Are you tired of dieting? Are your exercise DVDs collecting dust? Do you feel stuck? You're not alone! And you're not to blame. Long before you were born, your story started with Earth's first inhabitants, Adam and Eve, and one small decision.
Integrating her experience as a trained counselor, certified nutrition coach, and personal trainer, Heidi dives into the Genesis narrative to explore our shared battle with physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Through stories, humor, and dozens of practical tips, these pages will help you learn how to:
- Make small daily changes for big impact
- Release the blame and shame that have kept you stuck
- Have a ''good enough'' relationship with food
- Embrace life beyond the scale
- Live at peace with your body
Discover hope, encouragement, and resources for making fresh choices that will lead to a healthier future. Adam and Eve made their choice. Now it's your turn. Welcome to your new beginning.
Heidi is an award winning Christian author and health coach. Her undergraduate work included degrees in Psychology and Bible, with an emphasis on integrating the two for whole body health. She has a master’s degree in counseling psychology, certifications in nutrition coaching and personal training, and life coach training. This unique blend has allowed her to help hundreds of men and women, as well as churches, move in a healthier direction as a coach, consultant, and writer.
She currently resides south of Boston, Massachusetts, but is a Minnesotan at heart. She's been a wife to Kevin for 25 years and mom to Drew, Alex, and Kyle.
You can learn more at www.heidizwart.com
I think we all relate to being overwhelmed with choices, especially with food. The enticingly packaged, shiny options scream to us from the shelves. Low-fat! Gluten-free! High fiber! The buzz words catch our eye and scream HEALTHY (they're the ones to avoid!). Knowing your "yogurt aisle" is important to avoid the temptations that derail a healthy life.
It Began in the Garden
Have you ever gone grocery shopping with a toddler in tow? How about a toddler and an infant? You can probably relate. There seems to be an unspoken rule that toddlers follow; choices they’re presented with are never as appealing as the ones that are not. Shopping was a challenge in the early days with my first two boys being only fifteen months apart. Even a routine trip to the grocery store was risky. A reward (okay, if we’re honest, it was a bribe) was often offered to Drew if we made it to the checkout lane without incident.
One shopping day, we had three elements combined for the perfect storm. Between Drew the toddler, Alex the colicky baby, and me the sleep-deprived mom, we were a time bomb ready to explode. I could hear the tick getting louder as we approached the yogurt aisle. Being the clever, wise mom I was, I presented Drew with two semi-nutritious options. (Life is all about choices after all, and I was empowering Drew to make them!) Drew would have none of it. The seemingly hundreds of other shiny, colorful yogurts available were just too enticing for him. Once he had fixed his eyes on all the other desirable options, there was no reining in his attention.
I finally laid down the ultimatum. “You can pick one of the two I’m holding, or I will pick one for you.”