Friday, January 6, 2017

Obesity now a global epidemic: Why and what we can do about it

It seems like most people today will fall victims to the lose fat as fast as possible schemes surfacing over the internet and abroad. The fact of the matter is if they did actually work we wouldn't be in a global obesity epidemic as we speak. Since the global spread of high fat no nutritional value fast food restaurants and products, obesity has now become a global problem and not one which is only subject to wealthier countries.

There are many additional causes for this problem which will be discussed here. It is my intention to help you become a believer in healthy weight management programs and not lose fat quick schemes by understanding the TRUE roots of the obesity epidemic.

If you go into any major grocery chain especially in the US, you will notice a small produce section most likely on the side of the store or near to the front, and an overwhelmingly large "everything else" section. Organic, high octane, close to the earth food is not valued any more as it was and many people just wouldn't know what to do with them either.

Home economics are rare in schools, kids grow up knowing very little about home and family life. How to cook, how to bring up their children, how to become organically-minded. This becomes a problem later in life when the children become adults and have little education and understanding of what makes a good quality of life. It then becomes a generational thing until someone breaks the chain. If this is in your own family I challenge you to break the chain if you haven't done so already.

You can start by making a commitment to a better long-lasting quality of life. Think about what this will look like to you and why it will be beneficial in the long run. Yet at the same time don't focus all of your attention on the end result but seek to learn from the experience as you go along. This way you are truly building a foundation for health by knowing how to tackle a myriad of setbacks that may arise.

Take part in a well-rounded whole body/mind fitness and wellness program (I offer that here) one which focuses on multiple areas of your life not just one and ignoring all the others. Being skinny does not assure happiness or health. There are many thin people who are in no ways healthy or happy, so don't obsess over your weight as the main indicator of success.

The obesity epidemic is also fueled by societies obsession with external gratification and appearances. Leading countless people to become chronic yo-yo dieters lining the pockets of the medical and diet industry which sell based on ego, and not something long-lasting. Become a seeker of quality. 

The world is flooded with constant stimulus and ego-based advertising. Become a seeker of quality and don't fall victim to the "get rich quick" scams. Know that you are far more valuable than "just a pretty face." There is an obsession with celebrity culture which fuels people to seek after a perfect "image" forgetting that health and well being is far more valuable than an outward appearance. Your outward appearance will improve naturally, it's not your main goal or prerogative because you are seeking something greater than just that.

When we look beyond what we have been forced-fed to believe and go deeper within ourselves, we discover the true source of health and happiness. No longer do we endlessly struggle with this diet or that. But we live the lifestyle which becomes naturally obtainable to us. We go back to the source. Whole foods, active lifestyles, deeper meaning; a well-rounded quality of life

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Where is your peak? Are you rushing to your peak or taking it all in?

A little over 2 years ago my husband and I visited Pikes Peak in Colorado. Since then I've carried those mountains with me and think about them often. So today I propose the question, "where is your peak?" Meaning are you really thinking enough about your goals or are you just rushing around from here to there. I don't want you to think only about the physical goals, but are you mentally at your peak? Spiritually? Do you see that these things are connected? Body/Mind/Soul. One affects the other and so on. First off is it something that you're seeking after?

Society I think today is very torn. Not knowing whether to just give up and accept whatever or to act and make some kind of difference. I believe we also individually have that choice. I don't think one over the other is particularly bad depending on the situation. There is a certain sense of detachment with the first, and attachment to something better in the second. We are dependent attachment-centered beings. We want affection from others, acceptance, it's how we have survived since the beginning of time.

Detachment though is a spiritual and also a mental skill. It is a skill which when developed properly can help us. Start thinking about where you are now and what you believe yourself to be capable of. Make room for adjustments and DETACH yourself from the immediate outcome. This way you are learning from the process, and taking in all the experiences which come with it. If you simply rush to the end you wont be satisfied in all areas because you have not given them time to be known to you. You'll reach the end and feel a temporary sense of satisfaction and then be wondering what happened.

When my husband and I visited Pikes peak we drove on the highway which takes you to the highest point accessible to a car but we chose to turn around before we reached the top. Maybe perhaps we were leaving it undone for a reason to complete at a later time. Now when I think about visiting again its exciting to imagine what the top may look like. But also there is a certain sense of satisfaction that we took the time to truly experience the mountain for what it was. We probably could have made it to the top (even if our car was getting a bit shaky) but we knew it wasn't only about that.