The current discussion on social media these days has a lot to do with people’s beliefs — especially politically and with hot topics, etc. We are quick to point out if someone is leaning a certain way because of their beliefs…and then say that he/she is wrong to do so. However, we ALL make EVERY decision based our own set of beliefs (current culture is simply mad that your belief is different than its belief). And that includes our feelings about health and wellness.
Have you ever thought of that before? How do your current beliefs of health, wellness, nutrition, exercise, etc. affect your lifestyle? With all the diet fads, past and present, our beliefs can be all over the place.
I think one of the biggest belief most people have is that it won’t effect me. I can have the hamburger, large fries, and jumbo Coke because it tastes good, I enjoy it, and I deserve it. If it tastes good, how can it be bad for me?
Or another belief: eating well means that I can’t enjoy any good food and have to deprive myself.
HERE’S THE TRUTH:
1. You are mortal. We are all going to die at some point. But, are you accelerating it through your diet and lifestyle? We are seeing a shift where people are dying longer — meaning that they are dealing with degenerative diseases (heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, etc.) for 20+ years until they die. These are all a result of poor health and nutrition. With the rise in childhood obesity, they are also predicting that the next generation won’t live as long as their parents. The good news? This can all be reversed with better nutrition and exercise!
2. You can’t lose/gain weight overnight. One day of eating well won’t make you lose weight and one day of enjoying good food won’t make you gain weight. Don’t beat yourself up for your one night of indulgence and remember that true weight loss takes time and will stay off if you do it correctly. Which leads to…
3. True health isn’t found by the latest diet trend…it’s a lifestyle. Need help creating a healthier lifestyle? Let’s talk.
4. You can’t out-exercise a poor diet. Exercise has SO many benefits for you, but it’s not so you can eat all the donuts that you want. The quality of your calories determines your results. 80% is nutrition, 20% is exercise.
5. You can’t get all the nutrients you need to THRIVE by food alone. Yep, you heard me. You can eat all the veggies and fruits to get the RDA (recommended daily allowance) — aka minimum amount — to have normal growth and development, but you won’t get the optimal level you need to thrive. The reality is that our soil is depleted through mass farming practices, etc. Plants don’t make minerals, they get it from the soil, so if it’s not in the soil, it’s not in plants.
So, where do you go from here? First of all, take a good look at your beliefs about health and wellness? Where do you struggle? What needs to change?
Finally, how you see yourself? What do you believe about your worth? You are more than what is on the scale. No matter where your
health is right now, you are IMPORTANT and you were meant to do GREAT things. Take care of the body that God has given you and go do AMAZING things, because you are INCREDIBLE.