Issue 4 April 2006
Sanity Saver#: 6 Invest in Your Health
Most of us take our bodies for granted. We burn the proverbial
candle at both ends. We throw down fast food, only move when absolutely
necessary and expect that there won’t be any consequences
to our neglect. But there are. Maybe not immediately, especially
if you’re in your 20s or 30s (when you still have a warranty
on your body), but sooner or later it’s going to expire
and your disregard for your health is going to catch up with you.
Your physical health is fundamental. Your body is the vehicle
through which you express yourself and your life. When something’s
wrong with your body, when you’re in pain or feeling out
of sorts, you can bet that everything else in your life is affected.
Your health needs to be one of your top priorities.
Caring for your body is critical to living a high quality life.
When you’re in a state of optimal health just about everything
else in your life is better. But like everything else, this requires
effort. For those of you who have ignored your body, now’s
the time to rediscover it. Here are a few suggestions for how
to create optimal health.
Too many of us don’t think about our health until something
happens, like a physical ailment that forces us to pay attention.
If You Listened to Your Body
If you listened to your body what would you do differently?
Would you get more sleep? Cut out sugar? Would you exercise regularly
and make time for a nap? Take some time to listen and heed the
wisdom of your precious body.
Consider for a moment how different your life would be if you
slept when you were tired, ate when you were hungry, and stopped
eating when you were full. What would happen if you paid attention
to the foods you wanted to eat and also honored what your body
needed? What impact would listening to your body have on your
Tuning into your body will not only bring a greater sense of
physical, mental and emotional well-being, but it can also support
you in breaking habits that often undermine your health. Your
body has it’s own wisdom. It is a wise teacher. Listen to
your body. Become attuned to its changing needs.
What am I Eating?
List at least five foods you’d like to add to your diet.
Now consider what foods you would like to eliminate or reduce?
Again list at least five foods.
Make a commitment to exchange one food you’d like to eliminate
from your diet and substitute a healthier food over the next few
weeks. As most of us know, radical changes simply result in the
ricochet effect, so take small steps. Start by eliminating one
unhealthy food this week and add something that would improve
What Is My Hidden Hunger?
Ask yourself what is the deeper hunger that I’m trying to
fill with this food and is there a better way for me to satisfy
As you begin to listen to yourself at this level you can choose
a healthier alternative—either a better food or a nurturing