It’s not just our foods that are making us sick and overweight — many of our issues have to do with other areas in our lives. When you think about improving your health, you probably think of losing weight and dieting first. While eating right is necessary, did you know that there are many other areas in your life that are just as important?
The food you eat is actually secondary to the primary nourishment areas in your life. The primary areas include your activity and movement, work or purpose in life, relationships and connection to others, and spirituality. When you gain weight or experience declining health, chances are something is wrong in one or more of these areas. Problems in other areas of your life can trigger bad eating habits, binging, lack of motivation to exercise, and emotional eating.
For instance, if you're unhappy in your job, you probably eat poorly or snack during boring or stressful times. If you're not in satisfying relationships, you may reach for the ice cream or other junk foods to fill a missing void. You participate in unhealthy behaviors and refuse to participate in healthy ones such as exercise.
So decide today to change your health and change your habits by improving your life! Think about your TOTAL health and any area of your life that needs improvement. A good place to start is with the following steps:
1. Be more active.
You can lower your stress level and strengthen your organs and systems by adding activity and movement to your routine.
2. Find your purpose.
Think about what you do daily at work. Do you love your job, love the people you work with, or feel like you are performing an important mission? If not, you can improve your health by evaluating your priorities and incorporating a purpose into your life and work.
3. Improve your relationships.
Decide to make amends if you have old resentment. Work on your relationships or move on from toxic relationships. Resentment can be the seed of disease, and toxic relationships will damage your health as much as smoking 15 cigarettes a day!
4. Develop a spiritual practice.
Work on your own spiritual practice if you don't already have one. It can be as simple as rituals around cooking and dinner, sharing your time and resource through volunteering, or a mental routine you incorporate into yoga or meditation. The fact is that spiritual people live longer than others, and we really don’t know why!
Improving these areas of your life will make you happier and healthier, and will help motivate you to eat better as a bonus!