I had someone ask me about getting some meals from the Nutrition Kitchen for a friend who struggles with weight loss. I applaud that instinct, and that is the best kind of friend: someone who wants to give something more life transforming than a bright and shiny bauble to play with for awhile before it goes to Goodwill. I've written gift certificates of that nature before, and don't do that anymore for a few reasons. For one thing, they often don't get redeemed and I end up getting paid for something I never do. That may sound like a good thing, but to me it's one iteration of a toxic relationship to money that has helped our society stray off the path of Salubris. Most importantly, though, it ends up being more symbolic than substantive with regard to the actual goal. Excess weight is just a symptom of a lack of Salubris, of wholeness, in your systems and requires a more holistic approach than just getting some healthy meals for awhile. So I thought about what I might want to give a friend based on what I know and have experienced about what really works, and here's the framework I came up with.
-A conversation with myself as a certified health coach regarding the various lifestyle aspects that go into weight management.
-A consultation with Evelyn, my trainer and partner here at Salubris, to talk about what kind of movement would work best for your body and how to incorporate that into your lifestyle.
-Access to my Mindfulness based stress management program: an 8 week training course delivered in bits each week to your email inbox to train you in the basic techniques that will help you avoid over-production of the hormones that cause you to store nutrients as fat regardless of how healthy they are.
-3-4 weeks access to complete nutrition from the Nutrition Kitchen: breakfast, lunch and dinner. This can take the form of actual delivered meals or access to my menu planning and recipes with on-line training on how to cook them (in development: as I write this only available in person). Start with the "clean" version for a couple weeks (gluten free, dairy free) and add back in common culprits for inflammation to get to know your body a little better.
-A follow up conversation with me to talk about what kind of lifestyle program is realistic and desirable based on the information they have received and food they have experienced in order to create a strategy for overall wellness (which will naturally include weight management) that will last a lifetime.
That seems to me to be a gift with the potential to truly transform. At the very least they will go away knowing more about themselves and what it is that is currently working for people so they can take that with them and do with it what they choose. It could be that in the end they will look back on that as one of the happiest birthdays ever: adding years to your life and life to your years strikes me as a pretty happy outcome.