"Far out" that you really are your own guru.
From Ram Dass' Be Here Now, this is a page that always pulled my attention.
One reason we are so lost in nutrition is because we are constantly looking to external forces to tell us how to eat. We follow diet trends, we buy the latest products, we read the newest books and change our diets based on everyone else's opinion or 'facts.' What this does is lead us to believe that we do not inherently know what our body likes to eat, what it leads us to believe is that we don't trust ourselves to know.
So often we look to external forces to tell us how to think, act, be, talk, EAT.
It makes our world, especially the world of nutrition, MUCH more difficult to navigate.
I had a post on Facebook in this summer of 2016 that got a lot of attention, so I want to share it here and elaborate on it, since it seems to have struck a chord with so many people.
"I don't care if you eat ice cream.
I want you to drink wine and beer and enjoy life and all its pleasures. I don't care if you eat chocolate bars or granola bars or take out. My goal is not to force change in everything and make you feel uncomfortable around me.
My goal is simply to CHANGE the way people THINK about food and their bodies' ... so much power is there. Power is in awareness, not in STRICT changes. THAT'S my movement."
Ok maybe it sounds a little harsh to say "I don't care...." But it's a tough love. It doesn't mean I don't care about you. It means I don't judge my clients for their choices. Not at all.
Because I can teach you what works in nutrition and what has worked for me for weight and how to be more in tune with your body, but ultimately YOU are the guru.
YOU can make changes yourself, when you want, when you're really ready, equipped, and can aim and fire at the issue at hand.
But before all those things align? Not my concern.
Before you realize you're tired of searching for 'the truth' but running in circles? Not my concern.
Before you recognize that nutrition plays a role in how you feel? Not my concern.
My movement is getting you, my client, to learn that all the wisdom you need is in your body.
Not in diet books, protein shakes, special pills, creams or wild promises of incredible quick weight loss or programs with no real, deep changes needed.
We need change, we need that inner looking, we need that sense of momentum that something new is happening... and we need to trust ourselves and learn about what truly nurtures our body.
You don't fit in a box. You are unique. and YOU are your guru. YOUR body is authority. Learn that, and be forever trusting that you can keep yourself in good health.
My movement is simple: Go back to simpler times. Eat real food. Make your body the authority.
Stop worrying about what other people believe, say, think, put on you, or tell you to eat. Learn what feels good for you - and then do that.
You eat for you. That's that.