NUTRITION: LET'S REVISIT INTUITIVE EATING
LET'S REVISIT INTUITIVE EATING
I feel like intuitive eating (+ living) is one of the most foundational ways to eat ( +be), it helps us to tap into ourselves, heals our bodies, and pushes us to discover what our unique body needs + wants, but I also believe it's one of the hardest things to do. My own journey with intuitive eating is filled with countless stories of discovery, trying every "diet + lifestyle" under the sun, all to discover 12 years later what truly works for my body, from the inside out. And the thing is, I'm still discovering. It's an ever-evolving journey, as I'm an ever evolving being (as are you!). I never want to get to the point where I've reached the peak, as that's not the goal. We weren't meant for stagnation, and I want to continue to grow, push myself to my highest Self, and explore facets that I have yet to explore, and trust that + know that be tapping into my own intuition, I will only heal more deeply, nourish myself more intuitively, and continue to grow into my authentic self. This is what happens when we tap into these powers.
The word intuitive is thrown around every which way, but if I were to ask you " do you feel like you're connected to your intuition " or "do you know what your body truly needs + wants" or my favourite " what is your body actually saying " - What would you say?
Whenever I work with clients it's my goal to tap them into this, to tap them (You) into your intuition. There is no greater connection than the one you have with yourself + your innate intuitive senses, or what I always say, powers. We think super powers or any sort of powers are limited to fictional stories, or people we see in the media, when truly, it's within all of us. Think you don't have a power, or this doesn't exist within, I'll show you otherwise.
I really want to emphasize that it's not you're fault that you've been disconnected from this intuitive chord, we all have. Media, schooling, programming, TV, parents, public figures, family, government (hello food guides!) have taught us what we should be doing, saying, eating, and behaving. In trying to help us grow, and evolve into our selves (it's not their fault) we're told what to do, how to be, and how to eat. When you were little you weren't given an option, it was eat this, this is the food I (your parents) buy, eat your lunches I packed or go hungry, here's money - buy yourself some fast food, etc... etc... there are a plethora of reasons of why we aren't intuitive when it comes to what our bodies needs, and in todays world it's only gotten worse! Everyday a new diet book is released, and a new study saying a healthy food isn't healthy anymore, or that coffee is cancerous...it's a time when we're being told everything is bad... So...
What do you do, how do we eat, and what do we believe?
This is something we all face, and it can be overwhelming, defeating, deflating, confusing, and has us turning to extremes, or we go the opposite direction and turn our heads and just do whatever we want, even when our bodies are whispering or screaming for help. Are either good or bad? I can't be the judge of that, as at the end of the day you only have yourself to answer to. With my clients, and for myself, I definitely have what I think, and know to be best, but I also know the beauty in healing, of any sorts, lies in our uniqueness.
It lies in the fact that there is no one right way, that there isn't the perfect diet, or way of eating, but the only perfect diet + lifestyle + food is one that's perfect for us.
And while someone can argue their body only wants Macdonalds or drink coke as they love it so much and can't go a day without it, that's still not intuitive, because those cravings are very surface-y, and they are driven by addictions. When sugar, processed food is in your system you will only crave more of it, as your body craves what's in your blood stream. So no, you're not tapped into intuition, you're tapped into a addiction cycle, not a rhythmic flow of what you're on unique body needs to thrive, to essentially build the live + live your purpose on this planet.
It can be a vicious cycle, but one that can be healed beyond a shadow of a doubt. I have full faith if that I were to work with someone like this (and I have), and I found the root cause / core of WHY they are eating X, Y, Z we would discover something deep within that is the root of it all that has nothing to do with the food itself.
The food is simply a vehicle for deeper underlying pain, shame, guilt, no feeling loved / loveable, and low self-worth. There is always a source, and if we know the source we can heal it. It's why I consider myself part nutritionist / part coach - therapist / part detective as we discover things deep deep down that you didn't even know existed, because they have become hyper habitual. The power of habit can work for us or against us, this is our choice. We get to make this choice. We either build habits that serve us and push us closer to our greatness (there is no definitive answer or meaning of what greatness is - it's highly subjective ), or cause us to sink lower into defeat and into loss of control, hopelessness, and a spiral of fear.
When we see we hold this power, the ability to tap into our intuition at any time, the journey and pathway that lay before us is illuminated with possibility, opportunities, our dream state, our true authentic body, fulfilling relationships, etc... it's all connected, as we're all connected. A healthy body, is a healthy mind, is a healthy life. If we want what we so desire, let's start Within.
1) With our minds - 2) With our bodies - no greater information comes from the food that we choose to nourish ourselves with. Every bit is information for our cells. We tell it what to do + when. See, power! We hold it. Seems magical, or woo-woo, but it's just the truth. It's the truth that's always been there, it's the truth that we were born with, it just gets muddled, cloudy, and distant as we grow up in our families, worlds, environments. Which is why it's my mission to tap you into this intuition, and power, because who doesn't want a magical power?
I have a client that when we started to work together drank venti frapps on the daily, and it wasn't what her body intuitively wanted, it was fulfilling a deeper void, and one that when we started to work on, and continue to heal, always melts away any desire for the sweet hit from the frapp! When we're fulfilled on a deeper level, doing the work, reprogramming, tapping into our truth + intuition, we don't even have to worry or focus on the food so intensely, those cravings, habits, triggers melt away as we melt away old beliefs, habits, and programming.
When I was healing on a deep level I tried them all - vegan, fruitarian, vegetarian, macrobiotic, paleo, keto, raw, raw vegan, juicing, intermittent fasting....you name it, I've done it, for the most part! While they all tapped me out of my intuition, they also served a purpose at the time. I can say that for the past year I've really tapped into my intuition. It's what lead me to take the leap into doing LIFEBYLEESE full-time, taking on new dream clients, grow a business, launch a podcast (fall), develop a program ( fall), and step into my authentic self + body. As I shared here, this is all intuition. This is letting go of it all and listening to what my body needs on a moment to moment basis. I always want to show you, and share with you the truth, especially in my healing journey as it might seem like it was a easy path, when it wasn't. It was filled with valleys so deep I couldn't even explain. But what I will forever share is that if I can do it, so can you. It's available for all of us.
Tapping into our Selves, and re-igniting that intuitive chord is my goal for you, for all of Us. It's where the journey lies, it's where the hard work exists, but it's also where all the magic is. It's worth it all. We're all on a different path, but as we continue to tap into the Self, and nourish it accordingly, magic, pure magic.
So as we go into this week, ask herself these 2 things:
1. ARE YOU CONNECTED TO YOUR INTUITION?
2. WHAT IS YOUR BODY SAYING THAT YOU NEED ON A PHYSICAL + MENTAL LEVEL. IF YOU'RE BODY COULD SPEAK, WHAT WOULD IT SAY?
Dear souls, it's always speaking. We must just tune in and listen.
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