The dawn of 2017 saw me shattering my beloved glass bathroom scale. At first I was also shattered inside. You see, I had recently committed to a “healthy lifestyle”, which translated to obsessing over my “ideal” weight, budgeting calories hourly and constantly calculating how much exercise I hadn’t done. It was driving me crazy! I realized then that I could do with a break from the dizzying numbers and choose instead to focus on the real value of pursuing and preserving a healthy and happy lifestyle.
The World Health Organisation defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being in its 1948 Constitution and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. The way to attain health is to learn how your body works, what it needs and apply that knowledge consistently according to actress Cameron Diaz in her life-changing book “The Body Book”. Now in order to appreciate the wealth of health knowledge around us and apply it consistently; we need to understand how valuable our bodies are.
The temple is you. You are holy, revered and cherished by a loving God
1 Corinthians 6v19 narrates how your body is a temple. A temple is a holy place: revered, cherished, sacred. A temple is a clean place: tidy, serene, refreshing. Some of the most stunning structures are temples, St Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow or Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. A temple is you. You are holy, revered and cherished by a loving God. You should therefore keep yourself clean and serene. Cut out the garbage and toxins you have been consuming. Cut out the stress and drama that has been cluttering your mind. And we all know that thorough cleaning requires lots and lots of water: two litres or more daily to be precise. Choosing nutritious and wholesome food will allow your body to work at its optimum so that you can feel wonderful and think with clarity, conviction and efficiency.
As Kay Terera, a natural hair enthusiast once said about her hair; your body is like a whole other person you constantly have to think about. To be healthy you have to develop a relationship with your body, mind and spirit. You have to be able to listen and attend to the needs of your body so that you can grow stronger physically, mentally and spiritually. You have to choose to enjoy good food and embrace exercise. Your body craves to move and be strong, not to sit around all day feeling sluggish. It desires to be as resilient and exquisite as you let it be.
So fall in love with your body, with all the bumps, dimples, stretch marks and I-don’t-know-what-that-is’s. Stand in front of the mirror. Admire your body and say, “Dear body, I love you, I appreciate you, I choose you and I promise to take care of you.”
Your body will thank you for it.