Living A Vibrant LifeBefore jumping right into the Holistic Health Coaching definition, I have a question for you…
Are you living a happy, healthy, joy-filled and purpose-filled life?
(And the emphasis is on the word AND)Many people do not feel happy or healthy or joy-filled, let alone know their purpose in life. There are a huge amount of people wandering around “in the desert” directionless. Rick Warren writes: “The purpose of your life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment, your peace of mind, or even your happiness. It’s far greater than your family, your career, or even your wildest dreams and ambitions. If you want to know why you were placed on this planet, you must begin with God. You were born by his purpose and for his purpose.” So while we’re all trying to figure out our purpose for existence, we are living life here on this earth one day at a time. We are pursuing busy careers or 9-5 jobs, we are in school getting educated and preparing for adult life, we are raising families instilling values in our children that will help them to become the people we have become (or better) or we are in our golden years looking back on our lives and wishing we were in better health to enjoy these golden years. While we are living this life, are we paying attention to our health along the way? The answer is clearly NO. With all the technology advances we get to enjoy (that were invented to make our lives easier and to free up time), us humans have become lazier when it comes to eating well and exercising. Have you noticed that we have become a nation of overweight and obese people? My belief is that we have replaced a whole foods diet with processed foods, fast foods, soft drinks and energy drinks, which causes us to feel sluggish and lack energy, and as a result, we don’t have the energy for exercise. What a perfect storm for sickness. We didn’t see it coming. It’s like the boiled frog syndrome: the frog in the pot of water was comfortable until the changing of the temperature increased ever so slightly, so the frog just adapted to the increasing temperatures until it was too late. The frog didn’t know it was being boiled to death. In 2013-2014, the National Center for Health Statistics stated that for the U.S.:
- 70.7% of adults are overweight and 37.9% of adults are obese
- 20.6% of adolescents (ages 12-19) are obese
- 17.4% of children (ages 6-11) are obese
- 9.4% of children (ages 2-5) are obese