A Simple Practice to Build a Better Body and Life
Holistic philosophy is often misunderstood to mean all natural, when in fact it means each person is unique in every way. We each have different nutritional needs and requirements for our health and well-being. One diet, medicine, therapy, exercise routine, does not fit all.
Medical science agrees because evidence shows that there are inconsistent responses to food, medications and treatments from one person to the next. Also, researchers have found that these differences occur outside of standard groups or categories of people. Even more fascinating though is that your unique remedies for your best physical, mental, and emotional health changes all the time.
Finding your specific needs and remedies takes a conscious effort – it is an inside job.
Aside from some common universal needs such as food, clothing, shelter, water, and air, we each have different and ever-changing needs, remedies, and life solutions. That is; Zen works for me but cozy and frilly might work for you. I like cooked veggies but you need raw and so on. We all need to find what makes our hearts healthy, and our spirits soar.
Finding your specific needs and the ways you enjoy meeting them is as complicated as the mind would have you believe. A simple holistic approach is mindfulness. A practice – awareness journaling – to connect with your true nature is a powerful way to stay aware of thoughts in your mind that help or prevent us from doing what we need and want to live well.
You can write or use your phone or a digital recorder, to log the foods and beverages you consume along with the reactions your body has (to them) over the course of a day. The intention is to name everything – the foods, beverages, people, places and activities that support your health and happiness.
Notice and record in detail the:
- environment you eat in (people, places, etc.)
- foods, beverages and the temperatures, spices, etc.
- thoughts you have during, after, before and between meals
- sustenance of a meal – how long a meal sustains you
- reactions from each meal such as fatigue, anxiety, irritable
- digestive issues the foods cause
- time you eat and how long you take to eat
Remember to question your impulses to eat more or between meals. Take a few minutes when ‘hunger’ arises to practice deep breathing, take a walk or drink a glass of pure water. Then ask and answer – what are you really want – food or? This question is especially helpful if you are an emotional eater or are prone to procrastinate or feel ‘bored’. It also brings awareness to behaviors like smoking that you want to change.
This practice will add a deeper level of consciousness to your life – not just your diet needs but your whole life needs. Inside of a month’s time, you will see your choices become more intuitive and support your health and life goals. Your path will become clear and life more passionate.