Health is everything
Have you ever known a ridiculously happy successful person who was not healthy? Most likely you haven’t. Without health, you cannot be as productive, energetic, or as driven as you would be if health was at your core. It’s hard to experience all life has to offer when you are living in chronic pain, fatigued, or depressed. Even if you have amazing experiences happening all around you, bad health gets in the way every time. Human growth is stunted when you have to focus on some bodily or mental ailment.
Maslow’s hierarchy of needs states we cannot be self-actualized humans reaching our full potential until we have our fundamental need for food, water, and health in place.
I am not sure Maslow meant until we eat a lot of refined sugar, processed foods, and drink a lot of alcohol and pop. Yet this is what most people put at the bottom of their pyramid.
This is the basis for everything else. How can we move up from this pile of crap we have as our building block? Are we satisfied being tired, bloated, and sick? I doubt it. I am not shaming anyone. This is what our culture has become. No one makes a conscious decision to follow the most unhealthy diet possible and get sick. Little by little, day by day, we get bombarded with messages form childhood about what to eat. The problem is the FDA food pyramid was loaded with carbs at the bottom and fruits and vegetables were more of an afterthought. This way of eating only set us up for cravings for more carbs and sugar. Lets face it, sugar tastes REALLY good, and companies are very aware of this. Their main job is to get you HOOKED and hooked we are! At what expense though? Is it worth your self actualization?
Is following a diet of chemical crap really more important then realizing your dreams and full potential? I would have to say a resounding HECK NO!
Lets face it, change is hard people. If it was easy we would all be fighting crowds just to get a spot in the gym every morning, waiting in line to get first dibs on the new broccoli delivery, and throwing out our TV's so we have more room to read in our living room. For some possibly spiritual reason, universally it appears anything worth having seems to take work. Not the kind of work like chanting to crystals and praying to a vision board. Change seems to be the catalyst for growth. Its not easy, but it is doable. Once you make one change, then another, and another.. you slowly move up the pyramid. Without realizing it eventually will get to the top!
The top of yourself.
Reaching your full potential.
Oh the possibilities!
Melissa is the Author of Healing Through the Pain How I overcame Interstitial Cystitis. She writes about health (physical, emotional and spiritual) from a vulnerable place, after overcoming Interstitial Cystitis and still battling emotional illness. She is passionate about helping women realize their ability to make changes and move forward from difficult situations in their lives.
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