A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about finding your dieting attitude/style in that post, I promised that I would have some suggestions for becoming healthy in body, mind and spirit. Here are some suggested places to start.
1. Embrace yourself in who you are right now. This does not mean that you are content with how things are, this just means that you are aware and ready to change. This is your body that you have been given. It is not perfect at this time, but can be better given the right things. For me I am not just overweight, I am obese, The reality is; that I am probably morbidly obese. I would like to think that I am just overweight and call myself fluffy, but I have come to grip with the fact that I am obese. Now I am very aware of where I am and that I have a problem, I can move forward onto the next part which is
2. Personal responsibility. We live in a society where personal responsibility seems to be a thing of the past. We are always passing the blame. It starts early on as a child we blame our siblings or the infamous Mr Nobody. I see it with my children. We grow up thinking that it is someone Else's fault. Remember the 80's song "blame it on the rain"? We grow up blaming big government, high prices, inflation, genetics and everyone else. For most people admitting that I have a problem and I am the solution is all it takes.
If you keep on doing the same thing you will get the same results. So change what you are doing. Look inside for the solution.
Quit blaming everyone else and know that you have to take control of your mind and body. For most of us we can make those changes and things get better, but for some; they may need extra help. I have been watching a TV show called "freaky eaters" It is about people who have taken their eating habits to the extreme. They are addicted to certain foods. They seem to have lost control, and it may take a bit more for them to find the solution inside themselves. With the help of others they can do it. Which brings me to the next point;
3. Find a support group, or better yet start one. Making changes alone can be discouraging. If you have a support group you are setting yourself up for success. Having someone of a like mind helps keep you on track. Knowing that you are not the only one can be a real pick me up on those days when you would otherwise feel alone. During the healthy life summit several people mentioned that they had found support in the Weston A Price Foundation. Here is a link where you can look for a local chapter in your area. Weston A Price foundation find a chapter.
4. MOVE. It is good for your brain and body. Our bodies are not made to sit at computers all day. They are created to work. Do some physical work. It is not just about the gym. Think about doing things the old fashioned way. It works wonders for the brain and body. You can read a post I wrote about why I wash dishes by hand. Work your body and brain everyday and you will contribute to your health immensely. I have taken up yoga, just 30 minutes a day, and I feel so much better.Yoga has become an essential part of my day. I am getting to where I can't do without it. I have also taken up step aerobics daily.
5. Get your brain in the game. I am loving the yoga, it helps me to get my brain and body working together. There is so much we can do when we get thinking positive and get rid of those negative thoughts that keep us from going ahead. For me I have to tell myself that "Food is fuel; I eat to fuel my body not to feed my emotions!" I quit telling myself that when I was pregnant. I ate only what I could tolerate, then I ate to feed the new emotions that popped up with being a Mother. I am feeling so much better now that I am eating for the right reasons. Getting healthy is not just about your body, but your whole being.
There are so many more things you can do, but this is a good starting place. I will be sure to write more about a healthy mind and body connection in some later posts.