|Not "nice to have" but "must have" if I want to avoid sickness.|
Netflix is to blame this time. I was browsing the documentary section and have decided that at least once a week I am going to watch a documentary on health. Whether it is about Diabetes or educating myself about our food supply, exercise or weight loss I resolve to learn something different and more importantly listen and re-educate myself. I have to learn how to take better care of myself even if that means taking myself back to the very building block basics that I probably should have learned as a kid, but didn't.
"Hungry for Change" (it's also available on YouTube) was the documentary I watched last night. The way they delivered the information for some reason just worked for me. It's not as though they really presented new information that I had never heard before, but more that the format of the documentary had the effect of going straight to the core of me.
Here is some of what I took away from that documentary that resonated:
- While I am eating a tonne of food, my body is essentially starving as I am not providing it with the essential nutrients it needs for cellular health
- I am always hungry because it is my body's way of continually requesting the stuff it's not getting. This is a primal dynamic. It knows that it is starving and so it wants to keep me hungry so that I keep foraging. It hopes I pick better quality stuff.
- It isn't just a "good idea" to get my proper dose of fruits and veggies. I'm going to get sick, lose my eyesight and sustain organ and cellular damage if I don't. There is a cost to running the human body on fumes.
- My body wants to detox. Every day it tries to. It's natural goal is to be healthy. What negates this is everything I put into my mouth that is laden with chemicals, toxins or zero nutrition.
Immediate action includes a conscious dedication to putting more nutrition back into my edible diet. no more yo-yo dieting. No more feeling crappy about myself for being over weight. These negative things don't improve health but actually help to negate it.
- Going to start using my Vita Mix again to make smoothies and juice from mostly vegetables. I'm going to make sure I am drinking that pitcher of juice every day to help my body remove toxins while giving it the nutrition I need to survive healthfully.
- Going to get outside (even for an hour) each day. I'm recovering from a surgery so I can't do the power walks right now or have my dogs tugging at me, but I can go for a slow walk or cruise around the deck and get some sunlight.
- Rather than creating an environment of deprivation I'm just going to focus on 1) Water 2) Sunlight and 3) Veggies
There was a very large detailed and uncomfortable piece about the dangers of aspartame. I will write about that in another post. It saddens me because I get so much pleasure from my Diet Pepsi, but I'm too smart to avoid the irrefutable evidence. That stuff is poison and I am addicted. Much like the way I quit smoking, I need to address this dangerous addiction asap.
A great start to the week though. Fresh perspective and like a nerd, I caught myself smiling at myself in the mirror today. A small promise to take better care of myself starts with loving myself enough to think I'm worth the effort. And I think I finally feel that way.
Weight: 223 lbs