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On Valentine’s Day, it’s customary to take a little extra time to make someone in your life feel special, loved and cared for. It’s important to show our appreciation for the friends and family in our lives, but it’s incredibly important for each of us to show ourselves self-love, as well. Most of us spend a lot of time taking care of family, friends, our jobs and our homes, frequently overlooking our own individual needs. Many of us take better care of our cars than we do ourselves. Caring about our overall health and practicing balanced living, including proper nutrition, is a form of self-love that can make each of us look and feel great, inside and out.

Many people think that making better nutritional decisions is like an “on-off” switch: you either are or you aren’t. This is the “diet” mindset and it’s one of the main reasons people often fall off after a few weeks. We then either over indulge or choose an “unhealthy” meal or two and decide to call it quits. Some people feel as if they’ve totally failed and revert back to their old routines and habits rather than seeing it as a small or single deviation to learn from.

At CardioMender, MD (CMMD) we know there’s no such thing as a one trick fix. A lasting lifestyle change comes gradually. It’s a disciplinary process that your mind and body need to get accustomed to in order to be sustained. A great thing about reaching and maintaining our optimal health is it’s personal and unique for each of us. The programs at CMMD are customized to meet individual circumstances, concerns and health issues. We design each patient’s nutritional program to meet individual needs making adjustments to the plan as challenges occur. The journey of self-improvement will only get easier as the program takes root and evolves.

Once starting a lifestyle change, it’s important to stay focused, on track, and maintain awareness. We need to learn from our experiences, both which work and which don’t. When we come to understand how our decisions affect our weight, our health, how we look and feel, there is greater incentive for us to take control of the choices we make and implement sustainable behavioral changes. Predictable results can be maintained with awareness coupled with continuous support and monitoring. Together this helps keep us motivated, optimistic and focused.

Choose to make yourself a priority. Ask yourself “If I don’t take care of me, who will?” CardioMender can help you each step of the way but each of us has to decide to make the commitment. Show yourself some love today and every day.

You’ve Got To Live It!

Patience, gratitude, honoring and development are all ways to love yourself.

If you ever have moments of doubt or feel like you’re not seeing the results you want, the CardioMender, MD team is your support system. We can help you become the person you want to be — inside and out. We’ll give you the tools to improve your energy level and become more active. We’ll teach you the skills you need to keep the weight off. You can depend on our support to stay healthy, especially when you hit the inevitable obstacles.

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