Why “Eat, Pray, Lift?”
I like to eat good food, and lots of it.
like need to pray, daily and hourly.
I love to lift…and dance, and sprint, and jump, and bend, and just move this body.
So really, why not?
Here’s the thing- I’m a total and complete geek about health. The way the good Lord made humans is fascinating to me, and I can spend hours upon hours poring over medical journals and scientific reports about nutrition, disease, and anything else related to health. But I firmly believe that our health encompasses so much more than a lack of outright physical disease. As humans, we are holistic beings; therefore, our physical health, psychological health, and spiritual health are all directly linked, working in synergy to determine our overall wellbeing. You cannot neglect one aspect of your health without effecting consequences for the other areas of your life. I’m a big believer in alternative medicine, lifestyle treatments (especially preventative measures), positive psychology, and nutrition-based healing protocol. Eat, Pray, Lift is a holistic health and lifestyle resource replete with articles and anecdotes about living a healthier and more abundant life.
Here’s a short summary of my “philosophy” on health:
If we are not right with God, it will be hard to get anything else in life right. Simple as that. It’s been my personal experience that the more I am focused on Christ, the more rich my life becomes in every area. Understanding that the God of all creation is deeply, wildly, and ferociously in love with you changes how you see yourself, your life, and the world…in turn, that changes how you live, and that changes everything. People often say, “God really has a sense of humor,” and I think that’s true. Laughter is good for the soul, and it’s some of the best natural medicine around (I suggest using it as a preventative medicine, and taking an excessively large daily dose). Humor, and positivity in general, have an enormous effect on psychological health, as well. Numerous studies have shows that people who have an active faith life (and particularly those who pray regularly) live longer, enjoy better health, and are overall happier. And quite frankly, we could all stand to spend a bit more time on our knees in prayer.
As Hippocrates said, “Let food by thy medicine, and medicine thy food.” Because it has such a powerful impact on physical health (as well as psychological and emotional health), your diet can be one of the most profound factors in determining your quality of life. It seems that people these days have forgotten how to eat, and most of the world is consumed by one of two perspectives: either tossing down their gullets whatever food/”food products” (translation – “garbage”) are convenient and tasty, or enslaving themselves to rigid dietary rules and obsessing over macronutrients/food groups out of a fear of becoming overweight or unhealthy. Neither of these options is good! Food is not something to fear, nor is it something to revere. We need to stop viewing what we eat solely in terms of calories and macros (or at the other end of the spectrum, conveniences and tastebud triggers), and start eating to nourish and strengthen our bodies. At the same time, life is too short to eat things you don’t enjoy! Food is an incredible gift in that it can both promote health, provide enjoyment, and create opportunities for enjoying good company. Rather than worrying about avoiding the wrong foods, put your effort into making sure you get quality nutrition – and enough of it – from the right foods. Do that, and it’s hard to go wrong.
Training well can be one of the best things you do for your body in terms of ensuring better health down the road and protecting yourself against certain diseases. Strength training – be it weight lifting or gymnastics-style/bodyweight training – is crucial, because increasing the amount of lean mass you have (relative to body fat) decreases your risk of chronic disease tremendously. Cardiovascular conditioning is also really important for reducing disease risk. However, just as each body has its own distinct physical structure, each person’s ideal training regimen is unique. As long as you are regularly challenging yourself physically and giving yourself proper recovery, do whatever style of training you like. For some people, running or Crossfit or hot yoga is their thing, and that’s great…for them. If you prefer tap dancing? Fantastic. Strongman training? Wonderful! Synchronized swimming? Good for you! Do something that excites you, do something that challenges you, and do it often.
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