With a constitution like mine, I really should be better with my nutrition during the holidays.
For one month out of the year I want to indulge in buttery cookies, crusty fresh baguette smothered in spinach dip, rich side dishes and chocolate. Food is one of life’s greatest pleasures; meant to be savored and enjoyed with love. I simply can’t say no. And for as long as I live, I will never want to.
But while there is virtue in embracing life and its grandest pleasures, there is equal virtue in being disciplined and making good choices in the name of health. On January 1st, something really interesting and awesome happens. After a month of eating whatever I want, sleeping less and exercise taking a backseat, I seriously crave healthy stuff: whole, nutrient dense foods, deep, quality sleep, and activities that allow me to move my body gently but effectively. It’s as if my body knows it has had its fun, and now it’s time to get back to the business of being healthy. It doesn’t take long to feel better again when we start doing the right things. Food truly is medicine. I am seven days in, eating less sugar and less gluten. Simple, lighter, and mostly green foods are leaving my insides feeling loved.
How I move my body is just as critical as what goes into it. I want to use it in ways that make me feel strong, and when I feel strong I feel beautiful. It may be swimming, or a gentle walk, or the serenity of my daily yoga practice. I am grateful for the opportunities each day will bring.
I noticed something. I no longer live in fear that my husband thinks I’m fat; I now accept that he loves me and finds me attractive as I am. Because it’s true. The tight clothes hanging in my closet, that haven’t seen the light of day in a year, also aren’t doing anything to motivate me anymore. I think this is a good thing. My sole motivation is to feel better, to no longer feel encumbered by the heavy grip of illness but instead know an energy I haven’t experienced in a very long time. I am cautiously optimistic that I can do it, that 2013 is my year for big things. If these big things are to be accomplished I must be fully engaged and healthy.
I love this life. It is a gift. And I want to feel my absolute best as I move through it, experiencing all it has to offer. And my body is a gift, deserving of my love, respect and sound choices.
May this year be our healthiest and most beautiful year ever. And friends, let’s support each other along the way.
Make it a blessed and healthy week.