Hippocrates, the ancient Greek physician and “father of medicine” said “let food be thy medicine”. It goes hand in hand with the words meant literally ,in 1826, by Anthelme Brillat-Savarin and in a spiritual sense by Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach, in 1863,”you are what you eat”.
Flash forward to present-day and both appear to be right on target, “man cannot live on bread alone”. These quotes come to mind when I reflect on everything it takes for an individual to be healthy and balanced. We can eat carrots “till the cows come home” yet not be healthy if we are not balanced in our relationships, work, spiritual connectedness, leisure activities, exercise, diet and fulfillment of true purpose in life.
Change Doesn’t Happen Overnight
Taking your first step toward better health may be a bit daunting. Trying new things…change…can result in frustration and causes people to resort to adages such as “mother nature made me do it”. Change doesn’t happen overnight; it takes time, energy, and patience. These are all rare commodities in the modern world. However, “there is no time like the present” to get started on fulfilling your dreams of becoming everything you desire.
Let Go of the Security Blanket-Jump Into the Unknown
Sometimes we just have to let go of our security blankets and “jump into the unknown” with faith that we will be better from trying than from not trying. Yoda says “do or do not, there is no try”. I love that philosophy. When people say, “I’ll try”, it is laced with doubt and fear. As opposed to saying “I will” and I will start now! That sounds definitive to me. It sounds as it should, like the person uttering the words may, in fact, intend to do what they say! Is your life exactly as you had imagined? If not, “what’s holding you back”? Close your eyes and picture what your life would look like if you weren’t being held back by whatever that is. Feel free to start writing in a journal about what you want to achieve, but still come to terms with what has been holding you back. “Knowledge is power” and to acknowledge truth shows tremendous growth. Keep it positive!
I encourage you to take a risk, “a leap of faith” and always remember, “if you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.” (William Arthur Ward). “You are what you eat” applies to more than just food. It is more appropriately tied to “food for thought”. If you feed yourself the line that you can’t do it, I assure you, you will prove yourself to be right. On the other hand, positive thoughts and a steady stepping in the right direction “one day at a time” can allow you to dream and succeed. Most importantly, in my humble opinion, is enjoy the ride for “life is a journey, not a destination.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Just Add Water? Or The True Recipe for Success-
Total wellness is a sum of all of the parts of our lives. If it were simply about more water, spinach and carrots, wouldn’t that make all of it much more attainable than it is. In actuality, in order to be healthy, fit, and well-adjusted emotionally and spiritually, it requires daily and on-going work on our parts. From my years as a physical therapist and personal trainer, it has become very evident to me that everyone says they want to be healthy and do everything they dream to do. However, when the dream becomes reality and work has to be done, the doers do and those who do not-well, they tend to blame any number of people or circumstances for their lack of success. If you seriously want to work toward your goals of health and wellness, I am here to be the guide you need along your path. Apparently it is the path less traveled. But according to Robert Frost-it is the path that has made all the difference.
Simple Daily Steps on Your Path to Better Health
Consider taking simple daily steps that can lead you to improved health and well-being beyond what you could have imagined.
What Can I Do Today?
Take in 5 deep breaths. As you breathe in, let your abdomen expand. As you blow out (as if blowing out birthday candles) let your abdomen contract. To add to the breath we take in, focus on something for which you are grateful. In YOGA terminology, this deep breathing is called an ujjayi breath. See more on breathing for life and yoga at https://www.yogaoutlet.com/guides/how-to-practice-ujjayi-breath-in-yoga
Next, drink 3-5 full 8oz glasses of water. Again, when you drink each glass of water, think of how lucky we are to have clean water to drink. Showing gratitude for the simple things leads to greater goodness in our lives for certain! The countless benefits have been documented in many scientific sites. Do the research but start simply at http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20396298,00.html
Do a simple exercise. Place 10 pairs of socks on the floor in a straight line. 8-10 feet from the center sock location, place a laundry basket. Move down the line and breathe in, blow out as you pick up the socks, breathe in as you stand up, blow out as you step and toss the socks into the basket. Follow this down the line until you are done!
Go for a 20-30 minute walk. In your house, up and down your steps, down your driveway, around the block, at the mall, wherever you feel good about the experience. Take those deep breaths, feel gratitude, and have extra water with you to stay hydrated even if it’s cold outside.
That’s it! Simple start. You are breathing, moving, being grateful and focusing on filling your body with the water that is so necessary for overall health! Now, start charting how you feel when you keep up this simple new practice for one week.
Tune in next week for your second set of 3 simple tasks to jumpstart your way back into good health!
As always, for encouragement along your way, I’m here to help! Contact me in the contact section of theartofbalancedliving.wordpress.com/ for more support or to discuss a free health consultation!