Many of you know my story. Which part? you may ask because there are many components of my story, but my heart scare story. The part of my story that caused me to seek out my doctor due to burning in my chest which revealed a 99% blockage in an artery in my heart! Yep that one! It’s been over a year and I still struggle with accepting that part of my story – but that’s another blog!
As a Health Coach I instruct people that if you exercise, eat clean, find balance in your life than you will be healthy. You will ward off disease, you will have more energy, you will lose weight, you will be vibrant, you will even be free of pain. But what happens when that is not the case? What about those times in life when you are doing “everything right” and you still get a bad diagnosis? You still struggle day in and day out with pain. You see the numbers on the scale continue to rise! It really can cause you to want to toss out all the health and say, “Screw it – I might as well just eat what I want!! Why am I working so hard to stay healthy when I STILL feel like crap!”
This has really been a struggle for me and I have contemplated this greatly over this past year. I have personally felt that way with my health – I eat well, I exercise, I am trying to do “everything right” – and BAM! I get hit with heart disease – WHAT? That’s not fair! I have met with clients who can’t seem to budge their weight no matter what they do. We leave scratching our heads and wondering – “what now?” I hear stories of friends, despite all their attempts to do it all right, are still battling pain day in and day out. We can scream and stomp our feet and yell, “That’s not fair.” After all shouldn’t it be if you do A + B you get C? That’s what makes sense. So what happens when what seems to make sense doesn’t in your healthy habits?
\This is my conclusion – probably an ever evolving conclusion, but one that puts my mind at ease for now.
1 – We are never promised in this life that if you do A + B you get C. We have created that belief, we want that to happen, it’s how our minds work of what makes sense. So the first thing to do is re-shape that belief and begin to live in the present moment. All I have, what any of us has is this space in this second. So what can you do in each second of each day to make THAT time in space the best it can be?
2 – We eat for fuel. As I continue study how our body digests and breaks down foods I am left in complete awe. Our cells are created to renew and replenish and provide life and energy for our bodies. So I want to make sure I feed it the best possible sources of food so my cells can be the healthiest they can be. By eating “clean” I am doing my part to provide my body the nutrients it needs, to help build a strong base to give it the best possible nutrients to be able to fight off illness and disease. Does this always work? No, but remember, we are not guaranteed a long life. So in the days we have here – why not fuel ourselves in the best possible way to give our bodies the best chance at fighting disease and illness and living out our God designed purpose!
3 – The more mindful we live the happier we can be. I mean this. So many times we hurry though our lives going, going, going and not being present. Not being aware of how we are feeling. We have no time to be tired – if we are, we drink caffeine and push through. If we get sick we take something to make us feel better and push through, we are tired at the end of the day and haven’t worked out so we push through our tiredness and bust it out in the gym. The more we live like this the more desensitized we become to what our bodies truly need. What if you needed to remove something from your plate and say NO more often in order to go to bed earlier, in order to be more refreshed in the morning? What if when we got sick, we took a sick day and gave our body what it needs – REST. What if we honor our bodies when we are tired and do a lighter, calmer workout like Yoga instead of a high intensity class. A challenge I give myself and my clients is how can you begin to breath and check in with your body and ask – what does my body need right now?
As I look back on what I could have done differently in my past, it would be to apply this concept of a mindfulness practice. I was burning the wick at both ends and my body couldn’t take it anymore. When we don’t listen to our bodies when they are trying to speak to us, we are not honoring them and they eventually will scream at us.
Now just because you practice mindfulness still doesn’t guarantee a disease free life, but it can help you love the life you have NOW and help you become grateful for the present moment. By listening well our bodies will talk to us and love us back. It will thank you for feeding it healthy food, it will calm down when you exercise in a way that honors it, it will speak to you when you slow down enough to tune in to what it is it is telling you. What a beautiful existence.
So there can be many other issues that cause disease, pain, weight gain, weight loss etc. but I have come to rest in the knowledge of what my health would be like now if I HAND’T eaten well prior to my heart incident, if I HADN’T exercised prior. That was a life changing moment for me and as I allowed my body the time and space to heal – it did. Today I am able to run, to play, to climb, to bike, to stretch to live life! I am deeply grateful for that! I don’t always feel perfect each day, but I eat well to feel well and alive. I exercise to keep my heart as strong as I can, I meditate to listen and tune in and I am grateful!
I would love for you to share with me how you keep your heart healthy. How you have dealt with the disappointment in your life of a diagnosis that rocked your world.
If you feel like you need help and support to learn how to dig deep, listen, create a healthy plate, figure out the best exercise for you and/or how to support your emotions and health naturally, visit my site at www.beautifullydesignedwellness.com. I would love to help you uncover how you can radiate your beautiful life!