The Well Worthy Body
Part 1 Was a Serious Prep for Bring Well Worthy: Deserving Good Health, and Taking Care of the Body.
Part 2, which Comes After the Wellness Prep of Part 1, is Meant to Be 'A Wellness Way of Life'.
Letting the Body Know that We Care:
I would like to share something that I have studied about, learned, practiced, and realized. If everything has energy, and vibrates, then the body, picks up on our vibrations and understands that we care or don't care. Accordingly it responds. So after reading part one, I hope we are at least beginning to tell and show our body, that we truly care, making a few changes that reflect this, so our body gradually (slowly but surely) gets the idea, and responds favorably.
Note: After much abuse, one can expect the body to take a little longer to get used to the idea that one has in fact, begun to care, and allow it to respond. It will take a little longer perhaps, so patience is required. However, once the body gets used to this change, it will respond - often in amazing ways, and the results will be well worth the patience and effort anyone puts in, rest assured.
Consistancy is Key:
Consistency is Very important, because it regulates the body and tells (tunes) it, to adjust to a Wellness (habit) Lifestyle. Small, gradual, and moderate, changes are required (recommended), to allow the body to adapt, adjust, accept, and maintain, without opposition or resistance.
Listen to the body:
In part 2 we shall focus on listening to the body. Tuning in and paying attention to what it is telling us. Just as we can expect our body to listen, respond and cooperate with us, we must in turn respectfully listen to our bodies as well. It is amazing how, once the body knows we care, it cooperates, and tells us exactly what we need to know, and with practice, we learn to trust and respect it's signs and signals. The more we listen and cooperate, the better the communication signals. In fact, the body will eventually remind you that you know it best. By the same token, not listening will produce the: "what's the use of telling you if you don't care to listen - Why bother?" response.
In fact: The more we listen and care, the more the body will cooperate and respond, without a doubt!
Important Good Habits to Develop that Work:
Part 1 was mostly theory, but after five years, I realized that it is an excellent foundation for Well Worthiness. In part 2, however, I would like to take the liberty to suggest, advise and share, some of the wellness tips that I have found to be important. I shall add more as they come to mind, and will mention them randomly. Hope you will take them seriously, and try them - because they work!
Clean The Tongue Well:
Teeth are given importance, but the tongue which is also a very important part of oral care, seems to be ignored more often than not. Carefully brushing the teeth before bed/at night, and tongue upon waking / in the morning - Making sure that tongue is cleaned thoroughly, since it carries all that we eat and a dirty tongue is very unhealthy! Cleaning all the way to the back, (the gagging wont hurt on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning, and once we get used to cleaning way in the back, we will do so more skillfully without gagging) The throaty sound will sound unpleasant and like a hill-billy perhaps, but the health benefits are yogi (like yoga) good. Your partner or family will just have to get used to the ugly sound made by a "well" intending person health conscious individual.
Adults Skip or Eat a Light Breakfast:
Breakfast as the most important meal of the day is totally over-rated! This may hold true for children, but over weight adults could skip, or eat a light breakfast to shed those extra pounds. The extra pounds do much more harm than skipping breakfast will in the long run. A light breakfast for an adult is better, if you must eat breakfast at all. Sure I enjoy a good breakfast, but I do not indulge in one every day. If it's your favorite meal of the day, (especially if you could shed a few extra pounds) eat it for lunch.
Avoid Coffee, Drink Tea Instead:
I like the taste of coffee, actually quite a lot, but I have honestly found even the smell of it to be a detriment to my health, so I drink it as a luxury drink - rarely! While I would ask any coffee drinker to try and break the (nasty) habit, I would encourage tea. Green tea is excellent, but doesn't have the "wake up kick" factor that black tea has, and black tea (in moderation) has excellent health benefits, also. I suggest mixing green tea with black tea. Strong black tea will drown the bland taste of the green tea, and the benefits will be enjoyed none-the-less.
Taste Every Bite, Don't Just Shove It In:
I read somewhere, that eating mindfully (focus on our eating - chewing our food carefully, then swallowing and enjoying every bite) instead of hurriedly (stuffing our face, and not realizing how much or what's going in or how) keeps us from over-eating, and satisfies the body adequately. Enjoying our food is also important. Rather than eating mini portions of deprivation and then craving more, I would recommend eating enough, slowly, enjoying every bite, and eating mindfully. Small bite sizes instead of large ones, and tasting every bite of food, satisfies the body more, and one eats more sensibly. Cooking at home, eating in, or fixing our own meals is an added bonus, and does wonders for the body. The love ingredient does not come from a paid kitchen, and that is why fancier food is not necessarily healthier.
Avoid Addictions or Cut Down and Quit:
Having an addiction, is bad enough. Doing what it takes to cut down and eventually quit is the only solution to Well Worthiness. Joking about it, and justifying it is only prolonging something that is harmful. Cigarettes and Alcohol are not alright, (less harmful if used moderately perhaps, but harmful none the less.) Will power and a supportive person helps make quitting easier, but the decision is ours to make and carry out. Once over 30, it's time to realize it's not "cool", and quitting is the only option to ensuring good health in the future. After all, If we hurt our own bodies, how can we think those who hurt us, are wrong in doing so?
Good Things to Include in Our Diet:
A few things that I have found to be beneficial are tomatoes (even ketchup, mind you although less so), garlic, cinnamon, okra (these two are also very good for blood sugar control) onions, honey, lemons, carrots and broccoli (for vision - yes broccoli too), turmeric (excellent on scars and wounds), Extra Virgin olive oil, canola oil, eggs, lentils, green leafy veges, (all veges are basically good), yogurt, cottage cheese, 2% milk, whole grain bread/tortillas, peanuts (peanut butter too - in moderation)
Substitute Brown for White:
Try to substitute brown for white, in whatever you can. Bread, tortillas, pasta, rice, and sugar. (Can't say I like the brown sugar, rice, pasta but brown bread and tortillas are enjoyed). So the white needs to be consumed sparingly, if at all.
Now a Touchy Subject - Shedding the Extra Weight:
Being over weight has become a norm here in the US, and in many cultures, it is a sign of prosperity, after marriage/a certain age. In truth, it happens to be one of the worst things we can do to our bodies. Constantly carrying around the extra pounds, is harder on the legs, the muscles, the heart, the lungs, and slows us down/keeps us from being our best. Not to mention the fact that we take up extra space, eat more, waste more, and are bad for the environment in general. Losing the extra weight is one of the easiest and best things we can do for ourselves, and sadly very low on the list of priorities for most over weight people today. Most health problems stem from the extra pounds, but it has become such a norm, that it is taboo to mention the word fat, and completely ignored until/unless someone reaches the obese stage. By then, the weight problem has become an emotional, mental, psychological problem that is anything but a quick fix - but losing the weight is always possible, and always a good choice. Here again, consistency, patience and moderation are incredibly important.
Exercise Moderately Instead of Excessively:
The intention here, is to get a good work out, and not to show off. In our 20s the later is a major factor, but after 35-40, the objectives need to be less superficial and more sensible. After 40 our bodies show us plainly how we have been treating (or mistreating) ourselves, so getting wise, and taking steps to get in shape, tone/tune up, and be well over looking good, is a better choice.
In our 20s and 30s our bodies could use a rigorous work out, to tone up & look good. After 35-40 simple exercises that involve moving, stretching, squatting, flexing, and toning are far better than the over active ones that hurt the body, and take time to fix. It is better to do a moderate work out consistently than over do it one day, and spend days, weeks, fixing the mistakes. While the mistakes are being fixed, the body isn't getting in shape, but repenting - No fun! Power walking, swimming, dancing, yoga, over running is recommended after 40. The body gets a good work out, but doesn't wear and tear - requiring surgery and recovery.
Exercise is important, but exercising an exhausted body is like adding fuel to fire. Getting adequate rest and sleep are also extremely important. Good food and good exercise are wasted on an exhausted body. Moderation and common sense will work far better, in the long run. A healthy mind set, is not just "thinking positive" but being positively present, and knowing that you are doing what is healthy. "Fake it till you make it", is highly over-rated. A lower percentage of fakers actually make it, while common sense and care have a more stable record and a higher success rate, guaranteed!