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It’s rare for anyone to get one-on-one time to explore their wellness goals with a trained professional. As an Integrative Nutrition* Health Coach, I create a supportive environment that enables you to articulate and achieve your goals and to find the right lifestyle that works best for you.

Most approaches to healthy living dwell on diet: calories, carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, usually involving restrictions and feelings of deprivation. Sure, what you eat is really important.  Instead of creating lists of restrictions and good and bad foods, I coach my clients to explore basic improvements and implement gradual changes and supportive habits during our work together. Instead of taking away your favorite foods, you will find NEW favorites, and learn how easy healthy eating can be.  Many of my clients also find these new habits help them to save money in their food budget!

As your Integrative Health* Coach I act as a supportive mentor  and guide on your journey to your best life.  We work together to help you define your health and wellness goals, and take the journey to wellness together, step by step.  My philosophy of bio-individuality means you and every other client has a customized program designed by and for YOU.  No crazy restrictive dieting or shelves filled with supplements, or 6am running on the treadmill - unless you really thrive on that kind of stuff!

Equally important, together we look at what Integrative Nutrition* calls your Primary Food. Career, relationships, hobbies, spirit, mission.  You can eat all the broccoli in the world and if you don't get these right your life will just feel off.  Get more vibrancy by balancing all aspects of your life!

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PatriciaAndersonCHPC@gmail.com

The Health Benefits of Laughing

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Q: What do you call a zucchini noodle?

A: An impasta!

 

At IIN, we teach the importance of joy in living a healthy and balanced life. Health isn’t just about eating kale and getting proper exercise; it’s equally important to relax, play, and laugh. We’ve all heard that “laughter is the best medicine,” and it’s true!

 

There are so many benefits of laughing. For starters, it can deepen our bonds with other people, help us feel more alive, and ease our anxieties. Laughter can also lower blood pressure, reduce stress hormone levels, boost immunity, and release endorphins. (And a wholesome belly laugh will even strengthen our abs!)

 

The benefits of laughter are so universally recognized that laughter therapy has become a widely used modality for holistic healing. The National Cancer Institute defines it as “a type of therapy that uses humor to help relieve pain and stress and improve a person’s sense of well-being.” It may also be used to “help people cope with a serious disease, such as cancer. Laughter therapy may include laughter exercises, clowns, and comedy movies, books, games, and puzzles.”

 

Did you know that the average four-year-old laughs 300 times a day, while the average 40-year-old only laughs four times!? It’s unfortunate, but true. Laughter therapy is a helpful step in reminding adults how to use their inborn gift of laughter to cultivate greater joy and health.

 

There are two primary types of laughter: involuntary and social.

 

Involuntary laughter is a natural physiological response our body has. In other words, we are not consciously choosing to laugh, and often we can’t stop ourselves! Similar to sneezing, we don’t have control over it or choose when it comes – it just arises.

 

Social laughter is used as a method for communicating with others. For instance, if you’re talking to a friend and they tell you a story, you may giggle to let them know, “I am listening, and I think that is a silly story.” You are not taken over by laughter, but are instead compassionately connecting with your friend.

 

Both types of laughter are beneficial for our health in their own right.

 

So tell a joke to a colleague, go to a comedy show with a friend, or laugh for no reason at all. It’s good for you!

 

…It would be wrong to end this post without telling another cheesy joke, so here goes:

 

Q: What do you call a pig that does karate?

A: A pork chop!


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