Well, I have not been the picture of health this week, that's for sure... I feel like about the furthest thing from health after a full week of a terrible flu like I have never had before in my life including insane body aches, nausea, headaches, chills, sweats, no appetite, followed up with a throat infection and crazy-lady cough! That's right, it's almost been a full week of laying around my house, sleeping, watching Netflix, and feeling uggy... which is A LOT for me! If I ever get sick, I usually feel it might take two days tops to get back to real life, but this has really knocked me out! Trying to see the positives, it did give me a bit (or a lot) of time to think... about life, health, illness, after watching Homecoming - Beyonce, and more!
A few years ago I know I made a little YouTube video while sick about making sure you're staying healthy when you're trying to cure and illness. So many times, we reach for comfort foods to ease our pain, but really at these weak times, we need to be reaching for the power foods and supplements that will pull us out of our sickness and fight off all the yuck! Bad carbs and sugars will just feed any illness or infection making it worse, so we need to be reaching for the greens and superfoods instead to assist us in fighting off viruses and getting and keeping us in health. When you start thinking this way, you really start thinking about food and nutrients as your allied partner in your lifelong health, not just a means to a bikini bod or something... thinking beyond "what should I eat to lose those last five pounds" and more towards "what fuel will make my body energized and feeling great throughout my lifetime?" It puts you in a much more long-term and powerful mindset. Of course your outward appearance is going to reflect what amazingly healthful foods you're fuelling your body with, that will be a bonus, but the real prize is actually health and wellbeing! I think sometimes this isn't sexy or exciting sounding enough for people (definitely my younger self), but whether it's getting sick or just growing up, the message is sent to me loud and clear over and over! I find this new mindset of eating for health and longevity (rather than just appearance-based goals) also makes eating healthy food a super-powerful and empowering experience!
Eating for health is a little more abstract than attaining a certain body, weight, or dress size, but think about some exciting life/health goals and how you can remind yourself often of them to keep you on that awesome path of health! Let me know what you do to stay excited about inner HEALTH!!!
Fitness YouTuber, bellydancer, fitness addict, mom, and author of Loving Yourself Fit!