5 Key Inputs that Impact Your Health

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Many people think that the key to better health is to eat less and work out more. If you’ve tried this before you probably know it works — in the short term anyway. But it’s not maintainable, and frankly, it’s no fun. To achieve results that last we need to evaluate more than calorie intake and exercise frequency.

Our last blog post explained the principle of allostatic load and how the cumulative amount of stress we are under determines our body’s ability to adapt and thrive or if our body is too busy fighting for survival. When our stress is well-managed we adapt and thrive and are able to achieve results. However, when our stress cup overflows and our body is fighting for survival it’s difficult to achieve results, or worse yet — our bodies head down a path of dysfunction and disease.

But where does all of this stress come from? I’m sure we can all easily rattle off our top stressors (do things like work, kids, or finances ring a bell to anyone?). Yes, those things can all cause stress to your body. But, what about nutrition? What about lack of movement? Or the inability to move properly without pain?

At E2 Health, we focus on a 5 Input Model of Stress to get a better idea of where your stressors are coming from. We evaluate the frequency of your symptoms like carb cravings, indigestion, joint pain, or waking up frequently in the middle of the night. These are all clues that your body is in survival mode — which makes getting results (like fat loss, improved energy levels, or getting stronger) very difficult.

From there, we create a customized plan to help you work on the stressors that are holding you back the most from reaching your goals.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the 5 Inputs in our model, why we care about each one (and why you should, too!), and how we begin to address them.

Input #1:  Movement

| Why it’s important

Proper exercise and movement speeds up your metabolism, improves your sensitivity to sugar/insulin (which is ESSENTIAL for fat loss), improves mood, and ultimately “feeds”  brain stimulation which keeps all the systems of your body happy and healthy.

| How we address Movement

We evaluate the type of workouts you do and your movement quality. Our coaches are trained in analyzing and coaching movement and program design to ensure your workouts are ideal for you. When you have an exercise program that is customized to your goals, with movement selection that improves function, you can drive the body to create amazing and sustainable changes.

Input #2: Nutrition

| Why it’s important

Nutrition is not simply the number of calories you eat in a day. In fact, that is one of the last things we focus on when it comes to helping you find the foods that are right for your body. The food you eat provides information to your body, telling it to do things like store fat or burn fat, increase inflammation or decrease it.

| How we address Nutrition

Our coaches will help you look at the overall quality of your food choices, meal timing, the balance of nutrients in your meals, and overall eating habits to help you manage your stress. And if you’re wondering “but will my coach help me create a meal plan?”. In short, yes, we will do that, and so much more.

Input #3:  Digestion / Gut Inflammation

| Why it’s important

Have you heard the saying “you are what you eat”? Whoever coined that term had it almost right. In actuality, “you are what you ingest, breakdown, and absorb”. With traditional farming techniques, added preservatives and medication usage, our gut health as a society is in dire need of attention and repair. When our gut health is compromised, we are at a higher risk for pain, digestive irritability, and food sensitivities — all of which drive inflammation and disease.

| How we address Digestion and Gut Health

We work with you to identify gut dysfunction and naturally repair it through proper nutrition and lifestyle strategies. We help you address many different factors that influence gut health, such as environmental toxins, food sensitivities, emotional stress, and xenobiotics (a fancy word for contributors like medications).

Input #4:  Blood Sugar Regulation / Insulin Sensitivity

| Why it’s important

Wanting to lose weight and body fat? Do you experience chronic pain and inflammation? Do you have high cholesterol? Your blood sugar and insulin regulation (or lack thereof) is likely playing a role in each of these areas of your health. Whether its natural sugar or processed sugar, the cells of our body can only handle so much at one time. We get into trouble when the sugar in our blood hangs out there for too long, and at levels that are too high; which can lead to inflammation, fat storage, and disease.

| How we address Blood Sugar and Insulin

Our coaches will help you learn how to get your blood sugar and insulin into optimal ranges to improve health risks and optimize body composition. We work with you to help you become an expert when it comes to sugar intake — how to find it and reduce it, how to prevent large swings in blood sugar, and to gain a better understanding of how blood sugar and insulin work together, so you can optimize your health.

Input #5:  Limbic / Emotional Stress

| Why it’s important

From our last post, we remember that the body responds the same to all stress, regardless of the “type”.  Turns out, your stinkin’ thinkin’ could be holding you back from seeing weight loss just as easily as eating fast food every day. When we are faced with chronic mental or emotional stress it’s essentially no different than having a nail in your shoe and not getting it removed. The brain produces the exact same stress response — and one of the most common responses to stress is fat storage. Having a pulse on our mental and emotional health is essential to our progress and health.

| How we address Limbic and Emotional Stress

Through mindfulness and awareness techniques, guidance on meditation and yoga, or even providing recommendations for supplements to help manage our stress response (think natural sleep supplements or natural products to help manage anxiety), our coaches are able to guide and help you set goals to manage these types of stressors.


The 5 Input Model helps you understand how to prioritize your goals and customize your roadmap. When it comes to your health, finding an approach that is customized to you is key to success — there is no such thing as a “one size fits all” approach to health!


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