What if we all decided to be “on health” instead of the latest fad diet? Most diets work for a time, but maintaining weight-loss is a challenge and most people do not stay on a “diet”. Food selections, habits, and lifestyle need to change for long-lasting, permanent results. When our bodies are healthy, our weight is healthy.
A very wise practitioner once said “if there is something wrong on the outside, there is usually something wrong on the inside.”
Do you know what “healthy eating” actually is? 75% of obese people were surveyed and they answered yes to this question. When their diets were analyzed it turned out that most ate sugar, not enough protein, high glycemic foods, and unhealthy fats. They snacked in between meals and got little to no exercise.
The dictionary definition of health is “the state of being free from illness or injury.” I challenge this definition and prefer the meaning as stated by The World Health Organization in 1948; “health is a state of complete emotional, social, and physical well-being and not merely the absence of disease. Healthcare exists to help people maintain this optimal state of health.”
Unfortunately, in todays’ world, healthcare has lost its way and for most it is sick-care. Health is so much more than the absence of disease. It is the ability to live life to our full potential, recover and bounce back from illness and other issues, and function at peak levels. Health is also the ability to enjoy life, achieve balance, and adapt to change. The food we choose to fuel our bodies will either promote health or promote disease. Sadly, we take our health for granted until something goes wrong. Then we expect a magic-bullet to make us better.
We must shift our thinking from what we cannot eat and focus on what we can eat. The body is an amazing self-healing machine. It wants to be well. When we give our bodies the proper tools (nutrients, hydration, movement, stress-management, and rest) to be well, the response is tremendous; weight normalizes, aches and pains disappear, energy rebounds, and a laundry list of other positive changes occur.
Wellness and health require a lifelong, daily commitment!
Some useful suggestions:
Learn to listen to your body
Not all calories are equal; nutrient-dense, whole food is superior to processed/ packaged food
Eat when hungry, not because the clock says so or because you are emotional
Stop eating when you are 80% full – It takes time for a full stomach to register with the brain
Stay hydrated- many times we mistake thirst for hunger
Breathe and manage stress
Engage in activities that provide purpose and connection to others
Maintain a positive outlook
Move your body
Partnering with a nutrition professional will provide support for improving diet and lifestyle to promote health, and take the guesswork out of what to eat, what not to eat, and what foods are correct for you as an individual.
Health is our most precious possession.
To make an appointment for a nutritional consult with Georgette Schwartz, BCHN, MSHN call Integrative Acupuncture at 561-819-0530.