One of the hallmarks of Wellness Care is approaching the human body as a sum of connected parts that makes us whole, rather than a bunch of disconnected parts. We require, as humans, to eat well, move well and be well. Implicit in our Eat Well, Move Well and Be Well campaigns is that eating, moving and being is both absolute and relative. Absolutely, we need to eat, move and be. Relatively, the better we do all three, the better off we will be.
Not a day goes by, that we don’t hear the “shoulds” that reveal the “knowing” of our patients of what needs to be done, but for some reason, never gets done. “I should exercise more”, “I should eat more vegetables”, “I should take time for self” are some common examples.
As Doctors of Chiropractic and Wellness Coaches, we are always trying to find ways to inspire and motivate our patients to form relationships with their own bodies. One way is to help replace the “shoulds” that populate their health landscape, with tools necessary to move them towards wellness.
How do we do this? We recognize that habit is a big component to consistency and consistency helps drive change. We offer 3 programs, simple in their design, challenging through their processes and rewarding at their completion. For Eating Well, we encourage a 21 day, Standard Process Purification Program which includes eating whole, organic and unprocessed foods; taking whole food supplements and drinking plenty of water. Purification offers your body additional support to expel natural toxins and to minimize your weight, which is important to maintaining your health and vitality. For Moving Well, we ask patients to commit to 3 weeks of daily movement. This can be in the form of stretching, walking, hiking, yoga, or combination of their favorite sports activities. For Being Well, we encourage a 21 day program, involving meditation, prayer, reading (spiritual or self help), and/or yoga. Each of our 21 day programs are designed, as mentioned, to “jump start” a healthy habit that will hopefully last long term.
Wellness is not just about getting some exercise, or eating some vegetables or taking the right supplement. Rather, it’s about forming a connectedness towards our body, an appreciation that when we provide good food for our bodies, movement for our bodies and mindfulness towards our bodies, our bodies will function better and thrive and allow us to do the things we want to do.