I remember when I could convince myself of almost anything regarding me and my relationship with food. I would tell myself such things as , “I eat pretty well”, “I don’t drink soda anymore”, and ” I work enough all day so working out….no need”. All the time I was telling myself these little fibs, I was growing bigger and bigger and sicker and sicker. Now I got away with this in my twenties and thirties. Then the big 40th birthday hit and so many things changed. Not only did I have to go to the eye doctor because I couldn’t see to read anymore, I learned, on my birthday, that I needed bifocals. Lord was I ever taken aback—-thank God for invisible lines! Then years started passing by again and over a period of five years or so, I simply could not get rid of those added pounds anymore. Further, I was not feeling well either. I started to hurt all over my body, my skin was dull and blemished, and i had no energy. I was tried all the time. I still did nothing! Then my 50th birthday came around and I was heavier than ever, could barely do a flight of steps, was in pain much of the time, and suffered from migraines. Worse yet my depression and anxiety was less and less easy to control. I was a mess!
I started reading a lot about health and wellness. I felt so bad that I just couldn’t fool myself anymore. I had to do something. In all my reading and information gathering, I learned true wellness involves knowing three areas very well and doing one thing:
- Preventative Self Care
The one thing that is critical, after educating yourself in those three areas is to get the right coach and support system in place. It is so much easier to transcend where we are and move to greater places when we are not doing it alone. And, let’s face it, we all cannot know everything we need to know in order to take the actions necessary to get results. There is simply so much junk and “quick fix lies” out there that it severely stifles our ability to even get the right information. Let me break down those three areas because they are so important.
What you put into your body counts! Everything counts! The human body is a perfectly designed machine. If the right fuel is put into the human body then it runs with perfection. Even in moments of illness and disease, the body is designed to heal itself. The problem in modern times is our food sources are not pure and many food sources are not even true food. We are a over fed and literally malnourished. To put it in even more real terms, we are a fat race that is literally starving at the same time. What is the answer? The answer is, eating whole foods. Eat food that are in their true form and organic. Instead of eating frozen french fries, eat an organic, baked potato. Eat out as little as possible. Knowing what is in your food is key to making sure your body gets the nutrients it needs to function properly. It is even more important to learn what different foods, minerals, and nutrients do regarding the healing of the human body. Once you start knowing the healing elements in foods then you can treat yourself naturally. Nutrition is 80 % of your overall fitness/wellness.
You have to move to keep muscles in shape. The reality that most of us fail to acknowledge is that modern living does not require the needed movement that our bodies need to gain and maintain optimum fitness and wellness. Just think about it for a moment. How much do each of us walk each day? We have cars, elevators, and escalators that move us from point A to point B. Many of us have desk jobs so we sit a majority of the time. We simply don’t live life styles that require a lot of physical movement and energy expansion. The human body was not made for this severe lack of physical exertion. The truth is if we don’t use our muscles we loose them……meaning we use strength. This means that we need to make an extra effort to find ways to get the physical exercise our bodies need. The only way that the modern human being can get the amount and type of physical movement needed to be fit and healthy is to have a well designed workout plan. Also, the caveat to a well designed workout plan is that it must be designed for an individuals unique body type and unique body challenges. And, the only way you can get a well designed workout that is specific to your individual needs is to consult and work with someone who is trained in this area in, what I call, real world applications. What I mean is that someone can be formally trained in this area which means he/she is grounded in theory. Although all formal education is great to build a foundation or knowledge base, and increase that knowledge to higher levels, the most important education in this realm is real world experience in what works and what works is always grounded in current research and best practice. The problem is that many of those grounded in theory only do not realize this and produce cookie-cutter plans for their clients. The clients are often left wondering why they are failing so miserably in the area of their fitness and wellness journey. The answer is to get a coach, who has a solid knowledge base and real world experience and work on learning how to create meal plans and when and how to adjust them based upon and individuals needs identified in progress monitoring. What you do is 20% of your overall fitness/wellness.
Preventative Self Care
The third area that needs attention is preventative self care. This means that each individual should have a natural, holistic, self care plan to protect against physical, mental, and emotional stresses which can result in illness and disease. We live in times when we have been conditioned to find a pill to cure our ailments. What this contributes to is two things that are very bad for the overall functioning of the great machine we have been blessed with–the human body. First, when we feel a pain or discomfort (eg, headache) our body is telling us something is wrong. The body then administers its own defenses to deal with the negative force that is producing the pain or discomfort. What do we do? We feel the pain or discomfort and we take a pill for relief. This keeps us from feeling the pain and shuts down the natural defense system in the body. The result is that whatever is actually going on remains inside the body and is hidden. We think its gone, but it is not. It is still their working against the health and wellness of the overall system. Second, any human made medications contain contents that are not good for the human body. As a matter of fact many are actually toxic to the body. This means that we willingly take in toxic materials which adds to the already high level of environmental toxins we take in everyday. The answer is to educate yourself and gain resources about natural, plant-based remedies. Every organic fruit and vegetable has nutrients in it that are healing properties for the human body. I also use DoTerra essential oils in my healthcare plan. Between organic, natural foods and the highest quality, most pure essential oils on the market, I have a plan to set my body up for success. It is important that we all are proactive in working with our body’s natural mechanisms to promote our overall health.
The bottom line is that you must educate yourself in the areas of nutrition, exercise, preventative Self Care to set yourself up for success in attaining your optimum health, wellness, and physical fitness. And, get a coach on your side to be on your journey with you. I started with Team Hardbody Coaching and experienced so much success that I joined them as a coach.
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