It would be interesting to know – on a scale from 1 to 5 – how much people care about their own health and wellness.

Where do you land on that scale? Do you even care? Perhaps you should.

Generally people lock in on their wellness because they want to or because they reach a crisis moment.

I saw one of my cousins in Atlantic City who looked much thiner than when I last saw him.

He said he lost 35 pounds and I asked how and why?

He informed me that he took ill at work and was taken to the hospital.

They didn’t let him go home because he was extremely close to falling into a diabetic coma.

My cousin’s blood sugar level was in the 370-390 range, almost 200 points above the 200 danger level.

He was extremely close to falling into a diabetic coma.

All of a sudden, he discovered Self love and fell in love with fruits, vegetables, lean meat.

Why? His health matters now, out of fear.

Another friend in in Pittsburgh named Esther lost 42 pounds in six months.

She wasn’t forced to, like my cousin, she simply decided to start loving herself.

Self love? “Absolutely! I was neglecting myself,” says Esther.

“You have to put yourself first.”

Self love is the ability to place supreme value on your mind, body, life, the path you’re walking and the choices made in life.

It’s the ability to focus on what enriches you, not depletes you.

I believe the primary reason people fail with diets, is because they’re doing what they’re told to do, not because they want to.

Self love elevates and regulates the level of self respect and value we place on our own lives, especially the food choices we make.

Self love is an emotional nutrient that powerfully transcends every aspect of our lives, if we tap into it.

It provides a reason and a standard that says I value my body and life too much to eat that or do that, even if I’m the only person in the room refraining.

“Love yourself enough to take the actions required for your happiness…enough to cut yourself lose from your drama-filled past…love yourself enough to move on.” – Dr. Steve Maraboli

Ways to Trigger Self Love

  1. Identify what makes YOU happy. Now, create space for it daily or weekly.
  2. Vessel Value: you only have one body and one life. What you eat, does it help or harm my body, either choice affects your quality of life.
  3. Learn to say NO to others and YES to you. A portion of each day should be designated for personal space. Stay clear of toxic behavior and negative people, even your own relatives.
  4. Identify your talents and strengths. Elevate your positive thinking and understand that you are greater than the circumstance that confronts you.
  5. Understand that your nutritional, emotional and mental health matter because YOU matter. Now live it.

Self love, it isn’t selfish. It’s necessary!