Sunday, October 19, 2014

Poverty and Stigma: The Human Cost of Obesity

This segment of "Weight of the Nation" examines two infrequently discussed aspects of obesity in America: the impact of poverty and the experience of intolerance that "people of weight" face in their daily lives.  These disadvantages and prejudices, real and imagined, perpetuate ongoing emotional and physical trauma.  Finding solutions will require that all of us become aware and involved.  A change in attitude and a kind word can make a real difference.


The individuals on our team of Health Coaches have "Been That" and are "Done there!"  We're committed to helping anyone who wants to join us on the journey to better health! 

HBO recently released a new series entitled "The Weight of the Nation."  HBO is offering this presentation to anyone that wants to take action to help reverse this epidemic which is crippling our nation and the world.  Over the summer Health Coach Resource will be sharing short sections of this series as well as hosting a community showing and discussion this fall.  This is a message that needs to be shared everywhere, so please go online to 
http://theweightofthenation.hbo.com/ and share with your friends and community.  Take action for better health now ... don't hesitate, contact us today!



Health Coach Resource provides health and wellness coaching for individuals, families, and employee groups.  We guide clients through our medically directed program of rapid weight loss, transition, and maintenance. We also offer training for qualified individuals who are seeking health coaching jobs and careers. Health Coach training and certification lights up our lives as it lightens the burden of hopelessness and disease caused by poor habits and obesity in America.  Click Here to learn more.  

Call 503-313-4820 or E-mail me today ... just put, "I'm Ready!" in the subject line! Polly@HealthCoachResource.com

Saturday, October 18, 2014

She Loves Me, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!

So, what are Greg and I singing about?

Good health, like laughter, is contagious ... though I never pictured Greg and I in psycho punk wigs singing, "She Loves Me, Yeah, Yeah," I gotta tell you it sure felt good!  We sang it for the 30 seconds that it took to get this
Photo Pod picture taken and all the way home from the Young Professionals of Portland meeting last week ... we're still laughing about it!

  
It's the very same feeling I get when I hear from clients:

"Wow! I feel so much better. It's not just about losing weight!"  
As clients adopt new habits and follow the Program, they experience less pain and improved ease of movement.  They report better work performance, fewer sick days and reduced need for medications. In addition, with cravings gone, they are experiencing greater mental clarity and are appreciating the compliments on their appearance. Even if they occasionally "Fall Off the Wagon," they are excited to get back on track, focus on their vision, and feel the freedom of having a workable plan. 

In my personal vision, I never imagined myself wearing a blue wig and singing the Beatles with Greg. Nor did I ever imagine that working and coaching together could bring us such joy!  


If you're a client, thank you for your business and inspiration.  If you're not a client but know someone who would benefit, please don't hesitate ... We love referrals and will help them gain hope and health too!  If you're a coach, we're honored to have you on our team.

  
Finally, make it a habit to b
e silly from time to time ... It's good for your relationships, business, and health ... We love you, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!


Health Coach Resource provides health and wellness coaching for individuals, families, and employee groups.  We guide clients through our medically directed program of rapid weight loss, transition, and maintenance. We also offer training for qualified individuals who are seeking health coaching jobs and careers. Health Coach training and certification lights up our lives as it lightens the burden of hopelessness and disease caused by poor habits and obesity in America.  Click Here to learn more.  

Call 503-313-4820 or E-mail me today ... just put, "I'm Ready!" in the subject line! Polly@HealthCoachResource.com





Saturday, October 11, 2014

Why do diets fail me?

Many people don't understand why their dieting attempts fail repeatedly, how to maintain their preferred size, and deal with cravings and bad habits. Let's talk about how we can reach out and help others ... by reaching out to others, we are really teaching ourselves. It's clear to me, that like most people who've spend a life-time being chubby or obese, I have unlimited storage capacity and I'm amazed how quickly my body can slip into the fat-storing. 

Picture it this way:
  • My body sends the signal to my brain that my cells need fuel, I feel hunger.
  • I eat a fast food meal cuz I'm not prepared.
  • I need more nutrients than that so my body asks for more.
  • Each of my cells was coated with a thin film of grease (when I was chubby) so the calories I was consuming couldn't get in to fuel the billions of cells in my body.
  • By the end of the day, every cell is screaming for fuel and sends signals to the brain: "Go Hunt! I've been starving all day! PS, skip the rabbit food, I want high octane and know there is ice cream in the freezer!"
  • After eating, if the calories don't get past the insulin resistant barriers (the thin layer of grease around the hungry cell), the liver kicks into gear.
  • The liver must deal with the elevated, circulating blood sugars. The liver will filter the unused energy and convert them from sugar in the blood stream to a more stable substance ... picture Crisco!
  • And, voila! The crisco like substances have to go into storage. And, we have unlimited storage capacity! The problem of high blood sugar has been solved, the sugars are converted to fat and stored every where ... from chins to belly, internal organs to arms, hips, and thighs. 
  • But, my cells still didn't get the fuel they needed, are still sending the "Go Hunt!" signals, and I'm still HUNGRY!
  • So, I can feel like I haven't eaten much but still be heavier every morning!
Thankfully, the Medifast foods, the Take Shape program, and your Health Coach can help reverse this fat-storage trend!!! Been there, Done that!!

Dr A explains lots more about insulin resistance and inflammation in his wonderful books.  He also shares how we can do the program with and without the Medifast meal replacements and how to maintain our health for a life time. My "job" is to help you in every way I can to reach your goals and maintain long-term success. If it all sounds like a foreign language to you, call me! I'll help you put the pieces together and brighten your chances of success. The life we save may be our own and the lives of the people we really care about!!!

Check in often and, as always, thanks for the referrals!!!

Health Coach Resource provides health and wellness coaching for individuals, families, and employee groups.  We guide clients through our medically directed program of rapid weight loss, transition, and maintenance. We also offer training for qualified individuals who are seeking health coaching jobs and careers. Health Coach training and certification lights up our lives as it lightens the burden of hopelessness and disease caused by poor habits and obesity in America.  Click Here to learn more. 

Call 503-313-4820 or E-mail me today ... just put, "I'm Ready!" in the subject line! Polly@HealthCoachResource.com

Mother & Daughter, Another Example of Hope!

The decisions we make and the actions we take impact the results and life we get to lead. Having been a chubby teen, I know first hand the feelings of frustration, confusion, and depression feeling fat can bring. 

For me, feeling chubby in high school and college, led to making poor choices as I tried to fit in, be popular and select a life partner. Now, I purposefully reach out to young women, listen to their stories, and offer support and guidance so they can enjoy their teen years more than I did mine!  

Meet Mother and Daughter, Diane and Rachel. Together they have lost 130 combined!  I love our teen program. What a gift of love Diane gave to her daughter! Think of how the lives of these family members have changed!

Our program offers a comprehensive set of new habits. These habits lead to life changing results, sustainable vitality and well-being.


If you've been watching and waiting, it's time to take action! Call me today, let's make a plan and help you make your weight loss and health goals a reality.  Your future, our collective future depend on it!!! 


Health Coach Resource provides health and wellness coaching for individuals, families, and employee groups.  We guide clients through our medically directed program of rapid weight loss, transition, and maintenance. We also offer training for qualified individuals who are seeking health coaching jobs and careers. Health Coach training and certification lights up our lives as it lightens the burden of hopelessness and disease caused by poor habits and obesity in America.  Click Here to learn more.  

Call 503-313-4820 or E-mail me today ... just put, "I'm Ready!" in the subject line! Polly@HealthCoachResource.com

Results on program vary.  Clients on Take Shape for Life can expect to lose 2-5 pounds for the first two weeks and 1-2 pounds per week thereafter. 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Dire warnings about soy? Not so fast!







We hear a lot of dire warnings about the foods we eat ... 
Have you noticed that those warnings seldom target the favorite goodies marketed by big business - the profiteers of the cookies, sodas and junk foods that promote illness and obesity?  One of my favorite sources of protein, soy, is targeted often so when I came across the article by Dr Gregor, I decided to share it with you!
Breast cancer survivors who eat soy foods, for example, have a significantly lower likelihood of cancer recurrence. A 2012 review looked at the three studies done to date on the link between soy and breast cancer survival. It showed that women who ate the most soy had a 29% lower risk of dying from breast cancer and a 36% lower risk of cancer recurrence. A fourth study has since been published that reaffirms these results. With an average intake of soy phytonutrients above 17 mg/day—the amount found in about a cup of soymilk—the mortality of breast cancer may be reduced by as much as 38%. 
In my video, BRCA Breast Cancer Genes and Soy, you can see a five-year survival curve for Chinese women with breast cancer. After two years, all of the breast cancer survivors that ate lots of soy were still alive, while only about two-thirds of the women who ate the least amount of soy were alive. After five years, 90% of the tofu lovers were still alive and kicking, whereas half of the tofu haters had kicked the bucket. There is a similar relationship between breast cancer survival and soy protein intake, as opposed to just soy phytonutrient intake.  Click Here to read more.
If you'd not tried tofu and would like some recipes, contact me and I can share more of our experience!

Health Coach Resource provides health and wellness coaching for individuals, families, and employee groups.  We guide clients through our medically directed program of rapid weight loss, transition, and maintenance. We also offer training for qualified individuals who are seeking health coaching jobs and careers. Health Coach training and certification lights up our lives as it lightens the burden of hopelessness and disease caused by poor habits and obesity in America.  Click Here to learn more. 

Call 503-313-4820 or E-mail me today ... just put, "I'm Ready!" in the subject line! Polly@HealthCoachResource.com

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Do you have an evening "Munchie Monster?"

This week's Check-In Note!
How did your week go?
How will you tweak habits and sharpen focus to make next week even better?
How will you celebrate your successes???

I have and evening "Munchie Monster" ... how about you?
Here's what I do when I struggle:
  1. Immediately grab a glass of water and piece of celery
  2. Be prepared!! I have celery cut up and ready to grab - putting it in my mouth gives me the few minutes I need to calm the craving, clear my thinking and sharpen my resolve to win the battle!
  3. Recognize habits, needs, behaviors, and triggers and make a plan 
  4. Write my goal for the following day's weight on a big piece of paper and tape to my fridge after dinner. I take it down when I go off to bed so I'll have the opportunity to write it big and bold the next evening if needed.
  5. I take 3 deep breaths and remember what Dr A says: Stop, Challenge, Choose!
  6. I get out of the kitchen or away from the buffet table as quickly as I can - sometimes, grabbing a favorite book and reading for a few minutes will sooth my mind and allow me to refocus and deflate the Munchie Monster with ease.
This week: Celebrate the small changes - changes in habits in appearance and in how you feel.  Hears a few comments I've heard recently:

I'm not so short of breath!
I'm sleeping so much better.
My mind is clear.
I have so much more energy!!
I have hope!

Congratulations on all of your efforts - for every time you fall down and get back up!!!

Check in often and Thanks for the referrals!

Health Coach Resource provides health and wellness coaching for individuals, families, and employee groups.  We guide clients through our medically directed program of rapid weight loss, transition, and maintenance. We also offer training for qualified individuals who are seeking health coaching jobs and careers. Health Coach training and certification lights up our lives as it lightens the burden of hopelessness and disease caused by poor habits and obesity in America.  Click Here to learn more. 

Call 503-313-4820 or E-mail me today ... just put, "I'm Ready!" in the subject line! Polly@HealthCoachResource.com

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Carrying Your Savings Account Front and Center?

Good Morning Fellow Take Shapers!
This note goes out to all former, current and new clients each week ... I love the feed back and input, I love hearing about the struggles and achievements! And, I appreciate the referrals. Thank you for a great week!  Now, text, reply or call and catch me up. 

Question for the week:
What advice would you offer to 
  • a new client just getting started?
  • an individual who needs a boost or restart?
  • someone who wants to maintain their new found body freedom for a healthy, happy life time?
Some of my favorite suggestions:
  • Put up a calendar near your scale and jot down your weight and measurements each week - put up a graph too if you like
  • At the beginning of each week, put your 5 daily Medifast meals in zip lock bags. Mark the bags for Mon, Tues, Weds, etc.
  • Always keep a supply of Medifast meals with you - in the car, at the office, in your gym bag with you
  • Put Dr A's book on your kitchen table and read a page or two at each meal
Favorite Quotes:
  • It will happen.  Getting closer.  I have noticed my confidence is through the roof.  I have even worn a dress, which hasn't happened since my wedding day.  I still have to say my husband has been my rock at this journey with me.  He keeps me going and helps me to stay on track.  Thanks again for checking up on me.  Have a fantastic day!
  • Back on board, goals in sight!!
  • I've carrying all this weight for years ... it's like wearing my savings account!!!
BTW, we can always arrange to meet for coaching face to face ... if you live close by or have skype, let's carve out 30 mins to chat!  I'm rooting for you, ready to hear the next chapter in your journey, celebrate each step, and have lots of ideas if you ever feel stuck.  I want to know what's working!!!

Health Coach Resource provides health and wellness coaching for individuals, families, and employee groups.  We guide clients through our medically directed program of rapid weight loss, transition, and maintenance. We also offer training for qualified individuals who are seeking health coaching jobs and careers. Health Coach training and certification lights up our lives as it lightens the burden of hopelessness and disease caused by poor habits and obesity in America.  Click Here to learn more. 

Call 503-313-4820 or E-mail me today ... just put, "I'm Ready!" in the subject line! Polly@HealthCoachResource.com