Many of us take better care of our cars than we do our bodies and that’s madness when you think about it. It is pretty much guaranteed that I (and you) will buy another car at some time in the future. I will not, however, be able to buy myself a new body (bionic technology being what it isn’t!!) I’ve known this for sometime but had a blinding flash of insight (see recent post) which recently led me to make some dramatic changes in how I have been treating my body.
Two weeks ago, I cut out all added sugars (including honey, maple syrup, agave etc….). It’s amazing where you will find added sugars – in the sliced turkey at the deli counter, for heaven’s sake!! I have become a much better label reader. Occasionally I have a craving but can usually side step it with a cuppa or some nuts.
I also stopped drinking alcohol. Now my dinner drink is sparkling water in a wine glass and I am not missing the real thing. (Full disclosure: I had a glass of wine last night after spending the day in the ER with my beloved and his newly broken elbow.)
Another dietary change I made was to cut out grains as much as possible and avoid wheat completely. I miss the ease of toast and a boiled egg for breakfast and my tongue misses its mid-afternoon snack of cereal but my body is feeling lighter and healthier for having fewer grains traveling through.
Physical health is the place to start (for the body and for your car) but there are other aspects to taking care of both. For your car, you have insurance, registration, maybe a toll pass etc… and for my body I knew I needed to address two other areas – mental and emotional.
I started a new writing course which has forced me to study, read specific articles and engage my brain in a way I have avoided for quite some time. It has been interesting and invigorating and I feel new possibilities bubbling around the edges of my life.
Many of the things I enjoy are solo pursuits and I tend to avoid group activities; habits which lead to isolation and depression. We joined the gym near our new home and I have been going to group classes, meeting new people, initiating conversations and generally putting myself out there. It will take time but I know it will reap untold benefit (kinda like the regular oil change!!)
Not sure if any of this can be of any help to you as you figure your way to abundance but I hope so. We all know what we need to do but fuck it, it’s hard to make change. Maybe the idea of treating your body as well as you treat your car will help you make the shifts your body craves.