Creating a Map


One of the key factors to living a better, happier, wiser life is health. If you don’t have your health, what do you have? Our health determines in a large way how our daily lives play out. Are we able to work? Can we live independently? Are we enjoying life, doing things we love? Or, are we living with pain and disease?

There are things we can do to protect our health. Most people are aware of what they should do, even if they don’t practice those ways. On the other hand, sometimes life deals us a hand that no matter how healthy a lifestyle we live, health struggles exist.

In either case, we need a game plan. A way of going about our lives, living the best possible life we can in any circumstance. That isn’t always easy. We might sometimes feel, if only there were a map to show us what to do, and how to do it, it would be so helpful.

Since we are each individuals, not everyone benefits from the same path. What works for me might not work for you, and vice versa. That’s why it is important to gather information, and piece together a map for our individual selves to follow.

This year, I am going to periodically include written interviews with different experts on how women can reach the answers they are seeking, plot out their maps, get new ideas, or even review old ideas.

I begin with Tatiana Thompson, a health coach who has her own business- Simply Grounded Health.


Sharyn: Tatiana, can you explain why you decided to become a Health Coach?

Tatiana: A​ ​few​ ​things​ ​converged​ ​to​ ​get​ ​me​ ​on​ ​this​ ​path: I’ve​ ​been​ ​a​ ​physical​ ​therapist​ ​for​ ​30​ ​years.​ ​I​ ​have​ ​practiced​ ​in​ ​a​ ​variety​ ​of​ ​settings,​ ​the last​ ​8​ ​years​ ​has​ ​been​ ​at​ ​my​ ​local​ ​hospital​ ​(Venice​ ​hospital).​ ​​ ​As​ ​you​ ​know,​ ​our population​ ​here​ ​is​ ​geriatric.​ ​Almost​ ​every​ ​patient​ ​I​ ​treated​ ​had​ ​a​ ​medical​ ​history​ ​that inevitably​ ​included​ ​heart​ ​disease​ ​and​ ​type​ ​2​ ​diabetes.​ ​​ ​Many​ ​patients​ ​were​ ​obese.​ ​All​ ​of these​ ​patients​ ​were​ ​limited​ ​in​ ​functional​ ​mobility​ ​(walking,​ ​moving,​ ​living). This​ ​became​ ​so​ ​frustrating​ ​to​ ​me,​ ​because​ ​heart​ ​disease​ ​and​ ​T2D​ ​is​ ​preventable​ ​and even​ ​reversible. And​ ​I​ ​found​ ​that​ ​I​ ​could​ ​only​ ​teach​ ​the​ ​patient​ ​only​ ​so​ ​much​ ​in​ ​the​ ​stressful​ ​environment of​ ​the​ ​hospital.​ ​​ ​I​ ​found​ ​opportunities​ ​to​ ​dialogue​ ​with​ ​the​ ​families-they​ ​are​ ​less​ ​stressed at​ ​being​ ​in​ ​the​ ​hospital,​ ​by​ ​definition. (See​ ​my​ ​website​ ​for​ ​more​ ​details​ ​about​ ​my​ ​path.)

Sharyn: Who are your clients?

Tatiana: I​ ​work​ ​with​ ​women​ ​who​ ​are​ ​ready​ ​to​ ​enjoy​ ​the​ ​fruits​ ​of​ ​the​ ​awesome​ ​life​ ​they​ ​have created​ ​so​ ​that​ ​they​ ​can​ ​attain​ ​their​ ​future​ ​goals​ ​and​ ​dreams​ ​with​ ​health​ ​and​ ​vigor.​ ​​ ​I help​ ​women​ ​who​ ​are​ ​suffering​ ​from​ ​low​ ​energy,​ ​struggling ​with​ ​weight​ ​and​ ​decreased movement,​ ​maybe​ ​even​ experiencing ​joint​ ​pains.​ ​​ ​​ ​Maybe​ ​they​ ​are​ ​concerned​ ​that​ ​their​ ​bodies​ ​won’t let​ ​them​ ​do​ ​the​ ​things​ ​that​ ​they​ ​have​ ​been​ ​dreaming​ ​of​ ​doing.
I​ ​offer​ ​a​ ​total​ ​body​ ​and​ ​energy​ ​transformation​ ​program.​ ​​ ​I​ ​help​ ​my​ ​clients​ ​attain sustainable​ ​habit​ ​changes​ ​so​ ​that​ ​they​ ​just​ ​do​ ​life,​ ​food,​ ​movement​ ​in​ ​a​ ​way​ ​that​ ​is​ ​best for​ ​their​ ​body​ ​type.
Regarding​ ​different​ ​foods:​ ​​ ​there​ ​are​ ​lots​ ​of​ ​fads​ ​out​ ​there.​ ​Lots​ ​of​ ​new​ ​spins​ ​on​ ​old knowledge.​ ​​ ​I​ ​believe​ ​that​ ​we​ ​each​ ​know​ ​what​ ​our​ ​body​ ​needs​ ​to​ ​be​ ​functioning​ ​at​ its best​ ​capacity.​ ​​ ​Our​ ​body​ ​is​ ​our​ ​best​ ​teacher​ ​and​ ​experimenter.​ ​​ ​Listen​ ​to​ ​your​ ​gut.

Sharyn: How has becoming a Health Coach changed you?

Tatiana: This​ ​journey​ ​has​ ​me​ ​living​ ​differently​ ​than​ ​before.​ ​I​ ​have​ ​a​ ​morning​ ​ritual​ ​of​ ​thinking, journaling,​ ​creating​ ​my​ ​day​ ​for​ ​success.​ ​​ ​Meditation​ ​happens​ ​infrequently,​ ​sadly.​ ​​ ​I include​ ​exercise​ ​almost​ ​daily;​ ​and​ ​I​ ​tailor​ ​it​ ​to​ ​my​ ​body​ ​age.​ ​​ ​I​ ​can’t​ ​run​ ​anymore because​ ​I​ ​know​ ​that​ ​will​ ​stress​ ​​my​ ​​spine.​ ​I​ ​walk​ ​briskly,​ ​I​ ​do​ ​yoga,​ ​I​ ​bike.​ ​​ ​I​ ​eat​ ​foods that​ ​give​ ​me​ ​energy.​ ​I​ ​try​ ​to​ ​avoid​ ​foods​ ​that​ ​rob​ ​me​ ​of​ ​energy,​ ​because​ ​that​ ​just​ ​isn’t acceptable​ ​anymore​ ​for​ ​me​ ​to​ ​feel​ ​shitty​​after​ ​eating​ ​a​ ​past​ ​meal,​ ​for​ ​example.​ ​So, that​ ​hits​ ​nourishment/movement/mindfulness. Each​ ​one​ ​of​ ​my​ ​choices​ ​are​ ​not​ ​difficult​ ​at​ ​all​ ​at​ ​this​ ​time.​ ​​ ​It​ ​is​ ​just​ ​how​ ​I​ ​do​ ​it​ ​now.

Sharyn: Do you work strictly with women?

Tatiana: I​ ​do​ ​advise​ ​men.​ ​​ ​Not​ ​children​ ​nor​ ​teens.

Sharyn: If you had to list one piece of advice that women can start doing today for a better tomorrow, what would that be?

Tatiana: The​ ​most​ ​important​ ​things​ ​that​ ​women​ ​can​ ​start​ ​doing​ ​now​ ​to​ ​make​ ​a​ ​positive​ ​change​ ​in their​ ​health: Follow​ ​your​ ​gut​ ​instinct​ ​about​ ​what​ ​foods​ ​rob​ ​you​ ​of​ ​energy​ ​or​ ​give​ ​you​ ​energy.​ ​​ ​And then​ ​MAKE​ ​THAT​ ​CHOICE​ ​that​ ​feeds​ ​your​ ​body​ ​best. You​ ​are​ ​never​ ​too​ ​old​ ​to​ ​improve​ ​your​ ​diet​ ​and​ ​movement​ ​and​ ​thinking​ ​habits. Drink lots of water.


If you feel you could benefit from Tatiana’s help, she is simply a phone call away. That’s right! You don’t even have to go to an office to speak with her and develop a plan. She can do it all over the phone. I am including her information so you can check out her webpage, her facebook page, and give her a call.

Tatiana​ ​Thompson, Simply​ ​Grounded​ ​Health
FaceB​ook Page: ​Simply​ ​Grounded​ ​Health
Email- tatiana@simplygroundedhealth.commaphealth


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