Eat your veggies
21st Aug 20166m40s
- Eat your veggies. What do I mean by this? Eat your veggies. Eat your vegetables. Vegetables are an essential part of a healthy diet. Every human being should be eating vegetables. The problem with vegetables is they're not as enticing or tasty all the time as dessert, as cake, as pastry, as chocolate. But we still have to eat them because they're an important part of a healthy diet. So you have to make yourself eat your vegetables. That's the thing. Even when you don't want to eat vegetables, you have to just make yourself eat them. And I think most of us understand that. And so it goes for many things in life. Brushing your teeth. You have to brush your teeth. Maybe you don't feel like brushing your teeth but the principle is brushing your teeth is an essential part of keeping your teeth clean and keeping your mouth and your gums healthy. Just the same as eating vegetables is an essential part of keeping your body healthy, keeping your life healthy. And exercise. We should all be exercising. I don't care who you are. Even if you're disabled or you have trouble exercising, if possible you have to be doing at least a little bit every day. Some kind of exercise every day just to move your body, even if it's just moving your body slowly. Something needs to be done because exercise is an essential component of being happy and being healthy. This goes back to evolutionary point of view, how humans have evolved from cave men. Sorry, evolved from apes, and then we sort of involved to humans and we started out as cave men. Our ancestors used to move around a lot because they had to in order to survive. So moving around and doing exercise, utilizing the muscles in our body is just a part of being human. This is why exercise is such an essential component of who we are in my opinion. And even from modern scientific standards, exercising has massive physiological and psychological benefits. So what I mean is it makes your body better and healthier. And it makes your mind happier. Overall your life is better. So everyone should be exercising. So just like eating your veggies. And the same with using your mind, using your intellect in some way, exercising your intellect, exercising your logical thinking ability, improving your mind, improving your relationships. You need to have good relationships with people in order to have a good social circle. And this is important in order to not feel lonely because as research has shown, loneliness has an actual physical detrimental impact on your health. It's not good to be lonely. As in if you feel lonely. I'm not talking about whether if you are alone in the situation, there's nobody around you. I'm talking about how you feel on the inside. If you feel lonely, then that's really going to affect your health. So it's important to cultivate good relationships and that means exercising in that area of your life. It means working on your relationships. It means working on who you are as a person and going deeper and deeper with people. So just like eating your veggies, these are all things that we have to do but we don't feel like doing all the time because some of the things are boring, some of these things are tedious. If you go to school, you gotta do your homework. If you're studying college or something like that, you gotta study for your exams. If you're at work, you gotta do your work. Maybe it's boring what you have to do but you have to do it in order to get paid, in order to keep your job even. I mean if you're living in a society, there are certain rules you have to follow. You have to do it. You might not to but you have to do it in order to keep things functioning as they should be. So these are all essential parts of life. Now the things that other people impose upon us, the rules a society imposes upon us, the rules that your job imposes upon you, those things tend to be easier to follow because you're not having to motivate yourself to do those things. You kind of have to do those things or else you're going to lose something external. But when it comes to eating vegetables, when it comes to exercising, when it comes to, say, waking up on time, or cultivating your deeper relationships with the people in your life, those are things you have to motivate yourself to do. Often we don't do those things until something bad happens. So, for example, if you don't exercise and you don't watch your diet, you don't watch what you eat, maybe you'd become so fat, so obese that eventually you have health problems. And at that point, you're forced to do something about it. You left it too late, that's what happened. But instead, if you are to just recognize that even though you don't feel like doing these good things every day, you have to just do them in order to be healthy, then you would never have ended up in that position in the first place. And that's how I find it to be when it comes to exercise, particularly, or when it comes to eating well. I mean there are some things that I find easier to motivate myself to do like eating well because I've been eating, trying to eat well for a long time now, and it's become my standard. And this actually key point, the points of a standard. The things that are easy for us to do are the things that align with our standard of who we think we are. So if you see yourself as somebody who exercises regularly, if you see yourself as somebody who eats healthy food, who cooks their own food, then that's your standard, and that's what you always default to doing. So you end up defaulting to whatever your standard is. So, initially, it might be hard to get yourself to eat your veggies, but that's just because it's not your standard yet but after a while once you've gotten used to doing it for a long period of time, it becomes your standard, and by default, it becomes the easy thing for you to do. So one day, you don't eat your veggies, you just end up eating some sweet stuff. And maybe the next day, you're gonna do that again but you find yourself feeling guilty already, you find yourself already thinking, "Oh, you know what? "I should go and eat some veggies." Not because you think they're tasty or necessary, just because you know that that's really important to you. So that becomes your standard. So start off at the beginning by making yourself do the things you know are good for you, whether it's exercise, eating your veggies, getting up on time, getting your work done ahead of time. Whatever it is that you know is beneficial to you, just make yourself do, even when you don't feel like doing it. As a principle, do it. That's gonna build up your discipline. Moreover, it's gonna build up the habit of doing it. And once you've build that up, it then will slowly become your standard and then it becomes easier to maintain.