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Carol Ebert

Carol Ebert, RN, BSN, MA, CHES, CWP, is a creative force for education and wellness and is a certified wellness practitioner and wellness coach, mindful coaching certification trainer, certified law of attraction facilitator, and certified nutrition advisor. She has been a bedside nurse, school health educator, college health service director, medical center wellness specialist, and mindful coach and trainer. She is now CEO of her own wellness business, www.carolebert.com. She can be emailed at carol@carolebert.com.

Rock Your Health: What I didn’t know then and I do know now about how to be really healthy

As a wellness professional, it is only in the last few years that I even heard about low glycemic eating and living an anti-inflammatory lifestyle. Are you familiar with those terms? This information certainly was not part of the many wellness presentations I have provided to the masses over the years. However, by chance−or probably by universal intervention−I realized there was more to learn about nutrition and its effect on the body, besides the old “food pyramid” I used to promote with great zeal.

I now know that all food is not the same, and that “low-glycemic” foods are what your body desires. Not the high carb, high sugar, processed, and artificially flavored temptations found in today’s food chain. And I also now know that restaurants are often not our friend. Their goal is to get us to love what they serve so much that we will return again and again because the taste was so spectacular. [more]

Rock Your Health: Seven ways to calm a busy boomer

I am a busy boomer. Always on the move and always doing more than I need to. I am an energizer bunny. It seems to be a trait of many fellow boomers that we don’t want to slow down.

What I have noticed, however, is I get so busy “doing” that I don’t take enough time “being.” And by doing all the time, I miss out on a lot of what is great about my age and wisdom and being a boomer. In an effort to correct that, I (sadly) have to schedule time on my calendar for relaxation and reflection, which is apparently what we have to do today to get any free time for ourselves. As crazy as that seems, it actually works and is a great tool if you are looking for a way to build time into your day for YOU!

So pull out your calendars and create some space for you every day where you can REFLECT on all that is great about your life and what lies ahead. Here are a few steps to follow.

R – Realize what is happening in the present moment

If you are caught-up rehashing something in the past or projecting into the future, you have totally missed what is happening in the present moment. And that is all we have! Take a breath, and pay attention to the right now time and what is in your mind. Is it what you want to be thinking about? Is it serving you well or making you stressed? Is it negative or positive? Right here, right now, think about something pleasant and stay with that thought, and your body and mind will thank you.

E – Escape from your current focus and take time out to think

Now that you have adjusted your thoughts toward positivity, stay there for a while and think of all the things you are grateful for. As you continue these thoughts, you might notice a smile creeping in on your face as you ponder what is great about you and your life. How good does that feel? [more]

Rock Your Health: Seven secrets to being a healthy Boomer

What does it mean to be a healthy Baby Boomer? I am one and am proud of it! But I latched on to the concept of Wellness early-on. Right out of nursing training I spent three years as a Navy Nurse caring for Vietnam casualties and really got a wake-up call about war and how it is not a good thing! But I learned a lot, grew up a lot, and then entered civilian life again doing the nursing thing at the bedside. That may have been the turning point for me because I felt the problems I was treating could have been prevented, and it all seemed senseless to me.

So I became a school nurse, got hooked on teaching kids how to stay healthy, and made the shift from treating problems to helping people prevent them. Much more rewarding for me and thus I was dubbed “Nurse Wellness.”

How to be happyWhat I have learned and “know for sure” (as Oprah would put it) is that there are some core principles that if you adhere to them, all will be well.  Why people don’t is still a mystery to me, but once you get in the groove of these things, it becomes fun, with a huge payoff—like you might live forever! And right now as a Boomer, that sounds mighty nice, doesn’t it?

So here is that magic formula for staying HEALTHY.

H – Happy attitude
E – Exercise daily
A – Abundance of antioxidants
L – Low glycemic foods
T – Take time for yourself
H – Help others
Y – Young at heart

So how healthy are you?

Be well on your wellness journey.

Rock Your Health: With Carol Ebert, RN, wellness specialist

Hello! I will be writing a weekly blog for YOU, the professional nurse leader in the second half of your career, anticipating what’s next and wanting to embrace a wellness lifestyle. I’m the perfect partner for you as you embark on this journey since I am already in the Boomer Retirement Zone myself. So let’s get acquainted!

I am not a nurse in the traditional sense—a patient care expert—though I did do that some. I am a nurse in the global sense, caring about the total health of the human condition: mind, body and spirit. Luckily, my nursing path led me to wellness, my true passion, where I spent the majority of my career. Even within my passion, however, I still found a need to reinvent myself regularly.

Why this desire to change? Born with a creative brain, I am often plagued with frustration when working in a structured and predictable environment. I can do it if I have to, but it is not my true nature, which I discovered once I reached adulthood when I could fully express who I was.

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