Challenge #4: Taking Care of your Body
Your body is the only home you have to live in. Take care of it.
Challenge #4: Taking care of your body
Treat your body well. Not is it the only one you have, but better care of your body will also provide more energy. As everything in life is energy, more energy means you’ll get more from your life.
Remember the last time you awakened from a night of over-indulgence in food, alcohol, or drugs? Perhaps you had a headache, your stomach was full, and you were exhausted. Now, remember how you felt mentally and emotionally after such a night. The likelihood is that you were depleted and unable to accomplish much of anything.
This isn’t a lecture. You are an adult, and my telling you not to drink too much, or smoke, or overeat won’t lead you to suddenly say, “Well, Nisandeh said not to get drunk, or to smoke cigarettes, so I won’t!”
There is, however, something to the saying, of “you are what you eat.” Bad stuff going into your body can lead to bad stuff coming out. And, eating a better diet means you’ll feel better. Giving up cigarettes means you’ll be able to walk farther (and perhaps take up running, if you want). When you walk, run, or exercise more, you are more energetic. And, being more energetic means you can bring enthusiasm and ambition to your life.
You wouldn’t consider putting the wrong gasoline or oil into your car. The right gas and oil make your car run more effectively. And, the more effectively your car runs, the farther it can go. The same principle is true when it comes to your body. A healthy body goes hand in hand with an Ideal Life.
Every day, for the next week, you’ll focus on taking care of your body. Your first step in this endeavor is to write a commitment letter to your body, telling it that you love it, accept it and will take care of it. An example of such a letter follows:
From this moment forward, I promise to feed you with healthy food and provide you with positive thoughts. I will water you faithfully. I will get you moving. I will make sure you are well-rested.
We are a team that is going for the long run – together.
With Deepest Gratitude, Me
Then, for the next seven days, focus on:
- Avoiding processed foods, sugar, and excess alcohol
- Giving your digestive system a break; don’t eat after the sun sets
- Cooking at home, with healthy ingredients, love, and care, rather than eating out
- Moving your body; even getting up from your chair once an hour and walking around, can make a difference
- Getting a good night’s sleep
- Side-stepping energy drainers, such as negative people, negative media and boredom
There are a couple of things to keep in mind.
First, check with your healthcare provider before launching any diet or exercise program.
Second, giving up unhealthy habits won’t happen overnight. When you wean yourself from excess sugar, you could be cranky and tired for the first few days. But then, as your body rids itself of the toxins, you’ll feel better. More energetic. More joyful and eager to make the most of each day.
And third, remember to write down how you feel each day. Even if you are dying for a candy bar or milkshake in the early going, write it down. As you start to crave less sugar and alcohol, write that down, too.
Be kind to your body. It’s been through a lot. Once you start treating your body as a partner, rather than a stranger, you begin to work together to attain the best outcome for you both.
When I started to work with Nisandeh, the only reason I accepted the pieces of training he offered me, was because I thought it would be impolite to refuse them.
I thought I was living pretty healthy, I exercised 5 times per week on average, eating mostly healthy. I thought. I also thought a healthy lifestyle was boring.
After the first training, I quit sugar for 3 weeks (you need 3 weeks to get rid of the addiction).
I can tell you… I suffered. I was NOT eating healthy before. Now I do, and quitting sugar made a major difference in my life.
Now… this is a big challenge, and Nisandeh asks you to change a lot at once.
If you want it to work, pick one topic. Make sure it’s challenging, or it won’t become a habit- if you hardly ever drink, you won’t see the difference if you commit to not drinking for a week, will you?
Let me know your commitment in the comments box below and let’s do this together… I will commit to not eating after dinner, which will be a challenge because I love snacking in the evenings…
And… as a thank you for your commitment in the comments, and some extra motivation, I’ll send you a short video I recorded a while ago sharing my experience with 3 weeks without sugar… (check the benefits!)
Live fully and be awesome…
P.S. Did you order the book? there’s a long video as a bonus to this challenge, follow the link and watch it for some in-depth knowledge. (If you haven’t ordered it yet, you can, just follow this link)