Why do I choose to live a healthy life?
I’d be lying if I said it had nothing to do with appearance…because that is where it all began for me. Many of you know my body image struggle story, and if you don’t–you can read about it here.
Ultimately, striving to look good is our human nature…but the older (and wiser, hopefully) I get, the more I realize it does not matter so much how I look but how I feel that is important.
I physically don’t feel good when I eat greasy fast food–it makes me bloated and gives me a headache. I don’t physically feel good when I don’t exercise–instead, I feel weak and fatigued. I mentally don’t feel good when I don’t talk to God throughout the day–instead I feel empty and worthless.
I feel good when I take time for my meals by planning them out–ensuring I get enough wholesome nutrition packed in throughout the day. I feel good when I listen to contemporary christian music on the way to work and talk to God before heading in the office. I feel good when I drink enough water during the day–not only does it help with fatigue and headaches, but also helps with hunger ques, preventing headaches, muscle soreness, and of course–digestion…
I feel good when I poop! I had to say it! It is not normal to be constantly bloated and constipated. We should be be having daily, regular bowel movements. It is important for digestion and gut health. Eat fiber (25-35 grams per day) and drink plenty of water–that is the cure!
I feel better when I know that what I am putting into my body is going to help prevent me from developing chronic diseases and inflammation. I feel better when I exercise to gain muscle and strength to perform better in my activities of daily living. I feel better when I exercise because it releases endorphins–the happy hormones.
I feel good physically, mentally, and spiritually when I live a healthy, balanced life. Does it happen everyday? No. I am constantly struggling and there is always room for improvement.
You see, there are far more benefits to living a healthy lifestyle because of how it makes you feel rather than how it makes you look…the way you look is just a bonus from living a healthy life. When you can truly live a healthy life, you will not only feel good about yourself, but you will outwardly look good, too—because you have balance, happiness, and a healthy lifestyle.
Why do you choose to live a healthy life? I’d love to hear what you do to keep your lifestyle healthy.
Until Next Time,
Katrina Detter, RD, LDN