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 shittyafter 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
FaceBook Page: Simply Grounded Health