Be kind to your body.
“When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need” – Ayurvedic proverb
Food has the power to nourish, heal and energize our bodies, as the famous Greek doctor, Hippocrates, stated – “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.”
Over the last century, this innate wisdom has been lost among the advancements in food science, medicine, technology and an ever-growing “I’m too busy mentality.” As a society, we are no longer truly nourishing ourselves with food, instead opting for pre-packaged and processed “fake foods,” which cause us more harm than we could have ever imagined.
To truly heal ourselves, we need to reconnect with real, whole, nutrient-dense foods and eat the way nature intended. Four simple food rules:
- If you can grow it, pick it, hunt it; if it will rot; if it was once alive (plants included) – eat it. If it is packaged and processed, don’t eat it.
- Food should always be enjoyed – “healthy” does not have to mean “tasteless.”
- Create an awareness and appreciation of how you eat and where the food you eat comes from.
- Choose quality over quantity.
The conventional “calories in, calories out” recommendations for weight management have created a society of sick, over-trained, injured, tired, and bored individuals. Seeing exercise as a way to burn off that extra slice of cake, or beer we had on the weekend is not going to create the healthy body you want.
In fact, it’s incredibly unhealthy and damaging to your overall wellness. Exercise is a form of stress on the body, which means a little can be of huge benefit to your wellbeing, but too much is just as detrimental as none at all.
My key exercise principles:
- Train smarter, not longer, doing a variety of exercises and movements that you enjoy.
- Never view exercise as “punishment” for something else.
- Always allow adequate time for rest, recovery and regeneration.
Stress, negativity, lack of sleep, and lack of play can undo all of the benefits we obtain from eating well and training smart. It’s true. So start being kind to yourself (and others) NOW by:
- Try to get 7-8 hours of sleep each night to allow your body to adequately rejuvenate.
- Incorporate stress management into each and every day, such as meditation, deep breathing, or simply going for a 10 minute walk (or sit) outside.
- Play! Do something fun with friends or family on a regular basis that is unrelated to work or exercise.
- Optimal wellness is so much more than simply eating good food, but food is an excellent starting point.
- You can’t out-train a bad diet.
- Even if something is common (e.g. fatigue, lack of menstruation, joint pain, sugar cravings, 3pm energy slump), that does not mean it is NORMAL.
- Just because your parents had it, doesn’t mean you will – we can manipulate our genes through diet and lifestyle choices.
You deserve more – stop simply surviving and start thriving!