The key to lifestyle change, including everything from losing weight, reversing chronic disease, to simply feeling more energetic or feeling younger, is to know your body, heart and mind — and to make lifestyle changes that work for you.
There is no “right” answer or approach that works for everyone. But there is a right answer for you, and the path to finding it is “awareness.
The 4 Elements of Awareness
- Body in space
- External influences
- Expectations and motivations
- Root cause
These four elements of awareness overlap and support you to find complete solutions. Each piece of the puzzle, each element of awareness, helps you learn more so that you can make more informed decisions about your lifestyle, goals, and the changes you want to make.
#1 Developing Awareness of Your Body in Space
As you sit right now, can you connect with your toes? What about your ankles? Go deeper. Are you aware of your heart in your chest? Can you sit still and feel it beating? Look at your hands, can you feel each finger without moving them or touching something?
If you can’t, close your eyes and try again. Try tensing the area that you want to feel and then relax it. For example, clench your fists and relax them. Close your eyes and focus on the sensation in your hands.
Why is this important?
We tend to disconnect from our bodies when we’re uncomfortable in them. Think about it; as a country, we spend BILLIONS of dollars on medications to quiet symptoms in our body — signs that something is wrong. I’m talking about:
- NSAIDs like Tylenol and Ibuprofen.
- Stomach aids like Tums and Pepcid
- And so much more
You could make an argument that 80% or more of the drugs we take are treating symptoms rather than addressing the cause and eliminating the underlying disease or health problem. This isn’t healthy. This doesn’t support good health and often causes more health problems that can make it more difficult to “get healthy” and lose weight.
Here’s a quick scenario that I’ve seen countless times.
Suzy has pain in her hands and ankles. She takes ibuprofen several times a day and it helps relieve the pain. A year later she begins having stomach upset after she eats, so she starts taking a proton pump inhibitor like Pepcid. Several years later, she is in the hospital with IBS, needing gallbladder surgery, or having developed cognitive issues. Ultimately, if Suzy had been taught be aware of her body, she may have made the connection early on between the pain she has in her ankles and hands to the food that she’s eating. There are many foods that can trigger, in some people, an autoimmune response that can result in rheumatoid arthritis. Instead, the pain was covered up with NSAIDS, which damaged her intestinal lining and stomach lining. This caused digestive issues, which led to nutrient deficiencies, an inflammatory response and an inability to remember things, focus, sleep and more.
This is a common pattern played out every day in the U.S. I’ve watched it in my own family. I’ve fallen into this pattern myself. There’s no judgment here. The goal is to empower YOU to become more aware of your body and make connections so that you can treat the cause rather than the symptoms.
Becoming aware of your body and making connections requires a higher degree of awareness than you’ve probably practiced up until now.
It’s time to start connecting with your body!
How many times have you tried to eat healthier, lose weight, or get into shape — only to fail?
It’s a common challenge, and everyone who has ever tried to change their health habits has failed at least once and probably several times. So, what’s going on?
The answer is because we haven’t figured out the best path forward as an individual, unique person. And to do that you need a good sense of self-awareness.