Treat Your Family to a Happy and Healthy Halloween

Halloween can be a nightmare for parents who are concerned about their kids’ health. The most important thing to remember is that this holiday needs to be FUN! There’s no need to stress out about your kid’s sugar overload if you’ve trained him or her to have a healthy relationship with food.kids trick or treating

Here are a few ideas from Natalie, a nutritionist and seasoned mom, about how to take the worry out of the witchcraft and enjoy Halloween with your kids.Read More »

Create Habits You Can Rely On

Have you ever told yourself, “I’ll lose weight after my daughter gets married,” or “I’ll start exercising once this stressful project at work is over!”? Life is busy, and it is HARD to make your health a priority sometimes!person with a phone

However, there are a lot of downsides to procrastinating a workout for days…or months. Soon it catches up to you and your metabolism slows wayyyy down. You find yourself feeling sluggish, heavy, and sad. Exercise releases endorphins, and when you don’t get them from a workout, your body craves them from other places. Like chocolate. That chocolate makes it even harder to work out, and it becomes a messy cycle, you see?girl laying on a bed

Personally, I am an excellent pusher-backer of healthy habits. A morning workout? After being up all night with a fussy newborn? No thanks! And it’s much easier to ask my husband to grab fast food on his way home instead of finding time to meal plan and make a dinner with some nutrition.

The thing is, I realized that when I put off taking care of my body until life gets easier, life only gets harder. It might take some planning, but I realized that by figuring out small ways to take care of myself throughout the day, I am a better mom, a more productive worker, a more understanding wife, and a happier person.

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It doesn’t take much. Sometimes it’s just making myself drink water throughout the day! The point is, life will always be busy. If you make healthy habits foundations of your day, things that you can rely on even when everything else gets crazy, your body will stay strong even during pressure.

If you’re tired of putting off your heath for another day, call me up! Any of us at Prolean Wellness are more than willing to help you start a routine that allows you to be your very best self.

Comparison: The Thief of Joy…and Results!

Have you ever entered a weight loss competition? Maybe an office-wide “Biggest Loser” challenge, or a friendly wager with your significant other? Perhaps your competitor doesn’t even know the rivalry exists! I’ll admit it—sometimes I push myself a little longer on the elliptical just to show up the person next to me.two men running

A lot of people think that competition is a great motivator, and one of those short-term contest might just give you short-lived weight loss. However, pushing yourself to surpass someone else in a pound-for-pound competition is never a good idea!feet on a bathroom scale

Your body is DIFFERENT than everyone else’s! That means that your weight loss will happen at a different rate in different amounts and in different areas! Trying to match someone else’s weight loss goals can be unrealistic and even discouraging. Your body is totally unique, so don’t try to mold it into something it’s not!woman holding measuring tape

The ideal plan is to try and become your best self. Figure out the body fat percentage at which you feel your healthiest and make that your goal. Work towards wearing your favorite pair of jeans again—it’s much more satisfying than fretting about your gym partner’s progress!woman on a mountain

Empty Nesters – Now What?

Here’s a post by one of our owners, Celeste!

Our last little chick took flight last month, making Jeff and I empty nesters.  Our son is off for two years to serve a mission for our church.  We went from watching him play multiple volleyball games per week, to  high school graduation, to a family vacation with him, to a full house with our other daughter and her husband coming to say goodbye to JUST US in a matter of eight weeks. Family-pic-7-9-17-1024x899

We can still have daily contact with our daughter, who’s been off on her own for five years now, but with Cooper, we’ll be limited to a weekly email contact and biannual Skype visits for the next two years.  This has not been something I’ve been looking forward to.  In fact, it feels like who I am and who I always aspired to be is now different.  Being a mom was my number one goal and my number one job for the past 23 ½ years, and now they’ve grown up and gone away and I’m left wondering if life will ever be the same.

IT WON’T!  But that doesn’t mean it’s not going to be sweet anymore.  It doesn’t mean that life is over and that I don’t have purpose anymore.  It just means that what was normal before isn’t my normal anymore.  In fact, there are a lot of things I’ve found out that are great about being an empty nester.  I don’t have to worry about where my children are at any given time of the day.  I purchase food  that I know will be eaten. My kitchen stays clean, and my laundry room doesn’t look like a bomb went off.  I look down the hallway to a clean room and a neatly made bed.  I’m also getting lots of great one on one time with Jeff.  We’re re-learning about each other and our relationship is getting even stronger.

I know this seems like a personal journal entry, but it really does relate to the lifestyle changes we coach our clients to make.  If clients go through our program with the idea in mind that they won’t be happy until they can go back to their normal eating- the weight will most likely come back.  But, if they can find joy in this new normal way of life, the changes they have made will become sweet to them.   Different doesn’t mean bad!