I have learned that Nutrition is healing and not restrictive but my outlook hasn’t always been that way. I started to see that I had a better quality of life through embracing food, celebrating what my body can do through exercise and honoring the gifts God has given to me.
About ten years ago I started studying holistic nutrition and learned a lot about fueling your body to run rather than viewing food as restrictive.
When I first worked in the fitness Industry and spent my time as a personal trainer my outlook was all wrong! Looking back I didn’t care about my overall health at all, I worked out and ate clean because my goal was to be thin. I didn’t fully grasp that exercise was not a punishment for what I put in my mouth. I am not saying that my story is everyone’s story but I do know for sure that there is a disconnect that exists within the fitness industry. The disconnect I am speaking of involves connecting with your body and it involves knowledge on the tools to succeed in life with balance. The wellness industry is a multi million dollar industry for several reasons. With so much information being thrown at the everyday consumer it is easy to get lost in “extremes.” I am in no way shape or form knocking dedication and sacrifices people need to make to create a life change. However the weight loss t.v. shows, the hottest diets in the magazines, and the general nature of being busy all the time has seriously effected our society. The shows and articles often come from a good place but their origins were developed because we were a country in need of major help. We cannot fix a problem unless we know where it came from. I understand that some of these formulas many of us are familiar with produce change but is it lasting? Have we asked ourselves how we want to live our life’s? If we have, do we truly believe it can happen? Why are we as a society getting to the point of exhaustion, added pounds, or major diseases? What are the stressors that lead us to such imbalance? Let’s take a look at the preventative measures. Let’s take a look at what it means to be healthy from the inside out.
Through these revelations God was speaking to my heart. I started to look around at what God has provided us with on this earth. He gave us everything we need! Why not embrace food? Embrace what is fueling us to live our lives! This is why I love the passage from Ecclesiastes, “Eat your food with gladness.” Isn’t it cool to think about all of the flavors, textures, vitamins and nutrients God provided for us from the beginning? This verse is the canvas in which got me thinking about what else God meant us to enjoy. As simple as it sounds, God created us to enjoy life. Perhaps this is why our health means so much to all of us. Through my years of working with ages from 6yrs to 90 years I have learned that health is generally our most underappreciated gift.
Although food and activity play a vital part in one’s health there are numerous pieces of the puzzle to be explored. The term Healthy means several different things to many of us. So, what does embodying health exactly mean? I believe there is no one size fits all answer to the question. What does healthy look like?
Join me and let’s explore the elements of living a healthy life so that we can have our wellness journey’s be quite the adventure together!
All of my love,