How Do You Define “FREEDOM” In Living Life?

Publication1CROPPED300Instinctively, many of us believe FREEDOM is synonymous with one’s ability to participate in boundless (over indulging) pleasures available in life. Although we’re capable of intellectualizing the consequences of this type of “freedom,” hormonally, we’re frequently driven to override our intellect to satisfy our emotional desires.

HOW DO WE COMBAT THIS UNHEALTHY REACTIVE BEHAVIOR FREQUENTLY CONTROLLING OUR CHOICES IN LIFE?

One successful method is redefining “FREEDOM” in a way that satisfies our rational and emotional needs and wants. This requires refocusing our attention on the BIGGER PICTURE and recognizing the freedom this bigger picture offers.

 

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If you currently perceive FREEDOM as:

  • the ability to walk into a fast food restaurant regularly for a quick meal

  • or having a hot fudge sundae, piece of cake or candy bar any time of day or night

  • or choosing to drink energy drinks loaded with sugar and caffeine in place of water

  • or choosing to avoid exercise altogether because you’d rather do nothing at all

  • or living in anger, resentment and hostility because the world has “done you wrong”

you might want to reconsider whether these FREEDOMS enhance or impede your LONG TERM ability to enjoy life.

You see, healthy dietary habits along with other life enhancing patterns of behavior offer FREEDOMS unavailable to those choosing to perceive these enhancing lifestyle behaviors as “restrictive” and “unwanted.”

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WHAT FREEDOMS ARE SACRIFICED WHEN ONE CHOOSES THE “FREEDOM” TO OVER INDULGE IN UNHEALTHY BEHAVIORS? 

In many cases the FREEDOMS sacrificed often include some combination of the following:

  • Emotional stability

  • Quality energy

  • Ability to achieve quality sleep

  • Quality brain function (clarity)

  • Hormonal stability regulating healthy desirable outcomes

  • A healthy body and mind (free of chronic inflammation) preventing a multitude of diseases including gastrointestinal disease, type 2 diabetes, auto immune diseases, heart disease, stroke and cancer

  • The ability to discover MEANING, PURPOSE, PASSION and LOVE in life.

Do you think it might be time to re-evaluate your perception of FREEDOM?

Why not choose a definition and LIFESTYLE that continuously enhances one’s QUALITY OF LIFE over time? Choosing the type of “FREEDOM” that satisfies immediate gratification and over indulging only causes LONG TERM pain and disability. It does so by imprisoning oneself within a degenerating body and mind that gradually reduces (BOTH) function and choices in life. Unfortunately, for most of us, “FREEDOM” from this kind of imprisonment only occurs upon the arrival of DEATH!

IS YOUR CURRENT PERCEPTION OFFREEDOM” AND LIFESTYLE CHOICES LIKELY TO INCREASE OR DECREASE YOUR LIFE’S POTENTIAL?

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13 comments

  1. Pertinent and too the point as always Dr J…I know which I choose and truly I enjoy my food and my life…I don’t know what is good about being a couch potato???

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    1. This is because you don’t view your balanced approach to eating and living in negative terms. It is a reasonable compromise because of all the benefits you experience. So many can’t let go of harmful living habits because they don’t have enough QUALITY in life to substitute for these habits that frequently offer temporary satisfaction.

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      1. That is so sad but I believe that all this celebrity culture doesn’t help at all…It has gone way too far like an unstoppable juggernaut …

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  2. With you, of course, Doc, although I worry when you have to shout at me (BOLD TYPE)!! Fortunately, we have to freedom to eat healthily, to exercise to our capacity and to try to look after our fellow globe dwellers. Sadly, not everyone has this freedom of choice.

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    1. Some of my audience is hard of hearing so I sometimes utilize BOLD TYPE. 😀

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  3. Am Freedom and define myself as a tale of talents, a person of passions… if I can’t live these states to my fulfillment then am no longer free and got some real soul work to do… hardly anything can lure me to give my own self up… thanks for this post as usual doc

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    1. You have the type of rebel soul desperately needed by society. It searches for the best outcomes and maintains an energy level required to get the job done. A rare type of person in today’s world.

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      1. In yester years or maybe even now in some places, I could be drugged and labelled sadly. My eyes have seen stuffs yikes, but I refuse to not be free lol

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  4. This post touches on some pertinent issues our society is struggling with. As we we become wealthier and technological miracles abound, the array of lifestyle choices seems endless. Like you said, many have the notion that freedom means doing whatever you want. Without discipline and self imposed boundaries it evolves in to slavery.

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    1. Very well said. People have a difficult time believing unlimited freedom can lead to self imprisonment (or slavery as you express it.)

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  5. great post…I am so selfish with myself…I need to learn to be more free with me!!

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  6. Sana538 · · Reply

    What do I not love about this blog so beautifully said well done doc thanks for the info so true🙌🏼 do check out my new blog post hope you like it do let me know what you think would love that😊

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  7. I started a book on willpower yesterday – I’m several chapters in, and so much of what they discuss is closely related to what you say here. Thanks to you, I feel like it’s a lot of remedial work for me (though really, having it reinforced more is never a bad thing – the more strategies you have to deal with the temptations and “freedoms” above, the easier it is to recognize where true freedom lies and which choices are the ones that will allow you to live your best life.

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