I don’t advocate diets. I’m not all about losing weight to fit a number on the scale. I typically don’t offer only one answer advice. I think solutions are multifaceted.
But there is one thing I know from my personal experience and with working clients; there’s ONLY one way to lose weight. There’s only one way to feel good in your body. There’s only one way to reach any health goal you may have.
Listen to your body.
A few years ago, I decided to do a 30 day raw food challenge…in January. I live in the Northeast and well, it is darn cold here in the winter.
Let me give you a bit of background info.
I was getting certified as a health coach, and it was fun experimenting with different foods and theories. The major part of the curriculum was to study from wellness experts like Deepak Chopra, Dr. Andrew Weil, etc…When David Wolfe presented I was completely fascinated. David is THE raw food expert of all experts. He is crazy passionate so I was enticed to go raw.
After three days into the challenge, I was freezing my butt off! My bones were so cold, and I felt tired and hungry all the time. I wasn’t sure if I should give up because I was doing it with a few friends, and I didn’t want to back out. I never back out. I have a tendency towards that perfectionism I mentioned awhile back .
Instead of forcing myself, I decided to really listen to my body; to give my body what she needed. My body was craving warm, soupy foods and the raw veggies weren’t cutting it. Making a big pot of soup made me feel so much better. I lasted 5 days on the challenge and realized that eating the raw foods worked better for me in the summer.
Instead of forcing things, I just let go. So freakin’ hard to do, but letting go of the shoulds and the guilt can be so freeing.
Let go and listen to your body.
A lot of people come to me and want to lose weight. It breaks my heart when they say “I cheated” or “I messed up” when they eat something “bad” or give into a craving. Cravings are really just messages from your body. Cravings are insight, information, feedback. It’s your body’s way of telling you something is out of balance. Cravings can be celebrated instead of hated. As a society, we are told to work hard, push things to the limit, follow diets that might actually destroy your insides.
Try something different. Give your brain a break and let your body guide you. Soon losing weight won’t really be a focus anymore. You’ll begin to check in with how you feel; what foods fuel you, what don’t, how much stress you have, how you manage your stress… Before you know it, you will be feeling good and maintaining a weight that fits your body.
Once you tap into your body’s wisdom and silent your mind with all the diet books, calorie counting, and “I messed up!” talk, you realize that you have the best coach, doctor, guide within YOU.
I like to say I’m not into the weight loss business…I’m into the “listen to the body” business. Your body instinctively knows what you need. Hush the mind and take a listen. Your body has all the answers.
Do you take time to listen to your body?
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