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We all know what to do, and many of us resolve to do it every year: eat better, exercise more, lose weight and reduce stress. We may have many demands on our time and energy, and not a lot of cash to spare for health clubs and organic produce. It seems insurmountable, so we throw up our hands and eat a bag of chips. Changing our diets and habits is not easy, but with a little guidance and a lot of patience, it can be enjoyable. Really!
I'm not a medical professional, personal trainer or registered dietician. What I am is a former couch potato and junk food fan who is on a journey to prevent illness, reduce stress, and increase my energy and vitality through nutrition and exercise. I have watched members of my family suffer from preventable illness and seen their diminished quality of life, and I aim to find a better way. I have just graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a certified holistic health counselor, and have also become certified as a Nia instructor. The website for my health coaching practice is www.healthwithinsight.com.
I'm a big believer in baby steps! My goal is to show Oak Parkers that there are plenty of ways we can improve our health, and though some of them have price tags, a lot of them don't. On "Menu Monday" I'll discuss an inexpensive, healthy, seasonal food and perhaps share a recipe. "Wellness Wednesdays" will look at one of the practicioners of healing arts in our area, who will teach us about Reiki, Reflexology, Rolfing, etc. Finally "Fitness Friday" will introduce you to a new way to think about exercise, either by enjoying movement outdoors or demystifying some of the exercise classes available through the Park District or local fitness centers.
I look forward to hearing your ideas, and learning about all the many health and wellness options the Oak Park area has to offer.