What’s the ideal amount your body requires to be in perfect optimal health?
To be it’s ‘just right’ size?
Many of us rely on experts to tell us.
Just like we ask experts to tell us what to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
We’ve all been on diets where we weighed and measured our food to comply with the ‘right’ amount according to someone else.
Or we buy individually packaged snacks because we don’t trust ourselves to know how much to eat.
Here’s the problem.
The ideal amount of food for you is definitely different from the ideal amount for me.
And my ideal amount changes daily,
Based on things like where I am in my menstrual cycle, what I ate yesterday, how hard I worked out, and a million other factors I don’t even know about.
I don’t worry about it,
Because I rely on my wise and all-knowing body to tell me.
It makes sense to me that if it’s my body that requires fuel
Then my body should be the expert on how much it needs at this moment.
It just doesn’t make sense to me that my mind (or someone else’s mind) should stipulate how much food my body needs to function at its best.
The problem is, many of us have a troubled relationship with our bodies.
We’ve ignored them for so long that we’ve forgotten how to listen.
We hear the loud noises – so full we’re nauseous, so starving we want to eat the house.
But if we want to live our lives full of vitality, and free of excess weight
Then we want to start to hear the whispered messages.
The ones that say “starting to feel empty”
or “no longer hungry”
or “no thanks, I’m just right”.
We have to rebuild our relationship with our bodies.
Start to listen, pay attention
and then act on the messages.
It’s challenging to do that in the chaos of our lives
With all the other decisions and signs we’re looking for.
The most successful way for my clients to start to listen for these subtle messages is a three week nutritional cleanse.
While I do specify what food types they should eat during that time
They decide how much and how often to eat
According to the whispers that they learn to hear.
The foods they are eating support them on this quest.
Daily meditations bring them back to themselves.
And along the way, because our stomachs are really another brain,
They also start to hear other important messages-
beliefs that no longer serve them
stories they are ready to retell
yearnings, stirrings, of passion and purpose.