What You Eat is Only Half the Story

When ringing in the New Year’s, the subject of resolutions always pops up. A recent survey concerning New Year’s resolutions stated 45% would like to lose weight or get in shape. But despite the best of intentions, only a tiny fraction of participants keep their resolutions. According to a study, 80% of resolutions fail by February, while another study, conducted by University of Scranton, suggests that only 8% of people achieve their New Year’s goal.

So why the failure?

Most diets fail because of a faulty perspective. Think about it. So-and-so tried this diet and had great success. Another friend shed tremendous pounds following an unconventional weight loss program, while a third acquaintance is religiously devoted to a mainstream diet plan and swears it’s the only one that works. And now, you’re confused. Which one should you try? Which would give you the best results?   

It’s important to discover what’s right for you!

Say you walked into a clothing store; wouldn’t it be odd if the retailer only carried one size? That would be unrealistic and impractical. The same holds true for our approach to nutrition—it’s not one size fits all. Every one has different genetic makeups, along with varying factors that impact overall health. Instead of scouring the internet for the latest health trends, spend time getting to know yourself. Embrace your personal wellness success stories over the thousand voices wooing you to fit into their molds. Carve out your own health journey by listening to your body and cravings.

Shut the external, and incline your ear to the internal. What is your body communicating?

This technique will help unveil the truth behind the falsities. For example, when stress eating, we usually turn to sugary or high-carb foods. This could lead to other health problems. However, if we address the stress in our lives—the underlying root—then the symptoms of stress eating would diminish.

Another barrier to optimum health is how we view food. Most consider food the enemy—the reason for excess pounds or health issues. But it’s important to shift the perspective and consider food as our ally. A nutrient-rich diet can actually combat disease while fueling the body with energy. This method, known as nutritional therapy, is one of the best approaches to healthy living. A study, published in the Nurse Practitioner Journal, reveals that consuming nutrient-dense foods—such as green leafy vegetables, colorful vegetables, fresh fruit, and berries—is a proactive option to battle against chronic health symptoms.

If you’re struggling where to begin, then it’s recommended to contact a health practitioner that utilizes a therapeutic nutrition approach. These qualified practitioners will work alongside you, guiding you on your healthy-living journey.

Because in the end, it’s not just a New Year’s resolution, it’s a rewarding lifestyle. One that you deserve!

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Distress or Chronic Stress

Distress or chronic stress is uncontrollable, prolonged, or overwhelming stress. Once stress becomes distress, the body manages to survive though not always to thrive. For example, when faced with periods of chronic stress, the body’s immune system function is lowered, and the digestive, excretory, and reproductive systems no longer function the way they should. In a state of distress, the cells of the immune system (and other body systems) are unable to respond normally and produce levels of inflammation which increase the risk of further health issues.

Homeostasis

Homeostasis refers to your body’s ability to regulate itself and maintain a comparatively stable internal environment despite external and internal conditions and events.

Your body is designed to be in a state of homeostasis, where all the systems within are functioning optimally.

Stressor

Stressor is anything that is perceived by the body as challenging, threatening or demanding.

Health Story

In the context of My Wellbeing Compass, your “Health Story” represents the combination of your dis-eases, conditions, symptoms and the history that binds them together. It is multi-layered and multi-dimensional. Unearthing and resolving the root causes at the core of your Health Story is the only way to truly rewrite this Story.

Natural Self-repair Mechanisms

The body is made up of intelligent, living cells that are dynamically connected. They communicate and just know what to do and when to do it in any given situation. They grow, replicate, repair, and age. Every 90 days, the body has a new bloodstream; every year, it manufactures billions of new cells; colon cells refresh every 4 days; the skin is entirely regenerated every 2-3 weeks; white blood cells regenerate in about 1 year; the liver renews itself at least once every 2 years; and the skeleton replaces its cells entirely every 10 years.

You are an incredibly complex, interactive, and dynamic living organism that is well-equipped with self-repair mechanisms that can fight infections, eliminate toxins, fix damaged DNA, destroy cancer cells, and even slow down aging.

This natural self-healing ability (also referred to as cellular intelligence or body’s innate intelligence) explains spontaneous remissions from seemingly “incurable” diseases.

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