In the health and fitness industry there is a mantra ‘You are what you eat’. Well I believe it expands much wider than simply just food. We are constantly connected to other people, all of whom have a story to tell, an opinion to give or information to share. We often blame the media for spreading bad ideas and negativity but much of our media these days is other ‘normal’ people. So this month I will talk about ‘what you put in is what you get out’.
It is true, ‘you are what you eat’. I have been in this industry for over a decade now and it still amazes me to this day how changing your nutritional intake can completely change not just your physical shape, but also the way you sleep, your blood pressure, cholesterol, anxiety, depression. Everything both physically and mentally.
I have had clients report back to me that their menstrual pain is far less or even completely disappeared, their overall mood really improved, their flexibility or injury is better. Eating better quality food has a positive impact on everything about us and the opposite of that is also true. Consuming poor levels of nutrients causes many ailments which we are prescribed pharmaceutical medication for, yet ironically, many times we get given the chemical version of a natural nutrient.
The same is true for the information we put in. I have suggested to many of my clients over the years to stop watching the news. After all, it is a product which has to be sold and as we all know, bad news sells. Why do we very rarely get good news stories? Why is there a higher percentage of negative storylines on soap operas? Why are there more dramas than comedy series written? Because negativity sells.
The more we are surrounded by negative storylines, either factual or fictitious, the more likely we are to become more negative in our own thought process. It takes much more effort to be happy when everyone around is depressed, angry or sad. Likewise, if you are surrounded by people who are laughing, you will at the very least start smiling, even if you do not know why they are laughing.
If you want positive outcomes, you have to input with positive actions. Anyone who is good at something has practiced it to some degree. Michael Phelps, the American swimmer, who is the most successful and most decorated Olympian of all time, would practice 5 to 6 hours a day, 6 days a week covering about 50 miles each week in the pool.
If you want to lose body fat, you have to practice losing body fat; controlling your nutrition, going to the gym etc. If you want to be less stressed, you have to practice destressing by learning meditation, controlling your breathing, writing a journal or whichever methods work for you.
What you put in is what you get out. Start clarifying what you want as an output and this will help determine what you put in. Turning off the news, going to bed earlier and drinking more water are all perfect examples of inputs to create a less stressed, more energised, healthier being.