Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Garbage In...Garbage Out.

Ever have one of those days when you just feel like garbage? A blah day?

What did you eat the day before? What physical activity do you (not) do? How was your state of mind?

There is a direct relationship between how you treat yourself and how you feel. Sometimes it's not instant, but it's there. The next time you think of doing something (or not doing something) because you don't think it makes a difference in the whole scheme of things....think again.

Did you ever hear about the butterfly effect? "The concept of the butterfly effect is frequently referred to in popular culture in terms of the novelty of a minor change in circumstances causing a large change in outcome." - wikipedia

So the butterfly flapping it's wings (or the grouchy office worker snapping at a co-worker and eating a donut) can affect the incidence and impact of a tornado across the world (or the state of wellness of the office workers and everyone surrounding him/her).


Anonymous said...

You get what you get, so don't throw a fit!

Anonymous said...

Do you think this same concept relates at all to chronic physical pain/conditions? I can't connect them -just curious if you can.

Lisa Beach said...

I think on some level it does---but in different ways for everyone. It's almost like each person has to experiment on themselves to find out what works best. Drugs seem to put bandaids on things and only deal with certain (tangible) parts of health problems. If we were totally "clean eaters" and had the right amount of physical activity many of the health problems and pain wouldn't have happened in the first place...but once it has, it's not impossible to make progress with baby steps and good lifestyle choices---it just takes longer. I think its still worth it when you think about the rest of life--a pill may help today, but the habit of veggies and fitness will carry through for a lifetime.
--so the connection comes through a bit differently for each person, but I believe its there.