• Siri DeMarche

My Intention in Creating Habitually Holistic

Updated: Feb 18

This post is my disclaimer, PSA, save my butt...whatever you want to call it. No I am not a medical professional. Did I think about entering the conventional medical field at some point? Yes. But because of past experiences, my coaching & educational background, my personal research, and intensive self-study, the notion of going upwards of 200k in debt in an industry that I did not inherently trust made me uneasy. Would I consider going back to school if I thought it would help me reach more people. Yes. However, I have been able to do a world of good for folks without a phD or doctorate degree. Yes, an additional degree is seen as a sign of validity and inherently eases any trust issues that may arise when you are trying to help someone. But how can I help someone when I am in school for six years and not actively in the here and now? I will not delay helping people. I know I have the knowledge (and where to seek additional knowledge) to do good in the world and help as many people as I can. My experiences and relationships have taught me that I have done a lot of life-changing good for many people and I hope only to continue this by extending my reach.

I am first and foremost a coach. I coach with tailored support and guidance. Each individual is so very different and thus support and guidance must also be unique to each of us. The world is not one size fits all. This holds true for every trendy way of eating, type of lifestyle, exercise...etc. Just because the newest and greatest way of eating or lifestyle change works for your five best friends, does not determine if it'll work for you. That is why I write about topics, but offer customized coaching and advice.

Don't get me wrong. I have loads of great friends in the conventional medical field. Yet as a population, we are not taught self-study, self-introspection, or self-advocacy. Like any other field, the world of medicine and best practices is constantly changing and sound research is not always brought to light or critically analyzed. Instead and for various reasons, less reliable research is fed to the public and becomes gospel for our entire way of life, often leading to disastrous consequences down the road.

As with any field, things are constantly evolving in the medical world. I think it is a disservice to not critically consume new material as a way to evolve the practice. Critical research, consumption, and application is a skill that I believe to be lost among too many or not taught at all. Obviously there are hundreds of other reasons not to incorporate emerging ideas (insurance, lawsuits...) but I won't take you down that rabbit hole. The health industry is like any other industry- it is not set in stone. Things change. Unlike most other industries though, not very many people stop to wonder "hmmm what if what my doctor was taught x years ago is outdated or no longer best practice?" I do believe this is changing and I am really happy to see it so. More and more people are looking outside of conventional medicine for answers.

I believe health practices should like traveling. There are legitimate and amazing answers out there, but you have to lift your nose from the textbook. People do not know what they do not know. So be your own advocate. Ask questions, keep a food journal, listen to your body and what it craves. Your body will tell you what it wants. But as a society, we do not know how to listen to it. This is absolutely what we must learn.

Transform your daily life (Pic. taken at the start of our hike to summit Mt. Hood, OR)

I am asking you to think and learn to understand your body, as it was meant to be understood. My intention is to help people learn and habitualize how to treat the body as intelligent, not broken. I want people to look at their body as having such an amazing capacity to do amazing things and transform your daily life.

I consider myself very lucky for the experiences that I have had and the skills I have acquired through helping myself and others transform their daily practices to create happier lives. I am lucky because I absolutely love helping people bring about sustainable change. I research the way I do because I truly want to make a difference. Life is knowledge put into practice. I argue that your health and wellness needs to be your most important knowledge quest and sustaining practice. Everything begins with your daily habits. Small intentional changes lead to tremendous growth opportunities and I want to help you make it happen. So cheers to creating and living our best lives!

Cheers to creating and living our best lives!

Statements made on this website have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or any other medical body. I do not aim to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any illness or disease. Information is shared for educational purposes only. You must consult your doctor before acting on any content on this website, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition.

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