Wholeness

A 5-post collection

The misinformation that's keeping you unhealthy

Nutrition as a science is remarkably obscure and confusing. Why? Because of something called bio-individuality. Everyone’s body responds differently to a multitude of factors that contribute to our overall health. There is no one-size-fits all diet. Still, there is some misinformation about general health that has been ingrained in American culture and buying into this misinformation may be holding you back from achieving your health goals. Quality over quantity There is no disputing that calories matter. But if you’re worried about how many calories you’re eating, you’re focusing on the wrong thing. The issue isn’t how many calories you eat, it’s whether or not your body can readily process and use the calories you...

Eat FOOD

This past week has been one of great reflection and assessment. An amazing man in our community, just 31 years old, passed away. A verse he often pointed to in life was John 10:10, where Jesus said, "I came so that you may have life and life to the full." Hearing about and witnessing my friend's life, his fight to step into the abundance Christ offers, reminded me why I fight for health and wholeness. Because honestly, I’m tempted every day to quit. I’m overwhelmed. And I often feel alone, or a little crazy, for caring so much about food. But here it is. Why I believe what we eat is a Kingdom matter. C.S. Lewis...

The number one thing you can do to improve your health

In last month’s post, We are what we repeatedly do, I talked a little bit about habits - what they represent, and how to begin creating positive, life giving habits. Here’s what I said: “If you’re looking to create positive habits in your life, a good place to start is with the fundamentals. Keep it simple. In fact, keep it stupid simple. We all know we need food, water, movement and sleep. Embracing our basic needs as humans is a great way to start reconnecting with our humanness and engaging in our lives.” I didn’t intend for the list of fundamental needs to be exhaustive, but I left out two big ones: work and its symbiotic...

"We are what we repeatedly do." - Aristotle

THE CHALLENGE I’m going to be honest, the subject of this particular post, habits and their underlying beliefs, is largely over my head, which is one of the reasons I decided to challenge myself in contributing to Not at the Dinner Table in the first place. Ever hear the quote, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten?” I have no idea who said it, but it seems to be the story of my life. And I know I’m not alone. Habits are so hard to change, and from my experience the reason is two-fold. First, habits directly represent underlying beliefs. Often times we try to change our...

Health and Wholeness: Where to Begin

My journey towards health is just beginning. Yet, I’ve been dieting and exercising since high school (2004), content to gain 20lbs one year just to become obsessed with losing it the next. And although I looked to the latest health theories for guidance, my lifestyle was anything but healthy. It wasn’t until 2011 when I started suffering from unexplained symptoms, which led to anxiety and panic attacks, that I started wondering what healthy really means and why poor health is so common. Like many others whose questions are left unanswered by medical experts, I started addressing my health with diet. Not with calories, as I had done in the past, but with quality. I wanted real food. I...