Competition. For some of us this comes quite naturally. Take my eldest son, for example. He was the firstborn and fights to retain his title as the biggest, fastest or smartest. This is unnecessary, of course, as he’ll never lose that special privilege of being our oldest child, God bless him. Somehow, though, competition is embedded in him.
That internal drive is an asset, actually, and should serve him well in personal development, or maybe as a business man, coach, or some kind of future leader in a field he hopefully loves. For now, as a little man in our family, though, it can create some friction when he assumes leadership outside of his boundaries.
Oh well, he gets it honestly! I know for a fact I pushed the boundaries as a kid. I’m guessing many of us are the same in that respect, as part of human nature. Speaking of competition, in my younger years I played soccer, baseball, swam on the swim team, played JV and varsity volleyball and threw javelin in track & field events. I competed in spelling bees and am still seeking out a worthy opponent for a takedown match of Scrabble. Any takers?
As a woman, a wife, a mother seeking out personal optimal wellness, I find that the only person I want to be better than is myself. It’s me against me. I want to be a better version of myself than I was yesterday. In the deep layers of silent thoughts I want Christ to be renewing my mind day by day. In my actions I want keep learning how to serve my family and love my proverbial neighbor.
In finding the best ways to treat my “temple” well, I find that my answers are not necessarily yours. Every body is different. And that’s okay.
When I studied holistic health coaching through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition I remember listening as a prominent author and speaker described his approach. As an MD he said, “I’m nondenominational when it comes to how I treat a patient. If holistic approaches work, great. If medicine is needed, I’ll prescribe it. Whatever works.” I’ve never forgotten the quote, although I’m unsure of the speaker’s name now. I should dig that up. But I agree. Love myself to health.
Some of the approaches I’ve tried in the past that do not resonate with me anymore are:
Vegetarian (tried this in college)
Weight Watchers (calorie restriction makes me feel obsessive)
Raw Food Diet (craved me some meat)
Juice Fasting (felt great as a cleanse, but not long term)
Low-fat diet (poo-poo on this)
These sit well with me currently & are closely related to each other/easily combined:
Paleo Diet (high greens and proteins until satisfied, nuts, seeds, minimal fruit, fats)
Autoimmune Protocol Diet (“AIP”-specific elimination, I’m beginning this in September)
Gluten-free (started this on & off for 10 years, solidly committed now)
For future consideration:
With love, be a better “you” than you were yesterday.
Progress not perfection. Xoxo,