I love coffee. Not just the caffeine, but the taste. Many of you know I have attempted to cut it out, but the mental pleasure combined with the lack of sleep many times of the year, make it difficult to truly cut it out. My husband saw a video on YouTube that was pretty funny concerning coffee, and I imagine many adults have experienced this phenomenon.
The sad thing is, our bodies should function without stimulants like caffeine. The fact that so many don’t is pretty scary. And look at the acne, excema, allergies, asthma, and even worse conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancers. These are not normal conditions for the human body. Our bodies are fearfully and wonderfully made, and can be quite healthy if given the chance. Here is where cleaning our bodies comes into play.
Most of us realize by the time we are in our 30’s or so that our bodies are not functioning as well as they did when we were younger. Many of us are products of the fast food and convenience foods found everywhere today. Some of us were raised with summer gardens, and a few on actual farms, but most people will have abandoned that lifestyle when leaving the protective cocoon lovingly created by our parents. In an effort to do everything, be successful, and enjoy “free time” we end up sacrificing our healthful habits even if we were raised with them, succumbing to quick meals and not being tied to home with gardening and livestock. This leaves our bodies worn out and tired by the time we hit our middle years, when we should be enjoying life most.
Our bodies are full of chemicals from antibiotics, other medicines, foods that have been altered so much that our bodies can neither digest them nor remove the toxins they create, and we we are so sick, tired, and overweight we can’t see a way out. We start looking into why we are the way we are, and we want to do better, but there is so much to learn! It seems so complicated, especially since most of us just seem to keep getting busier the older we get. It is actually pretty simple to get started toward healing our bodies, however. The first step is cleaning out the crud so our bodies have the energy to do the rest.
There are many forms of “cleanses” available. It has become all the rage of late, though it is an age-old wisdom followed through the years by scores of generations and peoples around the world. It doesn’t take much to start cleansing our bodies. It is even quite affordable if done in steps. It actually starts with something that doesn’t seem remotely related to your body; time. Sit back and look at your life. Most of our habits revolve around our life-style. Our bodies do not function well on stress. Are you happy? Are you content with your work, the activities you do? Or are they a burden? Are you running your kids all over creation for extra-curricular activities, working, very involved in groups of different kinds? What is your mindset about all of this? I find the best way to be happy is not always striving for more, such as more money, more recognition, more service. Rather it is in being content where you are at, and cutting out the things that make you discontent. Only when you are at a place where you have time to sit back and appreciate what you have and the work you do can you start cleaning your body in other ways. I find that less is more, and that working isn’t a bad thing. Free time for hobbies isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, although times of special activities is nice. The key is more in finding ways to enjoy the work, from cooking and cleaning your home, to teaching your children and going to the office. I work so much as a stay-at-home mom that it seems I seldom just sit and relax, but I enjoy the work. Being in the sunshine feels so good, as does the quick dip in the little pool after weeding the garden or cutting grass. Milking time is so peaceful and gives me time to pray and contemplate life. Work keeps my children busy and helps keep them from bickering, and makes them more thankful when they do get free time to choose their own activity.However, your work shouldn’t be frantic in an attempt to get everything done. If it is like that you cannot relax in your work. In cultures where people slow down and have time to do their work well and still have a moment to stop and visit or take a look around, they are much happier, even if they never have a “day off” or vacation.
When your stress levels are down your body reacts differently to foods and environmental issues like pollen. Cut out those activities that are not necessary to survival and that make you feel like you can’t keep up and you will immediately decrease your stress levels. Learn to say “no”, and don’t let yourself feel bad about withdrawing from the rat race and starting to simply “be”. Take a moment every once in a while to evaluate where you are; it’s very easy to start adding too many things back into your life. This is the first step to cleaning up your body and feeling better. You will be amazed at how much this simple thing can make you feel better!
* Next time: Learn how to manage diet changes and how simple eating can make you feel better!