Health is a lot deeper than nutrition and fitness. It comes in two parts, mind and body. Believe it or not, but the two are entwined in one another more than you could imagine.
What enters your mind affects your body and what enters your body affects your mind.
Loving yourself is so much more than the number on the scale. It’s about your mind and body finally connecting as one. Knowing that you are worthy just as you are.
There is no “I’ll love myself if I lose 20 pounds.” Do you know why? Because either one, you’ll lose those 20 pounds and then set another expectation like “as soon as I tone my butt I will love myself.” It’s a never-ending cycle.
Or two, with your mind in such an unhealthy place there’s a good chance you’ll never lose that 20 pounds. So then what? You’ll never love yourself because you couldn’t lose that 20 pounds?
Not until you change your mind set about your body image.
Knowing that you are worthy of love as a person is more than any scale, something or something can ever give you.
It gives you the power to know that because you are worthy you can treat yourself right. You can give your body all the right foods for the nutrition it craves. You can get your body moving and let it crave that movement. Let it crave those happy endorphins so often associated with exercise. You can reflect on yourself and what’s in your mind and on your heart.
Mind and Body
Did you know the foods you eat have a direct effect on your mind?
Fun fact: Eating your favorite foods set off a chain reaction in your mind causing you to feel pleasure. This is why sugary filled foods can be so addicting. Not only are these foods fooling your body into thinking that it is happy, but these same foods are then betraying you causing many mental and physical problems.
It’s no surprise that the Western diet is high in sugars and processed foods such as soda, candy, and fast-foods. On brainfacts.org, according to Heidi Rivera, a postdoctoral researcher at the Oregon National Primate Research Center, not only does a diet high in sugar cause obesity, but it can also cause anxiety, depression, and an impaired memory.
I’ve seen anxiety and depression work first hand in my family. I’ve had to watch your loved ones continue to eat because that is their only form of pleasure and then stay in bed all day because they can’t face the world due to their high depression and anxiety.
It is difficult to watch. It hurts that I can’t be the one to pull them from this hell. This has to be their decision to make the change. I am here to merely share the facts and guide them if they ask.
This is a vicious cycle to be trapped in, but you are not alone. There is a way out. It’s time to focus on your needs and start cutting out those unwanted cravings one at a time. It won’t be easy, but it will be the best thing you ever do for yourself.
When you’re ready to start focusing on creating healthy habits, start here.
“God is within her, she will not fall” -Psalm 46:5