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What is Whole-Person Wellbeing and How Does it Impact Your Health?


According to wellness is defined as:

  1. the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as the he result of deliberate effort.
  2. an approach to healthcare that emphasizes preventing illness and pro-longing life, as opposed to emphasizing treating diseases.


On the other hand, wellbeing is defined by as:

“a good or satisfactory condition of existence; a state characterized by health, happiness, and prosperity; welfare”.

The British dictionary defines it this way:  “the condition of being contented, healthy, or successful; welfare.”

So you can see that wellness and wellbeing are two different concepts.  When we think of the term “wellness” it is evident that this word has become closely associated over the past several decades with disease management and medical interventions.  You are either well or you are sick.

Wellbeing, however, implies a totally new concept – that of the whole-person approach.  This approach takes into consideration that all aspects or dimensions of a person’s life are connected, from mind-body connection to relationships, financial issues, and work-life balance.

What are these dimension that make up a whole-person approach?  According to a model developed by Dr. John Travis, a “whole-person” approach consists of the following 12 dimensions that can be managed and improved:

  • Self Responsibility and Love
  • Breathing
  • Sensing
  • Eating
  • Moving
  • Feeling
  • Thinking
  • Playing & Working
  • Communicating
  • Intimacy
  • Finding Meaning
  • Transcending

You can see from this model that you, as a whole person, aren’t limited to just diet and exercise or meditation. “Whole-person wellbeing is understanding, tracking, and balancing all of life’s dimensions – everything you think, feel and do – for your optimal health and vitality.”

Everything is connected. For example, “What you think and feel affects your eating. Your relationships, exercise level, and eating habits affect how you manage stress. How you find meaning in life affects your personal and professional relationships as well as your attitudes and choices for health and wellness. Our physical and emotional wellbeing impacts our energy, learning, focus, motivation, time management, communication, as well as personal and professional relationships in addition to our waistlines.”

A whole-person approach requires a holistic program not limited to a diet adjustment or more exercise. These are important factors but only part of your whole-person picture. During the past two decades, developments in biology, neurology, and psychology have clearly demonstrated the mind-body connection and proven that our total wellbeing must incorporate all dimensions of our lives. “What we think and understand impacts our behavior, and that determines our choices. Our physical and emotional wellbeing impacts our energy, learning, focus, motivation, time management, communication, as well as personal and professional relationships in addition to our waistlines.”

There are many online health and wellness apps available to help manage our health and wellbeing. An online tool that I have found to be very helpful in helping me balance and manage the 12 dimensions is The Wellness Inventory.  This innovative tool “empowers participants to learn and understand how and why they make choices. People can develop more clarity about their specific personal responsibility for all processes in their personal and professional lives.

This results in support for an individual to more deeply explore and more clearly define personal needs, and then more accurately develop actions with realistic steps.”

The Wellness Inventory program helps participants “personally identify and drive their behavior change based on their immediate motivations. When a person owns their change, rather than following orders, that person is far more likely to be successful.”  The Wellness Inventory fosters creating wellbeing which means “continuing toward higher levels of health and optimal living with ongoing awareness and action. “

Are you ready to balance all of life’s dimensions for your optimal health and wellbeing?

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Here’s to your health and wellbeing!

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How to Eat Your Thyroid Healthy

So many women today suffer from thyroid issues.  Either their thyroid is underactive or overactive.  Either way can make you feel terrible.  The health of your thyroid depends heavily on what you eat and put in your body. To keep your thyroid happy and healthy, your body needs appropriate amounts of iodine and selenium. To ensure the health of your thyroid, try incorporating the following foods in your diet for better iodine and selenium levels.

1.  Yogurt:
Yogurt is an excellent source of iodine. Fat-free, plain, and Greek yogurts are your best options.

2.  Berries:
Berries like blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries are packed with iodine, selenium, and vitamin D. These berries also contain a variety of other nutrients and are very high in antioxidants, which are critical for the health of your thyroid. Goji berries and cranberries contain the highest number of antioxidants. You can eat these berries raw, or you can use them in smoothies or in an acai bowl. You can use them to top yogurt or oatmeal. My favourite berries are strawberries and cranberries.  What are your favorites?

3.  Fish:
Fish is another great source of iodine. Lack of nutrients is one of the primary reasons why thyroid health deters, and fish contain all the necessary nutrients to maintain the health of your thyroid. One 3-ounce serving of cod contains around 99 milligrams of iodine. If you do not like fish then you can opt for cod liver oil supplements.

4.  Chicken:
Zinc is also necessary for thyroid health, and chicken is a perfect solution to fill that need. Three ounces of chicken contains 2.4 milligrams of zinc.

5.   Beef:
Organic grass-fed beef is also high in zinc. A 3-ounce serving of roasted beef provides seven milligrams of zinc and a 3-ounce beef patty contains three milligrams of zinc. Make sure you choose very lean, organic beef.

6.  Brazil Nuts:
Brazil nuts are incredible little powerhouses for selenium. Daily consumption of moderate serving amounts can help produce glutathione, which helps fight against and decrease thyroid antibodies.

7.  Eggs:
Eggs are another simple, one-stop shop for your thyroid health. A large egg consists of 20% of selenium and 16% of iodine. Eggs are extremely versatile and easy to prepare. Hardboil or scramble them, but make sure you include the yolk; that is the part that provides the most selenium.

8.  Nuts:
To protect and maintain the health of your thyroid, try adding a variety of nuts to your diet. Hazelnuts and macadamia nuts provided the highest amount of selenium. You can eat them raw, snack on them, or add them to salads, yogurt, oatmeal, or other meals. Nuts are one of my favorite snacks.  Not only do they provide selenium to help the thyroid, but they are also full of fiber and protein.

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Yours in health and wellness,