Listening to our bodies

Rachel - Duluth, Minnesota
Entered on February 18, 2009
Age Group: 18 - 30
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I believe in a healthy body. The saying “you are what you eat” really hits home to me. I only have one body to last my lifetime, and I believe in taking the best care I can of it. I think that what I eat, and how I treat my body can help heal, restore, and make for a better life.

I was raised to eat only wholesome foods. We rarely had junk food around the house and everything was homemade. I never realized how lucky I was because when I was a kid of course all I wanted was the “good” food (the junk food). To my siblings and me, a bag of chips was divine and having candy in the house was like a holiday. As I grow older I am so thankful for the way we lived. My parents taught us all the value of good food and healthy bodies.

Three years ago I made the decision to stop eating meat, with the exception of poultry and fish. My mother had just been diagnosed with colon cancer and it threw me into a really health- conscious phase. I had done a lot of reading and research and realized it was something I must do to live a healthier life. At first, it was a struggle. It took a while for my family and I to adjust to my new lifestyle. Even still, I pursued my belief and the outcome was beneficial. After a few months, I could already see and feel the changes. My skin glowed, my hair shined, and my body was looking and feeling better every day. A few months ago I decided to cut out meat all together. I was influenced by some vegetarian friends, and also the thought of being “clean.” Some people don’t understand why I would stop eating meat. To me, it’s an emotional decision as well as physical. I feel closer to the earth and more aware of things in a way.

My parents also taught my siblings and me the importance of exercise and prevention from sickness. To me, medicine should be taken only in desperate measures. What can aspirin do that water, rest, and peppermint tea cannot? I would rather be healing my pains the organic way than popping pills. I also believe Exercise has a huge role in attaining a healthy life. Not only for the physical aspects, but it also releases stress and other toxins that build up. I enjoy walks and bike rides on a daily basis, and I strongly encourage everyone to do so.

Our bodies talk to us every day. Telling us what it likes and dislikes. I think that if we listen to what our body is saying, we might have to make a few adjustments. I like to think of my body as my favorite possession. I want it to be in good condition for as long as possible. That means I must exercise it, feed it well, and show it a lot of loving every day.