How do we get to the point where we follow our own guidance about what to eat and what actually works for our bodies, making us vibrant and recovering our wellness deeply in tune with our own needs?
Humans are really in their heads right now about what to eat and how to do it. One of my areas of expertise is in helping you go from intellect to intuition and inner guidance with all things nourishment. Why? Because although many authorities speak in absolutes, even the most medicinal foods are only medicinal if your body can metabolize them at the time you eat them. You are the only authority who can determine that using simple biofeedback. Because of that, there are few absolutes.
These are my four steps:
Step one: be open to faulty science.
Sounds contradictory right? So many people are passionate about telling you how and what to eat, and the thing is, they're not wrong. They just may not be entirely right - for you or for anyone else. We are all unique and each body requires something different, and right now there is healing knowledge to be tested everywhere, even in partial knowledge or biased science. By being open to learning what foods are your medicine at any particular time, you are paradoxically taking back your own power by listening to what everyone else has to say.
Step two: trust yourself.
Trust is partly built on faith, yes, but perhaps not blind faith. Perhaps faith plus hard evidence and self exploration, because we're human and we have science and our own experience to help us. So far the evidence is for one thing unanimously, which is eating real whole foods that come to you the way nature made them and not eating foods that were created by humans in labs or fed chemicals created in labs. But the greatest evidence-based research is what you do as you tune in and begin to trust your intuition. Trusting yourself is born of listening to your body's feedback about food, not your mind's or anyone else's body or mind. Trusting yourself is being willing to dig in to your emotions about how much you don't trust yourself. This is how you learn to listen to you.
Step three: let go of your beliefs.
Yes, this includes the ones you want to keep, because if you become a wide open space of receptivity and curiosity your expanding life will introduce gifts and heretofore unexpected possibilities for you to play with and this includes developing an intuitive, body centered, and easy relationship with food. What was right to eat yesterday may not work for you today. What works great to eat in the morning might make you feel sick in the evening. Beliefs don't always support intuition, unless what you believe in is your intuition.
Step four: educate.
Go on a wild spree of learning. Learn what bias sounds like in an article. Identify common sense when you hear it. Know what Epstein Barr virus is and how it affects all systems. Understand what glyphosate is and what it does to the human body. Find out how the seasons, your thoughts, the times of day, and the movements of your body affect your digestion. Let it all in. Become well versed in hyperbole so you can know truth. You're more capable than you may think.