Because I am so passionate about healthy food and lifestyles, I sometimes get ribbed about being the food police when actually that’s not me at all.
Everyone is the keeper of his or her own temple. I learned a long time ago that you can’t make anyone do anything they don’t want to do.
For the past almost seven years I have lived with a type 2 diabetic. If you told him that he could either take a trip to Hawaii or not eat sugar for a year, let me just say, that we would not be packing any bags.
In all fairness, most people don’t realize that sugar is eight times more addictive than cocaine! It just doesn’t come with a warning on the label so it’s easy to get hooked. You don’t even know you’re addicted.
Can you indulge once in awhile? Most of us can, but not everyone. Can you take a drink if you are an alcoholic? If you know that the piece of cake you are about to eat is going to send you into a sugar frenzy for the next month, you should probably skip it.
For most of us, Health is about balance. Try applying the 80/20 rule,80% clean and 20% indulgent. This is the key to success. You can’t be a 100% anything. Life doesn’t work that way. You will get old, crotchety and annoying, not to mention you won’t feel joy.
But…I guarantee that if you reverse these percentages, 20% healthy and 80% reckless you won’t feel or look very good!
Learn how to live in balance and to choose the right foods that give you energy and improve your health, rather than rob you of energy and vitality. It’s not as hard as you might expect, you just need the right information to be able to apply it to your life.
It really is our personal responsibility to take charge of our health. Don’t wait on your doctor to advise you, your spouse, (who you probably won’t listen to anyway) your friends or your family. It is up to you and no one else.
We are obligated by God to care for ourselves. Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. Since the beginnig of time people have fasted, they understood the body mind connection.
One of the most effective ways to make changes is to know what you are doing in the first place. Many of us go mindlessly through our day, doing everything by default.
The three most simple steps to good health
#1) Know where you are…The first step to change and to wellness is tracking, keeping a food journal.
#2) Know where you are going…Take some time on the weekend to write out a meal plan.
#3) Partner up… Get an accountability partner.
Maybe a copy of my cookbook will help. I take you through 12 weeks of healthy dinners. The book comes complete with menus, shopping lists and recipes for the week. Get your own copy here.
Remember, If you plan in advance you will have a MUCH greater chance of success.
And…if you need extra help, work with a health coach in your area and attend some healthy cooking classes.
Drop by my Cookin’ Yogi Facebook page, maybe you can give me a ‘LIKE’ and or leave me a comment. I would love to see you there and hear what your challenges and successes are, and leave your comments below, always here to help 🙂