Interview: Honey Beth Wiggs

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Ever feel like you need to transition your health and lifestyle, but you just don’t know how? You know that you’re eating the wrong foods, but fast foods seem handy when in a rush. And with busy schedules, what’s wrong with getting comfortable on the couch in your downtime? I deserve downtime. In fact, I deserve to eat what I want. Sound familiar? That’s how I’ve been feeling lately.

Though I continue to learn and grow in a healthy lifestyle, I wanted to speak with someone who has been there and done that and is a professional at it.

I sat down with Certified Health Coach Honey Beth Wiggs who knows a little something about healthy lifestyle transitions. Wiggs explained that, at one time, she weighed 320 pounds. You can imagine everyday life and how difficult it must have been for her.

Her “aha moment” was when she realized that she was turning into a diabetic with her yo-yo dieting. She explained, “I could have a white chocolate mocha Frappuccino light for breakfast. It was only six points. Nobody told me it was 800 calories and 100 grams of sugar.” She physically started seeing the transitions before her eyes, per say, “My vision was blurry, hands swelling, ankles swelling, tired all the time… I was dieting myself to death.”

And then she and her husband were ready to have children. She had lost 100 pounds. But she was told that she was medically unable to have them without getting healthy. So she lost some weight and got healthy, had children and then continued on her journey.

Wiggs learned about an optimal health program from from Diana Mattix, a friend at church, who became one of her biggest influencers. She had done diets all her life and she really needed a solution versus another diet. So she tried this healthy living plan and once she saw her body’s changes, she had to spread the word. With a positive and encouraging spirit, Wiggs is making the world a healthier place one person at a time by growing encouraging and healthy relationships with people.

When asked about how she stays balanced, her reply was, “It’s not about balance. It’s about integration.” She went on to say, “Forget balance. It’s impossible to be balanced.” It is about the summation of the person. There are “three components of our health program: nutrition, education and health coach. Eight key aspects of optimal health: eating six small low glycemic meals a day, movement, sleep, water intake, handling stress and inflammation, deep breathing, being mindful, and watching for the yo-you cycles.”

And with that, I leave you these final words of wisdom from Wiggs: “Integration is very different. In every aspect of life, there will be certain seasons healthier than others. You have to give yourself grace. Integration is what matters most. Realize your seasons and move on. Having a healthy mindset and grace is key.”

Want to know more about Wiggs or learn how to make the transition, just in time for the new year? You can contact Honey Beth Wiggs at: Hbwiggs@aol.com or (919) 250-8030. Check out: www.joyfulhealth.ichooseoptimalhealth.com

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