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The Sustainable Health Journey: Why Quick Fixes Don’t Work

By April 20, 2023May 4th, 2023Uncategorized

As women, we often find ourselves searching for the quickest and easiest solution to our health and wellness problems. We try fad diets, extreme exercise programs, and the latest health trends, all in the hopes of finding a quick fix to our health issues. But the truth is, there are no shortcuts when it comes to achieving sustainable health and wellness. The journey toward optimal health is a process, and it requires patience, determination, and a willingness to learn and grow. In this blog post, we’ll be diving into why quick fixes don’t work and exploring the benefits of a sustainable health journey. Whether you’re struggling with health and hormonal issues or simply looking to know more about natural medicine, we hope that this post will inspire you to take the first step towards a healthier, happier you.

Lasting Results – Myth or Fantasy? 

How do we get lasting results when it comes to our health?

Women talk to me about needing a plan that’s sustainable—not a fad or a diet, because most of us have tried those things in the past and they are temporary. We may have left our habit, but when the diet is over, we resort back to the way we were living life before, and eventually, we end up right back at square one.

Setting goals is easy, but sticking with them can be a challenge. In fact, the statistics are quite staggering. Research shows that out of a hundred people who set a goal for themselves at the start of the year, a whopping 92 will fail within the first three months. If you can stay committed for more than three months, you’ll be among the 8% who achieve their goals by the end of the year. Even if you just improve 1% every day, you’ll see a 37% improvement by year’s end. However, only 8 out of 100 people make it past three months, so the odds aren’t great.

It’s no wonder why so many of us feel defeated and discouraged when it comes to achieving our health and wellness goals. But why is it so difficult to stay committed and motivated? Why aren’t more people able to reach their goals? 

Here are a Few Reasons Why

I looked into it, and it comes down to three simple reasons.


One, we give up and fail before the results start coming in.

Have you tried things before and fallen off the wagon before you saw any real results? Are you starting with lofty goals that are unreasonable?

The key here is setting reasonable expectations. What we’re looking for is progress, not perfection.

I met a woman who told me last month that if she didn’t see weekly results, she would give up and sabotage herself with some of her negative behaviors. Natural medicine works, but it’s not a quick fix. We have to aim low and aim long.

Sadly, most of us give up before we see any real change.

Most of us have uphill goals and downhill habits. An uphill goal is hard to start and it’s easy to live with. A downhill habit is easy to start, but it’s difficult to live with. It’s really a choice that we make. 

We underestimate the small changes. 

Just last week, a woman shared with me that her cardiovascular endurance had increased and now she was able to walk one mile faster than she had before.


Real change doesn’t happen overnight. It takes consistent effort and dedication, just like this woman who sets aside time each day to walk a mile. Small actions add up over time, and before you know it, you’ll see the transformation you’ve been working towards.


Hence, there is the importance of having a mentor or someone to coach you through day-to-day until those incremental improvements start to take place and you can see that. In fact, this is how we heal: two steps forward and one step back. 

When you build smaller goals that are easier to meet, and then you’re able to focus on those small wins. This is where longevity really lies. 

Start with WHO instead of DO

Most people decide what they want to do instead of focusing on who they want to be.


Let me share a personal experience that might resonate with you. Back in 2007, my New Year’s resolution was to learn how to dance salsa. I was excited to hit the dance floor, but I soon realized that simply wanting to dance wasn’t enough. I needed to become a salsa dancer. I made the mistake of just showing up at the studio without putting in the necessary practice and dedication. Needless to say, I failed miserably. But this experience taught me a valuable lesson

The “WHO” part of this is that I wanted to then become a salsa dancer, which is to show up at the studio, take lessons, keep doing it, aim low, aim long, and eventually I’ll get there. 

The funny part of this story is that it is how I ended up meeting my husband—at a dance studio. 

When you focus on WHO YOU WANT TO BECOME, it’s going to surpass all expectations of what you thought the outcome was going to be. When it comes to health, you really want to think about who you want to be.


Aim to BE Different 

If you’re like most people, you probably think being “normal” is a good thing. But let me tell you, you definitely don’t want to be normal when it comes to your health. The sad truth is that the average person over 50 is on at least five medications and has accepted chronic disease as a part of their life. But here’s the thing: just because something is common doesn’t mean it’s acceptable. If you truly want to live a healthy, fulfilling life, you need to step outside of our culture’s norms and take charge of your own health. Don’t settle for mediocrity; strive for greatness. 


You don’t have to give away your power when it comes to your health to someone or something else. You can choose a new way of presiding over your body and mind and not conform to the norm. 


Start by asking yourself, “Who do I want to be?”


When we start with WHO and you commit to your identity first, it then helps change your behavior.

Let me share a powerful family motto that has transformed our lives.

We’re a health-conscious and active family that loves and supports each other and values our relationship with God above all else. This is who we are, and it’s the foundation of everything we do. Because of this, we don’t settle for unhealthy drive-thru food that doesn’t align with our values and goals. We prioritize our health and wellbeing by making smart choices that support our lifestyle. And you know what? It feels amazing to live in alignment with our core beliefs and values. So, I challenge you to think about your own values and what truly matters to you. When you know who you are and what you stand for, it becomes much easier to make choices that support your best self.

Decide how you’re going to do and then go do it. 

Sequence matters.

“Who do I want to be?” leads into “How will I do it?” and then “I’m going to do it.”

I know you’re here because you haven’t given up hope on yourself. If your health is holding you back, you can choose something different. You can make another story for yourself this year and choose something completely different.

I don’t want more of the same from you if you’re struggling and suffering. I certainly don’t want you to be average, normal, or ordinary. I want you to go out there and grab that big, juicy apple that is your life and take a great, big bite out of it. It is crucial to do something different when it comes to your health, and you do need to take action.

You don’t need to compare yourself to other people out there who appear to be in good health, because nobody gets off planet Earth alive. The grass isn’t greener on the other side. The grass is greener where there’s more water and fertilizer. It’s where your priorities are and where you put your attention.


Health is a practice. It is not a performance, and the turtle wins the race.

Sustainable health is not a myth or fantasy. Lasting results are achievable, but it requires a shift in mindset and approach. We must be willing to prioritize our health and well-being and make intentional choices that support our goals. Quick fixes may provide temporary relief, but they are not a sustainable solution for long-term health. The key is to aim to BE different and make choices that align with our values and support our desired outcome. Remember, decide how you’re going to do it, and then go do it. If you want to learn more about how to achieve sustainable health or have any questions, I encourage you to book a free discovery call to get tailored answers and support. Let’s embark on this journey towards sustainable health together.


Are you tired of feeling defeated by your health goals? Are you struggling to stay on track with your wellness journey? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many of us have been there before, but the good news is that you don’t have to go through this alone. Our team is here to support you every step of the way.


We understand that achieving sustainable wellness can be challenging, and that’s why we’re offering a complimentary discovery call. During this call, we’ll take the time to understand your unique situation and develop a personalized plan to help you reach your health goals. Our approach is tailored to your individual needs and will set you up for long-term success.


But that’s not all – we also invite you to join our Private Facebook Community. This community is a safe space where you can connect with like-minded individuals, share your experiences, and gain inspiration from others who are on the same journey as you. We believe that having a support system is key to achieving sustainable wellness, and we’re excited to have you join us.




DISCLAIMER:  The information in this email is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content is for general informational purposes only and does not replace a consultation with your own doctor/health professional

Dr. Andrea Purcell

A trusted and well-respected Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Purcell has been in private practice for over twenty years. Dr. Purcell is a published author and has a women’s specialty practice for hormone balancing, weight loss, mystery illness, and gastro-intestinal concerns. Dr. Purcell assists her patients by identifying the underlying cause of disease and removing obstacles that impede the body's natural ability to heal. Drugs and surgery are used as a last resort. She believes that increasing health on the inside shines through to the outside.