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The Language of Health: What Does It Mean?

You have a language spoken throughout your mind, body, and soul. It’s called the language of health. That language determines how you feel. Learn how to change the language to change your health.

The connection between our body, mind, and soul is wildly understudied. Yet understanding the connection and communication between the three is vital in changing your life. Inside all of us is a specific language that directs your outcome.

This doesn’t mean your body is speaking a foreign language, but the language of health is what you speak about yourself and how you speak about the world around you. Think of your language as your perception. That perception creates your reality.

Take the language of body fat. If you repeatedly tell yourself, “I’m so fat,” that becomes your perception, creating your reality.

It seems crazy, perhaps because we don’t want to believe our words have that much control. But they do. What you speak is powerful, creating or reinforcing the story you live. Learning a better language can change your outcome shifting your reality to create health.

Inside this podcast, Registered Dietician and mindset coach Cole Berschback of Total Potential shows us how to build a better language in health through learning how to feel, release past hurts and rewrite your story. We also talk about the importance of posture and family systems in health.

What Is Your Language of Health?

Have you ever wondered what determines your health? Outside of the common understanding that health is the total of what you eat and how much you move, what determines what your body does with those things?

If you’ve spent any amount of time in the health space, looking to see results, you’ve faced the reality that achieving the outcome is complicated. Somedays go better than others, but often, you end up in the same place you started leaving you to wonder if you are the problem. Perhaps, it’s you that is the failure.

But it’s not you that’s broken. It’s the language of health that you speak over yourself. What you speak and think are not just words. They interconnect in the whole of you – mind, body, and soul – creating an open communication channel that determines your reality.

Your language of health is what you speak about yourself, others, and the world around you. It is your perception.

Your Language of Health Becomes Your Reality.

It’s easy to misunderstand thoughts as powerless ideas roaming free in your mind. But your thoughts create a feeling that leads to an action. Simultaneously, they shift your biology to act accordingly. Thoughts are not just things. They’re directing your life and creating your story.

Understanding your thoughts allows you to understand your language of health. What are you speaking over yourself?

Positive health language could include:

  • It’s all going to turn out fine!
  • I don’t know unless I try.
  • It never hurts to ask.
  • I look really beautiful.
  • I feel so healthy right now.
  • That was a good choice I made.
  • It didn’t go as planned, but I learned…
  • I’m making great progress!

Negative health language could be:

  • I look so fat.
  • I’m never going to be healthy.
  • It’s just my genetics.
  • I don’t have the resources.
  • My life is chaotic enough.
  • It’s too complicated.
  • I’m so confused!
  • There’s no way it will work.
  • It doesn’t matter if I did. No one cares.

They may seem innocent or even annoying, but the words create the language that runs throughout your mind, body, and soul, connecting them and creating the outcome you experience. To get healthy, you must stop harboring and storing negative thoughts and emotions and release them into something positive.

But the key is you have to believe it. You have to change your story.

Be Careful What You Speak

At some point, someone realized what you call something changes what you do, including what you call yourself. According to research, Even your biological name greatly influences your life. 

In the early 1950s, Researchers at Harvard studied how a child’s name influenced their outcomes. They researched the difference between familiar names and unusual names. 

They found that children with unusual names were more likely to have flunked out of school or interact with negative behaviors like drugs and addictions. Those with common names proceeded to excel in school and engage in post-secondary education.

Since then, researchers have continued to study names and have found that names can:

Outside of your biological name, this research shows the power of what you repeatedly speak over yourself and the labels you carry. They’re determining who you interact with, what health behaviors you engage with, and your view of food. They’re creating you! 

The Language You Speak

You didn’t get to choose your biological name, but you can choose and create the labels you speak about yourself and over yourself. Until now, your health language has been influenced by how you were raised. It was influenced by:

  • The labels your mom spoke over herself. 
  • What others spoke over you.
  • The images in magazines or on your favorite TV shows.
  • The opinion of culture. 
  • The perception of what you thought it takes to be healthy.

But just because these things have influenced you does not mean it needs to continue. Like any story, the tables can flip. A new chapter can begin, and you can create a healthier outcome. 

It’s the only way to engage in change.

Create a better language of Health

Changing your language does not mean you instantaneously start speaking a story you don’t believe. If you don’t believe it, you won’t engage with it. You can’t fool your body. Instead, start to acknowledge the old story. Understand the lie within that story and begin adding small truths back in.

Small truths allow you to acknowledge what you used to believe while shifting the narrative.

  • I know I feel fat, but I am making great progress, and I feel more energized.
  •  I used to think it was impossible, but I know it is possible. 
  •  I don’t have to know the exact way to get started. I can learn along the way.
  •  I don’t have to wait for health, but I can start living it by showing up in the little things.
  •  I feel like sleeping in, but I’ll feel better if I get up and move.

Be conscious of what you say about your body to yourself and those listening. Pay attention to the words and thoughts you give food or that workout. And be extra careful to build positive language with your children. The language you speak is the language they learn. 

Stop repeating unhealthy language and create a new one. 

Be story changers and cycle breakers.

Take some time and understand the language you speak and the story you’ve been telling yourself. Create a healthy mantra, a language of health, to speak over yourself and your entire family.

Even if you’re not where you want to be, the only way to get there is by believing it is possible and speaking that. 

Follow Cole at Total Potential to learn more and dive deeper!

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