Wellness and self-care has become a top trend in the last year or two. Promoting expensive products and treatments so that you can be your best self – from pricey boutique fitness classes to adding spirulina to your smoothie, it seems like there’s a new trend every year. Celery juice, anyone?! When I work with my health coaching clients, I break down simple habits that make a big
ey, hey! I’m Kelly Chase, founder of ChaseLife! Originally ChaseLife began as the name of my health coaching business; and over the years, as I have personally self-evolved, it has much more meaning than ever to it. I believe it is our birthright to become who we want to be, serve others, and activate joy not only within ourselves but the lives of everyone we encounter as well. To do this, we must “chase life”; consistently show up for ourselves, empower oneself to become a better version each day, & create the life he/she craves. We go first. As we go within, do the inner healing work, then we can become teachers & guide others to this freedom.
Living in the present moment decreases our levels of anxiety and depression. But what about when
someone or something gets us down in that moment? How do we make sure we continue to vibrate at
the highest level and perform our best everyday without letting outside factors lower our energy?
When we think about self-care, images of candle-lit bubble baths and luxurious face masks pop up in our minds. While that takes care of our external body and mind, we should also be taking care of our internal selves. What we eat can directly affect emotional, mental, and physical health. That’s why what we put into our body should be the foundation of a holistic self-care routine. Speaking from my own experience as a nutritionist, I’ve realized that eating healthy is the only thing that truly grounds me.
As a millennial, I grew up in the era of . . . DIETS. From counting calories to counting macros, from the Atkins diet to the Dukan diet, each one puts a focus on eliminating certain food groups (or at least marginalizing them to an extreme). Even Regina Georgia was asking, ” is butter a carb?” Hi there, fellow Mean Girls enthusiasts.
When I was growing up, my mother’s friends were going to Weight Watchers and buying daily slimming smoothies while discussing how many kilos they had lost that week. Although these diets had their benefits, the mindset behind ‘dieting’ was never a topic of discussion. It was only “burnt calories” or “pounds dropped.” The focus on physical health with minimal concern for mental health. The issue with these ‘old school’ diets is the subconscious stress it puts us under to be constantly scrutinizing every morsel touching our lips. How would our bodies respond if we took away this stress?
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a super efficient way to work out, especially when you are short on time but want to maximize your efforts. During HIIT workouts, you alternate periods of maximum effort (70-80% of max. heart rate / can barely say a few words) with periods of working rest (50-60% of max heart rate / can carry brief conversation).
Puerto Rico wasn’t the only island devastated by Hurricane Maria. Culebra, a small island 18-miles off the mainland’s coast and home to world renowned Flamenco Beach, continues to rebuild after the category 4 storm destroyed homes and businesses across the island. While some of the amenities are still lacking, I’m happy to report that the natural beauty of the beach remains with breathtaking sunrises and clear blue waters. The best way to make a visit is by camping under the stars which is perfect for a weekend or even a one day excursion.