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Focus on the Good Foot

The Foot That is Up!

Loss. Disappointment. Frustration. We have all experienced each of these in some way or another. If we are smart we allow these feelings to be short-lived and we move on. But what about that one thing that eats at us. It may be something on the job, a person in our lives or a difficult family situation. That’s when the real test begins and there are lessons to be learned.

There is a story Deepak Chopra shares about his experience as a monk in Thailand back in 2011. Chopra shaved his head, ditched the shoes and lived as a monk for 30 days. He meditated from 12 midnight to 4am in the morning. The part of his story that intrigued me was about his feet. After about a week, the head monk asked Chopra how he felt and he told him that his feet hurt! Chopra never had to walk through the streets and forest without shoes or socks. The monk asked him how does your feet feel when one is lifted off the ground? Of course, Chopra said it felt good but when it’s on the ground, it hurt. The monk told him to focus on the foot that is lifted. #mindblown

This story really hit home for me because, like everyone else, I have a lot of good things happening in my life but there are a handful of things that tend to feel like that bare foot on the ground, in the forest! It’s called being human. Did you know that focusing on negative thoughts is an old survival tactic? Yep, back in the day when we were fighting off lions, tigers and bears we were in constant “worry and protect” mode.

Now that the world has evolved, we tend to worry about our jobs, families, friends and our health. Negative thoughts is the number one cause of depression and fuels our anxiety. We need to focus on the foot that up and not the one on the ground.

I fight with negative thoughts daily but if there is one thing I have learned over the years for every bad thought that jumps in my head, I have the control to replace it with 2 or 3 positive thoughts. I can control my thoughts. For every foot that’s down, there is a foot that is up. With every step, you are closer to something better. So, focus on the foot that’s up. For every bad foot, there’s a good foot.


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5 Steps to Staying Focused on Healthy Eating

Photo by Nathan Cowley from Pexels

Photo by Nathan Cowley from Pexels

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  • Step 1- Clean your cupboards. Get rid of any unhealthy food choices that are in your house and tempt you everyday.
  • Step 2- Eat with others that eat healthy. Company at the table may help you make better food choices, share healthy recipes and try new things that are healthy you may not have thought of. 
  • Step 3- Keep a daily food diary. Write down everything that goes in your mouth. Note portion sizes and how the food was cooked. Once you know, you know and better choices are just around the corner!
  • Step 4- Get a good night's sleep. Lack of sleep can actually increase hunger, which may tempt you to make unhealthy food choices. 
  • Step 5- Find another way to relieve stress and do not use food to do it. When you stress out, you do not care what goes in your body. So take a walk around the block or punch a punching bag. . .don't take it out on your body with bad food.
Posted on August 19, 2018 and filed under Life, Moms, Mothers, Wellness, Health.