Last Friday I talked about you how should throw out the assumption that there is one, predetermined answer to the question of what you should eat.
If no one else can tell you what you should eat, then, who can?
Hint: it’s you.
As one of my favorite readers pointed out, your body knows, and, if you practice listening, your ‘gut feelings’ will guide you.
This is definitely true. The part that most people skip right over is the part where I said ‘if you practice listening’.
That’s why intuitive eating seems like such a hard, intangible skill to develop. It takes work. Actually, it’s a lifelong process.
But you don’t have to wait your whole life to make progress, and we’re getting a little bit too far ahead of what we need to discuss today.
You don’t begin by asking your soul for guidance in the supermarket, standing there with your eyes closed in the middle of Fairway, trying to read the energy field of a carrot. (Leave that for me, but since I do it in public, you’re welcome to watch.)
You begin with training wheels. A diet log is a great way to start, and I have posted about this before. To recap, an ideal diet log should not only include what you eat, but also how you feel afterwards.
The purpose of the diet log, also known as a food journal, is to become aware of patterns, and to have a something to refer back to when you’re not quite sure what went wrong.
Log & journals aren’t for everyone, and if that includes you, there are many other ways to develop your inner guidance system.
If you have significant imbalance or toxicity in any of the following areas: sleep, relationships, exercise, career, environment, creativity, spirituality, or diet, then, you’re far less likely to be able to tap into your own intuition.
Putting diet on that list is not redundant when talking about what to eat; a diet full of toxic chemicals throws your entire system off. So, you can’t trust your intuition when you’re addicted to sugar.
You’ve got to get rid of all the junk before your signals are trustworthy.
So, at the end of the day, for some people ‘step 1’ (throwing out assumptions and attachments to ‘-isms’) can be pretty scary, and they stop right there.
But for others, it’s ‘step 2’ that is the hardest, because it means beginning to make real changes.
Here’s the ‘secret’: it can be the smallest, easiest, most actionable step that you are ready to take today.
You don’t have to clean up or fix all of that at once. You can’t.
But you can add an extra glass of water, for example, to start.
Sometimes, that’s all it takes.