Love Your Body

Knowing Better

Even after all these years, I’m still amazed at the number of us who continue to ignore the ‘loud and clear’ messages our body is constantly sending us. On the one hand, we claim to value our health but on the other, we continue to destroy it with terrible choices, habits and behaviours; mostly involving food, drugs (of various kinds), exercise and lifestyle. And we do this, despite knowing better.

Much better.

Then, after years of destroying our body and making ourselves sick, we curiously want someone or something to ‘fix’ us (quickly) with some kind of magic pill, program or procedure.

Good grief.

Mistreat your body for long enough and something’s gonna break. Maybe, forever. :(

A Stupid Plan

For most of us (not all), conditions like hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, arteriosclerosis, atherosclerosis, heart disease, lung cancer and bowel cancer are largely, if not, totally self-inflicted. For years, some of us have ignored the weight-gain, the shortness of breath, the exhaustion, the pain and a myriad of other signs and symptoms while waiting for the mythical ‘right time’ to take care of our physical selves. Such a stupid plan.

Yet so popular. :)

The human body (the place you live) is one of the most amazing biofeedback systems ever. It’s a super-computer that’s always relaying information to you; its operator. It’s brilliant, intelligent and adaptable. But only to a point. It’s constantly telling you what it does and doesn’t need – if only you would pay attention. It knows exactly what it needs even when you (the inhabitant) refuse to pay attention and take action.

Just in case you need to hear it again:

Dear You,

Please pay attention to your body. It matters.

A lot.

Love Craig x

Loving your body has nothing to do with ego and everything to do with gratitude, awareness and intelligence. :)

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Anonymous March 14, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Dear Craig
Will do. Thanks for your concern.
Love x

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Dragon March 14, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Such true words. So simple. Make better decisions.

It took me 12-18 months to get back to a healthy body. It took a lot of small steps to make a big change but when it boils down to it….eat better, move more, learn your body’s language and listen.

I still feel like I can make more positive change (maybe ego is starting to take over?). After watching the movie you suggested a while back I have started having a juice blend of fruit and vegies for lunch and a light dinner. I feel full for longer, more energy after lunch and more stable moods across the day…

I eat less but what I eat has better nutritional value (macro and micro nutrients :) ) I do take some supplements to support my weights training and get the most out of personal training but it is a conscious choice and it is working!

Thanks for your continued interest in us humans :) the world is a better place because of it !

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Nikki March 14, 2012 at 9:45 pm

Dear Craig,
I’m knackered. My brain is telling me I think it would be okay to have a glass of wine but then, it is also telling me my waistline won’t like it and perhaps if I drag myself off to the gym and do a combat class, I will feel so much better and my body will love me for it. That usually does the trick. But tonight, I think the poor choosing part of my brain is going to win. Tomorrow I will more then likely be annoyed over my poor decision – What is it you call it? Instant gratification – well I wonder how we stop it.
Or maybe I could just look at it as I’ve done two combats and one strength, plus eaten healthy so it’s okay to have a rest.
OKay, Thanks, Bye,
Nikki X

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Nikki March 14, 2012 at 9:45 pm

since Sunday

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Brian Madigan March 15, 2012 at 7:02 am

A great post Craig! Every one of us needs to face our inner brat and look at the things we do that are bad for us. We get one body for this lifetime and we can’t accomplish what we’re here to do if we don’t take care of it. I looked at the topic of the spiritual importance of health on on my blog recently

http://livingatchoice.blogspot.com/2011/11/how-important-is-health.html

Thanks,

Brian

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Beach bear March 15, 2012 at 8:43 am

Absolutely 100% spot on and when we finally wake up and realise that we only have this ONE body and this is the vehicle in which we have to travel in for our entire lives you would think people would make far better choices in terms of looking after it.

I would much prefer to drive around in a lambourghini than a beaten up rundown unroadworthy piece of crap (i wont use a particular model of car here as i know i will offend someone!).

Seriously we treat our cars better than ourselves….regular services, premium fuel, wash it, vacuum it and give it new batteries etc. What are you doing for your BODY….that vehicle that you are stuck with FOREVER. Smoking, alcohol, poor food choices, lack of sleep, stressing it out in a job you hate, not taking it on holidays, criticising it and treating it worse than your worst enemy. You get the picture.

It can only go for so long without breaking down and unfortuneatly by the time a lot of people notice that the wheels are falling off its already gone way beyond help. Prevention is always better than cure.

Thanks for this topics Craig…..so important to never lose sight of this important message :)

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Evan March 15, 2012 at 9:46 am

Pay attention to how it is that you ignore your body – and you will find out how and why. And then you have some ideas about how to change this.

There are lifestyle reasons (we don’t get to alter our working hours in accord with our bodies cycles), there are habits instilled (having to sit still and be quiet in school even though we want to move and talk), there are personal reasons (a pain can be connected to a past trauma).

There are lots of ways to address each of these – once you know what is going on. And finding out can be as simple as just noticing an automatic reaction or a persistent niggling pain.

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Jason March 15, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Craig, you say all the right stuff. However, on the path i am on I have made a change to the way I eat and exercise more times than I can remember. In fact right now I am contemplating a change for the better after a binge that has last almost 4 days. Usual pattern exercise, eat well and feel good. Jump on the scales no weight loss perhaps even a slight gain and the walls come tumbling down.
I know you hate this type of talk and inaction however what is it that perpetuates this pattern?
Before I make this next change I am really asking myself why do I need to change? Am I ready to challenge myself and put up with discomfort, will I take the responsibility to make the change and act like an adult and not let the inner child take over. I know all the answers to these questions have to be yes however there is a difference between saying yes and saying it and meaning it (if you get where I am coming from).To get to this point I am going to change the way I make a change by not simply saying I am going to change but really consider why I need to change. Todays blog has helped me in this process.
Make sense??

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Suu March 15, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Great posts by everyone again. Bits of each one kinda stick with me so I love reading them.
I rewatched the TV/Doco on Joe Cross yesterday and the one thing that has stuck with me out of it is – if I want permanent health, I need to make permanent changes.
As most of you know, I’m recovering from many surgeries after a brain tumour with the last operation leaving me without a functioning vocal cord so I have to thicken every type of liquid and I’m on a ‘baby food’ diet of pureed food and will be for quite some time.
I’m losing weight rather quickly seeing I can’t puree pizza, cake, and chocolate :P and I’m now 3kg off being at a healthy BMI again.
I used to use food as reward mainly but also had the mentality of “I’m an adult so I can have whatever I want”.
2 permanent changes are being made – no more processed food and no more rewarding with food.
Non-food rewards are the way to go for me. Nails or hair done. Magazine subscription. Anything that isn’t a food reward.
AND I’m doing that with my grandchildren aged 15, 13, 2, and 4mths.
Someone has to help break the cycle, so it may as well be us.
Soapbox is put away again :)

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sarahsarah March 15, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Craig you’re the best. Such a timely and important reminder as always. Loves x

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Annie Mac March 15, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Guilty guilty thinking tomorrow I won’t have those extra couple of glasses of wine tonight is ok because of …….. Until one day you realize that the body is showing signs that this is not right for it and it is really hard to keep doing all the things you want to and live that life. It’s a choice we make of either going down the track where dis ease becomes disease or give the body the very best we can. I can’t believe how much better I feel after six solid months of only having a glass of wine when I go out to dinner which is not very often coupling this with an alkaline diet full of veg and veg juices yoga and lots of walking. I can feel my body thanking me – physically and mentally. We get back from our bodies what we put in.

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