The body is so incredible.
From conception, to birth, through growth and development, all the way into adulthood and onward, the body supports you through every stage of life. It is the vehicle of which you experience the riches that life has to offer. Through the senses, you can enjoy sight, sound, aroma, flavor, and touch. When the body becomes ill or dysfunctional, there are so many processes and systems in place to heal and regenerate itself. Every cell in your body all serve the single purpose of maintaining your livelihood.
It’s… so amazing.
Consider the body to be your true home. It is the only thing that is guaranteed to you while you are here, experiencing life on Earth. And, lucky you, this home just so happens to want to protect you and your essence while you are housed within. So, just as you would clean and maintain your house, you should too take care of and cleanse your body.
A beautiful exchange!
The reason why it’s so important to take care of yourself and honor your body is because of how hard it works to take care of you. Having a body is a great responsibility, especially a body free from dysfunction and illness – that is a privilege in today’s world.
It is so, so important to nourish your body, maintain some level of activity, as well as make time for relaxation, in order to attain balance within the body and mind. Regardless of where you are in life or what resources are available to you, it is never too late to begin taking care of your body (or your self).
Like anything, it all begins with the intention to try.
My best advice when it comes to honoring the body is this:
- Eat to NOURISH. Make sure you’re eating enough fibre, enough phytonutrients, and getting enough water. This will make a huge difference in your well-being, whether you are vegan or not. Get your calories, macros, micros, and phytonutrients from as many whole foods and plant-based sources as possible.
- HYDRATE. Aim to drink a large glass of water as soon as you wake up, hydrating the organs after sleep. Sip water through out the day; avoid gulping large quantities at once. Maintain hydration through out the course of the day. Your body is made up of 50-75% water (depending on age). However, the brain itself is made up of 75% water. Drink…. water!
- Get active. If you have an office job or find yourself sitting more often than not, it’s time to get moving. Start walking. Low-impact activities, such as walking and light weight-lifting, are still incredibly effective at improving cardiovascular health and bone health, without stressing the joints. If you have an active job and are on your feet all day, then use your discretion here. Maybe you should seek a more restorative, balancing activity such as yoga or tai chi.
- Make time for REST. Don’t be stubborn; listen to the body. This applies for EVERYONE, even those who do sit for long periods. If you have an active lifestyle, especially one with a laborious job or heavy weight training, periods of rest are essential for muscle repair. Not to mention your mental health needs periods of rest and relaxation just as much as the body does. Consider trying a restorative yoga class or start meditating. Have you joined the Month of Mindfulness challenge with me yet? Check it out!
- Practice GRATITUDE. Thank your body for all that it does. Take time to appreciate your body, your strength, your health, your features. Be grateful for what you have, wherever you’re at. Even if it’s “not ideal” in your mind or maybe not where you’d like to be, just be grateful that you’re alive and your body has carried you this far. Acts of self-care are another way of showing gratitude to the body; take a Epsom salt bath, go for a walk, treat yourself to a massage, try a homemade face mask, etc.
- Understand that YOU ARE NOT YOUR BODY. You are much more than your body. Your body is simply the vehicle in which you experience physical life, remember? With this in mind, consider that… you cannot punish your body, and be at war with your body, and ever expect it to look or function the way you want it to. Your body will respond to the energy that you give it. When you hate your body, resent your body, and lose faith in it’s ability to heal and support you, then the body will begin to deteriorate.
Taking care of the body looks different to everyone. It’s safe to say that, thanks to the Internet, just about everyone has a different opinion on what diet and lifestyle is best. There is so much information out there, full of contradicting facts and biased research. It’s almost impossible to know what is real and true, versus what is paid propaganda.
After watching What the Health last night on Netflix, my partner and I have both committed to living healthier, whole-food plant-based lifestyles. It has inspired me to start including healthy, easy-peasy recipes on my blog, as well. I’ll be documenting and sharing our successes with budgeting, meal prep, health-ifying our favourite recipes, and more! It is our intention to share the possibilities that plants provide and demonstrate that it doesn’t have to be complicated, expensive, or boring to live healthfully (and compassionately).
I’m also really happy to announce that I’ve decided to start sharing FREE, short and simple yoga sequences that are easy to follow and easy to understand. If you have any requests for any sequences you’d like to see, I’d love to hear your thoughts! Yoga is an incredibly beneficial practice and can be made accessible to anyone with the right supports and cues. The sequences will be suitable for all levels, from beginners to advanced practitioners. I’m so, so excited for the projects ahead!
So many things to look forward to! So many more conversations to be had. So much to learn and so much to share.
Here is to making health understandable, accessible, and FREE for all. May you reclaim your health and take responsibility for your amazing body!