Seize the Day: Act on Habits that Aspire Health
Your own health is a growth opportunity that is influenced by what you learn and actions you make toward positive healthy behavior.
Whether you are in the classroom, boardroom or training room there is action required to achieve what you aspire. You must first learn, then commit to take action if you have any hopes of accomplishing what you set out to do. Commit to make small, yet precise, changes that can develop into sustaining positive habits.
There is only one thing that will keep you from moving forward and it is not failure, but the lack of trying; Apathy.
Learning begins with an experience. It may be by listening, reading, writing and talking. What you do with this experience and how you direct your actions is an opportunity for growth and development.
Habits quite simply makes it easier for the brain to achieve a desired result, and by diminishing fatigue makes room for more conscious activities. If changes are made in short steps you will your chances for acquiring lasting habits will lead to what you aspire.
Seize the very first possible opportunity, to act on every emotional prompting you may experience in the direction of the habits you aspire to gain. – William James
Your health and well-being is ripe for learning and application for your own personal health environment; Your body. Health can be measured by how you think and feel.
Develop a New Relationship with The Foods You Eat
It’s time for you to take a closer look at the why behind what you eat. The relationship you have with food can be looked on as being just about as intimate as a loved one.
Are you eating just to pass the time of day?
Are you eating food to give you energy, or just to fill a void?
Are you stuck in a rut by eating the same foods for certain meals of the day?
Answering these questions can help define your relationship with the foods you eat, and why you eat the foods you do. In any relationship we have, whether a meaningful personal relationship with a friend or loved one, there must be a nurturing attention for health and sustainability. As Tom Robbins asked in Still Life with Woodpecker, “How do we make love stay?”
Giving that same attention to the food we eat not only provides fuel for the day, but gives clarity to our thinking, and reflects on the people around us, at work and home.
Do the foods you eat, when you eat them and in what quantity, give you energy, or make you think more clearly?
There are new foods to try that have great nutritional value. Foods like, quinoa, kale and avocado, that to the picky eater will not be tried because ‘ I didn’t like it as a kid’.
There are negative habits that can be changed, if you will, such as not eating a nutritious breakfast, and instead expecting a cup of coffee and a slice of toast to suffice until lunch.
Make eating well your next healthy habit, an action that you do not have to labor with, and choose to add a new and nutritious food to your diet.
How about planning to include a protein and a fruit or vegetable each morning of the week before you dash off to work or school.
As you make the change listen closely to your body. Is there a different energy level you experience?
This is a great opportunity to learn, and test what food combinations or amounts make you most efficient.
Is there a boost in your focus, and less fogginess in your mind?
You may learn that having a few healthy snack options give you another boost of energy if you include a small meal before lunch.
Does your stomach make less noise around mid-morning?
Eating a healthy snack between meals takes the hunger pangs away, satiates your appetite, and provides nutrients. A great example is a handful of almonds or walnuts.
Healthy Habit Recommendation:
Venture over to Food Comparison:Two Foods (www.twofoods.com).
This is a great site to compare two food choices that you have and see how the measure up in terms of nutrients in a given serving size.
Using this Nutrition Tool to help in your Food Selection Thought Process can help establish Healthy Eating Habits.