5 Steps to a Robust, Healthier You

Why be healthy, anyway? That’s a silly question, right? Of course, we want to be as healthy as possible. Often, we don’t think too much about our health except when we are under the weather, dealing with a medical issue, or we want to lose weight. Everyone wants good health, but when we feel OK, we don’t necessarily actively pursue better health. 

However, experiencing true, robust health allows us to achieve more of what we want in our lives than when we are feeling “just OK,” or sick and tired. We can experience more joy, more fulfillment, more accomplishments, and better relationships. 

Tell me: What do you think your life would look like if you were in a robust state of health most of the time? What would it look like if you had abundant energy, crystal-clear thinking, a pain-free body, and you felt physically strong? Your health is the key to living life to your fullest potential. 

So, how do you get started towards robust health? Well, you start just one step at a time. I like to use a process called “crowding out.” You start by adding one or two positive changes at a time, allowing for longer-lasting change. As you start to add healthier habits, some of the less healthy habits tend to fall off. This may seem far-fetched, but I have experienced it personally as well as seen it happen with countless clients. Here’s a 5-step process to lead you on your way to robust health.

1. Drink Your Water 
Many of us are chronically dehydrated, which can contribute to compromised health. In the book, “Your Body’s Many Cries for Water,” Dr. Batmanghelidj says, “You are not sick, you are thirsty.” 

2. Practice Cooking
Learn how to make simple meals with whole food. It is a learned skill that takes practice. Cooking your own meal, once you’ve been doing it for a while, often takes less time than ordering in, and it may even taste better and be more nutritious. 

3. Eat More Dark, Leafy Greens
The Standard American Diet (SAD) commonly leaves out vegetables, but greens are essential for creating robust health. They are packed with much needed minerals and nutrients. Some benefits include blood purification, cancer prevention, improved circulation, increased immunities, healthy gut flora, clearer congestion, reduced mucus, and a lifted spirit and mood.

4. Chew on It
Chewing your food thoroughly helps your body to digest more efficiently by secreting more of your own digestive enzymes in the process. This alleviates stress on your digestive organs.

5. Listen to and Honor Your Body
We are each unique and have highly-individualized nutrition requirements. What’s good for my body, may not be good for yours. Start to pay attention to how your body feels after a you’ve eaten a certain food, and honor and respect your body’s needs. 

At The Wellness Cooperative our team educates and supports our clients in making subtle, but powerful changes to their diet and lifestyle. Call 703-299-0500 or visitTheWellnessCooperative.com to schedule a personalized nutritional coaching session with me. The right food, nutrition, and self-care tools are essential for living a balanced life of vitality and optimal health. 

Janette Coffee
Janette Coffee is a Certified Health Coach at The Wellness Cooperative in Old Town, Alexandria. Janette is passionate about guiding and empowering busy professionals to create happier, healthier lives. Janette leads workshops on nutrition and natural health and offers private, one-on-one health and nutrition coaching. She received her education at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City, studying dietary theories, contemporary health issues, and Eastern and Western nutrition. She is also an accredited member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.