I’m reading “The Longevity Book” by Cameron Diaz and it’s all about how our bodies age and what we can do to live the most healthy and fulfilling lives. It’s not about ANTI-aging, rather what is really going on in our bodies at a cellular level and how that knowledge can help can us get the most out of our time in our bodies!
Getting the most out of life centers around 5 pillars.
Ready for some mind blowing science stuff?? Here it is:
- Stress relief
- Meaningful relationships
Yup, those simple things are the 5 pillars of our lives. AND what every single doctor they interviewed said would not only will lengthen your life but enrich your life.
If I wrote about each one of those pillars, this post would be about as long as Cameron’s book. :) So instead I am going to talk about the first pillar: Nutrition. Nutrition is a subject I am extremely passionate about and if you don’t know this about me, I coach people on their nutrition every single day.
I have been engaged in 100′s if not 1000′s of conversations with people asking me “what should I eat to….” that is usually followed by:
“have more energy”
“get rid of cellulite”
You get the point. Most people know that what they eat has a direct correlation to all of the above.
So I am going to be a little bold here and ask:
If you know that nutrition will fix the problem…why are you bargain shopping your nutrition away?
Did i get your attention there? I hope so! Because we are doing ourselves and our bodies a huge disservice by buying the cheapest option out there! The cheapest foods, the most inexpensive supplements…the list goes on and on. We do this all the time grabbing a good 5 for $5 deal on something or hitting the drive through in order to “save a buck.”
“Cheap” more often than not means the quality of the ingredients are poor, the food is loaded with inexpensive fillers and additives such as soy and sugar, and the nutrient level is slim to nonexistent. So we are simply consuming calories for calorie sake and our bodies don’t recognize what any of this junk is so it stores the food as fat.
I am not preaching that you should only eat foods from the farmer’s market and you have to eat only organic items. Would that be awesome? YES! But I know that isn’t realistic in most people’s day to day. What I AM saying, is cheap doesn’t equal better. If we bargain shop our nutrition, then we better hope that we can bargain shop our doctors down the road. Can I get an Amen! There is an incredibly famous quote by Hippocrates that say “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” Today more than ever we need to listen to that statement!
One of the coolest things about being human is the fact that we have choice. We have the ability to decide whether we will do something or whether we wont. It’s actually a really awesome thing we often take for granted! But with that ability to choose comes the responsibility to know WHAT you are choosing.
I used to be the quick fix, diet pill, Slim-fast, laser treatment kind of girl. If a diet promised something fast you can bet your buns I was buying it that day! But each and every time I did one of these cheaper options, I took a step back in my progress. I was so wrapped up in the cost/benefit promise that I wasn’t really looking at the value that I was getting. Does that make sense? I was listening to the marketing and not doing the research to see if this would be the right thing for my body. What I was doing with these cheaper choices was damaging my adrenal glands, messing with my metabolism and wreaking havoc on my little cells!
Years have gone by and maybe with age I’ve gotten wiser. I now know that there never has been and never will be a “quick fix” when it comes to nutrition. Why? Because our cells regenerate every single day and each cell needs something unique and all of that comes from … you guessed it, the foods we eat. If that cell isn’t getting what it needs, it regenerates a weaker little cell. As our cells get weaker we get sicker and sicker. So nutrition is no longer a short game…it’s a life long journey of how well we can nourish our bodies and give them every single chance of success. And that begins in the teeny tiny cells that make up our incredible bodies.
So what now? Since we do live in a society where a we need convenient foods and it seems near impossible to make a home cooked meal at every meal what is a person to do? After a lot of research I have found something that I love and that feeds my little cells exactly what they need every single day! Every day without fail I drink Shakeology. I am super crazy passionate about it because I have watched what the simple addition of good nutrition has done in my body and countless other people across the nation!
I often get a lot of wide eyes and questioning statements when I mention that Shakeology costs $129 for a month supply. But when you break it down and see ALLL of what you get for $4/day is it really that scary of a price anymore?
When you see the vast array of Superfoods [meaning nutrient dense foods that are incredibly beneficial to the body] that are being ethically harvested from non-polluted soils around the globe you might be as blown away as I was. Before Shakeology, I was purchasing about 5 of these ingredients on their own and adding them to my GNC protein powder. Did I spend about the same? Yes. Did I see any sort of benefit…Nope. Within days of adding Shakeology to my diet I was sleeping better, I had more energy, I was happier, and had more energy to do the things I love!
When our cells are well fed and nourished our bodies thrive. Every single night we go to sleep and our little cells go to work repairing themselves and growing stronger. When we don’t have the nutrients our bodies NEED they do a really poor job of repairing the damage. Compound this over years and decades and *poof* we have a society that is more than 70% obese and overweight and is sicker than ever.
Nutrition is the first pillar to our longevity. We know this! When we bargain shop our nutrition we might be saving a few bucks in the moment but at what cost? Here is a little video I created for you on the benefits and cool stuff Shakeology has been known to do!
I highly encourage you to do your homework and see if this is the right fit for you. I would love to one day see you in my tribe of people who are happily feeding their little cells the nutrients they deserve! As always I’m an open book so feel free to email me any questions or if you just want to talk nutrition: Becky@thebalancemethod.com