How to feel good at 40 and beyond…
Have you ever experienced a whale sound bath?
This is exactly what happened to me the morning of my 40th birthday last week in Maui…
A humpback whale hung out right below our kayaks just after sunrise singing its sweet song that vibrated through my entire body (check out the video on Instagram).
This was one of the most incredible experiences I’ve had in my life so far.
At that moment, as I turned 40 that day, I was reminded that…
Being in good health matters. It allows us to live life to the fullest.
At 40 years old, I feel healthier, stronger, energized, and more comfortable in my body than ever.
But this wasn’t always the case.
There was a time when I loathed my thighs, and hated wearing short dresses, and when skinny jeans came on the scene, I thought there was no way in hell I would ever fit into a pair.
In my 20s, I struggled with severe seasonal allergies, headaches, ear infections, weight, and was even diagnosed with skin cancer.
And no matter how much coffee I drank, I couldn’t break through the constant wall of fatigue.
From the outside, I looked like your typical healthy person. I thought I had everything under control. I ate “healthy.” According to what I had learned in college while studying fitness, nutrition, and health – lean meats such as boneless, skinless chicken breast and conventionally grown vegetables. I managed a caloric deficit and ate every two hours. I hit the gym hard every day of the week and had decent muscle tone. I was a personal trainer, after all, and I definitely looked the part.
Even on paper, I looked perfect: normal cholesterol, heart rate, and blood pressure levels. My doctor commented at every annual physical about how I was the “picture of perfect health,” but I didn’t feel that way on the inside.
Something inside me knew there had to be more to health and life than all of this.
All I could think about was a time when I felt physically and mentally fit. I didn’t have any limitations. All I wanted was to find myself in that place again.
Do you ever find yourself wondering why you don’t have the energy to do the simplest tasks such as putting away the laundry, riding bikes with your kids, or paying attention to a conversation?
Does getting dressed every morning feel like internal warfare with yourself – you put something on, criticize yourself in the mirror, and change your outfit a million times until you find something that doesn’t make you feel like a stuffed sausage?
If you feel this way or have ever felt this way, then…
In this week’s video and blog, I’m here to tell you it’s possible to feel good at 40, or any age for that matter, and the 3 steps I’ve taken to feel better than ever so you can too.
The first thing you need to know is, there is WAY more to feeling good at 40 or any age than just changing your diet and exercising.
And the second thing you need to know is that it doesn’t have to be complicated.
Diet and exercise are just two pieces of the puzzle when it comes to feeling like your best self, but they are only effective when all the systems of the body are running well.
Here are the 3 exact steps I took and that I guide my clients through to find the other pieces of the health puzzle to boost energy, balance hormones, achieve weight goals, and overcome just about any other health issues that might be ailing you, despite age.
#1 – Figure out what foods are right for your body so it can function at its potential.
You are unique and therefore your diet should be too. What works for one person won’t necessarily work for you and yet you’re trying to fit yourself into a specific framework with most dietary approaches.
There’s a difference between eating healthy and eating right for your body. Eating right for your body may include healthy foods, but not every healthy food is right for your body.
So how do you figure out what is right for your body?
You can do this by testing to see which foods your body responds best to, and then dialing in your macronutrient (protein, carb, and fat) ratios using my Food and Body Language Log.
This will instantly boost your energy, reduce any bloating, and provide the nutrients your body needs to function at its potential. When I discovered what foods were right for my body, I instantly started feeling more like myself again.
#2 – Functional lab tests to find other pieces and restore balance to all systems.
The body is a complex network of systems, each doing an important job that the other systems depend on. When one system goes down, they are all affected.
Functional lab testing will help you find the missing pieces so you can see what systems of the body are out of balance and how they are impacting each other, revealing your healing opportunities! These are NOT your typical blood tests. They are usually saliva, urine, and stool-based to show the physiological aspects of the body and how it’s working, or not working.
Functional lab tests will take a deeper look at your hormone, immune, digestive, detoxification, energy, and nervous systems. In turn, this will guide you towards the right diet, rest, exercise, supplementation, stress reduction, and toxin removal you need to feel your best.
#3 – Tune into your body and give it what it needs to feel your best all the time.
Your body holds all of the answers you need, and it always has, but we’ve been conditioned to disconnect from our body and to search externally for solutions. When something doesn’t feel right in your body, it’s your body asking you to pay attention, to tune into what it’s trying to tell you. When you do, you’ll know what to do to feel your best all the time.
Have you ever noticed that when you have a stressful day, you experience the following: your stomach gets upset, you experience joint pain, you can’t sleep, or your skin breaks out?
Or when you eat certain things, your body reacts in some way?
This is your body talking to you, telling you to pay attention to something.
For a long time, I dealt with and ignored joint pain, severe seasonal allergies, weight struggles, migraines, cyclical breast tenderness, fatigue, and much more.
Hindsight is always 20/20 though. Looking back, I can clearly see that these symptoms were my body’s way of waving the red flag to get my attention and let me know something was wrong.
We’ve become accustomed to accepting things that are common as normal, but just because something is common does NOT mean it’s normal.
Now if my body feels “off” in any kind of way, I tune it; check to see what it needs and give it just that.
This could mean eating something different, canceling obligations to rest, getting some fresh air, doing meditation, or simply drinking some water. Whatever my body needs, I’ve got its back, and it’s got mine.
With these 3 steps, you can unravel the doings of time and reveal the REAL YOU.
These 3 steps are exactly how clients of mine such as…
…Leslie, lost over 20 lbs in 6 months bringing her back to pre-college weight and has an abundance of energy all day long…
…Kristine got rid of stubborn excess pounds, daily pain, sugar cravings, and was able to stabilize her energy levels
…Jene, was finally able to control her Muscular Sclerosis symptoms naturally and can now keep up with her grandson…
…David, lost 40lbs without engaging in a structured workout routine and is able to sleep through the night…
Any health and aging concerns you are facing today are not your destiny. They are an accumulation of things that have happened over your lifetime which have slowly chipped away at that “feel good” feeling until you barely recognize yourself anymore.
It is possible to unravel the doings of time with the right lab tests and resources so you can get back to feeling like that younger, more vibrant, energetic version of you that you know you can be.
What step(s) are you committed to taking today so you can feel good at 40 or any age?
Comment below to let me know!
P.S. If you want to explore the missing pieces of your health puzzle on a deeper level so you can actually fix what is wrong and feel your best, then click here to get on my waiting list for an Ideal Health & Weight Discovery Session with me (and get an awesome list of practitioner referrals if you want to take action now)!
P.P.S. To celebrate my 40th birthday this month, I’m on a mission to raise $10K that would provide hormone education and resources to women regardless of socioeconomic status. Check out the details below for ways to celebrate and donate with me!