Before we get stuck into it let’s clarify something, if you eat and drink, you’re on a diet. Yes some diets are more nourishing than others, but think for a moment, what your diet really mean to you. You are probably familiar with the superficial definitions around restricting food to lose weight, but a definition I will introduce today is habitual nourishment for optimal health.
Habitual nourishment is everything that you consume and digest. This would include food, water, alcohol, medication, drugs, thoughts, beliefs, exercise, television and media. Also anything that comes in contact with your skin like creams and fragrances, plus physical contact with other people too. So if the goal is to nourish the body, what are you really consuming?
Now before I get carved up by the calorie cops, we all know that if you overfill something it will overflow. It doesn’t take a mathematician to figure that one out. But lets take a step back from all that for a moment and consider things on a deeper level. What we would call in coaching, a meta level. This is a level above the perceptual filters you have been gifted with during upbringing, advertising and social media conditioning.
If you take on the concept of marketing, the way to sell something is to know your why. Why do you offer the service you do, and why should someone buy it? So keeping that concept in mind, how would you market health and wellness to yourself? How would you sell it, and would you buy it?
A simple way to assess your habitual nourishment is to ask yourself these questions. This process can be applied to anything from the food we eat, to the people we engage with.
What do you believe about the value of question three? Above your thoughts and values will be an underlying belief about what you think you want or need. This will be the determining factor in what you consume, or what consumes you. Let that digest for a moment.
People tend to get attached to superficial diets and quick fixes and they also get misinformed by social media influencers who want to school you about diets based on their own narcissistic needs. This is simply their own attachment to the perfect physique or to portray a certain image. Unfortunately most of the time their image isn’t real, or relevant to you.
With so much focus placed on the physical body we often forget about the bigger picture. This is why I invite you to ask yourself the above questions and find what’s valuable and important to you. This will help limit getting overwhelmed with all the calorie counting and jumping on the yo-yo diet bandwagon.
I am sure we have all been subject to short term goals over the years, I know I certainly have. Whether that was for instant gratification or the summer body. To portray a certain image to get the guy or girl. Or to fill some void that I thought would make me feel better. The underlying truth was I only ate bad food and made stupid choices when I had negative thoughts about myself. Looking for some form of comfort or escape.
Another way to monitor and support your health, wellness, and fitness goals is with a fitness tracker. Fitness trackers are increasingly popular and are even recommended by family physicians as a safe way to get healthy and increase physical activity. ConsumersAdvocate.org recently created a comprehensive guide to choosing the best fitness tracker to support and motivate your physical activity.
The takeaway is to know your why. When you know your why, you can see the beliefs that drive you. Only when you can see your beliefs you are able to create new values. When you create new values you will make different choices. Your choices will create the reality of your lifestyle.
If you feel like you may be in need of a lifestyle health check, reach out to Mark for a complimentary 30 minute coaching session.
Mark Moon is a holistic fitness and wellbeing coach with over 20 years experience educating people on the importance of a balanced and sustainable approach to their health and lifestyle. His philosophy is to teach people to think long term and big picture about how they want their life to look, and uses modalities such as strength training, yoga and life coaching to help them create it.
As a dynamic and down-to-earth trainer, Mark believes there are three key areas to sustainable fitness: MINDSET – NUTRITION – MOVEMENT – and when optimized, there’s no limit to the personal, professional and wider life goals you can achieve.
You can join Mark’s online fitness and yoga classes, or find him teaching in numerous Sydney-based health clubs including Body Mind Life, The Space Yoga Studio, Flow Athletic, Crunch Fitness and Fitness First.
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