Time for a Change


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Autumn! Along with the return of delightfully cooler weather and the appearance of fuzzy sweaters on store shelves, it’s back-to-school season. And even for those of us who’ve been out of school for more years than we’d care to remember, many people still feel an urge this time of year to start something new. A relic, possibly, of all those years when Fall meant new clothes, new books, new teachers and new friends.

So why not take advantage of that natural impulse and put it to good use by making healthy changes in your life?

  1. So many of us find ourselves racing through each day, barely taking the time to enjoy the life that we’ve created for ourselves. Taking a moment or two to breathe and appreciate what we have can be rejuvenating and enjoyable, then giving you positive energy for the rest of the day.
  2. Embracing the moment, or “being present,” is a notion getting a lot of buzz these days. We’re constantly pulled in multiple directions by electronic devices, ringing phones and news flashes – our ability to focus is strained and tested throughout the day. Try putting down your device when talking with a loved one – it allows you listen and be attentive to the situation, which in turn leaves your loved one feeling heard and cared for.
  3. Heartier vegetables seem to go hand in hand with cooler weather – pumpkin, apples, squash and Brussels sprouts are a few delicious examples. These can be roasted, baked, sautéed or eaten raw. Not only do they taste great, they provide vitamins, minerals and great energy. Pick them up at the supermarket or at the farmer’s market. Be sure to include your fall favorites on a daily basis, and reap the benefits!

Incorporating these changes can help you develop significant new habits.  Enjoy the new season!

Are there habits you’ve adopted over the years that you’d like to shed? As a Health Coach, I can help you make significant and meaningful change in your life. Take a look at www.HealthElissa.com or www.Facebook.com/HealthElissa. I look forward to talking with you.


Elissa Holzman is a holistic Health Coach, certified by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. In her practice, she advises clients on ways to make positive health choices and improve their health – by strategizing, educating and supporting individuals to achieve their goals through lifestyle and behavior adjustments. Elissa also runs support groups for the National MS Society, and gives workshops and talks on wellness throughout the NY area. Elissa resides in Croton on Hudson with her husband of 20+ years, their two children, and their dog, Hastings. 

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