One of my values/viewpoints in nutrition is "Balance is key."
I prefer to use mindful eating as a tool to get you closer to your goals, rather than cutting out 3 or 5 foods that you are eating daily, only to leave you stressed, frustrated with yourself, frustrated with me and no closer to your goals.
Something that frustrates me beyond belief is seeing people questioning their own common sense over something that someone told them was the best way to eat, or the best diet to follow. (Diets don't work!)
Are you stressed out by food?
Head in your hand - annoyed.
Feel like something isn't right, something isn't working but you just can't put your finger on it?
I see this all the time.
and I can usually pinpoint it down to thoughts, because we do intuitively know what foods are good for our body, but we've been so.... clouded throughout our lives.
I believe that balance is key because even when we are making changes to our diet and improving our lifestyle, we still have to have a good time.
I inject that into all work with my clients. You're doing it! (but are we having fun?)
Without celebration, there's no point.
Without celebration, there's no use, and without celebration we often clam up and sink further into our pity party.
“If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite.
For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern.”
― William Blake
When it comes to food, we often have blinders on.
Our 'doors of perception' are clouded with ideas, beliefs, thoughts & rules from friends, family about food.
They are clouded with advertisers' marketing: pretty colors and hollow words, fancy packaging and buzz words
They are clouded with judgments of food.
They are clouded with other peoples' opinions.
And when people come to me, a lot of times I can't get through to them because of all this.... stuff ... in the way.
It's often decades of work to unravel. Decades of beliefs, decades of advertising. Billboards, magazines and daily TV telling you what to eat and what's healthy. Your friends and family telling you what works. That's a lot of work to unravel.
We haven't trusted our own body.
We've let go and let others take over our power.
When we give away our power, we lose any ability to break through and make lasting changes.
The blinders have to go.
They keep us stuck.
They keep us believing in things that don't work for us.
They keep us believing in thoughts, judgements or ideas that don't actually serve us.
They keep us where we are comfortable, and with what we know.
But the greatest change-makers know that we can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking used when we created them. (Albert Einstein)
You need new thoughts, new systems, and a new way of looking.
Our thoughts are so powerful.
Food doesn't have to be stressful.
Start with the basics and go from there.
Because starting with one step is bigger than trying to do 100 steps in a week, and then crashing.
One of my favourite sayings from an amazing client of mine was "I now THINK about food differently."
Before even changing anything you eat, this is what I want to hear.
That the doors of perception have been cleansed.
That the ability to see food as powerful, to think about where it comes from, to question it, to consider it, to be more conscious.
To see it as a tool, and to remove frustrating barriers around what's right and wrong...
That's where the magic begins...
Work with me and find your magic.