“The groundwork for all happiness is good health.” – Leigh Hunt

Last fall I was hit with multiple health issues all at the same time. It was during one of the busiest times of my life, and it brought me to my knees.

I couldn’t stop working, but it made me really examine my life, how this happened, and what is important to me.

Now as I write this, I look back at the journey I’ve been through with a different lens, and I’ve found the gift. There is always a gift.

Sometimes the Universe must shake you to your core to get your attention, and when this happens, you just need to surrender and trust the process. What I am learning is that to truly live a long, healthy, and vibrant life, we need to incorporate a holistic approach to our health and lifestyle. 

Here are a few new habits I am incorporating into my new life now:

  • Daily morning ritual of meditation and journaling
  • Daily cardio, core, and qigong
  • Lots of leafy greens, cruciferous veggies, and healthy oils
  • Limiting alcohol, sugar, dairy, gluten, and meat
  • Making more time for family, friends, and fun
  • And having a healthy mindset

All of this may sound simple, but it’s not for me. It takes focus and scheduling.  As a financial advisor and life coach, I’ve helped people plan for retirement by having plenty of money to enjoy their lives. But without your health, nothing else really matters. When you have both, you truly have the secret sauce to happiness.

This is why I bring you the best experts on money, health, and happiness every month. And this month, I have invited the brilliant Maddy Dychtwald to share her wisdom for women with her book launch:  Ageless Aging:  A Woman’s Guide to Increasing Healthspan, Brainspan, and Lifespan.  Maddy has been at the forefront of aging for decades, so be sure to join us to learn the most recent research for a long, happy, and healthy life.

As I mentioned, I’ve cut out sugar and alcohol. This doesn’t mean I won’t ever have a glass of wine; however, it is sugar, and I have realized that sugar is more addictive than cocaine, and excessive consumption is connected to obesity, hormone disorders, cardiovascular disease, cancer, depression, and even cognitive impairment. 

With summer almost here, I’ve invited the weight loss guru for midlife women, Nagina Abdullah to share her 3-step strategy to get off sugar, even if you crave chocolate, cheese, and ice cream. 

The good news is that making small changes a little at a time and sticking with them can reap wonderful rewards. I’m finding that I love my new lifestyle, and I am grateful for my wakeup call last fall. I’ll share more later, but for now, I strive to live with purpose, passion, and prosperity! 

Katana Abbott

Katana Abbott, CFP®, is a Midlife Millionaires® Coach and Certified Social Security Claiming Specialist, and the host of Smart Women Talk. For over 35 years, Katana has helped Baby Boomers plan for retirement, including how to create lifetime income, how to optimize their Social Security benefits, launch an encore career, and prepare for long-term care.  She has written several books, created a financial literacy course, and is a popular speaker. Katana has been honored by NAWBO as one of Detroit’s Top 10 Businesswomen, receiving the Breakthrough Award. To download her new retirement guide, Three Smart Strategies to Maximize Your Retirement Income, visit www.katanaabbott.com.