As I prepare to kick off F45’s 8 Week Challenge tomorrow, I’m returning to the core principles that I have pieced together over the past 8 years around creating true health from the inside out.
It can be summed up by Michael Pollans’ simple yet powerful, “Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual”. He says everything he’s learned about food can be summed up in seven words: “Eat food (meaning REAL food, not food-like substances), not too much, mostly plants”.
I’ve fallen off a proverbial cliff this past year with my eating habits and I’m excited to reconnect with the truth of who I am and what I have experienced to be true as it relates to food that makes me feel good and is good for me.
I first wrote this letter to myself, courteous of Institute for Integrative Nutrition, when I was studying to be a Certified Health Coach. I’m rewriting it to myself today because I’m feeling a profound love and appreciation for all my body does for me – even when I treat it like crap!
The human body’s performance and resilience is astounding. Just think about the 37.2 trillion cells and how they repair themselves, how your digestive and endocrine systems, brain and nervous systems, heart and circulatory systems, lungs and respiratory systems, and muscular system all work together in harmony without us even thinking about it!
Today, I am once again, recommitting to treating my body like the temple it is.
Not because I want to be at a certain weight, or look good in a bikini, but because I genuinely, whole-heartedly want to be kind to it and lavish it with the love and goodness it truly needs and so rightfully deserves.
Dear Body of Mine,
After careful thought and consideration, I hereby promise to:
Accept you and be grateful for you just the way you are.
Love and appreciate you for what you do.
Offer you healthy foods and drinks.
Overcome the addictions that hurt you.
Realize that laughter, play, and rest help you feel good.
Exercise regularly and appropriately for my body type.
Adorn you with nice, comfortable clothes and shoes.
Understand that my unexpressed emotions and thoughts affect you.
Listen to the messages you are sending me when you are tired or sick.
Accept that I have the power to heal you.
Realize that you deserve to be healthy.
Honor you as the temple of my soul.
I love you so much,