Roadblocks to Achieving Your Health Goals
There is nothing more frustrating than working so hard and doing all the right things, yet seeing nothing for your tireless efforts and search for answers.
Does that feel like you?
If you’re tired of trying; if you feel the answers aren’t there; if you keep pushing and just as soon as you start to make progress, you get thrown right back where you started (or maybe worse), we’re here to tell you…
DON’T GIVE UP!
Regardless of your reason to get healthy, whether it’s to lose weight, conquer a nagging health issue, address a chronic disorder naturally, it’s not uncommon to face challenges. While the basic health principles are relatively simple, discovering your individual needs can be more complex and takes some time. The first step is to uncover the roadblocks that are keeping you from achieving the health goals you are striving to reach.
Some of the most common roadblocks we see include:
- Wrong food choices for your individual needs
- Hidden food allergies and sensitivities
- Overload of toxins and/or hindered detoxification process
- Hormonal imbalances
- Psychological and emotional imbalances
Let’s dig into these a little more.
1. Wrong Food Choices
Each of us has a unique genetic composition, which can determine the types of foods that best nourish us. Some people feel best on a lower carbohydrate, higher fat and protein diet. Others thrive with the exact opposite. Finding out what works best for you can take time, but is key to looking and feeling your best.
2. Hidden Food Sensitivities
Food sensitivities and intolerances have become quite common and are often the cause of unresolved physical symptoms and weight gain. Commonly known symptoms of food sensitivities and intolerances include: bloating, cramps, gas or belching, weight gain (or in some cases, weight loss), and stomach pain. There are many other symptoms that most people do not know can be caused by food allergies and intolerances/sensitivities, including: autoimmune diseases, irregular sleep patterns, arthritis and joint pain, seasonal allergies, bags under the eyes, cellulite, high blood pressure, chronic fatigue, psychological and emotional imbalances, and more. Read more about food sensitivities here and learn 9 common signs that they may be contributing to your health challenges.
If left undetected for long enough, it is possible to develop irreversible conditions, so it’s important that once discovered, any offending foods are completely eliminated from the diet. Food allergies and intolerances/sensitivities can be easily managed with the right substitutions.
Stress has been deemed the “silent killer” for good reason. The long-term harmful effects of chronic stress are endless. If we are seeing problems in achieving the health we desire, it may be signs of problems with chronic stress. Finding ways to reduce and manage stress as well as recover from past stress is critical to our short-term and long-term health.
A toxic system cannot heal! Toxic overload prevents us from being in our best state of health and can cause an array of symptoms, including headaches, digestive problems, acne, difficulty losing weight, and more.
There is no way to completely avoid toxins; however, reducing your exposure wherever possible helps. Choosing organic foods, eliminating unnecessary man-made medicines, and using natural cleaning products, cosmetics and household items are all great ways to make an impact on your toxic overload.
In addition to changing environmental toxic exposure, we also have to consider how well our body is eliminating the toxins it does come in contact with. We can improve our detoxification phases by increasing our fibrous vegetable intake, and when necessary, taking special herbs and supplements to assist the body with these processes.
5. Hormonal Imbalances
Our hormones are so much more than just estrogen and testosterone. The endocrine system is a network of hormones that control many aspects of our bodies’ daily functioning. If the production of one hormone is off, it affects not only the organs its directly associated with, but also the level of other hormones and their associated organs.
Typical blood testing does not always show a hormonal imbalance, but it is a good place to start. There are natural methods to discover and correct potential hormonal so the body can begin to find balance again.
6. Psychological and Emotional Imbalances
Emotional connections to our health and body can most definitely hinder us from successfully achieving good health. Additionally, psychological imbalances, such as low serotonin or low dopamine, can also prevent us from seeing positive results from our efforts.
Some emotional challenges can be resolved with positive self-talk, yoga, and the support of family and friends. Other challenges are measureable imbalances with our neurotransmitters that require further intervention. Like hormonal imbalances, there are natural methods to discover and correct potential neurotransmitters imbalances.
If you’re serious about changing your health for good, here are 5 steps you can take to combat these common roadblocks:
- Keep a food and symptom journal to discover any patterns, such headaches at a specific time each month, or digestive issues immediately after your most stressful days.
- Consider completing an elimination diet to uncover hidden food sensitivities
- Reduce stress, whether by removing unnecessary stressors or finding ways to help you cope.
- Replace common household cleaners and body care products with natural sources.
- Acknowledge that you are doing enough and that your challenges may be greater than you can discover on your own. Let go of the pressures and guilt that can easily weigh you down and keep you from achieving your goals.
Chat with other women in our Moms Wellness Connection group about the roadblocks they have (or are working to) overcome.