Why Diet and Exercise are important To your Mental Health
Let me begin right here.. In my opinion diet first, then exercise are the two most important things to consider when starting your mental health journey. You can not be mentally healthy if you are not physically healthy and vice versa.
I learned this the hard way through my 25 year journey. Try this on for size. I was 35 years old. I weighed 286 lbs. At 5’9” this is a recipe for disaster. My testosterone level was at the level of an 85 year old Man, 277. Take into consideration that a good level for 35 is 800. So at 277 I was emotional as a woman going through menopause.
I was fat, depressed, and as sad as I have ever been. With no hope in sight and no idea how even to get started, as usual I did nothing.
Fast forward a year. The worst year of my life. I was almost on my way out. As a Dad of a beautiful little girl aged 6 at the time, I was truly scared. However I had no idea what was the big deal about eating right.
I come from a background that every single family get together has food and alcohol at it. That food is never healthy. Pizza, wings, burgers, pasta. It never mattered to me what I ate. It never mattered what I drank either. Soda, beer, it was always available.
I was never told that what I ate mattered to my health. My family put no value on health.
Now, I was a grown up ok. So I don’t put any of that on anyone but myself. Again though where do I start?
Lucky for me I stumbled up a newer podcast called the Peak Human Podcast with Brian Sanders. I started on the newest one which was actually episode 2. Dr Ted Naiman. LIFE Changing. I immediately bought Dr Naiman’s book. The P:E Diet. I decided right then and there that I was going to read his book and follow everything to a T.
What happened after that completely changed my life. Within the fist 6 months I lost 45 lbs. I completely changed what I looked like. I completely changed how I thought and I completely changed how I lived.
I was eating what Brian likes to call nose to tail. Which is the whole animal. Not just steak or hamburger, but liver, heart, kidneys. I completely cut out sugar of any kind. My skin cleared up. My brain fog vanished and I felt like a human being for the first time in forever.
I wanted to hang out with people again. I wanted to live again. I knew how to love again and have respect for myself. I was on the right path.
Now I don’t want you to think you have to do what I did. If you do however you will see results. I still have a long way to go in my journey but I am on the right path.
Its like a drug, an addiction. Its an addiction of joy and fulfillment. You can do it. Anyone can do it. Find the right way to do it though. I highly recommend the Peak Human Podcast as a start. You will find out everything I think you need to know from that content.
Get yourself started the results will come. Stick with it.
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