Your career can be defined simply as, your life’s work. I have always believed that each individual has a purpose and value to add to the world- whatever that may be. Perhaps, your purpose or value is accounted for via your career. This is certainly a possibility since we spend more than half of our day working. How can this not have an impact on our health and wellbeing?!
When a job is fulfilling, it recharges you mentally, physically, and emotionally. This doesn’t mean you should quit your current job and start all over again. You could do some soul searching or, more realistically, you could fine tune your current career to make it more fulfilling for you. Everyone finds fulfillment in different ways- some find it by being able to support themselves and their families financially, others find it by truly enjoying the work they are doing.
Sadly, some folks spend a lifetime in a career that doesn’t align with who they are as a person, their values, and beliefs. Where do you stand? The questions below may give you more clarity around career:
1. What does your current career mean to you?
2. Is your career just a means for a paycheck or do you see meaning in your work?
3. Do you wake up each morning excited to begin your work?
4. Does your career align with your goals/purpose?
5. On a scale of 1-10, what is your level of satisfaction (10 being the most satisfied)?
"Nothing is more creative...or destructive...than a brilliant mind with a purpose." - Dan Brown
This month went by in the blink of an eye.
I'm glad I decided to commit to a Gluten Free diet in the month of September and not the month of October. September is a transition month where we say goodbye to summer and hello to fall. October brings with it apple picking, pumpkin picking, pumpkin spice everything, Halloween candy, and...dare I say it...apple cider donuts. I think I would have struggled a little more if I made the commitment in October (forget November and December). This goes along with what I was saying in Week 2, plan ahead and be methodical about when you decide to test a diet. Only do it when it is right for you and when you feel you will have the most success.
Here is my overall review of going Gluten Free. If you have a positive support system and are prepped with GF snacks and meals, this lifestyle is not so difficult. Let me clarify...if you are prepped, have great support, are mentally "all in", AND do not live with Celiac Disease- where contamination would be an obstacle- then this lifestyle is not so difficult. I must state that this was MY experience and these are MY thoughts- everyone is different of course. The 2 biggest changes I noticed in my body (almost immediately) was less bloating and smoother skin.
The true test will be when I put Gluten back into my diet. I'm a little nervous to start eating gluten again since I've gone 4 weeks without it. Will my body recognize it? How will I feel?
Woohoo, another week down!
If I had a dollar for every strange look I get when I tell people eating gluten free is not as difficult as I thought it was going to be...I'd be rich! I spent a lot of time this week wondering why this was so "easy" for me. I made excuses like "my diet is already mostly GF", "grocery stores carry a variety of GF products today", "I'm prepared with snacks at all times", etc. I came to the realization this experiment would be a lot more difficult if I had an actual allergy to gluten- known as celiac disease. I know how lucky I am to not have to worry about food contamination and getting sick if I eat gluten accidentally. I imagine my stress level would be much greater if my immediate gut health depended on it. If I (or someone else) makes a mistake, I won't be paying for it for the rest of the day. To my knowledge, nothing I've eaten has been contaminated and I've been feeling great!
Another reason why I believe this diet has been "easy" for me is because I started it when I was ready to. I was motivated, determined, and prepared from the start. In my opinion, this is why a lot of New Year's resolutions fail (one of the reasons). People are make a lifestyle change based off of a holiday and not when they themselves are totally ready to make a change.
For this reason, I choose to health coach people who are already committed and open to making positive changes. I can't want this for you, you have to want it for yourself (and your family).
"Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself." - Jalaluddin Rumi
Any failed New Year's Resolutions? Why did they fail? Leave them in the comments below.
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