It's back-to-school time and students are faced with so many weighty challenges – what clothes to wear, food to eat, which hair style is best, who to hang out with and the perception of peers.
What happened to the good old days when a child could just be child? Back then a lot of these concerns really didn't matter as much because everyone tended to look and dress alike. People bought their clothes from the same five-and-dime store.
It was a rare occurrence that someone missed school or was sick. If that happened, someone went out the way and checked on them; and usually there was a health situation going on, but not for long.
We had food grown locally from our gardens and it was shared in the community. Those who went to the local farmers market to purchase their fresh fruits and vegetables would return to tell neighbors and friends about the daily specials. The interaction knitted the community.
Today, we too often don't put in the time to make sound choices when it comes to selecting food. We want it now and if it tastes good, that's all that matters. We overlook the consequences of our actions until they are staring us in the face.
Why is change so hard when it pertains to our health? Can it be that our belief system won't allow us to believe it is possible?
Usually we begin to focus on change when it affects our children. We begin to wonder what steps to take to correct the problem.
The first step in correcting our health problem is to look into our food pantry at all the cans of greens, black beans and peas that have been there for some time, often years. I'm talking about those out-of-date processed food items – such as macaroni and cheese, boxed pasta, cheese sauces, pop tarts – that we were told were healthy for us.
The next step is to decide to change our habits for ourselves. This will be a lifestyle journey, with victory assured as we overcome our unhealthy habits.
We must make conscious decisions about the foods we select to bring into our households. These decisions have to be based on the required health benefits that we receive from consuming these selected food choices.
Remove the obstacles and barriers and take control!
When we are in touch with our own awareness and stay true to the journey, we are more energetic, relaxed and creative. We are also more involved in our lives and we begin to feel connected and in tune with the natural rhythms of life.
It's never too soon or too late to embark on a new health journey.