Scottsdale Naturopathic Doctor
Did you know the best health habits bloom one at a time just like the Barrel cactus?
While the Barrel cactus normally has a gorgeous crown of flowers…that crown did not arrive overnight!
Instead each flower in my picture actually bloomed one flower at a time over several months from April to May.
This beautiful crown reminds me of my most successful Naturopathic hormone patients. Women that are the most successful reaching their goals are working on small goals one at a time to improve, and not expecting to do it all at once.
They understand many pieces of the picture need to be addressed and they work through perfecting simple steps one at a time.
Many New Year’s Resolutions fail because women become too overwhelmed to be successful. Most women lack the energy, time, direction, organization, and focus to make it all happen at once.
That's when I see women totally give up!
Expecting yourself to do everything perfectly all at once is just as unrealistic as expecting this Barrel cactus to suddenly pop out its majestic crown overnight. Building long term healthy habits takes patience and fortitude.
Think of each bloom as one single habit. What will you look like after working on one habit at a time such as exercise, proper hydration, eating vegetables, increasing lean protein, getting 10,000 steps in per day, getting outside for natural light, eliminating sugar, quitting smoking, decreasing alcohol, meditating, yoga, and eating clean?
What if we stopped these annual New Year’s Resolutions and instead focused on Monthly Resolutions? Wouldn’t that feel so much less overwhelming and easy to accomplish?
They say it takes 28 days to make or break a habit.
Each month of the year lets work on a new self improvement!
When my patients see and feel success from their efforts they are all the more excited to tackle the next goal. Building that self efficacy and knowing you receive great benefits from investing time and effort into your body will motivate you to achieve more and more.
After fifteen years of helping women feel and look their best, I have learned that women are much happier once they are fit and eating clean because they feel confident in their own skin. They are happy with their weight, their complexion is glowing, and their friends and family are shocked by their “sudden transformation.” Something I know isn’t magic because I watched it happen gradually over several months as their Naturopathic Doctor.
But for the friend that has not seen them in a while it appears to be as magical as the beautiful bright flower crown from the Barrel cactus.
Most people succeed by focusing on one small goal at a time.
“Inch by inch is a cinch. Yard by yard is hard.”
Instead of making one big giant overwhelming resolution this year and giving up by Valentine’s Day, think about setting twelve mini health goals this year and work through them in steps! Go grab a pen and write them on your calendar now.
Stay committed to the process to succeed!
Need help deciding what to work on first? Visit my SCHEDULE page to treat yourself to a Naturopathic visit! I would be happy to help.
Wishing you the best health, happiness, and energy for 2023!
Dr. Nicole Sundene
Dr. Sundene is a Naturopathic Doctor in Scottsdale, Arizona, and is a Female Hormone Expert in Women's Health and Bioidentical Hormones. She specializes in Holistic Women's Health for Menopause, Thyroid, Hashimotos, PMS, Perimenopause, Autoimmune, Postpartum, Chronic Fatigue, Depression, Anxiety, Food Allergies, Digestion, Dermatology, Acne, Psoriasis, Eczema, and Adrenal Hormonal Conditions. In 1999 she began working for a Hormone Doctor prior to starting Naturopathic Medical School. With over 23 years of experience in both Prescription and Natural women's health and hormones, she presents to women the best-integrated health solutions for their Chronic Disease.
She has been an Herbalist for over 28 years and enjoys teaching women how to use herbs to balance their hormones, nutrition and optimize their health. Dr. Sundene relies on blood testing for her hormone metrics. The hormone testing is covered per the patient's insurance plan (not Medicaid) and conducted at certain points in the woman's menstrual cycle. To learn more about Hormone Testing for Women Visit: Bioidentical Hormones. Follow Dr. Sundene on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for more tips on Women's Health, Female Hormones, and Naturopathy!