I was writing an easy about this topic for my school work but then I realised I have so much to say about this topic that I wanted to share it with you.
Let me give you a little bit of background about how this post has come to be, over the years I have had the typical body image struggles but nothing serious. I have had lots of mental health and fatigue struggles. Last year I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue syndrome and had to change my way of eating by cutting out gluten, dairy and sugar and I cannot exercise as my body is too weak.
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Understanding what a healthy lifestyle looks like has been and still is a journey for me and I’m sure for you too. Cambria Joy is a YouTuber and an author, her view on health has really impacted me in a positive way.
There are so many different opinions about how to be healthy out there and the biggest lie I think we all believe without thinking about is that our weight is what makes us healthy or looking a certain way will make us feel good about ourselves. A healthy lifestyle is so much more than that, it’s about what we eat and our mindset too. Thin doesn’t automatically equal healthy.
I also use to believe that you had to wait till the new year to set health goals (that I never stuck too haha) but that is also a lie. Each day is really a new opportunity to get going and start achieving your goals. When setting health goals we often want a quick fix and feel overwhelmed by how we are going to achieve them. But my setting the main goal and then creating an action plane for each goal they will become more realistic and reachable. For example, if you want to drink more water, don’t just leave at that because after a few days it will be easy to give up. If you are only currently drinking 2 glasses a day, saying to yourself to you have to drink 8 a day is unrealistic and feels like a chore but if you start by increasing the glasses a day slowly throughout the week it will seem easier to reach. Or even adding lemon in makes the world of difference for me.
We also need to acknowledge and remind ourselves regularly that we are not perfect and we really don’t have it all figured out. I love how Cambria talks about giving yourself grace(so much more to say on grace vs holiness as I’m reading Dance, Stand, Run by Jess Connolly, maybe if I get my thoughts together on that I’ll share a post and listening to your body because we really shouldn’t be so hard on ourselves, I really struggle with this.
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The other important in a healthy lifestyle is the food you eat, not in a way that is restricting way but being aware of making healthier choices for your mind and body.
God has created each of us with a specific purpose and wants us to live happy lives that honour Him. Looking after your body is a great way of to do that as we can better serve others and Him when we are healthy.
With God on your side you are capable of living a healthier lifestyle.