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By Gina Cousineau
A prospective client who seeks me out largely does so for weight loss, initially. My hope once we begin working together is not only to help them achieve their weight-loss goal, but also to gain the ability to advocate for their health.
In today’s society, we put too much “weight” on the almighty scale without considering our health. We all know the feeling that accompanies a “good” weigh-in versus a “bad” one. It can completely make or break our day.
While more than 70% of the population in the U.S. sits in the overweight/obese category, making us miserable in our own bodies, the fact is that this “weight” issue is lessening our lifespan and adding to our years of disability.
That is the entire reason I am so passionate about helping individuals successfully lose the weight for good, but also to advocate for their health along the way.
I often joke with my clients that I wish I could give them the “Mama G” vaccination and just inject all my knowledge, kitchen skills, and nutrition education into their beings, but, alas, this is impossible.
The best thing I can do is teach them how and why to incorporate real wholesome food into their lives, loving every morsel they put into their mouths, encouraging them to start an exercise program, and perhaps most importantly, advocating for their health.
All that being said, we must focus on not only how we “feel,” but how we “look” under the hood. It’s too easy to keep our heads “stuck in the sand,” either ignoring poor test results or never going to our doctor in the first place.
While I have always felt that the human body is resilient, countering the effects of our poor lifestyle choices in the early years of adulthood, I am now seeing more and more young people who are not well. This, my friends, is due to the ease of getting food, making poor food choices, and the lack of movement in our lives.
So why should we care? Consider that our love of “convenience” foods and technology is actually shortening our lives. I would like you to ponder that statement for a moment and let me give you some food for thought.
Let’s consider this. What is your “why”? Why do you choose to get out of bed each day? I force-feed this concept to my clients from Day 1, to help them find the reason to consider a lifestyle shift.
Do those “crappy” food choices bring more joy to you than the people you love? Do you get more pleasure from technology that keeps you seated, rather than enjoying the beautiful community we live in? Do you realize that the food choices you make and your lack of exercise are harming your ability to really “live” your best life?
So here is your action item this month: make an appointment with your medical provider and take a good look under the hood.
Between yearly labs, preventive care screenings, incorporating more wholesome food, and a walking program, you can begin to shift the trajectory of this one life we have been gifted.
A quick Google search of “preventative care screenings for adults” will provide a list of action items you should consider in your quest to live a long, healthy, independent, joyful life.
And, meanwhile, this month I have a free webinar series titled “Kick-start Your Weight Loss” that I welcome you to join.
Gina Cousineau sees clients virtually and in person out of her San Clemente office. Her extensive education—a BS in dietetics and MS in integrative and functional nutrition—chef training, and 30-plus years as a fitness professional allow her to help clients lose weight and improve their health. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org, 949.842.9975, and on Instagram and Facebook @mamagslifestyle. Register for her complimentary weekly newsletter at mamagslifestyle.com.