He suggested something that I thought was potentially outrageous and it really got me thinking. He said that since he normally eats impeccably, his body is attuned to a high level of function. Therefore, said he, if he goes to a birthday party and has a little piece of cake, the next morning he has zits on his face and he can hardly get out of bed. His point was that when we are squeaky clean, a little imperfection takes us out of the game. “Really “, I asked. What interesting food for thought!
HOW SENSITIVE DO WE NEED TO BE WHEN IT COMES TO OPTIMAL HEALTH AND FEELING GREAT
If you did the following, if I did the following, feeling like crap would be the expected outcome. It would be reasonable to feel tired and lethargic, probably in a crummy mood, have problematic skin and lousy digestion, lots of gas, unmotivated… Well, you get the picture if this was your life:
- Lived off of junk food. Ate processed, fatty, sugary food all the time.
- Never got any rest. Was chronically sleep deprived.
- Was dehydrated. Drank no water and lived off of soda and beer.
- Never exercised.
However, if once in a while, seriously, hardly ever but not never you did the following:
- Enjoyed a piece of wedding or birthday cake
- Got less than 7 or 8 hours of sleep
- Only drank a few full water bottles instead of six and enjoyed a glass of wine
- Skipped a day at the gym or on your bike/walking path, or did not stretch…
Wouldn’t you want for your body to rally for you? Wouldn’t you want some reserve in your tank? Isn’t that why we take excellent care of ourselves in the first place
I’m not saying that you would feel your absolute best, and I’m not saying that some sugar, gluten, alcohol, or processed foods would make you feel fabulous, but wouldn’t we expect our bodies to endure a little stress without breaking down? Dr. Mike Lara compares our immune systems to an army. If you never send it on the field to fight, it would not be strong.
- We eat a cornucopia of fruits and veggies every day and avoid junk food every day.
- We sleep uninterrupted for 7-8 hours every night
- We sip pure filtered water throughout the day and never run dry
- We exercise, move, stretch, and breathe every day.
- We live balanced lives with an abundance of love, recreation, and meaningful work.
Frankly, that sounds like my lifestyle. And I feel VERY VERY good almost all of the time. But if for whatever reason I, or you, fellow health-nut/health-advocate, have an imperfect day, shouldn’t we be able to cash in a few chips for all of the good health we have stored up? Shouldn’t our bodies endure some imperfection without keeling over or breaking out in hives? I just realized something. I don’t want to be that sensitive. I’ll take hale and hardy over need-to-be-perfect any day. I want for my body to love me back for the excellent care I take of myself every day. Doesn’t it make sense that we should not be punished if we are not perfect?
With love and encouragement,
Board Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
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