First I want to define the word health.
the condition of being sound in body, mind, or spirit; especially : freedom from physical disease or pain
That’s what Merriam-Webster says today. Prior to 1948ish health was defined as simply “the absence of disease or pain.” There was no acknowledgment of the mind, body, spirit connection.
The definition of holistic health is not far from the current definition of health, according to the AHHA:
Rather than focusing on illness or specific parts of the body, this ancient approach to health considers the whole person and how he or she interacts with his or her environment. It emphasizes the connection of mind, body, and spirit.
I’m sure you would agree that mind, body and spirit work together to create your experience of health. You know loads of stress doesn’t feel good, that numbing out on ice cream and reality TV at night doesn’t feel good and that not moving your body doesn’t feel that great either. But why can't we stop doing it?
Our culture can’t stop obsessing about our food, our diets, our workouts and how we look. It's overwhelming, guilt inducing and perfection focused - it doesn't work. We’re focused on a small piece of the whole (holistic) picture that makes up health and wellness.
Which means most of us really want to believe in holistic health, but our actions would say otherwise because women are stuck focusing on and judging physical measures of health: how do I look, how do I lose weight, how do I change my body, how do I eat "right," how do I look younger.
I want to change that. I want women (you) to trust that deep inner wisdom we all have and use it to become confident, educated experts in themselves.
Do you keep trying to focus on eating and exercising? Is there anything else going on in your life? Of course there is!
How many times have we all tried to “get our diet and exercise on track first,” convinced that if we lose weight and get healthy THEN we can work on our relationships, find a career we love, quit our job, make money, take a vacation, have kids or have permission to be happy?
If it worked that way, if that logic were correct, we wouldn’t find ourselves back in the same spot every January if not every couple of months. That body, mind, spirit thing is a package deal.
Holistic health is all inclusive, nothing gets left out and it’s not all about diet and exercise. I teach women about approaching their health with self-acceptance and I teach them how to become experts in themselves - because who knows more about you than you? There is no one-size-fits-all approach.
Eating real, whole foods are great but you are WAY more complex than that. Taking a holistic, all inclusive approach to your life and your lifestyle transforms you into your most alive, vibrant, joyful, REAL self.
Want to find out where you are in terms of holistic wellness? Take this quick assessment. Rate each of the categories on a scale of 1-10 (1 = feeling unsatisfied, 10 = feeling great).
- Meaning and Purpose (spirituality)
- Giving and Receiving
Use this as a judgement-free road map to point you in the direction that would serve your GROWTH and EVOLUTION. It might sound easier to do a cleanse or eat "healthy" but if you've been avoiding your needs for connection or rest or self-care the healthiest diet in the world (if there were one) would cannot fill those spaces.
P.S. If you're interested in getting off the diet bandwagon for good and choosing balance in ALL parts of your life, I'm taking a few new clients. Read more about coaching HERE.