Hello! My name is Tomoko, and I am a health coach. Today, I want to talk about why I became a health coach.
First and foremost, I am a wife and a mother to my two young children ages 2 and 5. My family is very active. With two young children whose energy seems to be on self-charging mode all day long, and my husband who teaches and trains Japanese Martial Art 3-4 times per week in addition to his day job as a middle school teacher, feeding my family nutritious meals to keep us healthy is extremely important to me. We live in a society of abundance. We have one of the strongest economies, best science and medical technologies, and abundant information. Yet, we are not the healthiest. Not even close. Our state of health is depressing. According to the Center of Disease Control, nearly 70% of the adults are overweight and obese. 1 in 3 children are overweight or obese in this country. Our generation is the first generation of which life expectancy is shorter than our parents. Number of preventable diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart problems, and certain types of cancer are rising. Many children know how to use iPhones, iPad, and other latest technology, but do not know how to make a simple meal. When we turn on TV, we continue to see advertisement for unhealthy meals, and increasingly see advertisement for medications. Many of us do not know where our food come from and what impact they have on our planet. How depressing is that?
The good news is that some people are calling for action. At legislative level, there is a call for labeling GMO products. There has been a grassroots movement called locavore that encourages consumers to eat locally to support local farmers and stores, and to reduce environmental impact. There have been increasing number of organic produce and products available at stores. There have been many studies of links between eating habits and illnesses. People are looking at our health and realizing that we need to do something. I was in a women's health clinic the other day for annual check up. The doctor asked me about my occupation, and I told her what I do as a health coach. She agreed that eating healthy and leading a healthy lifestyle is important. She also said that it is often difficult for majority of people to commit to a healthy lifestyle because it is not the mainstream. Sadly, she is right. It is rather a road less traveled. I, too, struggle, especially when it comes to feeding my children (talk about peer pressure at school, all the birthday parties, and all the TV characters on boxed snacks! ). I have to be mindful of what I choose and not choose for me, and for my family. It can be challenging at times. I get that.
The bottom line, though, is that I am concerned about our state of health. I am worried about the future for our children. I do believe that we can make difference, one plate at a time. Barbara Kingsolver said that we have voting power three times per day when it comes to eating locally, and environmental sustainability. I would say the same thing for our health. We have three chances every day to take care of our body. Our body will respond accordingly. Let's make it count.
I hope you will join me to take a stand to be a healthier you. It starts with you. You will be the force to cause a ripple effect for your family, for your community, and for the future.