Driven by personal history and ambition, successful people offer perfect examples of serotonin driven self-soothing which invites us to ask and answer questions about self-esteem and self-care. When we understand the relationship between our unconscious mind, our self-esteem and the stress of looking for love “out there”, it becomes quite clear that what is at the core of our “super sizing” or over-eating is not solved by the diet of the month or the next how to best seller. Rather, what is called for is an examination of:
our ego state
our personal world view
our treatment in regards to nature and others
what we value
what we believe in
how much we consume
how much we accumulate.
When these aspects of self are aligned with choices that lead to moderation rather than ambition; that produce balance rather than extreme; that debunk the thinking that “more is better”, we then select the foods we innately know are healthy, even when we must choose from a fast food menu.
In a culture comprised of 5% of the world population, using 75% of the world’s resources we have come to accept access as a way of life. The 1980’s Robin Leaches’ TV show, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, tainted our appetites for over consumption that has brought us to where we are today, obese and chronically diseased.
Take a Tip from the Gurus
World wide, healthy cultural traditions offer us an opportunity to re-think our approach to the way we live. Folk wisdom invites us to ponder
> how much do I really need to do
> to have
> to eat
> to own
> to control
in order to be content with my life; and what role does gratitude in my life is?” Having a calm, well functioning nervous system can be a main objective for all of us instead of trying to trick the body into doing what is not natural with the latest diet craze or supplement pills available.
Change the Question
It may be time to not only change the question we ask ourselves but the questions we are asked as consumers. Maybe, if when making fast food purchasing the questions are “supersize or downsize”, the choice we might make could result in significant weight loss rather than weight gain; the road to health instead of heart diseases and diabetes which more and more research shows comes from stress and poor food choices.
A million dollar statement to wrap up this 5 part article:
Self esteem = when our behaviors are congruent with our personal values. With healthy self-esteem we have a healthy body through healthy lifestyle choices.
With all good wishes,
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