Questioning Your Health

March 20th, 2015

Do you want to FEEL healthy? Or do you want to BE healthy? What is the difference? I believe it is possible to FEEL healthy, to be free of symptoms that would indicate disease or imbalance, and not actually BE healthy. Our conventional medical system that is directed towards alleviating the symptoms has the potential to help an individual to feel more healthy without actually helping the individual become healthier. I do not believe feeling healthy through the absence of symptoms is the same as being healthy through a diet and lifestyle that is in accordance with the needs of our body. I am sharing this distinction again to help demonstrate a concept I believe is vital towards reclaiming our health. In order to truly become healthy, we must begin questioning our health and our choices in order to challenge ourselves and inspire change in the way we are living. Do you want to help motivate your family to make changes in their lifestyle choices so they will both FEEL and BE healthy? If so, you must begin questioning the choices they are currently making.

It is crucial to question in a manner that will encourage discovery for yourself or your family. For example, when talking with our children about nutrition we want to pose questions in an open ended fashion. Do not simply ask your children if they want salad with dinner. If you ask this, they say “yes” or “no”. Instead create a dialogue about nutrition by engaging the children with questions they can not simply blow off with a one word answer. Try something along these lines:

I was thinking about making either a salad or a veggie stir fry to eat with our grass fed steaks tonight. Which do you think would be a healthier and more tasty option for our family? Do you have any suggestions on how to prepare it? Oh, you don’t really want salad or veggie stir fry? What would you suggest we eat instead to be certain we are getting our 9 to 12 veggies servings per day?

By asking open ended questions we draw the other participant into the conversation. This is empowering and allows that individual to help direct and create the desired outcome still within the perimeters of our overall objective – to get the kids to eat some veggies with dinner.

The same technique can be employed regarding exercise. Do not simply ask your partner if they want to go to the gym with you, especially if you know they don’t like working out at the gym. Instead mention that you have been sitting all day at work and your body is really craving some physical activity. You want to spend time with them too. Do they have any suggestions on an activity that would be enjoyable for both while also providing some level of physical exertion.

When we engage our loved ones with open ended questions in discussions about healthy living, and encourage each other to make healthy choices, we can begin to improve our own and their health.  Interacting in a fashion that is more encouraging and supportive can help us chose activities and behaviors that make us both FEEL healthy and BE healthy. Ultimately, this is our goal. Good luck on your journey.

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