There are so many misconceptions surrounding living a healthy lifestyle. There are so many extremes in the world today. The media tells us all day long how we should look, what we should have, what we should think, who we should be like, how food should make us feel and on and on. We have organic and conventional, grass-fed and non grass-fed, GMOs and non GMO, gluten-free, enriched, fat-free, low-fat and on and on. What happened to the days when organic and grass-fed were called food? People looked their best rather than trying to be and look like who someone else said they should?
Deception has become the norm. When it comes to food, we are deceived in a big way. Organic is what our grand parents ate and some of our parents, not conventional. Cows grazed in pastures and chickens ate bugs and other things chickens eat naturally. They weren't pumped full of antibiotics and hormones. Now animals are fed other animal parts, blood, corn and byproducts, shot up with hormones and antibiotics and live in their feces. That may sound gross but it's true. Even fish are raised in farms and fed corn. Salmon are shot up with dye to make them the right color. I could go on and on about the problems with our food sources and how Americans are being deceived but I want to move on from that. To simplify, by local organic fresh veggies, fruits and animal products. Know your local farmers and what you're eating. Avoid food-like products and fast food at all costs.
Being healthy isn't about being perfect. It's about being your best you. Looking Your best, feeling your best, doing your best, having your best, loving yourself, nourishing yourself. Notice the word your. It's not about striving to look like someone else, keeping up with the Jones, living someone else's dream, looking the way the celebrity magazines say you should look. Let's get away from the extremes and wanna be's and focus on being who God created us to be. People can spot a fake a mile away.
I've been ridiculed, gossiped about, accused, put down, unfriended, told I was extreme, miss perfect and other ridiculous things because I choose to be my best Me. That's how I decided I wanted to live. Not because I want to have a body like so and so or follow this fad diet or have what so and so has but because I was sick, tired, fat and stressed out and none of what life was teaching me made sense if I wanted to be healthy and live my dream. I had lost all sense of me and my dreams.
I'm not perfect. I have many struggles and I love chips and still eat them. I've battled addiction and still think about buying a pack of cigarettes every now and then. I have days and lots of them that I don't feel like exercising. I've struggled with self-hatred which I strongly believe is a root of obesity and addiction. You don't have to be perfect, in fact, nobody is perfect. You don't have to hate yourself because of what's happened to you or what you may have done in your past.
All of this to say, if I can do it, so can you. Stop listening to the voices that say you need to be someone other than your best you. Stop listening to the voices that say you're not worth it, that you're too far gone. Stop listening to the voices that say you can't change or stop your addiction. You're a beautiful person that God made for a very special purpose and the world needs you to be your best you. You have your own ideal weight, your own struggles, your own message, your own dreams that are uniquely yours. You are worthy to be loved by you and others. It doesn't matter what you've done or what's been done to you. You are more valuable than all the diamonds in this world in the midst of doing the worst thing you've ever done.
I encourage you today to forgive yourself and others, to tell the voices that hold you back to be silent, to ask God to help you and show you who He made you to be, to get healthy so you can live out your purpose and your days on this earth to their fullest. All of heaven is on your side and I believe in you!
You're Worth It!
Thanks for reading my ramblings.