Three Holistic Health Tips to Joyfully Rock the New Year

Here at our tribe of multi-passionate women, we come from a wide variety of backgrounds, cultures, continents, faiths, ages, political viewpoints, life goals and everything else you could possibly imagine. 

But we all have one thing in common.

We all want to be amazing at what we do. 

We have a long list of goals and dreams for our life. And we
know we need to be healthy to live long enough to make real progress with that list.

But how do we do that???

Well, I’m so happy you asked! In this week’s vlog, I’m giving you my 3 POWER STEPS for holistic health to get you into warrior woman status.

I grew up in a small town in Texas where we consumed meat and dairy for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We drank sweet tea like water. And every “supper,” I slathered on thick, golden layers of butter on fluffy white sliced bread…mmmm, are you salivating yet?

Now, true confession.

My mom is literally mortified when I talk about this subject because she feels like it’s an attack on her parenting.

But it’s not. I promise. I love you, Mom.

We just didn’t know any better.

None of us did. All of our friends, neighbors and their families all ate the same way, so it never even crossed our minds that it could be problematic.

Compounded with the added craziness of after school activities, we saved time by eating at whichever restaurant offered the brown bag special. We rotated through McDonald’s, Burger King, Taco Bell, and, of course, Domino’s Pizza as our Friday night indulgence over a Blockbuster marathon.

Unless it was football season. Then we just ate from the concession stand.

But my personal, all-time favorite was…Chick fil A. Cue the celestial harps.

Fast forward 20 years. If you would’ve told me I’d now be living on a plant-based diet, I would have laughed you out of the room! At that time, I don’t think I ever saw a vegetable that didn’t come in a bag or can.

Baby, I’ve come a long way. And you can, too. Your way.

I’m not here to sell you on a plant-based diet.

My goal is to help you start the journey to true health―based on your own process of self discovery and learning, one step at a time.

1. Take It Slow

Zero to hero is neither necessary nor sustainable. In the very beginning, I started by simply removing artificial dyes from my son’s food. Then, I got rid of soft drinks.

Later, when my husband and I decided to give up coffee together, we thought we were going to die.

No joke.

Step-by-step, we created long term sustainable success. If we’d bitten off too much too quickly, we would have set ourselves up for failure and frustration.


2. Stop Judging Yourself―And Others!

There truly is no one size fits all approach to health and wellness.

Most health-conscious people go through their own personal evolution, which includes a phase of feeling highly self-righteous and looking down on any other method that isn’t their method.

If you meet someone like that along the journey, don’t let it drive you crazy. Certainly, don’t let it stop you. Just love them and leave the drama. Remember, I’m not in the business of changing people’s minds. I’m in the business of finding people who want change.

3. Sponge It Up!

Absorb information and stay open to different approaches within natural health. Ask lots of questions and lean into whatever feels right to you.

Now, I want to warn you. (Official disclaimer.)

Some of the things I’ve learned to be true in the last 10 years of my health journey have actually flown directly in the face of the absolute truths I was raised on. In other words, I had to literally deprogram my brain, unlearn a lifelong lifestyle, and reformat my hard drive to absorb new data.

It isn’t easy, and it certainly didn’t happen overnight.

But you will get there if you’re open to the process.

Still not sure where to start? Here are 6 questions to ask yourself when getting clear on the type of health you want to create:

  1. When I think about my health, do I want to feel truly great and amazing? Or, am I just happy to stay out of the doctor’s office?

  2. Am I treating a symptom, or am I digging deeper to address a root issue? And, if I am treating the symptom, could it be hiding a larger issue?

  3. What does real health mean to me? (Here are some examples: If I’m eating healthy but chronically sleep-deprived, is that real health? If I’m physically healthy but often explode with anger, is that real health? If I’m fairly healthy physically, but I’m drowning in debt, is that real health? If I’m a millionaire, but I’m always fighting with my spouse and kids, is that real health?)

  4. On a scale of 1-10, where is my physical health right now? And is there any reason I should settle for anything less than a 9

  5. What does full-on joy look like to me? (Not short spikes of heightened excitement, but long-term sustainable joy, happiness, and true contentment.)

  6. What does quality of life mean to me?

Anything worth doing is worth doing well. A life worth living is a life worth loving. And we all have a greater purpose and mission in this world beyond just making a living. I’m a big believer that as long as my Creator has me living and breathing on this planet, it means there’s more for me to do, and more for me to learn. 

That’s why I want to be full of life for as long as I can, so that I can live out my purpose and hug my family for as many days as the good Lord will let me.

I didn’t always think this way. Back when I was younger, I used to chase fad diets and health trends without realizing that I was actually damaging my body. So, just as I did with my time and money management, I’ve had to learn to stop playing the short game. 

And. It. Is. Not. Easy.

Playing the long game is NEVER easy. But you learn to get there. One day at a time.

If true longevity is a goal for you―great news―you can do this!! Every ounce of time, effort, and energy that you invest into your health is a direct investment in the length and quality of your life.

Are you ready to embark on this journey of holistic wellness? Be sure to click this link to grab your “Getting Started Guide” as my gift to you!

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Chaya Ben-Shabat
Chaya is a mom, entrepreneur, success coach, athlete, student, dreamer, and world traveler.   She is also the founder and CEO of an up-and-coming international school system, designed to revolutionize global education.  She works with highly determined women to help them bust through their obstacles, discover and channel their inner superpowers, and master the tools and skills necessary to design and create the life of their dreams.

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