Evaluating Changes in Your Wellness Routine [Transcript/Blog]
The Importance of Evaluating Change
Welcome to another episode of the Health with Hashimoto’s podcast. Today, we’ll explore an essential topic for those on their holistic health journey: Evaluating Changes in Your Wellness Routine.
As someone living with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, I understand the frustration and desire for clarity when seeking solutions to regain energy and well-being. It’s not just about trying different things; it’s about understanding if they are working for you. Trial and error becomes a meaningful process when you learn from it and make informed decisions about your health.
Clarify Your Goals
The first step in evaluating change in your wellness routine is to clarify your goals. What do you want to achieve? Whether it’s more energy, weight loss, better sleep, or reduced stress, defining your objectives is crucial. It’s not enough to say, “I want more energy.” Specify what that means for you, such as getting through the day without a nap, like my personal goal.
Evaluating Changes by Identifying Contributing Factors
Next, consider the various factors that contribute to your goals. Holistic health encompasses body, mind, spirit, diet, and environment. If weight loss is your goal, think beyond calories and exercise. Understand how stress, diet choices, and your emotional state contribute to your weight journey. It’s about addressing the root causes and not just the symptoms.
Develop a Holistic Approach for Evaluating Change
Now, let’s explore how you can work on the aspects contributing to your goal. For instance, if you want to increase your energy, rather than reaching for a quick fix like energy drinks, consider a holistic perspective. This means addressing multiple contributing factors. Maybe it involves managing stress, making better food choices, and incorporating physical activity into your daily routine.
Determine Evaluation Period
The timeframe for evaluating change depends on the nature of the change. If you can feel the effects quickly, like trying a new supplement or a dietary change, a shorter evaluation period, such as a few hours or a day, might suffice. However, for longer-term goals, such as improving sleep, consider a minimum of two weeks. For supplements, especially vitamins and minerals, it’s advisable to give it a full 90 days or, even better, one month per decade of life for a comprehensive evaluation.
Remember that some changes might require lab work to assess their impact, like monitoring vitamin D levels or other thyroid markers. Regularly track your progress based on your evaluation period. Keep a journal, use wearables, or work with a healthcare provider to gather data. This allows you to make informed decisions about continuing or adjusting your approach.
Taking Control of Your Health Through Making and Evaluating Change
Evaluating changes in your wellness routine is a vital part of your holistic health journey. It’s not about trial and error; it’s about learning from your experiences and making informed choices to improve your well-being.
By clarifying your goals, understanding contributing factors, taking a holistic approach, setting appropriate evaluation periods, and measuring your progress, you empower yourself to regain control of your health.
Remember, your health is in your hands, and by learning from your journey, you can create lasting wellness.
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