every detail of the nutrition facts. While that information is undoubtedly important, it can become overwhelming when trying to make healthy choices for you and your family. However, choosing healthy foods doesn’t have to be complicated!

Traffic Light Eating makes eating healthy simple to understand, even for kids. Just like when you are driving a car, a traffic light tells you what to do:

Green means “go”, Yellow tells us to “slowdown”, and Red means “stop and think”

Green Light Foods

Green Light foods are “go” foods, meaning eat as much as you want. These include all fresh fruits and vegetables. Emphasis on fresh – these foods are grown, not manufactured. Packaged gummy fruit snacks are not Green Light foods!

The numbers: These foods are low in calories and high in nutrients. In other words, Green Light foods are nutrient-dense.

Yellow Light Foods

Yellow Light foods are “slow down” foods. While foods that fit in this category are okay to eat every day and are essential to your health, they should be eaten in moderation. Too much of a good thing really is no good! Examples of Yellow Light foods include whole wheat pasta, eggs, salmon, nuts and seeds, rice, whole grain bread, and yogurt.

The numbers: These foods have more calories than Green Light foods and usually have more fat or sugar as well.

Red Light Foods

Red Light foods are “stop” and think foods. Since these foods are low in nutrients, high in sugar and contain artificial sweeteners and ingredients, you should try and find a healthier option, or eat a smaller portion. Examples of Red Light foods include cookies, candy, fatty meats, sugary drinks, bacon, and other processed meats and frozen yogurt.

The numbers: These foods are lower in nutrients and higher in calories, fat and sugar. These are also known as “Treats” if you find you just can’t live without them.

Sometimes we find that counting calories helps us. There are a few times it may be especially helpful:

1. Times of Weight loss and portion control

2. Trying to gain weight

3. Tracking your Micronutrients

Whatever you choose, it’s essential to know yourself and know what works for you. Listen to your body and your own wisdom. Reach out for help if you’re stuck!

What tools do you use to help you stay on track with your health? Share with us in the comments.

#healthyliving #weightloss #weightgain #micronutrients #macronutrients #wisdomofthebody #healthcoach #drsearscoach #wellness #mindfulness

Lisa received her Health Coach Certification from the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute, founded by world-renowned physician and author, Dr. William Sears. The Institute is a leader in science-based health and wellness education that focuses on the four pillars of health; Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude and Nutrition (L.E.A.N.). A certification by the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute is obtained only after completing the extensive course work and meeting all requirements. Once certified, a Health Coach possesses the knowledge, tools and resources to make a positive difference in the health of others.

The information in this blog is educational and not meant to diagnose, treat, or mitigate symptoms.

Van and Lisa are also Independent Shaklee Distributors helping people live younger longer.

Evaluating Alternatives to Plastic

By: Van Burbach, PhD, PG

Environmental Consultant

A few months ago, I wrote about the big problem of single-use plastics and how we all need to take responsibility for the problem and be a part of the solution. There are a lot of things we can do as individuals, like using refillable water bottles instead buying bottled water, or using reusable cloth grocery bags instead of the disposable plastic ones; but finding solutions and alternatives to the larger problem of the widespread use of plastic in packaging is a much more complicated issue. It is easy to look at the end result of our creating over 300 million tons of plastic waste each year (globally) and the fact that plastic takes hundreds of years to degrade, and in some ways never really goes away, or to look at the horrible pictures of sea life impacted by the massive amounts of plastic pollution in our oceans and conclude that plastics must go. But if we stop using plastics to package products, we must find viable, environmentally friendly options, and that is easier said than done.

When we think of the plastic waste problem, we tend to focus on the problem of disposal at the end of the plastic product’s life, but to determine the viability of alternatives, we need to look at the whole picture of the environmental impacts of both the plastics and the various alternatives throughout the life of the product. The following graphic from the USEPA illustrates the life of any material product, often referred to as the “life cycle of stuff”.

There are environmental impacts associated with every stage of the cycle and we need to look at it all to make informed decisions. For example, let’s compare the environmental impacts of plastic vs. paper packaging at each stage of the cycle:

As you can see, the question of whether paper or plastic packaging is better for the environment is complex and depends of what types of environmental impacts you are most concerned about. If your primary concern is the impact of plastic waste on our oceans and marine life, paper is clearly the better choice. If you are more concerned about air pollution and global warming, plastic may be the better option. Of course, there are more options to evaluate than just these two and there are no perfect solutions, so it is important to think through all of the options and weigh the relative impacts of each. I think one of the best things we can do is consider using materials made with as large a percentage of post-consumer recycled content as possible, whether that be paper, plastic, or other.


A few years ago I wrote this blog post, but then I fell back into the relationship. I hit the bottle – I colored my hair!!!!

A few years ago…

But you’ll look Old!!! If you look old I’ll look old – said my friends who for my 40th birthday took me to have my hair colored, and I liked it. I tossed my hair back and forth and thought Yes, I look good! buuuttt. I knew! I kneeeww, I knew at the time that I was not the kind of girl who could have a long term relationship with hair color.

It just wasn’t going to work. I knew ours was not a true, lasting love, but merely a vain fling. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I loved it at first; the delusion of youth, the excitement of a monthly adventure. But it didn’t take long; soon the dread slipped in. My color and I grew farther and farther apart. I no longer longed for the adventure but dreaded it.

Sometimes I put it off 6 weeks or more, but then the tell-tale sign was there; the streak of shame, that silver line that showed like a hickey in our relationship. It showed like a reverse hickey, not a sign of togetherness, but separateness. And I had to color.

I drug myself embarrassed, vanity struck, and unhappily back to the bottle of color for another fling. The results no longer excited me. They were flat, dull, and foreign like I had dressed in another woman’s clothes. Sigh, it wasn’t pretty. I wasn’t true to myself and I knew it.

Then I decided to do it! Make the break. I was, after all, changing my lifestyle so that I would be healthier. Going natural and organic and making my home and house healthier. How could I continue in this relationship? I was becoming crunchy; a granola girl, it didn’t’ fit! I could make this change too, I decided! Well…there is always “organic hair color”, But NO! It had to go! We had to part ways. I couldn’t stand the suspense each month; the not knowing how it would turn out, the damage to my fine soft hair. It was an unhealthy relationship. We had to break up. IT MUST BE DONE!

So, I did it — cold turkey. We broke up. I didn’t even tell it, it had been nice. I just walked away.

It took so long to get over the relationship; more than a year. As my hair grew out, it changed weird colors, fading into a gross kind of green color at the ends; a constant reminder of our relationship. The ends were fried and gross, but I stood firm. I was not going to be bullied into coming back! We were over.

One day I noticed how soft my hair was becoming, how healthy and yes! How it sparkled in the sun with streaks of silver. Shwiinggg! Young 20 something guys started saying things like “hey, your hair is cool….duuude(imagine Keanu Reeves voice here)” Then one day one of them proclaimed! “It’s like superheroes are real!-dduuuuude” Ah, I got it. The silver streaks were like those of the women in comic books. I could live with that. I’m a little bit worried about our 20 something’s, but I digress.

The day came when it was time to tackle those ends. I chopped it all off in what I hoped would be a sassy pixie cut. Finally! It was gone! Nothing but pure virgin hair! Sassy, silver hair! How sweet it is! It seems you can go back!

I am now into the second year of liberty from my relationship with hair color. My hair has continued to soften, and I no longer look like Rogue from Marvel comics. I must admit that I do miss the occasional “duuudde”, but I’m happy. I will always remember our relationship, but I cherish the future. One of change and growth as a natural woman, one who will not look “old” because of hair color, but will be young because of who I am! Liberated from my relationship with hair color! Haazzzzuhhh!!!

For those whose path is not the natural hair path, there is no judgment. Color away – You be you!

Several Years Later…

I admit it…I did it.. I went back. This time I didn’t color my own hair but it was done under the care and talent of my divine stylist, John. Every 6 weeks he made me look faaabulous!!! But then I remembered, it’s true…ours is not a lasting love – Hair color and me. So I’ve started the journey again. “How long will it take” I asked my stylist. “9 months he said”. UGGGHHHH will it go green and funky again?? Will I be blue?? Will I look like a mutant??? Sigh. It is not a relationship you just “quit”, it is a slow recovery process.

Now it begins – the Journey. Bits of soft silver are beginning to shine through – I have hope, and I have a stylist. John will keep me in cute sassy haircuts and he will listen to me moan and complain as it grows out as he also makes comments hidden by dry humor. – well, ok, not so hidden, really. But he’ll listen, and we will make it. Eye rolls included.

Check back this winter for the reveal!

On a serious note, one of the reasons we color our hair is because out culture makes it so hard just to be you…the way you were born-your hair color, your eye color, your skin color, your body shape your __________…. We color, tan, or not tan, lose weight, gain weight, dress to please. STOP THE MADNESS. The key here is to love yourself as you are! I used to love the show “What Not to Wear” and one thing Clinton Kelly would often say is to dress the body you have not the body you wish you had- love the body you have, not the body you wish you had. That’s it, right there. If we love ourselves, we are loving to ourselves and thus more likely to be the person we want to be. If coloring makes you happy, then color away. If you want to go grey, then go grey. You do you and love it!!!

Lisa is an Independent Shaklee Distributor and received her Health Coach Certification from the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute, founded by world-renowned physician and author, Dr. William Sears. The Institute is a leader in science-based health and wellness education that focuses on the four pillars of health; Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude and Nutrition (L.E.A.N.). A certification by the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute is obtained only after completing the extensive course work and meeting all requirements. Once certified, a Health Coach possesses the knowledge, tools and resources to make a positive difference in the health of others.

The information in this blog is educational and not meant to diagnose, treat, or mitigate symptoms.

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Even a Health Coach Struggles

Keepin’ it real y’all! A few months ago, I got sick; a chest cold that lingered for two weeks! During this time I didn’t exercise, and I have found that when I exercise, I want to exercise, but when I don’t exercise, I don’t want to exercise! #truth. So, what’s a health coach to do?

Like many people, the first thing I did was nothing; the second thing I did was whine. I whined that I felt tired. I complained that I ached, I murmured that I was getting “fluffy”…you get the picture. I whined a lot.

The truth is, I like to exercise! I feel better physically as well as emotionally when I exercise regularly, and I’ve learned that often that means a nice long walk, a fun bike ride, or a short hike. It doesn’t have to mean a half hour to hour of scheduled abuse and loathing. – Which is what many people think. As a health coach, one of my goals is to help people reframe the word “exercise” and adopt the habits of natural movement combined with things that get our heartbeat up, but things you might enjoy.

What did I do? I phoned a friend; called in a lifeline! I got an accountability partner friends; yep I did it. We have friends and the wife is like my husband, both of whom say things like “I love you just the way you are”. Yeah, I know…sweet, but sometimes you need a kick in the pants. The husband is more like me – truth people. I asked him! Then I gave him permission to follow me and see my data on Myfitnesspal and Garmin. Yikes!! Then, I didn’t follow through. That is until I got a simple text, “soooooo…How are you doing with the calories, weight, workout thing?”. Sigh! Even health coaches struggle.

I have now hauled my, slightly fluffier rear onto the elliptical every day for the past three days and ended each day with yoga. I also added in strength training one day and will do it again tomorrow. You know what?? I feel great! I have felt proud of myself that I did what I didn’t want to do, and I’ve been in a better frame of mind as well as had more energy. It’s just three days, but it’s a start.

What about you? Do you have struggles? I recommend asking for an accountability partner, try a Brief Action Plan, set a goal, and then do it. This year I read the 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins, and it was great! She uses a countdown 5,4,3,2,1 and then does it; whatever “it” is. Surprisingly it helps. This morning I had to talk myself into it a bit, then I said 5, 4,3,2,1 and did it. I’m so glad I did.

Did you know?

  • That just 10 minutes of exercise a day can improve your mood, improve your heart strength, and your overall health?
  • Exercise can vastly improve your mood, and for many, that means no meds!
  • Releases Nitric Oxide which can lower your highs and raise your lows
  • It can relieve pain by increasing flexibility and strength while also releasing endorphins and lubricating the joints.
  • Reduces stress and helps you sleep better – yep, endorphins again.
  • It can give you energy. Instead of a nap, try a little walk.

It’s true; health coaches struggle just like anyone else. Be encouraged; you’ve got this! You can do it. One day at a time, one walk at a time and one “phone a friend” at a time. Let’s get moving!

Not sure who to call? Schedule a coaching session online or in person.

Things I use to help me out:

Performance Recover

Ultra-pure tart cherry extract is clinically proven to reduce post-workout muscle soreness and optimize recovery.* Also includes our patented pain relief blend.

Advanced Joint Health Complex

Contains concentrated glucosamine and a patented, fast-acting form of boswellia extract shown in a clinical study to significantly improve joint comfort in as few as five days.*† Improves joint mobility and flexibility while  supporting long-term joint health.*

Performance Build +

Helps build firm lean musclesHelps restore muscle energy and support muscle repairContains 14g of protein

Performance Physique + Bio-Build Recovery Shake is a pure high-octane fuel for rapid muscle recovery. Made with our powerful Bio-Build† blend, a mix of intelligent-release protein and carbohydrates, clinically proven to naturally activate the body’s recovery process. Delivers more energy to the muscle than either carbohydrates or protein alone.

Myfitnesspal.com is a great tool for tracking exercise, water intake, and food. AND your friends can follow your progress.

A fitness tracker. I use Garmin and BellaBeat. It just helps me stay focused and on task.