If you are struggling with making good choices, ask yourself this question.
You can make some good choices and then some bad choices hoping they will cancel each other out, but it doesn't work that way. It is a commitment - ALL IN! It's not just about exercising so you can have more sugar. It's not about eating salads so you don't have to exercise. As my friend Robin put it, “Nothing tastes right if your underwear is too tight!” Seriously, we must change our focus to overall health, Body, Mind and Spirit!
It is not easy! It takes hard work, determination and it takes knowing that you will make mistakes. I have made more mistakes than I can count when it comes to my health and well-being, but I made a commitment 3 years ago to keep going no matter what.
I don’t believe there is a “one size fits all” health plan. Through my studies in yoga, I was taken into the world of Ayurveda. The sister science to yoga. Thousands of years old, Ayurveda means, science of life. Ayurveda can be defined as a system, which uses the inherent principles of nature, to help maintain health in a person by keeping the individual's body, mind and spirit in perfect balance. In Ayurveda we learn about ourselves and our individual constitution and then we maintain a wellness plan that fits us based on our needs.
But how do we take this into our lives to become healthier? What does it mean to find balance? I don’t just mean eat a balanced diet, I mean find balance in everything you do, eat and speak.
You can’t exercise away a bad diet, it will affect your health beneath the surface. Bad food is bad food – period! And when we crave bad food, there is something out of balance. Ayurveda helps us to look deeper to find the cause. It could be something we have been hiding from for many years. Maybe the poor eating habits are covering up something deeper. We start with our eating habits because that is at the surface. Then we can go deeper.
In the weeks to come I will be writing more about my journey into Ayurveda and share with you the steps to finding more balance. Ayurveda focuses on prevention. Understanding our body and mind constitutions can help us to recognize subtle changes before a full illness erupts. We look at health and illness as balance and imbalance.
The only thing you have to lose by staying stuck is your health~