2022: What’s in it for you?

Friday, March 18, 2022

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This year, I launched a free challenge – 2022: What’s in it for you?

The inaugural event, held in March, was a great success! What was it all about? I’m glad you asked.

To set the scene, I’ll start some years back. Halfway through my Nutrition degree, I made an appointment with the college’s Student Clinic, to see a Nutritionist in action. I’ll admit, I was nervous – I thought I was relatively healthy – but maybe they’d say I ate too much processed food, or drank too much wine, or too much coffee? What sort of questions would they ask? What would they tell me to change? How hard would it be?

All questions which I’m sure many of my clients ask themselves before their first appointment with me.

Once I was in the consultation, I realised there was no judgement. This was all about understanding who I was and what was going on for me. I’d been putting up with a few problems (increasing period pain, stomach complaints) because they’d come on quite gradually. How often do we let things slide for a while, thinking they’ll go away, not paying much attention, until suddenly we can’t put up with it any longer? Things like muscle pain, tension headaches, increased PMS, unexplained bloating or weight gain?

For the next few months, we focused on my gut health and made a few changes to my diet. The impact on my symptoms was startling.

Looking back, I didn’t know what I didn’t know. I didn’t know that my PMS and period pain was impacted by my low intake of omega-3 fatty acids. I didn’t know that despite being on a gluten-free diet following a coeliac diagnosis, my gut still had some healing to do.

We don’t know what we don’t know. If we don’t know, how can we make things better?

I see this with my clients. They come to me to lose weight, boost their energy, improve their sleep – all of which I can help with. First, though, I need to check – what else is going on that could be contributing?

  • You’re suffering that much every month with period pain? That can’t be pleasant. Maybe there’s an underlying hormonal issue that we need to address.
  • You’ve had this headache for as long as you can remember? Let’s see what we can do to help with that.
  • You’re operating on 3-4 hours sleep a night thanks to insomnia? That’s gotta make it tough to get through the day. No wonder you don’t have energy to exercise.

We put up with what we think is “normal” because it creeps up on us. But it’s not normal to always feel tired, to always feel stressed, to struggle to lose weight despite eating well.

So, back to my Challenge. I wanted to offer participants the opportunity to understand what’s really going on for them, to help them feel better. Once you know your goal, you can make a plan. And we all need a plan to feel better, right? For just 30 minutes a day over 5 days, we spent time exploring our health, how we’d gotten there, obstacles we faced, skills we could draw on, goals and steps needed to meet those goals.

Every participant came away with a plan and confidence to improve their health. Here’s some of what they had to say:

  • “Such a fantastic week – the exercises and chats each day were so helpful to staying on track. Emerging at the end of the week with a much clearer idea of my priorities and how to proceed towards my goals”
  • “The challenge forced me to critically evaluate where I was… subconsciously I knew I was reaching a point where things needed addressing, but hadn’t made the decision to try to fix anything”
  • “The week allowed me to pinpoint triggers and look at what is causing me to lack motivation”

They had the answers. Sometimes we just need the right questions to take us there.

Interested in joining my next challenge? Shoot me an email at info@katrinasfamilynutrition.com.au – just say “I’m in” and I’ll send you the details.

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