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Apr 17, 2011

How You Can Be Spiritually Healthy

Your lifestyle was greatly influenced by that of your parents’ and the society you  grew up in so it takes a considerable amount of effort to establish your own beliefs and behaviors towards food and the role food has in our lives. When I talk about spiritual health here, I am talking about the relationship you have with food.
People began to relate food to their emotional comfort, and began finding themselves eating for emotional reasons. Re-learning that people eat for nourishment rather than eating to feed your feelings can be refreshing and indeed even life altering.
Below are some tips that can help you become spiritually healthy:
  1. Get informed. One of the best ways to connect to your weight loss process is by understanding the whole process of digestion and learning what challenges you face, both physically and emotionally.
  2. Go green. No, I don’t mean recycle plastics and ride a bicycle instead of driving a car (although both are great for your overall health!), but actually plant some of the food you eat. You’ll be surprised how  enlightening the whole process of watching food grow in front of your eyes can be. By knowing where you food is coming from, you can better connect with it and know the how, where and what of what you’re eating.
  3. Consider how you feel. How do you feel about food? How do you feel about health? Now, how do you feel about yourself in relation to the above? You could be suffering from health issues of other discomfort in your body due to a mixture of the 3 factors mentioned above. How you feel about food is just as important as what you eat.
  4. To be spiritually healthy you need to accept your body the way it is and be convinced that you’ll be able to think yourself a healthier person through positive thinking. The power of the mind is infinite!
  5. Water, water and water! Drinking more water and keeping your body hydrated at all times is essential if you’re looking to lose weight. You body needs water to function properly and you need that water to be able to think and move—so it’s only common sense that you give your body what it so needs. Note: while coffee and other beverages are made of water, they are NOT water substitutes!
  6. Eat slowly. Regardless of how slow you think you eat, make a decision today that you’re going to eat slower. Thoroughly chew each and every mouthful (even if you think the food is soft)—this will give your stomach time to prepare itself for the food.
  7. Keep a weight loss journal, write a list of your goals and take proactive steps to reach them every day.
  8. When you find yourself craving junk food or that extra large bag of potato chips, look deeper into what that craving is telling you. Are you really lonely? Are you undecided on what to do in life? Is someone at your workplace putting you down? Keep at it for a few days and see what happens to those feelings.
  9. Love yourself always. It doesn’t matter what you eat, it doesn’t matter if you weren’t able to stick to your diet plan, you should always love yourself no matter what. Be easy on yourself, if you slip up, be gentle, try to convince your body that you can treat yourself to healthier alternatives. This way, you’ll no longer feel that you weight loss process is a daunting task and it will inevitably be easier to follow through with.
  10. Praying before you eat is an old practice. Regardless of your religion, making any effort to show that you are grateful for the food is a great habit.
Being spiritually healthy is everyone’s right—because you deserve to feel healthy and energised every day!
Having troubles sticking to your diet plan? Need some help setting your plan up? Looking for an extra pair of ears or some extra support and motivation? I’d love to hear from you! Let me know how your weight loss plan is going, how many pounds you’ve lose to date and anything else you want to share with me. Please don’t hesitate to contact me or leave a comment here with your questions or comments and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

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