10 Tenets of Wellness

How many emails do you get a day of which you scan the first sentence, then delete because it’s just MORE information about the latest and greatest in diet, health, mindfulness, products, skincare……the list goes on and on.  I do the same.  What we DON’T need is more information. What we DO need is to learn how to use and apply the information we already have to our own unique situations.  I really don’t want this newsletter to be a blablabla affair that you quickly scan over and then move on to the next thing.  My intention is to offer some helpful insights into the different topics that I explore each month.  Practical applications and tools for you to use as you figure out what you want for your own health and wellbeing and yes, to help you Flourish.  I’m learning too, so if there is anything you would like to learn more about, or particular topics you would like explored then please let me know and I’ll be happy to provide more information.

This month, I’m continuing on the theme of What is Wellness? and drawing on one of the text books I used during my studies over the past year to help highlight why creating your own definition of wellness is key to your success in making lasting transformative change the way you want it. Michael Arloski created the 10 Tenets of Wellness as principles of how people can and do change their lifestyle behavior and what holds them back.

Take a look at the list below and see what resonates with you right now.  If you’re interested in exploring further, then reach out to me as I have some cool exercises to support each tenet that you might find of value as you explore and experiment within your own life.

10 Tenets of Wellness – Michael Arloski

Wellness is a holistic concept

Self -esteem is a critical factor in change

Positive peer health norms encourage wellness changes

Conscious living means becoming aware of all the choices we have and acting on them

A sense of connectedness grounds us in our lives

We are primarily responsible for our health

Increased self-sufficiency gives the confidence and power that overshadows fear

Time spent alone helps us to get to know ourselves better

You don’t have to be perfect to be well


As you read down the list think about this.  Inside all of us is a fragile warrior or warrioress fighting for good. Sometimes though, that fighter needs some support.  Having an ally in possibility thinking, holding us accountable to complete our plans and challenging us to be our very best results in real growth, real movement and real success. That’s my job.  The coach.  The ally.  If it was easy, you probably would have done it by now, why not reach out for a little help?

Book Recommendation

Mini Habits by Stephen Guise

This a really helpful book when you feel overwhelmed by the enormity of making a change in behavior.  It gives practical advice about how to create “too small to fail” positive behaviors that you do every day which help you to move forward creating a bigger and sustainable positive behavior change.  I have used it to help me write every day, and also in building my yoga practice.


Carrot Ginger Soup

It’s early in the season for a hearty soup recipe, but I just love making soup, and this one is light and easy to make. It’s dairy free and provided you use a vegan stock completely vegan. See p. 154 if you have the book:

Carrot Ginger Soup 


2 tbsp olive oil

1 yellow onion chopped

1 tbsp grated fresh ginger

4 cups chopped carrots

½ cup rolled oats

1/2cup orange juice

Vegetable stock

3 tbsp mellow white miso


In a large pot over a medium heat, sauté onion and ginger in oil 3 minutes. Add carrots, oats, orange juice and enough stock to just cover carrots. Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover and let simmer until carrots are soft. Turn off heat and puree with handheld blender. In a small bowl, dissolve miso in ½ cup room-temperature water and stir into soup.


In The News

First an article about the WELL program and The Science of Wellness launched by Stanford Prevention Research Center

Second,  to help boost the physical and financial health of Americans, the stimulus bill sent more than $122 billion to Health and Human Services. How much of that is helping to minimize visits to–and dollars spent on–the doctor?