Health is a tricky thing. Who wouldn’t like to be healthier? It’s making the constant choices to get there that gets in the way sometimes. And it’s not even like we ever arrive at our perfect health.
Health is a choice that we make everyday. And even if we choose health today, or chose it yesterday, there are still plenty of health choices to be made in the future.
One of my favorite YouTube yoga instructors, Adriene (of Yoga with Adriene), says in her Detox Yoga video to set an intention for the practice. She gives a few examples that start with “I choose to…”. I like this intro to any intention.
You can write an intention at any moment of the day in your mind. Go ahead. Start with “I choose” and end with “whatever it is that you want in your life”.
I Choose To Create Health
This morning, the sentence “I choose to create health” came to my mind. I want to be healthier and I want to improve the health of the people on the planet starting with living by example.
I choose to create health is my way of saying that I choose better health for myself, and encompasses my hope that people around me will also be healthier. That there will be healthier restaurants everywhere and less reasons to not be healthy. That people, no matter where they live, will have access to healthy food and will choose health.
That feeling better will inspire us all to make the next healthy choice. That I will step out of my own comfort zone of making unhealthy choices to go with the flow, or because it seems easier or is tempting in the moment.
Health is a Possibility for Everyone
I want to break down the barriers to good health. There is so much conflicting misinformation out there about health. But I choose not to be discouraged by the mountain that is change.
Choosing health can seem impossible when we focus on all the reasons we can find to not be healthy. But McDonald’s exists, and sugar, and white flour, and if I don’t eat dairy, wouldn’t that be boring and weird? And it takes too much time to cook. And I don’t feel like it. And why bother.
I feel like I am still at the very beginning of my health journey, and I have come a long way. I still lapse back to the I don’t feel like it and why bother stages from time to time. And the way I feel is a direct reflection of it.
So maybe I have come further than I think. At least now I know when I’ve gone off track. I’m slowly piecing together the correlation between what I eat and how I feel, instead of feeling nothing. Or thinking that what I eat and how I move doesn’t matter.
Do you notice how what you eat impacts how you feel? Please share your thoughts!
image credit: photo taken at Lyfe Kitchen in Henderson, NV. They have a lot of locations – check it out!