Living the WELL Life

Don’t Buy Me Those Peanuts and Cracker Jack! - by Frances Abrams

Friday, June 04, 2010

It’s a full time job taking care of myself.  Although being a healthy person can be time consuming, it’s worth the time and effort because it feels so great.  It is very important to feel balanced in all areas of your life.  Nothing that is important to me gets neglected, from making the bed in the morning to cooking three delicious meals daily, and everything else in between.  It all works well for a variety of reasons, and, as a result, I have lots of energy.  Finding enough time in a day is the result of being in control of my choices, decisions and actions.

Being healthy and getting balanced begins with the choices I make around food.  I begin the process by choosing the healthiest foods available.  I look for organic, whole foods and I stay away from anything processed.  Food has a direct impact on how well I get through the day. 

Recently, I vacationed in Bermuda.  The food was very tempting and I had some difficulty resisting the many offerings.  I managed very well for the most part but desserts became problematic.  I began by having a bite of cheesecake the first night of my vacation and ended the trip by eating a whole piece of tiramisu.  My head ached for two days when I returned home.  If you are still eating sugar or drinking caffeine, then you will eventually come down from the artificial high those foods give you.  When you do, you will have a headache.

When I eat a plant-based, meat-free, and sugar-free diet, I feel my best.  This type of eating gives me the energy I need to get through my days.  Once I feel good, everything is possible.  Even if there isn’t enough time in the day to do it all, I do what is most important to me.  When work, chores, and personal responsibilities become overwhelming, I prioritize and decide what is most important.  I take some time to listen to my intuition and my body.  Then I follow through.   Being present brings the greatest satisfaction and accomplishments.

But life can be challenging.  This is the time of year when I root on my favorite baseball team.  Out at the park last Sunday, during one of the lulls in the game, I began to look around.  It seemed as if everyone was eating.  Were they at the ball park to watch a game or did they come to eat?  They were wolfing down nachos and cheese, hotdogs, ice cream bars, cotton candy and soda pop.  In the concourse I observed others eating hamburgers, steak sandwiches, chicken tenders, fried dough, and funnel cakes.  (Is sauerkraut on your hotdog considered a vegetable serving?) By the way, none of it looked very appealing.  How did we begin to associate eating food with our entertainment?  It’s impossible to go to a movie or sporting event without being bombarded with the smell of popcorn and imitation butter.  I have learned to never go to a game hungry or without a snack in my pocket. 

If I want to feel good, then I need to create the kind of life that I want.  It starts with prioritizing what is important and moving on from there.  Honor your needs.  Find the courage to make changes in your life that will benefit your health.  Figure out what you do that sabotages your efforts at being healthy.  Be in charge of your life.  Everyone can learn to create a healthy and balanced life.  


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