Gina Van Luven
Gina Van Luven, an international speaker, bestselling author, and Board Certified Health Coach. She is the founder of YOUnique Nutrition and Healthy Habits Academy. Having experienced a very difficult childhood, Gina found herself plagued by disease putting her life severely out of balance. In her early thirties, she discovered the tools that transformed her diseased, imbalanced body into a healthy and happy one.
Today, Gina Van Luven’s passion is to empower people to live healthier and happier lives. She works with clients to uncover the food and lifestyle choice that is best for them and provide a step-by-step action plan and accountability system to help them achieve their goals.
What to Expect
- The Painful Transition
- What leads to unhealthy lifestyle
- The Surviving Pattern
- Sleep is our rejuvenation
- The first step to recovery
- Forcing yourself to breathe
- How to know if your body is healthy and happy
- Things that affect sleep
- Making your own fast food
- Process of Weaning and Replacing
- Healthy alternatives
Create Healthy Habits
Sleep is our rejuvenation time and it is the first problem that leads towards having an unhealthy lifestyle. Gina Van Luven says some people think that they only need five to six hours of sleep while the body really needs 7-9 hours of sleep time. These people don’t realize that we can get into a pattern of surviving on what we have, so we will never recognize what we are missing. For people who have sleep problems, Gina identifies the main things that highly affect our sleeping patterns.
- Eating late at night-Our body cannot rest when it’s trying to digest. Late night snacking is not healthy for our bodies according to Gina and if ever we do get hungry, she suggests eating fruits because they easily digest in only about 15 minutes.
- Caffeine-Avoiding caffeine in the afternoon is also necessary. Switching to foods like dried or fresh fruits, nuts and smoothies are great alternatives to avoid the afternoon crash
- Exercise-Exercise is beneficial but exercising vigorously can affect your cortisol levels and create stress in your body. Morning exercise is also better than evening sessions.
- Proper Nutrition– If you’re depriving your body of critical nutrition, it cannot rest and it will impact your sleep.
Process of Weaning
It’s not a good idea to just cut something out of your diet. When you do that, there’s deprivation and just the idea of depriving yourself is self-defeating. A better way to wean is to start replacing first then gradually decreasing the amount in the long run. Gina shares some useful tips on how to gradually wean from coffee and sugar.
- Start with a smaller cup of coffee
- Add or replace with black tea
- Gradually replace with green tea
- Decrease sugar by quarters and make less and less sweet
Stop Stressing Your Adrenals
Your adrenals are the ones responsible for your fight response and that is your stress regulators. So taxing your stress regulators will create a big problem for your body. Gina shares the main things that we can do to help our adrenals.
- Getting Sleep
- Eating Healthy Foods
- Drinking Water
- Making time to carve out free time for yourself
- “Sleep is our rejuvenation time. If you don’t allow that your body will snap.
- “The first step to recovery is accepting that you have a problem.”
- “Workaholics can get into this mode of having to be busy all the time.”
- “Constantly having to move to be busy is self-perpetuating.”
- “You can make space to give yourself a little more time to sleep by doing nothing. Sit, take deep breaths and focus on your breathe and not the mental chatter that’s in your head.”
- “Your body cannot rest when it’s trying to digest.”
- “Exercising vigorously can affect your cortisol level and interrupt your sleep.”
- “If your depriving your body of critical nutrition it needs, then it’s going to impact your sleep.”
- “I’m all about weaning or replacing. Just the idea of you depriving yourself of something is self-defeating.”
- “It’s not a good idea to just cut something out of your diet. When you do that, there’s deprivation.”
- “Don’t sweat the small stuff. Take a step back and ask yourself: ‘Is this going to matter tomorrow or next year?.”
Health is not a destination, it’s a constant journey.