Why the Weight? – Diets Don’t Work!


You can’t turn on the TV, drive down the road or go to a party without being confronted with America’s hottest obsession: weight . Diets are a billion-dollar industry; companies spend millions and millions luring you to try the latest diet (low carb, high protein, low fat, no fat, you name it) with promises that this will (finally!) be the solution—your shortcut to a thinner body. Advertising efforts also deeply affect our children, who develop distorted body images and are often on diets as early as nine or 10 years of age.


Our culture touts diet pills, celebrity workouts, convenience foods and trendy diets to help us achieve our desired weight, but these quick-fix solutions have backfired. America’s populace has reached its highest weight in history. About half of Americans are overweight; one-third are obese. Diets steer us away from our common sense and dip deeply into our pocketbooks while eliciting few, if any, lasting results. Why?


  • Diets don’t work because each person is unique, with different needs based on gender, age, ancestry and lifestyle; how could one diet be right for everyone?
  • Diets don’t work because they are extreme solutions. As in physics, if a pendulum swings to one extreme, it has to swing equally to the other. A diet might work for a short amount of time, but research shows that almost all diets result in a 10-pound gain once off the diet.
  • Diets don’t work because they are too restrictive. People who fail on diet plans are not flawed or weak. Diets by nature require discipline and restriction at levels that are unsustainable by a healthy human body.
  • Most people are disconnected from why they gain weight and see diet as the only culprit. For example, ignoring or discounting emotions is often the first thing to cause weight imbalances. (This is where working with a health coach is very helpful! 🙂 Contact me for one-on-one support!

In our fast-paced world, we have lost sight of many aspects of life that truly nourish and balance our bodies, such as slowing down, eating a home-cooked meal and spending quality time with loving people. Eating consciously and making simple lifestyle changes will create positive results and release you from the endless cycle of dieting.


Given half a chance, your body will balance out by itself, but this is only possible by getting out of the diet mentality and listening to what you truly need. Imagine taking all of the outward energy you expend on diets, fads and gimmicks and turning it inward, so that you can listen to your heart and inner wisdom. There is no such thing as a quick fix; you already have everything you need within you. With careful thought and loving reflection, you can feed yourself in a nourishing way. Working with your body rather than against it will bring you increased energy, stabilized weight and sustainable health.

And for your chuckle today…



~Contact me for a consultation today! 🙂 Coach Shannon

Food Focus: Fruit  

FruitA healthy lifestyle is the key to longevity, optimum weight, abundant energy and balance. By using fruit to satisfy our taste for sweetness, we can leave behind the use of chemical, processed and refined sweeteners. Fruits are easy to digest, are cleansing and cooling and are great for those who are overstressed and overheated from excessive mental strain or hot climates. Fruits are filled with fiber and liver stimulants, which act as natural, gentle laxatives. Whenever possible, buy fresh, locally grown fruit as opposed to imported fruits shipped from far-off places. This keeps you eating in season, and more in harmony with your environment and climate.


Eating raw fruit in summer months is highly cooling, while baking it in the winter months neutralizes the cooling effect. Fruit in the form of juice is a great choice for cleansing the body, but be aware that juice rapidly raises blood sugar levels, leading to an energy crash soon after. Frozen, whole, puréed or juiced fruit can make great summertime cool-down treats. Try frozen grapes, banana-coconut smoothie popsicles or lime juice ice-cubes in iced tea!

Eat more fruit

Whether you are having fresh fruit for a light early morning breakfast, a midday snack or evening treat, enjoy nature’s sweetness and whenever possible buy organic. Here are a few summer fruits and their health benefits:


Apricots: Great for lung conditions and asthma; used to help treat anemia due to their high copper and cobalt content.


Bananas: Help to lubricate the intestines, treat ulcers, detoxify the body and manage sugar cravings; are rich in potassium (which helps hypertension).


Cherries: Slightly warming in nature; increase overall body energy, remedy arthritis and rheumatism and are rich in iron, which improves the blood.

Grapefruits: Treat poor digestion, increase appetite during pregnancy, alleviate intestinal gas and reduce mucus conditions of the lungs.

Papayas: Tone the stomach, act as digestive aid, moisten the lungs and alleviate coughing; contain carpaine, an anti-tumor compound.

red raspberries

Raspberries: Benefit the liver and kidneys, cleanse blood of toxins, regulate menstrual cycles, treat anemia and can promote labor at childbirth.

Remember… the key is all things in moderation!! 🙂

~Coach Shannon

Exercise for Busy People


You’re busy. You can’t stop everything, get to the gym, change into exercise clothes, sweat for an hour, shower, and get back to your life. Guess what? You don’t have to. There are lots of easy ways to add exercise to your busy day.

  • Take 10-minute activity breaks.

-Just 10 minutes of activity can make a difference in how you feel and look.

-It may give you more energy to get through your busy day.

-For best results, try for three 10 minute breaks a day.

  • Make activity a priority.

-Put exercise on top of your “to-do” list.

-Put it on your calendar and treat it like any other important activity.


  • Keep moving at home.

-Get up a few minutes early to exercise before things get busy.

-While cleaning, put on music and dance.

-While cooking, do arm curls with small hand weights. Do push-ups against the counter.

-While watching TV, do sit-ups, or push-ups.

-While talking on the phone, stretch, march in place or take a walk.


  • Fit exercise into your workday.

-Walk or bike to school or work.

-Take the stairs, not the elevator.

-Go for a walk during lunch.

-Participate in company-sponsored fitness breaks. Or introduce your coworkers to Instant Recess® breaks.

-When possible, hold a walking meeting.


  • Get active with friends and family.

-Make activities, not food, the focus of events. Plan a family softball game. Volunteer at a community garden. Train together for a 5K race.

-Join friends for an after-work walk instead of a drink.

-Get together at a pool or park.


  • Move while you wait.

-Walk around the block while you wait for takeout.

-Waiting for an appointment? Walk up and down the building’s stairs.

-Waiting for the bus or train? Walk to the edge of the station and back.


  • Find ways to exercise with your children.

-Studies show that parents who exercise are more likely to have active, healthy children. What a great reason to get yourself moving! So go ahead and play together. You may find being a role model is fun!

-Play tag. Shoot hoops. Jump rope. Climb a tree.

-Walk (or bike, skip, skateboard or scooter) to school, day care, stores or the library.

-Walk around the field or gym during your child’s sports games.

-Trade childcare with another parent so you each can exercise.

-Push a stroller while the baby naps.

We all know we should exercise. But with work, school, family and friends, who has the time? These are just a few examples of ways to fit it in! 🙂

~~By Tara Leonard with Journeyworks


Upcoming Class

Power Over Parkinson’s


Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 4 pm

Shannon Beeghley, LPN, CHHC

Versailles Health Care Center is pleased to invite you to our monthly event for people with Parkinson ’s disease and their families!  Power Over Parkinson’s meets monthly to exercise, socialize, and learn.  In June, we are looking forward to learning from our guest speaker, Shannon Beeghley.  She will be sharing her presentation entitled “The Colors of Healthy Eating” with the group.  Shannon is the founder of Mannafold Blessings in Health, a health and wellness business specializing in women’s health and targeting depression, anxiety, stress and emotions. A nurse for nearly ten years, as well as a being a Nutrition Specialist and Board Certified Holistic Health Coach, she has worked with patients in a wide variety of settings including hospital, nursing home, physician office, home health care, and private duty.  Shannon was born and raised in Kansas on a farm. As she grew up, she learned that food in the commercial grocery store is grown in depleted soils (not enough natural nutrients), picked green, sprayed to ripen, and shipped to us from many different countries in the world. She is committed to “bringing the farm back to the kitchen table” with as few stops as possible between.  Shannon is Board Certified by The American Association of Drugless Practitioners and is a member of the International Association for Health Coaches.

As usual, the session will be led by Shannon Condon, Speech Therapist, and Gina Boerger, Physical Therapist.  The Power Over Parkinson’s group will take place Wednesday, June 10th at 4 pm.  It will be held at The Rehab Clinic at Versailles Health Care Center.  This is a FREE meeting. Light snacks and beverages will be provided.

Versailles Health Care Center 
200 Marker Rd.
Versailles, OH 45380

 Space is limited! To RSVP, please call Shannon Condon at 937.526.0130.

BBQ Crockpot Chicken


2 pint jars home canned chicken (approximately 4 cups of chicken)

1 cup of Homemade Barbecue Sauce (click to get recipe)

Put both ingredients in the crock-pot, with a little of the chicken broth to keep the chicken from drying out.  Mix together. Turn on low for 2 hours or high for 1 hour. Serve on bread or buns, in tortillas, quesadillas or top your favorite salad!