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Hi folks!

I just watched Dove’s Choose Beautiful Campaign video, and I had to share it.  As you watch it, consider what you would do…

Would you choose average?  Or would you choose beautiful?

By the way…you truly are beautiful.

Hugs,
Erica

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Do you think eating healthy is hard?

by Erica on April 9, 2015

I think one of the things that kept me from changing my diet over the years was my belief that it would be really hard to do. With all the information out there, I wasn’t even sure what I should actually eat!

So many diets, so many studies in the news, so many experts saying one thing is good, and then the next thing you know another expert is saying the opposite. A classic example is how we were all told to eat “low fat,” only to be told now to eat “healthy fats.” It’s no wonder Americans are confused…

I knew for years I needed to improve my diet, but quite frankly, nearly everyone else I knew ate the same way. I couldn’t imagine it could be that bad for me if that was the case.

I actually liked fruits, veggies, and fish, but my cooking skills and interest were lacking. So was the time and energy I had. I consumed a lot of not-so-healthy take out (Hello carside to go!), fast food lunches (Doesn’t the chili count as ‘healthy?’), frozen dinners, prepared foods, pastas, cereals, cookies (I loved me some double stuff oreos), and ice cream. Ok, I still love ice cream…

I remember when my good friend, Leslie, cracked up on the phone with me when I told her I was cooking, and then I shared it was a frozen Italian dinner I just bought on the way home from work. She actually said, “that’s not cooking.” I truly believed it was. I had food in a pan on my stove- that was cooking to me. Anything that required me to wash a pot or pan automatically counted.

Suffice it to say, the “standard American Diet” caught up to me. I often wondered why it caught up to me so significantly, when other people appear to be fine eating the same diet their whole life.

The truth is, however, that many of us aren’t doing well.  And many of the rest of us are on the brink of getting sick.  Per the CDC, half of us have one or more chronic health conditions.  That is insane.

A swift kick in my ass from an autoimmune disease 15 years ago caused me to rethink everything.  A couple more kicks from other autoimmune diseases drove the point home.

(Apparently I like a challenge.)

I started making changes in my diet, lifestyle, where I worked and lived, my career path, relationships, and my vision going forward.  I got my masters degree in community health, studied nutrition and life coaching, and was inspired to share all that I’ve learned with others who are trying to get healthier.

I’ve come to realize that eating healthy is actually not that hard to do.  It’s deciding that you are worth it and you are going to do it that’s the hard part.

Dealing with the chronic illnesses that come from a poor diet is hard.

Taking care of yourself and eating well?  Not so bad.

When you finally decide to eat healthy and start consuming mostly whole foods, it really isn’t that challenging.  When you eat real food, you don’t have to read boxes and nutrition labels.  It makes it easier.

Your taste buds will begin to change, and you’ll start craving your new way of eating.

The trick is educating yourself on new ways to cook, and how to make it as convenient as possible.   Finding people who you can bounce ideas off of, and get encouragement from.  How to manage stress so it doesn’t overwhelm you and zap your energy.

These are all things you’re quite capable of learning and doing, once you decide you want to take better care of yourself.

If you are ready to go, I’d love to hear from you!  I’d love to hear how your health journey is going.  You’re welcome to get in touch via my Catch Good Health FB page.  I share resources on there, nuggets of motivation and wisdom, and there are lots of other great peeps who are working towards better health as well.  The Catch Good Health YouTube Channel is also a great resource.  I created a few ‘playlists’ with great health info for all of us.

Lastly, if you are ready to go, but could use some structure and support- please check out my new program 6 Weeks to a Healthier You!  I can’t even tell you how excited I am about it.  A very fun, interactive, supportive group of like-minded women, working together towards better health.  No shaming, measuring, or weighing allowed!  :-)

Don’t forget- good health is contagious…pass it on! 

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Courage…

March 4, 2015

Hi lovely people! I just wrapped up a really fun Catch Good Health Radio show with fellow Coaches Jen Gotti and Shawna O’Hagan Morrow.  The topic was courage, along with a healthy dose of comedy.  Cuz that’s how we roll… My favorite take aways?  Viewing courage as a muscle.  The more we practice being courageous, […]

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New program launching…6 Weeks to a Healthier You!

March 2, 2015

Hi folks! I am thrilled to share that I’m officially launching my new program through Catch Good Health- 6 Weeks to a Healthier You!  It is exactly the kind of program I would have loved to have done years ago, but I couldn’t find it.  Today, I feel quite fortunate and grateful that I’m able […]

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Why I’m Passionate About Helping Others Get Healthier

February 18, 2015

I know a lot of people work out, but I never forget there was a time when I couldn’t walk.  At least not with out severe chronic pain.  And there were also large periods of time when I couldn’t eat.  At least not without getting incredibly sick. I remember lying in bed, distraught over not being […]

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Seven Practical Tips on Getting Healthier for Real Peeps

January 22, 2015

A handful of tips for getting healthier… 1. Find things you’ll enjoy and move that body of yours. If you’re trying to get more active, find a way to do it that doesn’t make you want to stab your eyeball with a pen.  (That creates more problems…)  Or do things that have the potential for you to […]

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Trying to Get Healthier?

January 20, 2015

Trying to get healthier has been a journey.  It’s also been a dance- two steps forward, one step back.  Sometimes a few steps forwards, and other times several steps back. And I purposely say healthier instead of healthy, as who gets to define what healthy means?  What does it mean to be healthy?  I’ve met […]

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It’s Time to Heal

January 15, 2015

Hi folks! I just read a great article from AthleticBusiness.com about the increasing demand for health and wellness coaches in 2015.  Dr. Ann G. Kulze was interviewed for the article, and this quote really struck me: “What’s driving it is an ongoing demand,” says Kulze. “As chronic diseases continue to uptick, you’re going to see […]

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Have You Ever Eaten Solo in a Restaurant?

November 4, 2014

During my husband’s last deployment, I finally sat in a restaurant by myself and ate a meal.  It was an Olive Garden.  My table was in the bar area, a small table, where most of us were either alone, in a rush, or both. I found myself uncomfortable, but I survived, and I had a […]

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Living a Full Life with Bipolar Disorder

October 10, 2014

I had a really fabulous time chatting with Author & Advocate, Morgan Molthrop, on Catch Good Health Radio this week, and it was fascinating to hear about his health journey with bipolar disorder and addiction. Morgan has led quite a full life- he’s worked on Wall Street while also going to NYU Law School, traveled […]

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