It seems an invisible force is at work in society. One that manipulates largely with guilt. One that says taking care of you is selfish and unnecessary. This same force normalizes obesity, instant gratification, busy, blindly following directions. This force says, “don’t be weird, it’s just one bite, and you don’t have the time or funds to afford this kind of life.”
I refuse to believe these lies. I also refuse to believe health is an afterthought.
Health is the cornerstone, my friends!
Even if you believe with all your soul you weren’t meant to move, or fuel your body correctly, or get plenty of rest – I assure you, you are wrong. We were all meant to be healthy and though this world deals a hard blow with rampant illness, hate, confusion, handicap, disease – seeking health for yourself and those around you is not vanity.
This is what 2016 is for me. Not only the physical and mental strength I proclaim is necessary, no, every interwoven aspect of health. A whole-person health.
When you are healthy, your spirit (your center, your conscience) is at peace. When you are healthy, your mind is clear and focused. When you are healthy, your heart is guided by pure principles and your passions/talent. When you are healthy, your body is agile, free from illness, stretched and able.
Spirit > Mind > Heart > Body. All pieces are connected. When one part of you suffers, your whole being suffers. When one part of you excels, you pull up other parts of you, (the same can be said about us as humans – we have the incredible ability to pull each other up or down, like magnets).
My goal with this overhaul is to become informed and cleanse from the inside out. While the very innermost part of us is our spirit, then mind, heart and finally body, I am blogging specifically on the topic – body.
Meanwhile, my daily routine consists of habits which strengthen other parts of me. For example, in the morning, I pray and express gratitude (spirit) and read scripture + non fiction for development (mind). I’m sure to fill my day with something “life-giving,” something that naturally breeds endorphins and feels associated with me, my skills or talents (heart).
And because everything is connected, these practices will sustain what I am doing for my body, (and because we are all connected, hopefully inform and inspire a few others).
A few details on day one:
- becoming strict about Intermittent Fasting. It’s also healing and because the focus is health and healing, I want to continue and improve on this practice
- which means I don’t eat until noon. This makes life easy. I focus on movement and water intake until it’s time to eat
- later today, I’ll be prepping the paleo meals for this week (most all of them) and researching
- the new goal is to meal plan on Friday. This will allow us to visit the farmers market Saturday and have everything in house by Sunday (meal prep day)
- I am excited at any community born out of this year-long challenge
- another goal is to find what is most affordable and manageable
- decided to embrace the beautiful process that is understanding more about this topic
Happy, healthy Monday to all of you!