Don’t Eat the Meatloaf!

Meatloaf is certainly one of the great American comfort foods and one that most of us have enjoyed at one time or another. But why do we eat comfort foods to begin with? Well each person is different but the underlying reason I believe is the same, it is to comfort us, hence the name comfort food. But do we really want to look to food to ease our problems and comfort us? Sadly for some their answer is yes. People eating their troubles away are just as common as an alcoholic drinking their problems away.
The problem with that strategy is that the comfort we receive is short lived. We also find that eating or drinking our problems away does not address the root of the problems we’re having and therefore leaves us vulnerable to have the same situation happen to us again and again.
When a decision is made to treat the symptom and not the cause we find ourselves forgetting about determining the root of the problem and instead we take the easiest way out and “eat the meatloaf”.
There are a good number of people that could get themselves off prescription medications and save a lot of money simply by eating better and having some form of exercise as part of their daily life. Yes it requires an effort on our part but the rewards make it well worth the extra effort.
If you have not yet noticed we are entering into the age of self-accountability. WE are going to have to be responsible for maintaining good health or we WILL pay the consequences for not doing so such as:

  • Paying higher healthcare insurance premiums.
  • Paying increased prescription medication costs.
  • May affect our ability to retire from work.

     Yes our ability to retire from work! I have seen more folks that have had to go back in to the work place in order to get healthcare coverage from an employer because they could not afford to purchase it on their own.
Unfortunately,most folks don’t take this into consideration because they have no idea just how expensive it is going to be.
Make the decision today to live your life in the state of “Total Wellness”, start to live life on your own terms. It will taste better than any meatloaf you’ve ever had and the comfort you receive will be eternal.

My choice; my responsibility; win or lose, only I hold the keys to my destiny.

-Elain Maxwell

 

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Road Blocks in our Journey to “Total Wellness”

Over the last 3 months in my monthly newsletter I defined my vision for “Total Wellness”. The March newsletter talked about the importance of having a healthy mind and its role in “Total Wellness”. The April newsletter talked about the importance of having a healthy body and its role in “Total Wellness”. And most recently the May newsletter talked about the importance of having a healthy soul and its role in “Total Wellness”.
We know that as much as 95% of all disease and illness evolves from stress so it is beneficial for us to have and keep a healthy mind. We know we must eat nutritionally sound food, and we must have some physical activity in our life because it helps us maintain a healthy body. A healthy body makes us feel good about ourselves, and when we feel good about ourselves, we take control and feel empowered to live life on our terms. We also learned that a healthy soul can give us a more tranquil life because of the inner wisdom and peace it provides us.
What about those road blocks that can sabotage our attempts to find “Total Wellness”? Well, the first thing we need to do is identify what the road block is. Is it a road block to a healthy mind, a healthy body, and or a healthy soul or maybe worse a combination of all three? Once we have identified what the road block(s) are we can more clearly focus our efforts in that area.
While some road blocks can be more easily overcome such as finding a different route home that does not pass the ice-cream shop, others can be more frustrating and demoralizing. In either case we must remember they can be overcome! Getting past some of our road blocks may mean we have to change the way we look at and approach life’s obstacles, and in some cases we may feel as though we are powerless to make the changes necessary to get past them. We must remember in those times The Bible says the Word of God can change the things we cannot change on our own. As D.L. Moody once said “The Bible was not given to increase our knowledge; the Bible was given to change our lives”.
I started the year 2013 off with a Soulful Inspiration entitled S.S.D.D. (Same Solution Different Day) in which I asked the folks who were looking to create change in their life to ask themselves the following questions:

  • Have I made this decision before?
  • What solutions can I identify in the past that have not worked?
  • What new solution(s) am I going to try this time that will help me to make the change I want?

If you are trying to get past a road block in your life you can ask yourself these similar questions:

  • What have I tried before to overcome this road block?
  • What have I tried before in the past that did not work?
  • What new solution(s) will energize and motivate me to succeed this time?

I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.

-Michael Jordan

 

A Healthy Soul is Crucial in Our Journey to “Total Wellness”

“Total Wellness” – Part 3 – The Soul

By Mike Fenton 
Heart & Soul Health Coaching

A healthy soul is the third part in the trilogy of “Total Wellness”. Wikipedia defines soul as: The soul, in many mythological, religious, philosophical, and psychological traditions, is the incorporeal and, in many conceptions, immortal essence of a person, living thing, or object.

Soul is also a synonym for spirit, mind, psyche or self and that is how we should relate to it when thinking about our own “Total Wellness”. In Proverbs 20:27 (NIV) we are reminded that The human spirit is the lamp of the Lord that sheds light on one’s inmost being”.

Most people that have their soul in a state of wellness live a more tranquil life because they have more inner wisdom, inner peace and knowledge. Most work to change the consciousness of humanity and to enlighten others in order to create love, peace, and harmony for humanity.

The power of the soul can teach us soul healing, soul prevention of sickness, soul rejuvenation, soul transformation of every aspect of life (including relationships and finances), and soul enlightenment. It offers us a practical means to empower us to apply all of these teachings. We are asked in Proverbs 18:14 (NIV) “The human spirit can endure in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear”?

When our soul is in a state of wellness we have the power to do or be all we desire. You are, and will be, as you believe yourself to be.

You are in control, your will supreme; self-empowerment is your will in action. Believe in your worthiness to be as one with the Creator for that is divine truth, for we are all of and from the One.

Underneath the flesh overcoat with will and desire to know our self  we can open the door to our soul, our inner awareness, our power to be all that we are, and we can find our soul purpose.

The words of The Bible can inspire us to explore our life purpose and leave us with a feeling of inner excitement inspiring us to want to know more.

Inspiration in reality is a realization of a truth already known, it is this inner awareness that inspires us to take hold, acknowledge it, and therefore desire to make it real in our own way.

 With “Total Wellness” (when mind, body and soul all come together as one in good health) we feel a new sense of empowerment. We are happy with who we are, where we are, where we want to go, and what we want to do.

 Because when we believe in ourselves we take back control.

What’s for Dinner?

“Happiness is more than good health and a bad memory”.

-Mike Fenton Heart & Soul Health Coach

     We spend a lot of time trying to eat the right foods because; too much of this raises my cholesterol or too much of that gives me high blood pressure. Those are all good things to keep in mind when feeding our “physical” bodies especially because when watching what we eat can keep us OFF the prescription medications.

However we must also think about our need to provide food for our soul! Food for the soul comes in many forms as it is something we do that makes us feel good inside or perhaps enlightened after doing it. It may come in the form of reading a good book that has a positive or inspiring message. The Bible is one of those books which provide great optimism for the future.  For example, 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV) gives great focus in (18) “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal”.

A warm or inspiring conversation with a friend or loved one can feed our soul. Or how about the great feeling we get after doing something that is for the benefit of someone else? Giving to a favorite charity or doing volunteer work? All are great food for the soul and things that make us feel better about ourselves while at the same time helping others.

However it is we like to provide food for our soul we must always understand the importance of it. By feeding the soul through reading scripture we can find both strength and rest through inner peace. We find strength in Isaiah 40:29 (NIV) which says (29) “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak” and we can find peace in Matthew 11:29 (NIV) which says to (29) “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls”.

So the next time you’re wondering “what’s for dinner” take a moment to think about what am I going to feed my soul?

 

May Reflection: Romans 8:10 (NLT) (10) “And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God”.  Romans 8:11 (NLT) (11) “The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you”.