By: Nutritionist S. Keith Klein IV CN CCN
Relapse Prevention Series: Self-Improvement
In “Being Intentional,” Nutritionist S. Keith Klein IV CN CCN discusses the importance of purposefully and deliberately directing one’s actions, thoughts, and behaviors towards achieving a meaningful life. When individuals are not intentional, they may feel a lack of purpose, self-respect, and self-esteem, neglecting their own needs and well-being. By being intentional about taking care of oneself, including exercising regularly, eating healthfully, and losing weight, individuals can improve their physical and mental health, demonstrating that they value and prioritize their well-being. Furthermore, being intentional in a relationship involves purposeful communication, following through on promises, and expressing love and appreciation, which can strengthen the relationship and build resilience for future challenges.
When we are not being intentional, we may find ourselves drifting through life without a clear sense of purpose or direction. This has a negative impact on our overall well-being, including our self-respect and self-esteem. When we are not intentional, we may make choices that do not align with our values or goals. We may find ourselves going through the motions, doing what is expected or what we think we should be doing, rather than taking deliberate action toward achieving our goals. This can lead to dissatisfaction and disillusionment, as our lives lack meaning and purpose.
In addition, we may neglect our own needs and well-being. We may prioritize the needs of others or external obligations over our health and happiness. This can lead to inner resentment and frustration, as we feel we are not living the life we want to live or deserve. Over time, not being intentional can diminish our self-respect and self-esteem because when we make choices that don’t align with our values and goals, we can feel an inner sense of self-betrayal and disappointment in ourselves.
Being intentional means being purposeful and deliberate in your actions, thoughts, and behaviors. It means that you are aware of your goals, values, and priorities and taking actions that align with them. It is a powerful concept that will transform your life in many positive ways. At its core, being intentional means making conscious choices and taking deliberate actions toward achieving a meaningful life.
One of the most important ways to be intentional is by taking care of yourself physically and mentally. Taking care of yourself by working out, eating right, and losing weight is an excellent way to be intentional. Exercise has numerous benefits for your body and mind. It can help you maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes, and improve your mood and energy. When you exercise regularly, you’re also showing yourself that you value and prioritize your health and well-being, which in turn also has a positive impact on your mental health.
Eating healthfully is another crucial aspect of being intentional. Nourishing your body with nutritious foods provides the energy and nutrients you need to thrive. When you cook your meals, you have more control over what you’re putting into your body. You can choose fresh, healthy ingredients and avoid processed foods high in salt, sugar, and unhealthy fats.
Carrying food with you wherever you go is another way to be intentional about your health. You’re less likely to succumb to unhealthy options like fast food or vending machines when you have healthy snacks and meals. Carrying your food also gives you more control over your eating and helps you avoid situations where you may be tempted to make unhealthy choices.
Losing weight can be challenging, but it’s also an opportunity to be intentional about your health. When you commit to losing weight, you’re showing yourself that you value your health and are willing to make changes to improve it. Losing weight can improve your confidence and self-esteem and reduce your risk of chronic diseases. However, it’s important to approach weight loss with a healthy mindset. Instead of focusing solely on the number on the scale, focus on making sustainable lifestyle changes that will benefit your health in the long run. When you make conscious choices to take care of yourself and be intentional in your approach to life you send a message to others that you value yourself and your health. This can improve your confidence that will extend to other areas of your life like relationships.
I often told my clients that you cannot be healthy if you are in an unhealthy relationship. Being intentional in a relationship means you are purposeful about your actions and decisions with your partner. This includes your communication because you will express yourself clearly and listen to their needs and concerns. Being intentional also means following through on promises, being consistent and showing reliability. When you express your love and appreciation through kindness, and affection it will deepen your bond with them. By being intentional about actively listening, expressing empathy, and finding solutions together, you can strengthen your relationship and build resilience for future challenges.
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