Nutrition is art, you can treat your body like a canvas. Get a delicious snack for your ears, and get reading.
So, its like the Moody Blues says....
"And the sounds we make together Is the music to the story in your eyes/It's been shining down upon me now I realize"
Your nutrition choices are subtle beats that form and create the music to the story of your life - these choices are at the core of your energy levels, your happiness, your symptoms. It runs much deeper than just filling our bellies, and it runs deeper than just our body. Our choices affect the environment, our economy, farmers around us, our children...when they say Vote with your Fork, its truth.
"Listen to the tide slowly turning Wash all our heartaches away/We're part of the fire that is burning/And from the ashes we can build another day"
We often think that we'll find the perfect magic bullet to fix our bodies, our hearts, our symptoms, our excess weight.... etc.....but it is not external things that will turn the tide... the fire that is burning is inside us to have a different experience must fuel us. It must burn strong enough to help us make new choices in order to create a different experience - this goes for everyone. No one is exempt from this struggle.
"But I'm frightened for your children/That the life that we are living is in vain/And the sunshine we've been waiting for Will turn to rain"
We are often scared to think that we deserve more. That we deserve better food, that it could be a higher priority for us, that we deserve to feel great and have lots of energy and do all the things we want to do. We maybe don't believe that nutrition should take a higher priority, or we feel at a loss for the food that is chosen for us, we feel helpless to make any changes in food security. We worry that we'll set high expectations and be crushed when we don't reach them.
Let's see if we can't break some rules? Seeking that freedom you've been looking for in all the wrong places (like the latest diet trend, etc.)
You'll navigate listening to your body so you never need to have internal arguments anymore.
You'll find success by feeling good, having more energy, a sparkle in your eye.
You can learn to play with your nutrition but never feel tightly bound by any 'rule.'
Here are some of my favourite hippie/rock n' roll values, and what they have to do with our food movement....
"Don't let other people influence your choices."
Tabloids, health magazines, TV commercials - all that stuff is trying to sell you is low self-esteem. When you learn to listen your body you really get true freedom and have no use for others' opinions anymore on what suits you. It saves you mental energy when you stop allowing their messages in.
"Screw the man."
Everything from our food production, to processing, to selling and even eating has been taken over and is no longer in control of the people. Learn easy ways (like the simplest foods to grow yourself) to take a serious stand against the big guys, and feel good about it for your body, too. Ban together with friends to prepare food together, go to homemade dinners, eat out less. All big game-changers, and serious stands against the food "system" we are part of.
"We are the weirdos, Mister."
DO NOT let anyone make you feel bad for the new changes that you make or the foods you decide you eat. This includes serious counter-culture-good food like kombucha or sprouts, but it also includes whatever cheesy goodness you want to treat yourself with while you're with friends. You eat what YOU want, and you don't need to explain or apologize to anyone for it.
"Rock is restless and rude. It's defiant and daring."
You get to make changes as your body changes and create your own rules. You can ask so many questions because the answers are always changing. You can defy answers if they don't apply to you at that time. It gives you so much freedom. Give yourself permission to be restless in nutrition, to change, to experiment, to play. After all, where would music be without the experimental play of the '60's? Music is art. Your body is art - play.
Nutrition as a science is constantly changing, monthly - daily, we are always discovering new things and the 'big guys' are always changing their minds. It's frustrating and confusing, I know. Learning your body with basic nutrition info gives you the freedom to escape the constant drain of trying to 'keep up' with the ever-changing landscape of time, and just feel good instead. Learn the basics and you're free to run, baby.
Dress, play, EAT and talk how you want to. Our nutrition should support our lifestyle but at the core, the essence of rock, the essence of being a natural hippie is to truly be yourself, no matter what. Customize your nutrition so its fully you. SO, where's your will to be weird? You don't fit into a box, and your nutrition doesn't have to either - you don't need to label your nutrition because it should evolve and change as you change and grow.
As a coach I empower my clients to make better choices, to understand why, to make their body the authority and begin taking charge of their own nutrition! Looking inward and making changes with that authority beat external fads, diets and choices - every time.
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