What does it mean to ‘learn to eat for my body type’?
How can I ‘listen to my body’ better?
What is ‘intuitive eating’?
Why can’t you just tell me exactly what to eat!
You’re not alone. There are, literally, millions of people searching for the answers to these questions, and, that is exactly why diet products and services sell.
Unfortunately they do not always work in the long term, and they sometimes cause more harm than good.
However, today I want to focus on this ‘search for the answer‘, not what’s flawed in some of the solutions.
At a deeper, more important level, it is this ‘search for the answer’ that is flawed, and perhaps the root cause of any other flaws that follow.
When we grew up, we actually had to go to the library to find answers to questions. Remember that?
Now, we are used to Googling anything instantly. Our children will continue to become more and more skewed in this direction (in the direction of the immediately found, quick, easy answer).
In conjunction with that trend, our culture today tends to favor the ‘scientific & rational’ over the ’emotional & irrational’.
Except, you are an emotional being.
If you don’t think that emotions, feelings, and intuition have anything to do with what you should be eating consider this question that one of my mentors, Paul Chek, always poses:
Do you believe in love? Assuming that you do, how do you weight and measure it?
You can’t. But there is no denying that it exists, and that you cannot live without it.
So, in fact, you are an emotional being with a physical body that is full of sensations, and a nervous system that is highly feeling.
What you need to eat today, this week, or this month cannot be fully predicted by any algorithm, guru, or book.
This doesn’t mean ‘throw out all the science’. It means that you must remain open to both: the predictable and the unpredictable.
You can, with practice, learn how to listen better to what your body needs.
You can start by throwing out the assumption that ‘the answer’ is exactly what someone else proposes, or what worked yesterday.
Those can be excellent guidelines, and good starting places.
But ‘the answer’ is that there is no one answer.
The moment that you believe that there is ‘always only one answer’ is the very same moment that you go off track from what your body is telling you.
You begin listening to your body by first acknowledging that it must be listened to.
I’ll dive more into ‘step 2’ next week.