Does dieting keep failing you?
In this episode of the Healthy Free Life Show, I bust the myths around diet culture and invite you to explore my Body, Mind, Spirit framework to health and wellness. This holistic approach to a healthy lifestyle is effective and sustainable, so I want to teach you how to use it to reach your health and wellness goals!
Listen to podcast here (or read down below)
In this episode, you’ll learn…
00:30 Dieting has failed us… it doesn’t work!
02:05 The Body, Mind, Spirit approach to health.
04:59 Diet and exercise have the least impact on your ability to lose weight and to get healthy!
05:55 The goals and intentions of the Healthy Free Life Show.
06:36 The importance of spiritual health.
07:33 How mental health impacts your relationship to food, stress, and self-love.
08:53 Physical health comes from honoring food, exercise, sleep, and rest.
09:50 Achieving a Healthy Free Life is achievable! + What to expect in the next episode.
“A healthy body can only be built on a healthy mind and a healthy spirit.” – Katrina
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A new way to eat and live healthy for the glory of God.
Brace yourself for what I’m about to say:
Diets don’t work.
Most people think that in order to lose weight or get healthy, they need to:
- deprive themselves,
- have more willpower,
- eat less,
- exercise more,
- count calories,
- calculate points,
- cut fat,
- cut carbs,
- or do the latest fad diet.
This is some of the worst advice.
But I get it. Almost every guru in the diet and exercise industry tells you to do one or more of these things. And trust me, I once believed it too. And I did it all as well.
It’s easy to believe that this is the truth because the narrative and the diet and exercise industry haven’t changed in decades.
They just keep recycling the same theories.
But let me ask you, if that were true, if eating less and exercising more were the keys to success, then wouldn’t everyone who has ever dieted before be skinny, fit, and healthy?
We all know that this is not the case!
In fact, if you keep holding onto this belief, that dieting is the only way to health and freedom, then you can actually be doing more damage to your health with each failed attempt.
Dieting has failed us.
The statistics show that almost all of us fail at dieting and that 95% of us gain the weight back after dieting and about 66% and up a little bit fatter than where we were before.
I know that I was one of those statistics. Are you?
We don’t need any more diets and we surely don’t need any more failed attempts.
How you can actually get healthy and free for good.
I want to encourage you to take a body, mind, spirit approach instead.
What makes Healthy Free Life different?
We focus, not just on diet and exercise, but other components of our health that are actually even more important than diet and exercise.
So, yes, of course, we need to focus on what we eat.
We do need to exercise.
But we need to take into consideration additional components of our life and our health, like our spiritual health, our mind health, even other body components like sleep, hydration, and movement.
The body, mind, spirit framework
I want you to imagine your health and your life as a pyramid.
When you think of a pyramid, the base provides a strong foundation and each level builds on top of it. This results in a strong, resilient structure. I want you to be able to see this framework in your mind.
So picture a pyramid, then divide this pyramid into three equally distanced sections with horizontal lines.
The bottom third of your pyramid is SPIRIT health.
The middle third is MIND health.
The top third is body health. The body is then further divided into five equal parts:
What you need to realize is that a healthy life is not just about your body.
I think intuitively you know this. You are also spirit and mind. We cannot separate them.
All three must be considered when looking at our health.
What I want you to understand is that a healthy body can only be built on a healthy mind and a healthy spirit.
Yet we have psychology books that tell us that cravings and emotional eating and willpower- it’s all in the mind.
Or we have well-meaning Christians that tell us that this is just a spiritual battle.
And then we have body experts that tell us it’s just physical, perhaps chemicals in our brain, or it’s our hormones, or it’s all about diet and exercise.
Listen, it’s all three.
We can not just look at one area and think that this is the only area that needs fixing.
It’s all three: body, mind, and spirit.
If we take a one-silo approach to a healthy life, it will be incomplete.
So back to that picture of the body, mind, spirit framework.
Diet and exercise are actually at the very tippy-top of our pyramid. They are not the most important part of the pyramid.
In fact, diet and exercise have the least impact on your ability to lose weight and get healthy.
Now don’t get me wrong. Diet and exercise are important, what we eat and how we move our body- it’s important.
And it’s a huge part of what I teach in all of my programs, but they are not the most important thing when it comes to getting truly healthy.
So many of us have our pyramids upside down, focusing so heavily on diet and exercise, we never even consider or attend to the more important parts of our health.
Flip your pyramid right side up…
and put the spiritual component where it belongs.
>>The goal of my teaching is to dive into each one of these components of the body, mind, spirit framework more deeply.
>>I want to show you how imbalances in one or more of these areas are preventing you from reaching your health goals.
>>Most importantly, I’m going to lay out action steps to bring balance and health and help you reach your goals.
Whether your goal is to get healthy or to gain energy ditch disease, lose weight, or find food freedom, or simply to grow closer to God, we’re going to get there.
I’m going to save the deep dives for future posts, but for now, let me give you an overview of the goals that we want to achieve as it relates to each of the components, just so that you know where we are heading.
Goals of our spirit health:
(the foundation and most important component of our health)
“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Deuteronomy 8:3
>>connect with God
>>deepen our faith
>>experience peace and joy
>> fulfill our purpose.
Goals of mind health:
“For as he thinks within himself, so he is.” Proverbs 23:7
>>change our relationship with food
>>see food as God intended (his glorious gift from his marvelous creation)
>>learn the art of trusting God
>>find relief for our stressed-out souls
>>see ourselves as beautiful creations of an artistic God
>>finally have peace with food, peace with our body, peace in our mind
Goals of body health:
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own. You were bought at a price, therefore honor God with your bodies.” First Corinthians 6:19-20
>>use God’s glorious foods
>>use exercise and sleep and movement in the right way
>>develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime
>>diseases reduced or eliminated
>>pain reduced or gone
>>full of energy to do the work that God has for us to do
You might be thinking, “Katrina, this is awesome. I really, really want this.” But then the sinking feeling comes in and you’re just like, “How in the world am I going to achieve it?”
It can feel so impossible. The mountain ahead seems so big to climb.
But I’m here to tell you, dear one, that it is possible.
Perhaps you just didn’t know that there was another way to achieve a healthy, free life.
It’s called the Healthy Free Life Way.
I cannot wait for you to experience it.
In the next post, I will give you the very first step to take to start your journey to abundant health.
So that’s where I want you to head next. What you’ve learned here today is a completely new way of looking at getting healthy, the Healthy Free Life Way.
Taking a full-body, mind, spirit approach to getting healthy will be a game-changer in helping you to finally break free from diets, deprivation, and defeat, and more importantly, to have relief of physical burdens so that you can fully live your life and live out your purpose.
“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24,
Until next time. Bye for now.