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How Do you Face Change?

by on June 06, 2012 12:06 PM

When a new client makes an appointment to see me, together we define a plan of action to allow them to achieve their goals.

A road map is created; defining a starting point, allowing them to reach benchmarks along the way, check the status of their work and allowing for me to reassess and change routes if necessary.

Some of my clients are able to throw all of their bad habits away and adopt new healthy habits without turning back; jumping into the deep end of the pool without even a thought of the temperature of the water. I also have other clients who need to move more slowly.

They need to throw one bad habit away at a time. Complete that task and then adopt a new healthy habit to replace the bad one that has been deleted. They need to dip their toes in the water, testing for temperature and begin at the shallow end of the pool and slowly walk in until they are comfortable.

Neither is right or wrong. It is all about what is right for you.

Knowing what methods work best for you when changes must be made to your lifestyle habits and having the ability to tailor your changes to your abilities will help to ensure the changes you make will be changes you will adhere to not just until your goal has been met but for the long term.

Another important factor in helping to define whether or not you should dive right in or test the waters is defining your toxic load level.

The more toxic you are, the more toxic your lifestyle is the more unpleasant the effects of a healthier lifestyle can be. This doesn’t mean that you will feel worse before you feel better, but it does mean you may feel worse before you feel better.

I have so often heard my clients complain, “I felt better eating Twinkies and smoking than eating all this healthy food — I’m going to eat bad again because I felt better!” Yet they came to see me because they wanted to get healthier.

Here are a few common symptoms of toxic overload:

  • Feeling tired, sluggish, lethargic
  • Trouble concentrating and staying focused
  • Headaches
  • Joint pain
  • Catch colds easy
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Bad breath
  • Unpleasant body odor
  • Frequent gas, bloating or indigestion
  • Allergies and/or food sensitivities
  • Skin problems like acne, psoriasis, eczema
  • Constipation and other gastrointestinal irregularities
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Recurrent respiratory problems
  • Back pain
  • Mood changes
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Sinus congestion

When making healthier nutritional choices your body will take that opportunity to help you by throwing stored toxins away. Your body seeks to stay in a state of balance — homeostasis — and keeping toxic levels low means that you must give the body a break by not continually introducing toxins whether they come in through your foods, your environment or prescribed medications.

Healthier lifestyle habits will always create a healthier body. How you choose to adopt those habits is up to you.

Do you jump in head first or do you test the waters?

Julie A. Wilczynski is a traditional naturopath, counselor of natural health, certified nutritional consultant, certified personal trainer, yoga and pilates instructor. For more information or for help in creating your own personalized healthy lifestyle program contact Julie at

This story was produced by the staff at the Centre County Gazette. It was re-published with permission. The Centre County Gazette is a weekly publication, available at many locations around Centre County every Thursday morning.
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