The term being green has come a long way since Kermit’s “It’s not easy being green”. Everything seems to be going green lately, including my diet. If you had asked me a few months ago about the greens I ate I would have named broccoli and romaine lettuce as a few of my favorites. Kale and collards were not part of my vocabulary, never mind my dinner repertoire. Dark leafy greens have amazing health benefits including weight loss and lessening sugar cravings, two areas where I could stand to get some help. Not to mention they are nutrient dense being high in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, zinc and vitamins A, C, E, and K. They are also packed with fiber, folic acid, chlorophyll and other phytochemicals. I didn’t need anymore convincing, and committed to giving them a try. I bought some kale and collard greens the next time I went grocery shopping.
When I got home it occurred to me I really didn’t know how to prepare greens. I don’t remember my mother preparing them as a kid. Did you have kale, collard greens or other greens as a kid?
I started my journey at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, a health coach training program four months ago and have loved every minute. If you had asked me then what my plans were, I would have and did tell you that I was working on my own health and wellness. My goals were and still are to lose weight enabling me to reverse my diabetes and become pump and insulin free. I want my son to see me as someone who is healthy, who runs around with him and is fun to play with. Sounded more like I needed to hire a health coach instead of enroll in a health coach training program. I secretly loved the idea of helping others reach their health goals but was unable to commit to it at the time.
And then I learned about conflicting intentions. I think we have all heard about the power of intention there are plenty of books out there on the subject. Someone should write a book about the power of conflicting intentions. Conflicting intentions are fears that come up around successfully living your intentions. My conflicting intention around becoming a health coach is that I didn’t believe people would hire me to help them with their health when mine is so visibly out of control. Why would someone hire me to help them lose weight when I am overweight myself.