How far is our society from just using food & drink as a means to nourish and fuel our body?
Nowadays, what we consume can take on multiple responsibilities, most of them completely toxic. We use it to self-medicate, to repress feelings, to overcome boredom, to procrastinate, to de-stress, to comfort, the list goes on and on...
One of my goals in working with a client is to get to the root cause of their issues around food, not just the "what," but the "why." I find this to be the fastest way to success.
So what are primary foods? They are aspects of our lives that either contribute to our happiness or misery. Some examples are:
Let's say, for example, I'm working with a young woman who initially comes to me for fat loss and fatigue. We move on to accomplish those goals and then some. But, it's still not enough. She keeps having body aches or pain on a daily basis, she feel depressed. Come to find out, she is in a toxic, abusive relationship at home and feels trapped. Regardless of what I physically do with this woman, she will never get well until she resolves that issue and breaks free from the abuse. That type of nourishment will always come before food.
Personally, I have seen the power of primary foods in my own life. The first career I had was not in line with my internal values, and my body was reacting accordingly. I became very sick, I stopped menstruating, was diagnosed with autoimmune and had large bouts of anxiety and depression. I was so focused on food during that time, but it wasn't what I needed. I felt like I had to continue doing what I was supposed to do as opposed to what I truly wanted to do in my heart. As soon as I freed myself from those restrictions, my journey to healing from within began and now I am on to help others! I have never found more joy in my career. Looking back, I can see why some of my habits were the way that they were. It makes sense.
I now ask that you take a moment and reflect on where you are with your health. Are you happy? How did you get there?
You may want to physically look better or perform optimally in the gym, but take a look at where you are nourished. Do you give, receive and feel loved on a daily basis? Are you happy at work, at home and moving your body in a way that feels good to you? Do you feel connected, grounded and have a sense of purpose each day? All of these things are absolutely critical on the path to your best sense of self.
I will leave you with this food for thought:
“How would your life be different if you were conscious about the food you ate, the people you surround yourself with, and the media you watch, listen to, or read? Let today be the day...You pay attention to what you feed your mind, your body, and your life. Create a nourishing environment conducive to your growth and well-being today.” -Steve Maraboli
To Wholefully You,
P.S. Friendly reminder * I am only offering complimentary initial consultations from now until the end of 2014. If you or someone you know is interested be sure to contact me as soon as possible. I will help to make the holidays happy & healthy!