Hi there:

My name is Helen and this Health And Wellness is a love letter to everyone that I’ve met in my 48 years on this Earth.

I’m an artist/musician as well as a founder for an informal private foundation called livelovelaughfoundation.com which benefits children, animals, the environment, and human rights.

Like any other human, I enjoy doing things like singing and creating…and there are the other less glamorous things such as brushing my teeth, preparing meals, doing laundry, bookkeeping, and yes…grocery shopping and exercising.

On these last two aspects — grocery shopping and exercising — I get a lot of questions from people at the grocery store and on the street as I’ve been commuting via kickscooter for the past 10 years. People of all ages and backgrounds stop me and ask me questions about longevity, health, and wellness and I can only give them the stories that have been brought into my life.

I do believe everyone has a different path in terms of their health and it’s not my intention to change anyone. Health and wellness is a moment-by-moment undertaking.

For those seeking more efficient strength-training workouts, easier DIY daily yoga, and practical advice on integrating more nutrients into your life…well, you’ve come to the right place! I’m all about time-saving workouts and yoga sessions, as I consider myself to be a Creative Minimalist in most aspects of life (this is what allows me to be a prolific artist!). There are health miracles, of course…this being said, in the long run, there aren’t any shortcuts. There’s just the current step one takes in the present moment.

What makes me an expert in health and wellness besides the fact that I regularly get mistaken for a teenager? Well, I’ve been a fitness consultant for the past 19 years.

Through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and following the 5 Tibetans, I’m a certified fitness consultant as well as a daily yogi. Besides the wonderful teachers I’ve met and interacted with, Life has led me to the existence of a healthy human body with relatively good eating and exercising habits. At 5 feet and 1 inch (okay 5 feet without the shoes) tall, I’m able to lift  over 50 lbs and run marathons. I have no idea how much I weigh and can’t remember the last time I stepped on a scale.

I have clients in New York and Los Angeles and worked as a top trainer at Crunch gyms in NYC.

This Patreon page IS anecdotal, based on the life of one Helenbobelen so definitely do your own research and follow the advice of a medical professional. The information on this page is not intended to replace the advice of your physician.

This being said, I am going to address various situations in my life, along with some documented scientific facts that support the effects of healthy day-to-day habits and from time-to-time I’ll mention various medical professionals such as Dr. McDougall and Dr. Michael Gregor, both who recommend high-carb/low-fat plant-based diets.

In my experience, artists love talking about art with other artists and everyone else loves to talk about health and fitness (once they start asking fitness questions, they can’t stop!)

Here you can have the best of both worlds as I like to illustrate grocery lists and strength-training exercises. Both creative, practical…not to mention minimal!

So stayed tune for some practical pointers and I do hope you become a Patreon patron!

Thank you to everyone!

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The Story of the Truck Driver

Back in the 90s when I was one of three female trainers amongst 16 male trainers at Crunch Gyms in NYC, we attended a post-rehabilitation seminar.The seminar leader told us a story of a truck driver who came to him because he had back pain.

The truck driver said he drove long distances and for some time his back began to bother him.

The seminar leader asked the truck driver to stand up to assess his posture.  He noticed that the driver had a very thick wallet in one of his back pockets.

“I could see that this thick wallet was the source of the driver’s back pain,” said the well-degreed seminar leader. “Do you know what my recommendation was to the truck driver?”

We all remained silent and shrugged our shoulders. I’m sure some of us were imagining complicated workouts with seated rows or lat pull-downs.

“I told the driver to switch his wallet to the other pocket.”

The solution was so simple…and yet so effective on a moment-by-moment daily basis which would have long-term implications.

Through this story, I learned about the powers of observation and to this day when I have a client — even a female client — I observe their posture/stance and the way they walk. If the client is a female, I ask her to raise and shrug her shoulders. And if one shoulder is higher than the other, I ask her if she carries a bag. If the answer is “yes” then I tell her to start carrying the bag on the other shoulder and alternate whenever possible.

I hope you enjoyed this story and can apply it in some way to your life. Either way, I’ll continue to post stories here and thank you for stopping by…

xo,

Helen