The Business of Health Leslie Martin, MBA/Certified Health Coach

Live Long, Die Short

As I entered my forties, I felt pretty good about my health and my life. But, at 49, I became aware of the fact that there were some noticeable changes over the past year. At that time, I became curious about the aging process so I began to research it and become more familiar with it. I uncovered my goal for aging; live long, die short. In America, people are living shorter healthy lives and longer sicker lives. It shouldn’t be this way. The memory of three particular people came to mind for me. These were individuals I had met throughout my life and had received advice from regarding health and vitality in the later years.

The first was a woman I met at a holistic health fair in Santa Fe. She was sassy and very enthusiastic about what she was sharing and was proud to announce that she was in her sixties. Of course, those in ear shot questioned her secret because she looked to be in her forties. She replied, “Water! Water, water, water!”  She shared that she truly believed this was the key to slowing the aging process. Drinking plenty of water aids the body’s systems in functioning properly. It will also give you healthier, more supple skin and has been proven to help with weight loss. Everyone should drink at a minimum half their weight in ounces.

The second person I received instruction from was a woman I met at a yard sale. This woman was with her son. He was proud of his mother and informed several gathered close that she was 79. When I asked her what she felt was the secret to looking and feeling so young, she replied, “Just keep moving. Don’t ever stop.” Physical activity was her defense. Physical activity not only helps in the aging process, but according to the Mayo Clinic, it also can help with mood and depression, weight control, decreased energy, and to promote better sleep.

And, lastly, one of the people who influenced me on my journey of health was a teacher who said that people who want to get healthy or maintain their health need to have a strong foundation. He believed this foundation to be spirituality. Without it, he said, nothing else will fall into place. It doesn’t have to be a religious practice, he said, but it should be something that takes you within yourself. Meditation, Qigong and yoga are some examples. A spiritual practice also helps with stress relief, focus and a sense of peace.

Now, as a certified health coach, I want to share this advice. Most people want to be healthier, but they don’t always know where to start. To quote Lao Tzu – “This journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” To discuss your goals and create a plan to get there, contact me. Sometimes it helps to have a partner on this journey.

 

Leslie will give a workshop on “Live Long, Die Short” in the summer of 2013. For details on Leslie’s events, please visit, www.lesliemartinhealthcoach.com.

 

Lemon Water – Who Knew?

What is one thing you can do today to improve your health? Just one thing? Well, this week I bought several lemons and have been adding them to my water daily. Why is this good you ask? Well, first off, drinking more water is good in general and adding in the lemon seems to help me drink more water. Why is that? I’m not exactly sure. Let’s talk about water though and all the good things that come from drinking more of it.

First off, did you know that drinking 8 glasses a day keeps fat away? I came across an article by Donald S. Robertson, MD, M. Sc. in which he addresses how. First of all, studies have shown that increasing water intake will reduce fat deposits (enhances kidney function which can then metabolize stored fat). That’s all I need to know! But, there’s more. It is also the best treatment for fluid retention. So, for those of you with swollen feet, legs and hands – up your water intake. In addition, water helps to maintain proper muscle tone, rid the body of waste, and relieves constipation.

Water is so important to our health but many of us don’t drink enough. I am sometimes guilty so it was a focus for me this week. And, like I said, I added lemon to it. Why lemon you ask? Here are some of the benefits of lemon and lemon water:

  • Cleansing the liver
  • Good source of citric acid, potassium, calcium, phosphorous and magnesium
  • Cleanses systems of impurities and will help prevent disease
  • Dissolve uric acid which is often the cause of pain and inflammation in the joints
  • Improves digestion and elimination
  • Relieves symptoms of indigestion, heartburn, belching and bloating
  • Purifies blood
  • Reduces phlegm in the body

(www.waterbenefitshealth.com)

I have been doing this for the last week and I must say it also seems to curb my appetite and relieve my evening snack attacks : ) Therefore, I will continue!

So, enjoy some lemon water. If anyone has any other added benefits or can share their experiences with it, I would love to hear from you. Also, if there are any topics you want me to discuss in my blog, please let me know.  In the meantime, enjoy some lemon water! To your health!

Leslie

Walk My Talk

This blog, Walk My Talk, is just about that. It’s me living the healthy lifestyle that is right for me…at this moment…in this time. Although I am a health coach, I am not perfect (crazy, I know). I am on my personal journey towards better health every day. And, personally, I love it! Why?! Because the heathier I get, the better I fell; and the better I feel, the more I do; and the more I do, the more I learn and the more people I meet; and, well you get the gist. So, I want to share my personal journey with others so that they can see that it is a process and to realize that it is a very doable and worthwhile process. And, so that you can select what might also work for you in your life. You can test out a few things I am doing, and maybe not; maybe you are just hovering for now. Wherever you are, it’s ok. You are you, so that is the best thing to be!

I basically, just want to have you be a part of my life on a weekly basis : )  I will share what I have been up to in the past week and possibly some goals I am working toward the following week (always have those going on).

Now, let’s get started! Last week, my project was the pantry. It was a huge mess – not exaggerating! Here is the before picture so that you can see for yourself. It’s actually quite embarrassing!

 

But, here is the after picture:

 

Now, that’s better!  Here’s how I went about it:

I first purchased a 12-pack of mason jars.

I took everything out and spread it all out on the counter and the kitchen table. While I was taking things out, I was categorizing them by: Whole grains, granola, etc. (anything in a bag from bulk section) in one pile, boxes in another pile, spices in another pile, oils and vinegars in another and then jars/cans in another. This was beneficial so that when I placed them back, things were already sectioned off.

Next, I put my rice, beans and nuts in the jars or containers. I put these back first and then worked around them based on number of items in each category.

The whole process took about an hour and a half. I had washed the mason jars the night before and left them to dry overnight.

So, now that the pantry is organized, it has been pretty darn useful when I am trying to see what I need to pick up at the grocery store. There is still the refrigerator though! Yikes! That’s one goal for next week. Honestly, that is probably my least favorite thing to do in the whole world! No, actually, it is my least favorite thing to do.

Next week, I might share a few meals I had or maybe the physical activity I did. Stay tuned and find out.

If you have anything special you want to see, let me know. I will do my best to get it on here and get it covered.

Until next week, my friends – be happy and healthy!

January, 2013 5-Week “Change for LIFE Quick Start” Program

For the month of January, 2013, I am offering a SPECIAL 5-Week “Change for LIFE Quick Start” program for only $100!

In this program, we will work together to set your goals, discover what foods and physical activity work best for you and get you started, talk about cravings and how to work through them, eliminate processed foods and sugar, find and implement the motivation that will sustain you, and find your best, healthy LIFE. What do you have to lose, except maybe a few pounds!

Register now by providing your information in the contact page. I will send you all the details.

Wouldn’t it be great to accomplish your new year’s resolutions this year?

Connect with the Power Within

When I woke this morning, I felt a huge sense of gratitude as I prepared for my day. Thanksgiving tends to make us think about what we are thankful for. I have found this to be true every year. But, this year felt a little different somehow. I contemplated the reason and came to the conclusion that it has to do with the fact that I have finally started a consistent spiritual practice.

For some time now, I have felt like something has been missing in my life. I narrowed it down to two things; relationship and spirituality. Although I have not found the “one” yet, I believe he is out there and it is only a matter of time. Family and friend relationships are great, so, I decided that the current moment gap was in finding a spirituality practice; a place to rest. I first needed to define and justify it; the hard part.

A spirituality practice is a venue for a person to turn inward. For many of us, we live every day in this world focused on people and events and it is difficult to find the time to turn our attention to go deeper into ourselves and discover and remember who we really are; our divine self.

A spiritual practice has many benefits of which I will name a few here and share how I got to where I am today. Although, I know there is more for me to do (as there always is), I feel like I have created a solid foundation – finally. For those of you who know me well, you know it has been missing for some time.

The benefits that I have found thus far are:

  • It provides clarity. I know how I want to play out my day; what’s important and what I can leave behind.
  • It provides calm and a sense of wellbeing. This is good preparation for whatever may come at me.
  • It has helped bring me into the current moment; not only then but throughout my day. And, who doesn’t need to quiet those voices that stalk us all day long?
  • It has opened up a connection for my intuition. It is always there, I know, but accessing it can be difficult at times.

As I continue moving forward with my practice, I believe the returns will continue to far outweigh the investment.

So, how did I start? I started by meditating. That didn’t really last too long. But, I do still meditate some days; usually 5 – 10 minutes. I think the key for me has been variety. I don’t always do the same thing. Some days, I read aloud from a book of daily Tao meditations. And, some days I pray. The prayer, for me, has seemed to be the most consistent.

What does your spiritual practice look like?

If you want to chat some about this or any other areas of your life, contact me on my website or via email. www.lesliemartinhealthcoach.com or lesliemartinhealth@yahoo.com

I wish you a blessed holiday filled with love, peace and joy!

The Business of Health – Time to Get to Work!

I work with individuals who are ready to make changes NOW!

Dealing with weight issues and other chronic health concerns can mean a diminished quality of life. Change can often seem unattainable and just like too much work! At this point, though, you are ready to make changes toward a healthier lifestyle. I commend you! As your health coach and partner, we will spend time together exploring the best approach for YOU to make long lasting, sustainable changes…one step at a time.

You CAN make changes! Start NOW! Together we can do great things!