One Surefire Way to Lose Weight

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How can I lose a few pounds?

As a health coach, I get asked this question over and over again. And the answer is simple: MOVE!!

If you just want to lose a few pounds, get an extra 20-30 minutes of walking in a day. If you work from a desk, get up every 1/2 hour or so and move for a minute. The more you move; the more you lose. After just a few weeks, I promise you’ll see the difference.

Losing large amount of weight is indeed more complicated. And that’s where I come in as Health Coach. I counsel on habits, nutrition, exercise, lifestyle areas, relationships, careers and likewise. When you really want to shed a lot of weight, you really have to dive in with both feet.

I love working with my clients; whether its in person, over the phone, or through video chat. The personal connection and the relationships that are built while helping others achieve their health and life goals is life changing and so special to me.

I give no-cost consultations weekly.. and I’d love to chat with you! We can talk about where you are and where you’d like to be, and what we can do to get you there!!

Email me anytime at AutumnPappas@outlook.com or sign up for a free consultation on my website at www.pacificnorthwesthealth.com

To your health and happiness!!

Health Coach Autumn

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Three Amazing Things About Summer Solstice

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From our Western point-of-view, June 21st marks the first day of Summer, which is called the Summer Solstice. On this day, there is more sunlight than any other day of the year. This is because the sun is farthest from the equator on June 21st each year.

There are three thoughts that come to my mind every June 21st:

1. I MUST get outside and enjoy the day! Today is a day to celebrate nature, the outdoors, and time with friends and family. Go explore a new park, a hiking trail you’ve never been down or go dig your toes into the sand at the beach!

2. Today is a day to FEEL HAPPY.  Summer is here, get out and soak up that sunshine, a natural mood booster and supplier of Vitamin D3! Vitamin D3 is essential for your health.   And don’t forget the sunscreen!

3. It’s time to dig into the healthy foods of the season!  In the summer our bodies crave lighter foods, such as fruits, raw veggies, salads and so-forth.  These foods not only have a “cooling” effect on the body, but they are all in season so we can enjoy these foods when they have their peak nutritional value.  So chow down on those summer salads, watermelon, berries, and other yummy treats!

Happy Summer!

Health Coach Autumn (start your summer off right by signing up for a free consultation with me at http://www.pacificnorthwesthealth.com)

3 Brand New Ways to Stay Healthy in 2014

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Want to make 2014 your healthiest year yet?  Here are some brand new wellness tips to help you become the healthiest and happiest person on the planet!

> Swap saturated fats for monounsaturated fats!

Translation:  Eat lots of Omega’s to boost your immunity.  Avocados and walnuts are good sources of Omega 3’s. Pomegranates are a good source of Omega 5. Consume Macadamia nuts and sardines– a good source of Omega 7.  Lastly, olive Oil gives you your Omega 9’s!

>Have 3 healthy snacks a day and make sure one serving is a serving of nuts (1 ounce.)

Nuts increase immunity leading to longevity.  They also suppress appetite.

> Get up from your chair every 15 minutes and take a 10 minute walk every 2 hours.

Movement and exercise fight heart disease, diabetes, and aging.

To your health!

Autumn (check me out @ www.pacificnorthwesthealth.com)

Anxiety Literally Makes Everything Stink

 

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Did you know that as you get more anxious, you are more likely to find neutral smells less appealing?

It’s True!  As your anxiety heightens, your emotional system goes into overload.  Your processing stream is affected by your emotional system, which is operating in overdrive. Suddenly, everything smells, literally.

So what can you do to counteract anxiety?

Exercise!

As little as twenty minutes a day can help to lessen your anxiety! 

Personally, I love to take brisk walks when I feel anxiety and stress.  The fresh air and the outdoors really lighten me up.  Would that work for you?

 

To your health and happiness!

Autumn (check me out at www.pacificnorthwesthealth.com)

 

Living To Be 100 Years Young

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“No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us, and new beauty waiting to be born.” -Dale E. Turner

What would it mean to you to live to be a hundred? In 2004, the world’s best longevity researchers set out to explore the places around the world where people lived extraordinarily long and healthy lives. Coined “Blue Zones—,” these longevity hot-spots are home to larger populations of centenarians than anywhere else. On average, Blue Zone residents reach age 100 at rates ten times greater than people living in the United States.

The most famous and well-studied Blue Zone area in the world is Okinawa, Japan. Okinawa is not only home to the world’s longest recorded life expectancies, but also to the world’s healthiest documented elders, and to the highest concentration of verified centenarians in the world. Studies show that Okinawan residents’ low-calorie plant-based diets undoubtedly play a key role in the health they have attained. Other Blue Zone communities around the globe include Sardinia, Italy, Ikaria, Greece, Loma Linda, California and Nicoya, Costa Rica.

“By improving their lifestyle, people can look and feel better at every age and add twelve years to their life expectancy. Something called the Danish Twin Studies established that less than 25% of how long the average person lives is dictated by genes. In other words, most of how long and how well you live is up to you…-” states bluezones.com.

So how can you age successfully? There are nine common characteristics that Blue Zone residents share, which can assist you in living a long and healthy life. Belong to faith–based communities and social circles where healthy behaviors are supported.  Have a strong sense of family and lead a purpose-driven life. Practice routines such as prayer, meditation and yoga to deal with stress. Follow the eighty percent rule – also known as eating until you are eighty percent full- which aids in digestion and weight maintenance. Consume lots of beans, drink wine in moderation, and eat your smallest and last meal of the day in the early evening.

Lastly, be very active—whether you are gardening, walking, doing housework or playing with your grandchildren. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk.  If you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, keep moving.”

To your health!

Autumn @ pacificnorthwesthealth.com