Health has a ripple effect…

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Something I’ve come to realise (due to some very uncomfortable recent tummy pains!) is how much of an impact good nutrition has on your day-to-day life.

I’ve always understood the connection of eating well and feeling good, but putting it into play for me has always been a struggle.

I’ve always been the girl to consider every single meal eaten out as an opportunity to splurge, why would I get the whole food bowl when I can get the burger?? It seemed crazy to me to opt for the healthy option…  and I’ve forever been on the ‘diet starts on Monday’ internal negotiation, even when it’s a Tuesday afternoon…

For some reason (and I’m taking a wild guess that it’s a subconscious one!) I’ve struggled to actively take care of my health with consistent exercise and good nutrition all my life. I’ve gotten into some bad habits, been lazy, become to comfortable with over indulging and taken it for granted that I luckily have a fairly quick metabolism, considering the amount of junk I've consumed!

Anyway back to the stomach pains, I won’t bore you with the finer details… but I came to find my stomach not at all agreeing with any of the delicious food I so carelessly have been enjoying all my life. Processed, fried, salty, cheesy options were off the list….OK pass me the menu, let me finally read what’s in that whole food bowl!

Along with ordering the healthiest option on the menu, I’ve started making more meals at home, focusing on plant-based foods and limiting animal products more than I ever have before.

Since eating this way for a few weeks now, I’ve come to realise how much the consistent unhealthy choices I’d been making over the years have been holding me back in other areas of my life. Probably for a few reasons..

1.   Every time I made the choice to eat something ‘bad’ I’d feel like I was letting myself down, it’s that internal struggle of, ‘I know this is bad for me, but next week I’ll be good’ constantly living with the negative feeling of not doing the right thing for yourself is really exhausting.

2.   It makes sense that if you feel you are letting yourself down in one area of your life, you probably have a tougher time backing yourself in other areas of life, so the bad food choices contribute to a lack of confidence in other areas.

Some of the things I’ve learnt since making these nutrition changes:

1.   Cutting out the processed foods really does bring a new level of energy and clarity and ‘lightness’ to life.

2.   Over-indulging is kinda unexciting when you do it all the time! It’s way more exciting to enjoy something as a treat, or celebration rather than just shovelling food in because you can.

3.   Being mindful of what you’re eating, where it came from and what effects it will have on your body makes you feel more empowered and in control of your health and longevity – which is a very powerful thing if you understand the mind/body connection and the body’s ability to heal itself or become unwell through the power of our thoughts and emotions.

I’ve always been a big believer that all change starts in the mind, and whilst I do still see so much truth in that, perhaps there is more to be said for creating change in our physical health and the ripple effect that can cause throughout the other aspects of our lives.

Or perhaps it’s that the physical health aspect of life has always been one of the hardest for me personally to feel ‘in control’ of, so the fact I am making huge changes (and enjoying them) has helped me grow in other areas of my life too.

Either way… I’m committed to a long healthy life of good nutrition, I might even start doing some more exercise too :) 

 

Photo cred: @thebarefoothousewife

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