In today’s world, modern health care is more emphasised on disease and the fighting of symptoms, than the improvement of our overall health. A lot of people are having a lack of energy, too much body fat and suffer from diverse chronicle ailments such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Diseases caused by our lifestyle, eating habits and the level of stress we experience.
Fortunately, the group of people becoming aware of their self-imposed living habits is growing. Resulting in new lifestyle approaches, with the emphasis to take personal responsibility for one’s own health. Changing eating habits, by eliminating unhealthy and processed food, towards increasing consuming pure, fresh and organic food. Feeding ourselves instead of filling.
However, certain new and modern healing trends have a tendency to focus on one particular benefit only, like weight-loss, without looking into the deeper needs of our total well-being to function well. Some just focus on one specific health issue, which will not necessarily bring the solution for our overall well-being. Very popular these days are the raw-food and superfood movements, which are for sure very beneficial and worth integrating into our diets. However, we do ourselves short if we limit our eating pattern with just one specific type of food.
Eating a varied diet is much preferred above eating every day the same kind of meals, even when wholesome. Neither should we underestimate the benefits and nourishment of a warm cooked meal, from naturally grown foods. Foods that are holding all sufficient ingredient and natural healing benefits, which we need to survive as human beings. Many nations have gone before us and paved this path over many thousands of years!!
Our individual differences, our physique and blood type determine to a large part our personal need and requirements for nutritional intake. No two persons are the same. For instance, one may function best when eating light and easily digestible food, or perhaps consume lots of vegetables and fruits, as others may function better when eating something more solid, like a piece of meat. However, I do recommend to eat little portions of meat only, from organic origin or animals having lived a good life. Because all we eat influence our inner being and the energy we hold. After all, we are what we eat.
Our body needs a whole range of nutrition to function properly, including wholesome fat (coconut oil or virgin olive oil) and salt (Himalayan or sea salt). Nevertheless, it is advisable to stay away as much as possible from all processed food; including margarine’s and table salt, because they contain chemical additives that are very damaging to our health.
Not all that is ‘labeled’ wholesome is necessarily beneficial to us. Food producers have found remarkable ways to mislead us and take advantage of the new and healthy food trends. Always pay attention and be aware how your body reacts to what you consume. We can add value to what we eat, by being thankful before commencing a meal, for the many people in the process making it available to us and/or the animals who died for us.
Health care is more than just eating the right food; it is also taking care of our physics and integrate exercise into our lifestyle. It doesn’t necessarily mean going to the gym. It might be an own selected stretching routine at home or dancing to your favourite music. Possibly taking the stairs rather than the elevator and walk or bike more often instead of taking public transportation or your car.
We are all unique in our very own way, with different needs at different times. Sometimes our body will suggest the need to wake up early or get some physical exercise. As at other times, it might need us to relax, slow down and perhaps get some extra rest. The more we follow through on the needs of our body, the better and stronger we will feel.
Our Belief System
When focusing on our well-being, we also need to include our emotional, mental and spiritual needs. Some helpful questions we might ask ourselves are: “Do I love what I do in life?” and “Does it give me energy and inspiration?” “Do I have healthy relationships, romantically, as well as with my family and friends?” “Is there enough room in my life for creativity and to do what I love doing most?” and “Do I have sufficient time for solitude and self-reflection?”
Our thoughts and beliefs are very strongly wired into our energy system and are therefore extremely powerful in the way we relate to others and ourselves, and to the quality of our lives in general. By becoming aware of our personal belief system, we learn how to work with our potential and the infinite depths of our existence. Let yourself be guided by your inner knowing and pay attention to your stress level, as it causes many diseases.
Perhaps we could follow the example of the residents of Okinawa, a Japanese tropical island, who are living the highest life expectancy on the planet, because of their traditional way of living – the dietary habits, the physical activity, the psychological and social aspects, which all play a major role in their longevity.
More than anything else, health care is a way of living. Making conscious choices, in alignment with our energy system. Becoming more open to life, living in the present moment, experience joy and taking time for self-reflection and stillness. If we block this natural flow, we ultimately receive less energy, and our body will decay and become old. Fortunately, every moment in our life we have the opportunity to choose differently.
Let’s choose wisely!