July 15, 2011
Do you eat to live? Or live to eat?
The average person eats approximately 1000 pounds of food each year. Surprising? Maybe, but why do we eat so much and what is the purpose of food? Actually, food is the fuel that gives the body energy and almost every process that takes place in your body requires energy.
We eat for the following reasons:
Growth and Development Babies, children, teenagers and even adults need food to grow and to replace cells and tissue in the body.
Support of Body Functions Most of the processes that take place in the body (breathing, digestion, circulation, etc.) require a lot of energy, and food provides that energy.
Movement Physical activity, from crawling to walking to exercise, requires energy as well. How much energy depends on how much activity is taking place.
Nutrition The body needs vitamins and minerals to stay in proper working order. Food is the main resource for these essential elements.
In order to stay healthy and provide the necessary energy to our bodies, we need to eat the proper amount of carbohydrates, fat, protein, minerals and vitamins and in the proper proportions.
How much we need to eat depends on a number of variables, including height, weight, age, gender and activity level. It's important to remember that excess fuel is stored as fat and excess fat causes obesity.
Good nutrition, along with regular chiropractic care, is a key ingredient in living a healthy lifestyle, and providing optimum functionality to your body. Think about that the next time you go to grab a snack, and make it a healthy one!
Dietary anaylsis is a key compnonent of a complete Nutrition Response Testing Protocol. Call today to schedule your appointment!
July 5, 2011
When we walk around harboring angry and bitter feelings toward someone who has done something hurtful or wrong to us, we hurt ourselves, not the person who committed the wrongdoing. Unresolved anger and resentment manifests itself in the way we live our lives and ultimately, they affect our health and quality of life.
Some issues that affect us deeply go way back. Back to childhood, even. Think of the effects that they have had on so many of our life experiences. Do you want to start anew? Are you interested in shaping how you respond to life from this point forward? Consider the notion of forgiveness. Forgiveness frees us of the burden of resentment and anger; the greater the hurt, the greater the benefits involved in forgiving the one who did the hurting.
Alexander Pope stated, "To err is human; to forgive, divine." Forgiving doesn't mean forgetting. Forgiving doesn't mean accepting unacceptable behavior. Forgiving isn't excusing another's inexcusable actions. Forgiving is for you. Forgiveness is all about freedom from the one who wronged you. Forgiveness is a way to move on so the hurt no longer controls future life experiences and interactions with others.
The healing benefits of forgiveness include:
Decreased stress levels
Decreased anger and negative thoughts
Decreased anxiety and depression
Decreased vulnerability to substance abuse/addictive illness
It may be difficult to work through forgiveness on your own. Talk it out with someone you trust. Mental health professionals can also be useful in assisting you with identifying and forgiving real and/or perceived wrongdoings.
Whatever the hurt...forgiveness is the answer for you.