This is Part Two in a series.
To access the Introduction see the sidebar to the right and click on the title “Maintaining Health and Well Being in Good Times and Bad”.
When I look at life, living well and life’s challenges I like to
- Keep things as simple as possible.
- Have as few rules as I can, too!
- Be realistic about what I can and cannot do.
Balance is a key ingredient.
Caring for the Physical Body
Looking after yourself really involves simple common sense and listening to what your body is telling you. Yet we tend to ignore all the signs and signals we receive from our bodies. We also tend to bypass good advice and do what we want to in the moment without considering the consequences.
Food and Hydration
So yes! I love to eat chips, and chocolate, drink coffee and wine,
eat poutine, bbq steak, ice cream, cheesecake,
you name it – I enjoy a taste sensation.
I also drool over crisp green salads, steamed veggies, fresh berries, and juicy apples,
and sunflower seeds, green tea, fruit smoothies and
“the nectar of the gods” – water.
How do we Bring Balance to the Demands of Our Taste Buds?
It can be so tempting to succumb to the lure of sugar, fat and salt (which we need in measured amounts) and ignore vitamins, minerals, hydration and fiber content (perhaps we’ve decided those things are dry and boring). Educating ourselves on the foods that best serve us and on the quantities to consume to achieve balance is only a starting point.
Once you have the information or knowledge it does nothing for you unless you put it into practice!
This is where we so often sabotage ourselves because it comes down to choice.
We need to choose from moment to moment and it is so very easy to act on impulse. “I want this now and I don’t care about the consequences”.
Later you indeed will face the consequences! And again you will need to make choices. When we continue to act on impulse ignoring consequence we begin to narrow our range of choices until we must finally take appropriate action. By this time though our health may be compromised and our choices are limited sometimes to the point of “do or die”.
So it is important to set our Intent and engage our Will (because we have free will it is up to us) to make choices that are in our best interest rather than succumb to impulse. Sometimes that choice will be even needs to be to lighten up and have a treat.
Exercise and Rest
Here again we need to strike a balance. And we need to know what’s best for our own individual physical needs. There is so much advice out there it is sometimes difficult to sort out where to start.
I’ll return to my Keep It Simple motto. Go with what makes the most sense to you but do keep some form of activity in your lifestyle.
Find what you like to do for exercise and just get out there and enjoy doing it.
The idea is to get enough exercise for your needs and balance that with rest and relaxation.
We often get so serious about keeping fit and eating healthy that we take the fun right out of it. Our five basic senses are there for us to experience the physicality of life and if we focus on what we think we should do without enjoying the doing of it we make life hard and colourless.
So make choices in alignment with your best interests and then enjoy yourself!
How do you balance your eating habits? Share some of your strategies and tricks for keeping enjoyment and diversity in eating well.
What are your favourite forms of activity? How do you keep physically fit?
What challenges do you have in giving your physical body what it needs?