Total Health by Elizabeth

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Total Health by Elizabeth
Total Health by Elizabeth
It always seemed unfair.

Why did everyone else seem to be able to eat & drink whatever it was that they wanted, and I couldn’t? Why was it that my friend was eating taquitos & beer - and still had a six pack at 40 - when I had prepacked my veggies for the party & was struggling to get to my goal weight?

I felt like everyone was noticing that we were at a pool party, and everyone was drinking frozen margaritas except for me. I was drinking water.

All I wanted to do was fit in - and this was NOT the way to do it.

I was standing out - but not in a good way.

It took me a while longer before I figured out how to work WITH my body instead of against it.

All the time that I was struggling to lose weight - the reason I was struggling was because I was FIGHTING my body. I was telling IT what to do instead of letting it lead & tell me what it wanted.

Once I learned how to listen, everything changed.

Our body tells us what it wants in terms of health through things like sleep, cravings, appetite, energy, mental clarity, and mood. After decoding these messages & adjusting my habits, it all became easy.

And once I figured that out, everything shifted. I never had to be the one at the party eating and drinking things that I didn’t want again.
Total Health by Elizabeth
Total Health by Elizabeth
There was a time when I didn’t think that I could eat just one cookie.

That eating one cookie was something that other people did - and I had NO IDEA how that was possible.

Like seriously. How was that at all possible?

Did they just not LIKE cookies?

Was their body different in that it didn’t CRAVE cookies?

What I didn’t know was that their brain was different. And the reason that their brain responded to cookies differently was because their hormones were different.

They were balanced.

Their hormones weren’t sending out signals to the brain that it needed to eat all of the cookies once they had eaten one.
Their hormones weren’t all over the place creating energy dips that the brain knows to solve by eating easiest/fastest form of energy (aka: sugar)
Their hormones weren’t mis-firing so that they didn’t know when they were satisfied.
Their hormones weren’t constantly telling them that they were hungry.

Mine were.

Once I was able to get my hormones under control, food didn’t occupy my thoughts anymore.

I wasn’t constantly looking for my next sugar fix.

I was able to eat just one cookie.

And put the bag away.

Want to learn how to eat just one cookie?
Total Health by Elizabeth
Total Health by Elizabeth
This past weekend was Gary & my 3 year anniversary of our move to Mexico.

And it's interesting to look back on the growth & changes that I've had to overcome during that time to get me where I am today. On one hand living in Mexico affords us a higher standard of living with a lower cost. However what I've learned over the years is that there's no perfect place.

Every place has it's positives and negatives.

Kind of like the same concept that I was talking about in the webinar last week - that life is 50% positive and 50% negative -the same thing is true for where we live, where we work, our relationships, and everything else about our life.

Before we moved here, we did our due diligence; we researched as much as we could. From what we could tell, we could get everything that we needed. And for the most part, that's true.

But there's a difference between needing and wanting; needing and nice to have.

Within the first few weeks of moving to Mexico, we went to Costco - since we don't have a large family, we never went to a large warehouse store when we lived in the states - we wanted to see what was available.

A woman approached us - apparently she'd overheard our conversation & realized we were new to the area. She predicted that we'd become hoarders. She was joking - but only kind of. See, although we can generally get what we need, we can't always get what we want. And if what we wanted was there last week, there's no guarantee that it will ever be there again.

It's true.

And it's frustrating.

But it is what it is - and getting upset about it is kind of like spitting into the wind - it only hurts yourself.

And so over the past 3 years, I've been learning how to make peace with what is.

This same concept - accepting what is - is something that I work with my clients on when it comes to their body.

We don’t think it’s fair that our husband is able to lose weight faster than we can. It’s not fair that we can’t sleep through the night. It’s frustrating that we have to be more diligent about what we’re eating.

And that may all be true, but it doesn’t change reality.

And wishing things were different only makes you feel bad - which leads to self sabotage.

Which doesn’t help anyone at all.

In what ways are you fighting reality? What isn’t fair? What SHOULD be happening instead?
Total Health by Elizabeth
Total Health by Elizabeth
I really love the Maya Angelou quote: "I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.”

But when it comes to health & weight loss, that isn’t always the case.

We all KNOW what we should be doing: eating vegetables, staying away from overly processed foods, sweets & treats, drinking enough water, getting enough sleep, so on & so on...

We KNOW BETTER. Why aren’t we doing it?

Because when it comes to our body, the body & subconscious brain don’t care about fitting in to our jeans.

They care about surviving.

And that’s when hormones come in to play.

Hormones influence our hunger, our cravings, our energy levels and whether we’re able to focus, they influence our ability to sleep, and our mood too.

My clients who have balanced hormones are able to sleep through the night, their appetite is manageable, and they don’t get crazy cravings.

If you suspect that your hormones need some balancing, drop me a PM - tell me what’s going on & I can help you by offering my best 3 tips to help you get back in balance.
Total Health by Elizabeth
Total Health by Elizabeth
When Glenn Revell told me that we’ve been friends for 10 years I couldn’t believe it! We met at a gym that we both worked at & it’s been amazing seeing him grow in his career as a strength and conditioning coach while my business - although still in health - has become less about physical strength, and more about general health with a focus on how we prioritize and think about our health - which then influences how we take care of ourselves.

So I jumped at the chance to talk with Glenn on his podcast The GCast about what to do to maintain your health goals while sheltering in place! I gave 4 tips & strategies that you’ll want to take note on.

Listen to the episode here:
Total Health by Elizabeth
Total Health by Elizabeth
Something that I work with my clients to establish are their non-negotiables. These are habits that they do on a daily basis regardless of what else is going on with their lives.

Their basics. The things that just make up who they are & what they do.

They’re simple & good for them.

And they know if they do these things they’re healthier than most.

One on my non-negotiables is walking. I walk every day (it helps to have an active dog, like Sadie 🐶, to keep me motivated)

Want to learn how to create your own?

My 8 Basic Habits that Healthy People Do Guide & Checklist will break it down for you. Pick yours up here:

And then tell me what your non-negotiables are below. 👇

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