Goals Instead of Resolutions

I know I am not alone when it comes to feeling amazed that it is already the end of 2017. So many of us start thinking about setting “resolutions” for the new year. How about thinking about starting the new year with goals instead?

Webster defines resolution as: ” a firm decision to do or not to do something.”

Alternatively, a goal is defined as: “the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.

To me, a goal feels like a more positive, and if need be, flexible focus. It also has the potential to be as specific or generalized as we want it to be. Goals don’t necessarily have to be fully “achieved” or “not achieved”. Maybe we accomplish some part of that goal that informs us how to set a new goal based on what we have learned.

The beginning of a new year ushers in a natural starting point to work towards new goals. There are a few ways we can look at how to do that. We can set them by the period of time we focus on a goal (short, medium, long term) or we can think about the measurable result we hope to see (as in SMART goals- Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time -sensitive). However you decide to set goals, make sure it feels like it is encouraging you in a positive way and helping you be a good version of yourself. Goals based on fear, negative consequences or those that are imposed by others are less likely to be successful or feel good to work towards.

Goal setting can happen at any time of the year, but now tends to be a common time that many of us think about how we would like to spend the up coming new year. If this sounds good to you, set aside some time to think about and write down your goals. Sharing them with someone can help you stay accountable on your commitment to yourself. Professional Coaches are a great resource to help you set reasonable goals and for sticking to them. IHD is always happy to help put you in touch with someone who can help you be your best self.

Evolve: A Year of Wellness is a program that helps people set goals and figure out the steps to achieving those goals. We can even adjust them together as we go. A Year of Wellness can help you move towards being your best version of you.

However you start your new year, know that IHD is wishing you a safe, healthy, happy start to 2018. We are so glad to have you in our community.

In good health,
Jennifer

Evolve Personal Wellness

Just in time for a hectic holiday season, I want to introduce you to a new project I am working on. It is called Evolve Personal Wellness  and it is a program for people who are looking for help to make sustainable change in their health. Big lifestyle changes are hard and we rarely have enough support to stick with the changes that we need to make while on the road towards a healthier lifestyle. Evolve was created to support people through these changes, over the course of a year. Please take some time to read more on the Evolve website and contact me with questions, if you are interested. You can also follow Evolve on Instagram @evolvepersonalwellness to learn about self care techniques, healing foods and more!

 

As always, IHD is here to keep you healthy and balanced through out the holiday and cold season. Schedule now to get your immune system tuned up BEFORE you get sick- these next busy weeks will be much more enjoyable if you are healthy and managing stress.

Be well!

 

 

Choosing Foods for Autumn, Changes in Schedule

Autumn has arrived and as with all change of seasons, its a great time to take a look at how we can incorporate more seasonal foods into our meals as a way to support our bodies. In the fall, is is suggested by Chinese Medicine to eat fewer cold, uncooked foods — such as salads — and more warm, cooked foods. Switch from salads to soups and steamed vegetables. Incorporate yellow and red foods into your meals.

The original texts that serve as the foundation for Traditional Chinese Medicine recognize fall as being a time of winding down, paying attention to emotional states and spending more time in quiet environments and contemplation.

“In the three months of autumn all things in nature reach their full maturity. The grains ripen and harvesting occurs. The heavenly energy cools, as does the weather. The wind begins to stir. This is the changing or pivoting point when the yang, or active, phase turns into its opposite, the yin, or passive, phase. One should retire with the sunset and arise with the dawn. Just as the weather in autumn turns harsh, so does the emotional climate. It is therefore important to remain calm and peaceful, refraining from depression so that one can make the transition to winter smoothly. This is the time to gather one’s spirit and energy, be more focused, and not allow desires to run wild. One must keep the lung energy free full, clean, and quiet. This means practicing breathing exercises to enhance lung Qi. Also, one should refrain from smoking and grief, the emotion of lung. This will prevent the kidney or digestive problems in the winter. “

                                                – Huangdi Neijing Suwen, Chinese Medicine Classic

When we shop for produce, the following supportive foods should be easy to find this autumn:

Fruits: Apples, Berries (blackberries, cranberries), Dates, figs, grapes, jicama, mandarin oranges, pears, persimmons, Plum, pomegranate, quince, rosehips, bananas

Veggies: Bell pepper, Bok Choy, broccoli, burdock root, cabbage (red, green, napa) carrot, Cauliflower, fresh corn, cucumber, diakon radish, eggplant, dried garlic, ginger root, horseradish, Jerusalem artichoke, leeks, lettuces, okra, onions, parsnips, potatoes, pumpkin, rutabaga, shallot, spinach, squash (acorn, banana, buttercup, butternut, delicata, hubbard, spaghetti), sweet potato, tomato, turnip, yams

In addition, these foods are great to fill in around your produce to complete a meal:

Grains(cooked): amaranath, barley, buckwheat, corn, millet, oats, quinoa, wild rice, rye, wheat,

Beans: adzuki, black, black eye, carob, garbanzo, Great Northern, kidney, lentil, lima, Navy, peanut, pink, red, soy, white.

Nuts: Almond, Brazil, cashew, filbert, macadamia, pecan, pignolia. Pistachio, walnut

Seeds: Flax, pumpkin, sesame, sunflower

Spices: Rosemary, sage, thyme, cinnamon, garlic

In addition, I’d like to mention a scheduling change here at IHD. Going forward, Jennifer will be available for appointments on Tuesdays 8a-6p, Wednesdays 8a-6p and Fridays 8a-1p. Amy is available by request and you can reach her at (415) 889-0474. As always, feel free to request appointments online