Blog Post #5: Intuition Nutrition - Lasting WHOLEistic Weight Loss Part 4
Happy New Year Beautiful Souls!
It’s that time of year when we do a bit of a 180. Most of us spent the last couple months not putting our health first. There are a lot of reasons to skip the work out, the meditation, the journaling session etc. So many opportunities to eat what you wouldn’t usually, drink more, stay up later. We spread ourselves a bit thin having fun and trying to make the holiday’s memorable for our loved ones. Today, however, is not just a new day, but a new year! As the dust settles from the past few weeks and the last 12 months, many of us turn our sights ahead on 2019’s possibilities. We refocus on ourselves, our health, our goals, our potential.
My last 2 posts were about the Intuition Journal and how to utilize it as a manifestation tool. How it can also help you tune into what your body and your energy is telling you. If you have not done this yet, it is the absolute PERECT TIME to! It is one of the most fun and exciting things you can do for yourself at any time but especially the new year! Learning to listen to your inner wisdom is also the key to cutting through opinions, expectations, marketing and information that may overwhelm us. We are trained to believe that doctors, psychologists, psychics, etc. know us better than we know ourselves. This kind of mentality can be a self-fulfilling prophecy. The more we are taught that the expert is outside of us, the less we know ourselves. The more we are taught that our intuition and common sense are obsolete in the face of a new, “modern” weight loss pill or counter-intuitive diet… the more we question the truth we already know.
We are blessed with modern medicine and science in so many ways. But, as we know, one can also conduct a “study” that proves anything they want it to. So how do we advocate for ourselves, and consume information critically? How do we reclaim our power and become our OWN expert? That’s, of course, where the intuition comes in. Our first reactions are often colored by our conditioning, not our true inner wisdom. It takes a bit of quietness, reflection, noticing our emotions, sensations, energetic signals to get in touch with the answers we are looking for.
New Year resolutions very often involve a commitment to losing weight or to a new “diet.” But which diet this time? Paleo? Gluten Free? Vegan? Keto?? A part of you sparkles with excitement at this new focus on yourself… another part already feels the stress of eating counter-intuitively and slowly allowing the promise to yourself to slip away. This processes is unhealthy and demoralizing to say the least but it’s what most people go through over and over again. There is a sense that there is a program to be followed and all it takes is discipline and will power. There is a perception that people with the physique you desire simply embody the discipline you don’t have. The truth is for many of those people, they are suffering too. Social media is full of profiles about people who used to be fitness models and obsessive dieters and now choose a “healthy, balanced lifestyle” over 10% body fat.
Food. It has got to be one of the most charged, obsessed over, misrepresented, confusing, love/hate relationships humankind has ever experienced. Today we are faced with a food landscape that is so far from the one that nature intended that it is nearly unrecognizable. Coupled with that, we have the internet! A never-ending stream of opinions and fads regarding what to eat and what you should aspire to look like. There is a lot of scientific research that is unbiased, comprehensive and compelling. But nearly all diets claim that they are based on such science, and they all seem to contradict! So it’s easy to tune out. Most people lack the time and the desire to actually dive in, read the books, follow the stream of information and vet the claims they are making. The result tends to be people bouncing from nutrition trend to trend as they flow through the mainstream, but never feeling consistently confident in their choices.
What is my point?
#1- I know what you are going through. I’ve been through it and I have been coaching people through it for a decade.
#2- “Diets” are useless. Eating counter-intuitively doesn’t last and rarely creates a long term outcome other than feeling disappointed in yourself (not healthy).
#3- It is most sustainable and healthy to base your diet on common sense, intuition and GOOD information. Sometimes this takes a bit of de-programming what we’ve been taught throughout our lives.
#4- It can be difficult to know where to go to get “good” information, so it’s important we have at least a few trusted sources.
Regarding #4- I have 2 suggestions:
First off, run anything you read or hear through your BS detector. That’s essentially what I mean by common sense and intuition. If you have to bend reality to see how a premise may be true, it’s probably not! Let’s say, for instance, someone tells you that eating bacon, cheese, coconut oil, steak and eggs- instead of carrots, potatoes, bananas, apples and rice- is going to help you create lasting weight loss and fight disease. This person may be a doctor and author. You know people who have lost weight on this diet… you think. It sounds appealing because you like cheese and plausible because coconut oil is supposed to be good for you, right? But wait a second! The BS detector is sounding. This cannot be true! You have thousands of years of genetic memory telling you that fruits and veggies are good for you. Your common sense is quite certain that bacon and steak don’t fight cancer. You do not have to be a doctor to feel convicted about this. It just doesn’t FEEL right. That’s what I’m talking about friends! You DO know better than the “experts” sometimes… especially if they have something to sell you.
The second thing I want to say about seeking good information is this: choose your sources with intuition as well. Fake news is not limited to politics. Not all of us have the desire or the time to deep dive into nutrition. We rely on trusted and informed friends, doctors, books and blogs to help distill large amounts of information. It IS important to have these elements of support and enlightenment. Knowledge is power… as long as it passes your BS detector. You intuitively know what is good for your body. But you may not know (or want to know) what’s really going on with your food. I’m here to tell you that you simply must know and care about that! If you do, you will choose food because YOU (not a diet or a doctor) feel it’s best for you. You will never diet again, you will never “fall off the wagon,” and you will need to visit the doctor far less. This is a physical, mental, emotional freedom I wish for all people.
If I am one of those friends to you… a person you trust to ask questions regarding health… first let me say that I am honored. I have created a WHOLEistic Kitchen Detox course if you are ready to take the next step towards freedom and health and you crave further support in that process. In addition to the course, this blog and FREE membership to AmaliaMariaLee.com, I am working on a FREE short video series regarding healthy, intuitive eating. If there is anything I can help you with on your journey to more WHOLEistic Health, please don’t hesitate to ask.
To your happiest, healthiest year yet!!