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The 4 Mind and Flex Elements of Health and Diet’s Role In It All

Diet, quiet, movement and happiness—they all play a role in our health, but how? And what part does diet play among it all? At Mind and Flex, we believe in the power of Diet, Quiet, Movement and Happiness.

The popular concept of health is rather vague. Most people find the topic confusing, simply because they don’t know what it means to be truly healthy.

Our tribal ancestors didn’t have private health insurance, fitness resources or health studies to ingest. They relied on wise shamans, rituals and natural remedies that were passed down from their elders. Wild animals maintain health thanks to ingrained primal instinct.

As for modern humans, it’s up to us to reconfigure how we think of our health. At Mind and Flex, we believe in the power of Diet, Quiet, Movement and Happiness. Collectively, we call them the 4 Elements of Health. Individually, these factors propel health in unique ways.

The Relationship Between the 4 Elements of Health

In today’s world, a healthy person is healthy because they actively honour their body with what it requires: adequate rest, viable nutrition, plentiful movement and enjoyable recreation. These boil down to Diet, Quiet, Movement and Happiness.

Healthy people are willing to accept responsibility for their well-being, from one end of the spectrum to the other. They view their body as a valuable gift, through which their soul expresses itself.

Listening to our bodies is the first step in becoming healthy. This means choosing local, seasonal foods to ingest, and finding joy in the process. It also means getting up and moving should we feel stiff. No element alone brings us all the way to total health, but these disciplines work synchronously to show us the light.

Why the 4 Elements of Health, and Why Now?

As a consumer in the modern age, we are bombarded by ads encouraging us to eat the latest genetically modified foods, take a pill to help us sleep, reduce our anxiety or depression and increase our sex drive.

In general, we are pushed harder in body, mind and spirit to achieve fantasies of success. The problem? Along the way, we compromise the very body that houses our soul. We need an urgent solution.

That’s where the 4 Elements of Health come into play. While I studied at the Paul Chek Institute en route to earning a Holistic Lifestyle Coach certification, I discovered a Hippocratic approach discussing our three internal physicians:

• Dr. Diet

• Dr. Quiet

• Dr. Happiness

The Greek philosopher said these doctors were already living within each of us. He rationalised that whatever ails you has its roots in one or more of these three chief aspects of human life. Using this simple principle and as little as 40 herbs and a pig’s bladder filled with sand, he achieved success. These methods are still considered successful, a whopping 2,377 years later!

From our vantage point, there is one modern peril that Hippocrates would have to add in the modern day: the need to combat a sedentary lifestyle. That’s why we must add Dr. Movement to the original three physicians.

Diet as a Foundation

Just as Hippocrates claimed thousands of years ago, food is our medicine! In order to implement this wisdom into our daily lives, we must change our eating habits and begin observing certain principles. These principles help shape the the first Mind and Flex Element of Health: Diet.

Diet provides the foundation for well-being. Food and drink dramatically affect our energy levels. So too do they alter our biochemical reality, which in turn influences our emotional and mental well-being. Diet provides us with guidance to make the right nutritional choices for our bodies.

There is a reason diet is the first element of health. When the diet is deficient, there just isn’t enough energy or clarity of mind to initiate and sustain the changes need for self healing. It’s truly foundational, in every sense of the word.

Diet provides the foundation for well-being. Food and drink dramatically affect our energy levels. So too do they alter our biochemical reality, which in turn influences our emotional and mental well-being. Diet provides us with guidance to make the right nutritional choices for our bodies.

There is a reason diet is the first element of health. When the diet is deficient, there just isn’t enough energy or clarity of mind to initiate and sustain the changes need for self healing. It’s truly foundational, in every sense of the word.

The Intricacies of Individual Diets

Diet won’t necessarily guide everyone to eat the same foods. In fact, the kinds of foods and the proportions of those foods that are right for you may vary quite radically from your friends, loved ones and acquaintances.

The most important principle of diet is the balance of ingredients. Every person requires proteins, carbohydrates, fats, minerals, vitamins and microelements. If the amounts of each are properly distributed (as they are in natural foods), our body utilises only small amounts of energy for digestion. This way, we can consciously reserve most of our available energy for cleaning out toxins and making repairs.

Natural VS Artificial Food

At Mind and Flex, we’re not afraid to make bold claims that we believe in. All artificial foods lack the perfect balance of ingredients! Digesting artificial food becomes an extremely complex task, using up all our energy to attempt to break down the ingredients. In some cases, digestion requires more energy than the food itself contains.

Our conclusion? No program, diet or chef can balance our proteins, fats, carbs, vitamins and micro-elements as effectively and efficiently as a plant-based diet.

That’s not to say everyone has to be a vegetarian. We can have feasts in our life when we allow ourselves to eat all kinds of food that brings us joy. However, for utmost health, we should maintain healthy diets on ordinary days. This means making use of moderation and listening to the needs of our bodies. Moderation in eating is one of the basic conditions of our survival.

Many people are addicted to simplified and processed carbs—this includes refined flours and sugars (even if they’re gluten free). If you frequently indulge in artificial, processed or otherwise junk food, you may run into a number of symptoms.

Short-Term Symptoms of Artificial-Based Diets

• Anxiety

• Difficulty Concentrating

• Acne

• Quick Hunger

• Tired and Wired

• Nervous Energy

• Energy Highs and Lows

• Emotional Distress Long-Term Symptoms of Artificial-Based Diets

• Depression

• Headaches

• Neck/Shoulder/Lower Back Pain

• Weakened Immune System

• Constipation

• Acne

• Diabetes

• Cancer

Consuming an artificial diet is like trying to run your gas-powered car on diesel fuel. Your car won’t run for long, if at all! We need to rediscover our natural eating habits, and this is where the element of Diet comes in.

Taking Control of Our Health, One Bite at a Time

“Most people get ill for one of two reasons—overeating or hunger.” – Old Tibetan Adage

Diet, Quiet, Movement and Happiness all work in conjunction with one another to provide ultimate health and wellness. As it turns out, we often use forks and spoons to dig our own graves.

Knowing the importance of a balanced diet that goes beyond preparing tasty meals is key, and it opens the door to the rest of the 4 Mind and Flex Elements of Health.

 

About Paulina Brodowska

I’m Paulina, and my interests are plenty. I ceaselessly seek: How to find happiness in life, How to find genuine balance, Cleaning and detoxing the mind and body and Reprogramming the belief system.

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