What does optimal health mean to you?

Today, many people respond to this question by making a reference about their intention to lose weight. Amidst the rising overweight and obesity trend, it’s easy to get carried away with fad-diets, extreme workouts and the next biggest loser. In the process of trying to shed pounds however, we must question whether we have missed the mark. Optimal health is not determined solely by how much we weigh. Although the scale is an important indicator and a reflection to some degree of our physical health, it doesn’t reveal the whole picture. The second chapter in my book provides a thorough definition by the World Health Organization (WHO) which states: “Health is a dynamic state of complete physical, mental, spiritual, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

Rather than focusing so much of our attention on weight loss, let’s turn inward and ask ourselves what caused us to gain this weight in the first place? Clearly, our emotional well-being is an important dimension of  health. What happens then if our emotions drive us to overeat? Food or alcohol becomes a coping mechanism to deal with our daily life struggles. Many of our health issues originate from one major downfall; an inability to quiet our mind and nurture our inner spirit. Perhaps we can manage parts of our lifestyle well, but we fail to manage our self in a healthy way.

If we study the PHS Pyramid (pages 36-40), we discover that our spirit is the hub of healthy self-management. In times of tragedy, people often comment that there’s no greater force than the power in the human spirit. This power is a gift deposited to us from our heavenly Father. Christ or the Divine Spirit is bigger than any of our life problems or health issues. As we nurture this connection to our higher power, we will naturally promote all dimensions of our well-being—in mind, body and spirit. This spiritual component of our well-being is addressed throughout my entire book, but if you’re struggling to find any inner peace, refer to chapter eight.





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