So the other night I was playing catch-up on some blog reads and it just so happened that I fell upon the same phrase over and over again.
“Your body is your temple.”
I’ve heard this phrase more times than I can even count, (heck I’ve probably said it a couple of times too!) and I’ve always just accepted it as truth. It’s spiritual, inspirational, I mean it sounds downright legit…right?
Well, to me…yes and no.
If there is one thing in this health-world, that drives me up (and over) a hypothetical wall it is the simplification of the journey to getting & staying healthy as a solely physical one.
In my experience, and I’m sure most of you will agree with me, there is SO much more that goes into changing one’s lifestyle for the long-term than just the physical. The mental and emotional components of being fit, I have found, are a way bigger piece of the puzzle than anything else!
Your body is NOT your only temple, just as being healthy is not just a physical battle.
Eating health and exercising regularly to gain & maintain a healthy physical body is important, but delving into the psychological and emotional side of your habits is essential. Long-term weight loss starts in your head.
In our society, mental health is put on the back-burner and not just when it comes to weight-loss. Acknowledging what I like to call the soul-side of your fitness journey is the key to overcoming the many obstacles that you may face. The soul-side is the why behind every what.
Do you believe in yourself and your ability to succeed in the long run? Or are you overwhelmed and hindered by feelings of self-doubt. Sometimes, the first thing & most important thing to change is your thought process and magically everything else comes naturally.
“You can’t do it” “You’re not good enough” “You don’t deserve it”
Ok REALLY, who can do it with Bull S$#& thoughts like these!?!
Living in negative thoughts will only sabotage your own efforts to make a change. The physical side isn’t the issue. You are all smart cookies, diet & exercise, you get it…and you do it. But most often, it’s the psychological burden that is the biggest hurdle on the path towards a healthier life.
Your body is your temple, but so is your mind, your spirit and your soul. True health can only be found from within.
NOW it’s time for a recipe that I’ve been holding on to far too long….The truth is I thought it was up, my mistake! I like to nosh on these pre-workout because they really do power me up!
Protein Power Balls
1 cup oatmeal, dry (I used rolled oats)
2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
1/2 cup peanut butter (or almond butter)
1/2 cup ground flax seed
1/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
1/2 cup chocolate chips or cacao nibs (optional)
Raw peanuts, toasted coconut, or raw cocoa powder for coating.
Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Roll into 1 inch balls. Coat the balls in the peanuts, toasted coconut or cocoa powder by rolling them on top of chosen coating. Let the prepared balls chill in the refrigerator for a half an hour until set. Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.