The Well Worthy Body

Part 2

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! 

Know Your Body Best:

I cannot emphasize enough, that we can and should know our body better than anyone else can.  Yes - Even a physician! The doctor is the expert - true, but who can know one better than oneself ?  In this day and age, when medical pros are not able to care enough, or over prescribe more often  than not, is it not better to get wise, and question any suggestion or recommendation that does not sound reasonable?  After all, it is our body that has to under-go the treatment, and benefit or suffer, the outcome - isn't it?

I would like to  suggest and recommend a PCP (Primary Care Physician) for every single individual's health care.  Even those in good health who rarely visit the doctor.   Even just once a year for a physical exam, will help you develop a relationship with your doctor, and familiarize the office with your condition - good, fair, or poor at that time, and later on.  This is incredibly important if /when we fall sick and require a diagnosis and treatment.  The chances of mistakes are, minimized, and better care can be expected.

With all the malpractice law suits, and the pressure from both the insurance companies, and the establishments themselves, doctors today are under a tremendous amount of pressure.  Often they have way more patients than they can fit into one day, and even if they want to, they are often physically and mentally unable to do more.  Doctors, like most professionals today, are totally overworked and under a lot more pressure than any human being should, and can tolerate.  So, it is not uncommon that we suffer the consequences of care being replaced with carelessness, and 'doctor not knowing best'.  By the same token, we can also benefit from using caution and questioning recommendations, suggestions, and remedies, that we believe to be (or sound), too extreme, uncomfortable, unnecessary, or unsuitable to us, personally.

 

{This is something I do not suggest or recommend, until, one has spent plenty of time -  (a few years at least) working with, tuning-in, listening (paying close attention) to, and understanding ones own body, well enough to know better than the pros.  How long?  That will depend on the individual, the dedication, the mind-set, and mind-body relationship we develop with ourselves.  But one thing is certain, with enough practice we become confident about knowing what is right (or wrong) for us, and we begin to respect our body enough to protect it against anything that is unsuitable, uncomfortable, unnecessary or unworthy.}

 

REMEMBER: It is our right to be alright!  

Once our physician knows that we care enough to want to be involved in the decision-making, we can expect more cooperation than resistance, and ultimately, even respect and compliments for making their job easier.  After all at heart, every doctor wants his/her patient to improve and get better.  Our progress is also, their success.

 

Simple Signs & Signals: 

 Begin by listening to the simple and basic signs and signals that the body gives out.  By listen I mean respect and respond, (otherwise what is the use of listening, right?)  A blister on the foot from a tight shoe, an ache in the arm, a chapped lip, a nose bleed - little things!  Respond: show - how - much - you - care!  Before long, your body will begin to trust that you do care, and will reciprocate: heal quicker, work harder, and literally love you back.  Take care of the little things, and there will be fewer big problems to worry about - and that you can count on!

 

After a while we will find that your body begins to communicate better and better.  Good rule of thumb:  Be more agreeable than disagreeable.  Pushing it to keep going when it's telling us it's tired, or had enough every once in a while is alright.  Making up for it: pampering ourselves with a little extra rest, relaxing more before an after hard work will generate a better and better response from our bodies to/for us, in the long run.  Our bodies have wonderful high quality engineering, that is meant to work for us and favor us.  Treating it with respect, is treating ourselves with respect = showing Self Respect.  If we don't respect ourselves, how can we truly expect others to respect us?  Being Well Worthy means deserving the wellness that our bodies can achieve, but we have to cooperate, not fight our own bodies that require and want to be well. 

Neglecting our bodies and expecting good health is like hurting someone and expecting them to thank us.  We must send and receive the right signs and signals in order to expect the right responses.

As with the mind, disrespecting ones own body is a sign of low self worth.  Yes, I understand that as moms and dads, we tend to neglect ourselves when it comes to caring for our family, and that is done out of love, but what we don't realize, and/or realize often too late, is that: We are of no use, (in fact, more of a burden than a blessing in the long run) if we become very unwell. 

In our society today marriages break up because one or both parents are exhausted from doing too much, and not having enough time to rest.  More often than not, the children who are expected to gain from the sacrifices, end up losing.  Some of us are fortunate enough to have adequate "me" time, once the kids are grown, while some of us think it is our moral duty to neglect our own bodies, because 'that is what parenting is about,' until our bodies break down and we realize that no one, not any one, can care for us, as we can and should care, about ourselves.

Healthy individuals make up a healthy society, and a healthy society has fewer social problems. 

Needless to say, we in the US are anything but healthy, and our social problems are a direct result of unhealthy people.  

 

I would therefore like to suggest and highly recommend, that we begin to take good/better care of our bodies ASAP, because WE will not be the only ones to benefit from it in the long run. 

The ripple effect will benefit us all as a family, a society, a nation - And the entire world could benefit from a Healthy USA.

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