We all have preconceptions of what we think is healthy. Whether our preconceptions come from something we’ve read, something we’ve done, or something we’ve heard, we have them. Just for a moment though, I’d ask you to step back from those preconceptions and practice trust.
I’m sure that at one point or another, you’ve heard about the movement that started around eating no fat to supposedly improve heart health. And I’m sure that there are still many people out there with the mindset that eating no fat is the way to go. But I would have to challenge that and say that the research has shown, and time has shown, that eating no fat actually doesn’t work. In fact, the result of that movement has been higher rates of heart disease and more diabetes.
Therefore, I’d encourage you to really surrender your beliefs about what it is that you know. And this isn’t because I’m going to tell you something, it’s so that you have the space to receive information that might be for your highest good.
As you know, there’s a lot of information on the internet, in periodicals, in books and in magazines. And much of it is conflicting evidence or conflicting opinions. So the reason why I’m asking you to surrender and trust in this context is so that you can start to receive wisdom that is for your highest good. So that you can start to know what it right for you.
What do I mean? Well, the only way to discern whether a food is right for you or not is going to be through clearing your body. In other words, you have to remove the stimulants from your body in order to hear what it is that your body needs.
What’s an example of this? Most of the American population is addicted to sugar, caffeine, and refined carbohydrates. And it’s not that those things are bad or wrong per say, but they do block our ability to really understand what our bodies actually need. So if we are constantly feeling a craving or a hunger and we grab a coffee, then that’s actually going to block what that authentic need or craving was.
And then it becomes a loop we’re stuck in, where whether it’s sugar or caffeine, once that has worn off, you need more. But when you cut out the sugar and caffeine, and the white sugar and white flour, you’re setting yourself up to really be able to know what it is your body actually needs.
To help you with this, here are some steps you can take:
1. Reduce or eliminate sugar consumption (sugar is everywhere, start reading labels if you are not already. Health enthusiasts you are not excluded here: fruit is full of sugar, moderate intake and be aware of healthy sugars and reduce consumption). Eat raw nuts and seeds as well as vegetables and plenty of water.
2. Reduce or eliminate caffeine intake – get out of the sugar/caffeine loop so you can be present to the needs your body and mind have.
3. Reduce or eliminate alcohol or recreational drug consumption – lose weight (especially around your waist), wake up without being groggy, increase your energy levels.
4. Reduce or eliminate refined flour consumption – not an optimal fuel for the body and spikes your blood sugar keeping you in the craving loop.
5. Exercise at least 4 times a week.
Another thing to remember is to reach for whole foods 100% from their source before reaching for refined flour, refined sugar, or caffeine.
How do you know what information to trust? How do you know how to listen to your inner wisdom especially when it is difficult to discern whether or not it is coming from your desire (what tastes good) or from your physical needs?
I can help guide you. I will be offering 4 free 30-minute sessions the second week in August to address this topic specifically. Contact me directly to reserve your spot. The first four to contact me will receive the sessions.