One concept Western society hasn’t seemed to grasp is that what goes into your body is just as important, if not more, as how much you consume. We have developed an obsession with counting calories, weighing our food, and exercising strictly for the sake of weight loss. None of what we’re doing is done because it feels good (like it should). Instead it’s done in vain, as if fueling and moving our bodies has become a calculation rather than a natural process.
This is where we fall short. It’s why so many people fall off the bandwagon of a healthy lifestyle. We are making it 10x harder on ourselves by restricting calories and necessary nutrients, all for a calculation that isn’t our body’s. We have lost touch with ourselves and our ability to listen to our own needs. Our bodies are not man-made machines; they are living, breathing organic beings. They weren’t made to digest low-fat, low-cal, chemically processed crap. They were meant to eat what grows naturally from the Earth– whole fruits, veggies, grains, legumes and nuts.
Losing weight and getting fit with the motive of finally having your “dream body” won’t last. Dream bodies don’t exist, our society and perspectives are constantly fluctuating. Besides, our idea of a perfect body can be unrealistic, especially when it’s based on the standards we see on social media. If we spend our lives trying to achieve the unachievable we will suffer from a life of disappointment and waste energy doing so. I know this is something a lot of us struggle with, myself very much included. The important thing is to remember you’re not an object meant to be molded, but an individual who deserves to be loved and cared for.
Instead of focusing on appearance, strive for a healthy body and mind. Wake up each morning and know you want to feel healthy today. Make it your ultimate goal to do the things that make you feel great, whether it’s trying a new nutritious recipe, or finding an exercise you actually enjoy doing. Learn what your body likes, and love yourself enough to give it that. I find keeping a health journal lets me know what foods make me feel great, without obsessing about quantity + calories. Take it slow, don’t overwhelm yourself with a complete lifestyle change in a day or it may not last long. Every week implement one or two healthy changes into your routine, and don’t beat yourself up if you make a mistake. It’s better to accept and move on than it is to dwell and feel negatively.
I promise if you take the time to make just a few changes a week it will become second nature, and something to look forward to each day. You will no longer have to try to live a healthy lifestyle, you’ll embody one fully and the benefits will be well worth your patience.