Do You Need Help Living Your Own Healthy Lifestyle?

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Posted by Jill Whalen | Posted in Food, Healthy Eating, Meditation, Nutrition, Yoga | Posted on 02-11-2014

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Through my nearly 18+ years in the SEO industry, I loved helping people make their websites be the best they can be through my newsletter/blog and my seminars/presentations, as well as through my paid consulting.

While I’m very happily outside of the SEO space now, I do miss the helping people part. That’s a big reason why I’ve been sharing many of the lessons I’ve been learning in my personal life through this blog. But I keep thinking that I’d love to be able to reach and help even more people. Unfortunately, most of my audience right now is still comprised of online marketers.  That’s okay because they are also human beings who have lives outside of marketing, but I’m itching to branch out. I know I’m not yet an expert in living a healthy life, and I don’t have a degree in nutrition science, but  I have spent the past few months immersed in learning everything I can about health and wellness. And even more than that, I’ve been immersed in actually living it.

Mango Sausage Sauté

Mango Sausage Sauté

Lost 25 Pounds

Although I had lost my 25 or so lbs. using old fashioned calorie counting, I’ve since read, listened to and watched just about everything out there that relates to the newer, better ways to go about healthy eating and sustainable weight loss.  I now have a real, deep knowledge that will empower me to keep my weight regulated while burning off the last remaining pounds of belly fat that I can do without! Not only that, I’ve learned how to do this while eating as much as I want throughout the day. Sure, a 25 lb. loss isn’t a huge amount to some, but for me it was nearly an 18% loss. (I went from 140 to 115 lbs.)

Those Damn Hormones!

Now that I have a better understanding of what to eat and not eat and why, I can see how I originally gained the weight I did over time, and also how I lost what I did. Hormones have a lot to do with both the gaining and the losing. I’ve learned that due to hormonal changes once women (and men to a certain extent) reach their mid 40’s, they’re highly susceptible to getting fat, even if they’re eating exactly the same as they always had. Thankfully, there are things that can be done about it.

My understanding is that the real key to burning fat and keeping it off is to try and keep your body from secreting insulin as much as possible. And the way to do that is to avoid eating high glycemic foods such as sugars and refined carbohydrates, in order to avoid the resulting blood sugar spikes. The sugar spikes are what cause your body to secrete more insulin, which in turn creates more fat. When you secrete less insulin, by eating lots of vegetables, proteins and natural fats, your body will in turn use your stored fat for its fuel, and you’ll lose weight (or at least lose fat).  (Please note that I’m not a scientist or doctor and therefore my explanation is simplified and based on the information I’ve read from a variety of sources.)

Are You Struggling With Your Weight?

I know that there are so many other women out there who are struggling with the same sort of weight gain that I did, especially now that they’re in their 40’s and 50’s. It can be a real problem keeping it in check or getting rid of it at all. If that sounds like you, and you’re looking for a supportive ear and as well as some suggestions on what might work for you, please let me know. I obviously can’t force you to eat right, but I’m happy to provide you with some tips and/or accountability, if you’d like. I also have some great recipes I can share with you. And if you’re in the New England area, I’d be happy to meet with you for coffee somewhere. There aren’t a lot of people in my current sphere who I can talk to about this stuff, so don’t be shy!

Also, while I don’t know if I have an audience for this yet, for those who aren’t physically nearby me, I was thinking of holding a Google Hangout and taking questions about any of the above (or anything else I’ve been posting about in this blog). If you’d be interested in something like that, please let me know and also email me with your questions. Even if I don’t do a Hangout, I’m still happy to answer your questions if I can. (That’s one thing I miss about my SEO work — answering all the questions, and also the reason why I still visit my old forum and continue to answer some!)

I’m also interested in any opportunity to help others through speaking to groups or through my writing. If you  or anyone you know is looking for a blog post on losing weight, practicing yoga, hiking, learning meditation, or the like, please get in touch!

–Jill

CONTACT JILL WHALEN to learn how she may help you be the best you can be.

Jill is the author of Victim of Thought: Seeing Through the Illusion of Anxiety

For the past 20 years, Jill has consulted with companies big and small, and spoken at conferences all over the world. She is currently a transformational speaker and mentor to businesses, individuals, coaches, leaders, groups and organizations. She helps them uncover their natural well-being and happiness so that they can operate from a clearer state of mind and take their lives and businesses to a higher level.

Jill’s blog, What Did You Do With Jill? is a personal account of what she’s learned throughout her transformational journey. Jill has many “viral” articles on LinkedIn and is a contributing writer for P.S. I Love You.

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