If you are anything me, it can feel overwhelming trying to take all the steps to make lasting health changes. As a culture we can tend to get fanatical about change. We are HOT then we are COLD and trying to keep up with it all can get our adrenals tied in a knot. I was SO glad when I received Dr. Jennifer Shell’s post in my inbox. She must have read my mind. I hope you can relate!
It’s all about moderation…this is something that has taken me a long time to accept.
I still consider myself a “pusher”. Did you ever see the movie Mean Girls? Tina Fay played a math teacher who always pushed her students so she referred to herself as a “pusher”. As a “pusher” I would push myself to work out five or six days a week, even though I felt physically tired. Now I listen to my body, if my energy is good but I am not motivated, then I push myself. If I feel like I need a day off I take it, without regrets and without berating myself. This can be applied to diets, work; whatever you are a “pusher” about.
For example, I was at a Valentine’s Day party and I usually avoid sugar 100%. Well, I was having fun and talking with friends and gasp….I ate chocolates. Not two, like 10!
In the past I would have been pretty upset with myself. But how would that help? It wouldn’t. The deed was done. So I woke up the next day and ate really well. The world didn’t end, and I have no desire to do it again anytime soon. So that’s a win!
I would recommend this to any of you who are burning the candle at both ends. You only have twenty-four hours in a day no matter what. Take a moment and think about the real priorities. Mine are spending time with my husband and my kids first. Health and wellness have to be a priority…but we have to have balance.
I noticed that when I worked out too hard I was tired by the end of the day, and who do you think took the brunt of it? My kids. That’s not OK, and it took me a long time to correlate the cause.
So maybe we could all take a few moments and look at our lives. Look at your job, your family; you’re eating habits, your exercise routine, and your hobbies. Do all of these areas of your life balance out nicely? Or are some of them tipping your scales too far?
I want to enjoy this journey called my life, and have fun. Making everything too serious and too arduous can ruin it. It’s all about moderation…
(Dr. Jennifer Shell is a Chiropractor in Grosse Pointe Woods Michigan and utilizes Nutrition Response Testing. She received her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and her Doctorate from the National University of Health Sciences in Illinois. Dr. Shell and her husband have two young sons that keep them very busy. Her message is “Health isn’t a given, it has to be cultivated!”)
Dr. Shell has offered a coupon code to get $5 off of her book, use FTTR5 on her page Food To the Rescue.
Live in moderation and enjoy the benefits…
Just for the health of it!