I am a huge believer in mind-body healing. After all we are each a spirit, who has a soul (mind, will, emotions) and we live in a physical body. Having all aspect of your being in alignment is really the only way to true wholeness. You can’t just focus on the physical and ignore spirit and soul and think you will be truly healthy. It just isn’t possible. We are integrated beings.
Often we jump from one ‘health’ product to another all the while, still feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, confused, and full of physical symptoms. Problem is we never really address the root issue. You can’t just take a handful of supplements and think they will magically solve the problem any more than taking any medication is the total answer to healing.
Being well is just as much an inside job as it is an outside job. What you eat, how much, the quality of that food, is definitely important for health and for weight loss. I would never dispute that. However, what you believe about it and how you think about what you do informs your choices and impacts how your body responds.
If you believe making a certain change will result in healing or more energy or weight loss, you will be more consistent with it and it will do what you expect more often than not. That is the whole premise behind the placebo effect. People are given inert, sugar pills with absolutely no power to heal. They are, however, told that the pill will heal their problem and the power of their belief is what actually causes healing.
If our thoughts and beliefs are that powerful – and they are – shouldn’t we be paying more attention to them? This is true in all aspects of health, including weight loss.
I have found that combining what you put on your plate, what you think about it and yourself, is the KEY to going from unhealthy to healthy, from burned out to balanced. While it is imperative that you properly nourish your body with high quality, one-ingredient foods and clean water, it is just as critical to nourish your spirit and soul! That is an aspect of Today is Still the Day that I believe is overlooked in many other plans. You can be slim and still be unhealthy! Changing your diet is only one part of the puzzle.
I think the bottom line is that we have to consider our ultimate goal. Sure you may want to lose 25 pounds and maybe for the sake of your heart or your knees, you desperately need to. It’s important to realize that the excess weight is a symptom. In order to change that long term, you have to find the root issue. That’s why “diets” don’t work – they are temporary and only address the symptom. Ultimately, you want to be a healthy, vibrant person who is able to live life with ease and joy.
That’s what true health and wholeness is. In order to achieve that, you can’t ignore your spirit and soul and just focus on dropping a certain number of pounds or fitting into a specific size jeans.
Health is more than the absence of illness and it is more than just being a certain size. So instead of just focusing on the diet or the scale, pay attention to the whole person and I would be willing to bet you will experience so much more success!
How do you approach any improvements in your health? Do you just focus on the symptom or do you dig for the root issue?
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