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Change Your Mind to Change Your Body

Minds are Powerful Things

Have you ever wanted to make a change to your life style and could only manage to change if for a few days, or even just a few hours? It is often because we begin a wrestling match with our minds. Then our bodies jump on the bandwagon and confirm that we are hungry, or tired, or anxious or angry. Changing our minds to change your body is the way to make long lasting alterations to your life. Read on to learn more.

Mid-Life is a Time for Change

Wanting to make changes to our lives is natural at mid-life. One common adjustment that we want to make is with regards to our health. Our health includes taking care of our body, mind and spirit.  They are inextricably intertwined. The mind: body connection is real. Think about this; we can experience feelings from past experiences just by thinking about them. For example, we can sense the tightening of our stomachs with anxiety as we think about a recent fight we had with our spouse, or the tense interaction we had with our boss at work. Or we can smile and feel the warmth in our spirits as we remember a joyful event from the past.

What our mind thinks our bodies feel. This is a powerful consideration.

How many of us want to feel tense, angry or sad? I would venture to say that if one is given a choice, the answer is none of us. But is it possible to think ourselves out of a funk? Yes it is. However, just like changing our eating or our exercise habits, changing our thought habits takes, time, focus and patience. In my book, Second Chance at Health: Learn to Love Active Living and Clean Eating, I discuss how regaining physical health can improve your emotional health. When a decision is made to begin taking care of one aspect or ourselves, it must, by default improve other aspects of our being.

Self-Awareness

At mid-life we begin to self-evaluate. This self awareness means that you acknowledge your how your thoughts  produce actions in your life. For example, being a perfectionist can create a negative state of being as we berate ourselves for not meeting our expectations or standards. Understanding and being aware of our feelings towards other is an important skill as well. Are you disapproving of others? Are you holding them to your perfectionist standards? Do you find that you disapprove of others? Why are you disapproving? Do you find that you annoyed easily by others? What is the source of your annoyance? Being self-aware is half of the battle. The other half will be changing those thought patterns. So how can we change our thoughts?

Accentuate the Positive

One way to indirectly change how you think is to begin thinking about what you do have rather than what you don’t have. Begin thinking about the positive attributes of the people in your life.

Begin listing the positive points of a situation. This will lead to your thinking being adjusted to the positive in someone or a situation. The positive thoughts will ultimately, overtime, change how your body feels.

The process is circular, you are thinking positive thoughts and then your sadness, anger and tension subsides. Your body begins feeling better and your mind will sense this and more happy thoughts occur.

When you begin to feel more positive in both mind and body, you will sense a shift in your world. You will soon notice more positive experiences occurring and prayers are answered and opportunities arise. It is not your imagination. Positive energy draws positive energy.

Change Your Mind to Live Well

Besides my suggestions above, follow this link to learn more steps to take to live well. How can we really make changes to how we react to the world?  Barbara Waxman, a well-known blogger has some easy to follow tips to how to harness the positivity of the world around us. Check out her blog Give Up Perfection and Try Gratitude: 3 Rules for Living Well.

Carb Cycling and Fitness After 40

Carb Cycling

Carb cycling is an eating method that is a useful addition to certain eating plans. The premise behind it to replenish glycogen stores within the muscles to improve fitness.

This is something that I was unaware of when I was on the keto diet. I was exercising the same amount, had depleted my glycogen and was feeling fatigued. I did not know about carb cycling and ultimately gave up on keto.

This article by Nate Martins would have come in handy if I had known about it. I hope that the timing of my sharing it is perfect for you.

Carb Cycling Guide for Athletes

In my book, Second Chance at Health: Learn to Love Active Living and Clean Eating, you can learn the basics of nutrition, supplements and exercise plans that work. You could incorporate Nate’s suggestions into your plan if you choose the low carb or keto diet to improve your health.

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Let me know what you think with a comment. Please share this fantastic article with all of your keto following friends.

 

Sandwich Generation and Fitness After 40

Sandwich Generation


Sandwich…now that I have your attention…this post is NOT about the best, healthiest or even the tastiest sandwich…this is about men and women between the ages of 40 and 60 who are caring for both their children and their parents. This is the “Sandwich Generation”. According to statistics 1 in 8 mid-life people fall into this category. There are many consequences to living this way. Consequences include financial burdens, emotional burdens and health burdens.

If this is your situation you need to ensure that you don’t lose sight of your needs. You need to continue to ensure that you can retire healthy; financially, emotionally and physically.

How are YOU? Are You Getting Wake Up Calls?

Taking care of yourself physically is the best way to ensure that you can meet your family’s needs. Being healthy requires that you pay attention to what your body is telling you. Are your labs are showing high cholesterol? Is your doctor telling you that your blood pressure needs treatment? Is your doctor recommending medicine for pre-diabetes?

Are you experiencing anxiety or sleepless nights due to worry, these are your wake up calls. Are behind on funding your retirement?  Or are going in to debt for your children/parents?

These are wake up calls.

You are the only one who can take care of you. Eating an energy balanced diet is the best wealth building step you can take. Ensuring that your diet is low in processed foods, low in fried foods and high in fruits, vegetables, with the proper amount of healthy fat and low fat meats is the way to go. Ensuring that you participate in 30-45 minutes out of most days of the week for yourself is the second best wealth building step you can take. Exercising has been shown to improve mild to moderate depression as good as depression medication.

My book, Second Chance at Health: Learn to Love Active Living and Clean Eating, is an easy to read guide that can help you start your journey to health so you can take care of your loved ones. This guide has basic nutrition, supplement and exercise recommendations that work for mid-life people.

How to Find the Time

Your question is…”HOW DO I FIND THE TIME”…caring for yourself while caring for others isn’t selfish. Caring for you is necessary. The Silvernest team has some great suggestions on how to care for you while caring for others. Check out their article on some specific steps to take to ease the pressure of caring for aging parents in their article: Caring for Others While Caring for Yourself.

Being a part of the sandwich generation does not have to be a burden. Certainly our generation has proven to be tough, resilient and in general, AMAZING!

Use the remainder of 2019 to take care of yourself.

  1. Begin begin active for 30-45 minutes 5-6 days of the week.
  2. Eliminate fried foods from your diet.
  3. Add an apple a day to your diet.
  4. Eat vegetables every day.
  5. Eat at home 5 days a week.
  6. Meditate/pray every day.

I would love to hear your ways that you balance your time between your family commitments. How are you taking care of health?

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