A holistic approach to fostering health and healing. 

Have you considered starting a gratitude practice—something that truly resonates with you? Whether writing in a gratitude journal or simply expressing gratitude out loud to yourself and others, find what brings you the greatest joy and make it a meaningful ritual.

Here's a suggestion I love for expressing gratitude and fostering a more robust social connection with family and friends: one of the six pillars of Lifestyle Medicine.

Invite a small group over for a cozy gathering. Keep it intimate by setting a warm atmosphere. Pull out your best dishes, candles, and linen. Encourage people to bring a family favorite dish to share. Arrange some cut flowers and play some old favorites. Then, simply unwind, enjoy the company, and cherish the conversations. It's sure to lift your spirits and inspire those around you. Whether once a month or twice a year, the key is consistency.


What is Lifestyle Medicine anyway?

Lifestyle Medicine (LM) operates on a foundation of evidence-based principles. It concentrates on a holistic approach to fostering health and facilitating healing across six key areas: physical activity, stress management, restorative sleep, whole plant-based nutrition, and nurturing love and relationships.

LM can dramatically reduce or eliminate many common chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, autoimmune conditions, high cholesterol, obesity, inflammation, and hypertension. 

If you've read this far and I've piqued your interest, I encourage you to explore the transformative journey of returning home again through holistic living.


American College of Lifestyle Medicine

(Lifestyle choices that don't require a prescription)


Extensive scientific evidence supports a predominantly plant-based diet rich in fiber, antioxidants, and nutrients as an essential strategy for preventing chronic disease and treating illness.


Regular and consistent physical activity supports the adverse effects of sedentary behavior. Engage in physical activity and purposeful exercise weekly to maintain resiliency, with a reminder that the outdoors in nature and sunshine is your best medicine.


Disturbed sleep patterns can cause decreased sociability and increased mood depression. Consider guided meditation apps to relax the mind and settle the soul. Strive for 7+ hours per night for optimal health.


The use of tobacco and excessive alcohol consumption increases the risk of chronic illness. Outside support in this area is often essential and takes time. Be gentle with yourself, try different approaches, and have patience.


Extreme stress can lead to anxiety, depression, obesity, immune dysfunction, and more. Recognizing negative stress responses and identifying coping mechanisms can lower cortisol levels and support your nervous system.


Positive social connections and loving relationships strongly impact physical, mental, and emotional health. Leveraging the power of relationships through social networking and building a community greatly supports inner well-being.


Top Pick for March!

The Well-Lived Life

by Gladys McGarey, MD

Mother of Holistic Medicine

Dr. Gladys McGarey, founder of The Foundation for Living Medicine in Scottsdale, Arizona, and author of "The Well-Lived Life," continues to inspire many. Her extraordinary stories and radical ideas, cultivated over the last 100 years, are a beautiful expose of ultimate love and connection.


In closing, facing change can be challenging, and navigating the journey towards it is often tougher. It's essential to gather our thoughts, identify our priorities, embrace the concept of change, stay focused, and seek inspiration.

As a wellness coach, my approach revolves around assisting clients in releasing negative emotions and thought patterns, enabling them to foster motivation and confidence necessary for paving the way for lasting change.

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