Ilsa Burns here: baby boomer, grandmother of four
Are you like I used to be?
- feel tired all the time,
- have trouble focusing,
- lose patience pretty easily,
- feel unmotivated,
- have all kinds of digestive issues,
- watch your blood sugar rise to scary levels,
- experience daily (and nightly!) aches and pains ,
- find it impossible to lose any excess weight. (although that was not a problem in your younger years…),
- not have enough energy to do what you want to do,
- worry about keeping up with your grandchildren,
- worry about becoming a burden to your family,
- watch the older folks in your life end up in nursing homes because they could not take care of themselves,
- afraid of getting Alzheimer’s,
- afraid of getting diabetes or pre-diabetes,
- assume that if your family members suffer(ed)from chronic diseases, then that’s your future, too,
- think that all this is just the way that the elderly in this day and age end up?
I am a baby boomer who has watched, over the years, older friends and family members suffer from chronic diseases and decline, assuming that unenviable fate would be my own. I also dreaded other possibilities: would I be one of the many millions affected by Alzheimer’s or dementia? Would I also lose my ability to be mobile? Would my daily blood sugar begin to rise to dangerous levels? Would I lose my independence? How would the last years of my life play out?
I decided to take matters into my own hands, with the help of the available research, very little of which had yet reached the mainstream media.
I made small and incremental changes to my daily behaviors and lifestyle. I learned to make choices that furthered my goal of living longer and better. I gradually lost all of my fears about my future. I learned that we are all one step away from lengthening our life span, and indeed, our “health span”—seriously, who actually wants to reach a ripe old age in a state of declining poor health?
This is my life now:
- no medications
- no joint pain
- no diabetes
- excellent blood pressure (did I mention “no medications”?)
- great digestion
- plenty of energy to get through a typical day as well as the occasional stressful one
- no more confusion about what to eat
- a new and balanced relationship with desserts, alcohol and “junk food”
- mental clarity and focus
- no depression
- I fall asleep easily and stay asleep
- I finally have a weight that seems just right; I no longer cringe when I look into a mirror.
- I am resilient through stressful situations
In effect, I am in control of the future of my health. And you could be, too!
Sure, there are medications (Have you listened to the lists of side-effects lately?), but they don’t promise to reverse your disease. Each of them masks our symptoms like a band-aid, while our chronic conditions continue to develop, and not in a good way. In fact, with the cooperation of your doctors, you, too, could establish new lifestyle and behavior changes that might even allow you to reduce the amount of medication you are currently taking, while the quality of your life would improve.
After teaching adults in continuing education, colleges and universities for over 30 years, I soon realized that, with that teaching experience and by attending the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and then by becoming a certified ADAPT-trained Functional Health Coach, I could help others achieve desired and sustainable changes in their health. I have since supported folks of all ages in making changes to their health and wellness—changes that they hadn’t succeeded in making on their own.
The thought of dancing at my grandchildren’s weddings, in possibly 20-25 years, is what propels me forward. Facilitating my clients’ discovering their own reasons for making dietary or behavior changes is what I do best.
Click the button for a free, no obligation, coaching consultation. Are you ready for painless change, one baby-step at a time?
Why the gingko?
I love the gingko tree and its leaves for their appearance and symbolic meaning. The oldest tree on earth, unchanged for over 200 million (!) years, it is revered for its beauty and longevity. The most resilient of all trees, it is the only species to have survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945. As we humans live longer, it is our own resilience and strength that will propel us forward, to greater health and contentment.