I have had many people ask me “Why do you want to be so healthy, we are not going to make it out of here alive anyway? Might as well enjoy life right?” Here is a little tough love. Everyone has different perspectives, needs, and wants in their life. If you want to indulge in junk food, drinking a bunch of alcohol, and other bad habits, to enjoy and cope with life, that is totally up to you. However, let me give you another perspective. My perspective.
I know when I am feeling like crap, I don’t feel like doing anything. All I want to do is lay on the couch and watch TV. For me, I find that to be a waste. Junk food makes me feel like crap. I want to be able to live life to its fullest. I want to be able to keep up with my future grandchildren. If I can help it, I want to prevent myself from having to be in a nursing home for the last decade of my life. Living a long time is great and all, however my biggest goal in life is to live a high-quality life. When I am on my deathbed, I want to be able to say, I lived my life to its fullest. I just don’t think I can say that if I am treating my body like crap.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not perfect. I still consume chocolate and cookies from time to time and I can be lazy. I have my guilty pleasures, you have to in life. However, I try to balance it out as much as possible.
A few years ago Western Medicine failed me, so I turned to living a holistic lifestyle. It changed everything for me. Living a holistic lifestyle has given me control of my anxiety and migraines. My severe anxiety is gone, I do get anxious here and there, but that is because I am a human. When I do get anxious, I have the tools to keep it under control. I get a migraine about once every two to three years. As I write this I am 42 years old and I am on no medication. I often forget my age.
Here is a list of why I choose a holistic lifestyle (I focus more on nutrition, so this list is going to be more geared for nutrition. Someone who focuses on the mindset or spiritual part of holistic health might have a slightly different list) :
1. Living a holistic lifestyle helps you to find the root cause of your struggles. Western medicine just suppresses the symptoms. I strongly believe that western medicine is needed, but I also believe that as a society we are way overmedicated and unnecessarily removing organs (sometimes needed, but not always).
2. Holistic health treats the whole being. Mind, body, and soul. A few years ago when I was struggling with severe anxiety, it wasn’t just one thing that was causing it. My mindset was in a really bad place. My body wasn’t strong enough to handle all the stress I was under and my soul was broken. I had to heal all three so I could manage my anxiety.
3. Holistic health is also all about healing as naturally as possible. I believe that one of the greatest tragedies is that we are becoming more and more disconnected from the earth. If you start paying attention the more disconnected that we get you might notice that people are getting more and more unhealthy, more and more obese, and losing their instincts/Intuition. The earth also provides us with natural medicine. “Let thy food be thy medicine……” right.
4. Living a holistic lifestyle helps you listen to your body. Your body can’t speak so it is sending you messages in the form of symptoms when something isn’t right. From my experience when you have a lot of toxins in your body, it’s really hard to tell what your body is trying to tell you. However, when you remove toxins, it becomes clearer and clearer. For example, when I get a headache this is usually my body’s way of saying I need to drink more water. So I drink more water. If I am experiencing brain fog, this is usually my body’s way of telling me I indulged in too much sugar. So I cut the sugar.
5. Holistic Health encourages having food be your medicine as much as possible along with herbal medicine. In my opinion ‘food medicine’ and herbal medicine for the most part is way more delicious than Western Medicine.
6. Holistic Health is pretty much customized. The only thing holistic health really pushes is to remove as many toxins as possible. Some holistic nutritionists/health coaches try to push veganism, which is a pet peeve of mine. We are all different, we come from different cultures and backgrounds. We have different genetics, blood type, and beliefs. What works best for me isn’t going to work best for you.
7. Most people think that living a healthy lifestyle is expensive. In this long run, it’s way more inexpensive. If you treat your body right, this means fewer doctor visits and less medication.
As you can tell, holistic health has a huge impact on my life!