What It Takes to Get Great Results in Your Functional Wellness Program
Your results are 100% dependent on your approach and participation to your program. Here’s a list of ways to ensure you get the best results in your functional wellness program!
Start With Mind-Set
Commit to changing your mind-set if you wish to succeed.
Understand that more of the same equals more of the same. The way you’ve always done it has no place in healing your health.
Understand that problems don’t fix themselves—the underlying cause must be addressed.
Don’t stop the program because you feel good after one month. Feeling good one day doesn’t equate to problem solved. You must follow the full protocols to achieve lasting results.
Optimizing your health should be a personal goal even if you don’t feel you need “healing.” The functional model encompasses all levels of health.
Keep an open mind to anything that can improve your health, but don’t take on too much at once.
Remember WHY you want to improve your health and feel your best. What’s your motivation?
Show Up (Physically and Mentally) for Check-Ins and Follow-Ups
Make check-ins and follow-ups a top priority on your calendar, and don’t skip them. This is crucial to staying on track.
Be committed to weekly, biweekly, monthly, or bimonthly check-ins or follow-ups, depending on what your plan requires. This isn’t your conventional-medicine yearly doctor visit.
Be fully transparent about not only your successes, but also struggles or failures since your last meeting. This is a good time to share your detailed food diary.
Answer questions fully and honestly so he or she will have the best opportunity to help you succeed.
Remember it’s a TEAM effort and collaborating is important. Help your practitioner help you, by communicating with them and keeping them updated. If you try to make this journey alone, it’ll be much more challenging to reach your desired health goals.
Follow your practitioner’s dietary tips, individually customized for you, to accelerate healing and reduce inflammation.
Don’t cheat, skip meals, or vary from the dietary plan (unless you’ve already discussed this with your practitioner).
Plan ahead when there will be a change in routine that could lead to food temptations or conveniences (vacations, parties, holidays, etc.). Take along healthy portable meals or snacks.
Communicate if you’re having any challenges with the dietary plan or the approved foods. Most of the time, adjustments can be made.
Introducing foods outside of the healing diet can cause problems. Even the smallest change can sometimes set you backwards and stop progress.
Don’t get hungry! If you’re getting hungry between meals, consult with me and eat more frequently.
Be prepared to commit 2–4 months to your dietary plan in order to learn habits and skills that can lead to lifelong dietary success.
Good idea - Keep a food diary, recording what you eat, when you eat, and lifestyle issues (exercise type, time, and duration; sleep times and patterns; etc.) that may be impacting your diet.
Adhere to Supplements
The right supplements help fill the specific voids that you can’t get from nutrition alone, to target your specific case.
Determine the right supplements for you by working with a skilled consultant who knows your individual needs. Adhere to protocols as close to 100% as you possibly can.
Purchase high-quality supplements, from approved providers whenever possible. (Amazon.com unfortunately has zero quality control, and many of the high quality supplements are not sold by approved providers.) Taking the cheapest route possible will usually lead to disappointment and wasted money.
Don’t take a supplement just because a friend or an ad says it’s the best or because a famous doctor endorses it. There’s a very good chance you don’t need it, or you could benefit from a different product that’s more suited to your personal needs and wellness.
Don’t expect tons of supplements to magically fix everything. You don’t want to be dependent on them forever! They should “supplement” positive dietary and lifestyle changes.
Remember, functional wellness encompasses all aspects of health and an infinite amount of variables! It can be overwhelming, but it’s important to stay dedicated and stick to the positive changes you’re making (at a pace that’s comfortable for you).
Ultimately, the goal is for you to own your diet and lifestyle, and to feel confident in your ability to maintain it for the rest of your life.
When you get healthier, you’re a better mother, a better father, a better husband, a better wife, a better girlfriend, a better boyfriend, a better lover, a better teacher, a better employee, a better business owner, a better entrepreneur… Everything improves when your health improves!