Friday Foodies - 5 Hacks For Better Health With Health Coach Anne Dwyer
By Kristen Arute, June 12, 2020
Photos courtesy of Anne Dwyer and Kris Marie Photo
Anne Dwyer started her business Health & Harmony after working as a project manager in the Health Care Industry and then spending years as a stay at home mom to her three boys. She returned to school and became a certified health and wellness coach through The Institute of Integrative Nutrition. This decision came after a long personal journey. "I struggled with many health issues for years and wanted to know why my body was failing me," said Anne. "I discovered that by changing my diet and by making some simple changes to my lifestyle, I was able to overcome many of my illnesses."
While she doesn't diagnose or treat diseases, as a certified Holistic Health Coach, Anne offers care that combines traditional health concepts with both ancient and modern practices. "My approach is not to dwell on calories, carbs, fats, and proteins," she said. "I practice a holistic approach to health and wellness, which means that I look at how all areas of your life are connected." As she works with her clients, they develop a deeper understanding of the food and lifestyle choices that work best for them and are able to put into practice strategies to improve their energy, balance and health. "What you put in your body now will determine your long-term wellness," said Anne.
Eating healthy on a regular basis is challenging enough on a good day, but it is only made more difficult during a quarantine and times of social unrest. "Even as a health coach, self-isolation has tested my dedication to healthy eating," said Anne, "but there are steps I use to realign my diet after I succumb to quarantine snacking." She calls these her "5 Hacks For Better Health," and they are shared below. Anne encourages people to pick one and try it for a while before adding another when they feel ready. "Baby steps are the way to success when it comes to improving your lifestyle," she said.
5 HACKS FOR BETTER HEALTH
2. AVOID PROCESSED FOODS. Eat whole, clean foods such as vegetables, fruits (organic when possible), non-GMO foods, humanely-raised meats and fish, gluten-free grains, nuts and seeds. Quality is better than quantity. Whole foods are easier for your body to digest than processed foods, and they have a higher nutritional content. You won’t be craving more food to get the nutrition you need. In other words, eat less “dead" food!
4. EAT GREENS. If you already eat your vegetables, there are plenty of ways to add an extra serving to your daily diet, like green juice, smoothies or powdered greens such as Green Vibrance. Or, simply add a salad or sautéed greens to a meal. Greens detoxify the liver, provide essential nutrients for bone health, fight belly bloat and weight loss and improve brain health.
5. BE KIND TO YOURSELF! If you make a wrong turn, don’t beat yourself up! Just get back on track without judgment or guilt.
1. DON’T GIVE IN TO CRAVINGS. When craving sweets or carbs, hydrate with filtered plain water (can add lemon) or herbal tea. Dehydration often causes these cravings. On average, drinking half of your weight in ounces a day will keep you hydrated and make you less likely to overeat.
3. RECOGNIZE EMOTIONAL EATING. Are you eating in response to pandemic circumstances, such as stress, anxiety or boredom? Do you find yourself trapped in the house all day snacking? Emotional eating can lead to gradual weight gain. I have struggled with this myself. Now, when I find myself wanting to eat during times of emotional distress, I walk outdoors, work in my yard or garden, organize a closet, paint, journal, read, listen to podcast, call a friend or listen to a YouTube meditation video. There are lots of options, even in quarantine, to soothe anxious cravings.