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Lois 

Welcome to the podcast More to Life with Faith and Lois.

 

Faith 

I’m faith.

 

Lois 

And I’m Lois.

 

Faith 

Our podcast explores the things you face in life that inspire and daunt you.

 

Lois 

Hello, Faith.

 

Faith 

Hi, Lois. It’s nearing spring. I know it is.

 

Lois 

Well, hope springs eternal. That’s for sure. And as we speak about discernment this month, are you discerning it’s going to be spring?

 

Faith 

I hope so.

 

Lois 

So, you know, our focus this month is filled with lots of power. I find that when I’m willing to be more attentive in my relationships, I just have more power and I give the people that I hang out with more power themselves too.

 

Faith 

Isn’t that great?

 

Lois 

It is great. It’s and it’s all about waking up to all sorts of the pieces of ourselves because I’m not looking at just what’s on the surface. I’m willing to hear what might be going on somewhere else,

 

Faith 

Which is so connecting.

 

Lois 

It’s wonderful. So if you missed last week’s podcast, by the way, you can check it out on our website, www.moretolifewithfaithandlois.com or go to your favorite podcast platform. And we’d love for you to sign up for our weekly newsletter. We do have one of those, you can get our podcasts in your email every single Tuesday. So in our second week of issues surrounding discernment, we bring you Episode 115: How do you discern what’s best for your body?

 

Faith 

And this is really truly important because your body is a strong messenger and we need to listen to it and to discern what our body is really telling us and for my self, one of the things that I’m going to go back to what we’ve talked about so many times, this is where the scan comes in. So well as a scan your body to scan What am I feeling and is there an ache or a pain or something that’s off in my body and that just starts from the top of your head to the tip of your toes? Just do a skit through your body, and how is it feeling? And do you have a headache? Do you have a muscle ache? Is there a tension? You have a stomach ache? Do you feel tired, you have you eaten, all these kind of things, and we’re going to touch on all these things. But that is so important to be able to do that. And recently for myself, after the long holidays that we went through and everything, I wasn’t feeling good, and I could feel it. And it’s like, okay, and I got on the scale and I went, Okay, I don’t like this. I’m not doing this. And so it was an immediate reaction of know, it stops today. And that was discerning the connection of I’m not feeling as good as I was, because there’s some extra weight that has come on. So I’m, I need to get serious about this and do it. And four weeks later, losing several pounds. I feel better. So that’s a discernment. Now I could have easily gone off and said I’m okay but learning to discern what is off, and then correct it.

 

Lois 

And you’re taking the physical approach because this is the aspect we’re on this week, which is so fantastic. Because it’s different. I think a lot of us process so much in our heads, well, I can do this and you could have thought about what you wanted to do. But you actually had to physically take that action for the body to be impacted. And that’s, that’s what I’m noticing with my own body. I’m listening to it. And you know, I’ve read a number of books recently on how to change certain habits. And so much has to do with paying attention, but see what works with your body and what doesn’t. If this doesn’t work, there is one thing to do. Stop it. I mean, when we keep doing the same thing, we all know that about insanity and we expect a different response. It doesn’t, it won’t change. So if there’s something that’s going on in your body, something that you’re ingesting something that you’re doing that you know, you feel awful every time you do it. It’s going to keep feeling awful unless you decide to respond to it. And you I do some level of physical activity every day. But recently I was doing some painting. And I noticed because of just the way I stretched and I squatted and you know, I turned that night. Oh my goodness, my body was telling me, it wasn’t telling me not to do it. But it was saying, This is what happens when you haven’t prepared for these kinds of things. So then I rewarded my body with a bath of Epsom salts with some lavender oil, and I felt much better. But I mean, listen to what your body is saying. And so when we’re saying, discern for your body, pay attention and don’t minimize those things that ache, those things that feel good. Those things that are twisting you up, they’re there as signals and pay attention to the signals.

 

Faith 

Absolutely. Because if you fail to, you might find yourself up against a crisis. And that is a lot of what we want to help you with here today and give some information about because there are ways that we can discern the alarms to ask actually intervene before it becomes a crisis.

 

Lois 

So discernment is the ability to decide between truth and fiction, who thought we’d apply the body but faith and I did. So, as we, as we dive into this episode, we’re really grateful to www.healthprep.com and www.self.com for their insights, as we make really good friends with our bodies, because that’s what we’re doing. We’re saying, Okay, you know what, I’m not just going to pay attention outside here. But I’m going to see what’s going on here and how I function. So as you’re discerning what’s best for your body? Where do you begin?

 

Faith 

Well, some real basics are always good.With you know, drinking water and breathing. I mean, those are two essential things to keep you alive. You gotta you gotta drink water, you got to have water, you got to breathe. If you don’t have air and water, you’re not gonna make it. But those are two things that people shove away. They don’t breathe deeply. They don’t get oxygen to the brain. They don’t nurture their whole bodies by keeping hydrated. So, some real basic starting at the very foundation is really a good place to start.

 

Lois 

You know, we’re almost spoiled because we live in the Denver Metro area, because Faith and I don’t have a choice, right, we have to drink water. And if we don’t, you know, I, for me, I get headaches just because of the altitude. And if anybody comes to visit, that’s the first thing I say, you know, and you’re carrying a water bottle around just like I am, because you need to keep your body hydrated. But as a result of doing that, I’m far more attentive to my body because I will pick up things that aren’t functioning because I’ve got a lot more fluidity going in my body, I go to the bathroom a lot more. It’s true, but you know, I just I’m keeping things regular. So things are coming in and out faster, because I’m putting more water in. It’s that simple. And that we’re not advocating, you know, gargantuan ounces of water a day, but to keep yourself hydrated, and how different that will make you feel and your muscle tone. And like you just said in your brain and everything that hydrates well.

 

Faith 

And along with that you need to eat well, if your main place of going out to eat is fast food, you’re going to feel the effects of that over a long term period of, you know, long period of time. And so it’s important to regulate that and to make good choices about what am I putting into my body and the majority of the time, and to be able to say, is this giving me life? Or is it taking life from me.

 

Lois 

And I’ve started a practice of having no distractions while I eat. It’s a new thing I’m doing now if I go out to eat with friends and family that’s different, you know, if we’re going out for a meal, and you’re all chatting and talking, but when I eat now, I try to absolutely put my phone and my computer away. Try not to work in front of that, to just appreciate what I’m doing doing one thing at a time. And I find that when I eat without distraction, and I’m drinking my water, I eat less, because I actually noticed when I’m full, where if I’m doing something else at the same time, you know, over snacking or whatever and I’m doing it with all these other things that are competing for my attention. I don’t notice that I’ve stopped being hungry, but I’m still eating. So it’s actually helped me curb some of the food I take by mindful eating is kind of strange, but I actually put things away while I eat. Try it for a week and see what happens. Maybe it’ll do nothing for you, but I doubt that.

 

Faith 

For your body I do think it is about exactly what you just said. There’s intentionality along with discernment. They need to partner together. If you’re intentional about your decision and your choice, then what you’ve been discerning that you need, you can actually fulfill.

 

Lois 

Well, it’s that perception piece, right? Yes, we’re actually taking notice of our body. So we’re taking notice of the food that goes in the whatever else we’re drinking during the day, what goes in, and we noticed that it makes a difference in our bodies.

 

Faith 

That’s right. And then of course, be aware of how active you are in the day and if you have the ability to be active I just encourage you please step into it, that’s a gift if you have the body that says I have the energy, the stamina and the ability to go for a walk or to run or to exercise or go to the gym, be able to do that, because there’s a lot of people who don’t have that. And so you have to find other ways to actually paste that. And so it’s a gift if you can be active, rather than a chore. And I think that’s how people look at it. Like I have to go walk or I have to go do this and it’s a half to, rather than you’ve been given an amazing gift that your body is saying, I want to do this. I want to go for a walk, I want you feel better in you. Those are the kind of things that give that to yourself.

 

Lois 

And and we’ve mentioned this before, but like activity breaks. So if you are able to step away from your desk, to even walk around your office space, if you can’t leave the building, find some way Way to add an up and down movement in between your workday. So you don’t just, you know, say, Well, I didn’t get to work out or I can’t, I’m too busy to do that. I acknowledge that some people feel that they are too stressed to do that. But if you find room to incorporate small breaks with activity, you might then realize, Oh, well, then on Saturday, I’m going to go do a big golf game or a bike ride or do something that will then put a little more time in that wonderful activity for you.

 

Faith 

And that’s it. That’s a key thing is to be discerning about what do I like? Rather than than what do I have to do? Because if you do something you really like, and we’ve heard this a million times, but it’s true, and find something you really like to do. It’s just going to be play.

 

Lois 

I’ll see some people at the gym sometimes saying I hate doing this. It’s like Well,there’s Look what else there is to do here. Do something else if that’s going to stop you now if they’re just saying that because they haven’t bulked up to exactly what they want it that I don’t pay attention, but I do find people who get frustrated because They are doing exactly what you’re saying faith something.

 

Faith 

Yeah, and that’s going to be a killer and the end, it’s like you’re gonna quit.

 

Lois 

And you always suggest this and I love it. But try every day to get outside, even in the bitter cold, even in the heat of summer, whatever you’re doing, find some way to get fresh air because the endorphins that kick in just by pacing yourself outside, really do change up from what you can get inside.

 

Faith 

I agree. And get enough sleep for sure. We need to get enough sleep if you’re not, and this is different for everybody. But when people say oh, I only need three hours of sleep a night I I’m not so convinced. Because that’s that’s really pushing it. Our bodies do need places of rest. If you’re getting rest in other ways throughout the day and you get three hours a night that might be something different but listen to your body. What is it really needing And it can fluctuate. I mean, sometimes, you know, if we have been pushing it, we’re going to need more sleep. Other times, if we’ve been in a good rhythm of life, we need less. So it’s okay for that to fluctuate on you. And instead of having a set number, and we’re all unique human beings, and we need to know and discern, what is it that I really need?

 

Lois 

I heard a great expert on sleep this week. And one of the things she suggested was to note your moods and like in the first couple of hours a day I mean, really observe that because it can be not always but it really can be tied to the amount of sleep you got the night before. And I recognize if I’m really restless, or if I am, you know, really short with people, I can almost always tag that too. Well. I only got four hours of sleep last night. Yeah, I’m exhausted. So it’s a reason to do that is to then that’s one way to have kind of a sleep journal or kind of waking sleeping and figure out what You do so then you can see as faith is suggesting, if you’re in a really good place, you’ll probably notice you don’t need the full eight or nine hours of sleep. But if there are things that are going on that are really struggling, that are compressing you, then more sleep is usually better. And almost every expert will tell you now that sleep, how it relates in the business world is huge, because if you have exhausted people coming into work, they are simply not able to accomplish what they could have accomplished with a better night’s sleep.

 

Faith 

There’s been enough sleep studies to know it is an integral part of our life and we cannot just ignore it far too often. It is minimized and tossed aside I don’t need that much sleep. Yes, you do.

 

Lois 

And and one other thing is we were talking about Episode 115: How do you discern what’s best for your body? generosity, and thankfulness plays such a big role and you’d be surprised at being thankful for what you have in your life and and how can you do that? For some of us it’s a form of contemplation at moments to be grateful. Some people wake up and they say, I’m grateful for three things and they list them all right away. But there’s something about doing that in your mind that then influences your body, and how you then pay attention to your body.

 

Faith 

And specifically with your body because I work with so many people. I used to be one of them many years ago, that hates their body that rejects their body, well, that’s going to have a negative impact on you. And so it’s learning to find the things that are amazingly priceless about your body. For one, it works. You’re here, you’re alive, you’re breathing, you’re moving. And that in itself is a gift. but to also find, discern a little more clear like what is it about your eyes you like or what is it about your skin? Do you have really beautiful skin that is soft and nice. Do you have strong legs, do you you know? There are things about your body that are amazing. Find them and Then appreciate them and be thankful for them. And a lot of my gratitude on a daily basis is being so thankful that I have a body that is here alive, moving, and being able to work well for me.

 

Lois 

Because as we talk about how discernment affects your body, and what’s best for your body, our bodies don’t begin at our neck.

 

Faith 

I know, right?

 

Lois 

When we’re thinking of ways to be thankful for our body, it’s using the rest of our body, the brain element to recognize what we’ve got going on. And it’s all about paying attention. And sometimes we’re a little embarrassed about this. And I think that’s why we feel it’s so important as we’re talking about all of us. And using these four different components as we’re discussing these different themes. The body is so important, but it does involve our brain and it does involve how we know ourselves, how we hear ourselves, how we see ourselves, and so when we can get up and be grateful for three things, whatever they are, and hopefully one of them is about your own body. We begin the day with a different outlook.

 

Faith 

Yes, don’t take it for granted. The simplest things that you do that we just do on a daily basis on a continual basis of picking something up, it’s a miracle. It’s a miracle that we have that ability. And when you take that pause, again, in discernment, to reflect, you can’t be anything other than overwhelmed with gratitude and thankfulness for how well it works for you.

 

Lois 

And for many, this is a new habit, recognizing that our bodies are important and how we keep them together and how we feed them and how we water them. And how we, you know, nurture them and get them out for activity. I mean, almost if you look at if you look at your body from outside your body, it’s like take care of that thing. Dress it well. Warm, it’s cold outside. We do that for our children, and we forget to do it for ourselves.

 

Faith 

We do for our pets.

 

Lois 

Yeah. We just don’t know for ourselves, okay? So take all that generous care and discern what’s best for your body and watch the return you get out of it. I mean, I love it when when you walked in today, your physical element is so different faith and you know, you know what’s happened. And so we start knowing what’s happening in our bodies. And we also know the reverse. So when you’ve done something to it when you’ve eaten something, or consumed something or had a little too much to drink, pay attention to what your body feels like, and don’t take that for granted.

 

Faith 

They’re good messengers. So paying attention to your body is a huge gift that you give yourself by listening and observing and finding out what works for you.

 

Lois 

Discerning what’s best for your body is a wise decision, which helps you lead a more balanced and energized life.

 

Faith 

Caring for your body means giving it the things that will replenish it. Please share our podcast.

 

Lois 

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Faith 

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Lois 

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Faith 

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Lois

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