Good Nutrition as the Foundation of the Self-Actualized Individual

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Good Nutrition as the Foundation of the Self-Actualized Individual
There are many reasons we make an effort to improve our diet. We want to lose weight, feel more energetic, have better sex, look good naked, increase our lifespan, etc... These are all great goals associated with good nutrition, but we often overlook some of the other less obvious, but extremely rewarding benefits of eating healthy.

What we put in our body is the foundation for good health and there is a synergistic relationship between your health and every other area of your life: whether that be in your professional life, personal life or just in your overall happiness.

When you fuel your body with healthy and nourishing foods, it will operate at a higher capacity. Your thoughts will be clearer, allowing you to make smart decisions and take the right action in other areas of your life.
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Being in the moment (which is synonymous with presence), is the highest level of consciousness you can achieve. In this state, everything is clearer. Your judgment isn’t clouded by emotions. You become more self-aware and better able to make the most of all situations.

With improved mental clarity being in the moment becomes routine. Being in the moment (which is synonymous with presence), is the highest level of consciousness you can achieve. In this state, everything is clearer. Your judgment isn’t clouded by emotions. You become more self-aware and better able to make the most of all situations.

It can be difficult to believe that good nutrition can have such a profound effect. To fully understand the benefit of this improved mental state, you must first experience it. After eating healthy foods for two to three weeks, your body and mind operate at peak levels.

We have all had those days when we wake up and can’t wait to get right back into bed.

…But waking up exhausted is abnormal! We should be waking up with excitement and energy, ready to take on our day. When your body is fueled with the essential nutrients it needs, this is a default state.

In Discovering the Mind Body Connection, we learned more about how our mind and body relate with each other. When our body is treated well (i.e. proper nutrition and regular exercise), our mind functions much better. When we treat our mind properly (e.g. performing mentally challenging activities, meditating and/or providing ourselves with opportunities for relaxation) our body begins to function at a greater capacity. When both are fueled optimally, the result becomes synergistic.

It is incredibly easy to rationalize procrastinating on your diet and health.
  • “I don’t have the time to prepare healthy meals. I’d rather spend that time working more on this work project. Once this project is finished I’ll stop eating fast food and start eating better.”
  • “I feel embarrassed working out in front of people. People will laugh at how out of shape I am. If only I had more confidence I’d be able to get in shape.”
  • “I’m too tired when I get back from work. I don’t have the energy to prepare a nutritious meal. I’d rather spend that time having a nap.”
  • “After I get my finances handled, I’ll start focusing more on my diet and getting in shape.”
  • “Once I settle into a relationship, I’ll have more time and energy to focus on eating better.”
  • “My roommates all eat unhealthy. It’s hard to resist unhealthy food when you’re surrounded by it everywhere. I just don’t have enough willpower.”
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The huge pitfall in this way of thinking is we are replacing important activities and tasks with our dedication to improving our health. What we don’t realize is that many of these things become much easier to handle when our health is taken care of.
The list of excuses is infinitely long and diverse. The huge pitfall in this way of thinking is we are replacing important activities and tasks with our dedication to improving our health. What we don’t realize is that many of these things become much easier to handle when our health is taken care of. As aforementioned above, the relationship between optimal health and other aspects of our lives are intimately related.

Starting a diet isn’t as hard as we make it out to be, and with the right information, maintaining it over a long period of time is just as simple. You must always be completely honest with yourself. Don’t expect to eat perfectly 100% of the time. This is an unrealistic expectation. The goal is to eat extremely healthy 80% of the time. Combine this approach with proper exercise, and achieving your fitness goals becomes a breeze.
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