It appears that being healthy and being fit is all the rage lately. What it means to achieve optimal health is defined differently by every individual--as well as the ways in which they plan to achieve said “hot body.” But does being healthy really mean that only our exterior gleams? Sadly, I think that the desire for a body that is “beach worthy,” overrides the will to make your organs sing with happiness. I have been guilty of this more times than I would like to admit. I have desperately tried googling the quick fix for shedding a few pounds before a wedding or a vacation, even if that meant neglecting what habits would actually benefit my health. Because that’s how the world operates now- we want it and we want it liceity-split.
If you’re like the majority of people who wake up each morning with the need to slug down coffee and pop some Advil for your achy head or joints [instead of reprogramming your patterns] your idea of health is in need of some evolution.
I’m sure most people have heard of the Paleo fads, Keto diet and Whole30. These are all things that I found worth looking into if I was going to make a lifestyle change stick. My girlfriend told me about her experience with the Whole30 and said that it was super helpful in finding what foods to eliminate from her life in order to stay energized and lose some of the cozy winter weight that we tend to accumulate. I jumped on board after seeing her results and even bought myself a step-by-step book to help guide my way- a little less blindly- through the process.
At first, I was thinking, “can I really go 30 days without wine, cheese and my beloved sugar?” I told myself that if I don’t learn to have self-discipline, then I’m really not as strong willed of a woman as I aspire to be. The first couple days I felt irritable, hungry and lethargic. If this is what it felt like to be a health nut- then I’d rather stay the circus peanut I was. But I made sure to keep rolling with the process, even if that meant drinking tea until I was full and forcing myself to go to bed at 7:00pm so I wouldn’t creep into the fridge like a little rascal. By about day 11 I was starting to feel better, my stomach no longer felt like there was a balloon in it and I was not as tempted to snack on everything in sight. I found myself passing up my niece’s chicken nuggets and baking kale with pleasure. I felt like cheering for myself (“Hercules, Hercules, Hercules!"). The process didn’t come without struggle and I did slip up and have a few cocktails on the weekend but overall - I finished and I have made some changes to my relationship with food that will go so far beyond 30 days.
No matter what healthy lifestyle falls into play for you, make sure to tame that sugar dragon that resides in the den of your soul and slay it with your conscious eating and daily activity. Because we all owe it to our bodies to do more with them then make them look good.
Written By: Hayley Sutherland