You cannot live in this world without encountering unreasonable demands and pressures. We are not meant to take on the role of superheroes attempting the impossible everyday. Our bodies are amazing laboratories working hard to maintain homeostasis – balance at a cellular level. However, if we push ourselves beyond reason we will experience health diminishing imbalance?
Overdoing results in fat, fatigue and frazzle.
I have recently discovered in my own life how pushing myself beyond my limits inevitably leads directly to over indulging which results in feeling fat, fatigued and frazzled. Then the guilt piles up and to rectify myself the insane cycle of overdoing and over giving starts all over again. Example of how this may play out; You are not a superhero. You are a human being and not a machine. You know deep down you are not meant to be running 90 miles an hour non-stop? To your dismay you discover that the endless “to do list” has taken up residence in your head? Or worse you’re so tired you can’t sleep? You’ve forgotten what your passions & perhaps even your basic needs are because of the demands of work, family and a myriad of other obligations taking the forefront. You drive yourself beyond reason. You may find yourself skipping meals then over indulging later. You may be wondering why you’re not in better shape from all the running you do?
Often when our life is out of balance our food is too. Perhaps you’re eating on the run or choosing “fast food” never really fueling your body with sound nutrition. Or worse we try to bring balance by using mood altering substances which, let’s face it, invites more imbalance. The reason this occurs is because your brilliant physiological processes in the body are working hard every minute day and night to achieve homeostasis or balance. That’s it’s job. Unfortunately, temporary desperate balancing attempts can look like depleting food choices and mind altering substances which sabotage the crucial balance that the body is desperately trying to maintain.
When any area of your life is out of balance, such as the speed of life, exercise, mindset, relationships, fresh air, etc. The body does it’s best to compensate for this imbalance by turning to food. And so…Life Imbalance usually shows up in your eating habits, overuse of caffeine and mood altering substances. When there is an imbalance in the busyness in your life there is usually an equal and opposite imbalance in what you’re consuming.
“We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list.”
— Michelle Obama, former First Lady
Balance is a Choice
Could it really be that simple? Could a serious inventory of your busyness be in order? Only you can answer this.
It takes great support to step out of the striving and driving and slow down to take inventory of our lives. You may truly believe that you cannot take a moment to examine your life. Ask yourself do I want to live my life in peace, with purpose and passion or do I want to remain on this passion depleting treadmill going nowhere fast?
Take a Mini Inventory
- Career – do you have meaningful work that inspires you and fulfills your unique purpose?
- Relationships – do you have loving relationships that allow you to connect with others?
- Physical Activity – are exercise and movement part of your life; do you have an activity that you enjoy?
- Spirituality – do you make time for prayer, meditation or a spiritual practice?
- Life Speed – is the pace of your life so busy that you feel out of control?
1. Where you are currently experiencing imbalance.
2. Choose just one area of imbalance that you wish to rebalance.
3. Take a moment in quiet reflection and list three steps that occur to you which may alleviate the imbalance.
4. Choose just one of your three action steps that you are willing to practice over the next week or two.
5. Let go of the results; Do it daily for 7 – 14 days and watch as you experience a marked reduction in unhealthy habits and cravings.
Upgrade your butter and salad dressing with extra virgin olive oil. If you’re like me making your own salad dressing doesn’t happen every week. When time is short these tips below will elevate your choices.
- Put a 1/2 c. organic olive oil and mix well with 3/4 c. soft or melted organic butter. Store in a container and refrigerate. Very spreadable and delicious. Option; add in 1/2 tsp vanilla and 1/2 tsp cinnamon while butter/olive oil mixture is soft.
- Better yet spread avocado on your sprouted grain toast in the morning. Avocado is the monounsaturated queen of healthy fats.
- Can’t seem to get give up that store bought salad dressing? Choose an organic brand with less or no added sugar. Pour 1/2 of the dressing into a separate screw top jar. Fill both containers to the top with organic olive oil and mix. You now have a healthier version of dressing. If you like add a tablespoon of vinegar to the mix. Refrigerate and shake well before serving.
This also aids in weight loss as you will more than likely eat less due to the feeling of fullness that these higher quality healthy fats provide.
Follow the above formula to combat the disease of chronic busyness. You will be stressed less and less, sleep better, lose weight naturally, improve memory, have more energy and more passion no matter your age and become more purpose-filled, centered and peaceful.
It’s true – our brain & heart cannot function smoothly without healthy fats. Monounsaturated fat has been associated with reduced inflammation and shown to have beneficial effects on genes linked to cancer.
Omitting healthy fats contributes to inflammation and memory issues. Remember to add a healthy fat to every meal. This will satiate you physically so you’ll be less likely to reach for all too convenient hydrogenated fillers. I have found stocking my home with avocados, extra virgin olive oil and organic nuts and nut butters will satisfy just about any craving.