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There is always room for improvement. We need the gentle reminder to live a healthy life by understanding the nature of wholeness in each of the seven areas and in the way they come together in balance.
This is why Church Health Reader uses the Model for Healthy Living as our anchor and organizes all our resources around it. By providing innovative, inspiring and practical ideas for living a healthier life, we hope to give God thanks for what God first gave us.
Faith — Building a relationship with God, your neighbors and yourself. Medical — Partnering with your health care provider to manage your medical care. Spurlock learned that you can lighten your load by steering clear of fast food.
Instead try opting for fresh, organic, bio-friendly food. Fruits and vegetables offer your body a host of benefits — vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, fiber, and a better chance at avoiding cancer. According to the American Institute for Cancer research, diets that contain substantial and varied amounts of fruits and vegetables may potentially prevent 20 percent or more of the cases of cancer each year. The average American today consumes pounds of sugar each year, compared to 10 pounds two hundred years ago.
Unfortunately sugar contributes to a multitude of health problems.
Research indicates that consuming meat, dairy products, and fats have a negative impact on our bodies. These authors indicate that a plant based diet fruits, vegetables, beans, seeds, whole grains are the best for our bodies. In this way, I can make healthier decision about what I need and want. Truth is, when I listen through mindful eating, I make better choices, eat less and feel more satisfied. Like most other women in Western culture, I experience all kinds of thoughts and feelings while eating, and not all are pleasant. With mindful eating, I note the positive and negative messages I tell myself, acknowledge any judgments, fears or the numbness that is sometimes there when I eat.
While eating mindfully, I can observe and let those experiences go in the moment. This deepens the practice of releasing judgment but the increased awareness of thoughts and feelings can later spur me on to address areas for growth and healing as I am ready.
I believe the practice of mindful eating can transform any experience with food into one that promotes peace, increased nourishment and deepened spiritual connection. The Center for Vitality and Balance can support you in the pursuit of creating a healthy relationship to food and ultimately your whole being — body, mind, and spirit.
Psychotherapy is a helpful tool to explore the origins of negative thinking which causes challenges with body image and self-perception.