Pick 3

Eat protein. Don’t eat sugar. Exercise 4 times a week- but don’t forget to stretch afterwards. Sleep 8 hours per night. Meditate every day. How many of us have an unending list of “shoulds” that we try to incorporate into our lives to stay healthy? How many of us get so overwhelmed that we forget it all together and revert to our old habits?

In this age of information, we are inundated with information about the “best” ways to eat, exercise and spend out free time. We can even find all sorts of advice for how we should think about things. And sometimes, we can even do a decent job at incorporating a good deal of these healthy activities into our day. But, when we are spending an inordinate amount of time or brain space on practicing all these “healthy rules”, it can feel as though our lives revolve around trying to do the right thing for our wellness. Or, like many of us, we are so overwhelmed with responsibilities and activities, the “healthy rules” get lost among all the other things on our to-do list and it seems futile to focus in our health.

Prioritization is necessary for deciding which health goals we are working toward and which can wait. It is ok to not be working on every part of our health at all times. In fact, many times, it makes us much more successful at achieving our goals and incorporating new habits if we only choose a few to focus on. It helps us feel less overwhelmed and keeps our expectations reasonable.

Try listing all of your health goals and all of the things you want to do on a daily basis that will move you towards healthier habits. And then, pick 3. Only 3. Maybe choose the 3 that feel easier to achieve. Maybe choose the 3 that you believe are going to have the biggest impact on your health. Maybe choose the 3 that you have support from family and friends around. Truly, it is up to each of us to prioritize which 3 activities are the best for us.  Then, commit to them for some period of time before reevaluating and seeing if you need to make any changes to your plan. But, when you choose 3,  you can let the others go for a bit and fill that time focusing on other things that bring you joy like friends, family, nature and pets- because these things are truly adding to our wellbeing every day.

IHD offers guidance on prioritizing through Health Coaching with Amy and health consults with Jennifer. Contact us anytime so we can help you choose your 3!

Summer Recess!

Can you believe summer is already half over?! Its certainly crazy how fast these summer weeks pass.

In order to rest up for a busy autumn ahead, Jennifer will be taking a vacation for part of August. She will be out of town from August 21st- 29th and back at it on the 30th. Amy will still be available for coaching and Reiki treatments as usual.

Now is a good time to plan ahead. Get in for a tune up before the end of the summer! Call or request an appointment online at any time. You can also get on the schedule for September when we resume normal hours. This can be a great time to take care of any lingering ailments before the busy school year starts.

Have a great week!

An Ounce of Prevention Goes a Long Way

In preparation for upcoming changes to our health care system, it is more important than ever that we all think about preventative medicine. This means moving our focus away from treating illness and shifting it towards lifestyle practices that will keep us healthy. We all have different needs when it comes to how we prevent illness but most of us should be thinking about using dietary choices, exercise and stress management to stay healthy. If we haven’t helped you already, IHD is always ready to help you design your preventative medicine plan whether you can come to the office or meet on the phone.

A big question I often hear is, “How do I pay for services that are not covered by insurance?” Depending on where you live, preventative and holistic medicine professionals such as acupuncturists, naturopaths, chiropractors and massage therapists are likely not to be covered by insurance. A great option is to invest in a Health Savings Account or Flexible Spending Account. This is a bank account where you can hold pre-taxed money that can be used to pay for preventative health services. While it may initially seem like an extra expense, it will save you money in the long run with less copays, medications and physician visits. In fact, visits to preventative medicine practitioners don’t even have to be all that frequent since you are still healthy, which keeps the cost lower. It can even keep your premiums from rising over time as you stay healthier and there is less need for more complex coverage. As stated by the Surgeon General , “Prevention can reduce the significant economic burden of disease in addition to improving the length and quality of people’s lives.”

Let us know how we can help!

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