Febuary 14th, Valentine's Day, is the day we let our significant others know how much we care about them through a big box of milk chocolates and maybe a fancy dinner out. I'm not going to say that doesn't sound great, but maybe we could fine tune it a bit, huh?
Personally, this date has taken on a whole new meaning for me. On that day in 2011, I was planning to be rolled in for a new kidney the following morning. With a big surgery like that, I was under strict eating guidelines, which didn't include much other than clear fluids. I was forced to take a look at just how important the "Valentine's Chocolate & Fancy Dinner" really was. This year, let's enjoy our food....no liquid diets for me! But let's also take some time to plan out our Valentine's Day and not get sidetracked by the mass marketing of Valentine's day at 6pm Febuary 14th. Let's make it mean something and let's make it good, let's consider now some healthy Valentine's treats.
So many times I get the question, “What exactly is wellness coaching?”. Let’s clear it up a bit for those of you that still wonder what in the world this wellness coaching thing is all about.
First, “wellness” is a very broad term. It doesn't mean the same thing for everyone! When I was recovering from my kidney transplant, my wellness was taking my meds on time everyday, being able to sleep at night, trying to walk for a collective 30 minutes per day and downing the awful fish oil they insisted I take. For my teenage son, wellness may be staying away from the tempting foods that most teenagers are consuming and improving his volleyball skills. For a very active person that is already eating a proper diet, their wellness may be to maintain what they are already doing and work on decreasing their current stress level at work. This list goes on and on because people are different! For years people have said “everyone is different” and then proceed to give everyo...