I recently took a survey on what made me happy.
What was I doing when I was the most happy?
The exercise started with: remember a time when you were happy, what were you doing?
Everyone of those questions led me to food...well not just food but eating a meal with others. Oh and good food.
Connections are made over food.
We go to networking lunches, sit down on holidays for family dinners and who can forget the romantic candle light dinner with a loved one.
Gathering around the table, with everyone excitedly talking about their day, their hopes for the future and the food....
I just don't feel the same about yakking in a car, or over the phone, or while hanging at a Starbucks...it's just too boring and empty.
I want to plate some food!
We raised our boys with family meals....very rarely did we eat on the run, even when they were in high school and had schedules jammed packed with stuff.
I loved those meals, even though the food, in retrospect was at times not as healthy as I wish it had been.
I love to go out to dinner with my sons and their girlfriends and sit around the table and talk.
When we go into the city, our day is always planned around where we are going to eat. Without that special meal, I feel like the trip was just not as special.
We plan our visits and look to find healthy food that is served in a interesting atmosphere.
In 2004, less than 28% of the families out there ate dinner together.
If not at dinner, when do you talk? How do you find out about how your kid's school day is going? The latest love interest? The school gossip? Let alone talk about current events? Decide family vacations?
My biggest joy is to make food for people that they will enjoy, that will enhance their health and feelings of wellbeing and to sit around a table and talk......
You Deserve to be Healthy!
I read a ton of marketing material and blogs on self-improvement, mind-set and the power of positive intentions.
Some is to motivate me and some to help me be a better coach to my clients.
I have always been baffled as to why, when the solution is right in front of us, do we not take the bull by the horns and forge ahead.
Now I am a very logical person and sometimes grapple with other people's unhappiness and their unwillingness to make the change that will bring them into happiness.
I mean really. If you hate how much you weigh - well change your diet and exercise. Your boyfriend or husband a creep. Step away from the jerk.
Friend too needy and sucking the energy out of you? Tell the friend to knock it off or put some distance between the two of you.
But what if the fear is not the simple act of making the change but that the change might be worse or we may fail or we may make the same mistake again.
The bad that we know is for many people better than the thing we do not but can imagine.
I am hired to educate and to hold accountable my clients. At times I have been too nice and just let it slide but when I question their unwillingness to change they realize great strides.
They all get stuck, they all bristle at my insistence, they all want to stay in their comfy familiar situation. I get it.
I love the job of pushing people on. It suits me.
Change is not always easy, sometimes not perfect but always, movement is positive. Staying stuck in your unhappiness is easy, really!
I recently read an article in National Geographic that broke down our lives by task - sleeping, working, using the restroom, sitting in traffic and when it got down to it, we have only 20% of our lives to live.
What are you waiting for?
I am a digestive health coach. I help my clients have more energy and a eliminate digestive problems by eating food they love!