What have you been interested in lately?
The best wellness topics for the time have been stress, well-being, and immune health. While, some of those tried and true options have been resurfacing such as fitness, productivity, and happiness.
It's always fun at the end of a year to come up with topics for the future year. This year, however, we were thrown a monkey wrench. Our small team had to take a step back to make sure that we would be providing both relevant and timely material for you.
Slowly, but surely, this great information you can use is being published or sent out to you. Our most recent blog post focused on many people's favorite topics: fitness. Shortly before that, we focused on happiness and were nearly overwhelmed by the response.
Luckily, topics like stress, immune health, brain health, and self-care were already on our calendar. In fact, some of those areas are core to our model.
We have been sensitive to information overload. However, we are both excited and looking forward to re-launching our guided education modules later this year.
In the meantime, keep checking the wellness blog for great information and, most importantly, motivation to stay on track.
As if stress and well-being were not already top of mind topics for your health and lifestyle, this year (2020) has thrown us a curveball.
Despite the various interruptions, changes of routine, and unexpected circumstances, a good daily game plan to keep stress levels in a healthful range is completely attainable. My team and I always focus on the "can do's" in our guidance on lifestyle health. This time is like no other.
In the meantime, I have opened up access to a 3-day workshop on stress health which includes easy, digestible parts over the course of 3 modules. Feel free to go at your own pace and enjoy the complimentary workbook centered on your own goals and circumstances.
The button will set you up for free access to your workbook through our shopping cart. No payment will be taken. We have the videos up on our YouTube channel.
We are adding a few new, simple tools to help you easily live well on the healthful journey.
The Live Your Best, Healthy Life mini e-book is a handy tool to make your wellness a priority.
Click the image for immediate access.
So… you may have heard on several occasions that too much stress can be harmful to your health. In fact, according to this Healthline article, The Effects of Stress on Your Body, effects from too much or the impact of “adverse” stress can do quite a number on our biological systems. The effects can range from headaches to irritability, anxiety, or interrupted sleep to even more significant challenges, such as threats to our immune health or central nervous system.
Furthermore, numerous studies have assessed the role that adverse stress plays in the onset of conditions such as metabolic disease and even obesity. When chronic adverse stress is paired with other lifestyle-related factors such as risk-taking behavior, socioeconomic status, or when someone assumes the role of a care-taker, we have observed even more amplification of the negative outcomes.
Wow!!! Who would have thought, right? ...now, what exactly can we do about it? Are there actually easy ways to reduce adverse stress or the harmful effects in our daily lives?
This is exactly what we will be addressing an upcoming virtual workshop.
“How to Stress Less and Live Better in 3-days"
You will have 3-days, Nov 5th-7th, to participate in bite-sized increments AND come away with a clear, realistic game plan for you to address your health and stress on your own terms. That’s right, no cookie-cutter solutions, just a few sound methods to help you lay a great baseline.
The workshop comes just in time before we enter the hustle and bustle of the holiday season in the U.S. or for those who may be feeling a little laggy from seasonal changes in Fall and Winter. If you are one of our eager souls joining us from across the globe, the tips and tricks will still be rather applicable or can be stashed in your back pocket for the times they are most needed down the road. Either way, we cannot wait to have you join us!
We have made it super easy to RSVP. Simply visit our Facebook event and you can sign up there! We will send the remaining details to the email address in which you provide us. Thats it!
I truly enjoyed my engagement with the WholeFoods Magazine staff for contributions to Happy Customer: Co-op Love. It was fantastic to be able to highlight some of my favorite spots!
Dill Pickle Food Co-op
Daily Groceries Co-op
Life Grocery & Cafe
City Market Onion River Co-op
The Neighborhood Co-op Grocery
The idea of "Life by Design" is something that I have been hearing and seeing in media sources more and more often. Therefore, I decided to dig a little deeper while also bring further highlight to a realistic approach for this concept. It was fantastic to be able to include linked content from one of my favorite friend and collaborators in entrepreneurship Janet McIntosh of Aligned Biz Systems! Check out more on the blog HERE.
In 2006, yep 13 years ago, Harvard Medical School published a succinct list; 12 Ways to Keep Your Brain Young. They have since made a few tweaks to the post, however, left it up as an active resource on their website.
It has really only been in the last few years that lifestyle health approaches in support of the brain have gone mainstream. (In fact, sometimes I even have to take a step back in making that sort of claim since I work in a proactive bubble as an integrative health focused practitioner). However, last year, popular health and wellness media sources such as Mind Body Green, put it on the top wellness trends to watch in 2019 list!
Cognitive related diseases, such as Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, are increasing in worldwide prevalence. In fact, Alzheimer's is considered one of the fastest growing epidemics in the western world. Scientifically, we now understand that lifestyle and environmental factors do play a role in their manifestation.
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Did you read that last sentence?
I hope so. Also, this is exactly why the focus of my next free 5-day virtual challenge will be centered on simple, daily shifts in your lifestyle in further support of the health of your brain.
This will run from April 29th to May 3rd, 2019.
Participation is simple. Sign up HERE, watch your inbox for instructions, join our private Facebook group, and take advantage of the daily activities.
You may notice a few new faces or names in the streamlining of this challenge as I now have some lovely marketing consultants working in conjunction with me.
On behalf of all of us, we can't wait to see you in the challenge!
Thank you to Green Diaper Babies, which services the Chicagoland area, for throwing a virtual shout out to Ashley L Arnold Lifestyle Health Coaching services!
Shannon Griffith, founder of Green Diaper Babies, shares a passion for healthful living and environmental engagement. She leads by example in healthful networking through co-hosting quarterly networking events in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago and facilitating connections between interdisciplinary health practitioners.
Thank you, thank you (!) Shannon for featuring our services on your website! The post can be viewed HERE. Be sure to check out her services, classes, and resources.
Wow! How impactful to see this article, Lose Weight the Functional Medicine Way, published this month.
"We eat fewer whole foods, more processed and inflammatory foods, and we're taking in more environmental toxins. Many of us work sedentary jobs and don't get enough exercise. We're not eating enough foods rich in probiotics and prebiotics that support gut health."
~ Integrative Health Matters, Tyler, TX
They elaborate further with 7 key focus areas to incorporate into a weight loss plan;
When I designed my coaching packages, I looked at ways to leverage evidence-based approaches to behavior change with what we know from functional medicine. In many circumstances, factors such as those listed above receive little to no emphasis and, therefore, patients do not observe favorable, lasting results. Taking the functional approach to weight loss is supportive of whole health and sustainable wellness. I believe, moving forward, it is of utmost service to incorporate these areas into any health program, but especially ones that center on losing weight!
Ask me how my Kick Start and Intensive programs incorporate these approaches.
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Ashley L Arnold, MBA, MPH