Did cavemen and women get into their four door cars and drive to work each day, sitting at their computer desks for 8-10 hours only to break for a drive-through meal? Did colonial women and men throw on an episode of Netflix while they mindlessly pumped their arms on an elliptical machine? Did kids of the ‘60s sit in front of iPads, noshing on some Oreos or delivery pizza? Did any of these people stay up into the late hours of the night, scrolling through their phones with their heads on their pillows?
Of course not.
Now… did young cavemen work overtime at their computers, just to make a killing (pun intended) for their families? Did colonial women spend $20 on a boutique fitness class and refuel with some leafy greens, just to achieve a set of toned abs? Were parents of the ‘60s resorting to TV before school, after school, and near bedtime as a way to both pacify and soothe their kids?
Of course not.
I could go on, but I hope you’re picking up what I’m putting down here. As a society, we’ve come to normalize certain behaviors at both extremes that are so far from how humans have traditionally moved, eaten, and related to each other throughout much of history.
exercise looked like physical labor on farms, in gardens, or around the home
the primary mode of transportation was a pair of feet
meals we're made in the home, using local, wholesome, fresh ingredients
social networking came in the form of face-to-face conversation through community outings like plays, shows, or religious gatherings
entertainment looked like plays, shows, parades, carnivals, or even simply walking in nature
Today, much of society has accepted these behaviors as inconvenient, unsustainable, or outdated
We’ve come to survive on the fast-paced, automated, electronic, and processed.
fad diets rooted in external results
24 hour gyms (also rooted in external results)
sedentary desk jobs
screens all day, everyday
social media and its likes, followers, and captions
tight schedules without time for imagination and play
overexposure to conflicting knowledge on the internet
rigid standards for success and achievement
glorifying busy-ness and perfectionism
But are we thriving?
While these advancements have occurred just within the past 50-100 years, one thing has stayed the same… us. Our biological makeup- from our genes and our cells to our body systems and autonomic responses- has remained constant in the midst of so much environmental change. We are (for the most part) still the same humans we’ve always been, even with the shifts we’ve encountered in the form of technology, food, transportation, careers, and so. much. more. This had led to a disconnect between our biological needs and the environment we live in.
Yeah, Lauren, so what?
At the very core of our being, we are not adapted to live in the way that we are.
Heart disease, obesity, type-two diabetes, and an uptick of autoimmune diseases and cancer diagnoses support this claim. But…we don’t have to be sickly to feel the impact of being uprooted from our true nature.
The resistance you feel to waking up at 5:30am to workout before work also supports this claim.
The tiredness your eyes feel after being glued to a screen all day also supports this claim.
The lack of attention our kids are providing educators in an academic setting also supports this claim.
The fact that fad diets and fitness classes with a cult-like following claim to hold the “answer” to your weight-loss resistance also supports this claim.
Now, I’m not saying to ditch your cars and your refrigerator. I promise I’m not going to tell you to never go to the gym again or quit your 9 to 5. I’m here writing to you with the hope that you build awareness. That you challenge your current way of thinking and being. That you consider a new way to approach the way you talk to yourself, the way you view others, and the way you move through each of your days.
With awareness comes to ability to make decisions about how we move, eat, play, and relate to each other that allow us to function optimally.
Becoming inspired by tradition allows us to incorporate a bit of ancestral wisdom with new-age trends—a beautiful blend of both worlds.
Ah, the possibilities!
I became a Certified Health Coach because I want to educate and empower girls and women to make lifestyle choices which feel sustainable and supportive. I so often see women forcing themselves into routines that they describe as challenging or stressful. And this makes sense—if a routine leaves you depleted, anxious, or overwhelmed it probably isn’t what is best for your body or your mind.
If you’ve found calorie counting to be tedious and restrictive, I feel you. If you’ve tried every diet from veganism to paleo, I feel you. If you are sick of chasing that “toned” look with hours in the gym, I feel you. If you are still holding onto the belief that you have to move more, eat less to achieve your health goals, I feel you.
I’ve been there, which is why I’m here.
My practice incorporates ancestral wisdom and science-backed research to help you turn regimented routines into realistic rituals that support you in rising each day as your healthiest, most radiant and calm self.
Together, we’ll sift through the weeds of today’s societal landscape and get back to your roots.
When you know yourself—your needs and your preferences—you won’t feel the need to seek out the latest health and wellness trends.
You’’ll learn to move in ways that support your energy, your schedule, and your anatomy. You’ll begin to eat in ways that support your preferences and genetics, and you’ll want to think in ways that support your abundant growth mindset rather than your scarcity mindset of not being “enough.”
Ready to start today?
Get back to the root of who you are and rise as your most radiant you by scheduling a health history