I know I’ve said this before this week, but I’m actually truly understanding it now and feeling it more than ever. I had a button pushed today while I was watching tv (which I’ve been doing more of lately due to my not-so-fun cold). It was a commercial for Tylenol. Fine. I get it. Tylenol. We all need some here and again. But this specific Tylenol commercial was for ‘Body Pain at Night‘. As a Registered Nurse and Kinesiologist, I can understand the importance of pain control. To many, this may be necessary. I understand that. But for the majority, not so much.
It’s so easy to pop a pill. My body hurts. That pill looks great! Done! Pain be gone! That’s great for short term gain but the real problem is being masked. It’s like any emotional baggage we don’t deal with and keep burying away. It’s all good until, BAM! Something happens and we’re forced to deal with it. This too can happen with our physical body. Our health is holistic. It is whispering to us that it is not happy.
I like to think of a body as a temple which encompasses our soul. If you have ever been in a room where someone has just passed away, you might relate to this. I will never forget my first time experiencing this – it feels empty. It’s as though the body has served it’s purpose and the soul has been set free. What is a soul? I believe what we are is our soul. Our being. Source energy. Our souls are a gem. If you had the most precious gem in the world that you loved with all of your heart and it meant the world to you, wouldn’t you want to place it and keep it in the safest, healthiest and most loving environment possible? Of course you would. So why not treat our own selves this way? To give the utmost amount of love, health and joy to our bodies so that our souls can be nourished and become vibrant. To allow our soul to shine through. To glow. From the inside out.
When you have an ache or a pain, maybe some puffiness or bloating, insomnia, stomach issues, you name it – it’s your body’s way of trying to speak to you. Perhaps it’s even our soul or body’s energy telling us something is not right. Instead of popping that next pill, stop to think about WHY your body hurts. What is causing the pain? What am I doing in my life that is aggravating my body? Once we reach for the quick fix, it becomes a negative habit. We want that quick fix sugar rush or a shopping trip to the mall to buy something that will make us ‘feel’ better. The next time you hear your body trying to tell you something, try researching what the problem might be. See your medical or naturopathic doctor perhaps. Maybe even try cutting something out of your diet, or adding something extra healthy into it. Meditate. Listen to your body. What is it telling you?
When we eat healthy, and we eat what our body/temple needs, we glow. We glow with happiness, confidence, healthiness and contagious joyful energy. You won’t need that brand new outfit to make you happy because you will be glowing. You feel confident from the inside out. You will ‘need’ less. You begin an upward positive spiral of exercising more, meeting healthy and similar people, you have more energy to do the things you love – life just gets better on every aspect.
I can speak true to this only being 5 days into the Not-So-Dirty-Thirty Clean Eating Challenge, as well as going 10 days without sugar. 10 days!! It’s hard to describe, but I’m starting to feel the way my body wants to feel – lean, strong and clean. No bloating or puffiness. More energy. My nails are even starting to grow. I encourage you to take on a 30-day challenge for yourself. June 1. That’s 6 days away. YOU CAN DO IT!! If this cookie monster can do it, anyone can! It can be anything you want – anything that makes you feel better. I guarantee you that if it is for the best, you will be glad you did it. I can’t believe how much this no-sugar thing has already begun to change my life. I just want to pass this feeling along!
Smile with your heart!
(These pics are of my food-prep for the weekend! Didn’t take long at all. My sister and I are going to Victoria for a bike race Saturday morning. This is gonna be the healthiest road trip I’ve ever been on! Oh, and if you need a quick fix no-sugar snack, Lara bars only have real ingredients (like dates, cashews, almonds, etc.) – no added sugar! I’ll be needing these to keep me going Saturday morning!)