Merging Food with Our Holistic Selves

We can’t separate food from ourselves because it’s tied to our existence on multiple levels.
Often we forget that for us to be a complete person we have to be balanced and we need to nourish our physical, emotional, and spiritual selves. We can’t just set goals for one aspect because it will throw the balance off. If we want to lose weight, then we need to make sure we are doing something emotionally and spiritually as well.

It’s easy to think, oh, I’ll just lose some weight and everything will be well. What we aren’t realizing is that some of our weight gain might be related to emotional issues. Maybe we are an emotional eater and when we get upset, we eat. Or maybe we haven’t cared about what we look like so we also don’t care about what we eat. Only will we make headway into losing weight and keeping it off if we make sure to set an emotional goal to understand why we do a certain behavior and then work at changing it.

And it’s not much different with our spirituality, something many people neglect. By taking some time each morning to prayer or meditate, we are setting ourselves up to cope better with the day ahead. We also are putting our bodies in a strong place so whatever the day brings bounces off us. We can’t control what happens to us but we can control our actions.
In the process of setting these goals, we also realize we must give our body the best nutrition possible. It’s not easy as life is busy but I also don’t believe anyone should deprive themselves of anything unless it’s a life or death matter. Have that occasional ice cream cone but don’t eat a half gallon of it every night. Eat pizza sometimes. Enjoy an evening of dinner out with friends.

As you work toward your goals, you’ll see you feel better when you eat better. You’ll want to eat better because it gives you more energy to have the productive day you yearn for and you’ll feel the changes in your body as the foods you give it leave you feeling satisfied and energetic, not lethargic or empty.

The first step is wanting to make change in your life and that’s what brought you here. Don’t stop now. Life is too short to give up on an opportunity to be happier and more hopeful.