By now, you’ve all been introduced to Jess Spinner – a nationally recognized health coach and wellness expert. Jess offered one Peachtree Roadies reader a $500 coaching package for free – and that lucky reader is Chelsea! Way to go!
But we don’t want to leave the rest of you high and dry – so we asked Jess to share her three best health tips with us so we can all benefit from her knowledge and experience:
- Drink.More.Water. This is the consumption component – and the first thing that Jess tells her clients is to drink more water. Water should be the main liquid you are consuming. Jess recommends taking your current body weight and dividing it in half, that’s how many ounces of water you should be drinking a day. With the weather getting colder people drinks less water, so she recommends you drink more herbal tea or warm water with lemon – whatever is appealing to you. Water affects bloating and digestion. She recommends you front load your day with it – you want to drink the majority of the water before 5PM. You don’t want to be getting up in the middle of the night. Also, the ice the melts in your bourbon glass doesn’t count (we asked.)
- Reconfigure your plate. Most Americans prepare or order meals that are include a carb, veggie and meat of a similar size. Let’s photoshop that and make sure that green veggies are taking up more than half of our plates.
- While you’re at it…DONT villainize vegetables! Have you heard the rumor that TOO MUCH kale can be bad for you? Or to limit your sprouts to give your kidneys a break? Jess isn’t buying it. She says you can’t eat too many green veggies (unless you have very special digestive issues.) Bio individuality comes into play here. Everyone is different. For some people eating a PALEO diet works great for them, for other people that’s not going to work – a vegan diet might be better. If you are eating kale everyday and you feel great, and it’s appealing to you, do it. You aren’t going to do any damage to yourself. That’s true about most things. Listen to your body – and understand how foods are affecting you.
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Jessica Spinner is a Professional Ballet Dancer turned Holistic Health Coach. She received her training through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition where she trained in over 100 dietary theories and studied practical lifestyle coaching methods. Jessica’s goal as a health coach is to support and inspire her clients to live their happiest, healthiest, most authentic lives.