“The greatest way to self-improvement is to contribute to others. And then through that process, realize how you can motivate yourself to make yourself better.” Joshua Rosenthal, MScEd, Integrative Nutrition
The best way I know how to live these days is to take good care of myself physically, mentally, and emotionally – lead by example living the best life I can. I can not expect others to trust me to guide them unless I live a life worth emulating
As a child, I watched adults around me using the “Do what I say and not what I do.” line on me quite often. While I was not a rebel imitating everything they did, I did learn mistrust very early on. But I also learned that I have to live what I teach.
So where do we go from here? How do we change our ingrained beliefs and habits? Society has been brainwashing us our whole lives with mass media and marketing, repetitive advertising and misleading information. We have to stop living a sedentary life – and not I”m not just talking about exercise – and take responsibility for our physical, mental and spiritual health.
Despite the advancements in science and technology, we are more confused than ever before about what health means. The definition of a healthy diet has changed so many times that i is almost impossible to know where to start. There are literally hundreds of dietary theories, some of which are more popular than ever regardless of the long-term studies that prove it is not helping us lose weight or get off pain medications or eradicate food-caused diseases.
In order to make a difference in our own lives and those we care about, we must do the research, do the work and then benefit from the miraculous results that will soon follow. While there are basic tenets we should all follow – eat plenty of greens, vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts/seeds and avoid processed foods and overindulgence in nutrients-poor options, we also need to look at our own personal nutritional and emotional needs. Food is personal and controversial. That doesn’t mean we can’t fight the peer and societal pressure that has become the norm.
I choose to eat plant-based because eating foods with the most nutrient density has eliminated lifetime health issues as well as adult weight gain. I no longer suffer pain and misery and anxiety. But that is just the beginning for me and for my clients. I teach others how to find what works for them because I have learned through my personal experience and education and research what works and how to guide others to be their best self through health.